Ethiopia’s ‘war of visions’

The conflict between the federal government and the ruling party in the northern region of Tigray has the hallmarks of civil war, say analysts. And neither ...

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Three years later: No better than Mugabe

This week marks three years since the coup that unseated Robert Mugabe. To what extent has his successor, Emmerson Mnangagwa, been able to turn the ship of ...

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Zimbabwe’s keyboard warriors rise to the occasion

With Zimbabwe authorities’ responses to protest becoming increasingly heavy-handed, keyboards are the new weapon of choice for citizens intent on confronting a ...

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Going deep into Mozambique’s Cabo Delgado extremism

To counter violent extremism in places such as Mozambique’s Cabo Delgado properly, it’s necessary to understand the root causes of such conflicts and how ...

Covid rips through Kenya’s private school system

As Kenya pushes the reopening of its schools to 2021, thousands of private schools are at risk of shutting their doors permanently

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Inside Africa’s Covid catastrophe

The pandemic has taken a toll on Africa — but it also offers the opportunity for a wide-ranging reset in terms of political consciousness as well as economic ...

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Drilling down in Zimbabwe’s oil fields

Australian mining firm Invictus is hopeful of finding commercially viable oil fields in fuel-starved Zimbabwe — but past resource finds have brought conflict ...

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A fishy donation puts Namibia’s Hage Geingob on the spot

A recent report about a R12.5m donation to ruling party Swapo, allegedly from the state-owned fishing company, could put Namibia’s president in an awkward ...

Bridgette Motsepe case rippling through Botswana’s political establishment

Bridgette Motsepe and Ian Khama have brought in the big guns to dispel claims of money-laundering. The state’s case is rippling through Botswana’s political ...

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Zambia’s lockdown lock-in

A local mayor draws sharp rebuke from government representatives and Chinese investors after speaking out against firms that locked in their own employees as a ...

Calls for SA intervention as Isis gathers pace in Mozambique

It’s been suggested that SA may intervene militarily in the escalating insurgency in northern Mozambique. That’s not likely to happen any time soon, given the ...

How the state failed Zim protesters

Two years after Zimbabwean soldiers opened fire on protesters, victims and families of the deceased are still waiting for compensation – and justice

How Zim smugglers are getting rich from SA’s cigarette ban

The ban on tobacco sales in SA is working out well for cigarette smugglers in Zimbabwe. A box of 50 cartons can net a profit of R4,000 in Musina — and more in ...

Returning Africa’s stolen past

The auction in Paris last week of two Nigerian artefacts has revived the debate about the return of African artworks

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The end of the West African CFA franc

As of this month, the West African CFA franc is supposed to be replaced by a new currency. In many respects the move looks symbolic – though it has still ...

MCEBISI JONAS: False flags in China-US fight

With elections looming in the US, Donald Trump has upped his anti-China rhetoric. But he needs the country if he’s going to pull the US out of the economic ...