Opinion & Analysis

May 15, 2018
The world is in an age the business of disruption. A good example of this can be seen in the Starbucks business model, which is beginning to pivot. Recently, payments…
May 14, 2018
It is common when municipal workers go on strike in South Africa to resort to upturning garbage cans and strewing litter around city centres. Their message is clear: we may…
May 11, 2018
The unexpected death of Afonso Dhlakama, the former guerrilla leader and president of Renamo, the main opposition party in Mozambique, might lead to the political cards in Mozambique being reshuffled…
May 09, 2018
President Emmerson Dambudzo Mnangagwa, who has positioned himself as a pro-business president since his November 2018 inauguration, has indicated that his ascension has coincided with an increase in investor interest…
May 07, 2018
Zimbabwe’s brand architecture after the downfall of Mugabe through the ‘soft’ coup of 15 November 2017 is hard to define. The replacement of Robert Mugabe after the seizure by the…
May 04, 2018
The five months since the fall of Robert Mugabe have been far from easy for his successor, Emmerson Mnangagwa. Zimbabwe’s new government has made all the right noises towards the…
May 03, 2018
Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari’s visit to the Obama White House three years ago was ecstatic. By contrast, his visit this week to the Trump White House will be awkward. This…
Apr 23, 2018
Big companies operating in developing countries often use corporate social responsibility initiatives to position themselves as development agents and friends of the host communities. But in places like South Africa…
Apr 19, 2018
Africa has long been considered an attractive alternative asset class for South African institutional investors, offering powerful, risk-adjusted returns over the long term, along with excellent diversification benefits. In a…
Apr 18, 2018
Africa is often imagined to be a place in which presidents can do whatever they want, unencumbered by constitutional or democratic constraints. A large body of literature has developed around…
Apr 16, 2018
A new sense of urgency has entered South Africa’s land reform process after the country’s parliament took a resolution to amend the constitution to effect land expropriation without compensation. But…
Apr 11, 2018
Tensions are escalating between China and the US over trade. The Chinese government has announced retaliatory measures on a range of American products including cars and some American agriculture products…
Apr 10, 2018
A new report by The Boston Consulting Group, Pioneering One Africa: African Corporations Trail-Blazing Across the Continent, argues that while fragmentation in many forms remains a major problem for businesses…
Apr 09, 2018
Africa has made great progress in the fight against malnutrition. Between 2000 and 2016 Senegal, Ghana, Rwanda, Ethiopia, Togo, Cameroon and Angola reduced undernourishment, child wasting, child stunting and child…

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