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Eskom completes Majuba repair
Eskom completes Majuba repair

In 2014, in the midst of loadshedding, poor leadership and serious delays in the construction of two of its new-build power stations, a coal silo collapse at the Majuba power station simply added to Eskom's woes. Yet, the state-owned utility has pulled off a feat of efficiency by completing a permanent coal-handling solution in record time.

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Coal's Makhado site. Source: Coal of Africa
Coal of Africa exec fined, suspended for insider trader

Coal of Africa's COO has been fined R350,000 for insider trading by the FSB) and was subsequently suspended by the company pending an internal investigation...

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Biomass project creates opportunity for mining community

A renewable energy project on degraded land is aimed at creating economic opportunities for communities after the life of a mine...

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Pastor unearths 706-carat diamond

A 706-carat diamond, possibly the 10th largest ever found, was unearthed by a pastor working the artisanal mines in Sierra Leone...

17 Mar 2017

Siyabonga Mbanjwa, MD of Sener Southern Africa
Making the case for CSP in SA's energy mix

In the past few months, the role of renewable energy has become a subject of intense debate...

By Siyabonga Mbanjwa 16 Mar 2017

Jacques Roux, CEO: Oakbay Resources. Source:
Oakbay Resources CEO resigns

Oakbay Resources and Energy, owned by the Gupta family, announced that Jacques Roux had resigned as CEO of the company with effect from March 31...

16 Mar 2017

How to unlock the potential of papyrus wetlands in Africa
How to unlock the potential of papyrus wetlands in Africa

Most households in tropical sub-Saharan Africa – over 80% – use some form of biomass, such as charcoal or wood as their primary source of energy, mainly for cooking...

By Michael Jones and Matthew Saunders 16 Mar 2017

Eskom, Coega sign agreement on nuclear
Eskom, Coega sign agreement on nuclear

Eskom and the Coega Development Corporation (CDC) have signed a collaborative agreement on South Africa's nuclear new build programme...

16 Mar 2017

Stephen du Preez
Is industrial IT the next wave for Africa?

Kenya is on the cusp of real growth and innovation. In fact, according to the African Economic Outlook in 2015, East Africa was again the continent's fastest-growing region...

By Stephen du Preez 15 Mar 2017

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Call for oil firms to move to troubled Niger fields

The Nigerian government has called for major oil companies to move their offices to the Niger delta region, to stem unrest in the oil-rich area...

14 Mar 2017

African mining needs an industrial revolution
African mining needs an industrial revolution

The African mining industry needs to explore innovative ways to improve productivity, competitiveness, and profitability to propel the continent into industrialisation...

14 Mar 2017

Jana Jacob
Wits research unearths innovation in mining

The sustained, high level of quality research at Wits School of Mining Engineering puts it at the cutting edge of mining innovation...

13 Mar 2017

The China syndrome: Africa, the East and mining
The China syndrome: Africa, the East and mining

Over the past decade, South Africa has experienced an insatiable demand from China for raw material and commodities to fuel its manufacturing industries...

13 Mar 2017

Enoh Ebong
Two solar plants on the cards for Burkina Faso

A grant for a feasibility study for two 17MW solar photovoltaic plants near the villages of Pá and Kodéni in Burkina Faso...

10 Mar 2017

CiTi joins Helen Zille on mission to Singapore, Japan
CiTi joins Helen Zille on mission to Singapore, Japan

The Cape Innovation and Technology Initiative (CiTi) is joining Western Cape premier, Helen Zille, on a working visit to Singapore and Japan...

10 Mar 2017

Vanadium
Bushveld SMC deal forges ahead

Bushveld Minerals has issued an update on its acquisition of Strategic Minerals Corporation from Evraz Group SA...

10 Mar 2017

Chamber of Mines CEO, Roger Baxter
Will the Mining Charter sound the death knell for the industry?

The so-called Mining Charter, in its present form, is in a Government Notice issued in 2010. It specifies targets, and a detailed timetable for attainment...

By Owen Murphy 9 Mar 2017

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ELA wins Thabametsi green lawsuit

ELA has won its lawsuit against the environmental authorisation of a new coal-fired power station, scoring a major victory for the climate change cause...

8 Mar 2017

Source: AVZ Minerals
DRC mining licence dispute goes to court

In a modern-day version of claim jumping, two companies are going to court over a contested mining licence in the DRC...

8 Mar 2017

Source: Lonmin
Lonmin hammered by resignation

Lonmin shares fell more than 10%, when it told the market its chief operating officer, Ben Moolman, had resigned for "personal reasons"...

7 Mar 2017

Renewed vigour in mining sparks opportunities
Renewed vigour in mining sparks opportunities

The improved outlook towards commodity price has been a boost for the mining industry and has opened up exciting opportunities...

By Kim Cloete 7 Mar 2017

Judgement reserved in Thabametsi climate case
Judgement reserved in Thabametsi climate case

Judgment in South Africa's first climate change case around the impact of proposed Thabametsi coal-fired power station in Limpopo was reserved last week...

6 Mar 2017

Joseph Kabila 
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Mining giant paid magnate close to DRC's Kabila: NGO

Global Witness has accused Swiss-based mining corporation Glencore of paying more than $75m to a scandal-hit Israeli businessman with close links to the DRC president...

6 Mar 2017

Source: Sibanye
Sibanye sure Stillwater deal will go ahead

Sibanye does not expect a delay in its Stillwater deal, despite CFIUS investigation...

6 Mar 2017

Dismay at new head of mining department
Dismay at new head of mining department

Cabinet has announced the appointment of a low-key Free State official, Thabo Mokoena, to head the Department of Mineral Resources, which has been without a permanent head for a year...

By Allan Seccombe and Genevieve Quintal 3 Mar 2017

Source: De Beers Group
Gahcho Kué kicks off diamond production

Gahcho Kué mine, which is expected to produce 54m carats of rough diamonds over its lifetime, officially began commercial production on 2 March...

3 Mar 2017

Nigeria top African oil producer for 2016
Nigeria top African oil producer for 2016

Several factors have contributed to Nigeria overtaking Angola as the continent's biggest producer last year...

3 Mar 2017

Court outcome will dictate SA's commitment to Paris Agreement
Court outcome will dictate SA's commitment to Paris Agreement

The practical consequences of the Paris Agreementmay soon be better understood as an application regarding climate change is being heard in the Pretoria High Court...

By Sandra Gore and Alecia Pienaar 2 Mar 2017

Source: Sibanye
Sibanye growth strategy gets better of SA rivals

Sibanye Gold's aggressive growth strategy since its listing in February 2013 has set it apart from its South African peers..

2 Mar 2017

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