Wake up: Africa is no longer "the dark continent". It's a growing consumer market, and by 2020 it will be worth a trillion dollars, driven by demand for technology-based goods. Indeed, everything you think you know about Africa is about to change.
The third International Trade Programme trip, taking businesspeople to the United Kingdom to make deals and forge partnerships, was a success. More than half of the 14 people on the tour came back having concluded agreements. The focus this time was on the ICT sector.
South Africa is an important emerging market in the global stage, offering a solid and steadily growing economy with secure rewards for potential investors. That was the consensus at the Investment Promotion Workshop hosted by Brand South Africa at the Mining Indaba in Cape Town on 5 February.
The average South African is now worth US$11 310, up 169% from $4 200 in 2000, according to a new report, Wealth Statistics in Africa. More than this, the country's powerhouse city of Johannesburg is now home to the highest concentration of dollar millionaires on the continent.
South Africa's approach to government policy sets a benchmark for other emerging countries to follow, writes Brand South Africa chief executive Miller Matola.
What are South Africa's prospects in the global economy? At the World Economic Forum meeting in Davos, the Mail & Guardian and Brand South Africa put the public's questions to trade and industry minister Rob Davies, Colin Coleman of Goldman Sachs and communications minister Yunus Carrim.