February 2017 African Business News


Hyatt Regency Johannesburg

JLL predicts increased hotel investment activity in Sub-Saharan Africa

Recent high-profile transactions in the Sub-Saharan hotel sector have industry experts predicting increased liquidity, leading to more open-market transactions in the future.

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie (Left)

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie on what Americans get wrong about Africa (Video)

Chimamanda Adichie is vocal about many things and African literature ranks highly on that list.

Bob Diamond, CEO of Atlas Mara and former CEO of Barclays

CEO at Bob Diamond's Atlas Mara exits company

Atlas Mara, the African investment vehicle co-founded by former Barclays boss Bob Diamond, has unveiled plans for a shake-up.

Social media has become the media in Africa

Social media has become the media in Africa

Five years ago, when Social Media Week launched in Lagos, it was the first event of its kind in Africa on that scale. At the time, social media seemed mostly a fun and useful marketing communications platform.

AccorHotels headquarters in Issy-les-Moulineaux near Paris, France

AccorHotels signs deals to open three hotels in Ethiopia

Europe’s largest hotel group AccorHotels, will open three hotels in Ethiopia by 2021, becoming the latest international chain to tap into the growing business and tourism sectors in the country.

Maria Ramos, CEO, Barclays Africa Group

Barclays and Barclays Africa Group agree on separation terms

Barclays Africa Group today announced that it has agreed terms for operational separation with UK-based Barclays PLC, which is reducing its shareholding in Barclays Africa.

Carlyle Group And TPG Capital Make $100M Bid for Kenyan coffee chain Java House

Carlyle Group and TPG Capital make $100M bid for Kenyan coffee chain Java House

Two of America’s largest private equity firms, Carlyle Group and TPG Capital, are looking to acquire Kenyan coffee chain Java House is a deal that could be worth as much as $100 million.

Nigeria says telcos must list on stock exchange

Nigeria says telcos must list on stock exchange

The Nigerian government says telecommunication companies operating in Nigeria must quickly conclude plans to get listed on the Nigerian Stock Exchange (NSE) or face regulatory penalties from their compliance failures.

Cape Town was the most important destination in 2016 for startup investments in Africa

Investment in Africa's tech start-ups on the rise

From mobile money to cargo drones and rugged portable wifi hotspots, Africa’s innovators are generating new technology to tackle consumer needs and development challenges.

Aliko Dangote, Chairman, Dangote Group

Africa's richest man Dangote plans rice mill in Nigeria to tap growing demand

Dangote Group, controlled by Africa’s richest man Aliko Dangote, plans to launch a rice mill with a farm scheme in Nigeria to tap growing demand for paddy in Africa’s biggest economy.

PesaLink - Kenyan banks have joined forces to launch a mobile money rival to M-PESA

Kenyan banks have joined forces to launch a mobile money rival to M-PESA

Nearly ten years after its launch, M-Pesa finally has what could be a major competitor in the multi-billion dollar mobile money transactions business.

Steinhoff-Shoprite merger talks collapse as sides fail to agree on terms

Steinhoff-Shoprite merger talks collapse as sides fail to agree on terms (Infographic)

A successful deal would have created Africa’s biggest retailer. Shares of both companies jump as news ends antitrust concerns over deal.

Nairobi Securities Exchange to issue gold ETF

Kenya's Capital Markets Authority approves listing of first ETF

Kenya’s first ETF, which will track the price of gold, will be issued by NewGold Issuer (RF) Limited, which is incorporated in South Africa.

Nic Rudnick, CEO, Liquid Telecom

Pan-African Liquid Telecom Group has completed the $500M purchase of South Africa's Neotel

South African communications network operator Neotel has officially become part of the pan-African telecoms group Liquid Telecom.

Estée Lauder partners with Jumia to bring key brands to Nigerian market

Estée Lauder partners with Jumia to bring key brands to Nigerian market

The Estée Lauder Companies is set to launch Clinique, Estée Lauder and Aramis into the Nigerian market for the first time thanks to its new partnership with Jumia Online Retailer.

Frank Adu, CEO, CAL Bank

Arise BV acquires 28% stake in Ghana's CAL Bank as DPI successfully exits

CAL Bank has announced that its second largest shareholder, private equity firm DPI, has successfully sold its 27.7 percent stake in CAL Bank to Arise BV of the Netherlands.

Orange Seeks Africa Deals as Wireless Carrier Eyes Expansion

Orange Seeks Africa Deals as Wireless Carrier Eyes Expansion

Orange SA is seeking deals in Africa as France’s biggest wireless carrier targets the continent as a source of additional revenue growth, according to a company official.

Who takes the throne? Credit: qz.com/HBO

ShowMax is stepping up its pan-African battle with Netflix by putting servers in Kenya

In the battle to become the preferred video content streaming service by a majority of Africans, content servers are the weapon of choice.

Tanya van Lill, incoming CEO, SAVCA (Credit: linkedin.com)

Southern African Venture Capital and Private Equity Association taps Tanya van Lill as new CEO

Tanya van Lill has been named CEO of the Southern African Venture Capital and Private Equity Association.

Isondo will produce fuel cell compontents using platinum as a catalyst

South Africa targets auto sector with fuel cell plant

Africa’s first fuel cell component plant using platinum as a catalyst will start production by December aiming to take advantage of rising demand for clean energy cars.

EXEO Capital's Sub-Saharan Africa agribusiness Agri-Vie Fund II attracts over $100M in first close

EXEO Capital's agribusiness Agri-Vie Fund II attracts over $100M in first close

EXEO Capital, the pan-African private equity investment firm, has announced the first close of the second Agri-Vie Fund, focused on the food and agribusiness sector in Sub-Saharan Africa.

2017 Peugeot 3008

Peugeot to assemble vehicles in Kenya

France’s PSA Group, the maker of Peugeot and Citroen cars, said on Saturday it had signed a contract to assemble Peugeot brand vehicles in Kenya.

Prem Watsa, Founder, Chairman & CEO, Fairfax

Canadian insurer Fairfax said to raise about $500M for new Africa fund

Prem Watsa’s Fairfax Financial Holdings Ltd. is expected to raise about $500 million for its new African investment fund, according to people familiar with the matter.

AFCON 2017 - Cameroon beats Egypt to lift African title

2017 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON 2017): Cameroon beats Egypt to win 5th title

Cameroon produced a stunning comeback to beat Egypt in the final of the African Cup of Nations (AFCON), held in Gabon’s capital, Libreville, on Sunday.

Angola’s President José Eduardo dos Santos

Angola's President Dos Santos anoints Deputy Lourenco

Angola’s long-time President Jose Eduardo dos Santos has confirmed he will step down before August’s poll and has announced his likely successor.

Nando's considering IPO

Soon You Could Buy Shares in Nando's

Nando’s Group, the South African fast-food company known for its spicy chicken and fries, is considering a London Stock Exchange IPO, according to people familiar with the matter.

Bastian Gotter, Co-Founder, iROKO Partners

iROKOtv Co-Founder Bastian Gotter leaves the company to invest in African startups

Bastian Gotter is the Co-Founder of iROKO, the VC-backed African entertainment and tech company that has single-handedly changed the face of Nollywood content distribution.

Moussa Faki Mahamat attends a meeting in Chad, in 2014. Credit: theguardian.com/Farouk Batiche/AFP/Getty Images

Chad's Foreign Minister Moussa Faki Mahamat elected African Union Chairman

Chad’s foreign minister has been elected as the new chair of the African Union Commission, pledging to place development and security at the top of his agenda and streamline the organization’s bureaucracy.

Job Opening - Agro Economist

Job Opening: Agronomist / Agriculture Economist / Agriculture Consultant

A newly formed commercial agriculture venture in Nigeria is looking to hire an Agronomist/Agriculture Economist/Agriculture Consultant.

Sola David-Borha, CEO, Rest of Africa, Standard Bank Group. Credit: saharaweeklyng.com

Sola David-Borha appointed Standard Bank Group Africa CEO, Yinka Sanni appointed Stanbic IBTC Holdings CEO & Demola Sogunle appointed Stanbic IBTC Bank CEO

Standard Bank Group, Africa’s largest bank by assets, has appointed Sola David-Borha as the CEO (Rest of Africa) of Standard Bank Group effective January 19th, 2017.