Ethiopia dam talks move closer to final agreement

Ethiopia dam talks move closer to final agreement

Ethopia, Egypt and Sudan have made progress in the dispute over the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD), which will provide a much-needed 15,000 GWh per year in energy for Ethiopia but threatens Nile River water resources on which the other nations depend. The foreign affairs and water resources ministers of…

Ramaphosa joins talks over Ethiopia’s GERD dam project

Ramaphosa joins talks over Ethiopia’s GERD dam project

Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed said he’s invited South African President Cyril Ramaphosa to help mediate talks in the stalemate over the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam project. Abiy made the announcement during an official visit to South Africa at the weekend, where he and Ramaphosa discussed how the latter might…

Cameroon, three other nations see U.S. AGOA status changes

Cameroon will lose its preferred trade status under the United States African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA) on January 1, following the U.S. decision to revoke its status because of its human rights record. U.S. President Donald Trump announced the decision in October, but confirmed it by a proclamation issued…

In France, Ugandans set to testify against oil major Total

Two Ugandans are set to appear in court in France on Thursday as a legal case advances against French multinational petroleum company Total, which stands accused of violating the human rights of people living near its Tilenga project and harming the environment. Fred Mwesigwa is a farmer who says he…

Laureen Fagan

Laureen is the editor of Africa Times

SA flooding cripples power plants, spikes load shedding

South Africa was the latest African nation to be battered by extreme weather, as flooding rains led to water rescues and swaths of the nation were thrown into the dark by damage to facilities of state-owned utility provider Eskom. The national weather service warned that rains were expected to continue…

Denied visas for COP25, Congolese activists to speak from Kinshasa

Greenpeace Africa, alongside a coalition of groups from central African neighbors Democratic Republic of Congo and Congo Brazzaville, says it is promoting climate action from Kinshasa instead of COP25 in Madrid because eight delegates were denied timely visas. The annual climate conference is hosted in Spain this year instead of…

Report: Madagascar’s mica mines rely on child labor

There are at least 11,000 children working in Madagascar’s southern mica mining region, where poverty means that sometimes entire families are exposed to dangerous health and safety conditions. That’s according to a new report from human rights advocates at Terre des Hommes, which found that between 56 and 62 percent…

The Morales departure in Bolivia: A familiar story for many Africans

Embattled President Evo Morales has stepped down in Bolivia, where the dramatic developments since the country’s October 20 election have implications for the wider Global South – among them Africans concerned about the competing narratives emerging from the small but resource-rich nation. “The coup plotters who raided my house and…

Laureen Fagan

Laureen is the editor of Africa Times

Ethiopian dam talks to continue into January

By all accounts, the talks over Ethiopia’s Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam hosted by the United States were positive, with the parties agreeing to a series of four future meetings to work out their disputes over impacts to the Nile River – a sticking point for Egypt and Sudan. Those meetings,…