Henry Sammy Wanyamato tells CNN how the business of waste management can help create jobs in Africa.
Vladimir Duthiers profiles Ghana's waste management solution ZoomLion.
South Africans in the emerging middle class are becoming savvy consumers, now concerned with brands. They want information about products and they want it now. Skeptical about the messages of the mass media, they crave one-on-one interaction.
In today's world of catchy buzzwords, a current favorite is "Africa is rising." Africa's tech scene is a soaring firebird and all the techies on the continent will tell you something game-changing is coming and Africans will build it.
Robyn Curnow meets GG Alcock, an unconventional marketing expert who grew up in a mud hut in rural South Africa.
Robyn Curnow looks at an unconventional marketing strategy used to tap into the country's emerging middle class.
Errol Barnett visits an organic chili farm targeting consumers who reject pesticides, chemicals and fertilizers.
Nkepile Mabuse meets Cheryl Carolus, head of the South Africa-based women's investment company Peotona Group Holdings.
Porridge made from millet flour and spices is the breakfast of choice among busy Ghanaians. Vladimir Duthiers reports.
Robyn Curnow meets Franklin Mziray, Secretary General of Port Management Association for Eastern and Southern Africa.
The Somali pirates roaming the waters off the Horn of Africa push global trade costs up by billions of dollars per year and severely affect the economic activities of neighboring countries, a new World Bank report has found.
Inside one of the many busy open markets in Kampala, rows of hanged trousers and dresses swing in midair, casting a shadow over the colorful stacks of unsorted clothes sitting on rickety wooden stalls.
DHL Express CEO Ken Allen has a song he'd like to share - and a business plan for Africa.
Previously owned clothing has a significant impact on the local economy in Uganda. CNN's Robyn Curnow reports.
Ola Orekunrin was studying to become a doctor in the UK a few years ago when her younger sister fell seriously ill while traveling in Nigeria. The 12-year-old girl, who'd gone to the West African country on holiday with relatives, needed urgent care but the nearest hospital couldn't deal with her condition.
Things have never been more exciting in Africa than they are now. The continent's rising economy and burgeoning tech space is all anyone can talk about. At a recent South by Southwest panel, "Africa or Bust! Content, Monetization, Opportunity," it was made clear that mobile and connectivity is also changing the content game.
Extensive traveling is something that comes with the job for Dimitri Panayotopoulos.
From toothpaste to deodorant to detergent, Procter & Gamble's products are just about everywhere.
South African aviation companies are expanding their services across the continent as BRICS nations invest in Africa.
What do we know about poverty, income and growth in sub-Saharan Africa? The answer is: much less than we like to think.
Robyn Curnow talks to Rupert Soames, CEO of temporary power generation provider Aggreko.
CNN's Errol Barnett looks at the role of Zambia's informal small and medium enterprises.
China's new president sought to address concerns among African leaders about the uneven nature of trade relations on Monday, promising an equal relationship that would promote development on the continent.
Millions of hectares of land have been acquired in the past few years across Africa by investors who are moving into large-scale agriculture to take advantage of potential windfall gains. Popularly these deals have become known as "land grabbing," but they could just as well have been framed as "water grabs."
Right now, it's nothing more than an empty plot of land, covered by just a few shrubs and the odd Neem tree. But within a few years, these grass plains just outside Accra, Ghana, could be transformed into a fertile breeding ground for world-class innovation.
Robyn Curnow looks at South Africa's red-hot meat industry, which is big business for the "Rainbow Nation".
Revenue Watch Institute's Emmanuel Kuyole talks about the need for accountability when dealing with natural resources.
Major pharmaceutical companies are increasingly looking to harness Africa's opportunity, lured by an emerging middle class across the continent's growing urban centers.
Former assistant U.S. Trade Representative to Africa Rosa Whitaker talks about doing business on the continent.
Robyn Curnow looks at how South Africa's emerging middle class is contributing to its growing pharmaceutical industry.
Low-income households in Egypt are being hit by soaring food prices, placing a major strain on many poor families in the country, who are struggling to put basic staples on the table.
CNN's Robyn Curnow speaks with Ibukun Adebayo, who heads up business development for Africa at the London Stock Exchange.
CNN's Ian Lee reports on the country's food crisis and government efforts to control rising costs.
Zambian economist Dambisa Moyo is an outspoken critic of international aid, arguing for years that foreign handouts stifle Africa's development, perpetuate corruption and hinder the continent's growth.
CNN's Robyn Curnow speaks with Zambian-born economist Dambisa Moyo who has an unconventional take on aid in Africa.
CNN's Robyn Curnow meets ambitious migrants who have set up businesses in South Africa.
Apps4Africa has just announced the three winners of its 2012 competition, showcasing the best in African innovation.
TV sets, computers and smartphones are hard to find in Sangano, Malawi, but farmers here are using an age-old mass communication tool to learn the tricks of their trade: radio.
Six months on from the strike-related violence that left 44 people dead at the Marikana mine in South Africa, unrest and uncertainty still plague the country's mining sector.
Phillips Oduoza, CEO at United Bank for Africa, on the many challenges facing companies doing business on the continent.
CNN's Robyn Curnow explores how farmers are learning the tricks of the trade by listening to a local radio station.
Robyn Curnow speaks with Ghanaian business woman Joyce Aryee, the first woman to head up a Chamber of Mines in Africa.
Tensions are rising in South Africa between the government and mining companies. CNN's Nkepile Mabuse reports.
Manned by a pair of trained officers, a large private security jeep moves slowly past the high walls lining a residential street in the suburbs of Johannesburg, South Africa.
CNN's Nkepile Mabuse looks at how sports betting and gaming companies are capitalizing on Africa's football interest.
Already present in 33 countries globally, France Telecom's Orange is now entering the South African mobile market.
How to make money from ballet is a question puzzling many art executives around the world, but one dance group in South Africa is hoping that a new initiative will help keep its curtains from closing for good.
South African theater legend John Kani says the government needs to invest in the country's performing arts industry.
CNN's Robyn Curnow reports on how a South African ballet company is receiving business advice from Harvard students.
Businesswoman Isabel Dos Santos, daughter of long-serving Angolan president Jose Eduardo Dos Santos, is Africa's first female billionaire, according to business publication Forbes.
South Africans are increasingly turning to security companies when seeking protection for their properties and families.
Robyn Curnow speaks with the president of a security firm who is concerned over a proposed legislation in South Africa.
CNN's Vladimir Duthiers reports on how Nigeria's emerging middle class is turning to online shopping.
CNN's Robyn Curnow speaks with the CEO of Barclay's Africa about the challenges and opportunities his company sees.
The retirement of the pirate leader Mohamed Abdi Hassan, also known as "Afweyne," has generated much media coverage, but the real significance of his announcement is the indication it gives of how Somalia's pirates currently view their business model. It appears that hijacking vessels in the Indian Ocean and the Gulf of Aden is no longer seen as a relatively risk-free affair.
Shopping is a serious business in London whatever the season -- but it doesn't get much more serious than this time of year.
Mark Taylor, the commercial director at drinks manufacturer Diageo, talks about doing business in Africa.
Nigerians are traveling to Britain to spend money in unprecedented numbers. CNN's Nima Elbagir reports.
Flicking through her photos on her living room couch, Julia Quinn recounts the array of plastic surgery procedures she has undergone.
CNN's Robyn Curnow talks to U.S. Commerce Secretary, Rebecca Blank, about doing business in Africa.
CNN's Nkepile Mabuse looks at South Africa's medical tourism industry and how it is attracting a new kind of visitor.
It's been a busy year for Marketplace Africa. The show has traveled all over the continent, reporting from locations including a diamond mine in Botswana, a movie studio in South Africa and an oil rig in Angola.
From fighting cancer and sparking revolutions to digitally transferring cash and bringing people together, mobile phones are increasingly being used in pioneering ways across Africa, helping to save lives and transform the continent.
Last week, Beijing's leading English-language newspaper, China Daily, begun publishing a weekly Africa edition, focusing on financial news and targeting Africa's growing middle class.
Marketplace Africa looks at how mobile phones are being used in innovative ways.
Robyn Curnow speaks with the CEO of FNB, which has been named the world's most innovative bank.
Eva Walusimbi knows well how it is to live in darkness.
Last February, tens of thousands of moviegoers stormed cinemas around the United States to watch "Chronicle," turning the superhero thriller into a surprise hit that topped the U.S. box office on Super Bowl weekend.
Cosmetics company Avon has had mixed fortunes globally but in South Africa, that trend has changed.
Nico Dekker, the CEO of Cape Town Film Studios, talks about attracting major Hollywood names to South Africa.
Ghana's election commission announced Sunday night that the West African nation's president won re-election, though the main opposition party says it has "credible evidence" the results were manipulated.
Ghana extended voting into a second day Saturday in areas where election materials arrived late or glitches with a new biometric identification system caused delays.
Ghanaians voted Friday in a general election that pits the incumbent against the son of a former president in one of Africa's most stable democracies.
Your phone rings. Someone's trying to sell you financial services. The person you're speaking to is likely to be sitting in a massive room with hundreds of other people. And if you're in an English-speaking country, the chances are they will have an Indian accent.
Lars Reno Jakobsen, Senior Vice President of shipping giant Maersk Africa, talks about trends in African trade.
South Africa hopes cheap labor and neutral accents could help the country challenge India's world leading call centers.
Private-aircraft manufacturers are increasingly targeting Africa's growing economies as the resource-rich continent is quietly emerging as an important hub in global business aviation.
Oil has driven Angola's booming economy over the last decade, helping the resource-rich country emerge from the wreckage of a long, vicious war to become one Africa's major economic players.
CNN's David McKenzie takes an exclusive look at an offshore drilling operation off the coast of Angola.
Sebastiao Martins, the executive manager of Sonangol, talks about the company's role in Angola's thriving oil industry.
Sitting at the first Africa CEO Forum this week, in the heart of Geneva, I asked myself if this was the right time to open the debate on Africa's private sector future. Was Geneva the right place? Critics will rightly argue that this sort of event should have been held in Africa.
Errol Barnett speaks with Ernest Kekana, CEO of one of the largest independent air charter businesses in South Africa.
Marketplace Africa looks at how the continent is becoming one of the fastest growing jet markets in the world.
Political systems in Africa are habitually characterised as nascent, highly personalized and fractious. Elections are portrayed as democracy at an embryonic stage. As Sierra Leoneans head to the polls for the third time since the end of the civil war in 2002, a different narrative is unfolding -- one of innovation and cutting-edge technology.
Government officials and health experts from around the world are meeting this week in South Korea to discuss a series of proposals that could put restrictions on tobacco growing.
Following recent oil finds in Uganda and Kenya, Malawi hopes to be the next East African country to strike black gold.
CNN's Errol Barnett looks at how adventure tourism is helping diversify Malawi's economy.
Malawian tobacco farmer Steve Msambira fears a proposal on tobacco control could have devastating effects on his family.
When South Africans open their wallets, they will be greeted by images of a smiling Nelson Mandela in various denominations.
When it comes to social media's heavy hitters, there are no bigger players than Facebook or Twitter, right? Not if you're in South Africa.
More Brazilian companies are moving into Africa amid a government drive to build closer economic ties with the continent.
Keith Robinson, Country Manager at Surestream Petroleum, believes a Malawian lake could offer a substantial oil reserve.
Chris Pitman, CEO of Surestream Petroleum, on East Africa's oil rush and its political implications.
Move over Japan. Move over Silicon Valley. Africans are making a bid to turn the continent into the new home of mobile gaming.
Chinese companies have built cities out of the bush in Angola, but they have few residents. CNN's David McKenzie reports.
In 2009 the first underground cable linking Africa to high speed internet access went live.
The son of the President of Angola talks about the launch of the country's $5 billion Sovereign Wealth Fund.
Marketplace Africa visits a new development in Angola's capital Luanda that some claim has Africa's most expensive flat.
Angola, Africa's second-largest oil producer, has launched a $5 billion sovereign wealth fund in an attempt to diversify its economy -- a move more associated with wealthy Gulf States like Qatar and the UAE.
In my line of work I get to meet a lot of talented developers, entrepreneurs and people who are just plain passionate about technology and Africa.
Nigerian mobile games company "Maliyo Games" are making localized games for the increasing mobile market in Nigeria.
Mark Allewell, CEO of Tourism Radio talks CNN on a tour of Cape Town, South Africa.
We met her in the car park of a small shopping mall on the edge of Mbabane, Swaziland's capital. She was too shy to get out of the car her friend had brought her in, too nervous of who might see, or what might be overheard.
CNN's Robyn Curnow talks to Nerine Kahn, one of the lawyers involved in negotiations between Lonmin and its workers.
South Africa's credit rating has been downgraded for the first time since Apartheid. Nkepile Mabuse reports.
If you're going to pursue an elusive killer, you sometimes have to get creative.
It may have one of the fastest growing economies in the world -- but if you're young and out of work in Africa, the future remains bleak.
Marketplace Africa looks at the staggering youth unemployment affecting many countries across the continent.
World Bank Chief Economist Shantayanan Devarajan talks about youth unemployment and Africa's record growth.
Swaziland is one of the African countries hit the hardest by the global economic crisis. CNN's Robyn Curnow reports.
Swaziland's Finance Minister, Majozi Sithole talks about how to keep the country's budget balanced and citizens working.
Ricardo Saad, of Brazilian mining company Vale, explains why his company has invested billions of dollars in Mozambique.
Many African governments and corporations are investing in mega farms, but does this benefit local communities?
Robyn Curnow reports on how one company is using comedy to educate South Africa's underprivileged youth about money.
Some Nigerian filmmakers are increasing their profit margins by focusing on higher production values instead of quantity.
How financially damaging were the Egyptian uprisings?Citadel Capital Chairman Ahmed Heikal talks to CNN.
Egypt looks to innovation as the country continues to struggle to lure back tourism.
Simba Makoni, the former Zimbabwean finance minister and presidential candidate in the country's last elections, describes himself as "an eternal optimist."
For years, China has been pumping billions of dollars across Africa to build large-scale infrastructure projects and grant cheap loans in exchange for access to the continent's natural resources and growing markets.
As the first airline outside Japan to own Boeing 787 Dreamliner, Ethiopian Airlines has an impressive business record despite the global economic crisis. Growing 20 to 30% a year for the past seven years, the airlines' strategic plan is to carry 18 million passengers a year by 2025.
A major investor in Africa, China is using television to change the narrative of its involvement in the continent.
Ethiopia is the second country in the world to operate the Boeing 787 Dreamliner after Japan. Jill Dougherty reports.
Ten years after the end of its civil war, Angola, which is heading to the polls Friday, has been transformed into a regional African power with a strong economy, but poverty is still widespread.
With construction cranes and steel skyscrapers dominating the skyline of Luanda, the capital of Angola, it is hard to overlook how far the southwestern African country has come since the end of its brutal civil war in 2002.
Who is responsible for the South African mining tragedy and what is next for the country's struggling platinum industry?
Lonmin's acting CEO Simon Scott on South Africa's mining tragedy and the future of the country's platinum industry.
SA mining tragedy: acting CEO of Lonmin tells CNN Marketplace Africa: 'The scenes of public violence shocked us all'
For decades, residents in Makoko have boarded wooden canoes to navigate through a labyrinth of narrow waterways crisscrossing a floating shanty town perched on stilts above Lagos Lagoon's murky canals.
David Simango, Mayor of Mozambique's capital, talks about how the city plans to deal with its population growth.
With African cities growing at a rapid rate, Vladimir Duthiers looks at Lagos' ambitious plans for the future.
In their new apartment in Maputo, the vibrant and cosmopolitan capital of Mozambique, Bruno Gabriel and his girlfriend unpack their last suitcases, still trying to settle in their new surroundings.
With the severe Eurozone crisis, many people are migrating from Portugal to the former Portuguese colony of Mozambique.
Elizabeth Buse, Group President for Visa Inc, talks about servicing the growing but informal market of Africa.
The sudden death of Ghana's president, John Atta Mills, on July 24 did not come as a rude surprise. Most Ghanaians already knew his health was failing; he was losing his eyesight and voice.
When night falls over Rwanda, many rural communities far removed from the country's electricity grid descend into darkness.
CNN's Robyn Curnow speaks to Sameer Hajee, the CEO of Nuru Energy Group in Rwanda, which is addressing 'energy poverty.'
Find out how one company is offering bikes to Mozambicans as a key to economic empowerment.
Could motorsports become a major industry in football-obsessed Nigeria? It will be if one Nigerian businessman has his way.
Farmers and investors look to capitalize on South Africa's booming animal gaming industry.
Aiden Heavey, the CEO of Tullow Oil explains and why his company plan to heavily invest in East Africa.
The CEO of Anglo Gold Ashanti has vowed to stop all deaths in his mines during his tenure.
Robyn Curnow speaks to, Wickus Botha, the Mining Sector Leader at Ernst & Young.
Deep inside Jwaneng, the world's richest diamond mine in southern Botswana, Tshepo Kgomokhumo drives his massive truck through piles of rocks forming a lunar-like landscape.
Robyn Curnow goes inside Jwaneng, the world's richest diamond mine, in Botswana.
Robyn Curnow talks to Linah Mohohlo, the Governor of the Bank of Botswana about the country's growing diamond operations
In March this year, Kenya's President Mwai Kibaki officially launched the new Lamu Port project, a massive infrastructure project that is expected to cost a whopping $20 billion. The red-carpet affair was attended by his South Sudanese and Ethiopian counterparts, Salva Kiir and Meles Zenawi respectively, on a stretch of leveled mangroves, flattened especially for the launch.
Silvester Kasuku, Infrastructure Advisor to the Prime Minister of Kenya gives his view on Lamu's planned oil pipeline.
Residence of Lamu, Kenya Fear plans for a new port and oil pipeline could have negative a environmental impact.
In the 1970s the world was coming to an end. Famines in Bangladesh, the Sahel and Ethiopia seemed to prove Malthus finally right. Population growth was outstripping food supplies, food prices skyrocketed: people like Paul Ehrlich warned of a "population bomb".
Western companies operating in Africa have long underestimated the continent's consumers, according to a top executive in one of the world's biggest consumer goods groups.