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Cyril’s lockdown limits

As the pandemic stretches out, the President is facing resistance from the public, business and political opponents

President Cyril Ramaphosa has bowed to mounting business and popular pressure to ease the lockdown from 1 June but has warned that the worst of the pandemic is still to come. South...


Gangs of the Copperbelt

The Patriotic Front has helped groups of artisanal miners form companies in return for delivering the vote in this crucial region

As so often in Zambia's elections, the Copperbelt will be decisive in next year's general elections and President Edgar Lungu's Patriotic Front (PF) is facing an uphill battle ther...


No smoke without Frelimo

Allegations of drugs crime and bribery are dogging President Filipe Nyusi's family. The transparency watchdog Centro de Integridade Pública has accused the President's eldes...


Tsvangirai’s house divided

The struggle for control of the opposition MDC is ramping up as ZANU-PF uses divide and rule to weaken its strongest foe

In-fighting for control of the opposition Movement for Democratic Change is playing into the hands of the ruling Zimbabwe African National Union–Patriotic Front, which hopes ...


The lockdown finds pushback

The public is starting to tire of one of the world’s strictest restrictions in response to Covid-19 as cracks appear in the political consensus

The armed forces are patrolling the streets to enforce a nationwide curfew from 8pm to 5am as citizens can only exercise between 6am and 9am, and no more than five kilometres from ...


The governor's governor

President Hage Geingob has courted unaccustomed controversy by appointing his friend, the politically connected businessman Johannes !Gawaxab, to fill the vacancy left by Ipumbu Sh...


On the brink of sovereign default

The government is getting no help from the IMF because it won't stop borrowing unsustainably and covertly

After stopping payments on several commercial loans this year, Zambia is set to default on its US$3 billion Eurobonds, now trading at 'distressed debt' levels, with yields over 50%...


How Frelimo lost a province

The government has mishandled a growing insurgency in the gas-rich north of the country. Many fear it is now too late to regain the initiative

The latest massacre by an Islamist militia in the remote north of the country and its occupation of two coastal towns have thrust a simmering rebellion centre-stage, but the govern...


Unpacking Cyril’s stimulus

Economists question whether the immense Covid-19 relief package will just help business or the wider population

President Cyril Ramaphosa's 500 billion rand (US$26bn) stimulus to sustain South Africa's already precarious economy during the Covid-19 lockdown has been welcomed by business and ...


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