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Workshop to help SADC countries improve food production

The governments of South Africa and New Zealand will join forces to share their expertise on food safety systems for export with their counterparts in the Southern Africa Development Community (SADC).

1 Sep 2014

Postive results likely from US-Africa summit says Davies

South Africa and Africa in general benefitted immensely from the recent US-Africa Leaders' Summit held in Washington last week, Trade and Industry Minister Rob Davies said on his return.

13 Aug 2014

SA Taxi's cash pile opens new frontiers

South Africa's largest minibus financier, SA Taxi, is looking for opportunities to expand its minibus lending business into other African countries and could direct R100m to its domestic finance project.

12 Jun 2014

Santova seeks to expand trade corridors

Supply chain management specialist Santova‚ could look to push into busy African markets in the financial year ahead.

By Marc Hasenfuss 5 Jun 2014

Packaging in SA is always changing shape

If there is one industry where everything is in flux and companies have to re-jig their shapes and formats all the time, it is SA's packaging manufacturers. Apart from constantly changing industry conditions, not least from encroaching rivals, each firm has specific obstacles to get over.

By Mark Allix 2 Jun 2014

Transnet seeks greater SADC investment in rail networks

Transnet has pleaded with Southern African Development Community (SADC) countries to invest more on railway infrastructure to improve intra-regional trade.

By Mpho Sibanyoni 29 May 2014

Grindrod moots 'much cheaper' trains

Grindrod's diesel-electric locomotive‚ which the company said was the cheapest in the world‚ could pit the logistics group as a competitor against state rail utility Transnet and global rolling stock manufacturers such as General Electric and Electro-Motive Diesel.

By Razina Munshi 28 Mar 2014

Fast-track fund for food security

Many African countries are farming countries, where agriculture is both a major component of gross domestic product growth as well as local employment and food supply.

By Shaun Harris 26 Nov 2013

Barloworld plans Africa expansion

Barloworld is targeting six sectors to boost the growth of its business and is busy positioning itself "o expand into west and east Africa‚ according to company chief executive Clive Thomson.

By Nick Hedley 20 Nov 2013

Famous Brands half-year earnings up 20% to 180c

Fast food group Famous Brands reported a 20% increase in headline earnings per share to 180c for the six months to August.

29 Oct 2013

Cargo Carriers' subsidiary brings innovation and reliability

Buks Haulage Limited, a Zambian subsidiary of Cargo Carriers, brings a combination of unique trailers and reliable trucks to Central African transport.

21 Oct 2013

Truworths slows drive into Africa

Truworths has adopted a cautious and incremental approach to store expansion plans outside SA in order to gain a better understanding of the operating environment and the market potential, the fashion retailer said in its annual report, released last week.

By Zeenat Moorad 30 Sep 2013

Quick meals for Africa

In SA, Famous Brands produces 265,000 cups of specially blended coffee a day. With 2,175 restaurants, the company, whose brands include Wimpy, Steers and Mugg & Bean, also makes 77m ice-cream cones a year. It's the big daddy of SA franchising, with a R9,7bn market capitalisation, and it wants to repeat its local success in the rest of Africa.

By Zeenat Moorad 16 Sep 2013

Crunch time for fruit exports

After 23 years in SA's R6bn fruit industry, many of them as managing director of Tru-Cape Fruit Marketing - SA's biggest producer of apples and pears - Charles Hughes is retiring without having fulfilled his ambition of gaining access to China's vast market. He blames it on the SA government.

16 Sep 2013

SA's 'cruel' livestock exports under fire

A ship carrying 3,500 head of cattle, goats and sheep will leave the country on Tuesday (10 September) for the island paradise of Mauritius - and the slaughterhouse - despite an outcry over "inhumane" livestock exports.

10 Sep 2013

Retailers hit sweet spot in Africa

Africa's scope for investment is steadily increasing and demand for more formal retail options from shoppers is following suit.

By Zeenat Moorad 26 Aug 2013

Counterfeit medicine trade targets Africa's poor

YAOUNDE, CAMEROON: From Cameroon to Ivory Coast, Kenya to the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), traders in counterfeit drugs do a thriving business with the utmost cynicism and sometimes at the cost of human lives.

24 Aug 2013

Massmart profits fall with consumers under pressure

Walmart-owned Massmart on Thursday (22 August) reported a 9.9% fall in first-half profits‚ as consumers in Africa's largest economy came under pressure.

By Zeenat Moorad 22 Aug 2013

Franchise sales up 16.8% for Famous Brands

Famous Brands has reported that its franchise sales increased 16.8% in the March to May quarter with a 16% improvement in South Africa and a 27.2% improvement in the rest of Africa region.

19 Jun 2013

Tourism growth outlook looks strong

Auditing firm PwC on Thursday (13 June) projected total room revenue in SA would grow at a compound annual rate of 9.2% between now and 2017 after overall spending on rooms in all categories rose by 13.4% in 2012 to R15.2bn‚ reflecting an increase in stay-unit nights and a 5.3% rise in the average room rate.

By Helmo Preuss 14 Jun 2013

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