Opinion & Analysis

Sep 22, 2017
Fool me once, shame on you, fool me twice, shame on me. So, what’s my point here? The point is we can’t be conned twice the same way in 10…
Sep 21, 2017
The formation of the BRICS – the bloc made of Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa – was supposed to be the harbinger for a new approach to global…
Sep 19, 2017
If you’re familiar with mafia movies then you’re familiar with extortion – the practice of obtaining something, especially money, through force or threats. Extortion has been around for centuries –…
Sep 19, 2017
State owned enterprises are vital to many economies, but are particularly vital to those seeking economic development.  This is true in South Africa too. Which makes it odd that the…
Sep 07, 2017
Faced with a growing economic crisis, South Africa’s new Finance Minister, Malusi Gigaba, has come up with a 14 point plan to turn the country’s economic fortunes around. Sibonelo Radebe…
Sep 04, 2017
Piracy off the African coastline has been a headline grabbing phenomenon for more than a decade. For a few years though, Somali pirates appeared to have a quiet spell. Then,…
Aug 31, 2017
At the BRICS summit in Russia two years ago, Chinese Premier Xi Jinping invoked physics when asking fellow leaders “to boost the centripetal (unifying) force of BRICS nations through cooperation…
Aug 30, 2017
The recent Kenyan elections firmly demonstrated the incursion and perhaps even gradual institutionalisation of fake news as an actor in modern politics, particularly during elections. Although the term fake news…
Aug 29, 2017
Today ‘innovation’ is a buzzword: essential to many companies’ proclaimed existence, rather than just their success. But the term is often taken out of context, misunderstood, or held up as…
Aug 28, 2017
More than 300 million people rely on the waters of the River Nile. The Nile river basin contains over 10% of Africa’s landmass, in 11 countries: Ethiopia, Sudan, South Sudan,…
Aug 25, 2017
By barring Kwese TV, the Zimbabwe government has shown a trademark tendency: for political reasons, it will jealously hold on to a business it does not know how to run.…
Aug 25, 2017
There is an African idiom that if a man does not eat at home, he may never give his wife enough money to cook a good pot of soup. This…
Aug 24, 2017
Do South African trade unions still represent the working class? The South African labour landscape has undergone massive changes in the past few years that have left the country’s trade…
Aug 22, 2017
Pirates are notoriously hard to capture. Their actions occur on the shifting, vast expanse of the open oceans. Perpetrators cannot simply be “arrested” by a conventional police force and, even…

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