Analysis

Rating agencies to rule on SA

Rating agencies to rule on SA

> Fatima Bhoola and Nimisha Naik RATING agencies are shortly expected to announce their decision on whether to retain South Africa’s sovereign credit rating, or to downgrade it. The current rank assigned by Moody’s is two notches above sub-investment grade (with a negative outlook). Fellow agencies Fitch and Standard and Poor are both rank South […]

Where does the ICC go from here?

Where does the ICC go from here?

> Simon Allison IT HAS been a long, hard couple of weeks for the International Criminal Court (ICC). The trouble began with the announcement that Burundi would exit the court; it got worse when news broke that South Africa would follow suit; and, when the Gambia became the third African country to announce its intention […]

Migrant crisis: what should the AU do?

Migrant crisis: what should the AU do?

By Ndubuisi Christian Ani RECENT reports outlined the ordeals faced by 11 Eritrean women, who had been captured by the Islamic State in Libya while trying to flee their country. Their accounts once again highlighted the vulnerability of African refugees, especially in Libya – one of the main transit countries to Europe. Meanwhile, the Mediterranean […]

More contestation and uncertainty in DRC

More contestation and uncertainty in DRC

By Stephanie Wolters THE joint summit between the Southern African Development Community (SADC) and the International Conference on the Great Lakes Region (ICGLR) in Luanda last week was the last remaining obstacle standing between the government of President Joseph Kabila and a formal delay in the 2016 presidential elections. As expected, the SADC-ICGLR heads of […]

Paris Agreement: Which way Africa?

Paris Agreement: Which way Africa?

By Friday Phiri THE Paris Agreement on climate change entered into force on November 4, after it passed the required threshold of at least 55 Parties, accounting for an estimated 55 percent of the total global greenhouse gas emissions, ratifying the agreement. The landmark deal, reached at the 21st Conference of the Parties to the United […]

Students get attention of politicians in SA

Students get attention of politicians in SA

By Desmond Latham JOHANNESBURG–WHEN #FeesMustFall began to trend on social media platforms in South Africa in October 2015, the government shrugged it off as an example of isolated hotheads, while political pundits predicted the student campaign wouldn’t last. But a year later and the protest movement has gained traction across the country, with all major […]

The troubling case of Pravin Gordhan

The troubling case of Pravin Gordhan

By Cathleen Powell EARLIER this month, South Africa’s National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) laid criminal charges against the country’s Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan. The NPA does have the power under law to charge people with crimes – that’s its job. But do the charges against Gordhan stand up to scrutiny? And did the NPA follow the correct […]

Land key in eradicating poverty

Land key in eradicating poverty

By Dr Kanayo F. Nwanze ROME–THE first UN Sustainable Development Goal calls on us to end poverty in all its forms everywhere by 2030. The goal and the deadline are ambitious – and they need to be. We do not have the luxury of time. Poverty is so intertwined with hunger, migration, forced displacement, conflict and […]

GMO assault on traditional seeds

GMO assault on traditional seeds

By Rachel Wynberg SEEDS are the very essence of life. From those growing a multiplicity of grains, legumes and vegetables to others struggling to produce enough to feed their families, seeds provide the mainstay for Africa’s 500 million small-scale farmers. Seeds are also at the heart of rich and varied cultures. They accompany brides on their […]

SA student protests reflect inequality’s grip

SA student protests reflect inequality’s grip

By Nuraan Davids and Yusef Waghid PROTESTS at South Africa’s universities didn’t suddenly start in 2015 with the “fees must fall” movement. Students at poorer institutions that cater almost exclusively for black students such as the Cape Peninsula University of Technology, Fort Hare University and the Tshwane University of Technology have been protesting routinely against rising […]

Africa needs own humanitarian agency

Africa needs own humanitarian agency

By Romola Adeola THE African Union (AU) has recognised that there needs to be an urgent response to the humanitarian crisis caused by millions of people being displaced on the continent. Africa has a huge challenge. Almost 30 percent of the world’s 41 million internally displaced people and close to 20 percent of the world’s refugees […]

Is Ethiopia unravelling?

Is Ethiopia unravelling?

By James Jeffrey ON SUNDAY evening, the bars of Addis Ababa were doing their usual brisk business. Just 50 kilometres south of the Ethiopian capital, in the picturesque volcanic lake town of Bishoftu, more than 100 people lay dead. About two million ethnic Oromo had turned up to celebrate a traditional cultural festival. But a deadly […]

Malawi’s rogue miners bring agony, death

Malawi’s rogue miners bring agony, death

By Birgit Schwarz LILONGWE-NAGOMBA E. is no longer young. Her hip is giving her trouble, while her back is stooped from years of bending over in the corn and rice fields. Yet at the crack of dawn, the wiry 74-year-old sets out on a strenuous half-hour walk to fetch water from a nearby river so that […]

Where to after AGOA?

Where to after AGOA?

By Peter Fabricius THE United States of America has been rather late coming to the pan-African party. It was only 2014 – some 14 years after China and Europe, and 21 years after Japan – that it created a forum for showcasing its engagement with all of Africa, in the form of President Barack Obama’s US-Africa Leaders’ Summit in […]

Employers urged to invest in gender equity programmes

Employers urged to invest in gender equity programmes

By Lahja Nashuuta Windhoek – Alwyn Strauss, a geotechnical engineer and employer was recently severely scrutinised after he refused to supervise a female trainee engineer on the basis of her colour (black) and his delusions that the government has introduced anti-white policies. Ankita Ndakukamo, initially approached Strauss, the only soil engineer in the country, qualified to […]

Even peace may not save Syria

Even peace may not save Syria

By Robin Wright WITH startling candour, the director of the CIA, John Brennan, last week questioned a long-standing premise of US foreign policy in the Middle East. “I don’t know whether or not Syria and Iraq can be put back together again,” he told the CTC Sentinel, which is published by West Point’s Combating Terrorism Center. […]

How signatures hold back SADC – Key protocols gather dust

How signatures hold back SADC – Key protocols gather dust

By Kizito Sikuka THE aspirations of southern African states are clearly spelt out in the Declaration and Treaty that established the shared community of SADC. The aspirations are a united, prosperous and integrated region. In pursuit of these targets, the Southern African Development Community (SADC) has signed numerous protocols and other policy documents in various key […]

FDI: the emerging trends in SADC

FDI: the emerging trends in SADC

By Chelsea Markowitz & Azwimpheleli Langalanga THE international investment landscape has been shifting over the past two decades. Governments are increasingly realising the potential for foreign direct investment (FDI) to achieve not only economic growth, but developmental objectives as well. This realisation, coupled with pressing global concerns such as the international financial crisis and climate change, […]

Why has Africa failed to industrialise? Experts call for bold and creative policies

Why has Africa failed to industrialise? Experts call for bold and creative policies

By Masimba Tafirenyika At no point in recent history have calls for Africa to industrialise been stronger than they have been lately. Across the continent, industrialisation is arguably the most talked about subject among policymakers. So why has action on the ground failed to move the needle on this important development marker? Industrialisation has been a […]

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