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Russia FM in Guinea amid Africa influence boost

      Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov arrived on Monday in Guinea, his ministry said, the first trip by Moscow's top diplomat to the West African country since 2013. Russia, which has seen its relations with the West plummet after it sent troops into Ukraine in 2022, has sought to boost its influence in Africa in recent years. Russia's foreign ministry announced the visit on the Telegram social media […]

todayJune 3, 2024 6

Opinion Pieces

Reflection on local content policies: A catalyst for Namibia’s economic development and growth

      Opinion piece By Josef Kefas Sheehama   On April 16–18, 2024, in Lüderitz, the Namibia Chamber of Commerce and Industry (NCCI) and Antila Consultancy organized a local content oil and gas conference with the theme, "Empowering Namibia's Energy Ambitions by Connecting Industry and Indigenous Talent." According to Article 100 of Namibia's Constitution that, " Land, water, and natural resources below and above the surface of the land […]

todayApril 24, 2024 8 2


South Africa’s conservation model: why expanding the use of biodiversity to generate money is a good idea

    By Hayley Clements, Stellenbosch University; Alta De Vos, Stellenbosch University, and Matthew Child, University of Pretoria   South Africa’s government is calling for public comments on an updated version of its existing biodiversity economy plan. The National Biodiversity Economy Strategy aims to conserve biodiversity while also contributing to job creation and economic growth. It proposes to do this by promoting sustainable use of the country’s natural resources. The […]

todayApril 5, 2024 10


NamPol, Environment Ministry combat wildlife crime in Oshikoto region

The Namibian Police has joined partnered with the Ministry of Environment, Forestry and Tourism to launch Operation Acacia, which will run from Wednesday to Monday in the Oshikoto Region. According to Nampa, the operation aims to protect wildlife and preserve natural resources in the region. Oshikoto regional police head of crime prevention, Deputy Commissioner Wynand Neels said they will ensure that appropriate precautions are employed to guarantee the safety of […]

todayMarch 7, 2024 15

Opinion Pieces

Wagner Group is now Africa Corps. What this means for Russia’s operations on the continent

    By Alessandro Arduino, King's College London   In August 2023, Wagner Group leader Yevgeny Prigozhin died after his private jet crashed about an hour after taking off in Moscow. He had been Russia’s pointman in Africa since the Wagner Group began operating on the continent in 2017. The group is known for deploying paramilitary forces, running disinformation campaigns and propping up influential political leaders. It has had a […]

todayFebruary 16, 2024 5


Ghana: Kumasi city’s unplanned boom is destroying two rivers – sewage, heavy metals and chemical pollution detected

  By Stephen Appiah Takyi, Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) and Owusu Amponsah, Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST)   Ghana’s urban population has more than tripled in the past three decades, from 4 million to nearly 14 million people. Competition for land in cities has increased among various land uses. These trends have led to encroachment in ecologically sensitive areas such as wetlands. Kumasi, […]

todayFebruary 8, 2024 9


Norway to approve controversial deep sea mining activity

Norway is expected to become the first country in the world to approve the controversial practice of deep-sea mining. Supporters say it's needed to find precious metals and minerals, but environmental scientists have warned it could be devastating for marine life. According to the BBC, Norway's proposal will open up 280,000 sq km of its national waters for companies to apply to mine these sources - an area bigger than […]

todayJanuary 9, 2024 8


Scramble for the Sahel – why France, Russia, China and the United States are interested in the region

  By Olayinka Ajala, Leeds Beckett University The Sahel, a region 3,860km wide located south of the Sahara Desert and stretching east-west across the African continent, has been a focus of attention around the world recently. In the last decade, issues such as terrorism, insecurity and trafficking have characterised the region. Military takeovers have been a major source of concern in the region and beyond in the last few years. […]

todayJanuary 9, 2024 3


Divide over uranium mining at Stampriet

Farmers are divided over the exploration of uranium in the Stampriet Aquifer, as some believe the process will contaminate underground water. The exploration, which is supposed to be carried out by Uranium One in the Aminuis and Leonardville area, has sparked mixed feelings among residents in the area. This was revealed during a parliament standing committee on natural resources' visit to deliberate on concerns on Friday in Leonardville, within the […]

todayNovember 20, 2023 10