Opinion

Economic merry-go-round protects wealthy and maintains status quo

South Africa’s ruling African National Congress (ANC) turned 107 on 8 January 2019. It is a significant milestone in the history of the fight against colonialism and physical and economic oppression on the African continent. ...Read More

Elections over, time for SA to move on

The long-awaited elections in South Africa, the fourth to be held since the country’s independence and the attainment of black majority rule in 1994, have come and gone and we commend South Africans for conducting these in a peaceful manner. ...Read More

Step up disaster preparedness across the region

The devastation caused by Cyclone Idai and Cyclone Kenneth in the Comoros, Malawi, Mozambique, Tanzania and Zimbabwe should be a wake-up call to governments in the SADC region on disaster preparedness. Barely a month after Cyclone Idai hit Malawi, Mozambique and Zimbabwe, Cyclone Kenneth hit the SADC region, causing damage in the Comoros, Tanzania and Mozambique. ...Read More

Africa makes history, but…

It is now official: Africa’s free trade agreement has drawn enough signatures to go into operation. On Tuesday (April 2), The Gambia’s parliament was the 22nd nation to ratify the agreement, the minimum threshold expected to approve the deal among the 55 member states of the African Union. The move posits a major step forward for the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA), which was created last March in Rwanda. The trade agreement is set to become operational within a month after the required number of endorsements were deposited with the AU chairperson’s office. ...Read More

Challenges of leadership in Africa

The significance of campaigns and elections is to enable political parties and candidates to compete for political offices as provided for in the constitution. Through campaigns and elections, the electorate is able to scrutinise the parties, the candidates and their manifestoes. This year, no fewer than 13 African countries are holding elections to elect new presidents and parliamentarians. In some of the countries, the allure of public office may be the reason there are long lists of political parties and candidates. The political arena in these countries has the semblance of a battlefield. It is a political potpourri. ...Read More

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