Africa’s building boom: Chinese firms losing advantage – Group Five

From REUTERS JOHANNESBURG  – Construction companies in sub-Saharan Africa are moving beyond mainstay mining work as rising wealth and urbanisation spark demand for shopping centres and better roads, the chief executive of South African builder Group Five said. Mike Upton also told Reuters in an interview that some sub-Saharan governments were increasingly wary of previously favoured Chinese contractors, … Read more

Many feared dead in Abuja bus blast

From SAPA-AP An explosion blasted through a busy commuter bus station on the outskirts of Nigeria’s capital, Abuja, before 7 a.m. (0600 GMT) Monday as hundreds of people were traveling to work. Many are feared dead. Reporters saw rescue workers and police gathering body parts. The blast ripped a hole 4 feet deep (1.2 meters) … Read more

Rhino horn – to trade or not to trade?

Trading in rhino horn is a contentious issue with fiercely emotional undertones. Regulating a trade in any high value natural product is difficult at the best of times; just take a look at abalone, exotic pets and shark fin. Establishing laws to regulate and control the selling and trading of rhino horn is the ‘easy’ … Read more

Traffic chaos a boon for e-commerce: Lagos

From REUTERS By Tim Cocks and Chijioke Ohuocha LAGOS – There are two main reasons people shop online: it’s cheaper or they can’t be bothered with a trip to the store. And in Lagos, a city of 21 million people, a trip to the store can kill your entire day if you lose the traffic lottery. … Read more

Angola allows De Beers to explore for diamonds

From REUTERS By Shrikesh Laxmidas LUANDA – Angola, the world’s fourth-largest diamond producer by value, will approve a new concession to De Beers to explore for diamonds, Geology and Mines Minister Francisco Queiroz said. London-based De Beers, majority-owned by global miner Anglo American, previously explored in Angola between 2005 and 2012 but relinquished its concession. “The company made that big investment in prospecting, … Read more

Nigeria budget 2014 passed amid threats to block it in lower house

From REUTERS ABUJA  – Nigeria’s national assembly passed the 2014 budget by a voice majority on Thursday, despite earlier threats by the main opposition coalition to block it in the lower house. In February the All Progressive Congress (APC), which has had a plurality in parliament since 37 lawmakers defected from the ruling party in January, threatened to … Read more

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Australia makes history tagging 5m Great White shark – cull continues

Australian environmental policies confuse me. From an outside perspective I see Australia as a progressive, first world country – inspiring developing nations with their strict regulations governing the marine creatures that Aussie citizens can take home. Unlike other countries, the Aussies enforce their environmental rules with an iron rod. They recently applauded the ruling by the International … Read more