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Shoppers walk past an Edgars store at a shopping center in Soweto, southwest of Johannesburg. Credit: Reuters/Siphiwe Sibeko

Bain in $1.5 billion South African Edcon debt for equity deal

Private equity firm Bain Capital has agreed a debt for equity swap deal valued at $1.5 billion for Edcon, the chief executive of the South African clothes retailer said last Tuesday.

Mark Mobius, Executive Chairman, Templeton Emerging Markets Group

Naira float makes Nigeria stocks interesting again: Mark Mobius, Executive Chairman, Templeton Emerging Markets Group

Nigeria’s stock market is becoming the most interesting one on the African continent to foreign investors after the country devalued its currency, emerging market veteran investor Mark Mobius said on Wednesday.

Edoh Kossi Amenounve, CEO, Bourse Régionale des Valeurs Mobilières (BRVM)

West African stock markets are planning to join forces (Video)

Stock exchanges in Nigeria, Ghana, Sierra Leone, Cape Verde, as well as the BRVM are in talks to develop a common platform for cross-border listing and trading in West Africa, to create broader and deeper liquidity across the region.

Jacob Zuma, President of South Africa

South Africa joins emerging markets wave of sovereign bond sales

South Africa is preparing its first sale of debt this year as global investors including BlackRock and Pimco declare that emerging markets represent a buying opportunity after three years of underperformance.

Mark Mobius, Executive Chairman, Templeton Emerging Markets Group

Africa offers best emerging market opportunities: Mark Mobius, Executive Chairman, Templeton Emerging Markets Group

Emerging market guru Mark Mobius tells investors not to be put off by negative headlines – there are plenty of viable growth opportunities in the African stock markets.

Mark Mobius, Executive Chairman, Templeton Emerging Markets Group

A new way forward for Nigeria: Mark Mobius, Executive Chairman, Templeton Emerging Markets Group

A couple of years ago, many investors were optimistic about Nigeria and the stock market was booming, buoyed by strong economic growth and government reforms to improve the country.

Cobus Visagie looks to pass the ball during Springbok training in Cape Town in 2001. Source: Touchline Photo/ALLSPORT/Getty Images

Big-tackling ex-Springbok rugby player Cobus Visagie starts Africa fund

Cobus Visagie recalls making 18 tackles the day South Africa’s national rugby team kicked its way into the World Cup record books to defeat England.

A customer browses men's shoes in the footwear department inside a Truworths fashion store in Sandton, South Africa

Investing in Africa: How investors are tapping into a new middle class

These days, oil, cocoa and precious metals aren’t the only things that are attracting foreign investors to Africa.

Mark Mobius, Executive Chairman of the Templeton Emerging Markets Group, Franklin Templeton Investments

Why Africa is the next emerging markets success story: Mark Mobius, Executive Chairman of the Templeton Emerging Markets Group

Emerging markets super-bull Mark Mobius has his sights set on a new region: Africa.

Mark Mobius, Executive Chairman, Templeton Emerging Markets Group

Africa is finally on the path to becoming a consumer society: Mark Mobius, Executive Chairman, Templeton Emerging Markets Group

For readers of a certain age, the name of Africa will never sit comfortably alongside the word luxury.

Porsche Panamera

Africa's elite develops a taste for the finer things in life

The luxury sector has been adjusting to what some analysts call the “new normal”. After growing at 10-13 per cent a year in 2010, 2011 and 2012, rates were already slowing last year, and are forecast to settle at between 4 and 6 per cent.