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  • DIARY- Emerging Markets Economic Events to May 26 Tuesday, 12 May 2015 | 8:02 PM ET

    LONDON- Brazilian Finance Minister Joaquin Levy visits the United Kingdom and holds a press conference- 1645 GMT. SARAJEVO- Sarajevo Business Forum 2015. WASHINGTON- European Central Bank President Mario Draghi will give the Michel Camdessus Central Banking Lecture at the IMF- 0800 GMT.

  • DIARY- Emerging Markets Economic Events to May 25 Monday, 11 May 2015 | 8:02 PM ET

    LONDON- Brazilian Finance Minister Joaquin Levy visits the United Kingdom and holds a press conference- 1645 GMT. SARAJEVO- Sarajevo Business Forum 2015. WASHINGTON- European Central Bank President Mario Draghi will give the Michel Camdessus Central Banking Lecture at the IMF- 0800 GMT.

  • JOHANNESBURG, May 11- Botswana grocer Choppies plans to raise $48 million in a secondary listing on the Johannesburg bourse, it said on Monday, seeking to boost its profile among investors in Africa's largest and most liquid stock market. Under the offering to selected institutional investors in South Africa and Botswana, Choppies will sell 117.4 million new...

  • DIARY- Emerging Markets Economic Events to May 21 Thursday, 7 May 2015 | 8:02 PM ET

    BUCHAREST- Romania central bank Governor Mugur Isarescu presents the quarterly inflation report. LUSAKA- Bank of Zambia announces interest rate decision. ACCRA- Central bank of Ghana holds monetary policy meeting.

  • By Silvia Antonioli and Morag MacKinnon. LONDON/ PERTH, May 6- BHP shareholders overwhelmingly approved the spin-off of new mining and metals group South32, clearing the way for a listing this month that will test investor sentiment towards the battered mining sector. More than 98 percent of votes cast at meetings in Perth and London on Wednesday were in favour...

  • UPDATE 1-BHP spin-off South32 sees M&A opportunities Wednesday, 6 May 2015 | 8:13 AM ET

    BHP shareholders in Australia and Britain voting by proxy overwhelmingly approved the spin-off, which includes some of the global miner's smaller assets, at meetings in Perth and London on Wednesday, paving the way for a listing on May 18. Named after the 32nd parallel south line of latitude that links its business centres in Perth and Johannesburg, South32...

  • BHP spin-off South32 sees M&A opportunities Wednesday, 6 May 2015 | 4:30 AM ET

    BHP shareholders are expected to approve the spin-off, which includes some of the global miner's smaller assets, at meetings in Perth and London on Wednesday, paving the way toward a listing on May 18. Named after the 32nd parallel south line of latitude that links its business centres in Perth and Johannesburg, South32 will produce alumina, aluminium, coal,...

  • DIARY- Emerging Markets Economic Events to May 18 Tuesday, 5 May 2015 | 8:02 PM ET

    WASHINGTON- Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen and International Monetary Fund Managing Director Christine Lagarde participate in " Finance and Society" conversation before the Institute for New Economic Thinking Conference on Finance and Society hosted by the IMF- 1315 GMT. BUDAPEST- Central bank of Hungary publishes April policy meeting- 1200 GMT.

  • Reflecting this uncertainty, analyst valuations vary widely, with Morgan Stanley predicting it may start with a market worth of A $8.5 billion and Investec around $12 billion. But if commodity prices are weak, it's going to be a bit more problematic, "said Paul Xiradis, chief executive of Ausbil Investment Management, a BHP Billiton Ltd shareholder.

  • --Clyde Russell is a Reuters columnist. The Toronto Stock Exchange- based index groups together the world's top gold producers, including No.1 Barrick Gold Corp, which is up 20.5 percent this year in U.S. dollar terms, and No.2 Newmont Mining Corp, which has gained 40 percent. The No.3 producer, Johannesburg- listed AngloGold Ashanti, is up 32 percent since the start of...

  • But Reuters polls of more than 250 economists across Europe and North America show only modest upgrades to growth forecasts and a reluctance to relinquish a depressed inflation view, despite the rush of rate cuts and central bank cash that most respondents believe is far from over. Germany's DAX index has rallied more than 20 percent since the start of the year...

  • South Africa's power outages: Investment opportunity? Tuesday, 21 Apr 2015 | 1:30 AM ET
    South Africa's power outages: Investment opportunity?

    South Africa's Finance Minister, Nhlanhla Nene, says the country's energy challenge presents an opportunity for investors.

  • JOHANNESBURG, April 19- When he heard angry screams and the hammering of hatchets on the door of his shack last week, Malawian Folias Sakai thought he was about to become the eighth person to be killed in anti-immigrant attacks that have swept South Africa this month. Instead Sakai managed to escape the mob by scrambling over the metal rooftop of his shack in a...

  • CAPE TOWN, April 18- Production at the 172,000 barrels per day Sapref refinery, South Africa's largest and co-owned by BP and Shell, is normal following a pipeline fire that was extinguished on Saturday morning, a spokeswoman said. "The refinery is still online and production has not been impacted," Cindy Govender said in response to questions.

  • *South Africa faces 6th straight day of power cuts. *S.Africa seeks future World Bank funding for Eskom. JOHANNESBURG, April 17- South Africa appointed veteran public service expert Brian Molefe as acting CEO of its struggling power utility firm Eskom on Friday in an attempt to help keep the lights on in Africa's most advanced economy.

  • JOHANNESBURG, April 16- South African investment house Brait SE is to pay $1 billion for a controlling stake in gym group Virgin Active, Brait said on Thursday, seeking to tap the growing health-conscious middle classes particularly in Africa and Asia. The fitness chain, jointly owned by the Virgin Group of entrepreneur Richard Branson and buyout firm CVC...

  • The fitness chain, jointly owned by the Virgin Group of entrepreneur Richard Branson and buyout firm CVC Capital Partners, has 267 gyms across nine countries including South Africa, home to the largest number of Virgin Active clubs, Thailand and Britain. Brait has proposed to take an 80 percent stake in Virgin Active for 682 million pounds, valuing the gym chain...

  • Zimbabwe takes tobacco road to agriculture recovery Thursday, 16 Apr 2015 | 3:52 AM ET

    HARARE, April 15- Fifteen years after Zimbabwe's agriculture sector collapsed in the face of President Robert Mugabe's seizure of white-owned farms, its tobacco industry is again booming, with black farmers funded by private firms producing a near record crop. Production of tobacco, increasingly sold at a premium to China, was up 235 percent last year compared...

  • ABUJA, April 15- Oil firms keen to know how Nigeria's president elect Muhammadu Buhari plans to tax them could be waiting a long time as he makes ending corruption and reforming the opaque national oil company his most urgent sector priorities. Four party sources from Buhari's All Progressives Congress told Reuters the issue of fiscal terms, seen as crucial by...

  • South Africa names bidders for 1,000 MW of green power Tuesday, 14 Apr 2015 | 10:42 AM ET

    JOHANNESBURG, April 14- South Africa has named preferred bidders for the fourth round of a series of renewable energy projects, that will add about 1,000 megawatts of power to its ailing grid, industry insiders said on Tuesday. "We have been awarded the 140 MW Roggerveld wind farm and the 4.7 MW Kruisvallei hydro farm," said Gabriele Maraschin, development manager...