Namibia - Investors have welcomed a decision to scrap a BEE clause based on South Africa's legislation that would require companies to be 25% owned by 'racially disadvantaged' individuals. The government cited recognition that such a clause would not result in broad economic empowerment. Read More
Zimbabwe - Between 2004 and 2014, the largest increases in employment were in household activities (33.2%), education (31.6%) and agriculture, forestry and fishing (26.7%). The latter is the country’s largest employer, providing work to over two-thirds of employed Zimbabweans. Read More
South Africa - South Africa's ranking on the Global Competitiveness Index 2017-2018 dropped by 14 places since last year, to 61st. The country's ranking dropped significantly on several institutional indicators, including 'irregular payments and bribes' and 'transparency of government policymaking'. Read More
Kenya - According to the latest figures, 2.9% of Kenyan men aged 15-49 had no formal schooling in 2014, compared to 7% of Kenyan women who have never gone to school. Only 32.8% of men and 26.9% of women had completed secondary school or attained post-secondary school training. Read More
South Africa - The country lost 113,000 jobs from the first quarter of 2017 to the second quarter, according to Stats SA. The largest job losses were in the construction and agriculture sectors. Read More
Egypt - In the 4th quarter of 2017, 24% of state owned company Engineering for the Petroleum and Process Industries (ENPPI) is set to go on sale as part of the Egyptian government’s efforts to privatise a number of state owned enterprises. Read More
South Africa - The country's Labour Appeal Court ruled in July 2017 that temporary employees contracted to a client by a labour broker would automatically gain legal status as permanent employees of the client company after three months. Read More
Zambia - Zambia’s opposition leader Hakainde Hichilema appeared in court on a treason charge after being arrested for allegedly failing to move out of the way of the presidential motorcade in April. The country’s president has suggested he may initiate a state of emergency. Read More
Lesotho-Swaziland - Lesotho is expected to hold elections again soon after the country’s prime minister was ousted by a vote of no confidence and King Letsie III dissolved the country’s parliament in early March. Read More
Mauritius - Mauritius is the easiest country to conduct business in in sub-Saharan Africa according to the Doing Business 2017 rankings. However, compared to 2016, its ranking has declined in all indicators except registering property and trading across borders, where its rankings remained unchanged. Read More
Botswana - Botswana had the third-highest (22.2%) HIV/Aids rate in the world in 2015, which was higher than the South African rate of 19.2%, Namibian rate of 13.3%, and Zimbabwean rate of 14.7%. Read More
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