Saturday, September 22, 2018
By Steven Friedman The South African government’s plan to change the constitution to mention land expropriation without compensation could, ironically, end up strengthening the property rights on which investment depends. Pressure to change the Constitution to allow the government to expropriate land without compensation is currently the country’s most contentious issue....
By Olabisi D. Akinkugbe  Much has been made of the embarrassing withdrawal by Nigeria from signing the African Continental Free Trade Agreement earlier this year having initially made the commitment to sign it. Its decision was criticised by many, including myself. These reactions were justifiable given the historical poor performance of...
In three days time Zimbabweans go to the polls to elect the President and Parliament that will lead the country for the next five years as we continue climbing out of an economic morass into sunnier climes and the councilors who will be expected to provide local services.As we...
Kudzai Mubaiwa Many years ago, starting a business was synonymous with all things prosperity and flamboyance. The man or woman would dress the part in a two or three piece suit, drive the part in powerful current and trendy vehicle and work the part in a plush office in a...
Investors will probably like most of what they see when energy, mining and farm-products companies report earnings for the most recent quarter. It’s the rest of the year they’re worried about.Commodity bellwethers including Exxon Mobil Corp., Freeport-McMoRan Inc., and Archer-Daniels-Midland Co. are among a raft of raw-materials companies expected...
Clive Mphambela Cynics and pessimists alike are playing blind eye to the massive opportunities that Zimbabwe is now offering since the advent of the new political dispensation, which also ushered in an new economic order in November last year. Markets rarely lie, or give the wrong signals. Consumer confidence seems to have...
According to the sustainable development division of the United Nations, in the 20th century, the large-scale extraction of minerals used in construction increased by 34 times, while the extraction of industrial minerals and ores increased by 27 times. Both of these figures show that the increase in the pace...
   The demand for dairy products is rising rapidly in Ethiopia. Prices are being pushed up as demand is met by imported products, particularly powdered milk. The Conversation Africa’s Moina Spooner asked Azage Tegegne for insights into the challenges facing the sector. What does Ethiopia’s dairy sector look like? With a population...
Francisco Urdinez The U.S. and China are currently engaged in an ever-escalating trade war with no end in sight. While the focus of the dispute has centered on tariffs, the consequences are expected to spill well beyond imports and exports to other aspects of the countries’ complex relationship. One such area...
    By Co-Pierre Georg, Christoph Aymanns & Jakob Foerster The term “fake news” has become ubiquitous over the past two years. The Cambridge English dictionary defines it as “false stories that appear to be news, spread on the internet or using other media, usually created to influence political views or...