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The story of a ‘born global’ South African ice tea brand

How this small local company struck it big.

Hotel real estate assets are catching the eye of African pension funds

Hotel operator Carlson Rezidor is in talks with a handful of pension funds across the continent.

Nigerian FDI is falling, but investors are loving its debt

Nigeria’s latest Eurobond issuance had no trouble attracting investment. Here is why.

PARTNER CONTENT: Standard Chartered

The truth about Africa’s rising middle class

The news on Africa’s middle class has been mixed.

Want to own three properties by 30? Here is how this South African did it

Be prepared to make sacrifices, says Mochele Noge.

Uganda: Illegal immigrant turned entrepreneur builds top-rated tourism business

Before founding his business, Walter Wandera was first a school dropout, homeless, and even an illegal immigrant.

PARTNER CONTENT: RMB

South African mining sector – the need to stage a comeback

"South Africa desperately needs to see a return to job-creating growth."

How Trump’s policies could hurt African mining

While a strong dollar should benefit African commodity exporters, it comes at a time when protectionist trade policies could reduce African export revenues.

Business Focus

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    Zimbabwe’s latest $5 bond note causes a greater value distortion

    24 February, 2017
    Zimbabwe's new $5 bond note is struggling to hold its one-to-one value with the US dollar.
  2. Hotel real estate assets are catching the eye of African pension funds

    22 February, 2017
    Hotel operator Carlson Rezidor is in talks with a handful of pension funds across the continent.
  3. Nigeria has the potential to lead a continent – if it avoids the mistakes of its past

    21 February, 2017
    'The market is like water; it will always find its level. The earlier we let this happen the better for our economy.'
  4. The story of a ‘born global’ South African ice tea brand

    21 February, 2017
    How this small local company struck it big.

Foreign investment

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    Nigerian FDI is falling, but investors are loving its debt

    16 February, 2017
    Nigeria’s latest Eurobond issuance had no trouble attracting investment. Here is why.
  2. Singapore is embracing the East African Community

    15 February, 2017
    Singapore has long noticed the potential the EAC holds as an unexplored emerging market.
  3. Tough times for African equities

    7 February, 2017
    Falling African equity prices and valuations over the past 30 months have laid the groundwork for better returns ahead.
  4. In defence of Germany’s Marshall Plan with Africa

    7 February, 2017
    Despite the challenges of investing in Africa, the continent holds many opportunities for German companies.

Entrepreneur watch

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    Uganda: Illegal immigrant turned entrepreneur builds top-rated tourism business

    24 February, 2017
    Before founding his business, Walter Wandera was first a school dropout, homeless, and even an illegal immigrant.
  2. Achieving success in magazine publishing: The story of Couture Africa

    22 February, 2017
    Kenyan businesswoman Olive Gachara knows all too well that building a media business from scratch is no mean feat.
  3. Entrepreneur on how she built a successful online fashion and beauty store

    13 February, 2017
    We talk entrepreneurship with the founder of South African e-commerce platform SassyChic.
  4. How two brothers started Lagos’ first coffee shop chain

    10 February, 2017
    Café Neo was started by Nigerian brothers Ngozi and Chijioke Dozie in Lagos. Today it hopes to expand across west Africa.

Business Advice

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    Want to own three properties by 30? Here is how this South African did it

    17 February, 2017
    Be prepared to make sacrifices, says Mochele Noge.
  2. How this founder sold his ATM business to a global player – and what you can learn from it

    14 February, 2017
    We speak to Marc Sternberg about the recent sale of his Cape Town-based business, Spark ATM Systems.
  3. Buy your dream entrepreneurial business

    14 February, 2017
    Opting to purchase an existing business instead of starting a business from scratch is a safer and more effective way to becoming a business owner.
  4. Changing your life begins with how you choose to think

    20 January, 2017
    'If you don’t feel happy and passionate about the work you are doing, make that change.'

Meet the Boss

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    Meet the Boss: Michael Ugwu, general manager west Africa, Sony Music

    22 February, 2017
    'You never know what you might find on that tougher path because it is a road less travelled.'
  2. Meet the Boss: Farid Masood, CEO, Kansai Plascon Africa Limited

    15 February, 2017
    How many pizzas are sold in Africa? We find out why this is Farid Masood's favourite interview question.
  3. Meet the Boss: Henri Nyakarundi, managing director, ARED (Rwanda)

    8 February, 2017
    'Just start a business – it will teach you more about yourself and your abilities than any other institution.'
  4. Meet the Boss: Tameron Haralambous, founder and owner, Eco Furniture Design

    1 February, 2017
    Founder of eco-friendly furniture company reveals what keeps her up at night.

FOCUS ON CENTRAL AFRICA

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    How German firms can tap into Africa’s diversification drive

    3 February, 2017
    'Where I do see significant opportunities is in the midstream and downstream petroleum industry.'
  2. Understanding Cameroon’s untapped business opportunities

    16 January, 2017
    NJ Ayuk, CEO of Centurion Law Group, shares where he sees opportunities in Cameroon.
  3. On-the-ground realities in central Africa different to investors’ perceptions

    13 December, 2016
    Doing business in French-speaking central Africa is often different to what prospective investors assume, according to private equity boss.
  4. Start-up snapshot: The Cameroonian company using fish to farm crops – and vice versa

    30 November, 2016
    Save Our Agriculture is a start-up that focuses on producing aquaponics kits.

Private Equity

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    The story of a ‘born global’ South African ice tea brand

    21 February, 2017
    How this small local company struck it big.
  2. Activity in African capital markets shows significant decline in 2016

    16 February, 2017
    2016 marked a challenging year for African equity markets in the wake of lower economic growth and political upheaval around the globe.
  3. South African private equity continues to outperform listed market

    9 February, 2017
    South African private equity continued to yield favourable returns relative to listed equity.
  4. M&A action shifts from west to east Africa

    8 February, 2017
    Despite some high profile bank failures in the region, businesses active in the insurance and broader financial services sector continue to attract new capital.

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    24 February, 2017
    Zimbabwe's new $5 bond note is struggling to hold its one-to-one value with the US dollar.
  2. South Africa: Tough times ahead for commercial property

    24 February, 2017
    Low economic growth is going to put pressure on commercial property performance, pressure on rentals, especially on small businesses, and vacancies are likely to increase in 2017.
  3. Fact-check: No data shows that 800,000 Nigerians live in South Africa

    24 February, 2017
    As xenophobic violence rears its head again in South Africa, a widely quoted figure of how many Nigerians live in South Africa is completely unsupported.
  4. Uganda: Illegal immigrant turned entrepreneur builds top-rated tourism business

    24 February, 2017
    Before founding his business, Walter Wandera was first a school dropout, homeless, and even an illegal immigrant.
  5. Achieving success in magazine publishing: The story of Couture Africa

    22 February, 2017
    Kenyan businesswoman Olive Gachara knows all too well that building a media business from scratch is no mean feat.
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