Nigeria's looting limbo
According to Transparency International, most of the corruption in Nigeria occurs in the presidency. The executive arm of government accounts for 50 percent of corruption in Nigeria. This has cost the nation billions of dollars in desperately needed foreign direct investment.
Kenya's governance nightmares
It is over a year since the government of President Daniel arap Moi left the scene. The new government led by President Mwai Kibaki, has its hands full, trying to overturn a legacy of many years of neglect and poor governance, writes Patrick Mwangi
Textile exports threatened
Companies in Swaziland's textile industry face imminent closure of their firms. This is a result of delayed negotiations over the extension for exports from countries eligible to trade under the African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA), writes Hobbs Gama
Kenya after Moi
Millions of voters had gone to the polls and removed president Daniel arap Moi and his Kanu party overwhelmingly, with 70 percent voting for Mwai Kibaki and his National Rainbow Coalition (Narc), writes Aidan Hartley
Voice of Africa?
Government censorship of electronic media in Africa is affecting continental integration, writes Sheen Msusa
Shiny future, if the rand holds
There has been an unprecedented increase in demand for platinum, and mines cannot keep up with it. South Africa is the world's biggest producer of platinum, and the local mines are all implementing expansion plans to keep up with demand.
JOTTINGS FROM JOHANNESBURG
The tub-thumping is over. The election posters are hanging forlornly. The ruling African National Congress (ANC) can't stop grinning, and the once-mighty National Party, now the New National Party (NNP) is on the brink of extinction.
LETTER FROM LAGOS
Contracts, oil, instability
With last month's acclaimed third elections in South Africa, the continent should be celebrating democracy in two of its largest economies. However, democratic Nigeria is so heated up that a recurrence of its habitual military rule, hitherto dismissed by many, is now a present danger.
THE NAIROBI NOTEBOOK
One of the most talked about issues in Kenya today is the upsurge in crime. Not a day goes by without media reports of all manner of violent crime, ranging from carjackings to highway robberies, bank heists, and sexual assault. Some major highways in the country have become high-risk roads, where you travel at your own peril.
A survey of 250 CEOs from East Africa conducted by PricewaterhouseCoopers has revealed that only 38% of business leaders believe NEPAD will succeed.
Plagues and pearls of African business
The tide is turning for Africa; its position is changing from being virtually "faceless" in the global economy. Many states are, however, still plagued by dysfunctional economic activity and climates of perpetual incompleteness for business infrastructure and innovation.
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SA economic success export
South Africa has become the largest investor on the continent and still has a great deal to offer the wider African economy. Peter Van der Merwe talks to Stanley Subramoney.
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