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MultiChoice Reports 69% User Growth, Aims to Nurture South Africa’s Sporting Talent

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MultiChoice Group has announced a 69% growth in its SuperSport Schools platform’s user base over the last six months, a significant step in identifying and fostering South Africa’s emerging sporting talents.

In a statement detailing its operational achievements during the six months ended September 30, 2023, MultiChoice expressed its ongoing commitment to making school sports accessible across all societal levels through the SuperSport Schools initiative.

The company’s strategic focus on technology investment and staying ahead of evolving consumer video consumption trends was emphasized.

With increased investment in Showmax, MultiChoice is preparing for an exciting re-launch in the second half of the financial year.

Calvo Mawela, Chief Executive Officer of MultiChoice, highlighted the company’s dedication to developing a leading entertainment platform tailored to consumer needs in sub-Saharan Africa.

He emphasized leveraging their footprint to build a differentiated ecosystem and exploring additional revenue streams.

The statement also highlighted the positive impact of three world cups, particularly the Springboks’ success in becoming back-to-back Rugby World Cup champions, contributing to heightened subscriber activity.

Notably, the South African Premium customer base experienced a 5% growth, marking a positive trend after several years.

MultiChoice’s multifaceted approach encompasses technological innovation, content diversity, and community engagement, showcasing its commitment to providing value to consumers and fostering the growth of South Africa’s sporting prowess.

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Oppenheimer Acquires Full Control of Nigeria’s GZ Industries in Bet on Economic Revival

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Jonathan Oppenheimer, scion of South African billionaire Nicky Oppenheimer, has secured full ownership of Nigeria’s largest beverage can manufacturer, GZ Industries Ltd.

Oppenheimer Partners Ltd. concluded the acquisition of the remaining shares from Affirma Capital, formerly known as Standard Chartered Private Equity.

While financial details were not disclosed, the private equity firm previously held a 37.5% stake in GZ Industries, a major supplier of cans to global brands such as Coca-Cola.

The move positions Jonathan Oppenheimer to play a pivotal role in shaping GZI’s growth trajectory in sub-Saharan Africa.

With urban, educated adults in the region leading global sugary drink consumption with 12.4 servings per week, GZI’s strategic importance in meeting this demand is underscored.

Oppenheimer Partners initially invested in GZI in 2018, coinciding with the establishment of a factory in South Africa, where the company now commands a 20% market share.

GZI, a producer of 3 billion aluminum cans annually in Africa, competes with Nampak Ltd., which is currently undergoing restructuring efforts.

Affirma Capital’s exit from GZI aligns with its broader investment strategy in Africa, having invested in 11 companies since 2008, with eight successful exits returning over $800 million to investors.

Jonathan Oppenheimer, part of the wealthy Oppenheimer family, inherits a substantial role in GZ Industries, further diversifying the family’s portfolio, which amassed significant wealth through the 2012 sale of their stake in De Beers for about $5 billion.

The family’s combined net worth is estimated at $9.4 billion, according to the Bloomberg Billionaires Index.

As Nigeria’s President Bola Tinubu outlines ambitious spending plans for 2024, the acquisition positions GZI strategically in a potentially thriving economic landscape.

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Equinor Concludes Sale of Stake in Chevron’s Agbami Oil Field to Chappal Energies

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Norwegian energy company Equinor has successfully finalized the sale of its 20.21 per cent stake in Chevron’s Agbami oil field.

The transaction, including Equinor’s 53.85 per cent ownership in Oil Mining License 128, was completed with Nigerian-owned Chappal Energies. The financial details of the deal have not been disclosed.

Equinor, a longstanding player in Nigeria’s energy sector since 1992, views this divestment as a strategic move in line with its broader international oil and gas portfolio optimization strategy.

Nina Koch, Equinor’s Senior Vice President for Africa Operations, commented on the transaction, stating, “This transaction realizes value and is in line with Equinor’s strategy to optimize its international oil and gas portfolio and focus on core areas.”

Chappal Energies, the acquiring entity, is a committed Nigerian-owned energy company with ambitions to further develop the assets, contributing significantly to the Nigerian economy.

The completion of the transaction remains contingent on various conditions, including regulatory and contractual approvals.

Equinor’s exit from the Agbami oil field signifies a shift in its global asset portfolio management, enabling the company to concentrate on its core operational areas.

The deal aligns with the broader industry dynamics and demonstrates Equinor’s commitment to strategic alignment and operational efficiency.

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Dangote Petroleum Refinery Set to Make History with Public Listing on NGX

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Aliko Dangote, the president and chief executive of Dangote Industries Limited, has announced plans to publicly list the subsidiary, Dangote Petroleum Refinery, on the Nigerian Exchange Limited (NGX).

Dangote expressed confidence in overcoming previous challenges related to crude oil supply, stating, “We have resolved all the issues with crude oil supply. We are now ready to move forward with our plans to list the refinery on the Nigerian Exchange Limited.”

The refinery, poised to commence operations in December, holds the promise of significant contributions to the Nigerian economy.

At full capacity, it is expected to produce 650,000 barrels of oil per day, with an initial rollout of 540,000 barrels daily.

The facility will produce 27 million liters of diesel, 11 million liters of kerosene, and nine million liters of jet fuel, sourcing crude from various Nigerian producers, including the state oil company.

A finalized deal for the delivery of the first cargo of approximately six million barrels next month signals the imminent realization of this ambitious project.

The refinery’s impact is anticipated to extend beyond the oil and gas sector, with projections suggesting significant cost savings for Nigeria by eliminating the need to import petrol.

Industry operators and government officials are optimistic about the transformative potential of the Dangote Refinery.

Akinwumi Adesina, President of the African Development Bank (AfDB), lauded the project as the best-industrialized initiative for Africa, projecting substantial savings for Nigeria and the continent as a whole.

As Nigeria’s largest refinery project, the facility has garnered praise from the Lagos Chamber of Commerce and Industry (LCCI).

Dr. Chinyere Almona, the LCCI Director-General, commended the visionary efforts of Aliko Dangote and the supportive federal government, emphasizing the refinery’s capacity to meet Nigeria’s refined petroleum product needs.

The impending listing on the NGX positions Dangote Petroleum Refinery as a catalyst for economic growth, energy security, and self-sufficiency in Nigeria and beyond.

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