Category: Natural Resources

The success of Gabon special economic zone (GSEZ)

Created in 2010, GSEZ, the joint venture that brings together Olam International Ltd (40.5%), the Republic of Gabon (38.5%) and Africa Finance Corporation (21%) to develop the Nkok Special Economic Zone, today plays host to over 45 companies, mainly centred around logging. The Gabonese State’s initial objective was to attract international investors. And the gamble ...

W

What we know about the lions that ate a suspected poacher in South Africa

A pride of lions that mauled a suspected poacher left his head for investigators, but it’s still unclear who he was, or if he was a poacher at all. According to local news, the man’s remains were discovered on Friday near South Africa’s Kruger National Park in Limpopo province. An African correspondent for German news ...

A

Au Cameroun, la source de « Petrol Village » tarie par la crise anglophone

A Ekok, l’activité des nombreux vendeurs d’essence venue du Nigeria voisin est menacée par les combats entre forces de l’ordre et séparatistes.

A brighter year for mining?

Mineral and commodity prospects are looking up. The outlook has been clouded for the last few years, but now the world’s major economies are firing, ensuring demand for many key commodities mined on the continent. There are still risks of volatility in the global economy and these could pose problems for these shoots of optimism, ...

Create “Sponge Cities” to Tackle Worsening Floods

Downpours flood the streets of Dhaka. Credit: Farid Ahmed/ IPS By Martin KhorPENANG, Malaysia, Jan 31 2018 (IPS) With floods now causing more damage more frequently around the world, it is time to counter their effects by turning our towns into “Sponge Cities”, a recent trend popularised by China to absorb rainwater through permeable roads ...

When mobile meets modular: Pay-as-you-go solar in rural Africa

One of the most pressing developmental challenges in sub-Saharan Africa is the dire need for modern energy services among the energy-poor, low-income communities who are beyond the reach of economically viable electricity grids. Some three-quarters of Africa’s rural population lack access to electricity, forcing them to rely on expensive and dirty fuels like kerosene for ...

W

Why $70 oil isn’t good news for Nigeria

If you’re an economy that’s just come out of a five-quarter long recession that was mainly triggered by a drop in global oil prices—your main revenue source—then there’s good reason to be excited about oil returning to three-year highs of $70. This is especially true if your budget is based on a benchmark of $45. ...

E

Ethiopia could be sitting on one of the world’s great untapped gold deposits

To the west of Ethiopia near the Sudanese border lies a place called the Asosa zone. This may be the location of the oldest gold mine in the world. Dating back some 6,000 years, it provided a key source of gold to the ancient Egyptian empire, whose great wealth was famous throughout the known world. ...

T

Trilobites: This Is How You Escape a Cheetah, if You’re an Impala

Years of study in Botswana yielded the first stride-by-stride data on how lions and cheetahs hunt zebras and impalas, and how these prey flee their predators.

An army of worms is invading Africa

On Friday he ate a field of maize AFRICA has been invaded on quiet wings. First they landed by ship in the west. Then they spread across the continent, wreaking havoc as they went. Now, two years later, the invaders are worrying officials in almost every sub-Saharan country. It’s not the French, British or even ...