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Global Trade Tensions a Concern for South Africa

Trade and Industry (dti) Minister Ebrahim Patel has expressed concern at growing trade tensions in the global economy."Heightened uncertainty from growing trade tensions and measures is also placing a drag on an already fragile global ec...

Joburg Post·4 months ago

How Currencies May Become Next Global Battleground

President Donald Trump's renewed focus on what he calls "unfair" exchange rates could presage a new global battlefield that has the potential to do great damage to the world economy.Trump has spent two years attacking the underpinnings o...

Joburg Post·4 months ago

Kenya's Mineral Resources Could Pull Millions Out of Poverty

"The test of our progress lies in whether we provide enough for those who have little, not whether we add more to the abundance of those who already have much."These words by former US president Franklin D. Roosevelt speak volumes about ...

Joburg Post·4 months ago

US Sanctions on Khamenei Means End of Diplomacy, says Iran

New US sanctions against Iran's supreme leader and foreign minister have closed off diplomacy, Iran said on Tuesday, blaming the United States for abandoning the only route to peace just days after the two foes came within minutes of con...

Joburg Post·4 months ago

Why Donald Trump is Backing the US into a Corner on Iran

 After Iran shot down a US drone that allegedly entered Iran’s airspace, Donald Trump signed new sanctions against Iran on June 24, including against its supreme leader, Ali Khamenei. The move came days after the US president took to Twi...

Joburg Post·4 months ago

A New Cold War in Africa

Last week, the 12th US-Africa Business Summit, a high-level event attended by 11 African heads of state and government and some 1,000 business leaders, was held in Maputo, Mozambique. During the three-day event, US officials unveiled a $...

Mehari Taddele Maru ·4 months ago

AU/US and Arab Leaders Step into Sudan

Diplomats from the United States and the African Union have intensified pressure on Sudan’s transitional military council that is currently working to resolve a standoff with protesters.The diplomatic push comes after protesters demandin...

Neo Sithole·4 months ago

US Aid of $600 000 to Help Zimbabwe Farmers Rebuild Lives

Zimbabwe’s smallholder farmers in Chimanimani District are to be provided with an additional $600 000 to help them recover and rebuild their lives following March’s deadly Cyclone Idai which wrought massive destruction across Malawi, Moz...

Joburg Post·4 months ago

Disrupted World Order Brings Urgency to South Africa’s Seat on the Security Council

South Africa is six months into its third elected term on the United Nations Security Council. Its conduct in its previous two terms has been criticised for the country’s controversial voting record. During its first term, South Africa w...

Joburg Post·4 months ago

US-China Trade War is Making China Stronger

The United States and China have reached a truce in their escalating trade war. Following a meeting between US president, Donald Trump and his Chinese counterpart, Xi Jinping at the G20, the two leaders agreed to renew talks. Tariffs, wh...

Joburg Post·4 months ago

How a Trade War, or Truce, Could Affect SA

The much talked about trade war between the US and China is one component of a broader confrontation between the two largest economies in the world. Their relationship has been deteriorating rapidly over the past 10 years, and the extent...

Mark Haworth·3 months ago

Why South Africa Should Revert to Greater Protection for Some of Its Industries

After years of relative silence, debates about the pros and cons of tariffs in international trade have become a regular feature. The renewed interest has been sparked by the actions of US President Donald Trump, the first president sinc...

Joburg Post·3 months ago

Ramaphosa Backs Huawei to Help SA Achieve 5G Technology

South African President Cyril Ramaphosa last Friday backed Chinese technology giant Huawei to help the country score a first to achieve cutting-edge 5G technology. Huawei, which has a massive global imprint including in Zimbabwe, is lead...

Joburg Post·3 months ago

South Africa Works to Finalise Tariff Schedule of AfCFTA

With the African Continental Free Trade Area Agreement (AfCFTA) expected to reshape the economy, South Africa still has a lot of homework to do to in finalising its tariff schedule related to the agreement, says Trade and Industry Minist...

Joburg Post·3 months ago

U.S. Envoys Assume Key Africa Posts – But Not South Africa

Career U.S. ambassadors are taking up key diplomatic assignments across Africa following confirmation by the Senate earlier this month. These include envoys to Nigeria, Egypt, Libya, Cote d'Ivoire and the African Union, as well as Malawi...

Joburg Post·2 months ago

Zuma and Trump: Half a World Apart, Yet Similarly Paranoid and Dangerous

Within the space of a few days, we have been subjected to bizarre but carefully staged performances by US President Donald Trump and former South African President Jacob Zuma. Trump has spewed racist hate-speech against four Democratic P...

Roger Southall·3 months ago

International Community Urges for De-Escalation in Libya

France, Britain, Egypt, UAE, US and Italy warn ongoing violence in Libya is fuelling a 'growing humanitarian emergency'. France, Britain, Egypt, the United Arab Emirates (UAE), the United States and Italy have called for an immediate end...

Joburg Post·3 months ago

Archive Documents Reveal the US and UK’s Role in the Dying Days of Apartheid

It is a quarter of a century since the end of apartheid in South Africa. But it’s easy to forget how complex, difficult and violent the birth of full democracy really was. This was particularly true in KwaZulu-Natal, where battles betwee...

Sue Onslow & Martin Plaut·3 months ago

AGOA - Good for Africa, Warts and All?

The African Trade and Opportunities Act (AGOA), established by the United States government on May 18, 2000, has been described as the cornerstone of the U.S. economic engagement with sub-Saharan Africa, where it has invested more than U...

Esther Rose·3 months ago