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Navigating the water use licencing minefield

Due to the dynamic nature of mining - amendments to existing water use licences and applications for additional new water uses are a regular requirement for mines...

1 day ago

Mineral-rich developing countries need to rethink trade with China

China's recent economic slowdown has highlighted the need for South Africa and other mineral-rich developing countries to reassess their trade policies...

2 days ago

Namibian mineral exports generate N$23bn

Namibia's exports of precious minerals generated $23bn in the 2017/2018 financial year, although beneficiation protagonists would probably want to know how much of this directly benefited Namibians...

By Kuzeeko Tjitemisa 3 days ago

SAWEA looks to improve implementation of ED components through industry practice

Working with key constituencies, the South African Wind Energy Association (SAWEA) aims to help improve the implementation of...

3 days ago

'RobotQuartz IV' for Total Quartz engine oil

Total's car engine oil brand, Total Quartz, returns with a new international campaign...

Issued by Total 17 Apr 2018

Eskom lays cards on the table at public hearings

At the first of its countrywide public hearings, held in Cape Town, Eskom presented its case to recover costs already spent in the provision of electricity totalling R66.6bn...

17 Apr 2018

Ghanaian startup crowned 2018 Seedstars Global Winner

Ghanaian startup, AgroCenta, was crowned the 2018 Seedstars Global Winner at the fifth edition of the Seedstars Summit which took place on Thursday, 12 April 2018...

16 Apr 2018

Zim puts wind energy plans on hold

Zimbabwe has put on hold plans to undertake a wind resource measurement exercise on three sites with highest energy potential

By Martin Kadzere 16 Apr 2018

Proper water management key to viability of solar-powered irrigation systems

According to a new report, solar-powered irrigation is now an affordable solution to both commercial and small-scale farmers in developing countries, but adequate management and regulations to avoid the unsustainable use of water are needed...

13 Apr 2018

Namibia: Uproar over mine at rhino sanctuary

Kamanjab - The Swartbooi Traditional Authority at Fransfontein is up in arms over planned mining involving Chinese nationals in cahoots with Namibians...

By Clemans Miyanicwe 13 Apr 2018

Uganda signs $4bn agreement to build a refinery

The government of Uganda has signed the contract for the construction of the $4bn oil refinery, offering further clarity on how the country's oil resources will be exploited...

By Jeff Mbanga 12 Apr 2018

Where did Zimbabwe's diamond money go?

Lawmakers in Zimbabwe are preparing to summon ex-president Robert Mugabe to answer for his management of the diamond sector, which he nationalised in 2016...

By Sebastian Mhofu 12 Apr 2018

Nersa announces re-appointment of regulator members

The National Energy Regulator of South Africa (Nersa) on Thursday, 12 April 2018, announced the reappointment of three part-time regulator members...

12 Apr 2018

Africa's energy revolution is underway, but challenges remain

An energy revolution is happening in Africa where off-grid and mini-grid power generation is no longer a short-term fix, but rather a permanent solution...

By Liesl Peyper, Issued by African Utility Week 12 Apr 2018

20 out of 65 Seedstars Summit finalists from Africa

With the Seedstars World Summit taking place on Thursday, 12 April 2018, the organisers have announced the final 65 finalists that will get the chance to pitch their ideas on the global stage. 20 out of the 65 finalists are from Africa...

By Ilse van den Berg 11 Apr 2018

Nersa to hold public hearings into Eskom's RCA

The National Energy Regulator of South Africa (Nersa) will hold public hearings into Eskom's Regulatory Clearing Account applications across the country, starting next week...

11 Apr 2018

More nuanced approach needed in pursuing renewables, experts say

The sharp decline in the cost of clean renewable energy globally has made it the obvious choice for African countries to generate new capacity, but a more nuanced approach is needed...

By Liesl Peyper, Issued by African Utility Week 11 Apr 2018

Namibian women largely observers in mining

In Namibia, less than one percent of women are involved in the mining of tin and tantalum and selling semi-precious stones, mostly in Erongo and Kunene regions...

By Albertina Nakale 11 Apr 2018

Africa breaks ranks with World Bank and IMF on coal

The African Development Bank (ADB) is set to back coal-fired projects in Nigeria, Kenya and Senegal in a departure from the International Monetary Fund (IMF) policy, which has a ban on fossil fuels...

By Emeka Okonkwo 10 Apr 2018

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