On Friday 9 July, South Africa, the continent’s most advanced economy, witnessed its worst unrest in decades with angry protesters turning ... violent, malls being looted and public and private properties set ablaze. The rioting hurt the South African economy and this in turn hit hard its neighbours - those who rely heavily on Pretoria for trading. Zimbabwe in particular has caught a chill.
The Zimbabwean government is hyping the country's good headline statistics, but the country's economic problems – no new aid from development ... institutions amidst high inflation, high unemployment and high levels of poverty – remain unchanged.
Zimbabwe is one of the largest producers of tobacco in Africa, exporting $782m in the 2020 season. But while tobacco is making some people rich, ... the farmers sucked into contract farming at the bottom of the pile are losing money.
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Kenneth Kaunda, one of Zambia’s former presidents fondly known as KK, died at the age of 97 on 17 June. A pan-Africanist, Kaunda is being mourned ... at home and the continent. He will be most remembered for his unwavering support of Southern African nationalism.
It's been over a year and the fight between the family of Zimbabwe's former president Robert Mugabe and President Emmerson Mnangagwa has reached ... a new level over the final burial place of the deceased leader.
On 10 May, the presidents of Botswana and Zambia officially opened the new Kazungula Bridge and one-stop border posts, aimed at ushering in more ... traffic. The bridge is part of the Trans-African Highway Network and the North-South corridor link between the SADC and COMESA free trade areas.
Zimbabwe's President Emmerson Mnangagwa time as head of the country has been marred by tyranny and dictatorship while he surrounds himself with ... people from his Midlands Province to keep him in power. A strategy he has been perfecting since assuming the presidency in 2017.
“[President Emmerson] Mnangagwa is a true student of Robert Mugabe. Mnangagwa’s administration has introduced a lot of legislation including ... the Constitutional Amendment Bill and the Patriotic Bill which reflect the consolidation of power by an authoritarian leader and a continuation of Mugabe’s legacy,” Bhekezela Gumbo, a Zimbabwe Democracy Institute (ZDI) researcher tells The Africa Report.