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Rising Attacks on Environmental Defenders Threaten Human Rights Goals Globally

“I have been told that my name is on a hit list…but I haven’t been killed yet.”

These were the chilling words of Mzama Dlamini, a South African community activist, to a gathering of environmental defenders from all over the world. Many in the audience could personally relate.

Over 2 000 Maputo Vehicles Run On Natural Gas

According to Autogas, a company that converts vehicles to run on gas rather than liquid fuels, more than 2 000 vehicles powered by natural gas are now on the roads in Maputo city and province.

Speaking to AIM, Autogas, general manager, Joao das Neves, believes that, if the trend to replace petrol and diesel by gas continues, then Mozambique could save perhaps US$500 million on its bill for imported fuels over the next 10 years.

The number of vehicles powered by gas rose from 700 in 2013 to over 2 000 in 2015.

SADC Urged to Reduce Dependence on Aid

Zimbabwe President, Robert Mugabe, has urged the Southern African Development Community (SADC) member states to reduce its dependence on foreign aid and to make better use of its natural resources such as minerals and land.

Speaking at the opening of a two-day summit of the 15-member SADC in Zimbabwe, Mugabe warns that the continued over-reliance on the goodwill of the cooperation partners compromises African countries the opportunity to own the SADC.

Legislation Aimed at Tanzania’s Poor

Tanzanian President, Jakaya Kikwete, has signed a legislation which could ensure his country's fiscal and economic stability and help ensure revenue from Tanzania's natural gas discoveries brings socioeconomic progress for Tanzanian citizens.

The recent gas discoveries have the potential to bring in as much as US$1.4 billion per year to Tanzania which is more than 10 percent of current government revenues.

The new revenues could help provide basic needs for citizens such as improved primary healthcare and access to quality education.

Brief Analysis: 2015 National Budget

‘Some Gaps, Some Omissions and Some Opportunities’

Following the State of the Nation Address (SONA) presented by President Jacob Zuma, the Budget Speech presented by Minister Nhlanhla Nene which was eagerly awaited by South Africans for several reasons. Not least of which was the opportunity to determine the extent to which outlined priorities would be meaningfully committed to through allocations from the public purse.

Voters’ Hope of Resource Growth

Mozambicans voted in elections on 15 October 2014 in hopes of escaping years of poverty and conflict by tapping into the country’s huge energy resources.
With more than 10 million voters registered to take part in the elections for a new president, parliament and provincial assemblies, foreign donors and investors hope the ballot will help to bury old animosities still lingering from a 1975 -1992 civil war fought between the Mozambique Liberation Front (FRELIMO) and its old foe, Mozambican National Resistance (RENAMO).

Environmental Monitoring Group: Bookkeeper / Financial Manager

The Environmental Monitoring Group (EMG) is a nonprofit environmental organisation that focuses on helping to build democratic and fair decision-making processes that relate to the use and management of natural resources.

EMG seeks appoint a full-time, suitably qualified and experienced Bookkeeper/Financial Manager, based in Observatory, Cape Town.

Starting date: As soon as possible.


Annan Calls on Africa to Cut Inequality

Former United Nations secretary-general, Kofi Annan, urges African governments to work harder to reduce inequality that has prevented the benefits of a decade of economic growth from being spread equitably.

The plunder by foreign investors and corrupt officials of the continent's fishing and timber resources is a clear example of the failure to harness natural resources for the common good, according to the annual Africa Progress Report.

Africa Loses Billions in Plundered Resources

Clamping down on illicit plundering of food and natural resources could curb Africa's food shortages, says the latest Africa Progress Panel report.

The reports states that Africa’s forests and fisheries, which could be an answer to the continent’s food shortages and dire poverty levels, are instead being stripped illicitly to the tune of almost US$20 billion each year.

When added to the losses the continent is experiencing as a result of other illicit outflows, US$50-billion is lost overall each year, or 5.7 percent of sub-Saharan Africa’s gross domestic product (GDP).

Environmental Monitoring Group: Receptionist / Administrator

The Environmental Monitoring Group (EMG) is a nonprofit environmental organisation based in Observatory, Cape Town; with a staff of 12 people.

The Environmental Monitoring Group seeks to appoint a Receptionist / Administrator, based in Cape Town.

Starting date: as soon as possible.

The successful candidate will provide reception and office management services, administration and logistic support, and basic financial data capturing.


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