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24 March 2017 21:55 (South Africa)

Chad oil pipeline threatens villages, draws activists’ anger

  • Branko Brkic
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    Branko Brkic

    Brkic is the founder and editor of The Daily Maverick.

    He has edited magazines on business and politics, technology, and wildlife. He has also published fiction and non-fiction books, most of them in Serbian. Though he has never pretended to be a reporter, his wide knowledge of politics (especially in America), combined with his experiences in a disintegrating Yugoslavia, gives him an unusual outlook on events in South Africa.

    Despite the vowel-poor surname, he tells anyone who asks that he hails from Hyde Park, Johannesburg, having spent most of his adult life in South Africa.

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Human rights activists in Chad say a Chinese-backed 300 kilometre oil pipeline will destroy at least 10 villages, displacing hundreds of people. The government promises the villagers will be compensated, despite ongoing controversy over whether there were proper consultations in the first place and doubts over the veracity of an environmental impact study. The World Bank withdrew its support from the project last year saying government had not followed the original agreements. Now activists say the deal is directly between the Chadian government and China National Petroleum Corp, and worry about the lack of international oversight.

  • Branko Brkic
    branko3048 a ray
    Branko Brkic

    Brkic is the founder and editor of The Daily Maverick.

    He has edited magazines on business and politics, technology, and wildlife. He has also published fiction and non-fiction books, most of them in Serbian. Though he has never pretended to be a reporter, his wide knowledge of politics (especially in America), combined with his experiences in a disintegrating Yugoslavia, gives him an unusual outlook on events in South Africa.

    Despite the vowel-poor surname, he tells anyone who asks that he hails from Hyde Park, Johannesburg, having spent most of his adult life in South Africa.

    Recent columns:

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