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Airtel Nigeria

Taking a megabyte out of the competition Airtel is redefining the data experience in Nigeria and is reaping the rewards – including a 92 percent increase in its internet customer base. Writer Ian Armitage Project manager Donovan Smith Our pages are littered with investment opportunities. Whether it is opportunities in Kenya's insurance market or new mines in Namibia, we've pretty much covered it all within the pages of Africa Outlook over the past six months. Investors are definitely excited by what Africa has to offer. And they are particularly excited about opportunities that exist within the telecoms sector. To quote the UK's BT, "it's good to talk". Nigeria is one market causing quite the stir and according to U.S-based research firm Pyramid Research, the rate of growth in Nigeria's telecommunications industry and a large population are parameters that will continue to make the country one of the most attractive markets to investors in Africa and the Middle East. Pyramid Research is a company that provides international market analysis and consulting services to the communications industry and its study took a five-year look at the country's telecommunications sector returns, saying that demand profile in the country, both for voice and data services, is high and by far, the largest in Africa. It also identified the sound regulatory regime put in place by the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), the industry regulator, as a key factor bringing about and sustaining the growth potential. One of the country's leading mobile telecommunication services providers is Airtel, a firm that has seen

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Marce Fire Fighting Technology

Marcé launches fire station turnkey solutions South Africa-based Marcé Fire Fighting Technology is changing the face of the fire fighting industry. Writer Ian Armitage Project manager James Mitchell With sirens ablaze and red lights flashing, a fire engine races through the streets of South Africa. Having arrived at its destination, the crews begin their rescue operation. Who supplied the fire engine they were driving? Marcé Fire Fighting Technology, a leading manufacturer, importer and exporter of fire fighting vehicles and emergency equipment. The firm was formed in 1998 and operates from premises near Pretoria. It started as an importer of fire fighting vehicles and equipment, but in 2001 management realised there was "potential" in manufacturing locally, providing that high quality standards were met. And this is what it has done. "We provide unparalleled customised solutions to the needs of emergency services and adding value to the industry," says Jan Steyn, commercial manager whose wife Danielle has been the driving force behind the business. Marcé moved into its current design, engineering and manufacturing base in Centurion last year to cater for the "rapidly growing demands for its vehicles" and after enjoying "exponential growth". The new building houses the head office and there is very tight control on quality. Virtually all the components are made on site, using the latest technology and modern equipment. This includes a large painting booth that delivers a very high quality level of finish. "Basically we have grown so fast over the last couple of years and we have had exponential growth of about

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De Keur Estate

Fruits of love De Keur Estate (Pty) Ltd is a long established family run agricultural business, producing first class agricultural produce and high quality customer service since 1934. Director Danell du Toit tells Africa Outlook more about how the business has adapted following the 'farmworker spring' last November. Writer Ian Armitage Project Manager Eleanor Watson A family run agricultural business, the De Keur Group has a long history - since 1934 in fact - of producing first class agricultural produce and there are currently two separate businesses under the De Keur umbrella: De Keur Estates, which produces a wide range of fruits and vegetables, and De Keur Packaging, the packaging facility. The group specialises in top "quality fruit with a short supply chain". "If you look at our production operation, we currently have five farms on which we produce," says Danell du Toit, whose grandfather founded the business. "Of those farms, De Keur itself is where the name of the company originates and it was purchased in 1934 by my grandfather Charl du Toit (Tippie). In 1973 we purchased a second farm, Leeuwrivier and in 1981 Rocklands. Both of these farms are also situated in the Koue Bokkeveld area." In 2008 De Keur purchased two additional farms – Môreson and De Hoop – in the Wolseley area. This was specifically designed to "add earlier varietals" and "expand the De Keur's product offering to meet customer demand," explains du Toit, who adds that the business is continually planning for the future. "If you look at a typical

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Coca-Cola Sabco Mozambique

The untouchables Despite its huge share of Mozambique's carbonated drinks market, Coca-Cola Sabco remains thirsty for growth. Writer Ian Armitage Project manager Eleanor Watson With its huge 87 percent share of the carbonated drink market in Mozambique's burgeoning economy, Coca-Cola Sabco looks pretty untouchable. However Country Manager Simon Everest still has big plans to grow the brand - and expects double-digit growth in the next two to three years. Aware that new competitors are being drawn by Mozambique's increasingly attractive economy as oil, gas and mining operations grow, he is working to raise the company's game. One of the world's most recognised brands, Coca-Cola has clear advantages in Mozambique. It's been operating there since 1994 when restrictions on South African businesses operating in Africa were lifted and it's built up enormous brand loyalty, a big factor in Africa's markets. The company also has what Everest describes as "the best distribution system in Mozambique and 1,000 experienced staff members" and it's strategically placed throughout the elongated country with three plants – one in Nampula servicing the North, another in Chimoio servicing central regions and a plant in the capital Maputo servicing the Southern provinces. Everest says the locations were carefully chosen because of their geographic and strategic importance, with Nampula covering Northern provinces and Chimoio placed equidistantly between the port of Beira and the coal-producing Tete region. While the country's roads could "still do with some work" there is growing investment into its infrastructure to upgrade its railway connections, roads and ports. The company has committed itself

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T-Systems Healthcare : A Healthy Business

T-Systems are part of a multinational company that spans the globe. However that doesn’t stop them paying attention to the details when working with local communities in South Africa.

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Intelligent water metering Lesira-Teq sells and supports intelligent metering technology and equipment in South Africa. Writer Ian Armitage Project manager Eddie Clinton Lesira-Teq has established itself as a leader in South Africa's intelligent water metering market. The firm was established in 2003 and the innovative black owned company has introduced a water meter solution to the market which has transformed the industry. "Lesira-Teq is a leader in the intelligent metering system industry in South Africa," the company proudly claims on its website. "Lesira-Teq provides a comprehensive range of state-of the- art technology in over 350,000 intelligent water meters to some of the largest municipalities in South Africa including the City of Johannesburg, Mangaung Metro Municipality, City of Cape Town and many other water service providers, district and local municipalities." Why the need for such equipment, you might ask. Well, there is a growing awareness that water is a finite resource and water demand management has become the mantra for water authorities across the globe – it's why Lesira-Teq does so much work with local municipalities. Its meters provide the end user easy access to important information about their water usage, and, importantly also educates them on how best to manage and preserve water. Talking to Africa Outlook, Lesira-Teq's marketing manager Naphtali Motaung described its technology as "completely unique". He said it offers various options for end users. "For instance, our water meter enables the end users to monitor their water usage throughout the month and therefore helps to save water - and we have step tariffs,"

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Amanz’Abantu Services

Water for the people Amanz' abantu Services was established as a private South African company in 1997 with the aim of providing water supply and sanitation services for peri-urban and rural populations in the Eastern Cape, one of the poorest regions of South Africa. Writer Ian Armitage Project manager: Sheridan Halls Life without clean water and sanitation is hard to imagine for most city dwellers however that's the harsh reality for many in South Africa's peri-urban and rural areas – and the situation needs fixing urgently. One company, Amanz' abantu Services (Pty) Ltd (the name means water for the people in Xhosa) has made its mark in this often-forgotten sector. Based in South Africa's Eastern Cape, the company was formed after the 1994 elections when the newly democratic South Africa re-incorporated former 'homelands' like the transkei and Ciskei under one umbrella – and took on the provision of their services too. The National Department of Water Affairs issued a challenge to the private sector to assist them in rolling out – on a turnkey approach – the then Reconstruction and Development Programme. Oliver Ive, Managing Director of Amanz' abantu, says the company grew out of "five or six large, well-established firms who came together with the objective of implementing a turnkey rollout for water services for the rural poor." And it's kept going – even beyond the initial period governed by a government contract, which Mr. Ive feels has given the firm "a certain character". "We had to go out there and find opportunities. We have

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Leading the way with water Nuwater is a specialist provider of solutions and services for the treatment, reclamation and re-use of wastewater as well as the desalination of sea and brackish water. Writer Ian Armitage Project manager Sheridan Halls When apartheid crumbled in 1994, an estimated 14 million South Africans lacked access to a formal water supply and about half the country – some 21 million people – had no formal sanitation, according to the Department of Water Affairs. Since then, access to water has increased dramatically, but backlogs persist. At least 26 towns in the Free State, for instance, currently have no water at all in certain areas, water supply disruptions, or extremely unhygienic water coming from their taps. Water problems in these towns are mainly being caused through water treatment plants and pipes that are dilapidated while some dams are completely dry. Now, as that sinks in, this is a great point at which to introduce Nuwater, a specialist provider of solutions and services for the treatment, reclamation and re-use of wastewater (and the desalination of sea and brackish water). Nuwater can pretty much do it all and a central part of its offering is based on Reverse osmosis (RO), the technology of choice for large-scale desalination applications, be that desalination of seawater or wastewater containing high levels of dissolved salts. "We service our two main geographical markets of sub-Saharan Africa and South-East Asia from our offices in Cape Town and Singapore," says Nuwater's Michael Avant-Smith, who explains that the firm was established in

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S.A.M.E Water

Water works The United Nations has declared 2013 the International Year of Water Cooperation. According to UN Secretary general Ban Ki Moon: 'Water is central to the well-being of people and the planet, we must work together to protect and carefully manage this fragile, finite resource.' Writer Ian Armitage Project manager: Sheridan Halls Water. It is something we sometimes take for granted and it is often easy to forget its supply is finite. One day it will run out. So maintaining sustainable supplies for future generations is one of Africa and the world's biggest challenges. And this fact makes water and wastewater treatment vital. Enter South Africa's S.A.M.E Water, a "resourceful dynamic company which offers a wide range of services to the water industry". The company was formed in September 1966 and has a "successful range" of wastewater treatment equipment "designed to fulfil an entire spectrum of needs from the most basic to the most sophisticated equipment available," according to managing director Frank Schulz. "We have our own well-equipped manufacturing assembly workshops and skilled staff of approximately 80 people in our Johannesburg and Cape Town offices. Our technical skilled staff include: mechanical engineers, process engineers, environmental engineer, chemical engineers and auto-cad/solid worx drawing program operators and full time maintenance and installation crews," he says. S.A.M.E. Water's aim is to offer a "full scope" of services, "a type of one stop shop". "We do tender preparation, project planning, design, manufacturing, installation, commissioning, successful handover and aftersales of a full waste and water treatment plant. It is all

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Afroteq FM Solutions : Specialist in the Built Environment

We talk to Lydia Hendricks, Director of Afroteq FM Solutions, about specialising in full turnkey management solutions and the importance of Facilities Management services in South Africa.

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