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Massive increase in M&A deal value in Sub-Saharan Africa in the first half of 2021

There were 333 M&A deals announced in sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) in the first six months of 2021 (H1 2021), valued at USD 57.7 billion, according to Baker McKenzie’s analysis of Refinitiv data. When compared to the same period last year (H1 2020) this amounted to a 14% increase in deal volume and an astounding 576% […]

The Future of Facebook: Will the oldest surviving social media platform remain relevant?

Founded in 2004 by Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook is today the oldest surviving social media platform. But with more and more platforms entering the market, will it go the way of MySpace and MxIt? Kyle Oosthuizen, Chief Operating Officer at Blue Robot, the leading provider of socially powered messaging solutions, doesn’t believe it will. “Because of Facebook’s development […]

G4S: Security beyond just access control in Mining and heavy industry

Mining is a hazardous occupation with elevated risks of injury, and the emphasis placed on health and safety has never been greater. G4S has a proud history of providing security at some of the world’s biggest mines. Our mining security solution has evolved over many years, from access control to a far more holistic approach. […]

SITA acquires Safety Line to support sustainable aviation

SITA takes the lead in deploying predictive data analytics for co-innovating with customer airlines and airports to reduce CO2 emissions and improve fuel savings. SITA, the global IT provider for the air transport industry, recently announced the acquisition of Safety Line S.A.S., the Paris based start-up specializing in digital solutions for aviation safety and efficiency. This acquisition […]

Africa as an important participant in the global economy

FDI, also known as foreign direct investment, has been virtually solely concentrated in Africa on the exploitation and export of natural resources for over a century. However, the momentum has changed after the turn of the 2000 and the tendency has finally changed in recent years. Global investors are more likely to visit Africa for […]

Deal value increases in South Africa and Nigeria in the first half of this year

Baker McKenzie’s latest analysis of Refinitiv data shows that the value of mergers and acquisitions (M&A) in the first half 2021 (H1 2021) soared in South Africa, and that deal value also increased in Nigeria in the first six months of 2021, but Kenya experienced a slight decrease in both deal value and volume in […]

Good customer retention tactics translate to brand loyalty and profitability for SMEs

There is a good reason why the saying goes “first impressions last” and this is particularly important for small businesses. Once they’ve connected with a new customer, businesses should focus on offering high-quality delivery over the long-term. It begins with a client’s first interaction with businesses or brands and continues throughout the lifetime of the […]

Reasons for getting LEI number

Following the Global Financial Crisis, the Legal Entity Identifier (LEI) code was created as a vital measure to improve the quality and accuracy of financial data systems to improve risk management in financial transactions. This is now a mandatory code that an entity needs to have in order to conduct business globally. Not having one […]

Out There Media and MTN Nigeria launch telco-driven mobile advertising with flagship brands and agencies

Campaigns deliver 70 to 120 times better response rates than industry average benchmarks London/Lagos, 15th July, 2021 –: Out There Media (OTM), a global leader in mobile advertising and data monetization, today announced that it has successfully launched its proprietary mobile advertising technology Mobucks™ with leading mobile operator, MTN Nigeria. OTM’s technology, combined with its network of brands and […]

Accely Announces Appointment of Alok Bapna, Ex DXC/CSC Leader as President

Accely has appointed sales and new business development veteran Alok Bapna as its new President. DUBAI, UAE — (Arab Newswire) — At Accely, we will align his experience in the IT industry with our business goals to achieve new milestones. We look forward to utilizing his expertise in various areas so Accely can offer clients […]

Muralidharan Venkataraman Joins Accely as a Global Delivery and Pre-Sales Head

DUBAI, UAE — (Arab Newswire) —  Accely is pleased to announce the appointment of Muralidharan Venkataraman as Global Delivery and Pre-Sales Head. We strongly believe that his experience and expertise will strengthen Accely’s sales strategy and strategic positioning, allowing it to effectively provide customers with a superior value proposition and business solutions. Accely offers comprehensive […]

Five principles for collaborative leadership

Andy Brough The COVID-19 pandemic has placed a bright spotlight on our leaders. With companies switching over to remote working in unprecedented numbers, a new form of leadership is needed. Although the uncertainty of the time puts pressure on both employees and management, leaders must rise to the occasion and provide the required stability. The […]

Building resilience into the Supply Chain

The supply chain sector, and the adjacent global freight and transport spaces, are complex as well as crucial. A reliable supply chain prefigures a nation’s overall economic competitiveness and is a key enabler at the macro-economic level, as most other industries rely on the inflow of various goods. Since last year, the Covid-19 pandemic has […]

5 Principles of Collaboration- Leadership: The Exponential Effect

Dr Andy Brough presents a Masterclass on “5 Principles of Collaboration” as part of the launch of his book, “Leadership: The Exponential Effect.” #equipping4excellence #leadershipinsights #theexponentialeffect Key take-aways from the masterclass include: Collaboration Self-development Leadership elements What does effective leadership look like?  What is the relationship between self-leadership, leading others, leading teams and leading for […]

Palletising Robots: Changing How Breweries Stack and Pack

Robotic automation enables remote support possibilities that significantly reduce downtime and address geographical constraints, says Yaskawa Southern Africa Managing Director, Andrew Crackett. Conventional palletisers have been around for over 50 years. While they continue to be operational in many factories around the world, their modern counterparts – robotic palletisers – are solving issues that seemed impossible before.  […]

A successful omnichannel strategy should be customer obsessed

The consumer industry is in a state of constant disruption. Along with advances in technology, more informed and sceptical consumers are holding business to higher standards. According to Reynhardt Uys, Chief Experience Officer, Immersion Group, a global team of experience design expert, an organisation’s success in delivering a customer-centric experience across every business channel is […]

South Africa: The Protection Of Personal Information Act (POPIA); Mandatory Appointment Of Information Officer – What You Need To Know

By Chido Pamela Mafongoya, Centurion Law Group With the Fourth Industrial Revolution at play and the increase of internet usage, the Protection of Personal Information Act 4 of 2013 (“POPIA”) was designed to ensure the protection of personal information when being processed. The main aim of the POPIA is to protect data subjects from security […]

Post-Covid recovery depends on a positive SME mindset

#StandardBankSMESummit  With more than 90% of South African SME’s having experienced revenue drops since April 2020 and with many businesses being left vulnerable, the need to support and boost South Africa’s SME sector which currently provides formal jobs for 28% of the population must be prioritised.  This support is not just financial, but psychological as […]

Digital Nomad Boom sees E-Residency Launch New Digital ID Card Collection Points Worldwide

Aspiring e-Residents can now collect their digital identity cards from offices in Brazil, South Africa, Singapore and Thailand 05 May 2021: The Estonian government’s e-Residency programme, pioneer of the world’s first digital residency initiative, has today announced the launch of four new international ‘pick-up points’ across three continents to accommodate for the increase in digital nomads as […]

AVEVA and PlanetTogether Announce Strategic Partnership to Optimize Food & Beverage and Consumer Packaged Goods Manufacturing Operations

Integrated Production Planning and Manufacturing Execution Digitally Maintain Order, Effectiveness, and Quality in Plant Operations and advance Sustainability AVEVA, a global leader in industrial software, driving digital transformation and sustainability, has strategically partnered with PlanetTogether, the leading Advanced Planning & Scheduling (APS) platform provider, to bring scheduling optimization capabilities to manufacturers looking to deliver digital transformation […]

Ajua Acquires WayaWaya

Leading Customer Experience Platform for Africa to Integrate Intelligent Messaging and Payments Platform Across its Product Suite  Ajua, the integrated Customer Experience Management solution for businesses in Africa, has acquired WayaWaya, the Kenya-based Artificial Intelligence [AI] and Machine Learning [ML] known for its innovative Janja platform, that enables borderless banking and payments across apps and […]

Afrikrea Launches ANKA to Power Global African E-Commerce

Ivorian company partners with DHL and Visa and builds SaaS Platform for omnichannel global selling for African micro retailers Afrikrea, the e-commerce platform for “all things made of Africa”, is launching ANKA – an all-in one SaaS solution to provide a seamless ecommerce, payments and global shipping online service for thousands of micro retailers and […]