CHRIS ROPER: Some good news at last for the media

Reuters’ ‘Digital News Report’ for 2021, released this week, shows that trust in the news media is on the increase in most markets. That includes SA, despite ...

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Glencore: Anatomy of a takeover

A major milestone in Glencore’s growth story was its 2013 mega-merger with Xstrata — a $90bn deal that cemented its transition from trader to mining house

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An unreached danger: inside Africa’s Covid response

A study on African governments’ Covid policy response has thrown up some surprising findings — including that seemingly sparsely populated parts of the map are ...

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A brave new world of artificial intelligence

As the use of artificial intelligence technology becomes more commonplace, it’s increasingly important that an ethical framework drives development. Unesco is ...

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SA’s Covid-19 fat cats

SA execs, like their global counterparts, are scoring handsomely, despite Covid-19. But the reasoning — to 'retain talent' — is wearing increasingly thin

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EXCLUSIVE: Zimbabwe’s finance minister on paying farmers

Mthuli Ncube is determined to fix the country's economy. The mining sector, it seems, is central to his plans

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Louis Luyt: SA’s morally bankrupt hollow man

Louis Luyt - who would have celebrated his birthday this week - epitomised the morally bankrupt hollow man that's been pulling the wool over South Africans' ...

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Nigeria: A digital autocracy?

Nigeria's ban on Twitter raises concerns about a narrowing democratic space in the country. It's overreach that could end up costing President Muhammadu Buhari

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Last chance saloon for SA’s special economic zones

Critics are enthused that the government wants to allow greater private sector participation in running its special economic zones, but say a deeper strategic ...

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CHRIS ROPER: The keys to power

Contrary to the perception of a democratic space, social media platforms stifle debate by amplifying particular voices and limiting others. The failure of ...

Why can’t the DA capitalise on a broken ANC?

In any other democracy, a corrupt and incompetent government would present a golden opportunity to the opposition. Somehow, this is not happening in SA. ...

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SA’s agonisingly slow pace of reform

The credibility of the government’s reform programme is in jeopardy as the country waits to see decisive changes in the way it manages the economy

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Welcome to the workspace revolution

Companies will have to reinvent workplaces if they want to entice staff away from their home desks and couches

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Behind Goodleaf’s R650m cannabis bet

Cannabis wellness brand Goodleaf has done well for itself in its two years of operations, and a R650m merger with Lesotho cannabis grower Highlands Investments ...

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A landmark ruling for climate activists

Climate activists have welcomed a judgment in the Netherlands — a country particularly vulnerable to rising sea levels — ordering Shell to sharply cut its ...

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CHRIS ROPER: Let them eat sushi

Kenny Kunene has two wrists, so he needs two watches. By similar logic, Ramaphosa wants us to feel sorry for MPs with two homes who have to spend twice as much ...