Poachers kill more animals as tourism to Africa plummets

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File photo of skulls of White Rhinos and the snares that have entrapped them stand as a stark reminder of the ongoing battle in South Africa to protect these majestic, gentle giants of the African bush.

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Ryan Tate is supposed to be in South Africa right now helping to fight off poachers who hack horns off rhinos and kill elephants for their ivory tusks.  

But since the country announced a national lockdown in March to slow the spread of the coronavirus, Tate is stuck in the U.S. He can’t join his team out in South

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Glencore’s chrome joint venture in South Africa with Merafe declares force majeure

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FILE PHOTO: The logo of commodities trader Glencore is pictured in front of the company’s headquarters in Baar, Switzerland, November 20, 2012. REUTERS/Arnd Wiegmann

LONDON (Reuters) – Glencore’s (GLEN.L) chrome joint venture in South Africa with Merafe Resources (MRFJ.J) has declared force majeure on qualifying contracts after a nationwide lockdown forced operations to shut, a Merafe executive said.

“All our operations are shut and are on care and maintenance. We have declared force majeure on qualifying contracts” Merafe financial director Ditabe Chocho told Reuters.

Glencore declined to comment.

South Africa, which has called a three-week lockdown

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