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South Africa carmakers see sales growth in 2017 after years of decline

Photo via Toyota South AfricaSouth Africa's automotive sector, the country's largest manufacturing industry, expects a slight increase in new vehicles sales this year as economic growth gains pace thanks to commodity price rises and a recovery in farming.

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Thuli Madonsela: “A female president who is just a proxy is worse than a man”

South Africa's former public protector, Thuli Madonsela, addresses journalists in Johannesburg. Photo: Stuart Graham/AP/SIPASouth Africa's former public protector Thuli Madonsela remains a woman in demand three months after her departure.

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South Africa examines Barclays Africa over apartheid-era bailout

The facade of a building used by South Africa's ABSA bank in Cape Town, South Africa, 1 March, 2016, which is part of the Barclays Africa Group. Photo: Schalk van Zuydam/AP/SIPASouth Africa's anti-graft watchdog has reopened an investigation into whether Barclays Africa Group benefited from an apartheid-era bailout, the bank said on Friday.

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Zimbabwe telecoms hike draws charges of social media crackdown

A police officer chats on a mobile phone at a polling station during a referendum in Harare, Zimbabwe, 2013. Photo: Tsvangirayi Mukwazhi/AP/SIPAZimbabwe's biggest mobile telephone company has pushed up data charges by a multiple of 25 in line with new regulations, prompting critics to complain that President Robert Mugabe's government is trying to throttle the use of social media.

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South Africa's Steinhoff and Shoprite in merger talks

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Africa's biggest grocery retailer Shoprite is in talks with Steinhoff about buying its African assets in an all-share deal that would create a group with $15bn in annual sales, the pair said on Wednesday.

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South Africa's power utility Eskom to invite bids to expand nuclear capacity

The cooling towers at Eskom's coal-powered Lethabo power station are seen near Sasolburg. Photo: Denis Farrell/AP/SIPASouth African power utility Eskom will this week invite bids to build six nuclear reactors in the government's push to increase nuclear capacity, its acting CEO said on Tuesday, despite the concerns of campaign groups and economists.

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