No shot in the arm for Ebola

Insecurity and community resistance in the eastern DRC are hampering attempts to control the second-largest Ebola outbreak in history

A forest of obstacles for Liberia’s palm oil industry

Commercial pressures, community expectations and conservation demands are weighing on Liberia’s palm oil industry

NEWS ANALYSIS: Swapo struggles as Namibians head to the polls

A fishing quota scandal, ruling party ructions and a maverick independent presidential candidate could make this the most interesting Namibian election in years

Zimbabwe’s money merry-go-round

Zimbabwe is struggling to control the triple whammy of currency devaluation, inflation and a shortage of cash. Now it plans to print new Zim dollar notes in an ...

Making a mark in Botswana

On the surface, Botswana’s election brought little in the way of change, with the ruling party continuing its five-decade grip on power. But political ...

Ethiopia’s man of the moment

Ethiopia’s Abiy Ahmed was awarded the Nobel Peace prize last week. As he continues working to bring together a fractured country, he could draw lessons from ...

Mozambique elections: a close call?

With numerous issues at play ahead of Mozambique’ general election next week, Frelimo’s outright dominance is no longer a done deal

Africa on the real-estate radar

There’s still money to be made in African real estate, but new investment strategies are required

Food insecurity threatens Sadc region

Millions of people in Southern Africa face food insecurity as extreme weather patterns take a toll on agricultural production

Xenophobic violence strains SA-Nigeria relations

SA’s competitive relationship with Nigeria has been put under pressure by xenophobic violence

The tragedy of Robert Mugabe

Robert Mugabe died in a hospital in Singapore on September 6. Once a shining hope for a newly independent Zimbabwe, he leaves behind a country in tatters

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Mthuli Ncube: fixing Mugabe’s mess

It’s a year since Mthuli Ncube took the reins as finance minister of Zimbabwe. His attempts to fix the struggling economy have, it seems, produced something of ...

Beyond the Arab Sping

Tunisia and Libya both underwent a sea change in the wake of the Arab Spring. Almost a decade on, their trajectories couldn’t be more different

Zimbabwe: a powerless state

Zimbabwe has a serious shortage of electricity, but its neighbours have been reluctant to come to its aid because it has previously failed to honour its ...

Flying out of Africa

Chinese ‘lying money’, or fei qian, is an ancient form of value exchange. But its modern incarnation is blamed for stripping Africa of its resources

Is Zimbabwe doomed to repeat its past?

As Emmerson Mnangagwa’s government desperately tries to right the ship, Zimbabweans fear a return to the past – and not just hyperinflation

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