With the theme "Africa Rising", the recent International Women's Forum South Africa brought together more than 200 women from business, government and civil society to examine women's role in the continent's economy and find ways to include them in the mainstream.
The Branson Centre in Joburg has been training and helping entrepreneurs in Gauteng for nearly a decade. This year, with funding from American charity Humanity United, it accepted its first batch of businesspeople from Liberia into the foundation course. It has opened the way to expanding the centre's reach.
More light will be shone on the digital landscape at the Fak'ugesi: Digital Africa Festival. Technology will play a key role in Africa's Century – widely held to be dawning – but for Africa to succeed in the digital space, it needs to become a leader and an innovator, rather than simply a consumer.
Melissa Jane Cook
A core message of the National Development Plan will form the basis of the South African Competitiveness Forum. Based on the principles of Brand South Africa's Play Your Part, it will call on all citizens to work towards changing the country's reputation and competitiveness.
Half-a-billion people in Africa have no access to a reliable electricity supply and must use expensive and unhealthy alternatives, like diesel generators. With its Power Africa initiative, the US and its partners plan to change this. It is perhaps the largest of several projects on the go.