Date Archives for September 2015
Julia Austin, 4:07 pm AFKI Original
Mampoer. The name translates loosely to “white lightning” and that could be because the high alcohol content will have you seeing white flashes in front of your eyes. It’s a homemade brandy similar to moonshine and was traditionally made by South African housewives using peaches and prickly pears. Author Herman Charles Bosman endowed his character, Oom Schalk Lourens, with a love of mampoer.
Joe Kennedy, 4:00 pm
While many leisure tourists skip Dar es Salaam and head straight for Tanzania’s beaches or safari parks, business travelers know it has a lot to offer. The city is a hub of commerce in east Africa, and its hotels offer all the comfort and connectivity needed to get business done. Here are our picks for the best business hotels in Dar es Salaam.
Dana Sanchez, 3:23 pm AFKI Original
Meet Ugandan tech entrepreneur Luke Kyohere, CEO of Beyonic. Kyohere spoke to AFKInsider about how his mobile money aggregator is helping businesses in Africa make payments across multiple countries and mobile money services. Beyonic today announced a partnership with a U.S. mobile platform company. “We are looking to bring mobile money services on board with our platform rather than competing with them,” Kyohere said.
Dana Sanchez, 12:28 pm AFKI Original
A U.S. mobile market research firm has partnered with Ugandan mobile money aggregator Beyonic to bring a unifying mobile payment platform to 27 African countries. Beyonic claims to open up mobile money to businesses that previously lacked resources to connect to every carrier across multiple countries. The partnership will make Beyonic the largest mobile money aggregator in Africa.
Dana Sanchez, 10:05 am
South African regulators are investigating Volkswagen cars sold there and could impose sanctions if they find that the German car manufacturer cheated on carbon emissions data like it did in the U.S. and Europe. South Africa has a state-of-the-art vehicle emissions test center but it’s only used by locally based manufacturers.
Dana Sanchez, 8:37 am
An entrepreneurial small-scale farmer hit by drought in Zambia hopes to sell his simple and affordable technology for irrigating crops. The irrigation technique relies on a modified, solar-powered engine. “We complain of drought but drought comes with the sun (solar energy) which this irrigation technology thrives on,” he said.
Peter Pedroncelli, 5:24 am
English Premier League club Chelsea are interested in acquiring the services of Algerian playmaker Yacine Brahimi from Portuguese giants FC Porto. The Algerian international has been in excellent form for his Portuguese club, and is believed to be on the radar of the Blues for a potential January move, at a time when the European transfer market window will reopen for business.
Becca Blond, 4:00 am
Almost half the countries in Africa — 26 — have French as a first or second language. Mauritius comes in at No. 2 with 72.7 percent of the population speaking French. The island nation’s Creole is a different dialect than that spoken in West Africa. These are the top French-speaking countries in francophone Africa.
Joe Kennedy, 3:06 am
There’s no greater symbol of Africa than its countries’ vibrant flags. But unless you’re from the continent, most may be quite unfamiliar despite their bold designs, intense colors, and symbols drawn from struggle and history. We know you might only have a passing knowledge of African flags, but this quiz — which includes helpful hints — is not only fun, but may teach you something as well!
Staff, 4:50 pm
Top risks for doing business in Africa? Not bribery and corruption but regulations, policy changes, technology and inadequate infrastructure, according to a new PwC report. One concern for African companies is the risk to brand or reputation from social media. Africa-based companies are addressing risk strategy and management and they’re doing it better than their global peers, says PwC.
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