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Johannesburg has become a regional retail hub with cross border shopping activity running into billions | Photographer: Mark Lewis
Johannesburg's inner city: the Dubai of southern Africa, but all below the radar

Over the last 20 years Johannesburg has become an intense wholesale and retail centre for local hawkers and for traders from all over sub-Saharan Africa...

By Dr Tanya Zack 6 Nov 2017

Nozinga Market launch begins Western Cape expansion of spaza modernisation programme
Nozinga Market launch begins Western Cape expansion of spaza modernisation programme

Pick n Pay has expanded its partnership programme with independent spaza store owners to the Western Cape...

24 Oct 2017

Dodgy liquor sold in townships
Dodgy liquor sold in townships

Cheap alcoholic drinks with vague labels and unspecified contents are being sold in townships in violation of liquor laws...

By Laura Bratton 23 Oct 2017

Facelift underway at Ithala's northern region centres
Facelift underway at Ithala's northern region centres

Ithala has commenced a refurbishment programme to revitalise township and rural economies at its retail centres in Nongoma, Ulundi and Eshowe in northern KwaZulu-Natal...

Issued by Ithala Development Finance Corporation 17 Oct 2017

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How safe is the food on your plate?

It can take up to three months or even more for food to travel from the farm to table. “The longer this supply chain, the less control you have over the product and the harder it is to maintain quality and safety.”

19 Sep 2017

#FreshConnections: Maryla Masojada on the state of fresh produce retail in SA
#FreshConnections: Maryla Masojada on the state of fresh produce retail in SA

Maryla Masojada from Trade Intelligence discusses the trends affecting the produce supply chain and their impacts on the way companies do business...

By Lauren Hartzenberg 12 Sep 2017

Verda Maluleka stands next to her stock at her LDP
CCBSA's innovative route to market creating opportunities for female entrepreneurs

Coca-Cola Beverages South Africa have realised the benefits of utilising informal markets as an alternative distribution channel and it has seen an impressive growth of female-led LDP's across the business...

17 Aug 2017

Haywards Sustainable Safaris
Celebrating women as custodians of artistic and cultural heritage

"I often wonder off the beaten track looking for the pulse of the region and the heartbeat of the community, the local artisans, the storytellers and elders of a village, the sacred values of the area..."

10 Aug 2017

Oscar Siziba, Absa managing executive in Limpopo, Mpumalanga, Pretoria; Tshepo Seeta, eSpaza Sum managing director and founder; Anastasia Mathabathe, spaza owner and Tony Ferreira, operations director, Big Save.
Absa invests R10,5m in spaza development

An investment by Absa Bank aims to transform spaza shops into sustainable businesses, able to compete with mainstream retailers...

31 Jul 2017

SA mobile startup helps informal traders compare and order stock
SA mobile startup helps informal traders compare and order stock

South African startup Last Mile for BoP is rolling out a mobile application that enables informal traders to compare bulk prices and order stock from their phone...

By Tom Jackson 24 Jul 2017

Selling Brazilian fashions, the women of Angola's ‘suitcase trade' spot trends and pedal dreams
Selling Brazilian fashions, the women of Angola's ‘suitcase trade' spot trends and pedal dreams

Angola, a Portuguese-speaking country, is strongly influenced by the cultural output of Brazil...

By Léa Barreau Tran 17 Jul 2017

Commission needs more time to understand opaque retail sector
Commission needs more time to understand opaque retail sector

The deadline for completion of the Competition Commission's market inquiry into the grocery retail sector has been pushed out from May 2017 to March 2018, which will be 28 months after the inquiry was launched back in November 2015...

By Ann Crotty 14 Jul 2017

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Inquiry seeks data on informal retail

The four big national supermarket chains will be fighting hard to ensure the Competition Commission inquiry into the grocery retail sector includes detailed figures...

By Ann Crotty 14 Jul 2017

Food economies at risk of distortion by formal sector grocery retail
Food economies at risk of distortion by formal sector grocery retail

The Grocery Retail Sector Market Inquiry, initiated by the Competition Commission, has received input from the Sustainable Livelihoods Foundation...

6 Jul 2017

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Malls should give spaza shops rent-free spaces, Malema says

Township spaza shop owners should either be given shares or space in township malls, which are bankrupting them, EFF leader Julius Malema said...

23 Jun 2017

Senegal's corner shops go digital to track trade
Senegal's corner shops go digital to track trade

Corner shops, markets and street traders are still the traditional way most Senegalese do their shopping, but micro-businesses are turning to digital means of tracking clients...

19 Jun 2017

Coca-Cola's Bizniz in a Box helps turn the tide against youth unemployment
Coca-Cola's Bizniz in a Box helps turn the tide against youth unemployment

Coca-Cola Beverages South Africa (CCBSA) rolled out its Bizniz in a Box initiative in 2016 as part of the company's Youth Empowerment Programme...

14 Jun 2017

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Township shops 'bear brunt of unfair practices'

SA's top retailers were accused of anticompetitive behaviour in townships at the Competition Commission's first public hearings on the retail market in Pretoria...

7 Jun 2017

Bread trade goes stale
Bread trade goes stale

When Pretoria businessman Noah Msibi, 33, opened his bakery in 2010, business was booming...

6 Jun 2017

Researchers: SA suffers from fragmented policymaking in agriculture and food security
Researchers: SA suffers from fragmented policymaking in agriculture and food security

The review process has generated interesting connections, and it has highlighted important questions to start asking - like who holds the power in food value chains, and how this affects changes in food prices...

12 May 2017

MimiBizBox founder seeks to raise awareness this Freedom Day
MimiBizBox founder seeks to raise awareness this Freedom Day

This Freedom Day, Mimi Women CEO and founder Ramona Kasavan will be reaching out to disadvantaged women in rural areas to raise awareness on MimiBizBox...

25 Apr 2017

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Uganda's second Slow Food Earth Market launched in Manafwa

The objectives of the Manafwa Earth Market is preserving traditional and local products and bringing together small-scale food producers and consumers...

13 Apr 2017

Cointreau selects finalists in Creative Crew grant scheme
Cointreau selects finalists in Creative Crew grant scheme

The Cointreau Creative Crew (CCC) Grant Scheme, which sought to identify and empower female creativity across South Africa, has selected 15 finalists...

2 Mar 2017

New township delivery service pilots in Ekurhuleni
New township delivery service pilots in Ekurhuleni

A new retail home delivery service for townships, funded by the National Youth Development Agency (NYDA), has launched in Ekhuruleni...

14 Feb 2017

Why new entrants struggle to break into South Africa's retail space
Why new entrants struggle to break into South Africa's retail space

Effective competition in the supermarket industry is important because it has far-reaching implications for consumers and suppliers...

By Reena das Nair 7 Feb 2017

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Spaza shops need assistance to grow sustainably

Spaza shops are the backbone of South Africa's township economy and are the most visible and vivid scenery, depicting the vibrancy of township life...

By Munir Jeeva 6 Feb 2017

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Gill Mkhasibe to speak at ITF on how brands are purchased in informal retail

The Trade Intelligence Independent Trade Forum (ITF), being held on 23 February 2017 at the Focus Rooms, Sunninghill Sandton, will feature Gill Mkhasibe, MD and co-owner of The Mkhasibe Group (TMG), who will answer ‘How is your brand purchased in the informal trade?'

23 Jan 2017

#BestofBiz 2016: Retail
#BestofBiz 2016: Retail

We've compiled our annual #BestofBiz 2016 lists across all our industries featuring our most popular articles, most-read contributors and brand press offices with the most views. Discover the most read content on Bizcommunity's Retail portal over the past year below.

12 Dec 2016

#SustainabilityMonth: Turning an invasive plant into an eco-friendly opportunity
#SustainabilityMonth: Turning an invasive plant into an eco-friendly opportunity

Nigeria-based green entrepreneur Achenyo Idachaba is helping change the story in the riverine community of Bayeku in Ikorodu, Lagos by turning an invasive water plant that chokes Nigeria's waterways into a source of income...

By Sindy Peters 24 Oct 2016

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