Category: Opinion

#EarthCrimes – Limpopo’s dirty white elephant, Part Two: The dodgy designation

How a Chinese company hijacked the Musina-Makhado Special Economic Zone. Documents obtained via an access to information request show that shady Hong Kong businessman Yat Hoi Ning boarded the strategic economic zone (SEZ) train without a ticket.

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#Earthcrimes: Limpopo’s dirty great white elephant (Part One)

Government’s plan to develop a R40bn Chinese-controlled energy and metallurgical industrial complex at the Musina-Makhado Special Economic Zone in Limpopo is founded on quicksand.

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Mantashe uses State of Disaster to escape accountability

As the Covid-19 lockdown came into force, amendments to the Mineral Resources Development Act were quietly pushed through, which effectively strip mining-affected communities of key rights.

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Killing the Holy Ghost: Inside the R145bn plan that would destroy the Limpopo River

When Vasco da Gama anchored off the mouth of the Limpopo River in 1498, he named it Espiritu Santo. Around 520 years later, a Chinese businessman wanted by Interpol would do a deal with the South African government to build an 8,000ha Special Economic Zone on the river’s southern bank. The dealmakers would keep many …

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Land restitution: Falling back on old elites and entrenching corruption

The grindingly slow pace of land reform is feeding one of the fires gathering intensity in our social fabric. Finance Minister Tito Mboweni acknowledged the lag in his 2020 Budget speech, promising an additional R500-million to settle outstanding claims.

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