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Business in Africa: Some challenges on the road to a promising future






The April 2012 World Economic Outlook report published by the International Monetary Fund presented a sturdy but cautiously optimistic future for the various African economies. Sub-Saharan
 Africa particularly recorded a strong 5 percent growth in 2011 and was one of the regions least affected
by the global financial crisis. With the exception of South Africa, limited financial ties to Europe helped shield the region from the financial havoc that tore through Western economies in late 2011.

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High Growth Markets magazine – Unleashing Africa’s potential

Private Equity remains steady











SA’s private equity sector last year shrugged off the global economic uncertainty with funds under management topping a record R115bn, including uncommitted funds of more than R34bn, KPMG said yesterday.

While the sector attracted investors seeking exposure to emerging markets, an executive at KPMG said other sub-Saharan African markets besides SA were drawing global private equity funds to regional opportunities.

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Using Nigeria’s oil to diversify the national economy

SKA won as science ranking dips











NOT a single rand was raised in this country for investment in early-stage or venture capital-type investments last year. These are the investments that spawn new technologies out of which, if they are successful, new industries are grown and thousands of new jobs created. So why is there such a truly astonishing lack of investment? Speaking at the launch of the KPMG/ South African Venture Capital Association annual Private Equity Industry Performance Survey, KPMG director Warren Watkins told a meagre audience it wasn’t so much a lack of ideas and effort, since there is a more than adequate supply of these, but rather the comparative absence of incentives similar to those applied in other countries.

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Managing portfolio companies most effectively

Follow-on deals exceed new private equity investments – survey











While the number of private equity deals declined from 547 to 521 last year, the value of investments increased by 32.2% to R15.6-billion, the latest KPMG and Southern African Venture Capital Association (Savca) venture capital and private equity industry performance survey showed on Tuesday. Of the R15.6-billion invested, R8.6-billion went into follow-on investments, with the remaining R7-billion targeting new investments.

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Private equity in SA tops R115bn











SA’s private equity sector last year shrugged off the global economic uncertainty with funds under management topping a record R115bn, including uncommitted funds of more than R34bn, KPMG said yesterday.

While the sector attracted investors seeking exposure to emerging markets, an executive at KPMG said other sub-Saharan African markets besides SA were drawing global private equity funds to regional opportunities.

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