Having survived the inevitable end-of-year-list section of the journalistic calendar, it is now time for the-year-ahead-forecast, of course.
The Economist's Baobab blog about all things Africa has a handy rundown that takes in most of the southern bit of the continent.
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Among other things, it predicts:
Trouble ahead for Swaziland and Malawi
Gradual betterment for Mozambique and Botswana
Ill-health and no elections for Zimbabwe
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