Tendai Biti believes he could turn Zimbabwe into a $100bn economy

The former finance minister says it is possible to ‘build a $100bn economy within the next eight years’

Swaziland celebrates independence by becoming eSwatini

King Mswati decreed the name change as the country celebrates 50 years of independence

Zimbabwe’s 2018 elections the most important ‘in our lifetime’, says Biti

Former finance minister Tendai Biti says Nelson Chamisa, a 39-year-old lawyer, will run as the coalition candidate — and his youth will play out well among ...

Nigeria to raise electricity tariffs to improve power supply and investment

Only about half of the 190-million people in Nigeria have access to power, and the problem has been worsened by prices capped below what it costs to generate ...

Minister’s collapse highlights Zimbabwe’s nursing problems

The country fired 16,000 striking nurses this week, then a minister collapsed at the country’s Independence Day celebrations

Afriforum has ‘strong case’ in challenging diplomatic immunity of Grace Mugabe

Zimbabwe’s former first lady was granted immunity from prosecution after she was accused of assaulting Gabriella Engels at a Joburg hotel in August

Striking Zimbabwe nurses all fired as new government gets tough

The government says unemployed and retired nurses would be hired to replace the fired staff; public-school teachers are also threatening to strike

St Helena’s cherished lifeline ship to return as anti-piracy armoury

The former British postal ship was rendered redundant when the island got its own airport; now the ship is packed with automatic weapons and bullet-proof ...

Ethiopia the African economy likely to grow the quickest this year, says IMF

In its World Economic Outlook, the International Monetary Fund says the country’s economy should expand 6.3%

Nigeria wants ‘proof of life’ video from Boko Haram for missing girls

Of 276 girls abducted in 2014, only 107 are accounted for with one journalist claiming only a handful of the girls are still alive

Questions over Zambian, Congolese debt make it harder for other African countries to borrow

African Eurobond issuers face more scrutiny, as suspicion that Zambia and Republic of Congo are hiding debt persists in the face of their denials

For the first time in 37 years there will be no fire and brimstone on Independence Day in Zimbabwe

President Emmerson Mnangagwa expected to sing a different tune‚ focusing on economic growth and international reintegration

Zimbabwe plans sale of state-owned businesses to cut spending

At least two state-owned companies will be liquidated, says Finance Minister Patrick Chinamasa

UN seeks funding for DRC citizens in hellish conditions that include rampant sexual abuse

But the Democratic Republic of Congo denies that there is a humanitarian crisis there, instead accusing foreign powers of scaring away investment

No more ‘fizzy drinks’ for Angola’s officials as Joao Lourenco cracks down on bribery

Angola consistently ranks among the 20 worst offenders on Transparency International’s corruption index, but the new broom is attempting to sweep clean

Kenya’s Nairobi-Mombasa highway faces delays as legislators fret over debt

The contractor, Bechtel of the US, says it is working with the government to find the right financing mix

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