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In an African first, a cannabis expo...without cannabis

11:43am GMT

PRETORIA Andre Kruger's stand at Africa's first ever cannabis exposition displayed an indoor growing tent, complete with state-of-the-art lighting imported from the United States and fittings for a high-tech hydroponic irrigation system. | Video

Message service Clickatell considers IPO to fund expansion: CEO

04 Dec 2018

JOHANNESBURG Clickatell, which helps companies communicate with customers via mobile messaging platforms, is considering a public offering next year as it seeks to fund a rapid expansion of its services, founder and CEO Pieter de Villiers said on Tuesday.

South African arms company needs partners soon to survive, official says

29 Nov 2018

PRETORIA South Africa's defence industry is facing a crisis as the state-owned arms maker Denel struggles to survive, and rapidly agreeing equity partnerships is the only way to save it, one of the country's top defence officials told Reuters.

South African arms company needs partners soon to survive, official says

29 Nov 2018

PRETORIA, Nov 29 South Africa's defence industry is facing a crisis as the state-owned arms maker Denel struggles to survive, and rapidly agreeing equity partnerships is the only way to save it, one of the country's top defence officials told Reuters.

Africa missing out on boom in Chinese tourism

23 Nov 2018

STELLENBOSCH, South Africa African countries are missing out on a boom in Asian tourism, mainly from China, and must ease visa and entry requirements to tap into a historic shift generating billions of dollars in revenue, government officials and industry leaders said.

Khashoggi killing complicates Saudi rescue bid for South African arms firm

20 Nov 2018

JOHANNESBURG Loss-making South African arms maker Denel has a problem as it fights to survive. Its potential saviour is Saudi Arabia, now drawing fierce criticism following the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi.

Tractor maker Deere aims to ride green revolution in Africa

16 Nov 2018

JOHANNESBURG U.S. Deere & Co expects to see demand for its farm equipment in Africa grow 8 to 10 percent annually in the coming years, driven by expansion in key markets like Ethiopia and Zimbabwe, a local company executive said.

Morocco's Attijariwafa bank to eye new Africa acquisitions from late 2019

08 Nov 2018

JOHANNESBURG, Nov 8 Morocco's Attijariwafa Bank plans to launch a new acquisition push in Africa late next year, starting with Rwanda, Kenya and Ethiopia, a bank executive said on Thursday.

France's EDF signs deal for 1.2 bln euro Cameroon hydro project

08 Nov 2018

JOHANNESBURG, Nov 8 France's EDF Group signed an agreement on Thursday to build and operate a 1.2 billion euro ($1.37 billion) hydropower project in Cameroon, the first step in a plan to expand its hydropower business in Africa, a company executive said.

Exclusive: Saudi makes $1 billion bid for partnership with South Africa defense group Denel

08 Nov 2018

JOHANNESBURG Saudi Arabia has made a $1 billion bid for a broad partnership with South African state-owned defense group Denel that would include acquisition of a minority stake in a joint venture with Germany's Rheinmetall , a source familiar with the offer said.

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