Africa: why economists get it wrong

Posted 08 September 2015

Africa: Why economists get it wrong by Morten Jerven challenges a number of common myths about Africa, particularly the notion that Africa has ever stopped growing. This false assumption arises because economists are using bad data or simply looking in the wrong areas.

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SA firms in Africa put at risk by xenophobic attacks

Posted 20 April 2015

South African businesses operating in Africa could suffer from the xenophobic attacks. (David Harrison, MG)Xenophobic violence that has claimed the lives of at least seven people has prompted reprisals against South Africans from Mozambique to Nigeria. Outrage is building across the continent, placing South African firms such as MTN and Shoprite, at risk.  

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Nigeria steps up campaign against Boko Haram, delays election

Posted 08 February 2015

Nigeria has pushed ahead of South Africa as Africa's largest economy, but political tensions are at fever pitch. The government this weekend announced it was delaying presidential elections for six weeks, giving the army time to snap the neck of Boko Haram.

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Mandela made South Africa great for a time

Posted 05 December 2013

The news of Nelson Mandela’s passing has touched the world. Once in a generation, a man appears who embodies greatness. Someone who, despite every reason to hate, chooses the path of love and reconciliation. 

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The markets have spoken: Zim stock market down a quarter after election

Posted 12 August 2013

Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe may end up being hoist by his own petard as evidence of electoral fraud continues to pour in, writes Eddie Cross from Bulawayo. This leaves the South Africa government in a pickle, as it has already blessed what appears to be a fraudulent result.

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How the Zimbabwe election was stolen: mass civil disobedience planned

Posted 03 August 2013

MDC representative Eddie Cross explains how the Zimbabwe election was stolen by Robert Mugabe's Zanu PF: by rigging the voters roll. Mass civil disobedience seems certain. The only question is whether MDC leaders will be able to contain the threats of armed insurgency that are surfacing in Zimbabwe.

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In a truly free election, the MDC will destroy Zimbabwe's Zanu PF

Posted 28 July 2013

Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) representative Eddie Cross writes that Zimbabwe president Robert Mugabe and his Zanu-PF Party, which has been in power for more than 30 years, is headed for electoral defeat. This time, they will find it more difficult to rig the outcome.

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