Africa, the continent of youth

Africa has the youngest population in the world and according to estimates, one in four working–aged people in the world could be African by 2050.   In some African countries, the youth population is staggering. For example, in Niger, where nearly 50% of the population is younger than 15. Collectively, over 60% of Africans are…

Master the crisis like Rockefeller

Successful businesses grow and survive in times of change when they identify viable opportunities and pursue them with focus and perseverance. It requires entrepreneurs who can analyse the risks of the macro environment and convert ideas and vision into successful products and services.   What is happening to the markets now? There are strong indications…

Spotlight on renewable energy

Funding the largest (22MW) solar plant in Zimbabwe with community ownership scheme   Two-thirds of Africans – 620 million people – still do not have access to “affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern electricity”, one of the UN’s key Sustainable Development Goals. Decades of neglect and mismanagement have left Africa with some of the world’s worst-functioning…

New era brings growth

When it comes to predicting the future, science-fiction writers seem to have a particular knack for visualising the possibilities. For example, Mark Twain essentially envisioned what would become the Internet as far back as 1898. He wrote about something he called a telectroscope – essentially a dial-up connection – which allowed people to connect to a worldwide network via…

What’s up with the rand?

Will the rand continue to depreciate, and should I move my money abroad as soon as possible?   The volatility and recent depreciation of the rand are causing concern for many investors. This is exacerbated by increasing signs of political instability and warnings of a shrinking economy.   Emotion gets the upper hand It is…