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Magufulication is the name of the game
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Politics and Society Magufulication is the name of the game

John Magufuli is the Grinch who stole Uhuru, literally and figuratively. He’s also stolen a lot of other things since coming into office less than two months ago. Like luxury travel and other perks for public officials. Like free meals at official meetings. Like fat kickbacks for customs officials at Dar es Salaam port and in the Tanzanian Revenue Authority.

A weak rand is bad news for the poor
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Politics and Society A weak rand is bad news for the poor

Within hours of Zuma’s imprudent announcement that he was appointing as minister of finance an ANC backbencher and former mayor to 200 000 people in the West Rand (until residents burned down his house and chased him out), the South African banking index lost R128 billion in share value (its worst hit since October 2001), and the rand fell by 5.4% to a record low of R15.38 to the dollar. Within days, Zuma had to replace him by reappointing a former minister, Pravin Gordhan, to the job.

Deeper Regional Integration an opportunity for Africa
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Politics and Society Deeper Regional Integration an opportunity for Africa

African countries have the most visa requirements in the world. Only 11 of the 54 countries on the continent offer 100% liberal access to all African citizens – Seychelles, Uganda, Cape Verde, Togo, Guinea-Bissau, Mauritania, Rwanda, Comoros, Djibouti, Madagascar and Somalia. Another seven countries – Mozambique, Mauritius, Kenya, Senegal, Tanzania, Gambia and Burkina Faso – offer liberal access to citizens from at least 50% of the countries on the continent. This is in stark contrast to the European Union (EU), which offers complete freedom of movement to all citizens from its member states.