In Depth

Sat,18Nov2017

In Depth

Is Africa’s development an illusion?

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As the continent’s major economies begin to recover from the commodity crunch, how inclusive is its growth? Panellists laid out the arguments at The Africa Report Debate, on the sidelines of the Mo Ibrahim Foundation’s African governance weekend in Marrakech in early April

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Galamsey gamble

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Ghana's government wants to tackle unregulated small-scale mining as a means to reassure big foreign miners and to create jobs, but the mining industry feeds into criminality and environmental despoliation. The clock is ticking for the new government to find solutions that work for actors big and small

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Is feminism un-African?

In March, Nigerian novelist Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie published Dear Ijeawele, or A Feminist Manifesto in Fifteen Suggestions, to much acclaim. But some Africans argue that the feminist movement is a Western import.

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Ethiopia: Regional powerhouse

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Ethiopia is looking to sell electricity to fund its own ambitious infrastructure projects. Fortunately, its  neighbours are queuing up to buy its megawatts

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Changing of the guard

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Angola- Veteran president José dos Santos has anointed his successor, but defence minister Lourenço will face a keen test of his political skill in the months to come

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Enough is enough with our junk president

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South African comedian Conrad Koch poses for a photograph with his puppet, Chester Missing, at his home in Cape Town. Photo: Schalk van Zuydam/AP/SIPA.

While America has its 45th president and purportedly its second one of colour – because orange is a colour – we in South Africa are on our fourth democratically elected president. The West often only really seems to know about two African leaders: Nelson Mandela and The Lion King, and sometimes they seem to think Nelson Mandela is actually Morgan Freeman.

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