Airline Partner Ethiopian Airlines

How Walvis Bay is positioning itself to become the trade hub for Southern Africa

Walvis Bay is redeveloping its port to attract more business.

Investment trip: Searching for opportunities in Morocco

Cavan Osborne, a portfolio manager at Old Mutual Equities, writes about a recent visit to Morocco.

Heineken on the ins and outs of local sourcing in Africa

By sourcing locally, multinationals can save on import costs, preserve foreign exchange and contribute to the economic development of the continent.

PARTNER CONTENT: Quantum Global

Sub-Saharan Africa’s recovery remains on course, but there are risks to monitor

Growth will remain divergent across the economies.

The journey so far: Ademola Adesina, CEO, Rensource

"I wish I knew how much emotional volatility is involved in being an entrepreneur."

PARTNER CONTENT: DHL

95% of small businesses fail in the first five years – don’t let yours be one

The effort required to turn an idea, product or service into a groundbreaking and lasting success is nothing short of herculean.

In pictures: Shoprite’s massive new distribution centre one of Africa’s most advanced

Pan-African retailer Shoprite's new distribution centre outside Cape Town is claimed to be one of the most technologically-advanced such facilities in the continent.

Business Focus

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    Overcoming the challenges for manufacturing in Africa

    20 September, 2017
    Despite the high growth rate, industrialisation in Africa has barely taken root.
  2. The rise of artificial intelligence in Africa

    16 September, 2017
    However, Africa’s current strengths seem not to match with the fundamental needs of the fourth industrial revolution.
  3. Creative industries and the informal sector

    14 September, 2017
    With proper investment in creative talents in sub-Saharan Africa, ideas can be turned into successful businesses.
  4. FNB

    Can you bank on banking stocks now?

    13 September, 2017
    South African banks have found themselves in the crosshairs for quite some time.

Foreign investment

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    Where to invest in Africa: Investment bank ranks top countries

    18 September, 2017
    South Africa falls from first position and Nigeria drops out of the top 10.
  2. Investment trip: Searching for opportunities in Morocco

    18 September, 2017
    Cavan Osborne, a portfolio manager at Old Mutual Equities, writes about a recent visit to Morocco.
  3. China-Africa business: Discourse still lacks equilibrium

    15 September, 2017
    There is an alternative to the ‘Big Brother’-‘Neo-Colonial Predator’ dichotomy.
  4. Nighttime football game a sign of improving situation in Mogadishu

    12 September, 2017
    Although the match took place under tight security, it was historic for the city.

Entrepreneur watch

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    Rotten tomatoes: Nigerian entrepreneur offers solution to age-old farming problem

    18 September, 2017
    A for-profit solution to post-harvest losses.
  2. Zambian CEO on his new satellite town, and which sectors not to invest in

    3 September, 2017
    'If you build it, they will come,' says Mwiya Musokotwane, the 28-year-old CEO of Thebe Investment Management.
  3. CEO of Uganda’s Bakulu Power finds her feet in renewable energy game

    2 September, 2017
    Lucia Bakulumpagi-Wamala talks renewable power and courting investors.
  4. Stirring up e-commerce in South Africa

    22 August, 2017
    CEO of Yuppiechef on how to forge ahead and be remarkable when it comes to delivering online.

Profit-making idea

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    Profit-making idea: Become a supplier to Chinese companies in Africa

    14 August, 2017
    Chinese firms in Africa currently only source 47% of their input requirements from local companies.
  2. Profit-making idea: Keep an eye on developments in Sudan

    1 August, 2017
    Sudan could soon emerge as one of Africa’s business and investment hotspots, if decades-old US economic sanctions are lifted.
  3. Profit-making idea: Manufacturing matches in Rwanda

    4 July, 2017
    'It is very easy to produce, but no-one has thought about doing it.'
  4. Profit-making idea: Potential for construction companies along Mozambique’s Nacala corridor

    27 June, 2017
    New logistics corridor offers business opportunities.

The journey so far

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    The journey so far: Etop Ikpe, CEO, Cars45

    13 September, 2017
    Etop Ikpe believes the concept of fake it till you make it is 'completely misunderstood'.
  2. The journey so far: Ademola Adesina, CEO, Rensource

    7 September, 2017
    'I wish I knew how much emotional volatility is involved in being an entrepreneur.'
  3. The journey so far: NJ Ayuk, CEO, Centurion Law Group

    30 August, 2017
    'I took every call, stayed up late, cut out crazy friends, and used the best of my legal education to make Africa work for me.'
  4. The journey so far: Ricky Thomson, founder and director, SafeBoda

    28 August, 2017
    'A product for everyone is a product for no one.'

FOCUS ON CENTRAL AFRICA

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    Businesswoman builds company that thrives in Africa’s tough and remote areas

    26 July, 2017
    'Plan A has never worked for any project that we’ve undertaken or invested in. I always look at plan M, N, O, P or Q.'
  2. Congolese inventor has a solution to get rural Africa emailing

    25 July, 2017
    A device that makes sending an email over 100-times cheaper.
  3. 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.'
  4. Understanding Cameroon’s untapped business opportunities

    16 January, 2017
    NJ Ayuk, CEO of Centurion Law Group, shares where he sees opportunities in Cameroon.

Private Equity

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    Zambian CEO on his new satellite town, and which sectors not to invest in

    3 September, 2017
    'If you build it, they will come,' says Mwiya Musokotwane, the 28-year-old CEO of Thebe Investment Management.
  2. Venture capital investment in Africa: Where the IFC is betting its money

    22 August, 2017
    We talk to Olawale Ayeni, regional head for Africa investments at IFC Venture Capital, about backing high-growth companies.
  3. Investors eyeing Africa’s private education opportunity

    15 August, 2017
    'There is a huge tide, a demographic driver, about to arrive and demand more quality education.'
  4. Investment firm on why it acquired a school in Angola

    14 August, 2017
    Angola-based investment firm ABO Capital recently announced that it has acquired a well-known Turkish school situated south of the capital Luanda.

Start-up snapshot

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    Start-up snapshot: Moroccan platform aiming to ‘Uberise’ healthcare

    11 September, 2017
    DabaDoc is a Morocco-based online platform that allows users to book appointments with medical professionals.
  2. Start-up snapshot: Using artificial intelligence to improve education

    14 August, 2017
    M-Shule uses artificial intelligence to create and deliver personalised learning programmes to students via SMS.
  3. Start-up snapshot: Invest in Nigerian agriculture from anywhere in the world

    3 August, 2017
    Farmcrowdy founder, Onyeka Akumah, tells us about the risks facing the business and his most exciting entrepreneurial moment.
  4. Start-up snapshot: Talking business with solar irrigation company

    20 July, 2017
    Educating farmers on good agricultural practices has been SunCulture's most successful form of marketing.

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  3. New business school chair brings poetic vision to role

    19 September, 2017
    The new chair of the Allan Gray Centre for Values-Based Leadership at the UCT Graduate School of Business, Professor Kurt April, believes responsible leaders are vital for flourishing communities, strong companies and booming economies.
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    19 September, 2017
    Investment opportunities are rising in number right across the continent, including in Angola, Ghana, Kenya, Mauritania and Senegal.
  5. Where to invest in Africa: Investment bank ranks top countries

    18 September, 2017
    South Africa falls from first position and Nigeria drops out of the top 10.
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