Lloyd’s head of innovation to speak in Botswana

Lloyd’s head of innovation to speak in Botswana

Lloyd’s head of innovation to speak in Botswana

Dr Trevor Maynard, head of innovation at Lloyd’s, is joining an international line-up of speakers at the Risk Frontiers Southern Africa – Understanding the New Normal one-day seminar on 6 July. He will be joined by speakers from across Africa, including Laurie Pieter-James from the Cyber Risk Institute; Nico Synman from the Global Transport and Asset Intelligence Bureau; and Dr…

Terror threat looms large in Mali

Terror threat looms large in Mali

Terror threat looms large in Mali

Security analysts are warning of the ongoing terror threat in Mali, after gunmen attacked a luxury resort. Two of the assailants were killed by security forces, who were searching for two others, according to BBC reports. One civilian was reported injured after the attack at the luxury resort of Le Campement Kangaba, east of Bamako. Seán Smith, west Africa analyst…

Uganda set to grow above regional average

Uganda set to grow above regional average

Uganda set to grow above regional average

One analyst reacting to the Uganda Budget 2017/2018 is confident growth will continue above the regional average. Alisa Strobel, senior economist, IHS Markit, sees the government’s effort to curb domestic borrowing in the near to medium term as necessary. However, she said: “Ongoing domestic borrowing competes with the private sector and could lead to an unfavourable crowding out effect. “Additionally,…

Africa’s economic future gets global boost

Africa’s economic future gets global boost

Africa’s economic future gets global boost

A plan to reshape Africa’s economic future is being hatched in Berlin by some of the world’s top policymakers and investors. The G20 Compact with Africa group claims that millions of citizens could see tangible economic benefits from the recently launched Group of Twenty advanced and emerging economies’ initiative. The goal is to boost private investment by harnessing the expertise…

Business must protect travelling staff

Business must protect travelling staff

Business must protect travelling staff

Organisations are not doing enough to ensure their travel risk strategies are fit for the 21st century realities of business travel and fulfil their legal duty of care, according to the UK’s risk management association Airmic. In a new report, it explains that business travel has grown by 25% in the past decade, with businesses sending employees and other people…

Security risks top the list of concerns at Nigeria risk conference

Security risks top the list of concerns at Nigeria risk conference

Security risks top the list of concerns at Nigeria risk conference

Risk managers should warn federal and state governments in Nigeria of the palpable risks posed to national security as a result of the lack or insufficient means of national identification of millions of Nigerian citizens, as well as foreign nationals domiciled in the country. Delegates at the recent Risk Managers Society of Nigeria (Rimson) annual conference, said the risks posed…

Shock for South Africa as country heads into recession

Shock for South Africa as country heads into recession

Shock for South Africa as country heads into recession

Agriculture might help South Africa out of recession but retail and hospitality sectors are likely to feel the pinch as the South African economy contracted in Q1 2017 by 0.7%, following a 0.3% contraction in Q4 2016, moving the country into a technical recession, despite expectations of a 0.9% expansion. According to new analysis from credit insurer Coface, with unemployment…

Sleep deprivation causing risks at work

Sleep deprivation causing risks at work

Sleep deprivation causing risks at work

Risk management is critical in curbing workplace fatigue, according to one specialist who pointed out that some of the worst environmental and travel disasters of the past few decades have been ascribed at least partly to sleep deprivation in the workplace. Dr Denis Cronson was discussing fighting workplace fatigue at this year’s A-OSH EXPO, Africa’s occupational safety and health exhibition.…

Economic performance expected to improve in South Africa, despite declaration of recession

Economic performance expected to improve in South Africa, despite declaration of recession

Economic performance expected to improve in South Africa, despite declaration of recession

Business practitioners remain confident that the South African business environment will improve this year. According to Deloitte’s fourth annual South African Restructuring Outlook 2017 survey, the results show a significant improvement from 2016, with most respondents to the survey expecting an improved economic environment in 2017, in line with the wider trend seen across developing economies. However, an important caveat,…

Mining sector climbing back to profit

Mining sector climbing back to profit

Mining sector climbing back to profit

The world’s giant mining houses are reversing their race to the bottom, according to PwC’s Mine 2017 report. The report shows the top 40 companies have bolstered balance sheets and a return to profitability in 2016. At the release of the 14th edition of PwC’s industry series, Michal Kotzé, energy, utilities and mining industry leader for PwC Africa, said: “The…

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