Tuesday, November 13, 2018
By Alan Hirsch To some observers, South Africa’s recent investment summit led by the president Cyril Ramaphosa, seemed like much ado about nothing. Several of the projects announced had been incorporated into companies’ plans for some time. And, combined with the fact that the summit had a showbiz style about it,...
Carin Runciman The South African government recently released a draft of new picketing rules for public comment. These new rules, alongside the 2017 amendments to the Labour Relations Act are intended to change the process through which trade unions can embark on protected strike action. The right to join a trade...
Clive Mphambela Before the official adoption of the multi-currency system in January 2009, the Zimbabwean economy had been battered by hyperinflation, high and unsustainable budget deficits; a growing balance of payment deficits; acutely low foreign currency reserves, and thus foreign exchange shortages, low industrial capacity utilisation; extreme levels of financial...
  Seán Mfundza Muller South African finance minister Tito Mboweni’s 2018 medium-term budget policy statement brought no surprises. Standing before the National Assembly on Wednesday 24 October, Mboweni presented the Natural Treasury’s fiscal policy and projections for the next three years. The country’s economic growth has been officially revised down to 0.7%...
Sarah Colenbrander & Ian Palmer African cities will gain a billion new residents by 2050. But local authorities across the continent don’t have the resources, powers or skills set to meet the growing demand for housing and services. Africa’s rapid urbanisation is a huge opportunity for national governments. It’s cheaper to provide...
    Seán Mfundza Muller South Africa’s newly inducted finance minister, Tito Mboweni, will this week deliver the country’s 2018 medium-term budget policy statement setting out the government’s fiscal policy and projections for the next three years. The medium-term budget comes at a time when South Africa’s economy is on a downward trajectory....
Mike Rogan South Africa is currently mulling over ideas and agreements that recently came out of a two-day jobs summit. The country is losing the battle against high joblessness. The latest figures show unemployment stood at 27.2% during the second quarter of this year. The number is much higher, close...
Alf Gunvald Nilsen The World Bank’s latest annual report on poverty and shared prosperity has an unsurprisingly positive message that only 10% of the world’s population lived in extreme poverty in 2015, which is the most recent year that available data allows for global poverty estimates to be made. As World...
Gartner has revealed its annual technology trends for the upcoming year at this week’s Gartner Symposium/ITxpo in Orlando. The research firm produces its Top 10 Strategic Technology Trends list every year to give organizations insight into what they can expect. According to Gartner, a strategic technology trend refers to a...
 Vuyo Mjimba Multinational firms from Europe, North America and more recently China still dominate the extraction and refining of most of minerals mined in Africa with minimal roles for African firms. From these minerals, foreign manufacturing firms produce consumer and industrial goods for sale in global markets at much higher...