Telecom, ZamtelDecember 27, 2017

Saving Zamtel through Private Equity: Sink or Swim
According to the Mckinsey Annual Report for 2016, on private market, there was a huge capital flow into the private equity market space of 625bn dollars into various firms globally, and assets under management also grew to 4.7trillion dollars. Subsequently the number of firms is at an all-time high and the amount of dry powder […]

Agriculture, Retail, Zambia Sugar PlcDecember 19, 2017

CCPC goes for Zamsugar: Understanding the Laws of Competition
In October of 2017 the Competition and Consumer Protection Commission (CCPC) board of commissioners fined Zambia Sugar PLC the sum of K76,728,650 which is 5% of their annual turnover as at 2013 as reported on the CCPC website. This came about as a result of price discrimination and what they (CCPC) found to be unfair […]

Airtel Networks Plc, Telecom, ZamtelDecember 18, 2017

Zambians Skim they are feeling “Lakka”: Mobile Price Wars
The last couple of weeks have been rather exciting on the commercial scene. A few weeks ago, the identity of Bank Here was revealed (ZANACO). Last week, Airtel unveiled 4G to the mobile internet market. One would have thought that the only mobile telecommunications company listed on LuSE would end there. No, they didn’t. The […]

British American Tobacco, StrategyDecember 15, 2017

The Forces of Competition in Zambia’s Tobacco Industry
When the announcements came from Roland Imperial Tobacco (RIT) and British America Tobacco (BAT) of their USD80 million and USD15 million (respectively) investments in setting up their local cigarette manufacturing plants in Lusaka South Multi-Facility Zone, we could not help but wonder about some of the competitive forces in Zambia’s tobacco industry. Recap. In 2016 […]

Banking, StanbicDecember 14, 2017

The ‘Gabaraane’ takes over
There is an analogy that can be noticed in the way boards across industries pick top talent to run their firms. Take the premier league as an example. When Chelsea Football Club have a run of bad results, the last 10 years has seen many managers of high football pedigree take over the reins. Although […]

Economy, InsuranceDecember 13, 2017

Copycat – Mobile Money Health Insurance
With over 90% of Zambia’s population not on any form of health Insurance cover, there is need for mobile service providers (i.e. MTN, Airtel and Cell Z) to replicate what Kenya is doing with their M-TIBA service in providing “Health care” for the majority poor through a “mobile wallet” which rides on M-PESA a mobile […]

Economy, InsuranceDecember 12, 2017

How is my money being invested and how diverse is my portfolio?
Imagine for a minute you have now clocked 65 years old. Your days of labour are long gone. Your youth is gone. How do you imagine spending the rest of your life? This is the fundamental question, all Zambians must ask themselves. Many never want to think about retirement. In fact, with the spending patterns […]

AEL Mining Services (Z) Plc, Banking, Mining, StanbicDecember 8, 2017

Dual Exits from Premier Companies
In a week that should have ended quietly, two institutions announced the exits of their CEOs. The first announcement came out of Stanbic Bank. The board of the bank announced the exit of Charles Mudiwa who now moves to Stanbic Kenya as CEO. Tenure of CEOs in Zambian banks often ranges from 2 to 5 […]

Manufacturing, ZAMEFA PlcDecember 6, 2017

Not so doubtful debtors– ZAMEFA 2017 Review
On the 12th of December 2017, Rosetta Chabala (Managing Director) will be facing shareholders of ZAMEFA at their annual general meeting. Judging by the numbers her team has delivered for 2017, we believe there will be smiles on shareholders faces when the board proposes a dividend for the third year in a row. However, it was […]

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EconomyDecember 2, 2017

(BIG READ) Africa: most expensive continent to send money in the world
Martin Namasaka explains why African governments, development agencies and service providers need to collaborate to look at reducing the cost of sending remittance to Africa.  At an estimated USD 66 billion in 2015, formal remittances to Africa are three times larger than overseas development assistance and more stable than most other sources of finance. Remittance flows have become one [&hel