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Six opportunities in Africa you probably didn’t know about

McKinsey’s latest research report highlights a number of economic realities and opportunities that businesses should be aware of.

Boot manufacturer on surviving Zimbabwe’s rocky economy

Gale Rice shares how her manufacturing business kept going through one of the worst cases of hyperinflation in world history.

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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.

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Five countries, often overlooked, poised for 5%-plus growth

Strong growth in the face of challenging economic conditions across the continent.

Business Focus

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    Many Africans may not be using plastic or cash in as little as 10 years, says Standard Bank

    21 September, 2016
    Though cash remains king in many parts of Africa, rapid change is expected over the next few years.
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    Giving wings to Africa’s regional integration

    21 September, 2016
    Even though Africa is home to 15% of the world’s population, it only accounts for less than 3% of its total air traffic.
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    Solving energy poverty through an off-grid solar electricity revolution

    21 September, 2016
    Declining solar costs and ubiquity of mobile technology offer a unique opportunity to provide universal energy access.
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    Sub-Saharan Africa’s top five shopping malls

    21 September, 2016
    Rated according to their attractiveness for international brands.

Foreign Investment

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    The dos and don’ts of doing business in Nigeria

    12 September, 2016
    Unravelling the complexities of the Nigerian market.
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    Is the Italy-Africa relationship taking off?

    9 September, 2016
    Italy has demonstrated a renewed interest in the continent in recent years.
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    Are South African fashion retailers feeling pressure from global brands?

    7 September, 2016
    Analysts weigh in on how the entrance of retailers like H&M and Cotton On are impacting the performance of local players.
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    Development investors commit $660m for African financial services providers

    7 September, 2016
    Arise hopes to grow assets, spread across 20 countries, to $1bn by 2022.

Entrepreneur watch

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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. Here is why.
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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.
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    Boot manufacturer on surviving Zimbabwe’s rocky economy

    15 September, 2016
    Gale Rice shares how her manufacturing business kept going through one of the worst cases of hyperinflation in world history.
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    Fashion blog and online store expands to brick-and-mortar outlet

    7 September, 2016
    Commercialising Kenyan design

Business Advice

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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.
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    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.
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    A balance of power is the key to effective negotiations

    8 September, 2016
    Three ways to set yourself apart from competitors

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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    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.
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    How Africa’s top mining event is adapting to desperate times

    22 July, 2016
    The Mining Indaba’s MD shares how the event is adapting to better reflect the state of the industry.

Recent articles

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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. Here is why.
  2. quinton-200x240

    When clients don’t respond, stay on their radar

    23 September, 2016
    In most cases, it's a question of timing.
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    Broll appoints new head of Facilities Management

    22 September, 2016
    With more than 20 years’ experience in facilities, asset and property management, Richard Flame has been appointed as a Director heading the Facilities Management within the Broll Property Group.
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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.
  5. Africa mobile 200x240

    Many Africans may not be using plastic or cash in as little as 10 years, says Standard Bank

    21 September, 2016
    Though cash remains king in many parts of Africa, rapid change is expected over the next few years.
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