Archive for the ‘South Africa’ Category

South Africa and Saudi Arabia Strike $15bn Worth of Agreements

Via The Africa Report, an article on news that South Africa and Saudi Arabia have struck $15bn worth of agreements: Saudi Arabia and South Africa have signed deals worth about $15bn during a state visit by President Cyril Ramaphosa. Details about the agreements between the two countries, which included Memorandums of Understanding, have remained under wraps. […]

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Africa’s Biggest Bank Turns To Fintech To Extend Lending To Informal Businesses

Via Impact Alpha, a look at how Africa’s biggest bank is turning to fintech to extend lending to informal businesses: It may take the threat of a fintech disruption to get local commercial banks focused on lending for micro and small businesses in Africa and other emerging markets. Fintech startups and local fund managers have recently […]

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Andreessen Horowitz’s First African Startup Bet: A Mobile Games Company

Via Quartz, a report on how a platform of choice for game studios seeking users and monetization in Africa has received the backing of popular Silicon Valley investment firm Andreessen Horowitz (a16z), Google, and legendary American rapper Nas: A South African startup’s ambition to be the platform of choice for game studios seeking users and monetization […]

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Ranking Top African Countries For Investment

Via How We Made It In Africa, an article on the top ten (10) countries for African investment: The latest edition of Rand Merchant Bank’s Where to Invest in Africa report assesses each African economy’s investment potential, by overlaying macroeconomic fundamentals with the practicalities of doing business on the continent. “After nine years of publishing, we never […]

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Southern Africa

Courtesy of STRATFOR (subscription required), a look at the economic prospects of several southern African nations: Over the past year, new leaders have replaced long-entrenched presidents in South Africa, Zimbabwe and Angola. Each country’s political environment has evolved since the changing of the guard, bringing opportunities for the type of economic development that wouldn’t have […]

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How Chinese Demand For Natural Resources Transformed Emerging Markets

Via Frontrera News, a look at the impact that Chinese demand for natural resources had upon emerging markets: Twenty years ago Zambian copper mines were facing ruin, low prices, failing companies and ancient infrastructure had condemned the industry to a bleak future and with it the miners that depended on the metal for their livelihood. […]

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Wildcats & Black Sheep is a personal interest blog dedicated to the identification and evaluation of maverick investment opportunities arising in frontier - and, what some may consider to be, “rogue” or “black sheep” - markets around the world.

Focusing primarily on The New Seven Sisters - the largely state owned petroleum companies from the emerging world that have become key players in the oil & gas industry as identified by Carola Hoyos, Chief Energy Correspondent for The Financial Times - but spanning other nascent opportunities around the globe that may hold potential in the years ahead, Wildcats & Black Sheep is a place for the adventurous to contemplate & evaluate the emerging markets of tomorrow.