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  • 3rd April 2018

SOUTH AFRICA: National mourning for Winnie Madikizela-Mandela galvanises radicals as government tries balancing act

Patrick Smith

This week we start in Soweto where mourners are assembling after the death of Winnie Madikizela-Mandela yesterday (2 April). And then to Addis Ababa, where there are hopes that the new Prime Minister will be able to lead serious talks with the opposition ...

  • 22nd March 2018

Africa's common market

Blue Lines

The build-up was as impressive as the goal is ambitious. After three years of talks, Africa is to form a Free Trade area for 54 countries and over 1.2 billion people. All signatory countries are to cut tariffs and import quotas. That is to be followed by ...

  • 20th March 2018

SOUTH AFRICA: Ramaphosa reforms take off with Zuma's trial, Moyane suspended from tax authority and purge of state firms

Patrick Smith

This week we start with the prospects for President Cyril Ramaphosa's reforms in South Africa and then the chances of a deal between Mozambique and its commercial creditors. Still in Southern Africa, President Emmerson Mnangagwa's financial amnesty is pro...

  • 13th March 2018

AFRICA/UNITED STATES: After security talks and a bout of illness, Secretary Tillerson returns early to Washington DC to be sacked

Patrick Smith

As the week opens United States Secretary of State Rex Tillerson's diplomatic career seems to have ended after a brief swing through Africa. Partisans on both sides of the divide in Kenya are asking who got what at last week's summit at State House. Niger...

  • 8th March 2018

Tough talking Tillerson's tour

Blue Lines

Rex Tillerson, Washington's Secretary of State, started his swing on 6 March through Africa – Ethiopia, Djibouti, Kenya, Nigeria and Chad – with a bellicose warning to China over its regional policy. Despite the billions of dollars from China that has bee...

  • 6th March 2018

SIERRA LEONE: Will Candidate Yumkella break the duopoly in the elections on 7 March?

Patrick Smith

This week it's the Sierra Leone elections, the Tillerson tour, choosing Ethiopia's new prime minister and progress in fixing Ghana's spat with the International Monetary Fund.SIERRA LEONE: Will Candidate Yumkella break the duopoly in the elections on 7 Ma...

  • 26th February 2018

NIGERIA: Buhari calls new kidnapping of girl students in Yobe State a 'national disaster'

Patrick Smith

This week we reflect on an apparent replay of the 2014 tragedy in which armed militants abducted dozens of girl students in northern Nigeria. Then to South Africa, where speculation intensifies about the shape of President Cyril Ramaphosa's new cabinet. T...

  • 22nd February 2018

Let's not talk about debt

Blue Lines

Public debt is spiralling and the International Monetary Fund is back in business in Africa. That figures. But it's not a straight rerun of the testy relationship of the 1980s and 1990s.Now, countries such as Ghanaand Zambia are lower-middle-income countr...

  • 19th February 2018

SOUTH AFRICA: President Ramaphosa mulls new cabinet and a new budget

Patrick Smith

We start in South Africa as the country comes to terms with last week's upheavals and looks forward to a new cabinet and a budget on Wednesday (21 February). Its northern neighbour, Zimbabwe, has been in mourning after the death of opposition leader Morga...

  • 13th February 2018

SOUTH AFRICA: Zuma chooses the messiest exit after marathon executive committee meeting

Patrick Smith

This week we start, inevitably, in South Africa with the latest scenes from the seemingly unending drama of President Jacob Zuma's departure. Then to Nigeria where the government is belatedly acknowledging calls for sweeping constitutional changes. In Tan...

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