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Tue,02Sep2014

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Pessimism over Mugabe's SADC and future AU roles

Photo©ReutersZimbabwe's veteran ruler, President Robert Mugabe this week assumes the role of Southern African Development Community (SADC) chairman amid grumblings from his local rivals that his leadership will be a burden to the country and the region. He 

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Standard Bank takes $80 million hit on suspected China fraud

File Photo©ReutersSouth Africa's Standard Bank said on Thursday it took an $80 million writedown from its exposure to a suspected metal financing fraud in China.

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Culture, the albatross perpetuating stunting and malnutrition

Malagasy children eat at the United Nations World Food Program (WFP) school feeding initiative in Antananarivo, October 28, 2013. The WFP, in collaboration with partners, provide food assistance to poor children to support their access to education. Photo©ReutersFood, despite being the greatest opportunity for a healthy lifestyle, could become the greatest threat and cause of death, particularly across Africa.

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The survival of Obama's legacy for Africa

Barack Obama. Photo©ReutersThe test of President Barack Obama's Africa policies will be if they survive after the next US president takes over in 2017.

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Electricity theft on an industrial scale

Eskom is now tackling industrial theft via smart metering technology. Photo©Nadine Hutton/Bloomberg via Getty ImagesIn South Africa, Uganda and Tanzania power providers have been stunned to discover that big businesses are the worst offenders in energy theft.

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Urbanisation: A roof over their heads

Companies are rolling out new options to meet the demand for affordable housing.

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