Corruption and exploitation revealed as Africa struggles with fresh contractor scandals.
The Chinese government oversees thousands of contracts across the African continent. Increasingly, reports are emerging that show how the murky contracting process and a lack of accountability threaten the health and lives of the communities in which the work takes place.
The factories turning West Africa’s fish into powder
Chinese-run factories are turning huge amounts of The Gambia’s fish stocks into fishmeal for aquaculture. But are they taking too much, too quickly?
Global Construction Review
Kenya to take over Chinese-operated rail line five years early
Kenya has announced that it is ending its contract with China Road and Bridge Corporation (CRBC) to run the Mombasa to Nairobi standard gauge railway.
Why are the Chinese allowed to cut down for export Ghana’s neem trees?
They are felling (cutting down) them and cutting them up for export to China. It is not just that they are cropping the trees, remove a few branches and the leaves but rather cutting down the entire trees, right down from their roots to the branches and leaves and shipping them out of the country to China.
Chinese road firm destroys water sources near S Sudan border
"Residents say at least 5,000 people are in dire need of water for themselves and their animals. Lack of water fuels cattle rustling. They said the China Railway Number 5 Engineering Group has destroyed water projects, including a borehole, spring water and a water pan along the road."
A Kenyan Ecologist’s Crusade to Save Her Country’s Wildlife
"To get her fellow-citizens to care about threatened animals, Paula Kahumbu became a TV star. "
China mine rescue: Survivors to remain trapped at least two more weeks
Chinese rescue teams say it might be more than two weeks until they can save a group of miners trapped hundreds of metres underground.
The Africa Report
Kenya in race to meet Chinese loan deadline for repayment
"Kenyan Treasury officials are no doubt worried about what's going to happen next Thursday. The date marks the end of a five year repayment holiday given by the China Exim Bank for the $1.4 billion loan used to build the Nairobi to Naivasha Standard Gauge Railway. "
Protests After Chinese Take Over Kenyan Gold Mine
"Residents in Migori County resorted to protests on Tuesday, January 12, 2021, after Chinese contractors reportedly gained exclusive rights over lucrative gold mines in the county "
Three people buried alive in Bomet quarry incident
Residents of Chepkositonik village in Bomet East Constituency are racing against time to rescue sand miners trapped in a collapsed quarry.
Environment award for activist who stopped a new power station in Ghana
A climate activist has been awarded a prestigious Goldman Environmental Prize for leading a grassroots campaign to stop a new coal-fired power station being built in Ghana.
China Africa Project
Zimbabwe Government Responds to Public Outrage Over Chinese Coal Mining in Hwange National Park
In a surprise reversal, the Zimbabwean government announced an immediate ban on all mining activities in the country’s five national parks.
Zambian miners 'quarantined by Chinese employer freed'
A group of Zambian miners held by their Chinese employer for five months as a safety measure against coronavirus have been released, the Lusaka Times website reports.
Construction grinds to a halt as Msunduzi Municipality has to raise more than R100m to pay contractors for work done
Work on the Integrated Rapid Public Transport Network (IRPTN) in Pietermaritzburg may be halted as the Msunduzi Municipality needs to find more than R100million to pay for work that is currently under way.
Locals derail work on the new Mai Mahiu railway line, again
"Construction of the Sh3.5 billion new meter-gauge railway line linking the Standard Gauge Railway (SGR) in Mai Mahiu to Longonot town has been paralysed yet again."
Kenya's Chinese-Built Railway Proves Pricey
Kenyan lawmakers want the operating costs of a Chinese-built railway nearly cut in half and have called for renegotiating the Chinese loan to finance the line's construction.
Our hands were tied regarding SGR tender, says Kenya Railways
The government failed to competitively seek a contractor to build the Sh500 billion Standard Gauge Railway (SGR) as it had no means to finance it.
Zimbabwe bans coal mining in Hwange and other game parks
Zimbabwe has banned mining in all its national parks, reversing a decision to let Chinese firms explore for coal at its famous Hwange game park.
Court battle looms over coal mining at Hwange National Park
An environmental lobby group has taken the Zimbabwean government and its Chinese partner to court in a bid to stop a joint coal mining operation in the heart of Hwange National Park.
The Africa Report
China-Africa: Spotlight turned on abuse of Nigerian workers
Allegations of abuse surfaced in August against Nigerian employees by managers of a Chinese company in Abia State, south-east Nigeria.
Chinese invade Hwange National Park to mine for coal
TWO Chinese companies are reportedly exploring for coal in the protected Hwange National Park, raising concerns from wildlife activists.
Chinese mining firms in Zimbabwe pose threat to endangered species, say experts
Two companies granted permission to clear land at Hwange national park, home to cheetahs, elephants and rhinos
China contractor to pay Wanjigi firm Sh55m for murram trespass
A Chinese road construction firm has lost its bid to quash a court decision requiring it to pay about Sh55 million to a company owned by former Cabinet minister Maina Wanjigi.
Chinese illegal miners take over Bosomtwe Range Forest
Despite the ban on illegal mining in the country, a group of Chinese miners have defied President Akufo-Addo's orders and have taken hold of the Bosomtwe Range Forest Reserve at Minti within the Bosome Freho District of the Ashanti region.