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African Development Bank concludes R2 billion investment in Nedbank SDG-linked bonds

The African Development Bank Group has concluded the investment of R2 billion (around $116 million) in Sustainable Development Goals-linked bonds (SDG bonds) issued by Nedbank South Africa. This investment, which is listed on the green bonds segment of the Johannesburg Stock Exchange, will strengthen Nedbank’s capital base and enable it to generate R12 billion ($696 million) in new loans and investments in environmentally friendly and climate-sensitive projects in areas such as renewable energy and affordable housing. This SDG-linked Tier 2 bond issuance, the first of its kind in Africa, is expected to benefit the South African economy through the creation of over 6,000 new jobs and nearly 20,000...

Tennis star Serena Williams has launched a venture firm for investing in women, people of color, and young entrepreneurs

The tennis superstar Serena Williams has found time to pick up a side gig — on top of winning championships and taking care of her adorable daughter, that is. The tennis legend publicly shared on Wednesday the details of her investment firm, called Serena Ventures. The venture-capital firm has been quietly backing companies since 2014 and has invested in more than 30 companies already. "I launched Serena Ventures with the mission of giving opportunities to founders across an array of industries," Williams said in her announcement on Instagram. Serena Ventures was created to give opportunities to a diverse set of founders, the firm said, particularly women and people of color....

GFA Attract – Episode 1: Democratizing Wealth

GFA Attract is an interview series conducted by GetFundedAfrica, where we talk to investors and business leaders about 'every and anything'. In the first edition of the GFA Attract segment we showcase a fast emerging player in the African and African Diaspora business world. Mr. Joseph Edgar, who is a renowned investment banker, has successfully transited into the world of Entertainment Production & Publication and shares his insights with GFA and it's audience. Check out Joseph Edgar's profile here His new innovative concept & enterprise - Democratizing Wealth (The Beetle Promise) is one of the topics discussed as he provides insight into this Fintech investment platform...

Guest Speaker Profile: Joseph Edgar (Duke Of Shomolu)

Edgar also known as The Duke of Shomolu is a consummate Investment Banker cum Theatre Producer and all round trouble maker according to his Instagram. Edgar is the founder of Beetle which tries to generate wealth to assist widows and other disadvantaged people to create their own businesses He is the co Founder of Hamilton and George Limited a bespoke Financial Advisory Firm and the Founder of Duke of Shomolu Productions a Theatre Production Company that has raised over N300m and delivered iconic stage productions including the BBC rated Aremu, a play depicting the Life of Former President Olusegun Obasanjo. Edgar is an influential Sales person who...

Daily Digest, Friday 3 July 2020

Funding In Southern Africa SA’s Redefine sold 111mln shares in British subsidiary DRI Reit South African real estate investment trust, Redefine Properties, announced on June 29 it has reached an agreement with US investment firm Starwood Capital Group to sell 111.9 million shares in its British arm RDI Reit at 95 pence per share. Read more Zimbabwe secures $250mln Afreximbank loan Zimbabwe will borrow $250 million from the African export-import bank -Afreximbank- over three years to meet the State’s urgent needs. According to Bloomberg, which cited sources familiar with the matter, $150 million will be used to buy fuel while the rest of the money will serve for other essential...

Nigeria launches $2.9b gas pipeline project

Nigeria has flagged off the construction of its $2.8 billion first phase of natural gas pipeline project to supply gas to three electricity power stations and later to North Africa. The 614 kilometres Ajaokuta-Kaduna-Kano (AKK) project will be done on a build-and-transfer Public-Private Partnership (PPP) basis.According to President Muhammadu Buhari, the Trans-Nigeria Gas Pipeline project—traversing the states of Kogi, Niger, Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Kaduna and Kano states—is dear to the people and "it must succeed." When completed, the pipeline is expected to transport 3,500 million metric standard cubic feet per day of dehydrated gas from several gas gathering projects located in southern Nigeria. The construction of the...

SA’s Redefine sold 111mln shares in British subsidiary DRI Reit

South African real estate investment trust, Redefine Properties, announced on June 29 it has reached an agreement with US investment firm Starwood Capital Group to sell 111.9 million shares in its British arm RDI Reit at 95 pence per share. Redefine will cash a total of 106.3 million pound sterling ($130.3 million) from this transaction. The sale’s proceeds will help the South African company to strengthen its balance sheet and have enough resources to deal with the post-covid phase. According to Andrew Konig (pictured), Redefine CEO, the market conditions and the current health crisis could put huge pressure on the local real estate sector during this and...

8TH DIGITAL AFRICA CONFERENCE

Location: Baze University, Abuja Time: August 25, 2020 | 8am The theme is “AFRICA'S POST PANDEMIC HIGH TECH WORLD” About Digital Africa Conference and Exhibition is Africa’s premier consumer technology show which holds annually. It provides the perfect platform to showcase your brand and enhance your reputation. It presents to its participants a major opportunity for unrivalled networking and privileged access to strategic partners, investors and potential buyers. CONFIRMED SPEAKERS Most of Legend Person in The World Attend the Event PROF. YEMI OSINBAJO Vice President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria DR ISA ALI IBRAHIM PANTAMI Hon. Minister of Communications & Digital Economy PROF. JOE AMADI-ECHENDU Professor, Engineering & Technology Management, University of Pretoria, SA PAUL TIMMERS Research...

Zimbabwe secures $250mln Afreximbank loan

Zimbabwe will borrow $250 million from the African export-import bank -Afreximbank- over three years to meet the State’s urgent needs. According to Bloomberg, which cited sources familiar with the matter, $150 million will be used to buy fuel while the rest of the money will serve for other essential services. This transaction is a boost for an economy that has not only been in recession for decades but is also suffering from the shocks of the coronavirus. The deal has not yet been officially released. As a reminder, the country is facing a scarcity in fuel, food, and foreign currencies to cover import, and the prices of commodities have...

Daily Digest, Thursday 2 July 2020

Daily Digest, Thursday 2 July 2020 Funding In Africa The African Union Launches Youth Innovation Challenge on Democracy & Governance The African Union (AU) has launched the “Democracy and Governance in Africa- Youth Innovation Challenge”, to identify, capacitate and recognize youth working on digital or non-digital innovations in Africa. The African Union says it’s looking for structural ideas that can prevent conflict through addressing issues of democracy deficit, lack of good governance and work to promote human rights practices. Read more...

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