April 2017 African Business News


Mthuli Ncube, Head of Quantum Global Research Lab

Here are the top & bottom 10 investment destinations in Africa, according to Quantum Global (Infographic)

Botswana is the most attractive economy for investments flowing into the African continent, according to the latest Africa Investment Index 2016 by Quantum Global’s independent research arm, Quantum Global Research Lab.

Pizza Hut Enters Ethiopia in Latest Expansion Into Africa

Pizza Hut Enters Ethiopia in Latest Expansion Into Africa

Pizza Hut is set to open three outlets in Ethiopia this year, becoming one of the first international restaurant chains to enter Africa’s second-most populous country.

Shoprite

Africa growth to rebound in 2017: Africa Capital Group (Infographic)

After the U.S. election in November, many Africa investors became concerned that a move toward a more isolationist trade policy in the U.S. would hinder business, trade and capital flows to and from Africa.

Ismail Ahmed, Founder & CEO, WorldRemit

WorldRemit Africa revenue to double by 2020 on mobile money, says Founder & CEO Ismail Ahmed

Higher-paid African expatriates sending cash to home countries. Money-transfer company has Facebook backer Accel as investor.

Johannesburg Stock Exchange

The Case for Bargain Hunting in South Africa

Charles Roth, of Thornburg Investment Management, has made the case that markets have over-reacted to the recent political shake-up in South Africa, driving asset prices below their underlying value.

An Ethiopian Airlines plane arriving in the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport Abuja on Tuesday, the first flight after rehabilitation of the runway. Credit: Albert Otu/ICE/NAN/premiumtimesng.com

Nigeria reopens Abuja airport after completing runway repairs 24 hours ahead of schedule

Nigeria’s international airport in the capital, Abuja, has formally reopened after six weeks of urgent repairs to its runway.

Aliko Dangote, CEO, Dangote Group

Africa's richest man promises to list refinery on Nigerian Stock Exchange

Aliko Dangote, the founder of the Dangote Group, has promised to list his Dangote Refinery on the Nigerian Stock Exchange.

Kim Reid, Founder & Co-CEO, Takealot

Africa's most valuable company Naspers ups investment in South Africa's largest e-commerce company Takealot

Naspers, Africa’s biggest ecommerce and digital company, has just invested R960 million (about $69.4 million) in Takealot Online, South Africa’s largest ecommerce company.

Mezze on the deck - Four Points by Sheraton Nairobi Hurlingham. Credit: starwoodhotels.com

Marriott International Opens First Property in Kenya

Marriott International, Inc. on Monday announced its first property in Kenya with the opening of Four Points by Sheraton Nairobi Hurlingham.

Jacob Zuma, President of South Africa

South African Stocks Poised for Long-Term Gains Despite Zuma's Maneuverings: Ryan Hoover, Portfolio Manager, Africa Capital Group

Late last month, South Africa’s increasingly unpopular president, Jacob Zuma, unceremoniously sacked his well-regarded Finance Minister, Pravin Gordhan.

Two Rivers Development, Nairobi, Kenya

Listed Real Estate in Eastern Africa and Beyond: What Next?

East African property markets have demonstrated desirable levels of resilience over the past few years.

Paul Kavuma, CEO, Catalyst Principal Partners

Catalyst Principal Partners completes first close of second fund with over $100 million in commitments

Catalyst Principal Partners has completed a first close of its successor private equity fund, Catalyst Fund II LP (“Fund II”) at $103 million.

Fitch downgrades South Africa's credit rating to junk status

Fitch downgrades South Africa's credit rating to "junk" status

Ratings agency Fitch downgraded South Africa’s credit rating to sub-investment grade on Friday.

Zuma has survived several no-confidence votes in recent years. Credit: Rogan Ward/Reuters/Al Jazeera

S&P downgrades South Africa's credit rating to junk

Credit rating agency Standard and Poor’s (S&P) has downgraded South Africa’s rating to junk status.

President Jacob Zuma is coming under increasing pressure to step down

South Africa unions to Zuma: Time to go

South Africa’s powerful trades union federation Cosatu has called for President Jacob Zuma to step down.

Pravi Gordhan, South Africa's former Finance Minister

South Africa's President Zuma sacks Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan in major cabinet reshuffle

Major cabinet reshuffle comes as calls for South African president to quit grow.

Lidya

Leading Nigerian fintech startup Lidya closes $1.25M seed funding round

Lidya, a leading fintech platform based in Nigeria, announced in late March that it has closed a US$1.25 million seed funding round to further its mission of easing access to finance for small and medium enterprises (SMEs) across Africa.

South Africa’s former Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan (Centre) arrives at the parliament to deliver the annual budget speech in Cape Town, South Africa in February. The minister was replaced by President Jacob Zuma on March 31, 2017, as part of a cabinet shuffle that changed 10 of the country’s 35 ministers. Credit: Schalk van Zuydam/AP/The National

South Africa's President changes 10 of the country's 35 ministers in cabinet shuffle

South African president Jacob Zuma faced a widening public backlash from senior members of the ruling African National Congress including his deputy, Cyril Ramaphosa.

Gabon's national team at the AFCON. Credit: AP Photo/Sunday Alamba/Quartz

Africa is the biggest beneficiary of FIFA's new 48-team World Cup format (Infographic)

When FIFA voted in January to change the format of soccer’s World Cup starting from 2026, it was unclear how the increase in participating nations, from 32 to 48, would affect slot allocations to the six geographic confederations.

Aigboje Aig-Imoukhuede,Nigeria, President of the Nigerian Stock Exchange (NSE) Council

The Nigerian Stock Exchange gets green light for public listing

The Nigerian Stock Exchange (NSE) has been given a green light by its members to become a publicly listed company, it said on Thursday.

Lamin Manjang, Chairman of the Kenya Bankers Association (KBA)

Kenya sets sights on green bonds after mobile phone issue

Kenya aims to issue its first ‘green’ bond this year, the initiative’s backers said on Friday, bolstering the nation’s reputation for financial innovation after the government launched the world’s first mobile phone bond earlier this month.

Kenya Electricity Transmission Company plans to become internet service provider

Kenya Electricity Transmission Company plans to become internet service provider

The Kenya Electricity Transmission Company (KETRACO) has announced plans to venture into the internet service provision business.

Waitresses place a series of orders at the Orbit Place Java House, a chain of Kenyan cafes

East African assets attract private equity interest

Family businesses seek sales amid growth in buyout groups in the region

Nollywood star Linda Ejiofor. Credit: Ike Ude/qz.com

Nollywood is giving the world a taste of true African glamour

Last month the romantic comedy The Wedding Party became the first movie from Nigeria’s growing film industry to break 400 million naira ($1.3 million).

The True Size of Africa

Boston Schools Use Modernized Maps That Enlarge Africa, Depict World More Accurately (Photos)

In the original map, Greenland appears bigger than Africa. In reality, it is 14 times smaller.

Mo Abudu, Founder & CEO, EbonyLife TV. Credit: CNN

Mo Abudu: The Nigerian media mogul building a global empire (Video)

How do you get from a talk show sofa to boardroom chair? If you ask Mosunmola “Mo” Abudu, it’s being motivated by an eagerness to dispel ignorance – more specifically about Africa.