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South Africa’s former Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan (Centre) arrives at the parliament to deliver the annual budget speech in Cape Town, South Africa in February. The minister was replaced by President Jacob Zuma on March 31, 2017, as part of a cabinet shuffle that changed 10 of the country’s 35 ministers. Credit: Schalk van Zuydam/AP/The National

South Africa's President changes 10 of the country's 35 ministers in cabinet shuffle

South African president Jacob Zuma faced a widening public backlash from senior members of the ruling African National Congress including his deputy, Cyril Ramaphosa.

Moussa Faki Mahamat attends a meeting in Chad, in 2014. Credit: theguardian.com/Farouk Batiche/AFP/Getty Images

Chad's Foreign Minister Moussa Faki Mahamat elected African Union Chairman

Chad’s foreign minister has been elected as the new chair of the African Union Commission, pledging to place development and security at the top of his agenda and streamline the organization’s bureaucracy.

In front: South Africa's President Jacob Zuma (L) and AU Chair Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma (R)

It's time South Africa tuned into Africa's views about its role on the continent

South Africa has variously styled itself as a “bridge” between the North, the global South and Africa as well as a “gateway” into the continent.

Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, Chair, African Union

Jacob Zuma says South Africa's ruling ANC is ready for female leader

President gives huge boost to leadership ambitions of his ex-wife Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma with comments about his party’s succession.

Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, Chair, African Union

Zuma's ex-wife given boost in South Africa leadership race

The chances of South African President Jacob Zuma’s ex-wife, Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, becoming the next leader of the African National Congress were given a boost on Saturday with the endorsement of the ruling party’s women’s division.

South Africa's Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa (L) and President Jacob Zuma listen to the national anthem at the opening of Parliament in Cape Town, South Africa February 11, 2016. Credit: Yahoo/Reuters/Mike Hutchings

South Africa's biggest union group backs Ramaphosa to succeed Zuma

Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa saw his chances of becoming South Africa’s next leader increase on Thursday.

Cyril Ramaphosa, Deputy President of South Africa

South African union backs unionist-turned-tycoon Ramaphosa as next President

South Africa‘s Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa saw his chances of becoming the country’s next leader increase on Monday when the powerful mining union he helped found before he made a fortune in business backed him to succeed President Jacob Zuma.

Africa - The great opportunity

Africa: The great opportunity

Africa is rapidly becoming the global economic growth engine. Half of the world’s 25 fastest-growing nations are in Africa and almost 40 per cent of the continent will achieve GDP growth of more than 5 per cent in 2016.

OR Tambo International Airport, Johannesburg. By 2018, a cross-continent passport may be available to all African citizens. Photograph: Alamy

As the UK shuts itself off from Europe, the African Union rolls out a passport for the continent's 54 countries

This weekend the African Union unveiled an e-passport that will hopefully be available to all citizens of member states by 2018.

Eko Atlantic City, Lagos, Nigeria (Illustration)

Africa's planned cities and the future

One of the objectives of Sustainable Development Goals is to have sustainable cities that provide opportunities for all, including access to basic services, energy, housing and transport. Some African cities like Lagos and Kigali are on the move.

Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, Chair, African Union

Will AU Chair Dlamini-Zuma be South Africa's next President?

African Union Commission chairperson Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma says she will step down at the end of July, fuelling speculation that she will run for president in her native South Africa in elections slated for 2019.

Flight attendants serve beverages aboard an Ethiopian Airlines 787 Dreamliner on a flight to Jomo Kenyatta International Airport.

Intra-African travel is about to become easier, safer and more open

Intra-African travel — which is critical to unlocking the region’s tourism potential — is set to become easier, safer and more open.

Newly-elected AU chairman, Chadian President Idriss Déby. Photograph: Xinhua/Barcroft Media

African Union members back Kenyan plan to leave International Criminal Court

Leaders at Addis Ababa summit support pullout of international criminal court in protest at perceived unfair targeting.

The African Union meets in Johannesburg, South Africa. Credit: ft.com

Ambitious plans promise surge in African commerce

When the US, Japan and 10 other economies recently sealed the deal on a vast new Pacific Rim trading bloc, they made front page headlines around the world.

Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, Chair, African Union

South Africa's first female president could be president Zuma's ex-wife

The race for South Africa’s top job is heating up.

Chinelo Anohu-Amazu, Director-General, Nigeria's National Pension Commission (PenCom)

Mend the gap: Fixing Nigeria's $300B infrastructure deficit: Chinelo Anohu-Amazu, Director-General, PenCom

In Nigeria, pensions and infrastructure development are not often mentioned in the same sentence, but this week as Africa’s finance and pension industry leaders gather in Nigeria for the second edition of the World Pension Summit: Africa Special, the focus will be on how the nation’s growing pool of pension funds can be mobilised to drive sustainable development.

Barack Obama, President of the United States of America

Africa to Obama: Mind your own business

United States President Barack Obama is the most admired foreign leader in Africa because he has ancestral roots in our continent.

Barack Obama, President of the United States of America

Young Africans to Obama: 'Clean your own house first'

President Obama came to Africa to deliver a “blunt message” to its politicians. But young people in Kenya and Ethiopia had plenty to say to Mr Obama about the state of America.

Here are the top three Africa equity fund managers of the past three years

Here are the top three Africa equity fund managers of the past three years

Last month heads of state formally launched negotiations for a continental free-trade area at an African Union summit in Johannesburg.

John Magufuli, Tanzania's Minister of Public Works Minister and presidential candidate. Photographer: Khalfan Said/AP Photo

Tanzania's ruling party picks Minister of Public Works John Magufuli to run for President

Tanzania’s ruling party Chama Cha Mapinduzi nominated Works Minister John Magufuli to run for president on its ticket in general elections planned for Oct. 25.

7 Myths About Doing Business in Sub-Saharan Africa

7 Myths About Doing Business in Sub-Saharan Africa

It’s 2015, and by now even latecomers among multinational corporations have decided to include African countries in their emerging market portfolios.

9 mega-trends shaping the future of Africa: Seyi Bickersteth, Chairman, KPMG Africa

9 mega-trends shaping the future of Africa: Seyi Bickersteth, Chairman, KPMG Africa

In August 1963 Martin Luther King Jr delivered his famous “I Have a Dream” speech during the March on Washington. And when King said, “I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed: We hold these truths to be self-evident; that all men are created equal”, it was a turning point in American history.

Dr. Merga Bekana, National Ethiopian Electoral Board Chairman, reads on 27 May 2015 in Addis Ababa the preliminary results of the 5th Ethiopian General Election which took place on 24 May 2015 (AFP Photo/Zacharias Abubeker)

Ethiopia's ruling party wins election landslide

Ethiopia’s ruling party and its allies have won an overwhelming majority in parliament in weekend elections, the country’s electoral board announced Wednesday.

The African Development Bank (AfDB): Connecting regions (Reuters/Thomas Mukoya)

Why you should care who's in line to run the African Development Bank

This week, the African Development Bank (AfDB), the World Bank of Africa if you like, will elect a new president to replace Donald Kaberuka, a former Rwandan finance minister, who steps down on August 31 after a decade in charge.

A woman faces down a line of Baltimore police officers in riot gear on Monday during protests after the funeral of Freddie Gray. (Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

How Western media would cover Baltimore if it happened elsewhere like say Lagos or Nairobi

If what is happening in Baltimore happened in a foreign country, here is how Western media would cover it: International leaders expressed concern over the rising tide of racism and state violence in America, especially concerning the treatment of ethnic minorities in the country and the corruption in state security forces around the country when handling cases of police brutality.

Kenyan Muslim women and men applaud as a women's representative denounces the latest attack by al-Shabab gunmen, at a public meeting in Garissa, Kenya, on Apr. 3, 2015. Ben Curtis—AP

Look beyond Garissa attack to see progress in Kenya: former US Ambassador to Kenya, Major General Scott Gration, Ret.

If the media coverage on Kenya is all about terrorism, the terrorists win.

Goodluck Jonathan, President of Nigeria

Nigeria postponing February 14 elections amid security issues in the northeast

Nigeria‘s Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) will postpone the February 14 presidential and legislative elections for six weeks to give a new multinational force time to secure parts of the northeastern areas under the sway of Boko Haram.

Ashish J. Thakkar, Founder & MD, Mara Group

It's time to change the Africa narrative: Ashish J. Thakkar, Founder & MD, Mara Group

I recently watched the BBC documentary, “Rwanda: The Untold Story” which first aired on October 1st, 2014. For those of us who have lived through the 1994 genocide, the documentary is quite puzzling.

Demands for the creation of Biafra state are still heard in south-east Nigeria

Will Scottish referendum encourage Africa's separatists?

Many African countries have secessionist movements, partly because their borders were drawn up by colonial powers in the 19th Century.

Jose Filomeno de Sousa dos Santos

An interview with Jose Filomeno de Sousa dos Santos, Chairman of Fundo Soberano de Angola, Angola's sovereign wealth fund

Since 1979, the Dos Santos family has ruled over Angola, Africa’s second largest oil producer after Nigeria.

Gambia launches first Internet Exchange Point (IXP)

Gambia launches first Internet Exchange Point (IXP)

Gambia’s Ministry of Information and Communication Infrastructure (MOICI) under the African Union Commission (AUC) African Internet Exchange Services (AXIS) Support Project has launched the country’s first Internet Exchange Point (IXP) – the Serrekunda Internet Exchange Point (SIXP).