Latest: Press releases

Fund launches to drive SME development in Malawi

Business Partners International (BPI), a specialist fund management company providing financing, specialist sectoral knowledge and technical assistance support to viable small and medium enterprises (SMEs) in select African countries, has announced the launch of the US $10 million Business Partners International Malawi SME Fund aimed at providing risk finance to local entrepreneurs and SMEs. Key investors of the fund include the IFC (Internationa...

Latest: Square pegs

‘Work hard, quietly and develop a thick skin’

Pat Duxbury knows the look that says “But you're a woman!” in the face of a client whom she meets at the start of a tour through the Kruger Park. “As a woman, you always have to prove yourself. You work hard at the beginning of a tour, and after a day or two they (the tourists) settle down and are happy with you,” says Pat, who has built up Themba Tours and Safaris over the past two decades. As the owner-manager of a guest house in Br...