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Classic Business Interview

Classic Business (Classic FM – 102.7 FM), 21 May 2009
Podcast by: John Fraser
John Fraser, Dr Martyn Davies (CEO – Frontier Advisory), Ulrich Joubert (Economist Kruger International & Christo Luus (Economist of the Year Ecoquant)

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Chinese firms in second push to buy African mines

Reuters, 21 May 2009
Article by: Ed Cropley, African Investment Correspondent

* China “all systems go” to corner vital mineral resources * Western companies struggling to raise funds, compete * China’s Standard Bank tie-up starting to bear fruit Chinese firms are making a second major push into mining and related projects in Africa, using cash reserves unavailable to Western competitors to scoop up assets at steep discounts, a seminar heard on Thursday.

Lack of cross-border infrastructure will stifle trade

SA Exporter, Business Day, 4th May 2009
Article by: Hannah Edinger, Senior Manager – Frontier Advisory

ONE of Africa’s biggest constraints to development remains the lack of adequate physical and economic infrastructure. As the backbone for greater economic activity, efficiency and competitiveness, transport, ICT, electricity and water infrastructure is crucial as an enabler of the private sector to achieve higher production levels and wealth in economies.

Africa and China depend on each other

CEO, April 2009
Article by: Dr Martyn Davies, Chief Executive Officer – Frontier Advisory

South Africa and the rest of Africa’s economies are dependent on that of China, while it, at the same time, is dependent on the supply of commodities from the continent both now and into the future. China, Africa’s biggest trading partner, is experiencing a slowing in its growth rate, but it is heading for an upswing, with the continent following suit owing to the mutual interest in each other.

China’s expansion in Africa will change our world

The Times, 18 April 2009
Article by: Dr Martyn Davies, Chief Executive Officer -Frontier Advisory

Africa’s growth is underpinned by Chinese demand, and China’s growth will become more dependent upon Africa’s resources.

Beijing’s investment muscle could lighten SA’s load

SA Exporter: Business Day, 06 April 2009
Article by: Hannah Edinger & Hayley Herman

SA’S power woes have sparked renewed interest in alternative energy sources, economical use of the country’s existing electrical supply and, most notably, sourcing new avenues to finance. Reports of China’s Shenzhen Energy expressing interest in investing in the national energy sector could provide assistance and relief in this regard.

Bullish in the Year of the Ox?

AutoInsight, March 2009
Article by: Dr Martyn Davies, Chief Executive Officer -Frontier Advisory

The Year of the Rat was characterised by a slowdown in the Chinese automotive industry from the heady growth heights of recent years. In late January the Chinese celebrated the lunar new year – the Year of the Ox. But in the midst of a global economic crisis, the Chinese automotive sector will no longer be having the bullish year that many even so recently were predicting.

China no longer a global freeloader

Creamer Media’s Engineering News Weekly, 16 March 2009
Article by: Keith Campbell, Senior Contributing Editor, Creamer Media

The South African Department of Trade and Industry and the China-Africa Development Fund (CADFund) signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) in Johannesburg on Monday. At the same time, the CADFund opened its representative office in South Africa.

Frontier Markets

The South african Exporter, Business Day – March 2009
Article by: Simiso Velempini, Analyst, Frontier Advisory

WITH forecasters predicting a severe slump in global gross domestic product (GDP) growth for the next 12-18 months, this year is shaping up to be bleak for the global economy.

China expected to step up commodity-related M&As activity

Creamer Media’s Mining Weekly, 23 February 2009
Article By: Chanel Pringle

There was strong potential for increased commodity-related mergers and acquisitions (M&As) activity by Chinese players abroad and in Africa, said Frontier Advisory CEO Dr Martyn Davies. Davies, who is also executive director of the Centre for Chinese Studies at the Stellenbosch University, told Mining Weekly Online that China certainly had the cash to take advantage of acquisitive opportunities. Any foreign investment in the commodities market in Africa would also be welcome, he asserted, especially during such difficult economic times.

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