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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

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

Reinvigorated Nkomati Anthracite shows promise

It's been a while since any of South Africa's anthracite mines have attracted fresh capital, but a R150m investment in a run-of-mine wash plant at Nkomati Anthracite has put the operation back on track...

4 Apr 2018

SA and Mozambique on the cusp of an oil and gas boom

Both South Africa and Mozambique show promise in the oil and gas sector, and collaboration between the two countries to create a substantial hub could significantly grow the region's economy...

By Nicci Botha 28 Mar 2018

Sibanye files submission for Lonmin deal, even as Amcu threatens court action

As the Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (Amcu) steps up its campaign against Sibanye-Stillwater's all-share bid for Lonmin, threatening to interdict the deal...

By Allan Seccombe 19 Mar 2018

Africa's gas market: Primed to boom

At the end of 2016, Africa had proven natural gas reserves of 503.3 Tcf (trillion cubic feet), indicating an increase of around 1% in total gas reserves on the continent...

2 Feb 2018

Gold Fields finally sells Arctic Platinum for USD40m cash

Gold Fields has finally, after many years of trying to find a buyer, sold its Arctic Platinum Project (APP) in Finland for $40m...

By Allan Seccombe 26 Jan 2018

Amplats manages to keep its output intact despite weaker fourth quarter

Anglo American Platinum (Amplats) kept it full-year output intact despite a weaker fourth quarter after the closure of the unprofitable Bokoni mine dragged production down 4% in the last three months of 2018...

By Allan Seccombe 26 Jan 2018

Energy summit to kick off in Kampala this February

Delegates will be uniting at the East Africa Energy and Infrastructure Summit, in Kampala this February, to discuss what is needed to unlock investment in energy and infrastructure for regional growth...

24 Jan 2018

Landmark investment to transform Mozambique into natural gas supplier

Mozambique's Coral Floating Liquefied Natural Gas (FLNG) development has received an approximately $8 billion investment, marking the first step for Mozambique to become a regional and global offshore natural gas producer and supplier...

22 Jan 2018

Investors turn against fossil fuels at Paris climate summit

Major investors vowed Tuesday, 12 December, to move away from Earth-warming fossil fuels as world leaders met in Paris seeking to unlock new cash to save humanity from climate "doom"...

13 Dec 2017

Mining in Africa: Take a calculated risk

According to the latest World Risk Report, "Africa narrowly avoided the wooden spoon as the riskiest major region"...

5 Dec 2017

There's trillions to unlock in climate-related private investment

With smart policy reforms and innovative business models, African countries can meet their Paris Agreement promises and catalyse trillions of dollars in private investments...

2 Nov 2017

Managing expectations on mining projects

One of the biggest deterrents to investment in the mining sector is the inability of projects to deliver on investment promises.

By Wray Carvelas 10 Oct 2017

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