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Could Africa become like China?

Africa's changing demographic over the next three-and-a-half decades could transform the continent into the next China, but only if its youthful population is educated and entrepreneurial.

By Jana Marais

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.

Africa must look for partnerships

Africa needs to form partnerships with the developed nations in order to realise the continent's goal to industrialise, International Relations and Cooperation Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane said .

By Chris Bathembu

Renewable energy needs guarantees for investors

The slow pace with which renewable energy projects have been rolled out across Africa may prove to be an advantage in a few years.

By Charlotte Mathews

Transnet wants to 'industrialise railways'

Small- and medium-sized engineering companies must create niche markets for themselves to supply Transnet with parts for the locomotives that the freight logistics company envisages building within the next two to three decades.

By Amanda Visser

Sanlam looking to invest in Africa, South-East Asia

Sanlam says it has R3bn in discretionary capital that is earmarked for growth opportunities mainly in Africa and South-East Asia.

By Phakamisa Ndzamela

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

Nampak earnings up 7.4% to 114.3c

Nampak's interim results for the six months to March saw the rest of Africa markets markedly contributing as the group as it grew overall trading income by 10%.

By Mark Allix

Tiger Brands earnings from operations reach R8.56

Tiger Brands reported "satisfactory" results for its six months to March‚ with headline earnings per share from continuing operations up 7% to R8.56.

By Nick Hedley

Famous Brands revenue up 12%, expands further in Africa

Famous Brands, which owns Steers‚ Wimpy and Debonairs, plans to open 243 new restaurants in the coming year after reporting record turnover and profit for the year. It is also planning to enter Angola and Ghana.

By Zeenat Moorad

Grand Parade ups its stake in Mac Brothers

Grand Parade, the company responsible for bringing Burger King to SA‚ said it bought a further 32.9% stake in Mac Brothers for R42,79 million‚ to achieve cost efficiencies and gain greater access to the African markets.

SABMiller's Africa sales slow growth

SABMiller's (SAB) fourth-quarter revenue growth fell short of analysts' expectations‚ sending the global brewing company's share price down by 2.21% on the JSE on Tuesday (15 April).

By Nick Hedley

Ford's sub-Saharan drive may benefit SA plants

As Ford's only manufacturing operation in the Middle East and Africa‚ Ford Southern Africa is in pole position to benefit from the group's decision to intensify marketing and production in sub-Saharan Africa‚ says Stephen Odell‚ president of Ford's European‚ Middle East and African operations.

By David Furlonger

PPC looks to seal big Africa deals

PPC's chief executive, Ketso Gordhan says the group is looking at concluding one or two big deals in Africa in a bid to double earnings by 2018.

By Nick Hedley

WBHO's earnings drop 20.2% to 581.5c

Construction company Wilson Bayly Holmes Ovcon (WBHO) reported a 20.2% decline in diluted headline earnings per share (HEPS) from 729.0c a year ago to 581.5c for the six months to December .

SABMiller invests US%110m in Nigeria

Global brewing company SABMiller's Nigerian subsidiary‚ Intafact Beverages‚ is to expand its brewery in Onitsha‚ south-eastern Nigeria.

Ellies Holdings earnings down 40.9% to 25.09c

Electronics group Ellies Holdings has reported a 40.9% decline in its interim headline earnings per share (HEPS)‚ which it ascribed to the end of an Eskom contract that had boosted its results in the previous periods.

Zimbabwe takes heart from Antwerp trial sale of gems

Zimbabwe is planning a second auction of its Marange diamonds next February‚ buoyed by the interest in and sale of more than 279‚000 carats of diamonds in Antwerp‚ Belgium. The sale raked in US$10.7m.

By Ray Ndlovu

Edcon to distribute UK brand River Island in SA

Unlisted retail group Edcon has signed a franchise deal with British high street brand River Island‚ providing the local leading company with sole distribution rights in SA.

By Zeenat Moorad

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

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