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South Africa’s reputation as an investment destination of choice must be regained
17th May 2024 By: Martin Creamer

The 136-year-old Johannesburg Stock Exchange, whose roots and history stretch back to the earliest days of the mining boom in South Africa, is in need of smart augmentation and South Africa... 

The great business retreat
17th May 2024 By: Martin Zhuwakinyu

The announcement last week by oil giant Shell that it is to divest from downstream operations in South Africa seems to have been a godsend to the political opposition, which did not waste time in... 

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Green stimulus
17th May 2024 By: Terence Creamer

South Africa’s manufacturing sector is in dire need of stimulus. In its recently released ‘Industrial Policy & Strategy Review’, the Department of Trade, Industry and Competition (dtic) confirmed... 

Climate and development investment platforms as tools for transformation
17th May 2024 By: Saliem Fakir

It takes a while but, slowly, one gets to see the possibility of things. Climate action has long been the mainstay of a specific tradition, which is based on the assumption that, if you throw... 

Numbing dumping
17th May 2024 By: Riaan de Lange

Do you by any chance have a recipe for ‘A Good, Easy Garlic Chicken’ and one for French fries? According to, you simply sprinkle the chicken with garlic powder, onion powder and... 

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Coalitions and reform
10th May 2024 By: Terence Creamer

With the 2024 election days away, attention is turning to the governance arrangements that will prevail nationally and in key battleground provinces following the poll and what these outcomes will... 

Slipping influence
10th May 2024 By: Martin Zhuwakinyu

Africa may be the world’s poorest continent – hosting 33 of the 46 economies designated by the United Nations (UN) as the least developed – but it remains the target of courtship by the major... 

Intellectual Property Day
10th May 2024 By: Riaan de Lange

What were you doing on April 26? Anything nice? Anything memorable? This is the day that is observed yearly as World Intellectual Property Day. It was on this day in 1970 that the convention... 

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South Africa simply must get mineral exploration going again at pace
10th May 2024 By: Martin Creamer

South Africa’s Exploration Plan, released in 2022, set an ambitious target of raising South Africa’s share of global exploration dollars  from below the 1% where it is now to 5% in as many years.... 

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In the weeds
3rd May 2024 By: Terence Creamer

South Africa has gone some way in starting to reform its electricity industry, which has been failing the country visibly for nearly two decades. As these changes are published, consulted and... 

A titbit about Tanzania
3rd May 2024 By: Martin Zhuwakinyu

That the way many of Africa’s countries turned out had less to do with fate than the meddling of external players, especially during the Cold War years, has been well documented by many a scholar.... 

Calling a spade
3rd May 2024 By: Riaan de Lange

An alternative headline I had for this week's instalment of this column was ‘Wing it’ but I decided against it, as I am perilously close to exceeding my yearly quota on that topic. What choice, and... 

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South Africa must encourage budding Northern Cape base metals richness to unfold fully
3rd May 2024 By: Martin Creamer

Exploration drilling in South Africa’s Northern Cape is highlighting the richness of dormant base metals precincts there. An intercept reported last week sent the shares of the company involved... 

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Reflect and recommit
26th April 2024 By: Terence Creamer

Memories are short and it often feels like they are becoming shorter not only because of the flood of information associated with the 24-hour news cycle but also second-by-second social media... 

What the voters want
26th April 2024 By: Martin Zhuwakinyu

As election day draws ever closer, political parties are pulling out all the stops in their quest to win the hearts and minds of South African voters. All manner of promises are being made – from a... 

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