In Depth

Fri,24Nov2017

In Depth

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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Running the race

ALP Urey

As Liberia's general elections closes in 10 October 2017, farmer and political leader of the All Liberian Party (ALP) Benoni W. Urey says he wants to “build a middle class in Liberia by investing in Liberian businesses and empowering Liberians to be self-sufficient through agriculture”

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Using agriculture and agribusiness to bring about industrialisation in Africa

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A Kenyan maize seller sifts out maize from a bucket to get rid of sand and other impurities. KAREL PRINSLOO/AP/SIPA.

By: Dr. Akinwumi Adesina

No region of the world has ever moved to industrialised economy status without a transformation of the agricultural sector. Agriculture, which contributes 16.2% of the GDP of Africa, and gives some form of employment to over 60% of the population, holds the key to accelerated growth, diversification and job creation for African economies.

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Proxy warfare

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Allies of Iran and Saudi Arabia are fighting it out in Nigeria, with the government repressing the Shia organisation, Islamic Movement in Nigeria, in a move reminiscent of the conflict that radicalised the Boko Haram Islamist militancy.

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Monopoly money

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Christoffel Wiese is a South African businessman and billionnaire who built Shoprite Holidings Ltd., a supermarket retailer, from the ground up. Waldo Swiegers/Bloomberg via Getty Images.

By: Marcia Klein

One of South Africa’s richest business leaders talks exclusively to The Africa Report about his commercial successes and failures, the debates about race and economics in South Africa and his criticism of the government

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