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Africa rebounding, but must prepare for future: IMF official

Oct 11 2018

JOHANNESBURG Africa's GDP growth is rising but it must do more to solidify a fragile recovery and prepare for major disruptions in the global economy, the International Monetary Fund's top official for Africa said.

Guinea's bauxite boom upending rural communities - HRW

Oct 04 2018

JOHANNESBURG As mining companies in Guinea ramp up bauxite production, they are upending rural communities and undermining air and water quality while government authorities fail to rein in abuses, Human Rights Watch (HRW) said in a report on Thursday.

Exclusive: Saudis seek wide-ranging deals with South African arms firms

Oct 04 2018

JOHANNESBURG Saudi Arabia is in talks with South Africa's major arms manufacturers and is considering taking an equity stake in the struggling state-owned defense firm Denel, the head of the Saudi state defense company told Reuters.

Diamond trade must reform in face of threat from synthetic stones: U.S.

Oct 02 2018

PRETORIA The diamond trade must confront its tarnished image and revamp its certification scheme or risk seeing increasingly demanding consumers spurn natural stones in favor of cheaper synthetic diamonds, a senior U.S. official said.

Accor aims to conquer Africa with $1 billion war chest, says region CEO

Sep 25 2018

JOHANNESBURG AccorHotels' new Middle East and Africa CEO is taking aim at rivals including Radisson as he looks to capitalize on a billion-dollar war chest to further the biggest European hotel operator's expansion in sub-Saharan Africa.

Crisis demands revamped South Africa defense sector -Paramount chairman

Sep 22 2018

(Corrects spelling of armed group in paragraph 20 to Houthi)

South African farmers play chicken with Trump tariffs

Sep 02 2018

HARTBEESFONTEIN, South Africa Herman Pretorius is just the kind of white South African farmer U.S. President Donald Trump expressed concern for when he barged into the country's delicate land reform debate by ordering an investigation into the "large-scale killing of farmers". | Video

Despite debt woes, Africa still sees China as best bet for financing

Aug 30 2018

JOHANNESBURG/BEIJING A wave of African nations looking to restructure debt with China on the eve of a major Beijing summit provides a reality check for the continent, where most countries still view Chinese lending as the best bet to develop their economies.

South African poultry group targets U.S. import quota

Aug 21 2018

JOHANNESBURG The South African Poultry Association (SAPA) has filed a lawsuit seeking to force the government to suspend a quota that excludes some U.S. poultry imports from an anti-dumping tariff, a senior official with the association said on Tuesday.

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