US vanilla importers battle for lower minimum price
The new US ambassador to Antananarivo has made herself the spokesperson in Madagascar for her country's vanilla importers, who view the obligatory minimum price for the spice as much too high and have boycotted the sector in protest.
Lychee trade hit by corruption allegations
Madagascan lychee exporters have lodged a complaint against the local branch of Transparency International, which has accused them of corruption. The affair, in which France's Compagnie fruitière and the Belgian firm Greenyard are implicated, is being followed closely by Western embassies.
Bertolino Miranda Ferreira to take up military attaché duty in Maputo
After three years coordinating Portugal's contribution to combating the insurrection in Cabo Delgado, the navy commander Paulo Gonçalves da Silva is preparing to make way for the air force officer Bertolino Miranda Ferreira at Portugal's embassy in Mozambique.Cabo Delgado
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Fed-up Pretoria takes action on Basotho gang gold raids
The people injecting the most cash into the Lesotho general election campaign, local gangs, get much of their money from raiding disused gold mines in South Africa. These Basotho gangs are now threatening active mines, sparking tensions between Pretoria and Maseru.
Southern Africa: the tough path towards quitting coal
The whole region of southern Africa, and especially South Africa, remains extremely dependent on coal mines, despite protests from environmentalists and pressure from the West in the form of billion-dollar subsidised plans to speed up the coal phase-out.
Putin's envoy reassures Harare and Maputo but avoids Pretoria
On a tour of southern Africa, Russian Federation Council leader Valentina Matvienko promised Zimbabwe and Mozambique that their imports of basic necessities would not be hit by the war in Ukraine. But the Kremlin envoy notably did not include South Africa in her trip.
Political instability gives diamond miners a breather on tax reforms
As the country gears up for the general elections in September, miners have been able to put a freeze on the mining tax reform. Given the rocky political climate, it is not likely to be back on the table before the end of the year.
Lesotho launches appeal against German Frazer Solar's offensive
The South African judiciary is due to consider, from 16 May to 17 June, Losotho's appeal in the dispute between the state and the German company Frazer Solar. Lesotho is seeking the annulment of the April 2021 order issued by the South Gauteng High Court.
Diplomats from Dublin to Pretoria keep close watch on former PM Thabane ex-wife's murder trial
The former head of government in Lesotho, Thomas Motsoahae Thabane, is facing charges for his alleged role in the assassination of his wife Lipolelo Thabane in 2017. Since the time of the events, several key witnesses have been opportunely placed on overseas diplomatic appointments.
Russia sanctions accelerate Airbus and Boeing's hunt for African titanium
The world titanium market is in the midst of a major reorganisation following the Russian offensive in Ukraine. African producers of this mineral, which is highly prized by the defence and aerospace industries, are expecting a record year.
Tracr diamond tracking software battle resumes with De Beers and BCG lawsuit
After more than a year of waiting, a former BCG employee is resuming legal action against the company and De Beers over the development of its Tracr blockchain-based diamond tracking software, which he claims was based on the results of his doctoral research in the field.