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Short list of bidders released for multi-billion Kenyan hostels project

Five joint ventures and a Chinese firm have been shortlisted for construction of 23 400 multi-billion shilling hostel units at Moi, Embu and South Eastern Kenya (Seku) universities.

The approval of the three projects follows a detailed analysis by a consortium of transaction advisers led by the South Africa-based consultancy, Genesis Analytics. 
The consortium developed the transaction documents and will execute the contracts.

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At last, clarity about when dominant firms predate – and when they don’t

Few areas in competition law are more prone to dogmatic disputation than predatory pricing - the practice whereby an incumbent firm seeks to force a rival from the market through sustained loss-making low prices.

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Genesis faciltates inaugral workshop of intergovernmental fintech working group

Genesis Analytics has been appointed to facilitate the workshops at the inaugral meeting of the Intergovernmental Fintech Working Group (IFWG) on 19 and 20 April 2018. The aim of the conference is to provide a platform for regulators and policy makers to engage with the industry, identify key considerations and develop a harmonised approach to fintech-driven innovations for the benefit of all South Africans.

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The silence of worker capital is so loud

Fresh political momentum presents an opportunity to revisit old challenges with new energy. There is now focus from all groups to return the economy to high levels of growth. As we push to reignite the economy, it is important to balance the goal of growth with the need for economic justice and a more inclusive economy, writes Genesis partner Ryan Short and John Oliphant in Business Day.

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Investor conference in Nairobi kick starts plans to build hostels for 25 000 Kenyan students

The plan to build university hostel accommodation for 35 000 Kenyan students kicked off on 23 January 2018 with an investor conference in Nairobi. Three public universities in Kenya are set to benefit from the construction and operation of student hostel accommodation under a public-private partnership (PPP) framework.

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Newsletters

State Aid: Getting SOEs to Fly

The performance and regulation of South African state-owned entities (SOEs) have been a major focus in 2016 with South African Airways now having cumulative guarantees of about R14-billion (USD 125-million) gathered over the past five years.

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Savings groups in SA: The last piece of the puzzle?

Social savings and lending groups could play a role in reaching the 25% of South Africans who remain under or unserved by financial institutions - especially in rural areas.

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Mergers: Does public interest tip the scales?

Public interest considerations emerged as a key topic for debate at the Competition Law, Economics and PolicyConference held in October 2016 in South Africa.  

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Interest rates caps: An own goal?

An 'own goal' describes an act that unintentionally harms one’s own interests. It is certainly a term that springs to mind when considering the Kenyan Banking Amendment Bill, which imposes interest rate caps on the Kenyan banking sector.

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Return to Sender: Financial inclusion on wrong track?

Postbank (South Africa) has recently been granted a banking licence. Considering the persistent financial woes of the South African Post Office, which reported R1.49 billion in losses in the 2015 financial year, will Postbank’s new activities be a step towards recovery or exacerbate the losses? 

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Ghana: A Rising (Black) Star?

With the 2016 Ghanaian general election fast approaching, the Bank of Ghana (BoG) sought to limit the government’s borrowing with the BoG Amendment Bill. The bill, which was blocked in July, was an attempt to break Ghana’s past cycle of election induced spending, inflation surges and currency collapses.

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The end is naira

The Economist’s blog recently ran an article on Nigeria’s Eurobond negotiations under the title ‘The end is naira’, highlighting the travails of the economy and the hapless mismanagement of the naira.

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Damages: Counting the costs

In the wake of collusion findings against a number of construction companies, momentum is now growing to bring damages claims against these firms.

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Reports & other Documents

Methodology to visual targets for male circumcision in South Africa

'Using a prevention cascade to understand the impact of interventions on the voluntary medical male circumcision programme in South Africa': A presentation at the South African Monitoring and Evaluation Association's 2017 conference in Joburg by Sarah Chan.

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Can in-school youth be taught to start a business? Evidence from SA

ILO policy brief looks at the evaluation by Genesis Analytics on the startUP&go programme, which aims to develop entrepreneurial interest among Free State learners enrolled for business studies at school.

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Knowledge of NCDs does not translate into a healthy lifestyle

Health communication needs to move beyond basic knowledge provision and promotes practical, context-appropriate approaches for achieving a healthy lifestyle. Paper by Julia Michalow (presenter), Bridget Dube, Sarah Magni, Kerry Cullinan, Shuo Wang, Nandita Murukutla at 13th PHASA Conference in 2017

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Condom use at first sex protects young women from pregnancy

Condom use at first sex reduces the likelihood of teenage pregnancy by 62%, according to the study of a retrospective cohort in Gauteng and KwaZulu-Natal.

Paper by Sarah Magni, Saul Johnson, Bridget Dube, Motlatso Rampedi (presenter) at 13th PHASA Conference in 2017

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Binge drinking and risky sex: Addressing gap for young SA men

There is a known association between alcohol consumption and HIV risk. This study examines the impact of binge drinking on risky sexual behaviour and HIV status in men aged 18-28 years in South Africa. Paper by Sarah Magni and Micah Fineberg (presenter) at 13th PHASA Conference in 2017

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Sugary drinks and support for new government tax: First results

Three out of four adult South Africans believe that government is doing the right thing when it makes and enforces policy to discourage the consumption of sugary beverages and junk foods, according to a survey conducted by Genesis Analytics for the Healthy Living Alliance (HEALA).

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Improving resilience through case for climate-smart agriculture

Genesis climate change specialist Manyewu Mutamba reviews "Climate Change and Agricultural Development", which pesents some of the most progressive and up-to-date thinking on climate-smart agriculture (CSA).

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Genesis starts recruiting graduates for 2018: Find out more

Every year Genesis recruits the best graduates to become analysts and researchers in the firm.

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