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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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Airtel and Ericsson making history in African network transformation

By Thandisizwe Mgudlwa Airtel has completed the largest network transformation in African Telecoms history – and is partnering with Ericsson for the comprehensive upgrade of a network to deliver superior service. Otherwise known as Bharti Airtel, the leading telecommunications services provider with operations in 20 countries across Asia and Africa, recently said that it has […]

The call to make Cape Town a ‘Smart City’ is getting serious

By Thandisizwe Mgudlwa Further calls to make Cape Town a ‘Smart City’ continue to increase. One of the people in the forefront of these calls is Chris Whelan, CEO of business think-tank Accelerate Cape Town. Whelan says, “Developing a ‘smart city’, where information and communication technology (ICT) is leveraged to provide excellent service and which […]

Airtel Malawi launches new promotion, Timaitha Fiesta

By Chancy Nanadzunda Airtel Malawi on Tuesday launched a new promotion called Timaitha Fiesta with an aim of enriching its customers’ day to day lives. Speaking at the launch, Airtel Malawi Deputy Managing Director Maurice Newa the promotion will see 32 people from every district winning a scholarship valued at K100 000 every week . […]

Airtel introduces new service in Africa

By Thandisizwe Mgudlwa Bharti Airtel says its customers in Africa will now get Free incoming calls while roaming on its South Asia Network. This is the worlds’ first intercontinental roaming facility offering free incoming calls leverages Airtel’s network reach in India, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh To benefit African businessmen, tourists and students traveling to the […]

MITSUMI IT Distribution Africa concluded its GITEX 2012 debut on a high note

MITSUMI IT Distribution has concluded its GITEX debut successfully which run from October 14 – 18, 2012 at Dubai World Trade Centre.  GITEX is the ICT business gateway to the Middle East, Africa and South Asia (MEASA) region. This year, for the very first time, MITSUMI has exhibited its world-class product portfolio from renowned global […]

Frost & Sullivan Awards Invensys Operations Management for Growth Leadership in the South African ACS Market

Diversified product portfolio, focused innovation and exceptional customer service underpin continuous growth CAPE TOWN, Africa, Nov., 2012 /PRNewswire/ — Based on its recent analysis of the Automation and Control Solution (ACS) market in South Africa, Frost & Sullivan recognises Invensys Operations Management Southern Africa with the coveted 2012 South African Growth Leadership Award. “In a market facing […]

IBM Helps Senegalese City of Thies Plan for Economic Growth

THIES, Senegal, Nov., 2012 /PRNewswire/ — A team of experts from IBM (NYSE: IBM) presented recommendations to the City of Thies to grow the economic sector through measures to bolster entrepreneurialism, agricultural exports, and education. (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20090416/IBMLOGO ) The 14-member IBM team of experts, with members hailing from ten countries, are completing a month-long engagement as […]

Affordable housing rental market looks increasingly attractive

  The South African residential market offers an attractive opportunity in the affordable housing rental segment largely driven by low and middle income earners who do not qualify for bonds and increased demand for housing located closer to areas of economic opportunity. Gerhard Zeelie, Head Real Estate Finance (Residential) at Standard Bank South Africa, says: […]

AfricaCom 2012 Oye

By Thandisizwe Mgudlwa Over 8000 people and those from about 2000 companies from across 112 countries around the world were part of the annual AfricaCom conference and exhibition held in Cape Town, South Africa this week. Africa’s largest and most recognised digital communications event took place at the Cape Town International Convention Centre from Tuesday […]

Africare to outline essential role of civil society, small-scale farming and best practices at this year’s AgriBusiness Forum

Agri2012 – AfriCare (Microsoft Word) Leading American NGO spotlights small-scale farming for a result-driven future for Africa’s Agri-Food sector. “Across Africa it is the small entrepreneurs and businesses that drive community livelihoods and national economic development. Yet without adequate financing or access to buyers, producers associations are not able to sell their products to increase […]

Best Global Operator, Best Cloud Service and User’s Choice: Orange Business Services wins three major awards at World Communication Awards 2012

  2012 WCA final 11-14-12 (.pdf Acrobat Reader) 2012 WCA final 11-14-12 (Microsoft Word)   confirms market leadership in customer satisfaction, innovative cloud-based solution and global service performance   Orange Business Services was awarded three of the telecom industry’s highest accolades at Tuesday night’s annual World Communication Awards (WCA) held in London – Best Global […]