As COP 24 Closes, How is South Africa Doing on Minimizing Its Carbon Footprint?

This past weekend, an agreement emerged from Katowice, Poland where the 24th Conference of the Parties (COP) meetings were held over the past two weeks. Despite climate activities pointing out the lack of ambition to this agreement, there are commitments to...

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Keeping score of the US-China ‘trade war’

Some months ago, in an interview on Classic FM, I noted my scepticism on whether the trade disagreement between the US and China should be called a trade war. At that point the US was rolling out its increased...

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Enemy at the port: Considerations on a US-China trade war

It has been a busy 6 months for the United States Trade Representative with President Donald Trump and his trade hawks in command. Continuing his America First campaign President Trump has ordered a section 232 investigation into the effect...

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Caught between the WHO and the lure of a cash crop

Over the last couple of decades, great effort was made to reduce tobacco consumption rates the world over. These efforts come as a result of concern over the harmful impact of tobacco use and exposure to tobacco smoke. This...

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A quick review of global protectionism

In 2016 protectionist measures were viewed as a response to the era of globalisation and increasing competitiveness, as more suppliers compete for the same global consumer base. We argued that naturally some states saw this as a threat to...

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Plugging Africa Into E-Commerce

In the final quarter of 2016 South Africa participated in two critical global economic governance summits as the lone continental representative: the 11th G20 summit hosted by China and the 8th BRICS summit hosted by India. Both hosts placed...

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