South Africa has welcomed the announcement that Nigeria, Africa's most populous nation, is now the continent's biggest economy - and the 26th largest in the world - following a rebasing of the West African country's gross domestic product (GDP).
Sub-Saharan Africa produces no more energy than Spain - and, excluding South Africa, less electricity than used by New York. But ambitious new projects will soon light up the continent, and allow it to bypass the "dirty" technologies that powered the growth of the developed world.
US hotel group Marriott International said on Tuesday that it would continue its expansion into African markets as it completed its R2.02-billion (approximately $200-million) acquisition of South Africa's Protea Hospitality Holdings.
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