Saturday, September 22, 2018
Bernard Jan Bladergroen Renewable energy resources – such as wind, water or solar solutions – hold great promise. They could provide energy while overcoming Africa’s infrastructural challenges. But this energy would still need to be stored. Lithium ion batteries might provide a solution. The Conversation Africa asked Bernard Jan Bladergroen...
By Ruth Stewart Rigorous, reliable evidence should be used when making decisions for any society. That’s because the use of evidence helps decision makers to maximise limited resources such as money and expertise. It’s also a way to avoid harm and to select the courses of action that have been...
Jannie Rossouw South Africa’s second largest opposition party, the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF), has lodged a parliamentary motion to amend laws that govern the management and ownership of the country’s central bank. Judging by the content of the South African Reserve Bank Amendment Bill the EFF is clearly intent on upping...
Opportunities abound for various stakeholders Chris Chenga Just before the Easter holidays, the Office of the President and Cabinet sent out a press release to announce a $1,5 billion agriculture focused deal with a British based entity called the Financial and Commodities Ecosystem (FinComEco). While details of the agreement portray very broad...
Bulawayo Burea GLOBAL hospitality consultancy, HVS Africa, has called on Zimbabwean political players to accept last week’s harmonised election results and shift focus to the future of the country and developing its economy. The organisation has acknowledged President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s victory against main rival MDC-Alliance candidate, Nelson Chamisa, and said now...
Without tangible economic activity, data on labour is merely theory Chris Chenga The Zimbabwe Manpower Development Fund (ZIMDEF) has featured quite frequently in the media over the last two years. Regrettably most of the stories of the institution have been of a political nature and less about the queries of actual man...
Chris Chenga In the International Monetary Fund (IMF)’s last Sub-Saharan Africa regional report that was issued in the fourth quarter of 2017, a key risk was highlighted in most countries’ banking sectors. A “bank sovereign nexus” is when the banking sector is exposed to central government debt; in a manner where...
 By Cecilia Jamasmie While gold production generates more greenhouse (GHG) emissions per tonne of finished product than many other bulk metals, the relatively small volumes produced each year mean total emissions from newly-mined gold are significantly lower than those generated by other metals, a new study shows. Gold production does generate...
Nearly ten years ago the Central Bank of Nigeria conducted a deep assessment of the country’s banks. The 2009 exercise exposed large-scale fraud committed by a number of CEOs. To save the banking system from collapse, the Central Bank took over a number of institutions and spent billions saving others....
By Andrew Schmulow South Africa has started implementing a new regulatory regime for the financial sector. Known as Twin Peaks, the approach was first adopted in Australia in 1998. South Africa has become the eighth country to adopt the model. Under Twin Peaks two regulators are established. One is charged with maintaining...