Murder, rape and claims of contamination at a Tanzanian goldmine

When safari tourists drive to the Serengeti national park in Tanzania, few realise they are passing one of the world’s most contentious goldmines. From the escarpment above the plain, the North Mara facility is so large that it at first resembles a bare hillside. But look closer and the artificial mound is made up of tiers of reddish brown earth, from which a thin grey plume of smoke drifts up to the sky. Nearer still, you find a vast tailings reservoir filled with contaminated wastewater. Locals live in huts under…

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Kenya: High Price of Maize Flour Hurts Poor Families

By Caroline Njung’e Consolata Nyawanga and her family eat ugali every day. Before she leaves home for Nairobi’s central business district where she sells fried fish for a living, she normally has a cup of tea and a piece of ugali leftovers from the previous day. She has a stall at the City Market where many other traders operate food kiosks. So for lunch, she will have ugali and whatever accompaniment she can afford. And when she returns home in the evening after a hard day’s work, she has ugali…

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South Africa: Phalaborwa Residents on Alert After 14 Lions Escape Kruger Park

By Andre van Wyk Cape Town — Residents of Phalaborwa have been warned to be on the alert after 14 lions escaped from the Kruger National Park on Thursday, News24 reports. The Limpopo government confirmed in a tweet that the lions were seen near the Phalaborwa Foskor Mine and urged the public to exercise caution. “It is suspected that the lions escaped from Kruger National Park. The Limpopo Department of Economic Development, Environment and Tourism (LEDET) has allocated field rangers to closely monitor the pride’s movement,” LEDET said. “A meeting…

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Sherman Industries unlikely to relocate in Five Points West

By Erica Wright After fierce neighborhood opposition, the Jefferson County Department of Health (JCDH) will not issue a permit for Sherman Industries, LLC to relocate to the Five Points West Community. JCDH said it has granted a request from Sherman Industries, LLC to place a hold on the air permit needed for the relocation. City leaders and neighborhood officers, who fought against moving the facility to Five Points West, welcomed the news. “Sherman Industries’ decision to suspend the air permit request for the Fayette Avenue site is good news for…

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Tanzania: Tanzania Bans Plastic Bags to Clean Up Environment

Under new measures, anyone using plastic bags in Tanzania can be slapped with a fine, and those caught manufacturing the items can get jail time. Environmentalists are celebrating the move. A ban on plastic bags came into force in Tanzania on Saturday as part of an effort to tackle pollution in the East African country. It follows similar steps by others in the region, including Kenya and Rwanda, to phase out non-biodegradable plastics. The ban applies to the production, importation, sale and use of all single-use plastic bags. The government…

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Africa: Africa Calls for Climate Justice As Green Wave Sweeps Europe

By Christina Okello As a wave of public consciousness concerning the environment sweeps across Europe, African cities are hoping this will translate into greater equality when it comes to fighting climate change. One of those people calling for a fairer fight is the mayor of Accra, in Ghana. “The challenge of climate change is enormous,” says Mohamed Adjei Sowah, the Mayor of Ghana’s capital Accra. Its effects, notably severe flooding and heavy rains, have already devastated the west African city. The mayor in fact was forced to delay our interview…

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Nigeria: 47 Million People Still Practise Open Defecation – Unicef

The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) has said not less than 47 million Nigerians still indulge in open defecation in the country. Water Sanitation And Hygiene (WASH) specialist of UNICEF, Bioye Ogunjobi, said this in Kano on Wednesday at the opening of a two-day media dialogue organised by the Ministry of Information and Culture in collaboration with UNICEF. The dialogue which is entitled: “Clean Nigeria”, will be engaging and enlightening people on the implications of open defecation and WASH related issues. “Forty-seven million people in Nigeria are still practising open…

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Tanzania: Tanzania Bans Plastic Bags

By James Karuhanga The Tanzanian government on Thursday issued an official warning to people planning to visit the country not to carry plastic bags with them effective June 1, this year, underlining the country’s plan to protect the environment. Tanzania joins Rwanda, which for the past 10 years, has been leading the way in enforcing a ban on plastics in the region. “All plastic carrier bags, regardless of their thickness will be prohibited from being imported, exported, manufactured, sold, stored, supplied and used in mainland Tanzania,” the Office of the…

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South Africa: Cape Town Mosque Holds Emergency Meeting Over Noise Complaints

By Jenni Evans Cape Town’s famous Muir Street mosque, in District 6, has been hit with a noise complaint as its congregants mark the holy month of Ramadan. “Yes, we have received a complaint from the City of Cape Town,” said Yunoos Ismail, chairperson of the Zeenatul Islam Masjid. “We are having an emergency meeting tonight,” he said on Saturday morning. He said he did not want to discuss the matter further, until after the board had met to discuss the letter received from the City. The mosque is on…

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Africa: Sand Mining ‘Mafias’ Destroying Environment, Livelihoods – UN

By Rina Chandran Bangkok — Sand extraction has increased pollution and flooding, lowered groundwater levels, hurt marine life, and exacerbated the occurrence and severity of landslides and drought Sand mining is eroding the world’s river deltas and coastlines, damaging the environment and hurting livelihoods from Cambodia to Colombia, as government regulation fails to keep pace with rising demand, the United Nations warned on Tuesday. Global demand for sand and gravel, used extensively in construction, is about 50 billion tonnes or an average of 18 kg (40 lb) per person per…

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