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The World Food Programme says migrants worldwide reached 244 million in 2015.
Growing African repression causing migrant exodus: Oxfam

African countries are becoming increasingly repressive and causing more people to leave their homes, says British charity Oxfam.

Ramaphosa told delegates that everyone should be leaving with the understanding of the urgency of the task at hand.
"Urgent action, implementation of policies needed to achieve growth"

There is a pressing need for urgent action and implementation of policies to achieve inclusive growth now : Ramaphosa

Telecommunications and Postal services minister Siyabonga Cwele says the initiative is still in its infancy stage
Government launches Internet for All initiative

Government has launched the Internet for all initiative that is expected to connect 22 million South African’s online by the year 2020.

Rob Davies was speaking on the sidelines of the World Economic Forum (WEF) on Africa in Durban, wrapping up on Friday.
"Africa needs to industrialise and exploit 4th Industrial Revolution"

Minister of Trade and Industry, Rob Davies, said on Friday that Africa needed to industrialise and pursue larger blocs of regional integration.

The theme of the three-day forum is “Inclusive growth - responsive and responsible leadership”.
Africa urged to provide economic opportunities to youth

The World Economic Forum (WEF) on Africa will end in Durban on Friday with a call to include young people in the mainstream economy and close the gap between the rich and poor.

Finance Minister Malusi Gigaba says they also want the G20 to address the huge youth unemployment facing the continent.
SA will remain committed to African agenda - Gigaba

South Africa says it will remain committed to the African agenda at the G20 this year.

South Africa is still seen as the second most competitive economy on the continent.
South Africa grabs 2nd place in the Africa Competitiveness Report

South Africa picked up second place, coming behind Mauritius who is leading the pack at number one on the 2017 Africa Competitiveness Report which was released during the WEF Africa conference.

SA Pres. Jacob Zuma inspects the 2017 WEF on Africa event  in Durban, South Africa.
Pres. Zuma to officially open WEF on Africa

President Jacob Zuma will officially open the 2017 World Economic Forum on Africa on Thursday morning. The conference runs from 3-5 May 2017.

Former finance minister Pravin Gordhan chats to SABC about the WEF Africa 2017 and his future.
Gordhan on policy choices at WEF on Africa

Former Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan says while government has a room to experiment with some policy choices sound judgment should be applied.

The issue of famine has crippled countries such as Somalia, South Sudan and part of Kenya.
WEF to grapple impact of famine

The World Economic Forum (WEF) will grapple with the impact of conflict and famine. Finance Minister Malusi Gigaba has called for a collective approach in addressing the challenges.

A panel of experts say Nigeria and South Africa need clear long- term economic policies to  boost growth.
What SA can learn from Nigeria downgrades

The governments of Nigeria and South Africa have failed to implement consistent economic policies that attract foreign investment.

Marcher sechoes anti WEF sentiment on day one of WEF Africa.
WEF "a fraud": The People's Economic Forum

Hundreds of civil society supporters have lashed out against the World Economic Forum on Africa, calling it "a fraud".

Mastercard says the benefit of using cash is largely driven by the misconception that cash is cheap.
Cash remains king in SA

Cash transactions remains a popular choice of payment for many consumers.

About 1,000 delegates will converge at the WEF on Africa in Durban.
Oxfam report urges African leaders to build 'human economy'

Africa’s stance on the challenges facing the global economy and the impact of the fourth industrial revolution will come under scrutiny at this year’s World Economic Forum on Africa.

About 1,000 delegates will converge at the WEF on Africa in Durban.
WEF Africa and the drive for ‘inclusive growth’

Africa’s stance on the challenges facing the global economy and the impact of the fourth industrial revolution will come under scrutiny at this year’s World Economic Forum on Africa.

KwaZulu-Natal police have warned motorists of road closures in and around the city.
Police, Intelligence set for 2017 WEF on Africa

The National Joint Operational and Intelligence Structure has put security measures in place to ensure the success of the World Economic Forum Africa that starts in Durban on Wednesday.

Government plans to use the event to promote the country as an investment destination.
More than a 1000 delegates expected at WEF on Africa

SA government plans to lead discussions on radical economic transformation and inclusive growth when the country hosts the World Economic Forum on Africa in Durban.

The PEF says the WEF needs to be opened to the general public as they are the most affected.(REUTERS)
WEF on Africa slammed for ignoring civil society voices

The People's Economic Forum says it will protest at the World Economic Forum in Durban. PEF says it wants the voices of the civic community to be heard.

Opinion and Analysis

Farmer and innovator Angel Adelaja is a winner of the World Economic Forum's Top Women Innovators Award.
WEF Africa 2017: Thinking out the box by putting the farm in one

This young Nigerian, a winner of the World Economic Forum’s Top Women Innovators Award, has turned adversity and a modern city’s hunger for imported vegetables into a thriving business.

Over 17 million people in Somalia, Ethiopia, South Sudan and Kenya are experiencing crisis or emergency food insecurity .
WEF should spur policy innovations that drive equitable growth

The forum is taking place at a moment when the African continent is more optimistic about herself.

Africa needs to improve governance, build infrastructure, and reduce trade barriers to achieve inclusive growth.
WEF needs to move beyond spin if it’s going to help Africa

Set against the backdrop of low growth, the theme of this year’s African World Economic Forum (WEF) is “inclusive and sustainable growth”.

Ramaphosa said the intellectual capabilities of the youth must be developed to allow the younger generation to exploit their own resources.
Africa needs to prepare its youth for the workplace - Ramaphosa

Africa needs to prepare its youth for the workplace of tomorrow and this was the message delivered by Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa at the closing of the World Economic Forum on Friday.

To understand why GDP does not measure up we have to see what it measures and what it doesn't.
WEF, GDP and measuring the wealth of nations

With the 'World Economic Forum on Africa' taking place in Durban it is inevitable that economic development of African countries assumes central stage.

Africa needs to improve governance, build infrastructure, and reduce trade barriers to achieve inclusive growth.
World Economic Forum needs to move beyond spin if it’s going to help A

The 2017 African World Economic Forum (WEF) is “inclusive and sustainable growth”

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South African minister of Finance was part of a session on Africa's economic outlook.
WEF Session: Africa's economic outlook

South African minister of finance, Malusi Gigaba believes that the African continent needs to increase intra-African trade so that "we do not have to depend on the outside environment."

President Jacob Zuma answers questions during WEF Africa.
President Zuma answers questions at WEF Africa official opening

President Jacob Zuma officially opened the World Economic Forum on Africa summit in Durban.

The WEF on Africa official opening takes place on Thursday in Durban.
Watch official opening of WEF on Africa

SA President Jacob Zuma officially opens the 2017 World Economic Forum on Africa. The opening takes place on the second day of the events which runs from 3- May 2017

Finance Minister Malusi Gigaba.
Stream: Conversation with Malusi Gigaba about WEF Africa 2017

Click below to watch “An Insight, An Idea with Minister Malusi Gigaba” a conversation with the Finance Minister at WEF Africa 2017.

The World Economic Forum (WEF) on Africa takes place in Durban, South Africa on 3 - 5 May 2017.
WEF on Africa 2017 in Pictures

View images from the World Economic Forum (WEF) on Africa taking place in Durban, South Africa on 3 - 5 May 2017.

The 2017 theme is “Achieving Inclusive Growth through Responsive and Responsible Leadership”.
WEF Africa 2017 Videos

Latest videos from the 2017 World Economic Forum (WEF) on Africa taking place in Durban South Africa.

The 2017 WEF on Africa takes place from 3 - 5 May 2017 at the International Convention Centre in Durban.
WEF Video coverage

Watch SABC News coverage of the WEF meetings and related events.

Past WEF Meetings

Telecommunications and Postal Service Minister Siyabonga Cwele was also part of SA delegation in Rwanda.
SA delegation face tough questions at WEF

In 2016, the South African delegation at the World Economic Forum (WEF) on Africa in Rwanda answered tough questions from concerned investors and development financiers.

According to WEF, the Marrakesh Declaration is part of an ongoing public-private partnership taking place in Africa under the Tropical Forest Alliance 2020 Africa Palm Oil Initiative.
African countries commit to sustainable palm oil production

In 2016, seven African countries pledged to protect their rain forests by moving to sustainable palm oil production.

Africa urged to face its realities in efforts to realising good governance.
‘There’s hope for Africa’s democracy’

In 2015, The World Economic Forum on Africa heard that there’s hope for Africa’s democracy, provided that there is robust engagement with civil society on issues of good governance & accountability.

The Forum was initially called the European Management Forum until 1987
History of the WEF

The World Economic Forum was founded in January 1971 in Davos, Switzerland, as a not-for-profit Foundation. The headquarters’ is in Geneva.

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