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Foreign direct investment in Africa at all time high

Capital investment into Africa surged to US$128b, a year-on-year increase of 136%. This is according to the recently released EY 2015 Africa Attractiveness Survey...

Workshop to help SADC countries improve food production

The governments of South Africa and New Zealand will join forces to share their expertise on food safety systems for export with their counterparts in the Southern Africa Development Community (SADC).

Transnet wants to 'industrialise railways'

Small- and medium-sized engineering companies must create niche markets for themselves to supply Transnet with parts for the locomotives that the freight logistics company envisages building within the next two to three decades.

By Amanda Visser

Santova seeks to expand trade corridors

Supply chain management specialist Santova‚ could look to push into busy African markets in the financial year ahead.

By Marc Hasenfuss

Packaging in SA is always changing shape

If there is one industry where everything is in flux and companies have to re-jig their shapes and formats all the time, it is SA's packaging manufacturers. Apart from constantly changing industry conditions, not least from encroaching rivals, each firm has specific obstacles to get over.

By Mark Allix

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

Grindrod, a boost for Africa

Shipping and logistics group Grindrod has been a big spender on infrastructure for some time. Growing its network of port and rail operations allows the group to diversify away from international shipping, a notoriously cyclical business.

Grindrod moots 'much cheaper' trains

Grindrod's diesel-electric locomotive‚ which the company said was the cheapest in the world‚ could pit the logistics group as a competitor against state rail utility Transnet and global rolling stock manufacturers such as General Electric and Electro-Motive Diesel.

By Razina Munshi

'Solutions sought for high port tariffs'

Companies in the shipping industry and port authorities are seeking to resolve the challenges that South Africa's high port tariffs represent and to make it easier to do business in the country‚ says Maersk South Africa's Fred Jacobs.

By Ntsakisi Maswanganyi

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

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

Truworths slows drive into Africa

Truworths has adopted a cautious and incremental approach to store expansion plans outside SA in order to gain a better understanding of the operating environment and the market potential, the fashion retailer said in its annual report, released last week.

By Zeenat Moorad

Quick meals for Africa

In SA, Famous Brands produces 265,000 cups of specially blended coffee a day. With 2,175 restaurants, the company, whose brands include Wimpy, Steers and Mugg & Bean, also makes 77m ice-cream cones a year. It's the big daddy of SA franchising, with a R9,7bn market capitalisation, and it wants to repeat its local success in the rest of Africa.

By Zeenat Moorad

Crunch time for fruit exports

After 23 years in SA's R6bn fruit industry, many of them as managing director of Tru-Cape Fruit Marketing - SA's biggest producer of apples and pears - Charles Hughes is retiring without having fulfilled his ambition of gaining access to China's vast market. He blames it on the SA government.

Nearly time to buy shares

Massmart's chief executive Grant Pattison has long cautioned against expecting short-term wonders from the SA retailer's acquisition by Walmart. The reality of his warning kicked in with a vengeance in June, sending Massmart's share price diving by a third.

Retailers hit sweet spot in Africa

Africa's scope for investment is steadily increasing and demand for more formal retail options from shoppers is following suit.

By Zeenat Moorad

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.

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

Piracy remains "buoyant" off West Africa

LONDON, UK: The number of attacks by pirates worldwide has fallen in the past year but armed robbery and kidnappings at sea have surged off the coast of west Africa, a maritime body said on Monday (15 July).

Unilever says Africa is next growth market

Unilever Global says Africa is its next growth market and has rolled out what it calls a sustainable living plan to the continent.

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