Author: Albert Nangara

Albert is a Chemical Technologist and Author. He is passionate about mining, stock market investing, Fintech and Edutech.

Netflix has spent a cumulative $175 million (Sh23.5 billion) in film production in Africa since it gained entry in 2016, creating at least 12,000 jobs in the process.
  • Since its entry into Africa in 2016, video streaming giant Netflix has invested a total of $175 million in the continent’s film production, creating over 12,000 jobs.
  • Africa’s film industry accounts for $5 billion of the continent’s GDP and currently employs five million people with the potential to create 20 million jobs
  • In the period, Netflix’s activities in the three countries generated $218 million towards the gross domestic product value, $44 million in tax revenues, and $200 million worth of increased household income.

Africa’s film industry has been on a growth path with local content production taking center stage, a trend that has attracted global players such as US-based video streaming giant Netflix, which has identified the potential and is investing heavily in the vibrant entertainment segment.

US-based Netflix says it has spent $175 million in film production in the continent’s leading markets of Kenya, Nigeria, and South Africa since …

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  • Econet Wireless Zimbabwe is Zimbabwe’s largest provider of telecommunications services.
  • The financing  is aimed at redeeming the outstanding debentures in the capital of both companies.
  • EcoCash Holdings Zimbabwe is the ninth most traded stock on the Zimbabwe Stock Exchange over the past three months

Zimbabwe Stock Exchange (ZSE) listed Econet Zimbabwe and its subsidiary, EcoCash Holdings, have announced their intention to raise US$30.3 million through a renounceable rights issue. The move is aimed at redeeming the outstanding debentures in the capital of both companies.

The recent rights issue on the ZSE is similar to the 2020 offer made by retailer Edgar’s to its shareholders.

A renounceable rights issue is a type of share offering in which existing shareholders are given the opportunity to buy new shares in proportion to their existing holdings. This means that existing shareholders can choose to buy a certain number of additional shares at a …

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Profit-making idea: Crowdfarming in Rwanda.
  • Crowdfarming is a concept that aims to address these challenges by equipping smallholder farmers with the resources they need to grow crops and raise livestock.
  • The global crowdfunding market was estimated to be over US$17 billion in 2020, with an annual growth rate of 16 per cent – 17 per cent.
  • Between 2013 and 2016, over 78 per cent of annual African crowdfunding occurred in South Africa, Nigeria and Kenya.

When it comes to the agricultural sector in Africa, the concept of crowdfarming is shrouded in mystery. This relatively new phenomenon has attracted a lot of attention in recent years and is hailed by many as a solution to the many challenges faced by smallholder farmers on the continent. But what exactly is crowdfarming and what opportunities does it offer for investors and farmers alike?

First and foremost, it is important to understand the importance of agriculture in Africa. Despite …

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The SA Revenue Service (SARS) has exceeded the 2022 revenue collection by R123 billion after collecting a net revenue of R1.687 trillion in the financial year that ended in March 2023.
  • The South African Revenue Service (SARS) has exceeded the 2022 revenue collection by R123 billion after collecting a net revenue of R1.687 trillion in the financial year that ended in March 2023.
  • Gross tax revenue collected exceeded R2 trillion for the first time after gross revenue rose to R 2.068 trillion over the same period.
  • The gross revenue collected excludes the refunds of R381.1billion, an 18.7 per cent growth or an increase of R60 billion from 2022.

The South African Revenue Service (SARS) has reported an impressive growth of 7.9 per cent in net revenue for the 2022/2023 financial year. The net revenue collected by SARS represents year-on-year an increase of 7.9 per cent over the net 2022 amount of R1563.8 billion ($872 billion).

SARS collected a record gross amount of R2067.8 billion. The net collection after payment of R381.1 billion in refunds is R1686.7 billion. This is the …

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The South African Reserve Bank has established SA’s first deposit insurance body, the Corporation for Deposit Insurance (CODI), to help protect bank depositors as well as with confidence in the financial sector.
  • The South African Reserve Bank has established South Africa’s first deposit insurance body, the Corporation for Deposit Insurance (CODI) to protect bank depositors and bring confidence to a resilient financial sector.
  • The CODI became a legal entity as of March 24, 2023, as set out in the commencement schedule published by Finance Minister Enoch Godongwana.
  • CODI’s primary responsibilities are to establish, maintain and administer a deposit insurance fund.

South Africa’s first deposit insurance institution, the Corporation for Deposit Insurance (CODI), has been established by the South African Reserve Bank. This move aims to protect bank depositors and increase confidence in the country’s financial sector, especially in the aftermath of the Silicon Valley Bank collapse in the United States of America, which caused a financial crisis due to liquidity risk. As a result, more regulators have moved to secure depositors’ money.

The CODI has been tasked with establishing, maintaining, and managing …

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  • WestProp Holdings Limited says it is on track to list soon at the Victoria Falls Stock Exchange (VFEX).
  • The IPO offers one million ordinary shares at US$ 10 each and US$ 5.4 million preferential redeemable convertible shares at US$ 5 each.
  • “WestProp’s IPO is to raise US$30 million capital to accelerate development of existing projects. 

WestProp Holdings Limited, a property development and investment company, is set to list on the Victoria Falls Stock Exchange (VFEX) following the Board of Directors’ announcement of their upcoming offers.

The VFEX -a USD-indexed bourse and also a subsidiary of the Zimbabwe Stock Exchange (ZSE) has been attracting many companies since its formation over two years ago due to several sweeteners, including zero capital gains tax on share disposal and lesser transacting costs. To date, the VFEX has managed to get 9 listings.

The offers include the issuance of up to 5,400,000 convertible redeemable participating …

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Current State of Online Forex Trading in Africa.
  • Africa is an emerging market in forex trading, and its potential for growth is immense.
  • Forex trading in Africa is a growing industry, but it faces significant challenges.
  • These include lack of infrastructure, education, and awareness, coupled with fraudulent activities, have hindered its growth.

Online Forex trading in Africa is still in its nascent stage and is largely driven by the youth. In layman’s terms, forex trading is the act of buying and selling currencies to make profits based on speculating the relative upward or downward movements of currencies.

According to, the average age of forex traders is between 25-44 years old, with 9 per cent aged 65 or older. Only 37 per cent of traders are either breaking even or profitable, while 63 per cent are unprofitable. Most traders (72 per cent) have no experience trading other markets before forex, and 40 per cent of traders are …

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Morupule Coal Mine Signs MoU with Letshego for Financial Support.
  • Morupule Coal Mine (MCM) and Letshego Botswana have joined forces to support Micro and Small Entrepreneurs (MSEs) and drive Citizen Economic Empowerment.
  • Through the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding, Morupule Coal Mine’s contract suppliers now have the opportunity to access affordable funding through the commitment of a P2.2 Billion ($165M) facility by Letshego Botswana over a 5-year period.
  • Letshego Botswana and Morupule Coal Mine have pledged to hive off contracts, provide ongoing financial support, and empower these entrepreneurs, giving them the potential to scale up their operations.

The signing of the Memorandum of Understanding between Morupule Coal Mine and Letshego Botswana underpins the commitment of the partners to empower and unlock the potential of Micro and Small Entrepreneurs to gain access to the capital required for participating in and successfully completing projects competitively within agreed timelines.

MSEs face significant financial challenges, including a low appetite in the market to …

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In February 2023, the annual inflation rate increased by 7.2 percent compared to 4.5 percent recorded in February 2022. www.theexchang.,africa
  • The annual inflation rate for February 2023 increased by 7.2 per cent compared to 4.5 per cent recorded in February 2022.
  • On a monthly basis, inflation rate increased to 0.4 per cent compared to 1.1 per cent registered in the earlier month.
  • Load-shedding in South Africa is preventing farmers from buying livestock from Namibia.  

In February, the cost of goods and services increased more sharply and the outlook does not appear promising, particularly regarding food, which saw a 14 per cent hike. The Namibian Statistics Agency disclosed inflation figures for February yesterday, with the month displaying a 7.2 per cent rate, one percentage point higher than January’s inflation rate.

This 7.2 per cent is taking the country back to August 2022 when inflation reached a peak of 7.3 per cent. While most goods and services’ prices have increased overall, service inflation continues to weigh on headline inflation, rising at a …

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A shopper pushes a trolley as logos of shops are seen on a wall at a shopping mall in Lenasia, south of Johannesburg, South Africa, June 28, 2022.
  • According to figures released this Wednesday by Statistics South Africa, retail sales in the country fell 0.8 per cent year on year in January.
  • The data provides an insight into consumer demand in the country’s most industrialized economy.
  • Sales for the three months to the end of January were also down by 0.2 per cent compared to the same period last year.

Statistics South Africa has released figures showing that retail sales in the country declined by 0.8 per cent year on year in January, following a revised 0.5 per cent decline in December. On a month-on-month basis, sales rose by 1.5 per cent. These figures provide insights into consumer demand in Africa’s most industrialised economy. Retail trade sales decreased by 0.2 per cent in the three months to the end of January, compared with the same period last year, the statistics agency said.

The largest negative contributors to this …

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