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Advocacy: A call for disclosure of beneficial owners

Who Owns Whom Managing Director Andrew McGregor calls on South African citizenry to join those in Kenya, Ghana and Nigeria who are holding their governments accountable for rising state debt. Let’s peel back the layers of corporate secrecy with the Companies Amendment Bill and demand transparency in the current procurement system such that ultimate beneficial owners of private companies are disclosed. Read more at AmaBhungane.com or iAfrica.com

Guinea Snapshot

Guinea’s mining industry has been one of the main drivers of its economic growth and of the significant increase in mineral exports from the West Africa region. West African countries exported US$16.1bn of minerals in 2017, 26.3% more than in the previous year, largely due to the large increase in exports from Guinea, whose mining sector continues to grow apace. A report by Who Owns Whom on Mining in West Africa indicates that Guinea has 25% of the world’s bauxite reserves and is the world’s third-largest producer of bauxite, from which aluminium is extracted, with output increasing by 43% from …

Smart Cities

The year that was It is probably safe to say that most of us are happy to see the back of 2018 and the signs of long absent patriotic leadership in both the state and private sector give us hope for 2019 and beyond. We will be closed from 21st December 2018 until 7th January 2019 and wish you all a safe and restful festive season. Smart Cities Readers of London’s Daily Telegraph may have rated Cape Town the greatest city on earth, but the city does not rank in the world’s top 50 smart cities, where New York, London, Paris, Tokyo and Reykjavik rank in the top five.

Smart Cities

Readers of London’s Daily Telegraph may have rated Cape Town the greatest city on earth, but the city does not rank in the world’s top 50 smart cities, where New York, London, Paris, Tokyo and Reykjavik rank in the top five. While there are multiple definitions of what makes a smart city, and technology is obviously a key factor, there does seem to be consensus on a number of contributing factors, notably the high standard of quality of life for its citizens, including safety, mobility, services and cultural and environmental factors. The Internet of Things is a critical tool for …