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Northern Cape gears up to tackle malaria

The Northern Cape is mostly a dry province, but preventing malaria is one of the measures it is taking to adapt to climate change, reports Rehana Dada [caption id="attachment_4036" align="aligncenter" width="500"]...

Mozambique’s poaching castles are crumbling

Estacio Valoi travelled to Mozambique’s poaching capital to catch up with some of the kingpins who built their mansions on the proceeds of killing Kruger’s rhinos [caption id="attachment_3980" align="aligncenter" width="740"] Nympine’s...

Rooibos farmers go wild to survive

Some farmers believe it is the wild rooibos plant that holds the secret to keeping climate change at bay, rather than its domesticated cousin. Yolandi Groenewald reports [caption id="attachment_3917" align="aligncenter" width="740"]...

Ministers sign secret deal to mine strategic water zone

Without any public notification, South Africa’s ministers of environment and mining signed off on a coal mining project in the critical Mabola water catchment in Mpumalanga. Mark Olalde investigates [caption id="attachment_3824"...

Chinese ‘mafia boss’ turns to timber in Namibia

Xuecheng Hou, a wealthy Chinese businessman linked to wildlife contraband trafficking, has emerged as a major player in the illegal trade in rare African timber in sub-Saharan Africa. John Grobler...

The reality of social and labour plans

Social and labour plans are supposed to improve life for communities affected by mining. Unfortunately, because of the fog surrounding how they operate and are enforced, these communities are often...

Mozambique associate wins environment award

Estacio Valoi, an Oxpeckers associate based in Mozambique, won the environmental journalism award at the 15th anniversary celebrations of the Worldwide Fund for Nature (WWF) in Mozambique on January 25...

Appeal against mine expansion in wildlife corridor

Tricia Govindasamy looks into the impacts of environmental authorisation for expanding Sedibelo mine in the North West Heritage Park Corridor [caption id="attachment_3744" align="aligncenter" width="740"] Wild dogs in Pilanesberg National Park. The...

Timber looting continues in Mozambique

Despite a ban on the export of raw timber in Mozambique, containers filled with hardwood logs are piling up in northern harbours for export to China. Estacio Valoi investigates [caption id="attachment_3712"...

Mine closures: What’s happening in your back yard?

After an 18-month search, Mark Olalde accessed data on mine closure trust funds, financial provisions for rehabilitation and closure certificates. He makes this crucial information public for the first time [caption...