Issue 80

WIRUlink : Winning with Wireless

Riaan Maree and his brother Jaco Maree founded WIRUlink with the vision to better connect South Africans. A decade on and that vision is well and truly realised.

Vharanani Properties : Building Happy Communities

Operating with a mission to restore people’s dignity through infrastructure development since 2001, Vharanani Properties continues to deliver high-end projects with collaboration and teamwork at heart.

Tilisi Developments : Infrastructure Inspired

Tilisi has a unique business model: building world class infrastructure, then providing fully serviced land parcels for investors to purchase and develop, enabling the transformation of a promising suburban Kenyan plot.

Simba Group : Fit for Nigeria

We talk to Simba Group about how a simple idea to adapt a bicycle for local needs has transformed into a multifaceted, empowerment-driven conglomerate reaching all corners of the country.

Pharos Architects : The Sustainable Pragmatist

For Andrew Gremley and Pharos Architects Ltd, sustainability must add practical and pragmatic value to a building, the firm pioneering a number of sustainable firsts in Kenya and South Sudan

Kenya Wine Agencies Limited : Improving with Age

Having passed the 50-year milestone, Kenya Wine Agencies Limited is investing in the future of the nation’s beverage industry, introducing new brands and empowering local communities.

GAPP Architects & Urban Designers

People lie front and centre to GAPP’s approach to architecture and urban planning, the South African firm working across borders having played a lead role in many of its home nation’s landmark buildings

Dangote Cement Ethiopia PLC : Building a Brighter Future

Dangote Cement and its flagship Mugher plant have transformed Ethiopia’s construction capacity in the past half-decade, delivering 2.5 million tonnes of high-quality building materials to the local market every year.

Daffonchio Architects : The Qualitative Architect

With a hands-on approach to all projects, Daffonchio Architects is looking to expand its reach abroad as it continues to deliver landmark designs in Johannesburg and Cape Town.

BHL Group : Logistics Uplifted 

Specialising in the transportation of commodities via value-added services, an extensive fleet and expansive footprint, BHL Group is helping the SADEC region to blossom both socially and economically

Bamburi Cement Ltd : The Infrastructure Enabler

With best-in-class products, intuitive investments and crucial employee and community empowerment practices, LafargeHolcim’s Bamburi Cement in Kenya is striking the perfect balance between quality and sustainability.

Aleem Manji Architects : Great Design Meets Great Service

Aleem Manjis Architects continues to take on ambitious developments in Kenya, remaining steadfast to its belief that every design must be backed by equally attentive service.

Absolute Pets : For the Love of Pets

Absolute Pets is South Africa’s champion of pet care, its rapidly expanding network of stores offers essential products and services for treasured animals across the country.

How Standard Chartered is leading the war on wildlife crime

Standard Chartered's Southern Africa CEO Jerry Kweku Bedu-Addo is determined to win the war on wildlife crime, leveraging the power of the company to hit criminals where it hurts the most – their bank accounts

Startups UK : Q&A with Marta Krupinska, Head of Google

We talk to Marta Krupinska, Head of Google for Startups UK, about how Google is leveraging its knowledge and resource base to empower startup enterprise across the African continent.

What trends will be shaping the African travel sector?

Africa looks set to capitalise on a range of global trends ranging from transformational travel experiences to leisure tourism.

The Prospects for Inclusive Finance in Africa

Monica Ballesteros talks to us about The Economist Intelligence Unit's Global Microscope Report, and prospects for inclusive finance in Africa.