Nakumatt Junction supermarket in Nairobi, Kenya. (Photo/ Flickr/ Eduardo Zarate)

Retail Floor Space Surges In African Cities, But The Informal Market Is Still Key

Nairobi has more retail floor space newly available for rent than Windhoek and Gaborone, which – like South Africa – are considered more formalised markets in retail.


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Selling on the road between Ouagadougou and Bobo Dioulasso in Burkina Faso. (Photo/ Flickr/ Carsten ten Brink)

The Town And The Highway In Africa: How A Road Tells You A Lot About Jobs

Older towns are oriented in such a way that the bustling town centre is separated from the main highway. You have to get off the main highway to get into the town centre. This is not accidental