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Africa Brief: Local banks join power plant deal in Ghana and more…






South African banks and con­struction companies have been expanding activities in the rest of Africa, where energy is one of the fastest-growing sectors. The $900m of debt and equity project finance for the Kpone Independent Power Plant and associated infrastruc­ture in Ghana was closed by financiers and industrialists, including several South African banks.

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Is Nigerian Content Act Indigenising the Oil Industry?

Africa Brief: Edgar’s and Jet set to open in Ghana, Pirates threaten Gulf of Guinea’s oil trade and more…











Edcon, the owner of Edgars and Jet, has announced that they will be opening new stores in Ghana and Nigeria in the next year. The region has caught the eye of retailers in search of higher yields and untapped consumer spending potential.

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Africa Brief: Violence in Egypt knocks markets, Ghana’s consumer price inflation, oil thieves in Nigeria and more











Egyptian shares have slumped after police moved to disperse two anti- government sit-ins in Cairo, leaving at least 13 dead. The benchmark EGX 30 index retreated 1.1 percent to 5585.12 at 11.11am in Cairo. The death toll reported by the Health Ministry was disputed by the Muslim Brotherhood, which claims hundreds were killed by security forces…

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Africa Brief: Burger King in Africa, Ethiopia’s Nile dam talks, Kenya’s economic expansion and more











Not so long ago, for luxury goods retailers the African mar­ket boiled down to a tiny elite, in some cases just a corrupt ruling clique. Not anymore. Although mil­lions of Africans remain stuck in crushing poverty, disposable incomes are on the up. Luxury firms like LVMH, which makes Moet and Hennessy luxury drinks as well as Louis Vuitton handbags, are targeting the burgeoning ranks of what South African retailers call “black diamonds “, or affluent African professionals.

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Africa Brief: Illovo’s record tons of cane, PPC in Africa, Nedbank eyes East Africa and more











Illovo Sugar reported a 43% rise in headline earnings per share to 189.6c for the year ended March. Illovo delivered a record pro­duction of sugar cane from its own farms of 6.5-million tons, while independent fanners also did well. Between Illovo’s own farms and independent farmers, nearly 15-million tons of cane was crushed. And they’ve produced 14% more sugar from that cane than the year before with sugar production of 1.75-million tons.

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Africa Brief: Commodity price drop, Stanbic Nigeria, Namibia power plant sale and more











Africa’s brisk economic growth over the past decade has been consumer driven, a much-hyped trend that masks the uncomfort­able fact that the continent is still far too reliant on commodi­ties. Sub-Saharan Africa’s growth rate has been second only to Asia’s and cracked along at 5.8 percent last year, if South Africa is excluded, according to a World Bank estimate. About two-thirds of growth in the past decade has been driven by domestic demand, which has been stoked by a number of factors including the continent’s fast-growing and young population.

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