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PHOTO STORY: Inside the InBev beer factory in Ogun State, Nigeria

International beer companies are going head to head for a share of the lucrative beer market in Nigeria.

A worker monitors newly bottled beers on the production line, at the InBev beer factory, in Ogun State - AFP
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International beer companies are going head to head for a share of the lucrative beer market in Nigeria; Africa’s most populous country.

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  • Bottles of beer are seen on a conveyor belt in the InBev beer factory, in Ogun State, on November 11, 2018. - International beer companies are going head to head for a share of the lucrative beer market in Africa’s most populous country. (Photo by STEFAN HEUNIS / AFP)

  • Used beer bottles are seen entering a washing machine that removes labels and does a preliminary wash at the InBev beer factory, in Ogun State, on November 11, 2018. - International beer companies are going head to head for a share of the lucrative beer market in Africa’s most populous country. (Photo by STEFAN HEUNIS / AFP)

  • Workers are seen in the grain storage facility at the InBev beer factory, in Ogun State, on November 11, 2018. - International beer companies are going head to head for a share of the lucrative beer market in Africa’s most populous country. (Photo by STEFAN HEUNIS / AFP)

  • Workers supervise the production line, in the InBev beer factory, in Ogun State, on November 11, 2018. - International beer companies are going head to head for a share of the lucrative beer market in Africa’s most populous country. (Photo by STEFAN HEUNIS / AFP)

  • Old labels washed from bottles are seen at the InBev beer factory, in Ogun State, on November 11, 2018. - International beer companies are going head to head for a share of the lucrative beer market in Africa’s most populous country. (Photo by STEFAN HEUNIS / AFP)

  • A view inside the InBev beer factory, in Ogun State, on November 11, 2018. - International beer companies are going head to head for a share of the lucrative beer market in Africa’s most populous country. (Photo by STEFAN HEUNIS / AFP)

  • Beer samples packaged for quality control are seen in the laboratory of the InBev beer factory, in Ogun State, on November 11, 2018. - International beer companies are going head to head for a share of the lucrative beer market in Africa’s most populous country. (Photo by STEFAN HEUNIS / AFP)

  • A view of the silos at the InBev beer factory, in Ogun State, on November 11, 2018. - International beer companies are going head to head for a share of the lucrative beer market in Africa’s most populous country. (Photo by STEFAN HEUNIS / AFP)

  • A view of the storage area where crates of beer are stored ready for distribution at the InBev beer factory, in Ogun State, on November 11, 2018. - International beer companies are going head to head for a share of the lucrative beer market in Africa’s most populous country. (Photo by STEFAN HEUNIS / AFP)

  • A general view of the InBev beer factory, in Ogun State, on November 11, 2018. - International beer companies are going head to head for a share of the lucrative beer market in Africa’s most populous country. (Photo by STEFAN HEUNIS / AFP)

  • Used beer bottles are seen at the InBev beer factory, in Ogun State, on November 11, 2018. - International beer companies are going head to head for a share of the lucrative beer market in Africa’s most populous country. (Photo by STEFAN HEUNIS / AFP)

  • InBev plant manager Tony Agah holds a bottle of Trophy beer, at the InBev plant, in Ogun state, on November 11, 2018. - International beer companies are going head to head for a share of the lucrative beer market in Africa’s most populous country. (Photo by STEFAN HEUNIS / AFP)

  • A worker monitors newly bottled beers on the production line, at the InBev beer factory, in Ogun State, on November 11, 2018. - International beer companies are going head to head for a share of the lucrative beer market in Africa’s most populous country. (Photo by STEFAN HEUNIS / AFP)

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South Africa’s Foschini to halt Kenya, Ghana operations

South African retailers have recorded poor performance in the last year, due to slow economic growth and currency devaluations

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South African fashion retailer, the Foschini Group is considering shutting down its Kenya and Ghana businesses.

The firm’s Chief Executive Officer, Anthony Thunstrom, affirms that at least, six stores will be affected in both countries.

South African retailers have recorded poor performance in the last year, due to slow economic growth and currency devaluations that had hit sales.

In July, department store chain, Woolworths pulled out from West Africa for a second time.

The Foschini Group will review economic growth, legislature and lease negotiations in Kenya and Ghana before making its decision.

Come September, in its home market, Thunstrom says The Foschini Group will launch a smaller format Sportscene store that will enjoy entertainment features such as a basketball court and a DJ booth, in an effort to lure millennials into its stores and away from online players such as Naspers’ majority-owned Superbalist.

The store will be launched in September in Johannesburg’s upscale Sandton shopping and financial district.

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Total Mozambique gas project will go on despite insurgency

Total will also acquire US energy giant Anadarko’s assets in Algeria, Ghana, Mozambique and South Africa

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Energy major Total on Friday said it remained committed to a Mozambique liquefied natural gas project on the country’s northern coast despite deadly Islamist insurgent attacks.

Total will become the operator of the $25 billion Rovuma LNG Project whose construction began on August 5 in the Afungi Peninsula.

The company is also set to acquire US energy giant Anadarko’s assets in Algeria, Ghana, Mozambique and South Africa, strengthening Total’s position in Africa.

But the area where the project is located has been targeted by jihadists since October 2017, claiming more than 300 lives.

Attackers in February launched an assault on a convoy of vehicles from an Anadarko contractor, killing one worker and injuring others. 

This led to the suspension of operations for a few months, with activities only resuming after the government announced the deployment of armed forces.

Several hundred suspected attackers have been arrested, according to authorities, but sporadic assaults continue.

On Friday Total’s CEO Patrick Pouyanne reaffirmed Total’s commitment to the LNG project saying it “is a unique asset which perfectly fits our strategy and our skills.

“Please be assured of the commitment of Total to bring the best of our human, technical and financial capacities to further strengthen the project execution … in the interests of all those involved, including the government and people of Mozambique,” he said in a statement.

The project is expected to be transformational for Mozambique, creating an estimated 5,000 direct jobs and 45,000 indirect jobs.

The country’s gas deposits are estimated at 5,000 billion cubic metres and would make Mozambique a major exporter of liquefied natural gas.

The use of natural gas is on the rise globally as countries struggle to meet energy demands and shift away from using coal.

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Kenya plans to tax OTT services like Youtube, Netflix

The over-the-top services (OTT) will soon be required to declare the incomes they derive from Kenyan consumers

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Kenya’s Information Communication and Technology (ICT) ministry is working on completing a new tax scheme.

This framework, reports say, will be used to tax foreign online streaming media services such as YouTube and Netflix.

The over-the-top services (OTT) will soon be required to declare the incomes they derive from Kenyan consumers.

OTT services include all applications that offer voice, video and messaging services over the internet.

Communications Authority Director-General, Francis Wangusi says online content providers exploit the Kenyan industry. Yet, neither the government nor artistes benefit from them.

According to Wangusi, “many countries have policies that guide these services and that is where we are heading as a country”.

He adds that technologies that will facilitate taxation of OTT services are available.

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