Archive for the ‘Business Focus’ category

Africans flock to South Africa in search of the perfect body

Agencies specialising in medical safaris say they have seen a surge in African customers.

Do the reports on ‘Africa rising’ really reflect reality?

I am very positive about Africa. However, I am also sceptical about the various reports being produced that market the ‘Africa rising’ narrative.

How Strive Masiyiwa won his first mobile licence by recognising the informal economy

“I understood the informal sector was real.”

Why African companies should view China as a market, not as competition

“China is no longer the factory of the world. China is becoming the market of the world.”

New survey reveals growing war for talent in Africa

Competition for talent is increasing in Africa.

Sisal production akin to ‘printing money’ suggests METL Group boss

“Today the prices of sisal in the world are US$2,000 a ton, and my cost of production is $700 a ton.”

Africa Tech Trends: Consolidation in South Africa’s e-commerce industry

Africa Tech Trends is a fortnightly column by Tom Jackson focusing on the most important developments in Africa’s technology industry.

AFB’s lending model based on trust rather than collateral

How we made it in Africa speaks to Karl Westvig, CEO of financial services firm AFB.

When will Africa host its first Olympics? Not likely before 2032

The International Olympic Committee says it would welcome any credible bid from an African city.

Africa 2030 – Some inconvenient thoughts

I cannot shake off a sense of nervousness and mild irritation, each time I listen to the gospel of Africa’s enormous opportunity.

Group of risk-taking friends transform plantation into golf haven for Kenya’s rich

Where once stood overgrown bush and sisal plantations, now sits a luxury golf estate .

Report reveals Africa’s best and worst performing economies

The IMF predicts that six of the world’s 10 fastest-growing economies in 2014 will be in Africa.

Seeing the future through the eyes of young Africans

I am more convinced than ever that the single biggest constraint to the growth of multinationals in Africa is perspective.

Vipingo Ridge golf estate – where Kenya’s wealthy can escape reality

At the Kenyan coast stands the 2,500 acre Vipingo Ridge golf development.

Africa will rise, but the rise will be neither linear nor guaranteed

“There are some dangers in overstating the ‘Africa rising’ view,” says Goldman Sachs head.