With the ruling African National Congress certain of victory in the coming national elections, attention turns to the countervailing forces within the party, and to voters who differ sharply over their country's future political direction.
- Thursday, 10 April 2014 15:15
- John Grobler in Luau
Angola's rehabilitated Caminho de Ferro de Benguela has spawned government-backed construction projects and a new, Chinese, middle class. The Africa Report delves beneath the success story, where opaque deals keep far too many on the wrong side of the tracks.
- Thursday, 20 March 2014 18:31
- Nicholas Norbrook
A new generation of business leaders are investing in Africa's capacity to manufacture cars, process minerals and build equipment. Some governments are now looking for ways to support infant industries without encouraging crony capitalism.
- Wednesday, 05 March 2014 18:12
- Olivier Monnier in Abidjan, Billie Adwoa McTernan in Accra, Monica Mark in Abuja, Jeff Mbanga in Kampala, Patrick Gathara in Nairobi and Crystal Orderson in Johannesburg
MPs can be preening, corrupt, overpaid and opportunist. But activists increasingly see them as key allies in the struggle for change against overbearing presidents and ministers.
- Monday, 09 December 2013 17:50
- Gregory Mthembu-Salter and Crystal Orderson in Johannesburg
The ANC has traditionally been the party of the poor, but union leaders say that rings hollow today. Amid a new wave of strikes they claim the ruling party is in the pocket of business and investors. So who will the workers turn to with their vote?
- Friday, 15 November 2013 00:00
- Parsalelo Kantai in Hoima, Greg Mthembu-Salter in Cape Town, Patrick Smith, Prince Ofori-Atta and Marshall Van Valen
Africa's monarchs are resilient. For centuries they ruled through intricate hierarchies of clan and kinship. Then colonial invaders polarised them, deposing some and courting others. Independent African states are proving just as testing for traditional authorities.