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Sydney Wise

Learning from Mistakes in Pandemic Response

Throughout history, we have assumed the risk of communicating disease; the question is, have we learned from past experiences enough to minimize future risk?


Abdullah Hamidaddin

How Yemen Rises

Donors and Yemen's government should encourage experts who understand the country’s health and environmental challenges to engage with those innovators.


Firas Al-Atraqchi

New Zealand mosque massacre fueled by social media hate speech

The attack which killed at least 49 Muslims could not have happened without support and planning on social media.

Analysis: China’s Silk Road Eyes G7 Nations

Italy could sign an MoU on joining the One Road, One Belt initiative when Xi Jinping visits Rome March 20.


Russell Merryman

Analysis: Schrödinger’s Brexit

You cannot build a stable economic future on a foundation of feelings and false promises, says Russell Merryman,

BRICS News

South Africa to move to Level 3 lockdown on June 1

South Africa to move to Level 3 lockdown on June 1

South African steel production fell by 99.5 per cent year-on-year in April so the move to Level 3 was welcomed.

Inter-Africa Trade Fair postponed to September 2021

Inter-Africa Trade Fair postponed to September 2021

Oramah said that the continuing COVID-19 pandemic situation was not conducive to holding such a pan-African event.

South African government launches R500bn stimulus package

South African government launches R500bn stimulus package

R2 billion is geared to assist small and medium enterprises and spaza shop owners and other small businesses;

Mixed reaction to extension of South Africa’s lockdown

Mixed reaction to extension of South Africa’s lockdown

Non-food stores, all restaurants, bars and cinemas are closed, as are schools, churches and universities.

BRICS NDB issues RMB 5 billion Coronavirus bond

BRICS NDB issues RMB 5 billion Coronavirus bond

The China loan will finance urgent and unexpected public health expenditures and will focus on three provinces in China.

South Africa starts first day of 21-day lockdown

South Africa starts first day of 21-day lockdown

This means that most economic activities cease except those related to public health, food, water, sanitation and electricity.

In-Depth

Analysis: BRICS can defeat Trump's protectionism

BRICS must quickly tear down barriers which could impede free trade within the bloc.




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Q&A

Hate & the Holocaust- Q&A with Auschwitz Museum Chief

There is an increase in incitement to hatred and exclusion in many countries of Europe today, says Cywiski.

Q&A: Russian healthy snacks entrepreneur looks West

Forbes called Elena Shifrina "the face of the healthy snacks sector in Russia".

Inside Track

BRICS agree to joint work on ‘Fourth Revolution’, cryptocurrencies

BRICS agree to joint work on ‘Fourth Revolution’, cryptocurrencies

BRICS must revamp their education and vocational systems to meet challenges of the new technologies.

BRICS Social

Chinese satellite sends unbreakable code from space

Chinese satellite sends unbreakable code from space

Apart from Russia, China is one of America's biggest rivals in space exploration.

Chinese turn to online for entertainment

Chinese turn to online for entertainment

An increasing number of Chinese are going online for entertainment, gaming and reading, an annual industry report says.

BRICS Business

South African final demand rose in the fourth quarter

South African final demand rose in the fourth quarter

Prospects for 2020 were looking good prior to the global panic resulting from the coronavirus outbreak.

South African Budget does not raise any new taxes

South African Budget does not raise any new taxes

Commitments made at the 2018 and 2019 Investment Summits haven't been factored into the GDP growth forecasts.

Renewable energy a key focus area for the BRICS Bank

Renewable energy a key focus area for the BRICS Bank

The NDB will also make an investment of up to $100 million in the Patria Infrastructure Fund IV, L.P. in Brazil.

World News

Inter-Africa Trade Fair postponed to September 2021

Oramah said that the continuing COVID-19 pandemic situation was not conducive to holding such a pan-African event.

Learning from Mistakes in Pandemic Response

Throughout history, we have assumed the risk of communicating disease; the question is, have we learned from past experiences enough to minimize future risk?

Chinese demand key uncertainty for seaborne coal market in 2020

Chinese traders will hold back from buying as they wait for the economic impact of the coronavirus to stabilize.

South African citrus export volumes to jump in 2020

South Africa’s share in the top six citrus exporting countries more than doubled between 2001 and 2017.