What kind of beast will the African utility of the future be?
What kind of beast will the African utility of the future be?

The future of African power utilities and the challenges they face has highlighted four possible scenarios of what the continent's energy sector will look like by the year 2030...

31 Jul 2018

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US Gas Roadmap to light up Africa

Kenya and Tanzania are among nine African countries set to benefit from an ambitious US-led initiative to invest in gas-powered power plants...

By Njiraini Muchira 27 Jul 2018

New, in-depth African renewable energy report launched
New, in-depth African renewable energy report launched

Hogan Lovells has launched its new report, Africa and Renewables: Wholesale change or short term surge?...

25 Jun 2018

Khi Solar One near Upington. Photo: Wikicommons
How sub-Saharan Africa can harness its big electricity opportunities

Electricity lifts people out of poverty and improves their health and standards of living. Yet 1.3 billion of the world's people don't have access to it. And more than half of them are in sub-Saharan Africa...

By Mercè Labordena 11 Jun 2018

Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi Russian President Vladimir Putin. Egypt seems likely to be the next African country with nuclear energy. EPA
Why nuclear power for African countries doesn't make sense

Over the last few years, reports have surfaced of a range of African countries planning nuclear power plants...

By Hartmut Winkler 7 Jun 2018

Why foreign investment is no easy fix for Africa's energy needs
Why foreign investment is no easy fix for Africa's energy needs

Foreign investment in sub-Saharan Africa's power sector has reached a record-high...

By Philipp Trotter and Sabah Abdullah 31 May 2018

#MFGIndaba: Africa's opportunity to unlock industrial growth potential
#MFGIndaba: Africa's opportunity to unlock industrial growth potential

Manufacturing Indaba 2018 promises to be bigger and more innovative than ever before, providing the broader manufacturing industry with a roadmap and the connections to unlock their growth potential and deliver accelerated GDP growth...

By Lauren Hartzenberg 28 May 2018

Millions of urban Africans still don't have electricity: here's what can be done
Millions of urban Africans still don't have electricity: here's what can be done

At least 110 million of the 600 million people still living without access to electricity in Africa live in urban areas. Most are within a stone throw from existing power grid infrastructure...

By Rebekah Shirley 11 May 2018

African Utility Week Industry Awards finalists announced
African Utility Week Industry Awards finalists announced

The awards recognises pioneering utilities, projects and people in the energy and water industry...

8 May 2018

Inaugural Africa Blue Economy Forum to coincide with World Oceans Day
Inaugural Africa Blue Economy Forum to coincide with World Oceans Day

More than 150 delegates and speakers are expected to attend the inaugural Africa Blue Economy Forum...

30 Apr 2018

2018 African Infrastructure Project Developers Awards shortlist announced
2018 African Infrastructure Project Developers Awards shortlist announced

Africa investor (Ai) recently announced the shortlisted candidates for its 2018 African Infrastructure Projects Developer Awards...

24 Apr 2018

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Millions of urban Africans still don't have electricity: here's what can be done

Urban communities often face many challenges in obtaining electricity access...

By Rebekah Shirley 23 Apr 2018

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How local business innovation equips off-grid households with electricity

If the old adage is true and necessity is the mother of invention, then ingenuity must surely be the father...

By Patrick Greene 23 Mar 2018

Special African energy report launched
Special African energy report launched

EnergyNet and African Business have joined forces to produce the annual Africa Energy Yearbook and a special energy report on African energy for global distribution...

7 Mar 2018

African energy investment set to grow
African energy investment set to grow

In Africa, greenfield investment continues in the energy sector, particularly in renewables, which is forecast to grow in coming years...

By Kieran Whyte 6 Mar 2018

#DesignIndaba2018: Be inspired by problems in Africa
#DesignIndaba2018: Be inspired by problems in Africa

Design Indaba showcased the work of Leroy Mawasaru, a Kenyan teenager who is changing the world and showing how Afrofuturism can unfold for the continent...

By Louise Marsland 26 Feb 2018

#AEI2018: Closing Africa's energy gaps
#AEI2018: Closing Africa's energy gaps

While access to affordable, reliable and sustainable energy for all will usher in economic growth and job creation on the continent, energy projects in Africa lack sufficient access to financing sources...

By Danette Breitenbach 22 Feb 2018

Solar project helps resolve power outages in Malawi hospitals
Solar project helps resolve power outages in Malawi hospitals

Resolve, an Imperial Logistics company, has delivered a solar energy solution in Malawi that aims to ensure patients at hospitals are not compromised by power outages...

26 Jan 2018

New spotlight on media and digital at African Utility Week Awards
New spotlight on media and digital at African Utility Week Awards

Two new categories have been added to the fifth annual African Utility Week Industry Awards to honour excellence in energy or water journalism, as well as digitally advanced utilities...

26 Jan 2018

Training workers to properly install solar panels at health clinics in Rwanda provides clean energy and creates green jobs. Photo: Walt Ratterman, Sunepi
#BizTrends2018: Africa's solar era is dawning

If there's one thing Africa isn't short of it is sunshine. So, it's hardly surprising that solar is making a major impact on increasing the number of people on the continent who have access to power...

10 Jan 2018

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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

Dramatic rise of African consumer power driving development
Dramatic rise of African consumer power driving development

Infrastructure investments are transforming and accelerating economic and social opportunities for millions of people across Africa, driven by the dramatic rise in African consumer power...

17 Nov 2017

Three key trends for African economic growth in 2018
Three key trends for African economic growth in 2018

Ecobank Group Research reveals three key emerging trends for Africa which it believes are strong evidence that Africa is on track for improved growth in 2018...

16 Nov 2017

SA companies explore opportunities in Tunisia, Algeria
SA companies explore opportunities in Tunisia, Algeria

A delegation of South African companies is currently on a trade and investment mission in Tunisia and Algeria, where they are exploring export markets...

3 Oct 2017

Waste-to-energy programmes key in the sustainable circular economy
Waste-to-energy programmes key in the sustainable circular economy

The business case for transforming waste to address critical energy shortages is mounting...

By Webb Meko 8 Aug 2017

David Williams
#AfricaMonth: Internal trade barriers show signs of falling

While the road ahead may still present significant challenges, some of Africa's most long-standing internal trade barriers are beginning to show signs of falling. We interview David Williams, Maersk Line Africa chief executive and global head of Safmarine to find out more...

By Ilse van den Berg 30 May 2017

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Mali solar project will reduce power costs by 75%

A German company is supplying lithium storage systems for 50 solar containers to provide power in 25 villages in Mali.

23 Nov 2016

Traders selling dangerously dirty fuel across Africa: study
Traders selling dangerously dirty fuel across Africa: study

European oil companies, especially Swiss commodity traders, are exploiting weak African fuel standards by selling toxic diesel and gasoline across the continent...

19 Sep 2016

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Big business opportunities ahead for Africa - McKinsey

Africa's overall growth has slowed but new research shows long-term fundamentals are strong and there are big business opportunities ahead...

16 Sep 2016

- Prospectors pan for gold at a gold mine on a cocoa farm near Bouafle, Ivory Coast in March. A gold rush in the Ivory Coast and Ghana threatens cocoa production in the two nations, which account for 60 percent of the world's supply of cocoa. Luc Gnago / Reuters
Ivory Coast cocoa farmers seek gold in face of drought

Once a cocoa planter, Ferdinand Konan Yao has joined the ranks of fellow farmers who have abandoned Ivory Coast's top cash crop to work in clandestine gold mines buried deep in the plantations...

5 Sep 2016

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