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East Africa: Smuggling, hides exports hurting bid to grow leather trade

While Kenya has identified the leather industry as among those to push its manufacturing sector, it is struggling to stem export and smuggling of raw hides and skins...

By Njiraini Muchira 6 Feb 2018

Game-changing trends for the manufacturing industry in 2018

When you think 'IoT', is your first thought newly affordable, available sensors being added to products after they've been manufactured? If it is, well I believe 2018 will change that...

By Antony Bourne 5 Feb 2018

#BizTrends2018: The call for authentic, experiential retail design

In today's dynamic business environment, we should be seeking to understand the trends impacting a broader range of industries, regardless of the business sector we're in...

By Lauren Hartzenberg 8 Jan 2018

How Africa can negotiate an effective continental free trade area agreement

African countries are forging ahead to complete negotiations for a continental free trade area between 55 countries by early next year...

By Calestous Juma 2 Jan 2018

Mali hopes to revive industry and increase exports

The shops in Mali are full of imported goods from Europe, the Middle East and Asia. This, Mali's captains of industry maintain, is not necessary...

By Bram Posthumus 29 Dec 2017

Ethiopia: Institute says textile, garment market expanding

The Ethiopian Textile Industry Development Institute said the foreign currency generated from the textile sector has been steadily growing...

By Abebe Wolde Giogis 13 Dec 2017

Made-in-Rwanda Expo ends with calls to buy local

The fourth edition of the annual Made-in-Rwanda Expo concluded yesterday with a call from leaders to embrace locally produced products...

By Julius Bizimungu 6 Dec 2017

Heineken begins construction on $100m brewery in Mozambique

Heineken has laid the foundation stone of its first brewery in Mozambique, which will brew beers for the domestic market...

4 Dec 2017

Nestle to close its DR Congo factory

Swiss food giant Nestle announced Sunday that it would close its factory in Kinshasa, capital of the Democratic Republic of Congo...

4 Dec 2017

#EntrepreneurMonth: Building a true African haircare brand with AfroBotanics

In six years South African natural haircare brand, AfroBotanics, went from being manufactured in founder Ntombenhle Khathwane's garage to a fully equipped factory in Midrand...

By Lauren Hartzenberg 30 Nov 2017

#ATFexpo17: The clothing, footwear and textile trade's one-stop shop

The ATF Trade Exhibition and co-located China Premium Tex expo provides local and international players in the apparel, footwear and textile trade with a space to connect...

By Lauren Hartzenberg 21 Nov 2017

Strengthening of trade, investment ties at Africa ASEAN Business Expo

A delegation from South Africa's Black Business Council recently held talks in Johannesburg with business leaders from Singapore and Malaysia on potential investment...

16 Nov 2017

Manufacturing Indaba eyes growth in SADC region

The annual Manufacturing Indaba has its sights set on expansion and growing its current offering to manufacturers both from South Africa and from the SADC region...

14 Nov 2017

#EntrepreneurMonth: Fashion meets chocolate in Rich Factory-Aero collaboration

With its unique silhouettes and colourful African prints, Rich Factory designs demand attention. The creative force and founder of the brand is Zambian-born, South Africa-dwelling Rina Chunga...

By Lauren Hartzenberg 6 Nov 2017

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International

Ryan Reynolds purchases stake in Aviation Gin, now available in SA

Actor, writer and producer Ryan Reynolds has acquired an ownership interest in American craft gin company Aviation Gin after tasting it for the first time. He announced the acquisition in an Instagram post this week that read "I own nothing in this photo. Except that gin company. @aviationgin".

15 hours ago

#DesignIndaba2018: The next generation of fashion is biology

New York-based Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT) graduate and biomaterials research company AlgiKnit co-founder and COO Aleksandra Gosiewski gave a thought-provoking presentation at Design Indaba on Wednesday on why they, at AlgiKnit, believe that biology is the future of fashion and their revolutionary work in their search for a sustainable product.

By Jessica Tennant 17 hours ago

Gucci models carry replicas of heads at Milan Fashion Week

MILAN, Italy - Gucci kicked off Milan Fashion Week in typical eccentric style on Wednesday as models carried replicas of their own heads on a runway transformed into a creepy operating room.

18 hours ago

Bidcorp reaps most of its profits from Australia and New Zealand

Bid Corporation (Bidcorp) earns most of its revenue in Europe, but most of its profit from Australia and New Zealand.

By Robert Laing 1 day ago

Walmart shares dive as e-commerce growth slows

NEW YORK, US - Investors pummeled Walmart shares on Tuesday after the retail behemoth reported disappointing fourth-quarter earnings in results that revealed growing pains in its e-commerce buildout.

2 days ago

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