Antique ivory – defined as pre-1947 worked ivory – is an exception and can be traded in the UK and EU. Flickr/James Picht
Paradigm shift as African countries throw their weight behind ivory ban

Calls from conservation groups for a strong line and a near total ban on the sale of ivory were strengthened last week when 32 African nations stood as one to demand an end to trade in ivory in Britain and the European Union.

By Caroline Cox 26 Mar 2018

President Paul Kagame. Image credit: Village Urugwiro via
A new dawn for Africa as 44 countries sign CFTA deal

The African Continental Free Trade Area Agreement (CFTA ) could enter into effect by the end of this year following signing by 44 countries yesterday at the 10th extraordinary African Union Summit.

By Collins Mwai 22 Mar 2018

How are companies preparing for automation and the new world of work?
How are companies preparing for automation and the new world of work?

The world of work is evolving, and future-conscious organisations need to be aware of the business implications associated with automation and robotics. A fundamental consideration is how such changes disrupt and affect the world of work and long-standing traditions about the role human beings play in it.

By Lusanda Raphulu 8 Feb 2018

Kenyan gender advocate Vivian Onano for innovation summit
Kenyan gender advocate Vivian Onano for innovation summit

Kenyan gender advocate Vivian Onano is one of the key speakers at the Liberty VUKA Knowledge Summit. In this Q&A, we find out what her entrepreneurship lessons are for women and young people in the workplace.

26 Oct 2017

Africa's ambitious new biodiversity laws come with teeth, will protect people too
Africa's ambitious new biodiversity laws come with teeth, will protect people too

Africa is known for its rich biodiversity. On a continent where people depend on this biodiversity for their daily livelihood, the question of how animals and plants that live on it will be protected, remains crucial. A difficult question to a lofty ideal. Making leaders accountable for national endeavours affecting the environment is a good start.

By Willem Daniel Lubbe 11 Sep 2017

Intra-African trade critical for economic growth
Intra-African trade critical for economic growth

The increased participation of women in intra-African trade is critical to sustainable growth on the continent. Today, intra-African trade stands at about 13% of the total trade in Africa. This is extremely low when compared to intra-Asia trade, which sits at about 40% of total trade. Clearly we are not tapping into the full opportunities our continent has to offer to each other's growth.

By Deepa Vallabh 8 Sep 2017

The second ‘Scramble for Africa' reveals need for IP rights protection
The second ‘Scramble for Africa' reveals need for IP rights protection

For the second time in history, the African continent has become a focal point for global expansion. As a result, valuable goods, services and intellectual property are being exported into Africa. With this expansion comes the reality of increased demand, and competition and the risk of imitation. It is therefore crucial that intellectual property rights are adequately protected before embarking on any expansion strategy.

By Carla Collett 25 Aug 2017

Social media is a key for terror groups
Social media is a key for terror groups

WASHINGTON, USA: Al-Qaeda and other terrorist groups have expanded their online presence with increased use of social media, creating new challenges for thwarting attacks, said a study released Wednesday, 14 May.

15 May 2014

Africa is focus for international law firms
Africa is focus for international law firms

Expansion into Africa by the world's biggest law firms gathered steam on Monday (3 June) with the official tie-up between Norton Rose and Fulbright & Jaworski to form Norton Rose Fulbright.

4 Jun 2013

Hackers pose threat to Africa's governments
Hackers pose threat to Africa's governments

Hackers have claimed the scalp of the South African Ministry of State Security's Twitter account, underlining concerns that Africa may be the soft underbelly of global cyber security.

6 Mar 2013