Report: SA environmental defenders targeted by mining companies

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…

Damage, one death in Tanzania earthquake

Damage, one death in Tanzania earthquake

At least one person has died following a moderate earthquake that struck Thursday in the Lake Rukwa region of southwestern Tanzania. The 5.5-magnitude quake, centered beneath the lake itself, hit at 12:15 p.m. local time and affected the Katavi, Mbeya, Rukwa and Songwe regions. The fatality occurred south of the…

South Africans face load shed again on Tuesday

South Africans face load shed again on Tuesday

Eskom customers in South Africa are enduring yet another round of load shedding this week. The beleaguered public utility, seeking a bailout for its massive debt and caught up in South Africa’s “state capture” corruption drama, started cutting power to customers again on a rotating basis. On Monday, Stage 4…

Huawei plans to launch SA data center in March

China’s Huawei is set to become the first cloud service provider with a data center on the African continent, when it launches in March the first of two centers planned for South Africa. The Johannesburg center will be followed by one in Cape Town, according to a company statement. Huawei’s…

Greenpeace says time’s up for Eskom to comply with SA emissions standards

Environmental protection advocates at Greenpeace have stepped up to demand that South African power utility Eskom comply with the country’s Minimum Emissions Standards, rather than receive approval for continued waivers and postponements for excessive emissions. The Greenpeace activists say Eskom, with 17 coal-fired power plants, exceeded the limits for particulate…

UN Security Council’s African members support Venezuela’s Maduro

A sharply divided United Nations Security Council discussed the political crisis in Venezuela during an emergency meeting called by the United States on Saturday, with the council’s African members pressing for a national dialogue and respect for Venezuelan sovereignty rather than the forced removal of President Nicolás Maduro. The contentious…

Historic South African town destroyed by fire

In South Africa, a devastating fire that swept through the historic town of Wupperthal in the Western Cape region has left some 200 people homeless. Sunday’s fire at the town, built around a Moravian church mission station, claimed dozens of homes, the town hall and a clinic, according to former…

South Africas ZACube-2 satellite blasts into orbit

South Africans celebrated the success of Thursday’s launch of ZACube-2, a two-year project to put its second nanosatellite into orbit with the main purpose of using automatic identification of ships (AIS) technology to monitor its waters. The ZACube-2 also has near-infrared imaging equipment for detecting forest fires.  “Science is indeed…