Opinion & Analysis

Jan 02, 2018
Zimbabwe’s new President Emmerson Mnangagwa has been cautiously welcomed with the hope that he will place Zimbabwe on a more democratic trajectory. He has spoken of a new democracy “unfolding”…
Dec 24, 2017
US President Donald Trump’s norm-breaking campaign and early reign has been compared to several other divisive historical figures, especially previous American presidents. But when it comes to the style in…
Dec 21, 2017
South Africa’s governing party, the African National Congress (ANC), has a new president – Cyril Ramaphosa. But who is he? Ramaphosa cuts a fitting figure to take over government, stabilise…
Dec 20, 2017
Ethiopia’s youth has come under the spotlight recently for their role in a political protest that is seen to be threatening stability. But Ethiopia’s youth bulge doesn’t need to be…
Dec 16, 2017
The suspense is tangible as the African National Congress (ANC) – South Africa’s former liberation movement that’s turned into a tired governing party – approaches its fiercely contested 2017 elective…
Dec 20, 2017
At Barclays Africa, an AI system, reminiscent of Apple’s intelligent personal assistant, Siri, is being created to assist with customer queries. Ripple, a San Francisco-based technology firm, provides global financial-settlement…
Dec 14, 2017
South Africans are fond of debating whether public or private sector failings are the bigger problem. It does not take too long to realise that they are really talking about…
Dec 11, 2017
The Russian Export Center (REC) is created as a state specialized institution to support Russian export to foreign markets. It has a group of companies that provides comprehensive financial and…
Dec 05, 2017
The Republic of Somaliland is recognised as an autonomous region in Somalia’s northwestern region. Since it broke away from Somalia in 1991, it has held five successful elections. Such an…
Dec 02, 2017
In the modern game (at any level) soccer training and conditioning is essential. Few sports are played on as large a playing field, lasting as long and without regular rest periods.…
Dec 01, 2017
Many cultures and societies throughout the world turn to traditional healers to find out why they are ill and to seek treatment. In many settings, including sub-Saharan Africa, traditional healers…
Nov 30, 2017
When the first reports appeared of military tanks approaching Zimbabwe’s capital, Harare, questions started flooding my mind: would this mean a transition in power? And would it be a transition…
Nov 29, 2017
In 2002, the African Union reported that Africa lost about USD$148 billion through corruption every year. This represented 25% of the continent’s combined GDP at the time. Nothing much has…

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