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Fri,17Nov2017

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All African hotel group, Azalaï soldiers on amid regional woes

Mossadeck Bally is president and founder of the Azalaï Hotels groupAs African economies continue to grow, so have opportunities in the hotel sector. Local hotel entrepreneurs have begun moving into an area that has traditionally been dominated by international chains.

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Word of mouth brings the message to millions - Mxit CEO, Alan Knott-Craig Jr

ALAN KNOTT-CRAIG JR CEO of Mxit/Photo©HETTY ZANTMAN/FINANCIAL MAIL/GALLO IMAGES/GETTY IMAGESIn September 2011, Alan Knott-Craig Jr's World of Avatar bought 100% of South African messaging platform Mxit, and he became its CEO. Ten months on, he explains how he's wooing app developers and expanding in Syria.

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Power broker: Funding energy growth in Africa - Makhtar Diop

MAKHTAR DIOP Vice-president for Africa, World Bank/Photo©Vincent Fournier for JADiop brings years of World Bank experience to the new post along with an eye for the development of regional infrastructure and a desire for more transparency and oversight for the natural resource sector.

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General Electric top brass moves in

With his asset management background, Jay Ireland is keen to get hands-on with the financing side of deals/Photo©GEAs president and CEO of GE Africa, Jay Ireland is the first senior manager to be based on the continent. He says the company will grow by being flexible.

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Zimbabwe Central Bank boss in financial dilemma

Gideon Gonon, Zimbabwe's Central Bank governor/Photo©ReutersA Zimbabwe High Court judge has ordered central bank governor Gideon Gono to pay a local bank $1.2 million after he failed to repay a loan he secured for his chicken project in 2010.

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Interview: Making or breaking labour with Cosatu's Labour Partner, JIC

Jacques Roux, CEO of JIC Mining Services (JIC)The Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu) has decried the use and role of labour brokers as undermining the rights of workers. Yet as JIC Mining Services (JIC) CEO Jacques Roux articulates, while the company provides outsourced labour, among other mining services, so too do they have an agreement with Cosatu's main mining union, National Union of Mineworkers (NUM), which counts a relative of President Jacob Zuma as a director. The company maintains that they provide the full benefits of an employer.

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The 50 most influential Africans: The 'A' list

The heavyweights of African business, diplomacy, government and politics.

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