HSBC-Nedbank deal off, probably

By Andy Rice 15 October 2010

According to an article in the Financial Times, HSBC is likely to walk away from its potential $8 billion takeover of Nedbank. Sources told the FT that Nedbank's retail business contained unpalatable business risks. The two parties signed a two-month exclusive talks deal, but the time is up at the weekend, and HSBC is unlikely to make an offer before then. Other buyers, including Standard Chartered, are reportedly still interested in acquiring Nedbank.  Read more: Sapa-AFP, via TimesLive


Corruption, Inc

Thulas Nxesi: State Capture forces resist the clean up at Public Works

By Marianne Merten

Riding a Black Unicorn Down the Side of an Erupting Volcano While Drinking from a Chalice Filled with the Laughter of Small Children is the title of a dark cabaret album by 'Voltaire'