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African Alpha: Blog

The African Alpha is a blog dedicated to opening up discussion on African related news and topics of interest.  Viewers have the opportunity to comment on the articles and discussions below.

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UBS Discussion entitled South Africa Tomorrow

During the fourth quarter of 2013, a high profile gathering was held in New York to convey sectorial analysis in the banking and mining sector as well as to showcase South Africa’s national development plan. The session was hosted by UBS in partnership with the Johannesburg Stock Exchange (JSE) and was open to UBS customers only.     Presenters included: • National Planning Commissioner and former Minister of Finance, Trevor Manual • Deputy Minister of Finance, Nhlanhla Musa Nene • Deputy Governor of the South African Reserve Bank, Daniel Mminele • Executive Director of Anglo American, Khanyisile...know more



How China's Approach Beats the West's in Africa

Harvard Business Review Blog | by Stephan Richter | September 3, 2012 U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's recent 10-day tour across Africa represented a strategic caving-in of sorts. In many of the places she visited, the Chinese had gotten there first. In fact, China is everywhere in Africa these days, both exploiting the continent's vast natural riches and pursuing infrastructure projects long promised but never quite delivered by the West. Building railroads from inland areas to the coast, with the eventual prospect of a network that spans sub-Saharan Africa? Putting in...know more



SA Most Competitive In Africa

Sept 5, 2012 | South Africa remains the most competitive economy in sub-Saharan Africa, according to the World Economic Forum's Global Competitiveness Report 2012/13 released on Wednesday."South Africa is ranked 52nd this year, remaining the highest-ranked country in sub-Saharan Africa and the third-placed among the BRICS economies," the WEF said in a statement.BRICS refers to the Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa group of large emerging market economies. South Africa ranked 50th in the 2011/12 report.The country benefits from the large size of its economy, particularly by regional standards,...know more



World Bank approves $250 mln for S.Africa's Eskom

Reuters | Oct 28, 2011 The World Bank on Thursday approved $250 million in funding for South African power utility Eskom to develop a wind and solar plant as part of a push to boost sources of clean energy. The World Bank said the funding through its Clean Technology Fund will finance a 100-megawatt solar power plant in Upington in the Northern Cape province and a 100-megawatt wind power project at Sere, north of Cape Town. "The loan will help Eskom to implement two of the largest renewable energy projects ever attempted on...know more



Web boutique "My Asho" brings African fashion to global market

CNN | Sept 21, 2011   From color-popping dresses to bold prints and shapes, Afro-centric designs have been storming catwalks in recent years, catching the eye of fashionistas across the world.But for many international consumers, especially those with no access to shops dedicated to African brands, it can often be hard to get their hands on designer garments from the continent.As a result, more and more African designers are taking their lines to the web in a bid to reach out to a larger market. And while many are setting up their...know more



Young Entrepreneurs Link Africa To Top Global Business Thinkers

Business Daily Africa | Aug 4, 2011 Early this year, Christian Haukaas, a 2011 IESE graduate, worked with two of Kenya’s leading innovative young companies, Craft Silicon and Pamoja Media.Christian undertook a market study and business plan consultancy for Craft Silicon, which provides back-end business solutions for banking institutions. At Pamoja Media, he constructed an innovative mobile-accessible platform that helps to improve yields for smallholder farmers. As a result, Joshua Wanyama, CEO of Pamoja and TED Fellow, has turned the web advertising agency into a multi-purpose firm, creatively bringing...know more


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