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Dana Sanchez, 8:34 am
Paystack, one of Nigeria’s most hotly anticipated tech start-ups, has secured $1.3M seed funding from investors including Tencent and Comcast Ventures. China’s Tencent is 46% owned by South African media company Naspers. Comcast is the largest broadcasting and cable TV company in the world. Donald Trump said he intends to keep business ties to Comcast, staying on as executive producer for the spin-off of Comcast affiliate NBC’s “Celebrity Apprentice” series.
Peter Pedroncelli, 3:39 am AFKI Original
South Africans will be able to enjoy a number of international artists and events in 2017, with the likes of Justin Bieber and the Blue Man Group touching down in the country next year. We take a closer look at 12 international artists and events that South African audiences will be able to look forward to during 2017.
Dana Sanchez, 2:09 pm
Grace bought a $1.4 million diamond ring from a Dubai dealer and paid for it from her Zimbabwe account at the Commercial Bank of Zimbabwe. She changed her mind and demanded a refund to her bank in Dubai. The country’s economy is crippled by cash shortages and a forex crisis. President Robert Mugabe is immune from prosecution while in office. Grace is not immune. Many Zimbabwean lawyers won’t risk taking on Grace, but the diamond ring case is the second time Beatrice Mtetwa has gone head-to-head with the first lady.
Dana Sanchez, 12:15 pm
The deal could create a new liquified natural gas hub in Africa. BP is on a spending spree, bulking up its new drilling resources after years of selloffs. BP sold assets worth $40 billion since 2010 to cover the $60 billion costs of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. When Kosmos discovered the gas field off the coast of Mauritania and Senegal, investors were skeptical. “We think we’ve opened up one of the largest areas in the Atlantic basin in the last 15 years,” said the Kosmos CEO.
Dana Sanchez, 9:39 am
The Kenyan production facility will be Volkswagen’s third on the continent. Volkswagen hasn’t assembled cars in Kenya since the 1970s when it manufactured the Beetle model. Kenyans overwhelmingly buy second-hand imports. Used car sellers account for about 80% of total vehicle sales. VW is expanding in Africa to tap the enormous growth potential of the African new car market. The cars will be assembled in Kenya using vehicle kits imported from VW’s South African plant.
Staff, 4:53 pm
Ethiopia’s controversial Gibe III dam got an official inauguration Saturday. UNESCO has condemned it. Human rights groups say it has displaced people in the Omo Valley and will decrease water downstream all the way to Kenya’s Lake Turkana. A far more controversial Ethiopian dam, Africa’s largest ever, is scheduled for completion in 2017. The Grand Renaissance Dam will produce the equivalent electricity of six nuclear reactors.
Dana Sanchez, 2:35 pm
The 26-acre Atlantis Resorts in Hawaii will be similar to the over-the-top Atlantis The Palm Dubai, which has a water park, aquarium, dolphin encounter and more than 20 restaurants. South African-born hotel magnate Sol Kerzner developed some of the country’s top hotel brands and helped put South African tourism on the map. Kerzner sold his stake in Kerzner International to a Dubai firm in 2014 but the company still bears his name. Other owners include investment banker Goldman Sachs and the L.A. investment firm Colony Capital.
Dana Sanchez, 11:42 am
With 13.5M people, Guangzhou, China, is one of the most populous metropolitan areas on Earth, and it’s though to have Asia’s largest African population. Formerly known as Canton, the city was home at one point to up to 200,000 Africans, although that number has been disputed. One trend seems undisputed. The African population in Guangzhou is shrinking. Africans are leaving for greener pastures elsewhere in Asia.
Dana Sanchez, 2:07 pm
Analysts are watching to see if Retail Africa is a potential prelude to a full Steinhoff-Shoprite takeover. Steinhoff has been expanding outside South Africa. If the two firms merge completely, the resulting retail empire will have more than 9,000 stores globally compared to Walmart’s 11,500. Steinhoff sells lower-end furniture, apparel and home goods. A Shoprite merger will add groceries. “Retail Africa, locally bred, will have the required size and scale to compete with any other international retailer,” the companies said in a joint statement.
Kurt Davis Jr., 11:34 am AFKI Original
Businessman Trump knows better than anyone that you must have the right friends to survive. Tunisia could be the surprise special relationship. A successful democracy there would boost the fight against terror. Nigeria could go either way with Trump. He wants to help oil in the U.S. This could hurt Nigeria. Political and financial engagement with Egypt, South Sudan, and South Africa will see some rebalancing. Trade that benefits the U.S. is low-hanging fruit for Trump, but how does he view AGOA? He promised to re-evaluate all trade agreements.
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