South Africa Financial Services

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The fixed-income market in South Africa is by far the largest on the continent, accounting for 96% of the value of all African bonds, and it has exhibited significant growth in recent years, with the value of notes in circulation reaching about R1.4trn ($170.7bn) in 2012, up from R650bn ($79.2bn) in 2004. Around two-thirds of this total is...

Articles & Analysis | Kumba: Basic materials from The Report: South Africa 2013

The Company

Kumba is a listed iron ore miner and a 65%-held subsidiary of global diversified miner Anglo American, benefitting from group procurement and mine optimisation strategies. Kumba was formed by a demerger in 2001 from South African integrated...

Banks face a rapidly evolving regulatory framework in the coming years, with 2013 in particular marking a watershed. While South Africa’s score for financial regulation and the soundness of its banks in the World Economic Forum’s annual “Global Competitiveness Report” has improved from sixth in 2009 to second in 2012, the rules are changing fast...

Articles & Analysis | Growthpoint: Real estate from The Report: South Africa 2013

Portfolio consists of 41 externally managed properties, with a 47:53 split between industrial and office exposure by market value. Through this portfolio, Growthpoint effectively provides more than 5.4m sq metres of retail, office and industrial space to South African and Australian businesses.

Despite a weak macroeconomic backdrop and domestic...

By year-end 2011, the South African banking sector boasted nearly 2700 branches, 10,000 ATMs and 100,000 point of sales (PoS) terminals, making for more than 10.7 commercial branches and 60 ATMs per 100,000 adults in the country, according to figures from the IMF. Yet a significant gap in access to banking services remains between well-covered...