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Episode 84: Agency focus - Source

Date: 2 Apr 2014
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Episode 82: An African Path to Success & Effective Measure

Date: 24 Feb 2014 | Time: 39:00min
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Episode 81: Conn Bertish and Cairo

Date: 14 Feb 2014 | Time: 44:44min
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SABMiller's Africa sales slow growth

SABMiller's (SAB) fourth-quarter revenue growth fell short of analysts' expectations‚ sending the global brewing company's share price down by 2.21% on the JSE on Tuesday (15 April).

By Nick Hedley 17 Apr 2014 07:58

Bottom line: It's about Africa

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By Danette Breitenbach 11 Apr 2014 09:35

Ford's sub-Saharan drive may benefit SA plants

As Ford's only manufacturing operation in the Middle East and Africa‚ Ford Southern Africa is in pole position to benefit from the group's decision to intensify marketing and production in sub-Saharan Africa‚ says Stephen Odell‚ president of Ford's European‚ Middle East and African operations.

By David Furlonger 11 Apr 2014 05:25

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Grindrod moots 'much cheaper' trains

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By Razina Munshi 28 Mar 2014 11:25

Winning advertising creative - you get what you brief

A brand manager's dream: Produce a TV advert showcasing the benefits of a product whilst bringing a tear to the consumer's eye and galvanising them to rush out to purchase it.

By Dina Saffer-Myers 18 Mar 2014 15:51

SA vs Botswana: The Woolworths price difference

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By Gwen Watkins 5 Mar 2014 16:02

Edcon to begin retrenching at Edgars from May

Edcon will start retrench staff at its core Edgars chain in May‚ in a bid to reduce operating costs.

By Zeenat Moorad 19 Feb 2014 09:23

PPC prepares to enter Algerian cement market

PPC said on Monday (10 February) advanced plans are in place to enter the Algerian cement market‚ through a partnership with Algerian private sector investors‚ in Hodna Cement.

11 Feb 2014 07:10

Altech to sell its non-core stake in Liquid for US$55m

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16 Jan 2014 07:53

Luxury goods firms taking the battle to Africa

Investment interest has grown in Africa's frontier markets this year and the region is set to become a key battleground for the luxury goods industry.

By Zeenat Moorad 27 Dec 2013 10:57

Zimbabwe takes heart from Antwerp trial sale of gems

Zimbabwe is planning a second auction of its Marange diamonds next February‚ buoyed by the interest in and sale of more than 279‚000 carats of diamonds in Antwerp‚ Belgium. The sale raked in US$10.7m.

By Ray Ndlovu 24 Dec 2013 08:49

Edcon to distribute UK brand River Island in SA

Unlisted retail group Edcon has signed a franchise deal with British high street brand River Island‚ providing the local leading company with sole distribution rights in SA.

By Zeenat Moorad 19 Dec 2013 10:37

Sanlam, Santam work together in emerging markets

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By Gillian Jones 13 Dec 2013 09:59

Yuppiechef creams customer service with common sense

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By Sindy Peters 5 Dec 2013 10:35

Hyprop buys 87% of African Land for R768m

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29 Nov 2013 06:33

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 06:54

Woolworths buys back African franchises

Woolworths said on Tuesday, 5 November, that it had signed agreements to purchase its franchise businesses in Botswana‚ Namibia‚ Swaziland and Ghana.

By Zeenat Moorad 6 Nov 2013 10:46

Luxury brands turn attention to Africa

Africa's growing middle class has expensive tastes and research by Bain & Company suggests that luxury goods sales will increase by 11% this year - demonstrating the continent's potential for upmarket goods.

By Zeenat Moorad 5 Nov 2013 09:50

Pepkor performance 'outshines listed peers'

It's clear from the latest Brait investment presentation that the delisting of fashion retailing conglomerate Pepkor in 2004 robbed the JSE of an outstanding consumer business.

By Marc Hasenfuss 1 Nov 2013 08:50

Zuma calls for increased trade between SA, DRC

President Jacob Zuma says South Africa and the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) must explore ways to stimulate trade and investment between the two countries.

31 Oct 2013 06:07

Famous Brands half-year earnings up 20% to 180c

Fast food group Famous Brands reported a 20% increase in headline earnings per share to 180c for the six months to August.

29 Oct 2013 10:34

Shoprite turnover up 10.2% for September quarter

Shoprite Holdings‚ Africa's biggest retail group‚ reported that its turnover had increased by 10.2% in the three months to September.

29 Oct 2013 09:59

FNB's eWallet shows strong growth in Africa

First National Bank's eWallet continues to show strong growth in its African operations with a 119% year-on-year increase. It has also maintained growth in SA with the total number of eWallets in all countries reaching 2.5m‚ an 84% increase from the previous financial year.

By Bekezela Phakathi 28 Oct 2013 10:52

Distell sees cider as means to quench thirst for growth in Africa

After two major acquisitions in international cognac and whisky brands‚ Stellenbosch-based liquor group Distell will now be prioritising the global growth of its highly-profitable cider brands.

By Marc Hasenfuss 18 Oct 2013 09:56

Premier buys Li-Lets to get other FMCG categories says Brait

The purchase of feminine hygiene brand Lil-Lets Group by Brait company Premier Foods is part of a broader strategy to expand Premier across other fast-moving consumer goods (FMCG) categories according to Brait director Sean Dougherty.

By Nick Hedley 14 Oct 2013 08:02

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By Amanda Visser 11 Oct 2013 11:37

Truworths slows drive into Africa

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By Zeenat Moorad 30 Sep 2013 11:38

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By Zeenat Moorad 16 Sep 2013 09:21

Crunch time for fruit exports

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16 Sep 2013 08:59

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