The following company announcements, scheduled economic indicators, debt and currency market moves and political events may affect African markets on Thursday. - - - - - EVENTS: Mauritius releaseS revised 2017 GDP growth forecast and Q1 growth rate GLOBAL MARKETS The dollar shuddered to its lows for the year on Thursday as a drumbeat of hawkish comments from major central banks signalled the era of easy money might be coming to an end for more than just the United States. WORLD OIL PRICES Crude oil rose for a sixth straight session on Thursday to its highest since June 19 on a decline in U.S. output, but ongoing worries about global oversupply continued to drag. EMERGING MARKETS For the top emerging markets news, double click on AFRICA STOCKS For the latest news on African stocks, click on SOUTH AFRICA MARKETS South Africa's rand and mining stocks strengthened on Wednesday as the dollar plunged on U.S. stimulus uncertainty, although AngloGold Ashanti ANGJ.J fell more than 4 percent after saying it may retrench 8,500 workers. NIGERIA MARKETS Nigeria's central bank will sell $100 million at a special foreign exchange auction on Wednesday, the bank said as the local currency held steady in all segments of the foreign exchange market. NIGERIA OIL Nigeria's Excess Crude Account tied for the world's most poorly governed sovereign wealth fund, according to a report by the Natural Resource Governance Institute (NRGI) released on Wednesday. NIGERIA OIL/SECURITY A militant group in Nigeria's oil-rich southern Niger Delta on Wednesday withdrew its threat to launch attacks on oil facilities from June 30. NIGERIA CRIME An investigator at Nigeria's financial crimes agency was shot after leaving his office, underlining the dangers faced by those looking into corruption, the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) said on Wednesday. KENYA MARKETS The Kenyan shilling weakened against the shilling on Wednesday due to increased demand from oil importers, and traders said it could ease further amid dwindling inflows from charities and agricultural exporters. KENYA BANKING A court on Wednesday charged the ex-chairman of a Kenyan bank with conspiring to defraud depositors of 1.7 billion Kenyan shillings ($16 million), in a case that undermined confidence in the country's banking sector. GHANA CHINA/MOU Ghana has signed a $10 billion memorandum of understanding (MOU) with China to develop its bauxite industry, the country's Senior Minister Yaw Osafo-Maafo said on Wednesday. GHANA IMF Ghana's government has asked the International Monetary Fund to push back the end date of its $918 million aid programme from April 2018 to December 2018, IMF and government sources told Reuters on Wednesday. GHANA ECONOMY Ghana's gross domestic product (GDP) growth stood at 6.6 percent in the first quarter of 2017, the statistics office said on Wednesday. SOUTH SUDAN USA South Sudan has deported three U.S. citizens, two of whom served in the military and a third who deserted, U.S. and South Sudanese officials said on Wednesday, another chapter in an unusual tale of unofficial foreign interventions in the country. ZIMBABWE PROTEST A Zimbabwean pastor at the heart of a protest movement against President Robert Mugabe was freed on bail on Wednesday, two days after he was arrested at a student rally and charged with promoting violence. MALAWI BANKING Malawi's First Merchant Bank will buy the local assets of micro lender Opportunity International Bank of Malawi (OIBM), subject to regulatory approvals, the two banks said on Wednesday. BOTSWANA EXPANSION Botswana's Debswana Diamond Mining, a joint venture between De Beers and the southern Africa country's government, plans to extend the lifespan of its Jwaneng mine beyond 2024, a mines minister said.