Ron Derby

Reshuffling the deck chairs at Eskom won’t solve load-shedding

Eskom has had 11 chief executives and countless board changes in 10 years, and its condition remains just as critical. Will another reshuffle make a difference?

What has the M&G has been up to?

Hello from the other side

Vaccine hesitancy is a real problem we need real answers to. Muzzling debate is not one of them

Vaccines save lives. But why don't we want to hear why people do not want to get the Covid-19 vaccine? It is important we get the right messaging across for us to achieve herd immunity.

This is who we may become …

This week’s looting under the guise of protests may not be a true reflection of us, but are a harbinger of a world to come

Telkom headline earnings fall 15,1%

South African fixed-line operator Telkom said on Monday first-half headline earnings per share fell 15,1% to 742,3 cents. Telkom said the reduction in earnings was due to a 4,8% decrease in operating profit to R7,313-billion rand, caused by a 13,8% increase in operating expenses and a 122,4% rise in finance charges.

Telkom says it is in talks with Vodafone and MTN

South Africa's Telkom said on Monday it was in talks with Britain's Vodafone and MTN, sparking talk it wants to sell its fixed-line business and its stake in cellphone operator Vodacom. Telkom gave no further details. Vodafone and MTN -- sub-Saharan Africa's biggest cellphone operator -- said separately the talks were at a ''very preliminary stage''.

SA stocks fall on global woes

South African markets reeled on Friday, caught up in a global flight from risky assets sparked by credit worries, with stocks falling nearly 4% and bonds sliding. ''Traders must be placed on suicide watch today [Friday], as the [stock] market is expected to bleed heavily during the day,'' said Efficient Research in a note.

Standard Bank secures approval for Nigeria merger

Africa's top banking group by assets, Standard Bank, has received approval to merge its Stanbic Nigeria unit with IBTC Chartered Bank, the firm said on Monday. Standard Bank said it had increased its offer price to 16 naira per share from 11,74 naira per IBTC share, valuing the offer at -million.

Telkom annual earnings slip as expenses rise

South Africa's Telkom, Africa's biggest telecoms company, posted a 1% decline in annual headline earnings per share on Wednesday, as operating expenses jumped. South Africa's fixed-line operator said headline EPS fell to 1 710,7 cents in the year to end March, below analysts' expectations.

Mr Price lifts yearly earnings by 27%

South African fashion and homewares retailer Mr Price reported a 27% earnings rise on Thursday, boosted by its store expansion programme. Diluted headline earnings rose to 183,6 cents per share in the year ended March 31, while revenue from continuing operations increased 24%.

New Clicks first-half earnings up 34%

South African drug and cosmetics retailer New Clicks lifted first-half diluted headline earnings per share by 34,1% as it boosted market share and said it expected similar gains in full-year profit. New Clicks said diluted headline EPS rose to 53,9 cents.

Telkom buys 75% of Nigerian telecoms firm

South African fixed-line operator Telkom has bought 75% of Nigeria's Multi-links for -million to expand further outside its home base, the firm said on Thursday. Multi-links provides fixed, mobile, data, long-distance and international telecommunications services throughout Nigeria.

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