Author Archives: Africa Business

How to get the right agent, distributor or wholesaler (middle men) in Cameroon

Many companies in the FMCG, machinery, automobile, textiles, equipments, food & beverage sectors have products and services that are in increasing demand in Cameroon or central Africa in general. Though Cameroon might rank high in areas they are suppose to rank low such as corruption and human rights and rank low in areas they are […]

Epson L120- a smaller, faster and cost effective printer

Ideal for home offices and students looking to cut their printing costs, Epson’s smallest 4-colour, A4, Ink Tank System (ITS) printer features Micro Piezo print head technology and Epson genuine ink so users can print Epson-quality at an ultra-low cost. This product offers a lot of features. Ultra-low-cost printing The L120 offers affordable printing and […]

Interview with Rob Stokes, CEO of Quirk

Rob is the Founder and CEO of Quirk, one of the largest marketing services groups on the African continent. Born from humble roots (Rob’s bedroom) as a digital marketing agency in 1999, Quirk has evolved to offer a full marketing service to its clients operating in what is now a digital world.  Rob credits Quirk’s success with the […]

Exclusive interview with Mr. Kresten Buch, the founder of 88mph

Kresten Buch, a Danish web entrepreneur turned investor, brought the accelerator model to Sub Saharan Africa nearly 3 years ago and to date has invested over $3million. How many startups do you have in your business portfolio? 35 What are the most interesting ideas associated with these startups? Ideas give some insight into the entrepreneurs […]

88mph startups meet with investors

Cape Town, South Africa – 88mph, a seed investor and accelerator operating in Nairobi, Cape Town and Lagos, is hosting this year’s Cape Town Investor Day at Crossley & Webb’s vintage car showroom. In February, seven startups received investment from 88mph and have been hard at work over the past 10 weeks. Besides the investment, the […]

Carlson Rezidor announces the Radisson Blu Hotel, Port Harcourt, Nigeria

The Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group – born in early 2012 – is one of the world’s largest and most dynamic hotel groups. The portfolio of the Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group includes more than 1,300 hotels, a global footprint spanning 80 countries, a powerful set of global brands (Radisson Blu, Radisson®, Country Inns & Suites by […]

Konecranes presents the world’s first hybrid reach stacker

Konecranes is a world-leading group of Lifting Businesses™ offering lifting equipment and services that improve productivity in a wide variety of industries. The company is listed on NASDAQ OMX Helsinki Ltd (symbol: KCR1V). With over 12,000 employees at more than 600 locations in almost 50 countries we have the resources, technology and determination to deliver […]

South Africa Platinum Mining Market Overview and Forecast to 2020: Trends, Fiscal Regime, Major Projects and Competitive Landscape

NEW YORK, Dec., 2012  /PRNewswire/ — Reportlinker.com announces that a new market research report is available in its catalogue: South Africa Platinum Mining Market Overview and Forecast to 2020: Trends, Fiscal Regime, Major Projects and Competitive Landscape http://www.reportlinker.com/p01057646/South-Africa-Platinum-Mining-Market-Overview-and-Forecast-to-2020-Trends-Fiscal-Regime-Major-Projects-and-Competitive-Landscape.html#utm_source=prnewswire&utm_medium=pr&utm_campaign=Metal_and_Mineral South Africa Platinum Mining Market Overview and Forecast to 2020: Trends, Fiscal Regime, Major Projects and Competitive […]

A company that knows how to make things look easy

By Thandisizwe Mgudlwa Alcatel-Lucent has a success story to tell. Its stories, references and activities in Africa in 2012 is a lesson for many other organizations who what to make it big on the continent. In a recently published document Alcatel-Lucent shares references, successes, achievement and activities in Africa; as well as vision of African […]

Dropping Solar Power Tariff Rates Spurring Indian Photovoltaic Generator Market

Netscribes launches report on the Photovoltaic Generator Market in India 2012 as part of Netscribes’ Energy and Utilities report series.   Mumbai, India, December, 2012 –(PR.com)– Solar PV power generation has long been acknowledged as a superior form of clean energy technology with vast potential, assuming its cost component can be significantly reduced. It draws […]

A ten-year strategy to support the development of social protection systems in Sub-Saharan Africa

STORY HIGHLIGHTS Social protection, which comprises both social assistance and social insurance programs, is a powerful tool to reduce poverty and vulnerability The World Bank has a new 10-year strategy for social protection in Africa (2012-2022) The vision is to help governments build country-owned national social protection systems Social protection, once thought of as exclusive […]

AE-AMD Renewable Energy And Tenesol/SunPower Begin Work On Two Solar Projects In South Africa

Projects are Part of Government’s IPP Procurement Program   JOHANNESBURG and SAN JOSE, Calif., Dec. 20, 2012 /PRNewswire/ — AE-AMD Renewable Energy, a joint venture between the Spanish AMDA energia and the South African Alt-E Technologies, and Tenesol, a SunPower company (NASDAQ: SPWR), today announced two South African ground-mounted solar power projects totaling 33 megawatts (MW).  […]

DHL Global Connectedness Index shows signs of progress for Africa and others

By Thandisizwe Mgudlwa The latest reports on African Connectedness are showing great things for the future. And African countries are showing the largest increases in their global connectedness, according to DHL. While recent announcements from Cape Town, South Africa reveal: •          The countries with the largest increases are Mozambique, Togo, Ghana, Guinea and Zambia •          […]

Frost & Sullivan: Need for Increased Functionality Drives EMEA Contact Center Systems Market

Enterprises pushing for tighter integration between various contact center applications   LONDON, Dec. 13, 2012 /PRNewswire/ — Technology upgrades and migration to IP/SIP are key drivers for the contact center systems market in Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA). Revenue growth in the analytics segment is robust, followed by the quality monitoring (QM) segment. Despite the presence […]

Higher Data Penetration Creates New Opportunities in South Africa

BOSTON, Dec., 2012 /PRNewswire/ — Cloud services, mobile advertising and mobile apps will be some of the highest growth segments in the South African market, contributing half a billion dollars in new revenue from 2012-2017, according to a new report from Pyramid Research (www.pyr.com). South Africa Telecom Market Forecast analyzes the South African telecom market in […]

African Medical Device Market: Facts and Figures 2012

NEW YORK, Dec. 13, 2012 /PRNewswire/ — Reportlinker.com announces that a new market research report is available in its catalogue: African Medical Device Market: Facts and Figures 2012 Why look at Africa? With a population of over a billion people, Africa represents a vast potential market. The political and economic picture is improving in many […]

“Circum Central Atlantic, Northwest Africa and Mediterranean: Your Net-based Source for E&P Opportunities”

Oil & Gas Marrakech Conference and Exhibition will be held in the Marrakech Congress Palace, Morocco. As one of the most important technical events in Morocco, it is an ideal opportunity to focus on the progress of the oil and gas industry across this region, an area known for its diversity, opportunity and capacity for […]

Africa Energy Indaba 2013

Africa Energy Indaba 2013 Dates: 19-21 February 2013 Sandton Convention Centre, Johannesburg Website: www.energyindaba.co.za The Africa Energy Indaba, adopted by the World Energy Council (WEC) as the African regional event of the WEC, receives global recognition as the foremost event for energy professionals from across the globe and is rapidly gaining momentum as the energy […]

How will South African industry deal with tariff hikes and carbon taxes?

African Utility Week to assist Large Power Users to face energy obstacles The proverbial axe is falling on ‘business as usual` as every industry in South Africa, from mining to manufacturing to retail, is cringing at the thought of rising energy tariffs and the impending implementation of a carbon tax. Stemming the tide of rising […]

African Banking innovation sees AfDB approving multi-currency line of credit of USD 300m

By Thandisizwe Mgudlwa The African Development Bank has extended the equivalent of USD 300 million to FirstRand Bank Limited to support projects across Africa This week an announcement from Tunis, Tunisia, revealed that the African Development Bank has approved a seven-year multi-currency line of credit for an amount equivalent to USD 300 million to FirstRand […]

JinkoSolar to Supply 81 MW WBHO-Building Energy in South Africa

SHANGHAI, Dec. 12, 2012 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ — JinkoSolar Holding Co., Ltd. (“JinkoSolar” or the “Company”) (NYSE: JKS), a leading global solar power product manufacturer, today announced that it has signed a contract with fix price to supply WBHO-Building Energy (Pty) Ltd. (“WBHO-BE”) with 81 MW of photovoltaic (PV) modules for the solar PV park project in Gamagara […]

SunPower Corporation to Supply Toshiba with 20.1 Percent Efficiency Solar Panel for Japanese Market

New 20.1 Percent Efficiency Module Continues Toshiba’s High Efficiency Leadership in Japanese Residential Market SAN JOSE, Calif., Dec. 4, 2012 /PRNewswire/ — SunPower Corporation (NASDAQ: SPWR) today announced that it will supply Toshiba with its new world-record efficiency solar panel beginning in December, extending Toshiba’s solar efficiency leadership in the Japanese residential market. SunPower’s new […]