[The Conversation Africa] South Africa’s main opposition party, the Democratic Alliance, elected a new chairperson of its federal council this past weekend. Its choice – Helen Zille, former leader of the party, and former Premier of the Western Cape province – has sent shock waves through the party.
[Daily Maverick] Domestic business confidence rose in September off 34-year lows, while South Africa’s ‘competitiveness’ ranking by the World Economic Forum also moved up a few notches. While this is surely welcome, both data sets come off such low thresholds that improvements hardly signal a significant turnaround.
[VOA] Zambian President Edgar Lungu says climate change threatens to derail his country’s economy, and disruptions to the rainy season have already dampened its outlook.
[Daily Trust] The World Bank Doing Business (DB) team has announced Nigeria as one of the top-20 improvers in doing business out of 190 countries.
[Leadership] Lagos -Aliko Dangote Foundation (ADF), has again resolved to empower 106,000 women across four states in the Northern region with a total sum of N1.1 billion.
[East African] The World Bank has applauded Somalia’s economic resurgence, but said that high levels of illiteracy pose a threat to long-term growth.
[New Zimbabwe] President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s wife, Auxillia has urged patience among locals, telling mourners at a funeral ceremony for a late top Zanu PF official that the recovery of the country’s economic could not be achieved overnight.
[ISS] Despite government efforts to contain production, the methamphetamine problem is expanding.
WAVING FIGHTINGsticks, improvised spears and shields, they advanced like an army through the streets of central Johannesburg, chanting and singing in Zulu: “Foreigners must go back to where they came from.” As they went they looted and burned shops, attacked a mosque and killed two people.
[Deutsche Welle] South Africans need to take a long, hard look at themselves and stop blaming foreigners for their country’s woes, says South African journalist Shaazia Ebrahim.