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  • The Malawi government has awarded a new offshore petroleum license to South African firm SacOil Holdings Ltd. that will allow the company to explore for oil in Lake Malawi, Mines Minister John Bande confirmed this week.
  • Residents of Wusakile compound in Zambia's Copperbelt province barricaded the road from Mopani copper mine's south ore body plant last week to protest erratic water supply from the Nkana Water and Sewerage Company.
  • Tensions are escalating between Zambia and Angola over Kuando River, which acts as a boundary between the two southern African countries.
  • Malawian President Joyce Banda has asked the African Union (AU) to intervene in the country’s dispute with Tanzania over ownership of Lake Malawi. Malawi Broadcasting Corporation reported this week that Banda asked for AU intervention during talks with Benin President Yayi Boni, the AU’s current chairman.
  • The Coca-Cola Company is “keen” to become part of water-stewardship initiative Water Futures Initiative (WFI), according to reports.
  • Foreign investors, both public and private, have been snatching up relatively cheap land all over Africa, primarily for food production to be exported out of the most food-insecure continent in the world. However, these land grabs are not really about the land, but more about the freshwater that goes with it, according to a new report from GRAIN, an international non-profit organization that works to support small farmers and social movements in moving toward community-controlled and biodiversity-based food systems.
  • 11 May 2012- 11:24 by OOSKAnews Correspondent lusaKa, Zambia Residents of the Lumwana area in northwestern Zambia’s Solwezi district are demanding that Barrick Gold Corp. provide them with piped water, after they say the company’s Lumwana Mine operation contaminated their main water source, the