Africa


Why Africa could do with a dose of punctuality and cleanliness

2016-05-30 10:45

There are two features of life on the African continent that are fundamentally deadly to socioeconomic development. These are lack of cleanliness and punctuality.

How mobile phones are disrupting teaching and learning in Africa

2016-05-23 16:20

Mobile phones have become ubiquitous in Africa. Among younger users, basic phones are most common. But more pupils are accessing smartphones that can connect to the internet – and taking them along to school.

Off-grid options could help end Africa's power crunch - PwC

2016-05-23 12:58

It's time to ditch old-fashioned concepts and embrace new technologies which can help propel South Africa into an era of universal access to electricity, says PwC.

Data spurs on solid Vodacom revenue growth

2016-05-16 08:09

South Africa’s biggest mobile network Vodacom has reported group revenue growth of 7.5% across its operations with its data revenues climbing 26.7%.

ShowMax launches in 36 African countries

2016-05-13 12:41

Naspers-owned internet video streaming service ShowMax has switched on its service in 36 African countries after it launched in South Africa in August 2015.

Abraaj to spend $500m growing African hospital business

2016-05-11 12:48

Abraaj will spend up to $500m in start-up capital for a mid-tier hospital business in Africa, tapping into demand from the continent's emerging middle classes.

Senegal, Mauritania bet on oil and gas

2016-05-01 12:30

Two west African nations are forging ahead with potentially massive extraction projects others might fear to touch.

Private equity exits in Africa reach 9-year high

2016-04-28 16:49

Private equity exits in Africa have reached a nine-year high in 2015, according to data from EY and the African Private Equity and Venture Capital Association.

SA growth likely worst in sub-Sahara Africa - report

2016-04-27 14:22

South Africa's GDP growth this year is likely to be the worst performer in sub-Sahara Africa, according to a panel of experts.

Power of aviation in Africa

2016-04-19 17:05

Iata has announced the theme for the 2016 Aviation Day Africa in Abuja, Nigeria, will be "Driving African Economies through the Power of Aviation".

 

Dave Steward: Statistical bikinis – Who ‘really’ holds Africa’s crown? SA sliding

2016-05-28 07:00

Dave Steward says there’s a need to be sceptical about statistics, as they are more important for what’s concealed than what’s revealed.

Africa to grow 3.7% this year, 4.5% in 2017 - AfDB

2016-05-23 13:02

Africa's economy is likely to grow 3.7% this year as private consumption and investment offset a slump in commodity prices and global headwinds, says the AfDB.

Anton du Plessis: Africa’s fragile violence needs business of stability. End of free pass.

2016-05-16 19:36

Anton du Plessis says businesses investing in Africa must do more to understand the continent's fragility and conflicts, and their role in building stable states.

Africa is on the move, says Ramaphosa

2016-05-13 22:30

Deliberations at the WEF for Africa has enabled South Africa’s private and public sectors to form useful relationships, says Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa.

Africa’s #1 challenge: corruption. But words sans deeds lets evil flourish.

2016-05-13 12:40

Fighting corruption in Africa needs exposure as well as concerted action and follow-through, says an analyst writing from the WEF's African regional meeting.

Investors get mixed returns in Africa

2016-05-03 19:35

Equity market investors have suffered heavy losses in Nigeria and Ghana but enjoyed good returns in South Africa for the four months ended April 29 2016.

SAA Cargo among top 3 in Africa

2016-04-28 17:27

South African Airways Cargo has been named among the top three African airlines at the Air Cargo Airline of the Year Awards 2016 in London.

Ivory Coast wants to cut child labour in cocoa sector

2016-04-27 14:45

"At five years old, I went to work in the fields with my dad. Today, my children go to school," said Peter, a cocoa farmer in Bonikro in the centre of Ivory Coast.

More than R1.16trn leaves Africa illicitly - Mbeki

2016-04-25 19:11

The African continent is losing more than R1.16trn a year through illicit outflows, former president Thabo Mbeki says.

Kidnap, ransom insurance for employees

2016-04-18 18:16

What appears to be an increase in kidnappings for ransoms in SA, highlights the need for businesses to be more informed about kidnap insurance, says an expert.

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