Our Services

Research and Advisory

We compile research-based analysis and advisory packages that are tailored to address the specific contingencies of the African country, region or local environment within which our clients operate.
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Many business fail in their attempts to do business in African countries because they do not take the time to understand the specific business, political or socio-economic environments within which they seek to operate.

We compile research-based analysis and advisory packages that are tailored to address the specific contingencies of the African country, region or local environment within which our clients operate. These reports typically address issues such as:

  • Business intelligence
  • Regional, national and local political analysis
  • Policy research and analysis
  • Economic research and analysis
  • Community research and analysis
  • Local market research, analysis and monitoring
  • Community and business relationship analysis
  • Media monitoring and analysis

Election Directions

Know Africa and Hlaziya Solutions have combined to provide clear, concise data and analysis of various African countries’ national elections.

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The increased democratisation of African politics requires that those operating in African countries need to have a deep understanding of how a country’s elections will affect their operating environment. With this in mind, Know Africa and Hlaziya Solutions have combined the best on-the-ground political analysis with cutting-edge data tools and analytics to ensue that their clients are prepared for any changes an election may bring.

Depending on requirements, the analysis can be presented as written reports, interactive presentations, or a combination of both.  

Our analysis typically covers the following themes, but these can be extended to better suit county and client requirements:

  • A review of past elections.
  • Electoral system and its impact on national politics.
  • A look at registered voters and their likely behaviour
  • Our in-house scenarios and forecasts – nationally and, where possible, regionally.
  • A review and analysis of the country’ political landscape
  • The possibility of public disorder, protests and violence leading up to the elections.
  • Possible policy and process.

                       

South African Business in Africa

We help our South African clients navigate the very varied perception of South Africa, its companies and nationals that they are subject to when doing business in other African countries.

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South Africa, its companies and nationals are subject to very varied perceptions when doing business in other African countries. Such perceptions range from the country as a place of great opportunity to one where xenophobia is common. South Africa has recently seen a major change in the way it is viewed by those in other African states. While the reasons for this change are many, it has at its core the view that South Africans exhibit arrogance and laziness in their dealings with those from other African countries. These issues create an image of the country that has a direct bearing on South African companies’ African based operations.

Know Africa Research Consultants offers analysis and training that addresses many of the difficulties that this complex image of the country creates for South Africans, or representatives of South African companies, when doing business in other African countries.

South African Business in Africa analysis, advisory and training is of particular use to:

  • South African executives and company leaders who are involved in high-level business negotiations with Africans from other countries.
  • South African business representatives who are in negotiations with local communities, or who act on behalf of South African companies in their dealing with non-South African communities.
  • Mid-level South African employees of South African companies who are in leadership or skills-transfer positions in the company’s non-South African operations.
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African Country Inductions and Intercultural Training

In Africa, causing offence through a lack of knowledge of local practice, custom or culture can have a very negative effect on productivity and company image.
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In Africa, causing offence through a lack of knowledge of local practice, custom or culture can have a very negative effect on productivity and company image. An understanding of a country’s history, socio-political environment, local cultures, communities or consumers is, therefore, of particular importance when doing business in African countries. With this in mind, Know Africa Research Consultants offers African country inductions, intercultural training and community-based research that helps our clients avoid such damaging misunderstandings.

Depending on requirements, country inductions and intercultural training can include:

  • Deep insight on the specific country’s history, politics and social structures, with a focus on their implications for living and/or working in the country.
  • Identification of local cultural frameworks, highlighting their local business cultures.
  • A focus on the understanding of cultural frameworks in operation in specific African communities.
  • African communities’ responses to companies’ marketing and advertising.
  • The business etiquette of various African countries.
  • General cultural dos and don’ts for those operating in new cultural environments.

 Know Africa is a proud and licensed re-seller of Meerkat Advisory training courses.

 

                       

Expert Witness Location

We ensure that all witnesses have a proven academic or experiential background and are capable of presenting their knowledge in a professional manner.
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Know Africa Research Consultants assists legal professionals, particularly those from non-African countries, locate witnesses with particular African knowledge, understanding and experience. We ensure that all such witnesses have a proven academic or experiential background and are capable of presenting their knowledge in a professional manner, particularly when under the stresses of a legal environment.