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    1. July 2, 2015

      Vanessa Gounden, owner and creative director, Vanessa Gounden Fashion

      Vanessa Gounden laughs, nervously. Her career history is “not a normal one”, she explains. We are meeting in her newly...

    2. July 1, 2015

      South Africa sells Vodacom stake to bail out Eskom

      South Africa has sold its $2.3bn stake in Vodacom, the mobile phone operator, to its state-owned pension fund manager to...

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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. July 1, 2015

      Three reasons to remain cheerful about South Africa

      I arrived in Johannesburg to find it sunk in gloom — literally. The lights go out regularly, often for hours at a time....

    2. June 30, 2015

      South African joblessness ‘driven by substandard schools’

      That South Africa has an unemployment problem is without doubt. Uncertainty, though, creeps in when the reasons, and...

    3. June 29, 2015

      ‘Picts’ most exposed to Fed rate rise fallout

      Never mind the Brics or the Fragile Five — the Picts is the new emerging market group investors should worry about as they...

    4. June 29, 2015

      Aramex aims to disrupt the logistics industry

      It has been more than two years since Hussein Hachem took over as chief executive of Aramex, the Dubai-based logistics...

    5. June 28, 2015

      Africa: beyond the ‘stereotypical image of a hopeless continent’

      Africa’s mutual fund industry should see assets surpass the $1tn milestone by the end of 2020 as rising prosperity boosts...

    6. June 25, 2015

      South Africa police slammed over deaths of Marikana miners

      South Africa’s police have been severely criticised over the shooting of 34 striking miners, with an inquiry into the 2012...

    7. June 25, 2015

      South Africa reviews ICC membership in the wake of Bashir storm

      The South African government will review its membership of the International Criminal Court following a storm of criticism...

    8. June 25, 2015

      Supersonic car Bloodhound gears up for land speed record attempt

      A full-size fibreglass replica of the Bloodhound supersonic car was parked outside a Birmingham accountants on Wednesday as...

    9. June 24, 2015

      Anglo American: discount disadvantage

      It’s a long walk to financial freedom. Ask Anglo American, whose South African platinum subsidiary Amplats plans to...

    10. June 24, 2015

      Crown Estate: minted imperial

      Lombard’s royal correspondent Regina Plaudit has been honoured with an audience with the Queen*. I was fortunate to visit...

    11. June 23, 2015

      Anglo American’s platinum subsidiary cuts more than 400 jobs

      Anglo American’s platinum unit in South Africa plans to cut more than 400 management jobs in response to the grim prognosis...

    12. June 22, 2015

      South Africa in the grip of stagflation

      Stagflation is not only an ugly word but one that tends to be overused. It is increasingly appropriate for South Africa,...

    13. June 18, 2015

      Africa: a long game

      The “Africa rising” narrative — mid-to-high single-digit economic growth, rising incomes, an emerging middle class —...

    14. June 17, 2015

      Circumcision device challenges China copycat image

      China’s leaders have long lamented a perceived lack of innovation in the country but, according to the World Health...

    15. June 16, 2015

      South Africa’s moral beacon dimmed by defiance of ICC

      The moment President Omar al-Bashir of Sudan arrived in Johannesburg at the weekend to attend an African Union summit, the...

    16. June 15, 2015

      South Africa ignores its obligations to justice

      For a moment, it looked as though the International Criminal Court had run its man to ground. For the past five years, the...

    17. June 15, 2015

      Wanted Sudanese leader ‘flies out of South Africa’

      Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir flew out of South Africa on Monday in spite of a court order barring him from leaving the...

    18. June 15, 2015

      Q&A: Why has the ICC struggled to make its mark?

      A South African court’s travel ban on Sudan’s visiting president has reignited debate over fragile international attempts at...

    19. June 14, 2015

      Sudan leader Bashir barred from leaving South Africa

      A South African court issued a temporary order on Sunday blocking Omar al-Bashir, Sudan’s president, from leaving the...

    20. June 14, 2015

      South Africa bans financial advisers’ commission

      Financial advisers in South Africa are to be barred from accepting commission payments from fund managers for selling their...

    21. June 12, 2015

      The problem with emerging markets

      It was not too long ago that the emerging markets were regularly eulogised as the permanent powerhouses of the world...

    22. June 12, 2015

      Israel: A new kind of war

      Israel is not at war, but its political leaders are showing rare unity over what they see as a potent new threat to the...

    23. June 12, 2015

      Shares fall as Petra Diamonds warns of lower revenues

      Petra Diamonds gave investors a lesson in the uncertainties involved in diamond mining when it said full-year revenues would...

    24. June 11, 2015

      Christo Wiese seeks to open Brait’s ‘war chest’ in wake of UK deals

      South African retail tycoon Christo Wiese is on the lookout for fresh deals after splashing £1.4bn on two UK consumer...

    25. beyondbrics

      June 4, 2015

      How South Africa can fill its public service gap

      As the World Economic Forum holds its Africa meeting in Cape Town, South Africa’s public finances remain under pressure. The...

    26. June 4, 2015

      Fifa scandal: Warner accuses Blatter of meddling in Trinidad poll

      One of the most powerful men at the heart of a US investigation into the corruption scandals surrounding Fifa threatened to...

    27. June 3, 2015

      Former Fifa official took bribes over years

      Chuck Blazer, the former Fifa official turned government witness, took bribes over a period of almost 20 years to sway the...

    28. June 3, 2015

      South Africa defends $10m Fifa payment

      South Africa vehemently defended itself against allegations that it paid a $10m bribe to secure the 2010 World Cup, saying...

    29. June 1, 2015

      New twist in Fifa payments scandal

      US authorities believe Jerome Valcke, Fifa’s secretary-general, authorised a $10m transfer at the centre of a bribery...

    30. June 1, 2015

      Fifa scandal overshadows South Africa’s legacy

      Vuvuzelas and votes When a frail Nelson Mandela, the iconic former South African president, was wheeled out in a golf buggy...

    31. beyondbrics

      May 30, 2015

      India warms to solar, amid forecasts it will be cheapest power source

      By Simon Currie and Stephen Begley, Norton Rose Fulbright India is the latest in a string of markets to witness a solar...

    32. May 29, 2015

      Mandela’s South Africa safari hideaway

      When in February 1990 Nelson Mandela was finally freed after 27 years’ incarceration, he traded his cell at Victor Verster...

    33. May 28, 2015

      Police clear Jacob Zuma of having to repay Nkandla cash

      A South African police investigation has ruled that President Jacob Zuma does not have to repay any of the millions of...

    34. beyondbrics

      May 28, 2015

      Why are EM forex reserves in a sustained decline?

      Emerging market (EM) official foreign exchange (FX) reserves have been falling steadily by an average of $58bn a month...

    35. The World

      May 27, 2015

      Australia feels the reverberations of Ireland's gay marriage vote

      It is 10,000 miles from Ireland to Australia but it didn’t take long for Ireland’s yes vote in favour of gay marriage to...

    36. May 25, 2015

      South African miners accelerate job cuts to 35,000 over two years

      South Africa’s mining industry has shed more than 35,000 jobs in two years as it has been battered by labour unrest, rising...

    37. May 25, 2015

      South Africa gold mining groups face tough pay talks

      As South Africa’s gold miners gear up for crucial wage negotiations, industry executives are warning the future shape of a...

    38. May 25, 2015

      South Africa: away games

      The strategy makes sense; it has mostly failed. Johannesburg’s stock exchange ranks in the world’s top 20 by capitalisation....

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