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Failure shows SA Companies should reconsider African strategy
A look at South African companies’ prospects on the continent, their past successes and failures and how this bodes in the immediate future in light of the recently-implemented AfCFTA. The Business Day (South Africa) article includes insightful comment from Ken Gichinga, chief economist at Mentoria Economics based in Nairobi and Simon Newton Smith, Commercial Executive…
At the forefront of Greece’s new foreign policy drive: First-hand accounts from the Greek community in Libya
In November 2019, Greece was spurred into its biggest foreign policy shift in a generation.  Borne out of the signing of the now-infamous Memorandum of Understanding between Libya and Turkey on delimiting maritime jurisdictions that encroached on Greece’s internationally-recognised maritime boundaries,  Greece quickly scrambled to re-discover diplomatic and economic ties that had been allowed to decaypretty much since Greece turned its focus towards Europe in the…
The labour shortage conundrum: What economists are missing in their hunt to explain the record number of job vacancies
Why the stay-at-home rate amongst the 20-34 year old age group may be the missing link in explaining the record number of job vacancies and labour shortages in the developed world – especially in Anglo-Saxon countries.   And the long-run consequences could be dire:  Both in economic terms – Labour shortages may be far more…
SA must clean up its act in Africa – Its future depends on it
The African Continental Free Trade Area Agreement (AfCFTA) should be the catalyst for a much-needed overhaul of South Africa’s foreign policy on the continent. Underfunded for too long, overstretched and ideologically shackled to the guilt of its apartheid past, it is time for a more pragmatic approach. The country’s future depends on it.
A New Chapter in Greek-African relations or just a flash in the pan?
Following a recent flurry of diplomatic activity by Greece on the African Continent, the article inquires why the sudden interest and examines whether Greece can follow through with action to fulfill its stated goal of becoming a “bridge between Africa and Europe” as Greek Minister of Foreign Affairs, Nikos Dendias, recently said. The piece includes…
The source of inflation that nearly no-one is focused on and everyone needs to worry about…
The spotlight on inflation, and whether or not it is just a passing phase as economies re-open, is missing the bigger picture. Long-term changes to “just-in-time” supply chains that were already underway before the pandemic and super-charged by it will ultimately lead to persistently higher inflation in advanced economies. And especially if…
Israeli-Palestinian Conflict: Why the eternal struggle may not be so eternal for much longer.

While many commentators are raising their proverbial arms in the air and decrying the intractability of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, the current violence may have exposed a path to an end game – for better or for worse – between the two sides. 

As familiar as the eternal and depressing rocket exchange between Hamas and the IDF is, causing predictable and well-trodden consequences and damage, it seems that this this time the confrontation feels different in scope.