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Bottom line: It's about Africa

Africa is the story, actually the big story is Africa*. This was the message from Malcolm Horne, of Broll at the fourth South African Council of Shopping Centres (SACSC) annual research conference.

By Danette Breitenbach 11 Apr 2014 09:35

'Beyond Retail' for Africa

Professional services firm, Deloitte was a title sponsor of the inaugural World Retail Congress Africa, held last month in Sandton. I spoke to Ilse du Toit, a manager within the Strategy & Innovation practice at Deloitte Consulting.

By Danette Breitenbach 17 Dec 2013 08:48

[2013 trends] Africa's dynamic markets
[2013 trends] Africa's dynamic markets

The year 2013 for most brands, especially the ones coping with saturated markets in developed countries, will be a decisive one. Incorporating Africa into their corporate brand strategy, if they haven't done so, will be the better part of valour, so to speak.

By Obaika Consulting Team 31 Jan 2013 13:20

[2013 trends] Out-of-the-box branding
[2013 trends] Out-of-the-box branding

No, the concepts of "tribalism", "gamification" and "engagement" aren't a promo for the latest computer game, but are in fact the trends that will characterise the way companies and consumers interact in 2013. The branding industry is constantly developing and. while the following trends are evolutions rather than dynamic, short-term changes, we believe there are 10 areas that will define the brandscape over the next year.

By HKLM Exco Team 31 Jan 2013 12:33

[2013 trends] Africa poised for a great future
[2013 trends] Africa poised for a great future

As 2013 commences, afro-pessimism seems to cede to afro-optimism. There is a global consensus: Africa is poised for a great future. What will be the impact of Africa's growth on our industry? What will be the major trends of the year? In the business world, predicting the future is a crucial exercise.

By Nandkishor Buty 30 Jan 2013 12:39

TransUnion expands into Africa
TransUnion expands into Africa

TransUnion, a global credit and information management organisation, has acquired majority shareholding in CRB Holdings Limited, signifying its bold expansion steps into Africa.

By Gregory Gondwe 28 Oct 2011 11:19

[Netprophet 2011] African ecommerce market has a long way to go

A billion Africans and 50 million bank accounts. In South Africa, credit cards are used by only 16.5% of the population (2008). No African country comes close to 1% of total retail spend spent online - the magic figure which constitutes the tipping point for digital retail growth. No wonder, then, that the ecommerce market in Africa hasn't bloomed.

By Herman Manson 12 May 2011 18:55

[2011 trends] It's a Wild. Wired. Wellthy. World!
[2011 trends] It's a Wild. Wired. Wellthy. World!

The recent global recession has changed our world forever. In a new digital age, characterised by oversupply and too many product types in almost every market, the challenge for companies will be to locate and capture pools of high-profit demand and be able to move with speed and flexibility to take advantage of them. Here are 11 trends for 2011.

By Gisèle Wertheim Aymés 18 Jan 2011 14:17

[2011 trends] A year of hard work for brands
[2011 trends] A year of hard work for brands

If 2010 could be summed up as soccer, vuvuzelas and national pride, 2011 will be all about the hard work of restoring the economy to sustainable growth, paying attention to environmental concerns and mastering the technologies that are changing the world. Here are a few trends to watch in 2011.

By Janice Spark 17 Jan 2011 15:27

Delayed by volcano

The eruption of Iceland's Eyjafjallajökull volcano had a massive impact on many spheres - from the airlines, to events, to travel, to health, import and exports, and more, and its impact is likely to be felt for a long time - and that's even should the eruption cease completely - which it hasn't!

By Rod Baker 29 Apr 2010 09:00

Zain, Multichoice Malawi strike deal
Zain, Multichoice Malawi strike deal

Zain Malawi has signed an agreement with Multichoice Malawi to enable customers to pay their monthly DStv subscriptions through Zain's mobile money transfer facility, ZAP Khusa M'manja. Zain Malawi finance director Longa Sipula hailed the deal as an example of what mobile phones can do to improve lives.

By Gregory Gondwe 28 Apr 2010 06:49

FIFA World Cup: 2.2m tickets sold, 500 000 still available
FIFA World Cup: 2.2m tickets sold, 500 000 still available

The 2010 FIFA World Cup is slowly but surely edging closer to a full stadium syndrome, with 2.2 million tickets sold so far. The remaining 500 000 tickets will go on sale on 15 April 2010 during the last ticket sale phase, which includes over-the-counter sales at designated FIFA ticketing centres nationwide, the organisers announced today, Friday, 9 April.

By Issa Sikiti da Silva 9 Apr 2010 13:30

Nedbank Malawi expands

Nedbank Malawi announced on Monday, 15 February 2010 that it will be opening two additional branches in Blantyre and Lilongwe as part of the bank's expansion strategy.

By Gregory Gondwe 18 Feb 2010 08:40

Malawi's new procurement procedures to support SMEs

Government, through its office of the director of public procurement (ODPP) has set up new procurement procedures, which will support small-to-medium enterprise (SMEs), other local manufacturers and producers.

By Gregory Gondwe 4 Feb 2010 10:29

Central bank establishes foreign exchange controls

Malawi has set up new exchange controls as a strategic way of ensuring adequate utilisation of its foreign exchange reserves.

By Gregory Gondwe 11 Jan 2010 07:07

Malawi requires new IMF programme
Malawi requires new IMF programme

Malawi's economic fate awaits decision by the International Monetary Fund (IMF), which has set 10 February 2010 as the day to decide the new programme to be taken up by Malawi.

By Gregory Gondwe 4 Jan 2010 07:18

Malawi: Kwacha devaluation causes panic

The government's decision to devalue the local currency, the Malawi Kwacha, last week has sparked fears that it might affect interest and inflation rates.

By Gregory Gondwe 20 Nov 2009 11:54

Malawi starts exporting uranium
Malawi starts exporting uranium

Malawi has started exporting uranium, which is going through Zambia before departure for overseas using the Walvis Bay of Namibia.

By Gregory Gondwe 21 Oct 2009 11:03

Air Malawi's survival dependant on public

Air Malawi CEO Wisdom Mchungula has confessed that the debt-riddled airliner is surviving by the mercy of Malawian public. The CEO made these confessions in the presence of the Malawi Parliamentary Committee on Budget and Finance in Lilongwe last week.

By Gregory Gondwe 15 Oct 2009 10:37

Reserve Bank of Malawi appoints new governor

President Bingu wa Mutharika, on Monday, 14 September 2009, appointed a new govener of the country's reserve bank. Dr. Perks Ligoya, who was director of economics in the finance ministry and initially worked at the central bank for 20 years, has already accepted the challenge.

By Gregory Gondwe 16 Sep 2009 10:11

President Mutharika expels four tobacco buyers

President Bingu wa Mutharika, early last week, deported four tobacco buyers for allegedly conniving to sabotage the Malawi economy.

By Gregory Gondwe 15 Sep 2009 07:33

Malawi: Bata Shoe Company turns 115

The Bata Shoe Company is celebrating its over 115 year survival in the business of making footwear by refurbishing its 32 shops across Malawi - a venture that will cost K50 million.

By Gregory Gondwe 8 Sep 2009 07:04

Malawi establishes credit reference bureau

The Bankers Association of Malawi (BAM) has joined hands with Kenyan-based CRB-Africa to form the first of its kind Credit Reference Bureau (CRB-Malawi). BAM President George Partridge who is also the country's CEO for Malawi's largest bank by assets, the National Bank of Malawi (NBM) said the bureau would help commercial banks stop wasting time and resources trying to establish history of customers.

By Gregory Gondwe 14 Aug 2009 09:19

K4bn tobacco company opens in Lilongwe

Kanengo Tobacco Processing Ltd (KTPL) has opened its doors in Lilongwe, Malawi with an investment of K4bn, becoming the country's third largest tobacco processing company after Limbe Leaf Tobacco Company and Alliance One Tobacco.

By Gregory Gondwe 13 Aug 2009 08:26

Malawi clamps down on illegal currency dealers

As a shortage of foreign currency threatens to derail Malawi's economic growth, authorities have clamped down on illegal dealers of foreign currency with the court fining a Chinese national who was caught trying to smuggle out thousands of US dollars and arresting two local businessmen found in possession of fake foreign currencies.

By Gregory Gondwe 11 Aug 2009 10:11

Central Bank whips on forex bureaus

As Malawi is still struggling to get enough foreign currency on the market, its central bank, the Reserve Bank of Malawi (RBM) has unleashed its latest whip on forex bureaus for what it called non-compliance to rules set in the Exchange Control Regulations 2007.

By Gregory Gondwe 6 Aug 2009 10:14

Old Mutual jerks Masi into motion

Old Mutual, the sole foreign counter in the Malawi Stock Exchange (MSE), last week, jerked the Malawi All Share Index (Masi) into motion after months of inaction moving it upwards to 4954.28 points from 4952.11 representing a 2.17 points push.

By Gregory Gondwe 3 Aug 2009 09:40

Malawi to receive US$80m IMF funds as economic cushion

Malawi's resident representative for the International Monetary Fund (IMF) Maitland Macfarlan announced last week that Malawi will benefit from the body's rescue plan, to help countries fend off the world economic crisis.

By Gregory Gondwe 31 Jul 2009 10:40

Malawi All Share Index stuck

Malawi's scale of trading on its Malawi Stock Exchange (MSE), the Malawi All Share Index (MASI) has not shown any activity for the last four weeks raising more fears on its performance; the local shares market has not registered significant share price gains since the beginning of this year.

By Gregory Gondwe 20 Jul 2009 15:54

Air Malawi, Jo'burg partner for shopping festival
Air Malawi, Jo'burg partner for shopping festival

The financially struggling Air Malawi has struck a deal with South Africa's City of Johannesburg to allow interested Malawians to benefit from the 2009 Jo'burg Shopping Festival scheduled for 1 - 30 September 2009.

By Gregory Gondwe 17 Jul 2009 09:47

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