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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Digital trade – changing the landscape in the information age

For the past 16 years Walmart has been among the top three companies in the Fortune Global 500 list. Globally it employs 2.3 million people and posted $482.1 billion in revenue for 2015. Reportedly Walmart’s biggest concern is its...

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Introduction to disruption

In 1764 the world was introduced to the spinning jenny, the first mechanised process to produce yarn. With its invention James Hargreaves had started the process of mechanization that would shape the world as we know it. Yes, it...

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Notes on EU-SA trade (Agbiz-Tutwa roundtable)

It’s been more than a year since the business community and foreign observers raised their concerns over the vague and, in some cases, worrying amendments and bills announced to “promote investments and clarify the level of protection that an...

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