Kagiso PMI shows SA manufacturing sector on the rebound

Latest results from the Kagiso Purchasing Managers’ Index (PMI) indicate South Africa’s manufacturing sector is rallying. The index rose for a third consecutive month in October, its best level since November 2013.

African musicians mine a rich vein of history

African musicians of today are more than just singers banging out a beat for people to dance. They tackle pressing issues using ancient musical traditions, keeping alive the spirit of West Africa's griots. They too are the oral story-tellers and poets who have always been the continent's historians and commentators.

South African companies take to 3D printing

High-tech 3D printing, also known as additive manufacturing, is gaining traction in South Africa with local companies using the technology to create intricate physical objects.

Norwegian cycling star signs with MTN-Qhubeka

Team MTN-Qhubeka have announced a major signing: Edvald Boasson Hagen, a stage winner in both the Tour de France and Giro d'Italia, is set to join the South African cycling outfit on a two-year contract.

Intra-African trade: going beyond political commitments

With trade within Africa at just about 11%, experts are calling on the continent's leaders to implement the right policies to boost intra-Africa trade. Africa Renewal's Masimba Tafirenyika explores the obstacles to trade within the continent and identifies what needs to be done to turn the situation around.

SA labour law compares well globally: report

South Africa's labour law - often criticised for being unduly rigid and restrictive - is in fact on par with many developed countries, according to a new report comparing labour legislation governing redundancies and restructuring in 23 countries around the world.

Global investors show confidence in South Africa

The results of the latest AT Kearney Foreign Direct Investment Confidence Index, conducted across 300 of the world’s leading multinational corporations, show that investor confidence in South Africa is growing, with the country climbing two places to 13th.

Women’s World Cup: SA selectors ‘spoilt for choice’

After some pleasing performances from his charges, Springbok Women's coach Lawrence Sephaka says it is going to be a tough task to select only 26 players for the IRB Women's Rugby World Cup, which takes place in France in August.

#BringBackOurGirls shows the power of social media in Africa

Social media's potential as a powerful agent for change and conflict resolution in Africa is being demonstrated by the hugely viral #BringBackOurGirls online campaign to rescue 276 Nigerian schoolgirls abducted by Boko Haram Islamist militants.

Seven reasons to be optimistic about Africa

As business and government leaders from across the globe gather in Abuja, Nigeria, for the World Economic Forum on Africa, KPMG International's global head of corporate citizenship Michael Hastings reflects on reasons to be hopeful about the future of the continent.