ARTICLES RELATING TO AFRICA ECONOMY

Dave Steward: Statistical bikinis – Who ‘really’ holds Africa’s crown? SA sliding

2016-05-28 07:00

Dave Steward says there’s a need to be sceptical about statistics, as they are more important for what’s concealed than what’s revealed.

Zim banks battle rising non-performing loans

2016-05-27 18:38

Ballooning non-performing loans in Zimbabwe are hobbling banks, forcing them to institute stricter lending criteria including tight profiling of borrowers.

Anton du Plessis: Africa’s fragile violence needs business of stability. End of free pass.

2016-05-16 19:36

Anton du Plessis says businesses investing in Africa must do more to understand the continent's fragility and conflicts, and their role in building stable states.

Africa has more large businesses than expected

2016-05-13 15:47

McKinsey & Company has identified 700 African firms with annual sales of more than $500m, many of which are growing and reinvesting.

Africa’s #1 challenge: corruption. But words sans deeds lets evil flourish.

2016-05-13 12:40

Fighting corruption in Africa needs exposure as well as concerted action and follow-through, says an analyst writing from the WEF's African regional meeting.

Correct key macroeconomic imbalances, Zim govt urged

2016-05-13 08:46

Hard-pressed Zimbabwe needs to correct its political framework and the macro-economic imbalances that have seen investments wilt and exports tumble, says a top analyst.

Zim companies, individuals struggling to pay tax

2016-05-12 19:16

Zimbabwean companies are struggling to pay tax resulting in revenue mobilisation failing to meet targets, according to the Zimbabwe Revenue Authority.

Fitch: Investors targeting African banks despite high risks

2016-05-11 16:15

Strategic investors are still looking to expand in sub-Sahara Africa, despite banks in the region tending to have speculative fundamental credit quality, says Fitch.

SA still most attractive in Africa for investments - index

2016-05-11 10:50

South Africa still ranks as the most attractive economy in Africa for investments despite challenges emanating from slow growth and waning perceptions, says EY.

Foreign capital can help Zim ease cash crunch - analyst

2016-05-06 11:35

An analyst says Zimbabwe should focus on attracting foreign capital instead of keeping what little capital it has inside the country as it battles a cash crunch.

 

Thea Fourie: Mozambique’s mounting debt. Default risk on the rise

2016-05-27 19:26

Things could get messy in Mozambique as donor partners suspend assistance under a cloud of debt irregularities, fuelling investor concerns and denting confidence.

Jobs needed for Africa's youth time bomb - expert

2016-05-25 06:00

The most crucial aspect for Africa to successfully benefit from its own greatest asset - its growing young population - is job creation, says an expert.

Africa’s growth: meltdown or slowdown?

2016-05-15 10:36

Although growth in sub-Sahara Africa has relatively slowed, two-thirds of the region's economies are still growing at rates above the global average.

Africans aren't rushing after SA into Eurobond market

2016-05-13 14:49

South Africa has led the way with sub-Saharan Africa’s first Eurobond sale of 2016 and nobody’s following just yet.

Zimbabwean’s insight: SA’s economic future dependent on unloading emotional ‘guns’

2016-05-13 10:58

South Africans' ability to separate racially derived emotion from economic reality will determine the future prosperity of every citizen, says an observer from Zimbabwe.

Ramaphosa: Infrastructure a key economic driver

2016-05-12 19:45

Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa has mooted investments in the infrastructure and ICT sectors in South Africa and Africa at the World Economic Forum on Africa.

SA no longer 2nd largest economy in Africa on weak rand

2016-05-11 17:40

The latest World Economic Outlook by the International Monetary Fund suggests that South Africa is now only the third-largest economy on the African continent.

Panama Papers: Zim execs may get off scot-free

2016-05-11 13:43

Zimbabwe’s central bank governor has hinted that businessmen and executives named for having offshore companies and accounts could escape legal consequences.

Zim scraps plan to convert dollar earnings to rands, euros

2016-05-11 08:27

Zimbabwe’s central bank has abandoned a plan to convert half of its export earnings into rands and euros as it explores ways to ease a shortage of dollars.

Ivory Coast to privatise power, water monopolies

2016-05-02 15:24

Ivory Coast will break up its long-standing electricity and water monopolies to reduce prices amid growing public concern over price hikes, says President Alassane Ouattara.

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