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Unique mobile subscribers in Africa surpass half a billion

Dar es Salaam, Tanzania - More than half a billion people across Africa are now subscribed to mobile services as the continent continues to migrate rapidly to mobile broadband networks, reveals a new GSMA study.

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Activating on African soil: the time is now
Activating on African soil: the time is now

Stephan Botha of ProActive™ outlines the reasons why FMCG brands wanting to expand business in Africa can benefit hugely from activations.

By Stephan Botha, Issued by Provantage Media Group 5 hours ago

Kelly McGillivray
What I learned from working in Nigeria

TheSQUAD recently had the opportunity to pitch on doing an event in Abuja, Nigeria which meant I got to travel to that country for the first time. Besides discovering that the vegetation is lush, four people can fit on a scooter and the chilli is hot (even for the chilli queen), we learned a lot about doing business outside South Africa.

By Kelly McGillivray 6 hours ago

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Digital innovation in banking

Standard Bank has extended its banking app to four additional African markets simultaneously: Uganda, Namibia, Ghana and Botswana; and has plans to roll it out to Nigeria, Kenya, Zambia and Zimbabwe by the end of 2016.

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Econet signs NFL content deal for Sub-Saharan Africa

Econet Media and the National Football League (NFL) have reached an agreement that will see Econet Media's Kwesé Sports become the exclusive linear TV broadcaster of NFL content in a number of markets in sub-Saharan Africa as part of a five year deal. The deal - brokered by ESPN Media Distribution - includes live games and will kick-off at the beginning of the 2016- 2017 season.

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9 reasons to invest in African tech startups

African tech startups received a total amount of funding in excess of US$185.7 million in 2015, according to data compiled by Disrupt Africa, and there is every reason to expect this will grow in 2016.

By Tom Jackson 9 hours ago

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Action needed to avert Africa foreign debt crisis - report

Africa's external debt, about one-third of gross national income, is higher than the average for all African countries and exceeds the value of the country's exports, according to the 2016 UN Conference on Trade and Development (Unctad) Africa economic development report.

1 day ago

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Social entrepreneurship key to maternal and child health in Africa

NAIROBI, Kenya - The Healthymagination Mother and Child Programme, launched in March 2016 by GE and Santa Clara University's Miller Center for Social Entrepreneurship to address maternal and child mortality - by supporting African social entrepreneurs operating in the health sector - has taken the first big step toward achieving its objective: selecting the first group of social enterprises that will receive training and mentoring.

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New documentary seeks to stop spread of HIV

A new documentary has been launched at the International AIDS conference to support treatment expansion and stop the spread of HIV.

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Brands and influencers - the struggle is real
Brands and influencers - the struggle is real

Brands in South Africa are slowly but surely starting to understand the influencer landscape. They are largely dependent on their public relations teams to educate them on this matter. But if the PR teams themselves don't understand it, there is a problem.

By Anne Dolinschek 1 day ago

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New innovation centre spearheads L'Oréal research for African continent

L'Oréal has inaugurated its new research and innovation centre to study African hair and skin specificities, as well as the beauty routines and expectations of sub-Saharan consumers.

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Southern Africa is experiencing the worst El Niño-induced drought in 35 years

ANTANANARIVO, Madagascar - Winding up a nine-day visit to the UK, Malawi and Madagascar, United Nations Assistant Secretary-General and Deputy Emergency Relief Coordinator Kyung-wha Kang called for urgent action by governments and donors to assist millions of people affected by severe drought in the southern Africa region.

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FMCG sector in sub-Saharan Africa is set to boom

Sub-Saharan Africa is developing fast, with infrastructure roll-out across the region, unprecedented urbanisation and a fast-growing middle class.These developments set the scene for huge FMCG sector growth in the short to medium term, says Adam Molai, southern African FMCG entrepreneur, who is positioning his business holdings to capitalise on the coming boom.

22 Jul 2016