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  1. September 19, 2014

    Luxury heavyweights eye Africa’s newly affluent

    Sub-Saharan Africa was dismissed for decades by the luxury industry, and has attracted the attention of international...

  2. September 19, 2014

    Africa’s elite develops a taste for the finer things in life

    The luxury sector has been adjusting to what some analysts call the “new normal”. After growing at 10-13 per cent a year in...

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  1. South Africa and Africa 2012

    Telecoms companies, retailers and breweries have been blazing the investment trail...
  2. The Business of African Luxury

    Many African countries from South Africa to Kenya are witnessing rapid growth in incom...
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  1. September 19, 2014

    Kenyans’ taste for classy cars evolves

    Sanjiv Shah has sold only a measly three top-of-the-range Jaguars this year. But given their $200,000 price tags, the luxury...

  2. September 19, 2014

    Why the world is getting safer

    The bad news just doesn’t seem to let up. The other day my publisher friend Mariia emailed from Kharkiv in Ukraine. When I...

  3. beyondbrics

    September 18, 2014

    South Africa's central bank governor signals departure

    The undisputed headline grabber at the end of South Africa’s monetary policy committee meeting on Thursday was the surprise...

  4. September 18, 2014

    Gill Marcus to step down as South Africa’s central bank chief

    Gill Marcus, South Africa’s respected central bank governor, surprised markets on Thursday by announcing she would be...

  5. September 17, 2014

    South Africa joins sukuk bond rush

    South Africa has joined Hong Kong and the UK to become the third non-Muslim country to sell government debt that adheres to...

  6. September 14, 2014

    Ernest Cole: Photographer, Grey Art Gallery, New York – review

    In 1966, the young black photographer Ernest Cole fled South Africa and a year later published “House of Bondage”, a...

  7. September 14, 2014

    South Africa unveils support package for struggling power utility

    South Africa announced a support package on Sunday for Eskom, the struggling state utility, that will see it raise about...

  8. FT Photo Diary

    September 12, 2014

    Pistorius leaves court on bail

    Christopher Furlong/Getty Oscar Pistorius leaves on bail from the North Gauteng High Court in Pretoria, South Africa. South...

  9. September 12, 2014

    The Oscar Pistorius trial is not a parable

    Oscar Pistorius has been found guilty of culpable homicide. Judge Thokozile Masipa has found that there is not enough...

  10. September 12, 2014

    Oscar Pistorius found guilty of culpable homicide

    Oscar Pistorius, the South African Olympic and Paralympic star, faces possible imprisonment after being found guilty of...

  11. September 11, 2014

    John Paulson attacks AngloGold spin-off plan

    John Paulson, the hedge fund billionaire behind one of the largest investments in AngloGold Ashanti, has sharply criticised...

  12. September 11, 2014

    Sub-Saharan Africa debt sales hit record high

    Sub-Saharan Africa sovereign bond issuance has hit a record, with the return of Ghana to international capital markets in...

  13. September 11, 2014

    Thokozile Masipa: Judge who decides Oscar Pistorius’s fate

    The dramatic trial of Oscar Pistorius has added a whole new cast of South Africans who have gained international recognition...

  14. September 11, 2014

    Pistorius not guilty of murder, judge rules

    Key moments from Pistorius trial There is insufficient evidence to find Oscar Pistorius, the Olympic and Paralympics star,...

  15. September 11, 2014

    Hong Kong raises $1bn in debut Islamic bond

    Hong Kong has raised $1bn in its debut Islamic bond issue, the city’s latest move to broaden its markets amid increased...

  16. September 10, 2014

    AngloGold Ashanti: spin class

    How badly does the City of London need another gold miner? Its stock market is a goldbug UN even with prices, and earnings,...

  17. September 10, 2014

    Ebola stigma hits wider African economies

    South Africa’s health minister pointed animatedly towards a map of Africa as he tried desperately to explain the finer...

  18. September 10, 2014

    AngloGold in shake-up after prices fall and growth weakens

    AngloGold Ashanti has joined a wave of restructuring in the mining industry in response to falling prices and weaker growth...

  19. September 9, 2014

    World’s leading economies warned over ‘global jobs crisis’

    The world’s largest economies are still failing to create enough jobs and too many of those that are being produced are too...

  20. September 8, 2014

    LeapFrog attracts $400m with a chance to do good

    LeapFrog, the private equity group backed by George Soros and eBay founder Pierre Omidyar, has attracted $400m from new...

  21. September 8, 2014

    Congo renews push for Grand Inga dam, an African white elephant

    On a wooden stake planted in Africa’s equatorial forest, a small hand-painted sign reads: “Here will be erected the water...

  22. September 7, 2014

    Miner M&A: Jo’burg or Rio?

    A platinum poison pill? Extravagant, yes. Still, it may get the job done. For Anglo American, smallest of the four big...

  23. September 5, 2014

    Booming film industry boosts South Africa’s economy

    Three gun-toting men leap over obstacles and dash behind houses along a Soweto street that Nelson Mandela once called home....

  24. September 5, 2014

    Diamond companies sparkle amid mining sector gloom

    A diamond’s allure is apparent long before it sparkles in a jeweller’s window. Trade buyers have come from around the world...

  25. FT Photo Diary

    September 4, 2014

    Soweto football training

    Themba Hadebe/AP Young boys warm up before playing football on a dusty field in Soweto, South Africa ...

  26. September 3, 2014

    Thabane returns to Lesotho after attempted coup

    Lesotho’s prime minister, Thomas Thabane, returned to the southern African kingdom on Wednesday, four days after he was...

  27. beyondbrics

    September 3, 2014

    Indonesia's sukuk attracts record order book

    Investors have piled into Indonesia’s $1.5bn worth of Islamic bonds, making bids for over six times that amount. So is the...

  28. beyondbrics

    September 2, 2014

    Guest post: Is the BRIC rise over, as growth rates slide?

    By Jim O’Neill, Bruegel Is it all over for the rise of the BRIC grouping (Brazil, Russia, India and China)? On one level,...

  29. September 1, 2014

    Political leaders in Lesotho agree to reopen parliament

    Lesotho’s feuding political leaders have agreed to lift the months-long suspension of parliament and issue a joint statement...

  30. September 1, 2014

    Bidvest: make it simple

    Bidvest, the South African conglomerate, is not very easy to love. The problem is complexity. It is South African, first....

  31. August 31, 2014

    Lesotho PM and deputy hold talks in Pretoria on political crisis

    South Africa planned to hold talks with Thomas Thabane, Lesotho’s prime minister, and his arch rival on Sunday in a bid to...

  32. August 31, 2014

    BHP promises mandate for growth at S African spin-off

    BHP Billiton is trying to assuage South African concern over its curtailed role in the country by promising that the local...

  33. August 28, 2014

    Kenya votes to reintroduce capital gains tax

    Kenya has voted to reintroduce capital gains tax for the first time in nearly 30 years in a move that potentially could damp...

  34. August 28, 2014

    South Africa to issue maiden sukuk

    South Africa aims to become the world’s second non-Muslim country to issue a sukuk, announcing on Thursday plans for at...

  35. August 28, 2014

    EM’s ‘fragile five’ back under pressure

    The two moons that govern the fortunes of emerging market investors are starting to wane in unison. China’s investment...

  36. August 28, 2014

    Impala Platinum profits hit by South Africa strike

    Impala Platinum suffered a more than 70 per cent drop in its annual profit as the mining group counts the cost of a...

  37. FT Tech Hub

    August 26, 2014

    Instagram gets its very own multi-app strategy with Hyperlapse

    Instagram takes pride in being more than just a corner of Facebook. The pretty photo-sharing app that Facebook bought in...

  38. August 26, 2014

    South Africa escapes fall into recession

    South Africa has narrowly avoided dipping into a recession, but the weak expansion of the second quarter suggests the...

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