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COMMENT: Being middle-class

Why the private sector’s hype about the consumer habits of the African middle class isn’t helpful COMMENT | HENNING MELBER | The African middle class is of huge interest to business. This was confirmed again recently by well attended seminars in South Africa’s big cities to discuss “African Lions: groundbreaking study on the …

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Jumia widens payment options for customers

Kampala, Uganda | THE INDEPENDENT | Online shopping platform, Jumia, has widened payment options for its customers through partnership with Barclays Bank. This is to enable online shoppers pay for their goods and services using Barclays Bank credit cards at the point of delivery to enhance convenience. Initially, customers were limited …

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Sudan’s Bashir starts state visit

Kampala, Uganda | THE INDEPENDENT |  President Omar Al-Bashir of Sudan is in Uganda for a two-day state visit November 13-14, 2017. Bashir and his host President Yoweri Museveni will discuss a number of areas of cooperation including trade and investment, agriculture, regional peace and security as well as international …

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KCCA to process construction permits online

Kampala, Uganda | THE INDEPENDENT | Real estate developers will have to apply for construction permits from Kampala Capital City Authority on online effective 2018. Moses Kanuniira, the Director of Physical Planning at KCCA said online permit processing has been tested in other sectors such as transport and it is time …

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Ghana’s maritime boundary victory to spark oil bounty

Accra, Ghana | AFP | Ghana’s “long and arduous journey” to boost offshore oil exploration and extraction will be fuelled with billions of extra dollars after a key court victory over Ivory Coast. Thanks to efforts by successive governments and conquering lawyers at the International Tribunal on the Law of the …

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