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    1. Fast FT

      4 hours ago

      Hong Kong (re)introduces closing auction mechanism

      A big welcome to the Hong Kong closing auction, launching today. This would seem a very small step for other markets...

    2. Fast FT

      July 21, 2016

      South Africa keeps rates on hold

      South Africa’s central bank decided to keep interest rates unchanged at 7 per cent on Thursday, as it seeks to strike a...

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    1. Fast FT

      July 20, 2016

      AB InBev wins US approval for SABMiller merger

      Anheuser-Busch InBev, the world’s largest beer maker, has taken another big step closer to completing its £71bn...

    2. July 20, 2016

      Reaching for the stars is a worthy ambition for Africa

      By 2030, Nigeria wants to send an astronaut into space. You would have thought with all the problems it has here on the...

    3. July 19, 2016

      Rand awaits central bank rate decision

      Forex action at the end of last week provided another example of how phlegmatic traders can benefit from market excess....

    4. July 19, 2016

      Gains in global fight against Aids being threatened by complacency

      At the home of Cynthia Zulu, down a dirt road through sugarcane fields stretching to the horizon, Babongile Luhlongwane...

    5. July 14, 2016

      Gold miners: that 70’s show

      A debased currency, a slowing economy and football hooliganism abroad. Britain feels a lot like it did in the 1970s....

    6. July 13, 2016

      Cleric charged over Zimbabwe strike

      Evan Mawarire, the Baptist pastor who organised a rare nationwide strike that shut Zimbabwe down last week, was charged...

    7. July 13, 2016

      South African public broadcaster accused of censorship

      During white minority rule, the South African Broadcasting Corporation grew into a powerful tool of the apartheid...

    8. July 8, 2016

      Cape Town: why foreign ‘swallows’ are swooping on homes in suburbs

      Cape Town is a Pole Star for so-called “swallows”, part-time expats, seeking respite while the mercury drops a...

    9. Fast FT

      July 7, 2016

      IMF slashes South Africa growth forecast to 0.1%

      The IMF is set to cut its growth forecasts for South Africa for the second time in three months, as low commodity...

    10. July 6, 2016

      An esoteric forex trade

      As esoteric forex trades go, the latest from UniCredit is right up there. The Italian bank says go long the Chinese...

    11. July 3, 2016

      South Africa on track to avert junk status

      South Africa will defy market expectations a second time by avoiding a ratings downgrade to junk this year, according...

    12. Fast FT

      June 30, 2016

      South Africa posts record trade surplus

      South Africa has reported a blow-out trade surplus of ZAR18.7bn ($1.26bn), way beyond what economists had expected. The...

    13. Fast FT

      June 30, 2016

      EU probes AB InBev's practices in home market

      Europe’s competition commissioner, Margrethe Vestager, has ordered an investigation into whether Anheuser-Busch InBev,...

    14. Fast FT

      June 29, 2016

      Historic diamond fails to sell at London auction

      The largest rough diamond found for more than a century has failed to sell at an auction in London, in a disappointment...

    15. June 28, 2016

      Eddie Jones vs Roy Hodgson — there is only one winner

      Eddie Jones is a leader of men with a PhD in strategy. Roy Hodgson is not. One is a field marshal, the other a sergeant...

    16. Fast FT

      June 28, 2016

      Old Mutual shareholders to 'consider new remuneration policy'

      Old Mutual is taking a new look at its pay packages. The South Africa-focused but London-listed financial services...

    17. June 28, 2016

      Africa’s insurance market a ‘giant waking up’

      When KPMG, the advisory company, held its inaugural East Africa Insurance Conference in February, organisers were...

    18. Fast FT

      June 27, 2016

      Ashmore: Fleeing Brexit? Buy EM bonds!

      One of the world’s biggest emerging market fund managers has wasted little time in taking advantage of the market...

    19. June 27, 2016

      Zuma told to repay R7.8m spent on estate in ‘Nkandlagate’ scandal

      Jacob Zuma, South Africa’s president, should repay some R7.81m ($506,000) in public money spent on non-security...

    20. June 24, 2016

      Court dismisses Jacob Zuma’s appeal bid against corruption charges

      A high court has dismissed an attempt by Jacob Zuma, South Africa’s president, to appeal against a ruling that...

    21. June 22, 2016

      Violent South Africa protests expose ANC internal rifts

      Violent protests in South Africa that have left at least two people dead and paralysed areas around Pretoria, the...

    22. Fast FT

      June 20, 2016

      Emerging markets join global risk rebound

      Bring out the rally monkey. Emerging market assets joined the global rebound in risk assets as new opinion polls showed...

    23. MBA blog

      June 20, 2016

      MBAs hear views on how Africa can accelerate growth

      Africa, home of some of the world’s most impressive wildlife, is a beautiful continent with breathtaking scenery. But...

    24. FT Photo Diary

      June 15, 2016

      Pistorius in the Courtroom

      Paralympic gold medalist Oscar Pistorius walks across the courtroom without his prosthetic legs during the third day of...

    25. FT Photo Diary

      June 14, 2016

      Pistorius leaves court

      Former Paralympian Oscar Pistorius leaves after the second day of his sentencing for the murder of his girlfriend Reeva...

    26. June 13, 2016

      South Africa: relief all round

      At last, some good news for South Africa. Actually, two pieces of cheer and a further sliver of bad news. On the...

    27. FT Photo Diary

      June 13, 2016

      Pistorius in the dock

      The double-amputee Olympian Oscar Pistorius sits in the dock during his sentencing hearing at the high court in...

    28. The World

      June 12, 2016

      Euro 2016: My night with the thugs

      Over the years, I’ve followed stories of English football hooliganism around the world with a certain grim fascination....

    29. June 9, 2016

      Therapeutic vaccine offers hope in Aids fight

      An Aids treatment from Italy has shown promising results in a clinical trial in South Africa. The therapeutic vaccine...

    30. June 8, 2016

      South Africa’s economy contracts, raising prospect of recession

      South Africa’s economy shrank sharply in the first three months of the year, raising the risk of recession in Africa’s...

    31. Fast FT

      June 8, 2016

      South African economy shrinks 1.2% in Q1

      Ouch. South Africa’s economy shrank by a painful 1.2 per cent in the first quarter of the year on an annualised basis,...

    32. Nick Butler

      June 6, 2016

      Don't count on an orderly transition to a low carbon world

      Remember the Arab Spring and the heady promise of freedom and peace in the Middle East? Many normally sensible...

    33. June 5, 2016

      South Africa’s painful path to junk status

      South Africa has dodged its moment of truth with Standard & Poor’s, which had threatened on Friday to become the first...

    34. June 3, 2016

      South Africa avoids feared downgrade to junk status

      South Africa avoided a feared downgrade to its credit rating to junk status on Friday, in a reprieve to officials who...

    35. Fast FT

      June 3, 2016

      South Africa escapes S&P downgrade to junk

      Safe for now. South Africa has avoided a downgrade to junk by the ratings agency Standard & Poor’s, but its outlook...

    36. Fast FT

      June 2, 2016

      Investec lines up £145m share offering

      Bank and asset manager Investec is preparing to launch a £145m share offering designed to beef up its capital ratios....

    37. June 1, 2016

      South Africa stares junk status in the face

      In the weeks after President Jacob Zuma triggered a crisis that wiped billions off the country’s markets and sent the...

    38. Fast FT

      June 1, 2016

      The OECD's Economic Outlook in 7 Charts

      The OECD has just released its semi-annual ‘Global Economic Outlook’ report, and it makes for alarming reading. Here...

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