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Op-Ed: Ending global hunger requires tackling gender inequality

The yawning global gender gap is at the heart of our inability to end hunger. Whether last in the family to eat, blocked from owning land, or entirely ignored by extension workers and policymakers, gender inequality - and specifically discrimination against women - is a key driver of global hunger.

Billionaire Elon Musk calls this a ‘powerful, powerful way of thinking’—but is ‘hard to do.’ Here’s how it works

From building PayPal and SpaceX to running one of the world’s most disruptive automobile companies, Elon Musk has a number of impressive accomplishments under his belt. The billionaire entrepreneur revealed his “secret sauce” to achieving extraordinary things.

Here are some tips on staying safe from the #coronavirus

Doyin Odubanjo, executive secretary at The Nigerian Academy of Science and past chair, Association of Public Health Physicians of Nigeria, on tips for people to stay safe from the coronavirus.

South African economy enters recession, what you need to know

South Africa entered its second recession in two years in the final quarter of last year, as agriculture, transport and construction contracted, data showed on Tuesday.

2 things Serena Williams does every day to be productive

Serena Williams became a professional tennis player at the age of 14. Here are the two things she has done for more than two decades to help her win 23 Grand Slam titles.

What you need to know about this Zambian agriculture business launching an $81 million farmer financing scheme

Zambia’s African Green Resources (AGR) on Sunday launched an $81 million financing programme under which the company and its partners will provide farm supplies and technology to farmers in exchange for grain.

Here are the steps Nigeria is taking to prepare for more cases of coronavirus

The number of reported cases and deaths of coronavirus is doubling every couple of days. Here are the preparations put in place in Nigeria in the event of more cases being detected in the country.

SA trade union COSATU says it won’t allow workers’ wages to be slashed

South Africa’s largest trade union federation COSATU said on Wednesday that it would not allow workers’ wages to be slashed, after Finance Minister Tito Mboweni used a budget speech to promise cuts to the public sector wage bill.

Vegans want to change the workplace … and it all starts in the kitchen

As veganism grows in popularity around the world, there is increasing pressure for employers to catch up and make the workplace more inclusive.

Why African countries aren’t getting as much as they should from foreign direct investment

Since the late 1980s African governments have fully embraced foreign direct investment as a major driver of growth. But they aren't getting as much as they should. Here's why...

South Africa’s Sasol half-year earnings fall 74%, here’s why

South African petrochemicals group Sasol reported on Monday a 74% drop in interim profit, weighed down by...

A $500 million consortium and global stage for Africa at Expo 2020 Dubai

Written by: Renuka Methil For the first time in the near 170-year history of...

The Forbes Billionaires List: Africa’s Billionaires 2020

Africa's billionaires are worth a combined $73.4 billion, with Aliko Dangote leading nine years in a row. But whose fortunes fell?

Op-Ed: Queen bees muscle out other women in the workplace

The Queen Bee Syndrome whereby women in power consciously impede the development of other women in the workplace, is slowly gaining ground in South Africa.

Experts share their best advice for making your first investment

It’s easier today than ever to invest; new technologies and a host of digital wealth managers have opened up entry into lower-risk investments from anywhere in the world. CNBC Make It spoke to some experts to find out their top tips for getting started.

U.S. to offer financial support for this East African country’s political reforms

The United States will provide financial assistance to the East African country as it pursues political reforms.

Zimbabwe central bank leaves rates unchanged, bullish on inflation, what you need to know…

Zimbabwe's central bank left its benchmark interest rate at 35% on Monday, citing moderating inflation, as it looks to print more local currency and limit the use of foreign currencies.

Op-Ed: Sudan’s Bashir one step closer to the ICC

Former President Omar Al-Bashir, who was deposed in a military-led coup in April 2019, is the most high-profile among the individuals wanted by the ICC: He faces charges of war crimes, genocide, and crimes against humanity committed in Darfur.

South Africa’s Eskom plans to spend up to $27 million on severance packages

South Africa’s Eskom has offered some managers voluntary severance packages, capping costs at 400 million rand ($26.8 million), a communique sent to staff by the struggling power utility showed.

Fintech innovations offer alternative to credit traps

South Africans are desperate for innovative payment solutions that don’t involve credit traps. what is available for online shoppers and is there a way to avoid credit in all its disguises entirely?

Portugal prosecutor orders seizure of Africa’s richest woman Isabel dos Santos’ accounts

Portugal’s public prosecutor said on Tuesday it had ordered the seizure of Portuguese bank accounts belonging to Isabel dos Santos, who is a suspect in a fraud investigation in Angola.

Do these 4 things in your 30s if you want to be richer in your 40s, money experts say

You may find yourself juggling a lot financially in your 30s, like purchasing a home, switching jobs, and even having children. Here are four money moves you can make in your 30s that experts say can leave you wealthier in your 40s.

South Africa Q4 unemployment rate remains unchanged at 29.1%

South Africa’s unemployment rate remained unchanged at 29.1% in the final quarter of 2019 compared with the previous quarter, official data showed on Tuesday.

Africa’s most dynamic thought-leaders, industry game-changers and icons of social activism set to feature at the exclusive FORBES WOMAN AFRICA 2020 Leading Women Summit

For the 5th edition of this globally-renowned event, panellists and speakers will engage with the impactful 2020 theme, ‘The Ceiling Crashers 2.0: Power with Purpose’. The day’s thought-provoking discussions will be followed by the highly-anticipated FORBES WOMAN AFRICA Awards Gala Dinner which celebrates the continent’s most influential female ‘ceiling crashers’ across a number of key categories.

South Africa plans to create new generating firm to boost power security, what you need to know

South Africa is planning to create a new power generating company separate from struggling state-owned utility Eskom to boost energy security, senior officials said on Thursday.

Qatar Airways in talks to buy 49% RwandAir stake

A stake in RwandAir would widen Qatar Airways' reach in one of the world’s fastest growing aviation regions, and potentially help it bypass restrictions imposed on it by some Arab states.

Malawi court annuls President Mutharika’s 2019 election victory, here’s why

Malawi’s Constitutional Court on Monday annulled the May 2019 presidential vote that declared Peter Mutharika a winner and ordered a re-run after an application from opposition parties citing irregularities.

Families in Africa fear impact of U.S. immigration ban, what you need to know…

Trump issued an expanded version of his travel ban that suspended immigrant visas - a category that includes family visas - for Eritreans and Nigerians. The other countries with new restrictions are Kyrgyzstan, Myanmar, Tanzania and Sudan.

Where you’re born determines the opportunities you get in life, says the World Economic Forum

For decades, political and economic policies have been built on the promise of helping people do better than the generations before them. But still today, in 2020, the opportunities we get in life remain largely dictated by the socio-economic circumstances we’re born into.

UK’s Boris Johnson is pushing for deeper trade ties with Africa as Brexit nears

Prime Minister Boris Johnson will call for deeper investment ties between Britain and Africa at a summit for leaders of 21 African countries on Monday that comes days before his country will leave the European Union.

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Rupert family fund oversubscribed; applications temporarily suspended

Applications for the Rupert family’s R1 billion small business fund, The Sukuma Relief Programme, which opened on Friday, have temporarily been suspended.

EOH Exco chop salaries by 25%; ask staff to cut by 20%

Technology group EOH narrowed its first half loss per share from continuing operations, while group revenue fell 14 per cent and costs rose. EOH CFO, Megan Pydigadu joins CNBC Africa for more.

SA launches green fund to drive investment into SMMEs

R488 million – that’s how much the Green Outcomes Fund has set aside for fund managers to increase investment in green Small, Medium and Micro-sized Enterprises. To discuss the fund - the first of its kind, CNBC Africa is joined by Tine Fisker Henriksen: Innovative Finance Lead, UCT GSB Bertha Centre and Mark van Wyk: Head of Unlisted Investments, Mergence Investment Managers.

Sarb guides banks to put dividends, bonuses on hold

South Africa’s Reserve Bank has guided banks to put dividends and executive bonuses on hold to help reduce stress on the banking sector from fighting Covid19. For more on this recommendation as well as other directives to ensure the health of the sector, CNBC Africa is joined by Unathi Kamlana, Head of Policy Statistics and Industry Support at the Prudential Authority.

Nigerian banking index gains but industrial goods sector declines

Investors are taking a keen interest in banking stocks today but the Industrial goods sector is facing a steep decline. Dare Fajimolu, Chief Research Officer at Blue Vertex joins CNBC Africa for a recap of today’s trade.