SKA to ‘transform perceptions of Africa’

The Square Kilometre Array (SKA) radio telescope will transform perceptions of Africa, Science and Technology Minister Derek Hanekom said on Wednesday following the first ministerial meeting of the nine SKA African partner countries.

EU, DBSA launch R1.5bn infrastructure fund

The European Union and the Development Bank of Southern Africa have launched a €100-million (R1.5-billion) programme to provide grant funding in support of loans for essential infrastructure projects in South Africa and the southern African region.​

African consumers ‘optimistic, eager to spend’

The number of Africans at all income levels who are able and willing to buy a range of products may be larger than many companies believe, with emerging consumer classes fuelling a pent-up demand for products and services, according to a new report by The Boston Consulting Group.

South African cities top of Africa Twitter list

Johannesburg is the top tweeting city in Africa, with two other South African cities among the continent's top five Twitter centres, according to the second How Africa Tweets study from London- and Nairobi-based communications company Portland.

PPC to enter Algerian cement market

South Africa's PPC is set to enter the Algerian cement market through a 49% acquisition of local company Hodna Cement. PPC, which is already building cement plants in three other African countries, is aiming to earn 40% of its revenues outside of South Africa by 2017, says CEO Ketso Gordhan.

Africa ‘committed to tackling trade bottlenecks’

African heads of state are committed to tackling the infrastructure bottlenecks blocking intra-Africa trade and investment, South African President Jacob Zuma told the Bloomberg "Africa: Economic Outlook and Opportunities" conference in Johannesburg on Monday.

Infrastructure critical for Africa’s growth: Zuma

Well-functioning infrastructure, a rejuvenated agricultural sector and an end to conflicts will be critical for Africa to achieve its full economic growth potential, South African President Jacob Zuma said in an interview on the sidelines of the African Union summit in Addis Ababa on Friday.

South Africa’s competitive advantage in the developing world

South Africa's approach to government policy sets a benchmark for other emerging countries to follow, writes Brand South Africa chief executive Miller Matola.

SA backs African crisis response force

South Africa will continue to support a temporary standby force capable of responding quickly to crisis situations in Africa, State Security Minister Siyabonga Cwele said as leaders continued to debate the initiative at the African Union summit in Addis Ababa on Thursday.

Africa’s EASSy cable set for upgrade

French company Alcatel-Lucent is set to upgrade the 10 000km EASSy submarine cable system with the latest 100 gigabit-per-second technology, boosting ultra-broadband capacity in eastern and southern Africa and strengthening its connectivity with Europe, the Middle East and Asia.