New MD of Castel's SABC has his work cut out for him
Stéphane Descazeaud, the new MD of Cameroon's brewery, Société Anonyme des Brasseries du Cameroun, a subsidiary of French giant Castel, has to make peace with the government.
Emmanuel de Tailly, the boss of Société Anonyme des Brasseries du Cameroun, a Castel Group subsidiary, has tendered his resignation after an accident involving one of the firm's vehicles that resulted in a death. But it is not expected to be accepted.
Two Castel production plants are under threat from the conflict in Tigray. Through its acquisition of Meta Abo Breweries, however, the French brewer has secured fresh production capacity, away from the fighting, and gained market share as it battles with its main competitor, Heineken.
UCB, the official drinks supplier of the 33rd Africa Cup of Nations, is threatening to take African football's governing body to court for breach of contract. The bone of contention is the presence of its rival Castel at fringe tournament venues.
Under threat of losing its Coca-Cola bottling licence in Madagascar, French group Castel has suffered another setback in West Africa by seeing its lucrative partnership with the African Football Confederation snatched by a competitor ahead of the 33rd African Cup of Nations.
The drone industry and economic intelligence specialist has teamed up with the French giant in the field of military UAVs. Faced with the conflict in Cameroon's NW/SW regions, the military has a pressing need for such air assets.
The Cameroonian presidency's secretary general, Ferdinand Ngoh Ngoh, and the minister of territorial administration, Paul Atanga Nji, form a duo that has become all-powerful at the presidential palace. Their reputation has however been dented due to the chaotic organisation of the African Cup of Nations and the conflict in the country's English-speaking regions.