South Africa is the only African country that has nuclear power. The Koeberg nuclear reactor cooling tower. Shutterstock
Why nuclear energy should be part of Africa's energy mix

Africa has the least nuclear power of any continent in the world, with the exception of where nuclear power is banned...

By Oluwole Olutola 1 day ago

Mineral Resources Minister, Gwede Mantashe
Mandela Mining Precinct to boost mining sector

A technology hub has been set up help position the mining sector as a core driver of technological and manufacturing capabilities for the development of the economy...

1 day ago

Top 10 nominees for Innovation Prize for Africa 2018 announced
Top 10 nominees for Innovation Prize for Africa 2018 announced

The top 10 nominees in the African Innovation Foundation's (AIF) Innovation Prize for Africa (IPA) 2018 have been announced...

14 Sep 2018

No place to hide: Miners need to be proactive on green laws
No place to hide: Miners need to be proactive on green laws

There are currently several pieces of environmental legislation being updated or coming into force, with which the mining industry will be obliged to comply...

14 Sep 2018

Lithium demand to soar in the next five years
Lithium demand to soar in the next five years

The demand for lithium, needed for the batteries to power electric vehicles (EV), will more than double from 26.7kt in 2018 to 58.3kt in 2022...

13 Sep 2018

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Why there's resistance to coal mining at a world heritage site in South Africa

There are fears that new mining operations in the north east of South Africa could threaten communities, tourism and the environment...

By Llewellyn Leonard 13 Sep 2018

Chinese loan to Eskom granted without conditions
Chinese loan to Eskom granted without conditions

President Cyril Ramaphosa says the recent Chinese loan that was given to state-owned entity, Eskom, comes with no conditions...

12 Sep 2018

Contract mining: The good, the bad and the ugly
Contract mining: The good, the bad and the ugly

The mining industry is an integral contributor to the South African economy, especially in terms of employment...

By Norman Keel 11 Sep 2018

Michael Power, strategist: Investec Asset Management. Photo: Funds Society
Renewables will fuel the 4th Industrial Revolution

The two great disruptions happening in the world economy are the rise of China and renewable energy (RE)...

By Nicci Botha 10 Sep 2018

Energy moves to ensure compliance of IPP implementation agreements
Energy moves to ensure compliance of IPP implementation agreements

Government needs to urgently ensure the compliance of implementation agreements (IAs) related to Independent Power Producers (IPPs), Energy Minister, Jeff Radebe said...

7 Sep 2018

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Study: Amplats workers and communities still losing out

Amplats workers and communities benefitted far less than its shareholders during the fat years prior to the global financial crash of 2008...

6 Sep 2018

CUT Solar Project gets an upgrade
CUT Solar Project gets an upgrade

In 2013, Central University of Technology, Free State (CUT) embarked on its first project to harness the power of the sun. This year, they decided to upscale the project with the installation of a Solar Plant...

6 Sep 2018

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How solar kits and battery lamps are replacing kerosene across Africa

For decades, people in rural Africa have been using sooty kerosene lamps to dimly light their homes...

By Jörg Peters 6 Sep 2018

Samuel and Motlapele Molefi, founders and owners of Modi Mining CC. Image supplied.
Winners of the 2018 Entrepreneur of the Year competition announced

The winners of the 2018 Entrepreneur of the Year competition have been announced with Samuel and Motlapele Molefi, founders and owners of Modi Mining CC, named as the overall winners...

5 Sep 2018

Energy Minister, Jeff Radebe
Energy Portfolio Committee welcomes draft IRP

The Parliamentary Portfolio Committee on Energy says the draft Integrated Resource Plan (IRP) policy certainty to the country...

5 Sep 2018

Pratley replicates its famous suspended bulldozer stunt
Pratley replicates its famous suspended bulldozer stunt

Celebrating its 70th anniversary, the Pratley Group earlier this year marked the occasion by replicating its memorable launch of Pratley Wondafix in 1985 which saw CEO Kim Pratley stand underneath a 13-tonne bulldozer...

5 Sep 2018

Mining sector sees growth in second quarter
Mining sector sees growth in second quarter

The mining sector grew by 4.9% and contributed 0.4 of a percentage point to gross domestic product (GDP) growth, led by growth in platinum group metals (PGMs), copper and nickel, amongst others...

5 Sep 2018

Gwede Mantashe, mineral resources minister
Dodgy DMR office closes its doors

The Department of Mineral Resources' Mpumalanga Regional Office has been shut down until further notice, following complaints of corruption and backlogs in issuing licences,

4 Sep 2018

Digital technology is the next step in mining
Digital technology is the next step in mining

Facing the prospect of digital mining transformation, executives have issues with the more complex areas of digital solution implementation, generational workforce evolution and legacy transition challenges...

3 Sep 2018

Last day to comment on Mining Charter
Last day to comment on Mining Charter

South Africans who wish to submit comments on the draft Mining Charter have until the end of business today (31 August 2018) to do so...

31 Aug 2018

Eskom spokesman, Khulu Phasiwe. Photo: Soweto Life Magazine
Eskom signs wage agreement with unions

Eskom has signed a wage agreement with the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) and the National Union of Metal Workers of South Africa (NUMSA).

31 Aug 2018

Deputy Chief Justice Ray Zondo looks into state capture in South Africa’s energy sector. EPA-EFE
Key questions the Zondo inquiry needs to pose about the nuclear deal

South Africa is emerging from a debilitating period where politicians and their benefactors systematically placed pliable individuals into key positions at state institutions to gain undue influence and ultimately financial advantage...

By Hartmut Winkler 31 Aug 2018

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Civil organisations challenge new coal inclusion in IRP

Allowing the two new coal plants contemplated by the draft Integrate Resource Plan (IRP) to go ahead would be disastrous for water resources, air quality, health, land, and the climate...

30 Aug 2018

Is Africa ready for nuclear energy?
Is Africa ready for nuclear energy?

Years back, nuclear energy was a fancy option limited to the industrialised world. In due course, nuclear could be an energy source for much of Africa, where only South Africa currently has a nuclear power plant...

By Laura Gil 30 Aug 2018

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Trust has paid out R134m compensation to silicosis sufferers

The Q(h)ubeka Trust has awarded R134m in compensation to qualifying former Anglo American South Africa and AngloGold Ashanti mineworkers suffering from silicosis...

29 Aug 2018

Finding solutions for policy uncertainty
Finding solutions for policy uncertainty

The policy uncertainty hangover, notably in the mining sector, from the previous administration continues to manifest itself is a stagnant economy...

By Jonathan Veeran & Bruce Dickinson 29 Aug 2018

Three ways making a smartphone can harm the environment
Three ways making a smartphone can harm the environment

Nearly five billion people worldwide will use a smartphone by 2020...

By Patrick Byrne and Karen Hudson-Edwards 29 Aug 2018

Coal is still king and nuclear takes a backseat in draft IRP
Coal is still king and nuclear takes a backseat in draft IRP

Coal will remain top of the heap, with gas and wind being the next most important contributors in the long-awaited Integrated Resource Plan (IRP), which details the country's energy mix in 2030...

28 Aug 2018

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Tanzania, Uganda sign gas pipeline deal

Tanzania and Uganda have signed an agreement for the construction a natural gas pipeline...

27 Aug 2018

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