Archive for the ‘Zimbabwe’ Category

Zimbabwe Looks to China to Secure Place in EV Battery Supply Chain

Via African Arguments, a report on Zimbabwe’s lithium-focused partnership with China: Wonder Mushove stared blankly at plumes of red dust billowing into the sky as more than 30 trucks carrying loads of lithium ore rumbled past his newly-built house in Buhera, in eastern Zimbabwe. The trucks drive by Mukwasi village on the dirt road linking the […]

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Rush for Africa’s ‘Clean Energy’ Minerals Risks Repeating Harmful Extractivist Model

Via Mongabay, commentary on how the rush for ‘clean energy’ minerals in Africa risks repeating harmful extractivist model: The nonprofit Global Witness investigated lithium mining projects in Zimbabwe, the Democratic Republic of Congo, and Namibia, which appear to reproduce the same model of extractivism that has impoverished African countries for centuries. In March, residents of […]

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West Faces Long Struggle To Loosen China’s Grip on Africa’s Critical Minerals

Courtesy of The Africa Report, commentary on the long struggle faced by the West to loosen China’s grip on Africa’s critical minerals: China is in pole position to negotiate minerals access with African governments keen to add more value locally. China has built a long head start over the West in securing access to Africa’s […]

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China: Winning Africa’s “White-Gold” Rush for Lithium

Courtesy of The Economist, a report on how China is winning Africa’s “white-gold” rush for lithium: A visit to the district of Goromonzi, in north-east Zimbabwe, is a lesson in economic history. Its fallow fields hint at the decay that followed the government’s seizure of white-owned farms more than two decades ago. In the surrounding hills […]

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Rush for Lithium in Africa Risks Fueling Corruption and Failing The Continent’s Citizens

Via Global Witness, critical commentary on the rush for lithium in Africa: Efforts to address the global climate emergency are leading to an increased demand for renewable energy technology, particularly in the Global North, including electric vehicles and the batteries required to power them. Africa is one of the new frontiers in a race for […]

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China: Winning Africa’s “White Gold” Rush for Lithium

Courtesy of The Economist, a look at how China’s grip on Africa’s clean-energy minerals is a challenge for the West: A visit to the district of Goromonzi, in north-east Zimbabwe, is a lesson in economic history. Its fallow fields hint at the decay that followed the government’s seizure of white-owned farms more than two decades ago. […]

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