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Opinion & Analysis

May 06, 2016
South Africa needs a radical change in its approach to local economic development. Beyond social security and central government transfers, each district and local municipal area needs a clear plan…
May 05, 2016
The shadow of a sovereign debt crisis looms over African economies in 2016. In the decade since receiving debt relief from international financial institutions, many African governments have taken advantage…
May 03, 2016
The economic and political reach of the US, arguably the most visible and vocal Western country on the African continent, is gradually being diminished. This follows a pattern in which…
Apr 28, 2016
The recent sustained attention given to the economic performance of Africa is a sharp departure from the usual negative and patronising representation of the continent in the global media. The…
Apr 27, 2016
We now have dozens of smart devices in our houses and even on our bodies. They improve our lives in so many ways – from lowering energy consumption in our…
Apr 26, 2016
The foreign aid arena in Africa has traditionally been dominated by the Organisation of Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) countries. However, over the last three decades non-traditional donors such as…
Apr 22, 2016
Is the size of the South African economy out of sync with the ranking of the rand as the 18th most traded currency in the world? The South African economy…
Apr 21, 2016
The release of the Panama papers is yet to reach its endgame, but there are some clear truths we can take from it. People or businesses who don’t pay their…
Apr 20, 2016
At the beginning of April 2016, the British Government through its Minister of International Development, Desmond Swayne, announced a £4 million electoral support programme for Ghana. John Dramani Mahama is…
Apr 18, 2016
Afrobarometer, a pan-African, non-partisan research network, recently released a report highlighting Africa’s electricity challenges. Power shortages can hamper socioeconomic development, but they also have implications for health and education. Ozayr…
Apr 15, 2016
Urban agriculture is widely promoted as the solution to the growing problem of urban food insecurity in South Africa and in Africa more broadly. It is said to provide livelihoods…
Apr 13, 2016
Throughout Africa artisanal and small-scale mining, whether legal or illegal, has been associated with social problems such as conflict, environmental damage, health risks and child labour. Although there are no…
Apr 11, 2016
The recent announcement of the imminent opening of a rival stock exchange to the Johannesburg Stock Exchange (JSE) caused considerable media excitement. It is indeed a historic development in South…
Apr 08, 2016
The Panama Papers is a treasure trove of information on the activities and clientele of a large, but not atypical law firm operating in an offshore financial centre. In this…
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