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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 […]

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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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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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Business browser Every issue we review businesses, products and meet people behind key organisations across our network HOLIDAY HOTSPOT The Gambia may be one of Africa’s smallest countries but, having enjoyed long spells of stability, it is also a tourism hotspot. Indeed, tourism is the country’s fastest growing industry, contributing […]

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Water works Un-exploited hydro resources are abundant across Africa. Peter Griffiths reports on the need to untap the continent’s power potentialIllustrations Nils Davey Flying over Africa late at night reveals a continent largely in darkness, littered only by flickers of faint firelights and several metropolises that have managed to find […]

Water Works


Business browser Every issue we review businesses, products and meet people behind key organisations across our network. ORGANIZATION TO KNOW RAWBANK is a Congolese bank that was established in 2001 by five brothers of the Rawji family. The bank has already opened branches in DR Congo’s three most important cities, […]

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A loan in the dark Although ranked as one of the world’s poorest countries by the United Nations, Sierra Leone is in the process of creating an entrepreneurial middle class using microfinance schemes to promote local economic development. Mariama Jalloh used to keep all her money in a drawer by […]

A loan in the dark