Are foreigners stealing jobs in South Africa?

With every outbreak of violence in South Africa, the refrain is the same. “The kwerekwere are stealing our jobs,” people say. Shops are torched. Streets are barricaded. Tyres are set alight. Rocks become weapons. People...

Xenophobia: Something had to give

THE UNEMPLOYMENT LEVEL, ECONOMIC performance decline, ratings downgrades, power crisis, high levels of crime and corruption and service delivery problems – it is no secret that our country is in a state of crisis....

Al-Shabaab’s Kenyan Ambitions

WHY IS AL-SHABAAB increasingly targeting Kenya? In its statement following the attack, Al-Shabaab claimed it acted to avenge atrocities it alleges have been committed by the Kenyan military deployed in Somalia (now part of the...

Nigeria’s State Elections are just as important as the National Vote

ON 28 MARCH, NIGERIA conducted a historic presidential election. Despite a chaotic voter registration process and a fear of violence, the polls went smoothly – the result, when it was announced, was unprecedented. For...

Technocrats Key to Buhari’s Economic Antidotes

Despite the doomsday predictions about Nigeria prior to the recently concluded general elections, the country once more showed its resilience as it came out of the elections unscathed. Indeed, Nigeria's democratic credentials were further consolidated with...