The use of interest rates as a policy instrument is a global problem, says Edward Ingram.
Community perceptions of police corruption cause great damage, says Mandi Smallhorne.
Self-made leaders from humble homes would make a welcome change, says Mzwandile Jacks.
Global oil prices have soared to one-month peaks on simmering Syria tensions, rebounding equities, the weak dollar and upbeat comments from energy major Shell.
Global oil prices have weakened, weighed down by abundant supplies that have plagued the market for months.
Oil prices have held above $46 a barrel in Asia ahead of a report on US commercial crude inventories, a closely watched indicator of demand in the world's top consumer.
Oil has extended gains in Asia as a decline in US drilling pointed to a slowdown in production, but concerns over demand remain after a disappointing US jobs report.
Oil prices have climbed as a hurricane threatened refineries on the US east coast.
Gold is headed for the biggest weekly decline in almost seven months as investors look to the US nonfarm payrolls report for sign on the strength of the economy.
Tech companies have once again dominated the top global brands in a survey that measures the most valuable brands in the world.
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