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Postive results likely from US-Africa summit says Davies

South Africa and Africa in general benefitted immensely from the recent US-Africa Leaders' Summit held in Washington last week, Trade and Industry Minister Rob Davies said on his return.

13 Aug 2014

Santova seeks to expand trade corridors

Supply chain management specialist Santova‚ could look to push into busy African markets in the financial year ahead.

By Marc Hasenfuss 5 Jun 2014

Packaging in SA is always changing shape

If there is one industry where everything is in flux and companies have to re-jig their shapes and formats all the time, it is SA's packaging manufacturers. Apart from constantly changing industry conditions, not least from encroaching rivals, each firm has specific obstacles to get over.

By Mark Allix 2 Jun 2014

Piracy at lowest level for six years says bureau

LONDON - Sea piracy fell to its lowest level around the world in six years last year thanks to a clampdown on Somali pirates according to the International Maritime Bureau.

17 Jan 2014

Fast-track fund for food security

Many African countries are farming countries, where agriculture is both a major component of gross domestic product growth as well as local employment and food supply.

By Shaun Harris 26 Nov 2013

Barloworld plans Africa expansion

Barloworld is targeting six sectors to boost the growth of its business and is busy positioning itself "o expand into west and east Africa‚ according to company chief executive Clive Thomson.

By Nick Hedley 20 Nov 2013

Famous Brands half-year earnings up 20% to 180c

Fast food group Famous Brands reported a 20% increase in headline earnings per share to 180c for the six months to August.

29 Oct 2013

Quick meals for Africa

In SA, Famous Brands produces 265,000 cups of specially blended coffee a day. With 2,175 restaurants, the company, whose brands include Wimpy, Steers and Mugg & Bean, also makes 77m ice-cream cones a year. It's the big daddy of SA franchising, with a R9,7bn market capitalisation, and it wants to repeat its local success in the rest of Africa.

By Zeenat Moorad 16 Sep 2013

Crunch time for fruit exports

After 23 years in SA's R6bn fruit industry, many of them as managing director of Tru-Cape Fruit Marketing - SA's biggest producer of apples and pears - Charles Hughes is retiring without having fulfilled his ambition of gaining access to China's vast market. He blames it on the SA government.

16 Sep 2013

Retailers hit sweet spot in Africa

Africa's scope for investment is steadily increasing and demand for more formal retail options from shoppers is following suit.

By Zeenat Moorad 26 Aug 2013

Counterfeit medicine trade targets Africa's poor

YAOUNDE, CAMEROON: From Cameroon to Ivory Coast, Kenya to the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), traders in counterfeit drugs do a thriving business with the utmost cynicism and sometimes at the cost of human lives.

24 Aug 2013

Massmart profits fall with consumers under pressure

Walmart-owned Massmart on Thursday (22 August) reported a 9.9% fall in first-half profits‚ as consumers in Africa's largest economy came under pressure.

By Zeenat Moorad 22 Aug 2013

Franchise sales up 16.8% for Famous Brands

Famous Brands has reported that its franchise sales increased 16.8% in the March to May quarter with a 16% improvement in South Africa and a 27.2% improvement in the rest of Africa region.

19 Jun 2013

Tourism growth outlook looks strong

Auditing firm PwC on Thursday (13 June) projected total room revenue in SA would grow at a compound annual rate of 9.2% between now and 2017 after overall spending on rooms in all categories rose by 13.4% in 2012 to R15.2bn‚ reflecting an increase in stay-unit nights and a 5.3% rise in the average room rate.

By Helmo Preuss 14 Jun 2013

Edcon's growth hinges on its initiatives

The unlisted owner of clothing chains Edgars and Jet‚ Edcon‚ on Tuesday (4 June) said it expected to see positive benefits from its strategic initiative investments in the medium term.

5 Jun 2013

Africa must implement open skies policy

Improving safety‚ cutting fuel taxes and liberalising regulation to allow for greater connectivity between African countries are some of the key issues that must be tackled to boost aviation on the continent‚ International Air Transport Association's chief executive Tony Tyler said on Tuesday, (4 June)

By Nicky Smith 5 Jun 2013

Japan offers US$10bn to Africa

TOKYO, JAPAN: Japan has pledged at least US$10bn in aid to Africa for the next five years as Tokyo prepares to host a major development conference for the resource-rich continent.

3 Jun 2013

197m people paying MTN for services

Telecommunications group MTN said on Tuesday (28 May) that the group had increased its subscriber base by 4% in the four months to April 30 to 197.4m mobile subscribers across its operations.

29 May 2013

Africa must make better use of resources

Africa's agricultural‚ mining and energy resources could be better used to boost the continent's pace of economic growth and pave the way for a breakthrough in human development‚ according to a report released on Monday (27 May).

By Mariam Isa 28 May 2013

Beer sales keep SABMiller's profits flowing

Prospering from emerging markets such as Africa‚ SABMiller on Thursday (23 May) reported a 10% increase in group revenue to US$34.5bn for the year to March.

By Zeenat Moorad 24 May 2013

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