Saturday, 26th September 2020


Articles that reflect opinion

Why Is SADC Slow to Intervene in Political Crises?

Many in Southern Africa are asking why SADC does not intervene in crises in the same way leaders in West Africa do.

In the run-up to their 40th annual summit on 17 August 2020, the leaders of SADC faced a barrage of criticism from citizens over their inaction in response to the region's problems.

Civil society groups, opposition leaders and…

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Counting the burials: African nations scramble to track COVID-19

Long after the funding for his project was frozen, Bilal Endris has kept a lonely watch over cemeteries in Ethiopia’s capital by slipping cash to gravediggers to alert his team to any sudden spikes in burials. 

In a nation where fewer than 2% of deaths are registered, an increase in burials may be one of the first signs that a killer disease is…

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Jobs gone, investments wasted: Africa's deserted safaris leave mounting toll

When Khimbini Hlongwane spent most of his small safari tour company’s savings on the deposit for a new minibus in February, it seemed like a safe bet.

His revenues had doubled in the previous year. And bookings by American, British, and Brazilian tourists hoping to catch a glimpse of elephants, giraffes and lions at South Africa’s famous Kruger…

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Nigerians face tough job market amid coronavirus outbreak

Mary Uzoma had never been unemployed until March when she was among those laid off by the transport company she worked for in Nigeria’s commercial capital, Lagos. 

For the last year, in her role as a trainer, she travelled to other Nigerian states to teach motorcycle taxi drivers how to use the ride-hailing firm’s software.

But, following…

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Coronavirus widens the cracks in Egypt's cement industry

The coronavirus is putting Egypt's private cement industry under even more pressure.
Already scrambling to respond to competition from a vast new factory owned by the military, the pandemic has stymied a nascent rebound in sales, raising the possibility of plant closures, industry executives and analysts say.

Demand for cement in…

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