Spotlight on Zambezi’s ivory poaching

Namibia has enjoyed a good reputation for its nature conservation, but there is evidence the illegal trade in wildlife products is taking off. The smuggling hotspot is the Zambezi border region where five Southern Africa countries intersect. Oxpeckers fellow and Chinese journalist Hongxiang Huang travelled to Zambezi to investigate.

By Oxpeckers reporters, 02.11.2014

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O drama da caça furtiva ao elefante em Moçambique

À semelhança da redução da mancha florestal, em virtude do contrabando da madeira, de Moçambique para a China – com o envolvimento dos nossos líderes políticos –, a caça furtiva segue a mesma rota. De 2009 a 2013 foram abatidos 9.345 elefantes, quase metade dos 20.374 paquidermes que constituíam a espécie na altura. O drama é que tudo ocorre perante o olhar cúmplice de quem, por direito, além de criar, deve fazer cumprir a lei…

Por Estácios Valoi, 30 Janeiro 2014, AVerdade (Mozambique)

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Dairy to dust: mining investigation

The villagers of Ebuhleni, near Carolina in Mpumalanga province, are farm workers. They always have been. Until Pembani Coal realised that there are profitable coal seams to be exploited under the farm where the village is located. The villagers have worked on this farm for many decades and, according to the locals, they were also allowed to graze their own cattle on the farm for the past 40 years. But that’s all over now.

By Oxpeckers Reporters, 20 January 2014

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Chinese oligarch could face scrutiny in Madagascar oil land grab

When a Chinese businessman first approached Malagasy farmer Jean Manantsoa, 47, in April last year with an offer to lease his family rice fields, Manantsoa had no idea of the untapped pockets of potential natural wealth beneath.

By Nadia Raonimanalina and Will Fitzgibbon, The Africa Report, 08 January 2014

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Die Hard — Egypt’s deadly factory

Dozens of workers suffering from pulmonary ossification due to exposure of silica dust; Health insurance company colludes with Factory management health conditions of workers; Work Office engaged lawsuits No. 4917-4918 2012 before the Court of Edfu, against the arbitrary transfer of workers, and against the Factory’s violation of the rules of safety and health.

by Nyira el Sheiref, African Sentinel, 30 December 2013

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Nigeria: Deepwater PSC Incentive Turns On Its Head

Nigeria’s total production of crude oil fell by 100Million barrels between 2006 and 2008 and increased by the same volume between 2008 and 2011, but while the proportion of production coming from Production Sharing Contracts (PSCs) surged, relative output from acreages licenced as joint venture (JV) operations was on the decline.

By Toyin Akinosho, Africa Oil and Gas Report, 20 December 2013

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