Protests cast shadow on South Sudan at African Oil & Power

Protests cast shadow on South Sudan at African Oil & Power

Participants in the three-day African Oil & Power conference, which runs through Friday in Cape Town, are showcasing African industry’s efforts to align with this year’s theme of “Make Energy Work.” Gwede Mantashe, the Minister of Mineral Resources and Energy in South Africa, served as keynote speaker on Thursday with…

New China-Africa paper calls on West to tone down the BRI drama

New China-Africa paper calls on West to tone down the BRI drama

As the Chinese celebrate the government’s 70th anniversary, a new paper on Beijing’s relationships with African nations explores how Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) projects are actually being implemented – and it offers a few surprising conclusions. The paper from the Brookings Institution in the United States is part of…

Laureen is the editor of Africa Times

Saudi Aramco attacks: Where we are now, implications for Africa

The heightened rhetoric following Saturday’s attack on Saudi Aramco oil infrastructure seemed more heat than light, as the United States accused Iran of being responsible – which Iran denies – and threatened retaliation in keeping with the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia’s wishes. It’s still uncertain how much structural damage was…

Tshisekedi OK’s military crackdown on illegal miners in DRC

The Democratic Republic of Congo will begin forcibly removing some 10,000 artisanal miners from the Glencore mines where nearly four dozen people died last week, according to Bloomberg. A military commander said President Felix Tshisekedi has ordered the removal to “put an end to the theft of minerals in the…

The Senegalese opposition’s attempts to oust Sall are cynical and misguided

This week, Senegal’s justice ministry ordered an inquiry into the management of the country’s energy contracts after a BBC report alleged that the brother of President Macky Sall profited illegally from the award of two lucrative oil and gas concessions. Sall, who like his brother vehemently denies any wrongdoing, has…

Arnaud Gallet

Arnaud is a French freelance writer with an African heart who has lived in 10 different Sub-Saharan countries in the past decade. He is currently based in Paris.

Study: Raise Ghana’s cocoa prices to reduce child labor

What would it cost to totally eliminate child labor from cocoa production in Ghana? An increase in cocoa price of nearly 47 percent, according to the authors of a new study published in the journal PLOS ONE. The study, from three scientists at the University of Arkansas and Kansas State University…

Bolloré faces lawsuit over Cameroon palm oil workers

As Bolloré Group heads to its annual shareholder meeting this week, the company is facing a new lawsuit against its Socfin interests, filed on behalf of Cameroonian palm oil workers by a group of NGOs demanding  better working conditions for them. According to the alliance of Cameroonian and European advocacy…

Botswana suspends its energy authority board members

The entire board of the Botswana Energy Regulatory Authority (BERA) has been suspended, following an independent investigation launched after reports of alleged misconduct among its members. Eric Molale, Botswana’s Minister of Mineral Resources, Green Technology and Energy Security, said the board suspension takes effect immediately. It will continue during a…

Report: SA environmental defenders targeted by mining companies

Environmental defenders in mining areas of South Africa face harassment, intimidation, and violence, according to a joint report issued Tuesday by four advocacy organizations including Human Rights Watch. “The attacks and harassment have created an atmosphere of fear for community members who mobilize to raise concerns about damage to their livelihoods from…

Report finds Chinese firms linked to illegal logging in Gabon, Congo

A four-year investigation by the Environmental Investigation Agency (EIA) advocacy group traced illegally sourced timber from the forests of Congo Brazzaville and Gabon, to discover what it says are extensive holdings by a Chinese firm linked to bribery, corruption, tax evasion and ecosystem destruction. “According to evidence collected by EIA,…

In Oslo, EV makers pressed to consider DR Congo mining practices

The conditions in Democratic Republic of Congo’s artisanal mines were front and center on Thursday, as Nordic Electric Vehicle (EV) Summit in Oslo focused on the future of clean-energy vehicles that rely on lithium-ion batteries. That’s because Amnesty International highlighted concern over the ever-increasing demand for cobalt and other minerals…