• The Economic Pressure Behind Zambia’s ‘Weed licenses’

    The Economic Pressure Behind Zambia’s ‘Weed licenses’0

    Crippling debt, weakening currency and poor budget performance pushes the Southern African government to join the weed race… Zambia’s cabinet on 4th December 2019 approved the production and export of Marijuana, effectively lifting a longstanding moratorium on the issuance of licenses for this purpose.  A Ministerial Technical Committee for the cultivation, processing, and export of

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  • Crackdown on Betting Firms in Kenya, Hurting Sports and Economy

    Crackdown on Betting Firms in Kenya, Hurting Sports and Economy0

    Kenya’s biggest sports betting firm, SportPesa on Wednesday fired all of its 400  employees. This came after the government failed to renew the firm’s license in July, on tax evasion allegations. The money in question involves tax withheld from winners following the introduction of a new law that requires betting firms to withhold 20 percent of

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  • Show Us the Money: The Changing Meaning of Cash in Zim

    Show Us the Money: The Changing Meaning of Cash in Zim0

    The minister of finance and economic development in Zimbabwe, Mthuli Ncube, as reported in the mainstream media, recently  confirmed that government will soon introduce an actual currency.  This will be done in order  to augment what is referred to as the bond note and the ZWL or electronic  RTGS money that is currently being used.

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  • Electricity Cuts, Lifestyles and Modified Behaviour in Zimbabwe

    Electricity Cuts, Lifestyles and Modified Behaviour in Zimbabwe0

    Electricity and access to it is a big issue in Zimbabwe at the moment.  Not least by admission of our own government but more importantly by the lived realities of many urban based Zimbabweans, civil service workers, social service providers, informal traders and formal or informal private business owners. I have mentioned ‘urban’ Zimbabweans because

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  • The United States Dollar as a Deity in Zimbabwe

    The United States Dollar as a Deity in Zimbabwe0

    The Zimbabwean government recently did the unfathomable, at least according to social media pundits, some civil society organisations, unions and influential urbanites.  It arbitrarily and abruptly re-introduced a local currency for all domestic financial transactions.  At least at law. As expected there was an immediate outburst of anger on social media, in press conferences, statements

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