Zambia Seeking Bids for New Mobile Provider to Take on MTN

Zambia Seeking Bids for New Mobile Provider to Take on MTN

LUZAKA (Capital Markets in Africa) – Zambia is seeking bidders for a fourth mobile-network license to take on operators including market leader MTN Group Ltd. in the southern African country, Transport and Communications Minister Brian Mushimba said. The ministry last week gave the go-ahead to the telecommunications regulator to start the process, he said in a recorded response to questions on Monday. The new carrier could be in place over the next six to 12 months and the…

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Swiss Regulator Shuts Down `Fake Cryptocurrency’ Firm E-Coin

Swiss Regulator Shuts Down `Fake Cryptocurrency’ Firm E-Coin

LAGOS (Capital Markets in Africa) – Financial Market Supervisory Authority closed unauthorized providers of “fake cryptocurrency” E-Coin after the company accepted millions of francs in public deposits without holding a banking license, Finma says in statement. Finma started bankruptcy proceedings against legal entities involved Quid Pro Quo has been issuing E-Coins and ran an online trading platform together with Digital Trading AG and Marcelco Group AG The three entities accepted funds amounting to at least…

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Dreams of Europe Life Spur Perilous Journey From West Africa

Dreams of Europe Life Spur Perilous Journey From West Africa

LAGOS (Capital Markets in Africa) – Kadi Bah saw people starving in the Sahara desert and drowning in the Mediterranean during her failed six-month odyssey to reach Europe. But as soon as the United Nations plane bringing her back home from Libya to Ivory Coast touched down, she was hatching plans to try again. “I’ll be so proud of myself if I can make it to Europe; I’ll tell everybody I managed to leave,” the…

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Sasfin Fires KPMG in Wake of South African Gupta Scandal

Sasfin Fires KPMG in Wake of South African Gupta Scandal

JOHANNESBURG (Capital Markets in Africa) – Sasfin Holdings Ltd., a South African financial-services company, said it’s firing KPMG LLP as its independent sponsor and searching for a new auditor, becoming the second company to announce it has dumped the firm because of work it did for the politically connected Gupta family. The decisions were based on “the well-publicized concerns recently raised with regard to KPMG,” Johannesburg-based Sasfin said in an emailed statement on Tuesday. Deloitte…

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KPMG, McKinsey Feel the Heat Over South Africa Graft Scandal

KPMG, McKinsey Feel the Heat Over South Africa Graft Scandal

JOHANNESBURG (Capital Markets in Africa) – As global companies implicated in a graft scandal in South Africa scramble to contain the damage to their reputations, politicians and law enforcement agencies are prevaricating and stalling official investigations. The scandal has revolved around members of the wealthy Gupta family, who are friends of President Jacob Zuma and have been accused of looting billions of rand in taxpayer funds and exerting undue influence over the state. Accountants KPMG LLP, public relations firm Bell…

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Vodafone Mobile Operations Halted in Cameroon Over License Issue

Vodafone Mobile Operations Halted in Cameroon Over License Issue

YAOUNDE (Capital Markets in Africa) – Vodafone Group Plc’s operations in Cameroon have been halted after the country’s telecommunications regulator ruled that a license had been incorrectly awarded to the local partner of the U.K. wireless carrier. The west African nation’s Telecommunications Regulatory Board allowed Vodafone Cameroon to provide internet and mobile services in the country without government approval, Posts and Telecommunications Minister Minette Libom Li Likeng said in interview in the capital, Yaounde, on…

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Kinross to Invest $820 Million to Tread Water on Production

Kinross to Invest $820 Million to Tread Water on Production

LAGOS (Capital Markets in Africa) – Kinross Gold Corp. is spending more than $800 million to essentially tread water as — like many miners — it faces a future in which new gold assets are increasingly difficult to find and costly to develop. The Canadian miner said Monday it will move ahead with expansions at mines in Mauritania and Nevada as part of efforts to maintain its production and lower costs. Construction for the Phase Two…

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