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  • African Investors Show Appetite For South Africa’s Property Market

    By Staff, 1:35 am

    Investors from other African countries continue to show a strong appetite for residential property in South Africa, particularly in Gauteng province. They are from across the continent with most frequent investors originating from Nigeria, Angola, Ghana, Uganda, Gabon, Kenya, Zimbabwe, Congo and Mozambique. Foreign investment in residential property in South Africa continues to be encouraged by the perceived weakness in the currency

  • 8 Elaborate And Impressive African Presidential Palaces

    By Julia Austin, 12:44 pm AFKI Original

    Elaborate presidential palaces can become controversial when voters think the money would have been better spent elsewhere. Sudan’s President Omar al-Bashir moved into his new digs in January 2015. The inside of the building is as elaborate as the outside, “dominated by a plush red carpet and bedecked with a magnificent chandelier.” The building was designed by a Chinese architectural firm, provoking protest among some Sudanese. Here are 8 of the most elaborate and impressive African presidential palaces.

  • South African Retail Magnate Christo Wiese Eyes Zambian Real Estate Firm

    By Kevin Mwanza, 5:48 am

    Tradehold, an offshore investment holding company owned by South African retail magnet Christo Wiese, is planning to by a majority stake in Lusaka Stock Exchange-listed Real Estate Investments Zambia (Reiz). Tradehold said it about to acquire a minimum of 51 percent shareholding in Reiz. The Zamabian real estate firm develops commercial, industrial and retail property, and owns more than 50,000m² of prime property in Lusaka.

  • China Still Funding Africa’s Infrastructure Projects Amidst Economic Slowdown

    By Kevin Mwanza, 9:21 am

    Over the last decade, China has grown to become one of the largest trade partners with sub-Saharan Africa countries, with the region benefiting from numerous Chinese investments. A recent slowdown in the Chinese economy has however made many analysts to doubt that some mega infrastructure projects that were being funded by the world’s second largest economy would come to fruition.

  • Plunge In Commodity Prices Expose African Cities To Investors

    By Kevin Mwanza, 8:42 am

    The fall in commodity prices on the international market has left many investors seeking alternative investments in Africa were most economies are supported by the export of metals, oil and agricultural produce such as coffee and cocoa. According to a Reuters report, investors on the continent have now turned their focus to other sectors including retail, financial services, technology and real estate.

  • Japan Eyes Aid For 60 Africa Infrastructure Projects To Counter China’s Influence

    By Staff, 3:42 am

    The Japanese government plans to allocate development assistance for some 60 projects in African countries, centering on infrastructure development but also covering fields as diverse as agriculture and health care, a government source said Thursday. The plan has been formulated in preparation for the sixth Tokyo International Conference on African Development, which Japan co-sponsors with the United Nations and the African Union

  • U.K.’s Wealthiest Landlord, Duke Of Westminster Invests In African Malls

    By Dana Sanchez, 6:12 pm

    He’s the U.K.’s richest landlord and now he has his sights set on Africa. Led by the Gerald Grosvenor, Sixth Duke of Westminster, the Grosvenor Group owns real estate on five continents and reports almost $20 billion in assets under management. They’re investing in RMB Westport, a real estate development firm with offices in six African countries that’s targeting Nigeria, Ghana, Angola and the Ivory Coast.

  • Rich Africans Are Buying Yachts As Investments In Cape Town

    By Dana Sanchez, 3:05 pm

    Despite the drought in Limpopo, Khuphukile Dube’s Brahman cattle are in peak condition. His stud won the reserve senior champion red bull prize at the Thabazimbi Agricultural Show last year and he has spare cash for a new toy. A luxury yacht would be a great investment, he said. Wealthy Africans from around the continent help South Africa’s yacht industry generate $150 million per year. So is buying a yacht a good investment? Not so much, according to one North American blogger.

  • Expect More International Brands, Franchises In South Africa 2016

    By Staff, 12:03 am

    Established American household names are penetrating the South African market — names such as Starbucks, Krispy Kreme, Burger King and other fast food products. This year these brands will be adopted just as well by locals are they are in the U.S. “The fact that they may be new to South Africans will not deter franchisors moving aggressively to establish presence in local business centers,” Standard Bank said.

  • Mogadishu Sees Housing Boom As Somalia Heads Towards Peace

    By Staff, 12:02 am

    The bullet scars have long been covered up and business is booming in central Mogadishu’s famous Bakara Market, headquarters of Daru Salaam Real Estate. Bakara is the site of the infamous 1993 battle when fighters shot down two U.S. Black Hawk helicopters. Daru Salaam means “house of peace. The company is building 500 homes in a new development four miles outside Mogadishu, part of an economic boom as diaspora Somalis return and businesses cash in on relative peace in the city.

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