Golden Agri's Liberia project gets $500m loan from China

Singapore-listed Golden Agri-Resources Ltd, the world's second-largest palm oil producer, said Wednesday its Liberia business Golden Veroleum has received a $500 million loan from the China Development Bank to develop palm plantations in the African country.

SA Govt to blame for Telkom woes says Solidarity

South Africa's Solidarity Union has blamed the government for Telkom's financial woes.

Starwood unveils Africa expansion plans

Africa is set for a new batch of luxury hotels after Starwood Hotels & Resorts World announced plans to open 50 new hotels in the continent and the Middle East over the next five years.

Police accused of killing Taxi driver Mido Macia denied bail

Nine South African policemen accused of killing Mozambican taxi driver Mido Macia have been denied bail.

Rand hits four-year low against the dollar

The South African rand has fallen to a four-year low against the dollar after South Africa's current account deficit came in worse than expected for the fourth quarter of last year.

Westinghouse signs 'local nuclear fuel development' deal in SA

Nuclear energy group Westinghouse Electric has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with The South African Nuclear Energy Corporation (Necsa) to "investigate and cooperate in the development of local fabrication capabilities for fuel assembly components".

Cardinals gather in Rome to elect new Pope

The papal election process, or conclave, the process of selecting the next pope, will soon be underway in Vatican City, where 115 eligible cardinals are set to decide who should become the next leader of the Roman Catholic Church.

Oil workers kidnapped off Nigerian coast released

Three crew members of a cargo ship kidnapped by heavily-armed pirates last month off Nigeria have been released.

Exxaro wildcat strikes spread to fifth mine

Exxaro, South Africa's second-biggest coal producer, has confirmed that unprotected strikes are now under way at five of its mines: Matla, Arnot, Grootegeluk, Leeuwpan and Inyanda.

Kenyatta wins Kenyan election

Uhuru Kenyatta has won Kenya's presidential election by the slimmest of margins – 50.

Mandela leaves hospital after check-up

Former South African president Nelson Mandela (pictured) has returned home 'under the management of the medical team' following a visit to hospital and is doing well, says a statement by South Africa's presidency says.

Springbok star Habana out for up to 10 weeks

Stormers and South African star winger Bryan Habana will miss up to 10 weeks of Super Rugby after tearing knee ligaments, Stormers coach Allister Coetzee has confirmed.

South African business confidence falls

Business confidence in South Africa declined from a five-month high in February, the South African Chamber of Commerce and Industry (Sacci) says.

Kenya election: Kenyatta's lead slips

Uhuru Kenyatta's lead in Kenya's presidential race has slipped, according to a display by the electoral commission.

FIFA questions reported Nigeria 'lesbian football ban'

Football world governing body FIFA has written to the Nigerian Football Association over claims lesbians are banned from playing football in the West African nation.

Standard Bank to ramp up "Africanness"

Standard Bank has appointed two CEOs to replace the retiring Jacko Maree.

Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan rejects Boko Haram amnesty call

Nigeria President Goodluck Jonathan has told reporters his government cannot grant an amnesty to militant Islamist group Boko Haram because it is not known who its members are or what they want, describing them as "ghosts", operating under a "veil".

SABMiller to begin construction of Namibia brewery in April

International brewing giant SABMiller is planning to break ground in April this year with the construction of its planned 260,000 hectolitre brewery in Namibia, it said in a statement on Wednesday.

Kenya election results delayed by technical difficulties

The results of Kenya's presidential election have been delayed due to a technical fault.