Contending with Africa’s informal markets

Anyone who aims to maximize their business opportunities in Africa will have to capture the informal trade. Even in nations like South Africa, the informal sector makes up a large portion of the economy – involving 2.9 million people (well over 17% of total...

Urgent need to fill African security skills

Africa’s business cannot afford to wait five years or more for security engineers to hone high-end skills – new skills development models must be introduced now, as the Fourth Industrial Revolution sweeps the continent, says Paul Williams, country manager:...

Huge potential for East African automotive

Despite traffic jams having become a familiar feature of most African cities, many emerging consumers on the continent still aspire to own and drive their own car, presenting both challenges and enormous opportunities for companies seeking to tap into this vast...

ICT investment, partnership key for Africa’s digital growth

Rapid advancements in information communications technologies (ICT) over the past 20 years has substantially altered the ways in which people live, work, play and interact with one another. By Li Peng, president: Huawei Southern Africa Region The World Bank’s...

African cities at the forefront of smart city growth

Wael Youssef, director of digital solutions, smart cities and IOT; and head of the Orange Business Services Smart Cities Centre of Excellence in Dubai, writes about the state of smart cities on the continent. “Smart Cities” is a phrase we hear often...

African businesses increase cloud budgets

Cloud computing is reaching ubiquitous adoption among enterprises in Africa. By Matthew Barker, divisional sales manager for sub-Saharan Africa at F5 Networks Shrinking IT budgets and increasing pressure to ‘do more with less’ is making cloud computing an...