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Hungry for change

Opposition activists are determined to hold the government to account for a crisis that will see half the country in need of food aid next year

With 8.5 million people facing serious food shortages next year, the discovery that some senior state officials are profiteering by importing 17,000 tonnes of grain at double the w...

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Ramaphosa writes off coal

The President hopes that his bold plan to replace coal with renewables will rescue the ailing power utility and reboot the economy

Three key developments this month will shape South Africa's economic standing – Finance Minister Tito Mboweni's budget statement, Moody's credit rating report and the appoint...


The elite’s big election fight

As the former president turns on his successor, the country’s political pluralism will be tested to the limit

After 53 years in power, the Botswana Democratic Party (BDP) is facing its toughest challenge in national elections on 23 October with former President Ian Khama and his brother sw...


Failing power

Zambia is on the brink of an energy crisis that threatens to hike tariffs for consumers already feeling the economic hardship caused by the country's rocketing debt service bill. L...


Lourenço woos New York elite

Under pressure from falling revenues, mounting debt and high expectations, the President pledges radical change

With sweeping promises of a multi-billion-dollar privatisation programme, including the state oil company Sonangol, President João Lourenço attracted top diplomats and business peo...


Summit bid to heal crisis

After xenophobic attacks and corporate rivalries, the leaders of Africa’s two biggest economies are to meet next month

For pan-African economic alliances and security cooperation much is riding on the summit between Presidents Cyril Ramaphosa and Muhammadu Buhari, due to hold on 3 October in South ...


The China price

Facing corruption probes and resource nationalism, Western mining companies are quitting the Copperbelt

Producing 70% of the world's cobalt, an essential component of electric car batteries and mobile phones, Africa's Copperbelt is in the midst of a sweeping transformation. Seeking t...

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Mourning and machinations

The economic collapse overshadows the death of Mugabe, but it still presents opportunities for elite manoeuvrings

The death of Robert Mugabe means little to the majority of Zimbabweans. Not only are most too young to be aware of the liberation war and the dawn of black majority rule in 1980, b...


Frelimo squares the vote

Happenstance as well as outright vote manipulation is boosting the ruling party’s general election campaign

As many as 1,000 people may have died in the devastation that Cyclone Idai wreaked on the port city of Beira, which made tens of thousands homeless. Yet the consequences – an avala...


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