Southern Africa: Will Ramaphosa’s New Reform Timetable Save Thabane’s Skin?

[ISS] South Africa’s President Cyril Ramaphosa, the Southern African Development Community’s official facilitator of Lesotho’s reforms, visited that country last week. He persuaded the political parties to sign an agreement establishing a statutory National Legislative Reform Authority to coordinate national reforms.

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South Africa: Evolution of ANC Economic Policy Sheds Light On Squabble Over Central Bank

[The Conversation Africa] The recent squabble over the mandate of the South African Reserve Bank has very little to do with real economic policies. It is rather emblematic of the intensely polarised levels of political distrust that currently exists within the African National Congress (ANC), the governing party

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Sudan: Internet Restrictions, Violence a ‘Recipe for Disaster’ – UN

[UN News] After nationwide protests across Sudan on Sunday, UN human rights chief Michelle Bachelet on Wednesday called on Sudanese authorities to lift restrictions on the internet and launch independent investigations into all acts of violence against demonstrators, and allegations of excessive force, including attacks on hospitals.

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Zambia: Is Zambia Defaulting to Nationalisation?

[ISS] Is Zambian President Edgar Lungu going to drag his country back to Kenneth Kaunda’s disastrous post-independence experiment with nationalisation of the copper mines, simply by default? This is the suspicion sparked by his aggressive moves to evict the giant London-based mining company Vedanta Resources from its 80% ownership of Zambia’s largest mining enterprise, Konkola Copper Mines (KCM).

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Egypt: Egypt’s Powerful Football Fans and Politics – a Toxic Mix That Could Combust During Afcon

[The Conversation Africa] When the 32nd Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon) opens in Cairo, Egypt, the focus will be on the games between the continent’s top football teams to see who is going to raise the cup on Friday 19 July at the end of the three-week tournament.

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