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2016 marked a challenging year for African equity markets

Activity in African capital markets shows significant decline in 2016 amidst economic uncertainty and global political upheaval. On a sector basis, the financial services sector continued to dominate the African IPO market during 2016 with 45% of total value and 55% of total volume, followed by consumer goods and industrials with a total value of 31% and 13% respectively

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Severe food shortages impact Africa's refugees
Severe food shortages impact Africa's refugees

UNHCR and WFP are concerned that sustained cuts to food assistance will have severe nutrition and protection-related consequences as refugees try to cope by skipping meals, pulling their children out of schools to stay at home or work, and selling family assets.

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Telecoms to take advantage of virtual reality

Unfortunately for telecoms companies, there are only a handful of times when they are front of mind for their customers – when their core service is delivering a poor user experience (especially when friends on other networks have full reception or 4G in the same spot); when their operator is offering deals or promotions; when they receive a high monthly bill; or when they are coming to the end of their contract and can trade up to the latest state-of-the-art handset.

By Mark de Groot 3 hours ago

5 African blockchain companies to watch
5 African blockchain companies to watch

Blockchain is undoubtedly one of the hottest topics in the tech industry. When people think of Blockchain, their initial thoughts lean towards cryptocurrencies and fintech - it is however far more than just a new payment system.

By Dean Workman 4 hours ago

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Paratus Telecom brings Radwin Jet wireless broadband to Zambia

Telecom, the largest privately owned Pan-African telecoms operator and a leading service provider in Zambia, has installed cutting-edge wireless broadband technology that reduces signal interference and enables greater coverage with less infrastructure.

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Sage launches enterprise fund to inspire African innovation

Sage this week launched the Sage Foundation's new $1 million Enterprise Fund which is open to non-profits in Africa with enterprising ideas to help improve the lives of the youth, military veterans, women and girls.

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Why your content strategy has nothing to do with you

My house has been on the market for four months. In this time, not one person has come to view it, not even when it was on show. Not even a nosy neighbour. It's almost as bad as if no one comes to your birthday party.

By Tarryn Giebelmann 20 hours ago

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Mobile weather platform unveiled for emerging markets

IBM and The Weather Company, have introduced new Mesh Network Alerts technology developed by IBM researchers. The app provides a mobile method of communicating with populations in developing countries to notify users of potential severe weather events or disasters – even in areas with limited internet connectivity, or in areas where cellular networks are disrupted due to an outage.

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Online gaming offers new markets to brands
Online gaming offers new markets to brands

As more gamers play sports online, major brands, such as Gillette, are capitalising on this multi-million dollar industry.

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Research calls for new approach to youth strategies in Africa

KIGALI, Rwanda - Innovative research released by The MasterCard Foundation is making the case for a new approach to youth employment training strategies in Africa, as the research reveals the extraordinary lengths young people take to make a living.

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NBA Africa game will be televised across continent
NBA Africa game will be televised across continent

The National Basketball Association (NBA) and the National Basketball Players Association (NBPA) have announced that NBA Africa Game 2017, the NBA's second game in Africa, will take place in August at the Ticketpro Dome in Johannesburg, South Africa.

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Famine declared in South Sudan

Five million people are at risk of famine in South Sudan and humanitarian aid is urgently needed for food, agriculture and nutrition. A formal famine declaration means that people have already begun dying of hunger.

By Louise Marsland 2 days ago

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Top tips for face-to-face selling

It is common for salespeople to seek a path that offers least resistance. For example, a salesperson may prefer sending an email or making a quick phone call rather than meeting up with the customer. What the majority of salespeople don't know is that customers ignore emails and calls, which means selling products and services becomes more difficult.

By Jared Koning 3 days ago