Searching for spots on the Kenyan black leopard: Reflecting on the country’s trade and investment climate

When there was a documented rare sighting of a black leopard, dubbed “Black Panther” in Laikipia, Kenya, in 2018, this was perceived by many as something of a wonder. The sighting of a black panther could also be read...

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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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The ideal conditions for an “aloe ferox” economy

Mzukisi Qobo and Heinrich Krogman Following the State of the Nation Address, expectations were for Finance Minister Tito Mboweni to address two critical issues during the budget speech: how the government intends to improve South Africa’s sluggish economic growth and...

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How much of the SONA wishlist is deliverable?

Heinrich Krogman, Azwimpheleli Langalanga, and Mzukisi Qobo Delivered in a typical Ramaphosa consensual style, the 2019 State Of the National Address was all-encompassing, addressing everything and everyone. Opposition parties could find nothing much to fault besides challenging the Ramaphosa administration...

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Cyril Gets SA’s Groove Back

Catherine Grant Makokera and Sanusha Naidu With the election date set for 8 May, the focus for many South Africans preparing to vote is understandably on domestic priorities. South African citizens are grappling with the challenges of economic development, malfeasance,...

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African Continental Free Trade Agreement (AfCFTA): Status Update for Business Stakeholders and the Private Sector

On 21 March 2018, member states of the African Union met and signed the African Continental Free Trade Area. 52 out of 55 countries have signed. 18 ratifications (10 deposited with the AU and 8 have completed the Parliamentary...

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