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  • 27th March 2017

SOUTH AFRICA: Reshuffle could become reality as Zuma recalls Finance Minister from investment tour

Patrick Smith

We start in Pretoria, from where South Africa's Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan has just been summoned to return from London, sparking more speculation that President Jacob Zuma is about to sack him. And then to Zimbabwewhich is, despite the political ruc...

  • 20th March 2017

AFRICA/G-20 FINANCE MINISTERS: Germany's investment compact plan wins wider support

Patrick Smith

This week we start in the spa town of Baden-Baden, Germany, where the finance ministers of the world's 20 richest countries have been meeting. They spent part of their time discussing a set of investment deals in Africa. Then to Pretoria, the political ca...

  • 16th March 2017

Africa's food price woes

Blue Lines

The announcement this week by the United Nations that over 13 million people in Africa face starvation in what it calls the biggest humanitarian crisis since the Second World War is a reminder of continuing failures in food production across the continent...

  • 13th March 2017

NIGERIA: Buhari returns from sick leave to raging battles on economic policy

Patrick Smith

This week has more than its fair share of policy announcements as governments do battle with the effects of the sluggish global economy.  We start with the homecoming of President Muhammadu Buhari to Abuja via Kaduna air base and expectations that he will...

  • 6th March 2017

GHANA: New government's first budget wins praise as country marks 60 years of Independence

Patrick Smith

This week we start with a 60th birthday party – its Ghana's – just a few days after a sobering state of the nation address and budget in parliament in Accra. Then across the continent in Kenya, opposition protests about the credibility of preparations for...

  • 2nd March 2017

Transparent defiance

Blue Lines

A vote by the United States House of Representatives to end the legal requirement that compels oil and mining companies to disclose all payments to foreign governments is a tactical defeat for anti-corruption campaigners. That's partly because of highly e...

  • 27th February 2017

NIGERIA/SOUTH AFRICA: Bilateral relations under pressure as protests mount

Patrick Smith

This week, we start with the fraying relations between Africa's two biggest economies, Nigeria and South Africa. Then to Matebeleland in Zimbabwe, where President Robert Mugabe has been celebrating his 93rd birthday. We have a series of tough economic rep...

  • 21st February 2017

SOUTH AFRICA: Zuma positions his money man ahead of budget speech

Patrick Smith

This week we start in Cape Town with renewed speculation about a cabinet reshuffle as Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan prepares to read his budget and then to Somalia where the IMF has promised the new government it will back a debt relief scheme. In Gambi...

  • 16th February 2017

Fake news from nowhere

Blue Lines

A distinguished political analyst in Nigeria lamented last month that the country had probably invented the Fake News phenomenon, closely linked to Donald Trump's presidential election campaign in the United States and a lucrative business model. As if to...

  • 13th February 2017

NIGERIA: Anti-corruption campaign claims victory with collection of US$170 million of stolen funds

Patrick Smith

This week we start in Nigeria, where anti-corruption investigators can finally claim some success. Then we go on to Washington where President Donald Trump's top advisor on African security issues has just been blocked by the Central Intelligence Agency. ...

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