PARIS, France, February 18, 2014 — Schneider Electric, the global specialist in energy management, is sponsoring the first edition of the Media Awards on Electrical Counterfeiting in Africa, to be held between February 18 and March 9, 2014.
South Africa has been praised for progressive laws relating to women’s reproductive health. Free state-performed abortions have increased to 500,000 since 2004. But still, controversy and resistance have led to inadequate implementation of the law.
By Jessica Lomelin, 12/02/2014, Pambazuka News
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
THE HAGUE : The International Criminal Court said it had opened an initial probe into war crimes in the Central African Republic, where another lynching Friday underscored spiralling sectarian violence.
February 09, 2014 – AFP
If you are reading this on a mobile phone, lap top or tablet, chances are that some of its parts came from journalist Eric Mwamba’s home country of the Democratic Republic of Congo.
By Lyndal Rowlands, Right Now (Australia) January 31, 2014
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)
Tanzania’s strong relations with China go back to the era of Mwalimu Julius Nyerere and Mao Tse Tung. The Chinese ‘Dragon’ is now set to invest billions of dollars in the iron and coal mining sectors of the country that will last for more than a century.
By Daniel Mbega, Pambazuka News, Issue 663, 29 January 2014
Johannesburg, South Africa – It has been almost two years since 27-year-old Pinky Mosiane was raped and murdered hundreds of metres underground in an Anglo Platinum mineshaft in Marikana, South Africa
By Ilham Rawoot, published by Al Jazeera English, 24 January 2014
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
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
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
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
In late June 2013, Exxaro, one of South Africa’s largest coal-mining companies with assets of R41.6-billion, commenced opencast mining at Weltevreden pan close to Delmas, in the mineral-rich province of Mpumalanga. Or rather, re-commenced.
By Oxpeckers reporters, 20 December 2013
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Largest Memorial in History: Tens of thousands of South Africans and more than 90 world leaders gathered at FNB stadium in Soweto on Tuesday 10 December 2013 for a massive four-hour memorial service to Nelson Mandela. Dignitaries invited to speak included US President Barack Obama and UN secretary general Ban ki-moon. Continue reading A tribute to Nelson Mandela: highlights of memorial