Browsing: South Africa

Green hydrogen

The vast renewable energy potential across the African continent, combined with Europe’s ambitious production and import targets, is reshaping energy pathways and challenging established norms. Moreover, Africa and Europe have taken the reins in driving the global green hydrogen economy, marking a landmark shift in energy dynamics. …

South Africa | Africa's biggest economy | Egypt's economy | South Africa's economy | Nigeria's economy

South Africa is set to topple Nigeria and Egypt as Africa’s biggest economy in 2024. This is according to forecasts from the International Monetary Fund. According to IMF’s World Economic Outlook, South Africa’s gross domestic product will reach $401 billion per current price in 2024. On the other hand, Nigeria’s GDP will reach $395 billion, with Egypt’s GDP reaching $358 billion.

South Africa, the continent’s most industrialised nation, is expected to maintain the top spot as Africa’s biggest economy for only one year. In 2025, the country will again lag behind Nigeria and fall to third place behind Egypt a year later. This is according to the IMF’s World Economic Outlook, a report released last week.…

Coal Smuggling South Africa

Over and above the graft and management woes gripping South Africa’s power utility Eskom, a brazen coal-smuggling gang has been operating under the authorities’ nose, worsening the electricity crisis that could lead to a nationwide blackout.
However, the South African Revenue Service (SARS) says it is closing in on the gang. SARs is working with law enforcers to conduct searches and seizures across five provinces where the coal-smuggling gang operates.…

Canada-Africa Business Conference

Kenya will host the second Canada-Africa Business Conference early next year, bringing together investors from the two regions to explore key investment opportunities. Some of the target industries that the 19-20 February 2024 conference will focus on are medical care, infrastructure, energy, financing for Canada-Africa projects, and FinTech.
The two-day meeting in Nairobi’s Muthaiga Country Club follows the two regions’ first-ever program at Botswana’s Gaborone International Convention Centre in 2019.
In partnership with the Kenya Private Sector Alliance (KEPSA), the Canada-Africa Business Conference will bring together key players who will also visit select locations.…

South Africa poultry sector

South Africa’s poultry sector is currently undergoing serious challenges. The ongoing load shedding and power disruptions have put tremendous pressure and additional costs on the industry, which makes producing poultry products extremely expensive. One company (Astral Foods) has spent an additional $47.56 million (R919 million) due to load shedding alone. This has had a significant impact on the profitability and sustainability of the company. To make matters worse – South Africa’s poultry sector has been hit with a significant avian influenza epidemic.…

Islamic Finance taking shape in Africa
  • Uganda has issued first Islamic Banking License after a 20-year wait. On its part, Kenya has issued the first Islamic Bond to finance affordable housing agenda.
  • The performance of Sukuk bonds in the continent is revealing untapped demand that could finance development projects.
  • Estimates show global Islamic finance assets could reach $3.8 trillion by 2024.

Islamic Finance is on an exponential growth trajectory across Africa, garnering momentum by the day broadening the continent’s financial landscape. African countries are making significant steps towards bolstering access to shariah-compliant financial instruments and services, to cater to the largely financially, excluded Muslim population. This comes as figures from the Islamic Development Finance Corporation (IDFC), forecast that global Islamic Finance assets could reach $3.8 trillion by 2024.

Large swathes of African populace still remains unbanked, pertinently those shifting stance from the conventional system driven by their religious beliefs, thereby unlocking an untapped pool of investments.…

CyberSafe
  • The demand for cybersecurity skills in Africa has increased by 35% over the past year.
  • Africa has a significant digital skills gap, which could create 650 million training opportunities and a $130 billion market by 2030.
  • An increasing number of companies are working to develop programs to reduce the IT skills gap on the continent.

Over the past few years, Africa is facing a significant digital skills gap, which is stunting growth of economies for the majority of the continent’s nations. 

A study by the International Finance Corporation (IFC) indicates that by 2030, about 230 million jobs across the continent will require some level of digital skills. These opportunities have the potential of giving rise to 650 million training opportunities and an estimated $130 billion market.

To harness the emerging opportunities, an increasing number of local and international firms are developing programs to help reduce the IT skills gap on

Angel Fair Africa
  • The Cortex Hub and Angel Fair Africa have reached the milestone of a decade of nurturing innovation, fostering entrepreneurship, and connecting African startups with investors.
  • The initiative aimed to create an innovation hub in the Eastern Cape to unlock the latent potential of the region’s emerging talent pool and drive technological innovation and break down barriers hindering growth.
  • It was initiated by the author, who had previously worked in the ICT field during the apartheid era and had a personal interest in driving technological advancement and economic empowerment in the region.

In a landscape defined by the ebb and flow of African entrepreneurship, milestones are more than mere time markers; they stand as beacons of progress. This year, we gather to celebrate an extraordinary achievement as both The Cortex Hub and Angel Fair Africa reach the impressive milestone of a decade. A decade of unwavering dedication to nurturing innovation, fostering …

Increasing demand for oil and fuel threatens African nations’ economies. www.theexchange.africa

The energy crisis gripping South Africa is set to intensify as rising global oil prices, coupled with a heavy dependency on oil imports, threatens to trigger economic fallout in the country. The expected announcement of fuel price increases for October, will put further strain on the country’s economy.

According to data from the Central Energy Fund (CEF), the Automobile Association (AA) has issued a stark warning to South Africans about the impending hit on the economy starting October.…

Natural Gas

The recent formalization of an agreement to advance what is being hailed as South Africa’s most substantial liquefied natural gas (LNG) endeavor in the Mpumalanga province underscores the potential of natural gas as a viable energy source for the nation. This accord, described as a “non-binding term sheet,” represents a collaboration between South Africa’s Industrial Development Corporation (IDC) and Afro Energy. The latter is a subsidiary of the Australian gas exploration company Kinetiko Energy.…