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

BL PREMIUM
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

BL PREMIUM
The real cost of genocide

Germany’s offer to pay €1.1bn in development aid to Namibia in recognition of the genocide of 1904-1908 does not sit well with those most affected

BL PREMIUM
Zimbabwe’s money-go-round

A new law in Zimbabwe bans the pricing of goods and services in foreign currency. It’s supposed to ensure fair pricing — but so far it only seems to have ...

BL PREMIUM
Kazungula Bridge: a new chapter in regional trade

The Kazungula Bridge between Zambia and Botswana has drawn a steady flow of traffic since it opened on May 10. Zimbabwe, already struggling to maintain its ...

BL PREMIUM
Waterberg coalfield at a tough coalface

With reserves of 75-billion tons, the Waterberg coalfield would seem to be worth tapping. But few miners have made a success of operations in the area

BL PREMIUM
Tanzania’s Hassan delivering on all fronts

Tanzanian President Samia Suluhu Hassan has been in power for just two months. In that time, she’s done much to unwind John Magufuli’s problematic legacy

BL PREMIUM
With the MDC in chaos, who can halt Zanu-PF?

Zimbabwe’s opposition party, the MDC, is in disarray, as Douglas Mwonzora, a leader of a faction within it, has seized control and seems to be enabling the ...

BL PREMIUM
Presidential poser: Edgar Lungu

Zambia's ruling Patriotic Front has nominated incumbent Edgar Lungu as its presidential candidate. But that choice seems set to become the subject of a legal ...

BL PREMIUM
Abiy Ahmed’s undoing

The Tigray conflict has cast a shadow over the Nobel peace prize laureate and Ethiopian prime minister

BL PREMIUM
Is Africa heading for a crisis?

The G20’s debt service suspension initiative missed a trick when it excluded Chinese and private creditors. Will a rethink be enough to avert a sovereign debt ...

BL PREMIUM
Behind SA companies’ foreign misadventures

What’s behind SA companies’ foreign misadventures? In part, it seems to be a lack of a company-specific foreign policy

BL PREMIUM
Behind the deadly Mozambique attacks

Islamist extremists attacked the town of Palma in Mozambique’s Cabo Delgado province last week — the latest event in what’s proving to be a protracted civil war

BL PREMIUM
Zimbabwe’s (newest) bid to muzzle free speech

Critics say Zimbabwe’s government is targeting opposition politicians and activists, using the law to muzzle dissent. It’s not a sustainable strategy

BL PREMIUM
Zimbabwe’s desperate measures

In an effort to boost its coffers, Zimbabwe’s government is trying to draw the struggling informal sector into the official tax net

BL PREMIUM
Kazungula bridge: A new gateway into Africa

With the Kazungula bridge between Botswana and Zambia set to open soon, Beitbridge’s dominance of Africa’s north-south trade route is under threat

BL PREMIUM