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‘South African wine industry must adjust its Africa strategy, before it loses out’

The majority of Africans shop at informal outlets, and this is where South African wines need to improve their presence, says Craig Irving.

Young entrepreneur shares lessons from running a food business in DRC

“I want young people to change their thinking and not to believe that it is better overseas. Because in the DRC and Africa there are more opportunities than anywhere else,” said Benedict Mundele, founder of Surprise Tropicale.

Lower oil prices and South Africa: A positive in a sea of negatives

South African consumers should benefit from easing inflation, lower fuel costs, and increased disposable income, said Nedbank economist.

Meet the Boss: JJ van Dongen, senior vice president, Philips Africa

“If you are going to do something, do it properly, and you actually need to win at it.”

Start-up snapshot: Early-warning system to prevent devastating shack fires

How we made it in Africa

Meet the computer whizz from Togo who built his first robot at age seven

Togolese Sam Kodo was just seven when he started building his first robot that could both circumvent obstacles and interact with people. Now he is building low-cost PCs.

Start-up snapshot: Website creation platform looking to target African SMEs

“The best moment for me was definitely the very first day when the first customer signed up, created his own site with his own domain and paid.”

Why South African township marketing agency sees opportunity in Zimbabwe

Anisa Kale, co-founder of Keys Communications, talks about the decision to expand her agency into Zimbabwe.

Start-up snapshot: Detecting substance abuse in employees with camera device

“OculusID is a platform for non-invasive and hygienic testing. The technology itself is advanced,” says Ashley Uys.

Three tips for marketing to consumers in townships

How we made it in Africa asked Anisa Kale to share some of her advice for strategically marketing to lower-end consumers in townships.

Thinking like a CEO: Why a 19-year-old is winning the clean energy game in Kenya

Tom Osborn has a humble manner about him, which is surprising since, at the age of 19, he has already been recognised as one of world’s top young entrepreneurs.

Surviving bankruptcy: An entrepreneur’s tips for dealing with business failure

“The way one gets out of a big hole in business, is very simple – stop digging,” says Maneesh Garg.

Forget doctors and lawyers, farming is where the money’s at, says Nigerian entrepreneur

“Nigeria is the current dumping ground for food produce from all over the world,” said Cynthia Mosunmola Umoru.

Taking the leap: Entrepreneur on why he left Poland to start a business in Nigeria

“At that time my knowledge about Nigeria was the so-called Google knowledge,” says Marek Zmyslowski.

Why Botswana’s largest retailer ventured into ‘risky’ Zimbabwe

Zimbabwe has the best pool of talent in Africa, says the CEO of Choppies.