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Calvin Klein owner could source 25% of its production from Africa in five years

Eastern Africa has the potential to compete with clothing manufacturing giants like China and Bangladesh.

Africa’s shifting growth figures demand investor staying power

"Africa must still be viewed as a long-term prospect and companies who enter its markets need the stamina to weather both good and bad market conditions."

Private equity in Africa: Why investors need new approaches

With too many players chasing the same kinds of deals, funds need to consider more flexible investment strategies.

[Sponsored] Funding Africa’s future leaders’ studies

To date over R6 million has been committed in scholarship funding for GSB Masters and PhD programmes.

Why a South African manufacturer of pelleting machines is turning heads

The founder of Agricon Pelleting recently won South Africa's Entrepreneur of the Year award.

How this Nigerian started a food processing business with little capital

Kasope Ladipo-Ajai managed to get a food-flavourant company up-and-running with no industry experience and only her savings.

[Sponsored] Business opportunity: Distribute computing carry cases and mobile accessories throughout Africa

CSD Targus is seeking distribution partnerships throughout the continent.

The Nairobi clothing store dressing its fourth generation of customers

What has changed – and what hasn't – since it opened in the 1950s.

Business Focus

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    From muddling to miracle: The path to maintaining South Africa’s credit rating

    29 September, 2016
    There are essentially two issues that the ratings agencies are looking at when reaching a sovereign rating decision on South Africa.
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    Maritime insecurity in the Gulf of Guinea: Threats, vulnerabilities and opportunities

    28 September, 2016
    While for some the Gulf epitomises threats at sea, it holds huge potential for the blue economy.
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    Reaching critical mass: Choppies CEO on becoming a pan-African supermarket

    28 September, 2016
    Listen to our interview with Choppies' CEO, Ramachandran Ottapathu, on reaching critical mass in African markets and taking on Kenya's local players.
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    The business of agriculture: Gaps, constraints and opportunities in Nigeria

    27 September, 2016
    How the country can meet demand and reduce its $11bn in food imports.

Foreign Investment

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    Africa’s shifting growth figures demand investor staying power

    27 September, 2016
    'Africa must still be viewed as a long-term prospect and companies who enter its markets need the stamina to weather both good and bad market conditions.'
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    Calvin Klein owner could source 25% of its production from Africa in five years

    26 September, 2016
    Eastern Africa has the potential to compete with clothing manufacturing giants like China and Bangladesh.
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    Inga dream again deferred

    26 September, 2016
    The vision of a dam that would light up half of Africa has been shimmering on the horizon for decades.
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    The dos and don’ts of doing business in Nigeria

    12 September, 2016
    Unravelling the complexities of the Nigerian market.

Entrepreneur watch

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    The Nairobi clothing store dressing its fourth generation of customers

    29 September, 2016
    What has changed – and what hasn't – since it opened in the 1950s.
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    East Africa’s up-and-coming cosmetics companies

    26 September, 2016
    There is a growing trend of local entrepreneurs, especially women, entering the industry.
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    Why a South African manufacturer of pelleting machines is turning heads

    23 September, 2016
    The founder of Agricon Pelleting recently won South Africa's Entrepreneur of the Year award.
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    How this Nigerian started a food processing business with little capital

    21 September, 2016
    Kasope Ladipo-Ajai managed to get a food-flavourant company up and running with no industry experience and only her savings.

Business Advice

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    Entrepreneur shares how he turned his start-up into a multinational player

    29 September, 2016
    Eran Feinstein, founder of the online payments processing platform DPO Group, shares how he grew the company into a pan-African operator.
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    When clients don’t respond, stay on their radar

    23 September, 2016
    In most cases, it's a question of timing.
  3. Management

    Show appreciation to get most out of customers, employees, suppliers

    16 September, 2016
    People who feel appreciated perform better.
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    McKinsey: African companies with women leaders earn 20% more

    9 September, 2016
    Here's what companies can do to improve their gender balance.

Meet the Boss

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    Meet the Boss: Akshay Shah, managing director, Silafrica

    5 September, 2016
    ‘I think the best lessons of leadership are learned from other people.’
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    Meet the Boss: George Odo, MD for East Africa, AfricInvest

    28 August, 2016
    Private equity boss shares what keeps him awake at night, and why he has been successful in business.
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    Meet the Boss: Simon Stamper, director of operations, Africa, IHG

    10 August, 2016
    'The greatest skill of a leader is to empower and inspire others to do a great job.'
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    Meet the Boss: Hakan Soderholm, managing director, Tetra Pak East Africa

    4 August, 2016
    'I think the biggest leadership challenge is to raise kids.'

FOCUS ON CENTRAL AFRICA

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    Central Africa offers growth potential for airline industry, but challenges remain

    19 September, 2016
    Lufthansa country manager weighs in on regional opportunities.
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    Why Chad is sponsoring a French football team

    8 September, 2016
    FC Metz's new player jerseys now bear the slogan, 'Tchad: Oasis du Sahel' ('Chad: Oasis of the Sahel'). Here is why.
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    American entrepreneur’s journey from finance to running an ICT company in Africa

    5 September, 2016
    'The guy who is going to make it is the one who sticks in there, who doesn’t take no for an answer, and who goes down the unbeaten trail.'
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    Cash from trash: Indian company takes advantage of hazardous waste opportunity

    1 September, 2016
    Taking care of oil sludge and medical waste can be good business.

Private equity

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    Actis discusses deal activity in Africa

    20 September, 2016
    'Our private equity team in Africa has had a busy time over the last 12 months,' says Actis partner and head of southern Africa, David Cooke.
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    Farm to kiosk: Disrupting the way Nairobi’s informal traders buy produce

    20 September, 2016
    Twiga Foods sees monthly revenue growth of 30%.
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    Private equity in Africa: Why investors need new approaches

    19 September, 2016
    With too many players chasing the same kinds of deals, funds need to consider more flexible investment strategies.
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    Private equity firm on why it backed a North African pharma producer

    15 September, 2016
    Actis recently invested in Medis Group – a producer of generic pharmaceuticals in Tunisia and Algeria.

Mining

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    Beneath the Surface: Pius Kasolo, CEO, ZCCM Investments Holdings Plc

    27 September, 2016
    'Apart from the cyclical commodity prices, the power deficit being experienced in the country is one of the greatest threats.'
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    Five countries, often overlooked, poised for 5%-plus growth

    12 September, 2016
    Strong growth in the face of challenging economic conditions across the continent.
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    India, Africa rekindle trade ties

    15 August, 2016
    Old friends explore new possibilities.
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    Zambia’s most challenging elections in decades

    11 August, 2016
    Whoever wins the Zambian elections will be faced with the enormous challenge of fixing a broken economic system.

Recent articles

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    Entrepreneur shares how he turned his start-up into a multinational player

    29 September, 2016
    Eran Feinstein, founder of the online payments processing platform DPO Group, shares how he grew the company into a pan-African operator.
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    The Nairobi clothing store dressing its fourth generation of customers

    29 September, 2016
    What has changed – and what hasn't – since it opened in the 1950s.
  3. harry-gwala-district-municipality-south-africa-x200

    From muddling to miracle: The path to maintaining South Africa’s credit rating

    29 September, 2016
    There are essentially two issues that the ratings agencies are looking at when reaching a sovereign rating decision on South Africa.
  4. gulfofguineasml

    Maritime insecurity in the Gulf of Guinea: Threats, vulnerabilities and opportunities

    28 September, 2016
    While for some the Gulf epitomises threats at sea, it holds huge potential for the blue economy.
  5. Choppies 200x240

    Reaching critical mass: Choppies CEO on becoming a pan-African supermarket

    28 September, 2016
    Listen to our interview with Choppies' CEO, Ramachandran Ottapathu, on reaching critical mass in African markets and taking on Kenya's local players.
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