Archive for the ‘South Africa’ Category

Brick By Brick, BRICS Building A New Bridge For A New World

Via Modern Diplomacy, an article on how the BRICS are now a new bridge to a New World: Measuring BRICS in single decades, in 2001, BRIC started as an acronym for Brazil, Russia, India, and China; Goldman Sachs economist Jim O’Neill claimed that by 2050 the four BRIC economies would come to dominate the global […]

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South Africa, Zambia, Zimbabwe: Descent Into Energy Darkness?

Courtesy of The Africa Report, strong insight into Southern Africa’s energy poverty: To observers, it’s incomprehensible that countries with active perennial waterways – via Zambezi River – teeter on the verge of energy poverty. Electricity generation is meant to be a feat of simple engineering, though requiring substantial investment. Moreover, for countries that have eternally […]

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Inside Naspers: Africa’s Most Valuable Company

Via Tech Safari, a look at Naspers, Africa’s most valuable company: This African company has a $90 billion dollar market cap. It’s not a mining company, or a bank. It’s Naspers – an internet and technology company from South Africa. But when Naspers started in 1915, it was a traditional media company. Today, Naspers’ wealth […]

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Network Defects: South Africa’s Disintegrating Freight Railway Is Crippling Firms

Courtesy of The Economist, a look at how African state-owned firms can actually make Africa poorer: The roads in the north of Kwa-Zulu Natal (kzn), South Africa’s second-most-populated province, were once sedate. Lorries carrying timber or sugar cane from nearby plantations would trundle past, overtaken occasionally by tourists heading to game reserves. But these days hundreds […]

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Lavrov’s Africa Trip Reveals Limits to Russian Soft Economic Power

Via The Moscow Times, commentary on Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov’s recent visit to South Africa, Eswatini, and Angola: The focus of Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov’s visit to South Africa, Eswatini, and Angola this week has been the portrayal of Russia as a partner for the continent’s development and security, especially in the energy sector. The tour also had an overtly […]

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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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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.