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SUNfarming technology spells good news for food security
SUNfarming technology spells good news for food security

The project began production in June 2016, producing tomatoes, spinach, cauliflower and other herbs. No soil is required to grow vegetables in the project's tunnels and water productivity is increased through drip irrigation...

1 day ago

Full story: Nuke deal court ruling
Full story: Nuke deal court ruling

Earthlife Africa and the Safcei have succeeded in blocking the unlawful and unconstitutional actions of the South African government in its nuclear deal...

1 day ago

Breaking news: Court declares nuclear agreements unconstitutional
Breaking news: Court declares nuclear agreements unconstitutional

In a game-changing ruling, the Cape High Court has declared the nuclear build agreement between South Africa and Russia unlawful and unconstitutional...

3 days ago

Stillwater Mining Company
Stillwater shareholders approve acquisition by Sibanye

Having received approval from both sets of shareholders, all major conditions have been met to seal the acquisition deal between Sibanye and Stillwater Mining Company.

3 days ago

Sibanye gets shareholder go-ahead for Stillwater deal
Sibanye gets shareholder go-ahead for Stillwater deal

All resolutions to approve and implement the acquisition of Stillwater Mining Company were passed by the requisite majority of Sibanye shareholder votes...

25 Apr 2017

Source: The Centre for Environmental Rights
The CER wants Anglo/Seriti deal environmental documents made public

When Anglo announced its restructuring plans in February 2016, the CER ddressed an open letter, calling on it to make key environmental documents available...

25 Apr 2017

Abraham Cambridge, founder of The Sun Exchange
Powering Africa through blockchain crowdfunding

Africa is on the cusp of an energy revolution. We are seeing exceptional and pioneering solutions to how we generate, use, and pay for energy...

By Abraham Cambridge 25 Apr 2017

Public Enterprises Minister blocks Molefe's millions
Public Enterprises Minister blocks Molefe's millions

Public Enterprises Minister Lynne Brown has pulled the plug on a move by Eskom to give its former chief executive, Brian Molefe, a R30.1-million pension payout...

24 Apr 2017

Worthless mining waste could suck CO2 out of the atmosphere and reverse emissions
Worthless mining waste could suck CO2 out of the atmosphere and reverse emissions

The Paris Agreement commits nations to limiting global warming to less than 2°C by the end of the century. However, it is becoming increasingly apparent that, to meet such a massive challenge, societies will need to do more than simply reduce and limit carbon emissions...

By Simon Redfern 24 Apr 2017

Former Eskom CEO, Brian Molefe
Eskom "shocked" at Treasury report leak

Eskom, said it was "shocked" that a preliminary Treasury report had once again been leaked before the power utility had submitted its comments...

21 Apr 2017

Living in La La Land
Living in La La Land

Is South Africa still an investors' dream or are we living in La La Land?

By Danette Breitenbach 21 Apr 2017

Eskom's investment into renewable research
Eskom's investment into renewable research

Eskom puts money into renewable energy research by academic institutions, even though the utility is not moving forward with its renewable PPAs...

20 Apr 2017

Dan Etete, Nigeria's former minister of petroleum resources
Two oil giants could face trial in Italy over Nigerian deal

A Milan court is to decide whether to go ahead with criminal proceedings against Shell and ENI over rights to a Nigerian oilfield...

By Jan-Philipp Scholz 20 Apr 2017

Koeberg's Unit 2 undergoing routine maintenance
Koeberg's Unit 2 undergoing routine maintenance

Koeberg power station has shut down its Unit 2 for routine maintenance after a record uninterrupted run of 492 days...

19 Apr 2017

Dr Kojo Busia, acting coordinator: AMDC
Shifting paradigms will live up to the African Mining Vision

The downturn clearly demonstrated why we need to rethink rents-based mineral sector management...

19 Apr 2017

Kagera River. Source: wikipedia
80mw power project to benefit three countries

Over 7,000 households in Tanzania, Rwanda and Burundi are set to benefit from 80 megawatts of electricity from the Rusumo Falls hydro-electric project...

By Alvar Mwakyusa 18 Apr 2017

Making blast sites safer with technology
Making blast sites safer with technology

A local blasting company is adapting mineral scanning technology to identify reactive ground conditions that could lead to blast site incidents...

18 Apr 2017

Solving SA's urgent challenges using cleantech
Solving SA's urgent challenges using cleantech

With the Global Cleantech Innovation Programme for SMEs in SA (GCIP-SA) now open for applications, we interviewed Gerswynn McKuur, national project manager of GCIP-SA, to get some insight on how clean technologies could address some of SA's most urgent challenges...

By Sindy Peters 13 Apr 2017

R4bn investment in Richards Bay titanium pigment plant
R4bn investment in Richards Bay titanium pigment plant

A R4bn titanium dioxide pigment production plant is planned for the Richards Bay industrial development zone...

13 Apr 2017

Source: NDTV.com
Seeking more bids, Sierra Leone delays sale of huge diamond

Sierra Leone said that it was extending the bidding for a massive 709-carat diamond, after the government received only six offers for the gem...

12 Apr 2017

Teke will draw on his people skills for Seriti
Teke will draw on his people skills for Seriti

Years of human resources experience have equipped Mike Teke with the ability to deal with people...

12 Apr 2017

Chris Griffith, CEO: Anglo American Platinum
Anglo takes heat on fatalities

Anglo Plats executives got grilled on the rise in fatalities in 2016 and compensation paid to the families at the company's AGM...

11 Apr 2017

Is nuke deal behind Eskom's filibusting on renewable PPAs?
Is nuke deal behind Eskom's filibusting on renewable PPAs?

The oh-so-delayed signing of PPAs between Eskom and renewable power producers has been postponed again...

By Nicci Botha 11 Apr 2017

The yo-yo world of commodities
The yo-yo world of commodities

While commodities may be on the rise globally, South Africa is a mixed bag...

By Danette Breitenbach 10 Apr 2017

Mike Teke, CEO: Seriti Resources.
Anglo sells SA coal business to Seriti

Anglo American has sold its Eskom-tied domestic thermal coal operations in South Africa for R2.3bn to black-owned Seriti Resources...

10 Apr 2017

Record amount of renewables capacity added in 2016: UN
Record amount of renewables capacity added in 2016: UN

The world added a record 138.5-gigawatts of renewable power capacity in 2016 despite a 23% drop in investment, reflecting the falling cost of clean energy, the UN announced on Thursday, 6 April...

10 Apr 2017

Renewable costs at an all time low
Renewable costs at an all time low

Record levels of renewable energy capacity were recorded in 2016, at an investment level 23% lower than the previous year...

7 Apr 2017

Eskom and Botswana Power Corporation sign supply deal
Eskom and Botswana Power Corporation sign supply deal

Eskom has signed a three-year deal with Botswana Power Corporation to supply electricity...

6 Apr 2017

Implats awarded $16m in constructive fraudulent transfer case
Implats awarded $16m in constructive fraudulent transfer case

Implats has been awarded $16m on a claim of constructive fraudulent transfer during insolvency by a jury in Pennsylvania, United States...

5 Apr 2017

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