China remains unquestionably Africa's largest single trading partner, and the continent is still an important investment destination for the 2 000 or so Chinese companies operating there, even as the Asian economic powerhouse shows signs of a slowdown.
Entries are open for the African Leadership Academy's US$75 000 Anzisha Prize, the continent's top award for innovative social and business entrepreneurs between the ages of 15 and 22.
Fifteen years ago, after seven years working in London, Angel Jones felt the tug of home when she heard Nelson Mandela speak in Trafalgar Square. She came back to South Africa and, in 2003, set up Homecoming Revolution as a non-profit organisation to encourage expats to return, and smooth their trip home.
Nine years ago Heshan de Silva was a suicidal, alcoholic, drug-addicted dropout. Seven years ago he used US$116 to start a small business. Today the 25-year-old Kenyan venture capitalist, founder of the De Silva Group, is worth over $10-million.
"Poor countries are doomed to stay poor." That's a myth Bill Gates passionately debunks. The founder of Microsoft and, today, co-founder – with his wife Melinda – of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Gates has released a letter that explains why pessimism about the future of poor countries holds back their development.
With #MiningIndaba trending on Twitter, the first full day of the 20th Investing in African Mining Indaba in Cape Town focused on transparency in the industry, and on the scramble for Africa's resources – the continent accounts for 30% of mining resources in the world, much of it untapped.
South Africa has the capacity to stimulate economic growth by enhancing infrastructure development both at home and in the rest of Africa, through its National Infrastructure Plan, writes Brand South Africa deputy chairperson Happy Ntshingila.