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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UBS Wealth Has Good Things to Say About EM, Not South Africa

UBS Wealth Has Good Things to Say About EM, Not South Africa

JOHANNESBURG (Capital Markets in Africa) – There’s one emerging market country that Michael Bolliger can’t get bullish about at the moment: South Africa. President Jacob Zuma is fighting to stay out of court before the African National Congress votes for a new leader in December. He’s pushing for his ex-wife to succeed him, but most analysts in a Bloomberg survey think the nation’s Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa probably will. It’s more noise for a market that has already paid a price…

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KPMG Slammed by South Africa’s Pravin Gordhan on Tax Report

KPMG Slammed by South Africa’s Pravin Gordhan on Tax Report

JOHANNESBURG (Capital Markets in Africa) – Pravin Gordhan, who was ousted from his post as South Africa’s finance minister in March, slammed KPMG LLP after it withdrew the findings of a report on the country’s tax agency that was used as evidence in a police probe against him and led to the removal of senior staff. The auditing firm said on Friday that its conclusions and recommendations in a report for the South African Revenue Service about a unit that allegedly…

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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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Dangote Cement Approaches South Africa’s PPC About Takeover

Dangote Cement Approaches South Africa’s PPC About Takeover

LAGOS (Capital Markets in Africa) – Dangote Cement Plc has approached PPC Ltd. about a takeover deal, signalling the start of a possible bidding war for South Africa’s biggest cement maker after an earlier offer led by Canada’s Fairfax Financial Holdings Ltd. Dangote has told PPC’s board that it’s interested in buying “the entire share capital,” the Lagos-based company said late Wednesday in a statement to the Nigerian Stock Exchange. “This communication is still at the preliminary…

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Zuma’s Fight to Avoid Trial Goes to South Africa’s Appeals Court

Zuma’s Fight to Avoid Trial Goes to South Africa’s Appeals Court

JOHANNESBURG (Capital Markets in Africa) – South Africa’s Supreme Court of Appeal will consider a case Thursday that may determine whether President Jacob Zuma should stand trial on graft charges that were dropped by the prosecutors eight years ago. Prosecutors probed allegations that Zuma took 4.07 million rand ($310,000) in bribes from arms dealers and brought 783 charges of fraud, corruption and racketeering against him. They scrapped the case a month before he became president in May…

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