Political Economy

25 Jul 2021

All roads lead to Durban

By Leon Louw founder and editor of WhyAfrica 25 July 2021 – All roads lead to Durban in KwaZulu-Natal. A sobering and perplexing thought, but a fact that will change, […]
24 Jul 2021

Are we telling the African story?

By Leon Louw founder and editor of WhyAfrica 24 July 2021 – Negative perceptions about Africa persist, despite great strides being made in many countries across the continent to warrant […]
24 Jul 2021

Sudan could be a breadbasket but security remains a concern

By Leon Louw, founder and editor of WhyAfrica  24 July 2021 – Sudan could be the breadbasket of North and East Africa, but safety and security remains a concern that […]
16 Jul 2021

Law has to prevail in South Africa and key corridors must be protected

By: Dr Juanita Maree – Chairperson: The South African Association of Freight Forwarders (SAAFF) 16 July 2021 – The South African Association of Freight Forwarders (SAAFF) strongly condemns the wanton […]
13 Jul 2021

WhyAfrica one year later

By Leon Louw, founder and editor of WhyAfrica 13 July 2021 – About one year ago, during the Covid-19 level 5-lockdown in South Africa, the first WhyAfrica newsletter saw the […]
12 Jul 2021

Risks to operate in Mali high after military coups

By WhyAfrica 11 July 2021 – The risks of operating in Mali are significantly higher this year than in 2020 after two military coups took place in the West African […]
11 Jul 2021

Why some Zulu’s in South Africa say they will die for Zuma

By Leon Louw, founder and editor of WhyAfrica 10 July 2021 – As I write this piece I have one eye on the television set in the background, and the […]
11 Jul 2021

Tanzanian president and Barrick Gold reviews progress at Twiga

By Leon Louw, founder and editor of WhyAfrica 11 July 2021 – Tanzanian president Samia Suluhu Hassan and Barrick Gold CEO Mark Bristow has met to review progress at Twiga, […]
8 Jul 2021

Namibia becomes an attractive proposition for oil and gas exploration

08 July 2021 – Since the first discovery of oil-bearing source rocks about eight years ago, Namibia has become an attractive proposition for oil and gas exploration.  Historically overlooked by […]
4 Jul 2021

African Development Bank launches a Strategy for Economic Governance in Africa

04 July 2021 – The African Development Bank has launched its Strategy for Economic Governance in Africa (SEGA), aimed at fostering transparent and accountable governments and institutions to secure inclusive, […]
27 Jun 2021

Expanded port will transform Berbera into a logistics hub

27 June 2021 – The expanded port and economic zone of the Berbera corridor in Somaliland will transform Berbera into an integrated maritime, industrial and logistics hub in the horn […]
27 Jun 2021

Political progress and stability see South Sudan open up energy sector for investment

27 June 2021 – After years of instability and conflict, it appears that peace is finally gaining a foothold in South Sudan. Continued political progress, peacekeeping efforts and stability have […]
20 Jun 2021

African Continental Free Trade Area an opportunity to achieve sustainable growth

By Lebo Letsoalo The African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) represents a unique opportunity for African economies to achieve integrated and sustainable growth and to address chronic youth unemployment in […]
14 Jun 2021

Conflict in Cabo Delgado continues more than 2 months after attack on Palma

By Leon Louw founder and editor of  WhyAfrica 14 June 2021 – According to reports the armed conflict in Palma and surrounding areas in the Cabo Delgado province of Mozambique […]
13 Jun 2021

The hidden tax costs for SA multinationals operating in Africa

13 June 2021 – South African headquartered businesses supporting subsidiaries in other African countries need to take note of hidden tax costs. These South African businesses may be shocked when […]
6 Jun 2021

Business in Mali on edge as politics deteriorate

06 June 2021 – The latest political shenanigans in Mali have put companies doing business in the country on edge as the politics continue to deteriorate. Although gold mining company […]
30 May 2021

WhyAfrica’s Hawks Eye is on Rwanda

By Leon Louw founder and editor of WhyAfrica 30 May 2021 – French executives accompanying President Macron on his two-day visit to Rwanda, have identified the country as one of […]
29 May 2021

Macron repents in Rwanda

By Leon Louw founder and editor of WhyAfrica 29 May 2021 – In a historic week for Africa, French President Emmanuel Macron has asked Rwanda to forgive France for its […]
29 May 2021

The Curse of Goma

By Leon Louw, founder and editor of WhyAfrica 28 May 2021 – Goma, in the North Kivu province of the DRC, has been at the receiving end of wave upon […]
24 May 2021

Sudan needs spirit of unity, partnership, and collaboration.

24 May 2021 – Moving from Sudan’s current fragile transition period towards stable civilian rule, requires a continued “spirt of unity, partnership and collaboration”, a senior UN official told the […]
20 May 2021

Attacks by armed extremist groups continue to plague Africa’s Sahel.

20 May 2021 – Countries of the Sahel region have seen an escalation of attacks by armed extremist groups in recent years, striking frequently at security forces and civilians. Attacks […]
19 May 2021

African Development Bank, EBRD partner to unlock sustainable investment opportunities in Africa.

19 May 2021 – The African Development Bank Group and the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) on Monday signed a memorandum of understanding to promote sustainable private sector […]
12 May 2021

How can Mauritius take advantage of the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA)?

By Chido Pamela Mafongoya and Veedushi Mooloo 12 May 2021 – Mauritius, being strategically located between Asia and Africa, praise itself as having one of the continent’s most stable regulatory […]
30 Apr 2021

Agriculture presents a major opportunity for African entrepreneurs.

By Leon Louw founder and editor at WhyAfrica 8 April 2021 – Agriculture will play a key role in the development of Africa’s economy after Covid-19. Although agriculture has historically […]
29 Apr 2021

WhyAfrica’s Hawks Eye is on Barrick Gold’s Loulo-Gounkoto complex in Mali.

By Leon Louw founder and editor of WhyAfrica 29 April 2021 – Despite the fragile political situation in Mali, Barrick Gold Corporation’s Loulo-Gounkoto complex continues delivering the ounces at a […]
28 Apr 2021

Africa’s recovery depends on green investments.

23 April 2021 – Africa’s huge market offers immense opportunities for investors. However, it is imperative that development and investments ensure sustainability, improve the plight of Africa’s people, and address […]
26 Apr 2021

Africa need to step up infrastructural integration.

26 April 2021 – As countries rebuild their economies following Covid-19, Africa needs to step up productive and infrastructural integration, participants heard at a regional presentation of the African Regional […]
24 Apr 2021

More refugees arrive in Chad after clashes in the Central Africa Republic

This is a summary of what was said by UNHCR spokesperson Babar Baloch – to whom the quoted text may be attributed – at a press briefing at the Palais […]
22 Apr 2021

Africa’s policymakers should accelerate the implementation and adoption of AfCFTA

Vinod Madhavan, Head of Trade at Standard Bank Group 22 April 2021 – After a cautious start, Africa’s policymakers should accelerate the implementation and adoption of the African Continental Free-trade […]
19 Apr 2021

Africa 2021: Emerging from the Covid-19 abyss

By Hari Chaitanya, Head of Investor Services, Product Management at Standard Bank  19 April 2021 – Africa, like the rest of the world, was hard hit by the Covid-19 pandemic. However, […]