The heritage of looting

My 27th birthday, this year, like last year’s 26th, was spent under lockdown. Unlike last year, however, the lockdown under which I found myself extended further than that related to the government’s response to the coronavirus pandemic. Instead, I...

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ConCourt vs. IEC: A glimpse into the growing pains of democracy

COVID-19 has been a catalyst for change across multiple dimensions through which human civilisations have come to function. Some of these could not have been anticipated before 2020; in many instances, however, the shock has accelerated processes that were...

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SA’s trade cognitive dissonance

As governments all over the world go through the final stages of ebb and flow on opening and closing their economies, South Africa seems to be keeping pace with the global recovery. Merchandise exports continue to outpace imports while...

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SMEs and women-led businesses must leverage the benefits of the AfCFTA

The African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) was formed with the intention of boosting intra-African trade to accelerate growth and facilitate investment on the continent. This was done with the pan-African vision of an integrated, peaceful, and prosperous continent....

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A natural transition to gas – reflections from the Africa Energy Indaba

Anna Ngarachu I attended the annual Africa Energy Indaba, two weeks back, which brought together key experts from private and public sectors and other interested participants to talk about the next steps for Africa’s energy transition, as well as networking and exhibitor,...

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South Africa on Regional Integration and Trade in the Era of COVID-19: Localisation vs regional value chains

Thabelo Muleya The Covid-19 pandemic has been the most fundamental disruption to economic activity in a century, introducing huge challenges for the South African economy, regional value chains, and global trade. How is this affecting regional integration? To understand this,...

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