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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....

Captains of Industry: The secret behind Altron’s success with CEO Mteto Nyati

Technology group Altron has more than doubled its market value since 2017 when businessman Mteto Nyati took to the helm as CEO. His success of transforming the company from a family run business to a global independent entity has not gone unnoticed. In 2019 he was named businessman of the year by the All Africa Business Leader Awards. In this episode of Captains of Industry, Mteto speaks about his journey to the upper echelons of South Africa’s boardrooms and Altron’s future in the rapidly changing digital economy....


South Africa’s rand crashes to its lowest ever after Moody’s pulls the plug

South Africa’s rand plunged to an all-time low on Monday, falling below 18.00 to a dollar after ratings firm Moody’s cut the country’s last investment grade credit rating, adding to mounting panic about the coronavirus outbreak.

FNB confirms measures to help customers impacted by COVID-19

“In recent weeks, the South African Government, business community, philanthropists and society at large have shown remarkable unity in a joint effort to protect our country against the impact of COVID-19,” writes FNB Chief Executive Officer, Jacques Celliers.

Lagos State passes bill, offers economic support to mitigate COVID-19 impact

Ahead of Nigeria’s lockdown of three states, Lagos State Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu hinted that the state may have begun to see a trend in community spread of the COVID-19outbreak. He says the state will now begin to implement measures to cater for indigent citizens.

COVID-19: How African countries can insure against outbreaks

The Africa Risk Capacity is a specialised Agency of the African Union and they are currently undertaking an urgent exercise to model the potential impact of the coronavirus on Africa to inform and guide member states. This modelling according to the ARC will look into the likely short-term and medium-term effects of the pandemic on the continent as well as how to mitigate these shocks. Mohamed Beavogui, Director General and United Nations Assistant Secretary General, African Risk Capacity joins CNBC Africa for more insight into this.

The impact of COVID-19 on Nigeria’s business community

President Muhammadu Buhari says he has directed the Minister of Industry, Trade and Investment to work with the Manufacturers Association of Nigeria to ensure that all production of essential items such as food, medical and pharmaceutical products continues unhindered. Mansur Ahmed, President of the Manufacturers Association of Nigeria joins CNBC Africa for more.