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16 January 2017
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16 Jan 2017
Madonsela conducted Absa probe mostly on her own
Former public protector Thuli Madonsela did most of the work on the Absa R2.25-billion bailout probe by herself because staff were against it and already overworked, she told the Cape Town Press...
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13 Jan 2017
Absa decries leak of public protector report on apartheid billions
Absa said a preliminary report by Public Protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane that recommends the bank pay back R2.25-billion it received as part of an unlawful apartheid-era bailout is “regrettable”. The...
10 Jan 2017
World Bank warns rand could take hit amid global policy flux
The World Bank has issued a warning that the South Africa currency could come under pressure in 2017, owing to heightened policy uncertainty in the US and Europe, which could constrain capital...
Ivory Coast's Ouattara names ex-PM as vice-president
Ivory Coast's President Alassane Ouattara named former prime minister Daniel Kablan Duncan as vice-president, a new post created under a constitution approved by referendum late last year. Duncan,...
09 Jan 2017
SACP: Blade Nzimande: Address by SACP General Secretary, during the occasion of the 105th anniversary of the ANC‎‎, Orlando Stadium, Soweto, Johannesburg (08/01/2017)
The South African Communist Party takes this opportunity to congratulate the African National Congress on reaching the milestone of 105 years.
22 Dec 2016
No 'quick solution' in sight to Zim cash crisis – finance minister
Zimbabwean Finance Minister Patrick Chinamasa has reportedly said that the cash crisis in the southern African country is set to continue for a long time. This was despite the Reserve Bank of...
20 Dec 2016
IMF's Christine Lagarde found guilty of negligence
Christine Lagarde, the chief of the International Monetary Fund (IMF), has been found guilty of negligence by a French court over a massive payout to a tycoon when she was the country's finance...
19 Dec 2016
Zimbabwe's Mugabe confirmed as ruling party candidate for 2018
Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe was confirmed on Saturday as his party's sole candidate for the next presidential election in 2018, when he will be 94. Supporters at a party conference sang a...
14 Dec 2016
Zim monetary authorities slash bank charges to promote plastic money
Zimbabwe’s monetary authorities have slashed bank charges that had seen most banks charging up to US$4,50 for any amount of withdrawal. Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe governor John Mangudya said...
09 Dec 2016
Plan, but no man
South African Reserve Bank (SARB) governor Lesetja Kganyago does little to hide his frustration about the lack of progress in pursuing the structural reforms required to improve South Africa’s...
08 Dec 2016
Mugabe 'has nothing to do with cash shortages' – minister
A Zimbabwean minister has reportedly defended President Robert Mugabe's State of the Nation Address (Sona), which left many "disappointed", as it did not address critical issues affecting the...
Glencore's Rosneft deal wins analyst thumbs-up
The share price of diversified mining and marketing company Glencore rose in Johannesburg on the news that the company is in final-stage negotiations to buy 19.5% of Russia’s privatised oil company...
Risks and Returns: Managing Financial Trade-Offs for Inclusive Growth in Europe and Central Asia
Financial sector development must go beyond improving access to bank credit. Financial systems should develop in a balanced way through both bank and non-bank subsectors, including capital markets,...
06 Dec 2016
How the New Development Bank can change the way banks do business
Ratings agencies will again this week consider South Africa’s sovereign credit rating. Ratings agencies have indicated that South Africa’s economic growth needs to be at least 1%, up from the...
05 Dec 2016
'All hell will break loose': Opposition official on Zimbabwe's #bondnotes
Less than a week after Zimbabwe introduced its controversial bond notes (and with reports they're already running out), the under-fire central bank has sent out an SMS to local phone numbers...
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