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21 October 2016 11:04 (South Africa)

The Tortoise and the Hare: How African economies withstand the financial crisis

  • Simon Allison
    Simon Allison

    Simon Allison covers Africa for the Daily Maverick, having cut his teeth reporting from Palestine, Somalia and revolutionary Egypt. He loves news and politics, the more convoluted the better. Despite his natural cynicism and occasionally despairing tone, he is an Afro-optimist, and can’t wait to witness and chronicle the continent’s swift development over the next few decades.

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Photo: Sudan's President Omar Hassan al-Bashir (L) welcomes South Africa's President Jacob Zuma in Khartoum July 8, 2011. Zuma will be attending South Sudan's independence day celebrations on Saturday. REUTERS/Stringer

BREAKING: South Africa begins process to exit International Criminal Court

By Simon Allison
Photo: Former South African president Thabo Mbeki talks to the media during a visit to the European Parliament in Brussels March 23, 2010.  REUTERS/Francois Lenoir

Open Letter to Thabo Mbeki: The DRC needs your help – now more than ever

By Tshene Wedi
Photo: Nouakchott. (Greg Mills)

Reform in the Sahel: Mars, Mauritius or Mauritania?

By Greg Mills
Photo: This photo of Rwandan President Paul Kagame launching a drone on October 14, 2016 in Muhanga District was taken by Cedric Kagimbanyi (@kagcedRW) and shared on Twitter.

In Rwanda, drones come to cure, not kill

By Simon Allison
Photo: A young Burundian boy tries to cover himself as police officers beat him after dispersing protesters by firing shots during an anti-government demonstration against President Pierre Nkurunziza's bid for a third term in the capital Bujumbura, Burundi, 26 May 2015. EPA/DAI KUROKAWA

ICG: The AU tried and failed on Burundi  – now it’s time to try again

By International Crisis Group
Photo: A photograph dated 19 January 2015 shows people walking near a burning tire set alight by protesters on the street in the capital Kinshasa, the Democratic Republic of Congo. EPA/STR

ICG: Boulevard of broken dreams — The ‘street’ and politics in DRC

By International Crisis Group
Photo: German Chancellor Angela Merkel (CDU) speaks at the Federation of German Industry's (BDI) Day of German Industry 2016 in Berlin, Germany, 06 October 2016. EPA/BERND VON JUTRCZENKA

Open Letter to Angela Merkel: Thanks – and more please

By Babatunde Fagbayibo
Photo: Tanzania’s then President-elect John Pombe Magufuli addresses members of the ruling Chama Cha Mapinduzi Party (CCM) at the party’s sub-head office on Lumumba road in Dar es Salaam, October 30, 2015. REUTERS/Sadi Said.

Op-Ed: Tanzania’s Magufuli – timely reformist or just another despot?

By Lyal White & Adrian Kitimbo
Photo: A handout photograph provided by the South African Government Communication and Information System (GCIS) on 11 October 2016 shows South African President Jacob Zuma (L) shaking hands with his Kenyan counterpart Uhuru Kenyatta (R) during their bilateral meeting at the State House in Nairobi, Kenya, 11 October 2016. Zuma is in Kenya for a three-day state visit to deepen economic social relations with Kenya, the leading economy in the East African region. EPA/KOPANO TLAPE/GCIS

ISS Today: Zuma awakens a dormant relationship with Kenya

Photo: Arthur Peter Mutharika, President of the Republic of Malawi, delivers his address during the 70th session General Debate of the United Nations General Assembly at United Nations headquarters in New York, New York, USA, 29 September 2015. EPA/ANDREW GOMBERT

amaBhungane: Indian investor claims Malawian state abuse, torture in custody

Main photo: Regional Consultation on Drug Policy Reform in West Africa 19 – 20 January, 2016 in Accra, Ghana ahead of the UNGASS 2016.

Op-Ed: Drug Policy Reform gets a Foothold in West Africa

By Leandre Banon
Photo: President of Zimbawe Robert Mugabe (C) addresses thousands of Zimbabwe African National Union (ZANU) supporters while his wife Grace Mugabe (R) watches on at Harare International airport, Harare, Zimbabwe, 24 September 2016. Mugabe was returning from the 71st session of the United Nations General Assembly in New York, USA. EPA/AARON UFUMELI

ICG: Confrontation in Zimbabwe turns increasingly violent

By International Crisis Group
Photo: Maseru from Parliament Hill, by OER Africa via Flickr.

amaBhungane: Lesotho’s litany of unsolved political murders

Main photo: Dag Hammarskjöld (Dag Hammarskjöld Foundation)

ISS: Dag Hammarskjöld’s legacy – what does it mean for Africa?

Photo: Demonstrators chant slogans while flashing the Oromo protest gesture during Irreecha, the thanksgiving festival of the Oromo people, in Bishoftu town, Oromia region, Ethiopia, October 2, 2016. REUTERS/Tiksa Negeri

Ethiopia mourns – but mourns what, exactly?

By Simon Allison
Photo of a Lesotho man by Michael Williams via Flickr.

Lesotho at 50: The Politics of Dysfunction or the Dysfunction of Politics?

By John Aerni-Flessner
Photo: Namibian elephants (Eric Bauer via Flickr)

Op-Ed: Namibia ducks elephant census

Photo: Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, chairwoman of the African Union (AU), waits for questions from journalists, during a joint press conference with German chancellor Merkel (not pictured), at the chancellery in Berlin, Germany, 11 July 2013. EPA/SOEREN STACHE

Open Letter to Dr Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma: Appeal for urgent action to stop violence in DRC

By Daily Maverick
Photo: The National Police Rwanda presenting Genocide suspect Dr Leopold Munyakazi to the media before he was taken for an interrogation at the airport. (Photo: Faustin Niyigena, New Times Rwanda)

Rwanda: History on trial as alleged genocidaire returns home

By Simon Allison
Photo: Woman Shelling maize in Chipata, Zambia. Swathi Sridharan (ICRISAT) via Flickr

Op-Ed: Zambia must protect women’s right to make free sexual and reproductive choices

By Louise Carmody & Bob Mwiinga Munyati
Photo: A billboard advertising MTN is seen along a road in Lagos November 16, 2015. REUTERS/Akintunde Akinleye/File Photo

Y’ello, goodbye? MTN’s Nigerian nightmare

By Simon Allison
Photo: Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe (R) addresses a youth meeting of the Zanu-PF party in Harare, Zimbabwe 03 September 2016. Mugabe appeared in public for the first time since rumours of his death had been circulating on social media. EPA/AARON UFUMELI

An Open Letter to President Robert Mugabe

Photo: A wound on a man’s hand after violence erupted at a rally that was supposed to be addressed by the Zimbabwe People First party president Joice Mujuru, in Glen View, Harare, Zimbabwe, 12 March 2016. EPA/AARON UFUMELI

#AfricanLivesMatterToo: The romanticising of a continent’s failures

By Babatunde Fagbayibo
Main photo: Nagomba E., 75, standing where her house used to be in Mwabulambo, Karonga district. She and her family were told to relocate in 2008 because the land was needed for coal mining. © 2016 Lauren Clifford-Holmes for Human Rights Watch

Op-Ed: Unregulated promotion of mining in Malawi causing hazards and hardships

By Birgit Schwarz
Photo: President of Nigeria Muhammadu Buhari speaks at the US-Africa Business Forum at the Plaza Hotel, in New York City, New York, USA, 21 September 2016. The forum is focused on trade and investment opportunities on the African continent for African heads of government and American business leaders. EPA/DREW ANGERER / POOL

Nigeria’s triple secession threat

By Simon Allison
Photo: Ma Gweja money courier Gerald Miyambo at work. Photo: Ray Mwareya

GroundUp: How does an illegal gold miner get money across the border?

By GroundUp
Photo: Berbera, Somaliland - a delegation from EU Naval Force’s sister mission, EUCAP Nestor and local Somaliland authorities visited HNLMS Johan de Witt to view the training. (Photo EU Naval Force)

Could Somaliland’s new port change the country’s future?

Photo: A Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS) worker carries a tusk of an elephant as they offload them from a container to a burning site at the KWS headquarters in Nairobi, Kenya, 20 April 2016. Containers loaded with ivory tusks from various parts of the country such as Mombasa, Voi, Nanyuki and other places are being offloaded at the burning site ahead of the ivory burning event on 30 April 2016 where 105 tonnes of ivory is set to be burned. This would be the single biggest haul ever to be burned. EPA/DANIEL IRUNGU

Op-Ed: Calls for greater protection for African elephants could re-open international ivory trade

By Carlos Drews
Photo by Standard Media, Kenya

In the Hot Seat: Kenyan musician lands in trouble after a spell in the president’s chair

By Njeri Kimani