Author Archives: Africa Business

SA tech company tackles water crisis

“SAVING WATER GETS A SMART SOLUTION“ Cape Town’s drought has changed most South Africans’ thinking around water usage and the future of the country’s water supplies. Government tariffs and self-regulation has meant a re-think in our relationship with water and how we go about using, saving and re-purposing this scarce resource. A Cape Town company, […]

Zanzibar tourism attracting more emerging markets including the Gulf region

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Hafsa Mbamba | Founder & Managing Director Destination Zanzibar Zanzibar is witnessing a renaissance in tourism as the sector continues to attract international operators from new markets. How do you see this evolution impact the hospitality industry as a whole considering the size of the island? Zanzibar is witnessing a renaissance in tourism attracting more of […]

Farming module provides locally produced food all year round

A new, unique solution enables profitable ecological cultivation in urban environments Exsilio, a Finnish enterprise, has developed a high-tech solution for cultivating salad and herbs, among others, in urban environments. The solution comprises a redesigned container, where ecological local food can be cultivated efficiently. “Our solution is ideal for example for restaurants and institutional kitchens […]

Unearthing the IoT in Agriculture

Real-time monitoring of airborne pathogen spores for M2M disease forecasting IoT M2M connectivity specialist Eseye has partnered with Burkard, designers and builders of air samplers for agricultural research since 1953, to harness the power of the IoT. Burkard has developed a piece of real-time pathogen monitoring equipment to predict and provide an early warning system […]

Energy access related start-ups have been among the most prominent of the start-up scene in the recent years in East Africa

Exclusive interview with Paras Patel, Investment Manager, Energy Access Ventures, Kenya. At the upcoming Future Energy East Africa, he is a part of a panel discussion on the potential of mini grids. 1) Let’s start with some background on Energy Access Ventures and the work that you do there. Energy Access Ventures (EAV) is a […]

Tourism and hospitality Industry patterns in Africa

Jumia Travel & Accor Hotels give insights into Africa’s Hospitality Industry, 2017 Tourism in Africa is essential for both international and intra-border trade; apart from serving as a major employer by contributing 1 /10 jobs (UNWTO) the sector also serves a unique role in cultural integration and intermediation, therefore cementing the basis for regional trade. […]

Marriott International debuts First Hotel in West Africa with Sheraton Grand Conakry

Sheraton Hotels & Resorts(www.StarwoodHotels.com/sheraton), part of Marriott International, Inc. (www.Marriott.com), announced the debut of Sheraton Grand in Africa with opening of Sheraton Grand Conakry (www.SheratonGrandConakry.com), welcoming it to the brand’s premier tier of hotels recognized for their exciting destinations, distinguished designs, and excellence in service and guest experiences. The newly built hotel marks Marriott International’s […]

The Grand Opening of the first Golden Tulip in Kenya strengthens Louvre Hotels Group’s development strategy in Africa

Louvre Hotels Group, number one hotel group in East Africa, inaugurated its first hotel in Nairobi, pursuing its creation of a network covering all sub-Saharan African metropolitan areas. Already present in 8 sub-Saharan African countries, with 13 hotels comprising a total of 2,020 rooms under its Tulip Inn, Golden Tulip and Royal Tulip brands, Louvre […]

Ethiopia is East and Central Africa’s largest importer of food processing and packaging machinery

Ethiopia has the largest economy in East and Central Africa and is one of the fastest growing economies in the world, registering six to ten percent economic growth between 2004 and 2014 and a forecast of real GDP growth of 8.5 percent in 2015 and 2016 (IMF). The Ethiopian agrofood, plastics and packaging industry attracts […]

Hotel industry in Africa

Investments from international hotel chains and the spread of Jovago’s impact confirm a great growth of the hotel industry on the continent. Following 142 new hotel development projects in Sub Saharan Africa (SSA) in 2014, Ethiopia is ranked among the top 10 largest markets for international hotel chain developments. North Africa has the largest hotel […]

HID Global and Botosoft Launch Mobile Student ID System in West Africa to Authenticate Over 2 Million Nigerian Students

News Highlights: HID Global and Botosoft built and delivered system to help West African Examinations Council (WAEC) register and authenticate Nigerian students. Mobile Student ID system helps WAEC combat identity fraud and preserve the value of an education in Nigeria. Handheld mobile readers eliminate identity fraud, verify student attendance and manage rules in real-time. AUSTIN, […]

Top 7 business destinations in Africa

Africa’s leading online hotel booking platform reveals top 7 business destinations It’s pretty hard to miss the buzz that has been on about the African economy, with large markets and a huge consumer market-base, Africa has become one of major hub of business in the world. The African continent is deemed the world’s fastest growing […]

Spur buys new gourmet brand, upping its niche market presence

More South Africans will soon get to experience a trendy, new fast but personalised  restaurant concept, now that the Spur Corporation (“Spur”) is set to acquire the majority stake in RocoMamas. The JSE-listed multi-brand restaurant group is buying a 51% share in RocoMamas, a Gauteng-based niche brand, fast developing a following for its customised but […]

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 […]