Africa Insights

A research collaboration with the Centre for Complex Systems in Transition, Stellenbosch University

We understand that our clients and other stakeholders may well be inundated with comment and information from professional service firms. While we do not want to add to an unnecessary burden of information, we do want to prompt discussion about things that are causes for concern, or that are generating optimism or excitement about business opportunities.

To this end, we have entered into a unique research collaboration with the University of Stellenbosch’s Centre for Complex Systems in Transition. At the core of the Centre’s work is the drive to find, ‘ways of living that sustain rather than destroy the eco-system within which all society is embedded’.

This purpose resonates with our vision as an African law firm, supporting our clients and our people, as they seek to unlock opportunity, overcome challenges and realise the hopes that will shape the future of Africa. Our aim, through this collaboration, is to generate critical analysis of economic, social and business issues that affect the markets we serve, and to share insights with our clients on a regular basis throughout the year.

The publications that have been produced through this collaboration are available here.

 

Seventh edition, September 2020: The African Continental Free Trade Area - Development accelerator or more of the same?

Seventh edition, September 2020: The African Continental Free Trade Area – Development accelerator or more of the same?

The African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) is being hailed as the single most progressive step forward in advancing African economic development and mitigating the fallout from the COVID-19 crisis. This edition of Africa Insights examines some of the challenges in its implementation and proposes how they can be managed.

Sixth edition, August 2020: Urban development: the transformation of African cities

Sixth edition, August 2020: Urban development: the transformation of African cities

Africa is the most rapidly urbanising continent in the world – 50% of Africans will be living in urban areas by 2035. This edition delves into the phenomenon of African urbanization uncovering the unique nature of cities on this continent as well as some of the associated difficulties and opportunities.

Fifth edition, July 2020: Russia and China in Africa: Development allies or geopolitical opportunists?

Fifth edition, July 2020: Russia and China in Africa: Development allies or geopolitical opportunists?

It has been common knowledge for some time that China and Russia are major economic players in Africa, but the actual extent of their involvement may come as a revelation. This edition uncovers some startling facts and figures on Africa’s indebtedness and reliance on China and Russia.

Fourth edition, June 2020: Transformational Infrastructure for Sustainable Development in Africa

Fourth edition, June 2020: Transformational Infrastructure for Sustainable Development in Africa

The shortcomings in infrastructure development across Africa are well known, but there is a flipside to this. With three-quarters of the continent’s infrastructure yet to be built, we have the opportunity to leapfrog straight to a more sustainable, inclusive society in ways that elude developed regions with aging legacy installations. This edition investigates further.

Third edition, May 2020: Energy Transitions in South and East Africa: The Potential and Impact of Renewable Energy as a Catalyst for Change

Third edition, May 2020: Energy Transitions in South and East Africa: The Potential and Impact of Renewable Energy as a Catalyst for Change

There are clear signs of an accelerating global energy shift from fossil fuels towards renewables. As this shift gains momentum, African economies that are heavily reliant on fossil fuel extraction could find they have as much to gain as to lose. This edition explores the opportunities and challenges that accompany the energy transition.

Second edition, April 2020: Post COVID-19 Crisis Pathways:  Choices for Africa’s Enduring Economic Recovery

Second edition, April 2020: Post COVID-19 Crisis Pathways:  Choices for Africa’s Enduring Economic Recovery

Africa is a vast and diverse continent that at ordinary times offers an extraordinary range of economic, social and political material warranting in-depth analysis. These are not ordinary times as COVID-19 starts taking a hold on the continent. This edition looks ahead to the longer term impact of the  resulting global economic crisis.

First edition, March 2020: COVID-19 - Economic Impact on East and Southern Africa

First edition, March 2020: COVID-19 – Economic Impact on East and Southern Africa

With the global health crisis and its consequent economic fall-out currently gripping the world, it is probably no surprise that the first edition of this series contains an early assessment of the unfolding economic impact of the COVID-19 public health crisis and the possible economic impact on East and Southern Africa in particular.