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It's Africa's Time

A look at foreign and domestic businesses making a difference around the continent investing in Africa and her people.

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Season 3
  • Season 3 | Episode 10 
    WATER, ENGINEERING, PEOPLE AND PROGRESS - INFRASTRUCTURE CHANGING LIVES
    In the early 1970’s Mota-Engil began construction of the Calueque Dam on the Cunene River in Angola’s southern Cunene Province. Civil war forced them and many residents to abandon the area as Angola’s MPLA and Namibia’s SWAPO forces battled the South African army aligned to Jonas Savimbi’s UNITA Movement. More than 40 years later the telltale signs of war are clearly visible as our crew visited the area to explore Mota-Engil’s return to the Calueque Dam project. Bullet ridden houses and burned out military vehicles are easily seen. Yet, since peace was declared people have returned to Calueque, as has Mota-Engil with a $200 million dollar contract awarded to it in 2011 to provide water infrastructure, jobs and hope to the people of the region and beyond.
  • Season 3 | Episode 9 
    SMEs IN RWANDA - FINANCIAL INSTITUTIONS ARE HELPING RWANDAN BUSINESSES GROW
    In this story, we travel to Kigali and Butare to meet two serial entrepreneurs who are enjoying success due, in part, to financing they have received from Ecobank. From petroleum distribution to building and agri-infrastructure development contracts, we journey with our two inspiring businessmen to find out what makes them tick, explore the challenges of their pasts and understand what’s working for them today.
  • Season 3 | Episode 8 
    ACCESS TO QUALITY HEALTHCARE - SAVING LIVES ACROSS AFRICA
    In this episode we travelled to Nigeria to visit the Obafemi Awolowo University Teaching Hospital, a few hours’ drive north of Lagos, where a Novartis supported oncology access programme has already saved hundreds of lives through screening, early detection and treatment. Then we journeyed to Kirinyaga County in Kenya to find out about the Familia Nawiri community screening and education programme. We completed our trip at Kenya’s Nairobi Hospital where we met and interviewed medical specialists and those benefiting from corporate supported programmes focused on access to quality, life-saving healthcare.
  • Season 3 | Episode 7 
    LIFE-CHANGING ACCESS TO WATER
    In this story we travel to Mozambique, Zimbabwe and South Africa to explore how the private sector is partnering with local NGOs to provide safe water to schools and previously under-serviced low income areas. We explore this story through the Coca-Cola Africa Foundation’s Replenish Africa Initiative (RAIN) which started in 2008 to improve access to clean & safe water across Africa. Their aim is to reach 2 million people by 2015 and 6 million by 2020. IT’S AFRICA’S TIME visited some of their key projects to explore progress on the ground.Don’t miss a fascinating trip into the desert, travelling into a space of new possibility, where modernity and ancient cultures cross paths and work together to create a better life for all.
  • Season 3 | Episode 6 
    TELECOM ENABLED ENTREPRENEURS
    IHS Towers is Africa’s leading independent mobile telecommunications infrastructure provider currently owning and operating over 23,000 towers in Nigeria, Cameroon, Côte d’Ivoire, Zambia and Rwanda. The company’s infrastructure and tower sharing model is crucial to telecoms accessibility for millions of Africans and has huge knock on benefits to SMEs and emerging businesses in the telecoms space. Our team visited IHS’s operations in Nigeria to see how telecommunications is promoting economic growth. Then we take things a step further, asking how renewable energy solutions can be a part of the picture. We explore IHS Towers’ commitment to sustainable energy solutions through solar powered towers and diesel reduction protocols and we meet the executives who are making this happen.
  • Season 3 | Episode 5 
    DEVELOPING HUMAN CAPITAL FOR A SUSTAINABLE FUTURE
    International powerhouse Maersk has a long history of developing human capital, but what is it doing in Angola within its varied operations to create a sustainable employee base for itself and to offer opportunities to young Angolans? How is Maersk fostering up-skilling, professional advancement and the provision of opportunities for locals? This youthful story is about identifying and developing potential on land and at sea. It illustrates what’s possible when determination, talent and corporate partnership combine for a mutually beneficial sustainable future.
  • Season 3 | Episode 4 
    FRIESLANDCAMPINA WAMCO NIGERIA DAIRY DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMME
    It’s quite extraordinary that Nigeria, the largest economy in Africa and home to almost 200 million people, does not yet have a strong supply of locally sourced milk products. In 2011 FrieslandCampina WAMCO Nigeria PLC, the country’s leading dairy manufacturer, decided to change this by introducing the country’s first ever milk producers’ up-skilling programme. The Dairy Development Programme, formed in partnership with government and civil society, seeks to empower Fulani herdsmen to improve their livelihoods and become suppliers to FrieslandCampina WAMCO Nigeria PLC. They have milked for subsistence for generations but now things are changing and the results are impressive.
  • Season 3 | Episode 3 
    AFFORDABLE HEALTHCARE - A KEY TO AFRICA'S FUTURE
    Shalina Healthcare is a producer of high quality, generic World Health Organisation accredited affordable medicines. Currently manufacturing in India, their distribution outlets. In Africa include Congo and Angola, with plans to manufacture in-country in the near future. Their business model and impact is centered on the sustainable availability of high quality affordable medicines delivered to hospitals, clinics, pharmacies and NGOs through an expanding network of locally based depots. Join us as we meet a leading Angolan doctor and medical thought leader, a young mother, a nun at a mission clinic, a Shalina employee and Shalina executives to see how WHO standard affordable medicines are impacting each of their lives, the communities around them and the country as a whole.
  • Season 3 | Episode 2 
    MOBILE-TECH IN AFRICA - A WORLD DISRUPTED BY CITI
    'The Citi Mobile Challenge is a worldwide call for innovation and disruption, drawing out young developers and startups to innovate around new applications in the financial tech space. The competition, run in cities across the globe, launched its EMEA (Europe, Middle East & Africa) leg in Nairobi in 2015, and IT’S AFRICA’S TIME was there to check it out. Join us in Kenya as we experience the event, and step into the crazily impressive world of one of its entrants, a fin-tech startup called Umati Capital, who in just eighteen months has radically transformed the face of SMEs and rural farmers with their exciting cash flow and data sourcing agri-app.
  • Season 3 | Episode 1 
    UNLOCKING POTENTIAL AND PROMOTING CAPACITY IN ANGOLA
    'In this story we spend time with two BP funded Angolan NGOs who are helping unlock potential in the fields of professional development and agriculture. We ask: ‘What is possible when capacity is built in the lives of Angolans? Our first story introduces us to two up and coming twenty something Luandans, Maria and Jose, who have benefitted from NGO Development Workshop’s professional internship programmes, helping them launch promising careers in the fields of law and medical technology. Then we head south to Dombe Grande, a rural farming region in Benguela Province, where BP has funded a project run by agricultural capacity building NGO ADRA.
Season 2
  • Season 2 | Episode 10 
    The Africa Enterprise Challenge Fund
    In this story about a Zimbabwean farmer with a big vision, a newly married farming couple, a remarkable 70 year grandmother who has adopted 11 orphans, an enterprise challenge fund is helping change their lives forever.
  • Season 2 | Episode 9 
    Branchless Banking
    For the past few years branchless banking in Kenya has been changing the status quo and empowering the rural poor. Financial inclusion is giving people like Patrick, the local wedding photographer, and Josephine an airtime saleswoman with big dreams for the future the security, financial confidence, leverage to save, and a powerful mechanism to transform their lives.
  • Season 2 | Episode 8 
    Water, Water Everywhere
    Coleridge’s lament from the poem The Rime of the Ancient Mariner is a reality for millions of Africans who have access to water, but suffer the life threatening effects of contamination if they drink it. IT’S AFRICA’S TIME visited the Kisumu and Bondo regions along the shores of Lake Victoria where Proctor & Gamble safe water program is saving lives.
  • Season 2 | Episode 7 
    Responsible Gold Mining
    Tasiast is Mauritania’s only gold mine and IT’S AFRICA’S TIME visited it to explore this public private partnership and the impact it is having on Mauritania and its people. Mostly, we went to investigate how Kinross Gold has committed itself to and is enacting responsible mining and strong corporate citizenry in the region.
  • Season 2 | Episode 6 
    Social Impact Investing
    With global investors like CITI, SA banking and development expert, Soula Proxenos's $230 million South African Workforce Housing Fund has so far developed over 25,000 urban and suburban homes and apartments and is looking to expand the model into the rest of Africa.
  • Season 2 | Episode 5 
    Age-Old Problem of Cash Flow
    Everyone agrees that Africa requires healthy, cash positive SMEs and entrepreneurs to boost development. So what will it take to remedy the problem and allow good businesses to grow and thrive? IT’S AFRICA’S TIME travels to Ghana where over 80% of the economy rests in the hands of SMEs and where Standard Chartered Bank has come up with an inclusive Vendor PrePay solution to this all pervasive problem.
  • Season 2 | Episode 4 
    Stewardship
    Ivory Coast produces 40% of the world's cocoa and its neighbor Burkina Faso is amongst the top producers of cotton in West Africa. IT'S AFRICA'S TIME travelled to the region to witness Arysta Life Science's Applique Bien and 'Yield Enhancer' stewardship program in action building on earlier successes in Brazil.
  • Season 2 | Episode 3 
    Financial Sector in Kenya
    Through its partnership with Standard Chartered Bank Kenya, Sunland Roses has access to new markets, has mitigated its foreign exchange risks, and expanded from a tiny farm to a successful rose export business.
  • Season 2 | Episode 2 
    Inspired Irrigation Pump
    Moving from rain-fed agriculture to irrigation has to date lifted 170,000 families out of poverty. In this episode of It's Africa's Time we travel to Kenya to meet inventor Dr. Martin Fisher, who through his not-for-profit organization, has created a line of human powered irrigation pumps.
  • Season 2 | Episode 1 
    The Gateway to Liberia
    Trade through the gateway to Liberia’s economy has increased by 30% in just 2 years. It’s Africa’s Time went to investigate the public private partnership leading this significant improvement; track it's impact on the country; and meet the people and small, medium and micro enterprises (SMME’s) whose lives are being transformed because of it.
Season 1
  • Season 1 | Episode 13 
    Dangote Group
    We visit Lagos, where Dangote Group, the country's biggest listed company, is consolidating their contribution to the nation's growth and development through an extensive focus on job creation, skills training and development, and empowering small businesses with access to reduced interest loans. According to Aliko Dangote, "the vision of the Dangote Group is to transform sub-Saharan Africa and eventually maybe Africa as whole. Every single country in Africa is blessed with a lot. What we lack are the entrepreneurs to drive the same trajectory that the Asian tigers have… but it's going to come."
  • Season 1 | Episode 12 
    Mota-Engil
    We travel in Mozambique with Mota-Engil to meet the people involved in implementing a range of macro infrastructure projects, which will facilitate significant socio economic development in the region.
  • Season 1 | Episode 11 
    Lozane Farms
    We meet with Lozane Farms, a local seed supplier working together with government and USAID to drive sustainable livelihoods, food security and environmentally responsible farming practices in the region.
  • Season 1 | Episode 10 
    Owner-Driving Scheme
    In this episode, we visit Midrand in South Africa's Gauteng province to meet with Meshack Matswi, beneficiary of Adcock Ingram's notable enterprise development, Owner-Driver Scheme. The Owner-Driver Scheme is designed to give people an opportunity to own their own enterprises as part of the Company's distribution chain.
  • Season 1 | Episode 9 
    African Development Bank
    We feature examples of investments in sustainable socio-economic growth in South Africa and Nigeria, two of the continent’s largest economies; and interviews representatives from UNDP, NEPAD and the African Development Bank.
  • Season 1 | Episode 8 
    AECOM, VALE and MOTA-ENGIL
    We meet with AECOM, VALE and MOTA-ENGIL and features examples of private sector investments in infrastructure in Liberia, Mozambique and Malawi, as well as interviews with UNDP representatives in each of these countries.
  • Season 1 | Episode 7 
    SKEPPIES programs
    In this episode, we journey to Namaqualand in the Northern Cape to visit an eco-tourism venture and a biodiesel plant. These are two SKEPPIES programmes funded by the global bank CITI, whose commitment to the SKEPPIES Programme has been fundamental to its growth and achievements.
  • Season 1 | Episode 6 
    UN Milliennium Development Goals
    In this episode, we travel to Ghana and South Africa to visit three interventions that are uplifting the standard of living for local communities, advancing the development agenda of these countries, and contributing significantly towards the achievement of the UN Millennium Development Goals.
  • Season 1 | Episode 5 
    Foreign Direct Investment
    In this episode, we review the broad-scale impact of economic growth and poverty reduction interventions in Ghana, Zambia and Nigeria. In these emerging economies, foreign direct investment (FDI) can bring positive effects such as market access, technology, finance and expertise; but in order to be a force for sustainable social change, these investments should involve responsible business strategies that improve skills and build local capacity.
  • Season 1 | Episode 4 
    Sanlam HIV & Me
    We visit Centenary High School in Durban to look at the Sanlam sponsored HIV&Me program and to see how this innovative schools-based intervention is impacting participant educators and learners. We also learn about the extended community engagement of HIV&Me through the Family Support Program and how this contributes toward the holistic provision of HIV prevention and management education in these communities.
  • Season 1 | Episode 3 
    WWF Fisheries Alliance
    We look at the Oceana's participation in the WWF Responsible Fisheries Alliance as well as its transformation journey through training, ownership and community engagement.
  • Season 1 | Episode 2 
    Field Band Foundation
    We visit Time for Change in Gauteng, Johannesburg and The Field Band Foundation in Northern Cape, Kimberley, to look at some of the holistic impact of this PPC Social Investment. Time for Change is an innovative NGO based in Hillbrow that provides former commercial sex workers and youth living on the streets with opportunities to reinvent themselves and receive skills training to assist them in gaining formal employment.
  • Season 1 | Episode 1 
    Bayport Financial Services
    We visit Tanzania to meet Olipa Kadege, a Dar es Salaam teacher who was able to swiftly access finance from Bayport Financial Services and build various businesses to supplement her income and care for her family.