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  • Lalita Anousha Purbho-Junggee, a design and print entrepreneur in Mauritius also building a brand turning advertising waste into exciting bags

    Many companies are being encouraged to consider the environmental impacts of their businesses, but for entrepreneur Lalita Anousha Purbho-Junggee, founder of Nineteen Fifty Design & Print Co Ltd, she is going one better. Her Sakili up-cycled bag brand is turning billboard advertising and textile waste into multi-purpose bags for her clients. Read More
  • Urban Land Approval to Be Decentralised

    By Sakeus Iikela The time-consuming and bureaucratic procedures for urban land planning, development, approval and delivery will soon be reduced after proposals to decentralise the processes were made. Urban development minister Sophia Shaningwa this week introduced the urban and regional bill in parliament aimed at decentralising the bulk of the spatial planning functions from central government to recognised planning authorities. Once enacted, the proposed law will replace the existing regulations dealing with urban planning. These are the Township Planning Ordinance of 1954, and the Township and Division of Land Ordinance of 1963. Read More
  • Dounia Tamri-Loeper, a Moroccan entrepreneur creating beautiful contemporary lighting inspired by her country’s traditional design aesthetic

    It’s often said that lighting makes a space or a room come alive, and for design entrepreneur Dounia Tamri-Loeper, founder of Dounia Home, lighting is her inspiration. She is creating beautiful, statement lighting pieces that not only celebrate the centuries-old techniques and designs that are uniquely Moroccan,  but is elevating them to a whole new level. Read More
  • Escom Sets Up National Call Centre

    By Nyasa Times Reporter Electricity Supply Corporation of Malawi ( ESCOM) has devised plans to set up National Call Centre in a bid to improve service delivery to its customers as well as align itself to international standards, Nyasa Times has learnt. The plan comes amid complaints from its customers over poor service delivery evidenced by the forgoing power outages which has forced some to hold street protests in the Capital Lilongwe. The plan has forced ESCOM to make changes to some staff members. Read More
  • Aviation as a catalyst for growth in Africa

    BY RICHARD LI While Africa has one of the biggest populations in the world, its aviation industry is still small, representing only 2% of the global market. Despite all the major challenges ahead, this is an industry that has very big potential for future growth in Africa. One of the reasons why African countries seem unable to attract a large amount of foreign investments, is that there is no direct airline connection to reach them. As a result, business travel and costs of doing business become prohibitive. Foreign investors are less likely to travel to distant and not easily accessible places, even if there are great opportunities. As a result, aviation in Africa should be considered a priority sector by the respective African governments so that it can boost the economic development of their countries. Read More
  • Batwa Community From Bururi Recognize Their Development Thanks to World Bank Project

    As the world celebrated the day dedicated to poverty eradication this October 17th, Batwa communities from Bururi commune acknowledge the World Bank's project to protect environment which has given them job and joy to live. Batwa people used to live in extreme poverty, begging, and sometimes stealing which also affected their relationship with their neighbours. "As a wife and mother of four children, the future of my family was bleak. We had nowhere to live or cultivate," says Odette Nkurikiye from AGI community. Thanks to a project of the World Bank to protect environment, all of them have got jobs and are hopeful for their future. "Now I can work and earn money. My children can go to school and I am also able to save for the future" says Ndacayisaba Christian, A mutwa from AGI community. Read More
  • Supermarket surge on the cards for Côte d’Ivoire

    by Staff Writer Despite Côte d’Ivoire still being dominated by a traditional trade retail base, the Nielsen Shopper World Conference held in the capital Abidjan, has found that the country’s modern trade arena has seen the greatest evolution in the last two years and therefore holds the most potential for growth. This has been spurred on by the expansion of brands such as Carrefour and Bonprix and a growing consumer appetite for more organised retail outlets, which offer a broader assortment of ranges as well as competitive pricing and enhanced promotional activities. This in comparison to small independent stores that utilise bargaining opportunities, as a form of promotional activity. Read More
  • New Luanda Airport Starts Operating in 24 Months' Time

    The new Luanda International Airport, which is being built since 2007 in Bom Jesus commune, Icolo e Bengo Municipality, is scheduled to be ready for inauguration and full operations in 24 months' time, disclosed last Saturday the Transports minister, Augusto Tomás. Speaking to the press, on the fringes of the assessment visit of the Head of State, João Lourenço, to the said airport works, the Transports minister disclosed also that the undertaking is at about 57.5% completion stage, adding that by the end of the year 2019 the infrastructure should be ready to start operations. Read More
  • Mozambican Companies Urged to Provide Services to Gas Industry

    The Mozambican government on Thursday urged private businesses to develop the capacity to provide services to the hydrocarbon companies operating in the country. Speaking in Maputo at the opening of the Fourth Edition of the Mozambique Gas Summit, the Deputy Minister of Mineral Resources and Energy, Augusto Fernando, said Mozambicans must be trained to handle the various fronts of the natural gas projects now under way and to cooperate with hydrocarbon companies operating the gas fields. Read More
  • Four things this packaging company teaches us about Africa’s consumer goods industry

    by Jaco Maritz  The consumer-facing sector has been pivotal to Africa’s growth story, with McKinsey & Company estimating it accounted for almost 50% of GDP expansion between 2010 and 2014. But recent years have seen a combination of low commodity prices and droughts dampen the prospects of many countries, leading some to question whether the continent still holds promise for consumer brands. One company with a good vantage point of the sector is Polyoak Packaging, a South African-based operator with a footprint in numerous markets across the continent. Polyoak produces rigid plastic packaging for a wide variety of fast-moving consumer goods (FMCG) items, including milk, dairy products, soft drinks and sauce condiments. How we made it in Africa recently sat down with Keith Dilkes, Africa export sales manager at Polyoak, to get his perspective on the trends impacting the consumer goods industry. Here are the main takeaways from the conversation. Read More
  • Meet SA’s game changers

    When dark forces come knocking, don’t despair: Broforce an underfunded, over-powered paramilitary organisation that metes out excessive force is not far away. And the bros are here to save the day. If the hyper-violent mercenary scene created in the adventure platform game doesn’t appeal to you, perhaps the "save the world" mission will. No? No matter, Broforce has found its audience. Developed by a Cape Town gaming studio called Free Lives, the game has sold over a million copies. Free Lives has made over US$3m to date from three of its major titles that have put them on the map: Gorn (sold for $20), Broforce ($15), and Genital Jousting ($5). Read More
  • Angola: Industry Sector Must Follow Agriculture Growth - Minister

    The Industry sector has to prepare to follow the pace of the probable growth of the agricultural sector, by creating factories to transform the field products. The statement was made by the Minister of Industry, Bernarda Martins, to Angop on Wednesday, in the framework of the opening ceremony of the Agricultural Campaign 2017/2018, held in Catchiungo municipality, Huambo province. Reacting to the challenge launched by the Angolan President, João Lourenço, according to which the industrial sector must create strategies for the emergence of agricultural processing plants, the minister said that it is necessary to channel more investments to the sector to respond to this programme. Read More
  • At age 36, this Nigerian already has a lifetime of business successes and scars to show

    by Oluwabusayomi Sotunde Aigbe Omoregie has had a passion for business since a young age. He was only 13 when he began selling eggs from his uncle’s poultry farm close to Benin City, the capital of Edo State in southern Nigeria. He started out shifting about 10 crates of eggs a week to various outlets, but eventually grew that number up to 1,000, with seven people working for him. The business lasted all through his secondary school years. “Before I got admission into Auchi Polytechnic (situated in Edo State), I told my parents I was just going to school to earn a degree because I wasn’t going to use it to search for jobs. I knew I was going to be an entrepreneur,” says Omoregie, who is now 36 years old and the managing director of Intercontinental Paint Limited, a Lagos-based paint manufacturing company. During his first year in college, Omoregie sold used clothes, bags and shoes to students; the following year he added typewriters and desktop computers to his product range. Read More
  • Botswana Makes Strides in Health Care System - Masisi

    By Thato Mosinyi Vice President, Mr Mokgwetsi Masisi says Botswana has made 'tremendous' strides in improving the health care system. Speaking during World Health Organisation (WHO) regional director, Dr Matshidiso Moeti's courtesy call on the Office of the President yesterday, Mr Masisi indicated that Botswana was going through a transformation stage to create working groups within communities to see how best to intergrade health policies and the society. Mr Masisi noted that government however kept on identifying new challenges of alcohol and drug abuse that continued to emerge. Read More
  • Tanzania: Entrepreneur overcomes financing challenges to launch cashew business

    by Oluwabusayomi Sotunde Within two years of starting his business, Fahad Awadh had been named one of 30 entrepreneurs to watch in Africa by Forbes magazine, and also received a US$500,000 grant from the Africa Enterprise Challenge Fund. Awadh is the founder of YYTZ Agro-Processing, a cashew production company that focuses on exporting high-quality nuts from Tanzania, while working closely with local farmers to ensure they are sufficiently included in the value chain. In 2014, Awadh began looking for a business venture he could invest in – something that entailed value addition in Tanzania. Read More
  • Africa's ability to adapt is driving huge global innovations

    MyBucks last week launched our Initial Public Offering (IPO) on the Frankfurt Stock Exchange (FWB), pleasingly fully subscribed and indeed at a particularly intriguing moment in European and no doubt world history.  Germany, long the financial steward of the European Union, faces a challenge in assisting in the transition process for Great Britain’s departure from the EU, while holding the tiller from any socioeconomic squall that may rear from ‘Brexit’. Yet while confidence behind European ‘interconnectedness’ may at times such as these damper and no doubt only briefly, globalisation in practice has never been more effervescent. And while we may have become the first African-focused financial technology company to list on the Frankfurt Stock Exchange to exemplify this, it is African ‘fintech’, now reaching Germany and the world, which truly symbolizes globalisation at its core; for the dynamic, malleable and importantly, sustainable development boons driven by FinTech in Africa will be connecting our citizenries, creating jobs, empowering the next generation to achieve a confidence and independence they have never experienced before and will be ushering in a new era of opportunity on the continent and throughout a shifting marketplace in the world to come.  Read More
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