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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African Agency in Global Governance: Reflections from a Chatham House London Conference

I had the privilege of attending the Annual Chatham House London Conference from the 23-24th of October 2017. This particular conference was supposed to have been held in early June. However, it had to be postponed owing to Brexit....

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Regulations for foreign investor act weighted towards dispute settlement

On December 15 2015, President Jacob Zuma assented to the controversial Protection of Investment Act when much of the South African public was on a festive holiday break. This piece of legislation is meant to replace the bilateral investment...

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Update | A Case for Enacting the Financial Intelligence Centre Amendment Bill

As 2016 comes to an end and 2017 beckons, it is important to reflect on the year that was and how it might impact on the year to be. South Africa’s political, economic and social landscape is generally quite...

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