Finland raises €8.7m for tech start-ups in Africa

Africa offers large, young markets that can sustain mobile phone applications, cybersecurity services and health technology, says envoy

Letseng in Lesotho produces two enormous stones for Gem Diamonds

One of the gems is a 110 carat D colour type IIa diamond, which contains very little or no nitrogen atoms and is the most expensive of all diamonds

GADFLY: What Gap can learn from the grocery aisle

Big-brand apparel retailers are looking a little outdated, writes Sarah Halzack, and should take themselves bargain-shopping

What you need to know about MiFID (and it’s not a type of hi-fi or Fitbit)

If you have no idea what this term means, here’s the lowdown on how it works and who will be affected

Bioplastics made from plants, not fossil fuel, to increase 50% in five years

The oil industry is being challenged by bioplastics companies using sugar cane, wood and corn to create their products

From bitcoin to Belize: a year of living dangerously on global markets

Risky assets — as epitomised by cryptocurrencies — were the place to be in 2017, a year of ignoring boring securities like staid Japanese bonds. ...

South Africans are staying home for the holidays, their shopping habits show

Those who are going on holiday, are going later in the season, according to Pick n Pay’s data

Basa is alarmed by ANC’s decision to nationalise the Reserve Bank

The Banking Association SA notes that institutional stability needs to be protected, but it will work with leaders committed to the national interest

Season of drought a season of slaughter

Farmers in Northern and Western Cape have to cut back their flocks of sheep to deal with the worst drought many have experienced in lifetimes of 80 years

How changes in the pipeline will aid small businesses

Changes to the National Small Business Act will update the definition of small business, with SMEs already contributing up to 47% of SA’s GDP

Procurement policy already a success for SMMEs, says minister

Lindiwe Zulu says the policy for government departments to procure at least 30% of their goods and services from SMMEs has seen nearly half achieve that this ...

Black Business Council suspends Danisa Baloyi over missing Acsa R5m

The BBC says it has been reliably informed that Acsa has formally laid charges against Baloyi, while the council laid charges against her last week

Motor industry confident of full-year, new-vehicle sales improvement

Overall sales improved 7.2% compared to November 2016, with car sales accelerating by 16.4%, but commercial vehicles take a battering

Black Business Council to probe missing R5m Acsa donation

The BBC has denied it suspended its secretary and chairman, but cannot explain what happened to the money

Emerging markets show ‘tremendous’ growth in chocolate

Demand has picked up in Asia, particularly in China, and global cocoa processing will likely rise more than 3% this season

EXCLUSIVE: Funding increase likely for black business

There’s still a final hurdle to pass before Trade and Industry Minister Rob Davies signs the financial sector code

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