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Jannie Mouton’s seven tips for bouncing back from failure

Jannie Mouton talks about how he managed to pick himself up after being fired, and start one of South Africa’s most successful companies.

Meet the Boss: Mustafa Suleimanji, MD, Lamudi

“It’s an exciting time in Africa and the internet is shifting the way we do business.”

Factors private equity firms consider when investing in African mining

Private equity industry experts discuss what they consider when looking at potential mining deals.

Why Tanzania’s real estate market is taking off

“In Dar es Salaam there is a huge increase in the purchase of apartments,” says Mustafa Suleimanji, managing director for Lamudi in Tanzania.

How this company built a business by charging phones in rural Tanzania

Juabar has built a franchise network of micro-business owners who offer phone charging services.

Why agriculture and agribusiness can change Africa’s story

Agribusiness, centred around smallholder farmers, could change Africa’s growth and transformation story.

Nigerian business culture and incentives: An inside perspective

A look at Nigerian business culture and the incentives that will give companies a much needed edge over their competitors.

Tony Blair’s principles for partnerships between African governments and investors

Tony Blair’s five principles that govern mutually-beneficial relationships between African governments and foreign investors.

Aggressive strategy required to reduce the unbanked in Nigeria – but possible

Nigerian banking continues to face significant headwinds – in relation to both revenue and costs.

Meet the Boss: Kapila Ariyatilaka, MD, Chai Bora

“Be honest in your dealings. You will sleep well and will still make the money you require to live in this world.”

Côte d’Ivoire vs Ghana: A football-economics tale of two countries

As an economist and a football fan, I cannot resist drawing a certainly non-linear correlation between soccer and economic growth.

Meet the Boss: Ismail Ahmed, founder, WorldRemit

“Coming across sceptics in professional life can actually be more useful than advice. It makes me work even harder towards my vision.”

In Tanzania, good coffee shops can be good business, says entrepreneur

When Canadian Sandra Macdonald-Mulokozi moved to Tanzania 11 years ago, she craved a café where she would get good coffee and Wi-Fi. So she opened one.

Africa Tech Trends: The age of start-up accelerators

Start-up accelerators are common in Europe and the United States, but in Africa the concept is still very young.

Meet the Boss: Jannie Mouton, founder, PSG

“Thinking back, my biggest lesson was back when I was fired because I was too relaxed and too sure of myself.”