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Enabling positive futures across Malawi

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MANUFACTURING East Africa Seeks Sustainable Manufacturing Success Deloitte’s Mike Vincent sheds light on April’s East Africa Manufacturing Conference

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TECHNOLOGY Fixed Broadband Wireless Technology for Africa

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CONSTRUCTION Africa’s Hospitality Construction Boom

Sustainable construction from niche to mainstream

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SHOWCASING LEADING COMPANIES Tell us your story and we’ll tell the world

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TOTAL HEALTH TRUST LTD Make the Right Choice

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Connecting Nigeria to affordable, reliable healthcare

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Going for Gold

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Professional, environmentally safe, cost effective metallurgical services to the global mining sector

Celebrating 50 years of financial wellness in Lesotho

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A world-class provider of professional, reliable and unequalled insurance services

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MINISTRY OF HEALTH ZAMBIA A Healthy and Productive Zambia Advancing healthcare through communication technology

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EXPRESS SUPPORT SERVICES LDA Refuel and Refresh

Finding value in the human element

Placing Trust in Local Reinsurance

Committed to serving Uganda’s reinsurance market

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FLAMINGO HORTICULTURE LTD By Growers, for Growers

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Delivering exceptional roses from the equator

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Leading Guaranteed Savings on the African Continent

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AFRICA ENERGY FORUM Moroccan Ministry of Energy, Mines, Water & Environment to join discussions at the Africa Energy Forum in Copenhagen

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Middle East Rules Hinder South Africa’s Mediclinic Earnings

South Africa’s biggest private hospital group by market value, Mediclinic International, reported a 19 percent drop in underlying annual earnings recently, the Group hurt by regulations in the Middle East that have now been changed. Mediclinic, which has stakes in Britain’s Spire Healthcare and Switzerland’s Hirslanden, extended its reach into the United Arab

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Emirates when it bought Al Noor last year. Underlying earnings per share came in at 29.8 pence per share for the year to the end of March compared with 36.7 pence a year earlier, largely impacted by shares issued to acquire Al Noor and adverse operating performance in Abu Dhabi. A co-payment system for private healthcare in Abu Dhabi had been

weighing on the firm’s operations in the United Arab Emirates, but the Government has since scrapped it. “Recent regulatory changes provide support for the gradual recovery in performance of the Abu Dhabi business and future investment decisions,” the firm said in a statement. Progress on the regulatory front has also been made in recent weeks in Switzerland, Chief Executive Danie Meintjes said. In the Zurich region, after lobbying by Mediclinic’s Swiss business, lawmakers last month voted against a hospital levy on privately insured patients, the Company said. A slowdown in economic growth in Mediclinic’s home market convinced the company to explore more affordable options there. “In South Africa we decided on a strategy to roll out day clinics adjacent to our main hospitals that are under pressure in terms of occupancy,” Meintjes told Reuters. While the firm’s priority is to extend its reach in its current markets with a new hospital in the UAE and more outpatient facilities in Switzerland, it is also looking at possible expansion in other regions. “We are looking to grow, and part of that growth could come outside of the existing platforms,” said Chief Financial Officer Jurgens Myburgh, referring to the areas where the company operates. Mediclinic said revenue rose 30 percent to 2.75 billion pounds ($3.57 billion) and operating profit was up 26 percent. Johannesburg-listed shares in Mediclinic declined 2.2 percent to 144.50 rand and was down 1.7 percent in London by 0830 GMT, compared with a 0.2 percent drop in the JSE’s benchmark Top-40 index.

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Efacec brings Electricity to Rwanda Efacec has been chosen by the winning consortium of the international tender launched by the Republic of Rwanda for the construction of three new 200kV substations. These infrastructures are essential to distribute power to the country’s rural areas, such as Rwabusoro, Mamba e Rilima. The technical abilities and skills of Efacec’s High Tension Substations area was the reason behind being chosen by the tender’s winning company - STEG International Services, from Tunisia - to implement the project of engineering, supply, supervision and commissioning of the three new substations on a turnkey basis. This contract is worth approximately 10.5 million euro and has an 18 month execution deadline.

This construction work will be fundamental to give flow to the 80MW produced in Mamba’s Biomass Power Station for the national electricity grid. Currently only 25 percent of Rwanda’s households have power. This project is part of the Government ambition to bring electrical energy to 70 percent of Rwanda’s families, until 2018. According to Ângelo Ramalho, Efacec’s Chief Executive Officer:

“Being chosen for this project attests, once again, to Efacec’s skills. We are proud of this new act of trust bestowed to our company. We’ll continuously work in order to bring power to all the parts of the world.” The partnership established with STEG results from an ongoing project that Efacec has in Tunisia for STEG: the execution of a substations contract.

“We have a long list of routes we could operate,” he said, adding they could operate flights jointly with Kenya Airways or target destinations that the parent airline does not serve. Jambojet offers no frills flights to popular destinations such as the coastal city of Mombasa. It charges for extras like drinks and food. It started operations with leased planes but it has since started operating its own flights, a move expected to further lower costs, the Chief Executive said. Hondius said leasing additional planes would also help address challenges.

The carrier was forced to apologise at the start of this year following cancellations and delays during the peak December holiday season. About a third of Jambojet’s customers had never flown before and were enticed by the low prices. Hondius said he expected more growth as the middle class increases.

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Kenya Airways’ Budget Carrier Plans International Flights Kenyan budget carrier, Jambojet expects Government approval to start flying to destinations outside the country, and will lease more planes to start the flights in the next two years, its Chief Executive said. The airline, fully owned by national carrier, Kenya Airways, was established in 2014 to cater to local travellers by offering low-cost fares of as little as 3,200 shillings ($30.99) one way. Jambojet, which carried 600,000 passengers last year using a fleet of Boeing 737s and Bombardier Q-400 planes, will consider possible international destinations after it gets approval, CEO Willem Hondius said.

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Nigeria Hopes for Oil Upturn after Economy Shrinks Again Nigeria’s economy stayed in recession in the first quarter and shrank more sharply than thought at the end of last year, data showed, as signs of growth in the oil sector fuelled hopes of an upturn in the coming months. The economy shrank by 1.5 percent in 2016 for its first annual drop in 25 years, hit by a shortage of hard currency and lower revenues from its dominant oil sector as world crude prices stayed under pressure. Gross domestic product shrank a further 0.52 percent year-on-year in the first quarter, the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) said on Tuesday, also revising the fourth quarter contraction to 1.73 percent from 1.30 percent. Average oil production inched up 0.07 million barrels per day (bpd) to 1.83 million barrels in the first quarter, the statistics office said. Razia Khan, chief economist Africa at Standard Chartered Bank, said the state of pipeline repairs and a weak base of comparison suggested the oil sector should grow far more sharply from the second quarter.

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Coca-Cola South Africa Sells Stake in Appletiser Coca-Cola Beverages South Africa (CCBSA) has sold a 17.5 percent stake in carbonated fruit juice brand Appletiser to investment holding company African Pioneer Group, as part of a merger agreement with SABMiller. CCBSA also sold a four percent stake

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GM to Cut Operations in South Africa General Motors Co plans to sell operations in South Africa, the latest steps in a strategy of focusing cash and engineering effort on fewer, more profitable markets. The Detroit automaker said it will take a $500 million charge in the second quarter to restructure operations in Africa, India and Singapore. GM President, Dan Ammann commented that the latest restructuring moves - and a series of to Sipho Excellent Madlala, a manager at CCBSA, as part of merger conditions stipulating it should sell 20 percent of Appletiser to a black economic empowerment holding. Appletiser, a fruit juice based drink,

earlier decisions to quit unprofitable markets - allows GM to focus more money, engineering effort and senior management time on expanding where the Company is strong, including China and the North American pickup and SUV business, where GM has a ‘product onslaught coming’. GM plans to stop building Chevrolet vehicles in South Africa and sell its South African factory to Japan’s Isuzu Motors Ltd, along with the 30 percent stake the US automaker owns in a truck venture with Isuzu Motors. Isuzu agreed in February to buy out GM’s 57.7 percent stake in a joint venture in Kenya. was previously owned by SABMiller which merged its African soft drink operations with Coca-Cola to become the continent’s biggest Coke drink bottler. The agreement handed 20 brands including Appletiser, whose fruit juice concentrate is sourced from South African producers, to Coke. SABMiller was acquired by the world’s largest brewer, AnheuserBusch InBev, in a $100 billion-plus deal last year in one of the largest corporate mergers in history which takes the company into Africa for the first time.

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Zambian Government Close to Agreement on Electricity Price Rises Zambia is close to reaching an agreement with mining companies over its plans to increase electricity prices. The Government last month proposed introducing a flat tariff of 9.30 US cents/kilowatt hour (kWh) backdated to January for mining companies, instead of individually negotiated rates that have averaged six US cents/kWh, but mining

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Telekom Networks Malawi to Invest in 4G Network Telekom Networks Malawi (TNM), the country’s second-largest mobile network operator is to spend an additional $30 million on improving its 4G broadband service. TNM, whose main rival is the local

South Africa’s Tsogo Sun Holdings Property Fund Stake companies opposed the plan. A team headed by the minister of energy was due to hold talks with mining companies, including First Quantum Minerals. Last week Zambia’s Energy Regulation Board (ERB) approved a 75 percent increase in the price of electricity for retail customers.

unit of India’s Bharti Airtel, said it aimed to give better 4G coverage in Malawi’s four main cities. “The upgrade aims to improve the agility, speed and stability of our mobile internet services,” it said in a statement. TNM, majority-owned by Malawian conglomerate Press Corporation, has more than 3.3 million subscribers, which compares with a national population of about 17 million people.

South Africa’s Tsogo Sun Holdings has sold 29 hotels to Hospitality Property Fund for a 3.6 billion rand ($268 million) mix of cash and shares, the companies said. The transaction is part of Tsogo’s strategy to lessen its direct exposure to the hotel business and focus more on entertainment and gambling. “The transaction represents an attractive acquisition for Hospitality, with the Tsogo portfolio comprising 29 successful and established hotel properties,” Hospitality said.

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Gold on Track for Biggest Gain in Five Years

Gold has had its best week in five as the dollar softened on political turbulence in the United States, boosting bullion’s safe-haven appeal. Spot gold was up 0.5 percent at $1,253.31 per ounce, putting it up 1.9 percent. US gold futures slipped 0.1 percent to $1,251.60 an ounce. “Political risk is back on again after market participants became overly complacent following the outcome of the French elections,” Commerzbank analyst, Carsten Fritsch said. Gold is often seen as an alternative investment during times of geopolitical and financial uncertainty, gaining alongside bond yields and the yen while stocks usually take a hit.

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sychological and satirical fiction writer, Todd Wonkka has released his first novel, Under The Rug, to Inkshares, realising an ambition that has blossomed since his teenage years. The Massachusetts-born author’s opening instalment tells an enthralling tale of Jake, whose traumatic childhood contributes to an addictive search for true loyalty in adult life; “questioning the integrity of his family, substance abuse, sex, and violence” along the way. Jake ultimately “has to make a choice that will change his life forever - acceptance or vengeance?” Throughout Todd’s life, he has travelled, found himself on the music scene, started a family, and currently works as a tennis pro in Rancho Santa Fe, California but the one unwavering draw for him has been the love of writing; listing the likes of Bukowski, Elmore Leonard, Easton-Ellis and Hunter S. Thompson among his influences. “It’s about telling a story with your guts, something that rips the page,” he emphasises as he begins work on his second novel - Tennis Monster - while Under The Rug continues to make headway on Inkshares; a crowdfunding platform set to launch Todd’s dream into mainstream consciousness.

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Inkshares.com is an incredible platform for writers. They use the mechanics of crowdfunding to test the market for your book. You post a teaser (in my case I’ve posted the prologue and first five chapters for the audience to read), then you spread the word. If you hit your goals you get funded. You can preorder your copy/copies here. Inkshares has two publishing-goaloptions: • If you get 250 pre-orders (Quill) in three months, Inkshares will edit, print and publish it • If you get 750 pre-orders in three months, Inkshares will edit, print, distribute, publish, and give it the full marketing and promotional treatment

Pre-order your copy/copies of Under the Rug at https://www. inkshares.com/books/under-the-rug - Todd Wonkka

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are smaller than SA and the Southern African region. Southern Africa is a historically more industrialised region and has experienced economic development and growth through, in part, a focus on mineral extraction. This has been less evident in EA. However, the reliance on commodities as a growth driver is declining on the continent, and a shift towards demand-driven growth is where the opportunity lies with the EA region. The growth opportunity is reflected in regional growth rates over the past few years as well as in forecasts for the short to medium-term. AfO: On an even wider note, how would you assess Africa, as a continent’s, manufacturing evolution and competitiveness in comparison to other regions such as the US, EU, or China? MV: We are comparing a post industrialised world in the US and EU and to a lesser extent China, to an industrialising and re-industrialising continent in Africa. As such, the drivers of competitiveness are contextual to the regions and countries. As a continent, African is coming off a relatively smaller base, however, there is opportunity

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Three steps to enhancing competitiveness in Africa’s manufacturing sector: 1 Increase private and public sector collaboration throughout the policy development journey 2 Increase investments in infrastructure to create easier access to markets for the trade of goods and services; thus increasing manufacturing investments 3 Invest further in skills development for the good of the sector from both private and public perspectives

for growth. Sentiment from the conference was that a minimum eight-10 year investment horizon is required for manufacturing sector investment decisions on the region, and that these investments should

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follow an incremental investment strategy. This is indicative of both the recognition of the opportunity, the uncertainty in business stability in the region, as well as the appreciation of African investment nuances. In the Deloitte report titled, ‘Global Manufacturing Competitiveness’, global CEOs ranked the top drivers of global manufacturing competitiveness as: one, talent; two, cost competitiveness; three, workforce productivity; four, supplier network; and five, legal & regulatory system. When considering these drivers from an African perspective, based on a recent African Manufacturing Competitiveness survey Deloitte has run, cost competitiveness is by far the most important driver of competitiveness to African manufacturers. Workforce productivity, supplier network and local market attractiveness are very important; whereas talent that ranked first in the global index, ranks fifth [here]. Local market attractiveness is ranked significantly higher in Africa than global perspectives while physical infrastructure ranked fifth in Africa compared to seventh globally. The results are our preliminary findings from the survey and the full results and report will be launched in July.


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AfO: What main themes do you believe are driving or hindering African manufacturing competitiveness at present, and how can these be capitalised on or resolved as the case may be? MV: From an African Manufacturing Competitiveness perspective, in the short-term (the next 18 months), when asked about business concerns, the number one response was ‘government corruption’ followed by ‘exchange rate fluctuations’ and three ‘cost inefficiencies’. Africa faces the dual challenge of economic development and job creation. There are many differing perspectives on the growth of manufacturing that is technologydriven, as the question arises whether mechanisation will decrease the availability of unskilled employment opportunities in the sector. The other school of thought promotes taking advantage of advanced technologies to drive manufacturing-led growth, which, by virtue of this economic growth will indirectly create valueadded value chain job creation, while directly changing the type of jobs available in the sector. It is not clear whether this will provide an overall positive or deficit

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‘The other school of thought promotes taking advantage of advanced technologies to drive manufacturingled growth, which, by virtue of this economic growth will indirectly create value-added value chain job creation’ in job creation. However, there is acknowledgement that to compete on a global scale, technology-driven innovation is an imperative. This might be more of a possibility for an MNC, yet the challenge lies with your

AfO: What do you feel can be done to change this culture and to what extent was this voiced at the event? MV: A stable regulatory environment can help create certainty which positively impacts investment decisions while uncertainty suppresses investments. A resounding call from those that participated at the EA Manufacturing conference was for ongoing robust communication between the private and public sectors. This requires an inclusive collaborative approach to policy development which will help to bridge the gap between policy development, implementation and effective outcomes and impact for the private sector and economy.

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Fixed Broadband Wireless Technology for Africa Dmitry Okorokov, Chief Executive Officer of InfiNet Wireless highlights the exciting future of fixed broadband wireless technology in Africa, in particular the way in which it is perfectly suited to the continent Writer: Phoebe Calver he ever increasing demand for connectivity in Africa has made it the ideal continent for fixed broadband wireless technology, which it is hoped will bridge the divide between urban and rural areas. Africa is an incredibly diverse continent, in its physical landscape, political, economic, social, technological and environmental outlook, with every country and region having its own separate and unique set of challenges

and advantages to tackle. There have been numerous changes occurring in recent years, particularly with the introduction of 3G technologies - which is now being followed by mobile broadband, based on 4G - which have made a monumental difference to the continent. At present, there is a heightened consumer adoption of mobile devices in direct response to the lack of adequate fixed infrastructure, leveraging broadband wireless technology providers to play a much bigger role in relieving the pressure for backhauling data traffic from the mobile operators’ base stations to the rest of their network.

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A huge demand for reliable internet platforms is everpresent, all of which are being supplied from various types of service providers that wish to replace legacy worldwide with microwave access (WiMAX) deployments; paired with the requirement for high-capacity backhauling solutions from mobile operators. With numerous projects already up and running, the wireless market is really taking shape in all areas of the continent - a market which InfiNet Wireless has been working in for many years - this influx in improvements in connectivity have added significant value to the economy in Africa. As Africa continues on with its necessary steps towards building and strengthening

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its economy through the adoption of modern wireless technology, all the major stakeholders and businesses will continue to play a crucial role in the route Africa is taking to improve its overall economy. The use of mobile devices has increased significantly in the past few years and it is estimated that by the year 2020, there will be more than half a billion new mobile subscribers. Dmitry Okorokov, Chief Executive Officer of InfiNet Wireless discusses the way in which fixed broadband wireless technology will have a huge impact on Africa’s economy and connectivity. Africa Outlook (AfO): Firstly could you talk me through a brief history of InfiNet Wireless, including the improvement strategies over the years that have brought the Company to this point? Dmitry Okorokov (DO): InfiNet Wireless is by no means the new kid on the block, back in the 1990s we primarily operated as part of a larger telecoms distribution group; at the time it was focused on requirements of the domestic wireless operators and built the first wireless solution

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in Russia. In 2003 we received our first injection of investment, InfiNet Wireless came to be as an independent Company with its own brand identity and it was these early days that we decided to enter the international market, while also achieving success in the domestic market. China, Malaysia and Saudi Arabia were the first international markets where the Company achieved success, since growing to provide solutions to more than 100 countries around the globe. AfO: How much of an impact would you say upping capabilities of fixed broadband will have on the economic benefits of improvements in connectivity in Africa? DO: Today we see connectivity as the cornerstone of our lives - both in business and socially. Africa is a particularly unique market because every country within the continent is incredibly varied when it comes to connectivity. Collectively there is huge growth opportunity to deliver services that match those in the western world; Africa is a particularly important market for InfiNet Wireless because we know that what we can offer addresses the challenges the continent faces in terms of connectivity and associated applications.


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as the preferred connectivity solution, of course the customer’s needs have also changed and for them it is all about data. For this particular reason we have seen a huge uptake in the deployment of wireless networks. The key advantage we have over wired networks is geography and particularly the landscape, in many countries particularly South Africa - there really is no option but to use wireless. Key demands for the future are also being driven by the Internet of Things (IoT) where your fridge could be connected to your mobile, your car or just about anything you can think of. Products are already being developed to meet the needs of the future, pushing physics to the limits and beyond in order to provide the capacity that will be required by users.

AfO: How much development in the industry have you witnessed in recent years and how do you believe it is set to progress from here? DO: There is always development, and this has been particularly evident in recent years, however, today we know that a ubiquitous solution is not always the best solution. What we see now is that once competing technologies - 3G, LTE, Wi-Fi and 5G - are being used together, because they are each suited to very specific applications. We are also aware that the success of a network - regardless of its size - is dependent upon how the different technologies including wireless and wired, coexist in the same infrastructure ecosystem.

Five years ago our consumers were happy with 128kbps and businesses were satisfied with 1Mbps, today however the situation has changed significantly and providing anything less than 10Mbps isn’t acceptable. We have always been able to differentiate ourselves in the market by providing a solution - hardware and software - that is tailored to our customer’s needs, something our competitors are yet to achieve. AfO: How have you had to adapt your solutions in order to be successful in the current market? DO: Wireless technology has come a long way, 10 to 15 years ago it was far less reliable and users reluctantly chose the wireless route because it was the only option available to them; it was also affordable and could be installed on the premises, where it would be quickly replaced with new technology. The evolution of wireless has gone full circle and today it is often viewed

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around hospitality construction. One of the aforementioned recent announcements came from the Intercontinental Hotel Group (IHG) who are presently set to build six new hotels on the continent, adding to the Company’s already impressive current portfolio in Asia and the Middle East, while providing an increased number of construction jobs during the building process and permanent roles

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upon completion of the build. Some of the hotels already in the planning stages for IHG include the Holiday Inn Alegiers Cheraga Tower in Algeria and the Holiday Inn Mutare in Zimbabwe.

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The hotel has been inspired by art, music and fashion, placed in the vibrant and newly rejuvenated Silo District which already provides an endless array of cultural activities that locals and travellers alike will enjoy; the perfect spot for the Radisson Red Hotel to set up camp. The hotel which is due to open its doors in the latter part of 2017 looks set to revolutionise the South African hospitality industry, in a particularly exciting time for hotel construction.

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destinations in Africa with the aim of changing the face of tourism. The construction industry particularly in Cape Town - is adopting the simple principle of the Africa Responsible Tourism Awards, that construction and particularly building new hotels from niche to mainstream, can and should be organised in a way that preserves, respects and benefits destinations and the local people. A prime example of this is Cape Town’s Hotel Verde, which has recently become the first hotel in the world to become double-platinum green building certified, setting the benchmark within the African construction industry.

Currently Egypt is topping the ranks when it comes to building the most hotels of all countries in Africa and subsequently the hotel pipeline coming into the country is looking healthier than it has in many years. With the interest that African hotel construction is attracting, Hilton has recently established a dedicated development office; this is a clear sign of its intentions on the continent, specifically within North Africa. This development is relatively unsurprising for those within the industry, with Africa becoming an increasingly enticing region for hotel groups to branch into, particularly with the rising demand on hotel rooms for the continent. Currently there are 336 new hospitality and hotel construction projects underway in Africa and once completed they will create an additional 88,524 rooms - naturally having a positive effect on the tourism industry. Although Egypt is leading the pack in terms of large scale hotel construction

projects in Africa, countries such as Morocco could easily surpass it in the next few years to become the continent’s top hotel constructing enterprise. As previously mentioned South Africa has long been positioned as one of the best countries for tourism in Africa, particularly due to its inherent natural beauty that is well known for its ability to attract outdoor thrill seekers from across the globe. Although at present it isn’t topping the scoreboard for its hospitality construction, it will be exciting to see how that expands and develops over the coming years.

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Bloemfontein South Africa’s ‘fountain of flowers’ is the birthplace of numerous heroic figures in the country, including J. R. R. Tolkien, but remains the unsung hero when it comes to international acknowledgement Writer: Matthew Staff

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village-like feel despite being so key on a national scale as a legislative hub. From an economic standpoint this has traditionally culminated in a make-up based on smaller international firms or large domestic enterprises looking to set-up shop within the area. That being said, for those lucky few who have been called into the city for a business travel experience, they won’t be left with any shortage of things to see or do, as long as they arrive with their minds open and their more adrenalineinducing instincts subdued. The key to enjoying Bloemfontein is to take the city at a leisurely pace, to take in the best that African nature can offer, and to bask in the humility - and sunshine - that the quaint little capital can offer.

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The hotel domain in particular has thrived over the years with the likes of Marriott identifying the potential honeypot that exists when attracting the country’s leading legal professionals each year, and many others have followed suit; making for a competitive abundance of hospitality options available in the city. Similarly, the outdoor lifestyle represents unlimited opportunities for businesses to hone in on, whether that comprises a round of golf, its beautiful waterfront complex, or the sprawling suburbs which house some of the country’s most renowned nature reserves.

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Out & About BLOEMFONTEIN DOESN’T PROFESS to boast the same level of active lifestyle and abundant attractions that the likes of Cape Town and Johannesburg does, but what it can claim is a humble representation of South African life; bringing villagelike values and community spirit to the scale of a thriving city. Renowned for its safety and sprawling suburbs to complement its inner economic hub, there is a bit of both worlds when it comes to either exploration or relaxation. Representing the former is a budding restaurant scene, which very much focuses on fine dining as opposed to a more raucous drinking culture that you might expect from some leading cities’ nightlife. And while the Windmill Casino and Entertainment Centre does offer a slight break from the norm in terms of exhilaration, it’s fair to say that the majority of your trip will be spent on the more sedate side of the

tracks. A plethora of museums await the more learned traveller - including the Anglo Boer War Museum, Oliewenhuis Art Museum and The National Museum - and to go one step further, Naval Hill Planetarium remains one of Bloemfontein’s most standout attractions. Langenhoven Park Farmers Market and Mimosa Mall offer diverse options when it comes to retail therapy, and as far as hospitality goes, the city is awash with a mix of franchised five and four-star options - including Southern Sun Bloemfontein and Marriott’s Protea Hotel at Bloemfontein Willow Lake - as well as lower budget lodges and hostels. However, no trip to Bloemfontein, or indeed South Africa, would be complete without taking a walk on the wild side, and the city and its suburbs duly oblige courtesy of Free State National Botanical Garden and Bagamoya Wildlife Estate.

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CERTAINLY NOT AN indictment of Bloemfontein’s appeal in itself, it’s far to say that one of the big advantages of the city is its road networks to other larger cities in South Africa. The N1, N6 and N8 national highways all meet in the judicial capital, making it one of the most accessible cities and one of the best initial ports of call if you’re looking to embark on more of a national tour. Johannesburg, Cape Town, Maseru, Port Elizabeth and Kimberley are all on the road radar to varying extents, with the N1 especially popular in heading towards Gauteng. With this in mind, it’s no surprise that the car is the most advised mode of travel when visiting Bloemfontein. Not just because it offers a flexible route to other cities, but also

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because it provides the most agile method of transport to access the city’s numerous natural attractions on the periphery. With reserves like Bagamoya Wildlife Estate and the National Botanical Garden more of a drive than a walk from the city centre, four wheels is definitely the best way to go. However, if you’re looking to remove all strains from your visit, then Bloemfontein is equally blessed with a comprehensive rail network when it comes to conjoining the major South African metropolises. Finally, when it comes to actually arriving at and departing from the area, Bloemfontein has two airports, with its Bram Fischer International Airport holding the fort when it comes to domestic travel if neither road or rail are your thing.

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“Overlooking a lake, the Loch Logan Waterfront’s claim to fame is that it’s the biggest shopping mall in central South Africa. The mall is usually a hive of activity with plenty of shops, restaurants, and boutiques. On rainy days, this is a great place to catch a movie at the cinema or indulge in some retail therapy. When the sun is shining, shoppers can relax at one of the waterfront restaurants or cafes. Parking is ample, and many sports fans nab a space here when catching a rugby match at the nearby Free State Stadium.” Planet Ware

Free State National Botanical Garden

“This garden, on the outskirts of Bloemfontein, spans a valley between picturesque dolerite koppies. The natural vegetation comprises tall grassland and woodland, dominated by magnificent wild olive and karee trees. The harmony of the Garden has been achieved by retaining and

highlighting the best elements of the natural landscape. From November to March, most of the plants in the Garden are in full leaf and from March to June the colourful autumn shades of yellow and red dominate. The natural areas of the Garden are a haven for wildlife, including 144 bird species, 54 reptile species and about 32 mammal species.” - South African National Biodiversity Institute

Bagamoya Wildlife Estate

“The experience of a lifetime with our unique interactions. Truly the Ultimate Lion Experience. Our focus is the animals, and you get the privilege to watch them as well as interact with them in their natural habitat. Situated 30 km outside of Bloemfontein nearby Maselspoort, the estate is the perfect venue for functions of any kind; weddings, conferences, kids parties, corporate functions and more. Unique accommodation for a lovely weekend getaway for a couple, among friends or family, to just relax and forget about the everyday hassles.” - Bagamoya Wildlife Estate

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he exciting recent acquisition of the operations at both Gateway and Hillcrest private hospitals originally owned by Ross Healthcare and two of South Africa’s top-tier private medical care facilities - is incredibly exciting for the Busamed Hospital Group, as one of the first black-owned healthcare groups already boasting six hospitals to its name spread across the country. The exciting role of an expanded Busamed will have it positioned in a strong manner to negotiate medical aid schemes on the pricing of services, as well as an increase in competition in an industry that is particularly dominated by limited retention of specialist doctors and quality nursing staff. “At Busamed, our vision is prioritising care above profit, we recognised that it attracts and retains leading medical professionals that are highly specialised in key or rare medical disciplines, as well as assembling the technology, building up the systems and acquiring the properties that allow the required medical professionals to innovate and flourish,” explains Dr Diliza Mji, Chairman and Founder of Busamed. “Alongside the ability to attract top healthcare professionals in the industry, we also offer technology and system advantages such as robotic arms and paperless systems, all of which contribute towards the worldclass healthcare on offer in Busamed hospitals.” Each of the six hospitals working under the Busamed umbrella has a core speciality; Gateway hospital has the main focus on Cardiology, Neuro Surgery and orthopaedics, while Hillcrest - although a general facility - will focus on orthopaedics, general surgery, medical, maternity and cardiac.

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attracting the right specialists in a multitude of different disciplines; this is compounded by the fact that it takes time to earn the confidence of communities when a new hospital is opened in their local area. However, this can be overcome very quickly by employing the right combination of staff and effectively marketing its high quality hospitals, placing particular emphasis on the hotel-style offering it can provide. “We have done this by advertising in both local and national media, consulting top head-hunting agencies for our particularly specific senior positions,” adds Dr Mji. “It is pivotal to find the right person for the job in terms of technical expertise, alignment of personal and organisational values and a cultural fit. “Employee engagement is at the centre of our HR strategy. We strongly believe as a Group that there is far more productivity when the head,


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stablished in 1988, Ruben Reddy Architects is a balance of seasoned professionals and up and coming young talent, diverse architectural experience, skills and cultural backgrounds, which all merge to create innovative and inspirational design.

Service delivery is key to our success. With a team that is solution driven, we work closely with our clients and the relevant stakeholders, to produce projects and outcomes, that meet the needs of both the client and the end-user.

With a staff of 59, based at six offices around South Africa, Ruben Reddy Architects has an established reputation in sport architecture, healthcare and public sector buildings, as well as extensive experience in large-scale transportation hubs, spatial planning and urban design.

Our partnership with Busamed Ruben Reddy Architects is priveleged to have worked with Busamed right from the beginning of their healthcare journey.

We provide a full range of architectural services for projects at both a local and international level. In addition, we have the professional expertise, in-depth knowledge and proven experience to provide the specialist services in sports consulting, sport bid development, and sportevent planning, as well as education, healthcare, hospitality and institutional facilities. Recent projects include: • HOSPITALITY - Tsogo Sun Hotel - Cape Town • EDUCATION - University of Johannesburg/ Soweto campus, student accommodation

At the outset, with no facilities to use as a blueprint, the way forward was an exploratory one for both parties. Today, nine years later, working hand-in- hand in with the Busamed team, three stunning facilities are up and running around the country, with a fourth in Bloemfontein, coming on stream soon, each serving the diverse needs and purpose of the varied communities in which they operate. Evolved over the years, the result of the mutual trust and support of the partnership and the teamwork of the various players, Ruben Reddy Architects has been able to bring to the design of each unique project, best international practice and standards, setting the benchmark for the future.

• SPORT - Ice Dome Sochi and Tournament Venue Infrastructure Planning for 2018 FIFA World Cup • TRANSPORT – King Shaka International Airport, Durban • HEALTHCARE – The Nelson Mandela Childrens Hospital, Johannesburg

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heart and hand are aligned - the head knows what needs to be done, the heart brings the passion and values and the hand provides the output.” The training initiatives in place in order to fulfil Busamed’s employee engagement strategies are strongly linked to operational deliverables as well as the development of individual personal development goals, using an in-house talent management programme that focuses on career management and talent pooling.

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T-SYSTEMS DIGITAL TRANSFORMATION ENABLING CONNECTED HEALTH There is only one possible reason why Digital Transformation should be a non-negotiable in healthcare strategy and that can only be about the patient experience. It starts by ensuring an easy admissions and discharge process to complementing each treatment step with up-to-date patient data from vital signs to allergies and clinical patient history. Accurate coding ensures billing and payment on time and ensures that the patient does not become the ham in the sandwich between the provider and medical insurer. Any technology that can ensure lower cost of medical care with a higher quality care programme for a patient must be appealing to any provider. During a series of articles over the next 11 months T-Systems will take you through several articles that could guide such a strategy and key considerations that will ensure that your healthcare digital transformation strategy supports your key business objectives or your public-sector mandate. Next edition: The days of bespoke technologies are over. ABOUT T-SYSTEMS T-Systems forms part of the Deutsche Telekom group of companies, placing the Company in a unique position to combine Information Technology and Telecommunications into replicable, cost effective solutions. Since inception in South Africa in 1997, T-Systems has cemented its position as one of the most successful companies in the group outside of Europe. Contact person: Peter Mills Designation: Healthcare Sales T: 0027 82 882 5862 E: peter.mills@t-systems.co.za

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- the ERP technology platform - and GE, a technology partner. Dr Mji elaborates: “When it comes to the pharmaceutical supply chain we pride ourselves on the ability to optimise quality, while attracting cost effective products which translate into value for our patients, while also providing a high quality hospital experience. We carefully take into consideration the funder rules and work within the framework of medical aid rules in order to combat medical inflation.”

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As well as working to attain local products and workers where possible, the Busamed Group is both annually and monthly involved in corporate social responsibility schemes. “The Spin-a-Thon is run with the purpose of raising awareness of cardiac and cardio-vascular diseases and the way to make healthy lifestyle choices,” explains Dr Mji. “It is a monthly challenge and anyone can

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part of Busamed’s CSR work, having been partnered with WPBTS since inception. The Company hosts blood donation drives at its facilities on a bimonthly basis, with tests conducted generally including screening for cholesterol and blood sugar levels. “We also host an annual Kidz Health Expo, inviting exhibitors to promote their services as well as creating much needed awareness of child-specific diseases and developments in areas of concern,” Dr Mji describes. “It’s something that we are incredibly proud of and is very well accepted and attended by the local community in particular. Our next expo is scheduled for 26 August, 2017.” Looking forward, the Company is hoping to take successful schemes such as this and create a bigger presence in the majority of provinces in South Africa. “Busamed’s aim is to become the healthcare provider and employer of choice in the country,” concludes Dr Mji. “Not only do we believe - judging by our already successful recent history - that this will be a viable possibility, but we also have a vision looking to the future to contribute towards building a national footprint in which we provide access to healthcare.”

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CHOICE Total Health Trust is realising its vision as a national leader in bringing quality healthcare to the population of Nigeria via an accessible network of equally committed providers Writer: Matthew Staff | Project Manager: Stuart Parker

otal Health Trust (THT)’s regional reputation for integrity, service innovation and reliability has made it one of the leading health maintenance organisations in Nigeria and the Company is looking to leverage this status in order to bring even more extensive services to the country’s population. The Company, a subsidiary of the Liberty Group of South Africa, has been connecting its members to healthcare providers ever since inception in 1998,

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compiling an unrivalled 18-year track record in the process to culminate in a formidable reputation and an acknowledgement as the HMO of choice for reputable local and multinational corporate clients alike; as well as for Government institutions. “THT is uniquely positioned to be able to offer a wide range of products which caters for clients across multiple sectors, ranging from the informal sector, local and multinational corporates,” elaborates Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Nick Zaranyika. “This has attracted a diverse portfolio of clients from these sectors, particularly multinational companies looking for enhanced employee health benefits for their staff. “THT is also unique because we go beyond just connecting our clients with healthcare. We provide industry leadership through a combination of innovative product design, efficient operations and a focused customer

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service orientation. We deliver value-added services as an integral component of our plans which cut across maternal and childcare, chronic disease management and other wellness initiatives.” The subsequent experience, integrity and sheer longevity that THT can boast in the HMO sector has led to it receiving the HMO of the Year award in 2016 at the Nigeria Healthcare Excellence Awards, once again epitomising the standard, versatility and quality of service that its partners and clients have come to rely on. “Our products range from traditional managed care plans to innovative


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geared up for low to medium budgets; emphasising the all-encompassing approach that THT takes. Regarding the former, “the comprehensive benefits offered cover a broad range of primary, secondary and tertiary health treatments including the ability for members to access any hospital within the THT network and the possibility of access to worldwide care and international evacuations”, Zaranyika explains. “All the plans cover day-to-day (outpatient) and hospital (inpatient) including major disease medical care, with emergency evacuation included in the top tier plans.”

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for schools and non-permanent workers,” Zaranyika adds. “THT experienced increasing enquiries from schools looking for health insurance cover for students and teachers, as well as from companies wishing to provide health cover to non-permanent staff. The Company then decided to undertake research and recognised an opportunity to provide solutions.” To identify such requirements, “THT has a Product Development committee made up of staff from the Marketing, Underwriting & Sales department who work together to get market insights on a monthly basis,” the CEO continues. “These insights are then reviewed with the broader THT management committee to determine core areas of product refocus. The Company also leverages on the actuarial support from its parent company.”

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aelon Memorial Clinic is a multispecialist boutique hospital located in Victoria Island, Lagos in Nigeria. It was established in memory of Patricia Elozie Onyia, the 3rd and last child of the current Managing Director & Founding Partner, Dr. Ngozi Onyia, MBBS FWACP MBA CTH. With the tireless support of Total Health Trust (THT)/Liberty Blue, the Company has grown organically from an outpatient clinic to a 10 bed hospital, opening a 2 bed state of the art ICU in 2015.  In October 2016, the Company earned the first ever SafeCare (www.safe-care. org) Level 5 award in Africa for quality improvement and encouraged once again by THT/Liberty Blue, the Company expanded her reach and opened her first branch in Ikeja in March 2017. We are a guideline and protocol driven hospital and as a result provide evidence and value based, patient centred primary, secondary and tertiary health care services of the highest standard with integrity and are often sought out for honest, professional second opinions. Whilst trying to be a one-stop shop, we are careful not to overstep our bounds. We owe a lot of our success to our supportive, responsive colleagues in other disciplines.  We have a wide range of clientele including corporates, health insurance and out of pocket payers of whom THT remains our single largest partner.

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Further support from the parent company comes in the ability to make sizable investments year-on-year to ensure the Company is continuously improving and staying ahead of the industry curve. From a technological perspective, THT has access to the most up-to-date advanced administration systems and this is then capitalised upon by an equally refined and market-leading workforce. Zaranyika notes: “At THT, we believe that our staff are our greatest asset and therefore as an organisation we have adopted a robust talent management programme for identifying, developing, supporting and optimising local talent to achieve our business objectives. The same localised approach is adopted within THT’s supply chain and business partner strategy as well, forming relationships with Nigerian

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businesses wherever possible. “All our providers are grounded Nigerian businesses and we go to great lengths to grow and nurture these partnerships,” Zaranyika affirms. “With our clients however, we have a more diverse set as our products are favoured by multinational companies, local corporates and SMEs.” A local entity attracting international acclaim is the perfect balance from a business perspective but that doesn’t overshadow the domestic commitments that THT has from a corporate social responsibility (CSR) perspective. Last year alone, the Company ran a fundraising event for a cancer foundation, while donations to a school for children with special needs have also been carried out. “This year, we have also earmarked three additional CSR causes to support, all within the realm of enhancing the welfare of the community around us,” the CEO adds. “In addition, THT

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Zambia The Ministry of Health Zambia is moving with the times to introduce information technology that will enable easy communication and exciting advancements within the healthcare sector in the country Writer: Phoebe Calver • Project Manager: Callam Waller here is a huge amount of potential when it comes to information and communication technology (ICT) and the Ministry of Health Zambia (MOH) recognises and utilises this as a way to transform healthcare delivery, enabling information access and supporting healthcare operations, management and decision making. Despite improvements, the Zambian healthcare sector is still largely characterised by a fragmented landscape of ICT start-up projects, not to mention the numerous data and health information systems (HIS) silos, which halt the progression of the effective sharing of information between healthcare participants. At present MOH, supported by the

Zambian Government, partners and private institutions are continuing to invest in various ICT initiatives particularly due to the noticeable absence of national coordination and planning - in order to progress with the effective utilisation of resources and creation of new solutions. “The Government of the Republic of Zambia through its ongoing health sector reforms aim to improve health outcomes,” explains MOH on its website. “Through part of these reforms, Ministry of Health has developed strategies, including the National Health Strategic Plan - 2011 to 2015 - which enables us to guide priority settings and

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deployment of resources within the health sector.� Although the implementation of strategies are often promised to produce positive results, having to create the best possible outcomes - particularly when faced with increasingly high pressure situations - does require a fundamental transformation for the healthcare sector and particularly the way it is delivered and managed moving forward; for companies such as MOH, it will be vitally important to stay ahead of this curve.

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As previously mentioned, the impact of ICT has - in the past few years in particular - significantly impacted multiple areas of the society that MOH works within, and it looks set to have a very positive impact on the delivery of healthcare services.

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ith head offices located in London, Sagewood Limited was established in April, 1987 and now has regional offices located in Zambia, Ghana, Uganda, Rwanda and Tanzania. The Company also has operations running in Ethiopia through local agents, as well as a liaison office in Shenshen, which looks after quality control and production at its partner factory. Sagewood has accumulated a wealth of practical experience over three decades of international operations, consistently offering quality at a competitive price; the Company aims to provide appropriate technology and solutions which ensure the customers get value for money. The Sagewood philosophy is centred on supplying its valued customers with a value for money product and service, a key facet being its focus and commitment. Keeping in close contact with customers is pivotally important, with head office personnel regularly visiting all regional offices several times a year in order to liaise directly with the end users. The Company has worked as a partner and team player with its customers, ensuring a long-term and mutually beneficial commercial relationship. At Sagewood it values project success and mutual benefits as a driving factor that has enabled the formation of longlasting partnerships. New customers will always be welcomed into the Company’s business network with the same service and approach, the Sagewood model has enabled work with the majority of its current customer base for the past three decades and will continue to do so in the years to come.

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“Training in this area is pivotally important for us, with the purpose of this strategy being to use ICT as a way to leverage service delivery,” adds MOH. “These developments actually coincide with the Zambian Government’s adoption of a different paradigm, working on rolling out a ‘SMART Zambia Now’ scheme across the country. “It is our considered view that with the addition of appropriate commitment and support from Governmental bodies, health workers, cooperating partners (CPs) and other key stakeholders, our strategies will significantly improve and contribute to the management of the health sector as a whole.” Urging stakeholders to thoroughly involve themselves in the implementation of MOH’s eHealth strategy, has been at the top of the Company’s list of priorities, particularly when it comes to the familiarisation with this important document. It has also been particularly important to employ a strategy that

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The Ministry of Health’s eHealth strategy recognises the huge impact of improving the delivery of healthcare to the masses, not to mention the benefits that come with systems such as eHealth, making health systems more efficient and responsive to dynamic needs. “A particularly large contribution has been found through social and cultural changes which work towards building the understanding that the health sector must now integrate ICT into its delivery of quality health services to citizens,” continues MOH. “It is a very exciting time as we are emerging from a severely constrained health system,

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Establish financial incentive programs, targeted primarily at key private provider segments, to encourage the adoption and use of high priority eHealth solutions as they become available.

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with many new opportunities on the horizon.” It is important to remember that Zambia has a particularly high disease burden, characterised by a high prevalence and impact of communicable diseases which have a vast social impact, including malaria, HIV and TB, not to mention the especially high neonatal and child morbidities and mortalities. “Recently the country has also been faced with a rapidly rising burden of non-communicable diseases - particularly including mental health - which are emerging from a

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severely constrained health system and providing opportunities for the Ministry.”

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Zambia’s long-term socio-economic development agenda has and continues to be guided by the National Vision 2030, aiming to transform the country into a prosperous nation by 2030. “A particularly exciting prospect for the Ministry is the fact that Vision 2030 will be prioritising healthcare in particular,” the MOH expands. “There is a commitment to the attainment

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of equity and access to the most cost effective quality health services.” The sector’s particular focus in this regard is the emphasis on a continuum of care, including promotional, preventative, curative and rehabilitation services. Looking forward it is possible that this continuum of care could be challenged by the burden of diseases in Zambia - which presently is very high and characterised by the emerging burden of the aforementioned non communicable diseases. “The focus is to mitigate the challenges and improve health care services using Government developed policies,” affirms MOH. “Before the implementation of the 1991 National Health Policies and Strategies, the Government had been using the Public Health Act as guidance; however the successive National Development Plans have excellent guides to healthcare.” The country has been particularly

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The focus is to mitigate the challenges and improve health care services using Government developed policies

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etero is one of India’s leading generic pharmaceutical companies and one of the world’s largest global producers of anti-retroviral drugs for the treatment of HIV/AIDS. Established in 1993, the Company is in the business of development, manufacturing and marketing of drug intermediates, active pharmaceutical ingredients (APIs), and finished dosages. The Company has over 25 state-of-theart manufacturing facilities which have been approved by various regulatory authorities around the world. With over 200 products in its portfolio across various therapeutic areas, the Company has a strong global presence in over 120 countries. T +91 40 237 04923-28 E access@heterodrugs.com


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Even with all of the developments in policies driven by the Zambian Government to positively impact healthcare, the health of individuals and communities is to a large extent, determined by the environments and circumstances in which they both live and operate. “Included within these factors are the social and economic environment in which people live, the physical environment, the individuals characteristics, behaviour and circumstances,” explains MOH. “These are commonly referred to as the determinants of health, or the conditions in which people will be healthy or unhealthy. “These factors, such as the state of the persons surrounding environment, standards of which they reside in, access to food and essential nutrition, levels of education, physical activity and attitudes towards seeking help with their health will have a huge


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sourcing partnerships with a global network of vertically integrated third party suppliers and outgrowers. This supply chain strategy ensures that customers are offered the highest quality product range on a consistent year-round basis. Jonathan Ralling, Managing Director of Flamingo Horticulture Kenya quotes: “The Group’s success is dependent on - and hence focused on - delivering six key drivers to our retail customers: quality, availability, value, sustainability, innovation and insight. We believe the first three should be givens and it is the last three that will ensure Flamingo’s long-term viability and prosperity. “Our business is defined by ambition, Kenyan pride, and an outstanding work ethic. We use these core principles along with innovation techniques to differentiate our products and operations from our competitors’.”

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Our business is defined by ambition, Kenyan pride, and an outstanding work ethic. We use these core principles along with innovation techniques to differentiate our products

Flamingo Horticulture is an example of the flower industry’s promise and its responsibility to the people and the environment. Their efforts in the areas of water use and waste disposal have earned Fairtrade and Rainforest Alliance certifications. Employee amenities include set working hours and time off, free transportation and subsidized meals onsite. Local outreach efforts include a company hospital that serves the entire community. Floralife offers partners such as Flamingo Horticulture testing and expert advice on pretreatment, hydration, transport and storage, and final food solutions for nourishment conditioning. Floralife technologies also help reduce water usage, optimize flower nutrition, fight disease and help ensure longer vase life. In partnership with Flamingo Horticulture, Floralife helps ensure that each hectare of soil is being used responsibly and efficiently to produce superior flowers for the discerning international market.

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“From the beginning, In order to differentiate the Flamingo offer, our operations were underpinned by best practice in four key areas: good agricultural practice (GAP); good manufacturing practice (GMP); social and ethical ways of working; and environmental protection,” Ralling explains when recalling the journey that Flamingo Horticulture has enjoyed over the past quarter of a century. “It is these pillars that are the foundations of Flamingo’s strong sustainability credentials today.” 1994: The other key was the vertical integration between Kenya and the UK when Flamingo was set up in the UK as the Group holding company and as Homegrown’s marketing and distribution arm. This gave Flamingo control and ownership from a growing, vegetable processing, distribution and freight forwarding operation perspective in Nairobi; and an airfreight, to marketing and distribution point of view in the UK.

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2002: Homegrown increased its flower growing operations with the purchase of Sulmac Kenya, now Kingfisher farm; and also with the acquisition of Sunbird Flowers in South Africa, now Flamingo Flowers South Africa, a chrysanthemum farm near Johannesburg. 2005: Flamingo Flowers BV was set up in Holland to give the Group stronger links with Dutch growers and the auctions. Also in 2005 the fresh produce business moved to new premises in Stevenage, Hertfordshire. 2007: Flamingo Holdings was acquired by James Finlay Ltd. Following a successful period which saw a significant period of capital investment under the ownership of JFL, the business was sold to Sun Capital in November, 2015 and reverted to using the name Flamingo Horticulture in January, 2016.

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Our entire process is organised around ensuring absolute quality with a dedicated team responsible for systematic quality checks at every stage of the manufacturing process. The Company is a leader in investing in cutting-edge technologies such as sevenlayer extrusion & in-line laser scribing. The Company has been BRC accredited for more than five years with an excellent track record of working with both African and European retailers. We have the experience and knowledge of fresh food and commercial packaging standards. The Company has its own in-house research laboratory with dedicated research personnel. We specialise in developing bespoke, shelf-life extension solutions for fresh food. The Company’s long-term partnership with Flamingo Horticulture has inspired its growth and allows constant improvement of the Company’s state of art packing technology. We are proud to be associated with Flamingo Horticulture.


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With a present day reputation as a leader across process innovation, corporate social responsibility (CSR) and farm practice parameters, Flamingo’s success is owed to a culture of continuous improvement, drive and ambition according to Ralling, who further elaborates on the latter as being not just a key customer requirement, but also crucial to the development of the Company inhouse. Spanning areas of staff retention, skills development, education and progressive experience, ambition isn’t just a buzzword driven by management but a cultural staple within the confines of Flamingo’s farms. “This philosophy has seen the development of increased rose production, innovative vegetable production - both in terms of product and harvesting processes - and the constant development of IPM solutions with our sister Company, Dudutech,” the Managing Director says.

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ast African Packaging Industries Ltd (EAPI) was established in 1959 in Nairobi, Kenya. Since then the Company has been one of the leading manufacturers of products made out of corrugated cardboard. To keep up with the demands of modern packaging and in order to maintain service levels of the ever increasing volumes of our customer base, the Company is investing heavily in upgrading their machinery – including state-of-the-art multi-colour printing presses. These investments will help to service one of our major long-term customers and one of the world leaders in horticulture, Flamingo Horticulture Kenya Ltd.

On the continuous improvement front, the Company has developed value-added vegetable products which have enabled entry into new European markets while further strengthening its influence across Flamingo’s UK retail base. On the flower production side, the Company has developed seasonal and bulb crops to support its extensive rose offering, and is now developing valueadded solutions to extend its product portfolio in Kenya; all with specific industry and consumer trends having been monitored and taken into account. “Our sister companies and partner customers in overseas markets continually provide key market and trend data to this end,” elaborates Ralling. “With a diverse product portfolio we need to not only be aware of market trends, but also pivotal product relationships in terms of opportunity and performance. “We use hard data as well as focus groups and customer polling to understand not only how our products are received but also the key question of ‘what next?’”

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Naturally, behind every innovation, diversification and expansion is a series of behind the scenes internal enhancements that keep Flamingo ahead of the industry curve, compounded by the business strength to carry out sizable capital investments when required. Consequently, its vegetable business has in recent times benefitted from extensive investment into harvest and product handling, focused primarily around automation and quality improvements. Ralling adds: “Meanwhile, within our flower business, we continue to improve product handling and supply chain technologies around speed, safety, cold storage, and ultimately, product vase-life. We are also undertaking a rose expansion project to increase production by more than 50 percent in the coming two years. “Our herb business is also a key

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...within our flower business, we continue to improve product handling and supply chain technologies

value-adding opportunity and we are constantly trialling shelf-ready solutions for export markets.” And driving these opportunities is an equally refined and thoughtthrough workforce that represents the culmination of decades of hard work and status improvements to make Flamingo the employer of choice that it is today. Such loyalty from its employees is subsequently repaid through the development of Kenyan nationals on a local level, and the Company is very proud of this developmental philosophy which is now being seen across regional operations and senior management roles. “As a business we are committed to education and training across our business and that commitment continues to yield talented and ambitious team members which we have a responsibility to grow and develop,” Ralling continues.


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On the theme of localisation and external enrichment, Flamingo is also “blessed with a supply base that shares many of our principles, and is working just as hard to develop Kenyan supply channels and capability that supports a proud Kenyan exporter”, he adds. “Continual dialog with our stakeholders ensures that where we can support them we will, and where we think opportunities exist we have a responsibility to engage.” Building a future Flamingo Horticulture’s overall farming footprint at present naturally lends itself to geographical footprint growth and sustainable progression into the future which, in turn, lends itself to an ever-broadening customer base as well. Its key UK retail market remains an important string in the Flamingo bow, but is now complemented in force by export markets stretching from the US to Australia.

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And between the two, a clear focus of late has been on developing its crucial European markets even more concertedly via a combination of product innovation, cost effectiveness, and enhanced collaboration with customers to better understand the respective markets. Improvement isn’t just tailored towards capital gains though, with the business every bit as invested in wider societal evolution as well, as epitomised by its CSR agenda supported by both shareholders and aforementioned customers. “We are delighted to engage in a number of community projects including educational development, environmental work to support natural habitats and fragile eco systems, and healthcare projects,” Ralling affirms.

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“Flamingo has a long history of being both a responsible employer and neighbour within the communities we operate. Working with our retail customers we are also able to provide

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further impetus around Fairtrade projects and international aid and development efforts.” Expectations for the future heavily feature enhanced CSR involvement, compounding its core efforts which revolve around business growth and farming excellence. Ralling concludes: “We are building a future that continues to deliver to all stakeholders, and that is sustainable through all aspects of our business; be those financial, social, environmental, and technological. “Overall we would like to be seen as a large farming and export operation, with great people, great customers, and a future that we are able to shape in the context of increasingly tough trading conditions, but ultimately rewarding markets.”


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The Subati brand was firmly planted in the industry by that point as the demand for its roses began to grow at a rapid rate, faster in fact than the Company could supply initially. In response to this demand, 2001 saw the Company embark on a further 17 hectare expansion - after delays due to heavy rain - which was completed in December, 2013. “In the following two years we saw the completion of the final expansion in our three and nine hectare projects respectively,” continues Patel. “Today we have a total of 91 hectares of greenhouses which produce more than 90 million stems of high quality T-hybrid roses per year.” Last year saw Subati Flowers Ltd rebranding itself to the Subati Group Ltd, making way for the diversification of the Company’s agriculture portfolio from flowers to herbs, setting up a herb farm which is located in Kibwezi, 300 kilometres South of Nairobi.

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Today we have a total of 91 hectares of greenhouses which produce more than 90 million stems of high quality T-hybrid roses per year

“The project looks set to be one of a kind in Kenya, producing basil, chives and mint spread across 20 hectares of covered greenhouses,” adds Patel. “The greenhouses will have an automated fogging system in order to control the humidity and temperatures within; these herbs will be packed and exported using the highest quality standards and global certifications to Europe, the Middle East and Australia. “This entire project will be solar powered using the panels installed on the roof of the grading hall and we hope to produce our first harvest of Mint and Basil in August, 2017.”

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Our desire is to work closely with our customers and offer turnkey solutions. In emerging markets, we propose to build technology excellence centres whereby we can showcase the benefits of growing various types of vegetables and herbs under controlled environments. Our first technology excellence centre has been successfully launched and operational in Thailand. Our next two technology excellence centers are being constructed in the North East states of India. In these projects we work closely with various seeds companies and ensure we give good trials for their seeds. Our next goal moving into the future would be to enable small and medium sized farmers in various markets adapt the use of greenhouse technology coupled with growing technologies to grow various vegetables and fruits. Sustainable horticulture remains our vision and mission and this journey has just begun! For more details and for quotes, please visit our website:

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Subati’s evolution,” affirms Patel. “To support this we have created extensive testing programmes, following the principal that if you don’t try you will never know; we particularly enjoy planting niche varieties and will always try to be the first to do so.” In recent years the Company has introduced many new lines to its everevolving product range, including scented roses, garden roses and cluster roses. It has continued to work with the top breeders in the industry to improve the selection and quality of the new codes, ensuring that Subati is ahead of the curve and attracting new customers to the brand at all times. “The Subati brand currently reaches more than 40 countries globally, with our main markets being located in Eastern Europe, the Middle East and Australia,” continues Patel. “We promote the brand by exhibiting in various flower shows around the world, and in 10 short years we have

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The Company is involved in the distribution and installation of solar power systems for domestic and commercial clients all over Kenya. All of the Company’s systems are German-made and come with a full manufacturer’s warranty for up to 30 years. The Company provides a complete service to their clients from a full site survey to establish load and power requirements, to commissioning of the system, as well as relevant training if necessary to site individuals when required. We also provide an extensive after-sales service with maintenance, and client contact. With a vision to ensure that all clients benefit from the Company’s experience in terms of engineering superiority, we have installed over 3MW of Solar Installations within Kenya, along with an additional 2 MW of on-going projects. We are proud to announce a recent project with Subati Flowers, incorporating a 200KW Solar PV Grid Tied system aimed at reducing their electricity cost at their new farm.

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been to more than 35 exhibitions and have amassed 100 active customers. “When it comes to identifying new regions to supply to, we carry out research on aspects such as the size of the market, growth potential, stability in the country and its currency, as well as the ease of logistics from Kenya.”

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The level of farming required in the Company is particularly labour intensive, luckily in Kenya Subati is privy to a good and hard working labour force. With more than 2,000 employees - only six of which are not Kenyan - it places a big emphasis on local employment. “At Subati we do understand the value in the need for constant training and innovation,” explains Patel. “Since the Company began we have always engaged our staff in training exercises and within those realms, encouraged them to attend external training

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Since the Company began we have always engaged our staff in training exercises and within those realms, encouraged them to attend external training seminars held by various supporting companies

We have a proven track record of on-time in-full delivery across a wide geographical area. We have our own delivery fleet and offer a stockholding service as required. Our entire process is organised around ensuring absolute quality with a dedicated team responsible for systematic quality checks at every stage of the manufacturing process. At PIL we offer floral sleeves that are tasteful, classically simple and uniquely designed. As per your specification we are able to customise the flower sleeves for you. We are proud to be associated with Subati Flowers and would like to congratulate them on celebrating their10 year anniversary.

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seminars held by various supporting companies.” Post and Pre harvest consultants tend to provide the main source of training for the Company, visiting Subati every month from Israel and France to train staff on new techniques and processes to improve quality and efficiency in produce. “We have always considered our staff as our greatest asset at Subati, therefore we are particularly dedicated to bettering their lives and the lives

of those around them,” continues Patel. “Lunch is provided to all staff on our farms, with ingredients which are all sourced locally from small-scale farmers in the surrounding area.” As well as its commitment to employees, Subati is also greatly involved in helping the community and environment around it, carrying out various community service projects which include providing clean water to Tetu town, carrying out road works and fixing broken bridges in the local area.

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INVESTMENT Old Mutual Life Assurance Malawi is redefining customer experience to align with the needs of a Malawian market which already places the Company at its head Writer: Matthew Staff Project Manager: Stuart Parker s a subsidiary of one of the largest financial service companies in Malawi, Old Mutual Life Assurance’s long-term savings, insurance and investment solutions have been a staple in the country for the best part of 80 years, and the Company is showing no signs of loosening its influence within the market moving forward. Opening its first official office later in 1954, the evolution of the Company ever since has been concerted and regionally significant, leading to a key milestone in 1999 which saw the Old Mutual Group demutualised, and the Old Mutual Life Assurance Company Malawi Limited as we know it today, incorporated. “In recent years, the Old Mutual Malawi Group has registered tremendous growth, capitalising on business opportunities within Malawi and incorporating the following

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subsidiary companies: Old Mutual Investment Group; Old Mutual Unit Trusts; Old Mutual Pension Services Company, which was borne out of the life assurance company and MPICO Limited, the Group’s Property Management Company,” introduces the Company’s Managing Director, Tavona Biza. “Old Mutual Life Assurance Company currently caters for more than 180,000 customers in Malawi. Its back office divisions include underwriting, actuarial, claims management, data management, accounting and finance, and audit, risk and compliance; while the front office includes customer services, business development, sales and marketing.” Diversifying and expanding continuously since the landmark 1954 opening in Malawi, a constant refinement and overview of what’s needed in the market, and what’s best for its customers has led to the current array of products and services.

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Solutions on the corporate products and services side include pension administration; retirement planning; group life assurance cover; group funeral benefit insurance; and bancassurance which umbrellas credit life assurance, key man insurance and funeral cover. Meanwhile, on the retail products and services side sits its Timba funeral plan; a combined savings, retirement and risk product named Greenlife; Tsogolo savings plan; insured pensions; and the retirement savings preservation plan. “We are continuously challenged as a Company to respond to our customers’ needs and adapt to the ever-evolving operating environment,” Biza says. “We have embraced bancassurance and digital platforms in our distribution and customer servicing strategy as they provide a means of not only communicating directly to the customer and reaching many customers at a time, but also communicating in real time.”

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Old Mutual Life Assurance Malawi is leading the market

The Company is extremely proud to have been associated with Old Mutual Malawi for the past 16 years, providing Com_Pen to meet their diverse product, regulatory compliance and integration needs.

Valued customers

A triumphant consequence of being so vigilant across its portfolio has been the majority share enjoyed by the Company in terms of net premiums collected by the insurance industry. As market leaders, Old Mutual Life Assurance Malawi has created a perfect cycle whereby its established business successes foster future innovations, which further compound its status at the top. “Our pensions offering, for example, has evolved from a basic retirement plan and group life cover to a package that offers add-on benefits such as disability cover and excitingly a funeral insurance benefit paid within 48 Hours of receiving all the documentation,” Biza continues. “Benefit payment on its own has evolved from paying physical cheques to employers to making electronic fund transfers directly to members. Currently we are also exploring the mobile telephony channel for the benefit of our valued

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Our pensions offering, for example, has evolved from a basic retirement plan and group life cover to a package that offers add-on benefits such as disability cover

We are excited to provide our extended suite of functionality to them to further enhance their service offering. This functionality includes: • ‘PlanInsite for Com_Pen’ - A business intelligence and fund analytics platform providing administrators and funds with valuable and actionable insights to improve efficiencies and member servicing and reduce costs. • Web and cloud based solutions • Mobile applications As an integral member of the EBS International group, the Company extends its service offering to new and existing customers in the areas of data center hosting, cloud based solutions, business continuity and disaster recovery services, and business intelligence.


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customers who are widely spread, geographically.” The launch of the Company’s Timba funeral plan and the Tsogolo savings plan are further examples of this ability to adapt to the very latest consumer demands; the latter in particular being labelled as a revolutionary product as a mix of both long-term savings and short-term flexibility should unforeseen emergencies arise. And behind each new innovation is a tireless research and development team keeping a close eye on these aforementioned target markets.

Corporate social responsibility “There are five key pillars that define our responsible business approach. These are: responsible to our customers, responsible investment, responsible to our employees, responsible to our communities, and responsible environmental management. As a responsible business, corporate social responsibility (CSR) is one of the non-negotiable ways in which we deliver our brand promise in terms of how we relate with our communities and the environment. This is one of the ways in which we distinguish ourselves from our competitors. “The lives of the people impacted by our CSR continues to grow over time. As a corporate citizen we are proud to own several flagship sponsorships in maternal health, environment and education sectors which we believe are supportive to the communities we operate in.”

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“We also use a variety of different distribution models to ensure that the products are targeted at the right audience,” Biza adds. “One example of such is our Tsogolo savings plan where premiums are deducted at the source; the salary for the employed. “Our research indicated that many policies using alternative payment methods were lapsing before the customer had achieved their intended goals. All things being equal the longer a savings policy stays in force the better value the customer derives from the product.”

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inclusion’s facilitation of sustainable development goals (STGs); with the Company subsequently introducing new products to help combat or leverage such trends. “Regarding the first industry demand, our savings monitor continuously indicates each consumer’s intention to cut on savings and insurance and prioritise basic necessities; mostly short-term and tangible products. High premiums and long-term financial plans in the strictest sense would therefore soon no longer appeal to the majority of Malawians,” Biza details. “Hence the Tsogolo product was developed with this in mind. It has a long-term savings pocket that allows you to save for that big goal whether it’s a car, child’s university education and so on.


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Director sets the tone for the Company’s most prized asset: its people. Certified as a Top Employer, the faith and development instilled into each individual is sector and region-renowned, compounded by state-of-the-art training that is carried out both internally and externally. Biza continues: “Naturally we also ensure that our employees are competitively and fairly compensated for retention and in our strategy, we search for talent within our local market before we look elsewhere for human capital resources. Ahead of the curve “As part of an international “When all is said and done, systems are organisation, Old Mutual also has a just systems and what matters are the vibrant mobility programme which people who use them. As Old Mutual allows us to receive certain talent from we are uncompromising when it overseas and also to expose our talent comes to investing in the development to international experience. All this of our people because it is only with is done to ensure that there is cross trained, competent and motivated pollination of ideas so that Old Mutual staff that we are able to provide real stays ahead of the curve and most value in our customer servicing.” importantly, the Malawian market also This rallying cry from the Managing benefits from it.” Biza is a prime example of this strategy having been exposed to numerous markets and disciplines before taking on the role of Managing Director in Malawi, and this kind of ethos lends itself perfectly to transferring knowledge and technological expertise to an expectant clientele. Currently he is also in the process of assisting in the development of actuarial expertise in the country. He concludes: “We believe our customers are the reason we exist. A lot of initiatives are conducted aimed at improving the customer experience and this culture derives from our vision ‘to be our customers’ most trusted partner; passionate about helping them achieve their financial goals’. “We are therefore able to offer a superior service backed up by dynamic administrative systems and competitive investment returns. This allows us to leverage our brand and the trust clients have built in us over time.”

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Metropolitan Lesotho is commemorating half a century at the forefront of the country’s insurance domain by remaining one of the most cutting-edge and innovative operators in the market Writer: Matthew Staff Project Manager: Stuart Parker

preservation funds and annuities; and the Retail division offering life insurance solutions for individuals across Lesotho,” introduces the Company’s Health General Manager, Sepinare Lenkoe. “The business currently has a geographical presence across seven districts with plans to reach all national districts via a branch network in the future. “The current product suite is very expansive and the biggest of any insurer locally.” These include holiday, funeral, education, investment, annuity, life cover, disability, retirement, income continuation, capital preservation, asset management, hospitalisation and medical aid products and solutions; continuously diversifying in order to extend its reach provision-wise as well as geographically. “We are on the cutting-edge of responsive solutions, offering some of the best and most innovative products which are not available from our local competitors,” Lenkoe adds.

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Lesotho’s success over the years, epitomised by a series of recent additions to its product portfolio to once again enforce its position as a turnkey entity. The launch of its Mpower Financial Wellness product is a prime example of its renowned innovation, consequently addressing a holistic aim to make the Company’s clients financially secure at all times. Before introducing such services, however, Metropolitan Lesotho capitalises on its wealth of experience and expertise in-house, by carrying out extensive marketing, research and development in order to find the most pressing and sought-after solutions. “At group level we have the annual Momentum Household Financial Wellness index, which informs where challenges are within the market, as well as a biannual market survey by Metropolitan Lesotho, to inform us on where gaps are within the market,”

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At group level we have the annual Momentum Household Financial Wellness index, which informs where challenges are within the market

Standard Lesotho Bank congratulates Metropolitan Lesotho As Standard Lesotho Bank we are proud that we are the preferred financial service provider for many individuals and organisations including Metropolitan. Our relationship with this insurance giant is founded on a strong heritage that has been largely underpinned by mutual trust and cooperation; with a common goal of providing value for Basotho, who are at the centre of everything that we do. Over the years, our relationship with Metropolitan evolved and gave rise to other partnerships beyond just business. We have partnered with Metropolitan in many Corporate Social Investment and sponsorships initiatives in the fields of education, arts and sport. Most notably, it is our collaboration in the staging of the Independence Cup soccer tournament that stands out as one of the biggest events in Lesotho’s football history. It is in the same spirit of mutual cooperation that we congratulate Metropolitan for remaining committed to protecting Basotho for more than 50 years. “We are indeed very proud of the relationship we have shared with Metropolitan Lesotho in the years gone by. Even more gratifying is that they looked to us when they needed bespoke services unique to their business. Now our relationship transcends beyond business and has blossomed to nation building initiatives in the sponsorship and CSI space. We sincerely wish Metropolitan Lesotho decades more of prosperity,” says Mr. Mpho Vumbukani, the Chief Executive of Standard Lesotho Bank. We look forward to moving forward together for another 50 years of growth, prosperity and mutual cooperation.

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Lenkoe explains. “One particular industry trend we’re monitoring at the moment, for instance, is the deterioration of the financial wellness of our clientele as a result of high debt and increasingly precarious job security.” Preparedness for these kinds of challenges also entails ongoing investments on an internal basis too, recently highlighted via system upgrades across its health and corporate businesses, and soon to be compounded by a planned migration for the retail market to ensure the sector’s offerings are client-centric as well as innovative and world-class. “Our branch network has also been undergoing a revamp in line with our new corporate image, and to better ensure client-centric layouts; the Leribe branch the latest to be revamped,” Lenkoe continues. “New offices are also set to be opened in Mohales hoek, Qacha’s Nek and Maputsoe.”

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In each established and forthcoming office exists a key differentiator for Metropolitan Lesotho in the form of its workforce. As an accredited Investors in People Company, it has thrived upon the role it takes in developing individual skills, and has become somewhat of a pioneer in the industry for its enrichment to this end. “We also have training and personal development as an integral part of our performance management, and a substantial part of our training budget is dedicated to up-skilling our staff,” Lenkoe affirms. “Each year, at least a third of the workforce goes through some form of structured development. “We are proud of our investment and support from the communities we serve and, to date, we are working hard to ensure that we up-skill locals for any roles that we currently rely on outside expertise for.”


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There is a similarly localised bias when it comes to the supply chain too, with more than 80 percent of the Company’s procurement budget going to local providers. Additionally, any new business partnerships are entered into with the aim of reinvesting in the communities that support the business; an initiative that spills over into its concerted corporate social responsibility (CSR) efforts. “We are at the forefront of investing in the local economy, with annual CSI (corporate social investment) in excess of M7 million,” Lenkoe says. “Our bias is towards sustainable educational projects and clusters of communities that actively support Metropolitan Lesotho.” Investment into local enrichment is only set to increase over the next 50 years of operations, as Metropolitan Lesotho targets even more rounded growth in the future, driven as always by a desire to tackle the country’s

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wellness challenges with the most advanced, modern and relevant solutions. “In the next few years, we hope to have expanded the markets Metropolitan has solutions for within the insurance and asset management space, while also expanding the

business to position it to better compete with cross-border competitors,” Lenkoe concludes. “We are proud of our 50-year heritage which we are celebrating this year. I feel that our roots run deep within this country and we will continue to be there and partner with Basotho on this journey of financial wellness.”

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was set up with the objective to tap into the business from investment groups and members of the ACL, and has grown extensively as such over the past 22 months to become a flourishing ‘agency for investors’. “Chama is a Kiswahili word meaning an association or a grouping of likeminded individuals or groups with a common goal or objective of investing and growing mutually,” introduces the Agency’s Chief Executive Officer,


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ith a track record of 98 years, the Sanlam Group is a diversified financial services business with assets of more than $60 billion and an international footprint. The Group has a global presence with offices throughout Africa and business interests across the continent. Areas of expertise include insurance, financial planning, retirement, investment and wealth, with comprehensive and tailored financial solutions to individual and institutional clients.

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“Regarding upgrades, we have also recently acquired a new IT system to digitalise our operations.” Ensuring the smooth transition of all new capital investments and strategic acquisitions is an equally strategic accumulation of employees whose approaches are indicative of the culture that Chama has adhered to since inception. Okoth continues: “Our approach is that of commitment to attracting and retaining quality professional staff, developing in-house resources, and to train and build an inspired, motivated team. Our CEO himself is a young entrepreneur and has been attending several professional seminars organised by the industry to prepare him for the task ahead. “Chama is open to engaging with both local and international staff given the nature of its major clients; including the likes of Ascent Capital, a private equity organisation with offshore interests.”

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Our approach is that of commitment to attracting and retaining quality professional staff, developing in-house resources

The Company adopts the same approach in formulating its supply chain and business partnerships as well, focusing more on the matching of values and culture as well as purely skill-sets and experience. And going that one step further, Chama rounds off its dedication to local enrichment via an equally prominent corporate social responsibility ethos which, despite being in its embryonic stages, is set to gather momentum in the years to come. Being such a young Company with the best still to come, Chama’s future ambitions as a whole are similarly lofty, all the while remembering its initial aims, and its initial reasoning behind being an intermediary between the insurers and the insured; between clients and service providers. “This revolves around claims handling services,” affirms Okoth. “This is where the real service begins.


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the procedures and requirements but to pursue the matter to its conclusion; ensuring the customer is adequately compensated or indemnified in accordance with the policy terms and conditions.” Chama’s service continues further through the ability and capacity to advise the client on potential future risks as well, offering risk management training and consultancy to mitigate prospective incidents post the initial claim. And it is this value-add philosophy that Chama, and its CEO, Abungu, believes will stand the Company in good stead for its own long-term sustainability. He concludes: “Looking forward Edwin Abungu, CEO, Chama Insurance Agency Ltd, was recently a speaker at the Africa Insurance Reinsurance three-five years, I envisage you will be Conference in Nairobi , Kenya speaking to Chama not as an agency The initial stages simply involve term for benefit contracts. with limited capacity but rather as prospecting, negotiating offers and “However, the real service begins a brokerage firm with professional securing acceptances of suitable terms when the risk is insured against results indemnity cover that can tender for for a contract to consummate and run in an accident or loss of life or property and service parastatals and mega risks. for a given period: usually one year for belonging to the customer. Chama’s “This is part of our long-term plan in contracts of indemnity and an agreed duty is to not only advise the client on terms of progress and development.”

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Uganda Reinsurance Company Limited works tirelessly to serve the country’s insurance companies, looking forward to expanding nto new markets as it enters its fifth year in the industry Writer: Phoebe Calver | Project Manager: Stuart Parker

ganda Reinsurance Company Limited (Uganda Re) is a proudly local Company, providing both Life and Non-Life services after starting operations in June, 2013, with a full staff compliment of local workers. Based in Kampala, Uganda Re holds the title of the country’s first and only reinsurance outfit, providing a wide range of services which include engineering, marine, general, accident, motor, agriculture, political, violence, sabotage and terrorism. “With a wide client base including the entirety of insurance companies located in Uganda, we also underwrite risks that spread across the African Continent and Indian Ocean Islands,” explains Ronald Musoke, Chief Executive Officer at Uganda Re. “Presently we are particularly committed to positioning ourselves as

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a regional capacity and risk solutions provider, working from a platform of our already excellent strategic partnerships with reputable regional and international reinsurers.” The Company has a wide variety of underwriting insurance classes in its portfolio and with that the capacity to meet the high standards required for the industry, while also staying within the boundaries of Uganda Re’s firm values. “We have very strong values in


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team to take it forward, a factor that has massively influenced the success of Uganda Re over the past four years since inception. “Our objective is to serve our clients with excellence and the professionalism that would be expected in a top-class reinsurance company anywhere in the world,” adds Musoke. “We have developed the expertise to skilfully identify and respond quickly to emerging opportunities that we are able to

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tap into, continuously reviewing and upgrading when required.” Uganda Re has honed in on its ability to supply value added services to its business partners, a key aspect of this ability is providing partners with these services in a timely and efficient manner. “Our Reinsurance services support our proud business partners, with a view to aiding them in achieving their corporate goals,” affirms Musoke. “We support on almost all classes of business while also offering both treaty and facultative capacities, supported by our internationally rated retrocession partners and compounded by our specialist knowledge of the risks.”

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Liberty Life Assurance Uganda Limited was established in 2006 and is a specialist life insurance company and Uganda’s largest life insurer. We provide group and individual risk insurance solutions for life changing events. Our vision is to become the trusted leader in insurance and investment in Uganda by putting the customer’s needs first and creating products that are relevant to them.

Our Vision is to be the trusted leader in insurance and investment in Africa and other chosen markets.

Whether you’re a small business, large corporate or affinity group with many members, we have experience in working with our partners to understand their needs. We believe that in times of unfortunate events, the last thing our customers should worry about are finances.

Our Purpose is to make a difference in people’s lives by helping them to orchestrate their financial freedom. This is our passion.

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spreading the risk. In an ideal world, reinsurance companies such as Uganda Re will then receive part of the money generated from this shared risk - a factor that Ugandan companies have smartly taken into account in the past. However, when Uganda Re was formed in 2013, companies were required to plunge 15 percent of their reinsurance business into the Company. “The move the Company took to becoming a national reinsurer has played an incredibly effective role in

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US$ 15,000,000 Expectant growth of premiums in the next four years

balancing fluctuations for insurance companies’ financial results,” the Company explains. “It had taken a very long time for Uganda to set up a national reinsurance company, 17 years to be exact, and it has been a collective effort over that time on the part of insurance companies to get to this point.”

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needs.” A big part of the Company’s growth over the past four years has come from local support. Musoke concludes: “We are very excited to watch the development of Uganda Re over the next four years and we hope to witness growth in our written premiums to approximately US$ 15,000,000, as well as acquiring a global rating to take us to the next step in reinsurance companies in a larger market.”

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AFRICAN CONTINENT Nabil Haddad, CEO at IPT Powertech delves into the exciting plans for development and delivery of power solutions in Africa Writer: Phoebe Calver | Project Manager: Donovan Smith

ith offices in 11 countries, IPT Powertech Group serve top clients in the region, and it is with the dedication of our 2,500 experts that our portfolio encompasses thousands of implemented projects, delivered to more than 60 operators in more than 50 countries such as Ghana, Nigeria, Niger, Sierra Leone Algeria, Morocco, Ivory Coast, Jordan, Afghanistan and many more. While it has an operational presence in 11 countries in the MEA, Africa and Southeast Asia, it also has manufacturing facilities in Romania and Lebanon. Nabil Haddad, Chief Executive

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Officer at IPT Powertech discusses the exciting developments of the Company’s operations in Africa and the secrets to the success of its guaranteed savings model in Nigeria. Africa Outlook (AfO): Could you describe IPT Powertech’s latest offerings, projects and developments in Nigeria and the main challenges faced along this year? Nabil Haddad (NH): This year was an exceptional year across all our geographies, including Africa, Middle East and Asia. IPT Powertech Group is engaged in Nigeria with the largest tower company in Africa, on the major project of Guaranteed Savings across the African continent, supplying energy

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efficient power solutions including management, maintenance, and OPEX optimisation exercise under a long-term contract. We are proud to be the one of the largest suppliers of power efficient solutions and the main contractors ensuring the Guaranteed Savings Model. The Guaranteed Savings Model is the combination of the design, production, supply and deployment of energy efficient solutions along with the field maintenance service and continuous OPEX and CAPEX optimisation. The Guaranteed Savings Model is a riskfree approach ensuring the operators and Towercos full economisation and savings by reducing the Capital Expenditures (CAPEX) and Operational


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grid is unreliable. The impact of high energy OPEX is considerable, thus the challenge of providing energy efficient power solutions with the lowest TCO possible, while ensuring the optimal mean time to respond (MTTR) in order to maximise uptime. Other challenges in such environments are high temperature and dust, which in turn entails deploying specific solutions, conducting maintenance in a different manner and using different tools. The fact that our group is the only solution provider in the region offering and merging Hybrid and Renewable Energy Solutions with Telecom Infrastructure and field Managed Services and maintenance, and a pioneer in combining our product R&D to our assembly facilities, made IPT Powertech Group well positioned to become a leader in the implementation of the Guaranteed Savings Model in Nigeria and the African continent.

AfO: How have IPT PowerTech come to be so trusted by Nigeria’s leading Towerco? NH: We started working with the largest Towerco in the African continent in 2003. At that time, it was a site construction contractor. Over the years, we developed a strong relationship with them by repeatedly re-engineering our proposed solutions to match the growing sites requirements. It wasn’t long before it became the largest tower company in Africa. Our stellar achievement was the deployment of hybrid concepts on their sites, which eventually got us selected as their Preferred Power Solution Vendor in multiple countries. Now, we are engaged with the largest Towerco in Nigeria on the largest project of Guaranteed Savings across the African continent. We are proud to be one of the largest suppliers of power efficient solutions and one of the main

YANMAR Yanmar partners with IPT Powertech to bring purposebuilt variable speed engines to the African telecoms industry. The Company has recently entered the industry in large quantities, thanks to its DI variable speed engines, which ensure very low fuel consumption. Emilio Tognetti, from Yanmar Sales division says: “When we started working at this project, we knew that we had the right product for this market. Our engines have outstanding fuel efficiency and an uncompromising reliability. We knew that the Tower Company business model spins around reducing the operating costs, and our engines are the best option for that. Still, we faced some tough challenges, and it was necessary to adapt the product to some specific environmental conditions. “In Africa, just to give one example, there are serious problems in fuel quality. It was important to proactively provide our customer with an effective solution, to avoid disastrous consequences.” Mr Tognetti continues: “What allowed us to overcome all those challenges was the close cooperation we established with IPT and others key suppliers that took part in the project. We worked alongside them, found solutions, and tuned the product to work best on Xxxxxxxx xxxxxxxxxxx xxxxxxxxx the field.xxxxxxxx We really built a very strong partnership with our customers, and this is what I am most proud of.”

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contractors ensuring the Guaranteed Savings Model. The Guaranteed Savings Model is a risk-free approach for securing full economisation and savings for the operators and Towercos. The model works by reducing the CAPEX and OPEX to reach the optimal Total Cost of Ownership (TCO), while maximising the lifetime of the equipment. AfO: Can you brief us about your scope of work particularly in power and telecom services in Nigeria? NH: IPT Powertech Group has been operating in Nigeria since 2009, and it is with the dedication of our indigenous and international experts that we were able to provide a wide range of active and passive managed services to many telcos, Towercos, OEM and Mobile operators in the African continent and especially in Nigeria. For the passive section, our Group provides Preventive Maintenance (PPM) services, covering our AC/ DC TRION generators, electrotechnical, environmental, and tower infrastructure maintenance in addition to other site security services. We also ensure the functionality of all commissioned alternative power generation systems (DC Genset/Deep Cycle Batteries/ Solar combinations) installed in the power network portfolio entrusted to the Group, so our respective clients can extract best value from their OPEX saving model opportunity. Furthermore, our janitorial services and waste management services ensure clean sites through environmental and waste management compliance. We provide 24/seven corrective and emergency maintenance program guaranteeing our clients a network availability exceeding 99.5 percent. Moreover, we offer end-to-end diesel supply - haulage management - as well as grid connectivity services by connecting sites to the grid,

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whenever suitable. The Group also prides in providing first and second tier maintenance and support services to a selected group of OEM vendors. AfO: What is the secret behind the success of the Guaranteed Savings model in Nigeria? NH: IPT Powertech Group is proud to be the initiator for the Guaranteed Savings model in Nigeria and the African continent. The success of this model is attributed to several factors varying between the quality of our products, technical knowhow of the technical team, constant remoting along with adequate O&M training. To begin with, the IPT in-house designed and developed Hybrid Power

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solution is built with high quality and robust components meeting high standards. Furthermore, our technical team continuously tracks and monitors the guaranteed savings system’s performance with RMS tools, by constantly checking the daily system performance, routine maintenance programs and diesel consumption. The Group ensures that our Guaranteed Savings criteria in the contracts are met through constant site inspections, audits and repairs. Moreover, we believe that the Power System Maintenance training program is considered as an integral factor for the success of the model allowing the upskill of our O&M resources in order to maintain the


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health of our implemented systems. AfO: Finally, what can you tell us about IPT PowerTech’s future plans? NH: IPT PowerTech’s dedicated team is always seeking new challenges where we can recreate new power solutions, add advanced features to our wide portfolio, and redefine services to guarantee optimal performance at the lowest cost possible, while bringing value to our customers. As for the geographic footprint, we are always looking to expand organically and non-organically into new territories as long as that growth is profitable and aligned with the strategic direction of the business.

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Given South Africa’s location in a global sense, coupled with the importation laws that are aimed at protecting local employment, the country is required to assemble automotive products locally to avoid penalties. At MAN, the Company is proud to have obtained two of the production facilities of the vast global production network situated in South Africa. “As a Company, we are a proud employer of a significant amount of people in our facilities, which over the years have conformed to the exacting quality standards aligned with our group, while passing on world-class skills to a vast volume of South Africa’s inhabitants,” explains Geyer. “In working closely with our customers, we can consistently tailor-make transport solutions that are possible from our vast automotive platforms, to provide the local industry with value adding solutions that also contribute to the greater economy.”

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In the many years since the Company came to fruition, MAN has been accredited with numerous world champion awards for its product innovation; ranging from its proud invention of the diesel engine, along to the very latest offerings sporting Euro 6 emission standards. Geyer adds: “We continuously aim and succeed in offering a very wide range of trucks and busses that are suitable for a myriad of transport demands of the local logistics companies and passenger transport suppliers. “Our flagship premium TG truck product range has been enhanced with Euro 5 TGX introduction and the addition of EfficientLine specifications to our TGS long-haul range.” In order to compete in more of an aggressive manner in the market and particularly the ‘budget’ segment against the prominent Japanese players, the Company has upgraded its


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Your On-The-Road Ambassadors CLA range - German engineering which is manufactured in India - with a new cab and transmissions. In keeping with its regular introduction of innovative and exciting products, the Company has introduced a RR4 480 horsepower flagship coach chassis, which will sport high-end imported bodywork from Brasil. “We have an extensive after sales My Twitter : @chriskere My Twitter : @chriskere offering which will see the introduction of projects such as Ecotrade - a programme which entails a discount for old part returns - Health Check, Senior Truck Card and Driver Rewards, all of which require extremely knowledgeable staff to run,” continues Geyer. “There is a lot of emphasis on training our people, particularly in South Africa where the available skill levels are a challenge.” In that respect, the Company has a long-term strategy for the development of its employees in South Africa, with particular focus at present

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with more recent times bringing the need for managed scheduling, load delivery tracking and driver behaviour. MAN Telematics, MAN ServiceCare and ProfiDrive are in high demand currently and not only boost the Company profile, but also add a great amount of value to the industry as a whole. “In South Africa it is a constant challenge for us in the market to evolve in terms of customer demands, and in terms of those demands we are like a first world country,� explains Dave van Graan, Head of Truck Sales


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MAN Truck and Bus South Africa are incredibly proud to be part of what could arguably be called the largest automotive group in the industry, a factor that gives the Company sustainability and the opportunity to draw on the vast resources and synergies possible from such a vast and impressive group of companies. Geyer affirms: “We are incredibly proud of our heritage and the story of development and success at MAN Truck and Bus South Africa, alongside the plethora of world-renowned products that bring true value to our customers.” Despite the large scale of the Company, it has worked hard to retain an open and approachable attitude to customer service, remaining humble in its achievements and constantly striving to offer the best possible solutions to its customers from the wide range of options available to it. Looking forward for the direction of the Company, its predominant aim is to act as an honest, hard-working team who are able to conduct themselves based on the sound values that have enabled it to reach such a high level in the industry. “Through close proximity to our customers and good teamwork, we will ensure the continual improvement of customer satisfaction and of course a reasonable return for our shareholders,” concludes Geyer. “We wish to remain a strong presence in South Africa and with that always adding value to our stake-holders. “This will enable to MAN Truck and Bus South Africa to continue its upward growth trajectory and with that ensure the much needed employment and education of the people in this great region, by pulling together we are working very hard to be recognised as the brand of ‘first choice’ in the market.”

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It is this agile model which has stood the Company in such good stead since inception in Africa, being able to take on projects in areas potentially unattractive to the established sector elite. Historically, company size was intrinsically linked to company capability, but AZMET has bucked this trend and is now leveraging its reputation for carrying out world-class processes on metallurgical projects. “Our business model hasn’t changed. We keep core skills in-house and subcontract the rest, and on any given project at any time, our overheads range from 80-350 people that we are managing; without carrying that constant scale within the business.” Already successful across Africa and especially via the Ethiopian LSTK AZMET gold desorption and recovery plant Meli gold project - AZMET ‘s foray into new regions has taken the Company to another level, kickstarted by its work on the Eti Bakir project in Turkey; also an LSTK AZMET gold desorption and recovery plant, including containerised reagent plants. For the Eti Bakir project, “we’ve also designed our own goldroom scrubber system to reduce ammonia levels emanating from the electrowinning processes, ensuring a safe working environment in and around the goldroom,”, Kukard notes. He continues: “In Q1, 2016 AZMET was awarded a contract for the design, supply and commissioning for a 2t carbon batch gold desorption and recovery plant, incorporating carbon loading and attritioning, acid wash, elution, electrowinning, carbon regeneration, mercury retort, goldroom (civil design), MCC & PLC, and security,” the Company’s website states. “Our plant design is of the highest quality and makes use of only reputable mechanical equipment suppliers. AZMET’s desorption and recovery plants hold numerous CAPEX benefits which include, but are not limited to;

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heap leach operation incorporating adsorption, desorption, a recovery plant and associated reagents, with treatment capacities of up to 1,100 cubic meters an hour. Kukard details further: “It equates to around 10.5 million tonnes of heap leach ore annually with a 10-year mine life. Unique features includes: bolted tank design for quick installation; flared carbon in solution columns (CIC) with the AZMET patent pending bubble plate design to provide even flow distribution with minimal pressure drop over a wide range of flows; a pressurised AARL elution circuit which will be followed by zinc precipitation (Merrill Crowe) to handle the high silver content; and smelting to produce doré bars.”

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countries is a whole other proposition, with various regulatory and language barriers to contend with. As a solution, AZMET has adopted an agent strategy in each new country of interest to act on the Company’s behalf and to help advertise the products, services and skill-sets of AZMET in a translatable way. In the coming months, this same approach could lead AZMET to the borders of Chile, Canada, Peru and Russia as the Company once again looks to promote its niche capabilities to as wide-a-footprint as possible. And there is no shortage of new innovations or business service options for these agents to promote either, as

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AZMET continues to diversify in order to fully capitalise on various market nuances and peripheral sub-sectors. “We are busy with various ‘internal projects’, one being the potential of operational contracts,” Kukard says. “We find that many medium sized mining companies in remote destinations don’t always have the local process knowledge to operate processing plants at optimum capacity. So we want to focus on getting into this space where we will be able to assist with plant management, training, knowledge transfer and skills development of local labourers in order to make their facilities as operationally successful as possible.” This idea is already being put forward


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on existing tenders and is also compounded by AZMET’s exploration into the treatment of fine carbon and aiding companies on this front as well. Kukard continues: “For carbon fines treatment, we’re looking at a business model to provide a product that clients will keep on site so they can get most of their gold value - which they usually loose due to high transport costs.” Innovations of this kind are responsible for AZMET’s positive industry standing to this day and represent the diversification and expansion that can still be looked forward to in the years to come. And with each new project completion, recognition escalates also, recently

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culminating in the Company being named Business of the Year by First National Bank at an awards ceremony in Johannesburg. “We received first prize in the engineering category and it is testament of our aim to service excellence and providing world-class engineering and product management services, as we look forward to new potential projects both locally, and as far afield as places like Kazakhstan and India,” Kukard concludes. “There are opportunities in the pipeline with potentially significant values attached, but first we have to execute the projects we already have successfully, as you’re only as good as your last project.”

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Refuel and Refresh Express Support Services Lda is the leading catering and support service to the hydrocarbon industry in Angola, providing a taste of home to those onshore and offshore Writer: Phoebe Calver | Project Manager: Joshua Mann

t a time when Angolan service and supply markets are going through a process of consolidation, services companies such as Express Support Services Lda (ESS) will need to focus energies on local investments to create facilities from which to support their clients. Previously, oil & gas companies had provided the necessary facilities, however, due to recent cost-cutting efficiencies and local content development measures that are being adopted across the oil & gas industry these collaborations are no longer optimal for companies that are looking to lower their cost of ownership. It is looking likely that due to this new market landscape, only services companies with solid capital support will succeed. The market ESS works in has spent the past 12 months in a state of constant fluctuation due to the ebb and flow of oil production, however, despite these fluctuations; Angola’s

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large offshore hydrocarbon potential continues to attract international oil companies. ESS stems back to 2000, when the Compass Group purchased a company called SHRAM, and the Company name became Eurest Support Services; prior to another rebranding in 2002 when it became ESS Support Services Worldwide. Two years later the Company merged with a local partner and the new name of Express Support Services was created. “It is our goal to be able to provide a taste of home through our food services, enabling companies to have refuelled and refreshed employees with hopes to improve their productivity,” explains James King, Managing Director at Express Support Services Lda. “It doesn’t matter where people are in the world, their need for quality, choice and value will always be paramount. Our consumer focus will always drive development and innovation in the food, brands and services we offer.”

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The Company’s commitment to rolling improvements means it is always on the look-out for ways to develop its already high standards, adding value in terms of cost-saving, innovation, efficiency, communication and simplicity. Every day ESS’s catering teams are able to provide 30,000 meals, always ensuring the best possible quality and quantity for its customers.

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will enable it to be a leader in the industry. “As a Company we encourage individual ownership while working closely as a team,” adds King. “We value the expertise, individuality and overall contribution of all our employees and the ability of working in support of each other, sharing good practice in the workplace through the pursuit of shared goals.” Everyone working within the Company takes responsibility for their actions - both individually and as a group - by consistently seeking opportunities to make a positive contribution to the health and wellbeing not only of its customers, but also the communities that it works in.

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When it comes to hiring the right people to fulfil the Company’s vision, its approach is to recruit the right candidate for the right position, a strategy that is achieved with the help of its qualified and experienced recruiters as well as using psychometric assessments. King affirms: “When recruiting for our new vacancies, it is important to us to prioritise internal candidates which ensure internal promotions as well as our employee development and retention. “We have focuses on internal as well as external training, alongside certified accreditation to ensure that our staff are always capable of carrying out their duties to the best of their abilities, while focusing on their strengths and developing their weaknesses.” The extensive training and career progression opportunities aside, ESS also provides a very competitive pay scale and benefits which place it highly comparative to market statistics; massively aiding in the motivation and retention of employees. “It is one of our biggest aims to maintain the ratio of 97 percent local employees, while also focusing our energies on diversity within our units,” explains King. “We are particularly focused on promoting and developing female and disabled employees through our specialised programmes such as Angolanisation and Succession Plans.” Not only is localised employment important to the Company, but the need to source products locally is also a driving factor which is taken into consideration. Thanks to economic diversification, local fabricators are encouraged to grow, develop and deliver quality products. “Presently, Angola is making moves away from importing products where the country would have subsequently been at the mercy of foreign exchange rates,” explains King. “Ideally as we move forward our products will be

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both grown and manufactured in Angola. This will make way for less transportation and be better for the market, while delivering fresher goods to the market at a lower price.

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The Company has worked hard to differentiate itself within the industry, based on two factors - quality service and health & safety - which are driven by a well established Health, Safety and Environment (HSE) platform with transparency in reporting and several subject matter experts in food quality and safety. “Our partners always want to know that they are providing the best quality and the safest possible products for the customer,” adds King. “We

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ensure that our QAQC inspections and audits all fall in line with our partners’ KPIs, making HSE our number one operational priority. We place it first in everything we do.” ESS takes safeguarding the health & safety of its people and customers as a moral responsibility, therefore playing an essential role in the success of the business. Over the years the Company has established a safety culture where its people can instinctively take responsibility for their own safety and that of the people around them, acting accordingly. On an equally important level, the Company is minimising the environmental impact of its operations, particularly on the local communities ESS operates in and of course the larger


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global community. Its aim is to continue to set industry leading standards which lay the benchmark on health, safety and environmental performance, while providing customers with the assurance that the Company is constantly striving to reach the top in industry standards. King concludes: “In order to achieve this, we have employed a Company policy and standards framework which is supported by comprehensive communications and training, designed specifically to ensure that processes and practice within each of our operating units fully comply with local legislation as the minimum requirement. It will be exciting to see how our processes grow and develop over time as we expand in the industry.”

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Pioneering Innovative Developments PDM has pioneered innovative developments for more than 50 years, shaping the direction of urban renewal by pursuing a philosophy of developing properties that serve an economic purpose, while uplifting quality of life for the local community Writer: Phoebe Calver | Project Manager: Kane Weller

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Construction of the Nation Centre which houses the largest media enterprise in Kenya - the Nation Media Group - was undertaken in the 1990s. This building that is also situated in the Nairobi CBD, is one of the City’s most well recognised landmarks. PDM also owns the DTB Centre, yet another well known landmark building, in the heart of Kampala, Uganda. These buildings have become firmly rooted in and continue to serve as a pivotal part of the identity of the respective cities in which they are located. “Despite the age of some of these buildings, they still proudly stand shoulder-to-shoulder with some of the much newer buildings, in terms of both attractiveness and the appeal they hold for prospective tenants,” adds Bhanji. “We have ensured their sustainability through focused efforts in preventive maintenance and continuous upgrades.” The Courtyard development, consisting of grade-A offices, was

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completed in 2013 and won the Architectural Association of Kenya’s (AAK’s) ‘Excellence Award for Best Commercial Building Project for 2014’. This development changed the direction of urban renewal in the Westlands suburb of Nairobi by setting a new benchmark for quality and green developments. The recently completed Vienna Court - a grade-A office development on Processional Way in Nairobi - has achieved Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Gold pre-certification, the first in East Africa in its category. Construction is also underway on Fairfield Gardens, a middle-income gated housing development in Machakos County, just south of Nairobi’s Jomo Kenyatta International Airport. This development focuses on delivering excellent value for price through the integration of high quality European finishes and fittings as well as provision of extensive recreational facilities and a day care centre.

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PDM has created a subtlety in its identity over the years, focusing its attention more on the human and environmental impact it can make, rather than simply monetary gain. Bhanji says: “At present, PDM’s pride and joy is the Vienna

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Court office development, which was completed at the end of last year.” Being able to truly reflect PDM’s corporate ethos and core values through this project, by promoting green building and the use of local materials and skills, was incredibly important to the Company; demonstrating how far it has come and its standing as one of the most highly respected developers in the industry. “The entire building is clad in local pink stone obtained from a nearby quarry. Using local materials in our developments is very important to us in terms of the PDM mandate,” Bhanji continues. “We also supported the resurrection of the dying art of installing terrazzo, enabling a 70-year old artisan who was brought out of retirement to train young apprentices in the art of cutting and laying terrazzo; which now covers all the building’s open walkways. “Unlike other construction projects

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where ecosystems are interrupted or destroyed, it was very important for us to save the existing garden trees which had been preserved on the site since the early 1950s. We literally excavated four floors down - for basement parking - through very hard rock, in a spiral around this garden in order to

save the trees, despite the significant additional cost.” The development also features extensive landscaping, reflecting pools and water fountains, which provide a serene garden in the heart of a busy city. Vienna Court is among only a handful of projects in East Africa to achieve international Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Gold pre-certification for embracing green features like ground and rain water harvesting, solar shading, solar control glass, passive ventilation, provision of priority parking for energy efficient cars and bicycle storage facilities.

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and environmental impact. Bhanji continues: “PDM has always embraced international best practices in every aspect of our business, this has contributed largely to our success and in differentiating PDM from our competitors. Bhanji says: “For both our own, as well as the third-party developments that we undertake, we have implemented proven state-of-theart project management principals, systems and controls. These enable us to control project scope, time and cost, and successfully deliver projects time after time. These controls and processes adhere to global standards.” In terms of long-term sustainability of its real estate properties, PDM has established comprehensive operating procedures for quality control, planned preventative maintenance and building management. “In order to achieve all of this, from inception we have embraced cuttingedge technology and are always receptive to adopting more efficient and cost effective ways to build and manage our real estate portfolio,” affirms Bhanji. “A large proportion of this has included upgrading the ICT and security systems in all our buildings to state-of-the-art systems. “Our fully integrated Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) system provides continuous feedback on the lessons learned though our previous projects, hence enabling continuous improvement in every aspect of our business operations. We are currently piloting an automated Building Management Systems (BMS) at Vienna Court and plan to roll out the BMS to all our other properties starting in 2018. The BMS will facilitate efficient and cost effective maintenance of all our properties, increasing their sustainability.”

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of Kololo in Kampala, Uganda scheduled for completion in the first quarter of 2018 - will be an architectural masterpiece, setting a new benchmark for luxury style living in Kampala, again embracing PDM’s core values through the extensive use of indigenous brick and a landscaped courtyard featuring palm trees and lush greenery and a cascading waterfall from the rooftop. “Infinity Court will exceed the expectations of discerning Ugandan home buyers, offering breathtaking views and one of the first rooftop infinity pools in an apartment complex within the area, as well as a clubhouse and gym,” Bhanji enthuses. Being a Company that is truly defined by its corporate ethos and core values, PDM has and always will pride

itself on its commitment to sustainable development that delivers both an environmental and social impact. Bhanji concludes: “Over the years we have acquired a reputation for being highly ethical, transparent and reliable, and delivering to the highest quality. We believe these attributes both differentiate and set us apart in an environment where reliability, integrity and delivering what was promised are often the exception rather than the norm. It is my hope that in the years to come, we will continue to have a positive impact on quality of life through environmentally friendly, sustainable developments.”

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THE MINISTRY OF Energy, Mines, Water and Environment of the A fantastic and Kingdom of Morocco, has confirmed well run event attendance at the Africa Energy Forum in Copenhagen from 7-9 June 2017. Well done again At the Poweringfor Africa: Summit this year! Such 7-9 JUNE 2017 which took place aingreat Washington networking DC from 9-10 March, Morocco’s E VCOPENHAGEN E N T D E TA I L S event for Africa! ONEE presented their Gas to Power The global platform connecting investors with project opportunities in Africa WHEN: Programme and MASEN discussed 7-9 June their sustainable energy programme Follow us on Twitter: Join our Linkedin group: Like our Facebook page: #AEF17 Powering Africa: the investment dialogues Africa-Energy Forum under the leadership of Mustapha WHERE: Bakkoury, President and Chief Bella Centre, Copenhagen, Denmark Executive Officer. WEBSITE: Both organisations are clearly www.africa-energy-forum.com focused on a broader role within Africa carrying with them the potential of 19TH ANNUAL

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building physical energy links between the continent and Europe. The support of the Ministry at the Africa Energy Forum (AEF) this year underlines the commitment from the Kingdom of Morocco to explore energy partnerships with Europe and hasten the pace of foreign direct investment in Morocco. AEF is set to bring 2,000 participants to Copenhagen this June for the annual gathering for government ministers, heads of utilities, project developers and global investors driving forward the development of Africa’s energy projects. Other recent confirmations include H.E. Dr.Eng.Seleshi Bekele, Minister of Water, Irrigation and Electricity, Ethiopia; Ulla Tørnæs, Minister for Development Cooperation, Government of Denmark; Teresa Ribeiro, Secretary of State for Development, Government of Portugal; Hisham Sallam, Second Secretary - responsible for Economics and Energy, Government of Egypt; Mateus Magala, Chairman of the Board of Directors, EDM; William Amuna, Chief Executive Officer, GRIDCo, Ghana; and Emmanuel Antwi-Darkwa, Chief Executive Officer of Volta River Authority in Ghana. A new Platinum agenda stream will bring together senior level government officials with some of the world’s biggest investors in discussions on how to accelerate projects, whilst specific country sessions will explore the unique investment climates and priority projects for countries such as Nigeria, South Africa, Côte d’Ivoire, Ghana, Mozambique, Morocco, Ethiopia, and Kenya. Organisers of the Forum EnergyNet will host a city boat cruise along the canals of Copenhagen and pre-Forum golf championship day to build additional networking opportunities into this annual business Forum.


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The 7th Africa Insurance & Reinsurance Conference’s themes will therefore be along the lines of “Micro Insurance and the Insurance Inclusion”.

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Seeking ways to increase insurance penetration on the continent

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It is expected that this forum will trigger practical, regional and national investments in initiatives that will support the adoption of structural and policy changes to facilitate greater insurance inclusion and penetration for all. Workable and implementable plan of action will be initiated and we are therefore inviting all the stakeholders to ensure their representation at this event. In the long-term, it is expected that the event will grow into a rotational regional event bringing together stakeholders from across the region and globe.

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As standard with the previous edition of this event, AIRC 2017 edition will THE AFRICA INSURANCE be a combination of an experiential & Reinsurance Conference, a regionally conference bringing together focused event now in its 7th year, different actors in the value chain with has steadily become a gateway for the aim of exploiting opportunities global and regional investors to most conducive for enhancing engage local leaders as they seek ways insurance penetration levels. to increase insurance penetration Alongside the conference, there will on the continent. Notwithstanding be an exhibition platform where actors unprecedented economic growth can showcase products and services. (a substantial component of this This exhibition will also function as an dependent on the financial and outstanding deal-making platform insurance sector), industry experts where local, regional and international say that the insurance market on investors can engage and evaluate the continent still remains small and promising investment opportunities. comparatively underdeveloped. The Interesting and investable business growth potential going forward is cases will be presented by various therefore significantly high and the service providers.

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