How the Green Revolution is in fact giving Africa the blues

  Well-intentioned efforts to improve food security in Africa and elsewhere are instead increasing small farmers’ dependence on global agribusinesses without raising their incomes, and making farming systems more fragile and less resilient. The Norwegian Nobel Committee has awarded this year’s Nobel Peace Prize to the United Nations World Food Programme, declaring that it wanted “to turn the eyes of the world toward the millions of people who suffer from or face the threat of hunger.” Those numbers are now greater than ever – and the dysfunctional global food system is largely to blame.…

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A successful sustainability model: Air Products SA’s state-of-the-art dissolved acetylene facility

  Air Products South Africa unveiled a dissolved acetylene (DA) facility in Midvaal two years ago with two clear objectives: to centralise the manufacturing of acetylene at a single dedicated high volume production facility, but more importantly to design it in such a way that it was aligned to the latest global trends in process technology, health, safety and environmental management. Guided by Air Products’ global engineering standards as well as years of management and operational experience, the in-house Air Products project team designed and constructed the facility to incorporate…

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Circular economy: moving Africa towards environmental sustainability

  A circular economy can support Africa’s economic development, enhance sustainability and help curb future health problems. But it requires collaboration between government, business and consumers. First published by ISS Today. For Africa, the impact of Covid-19 has made thinking about the future more important than ever. Recent analysis by the African Futures and Innovation team at the Institute for Security Studies forecasts that the pandemic is set to undo several years of development progress on the continent. At the same time, Covid-19 has raised questions about how prepared we are for future…

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Drones could help overcome the poor transport infrastructure in Africa

CAPE TOWN – Drones or unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) could help to overcome poor transport infrastructure, as only one-third of Africans live within 2 kilometers of an all-weather road. Making sure that the remaining two-thirds have access to decent roads will cost more than $50 billion (R736.4bn) and take several years, which is why Africa has been a pioneer in using drones for peaceful civilian use. Timothy Reuter, Head of Aerospace and Drones at the World Economic Forum was part of a panel discussion on unleashing the drone economy at…

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How to turn Africa’s manufacturing sector into a high-tech powerhouse

Africa is one of the most exciting and potentially dynamic markets in the world, increasingly capturing the attention of the world’s largest businesses. Strong economic growth, increasing regional economic integration and diversification, untapped natural resources, high access to mobile technology and a young, entrepreneurial demographic – these drivers have the potential to ensure that many markets in Africa will be capable of not just taking advantage of the Fourth Industrial Revolution but leapfrogging it. Good governance, investment protection laws, ease of doing business, regulatory systems: these factors and others, if guaranteed, should…

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Climate change a ‘serious potential threat to Africa’ – SA’s Ramaphosa

JOHANNESBURG – South African President Cyril Ramaphosa says climate change poses a serious potential threat to Africa’s development and prosperity and has urged countries to develop future-proof economic growth models. Ramaphosa told a session on climate change chaired by United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres at the 7th Tokyo International Conference on African Development (TICAD) in Yokohama, Japan that South Africa was working towards implementing the Sendai Framework while ensuring its appropriate integration with the broader climate change and sustainable development agenda. The framework is a 15-year, voluntary, non-binding agreement which…

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Africa is ‘new frontier of economic growth’, Ramaphosa tells G7 leaders

President Cyril Ramaphosa has told world leaders that Africa is the “new frontier of economic growth and development”, as he seeks to boost inbound investment to kick-start SA’s sluggish GDP growth rate. Ramaphosa was speaking at the G7 and Africa Partnership taking place in Biarritz, France. SA was invited to attend the conference by President Emmanuel Macron of France. In an address Ramaphosa said that the adoption by 55 countries of the the Africa Continental Free Trade Area Agreement was a “important milestone”. “This free trade area is now the…

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Mobile phones are replacing bank accounts in Africa

It doesn’t look like the hub of an online bank. But that’s what the yellow and blue metal kiosk becomes when Albert Agane locks himself behind the metal bars every day at 6am. From his perch along a dusty suburban thoroughfare in Accra, the 28-year-old helps fellow Ghanaians withdraw or deposit cash for accounts they operate from their mobile phones. All they need do is text. Mobile money is the fastest-growing source of income for wireless-network operators like MTN and Vodafone’s Safaricom unit, outpacing data since many Africans don’t have…

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Botswana: The Dubai of Africa

  JOHANNESBURG- “Democracy, like a little plant, does not grow or develop on its own. It must be nursed and nurtured if it is to grow and flourish. It must be believed in and practised if it is to be appreciated. And it must be fought for and defended if it is to survive”. – Seretse Khama, the first president of Botswana. Botswana is an inland country bordered by South Africa, Namibia and Zimbabwe, mostly dominated by the rigid Kalahari Desert, covering 70percent of the country’s total land area. Water…

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Africa economic performance looks promising as oil markets recover – report

  JOHANNESBURG- The outlook for Africa’s economic performance is promising, particularly as global oil markets finally recover from their 2015-2016 lows, a report released by Africa Oil Week and Menas Associates says. Africa Oil Week, which will run in November in Cape Town, is the leading oil and gas event for the continent, with over 1,500 key executives attending from around the world to broker new deals. In a statement, organisers of the conference cited experts who predicted that 2019 and beyond would see deep offshore exploration and mega gas…

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