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The China price

Yang Jiechi. Pic: Alexander Shcherbak/Tass/PA Images
Yang Jiechi. Pic: Alexander Shcherbak/Tass/PA Images

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 to expand their access to the metal, China's mining companies are eyeing the potential sale of assets such as Vedanta's Konkola Copper Mines (KCM) in Zambia and Glencore's mothballed Mutanda mine in Congo-Kinshasa.

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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...


Cash at the generals' command

IMF-inspired austerity may cause distress but it is not allowed to affect the flow of cash from the Command Agriculture programme to regime figures

Finance Minister Mthuli Ncube may be instituting deep, painful economic reforms to regain financial credibility abroad, but he has no control over the cash machine by which the mil...


Bridge over troubled finance

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Infrastructure development under President John Magufuli is haphazard and expensive


Activists take on the crisis

Police officers arrest protesters in Harare. Pic: Shaun Jusa/Xinhua/PA Images
Police officers arrest protesters in Harare. Pic: Shaun Jusa/Xinhua/PA Images

As the economic meltdown boosts national resistance to the government, the main opposition party senses opportunity and regroups


Waiting on the general

No longer posing as an avuncular placeman, Gaïd Salah has emerged as Algeria's key power-broker


Juba's payday loan habit

The government’s fondness for pre-selling oil greases the wheels but hurts the exchequer. It’s an addiction that will be hard to break


Spending on the hoof

President Kenyatta wants to buy his way to a legacy. Sceptics say the economic outlook does not support this largesse


Jubaland row heats up oil tiff

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Tensions between Kenya and Somalia are rising fast over a dispute about politics and money in a Somali province


Power play in Harare

Emmerson Mnangagwa, Heroes Day, August 2019. Pic: Shaun Jusa/Xinhua News Agency/PA Images
Emmerson Mnangagwa, Heroes Day, August 2019. Pic: Shaun Jusa/Xinhua News Agency/PA Images

The main opposition party wants an interim power-sharing deal. The government accuses it of using mass protests as a bargaining chip

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Upstarts and old guards

Jealous of presidential candidate Nabil Karoui's popularity, the political class manoeuvred to have him arrested