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Bitcoin losses gather pace, with prices nearing three-week low

22 Jan 2021 /  Anchalee Worrachate and Eric Lam, Bloomberg  
Largest crypto falters, sliding below 10-day moving average.

Africa trade pact gets $1bn to offset revenue losses

UPDATE
21 Jan 2021 /  Prinesha Naidoo and Eileen Gbagbo, Bloomberg   1
The world’s biggest free-trade area was implemented January 1.

Rand firms, stocks edge up

21 Jan 2021 /  Promit Mukherjee, Alexander Winning and Olivia Kumwenda-Mtambo, Reuters  
In afternoon trade the rand was at R14.82 versus the dollar, 0.5% stronger on the day.

Gold Fields appoints former Amplats boss as CEO

21 Jan 2021 /  Tanisha Heiberg, Reuters  
Griffith stepped down at Amplats in February last year, will join Gold Fields in April.

Black Friday specials fail to boost SA’s Nov retail sales

21 Jan 2021 /  Olivia Kumwenda-Mtambo and Nqobile Dludla, Reuters   1
Pointing to lingering weakness in the economy.

SA perplexed over inertia in Mozambique crisis

21 Jan 2021 /  Matthew Hill, Bloomberg   3
Country has been resisting outside help, instead relying on mercenaries in face of escalating Islamist insurgency.

SA to pay big premium for India’s SII vaccine – Report

UPDATE
21 Jan 2021 /  Alexander Winning and Emma Rumney, Reuters   11
More than some wealthier countries are paying.

Africa’s Covid-19 death rate now higher than global rate

21 Jan 2021 /  Nairobi newsroom and Maggie Fick, Reuters   1
Africa's coronavirus case fatality rate stands at 2.5%, higher than the global level of 2.2%.

How markets are moving with Biden as president

21 Jan 2021 /  Abhishek Vishnoi, Bloomberg  
From green to defense stocks.

SA retail sales down 4% year on year in November

21 Jan 2021 /  Olivia Kumwenda-Mtambo, Reuters  
Following a revised 2.3% contraction in October.

Biovac to distribute vaccines to SA healthcare workers -letter

UPDATE
21 Jan 2021 /  Nqobile Dludla and Wendell Roelf, Reuters   5
South Africa has a three-month plan to import, store and distribute coronavirus vaccines for frontline healthcare workers.

SA’s vaccine holdup heaps pressure on Ramaphosa

21 Jan 2021 /  Antony Sguazzin and Pauline Bax, Bloomberg   7
South Africa has confirmed 1.36 million infections so far, the most in Africa, and more than 38 000 deaths.

Warning signs flash as emerging markets rally to records

21 Jan 2021 /  Livia Yap, Bloomberg   1
Driven by optimism over additional US stimulus and a dovish Federal Reserve.

Global stocks rise to record high; dollar slips: markets wrap

21 Jan 2021 /  Adam Haigh, Bloomberg  
Investors are counting on more aid to help propel economic growth under Biden.

Biden rejoins Paris climate agreement

21 Jan 2021 /  Jennifer A. Dlouhy and Ari Natter, Bloomberg   1
Halts arctic oil leasing.
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