Ramaphosa Treads Carefully in Sidelining Zuma in South Africa

Ramaphosa Treads Carefully in Sidelining Zuma in South Africa

JOHANNESBURG (Capital Markets in Africa) – Less than a month after Cyril Ramaphosa assumed the leadership of South Africa’s ruling party, he’s taking a diplomatic tack as he moves to stamp his authority over Jacob Zuma’s scandal-ridden government. Ramaphosa, speaking in a television interview broadcast Sunday by Johannesburg-based eNCA, said the African National Congress has to be careful about deciding on Zuma’s future as the nation’s leader before he’s due to step down in 2019 when general elections…

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South Africa Is Said to Assess Free-Education Cost at $970 Million

South Africa Is Said to Assess Free-Education Cost at $970 Million

JOHANNESBURG (Capital Markets in Africa) – South African Finance Minister Malusi Gigaba told the ruling party’s top leadership the government will need 12 billion rand ($970 million) to fund President Jacob Zuma’s plan to scrap tuition fees for students from poor homes, according to a person with knowledge of the matter. Gigaba told the ANC’s National Executive Committee this week that the Treasury will cut from existing spending programs and won’t announce a special tax or an increase…

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South African Steinhoff Unit Mulls Early Redemption of Bonds

South African Steinhoff Unit Mulls Early Redemption of Bonds

JOHANNESBURG (Capital Markets in Africa) – Steinhoff International Holdings NV said one of its South African units is considering an early redemption of all notes in issue as the global retailer struggles to stay afloat amid an accounting scandal. Steinhoff Services Ltd.’s redemption of securities issued under a 15 billion-rand ($1.2 billion) bond program will require pricing supplements to be amended and restated, the Frankfurt- and Johannesburg-listed company said in a statement after the market closed on Thursday….

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Faceless Men Upend South African Stocks on Steinhoff 2.0 Fears

Faceless Men Upend South African Stocks on Steinhoff 2.0 Fears

JOHANNESBURG (Capital Markets in Africa) – The name is enough to spread mayhem among South African traders. And all Viceroy Research is willing to disclose is that they’re three people working out of New York to protect investors. Stocks including Africa’s largest generics drug maker and biggest real estate investment trusts were sent reeling this week on speculation that they were in Viceroy’s sights. More than $3 billion was wiped off the value of property stocks alone in just four…

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Zuma Is Said to Allow Gupta Probe in Bid to Keep Job

Zuma Is Said to Allow Gupta Probe in Bid to Keep Job

JOHANNESBURG (Capital Markets in Africa) – South African President Jacob Zuma agreed to the appointment of a commission to probe allegations that his son’s business partners had exerted undue influence over state decisions, a move aimed at defusing calls for him to step down immediately, three ruling-party officials with knowledge of the matter said. The rand fell. Zuma, 75, announced the formation of the commission late Tuesday, two days after he agreed to the probe in a…

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Zuma Is Said to Face Ouster Bid at South African ANC Meeting

Zuma Is Said to Face Ouster Bid at South African ANC Meeting

JOHANNESBURG (Capital Markets in Africa) – South African President Jacob Zuma will face a fresh bid to force him from office when the ruling African National Congress’s top leadership meets this week for the first time since he relinquished control of the party to his deputy Cyril Ramaphosa. A proposal to order Zuma to step down before his term ends in 2019 will be discussed at a Wednesday meeting of the party’s National Executive Committee in the southern…

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South Africa’s New Man Has a Daunting Task Pleasing Markets

South Africa’s New Man Has a Daunting Task Pleasing Markets

JOHANNESBURG (Capital Markets in Africa) – Investors got what they wanted in South Africa when Cyril Ramaphosa became the ruling party’s new leader, putting himself in prime position to be the nation’s next president. Now comes the difficult part. He’ll be hard pressed to turn around a struggling economy, avoid more rating downgrades and ease political tensions, according to AllianceBernstein LP and Credit Suisse Group AG. That means the rand will struggle to sustain the 14 percent…

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