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Opinion & Analysis

Oct 12, 2016
In 1872 Mark Twain wrote that juries were “the most ingenious and infallible agency for defeating justice that human wisdom could contrive”. More than 140 years later his statement unfortunately…
Oct 11, 2016
Driverless cars are an engineer’s dream. At last, a technology that promises to remove the human factor from the traffic system. It is humans, after all, whose errors contribute to…
Oct 08, 2016
Declining safety and deterioration in the rule of law are holding back progress in governance in Africa. This is according to the latest Ibrahim Index of African Governance. Rwanda’s President…
Oct 03, 2016
Chinese loans in Africa mostly go toward building roads, railways, and power lines, not extracting resources. The gaotie crisscrossing today’s China is a transformative feat of construction. The high-speed railway,…
Sep 30, 2016
In the flood of debate and opinion which followed the UK’s Brexit referendum, journalists and scholars alike have focused on the economic impact on Britain, the future of trade agreements…
Sep 27, 2016
Is the honeymoon over for African economies? Less than a decade ago, it seemed that the continent’s economic dreams were beginning to come true, with many countries experiencing impressive GDP…
Sep 23, 2016
The issue of trade in African elephant ivory will dominate the 2016 CITES Conference of the Parties meeting. Debate will revolve around maintaining or lifting the ban on trade, but…
Sep 21, 2016
It is 50 years since Botswana attained independence from British rule. Over the decades, the small landlocked country has been regarded as a role model for success in Africa. It…
Sep 20, 2016
Street hawking is a growing problem in developing countries like Nigeria due to its associated risks. In Nigeria, the increasing scourge of poverty and worsening economic conditions means there has…
Sep 19, 2016
The idea of “education for the masses” – rapidly increasing university enrolment rates – has changed the face of higher education in the past 50 years. The term “massification” has…
Sep 16, 2016
Two BRICS member countries, India and South Africa, have recently experienced rather unedifying episodes related to the leadership of their central banks. Raghuram Rajan, the governor of the Reserve Bank…
Sep 13, 2016
The 12th World Social Forum (WSF) was held in Montreal, Canada, in August 2016, bringing together 35,000 activists from social movements around the world. This was the first time in…
Sep 12, 2016
Business decision makers in South Africa may be surprised to learn that the economy will continue to exclude millions of people until they have a greater sense of crisis. Many…
Sep 08, 2016
South African business investments in Nigeria are under the spotlight again after hotel and casino group, Sun International, announced it is pulling out of the country. Nigeria President Muhammadu Buhari…

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