Ed joined the London Breakingviews team in 2018 as Africa columnist. Before that, he was Reuters sub-Saharan Africa bureau chief, based in Johannesburg. During two decades at Reuters, Ed has reported from three continents, with postings in London, Edinburgh, Phnom Penh, Bangkok and Johannesburg. Along the way, he has covered everything from the dotcom bubble to the death of Nelson Mandela and fall of Robert Mugabe. He holds a degree in Classics from Cambridge University.
The South African group is persistently worth less than its $135 bln stake in Chinese web giant Tencent. Listing assets in Amsterdam might shrink the gap, but the parent will still suffer a markdown. Investors should only click “accept” if the combined shortfall is much smaller.
The UK data commissioner wants to fine the airline 183 mln pounds after customer information was stolen last year. Even though that is at the lower end of the possible penalties, it dwarfs what Facebook had to pay under old rules and sets a higher bar for such security breaches.
Ballooning populations mean per capita wealth is falling in key democracies Nigeria and South Africa. That’s a recipe for trouble. Alongside a stronger performance by autocratic Egypt, it also makes worrying reading for those who believe a democratic Africa is a more stable one.