24 October 2021

Uganda: In what was most probably a terrorist attack, one person was killed and seven injured Saturday night at “a venue popular for roasted pork and beer in a largely residential area on (Kampala’s) outskirts”. A week ago, the UK government had warned of the possibility of terrorist attacks and had advised its citizens “to be vigilant at public places, including restaurants and bars”.

23 October 2021

Conservation tourism: Income and job losses have hit Africa’s conservation tourism sector most severely. There is no respite in view at least until next year. The article provides some figures and some tentative solutions.

Polluting kitchen fuels: Sustainable Development Goal 7 (SDG7) demands “to ensure access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy”. Globally, use of polluting fuels is slowly declining, but “the number of people using mainly polluting fuels in sub-Saharan Africa is rising at an alarming rate and is due to exceed 1 billion people by 2025”, with charcoal being the favourite amongst polluting cooking fuels.

South Africa: There has been little change to spatial inequalities (distribution of housing, sanitation, transport) in Johannesburg since 1994. The author has done research to discover the reasons. According to him, there are two “relatively hidden strategies that traditional white elites” used to keep their privileges: “ring-fencing”, “area-based hoarding of taxes for local infrastructure improvement” and “venue-shopping” whereby property developers, by means of construction approvals, were able to orient city development. “Fragmenting urban management (…) will only benefit the largely white wealthy homeowners and property developers”, while municipal unification (“one tax base for one city”) makes redistribution possible.