Ed Stoddard

27 Feb 2017

Rhino poaching toll in South Africa falls 10 percent in 2016

JOHANNESBURG The number of rhinos poached for their horns in South Africa fell 10 percent in 2016 to 1,054, the second straight year of decline according to government data released on Monday, but conservationists said the levels remain alarming.

15 Feb 2017

Anglo American Platinum returns to profit, still no dividend

JOHANNESBURG Anglo American Platinum , the world's top producer of the precious metal, announced a swing back into profit on Wednesday, along with the sale of another mine, but said it was still not ready to resume dividend payments.

09 Feb 2017

Mine bosses say transparency will not be clouded by U.S. rule changes

CAPE TOWN The expected demise of transparency regulations for minerals and oil companies listed in the United States will not cloud the global drive for financial clarity in extractive industries, company executives told Reuters at an Africa mining conference.

03 Feb 2017

Armyworm outbreak spreading in southern Africa: FAO

JOHANNESBURG A suspected outbreak of armyworms has spread to Namibia and Mozambique and is causing "considerable crop damage" in southern Africa, the U.N.'s Food and Agriculture Organisation said on Friday.

30 Jan 2017

Pests in South Africa maize "strongly suspected" to be armyworms: scientist

JOHANNESBURG A larvae outbreak which has damaged maize in South Africa's Limpopo and North West provinces is "strongly suspected" to be the invasive armyworm that has attacked crops in neighboring countries, a scientist said on Monday.

19 Jan 2017

South African mining deaths fall to new record low in 2016

RANDFONTEIN, South Africa The number of miners killed in South Africa's mines fell in 2016 to a new record low of 73 from 77 in 2015 thanks to a government drive to improve practices, Mineral Resources Minister Mosebenzi Zwane said on Thursday.

11 Jan 2017

Carbon deposit in Congo swamp equal to 20 years of U.S. gas emissions: study

JOHANNESBURG Scientists say a recently discovered area of peatland straddling the two Congos contains 30 billion tonnes of carbon dioxide, equivalent to 20 years of U.S. greenhouse gas emissions, and must be protected to prevent major environmental damage.

11 Nov 2016

South Africa's wild game breeders count mounting costs of drought

WOLMARANSSTAD, South Africa A drought that has hit crops and economic growth in South Africa is also causing pain for specialist game ranchers who breed animals like antelope and buffalo to cater for tourists and hunters.

08 Nov 2016

Seized ivory comes almost exclusively from recent poaching: study

JOHANNESBURG Seized illicit shipments of elephant ivory are almost entirely made up of tusks from recently poached animals rather than siphoned from government stockpiles, scientists using a forensic technique reported on Monday.

07 Nov 2016

Prospect of offshore oil offers mixed blessing for Somalia

CAPE TOWN Somalia looks more likely to strike oil than gas in its long pursuit of offshore riches, making it easier for the African state to exploit any windfall but also potentially upsetting the fragile recovery led by its Western-backed government.

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