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Moroccan Tycoon Moulay Elalamy’s Saham Group Acquires Rwandan Insurance Firm


Saham Finances, a Pan-African insurance company founded by Moroccan business tycoon, Moulay Hafid Elalamy, has reportedlyacquired a 66% stake in Corar-AG, one of the largest insurance providers in Rwanda, for an undisclosed sum. Saham Finances is a subsidiary of Saham Group, a Moroccan conglomerate with interests in insurance, offshoring, health services and real estate. …

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Spiwe Chireka African Visionary


Spiwe Chireka, IDC, says she at the stage where she’s learning to manage, lead and inspire people, which she believes will stand her in good stead career-wise. It’s frustrating listening to Spiwe Chireka share her vision and carefully crafted strategies for growing the reach and impact of Africa’s telecoms sector. …

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Anani Lawson Togo Sommelier


Anani Lawson is one of a rare breed. He may not be the only native of Togo working as a sommelier in the United States but he’s certainly one of very few in that line of work. While he traces his early wine knowledge to his parents, it was not …

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Ronnie Apteker Entreprenuer


Getting Ronnie Apteker to complete one train of thought is near impossible. His stories or explanations or the answer to a question divert before they reach a conclusion, with Apteker going off at so many tangents you need pointsmen to guide you through. A neurosurgeon would be in his element …

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Diane Victor Artist South Africa


Diane Victor is one of South Africa’s most important contemporary artists. Her work features in several international collections, including the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) in New York. In this candid interview, Heather Dugmore glimpses behind Diane’s 12-foot wall. She releases the lock and loosens the chain as she opens …

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Stanley Bergman Henry Schein CEO


It’s All About Caring About People Caring about people is the formula for success, says Wits alumnus Stan Bergman who heads up a US$9-billion company in New York. Stan Bergman and I have a scheduled telephone interview for 8.15am his time New York, 2.15pm our time South Africa. Shortly before …

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Bob van Bebber Architect South Africa


Ever since his student days at the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg he wanted to design a world-class soccer stadium.As an architectural student Bob van Bebber dreamed of designing a world-class soccer stadium. At the age of 47, his dream materialised into Soccer City, the flagship stadium for the …

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Graham Mackay SAB Miller


“I still feel much more South African than anything else,” says beer monarch Graham Mackay who transformed South African Breweries (SAB) into the global Fortune 500 giant that is SAB Miller. Sitting round the glossy dining table in his South African office on the second floor of SAB Miller in …

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Miles Kubheka South Africa Entreprenuer


The real Vuyo is Wits IT and Business alumnus Miles Kubheka. Not only is he a Big Big Dreamer, he’s also a Big Big Doer who is walking the long, hard road of being an entrepreneur. It’s Cocktail Friday at Vuyo’s in Braamfontein and the place is packed with a …

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