Zimbabwe Goes Mobile on Tollgates, Evades Cash Crunch

Many of Zimbabwe’s motorist are applauding a partnership between the mobile company Econet and the Zimbabwe National Road Administration (Zinara), which enables motorists to pay tollgates with their mobile phones, rather than cash, which is in short supply. Motorists who are registered with Econet’s mobile payment facility, EcoCash, can simply breeze

Incoming Lesotho Prime Minister’s wife shot dead: police

MASERU (Reuters) - The wife of incoming Lesotho Prime Minister Tom Thabane was shot dead late on Wednesday, two days before her husband's inauguration, raising fears of another wave of political violence in the southern African mountain kingdom. Police spokesperson Clifford Molefe said Lipolelo Thabane, 58, was travelling home with a

Government losing confidence in their own currency

As President Robert Mugabe's government is threatening to prosecute businesses rejecting payments in bond notes, reports have emerged that the immigration department is doing the same. Some Zimbabweans say the bond notes are a ticking time bomb that will take them back to 2008 when supermarket shelves went empty. The Government

Africa Needs to Vastly Improve Public Services

By William Gumede Without efficient public services, it is unlikely that African countries will be able to lift growth rates, boost development and tackle poverty. Public services in many African countries are riddled with inefficiency and corruption, and have chronic skills shortages. In almost all great development transformations this past century, one