South Africa's Aspen Group has signed a R10-billion deal with Dutch pharmaceutical firm MSD to acquire an active pharmaceutical ingredient manufacturing business in the Netherlands as part of the company's plan to grow its global footprint.
South African food service group Famous Brands is expanding into the United Kingdom with the opening of its first branch of burger franchise Steers in London in July. India, and the rest of Africa, are also high on the group's international target list.
South African financial services provider Sanlam has acquired a 49% stake in Malaysian short-term insurer Pacific & Orient Insurance Co. Berhard worth about R814-million in line with the company's growth strategy in emerging markets.
South Africa is attracting new attention from Chinese, Indian and Russian investors - including a planned visit by Chinese buyers who aim to spend R5-billion in the country later this year, says Department of Trade and Industry director-general Lionel October.
South Africa's largest privately owned defence and aerospace firm, Paramount Group, has won an international bid to supply security vehicles to Brazil, which is preparing to host the 2014 Fifa World Cup and 2016 Olympic Games.
South African wine and spirits producer Distell has signed a £160-million (R2.2-billion) deal to acquire Scotch whisky producer Burn Stewart Distillers, giving it access to scarce blended and single malt stocks from prime whisky-producing regions in Scotland.
South Africa has a important role to play within the BRICS grouping, both as a gateway to the continent and as a catalyst for African integration, Goldman Sachs economist Jim O'Neill - the man who coined the original "BRIC" acronym - said in Cape Town this week.
Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa have signed a multilateral agreement on climate cooperation and the green economy, which will facilitate the exchange of technical and financial support to address the impact of climate change on developing countries.
The BRICS grouping can help forge a new funding model for Africa in which projects spanning a number of countries are favoured for finance, President President Jacob Zuma told a gathering of BRICS and African leaders in Durban on Wednesday.
Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa have agreed to establish a BRICS development bank to help finance infrastructure development in the BRICS and other developing countries, South Africa President Jacob Zuma said at the conclusion of the 5th BRICS summit in Durban on Wednesday.