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It's Africa's Time

Tuesday – 12pm

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 3 
    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 
    '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 
    '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 
    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 
    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 
    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.