South Africa has a deep pipeline of available infrastructure assets, affirm Mark van Wyk (top), Head of Impact Investing, and Kasief Isaacs (bottom), Portfolio Manager: Infrastructure Development Fund, Mergence Investment Managers.
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South Africa formally encourages investors to integrate into their investment decisions sustainability issues such as environmental, social and governance (ESG). Anna Lyudvig explores whether SA hedge funds have been taking ESG issues seriously.
Investment in South African passive investment products grows by R100bn over past two years to R247bn, writes Mike Brown, Managing Director, etfSA.co.za
Jan Dehn, Head of Research at Ashmore, discusses why the rise of the USD in the past few years is now helping to restore competitiveness in Emerging Markets (EM) countries
Over the long term value investing has proven to outperform other investment approaches, argues Jan van Niekerk, Chief Investment Officer of value-based asset manager RECM
Out of 120 countries, covered by the 2015 Venture Capital & Private Equity Country Attractiveness Index, South Africa and Morocco score highest, coming in at 37th and 50th, whereas Chad, Angola and Burundi are among the least attractive investment destinations in the world.
The African Agriculture Fund (AAF) is a unique investment vehicle, which provides equity funding to private companies in the African agricultural and food-specific sectors. It strives to make a positive impact on African agriculture and food production. Through its funding, portfolio companies are able to implement strategies that enhance and diversify food production and distribution in Africa, in response to the continent’s food security challenges.
The potential for exceptional returns via the private equity route remains very high, but also poses some significant challenges, says Pieter de Wet, Head of Research at Novare Equity Partners
West Africa has unprecedented opportunities for agricultural growth, but making the most of them will require more effective regional integration, says a new report by the African Development Bank (AfDB), the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS).
“Powering Africa” has been a hot topic for the past few years. As the continent experiences increased urbanization and GDP growth it is still constrained by a lack of access to reliable, affordable electricity. Both conventional and renewable technologies offer cost effective complementary power solutions, but building this infrastructure requires a significant amount of capital. Despite the sheer need, many investors find their real obstacles are not financial, but finding the right projects and management teams to deliver these projects.
Over the past few months we’ve been busy collecting your votes on who should make our inaugural Africa Global Funds’ list of Top 40 institutional investors in Africa. With your help we have chosen institutions among banks, insurance companies and development finance institutions, as well as SWFs, endowments and foundations. While these investors differ widely in the strategies and philosophies, they have one thing in common – they commit substantial funds to Africa’s development, promoting job creation and supporting economic growth throughout the continent. The AGF Top 40 Institutional Titans is our recognition of these visionary investors who are shaping up the future of Africa.
The diversity of Africa’s 54 unique countries is a fact which African experts and Africa-facing companies have been stressing for years. The varied effect of the global oil price decline on countries across Africa is simply a case in point, writes Paul Clark.
The major long-term economic trends have intensified the need for new infrastructure and emphasized the huge investment potential that exists across the African continent, finds Anna Lyudvig
Private equity investors are taking into account environmental, social and governance (ESG) principles, helping to drive best practice, attendees heard at the launch of the first Southern African Venture Capital and Private Equity Association (SAVCA) Case Study Compendium in Sandton, South Africa last week.