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Developing developers

Developing Developers

An unexpected drag on the global economy in recent years is the increasing cost of software developers and coders. A developer can cost between $50 and $200 per hour’s work. Companies worldwide are real­ising they need to upgrade legacy computer systems to stay competitive, governments are building ever more massive data-management systems, consumers are spending more and more time and money on their smartphones.

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AFRICA’s new debt crisis

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From Mozambique to Chad, Gabon, Equatorial Guinea and Zambia, governments are dealing with a new debt-fuelled hangover

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Black Panther | Beyond the hype

Photo #1: Kenyan artist Jacque Njeri imagines the Maasai in space in her ‘MaaSci’ series of digital collages Credits: Jacque Njeri
The Marvel comics juggernaut is a planetary success, and has been praised for breaking the stereotypes of blackness on cinema screens. What will it do for African filmmakers heroically telling their own stories about the continent?

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DOSSIER INSURANCE | Francophone Africa; Reassuring the reinsurers

Lomé-based Cica-Re managed to raise its capital from 20bn to 50bn CFA francs to benefit from new opportunities - LOUIS VINCENT
Protectionist measures to strengthen francophone African reinsurance markets are beginning to pay off for local firms and are also attracting more international players

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Somalia: A tipping-point talk in London

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The government of President Mohamed got a dose of support at an international conference in May, but diplomats worry about its ability to defeat Al-Shabaab.

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Skeletons in the closet, loyalty to the party and South Africa’s political landscape

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With South Africa’s 2019 national elections looming overhead, its political landscape has not caught a break as each month, and even week, that passes another ‘skeleton in the closet’ comes out to shock the public.

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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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