Africa: Is Business Trumping Peace Efforts in Libya?
A few weeks ahead of the crucial 5th African Union (AU)-European Union (EU) summit in Abidjan at the end of November, most officials on both sides are aware of the many potentially… Read more »
Africa: Connecting Africa's Ships, Ports and People
Today South Africa celebrates World Maritime Day, with the theme of 'connecting ships, ports and people'. Maritime trade is Africa's lifeblood, and for this day to have meaning for… Read more »
South Africa: State Capture – the Corporate Fallout
As South Africa reels almost daily from allegations of 'state capture', the focus has mostly been on the accountability of those in power who have approved tenders for their… Read more »
Congo-Kinshasa: Protecting Livelihoods is Key to Mining the DRC's Riches
The Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) has the potential to become Africa's richest economy, going by the quantities of its natural resources. At the centre of the riches are… Read more »
Africa: Europe Ponders Future Relations With Its Former Colonies
The Lomé Convention of 1975 that created the ACP concept - the African, Caribbean, and Pacific Group of States - was essentially a bridge built by the European Union (EU)… Read more »
South Africa: Labour and Economic Policy in South Africa
Ahead of the 1994 elections, the ANC was dependent on the Congress of South African Trade Unions (COSATU) to provide it with a national election machine. Since then, labour has… Read more »
Congo-Brazzaville: Is Sassou Nguesso Constructing a Fractured 'New Republic'?
The highly contested 2015 constitutional referendum in the Republic of the Congo set in motion a process of institutional reform which the government packaged as the construction… Read more »
Africa: Marikana Demands Truth, Justice and Accountability
Five years ago today members of the South African Police Service (SAPS) shot dead 34 mineworkers and injured 78. Some of the injured are permanently disabled. Read more »
South Africa: Can the ANC Turn South Africa's Economy Around?
South Africa in 2017 is an infinitely better place than it was in 1990, when negotiations for the country's future started between the National Party, the African National Congress… Read more »
South Africa: Employment Must Be Central to the Country's Economy
Only an economy where employment is placed at the centre of economic policymaking will work for South Africa. This will require a complete shift in mindset. Read more »
South Africa: Parliament to Regulate Public, Private Party Funding
South Africa has no legislation regulating private donations to political parties. Private individuals and companies can donate as much in secret as they wish, leaving the door… Read more »
Rwanda: The Price to Pay for Development Miracle
Those attending the first YouthConnekt Africa summit in Kigali, Rwanda, earlier this month, heaped praise on the country and its president Paul Kagame. Read more »
Congo-Kinshasa: Without Elections, the DRC's Economy Will Continue to Slide
Despite their efforts to convince the Congolese population that they have their best interests at heart, the ruling majority and the government of the Democratic Republic of the… Read more »
Africa: Downstream Costs of the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam
The government of Ethiopia is currently constructing the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD). Once complete, the GERD will be the largest hydropower facility in Africa (about 6… Read more »
Congo-Kinshasa: Natural Resources Still Awash With Blood
In the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), mining communities mostly depend on their ability to sell what they mine to make a living. So they explore all options to reach… Read more »
South Africa: Time for the Right Top Cops as Public Confidence Drops
The stakes for public safety have never been higher in South Africa. Last year saw 3 119 more murders and 31 000 more armed attacks in the country than five years ago. Public… Read more »
Southern Africa: Is the Region Facing a Food Security Disaster?
A rapidly growing population in Southern Africa means an increasingly higher food demand. And although domestic food production is expected to rise over the next few decades in… Read more »
Africa: There's More to Africa's Growth Story Than Lagging Income Rates
As part of the 'Africa rising' narrative, much has been made of the continent's growth story. The global recession of 2007/8 hit Africa hard, but it remained remarkably resilient,… Read more »
Africa: Is China's Belt and Road Initiative Just a Bedtime Story?
'Once upon a time several routes led from China to central Asia and to Europe. It was called the Silk Road. People put things on camels and crossed the desert to trade with other… Read more »
Africa: Why No Lift-Off for Africa's Branch of the Brics Bank?
The BRICS New Development Bank (NDB) would open its Africa Regional Centre (ARC) in Johannesburg in March 2016, South Africa's then finance minister Pravin Gordhan confidently… Read more »
Africa: Be Ready for the Next Global Cyberattack
On 12 May, more than 150 countries were attacked by ransomware with over 200 000 computers infected. Ransomware is a type of malicious software (malware) that encrypts a computer's… Read more »
South Africa: The Fuzzy Logic of Radical Economic Transformation
'Radical economic transformation' (sometimes 'radical socio-economic transformation') has become the battle cry - or more prosaically the bumper sticker - of the Jacob… Read more »
Africa: Why Were SA's Oil Reserves Sold Illegally?
This past week South Africa's new Minister of Energy, Mmamoloko Kubayi, directly contradicted the statement that former minister Tina Joemat-Pettersson made to Parliament regarding… Read more »
Africa: Continent Eyes Its Prized Continental Free Trade Area
Former Ethiopian prime minister Meles Zenawi didn't like it when the African Union (AU) set tight deadlines that might never be achieved. At a debate about intra-African trade at… Read more »
East Africa: East Africa's Trade Deal With Europe Buckles
Negotiations between the European Union (EU) and African countries for Economic Partnership Agreements (EPAs) have consumed vast energies from both sides this century - yet with… Read more »
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