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How Capitec Bank overcame high barriers to entry in South Africa

Few banks have successfully entered the South African banking sector since the establishment of Absa 25 years ago.

GE exec on why Obama’s Power Africa has been slow to take off

'If you look today at the number of megawatts that are actually on the grid directly related to the Power Africa initiative, it is very little.'

We must move towards establishing an African passport, says AfDB president

According to Akinwumi Adesina, the continent's rigid visa restrictions are impeding intra-African investment.

Low commodity prices a wake-up call for Africa to boost manufacturing

Thoughts on Africa’s manufacturing sector from a panel discussion at last week’s World Economic Forum on Africa.

How Alfredo Jones built a top engineering services company in Equatorial Guinea

Jones had to overcome various obstacles to build the company into what it is today.

Africa’s growth needs to be about quality, not quantity

For the first time sub-Saharan Africa's growth is below the world average. Winnie Byanyima, executive director of Oxfam International, shares her thoughts at the 2016 World Economic Forum on Africa.

Business Focus

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    Mining: Tough times far from over

    25 May, 2016
    Further adversity may be expected before a significant turnaround in transaction activity.
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    Africa’s ticking time bomb: $35bn worth of Eurobond debt

    24 May, 2016
    At least a dozen sub-Saharan Africa countries have raised debt through sovereign bonds. The chickens are now coming home to roost.
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    CEO: Africa’s oil and gas industry still offers opportunities for service providers

    24 May, 2016
    Geoffrey White highlights opportunities in Mozambique and Ghana.
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    How Capitec Bank overcame high barriers to entry in South Africa

    23 May, 2016
    Few banks have successfully entered the South African banking sector since the establishment of Absa 25 years ago.

Foreign Investment

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    A new frontier: Islamic world eyeing investments in Africa

    24 May, 2016
    The Islamic world is increasingly seeing Africa as a destination for foreign investment, both on the institutional and corporate fronts.
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    GE exec on why Obama’s Power Africa has been slow to take off

    19 May, 2016
    'If you look today at the number of megawatts that are actually on the grid directly related to the Power Africa initiative, it is very little.'
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    Q&A: Philips Africa CEO discusses healthcare trends (Part 2)

    13 May, 2016
    In the second of our two-part interview with JJ van Dongen, Philips CEO for Africa, he speaks about emerging trends in the continent's healthcare industry.
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    Q&A: Philips Africa CEO shares thoughts on investing in the continent (Part 1)

    12 May, 2016
    'As a company we tailor our investment based on what we see happening in different parts of the continent.'

Entrepreneur watch

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    The innovator that sees opportunity in Africa’s energy woes

    25 May, 2016
    Green Tower offers an off-grid solution that can save around 90% in electricity consumption.
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    The DIY test for malaria that could be a game-changer for Africa

    24 May, 2016
    Nigerian Eddy Agbo, CEO of Fyodor Biotechnologies, has developed a malaria test that allows the general population to diagnose themselves.
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    How Alfredo Jones built a top engineering services company in Equatorial Guinea

    18 May, 2016
    Jones had to overcome various obstacles to build the company into what it is today.
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    A look at four promising SMEs in Rwanda

    11 May, 2016
    In light of this week's World Economic Forum on Africa, taking place in Rwanda, here are four of the country's most promising SMEs.

Business Advice

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    Different types of workplace culture – which one is right for your business?

    19 May, 2016
    Workplace culture is a unique sociological construct.
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    Focus on what you do best, and other strategies for entering Africa

    9 May, 2016
    A recent study revealed 66% of business expansions into Africa resulted in negative shareholder returns. PwC suggest how to avoid becoming part of this statistic.
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    Rejection is an essential path to growth – use it to serve you

    29 April, 2016
    Entrepreneurs should create an environment which allows teams and themselves to accept rejection.
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    Time management expert on how to improve your productivity

    22 April, 2016
    Elaine Harman shares some time management tips that can help employees and managers improve productivity in the workplace.

Meet the Boss

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    Meet the Boss: Raghu Malhotra, president Middle East & Africa, MasterCard

    29 April, 2016
    Raghu Malhotra talks about the importance of not over analysing things, and reveals he once did a bit of modelling on the side.
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    Meet the Boss: Paul Muhato, MD, Engen Petroleum (Tanzania)

    7 April, 2016
    'A positive attitude will capitalise the smallest opportunity.'
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    Meet the Boss: Partheeban Theodore, country head, Olam Côte d’Ivoire

    30 March, 2016
    'There is no reason to look beyond the continent. Every single opportunity exists here.'
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    Meet the Boss: Henok Teferra, CEO, ASKY Airlines

    23 March, 2016
    'Being an airline CEO is like being a baby because you wake up every three hours with this or that issue.'

FOCUS ON CENTRAL AFRICA

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    How Alfredo Jones built a top engineering services company in Equatorial Guinea

    18 May, 2016
    Jones had to overcome various obstacles to build the company into what it is today.
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    Oil and gas services company boss shares six lessons learnt in business

    9 May, 2016
    Basilio Makendengue discusses his business journey as well as the reasons for the company’s success over the past one-and-a-half decades.
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    Have West, Central Africa outgrown the CFA franc?

    30 April, 2016
    Debate over the CFA franc is once again stirring in West and Central Africa with some experts calling for a reform of the colonial currency.
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    Airline sees opportunities in Central Africa’s oil and gas industry, despite low crude prices

    22 April, 2016
    A look at Punto Azul's strategy.

Recent articles

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    The innovator that sees opportunity in Africa’s energy woes

    25 May, 2016
    Green Tower offers an off-grid solution that can save around 90% in electricity consumption.
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    Start-up snapshot: Ugandan street vendors step into the future

    25 May, 2016
    Musana Carts sees opportunity where others see chaos.
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    Bright spots: African economies that will grow by 6%-plus this year

    25 May, 2016
    Growth in sub-Saharan Africa is slowing down, but it is not all doom and gloom.
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    Mining: Tough times far from over

    25 May, 2016
    Further adversity may be expected before a significant turnaround in transaction activity.
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    Top economist will discuss land reform as part of The Food Forum 2016 in Johannesburg

    24 May, 2016
    Following new South African government pledges to speed up land reform over the weekend, Africa’s biggest food expo promises expert analysis at a major conference in Johannesburg next month.
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