Developmental State inspired Cabinet

President Cyril Ramaphosa’s cabinet announcement had a lukewarm reception. This was mostly because President Ramaphosa while introducing new faces to his team, also maintained a lot of old hands. The South African cabinet is organised into clusters that talk...

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Cyclone Idai leaves a trail of destruction in Mozambique as the country’s economy grapples with the mission billions of dollars

Mozambique has just been hit by cyclone Idai and more than a thousand people reportedly having lost their lives. President Filipe Nyusi recently indicated that the damage of Cyclone Idai is still to be quantified. These tragic events revealed...

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Will Tito Mboweni’s tap dance around Eskom and the public wage bill save us from junk status?

Azwimpheleli Langalanga and Lesley Wentworth Setting up the Finance Minister Tito Mboweni's "Eskom Reconfiguration" narrative in yesterday's Budget Speech 2019, President Ramaphosa during his State of the Nation Address, announced a “clear and executable plan for electricity”. This effectively implied...

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South Africa’s Political and Economic Outlook in 2019: Elections, Lawfare, and Economic Policy Choices

Azwimpheleli Langalanga and Heinrich Krogman Turbulence in SA Politics South Africa will go for its 6th general election during the first two weeks of May 2019. These elections come at a time when South Africa is facing economic headwinds, allegations of...

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Treaty gives MTN recourse in Nigeria over rent-seeking fines

Contrary to the West African country’s assertions, the SA firm is legally free to expatriate profits MTN found itself on the wrong side of the Nigerian authorities for the second time recently. In the first incident, in 2015, the cellular...

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Balanced screening process would not deter foreign direct investment

On the eve of July’s Brics summit, economic development minister Ebrahim Patel introduced the Competition Amendment Bill. The envisaged changes in the Competition Act come after the ANC took a decision at its conference in December to amend competition...

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