Industrial users of gas have brought the energy regulator’s methodology under the scrutiny of the courts.
South African courts have been reluctant 'to step into the shoes of the regulator'. But the confirmation by the Constitutional Court of the ruling by the Supreme Court of Appeal has changed all that.
A gas-fired power station will be a cheaper option for Eskom than its current diesel plant.
South Africa's policymakers see a greater role for liquefied natural gas in the country's energy mix, reduce the country's over-reliance on coal and drive re-industrialisation.
A Kenyan women removes maize from husks.
Understanding the political economy around maize production puts into context debates on key interventions in the value chain.
Eskom and Iscor were formed to feed the railway network’s need for cheap electricity and steel.
Though formed by the state, Eskom and Iscor enjoyed very little state support in their infancy. To survive, they had to cooperate with the private sector companies they were meant to compete with.
There’s a perception among young South Africans that farm jobs are back-breaking and financially unappealing.
Agriculture appears to carry a stronger set of negative stigmas than other careers, but this is only half the story.
The Central Bank of Kenya has financial inclusion in its stewardship of the financial system.
A human rights approach offers central banks a new tool for understanding the true costs and benefits of their operations.
Former South African President Jacob Zuma.
South Africans may well be seduced by the prospect of Zuma appearing at the Zondo commission, but he was not alone in driving the state capture project.
An electronic toll gantry on a Johannesburg highway.
Politicians oppose toll roads on Johannesburg's highways, yet they are textbook example of progressive taxation that favours the poor.
The automobile sector has grown most strongly since 1994 behind tariff protection.
South Africa's economic reforms of the 1990s were overdone, destroying some industries and thus impacting economic growth and job creation. A re-balancing of industrial policy is called for.
Kenyan women hold a vigil for victims of violence.
Women who survive violence in Kenya are building peace in their communities.
Children play in a cabbage patch near their home in Modderspruit, near Rustenburg, South Africa.
The abandonment of crop farming fields isn't new. But some researchers say it's accelerated in the last two decades.
South Africa’s child support grant helps fight poverty among children up to the age of 18.
The child support grant, as a policy instrument, cannot work alone in ensuring that young people thrive and succeed.
Transport to and from where job opportunities are is a high barrier for young people from poor families.
A fast growing economy that creates jobs will not automatically reduce youth unemployment due to systemic barriers faced by young people, including skills shortages and malfunctioning labour markets.
Giving young people financial skills can lead to much better education and job outcomes.
Arming young people with financial capabilities does improve their employment prospects, but how exactly is still not clear. One possibility is that financial literacy boosts their confidence
The price of bread has been one of the drivers of inflation in South Africa.
Most South Africans think prices are rising much faster than is actually the case. This makes the central bank's job of managing inflation expectations much harder.
Henry Rotich - Kenya’s Cabinet Secretary for the National Treasury
Some areas of concern remain. These include the mobilisation of local resources, reduction of the fiscal deficit and stabilisation of the national debt.
Inequality in South Africa derives from settler colonialism. The country is incredibly unequal.
Inequality persists in post-apartheid South Africa, reflecting the distribution of power. Reversing this will require changing the social processes and relations that underpin it.
South Africa has seen a steady rise in the number of protests
If the country is to survive its current crisis, government will need to undertake two difficult tasks simultaneously.
Low-wage poverty is highly associated with unstable work such as in the informal sector.
Paid employment is no longer a guarantee that workers will earn enough to cover their basic needs and become relatively secure financially. Hence the global phenomenon of the working poor.
Women in Soweto said going out in exercise clothes made them vulnerable to harassment and assault.
It's not enough to simply promote healthy eating and exercise without considering the very real environmental and structural constraints present in South Africa.