Neglected since the outset of the Bolsonaro era, Brazil's diplomatic apparatus on the African continent is undergoing a complete overhaul with a reassigning of senior officials to the country's key embassies in southern Africa.
Since Moscow began its military offensive in Ukraine, numerous southern African entrepreneurs have had to freeze their investment projects in Russia or leave their positions as directors of companies under sanctions. Being separated from these wealthy Africans has entrenched the dichotomy of Russia's presence on the continent:
To counter his reputation of being soft on graft, a year ahead of the next election the president and his PR team have mounted a major media campaign, including a flashy TV documentary, around several high-profile sackings.
The UAE, Monaco, Mauritius and Singapore are no longer the only jurisdictions scanning bank accounts to track down the assets of the former Angolan President José Eduardo dos Santos and his family.
Thrown back into the limelight by a recent report, Banco Sol's deep and long-standing ties with President João Lourenço's party are weighing heavily on the financial institution's attempts to brand itself as just an ordinary bank.
Most of the senior management in place at Sonangol under former President José Eduardo Dos Santos have been sacked since [...]