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Africa Brief: Kenya transfers mobile technology to Europe and more…






Mobile technology which allows clients to send cash with their telephones, has transformed business In East Africa and is now spreading to Europe.

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Africa Brief: Timing vital for African success, Zambian telecoms, campaign begins in divided Mali and more











Timing is crucial for both companies and investors, seen in a recent report produced by Avior. Wrong execution or timing could damage investor confidence and destroy capital. For instance, Altech operations in Nigeria and Kenya have been generating significant losses until disposal thereof in January 2013. Altech’s net cash re­sources have dwindled from Rl.6bn to a net debt position of around R800 million over the past four years. The researchers concluded that the best time to buy into a company depended on the differential between growth in South Africa and growth across its borders, as well as the extent of the company’s exposure to the rest of Africa.

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Africa Brief: Zimbabwe’s state airline, Labat Africa expands, MTN eyes Burma and more











Zimbabwe’s state airline has been granted permission to resume flying to Intercontinental destinations. On Friday, Air Zimbabwe announced that the world aviation body had finalized the safety audit on replacement aircraft and new services. The airline was grounded last year because of pilot strikes and debt.

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Mega Cities Africa Sold Out!











Mega Cities Africa Conference and Expo – the most attractive forward thinking investment and future-focused urban planning event, is officially sold out due to a profound demand for participation and attendance!

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Africa Conversation Series: Investing in Africa: “Been there – done that”











This episode of the Africa Conversation Series focuses on executing strategies across the African continent. Recorded live at the KPMG Africa Partners Conference.

“Been there – done that” highlights discussions with organisations who have expanded into Africa and their experiences in executing their strategies across the continent.

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Africa Brief: Zambia’s economy, Egypt: inflation, African agricultural revolution and more











Economic growth in Zambia should reach 7 percent by the end of this year, deputy central bank governor Bwalya Ng’andu said on Friday Inflation in Africa’s top copper producer should end the year around 6 percent, Ng’andu said.

Egyptian consumer prices posted the biggest monthly increase in more than two years last month after the pound weakened to a record low amid the worst slide in foreign reserves in at least 15 years. Prices rose 1.7 percent month on month compared with 0.2 percent in December, the Central Agency for Public Mobilisation and Statistics said.

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Africa Brief: Global retailers, Sudan, Malawi, Zambia mining, and more











Last year saw the expansion of global fashion brands expanding into South Africa, due to the increasing consumer culture; Africa attracts investments from international companies. Global retailers are looking for new income streams in SA, as it has a relatively untapped market. This puts pressure on local retailers to shorten their merchandise cycle to remain competitive with the other brands. This means a wider variety for local consumers as more brands expand into SA, which previously had a conservative clothing market.

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