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Natural resources and energy Sub-Saharan Africa

Eskom’s problems highlight flaws in South Africa’s energy plans

On Sunday 8 February 2015, South African taxpayer-owned electricity utility Eskom achieved an unwelcome milestone after it imposed the sixth consecutive day of load shedding. With more days likely to

Sub-Saharan Africa Technology and infrastructure

South Africa’s power crisis inhibits growth

Between December 5th and 8th, South Africa underwent a wave of debilitating power cuts. Failure to reform the country’s struggling state-owned power supplier could jeopardize the vitality of the South

Economics Sub-Saharan Africa

2015 outlook for core Africa markets positive, says Malick Badjie

GRI sat down with Malick Badjie, director and head of Investment Solutions at Silk Invest, to discuss investment outlook in core African markets for 2015 and beyond. In 2008 when the global recession rocked

Economics International Politics The Week Ahead

GRI Weekly Risk Outlook

Putin visits India to reach out on energy, defense. Crude oil reaches new lows as economies thrive on cheap energy. US likely to avoid a repeat of 2013 shutdown. Eurozone ministers

Economics Sub-Saharan Africa

Will the Southern African Customs Union last?

One of Africa’s flagship customs unions has gone a long way towards achieving regional economic integration. But this has come at a high – perhaps unacceptable – cost to its

Economics International

3 things to watch in emerging market currencies

The US dollar has been on a tear since July, and its effect are beginning to hit emerging markets. First there was the taper tantrum, then another, then another. Emerging markets

Economics International

Investors underestimating risk in emerging market stocks

Despite political turmoil, investors remain bullish on emerging market equities. Is this because of improved understanding of risk, or complete misunderstanding? When the ‘taper tantrum’ hit for a second time

Economics International

How BRICS’ new bank will challenge the West

BRICS countries have launched the New Development Bank with the aim of boosting infrastructure investment. The new bank may not become a key lender in the world economy but could challenge

International Natural resources and energy

Disputes from Maracanã to Marikana put pressure on mining

From Brazil to South Africa and beyond, disputes threaten to disrupt the extractive industry. More than ever, mining firms need to address their social and environmental costs in a sustainable way

Economics Sub-Saharan Africa

Overspending in South Africa worries investors

As South Africans continue to over-spend a changing global economic environment is likely to worry investors about the narrowing market opportunities and consumer spending capacities. South Africa has, in the past