Burnings, Bannings and the Bereft – The Churches of Modern Conservation

It’s been a sad week for African wildlife. One branch of the The Church of Modern Conservation has been very busy with burning and banning. They continue to believe in the same failed strategies informed by their doctrine and dogma. They persuaded the South African government to reverse a 2013 decision to introduce a legal, regulated trade … Continue reading Burnings, Bannings and the Bereft – The Churches of Modern Conservation

South Africa is Battered and Bruised but the Heart still Beats.

Negative news from South Africa dominated the headlines last week, as President Jacob Zuma revealed that he is an uneducated oaf, completely lacking in the skills required of a President and contemptuous of the institutions of state. He also managed to wipe ZAR200 billion (about US$1.5 billion) off the Johannesburg Stock Exchange. That’s the same … Continue reading South Africa is Battered and Bruised but the Heart still Beats.

Pay African Leaders to Conserve Wildlife. Not Conservationists.

Conservation in Africa isn’t working. Elephant, rhinoceros, lion and many other species are declining. The overwhelming outcome of the campaign minded, single species, animal rights centred conservation organisations is the failure to conserve wildlife. The outcome of banning the trade in ivory, rhino horn or other wildlife products has been failure. It’s harsh criticism but … Continue reading Pay African Leaders to Conserve Wildlife. Not Conservationists.

In Africa – Chiefs rule. Sort of.

For someone who is a strong supporter of freedom and individual rights it might be surprising to hear that I strongly support a role for traditional Chiefs in the daily governance of rural African life. Why? Chiefs are unelected, they are a relict of the past and the customary law they enforce is oppressive and … Continue reading In Africa – Chiefs rule. Sort of.

Build it and they will – not necessarily – come.

It has been said that the crisis of Africa is a crisis of governance. While this is true, I sometimes wonder at the astounding naivety of African governments when it comes to encouraging investment and industry. The partnership with China in Africa has exposed this naivety to a degree greater that I have seen for … Continue reading Build it and they will – not necessarily – come.