1. Building Material Supply Business
• The construction industry is expected to grow faster in the
coming years and a massive urbanisation is expected in
• This will lead to a boom in material supply
• Entrepreneurs will need to focus on marketing aggressively
as it can be a highly competitive field
• Other focus areas would be to get quality building materials
• The initial investment will be high in this business, but it
promises attractive returns.
2. Oil & Gas Business
• This business is considered risky but promises high returns
• For entrepreneurs interested in this field there are multiple
business opportunities like Oil Drilling & Exploration,
Equipment leasing, Filling stations, Oil & Gas consulting,
Contract basis Petroleum supply, Oil & Gas health safety
and environment, monitoring, installations etc.
• There is a huge potential due to the large oil reserves found
in many parts of Africa.
3. Hotel Business
• This industry is understood by analysts to be attractive and
• Now with Africa witnessing economic growth, it is expected
to have a positive impact on tourism and travel.
• For entrepreneurs interested in this area of business, hotels
can be classified in terms of location, quality and size.
• Entrepreneurs have to decide on hotel type based on initial
startup capital and operational constraints they foresee.
4. Property Investment
• There seems to be an increasing demand for high-end office
space, retail space and affordable residential housing.
• The growing expatriate population and the emerging middle
class are also boosting property rate.
• As Africa’s economy grows, lucrative investment
opportunities for property investors are going to rise.
5. Project Monitoring & Data Collection
• Many international organisations in Africa depend on
consultancies from Europe for various field statistics and are
also spending huge amounts for the field data.
• A local company providing the data will be very cost effective
and will also reduce the dependency on the international
• This type of business can be initiated by the group
statisticians and sociologists (or interdisciplinary groups).
6. Adventure Tourism
• Africa is a popular destination for Adventure tourism as it
has the potential to provide a huge variety of adventure
• The investment in such business is comparatively less than
the mainstream tourism.
• This is similar to the tourism with more emphasis on
physical activities, interaction and engagement with nature.
7. Investing in Real-estate
• Africa currently is in the phase of urbanization, where people
are shifting from rural areas to cities. Therefore, opening a
huge scope in housing and real estate
• The African government is overburdened with housing
projects hence, increasing the opportunity for private
8. Food Processing
• One can start a small scale industry for production of cereals,
pulses, fruits, vegetables, soya milk, tofu etc.
• At present African countries are spending money on
importing food items. This current situation opens the door
for the investors to invest in production of food items locally.
9. Logistics and Transportation
• The scope of logistics and transportation is wide in itself, it
includes the trucks to transport goods, the fleet of transport
bus services, taxis and commuter buses.
• Investment in Logistics and Transportation seems to be a
good opportunity in Africa.
10. Manufacturing Industry
• South Africa and other parts of Africa have a developed
manufacturing industry and has potential to compete in
• Manufacturing business has a wide scope, it can be done for
textiles, clothing, footwear, chemicals, automotive, ICT,
electronics, metals etc.
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