Beverage, Zambian BreweriesSeptember 3, 2018

Zambian Breweries at Half Year 2018
Pssshhhhhh was the sound a Mosi bottle made when we reviewed the half year results of Zambian Breweries PLc for 2018. It is clear from the financials that the company enjoyed a stellar performance during the first 6 months of the year. Selling 13% more beverages by volume, AB InBev must be proud of their […]

FootwearAugust 29, 2018

BATA at Half Year 2018
BATA have redefined stepping into the New Year in style. The company recently reported its half year results and they did not disappoint. With brands such as Power, Weinbrenner and legacy Bata brands recording strong performance in the first half of the year, the company’s only frown was the 2% volume decline on a year […]

Economy, OpinionAugust 27, 2018

MPC at Q3
As we awaited the announcement from the Central Bank, we could not help but wonder how MPC would move with all that was before them. With IMF discussions all but put on ice, an exchange rate that has felt exogenous pressure, a fiscal deficit that remains unabated, Moody’s downgrading the country’s credit rating to Caa1 […]

Opinion, Personal FinanceAugust 22, 2018

“Money management” the financial stress reducer
Recently, there have been echoes across many sectors in Zambia of the advent of austerity. We have heart a number of public figures speak about the importance of tightening our belts. There is evidence from the FMCG world that signs of recession are in our midst. Recently on Bloomberg, Africa’s biggest grocer announced that poorer […]

Economy, OpinionAugust 22, 2018

Debt management in the era of pressing infrastructure needs
In the past 15 years, we have seen average growth of about 5% to 7% than the global average, which however has been mostly commodity driven. This rising growth episode is almost gone and future growth will be replaced by the new strategies we put in place now to reposition our economy. The commodity era […]

Strategy, TelecomAugust 16, 2018

Is the Zambian Telecoms Industry Suffering From Marketing Myopia?
Following the recent announcement of the introduction of a new tax that would be targeting voice calls made using Voice over IP services such as facebook and Whatsapp calling, we felt it prudent to view the industry through the lenses of Michael Porter and Theordore Levitt. Michael E Potter published the book and article “Competitive […]

RetailAugust 15, 2018

CEC’s Owen Looks Northwards for Love
If you ever watched the movie “Love Actually”, you can understand what a sweet romance that CDC and CEC had. Sadly, the romantic acquisition ended before it could happen and CEO Owen Silavwe and his management were left with the feeling of “what could have been” had the deal gone through. But analogous to failed […]

Opinion, Personal FinanceAugust 13, 2018

Retirement Planning – Part Two (Pension Benefits)
“The question isn’t at what age I want to retire, it’s at what income” – George Foreman                                                                             […]

Economy, OpinionAugust 13, 2018

Trees! A rapidly growing investment opportunity
Duncan Logan, the CEO of RocketSpace, made an interesting observation last year; “You only get 40 attempts at farming. From your 20’s to your 60’s, you get 40 seasons. In tech you get 40 attempts a week.”. His message is clear, technology will pave the future of farming for decades (perhaps longer) to come. Investment […]

Banking, StanbicAugust 10, 2018

Stanbic Zambia Schools Financial Journalists
On Thursday 9th August, 2018, Stanbic Bank held a Media Training Session on financial markets at the leadership centre in Lusaka’s Kabulonga area. The Session which attracted Journalists from both Print (Newspaper) and Broadcast (Radio and Television) was aimed at educating participants on financial markets and building the already existing relationship between Stanbic Bank and the […]