Zimbabwe: a country on the edge

With rapidly rising inflation, a long-running foreign exchange crisis and now rolling power cuts, Zimbabwe’s primary income-producing sectors are under pressure

Microsoft plugs into Africa

The continent’s ‘innovative spirit’ has attracted significant investments this year, most recently from global tech giant Microsoft

Zambia gets schooled in Mandarin

Zambia is preparing to roll out the largest Mandarin-teaching schools programme in Africa. While some claim it’s a useful way of building economic ...

Another day, another Zim dollar

Evidence suggests Zimbabwe is moving back to dollarisation – despite announcing a new currency just a few months ago

Ethiopia's democracy dilemma

In the year since he took office, Abiy Ahmed Ali has instituted a raft of reforms to turn Ethiopia around. But his intentions may yet be undermined by the ...

Corporate Zimbabwe’s survival tactics

As Zimbabwe’s economy teeters, crisis-hit banks are forced to find new ways to keep going as they struggle to overcome the hard currency crunch

Sudan is ripe for reform

After an 'Arab Spring' of its own, Sudan is setting out on a new political path. What lies ahead for a country so long in thrall to a hardline autocrat?

Why Islamic State isn’t dead in Africa

Islamic State has lost its last territorial outpost in Syria — but the movement is far from defeated

So far, no pay-off for Zimbabwe

Zimbabweans have not yet seen the full benefit of the new currency introduced earlier this year

Intrigue in the air over apartheid helicopter sales

Legal action set to be heard in SA is the latest in a long-running, $600m dispute around the covert purchase of helicopters by the apartheid state

Are accountants’ days numbered?

The march of technology is likely to change the face of the accounting profession

Eswatini budgets for change

Eswatini’s new finance minister is trying to put the country on a new economic path. He may meet resistance along the way

No new dawn for Nigeria?

Muhammadu Buhari has been declared president after a vote plagued by delays, logistical issues and violence. Given his previous performance, it’s unclear he’ll ...

Pressing reset on Zimbabwe’s economy

It’s unclear how far Zimbabwean Reserve Bank governor’s new monetary policy will go towards reviving the struggling economy

Gay rights in Africa: ‘one step forwards, one step back’

Though there are signs of progress towards tolerance, life for sexual minority groups in many African states remains legally and socially difficult — and ...

Behind Nigeria’s electoral race

Nigeria’s presidential poll looks to be a close-run race, with little to choose between the two major political parties and their candidates for the top job