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Opinion & Analysis

Jun 20, 2016
Just before the anti-corruption summit in London, British Prime Minister David Cameron made his now infamous public gaffe in a silly, schoolboyish way. He boasted to the Queen: We’ve got…
Jun 13, 2016
A consistent feature of global analyses of Africa’s economic prospects is their fickleness. In the years since the global financial crisis in 2008, forecasts about Africa have swerved from deep…
Jun 08, 2016
In a new study into the South African government’s proposed introduction of plain tobacco packaging, Helvin Manuel, an MBA graduate of the University of Stellenbosch Business School (USB), found that…
Jun 05, 2016
When most people think or speak about internet freedom, they are often concerned with the right, for example, to say what you want online without censorship and without being subject…
Jun 03, 2016
This year’s Africa Day message from African Union Commission chairperson Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma affirms the organisation’s commitment to political and economic integration among member states. It cites the free movement of…
Jun 02, 2016
Although it’s problematic to generalise about a large, diverse place it’s fair to say that Africa is fast emerging as a consumer continent. It is populated by “Afropolitans”, who are…
May 31, 2016
The latest report from the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa features an in-depth examination of green industrialisation opportunities across the continent. The challenge lies in transforming production methods and…
May 30, 2016
There are two features of life on the African continent that are fundamentally deadly to socioeconomic development. These are lack of cleanliness and punctuality. There is plenty of discussion on…
May 25, 2016
Since the turn of the century the middle classes of the global South have taken centre stage in economic policy circles. Animated by diversification of some countries’ economies, a handful…
May 24, 2016
There are three main reasons why an individual might wish to invest. The first reason is to protect their hard-earned money and ensure its safety; the second is to generate…
May 20, 2016
The 2008 economic crisis is the single largest factor that has driven developing countries to seek alternative sources of financing for social and developmental infrastructure. This was a result of…
May 19, 2016
Only 16% of Rwanda’s households are connected to the grid. But it’s not all doom and gloom. The country is emerging as a regional high-tech hub and one of the…
May 17, 2016
The world today is characterised by increasing variety, interdependency and connectivity; complexity, change, ambiguity, seamlessness and sustainability. There’s no doubt that more intelligent leaders are needed to deal with these…
May 16, 2016
We are all aware of the importance of insurance and most people have cover to replace material possessions once lost, but it seems no-one has considered an insurance plan for…
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