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#BizTrends2018: The new rules of retail
#BizTrends2018: The new rules of retail

If you're searching for proof that retail as we know it is changing, look no further than Shanghai's 24-hour, unstaffed, self-driving grocery store...

By Lauren Hartzenberg 29 Jan 2018

Parachichi Restaurant Terrace (Source: Marriott International)
Four Points by Sheraton makes its debut in Tanzania

Marriott International has announced the opening of Four Points by Sheraton Arusha, The Arusha Hotel, marking the debut of the brand in Tanzania. Rebranded after renovation, the hotel retains...

24 Oct 2017

Alex Kyriakidis (President and Managing Director Middle East and Africa Marriott International) and Saleh Said (Director Pennyroyal Gibraltar)
Marriott to strengthen Indian Ocean position with debut of Ritz-Carlton in Zanzibar

The hotel will be part of the Amber Resort complex expected to be the largest mixed-use development in Africa occupying approximately 1,750 hectares of pristine Indian Ocean coastline in the northeast of the island...

23 May 2017

Cushman & Wakefield Excellerate expands into Tanzania
Cushman & Wakefield Excellerate expands into Tanzania

Cushman & Wakefield Excellerate is to strengthen its presence in sub-Saharan Africa with a new office in Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania...

30 Mar 2017

AECI plans to reduce its reliance on a weak SA
AECI plans to reduce its reliance on a weak SA

JSE-listed AECI plans to start producing explosives in Australia by year-end‚ as the chemicals and explosives firm looks to reduce its reliance on South Africa's weak mining and manufacturing sectors.

By Nick Hedley 30 Jul 2014

African fund eyes JSE
African fund eyes JSE

JSE investors will gain access to the dollar-based returns generated by shopping centres, offices, warehouses and hotels in countries such as Morocco, Mozambique, Kenya, Ghana and Nigeria when Sandile Nomvete's Delta Property Fund brings the first outright African real estate offering to the market next month.

By Joan Muller 20 May 2014

Rockcastle's African operations on track
Rockcastle's African operations on track

ALTX-listed Rockcastle Global Real Estate‚ one of the Resilient group's rand-hedge property companies‚ said its African operations were on track‚ as it released financial results for the nine months to March.

By Alistair Anderson 16 May 2014

Zimbabwe central bank has 'no tools' to fix economy
Zimbabwe central bank has 'no tools' to fix economy

Zimbabwe's new central bank chief said the country's economy was weakening and the bank did not have the tools to fix it.

8 May 2014

Marriott clinches deal to buy biggest African hotel chain
Marriott clinches deal to buy biggest African hotel chain

US hotel giant Marriott announced it had finalised a deal to buy the Protea group, Africa's largest hotel chain, for US$186m.

23 Jan 2014

Hyprop buys 87% of African Land for R768m
Hyprop buys 87% of African Land for R768m

Hyprop Investments will buy 87% of the issued shares of African Land Investments for R768m. African Land owns the Manda Hill shopping centre in Lusaka, Zambia.

29 Nov 2013

Truworths slows drive into Africa
Truworths slows drive into Africa

Truworths has adopted a cautious and incremental approach to store expansion plans outside SA in order to gain a better understanding of the operating environment and the market potential, the fashion retailer said in its annual report, released last week.

By Zeenat Moorad 30 Sep 2013

Africa fund heads for JSE
Africa fund heads for JSE

Three years ago only a handful of formal shopping centres exceeding 10,000m² were scattered across Africa north of SA's borders. And not a single JSE-listed property company had a presence on the continent.

By Joan Muller 16 Sep 2013

Retailers hit sweet spot in Africa
Retailers hit sweet spot in Africa

Africa's scope for investment is steadily increasing and demand for more formal retail options from shoppers is following suit.

By Zeenat Moorad 26 Aug 2013

Franchise sales up 16.8% for Famous Brands
Franchise sales up 16.8% for Famous Brands

Famous Brands has reported that its franchise sales increased 16.8% in the March to May quarter with a 16% improvement in South Africa and a 27.2% improvement in the rest of Africa region.

19 Jun 2013

Tourism growth outlook looks strong
Tourism growth outlook looks strong

Auditing firm PwC on Thursday (13 June) projected total room revenue in SA would grow at a compound annual rate of 9.2% between now and 2017 after overall spending on rooms in all categories rose by 13.4% in 2012 to R15.2bn‚ reflecting an increase in stay-unit nights and a 5.3% rise in the average room rate.

By Helmo Preuss 14 Jun 2013

Hotels moving in on Africa's potential
Hotels moving in on Africa's potential

With limited opportunities for expansion in SA, a slew of hospitality companies are eyeing the rest of the continent, for future growth as there is an under-supply of quality hotels and upbeat economic prospects.

By Zeenat Moorad 10 Jun 2013

Japan offers US$10bn to Africa
Japan offers US$10bn to Africa

TOKYO, JAPAN: Japan has pledged at least US$10bn in aid to Africa for the next five years as Tokyo prepares to host a major development conference for the resource-rich continent.

3 Jun 2013

Hilton plans to boost African presence
Hilton plans to boost African presence

Hilton Worldwide has expanded its product offering in SA over the past six months and the US-based group intends to increase its presence in Africa‚ according to vice-president of operations for Africa and the Indian Ocean‚ Jan van der Putten.

16 May 2013

Time to unlock Africa's travel potential
Time to unlock Africa's travel potential

The South African Tourism Indaba should expand its platform by attracting even more exhibitors and buyers from the African continent, Tourism Minister Marthinus Van Schalkwyk said on Sunday (12 May).

14 May 2013

Tsogo Sun spending US$100m in Africa
Tsogo Sun spending US$100m in Africa

In line with its growth strategy‚ Tsogo Sun has announced an investment of US$100m to be used to expand the group's hotel network in Africa.

25 Apr 2013

Loss of commercial farmers hurts SA
Loss of commercial farmers hurts SA

It is "worrisome" that South Africa is losing many of its commercial farmers to countries to the north of it, academic and businesswoman Mamphela Ramphele said on Sunday (24 March).

25 Mar 2013

Shoprite plans 136 new stores in Africa
Shoprite plans 136 new stores in Africa

Shoprite Holdings is steamrolling ahead with its African expansion - the retailer has 136 stores in the pipeline as it eyes fast growing oil-rich markets like Nigeria and Angola.

By Zeenat Moorad 20 Feb 2013

Sanlam's sub-Saharan fund launches soon
Sanlam's sub-Saharan fund launches soon

Financial services group Sanlam is due to launch its sub-Saharan Africa Real Estate Fund at the end of March‚ which it intends to list on the Stock Exchange of Mauritius.

By Nick Hedley 12 Feb 2013

KFC plans to add even more stores in Africa
KFC plans to add even more stores in Africa

YUM! Restaurants International continues to expand the footprint of its KFC brand on the African continent, with plans to add stores in Tanzania, Uganda and Zimbabwe this year, the company said on Monday (14 January).

By Zeenat Moorad 16 Jan 2013

PPC buys Rwanda cement producer

PPC has bought a 51% stake in cement producer Cimerwa Limited of Rwanda for US$69.4m. Cimerwa‚ in south-western Rwanda‚ has been the country's only cement producer for 28 years‚ PPC said on Wednesday (12 December).

13 Dec 2012