60 seconds with…Marcel Brekelmans, general manager at the Hôtel des Mille Collines in Kigali Most guests know that the film Hotel Rwanda is based on events that occurred in our hotel; this place served as a kind of shelter during the 1994 genocide. Some people book rooms with us because of our historical […]

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All eyes on Africa How the rise of CCTV coverage on the continent is bringing opportunities for the business community Closed-circuit TV might seem like the ultimate first-world indulgence, but the use of CCTV is becoming increasingly widespread in African towns and cities. And earlier this year, in response to the […]

All Eyes on Africa

Eastern Promise The jury’s still out on the subject of China’s investment in Africa. Just how beneficial are Beijing’s trade arrangements? Daniel Howden weighs up the evidence and reveals how this economic superpower is contributing to the continent’s development in the 21st century To the casual visitor, the most obvious sign of […]

Eastern Promise

60 seconds with…Johan Van Wassenhove, MD of Denys, based in Ghent Denys is a multi-specialist construction group working in North and sub-Saharan Africa.One of our most recent projects involved constructing a 35km pipeline in Ghana to bring water from the Volta river to a water plant in Accra, where it […]

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Micro madams More and more women across Kenya are finding their feet in the world of business, thanks in large part to microfinance loan schemes. Chris Peck reports Among Africa’s female working population there is an emerging trend towards local investment from microfinance organisations, set up to encourage entrepreneurs to build a better […]

Micro Madams

The next big thing Coffee might be Rwanda’s biggest export, but asks John Sannaae, is fruit where its trade future lies? As Rwanda continues to step up its efforts to compete economically on a global level, fruit looks likely to become the country’s next major export. In recent years, Rwandan coffee […]

The Next Big Thing

Mobile learning Peter Griffiths reports on how the solution to Africa’s increasing need for educational resources could lie in the continent’s impressive growth of mobile phone usage A recent United Nations report confirms that since 2003 mobile subscriptions in Africa have been growing faster than in any other region, despite […]

Mobile Learning

Sun, Sea & Sand Holidaymakers can sample a taste of paradise at Sierra Leone’s picture-postcard River No 2 beach. But, as Katrina Manson discovers, community efforts behind this locally run enterprise also offer a longer-lasting blueprint for tourism Having caught her first glimpse of the beach, as the palms parted […]

Sun, Sea and Sand

Roaming for business Visitors to the African continent might find it bizarre that the first thing the ‘street entrepreneur’ does is to reach for a mobile phone. But, as Peter Griffiths reveals, it is precisely this connectivity that has opened up a range of wild-card activities and services to tourists […]

Roaming for business

Business Browser Every issue we review businesses, products and meet people behind key organisations across our network ORGANISATION TO KNOW If you want to lower your carbon footprint, check out Mercy Corp’s new online initiative. The site allows you to calculate your carbon emissions and offset them by investing in […]

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