Political Economy

11 May 2022

First Quantum backs Zambia with USD1.25-billion investment

First Quantum backs Zambia with USD1.25-billion investment During his address to delegates at this year’s Investing in Africa Mining Indaba held in Cape Town, South Africa, Tristan Pascall, CEO of […]
9 May 2022

Mining Indaba back to live in Cape Town in 2022

Mining Indaba back to live in Cape Town in 2022 With covid-19 restrictions now significantly eased internationally – not least in South Africa – the Mining Indaba’s organisers, Hyve Group, […]
8 May 2022

Ethiopia stuck in an ethnic rut

Ethiopia stuck in an ethnic rut East Africa’s emerging giant, Ethiopia, is experiencing the political downside of its extraordinary economic success over the last decade and a half. By Leon […]
6 May 2022

Unlocking Nigeria’s supply chain gridlocks

Unlocking Nigeria’s supply chain gridlocks Nigeria is a complex country with unique challenges. In the Nigerian governments’ efforts to diversify its economy away from an unhealthy reliance on oil production, […]
5 May 2022

Africa’s city dwellers enjoy higher quality of life

Africa’s city dwellers enjoy higher quality of life Despite facing several challenges, Africa’s cities have provided easier access to services, jobs and infrastructure for millions of people in the last […]
5 May 2022

Africa needs to conquer Mount Probable

Africa needs to conquer Mount Probable Geopolitical turmoil in a bi-polar world has placed African leaders in a peculiar position. Many African countries were beneficiaries of Russian support in the […]
2 May 2022

Why democracy will bulletproof your business

Why democracy will bulletproof your business The rise of an autocratic state like Rwanda raises the question of whether democracy is a necessity when doing business in Africa.  By Leon […]
27 Apr 2022

WhyAfrica’s magazine printed and packed for African road trip

WhyAfrica’s magazine printed and packed for African road trip The April issue of WhyAfrica’s magazine is out and now available in print as well! Readers will be able to hold […]
26 Apr 2022

African governments continue investing in infrastructure

African governments continue investing in infrastructure African governments continued spending on infrastructure, despite Covid-19 and rising debt levels. At the same time, West Africa has, for the first time 2016, […]
19 Apr 2022

Namibia’s mining policies perceived as second best in Africa

Namibia’s mining policies perceived as second best in Africa        Namibia ranked as the second most favourable mining jurisdiction in Africa on the Fraser Institute Survey of Mining […]
16 Apr 2022

Drought adds to Ethiopia’s political woes

Drought adds to Ethiopia’s political woes East Africa’s emerging giant, Ethiopia, is experiencing the political downside of its extraordinary economic success over the last decade and a half. To exacerbate […]
14 Apr 2022

South Africa slips down the mining ranks

South Africa slips down the mining ranks According to the Fraser Institute’s 2021 Investment Attractiveness Index South Africa, once a top mining jurisdiction in the world, is now one of […]
11 Apr 2022

Africa needs to conquer Mount Probable

Africa needs to conquer Mount Probable Geopolitical turmoil in a bi-polar world has placed African leaders in a peculiar position. Many African countries were beneficiaries of Russian support in the […]
9 Apr 2022

Africa provides new opportunities for evolving insurance industry

Africa provides new opportunities for evolving insurance industry A new report by Standard Bank shows that a growing economy and innovation are providing the insurance industry with new opportunities on […]
7 Apr 2022

Unlocking growth through Africa Free Trade

Unlocking growth through Africa Free Trade Maximising the potential of the Africa Continental Free Trade Area Agreement (AfCFTA) to raise Africa’s intra-continental trade from its low levels will rest on […]
2 Apr 2022

Zimbabwe’s local firms to benefit most from AfDB loan facility

Zimbabwe’s local firms to benefit most from AfDB loan facility The Board of Directors of the African Development Bank Group (AfDB) has approved a USD7.5-million trade finance guarantee facility for […]
29 Mar 2022

Sudan could be heading for collapse warns UN representative

Sudan could be heading for collapse warns UN representative Sudan is heading towards economic and security collapse and could lose out on billions in external aid if the country fails […]
27 Mar 2022

SA construction sector remains in recovery mode

SA construction sector remains in recovery mode The South African construction sector is forecast to grow by 6.2% this year but will remain in a recovery phase after experiencing a […]