Whisperings on African business developments & opportunities – August 2013

A poor record of infrastructure concessions to the private sector in Zambia has led to considerable caution and reticence on the part of the Zambian authorities.  Two examples of this are the national rail concession and the Mpulungu harbour concession.   Recent major commercial property developments on land, on which sugar cane previously grew, near the international airport…

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The nationalization of mines in Africa

With a number of prospecting rights being granted over existing mines to politically connected empowerment groups, the spotlight has fallen off the nationalization of mines. But the ANC Youth League recently said that it was still very much on the agenda. Pieter Steyn, chairman of Lex Africa and director at Werksmans Attorneys, joins CNBC Africa…

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A positive and comprehensive revamp for the Kenyan mining regime

Nigel Shaw is a partner in the Commercial department at Kaplan & Stratton and has considerable experience in advising clients on real estate (large scale developments, conveyancing, securities and leasing), private client and immigration matters.  A qualified barrister at law (Grays Inn London), and an advocate of the High Court of Kenya, Nigel’s clients consist…

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Legislative developments challenge Africa’s huge mining industry

Africa’s extensive mineral and resource wealth has the potential to form a formidable bed‑rock for the continent’s future economic well-being. However, a number of issues continue to dog the African mining and resources industry, meaning many African countries may not achieve their full mining potential. KENYA Many challenges including corruption, licensing delays, restrictive labour laws,…

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