Africa presents a range of opportunities in the different sectors. Image credit: WhyAfrica

07 March 2021 – Covid-19 and subsequent restrictions to control the pandemic’s spread, have been devastating for the African continent. An unintended consequence of the calamity is that reliable, grassroots information about doing business in African countries, has been hard to come by. Later this year, WhyAfrica hits the road to discover, first-hand, the real African story.   

To discover the story behind the story, we at WhyAfrica believe that there is no better way than to experience, and to be part of, the unfolding story. The impact of travel restrictions, lockdowns, border closures, Covid-19 mortalities, and different government strategies to contain the spread of the Coronavirus, have all been devastating. It has adversely affected governments, businesses, and communities across Africa, from north to south, east to west.

Nevertheless, the continent is slowly moving forward, and with the signing of the African Continental Free Trade Area Agreement (AfCFTA) most countries are about to enter the next 10 years with renewed vigour. For several reasons (including, in the most severe cases, silencing the media and journalists) stories about how businesses (big and small), governments, and communities in different African countries managed to survive, and in some cases thrive, have not been told. In the aftermath of a global pandemic, WhyAfrica has therefore decided to hit the road and to go and experience the story in a number of African countries first-hand.

Towards the end of the year, WhyAfrica will embark on a road trip through South Africa, Namibia, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Zambia, Tanzania, Kenya, Uganda, Rwanda, and Malawi. The aim of the trip is:

  • To determine how business is coping in the aftermath of Covid-19
  • To report, in detail, about new projects and existing operations and developments in the mining, energy, agricultural, water, and infrastructure sectors
  • To look at conservation and tourism and how climate change will affect sustainability.
  • To determine whether companies are prioritising environmental management and community development?
  • The impact of governance, regulations, and politics on business decisions and
  • How the real, grassroots economies are coping and what opportunities are to be found in the informal sectors.

The beauty of it all is that you, as a reader, and investor, will benefit directly. We will bring you all the interviews, news, stories, and local gossip, but most of all, we will bring you information about how new projects are progressing, how established companies are dealing with challenges, and what opportunities exists in these countries, especially with the implementation of AfCFTA. If you are interested in WhyAfrica visiting your project or company, or being a sponsor and becoming part of the unfolding African story, do not hesitate to contact us at leon@whyafrica.co.za

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