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January 29, 2020

Sasol joins range of companies listed on A2X Markets

JOHANNESBURG – Sasol has joined the list of companies that are joining A2X Markets, the exchange in which billionaire Patrice Motsepe’s African Rainbow Capital owns a 20percent stake.

Sasol told investors that yesterday that its shares had been approved for inclusion in the list of qualifying equity securities to be traded on A2X with effect from next Monday (February 3).

“Sasol will retain its primary listing on the Johannesburg Stock Exchange and its listing on the New York Stock Exchange, and its issued share capital will be unaffected by the secondary listing on A2X. Sasol ordinary shares will be available to be traded on A2X from the A2X listing date,” said [...]

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December 9, 2019

African tech boffins gather in Lagos to shape the continent’s digital path

LAGOS – Last week 12 technology start-ups from across Africa were in Lagos, Nigeria, for the Google Launchpad Start-up Week, vying for attention from potential investors, and wise words from previous participants of the accelerator class.

Google Nigeria’s head of Start-up Success and Launchpad Africa, Fola Olatunji-David, says entrepreneurship is cool right now, particularly in South Africa, Kenya and Nigeria

“A few years ago if you wanted to be a cool kid (in Nigeria) you were in oil and gas.

This year you’re an entrepreneur.

“There’s a lot of noise (about tech entrepreneurship) but when you sift through all of that noise, you’ll find actual gems,” [...]

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June 10, 2019

Maybe Africa really will become the new China

When people tell me that Africa will be the new China, I’m not as incredulous as I used to be. The continent is showing potential, and progress could come from what many consider to be a highly unlikely area: manufacturing.

All across Africa, investors — many of them private entrepreneurs from China — are building factories. Others from India, Sri Lanka, and Bangladesh are joining in, while car companies from Japan, Germany, and South Korea are declaring their intent to put assembly plants in places such as Ethiopia, Tanzania, and Ghana. Meanwhile, overall African growth is looking impressive. The International Monetary Fund forecasts that 6 of the top 10 fastest-growing [...]

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October 22, 2018

SA REMAINS AFRICA’S TOP PICK FOR FOREIGN INVESTORS

SA is still the most attractive financial market for international investors in Africa, according to the Absa Africa financial markets index.

The country remained in the top position for the second year running with a score of 93 out of 100, supported by strong financial market infrastructure and a robust legal framework.

Despite this, the report warns that SA’s macroeconomic performance deteriorated in the past year as it plunged into recession for the first time since the global financial crisis, exposing SA to “rising financial risks”.

This could result in the country being challenged for the top spot by the likes of Kenya, Nigeria and [...]

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