Business South Africa

  • An Angolan woman shops in a market in Cabinda.

    Private equity firm Helios Investment Partners closed its second Africa-focused fund at $900 million on Monday, as fundraising for the world's most under-invested continent rebounds after the financial crisis.

  • The mining industry has been caught by natural disasters in the Pacific region, an intense mergers and acquisitions environment and emerging countries eyeing to get a hold on commodities resources, Evy Hambro, MD and CIO of the natural resources team at BlackRock told CNBC.

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    The market hasn't realized the significance for the dollar of last week's meeting of Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa, this analyst says.

  • The 39th President of the United States Jimmy Carter

    The Misery Index is a simple calculation that became a political hot potato in the late 1970s and early 1980s. By adding the unemployment rate and inflation together, the index gave policy makers a tool by which to measure economic misery.  As President Barack Obama prepares for his re-election run, the index stands at just 11 percent, some 10 percent lower than Carter faced 31 years ago.

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    The world's biggest economies are recovering from the Great Recession at troublesome speeds: too fast or too slow.

  • A year ago, almost no one knew a rare earth element from a rare coin. Today, rare earths are a global story—and a global investment opportunity.

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    Some of the loudest advocates for immediate action to end our fossil fuel addiction are also those pushing the most offensive carbon drug of all — coal.

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    The sky is falling, scream the hysterics: the Federal Reserve is pouring forth dollars in such quantities that they will soon be worthless. Martin Wolf from disagrees.

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    Africa is booming – in part because African governments are heeding the call to action, removing barriers to trade, lowering taxes and improving the physical and social infrastructure that had impeded business growth.

  • Why the "Mad Money" host is getting behind this sector bellwether.

  • An octopus named Paul sits on a box decorated with a Spanish flag and a shell inside on July 9, 2010 at the Sea Life aquarium in Oberhausen, western Germany. Paul's task is to decide in favour of one of the shells hidden in boxes with the flags of the Netherlands and Spain to act thus as oracle for the upcoming final match of the FIFA Football World Cup between the two countries on July 11, 2010. Paul, the 'psychic' octopus, who had predicted well the result of six German matches earlier in the

    Paul the Octopus made his name by trumping well-established investment banks' predictions about which team will win the World Cup.

  • US midfielder Landon Donovan (L) celebrates after scoring during their Group C first round 2010 World Cup football match on June 23, 2010 at Loftus Verfeld stadium in Tshwane/Pretoria.

    Landon Donovan scored in the first minute of stoppage time off a rebound, advancing the United States to the second round at the World Cup with a 1-0 win over Algeria.

  • It's official, I am no musician. The African trumpet, otherwise known as the vuvuzela, has been my downfall.

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    Do you know your Laduma from your Vuvuzela? Your Diski from your Makarapa? And why is everyone in Johannesburg screaming Bafana Bafana at me?

  • Caterpillar is focusing on emerging markets for increased earnings and sales, rather than the US, outgoing CEO Jim Owens told CNBC Monday.

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    The recent media interest in the use of mobile phones to make donations to the Haiti appeal has cast light on the potential of mobile technology to transform the way we send and receive money in the future.

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    Africa's investment fortunes are shifting, as the 'Dark Continent' becomes gradually less depended of its main trading partner, Europe, and attracts investor from fast-growing emerging countries.

  • With the world focused on the upcoming meeting of the G8, it could be a good time to consider trading outside our borders.

  • Investors are wondering how the G8 meeting this week in Italy will impact markets around the world. What must you know?

  • You’ve heard that global growth could be on the brink of exploding, but which ETFs are best for trading the trend?