The Africa Report takes you on a road trip across Zimbabwe – from Harare to
Masvingo Province and Mashonaland East – to see the long-term impact of the
country’s early-2000s land revolution.
As municipal elections hit the country on 3 August, Nelson Mandela Bay is a litmus test for the ANC. If Mayor Jordaan has shored up some of the party’s popularity locally, deep fault lines of poverty and discontent make this a knife-edge contest with national repercussions.
The state-driven economic model leaves no room for dissenting voices as Ethiopia sticks to its 11.2%
growth target, with manufacturing leading the way.
It takes a general to deal with a $7bn per year military machine that has spun out of control. That was the thinking that piled up more than 15 million votes for President Muhammadu Buhari in last year’s dramatic election. Buhari was seen as the man to straighten out the military, defeat the jihadist insurgency in the north-east and jail a generation of corrupt officers, politicians and businesspeople. However, he is now losing support, as he struggles with security and graft.
India and Mauritius have ended a fiscal agreement responsible for billions of dollars of investment
passing through Mauritius each year. With the threat that other countries may want to do the same, the
government is looking for new ways to promote growth outside the offshore financial sector.
The two fastest-growing continents need each other for a multitude of reasons – business, geopolitics,
demography. Japan is the latest Asian country to move onto the front foot in this relationship, but it is not alone.
The infrastructure company’s new chief executive will need to act quickly to right the ship and source funds, to avoid a default on bond payments later this year.
The government’s high levels of debt are unsustainable and it is turning to costly borrowing in order to bridge deficits ahead of high-stakes elections in November.
Trade corridors have the potential to boost Africa’s economic development dramatically. But in order to
take off, they need massive investment and delicate political manoeuvring.
ART & LIFE
All along its meandering route, people’s lives and livelihoods are locked in symbiosis
with the powerful Niger River.