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Pearls of wisdom hide ugly truths

A study of pink plastic pearls shows that Africa will have to make big sacrifices if its children are to be employed

Region fails to cut it in diamonds

Namibia, Botswana and South Africa did little to halt the collapse of the beneficiation industry.

The curse of cars going cheap

Africans are snapping up cheap, second-hand cars but the Southern African region pays dearly for this.

Customs union inhibits development

South Africa's neighbours are dependent on the union's short-sighted revenue-sharing formula.

The IMF loves, but labour’s still lost

An unusual internal report links shrinking union power to growing inequality – but don't be fooled.

Reel in Botswana’s wild west

Fishing licences for locals and the influx of traders from Zambia and the DRC should be controlled, writes Roman Grynberg.

Africa’s diamantaires in the rough

Low productivity and the concomitant costs are harming the local beneficiation industry.

Diamond trade bleeds the poor

Corruption in the chain artificially raises prices, plumping the pockets of the already rich.

Sweet taste of success for beer exporter

With government help, a Namibian brewery is leaving its Botswana competitor thirsty.

IMF: The making of inequality

What is truly scary about the IMF's income distribution figures, is that Botswana now has a more unequal distribution of income than South Africa.

Indian liberalisation worth buying

Two weeks ago Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh took a political gamble in opening the country's retail sector to international competition.

Iron ore find rekindles railway need

If the high-grade deposit in Botswana is verified, the trans-Kalahari rail link could become a reality, writes Roman Grynberg.

A question of business cost

According to the 2012-2013 report, the world's most competitive country is, believe it or not, Switzerland. Huh, you shrug, Switzerland?

SA plays power games with coal

President Jacob Zuma signed a bilateral energy agreement with Botswana President Ian Khama on August 31 to buy coal from that country.

Grain price squeezes Botswana

Not a soul who goes to the supermarket will have failed to notice the rapid rate of price increases of almost all foods in the past 18 months.

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Traditional healers need new spaces

Proper facilities supported by well-researched cultural principles will go a long way to improving the image and perception of the practice of traditional medicine

Limpopo big-game farmer accused of constant harassment

A family’s struggle against alleged intimidation and failure to act by the authorities mirrors the daily challenges farm dwellers face

Zondo tightens his grip with criminal complaint against Zuma

The state capture commission’s star witness now faces a criminal complaint and another summons

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Land reform still a hot potato

The land has got to belong to all the people of South Africa, and many believe that there’s no other mechanism for that except expropriation

UP chemical pathology scientists develop ground-breaking nanobodies for Covid-19 detection and therapy

Nanobodies are smaller than conventional antibodies and easier to work with so they are ideal for good cheap sensitive rapid tests for Covid-19

Inclusion as learned experience in higher education

Understanding the complexity of intersections between oppressions relating to race and gender is key to any commitment to creating a culture of inclusion and social justice

Local government in crisis: how it can be fixed

Local governments are supposed to promote non-racial development, in a decentralised manner, but the reality does not match up

Covid-19 accelerates adoption of technology by the African property sector

It’s not the technology itself that is valuable, it’s the opportunities that it creates: this may be the perfect time for reinvention


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