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Zimbabwe’s government is preparing a law that would allow it to seize controlling stakes in companies without compensation, according to a draft of the legislation. The law would be an amendment to a 2007 act that compels foreign and white-owned companies to sell or cede 51 percent of their shares to black nationals or state-approved agencies.
Anglo Gold Ashanti, the world’s third-biggest gold producer, and its partner, Stratex International, are expected to begin drilling for the metal in Djibouti in September, an energy ministry official has said. The companies, which obtained 10 exploration licences in the Horn of Africa country.
Consolidated Infrastructure Group (CIG) said yesterday it had delivered strong results for the six months to February, largely due to renewable energy project work and increased spending on electrical infrastructure in Africa. CIG — through its main subsidiary Consolidated Power Projects (Conco) — is the largest turnkey developer and installer of high-voltage electrical substations and overhead cables in sub-Saharan Africa. Mr Gamsu said Conco had performed well over the past six months, securing a healthy 17% increase in its order book to R2.1bn from R1.8bn.
Coal / Grindrod and Mozambique’s Maputo Port Development Company (MPDC) plan to invest $1.7bn over the next five years to upgrade ports in the country as demand grows, MPDC said on Friday. Capacity would be tripled at the Maputo and Matola ports to 50-million tons by 2020 from 15-million tons. Investment of $355m this year and next year had been approved to boost capacity at the Matola port terminal. The coal terminal will be handling 7.2-million tons by next year, from 6-million tons.
Zimbabwe’s Delta sees lager, premium beer sales rise – Delta Corporation partly owned by SABMiller has been projected to raise its 2013 annual profit by 31%, although the trading update shows the Chibuku sales volumes declined by 10% …
Kenya plans to construct a new $300 million (R2.6 billion) fuel pipeline from the port of Mombasa to Nairobi, to replace an older one, and possibly extend it to Uganda. Kenya Pipeline Company said that it was inviting proposals for the design of the 450km pipeline from east Africa’s trade gateway to feed land-locked growing economies, which rely on Mombasa for fuel imports. “The new pipeline is designed to meet petroleum products demand for the region up to the year 2044,” the company said.
Oil bunkering – hacking into pipelines to steal crude then refining it or selling it abroad – has become a major cost to Nigeria’s treasury, which depends on oil for 80% of its earnings. Many local Nigerians would obtain these oils and refine the oil to sell to the local and foreign market to make a living even though they know this is illegal. Nigerians can make $60 (about R523) in a day by oil bunkering.
Exxon Mobil, US energy producer intends to search for crude and natural gas in South Africa. Dave van der Spuy (resource evaluation manager at Petroleum SA) believes the level of activity and interest in SA is at its highest. With SA being the continent’s biggest oil importer, international energy companies with new technologies are entering SA. Mozambique is another energy province, with the largest gas finds.
Last year saw the expansion of global fashion brands expanding into South Africa, due to the increasing consumer culture; Africa attracts investments from international companies. Global retailers are looking for new income streams in SA, as it has a relatively untapped market. This puts pressure on local retailers to shorten their merchandise cycle to remain competitive with the other brands. This means a wider variety for local consumers as more brands expand into SA, which previously had a conservative clothing market.
The fight between farmers and the state of Zimbabwe for land has been a prolonged battle, widely seen as executive self-help. The SADC (Southern African Development Community) tribunal was set up for individuals who had exhausted their country’s domestic courts, which was later suspended. It was later decided to amend the protocol for the tribunal which now disallows individuals from approaching it, though it has been much condemned.
This week on Invest Africa, we travel to Kenya, dubbed East Africa’s power house, to explore its growth potential and other pressing challenges the country is facing. Kenya is regarded a regional hub for trade and finance in East Africa, and many large corporations have their Africa headquarters in Nairobi. Continued economic and political transformations are essential in order for Kenya to maintain this status. Kenya boasts advanced markets and high market adoption rates. Technological advances are significant due to the country’s fast adoption of applications.