Captains of Industry

Tristan De Boysson: A man with a passion for getting people to invest in Africa’s health sector

He was born in Paris moved to Asia. Now in Dubai he is trying to hook people up with deals in Middle East and Africa in the health game. This is the story of Tristan De Boysson, CEO of Amanat....

How this Gabon-born entrepreneur gave up his tennis dream to become Africa’s Mark Zuckerberg

Dubai-based Mark Doumba wanted to be the next Roger Federer but he had to settle with being the next Mark Zuckerberg. This is the story of the Gabon-born entrepreneur who saw an opportunity for a technology company to bridge the digital divide and address Sub-Saharan Africa’s development challenges through innovation and policy as a result he started CLIKAFRIK and CLIKPAY....

Captains of Industry: Andrew Key: From officer to a payment supremo

Andrew Key wanted to be an officer and gentleman but a rugby accident put paid to his army ambitions. Now he sits in the middle of a payments empire straddling Africa and the Middle East. This is the story of Key, Managing Director,Head of Processing Business at Network International....

DMCC’s Feryal Ahmadi’s big plans for Africa

In her position as Chief Operating Officer of one of the biggest free trade areas in the world, Feryal Ahmadi has big plans for Africa. Ahmadi from the Dubai Multi Commodities Centre (DMCC) shares her story....

Captains of Industry: How the Dubai-spirit is landing in Africa

He grew up as Dubai flourished, now he is looking to Africa. Omar Khan, Director International Offices at the Dubai Chamber of Commerce & Industry says it won’t just support business people in Africa they will also set up shop....

How this African technology giant plans to unlock the potential of Africa

In this episode of Captains of Industry, CNBC Africa sits down with the Grant Bodley, the chief executive of IT conglomerate, Dimension Data Middle East and Africa. With 21 years of experience at the company, Bodley has seen the company grow from strength to strength and has been at the helm as it expands into the Middle East....

Captains of Industry: From dream cars through disappointment to design

Everyone in business has setbacks. Dream ventures that didn’t work. Nadim Habr, Founder and CEO of Designhubz wanted to have a super car business, the economy disagreed so he ended up making a fortune in Dubai....

Captains of Industry: Bob Willen – a life of engineering, management and Pelé

His father was a physicist, mother a maths teacher and Bob Willen wanted to be an astronaut, instead he went on a journey of business around the world ending up as the head of the Middle East and Africa operations of one of the world’s biggest management consultancies - A.T. Kearney. This is his story....

Captains of Industry: Why software company SAP’s Steve Tzikakis is an African believer

Captains of Industry: How a man who started at the bottom pounding the streets for his father ended up heading one of the biggest companies in the world. This is the story of Dubai-based Steve Tzikakis, Afro-optimist and regional president of SAP South Europe, the Middle East and Africa....


How The Medical Device Supply Chain Failed During Covid-19

More than three months into the coronavirus pandemic, health-care workers on the front-lines of the battle against Covid-19 say they still face shortages of personal protective equipment. The personal protective shortage was one of the early flashpoi

Tsogo Sun Hotels FY profits plunge, COVID-19 lock-downs weigh

Hospitality Group Tsogo Sun Hotels reported a 31 per cent plunge in full year headline earnings per share, with Covid-19 resulting in demand from international tourist retracting in the fourth quarter, due to global lock-downs.

Nampak swings into H1 loss, suffers R3bn impairment

Nampak swung to a half year loss of R2.4 billion as revenue plunged and it impaired its Angola and Nigeria assets by R3 billion, which is four times its market value. The also warned that future profits were in South Africa were at risk from the ban on alcohol sales due to Covid-19 lock-downs. Nampak CEO, Erik Smuts joins CNBC Africa for more.

How COVID-19 impacts the health & well-being of children

Research shows that children have a lower rate of contracting the Coronavirus and bringing infections to the household. This should provide comfort to South African parents that are in two minds about sending their kids back to school next week, when physical teaching is set to resume. Epidemiologist, Dr Boshoff Steenekamp joins CNBC Africa for more.

Rebosis rolls out COVID-19 testing stations outside malls

Property Group Rebosis, has partnered with government to roll out testing stations for Covid-19 outside its shopping malls in Pretoria – South Africa’s capital. However, foot traffic into these malls is expected to have dived due to the virus lock-downs prevented non-essential stores from trading. Rebosis is yet to release its interim results. Rebosis CEO Sisa Ngebulana joins CNBC Africa for more.