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How technology is transforming the Audit






Not long ago, audits could be performed only by teams of accountants manually scouring reams […]

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Cyber security

2017 will bring a year of creative cyber criminality and determined government responses






David Ferbrache, technical director in KPMG’s cyber security practice, suggests that privacy will dominate the […]

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Helping insurers compete in the age of disruption






Insurance has always been about risk transfer driven by data and analytics. Insurers were conducting […]

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Cyber security

Cyber Security in Africa: The top-down approach






Africa’s thriving economies have an undeniable link to the success of technology on the continent. […]

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Future

Funding Infrastructure Development in Africa: The story so far






Infrastructure development is the greatest challenge for Africa in the 21st century. Africa is set […]

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Manufacturing starting to pick up in Africa

Effect of insufficient infrastructure on the African economy






The Infrastructure Consortium of Africa (ICA) believes that 40 billion potential work hours are lost […]

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Cyber security

Utilising Good Cyber Security Practices






The threats from cyber adversaries are continuing to grow in scale and sophistication. Public and […]

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Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) and trade in Africa






What has changed in Africa’s fundamentals over the past decade or more that is driving […]

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WEF Africa Highlights: Understanding the Formal and Informal Sector






How do we incorporate the informal economy into the formal? KPMG’s Global Chairman, John Veihmeyer […]

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West Africa’s 3 up-and-coming investment cities

Bridging the energy gap in Africa… Resources are high, utilisation is low






Sub-Saharan Africa is seen as a new frontier for investment and expansion and the economic […]

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Africa Brief: Business News from around the continent






Botswana’s Choppies to list on JSE THE JSE will get another African boost when Botswana […]

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Global economic instability: Leading students look further than pay and benefits






In a KPMG survey of over 300 business students from leading universities and business schools […]

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Seven reasons to be optimistic about Africa

Africa Brief: Business News from around the continent






Automotive Manufacturing Plants prepare to expand in Africa While the South African automotive market looks […]

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Contracting value: Shifting paradigms

Is it possible to deliver high quality, low cost care at scale?











As countries grow wealthier, models of healthcare provision and financing need to adapt to increasing expectations and new demands for healthcare. In many countries, there is growing interest in developing affordable universal health coverage. While this will bring important benefits it also creates challenges.

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South Africa is fastest growing digital economy in Africa











According to a new study South Africa ranks as the fourth fastest growing digital economy in the world, coming in only after China, Malaysia and Thailand. Egypt, Kenya and Nigeria follow closely behind South Africa. The study, titled Digital Evolution Index, was conducted by The Fletcher School at Tufts University, Massachusetts, and the results were revealed last month.

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Payment revolution on the horizon

Mobile coverage! Africa’s biggest service achievement











More Africans have access to a mobile phone network than to piped water, electricity or a health clinic, revealed last month’s Afrobarometer, which canvassed 34 African nations. The report showed that while cellphone coverage is almost universal at 93%, only 64% of Africans have access to an electricity grid (many of which are moreover unreliable), 62% have access to a health clinic, and 59% have access to piped water.

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Nairobi to test drive Kenya Power’s smart meters project

Nairobi to test drive Kenya Power’s smart meters project











Kenya Power is embracing innovative technologies and rolling out a new scheme: the installation of 5,000 smart meters in select parts of Nairobi. The move is part of a two-year, Sh150-million pilot scheme to evaluate the efficacy of the meters, which enable customers to track their own electricity consumption in real time while also allowing Kenya Power employees to remotely obtain meter readings.

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IAEA launches CONNECT website to promote safe and secure nuclear use











On 28 October CONNECT was launched, a members-only online platform for connecting professionals in the nuclear field so that they can share knowledge and experiences and collaborate on projects. The launch was done at an interregional workshop that was part of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA)’s International Conference on Challenges Faced by Technical and Scientific Support Organisations (TSOs) in Enhancing Nuclear Safety and Security, held in Beijing from 27 to 31 October.

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Addressing the rise of non-communicable diseases in Africa

LWOL: A discussion with Dr Anuschka Coovadia on Africa healthcare – are we doing enough?











The healthcare sector in Africa is considered a major growth opportunity for two main reasons: the tremendous health challenges that the continent faces, and the very serious deficiencies that still exist in Africa’s healthcare, compared to the rest of the world. The recent Ebola outbreak has put the sector in the spotlight. While some countries effectively met the challenge and were declared Ebola-free, some are still grappling with the horror of the epidemic.

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Self-Driving Cars: Are We Ready?

Self-Driving Cars: Are We Ready?











Gaze out at the automotive horizon and you can almost see a new era coming into focus: the age of self-driving cars. An age when humans will no longer need to keep their eyes on the road. No more concerns about distracted driving or those dreaded rush hour commutes. Vehicles will whisk us where we want to go, quickly and efficiently, then scurry away.

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Facebook and online shopping? But why not internet banking

Facebook and online shopping? But why not internet banking











With so many Nigerians happily surfing the net, why have local banks not converted more of these sophisticated web users into internet banking customers?

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ClinicCommunicator to be taken beyond Uganda’s borders

What trends will make a difference to healthcare in Africa?











The most important trend for positively impacting healthcare in Africa is already underway: the steady rolling out of primary healthcare into ever more remote areas, providing vaccinations, clean water, midwife assistance and basic health advice to ever larger numbers of people.

Another important trend is taking place in Africa’s cities, where new private hospitals are providing outpatient services and the reassurance of quality emergency care to the new middle class.

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Let’s talk Procurement: What’s happening in Africa?

Let’s talk Procurement: What’s happening in Africa?











With strong growth aspirations in infrastructure, finance, energy, mining and other sectors, the role of procurement in organisation is becoming very strategic.

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What’s new in Africa’s telecoms industry?

Drop in telecoms carriage fees will drive broadband access in Africa











Digitisation (the migration from analogue to digital technology) will help to bridge the digital divide between emerging and developed markets.

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Distance learning – is Africa ready?

Distance learning – is Africa ready?











At present South Africa is leaps ahead of any other African country in terms of number and variety of distance learning institutions

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Key findings from the 2014 Africa CFO Survey

Tanzania a pioneer in mobile money











Three of Tanzania’s telecom giants – Tigo, Zantel and Airtel – have joined forces to provide customers with a pioneering mobile money service.

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What’s new in Africa’s telecoms industry?

Mobile Internet Use on the Rise in Africa











The newly released Ericsson Mobility Report has predicted that mobile internet use is set to increase 20 fold in the next five years – which is also predicted to be double the estimated growth rate of the rest of the world.

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Payment revolution on the horizon

Payment revolution on the horizon











The African technology market has emerged on the back of the continent’s mobile networks and is unlocking economic potential on the African continent in some of the most unconventional ways.

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Africa Brief

Africa Brief: Global investors losing out on Africa, Harare will not rush to return to its currency and more…











Global investors are missing great opportunities by not considering Africa for investment, with opportunity costs of up to $1.5bn being faced by those not investing in emerging markets.

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The Future of LTE in Sub-Saharan Africa

The Future of LTE in Sub-Saharan Africa











At present, mobile internet is huge in Africa, with the continent accounting for 9% of global mobile subscriptions in early 2014. The downside to this news though, is the fact that most of these mobile subscriptions are still on GSM, rather than LTE or even 3G.

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