The Africa Private Equity (PE) News App is your one-stop source for PE and industry-related news from the continent, since 2014. With its multi-functionality, user-friendly design and updated features, it’s the only app you need to get all relevant information and news while working and investing in Africa.

This app is available for free download in your app store; iOS and Android, to your smartphone or tablet. Search for ‘Africa Private Equity News’ and join the more than 15,000 people globally who enjoy simple, easy access to industry news, African exchange rates, commodities prices, two handy internal rate of return (IRR) calculators and more.



This app gives you up-to-date, hand-picked African PE-related news, 2 unique IRR Calculators (basic and advanced), African and global exchange rates on the go, commodities prices and intuitive, user friendly functionality.

Private Equity News

We source and curate relevant, reliable and timely news (both English and French) related to African PE News from trusted journalists, peers, industry bodies and other news outlets, so you can have easy access to news that;s important, all in one place. Share articles with friends and colleagues, read online, or save for later.

IRR Calculator

This convenient feature allows you to easily calculate any of three variables – investment periods in years, times money back and IR – simply by inputting two known values. We have also added a new, more advanced version calculating realised IRR. It’s a must have for any new analysts, or a quick double check for the senior deal team.


Compare exchange rates of eight major African currencies, Euro, US Dollar and British Pound. All rates are benchmarked live against the US Dollar, with a helpful flip function when on the go. Live feed supplied by iress.


Daily prices on six major commodities: sugar, maize, wheat, soya, palm oil and Brent crude. Prices are pulled from reputable trading platforms, including the Chicago Board of Trade (CBOT), CIF Rotterdam and Intercontinental Exchange, Inc. (ICE).


Our users spoke, and we listened. The app has been updated with brand-new features, including:

  • Customisable push notifications
  • Device-specific article sharing options
  • Customisable news archive filters
  • Dramatically improved offline performance and availability
  • Cutting edge back-end development to keep the app small, with big functionality


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Three leading industry players joined hands to champion private equity and the African investment industry-at-large with an innovative digital information platform.

Bowman Gilfillan

“In a continent such as Africa – with 54 countries – it is vital for deal-doers, new and seasoned, to stay abreast of local, competition and tax law trends. Africa PE News is an ideal platform to share these knowledge and legal updates.”
– John Bellew, Head of Private Equity, Bowmans

Bowmans is a leading corporate law firm with a highly skilled team, track record and geographical footprint to provide both upstream and downstream services to the private equity sector in Africa.

South African Venture Capital Association

“The Africa PE News App expresses SAVCA’s mission of actively contributing towards a vibrant industry as a whole. Technology, such as this mobile app, will increasingly play a pivotal role in advancing investment throughout Africa.”
– Tanya van Lill, CEO, SAVCA

The Southern African Venture Capital and Private Equity Association (SAVCA) is a non-profit industry association, representing 160 members in Southern Africa, who collectively manage > R170bn in assets.

Standard Bank

“The Africa PE News App plays a vital role in disseminating local and foreign direct investment news from across the continent, building the required positive investment sentiment.”
– Andrew Pearce, Head of Leveraged Finance, Standard Bank

Standard Bank Corporate & Investment Banking aspires to be Africa’s leading corporate and investment bank; with on-the-ground knowledge, risk appetite and balance sheet, to support the biggest deals.

Intercontinental Trust Limited

“It is imperative to have access to best-in-class, secure and reliable financial and fund services for
African-focused investors especially at a time when the African continent is seeking to attract more FDI. Therefore ITL is excited to team up with industry leaders: Bowmans, SAVCA and Standard Bank to endorse the Africa Private Equity News app which is a handy tool for investors and all those having a particular interest in the African PE industry. We are looking forward to growing our joint footprint on the African continent and positively contributing to Africa’s prosperity.”
– Francoise Chan, Executive Director of Intercontinental Trust Ltd


Exchange rates

  • Thee major international and eight African currencies are listed, benchmarked against the US Dollar.

Latest news and updates

  • Our extensive media reach, submitted press releases, industry-specific and other mainstream African media houses allow you to read the most recent and current news articles posted by these firms and publications.
  • Subscribers can now share their favourite articles on an extended sharing platform – a feature that integrates with the native apps already installed on your device.
  • You can also share your firm’s press releases with our online team; mail us at editor@africaprivateequitynews.com
  • We have also added news archive filters to complement the existing search function, to help you choose and quickly find precisely what you are looking for.
  • Don’t have time to read the article now? Save it for later and when you are done, delete or share it with a colleague.

Push notifications

  • Set the timing for the delivery of your push notifications: instant, daily or weekly. You can specify the notification time and time zone.

Improved offline performance

  • Your app will still work even when you do not have a WiFi connection or are in flight mode. The moment you are back online, just pull to refresh for quick, easy update of all the relevant news headlines and data you missed while offline.


  • No need to fill in an online profile, remember passwords and usernames, forever log in or out. All your preferences, including the articles you save, are stored on your phone/tablet.

What size is the app?

  • The latest version takes less than 100 MB on iOS and varies from device to device on Android.

Which platform does the app run on?

  • The app runs on the iOS 9 – 12 and Android 13 – 10 platforms.