27 November 2017

Business calls for clear, stable and certain policy following downgrade

Big business has lamented S&P's decision to cut the local currency rating to junk, while Moody’s puts the country on notice for a possible downgrade.

An ‘Indaba’ about energy endowment?

David Mahlobo is not the first Minister of Energy to resort to "endowment" as code for mineral energy resources, or concentrated energy resources that are easily...

Shareholders to score as Exxaro halves Tronox stake

Shareholders are in line for a payout as it sells down its stake in the titanium dioxide and chemicals group.

Liberty grows sales but clients are cautious

The life assurer says customers are moving into less profitable guaranteed products due to uncertainty.

Cape WaterGate: Western Cape drought won’t dry up tourism, says advisory firm

The number of tourists flocking to the Cape may feel like droves, but in the grand scheme of things the numbers are unlikely to have much...

Op-Ed: Will South Africa come to the rescue of Zimbabwe? Don’t hold Your breath

South Africa's muddled role in championing good governance and peacekeeping on the continent holds little promise of being the beacon of light. By JOHN FILITZ.

24 November 2017

PPC cements a more solid foundation

PPC’s restructuring is taking shape since last year’s R4 billion rights issue and an improving debt position.

Clucking good year for Quantum

Last summer’s record maize harvest led to a big drop in input costs

Corporate finance activity of the week

DealMakers and Cliffe Dekker Hofmeyr bring you the Corporate finance activity of the week.

Buildmax’s listed days may be over

Management believes its unsustainable for the company to maintain its costly JSE listing.

CSG strengthens its security division

The contract services group has made security the third leg of its business.

Who’s doing what in the South African & African M&A space?

Your weekly M&A Pulse includes news on JSE-listed companies, non listed companies and companies in Africa. Brought to you by DealMakers and Cliffe Dekker Hofmeyr.

Stenprop goes industrial as it prepares for UK listing

The investment group says high demand and low supply will support UK multi-let industrial properties.

Thorts - Mauritius

In the race between Mauritius and South Africa for the most investor-friendly regime, South Africa’s island rival is gaining ground. Five years ago, South Africa and...

23 November 2017

PPC turns down Fairfax’s unfair offer

An independent board says it won’t recommend the deal as it's not fair and reasonable.

Sibanye and DRD partner on surface tailings deal

The deal will allow SibanyeStillwater to leverage off DRDGold’s proven surface treatment capabilities.

Scorpio: The Makwakwa Dossier, Part One – Moyane, Hogan Lovells and the investigation that never really was

Jonas Makwakwa's disciplinary process seems so tailored that it borders on the realm of being cooked. Tom Moyane tried his utmost to keep the facts and...

Tsogo Sun wins on hotels, loses on the tables

The hotels and gaming group says casinos are under pressure due to the weak economy.

Arrowhead bearish on property sector prospects

The real estate investment trust is forecasting a 6.5% decline in dividends next year.

Op-Ed: Beware ‘Crocodile’ Mnangagwa – Zanu-PF is not renewing, it is a snake shedding its old skin

Those who believe Robert Mugabe should be punished for crimes against humanity and stand trial, I agree with you. If you believe that then you must...

22 November 2017

Life Healthcare in talks as it reports profit slump

The group says it wants to transform from a South African focused acute care group to an international diversified healthcare provider.

Coronation’s assets start to turn around

The fund manager has yet to see the positive impact of its re-opened SA Equity and Multi-Asset portfolios.

ANC Leadership Race: Dlamini Zuma and Ramaphosa seek support in Mpumalanga

The ANC's presidential battle will soon come to a head in Mpumalanga, the ANC's second largest province and possibly the most important in determining which way...

Rhodes gets canned by stronger rand

The food group has been hurt by rand strength and the drought in the Western Cape.

Transaction Capital accelerates on minibus taxi demand

The taxi financier says minibus taxis are resilient as the main means of transport in South Africa

SassaGate: CPS accused of making R614m more than declared on grants

Cash Paymaster Services, a subsidiary of Net1 UEPS, told the Constitutional Court in May that it made R1.1-billion profit over five years delivering social grants. A...

Evita's Free Speech: Ep.117 – Evita draws a line in the sandbox of power (Video)

Evita Bezuidenhout celebrates 20 years of her Darling venue Evita se Perron with a weekly episode of 'Evita's Free Speech'. Here's the Episode 117. By PIETER-DIRK...

21 November 2017

Mr Price styling as its apparel division recovers

Mr Price said a turnaround at its apparel division and Miladys, as well as strong growth in its in-store card MRP Money, helped lift earnings.

Pioneer hit by drought-induced maize hedge

Pioneer Foods has revealed the full impact of an unfavourable maize contract it entered during the recent drought in the north of the country.

Netcare takes a turn for the worse due to UK hospitals

The hospitals group faced large write-downs and weak trading conditions in South Africa and the UK.

Much of our current euphoria in Zimbabwe is misplaced

The message to the Zimbabwe Defence Force must now be - thank you for cleaning up the mess you created but you must now return to...

Astral remains cautious as it bounces back from drought

Poultry prices remained stable over the winter, while feed costs fell, resulting in a big improvement in Astral’s earnings.

Barloworld benefits from uptick in mining demand for its Caterpillar trucks

The group has reported a rebound in mining and infrastructure activity, but its logistics business is under pressure.

The week ahead

Last week was a tumultuous one in southern African politics, as Robert Mugabe’s ruinous 37 year-old reign was brought to an end by the Zimbabwean military.

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