Joseph Kabila’s grip on the DRC

Despite a good start, the DRC president is seen as aloof and alienated from his people, and the country is characterised by escalating repression, instability ...

How Zambia's Edgar Lungu justifies increasingly authoritarian moves

If the Zambian president’s expressed intention to declare a state of emergency is carried out, it will consolidate his power, critics warn, as fears mount that ...

Zambia's sho't left to dictatorship

The Zambian president has declared a state of emergency. He held a press conference to explain his actions — but his answers seem to raise more questions. In ...

Angola’s ghost railway

It was meant to be a game changer for the region, an artery for exporting minerals from the DRC through Lobito, the closest port to Europe and Asia. But ...

The game is bonds: Zim bonds

The prospect of inflation in Zimbabwe has increased, even though the country’s central bank has resisted the temptation to print money recklessly

Is Zambia on a slippery slope towards a dictatorship?

A crackdown on opposing voices — in the media and from political parties — has Zambian civil society lamenting the country’s slide towards dictatorship

Investors looking for bargains should look at Zimbabwe’s bull run

Zimbabwe’s stock exchange may be experiencing the beginning of a bull run. But in an environment of cash shortages, holders of stock don’t want to sell

South Sudan on the brink of genocide

South Sudan’s conflict is threatening to devolve into genocide. And, with 2,000 refugees crossing into Uganda every day, that country is also in desperate need ...

Fresh opportunity in Nigeria

Nigeria’s economy is expected to recover from the 2016 recession, but a meaningful improvement in the lives of its citizens will depend on drastic action by a ...

It’s official: cash is on sale in Zimbabwe

Holders of $100 and $50 notes can sell them at a premium in Zimbabwe, underscoring a huge currency shortage despite bond notes being brought into circulation ...

Nigeria’s power problems

The failure of the government to raise tariffs has caused a debt crisis among Nigeria’s private generators and distributors of electricity

Joseph Kabila a smooth operator

For too long, the DRC’s political opposition has underestimated President Joseph Kabila. Now, ructions in the movement could feed into his plan to rule well ...

A brighter outlook for Zambia’s copper sector

Rising copper prices, a favourable mining tax regime and stable electricity supply are driving a return of confidence in Zambia’s beleaguered copper sector

Zimbabwean currency: funny money

Does the $200m facility designed to prop up Zimbabwe’s bond notes exist? Without it, bond notes — which citizens believe mark the return of the devalued ...

Africa CEO Forum more than a talk shop

Innovation will be Africa’s strength: that was the message at a forum of African CEOs held recently in Geneva, where increased trade between countries on the ...

Worries and warnings for Zimbabwe’s economy

After a period of deflation, Zimbabwe’s economy is experiencing inflationary pressures again and there are fears that hyperinflation may return