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A Cost Paradox (11_03_CLMN_EDITORIAL)
One of the biggest cost paradoxes of our time is the question on is it cheaper to treat Africa's millions of HIV/Aids sufferers or not.
A TRIANGLE OF POOR LEADERSHIP (10_03_CLMN_EDITORIAL)
Sadly, millions of Africans are now increasingly reliant on an incompetent union of corrupt political elite, shady business moguls and unquestioning traditional chieftains for leadership…
African gold rush (09_03_CLMN_EDITORIAL)
Gold has always been a major income generator for many African countries, and it is no wonder that the moment an opportunity arises to buy into a potentially profit-making company, companies will race for the prize.
An African Dream (08_03_CLMN_EDITORIAL)
More than 100 years ago, a man had a dream to connect the northern and southern tips of the African...
Another banking turbulence (09_03_CLMN_LAGOS)
The more things seem to change in Nigeria to change, the more they seem unchanging; such is the relationship between elections and the banking system's health.
Another Big Brother craze hits Africa (08_03_CLMN_JHB)
So George W Bush rolled into South Africa with much pomp and fanfare...
ANOTHER SOMBRE ANNIVERSARY (10_03_CLMN_LAGOS)
Few countries represent lost opportunities better than Nigeria which marks its independence from Britain on 1 October, prompting many to perennially wonder if it was ever destined to hold together…
BUSINESS AS USUAL FOR SA POLITICS? (10_03_CLMN_JHB)
One shudders to think how the world views South Africa as the corrupt tentacles of the country’s ill-fated arms deal continue to snake their way insidiously upwards, threatening to engulf even President Thabo Mbeki in their poisonous embrace…
Events get even stranger (08_03_CLMN_LAGOS)
Strange things continue to happen in Nigeria...
Is SA a ticking bomb? (08_03_CLMN_NAIROBI)
Enjoying the tranquillity of some remote part of Kenya I had the pleasure of listening and watching two South Africans...
Kibaki - Just Another Moi (11_03_CLMN_NAIROBI)
Ten months after Mwai Kibaki and his National Alliance of Rainbow Coalition (NARC) kicked out Moi and his archaic Kanu, people of this East African country are now sure that they have been short-changed once again. The election promises are likely to remain mere promises.
Spy Games come back to haunt the ANC (11_03_CLMN_JHB)
Last month, this column discussed the astonishing allegations of corruption against South Africa’s Deputy President Jacob Zuma, and his equally bizarre counter-allegations that National Director of Public Prosecutions Bulelani Ngcuka was a spy for the apartheid-era security forces.
Testing the Markets (11_03_CLMN_LAGOS)
Whatever goodwill Nigeria still commands, a critical measure of whether it can do competitive business with the rest of the world is the transparency of its finances. Thus, when recently the Olusegun Obasanjo government floated a series of 3-10-year bonds, the first in more than two decades, it was doing more than raising funds. Wittingly or unwittingly, it was asking the market to score it on the ultimate test of any government's financial credibility: long term bonds.
Time to raise the bar on Aids and arms (09_03_CLMN_JHB)
Between its handling of the Aids pandemic and the terminally corrupt multi-billion dollar arms deal, the South African government continues to give its best impression of a headless chicken.
What is really going on in Zim? (09_03_CLMN_NAIROBI)
I have just returned from Zimbabwe and what I experienced seems wildly different from what I have been reading in the media. It seems there is a trend within the media to peddle myths about the situation in Zimbabwe.
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