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  • Chinese Firm Buys Israeli Spacecom Despite Explosion That Blew Up Facebook Africa Payload

    Chinese firm buys Israeli Spacecom By Dana Sanchez, 5:18 pm

    Chinese company Xinwei agreed to buy Israeli satellite company Spacecom for $190 million despite a Sept. 1 rocket explosion on the launchpad in Florida that took Spacecom’s share prices down more than 50 percent. The explosion destroyed a rocket owned by tech and space entrepreneur Elon Musk and his company, SpaceX. It was carrying a satellite that Facebook had planned to use to expand internet access in Africa. Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg said he wouldn’t give up on internet for Africa.

  • Opinion: Africa Needs More Healthcare Real Estate Investment Trusts

    Africa needs more healthcare real estate investment trusts By Dana Sanchez, 1:39 pm

    There is a gap for hospital services in Africa and property investors can benefit from this with healthcare real estate investment trusts, an expert says. A REIT is a company that owns, and in most cases operates, income-producing real estate. Large hospital owners like Netcare or Life Healthcare in South Africa could sell hospitals to a property manager who runs a healthcare REIT. The REIT would then lease them back. REITs provide investors with a liquid stake in real estate, special tax considerations and typically high-dividend yields. In more mature markets, healthcare REITs are often popular investments.

  • How 4 Sub-Saharan African Countries Stack Up For Climate-Smart Investment Potential

    climate-smart investment By Dana Sanchez, 10:46 am AFKI Original

    Currency depreciation and rising inflation have made investing a challenge in some African countries. A global private-sector development group identifies four African countries that have potential for climate-smart investment. These investments will make energy more accessible and infrastructure more resilient as climate change threatens to undermine developmental gains. South Africa is ahead of the game. With 90% of its electricity from coal, SA has approved 79 renewable energy projects by independent power producers. The cost of wind and solar has decreased more than 70%, and is now competitive with new-build coal, IFC reported.

  • AFCON Champs To Face Germany, Chile And Australia In 2017 Confederations Cup

    Top 10 Ranked African National Teams By Peter Pedroncelli, 3:49 am AFKI Original

    The 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup draw took place in Kazan this week, with the eight teams taking part in the World Cup warm-up tournament placed into two groups. Seven of the teams are already known, with the champions of the various Confederations joining 2014 World Cup winners Germany and hosts Russia for the draw.

  • US-Based Renewable Energy, Data Tech Firms Attract Angolan Investors

    Pioneering Angolan firm By Dana Sanchez, 7:13 pm AFKI Original

    Angolan attorney Zandre Campos quit his job with Sonangol, Angola’s giant state-run oil company, to start a private international investment firm. He wants to bring the best of the world to Africa. “We want to participate in the future of this continent. We’re talking about international standards,” he told AFKInsider. His latest investment is his company’s first in the U.S. He’s investing in U.S. technology. “Most of our investors are local Angolans — young guys like us,” Campos said.

  • Castro’s Mixed Legacy In Africa: He Fought Colonialism, Found Capitalism Repugnant

    Fidel Castro By Dana Sanchez, 5:24 pm

    Fidel Castro was no angel. He ran Cuba with “a strong arm and dodgy economic policies,” but for many in Africa, the Cuban leader was a friend in need. Castro is credited with helping pit Russia against the U.S. in a war in Angola that brought about the beginning of the end of apartheid. It wasn’t just about independence from colonialists but also from the perceived injustices of capitalism. “I find capitalism repugnant. It is filthy, it is gross, it is alienating,” Castro said.

  • Hope For HIV Vaccine: Trial In South Africa Could Be ‘Tectonic, Historic’ If Successful

    Digital Technology Could Help End HIV By Staff, 11:20 am

    Though HIV has faded from the headlines since the development of antiretroviral drugs made the disease manageable, it is still a pandemic. Researchers in South Africa will begin Monday to inoculate thousands of volunteers in the latest — and, some say, most promising — effort to develop a vaccine that prevents HIV/AIDS. If the vaccine is 50-to-60 percent effective, experts say that would be enough for drugmakers to begin licensing negotiations with the South African government.

  • Fitch’s Lowered Outlook, And Why South Africa Can’t Ignore Credit Ratings

    South Africa can't ignore credit ratings By Dana Sanchez, 5:24 pm

    Credit ratings agency Fitch on Friday revised its outlook for South Africa from stable to negative, citing political risks. Moody’s was also expected to release its outlook Friday, but had not done so by late afternoon. There are fears that South Africa will be downgraded to junk status. Junk status means high risk, and therefore, high borrowing costs. For fund managers representing investors, a downgrade to junk status means they will have to sell the assets (bonds) they hold. Their mandates require that they only invest in investment-grade assets. For ordinary South Africans it means paying more interest, leaving less money for savings or food.

  • South African Unemployment Above 27 Percent, Hits 13-Year High

    Black South Africans Have Higher Unemployment By Staff, 5:34 pm

    South Africa this week put on hold proposals to introduce a national minimum wage as part of an effort to stabilize the labor market. Labor upheaval is a potential risk factor to the country’s credit rating, which faces in the next two weeks a possible downgrade to junk status by ratings agencies. The economy has grown slowly in the last six years — too slowly to recoup the 1 million jobs lost during the 2008-2009 recession. Despite the gloomy numbers, the rand held its ground, propped up by firmer metal prices which boosted commodity currencies.

  • Africans Embrace Black Friday, Online Retailers Want A Piece. Is This Cultural Colonialism?

    By Dana Sanchez, 3:26 pm

    South Africa has seen a massive adoption of North American retail trends, and Black Friday is no exception, a trend analyst says. “It is tested, it works and is already embedded in the minds of South Africans.” Other research analysts are more critical. “Black Friday…is an attempt to cash in on the hype surrounding the day in the U.S.,” said Arthur Goldstuck, managing director at tech research firm World Wide Worx. “It is a classic example of self-inflicted cultural colonialism, except that here the motive is unashamedly commercial. That, in turn, means it represents blatant exploitation of the consumer at its worst.”

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