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Mara Delta betting on debt-burdened Mozambique

The property company says many of its competitors have fled African markets, allowing the firm to negotiate better deals.

Bad loans in Nigeria’s banking sector likely higher than records state, says economist

Nigerian banks could be facing higher levels of bad debt than they are letting on, according to Ecobank’s head of group research.

The urban farmer – South African inventor profits from exciting new market

Claire Reid's school science project 15 years ago has evolved into an award-winning business.

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How Trump’s foreign policy may impact Africa’s economic position

Africans are sifting smoke signals trying to work out what Trump might entail exactly.

Building hotels in Africa: Radisson owner identifies its top cities

Carlson Rezidor aims to have hotels in Africa's major commercial hubs to cater for regional business travellers.

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Private equity stakeholders on investing in high-risk African countries

Industry stakeholders expressed conflicting views on investing in countries such as the DRC and Mozambique.

Djibouti aims to attract light-manufacturing industries as wages rise in China

The tiny country of Djibouti wants to leverage its geographic location, at the entrance of the Red Sea, to become a logistics and light-manufacturing hub.

Business Focus

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    Bad loans in Nigeria’s banking sector likely higher than records state, says economist

    27 March, 2017
    Nigerian banks could be facing higher levels of bad debt than they are letting on, according to Ecobank’s head of group research.
  2. Profit-making idea: Battery recycling – a spin-off from the small-scale solar boom

    27 March, 2017
    Small-scale off-grid solar energy is a booming new industry.
  3. Africa is not a sample size of one, emphasise industry leaders

    27 March, 2017
    'Generic references to Africa blur the contexts, opportunities, challenges and risks as they relate to individual countries.'
  4. Why digitalisation has to be re-imagined for the African context

    23 March, 2017
    In Africa, true innovation tends to come out of necessity.

Foreign investment

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    Djibouti wants to attract light-manufacturing industries as wages rise in China

    22 March, 2017
    The tiny country of Djibouti wants to leverage its geographic location, at the entrance of the Red Sea, to become a logistics and light-manufacturing hub.
  2. South Africa: Key issues and challenges

    21 March, 2017
    What renowned investor Mark Mobius learned from a recent visit to South Africa.
  3. Mara Delta betting on debt-burdened Mozambique

    16 March, 2017
    The property company says many of its competitors have fled African markets, allowing the firm to negotiate better deals.
  4. China-Africa relations: Musings from the Belt and Road initiative

    9 March, 2017
    The initiative would open up a number of routes for transferring goods to Africa and within Africa.

Entrepreneur watch

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    The urban farmer – South African inventor profits from exciting new market

    24 March, 2017
    Claire Reid's school science project 15 years ago has evolved into an award-winning business.
  2. Computer science student sees opportunity in South Africa’s water crisis

    23 March, 2017
    "I believe that in chaos there is opportunity," says Tshepo Nkopane.
  3. How this entrepreneur took the plunge to start recruitment company focused on those with disabilities

    21 March, 2017
    It took 18 months in business before Ntsoaki Phali could send out her first invoice.
  4. Woodstock Brewery owner talks craft beer in South Africa and beyond

    20 March, 2017
    'Craft brewing is a perfect mix between art, science and business.'

Business Advice

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    ‘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.
  2. Business leaders share how they are dealing with some of Africa’s current challenges

    13 March, 2017
    The dollar crunch, negative perceptions and high costs – here is how some companies are getting around these challenges.
  3. Want to own three properties by 30? Here is how this South African did it

    17 February, 2017
    Be prepared to make sacrifices, says Mochele Noge.
  4. How this founder sold his ATM business to a global player – and what you can learn from it

    14 February, 2017
    We speak to Marc Sternberg about the recent sale of his Cape Town-based business, Spark ATM Systems.

Meet the Boss

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    10 African business leaders share the best advice they’ve ever received

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

    24 March, 2017
    'Never burn your bridges.'
  3. Meet the Boss: Andrew Skipper, Partner and Head of Africa Practice, Hogan Lovells

    16 March, 2017
    'I find the new world post Brexit and Trump to be challenging emotionally and business wise.'
  4. Meet the Boss: Clive Smith, CEO, Tsebo Solutions Group

    8 March, 2017
    'Do not underestimate the impact of small incremental change.'

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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    Nothing ventured, nothing gained

    17 March, 2017
    There is a growing appetite among South African fund managers for venture capital deals.
  2. Private equity stakeholders on investing in high-risk African countries

    13 March, 2017
    Industry stakeholders expressed conflicting views on investing in countries such as the DRC and Mozambique.
  3. Private equity and venture capital fund formation in Nigeria: Some legal considerations

    6 March, 2017
    Some key legal considerations that first-time general partners should pay attention to when setting up a fund in Nigeria.
  4. Overlooked Burkina Faso offers higher returns for investors willing to roll up their sleeves

    3 March, 2017
    'Because there is such a low supply of equity capital, you are likely to get better terms when you are making the investment.'

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    27 March, 2017
    The Pan-African Health Tourism Congress 2017 is designed and is being staged as the de facto African health tourism sector flagship event.
  2. Bad loans in Nigeria’s banking sector likely higher than records state, says economist

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    Nigerian banks could be facing higher levels of bad debt than they are letting on, according to Ecobank’s head of group research.
  3. 10 African business leaders share the best advice they’ve ever received

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  5. Africa is not a sample size of one, emphasise industry leaders

    27 March, 2017
    'Generic references to Africa blur the contexts, opportunities, challenges and risks as they relate to individual countries.'
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