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The future of work in a digital world

19th September 2018 By Cathy Smith, Managing Director at SAP Africa The digital age, and the new technologies it’s brought with it - blockchain, artificial intelligence (AI), robotics, augmented reality and virtual reality - is seen by many as a threat to our way of life as we know it. What if my job gets automated?... 

Italy judge set to give first ruling in Nigeria oil graft case

By: Reuters     18th September 2018 Oil majors Shell and Eni will be carefully monitoring a first ruling this week by a Milan judge in one of the energy industry's biggest corruption scandals for clues to what might be round the corner for them. The two companies are embroiled in a long-running graft case revolving around the... 

Trailblazers, innovators win awards at GIL

By: Kim Cloete     14th September 2018 Trailblazers, innovators and entrepreneurs have been honoured with Best Practices Awards by global market research and consulting firm Frost & Sullivan. The company held its Growth, Innovation and Leadership awards banquet, in Cape Town, this week, to recognise the achievements of people in South... 

Renewable-energy guide offers insight into maturing African markets

By: Schalk Burger     14th September 2018 Global law firm DLA Piper has characterised the regulatory environments for renewable-energy projects in 12 African countries in response to developing markets on the continent, says DLA Piper Global co-chair of energy sector Natasha Luther-Jones. Renewable energy projects are becoming... 

Satellite operator launches South Africa-based operations

By: Natasha Odendaal     14th September 2018 Satellite operator Avanti Communications Group has officially launched its South Africa-based operations as it continues a corporate revamp and continued investment and focus in Africa. “The announcement is underpinned by Avanti’s continued commitment to investing in Africa through a direct local... 

Many parts of the world not ready for super fast 5G network – MTN's CEO

By: Reuters     12th September 2018 Many parts of the world are not ready for next-generation 5G network but would likely be ready to embrace the super-fast technology in the next few years from now, MTN's chief executive of said on Tuesday. 5G networks, now in the final testing stage, will rely on denser arrays of small antennas... 

MTN says Nigeria's attorney general exceeded powers in $2bn tax bill

By: Reuters     11th September 2018 Nigeria's attorney general exceeded his powers in demanding $2-billion in taxes and charges from MTN Group, the telecoms firm said in papers filed with Nigeria's High Court and reviewed by Reuters. The papers, filed on Monday in a move by the Nigerian arm of the South African firm aimed at... 

MTN CEO confident about Nigeria dispute as firm applies for injunction

By: Reuters     10th September 2018 Telecoms firm MTN Group said on Monday it was confident a multi-billion dollar dispute with the Nigerian government would be resolved even as it applied for a court injunction to protect its Nigerian assets. Nigeria's central bank last month ordered MTN's Lagos-based unit to hand over... 

Seventy years of weld training

7th September 2018 Founded in 1948, this year, the Southern African Institute of Welding (SAIW) is 70 years old and it has been one of the great success stories in South African industry. From its fledgling beginnings, when it acted mainly as the South African welding industry’s association, it has grown into the... 

Two new refineries in the works for Nigeria

7th September 2018 As part of its refinery collocation initiative designed to boost local refining capacity to end the era of petroleum products importation, the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) has hinted of plans to establish a 100 000 bbl/d brownfield refinery in both Port Harcourt and Warri in... 

Moody's places MTN on review for downgrade

By: Reuters     6th September 2018 MTN Group has been put on review by Moody's for downgrade after the South African mobile phone operator said it was on the hook for a total of $10.1-billion from its biggest market Nigeria, the ratings agency said on Thursday. "MTN's ratings have been placed on review for downgrade to reflect... 

Go Life acquires Wellness Brands, other Ascendis Health assets

By: Marleny Arnoldi     3rd September 2018 JSE-listed Go Life International and its subsidiary Go Life Healthcare have entered into two agreements with Ascendis Health, to acquire the Wellness Brands – the Biobalance, Foodstate, Osteoflex and Homeoforce brands – and 100% of the shares and claims in Sportron, Heritage Resources, Ascendis... 

Volkswagen signs assembly, policy MoUs in Nigeria, Ghana

By: Irma Venter     3rd September 2018 Volkswagen has added Ghana and Nigeria to its list of future vehicle assembly operations in Africa. The German manufacturer is already active on assembly sites in Kenya, Algeria and Rwanda. 

Chinese bank to lend Nigeria $328m for fixing telecom infrastructure

By: African News Agency      3rd September 2018 China’s Exim bank will lend Nigeria $328-million towards improving the West African country’s telecoms infrastructure, Reuters reported. Poor telecoms are a major challenge for businesses operating in Nigeria, which is Africa’s largest oil producer, most populous country and has one of the... 

Hyprop ‘ahead of the market’ with total dividend of 756.5c a share for FY18

By: Simone Liedtke     31st August 2018 JSE-listed real estate investment trust (Reit) Hyprop continued to deliver strong growth in a tough economic environment, with a total dividend a share of 756.5c declared for the financial year to June 30. This growth was 8.8% higher than in the prior financial year, the company said on Friday. 

South African winemakers look to Peru for growth

By: Marleny Arnoldi     30th August 2018 Wine producer La Ric Mal owner and winemaker Malcolm Green and other wine producers from four South African provinces will travel to Lima, Peru, this weekend, with the aim of expanding the market for South African wines. This expedition forms part of the Trade and Investment Mission organised and... 

MTN plunges as Nigeria orders $8.1bn be refunded

By: Reuters     30th August 2018 Shares in MTN Group plunged as much as 19% early on Thursday, a day after Nigeria ordered the South African telecoms group and its bankers to return $8.1-billion. Nigeria's central bank said the funds had been illegally moved abroad. MTN denies the allegations. 

Britain and Nigeria sign security and defence agreement

By: African News Agency      30th August 2018 Britain and Nigeria have signed a security and defence agreement during a one-day visit by Prime Minister Theresa May on Wednesday as Africa’s most populous country struggles to defeat Boko Haram extremists and others linked to the Islamic State organisation.  The British prime minister is on a... 

Nigeria's Presidency rebuffs landmark oil reform bill in current form – sources

By: Reuters     29th August 2018 Nigeria's Presidency has rebuffed a landmark oil industry reform law in its current form, according to two people familiar with the matter, in a setback for plans to reinvigorate investment in Africa's largest crude producer. The legislation, sent back to the National Assembly by the presidency,... 

Nigerian economy loses momentum in Q2 as oil sector contracts

By: Reuters     27th August 2018 Nigeria's economic growth dipped to 1.50% year on year between April and June, the statistics office said on Monday, extending a slowdown into a second quarter as the oil sector contracted. Largely dependent on its rich crude reserves, Nigeria's economy began climbing out of its first recession... 

British aid partnership aimed at allowing Ethiopia to fund its own development

By: Rebecca Campbell     24th August 2018 Earlier this month the UK launched its largest ever “tax partnership programme”, with Ethiopia. In terms of this partnership, which was announced by UK International Development Secretary (Cabinet Minister) Penny Mordaunt while on a visit to the north east African country, Britain will provide... 

Daraju Industries’ Otta manufacturing plant expansion, Nigeria

By: Sheila Barradas     24th August 2018 Daraju Industries plans to expand production capacity at its manufacturing plant in Ogun state. 

EAIF backs billion-dollar Nigeria fertiliser plant

By: Anine Kilian     22nd August 2018 The Emerging Africa Infrastructure Fund (EAIF) on Wednesday announced the financial close of its 11-year $35-million loan to Indorama Eleme Fertiliser & Chemicals (IEFCL). The transaction is part of the financing of a $1.1-billion expansion of IEFCL’s existing fertiliser plant at Port Harcourt,... 

No concrete plans for now to douse high petrol price

By: Kim Cloete     21st August 2018 Energy Minister Jeff Radebe has lamented the sharp rise in the petrol price but has not announced any concrete plans to douse the situation. He says a cluster of Ministers has been seconded to see what government can do to mitigate high petrol prices. He expects the Ministers to report back to... 

SA looking to Equatorial Guinea, South Sudan and Algeria for oil

By: African News Agency      21st August 2018 South Africa is looking to Algeria, Equatorial-Guinea and South Sudan for crude oil sources closer to home as the country experiences its highest fuel prices in history, Energy Minister Jeff Radebe said on Tuesday. "We are looking very aggressively to other countries, Equatorial Guinea, Algeria,... 

Symbol shares stumble on shareholder fears

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     21st August 2018 The share price of ASX-listed Symbol Mining fell by 8% on Tuesday despite the company’s attempts to allay shareholder fears over the volatility of the zinc price. Symbol on Tuesday told shareholders that while the current zinc price was below the $2 800/t ‘low case’ scenario considered in the... 

Ethiopian Airways plans to rule Africa’s skies

By: African News Agency      20th August 2018 Ethiopian Airlines has signed joint venture agreements and business partnerships with at least 14 countries on the continent as part of its Vision 2025 growth plan, under which the carrier hopes to become “the leading aviation group in Africa”, the East African reported. From Zambia and Malawi in... 

Ecowas moves to address gap in energy sector

By: African News Agency      14th August 2018 The Commission of the Economic Community of West African States (Ecowas) has moved to validate its regional strategy to popularise liquefied petroleum gas in West Africa to improve its economy and address health challenges and environmental degradation associated with the lack of access to the... 

Wide Stabila range caters for diverse requirements and applications

13th August 2018 Stabila’s continuously expanding range of highly accurate German-engineered measuring tools sets it apart from competitors supplying the local and African markets. Stabila’s official Southern African distributor Upat carries out significant market research before adding the latest tools to its... 

Billionaire's huge Nigerian oil refinery likely delayed until 2022 – sources

By: Reuters     10th August 2018 A huge oil refinery being built in Nigeria by Africa's richest man is unlikely to start production until 2022, two years later than the target date, sources with direct knowledge of the matter said. The 650 000 bbl/d refinery near Lagos, set to be Africa's biggest, is expected to boost Nigeria's... 

AfDB head calls for agriculture technologies to optimize African farmers' output

By: African News Agency      10th August 2018 African farms should be given access to technologies that will enhance production, with evidence from countries such as Nigeria demonstrating that technology coupled with strong government backing are yielding positive results, African Development Bank (AfDB) president Akinwumi Adesina has said.... 

Uber rival Taxify bets on motorcycles and rickshaws in East Africa

By: Reuters     10th August 2018 Taxify, an Estonian ride-hailing company aiming to take on Uber in emerging markets, will invest millions of euros in East Africa in the next five years with a strategy focused on motorised rickshaws and motorcycles, it said on Thursday. The company, which already operates in five cities in... 

Four Brics and a briquette

By: Riaan de Lange     10th August 2018 The headline of this article sounds a bit like a 1960s band. A popular music band. A pop band. But, alas, it is no band – it is what should be an honest reflection of what the world knows as Brics, an acronym for Brazil, Russia, India, China, and South Africa. Bric came into existence in 2008 and... 

Industry provider to expand African footprint

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     10th August 2018 With many emerging and developing industries in Africa, as well as greater awareness of environmental issues and concerns, instrumentation manufacturer E Instruments regards the continent as an area of growth for its business. E Instruments product manager Bill Freed tells Engineering News that... 

MTN posts lower H1 profits, reports improved operational performance

By: Natasha Odendaal     8th August 2018 Telecommunications giant MTN on Wednesday posted improved financial results on a constant currency basis for the first half of 2018, with growth achieved in service revenue and an increase in margins on earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortisation (Ebitda). For the six months... 

AB InBev to build new brewery in fast-growing Mozambique

By: Reuters     8th August 2018 Anheuser-Busch InBev, the world's biggest brewer, will start building a more than two-million hectolitre a year brewery in Mozambique in the second half of next year, the company's Africa head said on Tuesday. The Mozambique investment will look to fend off competition from rival Heineken, which... 

Glencore's poised for record profit despite horrible year

By: Bloomberg     7th August 2018 Glencore may have had a nightmarish year so far, but the world’s top commodity trader is still raking in mountains of money. The company is facing a US corruption probe, got mired in a dispute with its billionaire former partner in the Democratic Republic of Congo and has been caught in the... 

Redefining philanthropy

By: Martin Zhuwakinyu     3rd August 2018 Aliko Dangote, Africa’s richest man – with a net worth of $12.4-billion – is redefining philanthropy in his native Nigeria. But the 61-year-old is doing this in a way that will make his bank account even fatter. Dangote Group, the 30 000-employee multinational industrial conglomerate he founded... 

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