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    Why the pressure for higher minimum wages is gaining traction in Africa

Why the pressure for higher minimum wages is gaining traction in Africa

Kenya and other countries are grappling with stagnant wages amidst rapid economic expansion, writes Julians Amboko.

On 1 May this year, while observing Labour Day celebrations, Kenya’s President, Uhuru Kenyatta, announced an 18 per cent hike in the minimum wage, the country’s most ambitious raise in just about a decade and one that scaled up the minimum wage to Kes […]

August 23rd, 2017|Business, Featured|0 Comments|
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    The Southern African wild card: High foreign debt, weak currencies and default risk

The Southern African wild card: High foreign debt, weak currencies and default risk

Further turbulence may be on the horizon, but this is a market any Africa-focused investor cannot afford to ignore, writes Julians Amboko.

 

The dawn of 2017 seems to have pried open a can of worms in Southern Africa. In just about four months, Mozambique, not too long ago displaying strong economic growth and bullish investor sentiment, has defaulted in servicing a […]

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    Book Review – We, the People: Insights of an Activist Judge by Albie Sachs

Book Review – We, the People: Insights of an Activist Judge by Albie Sachs

Those looking for an antidote to the current political tumult might find solace in the personal reflections of Albie Sachs, a lawyer and activist who helped to shape, and later interpret, South Africa’s constitution, says Nick Branson.

In a context of persistent inequality, mass unemployment, and allegations of corruption at the highest levels of government, South Africa’s post-apartheid settlement […]

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    Book Review – Pioneers of the Field: South Africa’s Women Anthropologists by Andrew Bank

Book Review – Pioneers of the Field: South Africa’s Women Anthropologists by Andrew Bank

Anne Heffernan says this book represents an important contribution to the history of social anthropology by reclaiming the place of its foremothers.

Andrew Bank opens his new monograph, Pioneers of the Field: South Africa’s Women Anthropologists, in the anthropology corridor of the University of the Witwatersrand (Wits). Bank describes this hallway as lined with a ‘fictitious lineage’ of portraits of […]

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    Biometrics, surveillance technologies and the rise of the ‘security state’ in South Africa

Biometrics, surveillance technologies and the rise of the ‘security state’ in South Africa

Providing biometric data as a means of identification is supposed to drastically reduce fraud and identity theft, however, many are unaware that there are a number of potential dangers for users of this technology, finds Marc Davies.

Fingerprints are among our most intimate markers of identity and we are told that no two are alike. But we can lose control over how […]

March 22nd, 2017|Featured, Society|0 Comments|

In Honour of Everyday Heroes #IWD2017 #BeBoldforChange

On International Women’s Day 2017, Rochelle Burgess recalls an encounter with a mother of three in a rural village in South Africa. She contends that it is in the stories and struggles of women in such far off places where the most crucial lessons for female leadership in Africa can be found.

Nearly 10 years ago, I organised a […]

March 8th, 2017|Featured, Gender|0 Comments|
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    Argentina’s Agricultural Sector Holds Many Lessons for African countries

Argentina’s Agricultural Sector Holds Many Lessons for African countries

Argentina is a strong example of how state action can transform a country’s agricultural sector, writes Wandile Sihlobo.

At the 2016 International Grains Council Conference in London, I sat in admiration as Jesús Silveyra from Argentina’s Ministry of Agriculture presented his country’s ambitious 2020 development plan for the agricultural sector. Silveyra highlighted six important points, namely: Argentina plans to increase […]

January 25th, 2017|Featured, Resources|0 Comments|
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    Après Zuma: Can the African Union Save Itself? #28thAUSummit

Après Zuma: Can the African Union Save Itself? #28thAUSummit

Chidi Anselm Odinkalu discusses the challenging issues facing African Heads of States at the Africa Union Summit taking place from 22-31 January 2017.

The African Union (AU) has until its Summit in Addis Ababa from 22-31 January 2017 to rescue itself from institutional sclerosis. A coincidence of fiscal, succession, diplomatic and governance crises jostling for the attention of its forthcoming […]

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    The Inadequacy of South Africa’s Black Economic Empowerment policy

The Inadequacy of South Africa’s Black Economic Empowerment policy

Vrinda Chopra analyses the detrimental effects of the BBBEE on smallholder farmers and cooperatives in South Africa.

The Broad-based Black Economic Empowerment (BBBEE) of South Africa is a landmark policy for reversing the historical marginalisation of Black, Coloured and Indian people in the country. The policy outlines a scorecard that promotes non-white ownership, management, procurement and capacity building to ‘push’ […]

January 3rd, 2017|Economics, Featured|0 Comments|
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    Zambia could become a successful investment destination for agribusinesses

Zambia could become a successful investment destination for agribusinesses

Zambia needs to get its agricultural policies right in order to attract investments, writes Wandile Sihlobo.

As part of my duties at the Agribusiness Chamber (Agbiz), I recently engaged with agribusiness leaders in the agricultural inputs and insurance industries to share my observations regarding crop production trends in Southern Africa in the 2015/16 season. My analysis of these trends […]

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