Zanzibar women mean business

Once a destitute housewife with no steady source of income, everything changed for Faida Mohammed Shaib in 2016. The up-and-coming entrepreneur is today an economically empowered lady, traversing the East African region and minting money from her agricultural produce processing business. "I have no problem with the market. I sell...

Springboks mull 2023 move to Six Nations

Rumours are swirling of South Africa's ambitions to play in an expanded Six Nations tournament after the 2023 World Cup, despite their existing commitment to Sanzaar until 2025 – but perhaps the Springboks can have the best of both worlds. South Africa is uniquely placed as a southern hemisphere superpower...

Bad weather and election fever hits East African economies

Economist Razia Khan warns that locust invasion, excessive rainfall and political tensions in Tanzania and Uganda will negatively impact East African economies. While bumper agricultural production is tipped to be a key growth driver for Kenya, the locust menace has created a near-term uncertainty on the final harvest of the...

ANC leaders echo shameful past on corruption

The African National Congress (ANC) is living up to the shameful stereotype of what is wrong with post-colonial Africa – unethical and corrupt African leaders who exercise power through patronage. The widespread corruption in post-apartheid South Africa is epitomised by what is now referred to as “state capture”. The effects of the entrenched...

Magufuli promises free and fair elections

Tanzanian President John Magufuli has invited international monitors to observe proceedings at this year’s general election and promises a “free and fair” democratic process amid concerns of a potential crackdown in Tanzania. Magufuli’s long-ruling CCM party won 99 percent of seats in local government polls in November that the US...