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Gigaba assurance boosts the rand

2017-04-21
Doubts over US economy THE rand yesterday strengthened further against a weakening United States dollar, boosted by slowing inflation and reassurances by Finance Minister Malusi Gigaba that the government does not plan to nationalise the country's mines and banks.
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Hope is not enough now that SA has felt the pull of the downgrade vortex

2017-04-20
Junk status for foreign currency is bad enough but we will reap the whirlwind if local currency is relegated.
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Rand rallies as political, global pressures ease

2017-04-20
Cape Town - The rand firmed more than 10 cents since opening on Thursday morning amid increasing investor appetite for emerging markets.
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Bond issues in doubt as downgrade bites

2017-04-20
The South African National Roads Agency (Sanral) has delayed its return to the bond market amid concern that it would struggle to attract investors after SA’s sovereign credit-ratings downgrades...
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Business Day (Final) Question mark hovers over bond issues in SA

2017-04-20
Ratings downgrade knocks wind out of lively first quarter • Sanral joins corporates in postponing auction The South African National Roads Agency (Sanral) has delayed its return to the bond market amid concern that it would struggle to attract investors after SA's sovereign creditratings downgrades. The agency had planned to approach the bond market in May but elected to postpone a debt issue following the sovereign's downgrade to subinvestment grade by S&P Global Ratings and Fitch, it said on Wednesday...
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Rand scales three-week high

2017-04-20
JOHANNESBURG – South Africa’s rand scaled a three-week high against a weakening dollar on Thursday, boosted by slowing inflation and reassurances by Finance Minister Malusi Gigaba that he had no plans to nationalise mines and banks.
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JSE suffers from commodities' slip

2017-04-19
The JSE lost ground on Tuesday as miners suffered from lower commodity prices, while a stronger rand in late trade further weakened their cause. Political uncertainty had an effect on the market as Finance Minister Malusi Gigaba's adviser, Chris Malikane, published an opinion piece encouraging the nationalisation of miners, banks and insurers.
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High demand for Life Healthcare shares

2017-04-19
Nearly all of the shares in Life Healthcare's first rights offer have been snapped up, with shareholders requesting that more are made available. When the rights offer, which was partially underwritten by Rand Merchant Bank and Absa Bank, closed at noon last Thursday, 97.6% of the 367,346,939 new Life Healthcare ordinary shares were subscribed at R24.50 per rightsoffer share, the.company said on Tuesday.
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Rand remains encouragingly solid

2017-04-18
Local currency still steady against all odds despite all the "strong headwinds" THE rand continues to surprise on the upside resisting against all odds since the Cabinet reshuffle and downgraded to junk status by credit rating agencies. The local currency opened trading yesterday at R13.40/$, the lowest level seen so far this month since the recall of former minister Pravin Gordhan and his deputy, Mcebisi Jonas.
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Rand dips as dollar attempts a rebound

2017-04-18
The rand was weaker against major currencies on Tuesday morning as the greenback rebounded slightly.
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MARKET WRAP: JSE closes lower as miners lose out on stronger rand

2017-04-18
The JSE lost ground on Tuesday as miners suffered from lower commodity prices while a stronger rand in late trade further weakened their cause.
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Search for yield props up bond market

2017-04-16
The downgrade to junk status increased the yield on South Africa's debt raising the government's borrowing costs.
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Starlight Classics On M-Net

2017-04-14
RMB’s Starlight Classics concert comes to M-Net on Good Friday Karen Zoid, Khaya Mthethwa, Nicholas Nicolaidis and other top vocalists perform with full philharmonic orchestra.
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ZUMA STRIKES AGAIN (finweek)

2017-04-13
frica could be headed for eries of further credit rating ngrades, which will nudge sovereign debt further into junk territory unless decisive action is taken to stabilise the country's turbulent political environment and restore faith in the future of its economic policies.
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Pan African gets funds for mine (Business Day)

2017-04-13
Pan African Resources raised R705m in a discounted share placement in a "wellsupported" accelerated bookbuild and it will secure a further Rlbn in a debt facility in.coming months to build its Elikhulu tailings retreatment project at Evander gold mine.
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Rand shocks markets, regains third of losses since Gordhan recall (fin24)

2017-04-13
The rand rallied by 2.7% on Wednesday gaining 40c against the dollar, surprising currency analysts in South Africa and regaining almost a third of its losses since former finance minister Pravin Gordhan was recalled from the UK and then fired.
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Pan African capital raise puts gold project on fast track

2017-04-13
Pan African CEO Cobus Loots drew grateful attention to the good support the company received in the placing from both new and existing investors.
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Ghana 4th Best Place To Invest In Africa- RMB Global Markets Research

2017-04-12
Ghana is the fourth best place to invest in Africa, according to a report by RMB Global Markets Research. According to the report, Ghana beat countries such as Kenya, Nigeria, Tanzania, Cote d' Ivoire and Algeria as it placed among the top 10 countries on the continent.
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Rand strengthens despite local and global headwinds (Busines Live)

2017-04-12
The rand firmed on Wednesday morning, in the face of persisting local political tension and global risk aversion.
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Rand extends losses on pound (Business Day)

2017-04-11
Domestic currency down to fourmonth weakest level against sterling as fallout in forex markets continues Maarten Mittner Markets Writer The rand extended losses against the pound on Monday, falling to a fourmonth weakest level as the fallout in the foreign currency markets continues following Friday's downgrade by ratings agency Fitch.
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Rand firms as political noise becomes louder (Business Live)

2017-04-11
The rand was firmer on Tuesday afternoon as local political noise became louder.
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Rand succumbs to downgrade news (Business Live)

2017-04-10
The rand was trying to maintain its composure on Monday morning, in the wake of last week’s downgrades in its stride.
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Bonds show little reaction to second junk status downgrade (Business Live)

2017-04-10
The South African bond market was mixed on Monday morning, appearing to take Fitch’s downgrade of SA’s sovereign credit rating to subinvestment grade in its stride.
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Rand heading for R14/$ on second downgrade (fin24)

2017-04-10
The rand is heading for R14/$ following the decision of Fitch Ratings on Friday to cut South Africa’s sovereign credit rating to sub-investment grade.
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Kenyan opposition's choice of Odinga may weaken presidency bid (Sunday Tribune)

2017-04-09
The emergence of former Kenyan Prime Minister Raila Odinga, who has lost three presidential votes, as the opposition's favoured candidate may diminish their chances of unseating Uhuru Kenyatta in elections in August.
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Lesotho hangs on to US trade deal by a thread (Sunday Times)

2017-04-09
US President Donald Trump may hold the reins of the African Growth and Opportunity Act, but the fate of Lesotho's export industry is in the hands of the mountain kingdom's politicians.
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Rand steadies but vulnerable to political risks (Moneyweb)

2017-04-07
South Africa’s rand steadied against the dollar early on Friday, with investors expected to be cautious as thousands of marchers were due to protest in major cities against President Jacob Zuma.
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South African opposition, rights groups march against Zuma (Sharenet)

2017-04-07
Skirmishes broke out in Johannesburg as more than 60,000 people marched in South African cities on Friday in largely peaceful protests to demand President Jacob Zuma quit after a cabinet reshuffle triggered the latest crisis of his presidency.
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To expect rand recovery would be 'foolish' - analyst (fin24)

2017-04-07
Although the rand traded in a stable range of 19c on Thursday, it would be foolish to expect a recovery to take place now, according to TreasuryOne dealer Phillip Pearce.
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Mining lost in deep, dark hole (Business Day)

2017-04-07
More transparency was needed from SA's mining industry and the government, including asking what happened to the 8,000 or so mining permits that were granted about seven years ago and did not result in a single new project, Joburg Indaba chairman Bernard Swanepoel said on Thursday.
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SA rights groups march against President (Channel Africa)

2017-04-07
Thousands marched in major South African cities to protest against President Jacob Zuma on Friday, demanding he quit after a cabinet reshuffle triggered the latest crisis of his presidency.
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Rand could stabilise if ... (The Mail)

2017-04-07
Cape Town In a week of considerable currency volatility following Standard 8z Poor's downgrade of South Africa's credit rating, the worst of the bad news is over and the rand could start stabilising, according to a currency analyst.
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SA's bank shares lead stocks down, rand recovers (Moneyweb Today)

2017-04-07
SA's banking index hit its biggest daily loss since December 2015 on Thursday, dragging the bourse down after S&P cut the credit ratings of major lenders following a sovereign downgrade.
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Bonds weaken as Cabinet ripple effects continue (Business Live)

2017-04-06
The bond market was weaker on Thursday afternoon as the implications of the finance minister’s removal continued to play out.
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SA’s bank shares lead stocks down, rand recovers (Moneyweb)

2017-04-06
SA’s banking index hit its biggest daily loss since December 2015 on Thursday, dragging the bourse down after S&P cut the credit ratings of major lenders following a sovereign downgrade.
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Cabinet reshuffle, downgrade knock rand's emerging markets crown (fin24)

2017-04-06
The rand is no longer the best performing emerging market currency after losing more than 9% of its value against the US dollar, economist Kevin Lings said.
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DISASTER BECKONS (Financial Mail)

2017-04-06
President Jacob Zuma's craven attack on national treasury last week, by firing SA's highly respected finance minister Pravin Gordhan, has set off a chain reaction he probably scarcely imagined possible.
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SA Rand steadies, stocks to open lower (Channel Africa)

2017-04-06
South Africa's Rand steadied against the Dollar in early trade on Thursday but looked vulnerable to lingering political tensions after a controversial cabinet reshuffle.
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Assets tumble in as Zuma dodges calls to step down

2017-04-06
Assets tumble in as Zuma dodges calls to step down Paul Wallace, Bloomberg South African bonds and the rand fell after President Jacob Zuma was said to have bolstered his position by fending off calls from senior ruling party officials to quit. South Africa's benchmark rand bond due December 2026 reversed gains, with the yield rising as much as 12 basis points to 9.03% before settling back to 9% by 5:33 p.m. in Johannesburg. The rand erased a gain of 1.2% to trade 1.46% down at 13.8037 per dollar, heading for its weakest closing level since Jan. 6. Bank stocks declined. The reversals came after Zuma survived...
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Bonds stabilise at weaker levels at lunchtime

2017-04-06
The South African bond market stabilised at weaker levels at the tail end of what been another eventful week for the bond market...
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Rand steadies, stocks to open lower

2017-04-06
South Africa's rand steadied against the dollar in early trade on Thursday but looked vulnerable to lingering political tensions after a controversial cabinet reshuffle...
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What junk status means for the property market

2017-04-05
The rating agency, Standard & Poor's downgrade of South Africa to sub-investment will have a negative impact on the housing market and consumers as a whole...
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Markets stirred, not shaken

2017-04-05
Markets stirred, not shaken April 5, 2017 Dark clouds are hanging over the South African domestic economy, following ratings agency S&P's move to plunge the country into junk status, but markets have stood up reasonably well, suggesting that players had already factored in the inevitable when President Jacob Zuma took an axe to his Cabinet at midnight on Thursday. The market reaction has so far been...
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What junk status will mean for the property market

2017-04-05
Pay down short-term debt and consolidate long-term debt,” says Adrian Goslett, Regional Director and CEO of RE/MAX of Southern Africa. The rating agency, Standard and Poor’s downgrade of South Africa to sub-investment will have a negative impact...
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Markets stirred, not shaken

2017-04-05
Lesson from downgrade is that we must 'work hard to reignite economy' DARK clouds are hanging over the South African domestic economy, following ratings agency S&P's move to plunge the country into junk status, but markets have stood up reasonably well, suggesting that players had...
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SA loses investment grade status on anticipated unfavourable policy shifts

2017-04-04
SA loses investment grade status on anticipated unfavourable policy shifts Published 2017 Tue 04 Apr Changes in South Africa's executive leadership have led to heightened political and institutional uncertainties Although Standard and Poor's Global Ratings (S&P) was scheduled to release a ratings review on SA on 2 June 2017, recent changes to the country's executive leadership have...
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JSE firms despite ratings downgrade

2017-04-04
JSE firms despite ratings downgrade 04 April 2017 - 13:41 PM Reitumetse Pitso Picture: RUSSELL ROBERTS The JSE was firmer on Tuesday at midday as mining and resource stocks rallied on a weaker rand, as the market digested S&P Global Ratings' announcement that it had downgraded SA's credit rating to subinvestment grade...
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Welcome to junk: Rand tumbles as risk of further downgrades grow

2017-04-04
Welcome to junk: Rand tumbles as risk of further downgrades grow By Matthew le Cordeur, Fin24 Cape Town - The rand was edging down to R14 to the dollar on Tuesday after one rating agency demoted South Africa to junk status and another placed it on downgrade review on Monday evening. South African bank notes featuring an image of former President Nelson Mandela are displayed at an office in Johannesburg...
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South Africa's junkies rating worry insurers

2017-04-04
THE insurance sector in South Africa has bemoaned the downgrading of the country's long term foreign currency rating to BB+, commonly known as sub-investment or junk status. The downgrade by Standard & Poor Global Ratings is the aftermath of a contentious cabinet...
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The rand is firmer than expected after credit rating downgrade

2017-04-04
he rand was firmer against the dollar on Tuesday afternoon despite having weakened on news that SA’s credit rating had been downgraded to sub-investment grade by S&P Global Ratings. The agency said the downgrade...
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What junk status will mean for the property market

2017-04-04
What junk status will mean for the property market The rating agency, Standard and Poor's downgrade of South Africa to sub-investment will have a negative impact on the housing market and consumers as a whole. "We managed to avoid a downgrade last year but were not as lucky this time around. While only one of the rating agencies at this stage, it is likely that Moody's and Fitch will follow suit and take the same view as S&P," says Goslett. "Homeowners with high debt levels should brace themselves for interest rate increases. They will need to focus on reducing their short-term debt as soon as possible and consolidate long-term debt...
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BREAKING: SA's sovereign credit rating downgraded to junk status

2017-04-03
BREAKING: SA's sovereign credit rating downgraded to junk status By TMG Digital - April 3, 2017 0 58 Jacob Zuma's firing of respected finance minister Pravin Gordhan and his deputy Mcebisi Jonas saw the yields on the government's benchmark 10-year R186 bonds surge from 8.355% to 8.84% on Monday. Image by: THULI DLAMINI S&P Global Ratings cut South Africa's sovereign credit rating to junk status...
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Junk Status Beckons As SA Economy Faces A Massive Drop In The International Market

2017-04-03
Junk Status Beckons As SA Economy Faces A Massive Drop In The International Market, The SA economy, alongside the ailing rand's risky stand in the international market and increased political crisis sparked by the latest firing of the former finance minister and his deputy Jonas leaves the currency at its worst drop per week since 2015. The rand on Monday morning declined in trade as political uncertainty underpins predictions for the week ahead...
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Reshuffle aftermath: Rand tanks as experts warn worse still to come

2017-04-03
Reshuffle aftermath: Rand tanks as experts warn worse still to come Days after President Jacob Zuma took one of the biggest political gambles of his career and sacked his market-friendly Minister of Finance Pravin Gordhan, the currency markets have started to react in a big way. Despite new finance minister Malusi Gigaba's efforts to calm the rating agencies over the weekend...
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GRAPH: Volatile rand dives sharply amid uncertainty

2017-04-03
GRAPH: Volatile rand dives sharply amid uncertainty 37 minutes ago Matthew le Cordeur Cape Town - The rand weakened sharply by more than 1% on Monday morning as an analyst warned traders to prepare themselves for "big moves up and down". The warning by Umkhulu Consulting analyst Adam Phillips on Monday came as economic uncertainty intensified following the removal of Finance minister Pravin Gordhan and deputy minister Mcebisi Jonas...
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Rand's losses less dramatic

2017-04-03
Fluctuations in the currency since FM axing have held in a reasonable band below R14 THE rand's reaction to the Cabinet reshuffle, specifically the ousting of finance minister Pravin Gordhan and his deputy Mcebisi Jonas, has been relatively muted.compared with the ructions when former finance minister Nhlahla Nene was fired on December 9, 2015.
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More turmoil and downgrading expected

2017-04-03
More turmoil and downgrading expected $1 Obn outflow risk in a twonotch downgrade South Africa managing director Cas Coovadia said Zuma's actions had put South Africa into turmoil. He said the reshuffle was not in the best interests of South Africa. He questioned its motive. ding nearly 50 cents to the US dollar
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SA's sovereign credit rating downgraded to junk status

2017-04-03
SA's sovereign credit rating downgraded to junk status S&P Global Ratings cut SA's sovereign credit rating following an emergency meeting over the weekend 03 April 2017 - 17:46 PM Robert Laing Standard and Poor's. Picture: REUTERS S&P Global Ratings cut SA's sovereign credit rating to junk status on Monday following an emergency meeting over the weekend. The ratings agency decided the economic crises...
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Rand's rough ride hands rouble the edge

2017-04-02
POLITICAL tension this week, which culminated in the firing of Pravin Gordhan as finance minister, helped other emergingmarket currencies gain while the rand lost ground sharply against the dollar. The rand was the bestperforming emergingmarket currency until a week ago, gaining at least 10% against the dollar and fanning...
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We're SA's top foreign exchange provider!

2017-04-01
AWARD Global Finance named FNB and RMB the best foreign exchange (FX) provider in South Africa and Botswana, out of entries received from 93 countries and seven global regions.
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The South African rand plummets after President reshuffles Cabinet

2017-03-31
. John Cairns, Currency Strategist at Rand Merchant Bank, shares his opinion on what to expect from the market in the next few days.... View the entire article here
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Mzansi Youth Choir ready for Royal Albert Hall

2017-03-31
If you pass RMB's head office in Sandton you'll see these words on a huge building wrap on the corner of Fredman Drive and Rivonia Road.
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CN&CO at Starlight Classics with RMB

2017-03-31
A night surrounded by stars, under the stars, with stars.
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South Africa ruffled by Zuma cabinet reshuffle

2017-03-31
SOUTH African President Jacob Zuma's overnight cabinet reshuffle has thrown the country into uncertainty.
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Rand rout: Seven risks to watch

2017-03-31
Cape Town - Rand weakness amid a massive Cabinet reshuffle in which Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan and his deputy Mcebisi Jonas have been casualties has so far been constrained, but there are still risks for far bigger losses.
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What to expect from S.A markets in the next few days

2017-03-31
The South African rand plummets after President reshuffles Cabinet. John Cairns, Currency Strategist at Rand Merchant Bank, shares his opinion on what to expect from the market in the next few days. TAGS: Rand Merchant BankallianceexecutivePravin GordhanSouthern Africaeconomycabinet reshuffleSouth AfricaJohn CairnsSACPSouth Africa Communist Party
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Bonds mixed ahead of post-Cabinet media briefing

2017-03-30
Rand Merchant Bank analyst John Cairns says the market seems to have accepted that Pravin Gordhan may not be finance minister for much longer.
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Rand weak on speculation that Pravin Gordhan will be fired

2017-03-30
The rand was weaker on Tuesday afternoon as it emerged that President Jacob Zuma had told senior leaders of the South African Communist Party (SACP) that he planned to fire Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan.
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Rand dropped 20 cents before we finished reading that headline

2017-03-29
On Monday The Presidency ordered Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan and his deputy Mcebisi Jonas to come back home in a one-sentence statement that provided no reasons.
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Presidency instructs Gordhan to cancel roadshow

2017-03-29
Earlier the South African Presidency issued a statement confirming that the president has instructed the Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan and Deputy Minister Mcebisi Jonas to cut the international investment roadshow show in the UK and the US and return to South Africa immediately. Joining CNBC Africa is Peter Attard Montalto, Emerging Markets Economist, Nomura International and from a currency perspective John Cairns, Currency Strategist, RMB.
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Calm before the storm for rand?

2017-03-29
Cape Town - Local political news is now pretty much everything for the local market, and with what seems to be the calm before the storm, the rand's reaction seems fairly optimistic.
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Rand runs to 20-month high as dollar keeps weakening

2017-03-27
The rand confounded the sceptics again on Friday by holding strong at levels below R12.50 to the dollar despite warnings from analysts that its current strength is not sustainable...
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Rampant rand runs as TrumpCare fails

2017-03-27
Cape Town - US President Donald Trump's health care reform failure and strong Eurozone data saw the rand lead emerging markets to reach new highs as the US dollar weakened across the board...
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Rand continues its winning ways as it cracks through R12.35/$

2017-03-27
The rand continued its winning ways on Monday morning as it powered through the R12.35/$ level for the first time since July 2015...
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Rand rallies on strong data

2017-03-24
MARKETS The rand rallied against major currencies on Thursday, supported by domestic economic data released earlier in the week. Developments in international markets also contributed to the local currency's strength. The rand reached its best level in 18months at R12.4809 to the dollar in intraday trade, breaking through...
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Benchmark R186 bonds at best level this year in wake of positive data

2017-03-23
Benchmark R186 bonds at best level this year in wake of positive data 23 March 2017 - 13:13 PM Reitumetse Pitso Picture: ISTOCK The South African bond market was mixed before midday on Thursday with the benchmark R186 trading at its best level...
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Rand does well as market digests data releases

2017-03-22
Rand does well as market digests data releases The consumer price index eased to 6.3% in February from the corresponding annual rate of 6.6% in January, Statistics SA says 22 March 2017 - 13:45 PM Reitumetse Pitso Picture: REUTERS, SIPHIWE SIBEKO The rand was firmer at lunchtime on Wednesday after...
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Rand extends gains as dollar softens (Business Report)

2017-03-22
The Rand rose to its strongest level in 19 months yesterday.
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Bonds remain firm on stronger rand (Business Live)

2017-03-20
The South African bond market remained in a strong position at midday on Monday, was in line with the strong rand.
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A List of all the 19th Annual BASA Awards Finalists (Creative Feel)

2017-03-17
The 19th Annual BASA Awards, partnered by Hollard & Business Day, reveal a diverse array of partnerships, with strong contention in all eleven categories that were open for entry in this year's awards.
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Rand breaks the R13/$ barrier

2017-03-17
Surge creates the currency's strongest level since 2015 THE RAND broke through the psychological barrier of R13 to the dollar and was trading at R12.93 by 8am yesterday its strongest levels since August 2015. The rand led the rally by emerging markets, advancing the second strongest behind the Seychelles...
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Why the rand is so strong (near 20-month high; despite the US rate hike)

2017-03-16
y the rand is so strong (near 20-month high; despite the US rate hike) 16 March 2017 7:02 PM When I speak to investors overseas; they're almost ignoring the political noise. All emerging markets have political issues! - Greg Kennelly, Rand Merchant Bank The rand has...
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Business Day (Late Final) Poor start to the year as retail sales fall

2017-03-16
CONTRACTION Poor start to the year as retail sales fall Sunita Menon Economics Writer Retail sales contracted 2.3% in January, suggesting the sector might struggle to pull itself out of its depressed state. It was the biggest monthly contraction since the 2009 recession...
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Business morale on the rise, but retail sales lag

2017-03-16
RETAIL sales disappointed in January by contracting, while business confidence increased marginally in the first quarter, data released yesterday showed. The main drag from the consumer data in retail came from general dealers and textiles, clothing, footwear and leather goods' categories...
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Markets anticipate further drop in Nigeria inflation

2017-03-16
Markets anticipate further drop in Nigeria inflation From OKORO CHINEDU in Lagos, Nigeria LAGOS, (CAJ News) ? ANALYSTS, buoyed by a rare reduction, have projected...
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Risk outlook for Nigeria

2017-03-16
Since returning from his medical leave, Nigeria's president Muhammadu Buhari has chaired his first cabinet meeting and is now back to business...
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RMB/BER Q1 business confidence survey fails to inspire

2017-03-15
RMB/BER Q1 business confidence survey fails to inspire Only one of five sectors surveyed reflects more optimists than pessimists - Ettienne le Roux - chief economist, RMB. Siki Mgabadeli...
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Economy's torpor results in tepid business confidence once again

2017-03-15
Economy's torpor results in tepid business confidence once again Since 2008, the business confidence index has been above the neutral 50 mark only on four occasions 15 March 2017 - 13:46 PM Sunita Menon Picture: ISTOCK SA is still struggling to ignite business confidence. The RMB/BER business confidence index (BCI) increased marginally by two points to 40 in the first quarter of 2017...
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Rand firms on euro strength as concern about Dutch election wanes

2017-03-15
Rand firms on euro strength as concern about Dutch election wanes 15 March 2017 - 12:15 PM Maarten Mittner Picture: THINKSTOCK The rand was firmer against major currencies on Wednesday as the euro gained on the dollar amid indications that...
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Rand strengthens ahead of key international events

2017-03-15
Rand strengthens ahead of key international events 15 March 2017 - 16:30 PM Matthew Stevens Picture: REUTERS The rand firmed against major global currencies in afternoon trade on Wednesday amid speculation that Dutch right-wing candidate Geert Wilders was losing ground, and with the expected US interest-rate increase to be confirmed later...
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Bonds muted ahead of US Fed announcement

2017-03-15
Bonds muted ahead of US Fed announcement 15 March 2017 - 12:12 PM Matthew Stevens Picture: INVESTORS MONTHLY The South African bond market was flat at midday on Wednesday ahead of an expected US interest rate...
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SA's Q1 business confidence rises but remains in negative terrain

2017-03-15
SA's Q1 business confidence rises but remains in negative terrain South Africa's business confidence rose slightly in the first quarter but remained in negative territory...
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Rand in holding pattern as markets await Fed's rate verdict

2017-03-14
Rand in holding pattern as markets await Fed's rate verdict 14 March 2017 - 10:04 AM Andries Mahlangu Picture: THINKSTOCK The rand settled into a narrow trading range on Tuesday morning, reflecting...
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JSE trades firmer but gains are capped by miners

2017-03-10
JSE trades firmer but gains are capped by miners 10 March 2017 - 13:34 PM Reitumetse Pitso Picture: REUTERS The JSE was firmer on Friday at midday despite having closed in negative territory for the past five days. Gold miners continued...
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JSE trades slightly lower after weak GDP data on Wednesday

2017-03-09
The JSE was weaker at midday with the platinum index extending its losses further, while gold shares were recovering.
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Remgro expects healthy rise in earnings

2017-03-09
Remgro has acquired an interest in FirstRand and a subscription for shares in RMBH.
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FirstRand lifts earnings despite investment in new ventures

2017-03-09
Banking group FirstRand on Thursday reported a 7% rise in normalised headline earnings to R11.64bn in the six months to end-December from the year-earlier period.
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Rand weaker in cautious morning trade

2017-03-09
The rand was weaker on Thursday morning in cautious trade ahead of the release of the US nonfarm payroll data on Friday.
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FirstRand delivers real growth and premium returns to its shareholders

2017-03-09
FirstRand delivers real growth and premium returns to its shareholders 09 March 2017Johan Burger, FirstRand Johan Burger, CEO of FirstRand.
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Ford Hatfield sponsors SA's Olympic rowing champion

2017-03-08
Ford Hatfield has entered into a sponsorship deal with Olympic rowing medallist Lawrence Brittain.
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Trump's lacklustre speech firms SA rand (The New Age)

2017-03-02
SOUTH Africa's rand edged firmer early yesterday, defying a slide by most emerging market currencies triggered by speeches by US Federal Reserve officials signalling the bank was on tack for a rate hike this month.
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JSE trades firmer after Donald Trump's address (Business Live)

2017-03-01
The JSE was firmer at midday on Wednesday, despite US equities closing weaker after US President Donald Trump's address to congress.
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Rand suffers third session of losses (Business Report The)

2017-03-01
Forex and bond Rand suffers third session of losses Reuters THE RAND softened yesterday, with emerging assets struggling for clear direction as risk demand eased ahead of a speech before Congress by US President Donald Trump.
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South Africa's rand slips, stocks dragged lower by Bidvest (Sharenet)

2017-02-28
South Africa's rand weakened on Tuesday with emerging assets struggling for clear direction as risk demand eased ahead of a speech before Congress by U.S. President Donald Trump.
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Bonds firmer after budget speech

2017-02-23
The South African bond market was firmer on Thursday morning, a day after Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan delivered his budget for the 2017-18 fiscal year. The rand, which bonds usually track, firmed after the speech but was slightly softer on Thursday morning...
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Rand flat after Pravin Gordhan's budget address

2017-02-23
Rand flat after Pravin Gordhan's budget address 23 February 2017 - 10:51 AM Reitumetse Pitso Picture: ISTOCK The rand was hardly changed on Thursday morning, the day after Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan delivered his budget for the 2017-18 fiscal year. The local currency was volatile, firming to R12.94/$ after the speech was delivered...
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Rand firmer ahead of Budget Speech

2017-02-22
Rand firmer ahead of Budget Speech Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan, who is widely respected in financial markets, will deliver his budget speech at 2pm. Picture: EWN Reuters | 57 minutes ago JOHANNESBURG - The rand firmed early on Wednesday, with the market focus on Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan's...
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Rand slightly firmer in subdued trade

2017-02-17
Rand slightly firmer in subdued trade Rand Merchant Bank says the local currency has lost its momentum and is unlikely to continue the rally it experienced earlier in the week.
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Rand surges to best level in 15-months vs the dollar

2017-02-15
South Africa's rand reached its best levels in 15-months against the US dollar on Tuesday, after data showed that the country's unemployment rate declined in the fourth quarter of 2016
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Rand holds steady after strong rally

2017-02-15
The rand stabilised on Wednesday morning, a day after staging a powerful rally against major currencies, notably the dollar.
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Brittain's bring home the gold - Buffalo Regatta

2017-02-15
For many years the Brittain brothers: James, Charles, Lawrence and Matthew had an idea to row together, a simple dream that seemed to be far too many strokes away, however, on Saturday, 11th February 2017 the #BrittainBrothers made their way down to East London for the most prestigious race on the South African rowing calendar.
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Firmer bonds ahead of Janet Yellen's meeting with congress

2017-02-14
The bond market was marginally firmer on Monday afternoon, ahead of US Federal Reserve chair Janet Yellen’s meeting with congress
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Improved global risk sentiment lifts rand

2017-02-14
Forex and bonds Improved global risk sentiment lifts rand Reuters THE RAND edged higher yesterday, lifted by improved risk sentiment globally as fears receded over the impact of US President Donald Trump's trade policies
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Rand edges up, mining shares lead stocks higher

2017-02-14
Stocks advanced for a third consecutive session mining companies rose along with metals prices
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Rand treads water as violence threat hangs over SONA (Fin 24)

2017-02-09
Any violence beyond mere scuffles between supporters of the Economic Freedom Fighters and the African National Congress ahead of and during President Jacob Zuma's State of the Nation Address (SONA) on Thursday will have a negative impact on the rand.
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BASA calls on business specialists to facilitate workshops for creative organisations (CN & CO)

2017-02-09
Business and Art South Africa (BASA) is a development agency working to promote and strengthen linkage between art and business in a variety of ways. CN&CO enjoys a close association with BASA, with Carel Nolte being a member of the board.
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Bonds in holding pattern ahead of Jacob Zuma's state of the nation address (Business Day)

2017-02-09
The South African bond market battled to find traction at midday even as it kept a slightly weaker bias — a trend that has been in play for the better part of the week.
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Understanding the DCCUSD (Just One Lap)

2017-02-08
RMB quietly launched an ETF-like creature that blows our hair back. For the first time South African index investors have access to US Treasury Bonds (USTBs) via the JSE.
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Rand jittery ahead of Sona (Fin 24)

2017-02-08
The rand pierced through last week's resistance level of R13.41/$ and traded significantly weaker on Wednesday morning as South Africa prepares for President Jacob Zuma's State of the Nation Address (SONA) on Thursday.
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Bonds marginally weaker before state of the nation address (Business Live)

2017-02-07
The bond market was marginally weaker on Tuesday afternoon with the local market now focused on Thursday’s state of the nation address.
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Lizamore's window on the local art landscape (Business Live)

2017-02-07
The Lizamore Gallery's anniversary show, 35 Years: a Lizamore Perspective, presents many works by artists who were - and are - part of renowned large art franchises the Goodman Gallery and Everard Read.
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Rand gets stuck at R13.20/$ again as dollar firms marginally (Business Live)

2017-02-06
The rand was weaker at midday on Monday as its struggled to breach the R13.20/$ level
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Bonds off to positive start in line with rand

2017-02-03
Bonds off to positive start in line with rand 02 February 2017 - 10:14 AM Andries Mahlangu Picture: BUSINESS DAY The South African bond market was off to a positive start on Thursday morning as it took guidance from a stronger rand that, in turn, was responding to global forces. The dollar was on the defensive after the Federal Reserve...
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Indra Wussow (Creative Feel Magazine) Part 1

2017-02-01
As so often happens in the world of opera in South Africa, Pumeza Matshikiza's path to local fame has moved through the following steps: wellreceived international fame first, and with it recordings, highprofile recitals, great stage roles at some of the world's most prestigious opera houses, and then the return home to an enthusiastic local audience.
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Indra Wussow (Creative Feel Magazine) Part 2

2017-02-01
As so often happens in the world of opera in South Africa, Pumeza Matshikiza's path to local fame has moved through the following steps: wellreceived international fame first, and with it recordings, highprofile recitals, great stage roles at some of the world's most prestigious opera houses, and then the return home to an enthusiastic local audience.
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Indra Wussow (Creative Feel Magazine) Part 3

2017-02-01
As so often happens in the world of opera in South Africa, Pumeza Matshikiza's path to local fame has moved through the following steps: wellreceived international fame first, and with it recordings, highprofile recitals, great stage roles at some of the world's most prestigious opera houses, and then the return home to an enthusiastic local audience.
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Rand bashed by uncertainty

2017-01-31
Weaker.commodities contribute to currencies decline THE RAND plunged yesterday alongside the Russian rouble pummelled by weaker.commodity prices and political uncertainties and leading a wider fall in emerging currencies. The rand weakened as much as 1.6 percent to touch its weakest in nearly two weeks before recouping some losses, hit also by media reports that President Jacob Zuma was considering firing ministers who opposed...
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Political developments put rand under pressure

2017-01-31
Political developments put rand under pressure 31 January 2017 - 10:28 AM Reitumetse Pitso Picture: THINKSTOCK The rand was marginally weaker against the dollar on Tuesday morning amid speculation of a possible Cabinet reshuffle and policy developments in the US. The local currency started the weak weaker at R13.40 to the dollar, after having rallied to R13.20/$ last week on market jitters over the Trump administration. Talk of a possible Cabinet reshuffle that could see former Eskom CEO Brian Molefe replace Pravin Gordhan...
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RMB lists new dollar product in the JSE (Business Report)

2017-01-25
IN A first for South Africa, Rand Merchant Bank (RMB), a division of FirstRand Bank, said yesterday that it had listed dollar custodial certificates (DCCs) on the JSE, thus enabling.companies and individuals to hold unlimited quantities of cash in US dollars. DCCs, which listed on the Exchange Traded Funds sector of the JSE yesterday, could be a simplified hedge against the rand's depreciation, according to RMB alternative asset specialist Ebrahim Patel.
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Diverse Positions Persist Over Naira Devaluation

2017-01-23
LAGOS, (CAJ News) - RAND Merchant Bank (RMB), the international markets watcher, believes politics is prevailing over economic realities on the deadlock around the valuation of the Naira against the Dollar
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Divergent positions persist over Naira devaluation (CAJ News Africa)

2017-01-20
From OKORO CHINEDU in Lagos, Nigeria LAGOS, (CAJ News) - RAND Merchant Bank (RMB), the international markets watcher, said politics was prevailing over economic realities on the deadlock regarding the value of the Naira against the United States Dollar.
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Anglo American selects bidders for coal mines (Business Live)

2017-01-20
Anglo American has shortlisted groups led by some of SA's most prominent black businessmen as bidders for several of its South African coal mines as it focuses on diamonds, platinum and copper, two people familiar with the discussions said.
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JSE opens flat on hawkish Yellen comments as gold shares retreat (Business Live)

2017-01-19
The JSE opened flat on Thursday as gold shares dragged the overall market down on hawkish comments from US Federal Reserve chairperson Janet Yellen.
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FNB and RMB recognised for SA's best forex offering (IT Online)

2017-01-18
First National Bank (FNB) and RMB have been recognised as the Best Forex Provider in South Africa at the 17th annual World's Best FX Provider for 2017 hosted by Global Finance Magazine.
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Rand falls on Trump's inauguration jitters (The Business Report)

2017-01-17
THE RAND retreated yesterday slipping more than 1 percent as jitters ahead of Donald Trump's inauguration as US president dampened demand for risk currencies globally At 5pm, the rand was bid at R13.6266 to the dollar, 5.50c softer than at the same time on Friday erasing most of the previous week's gains that lifted the unit to a twomonth high.
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Brittain brothers: Thinking.Pulling.Together for the Buffalo Regatta (CN & CO)

2017-01-17
We all know Lawrence Brittain as one half of SA's silver medal-winning duo from the Rio Olympics (along with Shaun Keeling). We've seen the guys in the RMB Thinking. Pulling. Together. ad and taken them on road shows around the country to talk about their journey to the podium in Rio.
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FNB and RMB offering 'tops' (Sagoodnews.co.za)

2017-01-17
First National Bank (FNB) and RMB have been recognised as the Best Forex Provider in South Africa at the 17th annual World's Best FX Provider for 2017 hosted by Global Finance Magazine.
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IN THE MARKET (JSE)

2017-01-01
Annually, the JSE highlights excellence in fixed income, currency and.commodity derivatives markets by rewarding its listed.companies with a soughtafter Spire Award.
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Eskom faces future laden with high risk (Business Live)

2016-12-15
Brian Molef, outgoing Eskom CE, has been hailed for doing great things for the state-owned company. But his achievements were much exaggerated by himself and his colleagues.
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Gold plunges to 10-month low on fed rate hike (CNBC Africa)

2016-12-15
The only good thing that can be said about 2016 is that it probably marks the low point in the economy's steady downward slide.
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Analysts' mixed views on fortunes of rand

2016-12-12
After posting one of the strongest rallies in emerging markets this year, South Africa's rand is headed for a 12 percent drop in 2017, according to analysts polled by Bloomberg
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Change a life, a life changing experience

2016-12-12
Mazwi Smimango was sitting outside his home in KwaZulu Natal’s Valley of a Thousand Hills when a number of people riding bicycles sped past.
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Rand slightly weaker but remains strong on the week (Business Live)

2016-12-08
The rand was slightly weaker against the dollar on Thursday morning but remained strong on the week ahead of the European Central Bank (ECB) meeting later in the afternoon.
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Economic recovery key to ward off junk rating risk (Moneyweb)

2016-12-05
South Africa's chances of repeating its escape from a junk credit rating in 2017 are in the balance as focus intensifies on tepid economic growth and simmering political tensions.
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Rand firms on weak US jobs report and S&P decision (Moneyweb Today)

2016-12-05
South Africa's rand swung firmer in late trade on Friday after jobs data from the United States disappointed, clawing back some ground ahead of a review of its debt by S&P Global Ratings.
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Business Day (Final) SA has one year to resolve ratings issue (Business Day)

2016-12-05
SA will have to keep a careful eye on its balance of payments and fiscal deficits, and move closer towards political stability, if it wants to hold on to its investment grade credit rating in 2017.
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Treasury will not cover Eskom's nuclear plans (Business Day)

2016-12-02
The Treasury has made it clear that Eskom's existing R350bn guarantee facility cannot be stretched to cover a new nuclearbuild programme. But it has confirmed that the facility, whose March 2017 expiry date prompted rating agency S&P Global to downgrade Eskom's rating deep into junk territory last week, will be extended to cover the muchdelayed new power stations Eskom is already building.
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Dealmakers

2016-12-01
Promotional products provider sold to private equity
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Zuma's survival knocks the rand (Business Report)

2016-11-30
The Rand fell almost 2 percent against the dollar yesterday, reversing gains that lifted it to near threeweek highs in the previous session after President Jacob Zuma survived an attempt by senior members of the ANC to remove him.
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Local politics and Opec meeting weigh on the rand (Business Live)

2016-11-30
The rand was weaker at midday on Wednesday along with other currencies as investors awaited Opec's decision on an output cut.
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Zuma survives move to oust him - media (MSN)

2016-11-29
President Jacob Zuma has survived a move by some members of his party to hold a no-confidence motion against him, local media reported on Tuesday without naming sources.
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South Africa's rand firms over ratings, Zuma ANC vote (Sharenet)

2016-11-28
South Africa's rand firmed to near three-week highs against the dollar and yields on government bonds fell on Monday after rating agencies Fitch and Moody's affirmed the country's investment-grade credit ratings.
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Rand firms after decisions by Fitch and Moody's (IOL)

2016-11-28
South Africa's rand firmed to near three-week highs against the dollar and yields on government bonds fell on Monday after rating agencies Fitch and Moody's affirmed the country's investment-grade credit ratings.
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Bonds rally in tandem with rand (Business Live)

2016-11-28
The South African bond market got off to a positive start on Monday, with yields on the benchmark R186 government bond dipping to November 9 lows when Republican Donald Trump won the US presidential race.
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Rand boosted over Trump, Zuma and ratings reprieve

2016-11-28
A mixture of a weakening dollar caused by Donald Trump's future presidency, rating agency reviews in South Africa on Friday and a party meeting that could unseat President Jacob Zuma has seen the rand strengthen by almost 2% on Monday morning.
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Zimbabwe's cash crunch grows worse (Business Report )

2016-11-27
UNDER normal circumstances, businesses in Zimbabwe would be smiling to the bank what with packed supermarkets, emerging long queues at fuelling stations and manufacturing capacity that is ticking up.
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Rand firms, stocks rise in emerging assets recovery (Moneyweb Today)

2016-11-25
South Africa's rand firmed on Tuesday alongside other emerging market currencies, helped by higher commodity prices and a pause in the rise of the dollar.
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#RandReport: Rand firms, stocks rise in emerging assets recovery (EWN)

2016-11-22
The rand firmed on Tuesday alongside other emerging market currencies, helped by higher commodity prices and a pause in the rise of the dollar.
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Ghana's Central Bank Cuts Key Rate for First Time Since 2011 (Bloomber Quint)

2016-11-22
Ghana's central bank cut its benchmark interest rate for the first time in more than five years after inflation slowed to the lowest rate since 2014.
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Eskom: Flagging output (Business Live)

2016-11-16
Though a recovery of commodity prices does not guarantee industry demand recovery or further investment, when this situation changes, some industry may be able to respond by ramping up production
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Rand slightly weaker after volatile week (Business Live)

2016-11-16
The rand was slightly weaker against the dollar at midday on Wednesday as the local currency continued to recover after a tumultuous past week.
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Rand, stocks suffer as investors bet on higher US rates (Moneyweb Today)

2016-11-15
South Africa's rand and share market fell on Friday as concerns weighed about how Donald Trump's presidency might impact emerging markets and investors firmed up bets on higher U.S. interest rates.
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Rand slumps for fourth day as bonds extend selloff (Moneyweb)

2016-11-14
South Africa's rand slumped for a fourth day, falling to a ten-week low against the dollar and bond yields climbed to five-month highs as a global debt selloff intensified amid expectations of rising inflation.
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Eskom: Flagging output (Financial Mail)

2016-11-11
Though a recovery of commodity prices does not guarantee industry demand recovery or further investment, when this situation changes, some industry may be able to respond by ramping up production.
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Rand may be unlikely victor of Clinton win (Business Day)

2016-11-07
Business confidence figures and data providing important clues to SA's thirdquarter GDP growth rate are due for release this week as the US prepares to elect a president Donald Trump's eleventhhour resurgence has spooked the markets, causing a spike in risk aversion that has seen US equities fall for eight straight sessions and oil for five consecutive days.
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Rand strengthens on eve of US presidential elections (Business Live)

2016-11-07
The rand strengthened against hard global currencies on Monday afternoon ahead of the US presidential elections on Tuesday.
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A Trump Win Could Sink the Dollar (Bloomberg)

2016-11-06
The dollar's surge after the Federal Bureau of Investigation absolved Hillary Clinton of committing a crime sent the greenback close to the levels likely to prevail if she won the presidential election.
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Rand is better but the ratings agencies loom (Sunday Times)

2016-11-06
INVESTORS are positive after the dramatic political events of the week which shrunk the risk premium on South African assets and gave the rand a boost.
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The Great 'Brittish' Boat Race at the 2017 Buffalo Regatta (CN & CO)

2016-11-03
We all know Lawrence Brittain as one half of SA's silver medal-winning duo from the Rio Olympics (along with Shaun Keeling).
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Bond yields edge higher on weaker world markets (Business Live)

2016-11-02
The South African bond market got off to a relatively weaker start on Wednesday morning, taking its cue from weaker global markets.
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Sanral's mysterious and wishful accounting (Moneyweb)

2016-11-01
Organisation Undoing Tax Abuse (Outa) raised some interesting questions about the South African National Road Agency's (Sanral) 2016 annual report which came out recently, specifically Sanral's lack of enthusiasm for writing off unpaid e-tolls, which many suspect will never be recovered.
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Sanral's mysterious and wishful accounting (Tech Central)

2016-11-01
Organisation Undoing Tax Abuse (Outa) raised some interesting questions about roads agency Sanral's 2016 annual report, which came out recently - specifically Sanral's lack of enthusiasm for writing off unpaid e-tolls, which many suspect will never be recovered.
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Rand trades slightly weaker as political risk remains (Business Live)

2016-11-01
The rand was slightly weaker against major currencies on Tuesday morning as political risk remained high, after the National Prosecuting Authority withdrew the fraud charges against Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan.
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Success in numbers (Cover)

2016-11-01
Wefinally managed to catch up with RMB marketing powerhouse Carolynne Waterhouse and she tells us we can share the journey, look where everyone sees and still "do it my way" 3 Cities Hotel Group in Public Affairs at the then iconic Royal Hotel.
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JSE Spire awards showcase excellence (Techno Africa)

2016-10-28
ABSA Capital, Rand Merchant Bank (RMB) and Nedbank have taken home took home the big awards at the 15th annual Spire awards as the winners of the Best Bonds House, Best Fixed Income and Currencies House, Best FX House and Best Research House and Best Interest Derivative House respectively at the awards last night.
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Was the MTBPS enough to avoid a ratings downgrade? (Money Marketing)

2016-10-27
I was rather tired when I headed back to Johannesburg from Pretoria after attending the media lock-up for the National Treasury's Medium Term Budget Policy Statement (MTBPS) on Thursday.
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Rand at three-week highs as the focus falls on Gordhan's speech (Business Live)

2016-10-26
The rand rallied to its best level against the dollar in about three weeks on Wednesday morning just hours before Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan will table the medium-term budget policy statement, which analysts say has the potential to stave off a ratings downgrade.
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Mini budget expected to support the rand - RMB (Fin 24)

2016-10-26
MB expects the mini budget to be rand supportive, it said on Wednesday morning.
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Rand firms ahead of budget speech (Moneyweb)

2016-10-26
South Africa's rand was firmer against the dollar in early trade on Wednesday ahead of Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan's unveiling of the medium-term budget policy statement at 1200 GMT.
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Fourways Mall will undergo a R2.4bn expansion and redevelopment (How we made it in Africa)

2016-10-20
Following the December 2013 listing of Accelerate Property Fund, RMB Real Estate Investment Banking was approached to fulfil the role of debt advisor and mandated lead arranger for the R2.4bn funding package required to complete the redevelopment of the Fourways Mall.
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$20.4bn in deals inked in Africa last year (Business Report)

2016-10-19
MERGERS and acquisitions (M&A) in the consumer goods sector in Africa accounted for $7.7 billion (R109.6bn) of $20.4bn of the total deals.completed on the continent last year, according to a report released yesterday by M&A intelligence group Mergermarket
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Gordhan support helps lift the rand

2016-10-18
The rand remained on a steadier footing against the dollar on Monday as support for embattled Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan intensified, with business leaders joining Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa in expressing their support for him
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Rand loses ground as Gordhan's future hangs in the balance

2016-10-13
The rand weakened materially again on Thursday morning as worry over the future of Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan weighed on sentiment.
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Sector faces obstacles in helping platinum coin it (Business Day)

2016-10-10
SA HAS two very obvious levers to pull to increase the demand for platinum and neither of them has yet been touched despite years of talks with the government to introduce a platinum coin and make the metal a reserve currency like gold
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Eskom loan staves off funding fears (Business Day Live)

2016-10-04
ESKOM has staved off concerns about securing funding for the 2016-17 financial year after the state utility signed a $500m credit agreement with the China Development Bank, with the prospect of another $4.5bn in credit to come.
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Rand bows to pressure from strong dollar (Business Day Live)

2016-10-04
THE rand succumbed to a relatively strong dollar on Tuesday morning, after upbeat US manufacturing data boosted the odds of an interest rate hike in December.
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Teaching vultures how to survive in the wild (Business Day)

2016-10-03
IF VULTURES were cute and adorable, probably more people would be alarmed that all nine of the vulture species in southern Africa are endangered or vulnerable.
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MEETING, VOTING, RATING AND UNCERTAINTY (Financial Mail)

2016-10-01
November is going to be a crowded month for market watchers, with the US election taking centre stage internationally, while domestically labour reform, monetary policy and the possibility of further credit rating downgrades will top the agenda.
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Dealmakers Pick n Pay's pyramid collapsed (Dealmakers)

2016-10-01
The PnP Holdings pyramid structure, in effect for over 30 years, was introduced in 1981 by the Ackerman family to prevent a hostile takeover of the group and to ensure the founding family retained ultimate control of PnP Stores.
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Rand trims world's biggest currency gain, as risk aversion grows (Moneyweb)

2016-09-30
The rand fell as much as 1.2 percent to head for its biggest weekly retreat this month, as increased risk aversion among global investors and a possible reweighting of South Africa in a JPMorgan bond index sparked concern foreigners may sell the country's debt.
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Rand's sharp about-turn continues, taking it back through R14/$ (Business Day Live)

2016-09-30
THE rand deepened Thursday's losses on Friday morning, breaching the R14/$ mark for the first time in about two weeks.
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Rand gains to five-week high after US debate (Moneyweb)

2016-09-27
South Africa's currency strengthened for a second day, trailing only Mexico's peso in global currency gains against the dollar, as markets judged Hillary Clinton to have won the first of three US presidential debates against rival Donald Trump.
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'You must be a small mosquito on a big artery' (Business Day Live)

2016-09-27
Two of SA's most well-known bankers have joined energies to make waves in the cellphone industry. Paul Harris, co-founder of Rand Merchant Bank, and Michael Jordaan, former CEO of First National Bank, are putting their money and their expertise behind a new wireless network enabling the latest 5G technology. The technology will compete directly with fibre optic to homes and offices.
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South Africa's Rand Gains to Five-Week High After U.S. Debate (Bloomberg)

2016-09-27
South Africa's currency strengthened for a second day, trailing only Mexico's peso, as traders judged Hillary Clinton to have won the U.S. presidential debate versus Donald Trump.
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JSE, rand rise on rates hold

2016-09-23
THE JSE's allshare index and the rand rose sharply on Thursday after global and local equity markets obtained greater clarity on interest rates.
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Rand firms on SABMiller inflow talk

2016-09-22
THE RAND yesterday strengthened to a onemonth high against the dollar, leading global currency gains, amid speculation AnheuserBusch (AB) InBev had started buying the currency to pay local shareholders for its $104 billion (R1 trillion) acquisition of SABMiller.
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Rand leads currency gains as SABMiller-inflow talk sparks rally

2016-09-21
South Africa's rand strengthened to a one-month high against the dollar, leading global currency gains, amid speculation Anheuser-Busch InBev SA has started buying the currency to pay local shareholders for its $104 billion acquisition of SABMiller.
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#RandReport: Rand gains as risk currencies rally, stocks also rise (Business Day Live)

2016-09-19
The rand firmed on Monday, gaining alongside fellow emerging currencies as the dollar stumbled on expectations that the US Federal Reserve will not raise interest rates this week.
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Rand 'continues to outperform massively' ahead of central bank meetings (Business Day Live)

2016-09-19
The rand was on a firmer footing at the start of what promises to be a busy week, dominated by central bank policy meetings.
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ECONOMIC WEEK AHEAD: Economists expect repo rate to remain steady (Business Day Live)

2016-09-19
CONSUMERS are under immense financial pressure and growth is muted, the two factors that will probably see the Reserve Bank pressing pause on an interest rate hike after its monetary policy committee concludes its meeting on Thursday.
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Business Day (Late Final) Renewed fight to save SAs rating Part 1

2016-09-16
Moody's forecast sets stage for intense period of interactions MOODY's has trimmed its forecast of SA's economic growth rate to 0.2% this year and 1.1% next year, setting the stage for an intense period of interactions with investors and ratings agencies in.coming weeks, as government and business step up efforts to avert a downgrade of SA's credit rating.
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Business Day (Late Final) Renewed fight to save SAs rating Part 2

2016-09-16
Moody's forecast sets stage for intense period of interactions MOODY's has trimmed its forecast of SA's economic growth rate to 0.2% this year and 1.1% next year, setting the stage for an intense period of interactions with investors and ratings agencies in.coming weeks, as government and business step up efforts to avert a downgrade of SA's credit rating.
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Rand recovers after weak US retail sales, stocks fall (Moneyweb)

2016-09-15
South Africa's rand gained more than 1% on Thursday, stretching a recent recovery into a second consecutive session after weakUS retail sales data boosted investor appetite for high-yielding emerging market assets.
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Rand bounces back in choppy trade (Business Day Live)

2016-09-14
THE rand was relatively firmer on Wednesday morning but still battled to establish a clear trend as uncertainty prevailed about the timing of the next US interest-rate hike.
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Reit laws benefit property sector

2016-09-13
Reit laws benefit property sector ALISTAIR ANDERSON Property Writer SINCE the adoption of real estate investment trust (Reit) dispensation in SA, the listed property sector and associated industries have benefited from unprecedented growth, say property experts.
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Progress report key for SA, says S&P

2016-09-06
RATINGS agency S&P Global Ratings is keeping a keen eye on what measures SA is implementing to raise the growth rate in the medium term, including labour and state-owned entity reforms.
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NEWS ANALYSIS: Politicians should do rand crash course

2016-09-06
POLITICIANS would do well to brush up on their knowledge of the foreign exchange markets and the country's monetary policy framework.
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Zuma vs Gordhan battle set to hit SA taxpayers hard as investors depart

2016-09-01
For a while after the local elections in August, it looked like the South African rand had finally reversed out of its downward path and had turned a corner. Foreign investors were optimistic that the beating the ANC took at the polling booths would translate into improved economic decision-making. But then news emerged that the Hawks unit, a controversial investigative squad, was moving in on South Africa's finance minister Pravin Gordhan, sending the national currency downwards. With the Hawks acting beyond its powers and the range of charges against Gordhan legally questionable, the case against the finance minister looks to many like it has been designed to remove him from his seat at the controls of South Africa's state funds.
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Twitchy rand drifts off two-month lows

2016-09-01
THE rand drifted slightly off two-month lows against the dollar on Thursday morning but remained vulnerable to local political news.
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Rand gains for the first time in ten days

2016-09-01
The rand gained against the dollar for the first time in 10 days and South African bonds rose as figures from China showing a pick-up in manufacturing boosted commodity prices.
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Rand Gains for First Time in 10 Days as China Boosts Commodities

2016-09-01
The rand gained against the dollar for the first time in 10 days and South African bonds rose as figures from China showing a pick-up in manufacturing boosted commodity prices.
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Rand hovers near seven-week lows

2016-09-01
The rand traded close to the previous day's seven-week low against the dollar on Thursday, hurt by investor concerns over the future of Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan.
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JSE in limbo as Sars Wars rage on

2016-08-30
The JSE was in limbo on Tuesday morning as global markets awaited more concrete indications of when US interest rates will be raised.
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Rand stable as Gordhan-Hawks saga drags on

2016-08-30
THE rand was in a stable range on Tuesday morning but remained fragile and vulnerable to fresh news flow due to the standoff between the Hawks and Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan.
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Reserve Bank plans no response to Gordhan volatility issue

2016-08-30
SOUTH Africa's Reserve Bank yesterday said it would not respond to shortterm volatility triggered by news of possible charges against Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan, deputy governor Daniel Mminele said yesterday.
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Weakening rand should get a little bounce - analyst

2016-08-30
The five-day weakening trend of the rand could continue, but the currency is due a little bounce, an analyst said on Tuesday.
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Five-year bond to tame cedi pressure (Ghana)

2016-08-30
Government's decision to re-open a five-year GH400million domestic bond has bolstered expectations that the cedi will from this week see one of its strongest runs amid rising pressure on the local currency in recent times.
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Rand at five-week lows on US rate hike jitters

2016-08-29
Picture: BLOOMBERG/WALDO SWIEGERS THE rand slid on Monday morning, continuing the weakening trend that gathered momentum last week when the spat between the Hawks and Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan unsettled investors.
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Rand Posts Worst Week Since May as Gordhan Doubts Persist

2016-08-29
South Africa's rand had its biggest weekly drop since May and benchmark government debt slumped he most this year on concern Finance Minster Pravin Gordhan's job is on the line amid speculation of a deepening rift between him and President Jacob Zuma.
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Rand posts worst week since May as Gordhan doubts persist

2016-08-27
THE rand headed for the biggest weekly drop since May while benchmark government debt slumped by the most this year on concern that Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan's job is on the line amid speculation of a rift between him and President Jacob Zuma.
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#RandReport: Rand under pressure amid political uncertainty, stocks weaken

2016-08-25
The rand weakened further to a one-month low on Thursday, weighed down by lingering uncertainty over whether the finance minister faces arrest
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Rand under pressure amid political uncertainty, stocks weaken

2016-08-25
The rand weakened further to a one-month low on Thursday, weighed down by lingering uncertainty over whether the finance minister faces arrest.
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Rand calmer after big moves

2016-08-25
THE rand stabilised around the R14.14/$ mark on Thursday morning but remained fragile as the standoff between the Hawks and Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan continued.
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Bonds near weakest since June on Gordhan

2016-08-25
South African bonds held near the weakest level since June and the rand was close to the lowest level in a month against the dollar as investors fear Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan may be removed from his post after he refused to meet with police.
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Congo faces rising instability as key vote date approaches

2016-08-25
THE DEMOCRATIC Republic of the Congo faces an increasing likelihood of larger protests as the country approaches election deadlines, even after the main opposition alliance led a national strike on Tuesday that drew mixed support.
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Markets reel as Gordhan probe deepens

2016-08-24
South African markets were left reeling after an investigation surrounding the country's finance minister took a new twist.
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The R12bn Kathu solar project: Good-bye diesel. Hello molten salt.

2016-08-17
Rand Merchant Bank recently closed the R12-billion financial transaction needed to jump-start the construction of the 100MW Kathu Solar Park in the Northern Cape.
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Eskom yields jump as court seeks SA power-price review

2016-08-17
Eskom's bond yields climbed the most in more than two months after a South African court told the energy regulator to review its decision to allow the utility to recoup unforeseen expenses through higher electricity tariffs.
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Solar power project adds to South Africa's energy mix

2016-08-16
The recent financial closing of the 100MW Kathu Solar Park transaction catalyses the construction of one of the largest renewable energy transactions in the South African market.
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Election tension threatens Zambia's reputation

2016-08-11
VIOLENCE and intimidation are threatening the credibility of Zambia's presidential elections and the nation's reputation as one of Africa's most stable democracies.
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Local currency remains resilient

2016-08-10
The rand continued to push stronger against the dollar at midday earlier today and, and the rally was extended owing to a softer dollar boosting emerging market currencies despite the local market being closed yesterday.
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#RandReport: Rand retreats, stocks end higher as financials climb

2016-08-01
The rand retreated on Monday, surrendering recent gains as some investors cashed in profits from the previous week's rally to nine months highs. Stocks were higher, buoyed mostly by financials shares.
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Rand rally continues on good news at home and abroad

2016-08-01
THE rand remained on the front foot in midday trade on Monday, buoyed by a combination of a weaker dollar and Friday's encouraging domestic trade data that supports a narrowing of the local current account deficit in 2016.
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Rand benefits as dollar dips after Fed statement

2016-07-28
THE rand was firmer on Thursday morning, benefiting from a broad weakness in the dollar following US Federal Reserve meeting at which interest rates were kept on hold.
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A guide to blockchain and Bitcoin (Just Money)

2016-07-26
In an ever-evolving world, digital currencies are being accepted by some product and service providers as payment, but not yet by the major banks. Bitcoin is accepted at over 30,000 online websites through Payfast, one of South Africa's payment providers and over 150,000 merchants worldwide.
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Temperate view allows us to see Africa's accomplishments and its failures (Business Day)

2016-07-18
AFRO-pessimism is back in vogue, or at least this is the impression conveyed by newspaper headlines.
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Gold's key positive factors (Inside Mining) Part 1

2016-07-18
The gold index on the JSE has been stronger of late.
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Gold's key positive factors (Inside Mining) Part 2

2016-07-18
The gold index on the JSE has been stronger of late.
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Global outlook helps rand to gain strength (Business Day Live)

2016-07-12
THE rand strengthened to pre-Brexit levels against the dollar on Monday, and continued to firm against the pound, as the prospect of renewed loose global monetary policies boosted the domestic currency.
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Brexit pushes rand into massive recovery against the British pound (Business Tech)

2016-07-11
The rand has seen a 25% recovery against the British pound since January, after Britain voted to leave the European Union on June 24.
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Rand stable in early trade (Business Report)

2016-07-11
South Africa's rand held its ground early on Monday and was seen getting a boost from improved risk appetite as investors search for higher yields on expectations interest rates will stay low in leading economies.
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Rand holds up after strong US nonfarm payroll data (Business Day Live)

2016-07-11
The rand eased slightly against the dollar on Monday morning, but held onto Friday's gains, which were inspired by the strong US jobs report.
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Bonds perk up on improved global risk appetite (Business Day Live)

2016-07-11
The South African bond market displayed a positive tone on Monday morning amid improved global risk appetite.
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Assets firm as hunt for higher yields buoy risk appetite (Business Day Live)

2016-07-11
South African assets firmed on Monday on improved risk appetite as investors sought higher yields on expectations that interest rates will stay low in leading economies.
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How blockchain technology could halve banking revenue (Moneyweb)

2016-07-08
Blockchain technology could swallow as much as 40% of global banking revenue by overtaking the verification of payment transactions, according to Farzam Ehsani, leader of Rand Merchant Bank’s (RMB) blockchain initiative, who believes that in the future, we may bank directly with the Reserve Bank.
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Eskom may seek 20% hike (Business Report)

2016-07-08
South Africa's state-owned power utility may ask the nation's energy regulator for permission to raise prices by more than allowed so it can recoup more than R40 billion ($2.7 billion) of unbudgeted expenses incurred over two years, an analyst at FirstRand's Rand Merchant Bank unit said.
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Rand holds onto gains at end of hectic week (Business Day)

2016-07-01
Therand was in a stable range on Friday morning, heading for its best weekly gain against the dollar in four.
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Economy Watch: Which is worse: inflation or no growth? (Business Day)

2016-07-01
Two monetary policy committee meetings will take place in July that could have significant implications for the rand, inflation and interest rates.
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Brexit: SARB sees gloom (Business Report)

2016-06-30
The UK's vote to leave the EU would hurt South Africa's economic growth, according to Reserve Bank Governor Lesetja Kganyago.
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Rand gains as risk demand resurfaces, stocks firmer (Moneyweb)

2016-06-28
South Africa's rand strengthened on Tuesday after two days of losses as emerging assets returned to favour following steep declines triggered by Britain's vote last week to quit the European Union.
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Rand stabilises, JSE opens weaker as uncertainty dominates global markets (Times Live)

2016-06-27
An uneasy calm descended on global markets on Monday morning, helping to rand to improve slightly at the start of what could be another volatile week.
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Rand stabilises amid uneasy calm on global markets (Business Day Live)

2016-06-27
An uneasy calm descended on global markets on Monday morning, helping to rand to improve slightly at the start of what could be another volatile week.
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Gold stocks jump 19% as they ride out market storm (Business Day Live)

2016-06-24
Gold stocks rode out the market storm on Friday morning as Britain bowed out of the European Union in a disruptive affair that has claimed the country's prime minister, David Cameron.
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Brexit rattles JSE, rand (Moneyweb)

2016-06-24
The JSE opened weaker, in line with global equity markets, after 51.9% of voters in the United Kingdom (UK) elected to leave the European Union (EU).
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Rand falls most since 2008 on Brexit (Moneyweb)

2016-06-24
South Africa's rand dropped by the most since 2008 against the dollar and fell to a record against the yen as the UK voted to leave the European Union, rocking markets globally.
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JSE, rand shrug off Brexit fears (Moneyweb)

2016-06-23
The JSE, in line with global equity markets, shrugged off Brexit fears as Britain took to the polls in a referendum over its European Union membership.
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Rand hits one month high (more expected) on 'Bremain', surprise CPI (Biz News)

2016-06-23
South Africa's rand extended gains against the dollar in early trade on Thursday as cautious optimism that British voters would opt to stay in the European Union in the session helped risk appetite.
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Brexit would complicate life in SA - Gordhan (Fin24)

2016-06-20
As Britons count down the days to a referendum on whether to remain a part of the European Union (EU), countries like South Africa are weighing up the cost of either scenario.
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Rand rallies against the dollar as Brexit vote nears (Business Tech)

2016-06-20
The rand rallied against the dollar in afternoon trade on Monday, consolidating back below R15 against the US dollar ahead of a British referendum on whether to remain a part of the European Union (EU).
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Rand tumbles on latest trade data (Business Report)

2016-06-15
The rand tumbled yesterday after data showed the current account deficit widened in the first quarter as exports slumped, despite a recovery in the global prices of commodities and a weaker rand.
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Rand, JSE falter as dollar rebounds (Business Times)

2016-06-12
The rand slid on Friday, capping another action-packed week that also witnessed a sharper sell-off on the JSE.
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Gordhan staved off the junk downgrade (Mercury, Network)

2016-06-12
But more must be done, says expert staving off a ratings down-grade had more to do with efforts by South Africa's Fi-nance Minister, Pravin Gord-han, to fulfil promises he made in his Budget speech than the reality of the country's performance over the financial year.
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South Africa's rand stumbles after economy contracts sharply (Sharenet)

2016-06-09
South Africa's rand gave back some of the previous day's gains against the dollar on Thursday, weighed down by data pointing to lethargic economic growth.
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GIANT FILMS' Ian Gabriel creates epic encounter for RMB (SA Creative Network)

2016-06-09
In the closely observed category of South African Financial advertising, authenticity and local relevance are important touch points.
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Is there any sign of business confidence turning around? (Business Day Live)

2016-06-09
Two business confidence indicators released today paint a bleak picture of private sector sentiment.
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Record manganese amount railed despite oversupply (Business Day)

2016-06-09
Transnet Freight Rail trans-ported a monthly record of 1.053-million tonnes of man-ganese to SA's ports in May, with the deployment of new locom-otives and wagons a key factor.
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RMB gets Thinking, Pulling, Together - alignment of values becomes breakthrough for SA Rowing (Fin24)

2016-06-08
After winning one of their country's three gold medals at the 2012 Olympic Games, South African Rowing might have expected a surge in financial and other support. But despite its global achievement, the sporting association survived on scraps and the world-beating passion and discipline of its handful of high class participants.
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Fitch may maintain SA rating, but cut outlook analysts (Daily News)

2016-06-07
Ratings agency Fitch is likely to affirm South Africa's investment grade credit rating this week, but may lower its outlook to negative, analysts said, as Africa's most indus-trialised economy grapples with slow growth.
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Rand holds near four-week high against struggling dollar (Business Day Live)

2016-06-07
The rand held close to a four-week high against the dollar on Tuesday morning, as the dollar battled to shake off its recent losses.
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Rand's 5% gain a surprise after S&P junk reprieve - analyst (Newshub)

2016-06-07
The extent of the rand's gain was surprising given the tone of rating agency S&P's statement that 'strongly suggested the bias is still for a downgrade', said RMB analyst John Cairns on
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Rand weakens as dollar recovers (Business Report)

2016-06-06
South Africa's rand weakened in early trade on Monday and was expected to be volatile as the dollar recovered and investors digested news that S&P Global Ratings had affirmed the country's investment-grade credit rating.
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Team SA gets pot of gold (Times Live)

2016-06-03
Telecommunications giant Telkom announced yesterday it was channelling R4-million to the medal incentive fund and another R4-million to the teams that will compete at the showpiece later this year.
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RowSA bank on new sponsorship (Pretoria News)

2016-06-03
RowSA bank on new sponsorship OCKERT DE VILLIERS SOUTH African rowing re-ceived a shot in the arm after it was announced Rand Merchant Bank (RMB) would invest in the sport.
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Team SA gets pot of gold (The Times)

2016-06-03
Telkom, Sascoc boost medal-winners fund SOUTH African medal win-ners at the Olympics and Paralympics in Rio de Janeiro will receive cash rewards that could total as much as R10-million.
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RowSA bank on new sponsorship (Sport Star)

2016-06-03
RowSA bank on new sponsorship OCKERT DE VILLIERS SOUTH African rowing re-ceived a shot in the arm after it was announced Rand Merchant Bank (RMB) would invest in the sport.
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Gold will outperform, iron-ore to be avoided - Junior Indaba (Polity)

2016-06-02
Gold will be the commodity that will outperform in the next 12 months and iron-ore is the commodity investors should avoid at all costs during that period, junior miners voted on Thursday.
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To invest, or not? (Inside Mining)

2016-06-01
Economics, Finance & Risk When a certain mineable element is suddenly in high demand, it is human nature to follow the urge to invest in that element as well. Potash and graphite have been identified as burgeoning commodities.
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WHICH IS WORSE: INFLATION OR NO GROWTH? (Financial Mail)

2016-06-01
wo monetary policy committee meetings will take place in July that could have significant implications for the rand, inflation and interest rates.
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Struggling mining sector turns Zimbabwe's economy downwards (Mineweb)

2016-06-01
A struggling mining sector - companies delaying projects, halting expansion and putting properties up for sale - currently characterises Zimbabwe's struggling economy in which cash, power and investment shortages are worsening economic growth prospects for the current year.
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Nigerian president makes a bad hand worse by fumbling currency

2016-06-01
MUHAMMADU Buhari took office as Nigeria's president a year ago on a wave of optimism that the former military ruler could revive a nation battered by falling oil prices and decades of corruption. But now, Africa's biggest economy is on its knees.
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RMB launches its new commercials (Sport Industry)

2016-06-01
Rand Merchant Bank (RMB) has announced a new relationship with Rowing South Africa (RowSA). The announcement is being supported by the release of three 60-second TV commercials based on the creative platform 'Thinking. Pulling. Together'.
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Bonds soften in line with rand (Business Day Live)

2016-05-30
The South African bond market slipped on Monday morning in sympathy with a weaker rand.
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#RandReport: Rand slips, BidCorp lifts stocks (Eye Witness News)

2016-05-30
The rand weakened on Monday, anticipating a likely credit downgrade this week and also under pressure from rising bets that the Federal Reserve could raise United States (US) interest rates.
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Oil on troubled waters (Times Live)

2016-05-27
The JSE surged to its highest level this year as Brent crude's climb above $50 a barrel for the first time in six months boosted the outlook for commodity-producing countries.
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JSE hits high for year to date (Companies & Markets)

2016-05-27
The JSE closed at its best level for 2016 on Thursday as higher commod-ity prices caused mining stocks to firm in a global risk-on environment.
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Rand steady, stocks edge up in early trade (Moneyweb)

2016-05-26
South Africa's rand steadied against the dollar early on Thursday supported by investor appetite for riskier assets that was nonethless tempered by the possibility that the US Federal Reserve may raise interest rates.
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Rand little changed ahead of US data (Business Day Live)

2016-05-26
The rand traded in a narrow band on Thursday morning, mirroring a pause in global currency markets after wild swings recently.
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JSE rallies to 2016 high as platinums close higher (Business Day Live)

2016-05-26
The JSE closed at its best 2016 level as higher commodity prices caused miners to firm in a global risk-on environment.
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Rand retreats as lower commodity price, US rate hike weighs (Moneyweb)

2016-05-24
South Africa's rand weakened against the dollar early on Tuesday as a bout of risk aversion triggered by lower commodity prices and renewed expectations of a rate hike in the United Sates cooled investor appetite for emerging market assets.
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Rand steady, but vulnerable (IOL)

2016-05-20
South Africa's rand steadied early on Friday, but looked vulnerable to a stronger dollar, after the South African central bank left interests rates unchanged while speculation grew that the Federal Reserve would raise US rates next month.
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Mark Schmaman: A gas-powered Nigeria - the deals behind $900m Azura project (Fin 24)

2016-05-18
Nigeria continues to struggle against constant blackouts, and anyone visiting the country, will know first hand that it's a constant switch between main power supply and backup generators. The government has been reforming the power sector since 2005, and one of these projects is the 450MW gas-fired Azura-Edo electricity project.
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Rand falls on revived US rate hike expectations (Moneyweb)

2016-05-18
South Africa's rand fell to a two-month low on Wednesday as the dollar rose on revived expectations of an early Federal Reserve rate hike after data suggested the US economy is regaining momentum.
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Private universities shoot up in Africa (Business Day, Review & Opinion)

2016-05-17
While these institutions plug an education gap, they need regulation, writes RONAK GOPALDAS THE number of private universities operating in Africa is growing, and the sector is generating a groundswell of interest among investors.
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Rand hardly changed near end of volatile week (Business Day Live)

2016-05-13
The rand was barely changed on Friday morning but still kept a weaker bias on the week, during which the currency made some wild swings.
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Second Sanral bond auction cancelled (Business Day)

2016-05-12
The South African National Roads Agency Limited (Sanral) has can-celled a second bond auction this year, to wait for an "improvement in market conditions" and the conclusion of the review by rating's agency Moody's. Sanral is also waiting for the final numbers of its offer of a 60% discount on historic e-toll debt before going to market. Last month, Sanral cancelled its bond auction, the third one for the year, after it failed to attract enough investor interest.
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Second Sanral bond auction cancelled (Biz Community)

2016-05-12
The South African National Roads Agency Limited (Sanral) has cancelled a second bond auction this year, to wait for an "improvement in market conditions" and the conclusion of the review by rating's agency Moody's. Sanral is also waiting for the final numbers of its offer of a 60% discount on historic e-toll debt before going to market.
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Rand fluctuates while commodities rally (Business Day)

2016-05-11
The rand continued its see-saw trade yesterday, first losing 20c against the dollar to R15.37, before recovering to R15.14/$ in late afternoon trade.
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Volatile rand sends bonds weaker (Business Day Live)

2016-05-11
The South African bond market continued its weakening path on Thursday morning as volatility in the rand continued.
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Rand on a see-saw after hitting six-week low (Business Day Live)

2016-05-10
The rand continued its see-saw trade on Tuesday, first losing 20c against the dollar to R15.37, before recovering to R15.14/$ in late afternoon trade.
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SA to add 100MW solar power to national grid in 2018 (Business Day Live)

2016-05-10
French group Engie has signed a 20-year power purchase deal with power utility Eskom to connect 100MW of solar power to the national grid in 2018 from its Kathu Solar plant.
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One hurdle down, two to go in avoiding ratings downgrades (Business Day Live)

2016-05-09
In avoiding a sovereign credit downgrade by Moody's, SA has soared over the first of three hurdles set by the three main ratings agencies this year, but the country could still get tripped up by the last two.
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Rand softer in morning trade (Business Report)

2016-05-06
South Africa's rand weakened against the dollar in thin trade early on Friday as investors positioned for a US jobs report that is likely to provide clues about the Federal Reserve's monetary policy intentions.
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Rand regains some composure after sharp drop (Business Day Live)

2016-05-05
The rand regained some composure on Thursday morning as global markets stabilised after a recent wobble.
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Tesla deal shows plenty potential but no detail (Financial Mail Investors Monthly)

2016-05-01
Pietermaritzburg-based aluminium manufacturing specialist Hulamin caused a stir last year after it bagged an exclusive contract to supply Tesla with a key component to power its electric vehicles.
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Economy Watch: Inflation, low growth - SA needs reshaping (Business Day Live)

2016-04-28
The key economic event in May will be the May 17-19 meeting of the monetary policy committee (MPC).
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Police deployed amid Nigeria fuel crisis (Business Report)

2016-04-25
Nigeria deployed police and soldiers to petrol stations to maintain order as fuel short-ages grip Africa's biggest oil producer.
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How rising food costs affect your shopping bill (Fast Moving)

2016-04-21
Consumer Price Inflation (CPI) decelerated from 7% year-on-year (y/y) in February to 6.3% in March, Statistics South Africa announced on Wednesday, while food costs in March were nearly 10% higher than in March 2015.
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The smart money is on junk, say economists (Times Live)

2016-04-21
South Africa's sovereign credit rating will probably be cut to junk status this year, at least by Standard & Poor's, amid concerns the government could fail to reach its budget targets, a poll found yesterday.
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The smart money is on junk, say economists (Times, The)

2016-04-21
SOUTH Africa's sovereign credit rating will probably be cut to junk status this year, at least by Stan-dard & Poor's, amid concerns the government could fail to reach its budget targets, a poll found yes-terday.
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Economists surveyed say SA will probably have sovereign rating cut to junk (Business Day Live)

2016-04-20
SA's sovereign credit rating will probably be cut to junk status this year, at least by Standard & Poor's, amid concerns that the government could fail to reach its budget targets, a Reuters poll found on Wednesday.
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Big drop in SA inflation amid rising food costs (Engineering News)

2016-04-20
Consumer Price Inflation (CPI) decelerated from 7% year-on-year (y/y) in February to 6.3% in March, Statistics South Africa announced on Wednesday, while food costs in March were nearly 10% higher than in March 2015.
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Poll: SA's credit rating is in jeopardy (Business Report)

2016-04-20
South Africa's sovereign credit rating will probably be cut to junk status this year, at least by Standard & Poor's, amid concerns the government could fail to reach its budget targets, a Reuters poll found on Wednesday.
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SA March CPI slows to 6.3% (Moneyweb)

2016-04-20
Headline inflation came down, but food inflation did quite the opposite - Ettienne le Roux, chief economist - RMB
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This infographic shows how rising food costs affects your shopping bill (Business Tech)

2016-04-20
Consumer Price Inflation (CPI) decelerated from 7% year-on-year (y/y) in February to 6.3% in March, Statistics South Africa announced on Wednesday, while food costs in March were nearly 10% higher than in March 2015.
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Rand's trajectory looking stronger (Business Report )

2016-04-20
A weakening dollar and an upswing in commodity prices yesterday boosted the rand, as the currency rallied to its best level against the dollar in four months.
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Bonds rally in line with rand (Business Day Live)

2016-04-19
The South African bond market was roundly positive in early trade on Tuesday, taking its lead from a stronger rand.
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Investor caution applies brakes to Sanral bond auction (Business Day Live)

2016-04-19
The South African National Roads Agency Limited (Sanral) abandoned this month's scheduled bond auction after failing to attract enough investor interest.
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Africa's most 'resilient' stars seeking bailouts (Business Report )

2016-04-18
Countries turn to IMF and Wold Bank for aid LESS THAN two years after International Monetary Fund (IMF) managing director Chris-tine Lagarde heralded Africa for its "remarkable resilience", some of the continent's once-brightest stars are seeking bailouts.
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Index expected to report drop in inflation (Business Day)

2016-04-18
Claire Bisseker IF CONSUMER inflation mod-erates, as expected, and the rand continues its recent ral-ly, this could boost confidence in the South African economy.
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Rand slips, Chinese data limits losses (Moneyweb)

2016-04-13
South Africa's rand weakened against the dollar on Wednesday as support from an emerging market rally ran out of steam, although positive Chinese trade data limited the local currency's losses.
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Rand slips ahead of key data releases (Business Day Live)

2016-04-13
The rand slipped on Wednesday morning as the dollar regained some composure while commodity prices such as platinum pulled back from multimonth highs.
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Rand back at highest level since before Nenegate - Gupta exit cheered (Biz News)

2016-04-12
South Africa's "share price", the Rand, has recovered back to where it traded ahead of Nenegate. The Bloomberg story below puts the latest rebound down to the success of the recent Eurobond issue and the takeover of Illovo Sugar.
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Rand remains firm against dollar (Business Report)

2016-04-12
South African's rand firmed for a third consecutive session against the dollar on Tuesday as the greenback slipped while emerging markets lapped up a return of appetite for riskier assets.
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Sharply firmer mining shares carry the day (Business Day)

2016-04-12
The JSE closed flat yesterday as sharply firmer mining shares carried the day, by a whisker, offsetting retreating industrials.
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Rand stronger on talk of deals (Business Day Live)

2016-04-11
The rand was more than 2% or 30c stronger against the dollar on Monday afternoon amid market talk of further corporate deals supporting the local currency.
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Rand firms on emerging markets rally, stocks flat (Moneyweb)

2016-04-11
South Africa's rand rallied to its firmest in one week on Monday as sentiment toward emerging markets was lifted by positive signs from Chinese data, while stocks were mostly flat.
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Rand firmer but vulnerable to political risk, growth fears (Moneyweb)

2016-04-07
South Africa's rand firmed slightly early on Thursday as investors bought into riskier but high-yielding assets, yet remained vulnerable to weak domestic growth outlook and political uncertainty.
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Allocated to: John Cairns (Financial Mail ) Part 1

2016-04-07
The rand has rallied, but SA still needs a positive growth story to lure investors back The rand has had its best month against the dollar since the global financial crisis and has pierced a number of key resistance levels against the euro and pound.
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Allocated to: John Cairns (Financial Mail ) Part 2

2016-04-07
The rand has rallied, but SA still needs a positive growth story to lure investors back The rand has had its best month against the dollar since the global financial crisis and has pierced a number of key resistance levels against the euro and pound.
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Risk fears and global blues punish JSE stocks and rand (Business Day Live)

2016-04-06
The rand was punished on Tuesday, as stock prices fell around the world in a renewed bout of negative sentiment.
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Risk fears and global blues punish JSE stocks and rand (Business Day, Companies & Markets)

2016-04-06
The rand was punished yesterday, as stock prices fell around the world in a renewed bout of negative sentiment.
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Rand weakens on political risk, credit downgrade fears (Moneyweb)

2016-04-05
South Africa's rand weakened on Tuesday as a wave of global risk aversion nudged emerging markets lower, while weak local manufacturing data and political uncertainty added to the pressure on the currency.
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Curators hope for success with new African Bank launch today (Business Day)

2016-04-04
The launch today of the new African Bank marks the first time a fully fledged banking operation has emerged from curatorship in SA, and could serve as the basis for a new approach to resolving failed financial institutions.
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Rand rides out volatility as JSE flags (Business Times)

2016-04-03
South African markets ended an action-packed week mixed, with the rand putting up a strong performance while the JSE fared poorly.
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Financial Mail (Financial Mail ) Part 1

2016-03-31
The finance minister is doing a heroic job in defence of SA's investment-grade credit rating while fighting a rearguard action against the Hawks over seemingly politically motivated allegations.
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Financial Mail (Financial Mail ) Part 2

2016-03-31
The finance minister is doing a heroic job in defence of SA's investment-grade credit rating while fighting a rearguard action against the Hawks over seemingly politically motivated allegations.
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Financial Mail (Financial Mail ) Part 3

2016-03-31
The finance minister is doing a heroic job in defence of SA's investment-grade credit rating while fighting a rearguard action against the Hawks over seemingly politically motivated allegations.
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Financial Mail (Financial Mail ) Part 4

2016-03-31
The finance minister is doing a heroic job in defence of SA's investment-grade credit rating while fighting a rearguard action against the Hawks over seemingly politically motivated allegations.
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Financial Mail (Financial Mail ) Part 5

2016-03-31
The finance minister is doing a heroic job in defence of SA's investment-grade credit rating while fighting a rearguard action against the Hawks over seemingly politically motivated allegations.
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Rand heads towards first gain in months (Business Report)

2016-03-31
The Rand yesterday strengthened beyond R15 against the dollar for the first time since December and looked set for its first quarterly gain in four years after the Federal Reserve chairwoman Janet Yellen signalled a gradual approach to the US rate increases.
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Wired World Rand falls below R15/$ for first time since Dec (Daily Maverick)

2016-03-30
The rand has broken the R15/$ ceiling on Wednesday after US fed chair Janet Yellen surprised on Tuesday night with dovish comments, depreciating the dollar against most currencies.
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'Dovish' Yellen sees Rand break R15/$ - all eyes turn to ConCourt (Biz News)

2016-03-30
The rand has broken the R15/$ ceiling on Wednesday after US fed chair Janet Yellen surprised on Tuesday night with dovish comments, depreciating the dollar against most currencies.
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Government bonds, rand open firmer after Yellen's dovish comments (Moneyweb)

2016-03-30
South Africa's rand rallied to a 3-1/2 month high against the US dollar on Wednesday and government bonds firmed after Federal Reserve chair Janet Yellen said the US central bank should be cautious in raising interest rates.
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Rand breaks R15/$ ceiling for the first time since December (Times Live)

2016-03-30
The rand has broken the R15/$ ceiling on Wednesday after US fed chair Janet Yellen surprised on Tuesday night with dovish comments, depreciating the dollar against most currencies.
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How downgrade will affect us (Herald) Part 1

2016-03-10
Here is what a ratings downgrade means for all of us: In simple terms, if South Africa were a person with an income, debt obligations and a budget to manage repayment of that debt, our salary is going down while the cost of our debt is rising.
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How downgrade will affect us (Herald) Part 2

2016-03-10
Here is what a ratings downgrade means for all of us: In simple terms, if South Africa were a person with an income, debt obligations and a budget to manage repayment of that debt, our salary is going down while the cost of our debt is rising.
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Confidence in business still low (New Age)

2016-03-10
The business climate in South Africa is still under strain as confidence in the first quarter of 2016 remains stuck in low gear This signals worrying times ahead, the RMB/BER Business Confidence Index (BCI) said.
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First quarter confidence at five-year low (Cape Argus)

2016-03-10
South Africa's business confidence stayed at a five-year low in the first quarter of this year, reflecting an overall dissatisfaction with the outlook for the economy, a survey showed.
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Rating cut looms as Moody's flags risks (Business Day) Part 1

2016-03-10
SA has been put on notice for a downgrade by Moody's Investors Service, and Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan and other government leaders will next week have to convince the agency otherwise with concrete plans to avert such a step.
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Rating cut looms as Moody's flags risks (Business Day) Part 2

2016-03-10
SA has been put on notice for a downgrade by Moody's Investors Service, and Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan and other government leaders will next week have to convince the agency otherwise with concrete plans to avert such a step.
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March 2nd, 2016 Africa is a growth story with a billion strong young market (Biznis Africa)

2016-03-02
Despite Africa's slowing growth on the back of global financial conditions, there are still economic opportunities for long-term sustainable investment in property and the broader built environment for investors with a savvy understanding of local economies on a continent with a billion-strong consumer market.
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Rand rebounds as Zuma denies clash with Gordhan (Business Report)

2016-03-01
THE RAND recovered some ground yesterday after President Jacob Zuma said he was not at war with Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan.
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Rand takes massive hit as Sars commissioner and Gordhan clash (Times Live)

2016-02-29
Zuma said on Friday that he will not interfere with a SA Revenue Service (Sars) commissioned investigation by the Hawks into a 'rogue unit' that allegedly operated while Gordhan was commissioner at Sars.
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Spat between Gordhan, Hawks, Sars ''having big impact on economy'', says Cairns (Talk Radio 702)

2016-02-29
The rand lost some value over the weekend amid the so-called 'tug of war' between Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan, President Jacob Zuma and Sars Commissioner Tom Moyane.
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RMB's Africa Outlook 2016 - investors more discriminating (Community for Finance Professionals)

2016-02-22
In 2016 investors are even more likely to scrutinise the effectiveness of domestic policies, the strength of governance, the sensitivity to commodities price trends and the sustainability of debt burdens.
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South African mining sector faces a tough year (Mail & Guardian)

2016-02-19
The global mining crisis, which has affected mining regions around the world, has also taken a heavy toll on South Africa's mining sector.
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Buhari struggles to uplift Nigeria (Business Report)

2016-02-19
When Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari came to power in May vowing to mend the economy, fight terrorism and end corruption, Kola Karim was upbeat. Oil prices had sunk, but Buhari's arrival made him believe his company still had a chance to prosper in Africa's biggest crude producer.
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Brazil downgrade an omen of whats to come for SA (New Age)

2016-02-19
The downgrade of Brazil's long-term foreign currency rating could hurt SA's own credit rating, experts say. Rating agency S&P has cut Brazil's long-term foreign currency credit rating by one notch to BB, with a negative outlook, from BB+.
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Eskom pension fund considers property fund developments with RMB (Moneyweb)

2016-02-18
The pension fund of Eskom Holdings, which has the equivalent of $8.1 billion in assets, is considering investing in real-estate developments in Kenya, Tanzania and Ghana with FirstRand's RMB Westport unit.
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Budget preview: Call to courage (Financial Mail)

2016-02-18
Expectations were high that President Jacob Zuma had grasped the severity of SA's economic crisis and would use his state of the nation address (Sona) last week to announce game-changing reforms to stave off a credit rating downgrade.
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Nigeria's "Baba Go Slow" needs a shake up (lol News)

2016-02-17
When Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari finally swore in his cabinet in November, nearly six months after taking office, he hoped to shake off his nickname "Baba Go Slow".
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RMB's Africa Outlook 2016 - fiscal indiscipline weakens policy effects (Community for Finance Professionals in South Africa)

2016-02-15
In the face of waning economic growth, countercyclical fiscal policies are only viable in countries which boast low levels of public debt like Botswana. In this third part of RMB's Africa outlook 2016, authors Celeste Fauconnier, Nema Ramkhelawan-Bhana and Neville Mandimika look at the fiscal policy across the continent and the tax potential across Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA).
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Tough times need less policy fiddling and more precision (Business Day)

2016-02-12
THE current macroeconomic environment has complicated life for many countries in Africa. External dynamics have put pressure on commodity prices, and consequently Africa's growth prospects. Though the external environment is largely beyond their control, African governments are deepening the crisis with frequent regulatory changes and uncertainty about policy direction.
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Markets have all eyes on Zuma''s critical Sona speech (Fin24)

2016-02-11
The rand weakened slightly to R15.92 at 09:55 ahead of President Jacob Zuma's State of the Nation Address on Thursday, which will be watched closely by local investors hoping for a sign that the country can stave off a credit rating downgrade to "junk status".
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Unpacking Rand weakness - 40% direct result of Zuma-instigated "own goals" (Biz News)

2016-02-11
South Africans are well aware of how Nenegate smashed the country's financial reputation and the Rand, by our calculations costing the nation at least R500bn.
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THE ECONOMY: Hold on to your hat (City Press)

2016-02-07
The first key event on the calendar will be President Jacob Zuma's state of the nation address (Sona) on Thursday evening, and the second will be Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan's budget speech on February 24.
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Beat the rand blues (Moneyweb)

2016-02-05
Just how low can the rand go? Since it started weakening in mid-2011, it has fallen from R6.70 to the USD to R16.60, a depreciation of 146%. The decline only accelerated with the finance minister debacle in mid-December, just prior to which it was trading at R14.16.
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RMB's Africa Outlook 2016 - GDP growth in a slump (Community for Finance Professionals in South Africa)

2016-02-01
Oil-exporting economies like Nigeria and Angola will continue to be hardest hit when it comes to the slowing momentum of GDP growth in Africa. In this first part of RMB's Africa outlook 2016, authors Celeste Fauconnier, Nema Ramkhelawan-Bhana and Neville Mandimika look at the expected real GDP growth in selected economies and the long list of risks to growth.
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DISRUPTIVE INNOVATION (Inside Mining) Part 1

2016-02-01
installations, using innovative energy technologies and striving towards more automated mine processes to optimise energy consumption.
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DISRUPTIVE INNOVATION (Inside Mining) Part 2

2016-02-01
installations, using innovative energy technologies and striving towards more automated mine processes to optimise energy consumption.
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Regional policy-makers face 'perfect storm' (Business Report)

2016-01-29
Southern Africa heads into 2016 with a bleak outlook. Besides already buckling under the weight of falling dollar-based commodity prices, the region now also faces the triple whammy of a drought, power shortages and fiscal pressures.
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The Shrinking Rand: Living dangerously (Financial Mail)

2016-01-28
IF THE rand were a boxer it would be time to throw in the towel. Confidence in the currency is still reeling from a "flash crash" that took it close to a record low of R18 to the US dollar this month. Though it has since recovered to around R16.50/$, it remains close to record highs of over R23/pound, almost R18/euro, and at the mercy of each fresh wave of risk aversion that grips global markets.
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Africa appeals to the discerning (Business Day)

2016-01-28
THE private equity or financial sponsor industry centred on sub-Saharan Africa (excluding SA) has had an unprecedented fund-raising boom in recent years, driven by attractive returns realised on investments in the region.
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Sanral to get bail-out funds of R390m a year (Business Day)

2016-01-25
THE Treasury and the Gauteng government will cover a R390m annual revenue shortfall for the South African National Roads Agency Limited (Sanral) for the next 22 years, the agency says.
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Rand remains fragile (New Age)

2015-12-14
THE rand weakened to a record low of R16/$ on Friday, dropping more than 6% while four major banks were downgraded after stocks plummeted, as the effects of President Jacob Zuma's decision to fire Finance Minister Nhlanhla Nene last Wednesday continued to cause havoc in the market.
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Investors ignored Zuma until he set off Treasury tripwire (Business Day)

2015-12-14
AFTER two days of market turmoil in which the rand lost almost 10% against the dollar and bond prices fell by a similar magnitude, the president finally made an effort at damage control on Friday evening, saying that the shock appointment of a new finance minister on Wednesday evening didn't signal a change in the government's fiscal stance and that fiscal prudence remained a "top priority".
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Rand surges with bonds as Zuma backtracks on finance minister (Moneyweb)

2015-12-14
The rand strengthened, leading gains among major and emerging-market currencies, and bonds rallied after South African President Jacob Zuma bowed to pressure and reversed a decision to appoint a little-known former small-town mayor as finance minister.
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Rand, stocks gain after Gordhan is reappointed (Moneyweb)

2015-12-14
South Africa's new finance minister, Pravin Gordhan, acted swiftly to calm investors on Monday, saying he would strive to keep Pretoria's investment grade rating after days of market turmoil that triggered calls for President Jacob Zuma to step down.
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Gordhan's an 'old hand' (Business Report)

2015-12-14
In naming his second finance minister in the space of a week, President Jacob Zuma has chosen an experienced hand well-known to foreign investors.
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'Old hand' Gordhan can't fix Zuma's reputation (Fin 24)

2015-12-14
In naming his second finance minister in the space of a week, President Jacob Zuma has chosen an experienced hand well-known to foreign investors.
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Rand, stocks recover after Nene firing sparks sell-off (Moneyweb)

2015-12-11
South Africa's rand showed some signs of recovery on Friday after touching a record low in the previous session, but markets remain on edge after the shock sacking of finance minister Nhlanhla Nene this week.
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Rand recovers slightly (Business Report)

2015-12-11
South Africa's rand showed some signs of recovery on Friday after touching a record low in the previous session, but markets remain on edge after the shock sacking of finance minister Nhlanhla Nene this week.
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Rand off record lows, stocks to open firmer (Moneyweb)

2015-12-09
South Africa's rand gained early on Wednesday, recovering after hitting a record low in the previous session on a wide current account deficit and commodities' selloff.
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Rand regains some ground (Business Report)

2015-12-09
South Africa's rand gained early on Wednesday, recovering after hitting a record low in the previous session on a wide current account deficit and commodities' selloff.
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Rand falls to record low after rating cut (Business Report)

2015-12-08
Debt outlook hits currency Wiseman Khuzwayo, Bloomberg and Reuters THE RAND fell to a record against the dollar and bonds tumbled yesterday, sending yields to their highest levels since February 2014, after Fitch Ratings cut South Africa's credit rating and Standard & Poor's lowered its outlook on the country's debt.
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Rand near record low stocks set to open lower (Daily News)

2015-12-08
THE rand hovered near its record low today against the dollar as commodity currencies have come under pressure after Opec's inability to agree on a production ceiling last Friday, filtering through into commodity weakness.
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SA closer to junk as credit rating reviews loom (Broadband360)

2015-12-04
Credit default swaps show the nation's credit rating may be due a downgrade, and economists agree.
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If this is an upswing (Financial Mail) Part 1

2015-12-03
SA may have escaped a technical recession but there is evidence that economic conditions will keep deteriorating and that, contrary to the official position, SA is in the downward phase of the business cycle.
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If this is an upswing (Financial Mail) Part 2

2015-12-03
SA may have escaped a technical recession but there is evidence that economic conditions will keep deteriorating and that, contrary to the official position, SA is in the downward phase of the business cycle.
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Huge benefits flow from kindness to others (Pretoria News)

2015-12-02
THEY'RE always telling us, pretty much from the get-go, to be kind to others.
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SA faces downgrade from rating agencies (New Age)

2015-12-02
ECONOMISTS are worried that South Africa's current account deficit could worsen, given the latest October trade data published on Monday, which revealed a "shocking" deficit of R21.4bn.
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Zuma en Kie blind vir die krisis in die ekonomie (Beeld)

2015-12-02
'n Oorblufte regering, gespanne vasgevang in 'n stryd om politieke oorlewing in die plaaslike verkiesings volgende jaar, is waarskynlik tans blind vir die gevaarseine uit die jongste sakevertroue-indeks wat RMB en die Universiteit Stellenbosch se Buro vir Ekonomiese Ondersoek pas uitgereik het.
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Rand weakens to record (Business Report)

2015-12-02
South Africa's rand weakened to a record against the dollar on Tuesday, before rating reviews by Fitch Ratings and Standard & Poor's that may see the country move closer to junk level.
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Rand falls to record versus dollar before credit-rating reviews (Moneyweb)

2015-12-01
South Africa's rand weakened to a record against the dollar on Tuesday, before rating reviews by Fitch Ratings Ltd. and Standard & Poor's that may see the country move closer to junk level.
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A RATINGS DOWNGRADE IS PRICED IN ALREADY (Financial Mail) Part 1

2015-12-01
Two key events will be pivotal in determining the performance of the rand and financial markets in the weeks leading up to Christmas.
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A RATINGS DOWNGRADE IS PRICED IN ALREADY (Financial Mail) Part 2

2015-12-01
Two key events will be pivotal in determining the performance of the rand and financial markets in the weeks leading up to Christmas.
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SA flirting with junk investment status (Citizen)

2015-12-01
Credit default swaps show South Africa's credit rating may be due a downgrade, with 12 of 13 analysts surveyed saying Fitch Ratings will this week cut its assessment to BBB, the lowest investment grade.
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South Africa looks set to inch closer to junk (Moneyweb)

2015-11-30
Credit default swaps show the nation's credit rating may be due a downgrade, and economists agree.
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South Africa looks set to inch closer to junk (Moneyweb)

2015-11-30
Credit default swaps show the nation's credit rating may be due a downgrade, and economists agree.
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Eskom seeks alternative funding sources (Business Report)

2015-11-27
ESKOM will attempt to lower its borrowing costs by exploring funding options other than the international bond market after it was downgraded to junk by the two biggest credit ratings firms. The utility's $1.25 billion (R17.6bn) bond sold in February had a coupon of 7.125 percent, the highest of all its outstanding debt in the US currency That was at the "outer edge of the price boundaries that we normally borrow at", chief financial officer Anoj Singh said on Tuesday.
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Business confidena plumbs new depths (Business Day)

2015-11-27
IT IS a bleak end to the year, with business confidence hitting a five-year low and no sign of SA's depressed economy lifting soon. Costs are also rising.
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Business confidence hits lowest level in five years (Business Report)

2015-11-27
SOUTH Africa's business confidence fell further into depressed territory in the final quarter, reaching its lowest level in five years, while annual headline producer inflation in October surprised on the upside by rising higher than market expectations.
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Business confidence slumps to fiveyear low (Herald)

2015-11-27
BUSINESS confidence is at a five-year low as weak demand weighs on company sales volumes and profit.
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Rand softer, stocks weaker in thin trade (Moneyweb)

2015-11-27
South Africa's rand weakened on Friday in thin trade with US markets closed for Thanksgiving Day holiday, while stocks were set to edge lower along with emerging market peers.
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Economy Watch: Ratings downgrade is priced in already (Business Day)

2015-11-26
TWO key events will be pivotal in determining the performance of the rand and financial markets in the weeks leading up to Christmas.
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In the midst of the commodity rout, chocolate is not a bad idea (Moneyweb)

2015-11-25
During the golden years of the commodity super-cycle, soft commodities along with metals, oil and gas had a good run. However, as the world adjusts to a new paradigm minus heavy Chinese demand, commodity prices are at multi-year lows, and there are no signs of any positive drivers to preordain a turnaround.
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Focused on one enemy (Financial Mail) Part 1

2015-11-24
Hiking rates into a downturn was never going to be a welcome decision, but the Bank is more worried about inflation risks than being popular any economists were surprised by the SA Reserve Bank's decision to raise the repo rate last week.
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Focused on one enemy (Financial Mail) Part 2

2015-11-24
Hiking rates into a downturn was never going to be a welcome decision, but the Bank is more worried about inflation risks than being popular any economists were surprised by the SA Reserve Bank's decision to raise the repo rate last week.
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Platinummyne kou klippe weens swak prys (Sake)

2015-11-22
Die voortbestaan van verskeie platinummyne wat duisende poste verskaf, is in gedrang as die platinumprys nie binne die volgende paar jaar beduidend verbeter nie.
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JSE halts its threeweek losing run (Business Times)

2015-11-22
THE JSE halted a three-week losing run as some resource and financial shares rebounded from recent lows.
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Big mall deal marks Hyprop's maiden Nigeria investment (Business Day)

2015-11-18
Focused property group Hyprop Investments and capital growth fund Attacq have bought Ikeja City Mall, the largest shopping centre in Lagos. http://www.bdlive.co.za/business/property/2015/11/18/big-mall-deal-marks-hyprops-maiden-nigeria-investment
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About 50 of factories eye job cuts over next year (Business Report)

2015-11-18
NEARLY half of all firms are looking at cutting jobs over the next year as the fragile business environment is plagued by weak demand, low commodity prices, a struggling economy and lack of adequate skills.
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Good reason to buy directly into RMB not FirstRand (Business Day)

2015-11-17
The hashtag #RMBHoldingsMustFall featured in a dream that woke me up yesterday, presumably because of the debate over why any sane investor would buy into the listed RMB Holdings group, whose only investment is banking group FirstRand.
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Resurgent dollar hits rand, stocks edge up (Moneyweb)

2015-11-17
South Africa's rand weakened against the dollar on Tuesday as investors turned their focus from the Paris attacks to growing expectations of a December rate hike by the US Federal Reserve.
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Resurgent dollar knocks the rand (Business Report)

2015-11-17
South Africa's rand weakened against the dollar on Tuesday as investors turned their focus from the Paris attacks to growing expectations of a December rate hike by the US Federal Reserve.
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Rules arent the problem (Financial Mail)

2015-11-12
Having independent fiscal councils and inviolable fiscal rules is increasingly seen as important to bolster the credibility of countries' budget forecasts and to safeguard national budgets from imprudent politicians.
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Local units record plunge points to looming rate hike (Business Report)

2015-11-11
THE RAND'S plunge to a record against the dollar has shaken any complacency investors may have had about the prospects for a rate increase this year.
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Odds of rate hike next week up to 70% (Business Day)

2015-11-10
THE odds have gone up for an interest rate hike in SA next week, after better-than-expected US jobs data shored up the dollar.
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RAND NOW SECOND BIGGEST LOSER AGAINST US DOLLAR (New Age)

2015-11-10
THE rand continued to battle against the US dollar throughout yesterday as it reached an all-time low of R14.20/$ in early trade before weakening further to R14.27/$ in the afternoon.
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Rand hits record low (Business Report)

2015-11-08
THE RAND fell to a record against the dollar and bond yields rose on Friday after US jobs data supported the case for a Federal Reserve rate hike that would draw money away from emerging markets.
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M&A activity treading water (Moneyweb)

2015-11-06
Players in the local mergers and acquisition space agree conditions continue to challenge. This view, widely held by those advising corporate SA, is backed up by reported 2015 activity during the nine months to end-September.
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Crossborder expansion looks set to continue (Business Day)

2015-11-06
THE local market is challenging - this is the view widely held by those advising on mergers and acquisitions.
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Credit downgrade threat remains for South Africa (Engineering News)

2015-11-06
South African Finance Minister Nhlanhla Nene side-stepped an immediate credit downgrade with his budget proposals. Still, investors are betting that cuts that will bring the nation's rating to the brink of junk are just a matter of time.
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Cascading energy (Financial Mail) Part 1

2015-11-05
In a corner of Mpumalanga, a dream has came to life. Christina Kennedy was there for the launch of the Ebhudlweni Dance Centre mid the rolling hills of Ema khazeni in Mpumalanga, a vision as lovely as its setting unfurled into life last month: the new Ebhudlweni Dance Centre
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Cascading energy (Financial Mail) Part 2

2015-11-05
In a corner of Mpumalanga, a dream has came to life. Christina Kennedy was there for the launch of the Ebhudlweni Dance Centre mid the rolling hills of Ema khazeni in Mpumalanga, a vision as lovely as its setting unfurled into life last month: the new Ebhudlweni Dance Centre
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Sanral bond auction hits mark but fear persists (Business Day)

2015-11-05
THE last bond auction for the year by the South African National Roads Agency Limited (Sanral) was oversubscribed yesterday and the agency says it will continue engaging with investors ahead of its next bond auction in February The outcome of yesterday's auction would have come as a relief for Sanral, which had to cancel a series of auctions over five months following April's failed debt sale.
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Rand remains weak (New Age)

2015-11-04
THE rand hardly moved against the greenback yesterday as investors awaited for clear leads and data releases for direction, while stocks opened a touch higher.
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Stronger dollar keeps rand under pressure, stocks rise (Times Live)

2015-11-04
The rand weakened against a globally stronger dollar in early trade on Wednesday as the greenback was buoyed by expectations of strong U.S. payrolls data due on Friday.
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South Africa''s rand firm in quiet trade, stocks inch higher (Sharenet)

2015-11-03
South Africa's rand hardly moved against the greenback in early quiet trade on Tuesday as investors awaited for clear leads and data releases for direction, while stocks opened a touch higher.
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MTN Nigeria's loss could be Naira's gain (Techno Africa)

2015-11-03
THE Naira, Nigeria's currency, is poised to benefit from the hefty fine South Africa's MTN Group has been ordered to pay after its Nigerian entity was found on the wrong side of the law.
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CELEBRATING 25 YEARS OF MAQOMA MAGIC THIS FESTIVE SEASON (Creative Feel)

2015-11-01
An explosion of dance, music and entertainment will lift the roof of Gold Reef City's Lyric Theatre on 3 and 4 December 2015, when Greg Maqoma and Friends take to the stage to toast Maqoma's 25 remarkable years as a professional dancer.
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AUCTIONS AND EXHIBITIONS (Creative Feel) part 1

2015-11-01
ln November, Newtowns Artist Proof Studio holds two important events. To raise money for their Education Endowment Tund, an art auction organised by Strauss & Co is set to take place on the 19th.
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AUCTIONS AND EXHIBITIONS (Creative Feel) part 2

2015-11-01
ln November, Newtowns Artist Proof Studio holds two important events. To raise money for their Education Endowment Tund, an art auction organised by Strauss & Co is set to take place on the 19th.
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AUCTIONS AND EXHIBITIONS (Creative Feel) part 3

2015-11-01
ln November, Newtowns Artist Proof Studio holds two important events. To raise money for their Education Endowment Tund, an art auction organised by Strauss & Co is set to take place on the 19th.
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AUCTIONS AND EXHIBITIONS (Creative Feel) part 4

2015-11-01
ln November, Newtowns Artist Proof Studio holds two important events. To raise money for their Education Endowment Tund, an art auction organised by Strauss & Co is set to take place on the 19th.
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AUCTIONS AND EXHIBITIONS (Creative Feel) part 5

2015-11-01
ln November, Newtowns Artist Proof Studio holds two important events. To raise money for their Education Endowment Tund, an art auction organised by Strauss & Co is set to take place on the 19th.
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AUCTIONS AND EXHIBITIONS (Creative Feel) part 6

2015-11-01
ln November, Newtowns Artist Proof Studio holds two important events. To raise money for their Education Endowment Tund, an art auction organised by Strauss & Co is set to take place on the 19th.
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AUCTIONS AND EXHIBITIONS (Creative Feel) part 7

2015-11-01
ln November, Newtowns Artist Proof Studio holds two important events. To raise money for their Education Endowment Tund, an art auction organised by Strauss & Co is set to take place on the 19th.
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AUCTIONS AND EXHIBITIONS (Creative Feel) part 8

2015-11-01
ln November, Newtowns Artist Proof Studio holds two important events. To raise money for their Education Endowment Tund, an art auction organised by Strauss & Co is set to take place on the 19th.
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The Art of Printmaking meets the Art of Wine (Creative Feel) Part 1

2015-11-01
Artist Proof Studio (APS), in association with Arte Vita lvlastrantonio and Rand Merchant Bank, presented the concept of 'good living' through a thoughtful curarion of exceptional art, food and wine.
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The Art of Printmaking meets the Art of Wine (Creative Feel) Part 2

2015-11-01
Artist Proof Studio (APS), in association with Arte Vita lvlastrantonio and Rand Merchant Bank, presented the concept of 'good living' through a thoughtful curarion of exceptional art, food and wine.
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Africas largest solar farm gets to work (Simply Green)

2015-11-01
The Jasper solar farm, located near Kimberley in South Africa, is now the continents largest solar power project.
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Stable India offers lessons for SA (Business Day)

2015-10-29
India is one country that has been a pillar of relative stability during the most recent bout of emerging-market turmoil. Its "red carpet, not red tape" businessfriendly reforms have attracted foreign investors and kept the country rather insulated from the selloff in financial markets experienced by its peers. South African policy makers should take note.
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How ballooning debt threatens to derail Africa's former darlings (Business Report)

2015-10-20
The tide seems to have turned for emerg ing and African mar kets as slower growth rates cause investor money to seek better prospects elsewhere.
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Rand safe from Fed hike (New Age)

2015-10-16
EXPECTATIONS that the US Federal Reserve will hike interest rates only in April has eased pressure on emerging markets and certainly the rand after months of speculation caused jitters in the markets.
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Rand firms in early trade (Business Report)

2015-10-15
South Africa's rand rallied along with other emerging market currencies on Thursday as weak US data sent a flood of dollars into the market on expectations US rate hikes could be pushed back.
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Rand rallies, SABMiller deal a boost (Moneyweb)

2015-10-14
South Africa's rand gained against the dollar on Wednesday, boosted by enthusiasm over the potential sale of brewer SABMiller, a deal which could inject as much as R7 billion ($521 million) into the economy, analysts say.
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Rand rallies SABMiller deal a boost (Daily News)

2015-10-14
THE rand gained against the dollar today, boosted by enthusiasm over the potential sale of brewer SABMiller, a deal which could inject as much as R7 billion into the economy.
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Sanral return to bond market welcomed with oversubscription (Business Day)

2015-10-08
THE South African National Roads Agency Limited's (Sanral's) return to the bond auction market yesterday, after a five-month hiatus, was welcomed by investors, with the auction oversubscribed.
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US Fed may wait till 2016 (Citizen)

2015-10-08
The rand traded firmer to the dollar and government bonds also rallied in early trade, mainly reflecting general greenback weakness as some investors start to push expectations for a US rate hike out to next year.
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All bets on the rand are on (Moneyweb)

2015-10-08
RMB currency strategist John Cairns on why he believes the rand is undervalued and what needs to happen for it to strengthen.
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FirstRand Foundation (the Human Face of Business) Part 1

2015-10-01
The FirstRand Foundation Agents of change in South Africa's CSI landscape CSI 2015 The FirstRand Foundation is one of South Africa's largest corporate givers and a leader in CSI in the financial services sector.
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FirstRand Foundation (the Human Face of Business) Part 2

2015-10-01
The FirstRand Foundation Agents of change in South Africa's CSI landscape CSI 2015 The FirstRand Foundation is one of South Africa's largest corporate givers and a leader in CSI in the financial services sector.
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A GOLDEN OPPORTUNITY (Forbes Africa Woman)

2015-10-01
'Gold is doomed' say the headlines as the price dropped to a five-year low. Many experts believe this is a good time to buy the precious metal.
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A GOLDEN OPPORTUNITY (Forbes Africa)

2015-10-01
'Gold is doomed' say the headlines as the price dropped to a five-year low. Many experts believe this is a good time to buy the precious metal.
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Copper decline adds to Zambia's woes (Business Day)

2015-09-30
GLENCORE's slump is dragging Zambia's economy deeper into crisis as thousands of job cuts loom at one of the nation's biggest copper mines.
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Fed blinks as risks rise (Financial Mail) Part 1

2015-09-24
If the US, with its comfortably growing economy that has added almost 200 000 private sector jobs each month on average over the past 66 months is worried, just how much more should SA be?
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Fed blinks as risks rise (Financial Mail) Part 2

2015-09-24
If the US, with its comfortably growing economy that has added almost 200 000 private sector jobs each month on average over the past 66 months is worried, just how much more should SA be?
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SA still Africa's investment leader (Daily Dispatch)

2015-09-23
SOUTH Africa continued to be the most attractive investment destination in Africa but its status has continued to slide due to a slightly weaker business environment and a faltering growth outlook, Rand Merchant Bank has coneluded.
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Rand extends losses against the dollar (Business Report)

2015-09-23
THE RAND slid almost 2 percent against a firmer greenback yesterday extending its losses in a 10-day trough as expectations of a rate hike in the US soured risk sentiment.
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Rand on a slippery slope, falling the most out of 16 currencies (Business Report)

2015-09-23
THE RAND weakened the most in almost three weeks yesterday, leading currency declines against the dollar as traders bet the Reserve Bank would leave interest rates unchanged this afternoon.
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#RandReport: Rand falls ahead of rates call (Eye Witness News)

2015-09-22
The rand slid almost 2 percent against a firmer greenback on Tuesday, extending its losses in a 1-1/2 week trough as expectations of a rate hike in the United States soured risk sentiment.
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MPC faces 'dose call' on interest rates decision (Business Report)

2015-09-22
The monetary policy committee (MPC) of the Reserve Bank is expected to keep the repo rate unchanged at 6 percent in its interest rate decision tomorrow, in line with market expectations.
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SA tops for investors in Africa despite slide (Business Day Live)

2015-09-22
SA CONTINUED to be the most attractive investment destination in Africa but its status has continued to slide due to a slightly weaker business environment and a faltering growth outlook, Rand Merchant Bank has concluded.
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Pessimism at CBN measures to stabilise Naira (FinNews)

2015-09-22
Analysts argue the Central of Nigeria's injection of the United States currency into the interbank market is not the panacea to halt the local Naira's slide.
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Production gallops to success (Business Day)

2015-09-22
The artistry and magnifiecence of the 2014 production of War Horse in SA has been compared to William Kentridge's The Magic Flute, which enthralled local audiences in 2007.
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Winners honoured at BASA Awards (Arts Link)

2015-09-22
The foyer of the Constitutional Court of South Africa proved a fitting context for the eleven diverse business and arts partnerships honoured at the 18th Annual Business Day BASA Awards, partnered by Hollard, on September 21st, 2015.
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Agriculture and energy offer some of the most attractive investments in Africa

2015-09-22
As well as analysing the most attractive investment destinations in Africa Rand Merchant Bank's Wehre to Invest in Africa 2015/2016 report also addresses two of the most under-invested sectors on the continent - power and energy - and looks at the opportunities they offer to investors.
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Big four banks' earnings hit highs (Business Day)

2015-09-17
Strong growth in corporate and investment banking has helped lift the big four banks' headline earnings to their highest level since the 2008 global financial crisis.
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Spiralling spending plunge could bar interest rate hike (Business Day)

2015-09-16
For the first time since 2013, spending in SA declinced sharply in the second quarter this year.
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Time for reality to sink in (The Times)

2015-09-14
What can we do about the terrible state of the South African economy?
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Rand on tenterhooks as Fed decision looms (Sunday Times)

2015-09-13
China slump threatens emerging market currencies
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Nxasana leaves FirstRand on a high note (Business Day)

2015-09-11
Outgoing FirstRand CEO Sizwe Nxasana will depart on a high note, leaving the group with surplus capital of R12bn and double-digit growth in profits.
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FirstRand sees growth in insurance, investments (Moneyweb)

2015-09-11
Banking group FirstRand believes it can increase profits by selling savings, insurance and investment products - currently the domain of asset managers and insurance companies - to its main banked customers in South Africa.
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Powerhouses can work together (Mail & Guardian)

2015-09-11
The Kenya Trade and Investment Summit, held in partnership with Kenya High Commission and Mail & Guardian Africa on September 4 and 5 at Sandton Convention Centre resembled a McDonald's menu.
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Remedy for the weak rand: Win the world cup (Moneyweb)

2015-09-11
In 1987 England's cricket team beat Australia in the Ashes for the fifth time in six series. It was the crowning achievement of a decade and a half of dominating their traditional rivals.
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Turning point? (Financial Mail)

2015-09-10
The graph shows that historically the rand/US dollar exchange rate has experienced large ranges at the turning point of the cycle.
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CBN blamed for delisting of government bonds (FinNews Africa)

2015-09-10
An international economic think-tank blamed the Centeral Bank of Nigeria's contentious handling of the foreign exchange(FX) market led to JP Morgan to phase out Federal Government of Nigeria (FGN) Bonds from its Government Bond Index for Emerging Markets (BGI-EM).
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Business confidence remains low (Daily News)

2015-09-10
The Business confidence index extended losses to its weakest since late 2011 in the third quarter of this year, with sentiment particularly low among retailers and wholesalers, a survey showed yesterday.
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More action, less talk is needed (Business Day)

2015-09-10
President Jacob Zuma's bland and reassuring tones during his address to this week's Mining sector Consultative Forum made it hard to believe he was speaking in the cntext of global markets that have seen commodity prices sink more than 7% in July alone.
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Confidence at a low ebb (New Age)

2015-09-10
The South African RMB/BER business confidence index for the third quarter of 2015 declined by a further five index points to 38.
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Sakevertroue is by resessievlak (Sake 24)

2015-09-10
Dalende sakevertroue wys dat Suid-Afrika baie maklik oor die afgrond na 'n resessie kan val.
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Business confidence strikes lower note (Business Report)

2015-09-10
Business confidence in South Africa has been reduced to its lowest level since the end od 2011, according to a major survey released yesterday.
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More data point to deeper slowdown (Business Day) Part 1

2015-09-10
Higher interest rates, electricity tariffs and labour costs, together with policy uncertainty, have begun to create debilitating conditions for business and a confidence index out yesterday.
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More data point to deeper slowdown (Business Day) Part 2

2015-09-10
Higher interest rates, electricity tariffs and labour costs, together with policy uncertainty, have begun to create debilitating conditions for business and a confidence index out yesterday.
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Experts warn of lurking recession (The New Age)

2015-09-10
A slew of bad economic news recently has led economists to again warn of the possibility that South Africa could be heading for recession.
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Business confidence index declines (Herald)

2015-09-10
Business confidence dropped by a further five points to an almost four-year low of 38 in the third quarter.
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Sanral chooses the long road before returning to bond auction market (Business Day Live)

2015-09-08
THE South African National Roads Agency (Sanral) has delayed its return to the bond auction market to allow it to register new longer-dated consumer price index bonds.
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Low oil breaking the unprepared and complacent (Mineweb)

2015-09-08
OPEC's fight to grab market share from rival oil producers looks like a costly failure as prices decline below $50 a barrel.
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Zambia running out of options (Business Report)

2015-09-08
Zambia's Finance Minister Alexander Chikwanda is no admirer of the International Monetary Fund (IMF).
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Sanral chooses the long road before returning to bond auction market (Business Day)

2015-09-08
The South African National Roads Agency (Sanral) has delayed its return to the bond auction market to allow it to register new longer-dated consumer price index bonds.
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Capitalism 101 lesson for Zambia, DRC as Glencore kills their copper goose (Biz News)

2015-09-08
Capital is scarce, cautious and unfeeling. Nobody likes to waste it. Least of all those entrusted with looking after it on behalf of others.
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Rand at Historic Lows Against UK/US Currencies on China Woes (SA People)

2015-09-07
The news comes two days before Rand Merchant Bank and the Bureau for Economic Research are to release their business confidence index that is based on business executives' opinions
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Reserve Bank stands its ground (Business Report)

2015-09-07
The SA Reserve Bank had no intention to defend the curreny given the muted impact of a falling rand on inflation and the benefits it provided.
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Economists insist the rand will stabilise (EWN)

2015-09-07
Economists say while global interest rates and emerging markets continue to drive the rand down against major currencies, the local currency will stabilise.
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The ups angl downs of interest rates (Sunday Times)

2015-09-06
Until the most recent market turmoil, most analysts were expecting that the US Federal Reserve would announce an increase in interest rates att its September meeting.
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A passing fever? (Financial Mail) Part 1

2015-09-03
Last week was its worst ever, but history shows that the rand always come back.
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A passing fever? (Financial Mail) Part 2

2015-09-03
Last week was its worst ever, but history shows that the rand always come back.
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Nigeria's Buhari gets mixed report for first 100 days (MSN)

2015-09-03
President Muhammadu Buhari has shaken up Nigeria's corrupt bureaucracy and intensified the battle against Boko Haram in his first 100 days, but has struggled to set out his vision for the faltering economy, say analysts.
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Nigeria's Buhari gets mixed report for first 100 days (Business Day)

2015-09-03
President Muhammadu Buhari has shaken up Nigeria's corrupt bureaucracy and intensified the battle against Boko Haram in his first 100 days, but has struggled to set out his vision for the faltering economy, say analysts.
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A Painter of Houses (Creative Feel Magazine) Part 1

2015-09-01
As a parting gift to Rand Merchant Bank's outgoing Chief Executive Officer Alan Pullinger, Gert Kruger commissioned a painting by Fikile Maseko, a relatively unknown artis the private Collections of Johannes ert Kruger, Chief Risk Officer at Rand Merchant Bank (RMB) came up with a creatively innovative solution for a farewell gift to Pullinger from his 17th floor colleagues.
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A Painter of Houses (Creative Feel Magazine) Part 2

2015-09-01
As a parting gift to Rand Merchant Bank's outgoing Chief Executive Officer Alan Pullinger, Gert Kruger commissioned a painting by Fikile Maseko, a relatively unknown artis the private Collections of Johannes ert Kruger, Chief Risk Officer at Rand Merchant Bank (RMB) came up with a creatively innovative solution for a farewell gift to Pullinger from his 17th floor colleagues.
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What is the Sarb up to? (Moneyweb)

2015-08-26
It's not often that the South African Reserve Bank (Sarb) deems it fitting to offer market commentary. But on Monday, in the wake of panic selling on global markets and massive swings in the local currency, the central bank did just that — evoking a fateful statement
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GDP down 1.3% in Q2: Tumisang Ndlovu (Moneyweb)

2015-08-25
SA stocks rise for first time in five days.
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Reserve Bank ready to intervene (Herald Live)

2015-08-25
The rand remained substantially weaker late yesterday after slumping to its worst level to date against the dollar – at R14 – amid a global market meltdown.
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Rand firms after cbank says could act to curb volatility (Moneyweb)

2015-08-25
The rand pulled back from record lows against the dollar on Tuesday after South Africa's central bank said it would consider intervening in exchange markets to ease excessive volatility.
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Rand firms after SARB says could act to curb volatility (Engineering News)

2015-08-25
The rand pulled back from record lows against the dollar on Tuesday after the South African Reserve Bank (SARB) said it would consider intervening in exchange markets to ease excessive volatility.
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Reserve Bank considers intervening in forex markets after rand slide (BusinessDay)

2015-08-24
The rand remained substantially weaker late on Monday after slumping to its worst level to date against the dollar – at R14 – amid global market routs and commodity price slumps after the Shanghai Composite closed more than 8% lower on the day, rattling investor nerves.
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Rand slump promises rate hike (Business Report)

2015-08-24
Johannesburg - The rand's slump to a record against the dollar has laid to rest any doubt traders were having about South African rate increases.
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Rand remains weaker after plummeting to R14/$ on Chinese growth concerns (Engineering News)

2015-08-24
The rand remained substantially weaker late on Monday after slumping to its worst level to date against the dollar – at R14 – amid global market routs and commodity price slumps after the Shanghai Composite closed more than 8% lower on the day, rattling investor nerves.
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SA rates increase seems inevitable (Moneyweb)

2015-08-24
The rand's slump to a record against the dollar has laid to rest any doubt traders were having about South African rate increases.
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Rand remains weaker after hitting R14/$ (BusinessDay)

2015-08-24
RMB Currency Strategist John Cairns discusses the rand's slump beyond R14 to the US dollar and what this spells for the local economy;
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Rand slump promises rate hike (News Hub)

2015-08-24
Johannesburg - The rand's slump to a record against the dollar has laid to rest any doubt traders were having about South African rate increases.
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SA should learn from Brazil's populist slips (Business Times)

2015-08-23
South Africa's credit rating hovers on the edge of junk status and recent news flow on Brazil, also at risk of losing its investment-grade rating, has reignited rating concerns.
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Eskom a 'bond-buying' opportunity (MAIL & GUARDIAN)

2015-08-21
The utility may struggle to keep the lights on, but its debts is attractive to international investors.
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Melbourne's link with SA wages (BusinessDay)

2015-08-20
Two things in the news caught my eye this week. The first was that Melbourne has taken the top spot in the Economist's Intelligence Unit's annual most liveable cities survey for the fifth year running.
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Government bonds: New way to trade (Financial Mail)

2015-08-20
NATIONAL treasury is making progress in its bid to introduce an electronic trading platform for the SA government bonds market and has now cut to two its short list of technology providers.
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New way to trade (Financial Mail)

2015-08-20
Chief director of financial markets & stability at treasury. "It will be a joint venture between the JSE and on of the two [operators].
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Rand at risk from weak economy (msm money)

2015-08-19
South Africa's rand steadied against the dollar on Wednesday after touching fresh 14-year lows the previous day, but traders expected weak local economic fundamentals and concerns about China's growth to keep the currency under pressure.
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Rand at risk from weak economy, China concerns (Market report)

2015-08-19
South Africa's rand steadied against the dollar on Wednesday after touching fresh 14-year lows the previous day, but traders expected weak local economic fundamentals and concerns about China's growth to keep the currency under pressure.
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Acsa seeks construction partners for African projects (BusinessDay)

2015-08-19
THE Airports Company SA (Acsa) is looking to partner with construction companies in SA and in Africa in a bid to increase its footprint in Africa and diversify its mainly aeronautical revenue sources.
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China concerns pressure the rand (Business Report)

2015-08-19
Johannesburg - South Africa's rand steadied against the dollar on Wednesday after touching fresh 14-year lows the previous day, but traders expected weak local economic fundamentals and concerns about China's growth to keep the currency under pressure.
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Government backs science : NEW AGE, THE (Free State)

2015-08-18
Science and Technology Minister Naledi Pandor says her department has budgeted more than R4bn this year for youths and older persons to do research.
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Fight to keep lights on no turn-off for Eskom debt investors (Moneyweb)

2015-08-17
Forget that South Africa's state power utility is struggling to keep the lights on and that its profit has fallen
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CIVILIAN RESPONSES TO CRIME - Rhino group effort : WILDLIFE RANCHING, Supplement Part 1

2015-08-01
Rhino poaching has increased exponentially since 2008.
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CIVILIAN RESPONSES TO CRIME - Rhino group effort : WILDLIFE RANCHING, Supplement Part 2

2015-08-01
Rhino poaching has increased exponentially since 2008.
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An African growth story Part 1 (Deal Makers)

2015-08-01
May's successful listing on the JSE of Choppies Enterprises, Botswana's leading supermarket chain, may well pave the way for other African corporates to follow in its footsteps.
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An African growth story Part 2 (Deal Makers)

2015-08-01
May's successful listing on the JSE of Choppies Enterprises, Botswana's leading supermarket chain, may well pave the way for other African corporates to follow in its footsteps.
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An African growth story Part 3 (Deal Makers)

2015-08-01
May's successful listing on the JSE of Choppies Enterprises, Botswana's leading supermarket chain, may well pave the way for other African corporates to follow in its footsteps.
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An African growth story Part 4 (Deal Makers)

2015-08-01
May's successful listing on the JSE of Choppies Enterprises, Botswana's leading supermarket chain, may well pave the way for other African corporates to follow in its footsteps.
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Unlocking the Black industrialist Part 1 (Deal Makers)

2015-08-01
Black Economic Empowerment (BEE) remains a focal policy instrument of the government to achieve economic transformation in South Africa.
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Unlocking the Black industrialist Part 2 (Deal Makers)

2015-08-01
Black Economic Empowerment (BEE) remains a focal policy instrument of the government to achieve economic transformation in South Africa.
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Merkel ally says hard to trust latest Greek reform proposals

2015-07-10
A senior member of German Chancellor Angela Merkel's party said he had trouble trusting Greece's latest proposals to its euro zone creditors as the country had last week decisively rejected the austerity measures in a referendum.
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Rough roller-coaster ride for the rand

2015-07-09
It was a roller-coaster ride for the rand yesterday as a number of stock markets around the world took a nose dive.
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Rand weakest in 4 weeks in risk averse trade

2015-07-08
The rand slumped to a new month low versus the dollar today, influenced mainly by weak stock markets in China
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Rand suffers Grexit sniffles

2015-07-08
South Africa's rand traded near the previous session's three week lows yesterday.
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Greece and China still leaning on rand

2015-07-08
South Africa's rand traded near the previous session's three week lows yesterday.
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Rand takes a knock in early trade

2015-07-08
The rand slumped to a new month low versus the dollar on Wednesday, influenced mainly by weak stock markets in China, a key importer of South African commodities.
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Rand eases on Greece, no impact from reserve data

2015-07-07
The rand traded near the previous session's three-week lows today
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Bonds lose ground in uncertain market

2015-07-07
SOUTH African bonds were marginally weaker at midday on Tuesday as uncertainty about China and Greece kept investors on the sidelines.
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Megan-Geoffrey Prins wins SICMF international study bursary

2015-07-07
South African pianist Megan-Geoffrey Prins (24) has won the inaugural Stellenbosch International Chamber Music Festival (SICMF) International Study Bursary Competition - the largest South African bursary for overseas music studies.
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Not yet curtains on Greek drama

2015-07-06
Athens and creditors still far from a resolution
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'Grexit' could have knock-on effects for SA

2015-07-05
Reserve bank deputy governor Daniel Mminele has warned that although South African's economy would not be
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Rand in narrow range as US jobs data disappoint

2015-07-02
The rand traded in a tight range against the dollar on Thursday, remaining on the back foot after paring earlier losses after US jobs growth slowed.
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Factors hindering Kenya's economic growth disclosed

2015-07-02
AN international markets analyst has projected a number of sociopolitical problems to hamper Kenya's growth potential in the short term.
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ETF launch new tax free investment accounts 

2015-07-01
A new tax-free product has been launched by etfSA.co.za as the portfolio managers and financial advisors together with Compulershare (Pty) Ltd as the administrators.
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Bank of Athens open

2015-07-01
It was business as usual in South African branches of the Bank of Athens yesterday as the deadline for Greece.
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Higher rates, more debt for Eskom after price increase rejected

2015-07-01
Eskom needs to borrow more at higher rates to ease its funding shortfall after Nersa rejected its request for a tariff increase of as much as 25%.
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Eskom needs to borrow more at higher rates

2015-07-01
Eskom SOC Holdings Ltd. needs to borrow more at higher rates to ease its funding shortfall after South Africa's energy regulator rejected the power utility's request for a tariff increase of as much as 25 percent.
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JSE, rand voeI Griekse pyn

2015-06-30
Onstuimige week le voor vir markte
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Rand stabilises, Greece poses risk

2015-06-30
South Africa's rand was off the previous day's two-week lows against the dollar in early Tuesday trade, helped by short-covering from oversold levels but still remained vulnerable to a weak domestic growth outlook and Greece's debt woes.
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South Africa's rand stabilises, Greece poses risk

2015-06-30
South Africa's rand was off the previous day's two-week lows against the dollar early Tuesday trade, helped by short-covering from oversold levels but still remained.
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Bulle op die JSE hiberneer

2015-06-17
Johannesburg - Watter bul Slaap in die winter?
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Rand likely to take another beating if the Fed is overly hawkish

2015-06-17
SA's currency market is bracing for a fresh onslaught on the rand if the US Federal Reserve (Fed) adopts a more hawkish stance on interest rates.
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Rand likely to take another beating if the Fed is overly hawkish

2015-06-17
The rand hit its lowest level since 2001 last week, weakening to R12.63/$ in a global bond sell-off in expectation of US rate hikes.
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Bulle opdie JSE hiberneer

2015-06-17
Johannesburg - Watter bul Slaap in die winter?
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Rand likely to take another beating due to hawkish Fed

2015-06-17
SA's currency market is bracing for a fresh onslaught on the rand if the US Federal Reserve adopts a more hawkish stance on interest rates.
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South Africa's rand weakens; focus on Greece, Fed

2015-06-15
JOHANNESBURG, June 15 (Reuters) - South Africa's rand weakened against the dollar early on Monday as demand for riskier assets waned after the latest talks aimed at ending Greece's debt crisis ended without a resolution.
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Surprisingly upbeat S&P holds SA's rating steady

2015-06-14
Ratings agency Standard & Poor's affirmed its sovereign credit rating of BBB for South Africa late Friday
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Mining output up, confidence down

2015-06-14
Mining production rose 7.7% year on year in April
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Rand steady before credit rating update

2015-06-12
The rand steadied against the US dollar early today as investors held positions before Standard & Poor's credit rating.
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JSE closes flat as global markets dampen sentiment

2015-06-12
AFTER trading positive for most of the day the JSE, for the second consecutive session, turned negative at the close as global markets retreated on stronger US data.
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Rand softer in volatile trade

2015-06-12
THE rand was softer in late trade on Friday, mimicking the gyrations of a volatile euro amid persistent concerns over Greece's debt repayment standoff.
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The dark and in the doldrums

2015-06-11
Business is feeling gloomy about the future
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Confidence index still sliding

2015-06-11
The quarterly business confidence index continued its decline in the second quarter of 2015
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Eskom pulls plug on business confidence Part 1

2015-06-11
Business confidence deteriorated in the second quarter as policy uncertainty
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Eskom pulls plug on business confidence Part 2

2015-06-11
Business confidence deteriorated in the second quarter as policy uncertainty
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Car, retail sectors most gloomy (Cape Times)

2015-06-11
A raft of surveys released yesterday show business confidence in South Africa is in decline in the second quarter
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Car, retail sectors most gloomy (Mercury)

2015-06-11
A raft of surveys released yesterday show business confidence in South Africa is in decline in the second quarter
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Car, retail sectors most gloomy (Pretoria News)

2015-06-11
A raft of surveys released yesterday show business confidence in South Africa is in decline in the second quarter
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Car, retail sectors most gloomy (Star)

2015-06-11
A raft of surveys released yesterday show business confidence in South Africa is in decline in the second quarter
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SA business pessimism spreads

2015-06-11
South Africa's quarterly business confidence index (BCI) continued its decline in the second quarter of 2015
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Business confidence continues to slide

2015-06-11
South Africa's quarterly business confidence index continued its decline in the second quarter of 2015
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Confidence index slips as growth hits levels not seen since 1994

2015-06-11
Business confidence deteriorated in the current quarter as low levels of demand took a toll
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Business confidence continues downward trend

2015-06-11
South Africa's quarterly business confidence index continued its decline in the second quarter of 2015
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Trade conditions remain subdued

2015-06-11
South African domestic trade conditions remained subdued in May as the seasonally adjusted composite Trade Activity Index
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Year three

2015-06-04
It is two years since Ashburton Investments was formed.
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Rand Hit by Rating Downgrade Jitters

2015-06-04
Jan Sluis-Cremer from RMB discusses the rand's slide to an 11-week low ahead of Fitch's SA ratings review tomorrow
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Could too much democracy be hindering Africa's growth?

2015-06-03
Despite Africa's strong economic growth, a only a handfull of its countries have managed to make inroads int reducing inequality.
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FREEDOM, STRUGGLE AND GAS Part 1

2015-06-01
Mozambique has sloghed through four decades of pain brought on by civil wat unrest. Now it is a hotspot for African investment
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FREEDOM, STRUGGLE AND GAS Part 2

2015-06-01
Mozambique has sloghed through four decades of pain brought on by civil wat unrest. Now it is a hotspot for African investment
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FREEDOM, STRUGGLE AND GAS Part 3

2015-06-01
Mozambique has sloghed through four decades of pain brought on by civil wat unrest. Now it is a hotspot for African investment
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FREEDOM, STRUGGLE AND GAS Part 4

2015-06-01
Mozambique has sloghed through four decades of pain brought on by civil wat unrest. Now it is a hotspot for African investment
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The Land Of Prawns Is Now Cooking With Gas Part 1

2015-06-01
Recent oli gas discoveries could transform Mozambique - once one of the poorest countries in the world
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The Land Of Prawns Is Now Cooking With Gas Part 2

2015-06-01
Recent oli gas discoveries could transform Mozambique - once one of the poorest countries in the world
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Market report

2015-05-29
The rand was slightly weaker against the dollar this morning
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Rand near 5-week low before local trade data

2015-05-29
The rand was a tad weaker against the dollar early today
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Dreams become reality for the girl child

2015-05-28
Choosing a career after leaving school is a major decision and not everyone is fortunate to know
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Duisende meisies vir een dag by werkplek

2015-05-28
Mulalo Nekumbe was in 2004 'n groot-oog-meisiekind in gr. 10
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Sanral upbeat on its future

2015-05-28
The South African National Road Agency (Sanral) is due to embark on its annual road show in mid-June
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A day to restore aspirations of girls

2015-05-28
Choosing a career after leaving school is a major decision and not everyone is fortunate to know
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Agency plans information sessions

2015-05-27
THE South African National Roads Agency (SANRAL) is due to embark on it annual road show in mid-June
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Effect of forex price fixing would be minuscule Bank Part 1

2015-05-27
for forex market rigging. The Bank expects to report on its review, led by former senior deputy governor
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RMB opinion piece in today's Business Report

2015-05-27
Mounting headwinds are a threat to Africa's growth story
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Thoughts in Business Day on Sanral Part 1

2015-05-27
Effect of forex price fixing would be minuscule
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Thoughts in Business Day on Sanral Part 2

2015-05-27
Fixing effect minuscule
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Thoughts in Business Day on Sanral Part 3

2015-05-27
We don't need another populist panic about the rand
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Effect of forex price fixing would be minuscule Bank Part 2

2015-05-27
for forex market rigging. The Bank expects to report on its review, led by former senior deputy governor
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Sanral to lobby investors on e-tolls changes

2015-05-26
IN A POSSIBLE sign of desperaction as repayments loom, the SA National Road Agency
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Rise in interest rates 'possible'

2015-05-26
CONSUMERS were spared an interest rate rise last Thursday as the Reserve Bank decided to leave the repo rate unchanged.
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Rand weakens before GDP, unemployment data

2015-05-26
THE rand weakend to a two week low against dollar early today
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Rand gains after hawkish policy statement

2015-05-22
Rand gains after hawkish policy statement
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Slashed etoll fees set to lift confidence in Sanral Part 1

2015-05-21
Analysts call it a "start" to repair agency's reputation, Outa says little change
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On the brink of junk

2015-05-21
SA is up for a sovereign credit ratings review by two of the threee major global rating agencies next month.
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Slashed etoll fees set to lift confidence in Sanral Part 2

2015-05-21
Analysts call it a "start" to repair agency's reputation, Outa says little change
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Sacrifices must be made to keep SA out of the junkyard

2015-05-11
the credit rating of SA has slipped a few notches since 2012.
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WITNESS, THE

2015-05-11
Doing Mother's day the hardcore way
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DOING BUSINESS IN GHANA Part 1

2015-05-01
The Country continues to be dependent on commodities
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DOING BUSINESS IN GHANA Part 2

2015-05-01
Shopping centres are springing up all over, most of them developed by South Africans.
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DOING BUSINESS IN GHANA Part 3 

2015-05-01
The move will give you comfort to potential investors and fund managers
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DOING BUSINESS IN GHANA Part 4

2015-05-01
Until recently Ghana was one of Africa's economic pin-ups.
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LOW Executive Moves

2015-04-24
Astrid Ludin, Mafika Mkwanazi, Siyabonga Gama, James Formby
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Next chief executive is named

2015-04-20
Firstrand said on Friday that James Formby would become the chief executive of Rand Merchant Bank (RMB)
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Africa's growth cities attract increased foreign real estate investment

2015-04-01
Increased numbers of international inestors are investigating opportunities in African real estate markets, attracted by the continent's startling economic and demographic growth prospects.
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GLOBAL/MACRO:Hanging in the balance Part 1

2015-04-01
Global investment conditions were the focus of a panel session convened by Heather James of Federal Street Partners
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GLOBAL/MACRO:Hanging in the balance Part 2

2015-04-01
Global investment conditions were the focus of a panel session convened by Heather James of Federal Street Partners
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FIXED INCOME AND COMMODlTlES Part 1

2015-04-01
Exploring Alternatives to equity
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FIXED INCOME AND COMMODlTlES Part 2

2015-04-01
Exploring Alternatives to equity
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Lending in Nigeria Part 1

2015-03-01
athe disparity between Nigeria's GDP and the size of its banking sector clearly indicates significant growth.
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Lending in Nigeria Part 2

2015-03-01
athe disparity between Nigeria's GDP and the size of its banking sector clearly indicates significant growth.
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For Africa, By Africa Part 1

2015-03-01
The recent financing package for a US$900m, 350MW gas-fired combined cycle power station to be constructed
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For Africa, By Africa Part 2

2015-03-01
The recent financing package for a US$900m, 350MW gas-fired combined cycle power station to be constructed
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a Wrap-up for War Horse Part 1

2015-03-01
War Horse collaboration between RMB and all the parties involved in bringing Joey ‘home’.
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a Wrap-up for War Horse Part 2

2015-03-01
War Horse collaboration between RMB and all the parties involved in bringing Joey ‘home’.
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RMB views on Eskom, Transnet, Sanral Part 3

2015-02-06
Hard-hitting topics proficiently dealt with by credit analyst Elena Ilkova over the past two days.
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RMB views on Eskom, Transnet, Sanral Part 4

2015-02-05
Hard-hitting topics proficiently dealt with by credit analyst Elena Ilkova over the past two days.
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RMB views on Eskom, Transnet, Sanral Part 1

2015-02-05
Hard-hitting topics proficiently dealt with by credit analyst Elena Ilkova over the past two days.
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RMB views on Eskom, Transnet, Sanral Part 2

2015-02-05
Hard-hitting topics proficiently dealt with by credit analyst Elena Ilkova over the past two days.
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Sanral warns of more failed bond auctions (BusinessDay)

2015-02-04
The South African National Roads Agency Limited (Sanral), which on Wednesday failed to raise the R600m it needed at its first bond auction for the year, said future auctions were unlikely to raise the funding it needs to repay and service debt if uncertainty over e-tolls is not addressed.
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RMB's thoughts on Greece Part 1

2015-02-01
Financial Mail Investors Monthly article Greek standoff drives sentiment
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RMB's thoughts on Greece Part 2

2015-02-01
Financial Mail Investors Monthly article Greek standoff drives sentiment
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Ivory Coast plans 'less than $1 billion' Eurobond in Feb - RTRS

2015-01-29
ABIDJAN, Jan 29 (Reuters) - Ivory Coast aims to issue a Eurobond of less than $1 billion next month, Prime Minister Daniel Kablan Duncan said on Thursday, as it seeks extra funds to help its economy recover after a civil war.
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Proceed with caution

2015-01-22
The Rand: John Cairns in Financial Mail cover
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Institute of International Finance and World Bank

2015-01-22
The Rand: John Cairns in Financial Mail cover
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Negative outlook weighs on Sanral bond issue Part 1

2015-01-21
Sanral: Elena Ilkova in Business Day front page article
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Negative outlook weighs on Sanral bond issue Part 2

2015-01-21
Sanral: Elena Ilkova in Business Day front page article
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Eskom: Dark days in the debt junkyard

2014-11-20
Elena Ilkova in Financial Mail
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War Horse brand partnership delivers part 1

2014-10-11
Powerful and useful to convince any corporate that a good branding fit and partnership can go a few extra miles for a sponsorship
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War Horse brand partnership delivers part 2

2014-10-11
Powerful and useful to convince any corporate that a good branding fit and partnership can go a few extra miles for a sponsorship
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War Horse brand partnership delivers part 3

2014-10-11
Powerful and useful to convince any corporate that a good branding fit and partnership can go a few extra miles for a sponsorship
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African Cities: Where investment shines the brightest

2014-10-01
Celeste Fauconnier and Nema Ramkhelawan-Bhana in DealMakers
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Can Black Economic Empowerment still succeed?

2014-10-01
Ernest Kwinda in DealMakers
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Can Black Economic Empowerment still succeed?

2014-10-01
Ernest Kwinda in DealMakers continued
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