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Rags, not riches, defining Africa's urban explosion

Anarchic architecture, unchecked pollution and high costs of living are the lot of African city dwellers, experts warn, as living standards fail to keep pace with rapid urban growth on the continent...

24 Mar 2017

Four-star Green Star rating for Windhoek's @Parkside
Four-star Green Star rating for Windhoek's @Parkside

WSP | Parsons Brinckerhoff, Africa has achieved a four-star Green Star rating in Namibia for FNB Namibia Holdings' @Parkside building...

9 Mar 2017

Multi-million-dollar refurbishment for Windhoek's Gustav Voigts
Multi-million-dollar refurbishment for Windhoek's Gustav Voigts

Windhoek's Gustav Voigts shopping centre is set to undergo a multi-million-dollar phased refurbishment starting this year...

2 Mar 2017

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Big business opportunities ahead for Africa - McKinsey

Africa's overall growth has slowed but new research shows long-term fundamentals are strong and there are big business opportunities ahead...

16 Sep 2016

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New stores add to Cashbuild's revenue and customer base

Cashbuild's revenue jumped 9% in the fourth quarter to June from the previous financial year, with 20 new stores opening since the beginning of July 2014, contributing a 3% increase...

14 Jul 2016

Brian Wilkinson, CEO of GBCSA
Green building accelerates in Africa

With office buildings in Rwanda and Namibia both receiving 6-Star Green Star ratings, certified by the Green Building Council of South Africa (GBCSA), green building is gaining rapid momentum in Africa...

30 May 2016

Violence against foreign nationals here in SA will hurt SA's image, SA's businesses and interests and South Africans in Africa. (Image: Public Domain)
Africa strikes back

South African engineers working on mines and at a gas plant in Mozambique have been taken to secure camps after threats of reprisal xenophobic attacks...

By The Times Editorial Team 17 Apr 2015

SKA African partner countries meet in Pretoria
SKA African partner countries meet in Pretoria

Ministers from African member countries of the Square Kilometre Array (SKA) mega project met in Pretoria on Wednesday to discuss future cooperation in radio astronomy...

26 Mar 2015

Africa must look for partnerships
Africa must look for partnerships

Africa needs to form partnerships with the developed nations in order to realise the continent's goal to industrialise, International Relations and Cooperation Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane said .

By Chris Bathembu 5 Aug 2014

Renewable energy needs guarantees for investors
Renewable energy needs guarantees for investors

The slow pace with which renewable energy projects have been rolled out across Africa may prove to be an advantage in a few years.

By Charlotte Mathews 21 Jul 2014

Transnet seeks greater SADC investment in rail networks
Transnet seeks greater SADC investment in rail networks

Transnet has pleaded with Southern African Development Community (SADC) countries to invest more on railway infrastructure to improve intra-regional trade.

By Mpho Sibanyoni 29 May 2014

SAB seeks African growth via larger maltings plant
SAB seeks African growth via larger maltings plant

The local arm of SABMiller (SAB)‚ South African Breweries' maltings division is looking to supply product to other African countries following its investments to expand capacity‚ according to the unit's general manager Thinus van Schoor.

By Nick Hedley 13 Mar 2014

Grindrod, Northwest Rail to develop copper railway in Zambia
Grindrod, Northwest Rail to develop copper railway in Zambia

Grindrod‚ a JSE-listed freight and logistics service provider‚ through its wholly owned subsidiary Grindrod Mauritius‚ will work with Zambia's Northwest Rail Company to build‚ operate and maintain a new 590km Cape gauge railway from Chingola in the Zambian copperbelt to the Angolan border.

By Mark Allix 5 Feb 2014

Barloworld plans Africa expansion
Barloworld plans Africa expansion

Barloworld is targeting six sectors to boost the growth of its business and is busy positioning itself "o expand into west and east Africa‚ according to company chief executive Clive Thomson.

By Nick Hedley 20 Nov 2013

Property listings on the move
Property listings on the move

The sell-off in property stocks over the past four months has made it less attractive for unlisted real estate companies and developers to bring their shopping centres, offices and warehouses to the JSE. Since May prices have dropped around 13% and yields have risen from an average 6,2% to 7%.

By Joan Muller 5 Oct 2013

Africa fund heads for JSE
Africa fund heads for JSE

Three years ago only a handful of formal shopping centres exceeding 10,000m² were scattered across Africa north of SA's borders. And not a single JSE-listed property company had a presence on the continent.

By Joan Muller 16 Sep 2013

Edcon's first quarter retail sales up 3.2%
Edcon's first quarter retail sales up 3.2%

Retailer Edcon said on Thursday (22 August) that retail sales increased 3.2% to R6.205bn in the first quarter of the current financial year.

23 Aug 2013

Thales keeps an eye on safety
Thales keeps an eye on safety

To paraphrase from the iconic Star Trek, Africa is the "next (as opposed to the final) business frontier". And judging from exceptional recent economic growth, wealth in natural resources and sheer international business interest on the continent, it seems no-one has trouble believing this.

19 Aug 2013

World Bank provides US$14,7bn to Africa
World Bank provides US$14,7bn to Africa

The World Bank committed a record US$14.7bn in its fiscal year to June to support economic growth and better development prospects in Africa despite uncertain economic conditions in the rest of the global economy.

1 Aug 2013

Kansai Paint buys Astra Industries
Kansai Paint buys Astra Industries

Kansai Paint has partnered with the management and staff of Zimbabwe group Astra Industries to buy a 63.25% interest in the group from the Finance Trust of Zimbabwe, an investment vehicle of the Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe.

30 Jul 2013

Second Builders Warehouse for Botswana
Second Builders Warehouse for Botswana

Massmart has opened its second Builders Warehouse store in Botswana‚ in line with its African expansion strategy‚ the company said on Monday (29 July).

By Zeenat Moorad 30 Jul 2013

Countries are barriers to infrastructure projects
Countries are barriers to infrastructure projects

The biggest barrier to implementing regional infrastructure projects in Africa are the countries themselves, the Infrastructure Africa conference heard in Sandton on Tuesday (16 July).

18 Jul 2013

Gigaba's warning over China's investment in Africa
Gigaba's warning over China's investment in Africa

Public Enterprises Minister Malusi Gigaba has called for greater scrutiny of funding that comes from Brics countries such as China when it comes to infrastructure investment in Africa.

By Nicky Smith 17 Jul 2013

Huge growth forecast for Africa's oil sector
Huge growth forecast for Africa's oil sector

Africa's oil and gas industry is poised for momentous growth despite regulatory and political challenges‚ according to a PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) report released on Wednesday (19 June)

20 Jun 2013

Steel market doldrums hurt BSI
Steel market doldrums hurt BSI

BSI Steel's headline earnings per share plummeted 51% in the year ended March 31 amid declining steel consumption in the South African market.

By Mark Allix 18 Jun 2013

Hotels moving in on Africa's potential
Hotels moving in on Africa's potential

With limited opportunities for expansion in SA, a slew of hospitality companies are eyeing the rest of the continent, for future growth as there is an under-supply of quality hotels and upbeat economic prospects.

By Zeenat Moorad 10 Jun 2013

Wind power to change Africa
Wind power to change Africa

Private investors smell profit in beefing-up the continent's over-stretched power grids and swarms of new wind turbines are soon expected to start going up.

28 May 2013

Africa must make better use of resources
Africa must make better use of resources

Africa's agricultural‚ mining and energy resources could be better used to boost the continent's pace of economic growth and pave the way for a breakthrough in human development‚ according to a report released on Monday (27 May).

By Mariam Isa 28 May 2013

Lesotho Highlands scheme gets the nod
Lesotho Highlands scheme gets the nod

The R12bn phase two of the Lesotho Highlands Water Project (LHWP), which will secure a continued supply of water for SA and hydroelectric power for Lesotho, was approved in principle by the two countries this week.

By Linda Ensor 17 May 2013

Hilton plans to boost African presence
Hilton plans to boost African presence

Hilton Worldwide has expanded its product offering in SA over the past six months and the US-based group intends to increase its presence in Africa‚ according to vice-president of operations for Africa and the Indian Ocean‚ Jan van der Putten.

16 May 2013

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