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Absa, a subsidiary of Barclays Africa Group, launched its eighth South African entrepreneurship centre last week. The bank is seeking to move beyond merely financing start-ups to helping entrepreneurs gain access to markets and business management skills.
Football body Fifa says it is on track to roll out 20 Football for Hope centres across Africa after the 2010 Fifa World Cup. The ambitious project is one of the major legacies Fifa wants to leave after staging the first World Cup on the continent.
Africa's first Football for Hope centre, the first of 20 centres for education, public health and football that will be built across Africa as part of the 20 Centres for 2010 campaign, has opened its doors in Khayelitsha on the outskirts of Cape Town.
South Africa has launched its first three World Cup visitor information centres, making it easier for tourists to get advice, find tourist attractions and make online bookings.