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Martin Zhuwakinyu

Martin Zhuwakinyu

Martin Zhuwakinyu is Senior Deputy Editor for Engineering News and Mining Weekly. Dr Zhuwakinyu holds a PhD in communication (media studies) from the University of South Africa.

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Rhian Capostagno, a partner at Partners in Performance

Rhian Capostagno

19th April 2024

This we profile Rhian Capostagno, a partner at Partners in Performance, a firm of management consultants 


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Will the Zimbabwe Gold, or ZiG, restore currency confidence?

19th April 2024

The heightened sense of urgency within Zimbabwe’s government to act as the country’s currency crashed – losing 90% of its value since the beginning of the year – was there for all to see in the... 


Rwanda’s rebirth

19th April 2024

The 100-day period from April 7 to July 15, 1994, will forever be etched on the memory of Rwandans and indeed the rest of humanity. That’s when armed militia from the majority Hutu ethnic group... 


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Will the Zimbabwe Gold, or ZiG, restore currency confidence?

19th April 2024

The heightened sense of urgency within Zimbabwe’s government to act as the country’s currency crashed – losing 90% of its value since the beginning of the year – was there for all to see in the... 


Spiral of silence around GBV

12th April 2024

 


President by default

5th April 2024

It was a birthday present Bassirou Diomaye Faye would not have dreamed of – being announced the President-elect of Senegal on March 25, the day he turned 44, and only weeks after his release from... 


Tertius Zitzke, CEO of 4Sight Holdings

Tertius Zitzke

29th March 2024

This week we profile Tertius Zitzke, CEO of 4Sight Holdings, a diversified technology group whose strategic vision is digital transformation for businesses through seamlessly integrating the... 


Fake but believed

29th March 2024

It’s surprising how easily news consumers fall for disinformation, or fake news, as it is now widely known since Donald Trump popularised the phrase during the US Presidency campaign in 2016. I say... 


South Africa’s brain regain

22nd March 2024

East or west, home’s best. Many South Africans who have emigrated to foreign climes in the past two decades to escape the ills besetting this country can vouch for that. Some are coming back. And... 


Fatima-Joyce Packery, CEO of PF Africa Mining

Fatima-Joyce Packery

15th March 2024

This week we profile Fatima-Joyce Packery, CEO of PF Africa Mining, which operates ferrochrome recovery plants 


Fare thee well, Prez Mwinyi

15th March 2024

Our neck of the woods, the Southern African Development Community region, last month lost two high-profile personalities, a sitting head of State and a Presidential has-been. While the former,... 


Beasts of burden under siege

8th March 2024

Rhino and elephant poaching afflicts many African countries that are home to these endangered species, and the main driver behind this scourge is seemingly insatiable demand by the Chinese and... 


Flying Presidents

1st March 2024

What’s the common denominator between Kenyan President William Ruto and his Nigerian opposite number, Bola Tinubu? They both have a remarkable penchant for air travel. This has incurred the ire of... 


West Africa’s Brexit moment

23rd February 2024

In a televised announcement on January 28, the West African nations of Burkina Faso, Mali and Niger let it be known they had ceased to be members of the regional bloc in that neck of the woods with... 


Proudly artisan

16th February 2024

Mention of the word ‘welder’ conjures up images of someone wearing heavy-duty protective gear such as a big steel helmet to shield the face from sparks. You wouldn’t think the person behind the... 


Fake news and Elections 2024

9th February 2024

Disinformation by political actors is not a new phenomenon to South Africans. Six short years ago, Bell Pottinger, the Guptas’ now defunct UK communications consultancy, executed a spirited... 


Malaria milestone

2nd February 2024

Unless one is a football fan or a lover of the music of the late Manu Dibango, one will be hard pressed to say much that is positive about Cameroon, a 475 440 km2 country straddling Central and... 


Ructions in the Horn of Africa

26th January 2024

Ructions in the Horn of Africa Martin Zhuwakinyu 


Crystal-ball gazing

19th January 2024

It’s difficult to tell with any degree of certainty what lies in store for Africa this year, but there seems to be broad consensus that our continent will experience better fortunes on the economic... 


Rethabile Melamu, CEO of the South African Photovoltaic Industry Association

Rethabile Melamu

19th January 2024

This week we profile Rethabile Melamu, CEO of the South African Photovoltaic Industry Association, a not-for-profit industry association that represents close to 700 actors along the solar... 


The year that was

15th December 2023

This year has been quite eventful for the African continent, but for me the biggest story has been that, despite the progress made in the two decades to 2020, we don’t seem to have seen the last of... 


Pieter du Preez, CFO at Blyvoor Gold

Pieter du Preez

8th December 2023

This week we profile Pieter du Preez, CFO at Blyvoor Gold, a South African gold mining company that operates the Blyvoor mine, on Johannesburg’s West Rand 


Malawiʼs tone-deaf President

8th December 2023

Last week I wrote about the latest African craze of exporting skilled citizens to other countries on the continent or abroad as a way of tackling unemployment, especially among the youth. While the... 


Nitesh Singh, communications media and technology lead for for Africa at Accenture

Nitesh Singh

1st December 2023

This week we profile Nitesh Singh, communications media and technology lead for for Africa at Accenture, a global professional services company that helps businesses, governments and other... 


New African export

1st December 2023

I’m in mourning as I pen this piece – it’s only hours after my beloved Bafana Bafana’s 2-0 defeat by football nonentity Rwanda in a qualifier for the 2026 World Cup tournament, to be hosted by... 


A refashioned threat

24th November 2023

A story claiming that a young mother had given birth to ten live babies in a Pretoria hospital in 2021 – which would have been a world record – not only captured the national imagination but also... 


Crime epidemic

17th November 2023

In a stranger-than-fiction incident earlier this month, Transport Minister Sindisiwe Chikunga and two of her armed protectors were ambushed and robbed at gunpoint near Vosloorus, on Gauteng’s East... 


Russia’s Africa infowars

10th November 2023

Outrage is one of the criteria media outlets use when selecting the news to include in their coverage. The Russian embassy in South Africa appears to be alive to this, which seems to explain why,... 


Sluggish renewal won’t wash

3rd November 2023

Save for several years after his unceremonious ouster as head of State, triggering what some have described as an understandable sulk, former President Thabo Mbeki has never been one to mince his... 


Schalk van der Merwe, GM of the industrial water tube division at John Thomson

Schalk van der Merwe

27th October 2023

This week we profile Schalk van der Merwe, GM of the industrial water tube division at John Thomson, is involved in the design, manufacture, building and maintenance of industrial and utility... 


The Westown development

Balwin to develop new lifestyle estate in KZN

27th October 2023

JSE-listed large-scale residential property developer Balwin Properties announced on Wednesday that it has concluded agreements to develop a 1 260-apartment lifestyle estate in the larger Westown... 


Brutal peacekeepers?

27th October 2023

Haiti, an archipelago in the Caribbean Sea with a population of about 11.5-million people, should be fairly well known to the average South African. That’s partly because former President Thabo... 


Ignatius Sehoole, Southern Africa CEO and Africa chairperson at KPMG

Ignatius Sehoole

20th October 2023

This week we profile Ignatius Sehoole, Southern Africa CEO and Africa chairperson at audit, tax and advisory professional services firm KPMG 


The bad and the good of AI

20th October 2023

ChatGPT, the artificial intelligence (AI) chatbot tool, has been around for just under a year, having been unveiled in November last year, yet it has become a major talking point, with the... 


Andrew Middleton, CEO of GoSolr

Andrew Middleton

13th October 2023

This week we profile Andrew Middleton, CEO of GoSolr, a solar systems installation company 


Empty chairs diplomacy

13th October 2023

It’s been a few weeks since the curtain came down on the seventy-eighth session of the United Nations (UN) General Assembly. Besides the many great speeches that were delivered, one of the... 


The Westown development

Balwin extends KZN footprint with new lifestyle estate at Westown

12th October 2023

JSE-listed large-scale residential property developer Balwin Properties announced on Wednesday that it has concluded agreements to develop a 1 260-apartment lifestyle estate in the larger Westown... 


Unquitting Prez Ruto?

6th October 2023

When asked by a journalist to reflect on his ten years as Botswana’s President – from April 2008 to April 2018 – Ian Khama was succinct and unequivocal: “I didn’t enjoy politics. Everybody’s... 


Bulelwa Mhlongo, financial manager at Multotec

Bulelwa Mhlongo

29th September 2023

This week we profile Bulelwa Mhlongo, who is the financial manager at Multotec, a leading supplier of mineral processing equipment 


Economics of body weight

29th September 2023

The increased availability and consumption of unhealthy foodstuffs in South Africa – as is the case in many countries – has fuelled what one can only call an obesity or overweight epidemic, what... 


Other Madame Presidents?

22nd September 2023

Female heads of State have been something of a rarity in Africa. Current and recent incumbents can be counted on the fingers of one hand: Tanzania’s Samia Suluhu Hassan, who has been at the helm... 


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