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
Beira battled climate change, then came Idai
Beira Long before Cyclone Idai roared in and tore apart Mozambique's seaside city of Beira, the mayor dreamed of protecting his people from climate change. ...Read More
Why does Africa hate the commoner and the poor?
This week, I saw a video clip of Dr Azza Mashumba, head of the paediatrics division at the Parirenyatwa hospital, Zimbabwe, complaining about how government systems in the health care sector are costing lives. ...Read More
Has South Africa’s lawlessness passed the point of no return?
In a radio discussion about the failure, inability, refusal or a combination of these factors, by some residents of Soweto to pay for the electricity they consume, and when a man was asked during the same discussion if he was aware that the prevalent phenomenon of illegal electricity connections is a crime, his response was simply to say that “everything is illegal in South Africa.” ...Read More