Month: December 2021

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Africa – a youthful, entrepreneurial continent where strong private partnerships are formed

  Anne Linnee, US Consul General, Durban Consulate of the US Mission to South Africa, spoke at the US Business in Africa Awards, and explained that all challenges have a business solution. Never is this more of an opportunity than in Africa – the world’s youngest continent. Indeed by 2050, 1 in 3 people will…
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Corporate custodianship – “doing well by doing good”

  Todd Haskell noted that the thousands of US companies on African soil have “done well, by doing good” and that this sustainable, community-oriented outlook must continue. This showcases US corporate custodianship and citizenship on the continent. Angela Russell, the CEO of the American Chamber of Commerce in South Africa and a member of the…
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Opening up Africa’s borders will make business soar

The first shipment traded under the Africa Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) act departed from Ghana in January 2021. The ship bound for Guinea and South Africa symbolized a new era: the rapid implementation of a free trade agreement to create a more inclusive and prosperous future for Africa. So said Jean-Guy Afrika, the acting…
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US Business in Africa Awards Launch highlights the move from “Aid to Trade”

November 2021 – On an uncharacteristically grey and chilly day in Durban, South Africa, the US Business in Africa Awards was launched, signaling a new era for doing business on this continent. Notably, dignitaries present unanimously agreed that the narrative is changing in Africa: it’s no longer about “aid,” but about creating the conditions necessary…
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Ramaphosa demonstrates shrewd statesmanship as he performs a delicate G7 balancing act.

By: John Stremlau South Africa’s President Cyril Ramaphosa showed shrewd statesmanship in discussing his unique role representing South Africa and Africa at the recent G7 summit in the UK. Media reports rightly highlighted his comments on the Covid-19 pandemic and whether adequate vaccines will be available. More about that below. Less noticed was Ramaphosa’s skilful advocacy of…
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Media coverage of migration in the US and Africa: A critique

BY AMUKELANI MATSILELE The media play an important role in society, primarily as communicators of information to citizens and watchdogs who provide political, economic, and societal oversight to hold governments and their officials to account. They wield significant power to shape and influence public perception on key issues, one of which is migration. The 2018 World…
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African leaders must demonstrate commitment to constitutionalism as they seek to strengthen US – Africa ties.

BY SIVIWE RIKHOTSO The history of constitutionalism dates back to the political theory of enlightenment propagated by scholars like John Locke and expressed in the United States’ Declaration of Independence of 1776 by its founding fathers. It is an important tool for functional governance in modern-day democracies. Constitutionalism, as a concept, supposes that the authority of the state or…
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Returning the gaze: Why we need more African think tanks that study the United States

BY PRINCE MUDAU For decades, there has been a focused interest in the study of Africa by American universities through academic centres, programs and think tanks. There are currently over 40 institutions in US universities that study Africa. Their focus and areas of study are varied, ranging from foreign policy to cultural issues. This penetrative gaze on…
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American tribalism is alive and well -an urgent national conversation is needed 2021ersation is needed

Tim Murithi Unless American society addresses the foundational trauma that is concretised deep within the edifice of the construction of the nation-state, and the violence, suppression and subjugation of Native Americans and the enslavement of African Americans transported against their will, then the attacks on not only Asian-Americans but other American ‘tribes’ will continue. The…
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