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South Africa’s private-sector activity rises to 14-month high: PMI

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South African private-sector economic activity expanded for the first time in seven months in February as political uncertainty eased, prompting increased business activity and higher domestic demand. The Standard Bank Purchasing Managers’ Index (PMI), compiled by Markit, rose to 51.4 in February from 49.0 in January, crossing the 50 mark that separates expansion from contraction for the first time since ...

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Kenya February private-sector activity strongest in nearly two years

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Kenya’s private-sector activity expanded at a rapid pace last month as output rose and orders increased, a survey showed on Monday, news that will cheer investors after months of election-related contraction last year. The Markit and CFC Stanbic Kenya Purchasing Managers’ Index (PMI) for manufacturing and services rose to 54.7, its highest since April 2016, from 52.9 in January. Anything ...

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Uganda’s private-sector activity hurt by fewer export orders – survey

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Uganda’s private-sector economic activity decelerated in February, slowed by weak exports, delays in customer payments and rising input prices, a survey showed on Monday. The Markit Stanbic Bank Uganda Purchasing Managers’ Index (PMI) declined to 51.1, down from 52.0 last month. A reading above 50 indicates expansion; anything below, a contraction. “February saw a contraction in the volume of new ...

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Kenya: Vihiga adopts GIS technology in design of county projects

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County governments in Kenya are still grappling with implementation of devolved governance since inception in 2013. One of the challenges is how to automate services to improve efficiency as well as seal loopholes through which billions of shillings are lost to corruption. Again most county managers consider acquisition of fancy devices such as iPads and other mobile devices as a ...

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Kenya: State lenders face probe ahead of merger to mega bank

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Parliament wants six State agencies earmarked for a merger probed before they are collapsed into one mega bank. The newly established Special Funds Accounts Committee said it will start investigations into the accounts of the funds to ensure that no public money is lost. “These are different funds that are being managed by various accounting officers. We need to know ...

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Kenya: Train breakdowns haunt Kenya Railways after RVR handover

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The breakdowns that frequently bogged down the Rift Valley Railways (RVR) have returned to haunt the State operator five months after it took back its assets from the Egyptian firm. On Tuesday, hundreds of commuters to Embakasi arrived home late after their train stalled. The train broke down for about two hours at Tumaini estate on Outer Ring Road at ...

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Bank Of Baroda to exit South Africa central bank

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South Africa’s Reserve Bank said on Monday, the Bank of Baroda has notified the office of the registrar of banks of its intention to exit from South Africa. “The Registrar, which is part of the South African Reserve Bank (SARB), is in discussions with the Bank of Baroda to ensure its orderly withdrawal from South Africa so that no depositor ...

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Angola’s central bank says only commercial banks can sell forex to public

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Angola’s central bank said on Monday it was the sole responsibility of commercial banks to sell foreign currency to the public and that it would sell forex only to large importers of essential goods. The southern African nation in January abandoned the kwanza’s peg to the U.S. dollar, devaluing it by about 10 percent, in a bid to attract capital ...

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South Africa’s power utility Eskom would have defaulted without PIC loan

A general view of the headquarter of the embattled South African main electricity provider ESKOM is pictured on February 4, 2015 in Johannesburg. South Africa power supply was under "extreme" pressure on February 2, 2015 and likely to remain so until end of the week after a technical fault at the country's sole nuclear plant, electricity utility Eskom said. AFP PHOTO/GIANLUIGI GUERCIA        (Photo credit should read GIANLUIGI GUERCIA/AFP/Getty Images)

South Africa’s Public Investment Corporation (PIC), Africa’s biggest investment fund, said on Tuesday that without a 5 billion rand ($420 million) loan it advanced to cash-strapped utility Eskom, the utility would have defaulted on its existing debts with lenders. The PIC, which holds a large chunk of government bonds and stakes in leading South African companies, said last week it ...

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South Africa’s unemployment rate falls to 26.7% in Q4 2017

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South Africa’s unemployment rate fell to 26.7 percent of the labour force in the fourth quarter of last year from 27.7 percent in the third quarter, the statistics office said on Tuesday. In its quarterly labour force survey, which polls households, Statistics South Africa said this amounted to 5.9 million people without jobs in the three months to end December, ...

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