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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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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Equatorial Guinea, Burkina Faso Agree LNG Supply and Sales Pact

Equatorial Guinea, Burkina Faso Agree LNG Supply and Sales Pact

LAGOS (Capital Markets in Africa) – Equatorial Guinea said it signed a memorandum of understanding with Burkina Faso to supply the West African nation with liquefied natural gas and build infrastructure to import, store and transport the fuel. The initial three-year agreement compels both sides to negotiate and sign an LNG supply agreement and a terminal use deal, Equatorial Guinea’s Ministry of Mines, Industry and Energy said in an emailed statement on Monday. The countries will…

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Rand Merchant Bank Report shows South Africa Drops Position, Nigeria Not Among the Top 10.

Rand Merchant Bank Report shows South Africa Drops Position, Nigeria Not Among the Top 10.

JOHANNESBURG (Capital Markets in Africa) – One of the most important findings of Rand Merchant Bank’s (RMB) seventh edition of Where to Invest in Africa is that the African continent could find itself hovering on the brink of disaster if it continues to depend on its current economic fundamentals and does not usher in economic diversification.  Where to Invest in Africa 2018 highlights those countries which have understood the need to adapt to the prolonged slowdown in commodity…

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Ethiopia Mulls Potash Partner as Failed Deal Is Arbitrated

Ethiopia Mulls Potash Partner as Failed Deal Is Arbitrated

ADDIS ABABA ( Capital Markets in Africa) – Ethiopia is considering finding a new partner to develop a potash mine abandoned last year by Israel Chemicals Ltd., which has sought compensation at an arbitration court after accusing the government of failing to support the project. Several companies are interested in developing potash deposits in the country’s north-eastern Afar region, Mines Minister Motuma Mekassa said in an interview Wednesday in the capital, Addis Ababa. The government is eager…

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De Beers Is Said to Hire Leak Hunter to Probe Gem Data Breach

De Beers Is Said to Hire Leak Hunter to Probe Gem Data Breach

JOHANNESBURG (Capital Markets in Africa) – The world’s biggest diamond producer hired an external investigator to find the source of possible leaks of its most sensitive price data, according to people familiar with the matter. De Beers hired investigators from KPMG International in South Africa to find the source of the leaks, according to the people, who asked not to be identified because the matter is private. The company suspected at least one employee sold…

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Diamonds Fund Zimbabwe’s Secret Police, Global Witness Says

Diamonds Fund Zimbabwe’s Secret Police, Global Witness Says

HARARE (Capital Markets in Africa) – Zimbabwe’s government is using money earned from diamond exports to fund its Central Intelligence Organisation, blamed for a raft of human-rights abuses as it’s helped to keep President Robert Mugabe in power since 1980, Global Witness said. Diamonds dug from the Marange fields in eastern Zimbabwe are channelled through Dubai, India, the Netherlands and South Africa by a complicated web of cross-owned companies based in places as diverse as Mauritius, Hong…

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