Analysis

3 days ago | July 19, 2019

A currency backed by nothing

On February 25, 1862, United States President Abraham Lincoln signed the Legal Tender Act, a brainchild of Elbridge ...

7 days ago | July 15, 2019

Why South Africa should revert to greater protection for some of ...

After years of relative silence, debates about the pros and cons of tariffs in international trade have become a regular ...

1 week ago | July 12, 2019

How digital technologies can help Africa’s smallholder farmers

Abdul-Rahim Abdulai & Evan Fraser Digitisation could change the game for agriculture in Africa. That’s a key message ...

2 weeks ago | July 11, 2019

Spat over toll roads in South Africa shows poor people don’t count

Steven Friedman Most South Africans are poor. But this does not prevent politicians treating them as though they don’t ...

2 weeks ago | July 9, 2019

Why Federal Reserve independence matters

Michael Klein Should you care if the Federal Reserve loses its independence? It’s become a growing risk in recent years ...

2 weeks ago | July 8, 2019

Evolution of ANC economic policy sheds light on squabble over the ...

Vishnu Padayachee & Imraan Valodia The recent squabble over the mandate of the South African Reserve Bank has very ...

2 weeks ago | July 5, 2019

This exchange needs taming

Taking Stock Kudzanai Sharara Following the introduction of SI 142 of 2019 and the subsequent exchange control directive ...

Guide to soil conditioning

Dr John Basera, Agronomist Soil pH is an excellent indicator of soil condition (quality and its ability to avail both ...

Monopolies, cartels: Pursuit of greater good

Alfred M. Mthimkhulu Come, let us reason together. What shall we say about these monopolies and cartels we hear of? ...

The case of raw materials

Clifford Sambare The issue of raw materials is topical among industrialists and even the general public in Zimbabwe ...

Okuzodza: The sewing dentist

Prince Chidzvodo My grandmother always said: “If you’re ever to have baggage, make sure the bag is functional and ...

‘Women key to Africa’s food security’

Women in rural Africa are among the most entrepreneurial people in the world, constantly finding ways to make ends meet ...

3 weeks ago | June 28, 2019

What could help young people find jobs in South Africa?

Zoheb Khan, Lauren Graham & Leila Patel The recent contraction of the South African economy does not bode well for ...

What stabilises a currency?

“I have come to see the President, and I am going to stay here until I see him”. That was John Pierpont Morgan at the ...

Necessity of negotiating skills

As far as the matter of negotiation is concerned, Zimbabweans share a lot with other Africans. Historically, they are ...

4 weeks ago | June 27, 2019

Why credit rating agencies are still getting away with bad behaviour

International credit rating agencies have had their fair share of controversies over the years. They have been at the ...

4 weeks ago | June 26, 2019

How giving young people basic financial skills helps them find jobs

The picture in South Africa is a bleak one for the average 15 – 24 year old. Many have finished their schooling with a ...

4 weeks ago | June 25, 2019

Cautionary tale of tax incentives for cigarette makers from Zambia

Tobacco companies are zeroing in on one of the last global markets still ripe for exploitation: the African continent. ...

4 weeks ago | June 24, 2019

Ramaphosa’s critical choices to get South Africa back on track

Sean Gossel South Africa’s economy is in dire straits. Unemployment has reached a 15-year high of 27.6%. And in the ...

1 month ago | June 21, 2019

What does the Trump administration want from Iran?

Noah Weisbord Two oil tankers were attacked on June 13 off the coast of Oman, forcing the crew members of one burning ...