In the second part of our series on the impact of COVID-19 on South Africa, we focus on its banking industry. South Africa’s banks are strong ... enough to withstand the pressures of COVID-19 – but the pandemic has shown the limits of their model of geographical diversification.
China, Western Europe, the United States and Brazil have thus far been the regions hardest hit by the COVID-19 pandemic. The virus has also been ... spreading across the African continent and threatening to devastate vulnerable populations and overwhelm an already fragile healthcare system.
Johannesburg scares the shit out of me. Here, even my Chicago core feels intimidated, not quite up to the challenge in this city where safety ... is the first priority. Forever on guard. Driving down a major thoroughfare you grow tense when you see a road-sign warning about a high-crime hot-spot. Hope to make it through without getting jacked or smash-and-grabbed.
Following a request by Egyptian authorities, a video-conference meeting between the 22 members of the Arab League is due to be held this week. ... Allied to Libya's Marshal Khalifa Haftar, Cairo is seeking Arab support for its peace plan.
Pierre Nkurunziza, Burundi’s football-loving president and self-proclaimed pastor, has died at the age of 55. By all accounts this death was ... most cruel. He was soon to hand over power to his handpicked successor, Major General Evariste Ndayishimiye.
For a prime minister so keen on proclaiming Britain’s world-beating status, whether in response to COVID-19 or in its post-Brexit future, Boris ... Johnson’s announcement of the closure of the Department for International Development (DfID) and its merger into a new Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office seemed strange.
According to an autopsy report, the judge presiding over the hearings of Vital Kamerhe’s trial died after receiving one or more blows to the ... head. However, there are several discrepancies in the case and Raphael Yanyi’s family does not believe the official version of events.
With the second largest economy in Africa, how has South Africa been coping with the economic fallout from the pandemic? In our first part of ... a series on the impact of COVID-19 on the country, we look into how buying the rand has become a punt on the chances of a second wave of the coronavirus as the importance of the South African economy recedes.
The capacity to recover quickly from any challenge is often determined by how well we have planned for that challenge. In the world we live in, ... our gender greatly determines our preparedness for the different obstacles life throws at us.
In most African countries, the spread of the coronavirus has been through community transmission. Very few countries have widespread geographic ... transmission. The cases have been largely confined to capital cities and a few other localities. So is it all good news for the continent?
Present in Senegal since 1926, the French group has extended its presence to West Africa. It is particularly targeting energy-related projects. ... But without strong consortiums it will be hard to beat Chinese competitors, it believes.