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Expanding into Africa through a franchise model: The experience of Soda King

This case study unpacks Soda King’s experiences of building a pan-African franchise business.

Aliko Dangote on why there are so few large African conglomerates

Dangote grew his trading business into a large value-adding producer, something few of his peers managed to achieve.

Africa’s FMCG industry: Navigating between opportunity and uncertainty

Examining the various issues facing the FMCG sector in Africa, and the opportunities that exist for potential investors should these risks be mitigated.

PARTNER CONTENT: RMB

Three new power stations to have a 'profound' impact on west Africa region

The dire need for power in west Africa will be partly met by three separate power station financings in the region.

Five high-growth companies targeting African consumers

From ice cream to private education, there has been rapid growth in the supply of consumer services and products.

BUSINESS OPPORTUNITY: HJR Retail Group

Opportunity to distribute cleaning equipment throughout the continent

HJR Retail Group, a Netherlands-based company, is offering businesspeople the opportunity to become exclusive agents and distributors for its range of cleaning equipment.

Unpacking Kenya as an investment destination

Kenya offers a mix of third-world buzz and opportunity along with first-world luxuries.

Mo Ibrahim: Africa is at a tipping point

The demographic dividend is in danger of turning sour.

Business Focus

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    Property opportunities in Africa: What we can learn from Mara Delta’s portfolio

    29 April, 2017
    What Mara Delta’s investments reveal about opportunities in Africa’s property sector.
  2. Good links to the hinterland: The key to efficient overland transport

    28 April, 2017
    Rail and roads – with all their respective advantages – compete to provide the continent with an infrastructure and forge links to its ports.
  3. Africa’s crawl towards regional integration

    25 April, 2017
    Much more is required if Africa is to solve its regional integration issues and live up to its promise.
  4. Five high-growth companies targeting African consumers

    25 April, 2017
    From ice cream to private education, there has been rapid growth in the supply of consumer services and products.

Foreign investment

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    Investors have high hopes for Ghana, says finance minister

    28 April, 2017
    To achieve its goal, Ghana abolished 14 'nuisance taxes'.
  2. Unpacking Kenya as an investment destination

    25 April, 2017
    Kenya offers a mix of third-world buzz and opportunity along with first-world luxuries.
  3. When presented with too much choice, shoppers often cannot make a decision.

    Africa’s FMCG industry: Navigating between opportunity and uncertainty

    21 April, 2017
    Examining the various issues facing the FMCG sector in Africa, and the opportunities that exist for potential investors should these risks be mitigated.
  4. Botswana – the most attractive investment destination in Africa

    19 April, 2017
    Botswana's strategic location, skilled workforce and a politically stable environment have attracted the attention of international investors.

Entrepreneur watch

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    In Tanzania, unemployed youths turn to agriculture

    28 April, 2017
    The story of a Tanzanian journalist turned agripreneur.
  2. Changing the way safe drinking water is bought and sold in Africa

    23 April, 2017
    I-Drop Water is a for-profit social enterprise that designs, builds and installs drinking water purification and dispensing machines in grocery stores.
  3. MyBucks founder on recovering from past failures and getting back in the financial services game

    4 April, 2017
    Dave van Niekerk talks about his internationally listed pan-African fintech business and what he learned from Blue Financial Services.
  4. ‘Failure only happens when you stop,’ and other business lessons from Rapelang Rabana

    3 April, 2017
    We talk to this internationally acclaimed entrepreneur and thought leader about her journey to the top.

Business Advice

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    Expanding into Africa through a franchise model: The experience of Soda King

    11 April, 2017
    This case study unpacks Soda King’s experiences of building a pan-African franchise business.
  2. ‘Don’t subscribe to generalised rules on how to be an entrepreneur’

    10 April, 2017
    South African businesswoman Rapelang Rabana believes every entrepreneur has a unique journey to travel.
  3. Five branding mistakes you should avoid in your small business

    4 April, 2017
    Many of the errors behind the collapse of small and medium enterprises are branding errors.
  4. ‘Find your market before manufacturing,’ advises food processor

    27 March, 2017
    A South African start-up spice manufacturer shares the best lesson he has learned in food manufacturing.

Meet the Boss

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    Meet the Boss: Jasper Westerink, CEO, Philips Africa

    17 April, 2017
    Philips Africa CEO on why he wants to be at the office by 07:00.
  2. Meet the Boss: Mark Summer, CEO, Surf

    1 April, 2017
    'You can’t do it by yourself, it is always a team of people which gets things accomplished.'
  3. 10 African business leaders share the best advice they’ve ever received

    27 March, 2017
    Inspirational advice from top executives.
  4. Meet the Boss: Mills Soko, Director, UCT Graduate School of Business

    24 March, 2017
    'Never burn your bridges.'

FOCUS ON CENTRAL AFRICA

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    How German firms can tap into Africa’s diversification drive

    3 February, 2017
    'Where I do see significant opportunities is in the midstream and downstream petroleum industry.'
  2. Understanding Cameroon’s untapped business opportunities

    16 January, 2017
    NJ Ayuk, CEO of Centurion Law Group, shares where he sees opportunities in Cameroon.
  3. On-the-ground realities in central Africa different to investors’ perceptions

    13 December, 2016
    Doing business in French-speaking central Africa is often different to what prospective investors assume, according to private equity boss.
  4. Start-up snapshot: The Cameroonian company using fish to farm crops – and vice versa

    30 November, 2016
    Save Our Agriculture is a start-up that focuses on producing aquaponics kits.

Private Equity

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    Private equity investors in Africa are distinct from other parts of the world

    18 April, 2017
    They hold investments for longer and use less debt.
  2. Private equity: Is it francophone Africa’s turn?

    6 April, 2017
    Some English-speaking African heavyweights are looking a lot less attractive to investors.
  3. Africa private equity exits continue upward trend

    6 April, 2017
    'It is also positive to see capital continuing to flow into Africa despite economic headwinds in some of the key African markets.'
  4. Nothing ventured, nothing gained

    17 March, 2017
    There is a growing appetite among South African fund managers for venture capital deals.

Recent articles

  1. Property opportunities in Africa: What we can learn from Mara Delta’s portfolio

    29 April, 2017
    What Mara Delta’s investments reveal about opportunities in Africa’s property sector.
  2. Investors have high hopes for Ghana, says finance minister

    28 April, 2017
    To achieve its goal, Ghana abolished 14 'nuisance taxes'.
  3. In Tanzania, unemployed youths turn to agriculture

    28 April, 2017
    The story of a Tanzanian journalist turned agripreneur.
  4. Good links to the hinterland: The key to efficient overland transport

    28 April, 2017
    Rail and roads – with all their respective advantages – compete to provide the continent with an infrastructure and forge links to its ports.
  5. British chicken franchise launches in South Africa

    26 April, 2017
    'We go back to the old-school way of ensuring that chicken is the ‘hero’ of every dish on our menu.'
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