African pension funds urged to invest in their own 'story'
African pension funds urged to invest in their own 'story'

African Utility Week's Finance & Investment Conference to focus on the perceived risk of investing in African energy and infrastructure projects.

Issued by African Utility Week 16 hours ago

African pension funds should invest in their own turf
African pension funds should invest in their own turf

Africa's private equity investments environment is much rosier than a few years ago when the global economy was in a downturn, and the improved conditions bode well for infrastructure development on the continent.

By Liesl Peyper 20 hours ago

Pemba in northern Mozambique has seen a surge of new arrivals in step with investments to exploit off-shore gas deposits. Flickr
Why natural resource finds are more than just a curse: the case of Mozambique

Natural resources are often thought of as a curse in developing countries, slowing economic growth rather than driving it. But new results from our research show that discoveries themselves - before extraction happens - have their own economic consequences.

By Gerhard Toews and Pierre-Louis Vézina 21 hours ago

Growthpoint celebrates green bond listing on JSE
Growthpoint celebrates green bond listing on JSE

Growthpoint Properties, the first South African company and real estate investment trust to issue a green bond programme on the JSE, celebrated the occasion with a bit of fanfare on Wednesday morning, 25 April.

22 hours ago

Gary Allemann, managing director of Master Data Management
Governance can minimise data complexity in the financial sector

Most financial giants have been around for decades. Over the years, they have built up a complex array of systems, platforms and various other data sources which interconnect across multiple levels. These labyrinthine environments make it extremely difficult to understand what data they have, where it resides, and whether the data can be trusted.

By Gary Allemann 22 hours ago

Zimbabwe: Adopt rand now - Terrence Mukupe
Zimbabwe: Adopt rand now - Terrence Mukupe

Zimbabwe should adopt the South African rand as its official currency on an interim basis as a way of stabilising the economy, Deputy Finance Minister Terrence Mukupe has said.

1 day ago

Building out a new communications world through the blockchain
Building out a new communications world through the blockchain

I recently watched quite an interesting documentary on Quartz online around an ancient currency used on the Pacific island of Yap. The currency was in the form of large carved-out circular stones, which were carried over generations as a form of family wealth.

By Carrie Daly 1 day ago

Investment in agriculture helps tackle pressing SDGs
Investment in agriculture helps tackle pressing SDGs

With more than 200 million people unemployed globally and nearly one billion people living in extreme poverty, a global call for private businesses and investors to invest in sustainable business models aligned with the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) have been issues by the 2018 Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC).

1 day ago

Climate change risk is real and here to stay
Climate change risk is real and here to stay

Climate change will play a significant role in strategic planning in the future, due to the potentially enormous financial risks it poses to companies, particularly those operating within certain sectors or in certain regions.

1 day ago

The 2018 Nirox Winter Sculpture Fair returns with a new name
The 2018 Nirox Winter Sculpture Fair returns with a new name

The notion that art has potential to transform societies is not a new one. Couple this with the fact that mind-thrilling aspects of art, such as sculpture creative work, are about transformation as they are meant to shift people's perspectives.

Issued by OnPoint PR 2 days ago

The infinite potential of blockchain
The infinite potential of blockchain

The rollercoaster world of cryptocurrencies is dominating the media. This one has collapsed, that one is on the rise, and a new one is around the corner. Their flavour isn't quite as piquant today as it was yesterday thanks to fraud, an upsurge in initial coin offerings (ICO) and the challenges that face its legislation and regulation across countries and governments.

By Darren Gorton 2 days ago

Candice Gibson
How will Sars tax cryptocurrencies?

South Africa has chosen to tax cryptocurrency in line with the trends of countries such as the United States (US), India and Canada.

By Candice Gibson 3 days ago

The Shared Value shift: It's time for business to take the lead - for real
The Shared Value shift: It's time for business to take the lead - for real

The business world is changing, and those who do not stay ahead of the curve are sure to be left behind. It is no longer sufficient to take a profit-first business approach: not only is it not sustainable for the long term, but consumers at all levels are now demanding that the business world develops a conscience. Government regulations are slowly following suit, outlining development criteria to begin this critical shift - but is this enough?

Issued by Shift Social Development 3 days ago