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Emerging markets – it’s our turn

Jeremy Gardiner argues that South Africa’s economic slump is an emerging market trend that will pass.

Africa flies on a wing and a prayer

Air transport reforms are needed to unlock the industry’s full potential across the continent.

Nigeria overtakes South Africa as continent’s largest economy

After months of speculation, Nigeria today officially overtook South Africa as the largest economy on the continent.

Rebasing of Nigerian GDP will reflect African economic reality more accurately

Nigeria’s rebasing of its GDP may affect perceptions about South Africa’s position on the continent.

Is South Africa still considered the gateway into Africa? Yay or nay?

KPMG economist talks about South Africa’s value as an entry point for business in Africa.

Light at the end of the tunnel

Africa’s promising power sector is generating interest in renewable sources.

Every1Mobile creating and connecting communities of mobile phone users

Every1Mobile provides users with content, products and services to help them fast track into the formal economy.

A look at Africa’s bumpy roads and rails

Unprecedented investments in Africa’s ground transportation are hardly enough.

Investing in startups: Why back the jockey and not the horse?

Seed fund 88mph invests in tech entrepreneurs who show promise.

Watch out South Africa, Nigeria is on the rise

The West African nation has set itself an ambitious target of becoming one of the world’s top 20 economies by 2020.

Internet access is no longer a luxury across Africa

Fibre-optic internet cables could leap-frog Africa into the future.

Why formal trade in Africa lags, while informal prospers

“Informal flows are extraordinarily developed and actually very good at getting to market.”

African consumers are ‘optimistic and pragmatic’

Although they’re putting money aside for a rainy day, African consumers are eager to spend.

Three online shopping trends to pay attention to

Security remains a concern for most African consumers who shop online, a survey finds.

Kenya setting the scene for business in East Africa, says analyst

Anna Rosenberg finds that Kenya is ahead of other East African countries in many areas.