Political Economy

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 […]