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03 Dec 2014
 
 
NUMSA: Castro Ngobese on a document that alleges that Numsa leaders are involved in an underground plot to destabilise South Africa and are part of a plan to effect regime change in the country
STATEMENT
Over the last 10-days, a document that alleges that Numsa leaders are involved in an underground plot to destabilise South Africa has been doing its rounds. The document which is entitled; Exposed:...
 
 
Fastest growing economies post high levels of corruption – Transparency Intl
CORRUPTION
Corruption has increased in several of the world's best-performing economies as rising growth has encouraged an abuse of power, corruption watchdog Transparency International said Wednesday in its...
 
 
25 Nov 2014
 
Sanas moves to bolster African accreditation options
TRADE
The South African National Accreditation System (Sanas), which operated under the auspices of the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), is embarking on a drive to develop synergistic...
 
 
 
 
Daily podcast – November 25, 2014
podcast
Making headlines: The fourth renewables bid announcement has been postponed. Tunisia’s presidential vote heads into a close run-off. And, the African National Congress is not in favour of...
 
 
Driving, draining, dividing? The impact of the Islamic State insurgency on African jihadist groups
CONSULTANCY AFRICA INTELLIGENCE
Born out of the former Al Qaeda in Iraq (AQI) affiliate group, incubated in the vacuum of the Syrian Civil War and sweeping into Iraq having exploited the alienation of Sunni tribes, Abu Bakr...
 
 
20 Nov 2014
 
Signs of progress on ‘Cape-to-Cairo’ trade bloc
TRADE AGREEMENT
There were signs of progress this week on the long-awaited Tripartite Free Trade Agreement (T-FTA), which has been under discussion between the Common Market of Eastern and Southern Africa, the...
 
 
 
 
Daily podcast – November 20, 2014
podcast
Making headlines: The National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa and its seven supporting unions have filed papers in the High Court in Johannesburg in a bid to get Cosatu to hold a special...
 
 
19 Nov 2014
 
Cellphones top basic services, Africa survey reveals
AFRICA BAROMETER
More people across Africa have access to a cellphone network than they do to electricity, piped water, or a health clinic, according to the latest Afrobarometer released on Wednesday. The survey,...
 
 
17 Nov 2014
 
Zambia wades into succession morass
INSTITUTE FOR SECURITY STUDIES
On Thursday 13 November, the ruling Patriotic Front (PF) convened a landmark Central Committee meeting to elect a new candidate in preparation for the country’s presidential elections. This follows...
 
 
14 Nov 2014
 
CIGI: Internet access considered human right; multi-stakeholder governance of online world favoured: CIGI-Ipsos global survey including results from South Africa
STATEMENT
Eighty-eight percent of Internet users in South Africa, compared with 83% globally, believe affordable access to the Internet should be a basic human right, according to the “CIGI-Ipsos Global...
 
 
12 Nov 2014
 
The AU on Burkina Faso's 'Arab Spring'
INSTITUTE FOR SECURITY STUDIES
During the 3 November meeting of the African Union’s (AU’s) Peace and Security Council (PSC) on Burkina Faso, the main focus was whether recent events there amounted to unconstitutional seizure of...
 
 
10 Nov 2014
 
 
 
Daily podcast – November 10, 2014
podcast
Making headlines: The Congress of South African Trade expels the National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa from the trade union federation. Burkina Faso talks agree on a plan for return to...
 
 
07 Nov 2014
 
 
 
Daily podcast – November 7, 2014
podcast
Making headlines: Ratings agency Moody's downgrades South Africa's debt rating. The US considers sanctions on Libyan factions in an effort to halt a proxy war. And, Westinghouse files a contempt of...
 
 
Beyond Burkina Faso, Africa's 'Black Spring' hopes may be premature
political unrest
Inspired by protests in Burkina Faso that ousted one of Africa's longest-serving leaders, opposition activists across much of the continent are hoping for a "Black Spring" to mirror the Arab...
 
 
04 Nov 2014
 
Anatomy of Lesotho’s ‘almost’ coup d’état: The predicaments that it poses to the SADC region peacekeeping and mediation initiatives
CONSULTANCY AFRICA INTELLIGENCE
On 31 August 2014, the Lesotho army attempted to stage a coup d’état. The Lesotho Defence Force (LDF) took over several police stations across the country as well as the nation’s radio and...
 
 
 
                       
 
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