Energy & Mining Trends 2018

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McKinsey strongly denies corruption allegations concerning Eskom and Trillian point by point

Global consultancy McKinsey has strongly denied allegations that it was involved in corrupt efforts to milk Eskom of hundreds of millions of rand...

By Linda Ensor 35 minutes ago

Letšeng mine produces massive diamond
Letšeng mine produces massive diamond

An exceptional quality 910 carat, D colour Type IIa diamond was recovered from the Letšeng mine in Lesotho...

22 hours ago

Professor Thomas Klinger
Global fusion project looks at recreating the sun's energy

More than one million (estimated) manpower hours by 400 scientists from across the globe created the Wendelstein 7-X, a machine that could be capable of replicating the reaction that powers the sun, but using plasma.

1 day ago

Why choosing the right insurance formula is essential to mining projects
Why choosing the right insurance formula is essential to mining projects

The turnaround in the mining and resources sector was predicted by the World Bank in early 2017...

2 days ago

How blockchain can democratise green power
How blockchain can democratise green power

Imagine buying a solar panel from a hardware store, mounting it on your roof, then selling the green electricity you produce at a price you set...

By Srinivasan Keshav 2 days ago

Hydropower plays a massive role electrifying many countries. Photo: Shutterstock
New dams in Africa could add risk to power supplies down the line

In the 1980s and 1990s parts of Africa saw a surge in dam building for energy production. After a brief hiatus there has been renewed interested. Many new construction projects are planned and underway across sub-Saharan Africa...

By Declan Conway 2 days ago

Eskom continues to block Daniels
Eskom continues to block Daniels

After more than three months, Eskom's suspended head of legal and compliance, Suzanne Daniels, will have to wait another month to continue her battle to be reinstated...

By Sikonathi Mantshantsha 12 Jan 2018

Vedanta Gamsberg operation. Photo: Vedanta
Surging zinc set to retain strong price

The zinc price is at a decade high and the outlook is for it to stay strong for much of 2018...

12 Jan 2018

SustainPower delivers locally manufactured biogas power generator to ibert
SustainPower delivers locally manufactured biogas power generator to ibert

SustainPower, together with Unique Hydra, recently delivered a locally manufactured biogas electrical power generator to ibert, a Southern Africa biogas company...

12 Jan 2018

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One person shot dead in protest at RBPlat mine on Wednesday night

A person was shot dead near Royal Bafokeng Platinum's (RBPlat's) North Shaft on Wednesday evening, during a protest by about 100 people including former employees of the company...

By Allan Seccombe 12 Jan 2018

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#BizTrends2018: Seven digital trends rocking the mining world

Ever since mankind started pulling minerals out of the ground, it's been a labour intensive, dangerous job, with the majority of innovations being mechanical means of going deeper to extract more...

11 Jan 2018

Ore dump pollution whips up new storm
Ore dump pollution whips up new storm

Port Elizabeth Harbour tenants are fighting mad about a new wave of air pollution from Transnet's two manganese ore facilities which is damaging property and business opportunities. It is also a health threat...

By Guy Rogers 11 Jan 2018

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Unauthorised gold mining in Cameroon reaps deathly toll

YAOUNDE - Forty-three gold diggers died in abandoned mines in Cameroon in the first 10 months of last year, a watchdog group said...

11 Jan 2018

#BizTrends2018: SA has reached its second energy transition tipping point
#BizTrends2018: SA has reached its second energy transition tipping point

At SAWEA's annual wind industry conference held in mid-November 2017, the outcome of a major national research study was launched...

By Brenda Martin 10 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

Terence Corrigan
#BizTrends2018: Mining could still bridge SA's unemployment gap

As the year begins, there is little for South Africa's unemployed to celebrate...

By Terence Corrigan 9 Jan 2018

Michal Kotzé, PwC Africa energy utilities & resources leader.
#BizTrends2018: Mining in Africa - a changing landscape

The mining industry in Africa is undergoing significant change, including an increase in exploration and commodity prices, and therefore boasts significant potential for investors with regard to its vast supply of mineral reserves and production...

By Michal Kotzé 9 Jan 2018

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#BizTrends2018: SA mining's financial situation is improving despite challenges

The 2017 financial year was another challenging one for stakeholders in the mining industry...

By Michal Kotzé 8 Jan 2018

Bhavtik Vallabhjee, head: power, utilities & infrastructure – advisory coverage at Barclays Africa
#BizTrends2018: Five energy investment opportunities to look out for

The power and energy sector is a critical driver of African growth and development...

By Bhavtik Vallabhjee 8 Jan 2018

#BizTrends2018: Smart disruption - the grid of 2018
#BizTrends2018: Smart disruption - the grid of 2018

The famous revolutionary hall of fame has a new name - technology. It changes regimes, rules and industries. It transforms the traditional, it disrupts the conventional and it redefines the future...

By Vinny Perumal 8 Jan 2018

Uganda: Power firms plan to invest billions in 2018
Uganda: Power firms plan to invest billions in 2018

Umeme, Eskom, UEDCL, UETCL and UEGCL have submitted investment plans for 2018 to the country's ERA, all of them signalling an increase in capital expenditure.

By Jeff Mbanga 5 Jan 2018

Greenlight Planet launches new line of solar lanterns
Greenlight Planet launches new line of solar lanterns

Greenlight Planet recently announced the launch of a new line of solar lanterns: the Sun King Pro 400, Sun King Pro 300, and the Sun King Pico Plus...

5 Jan 2018

Matshela Koko
Govender and Koko back at Eskom - but they're not out of the water yet

Eskom's acting head of group capital Prish Govender returned to work on Tuesday while the head of generation Matshela Koko is scheduled to do so on Monday next week after both were cleared of wrongdoing by internal disciplinary processes and reinstated late last year....

By Linda Ensor 3 Jan 2018

The year that was: Five mining trends that dominated 2017
The year that was: Five mining trends that dominated 2017

As the year draws to a close, we look at five trends that dominated the mining industry in 2017...

29 Dec 2017

Steinhoff mess offers lessons for profit-greedy firms
Steinhoff mess offers lessons for profit-greedy firms

Unless companies move away from a slavish devotion to the pursuit of profit and learn to act in the interests of the communities that sustain them, the Steinhoff collapse won't be the last corporate disaster...

By Nadine Mayers, Eckard Smuts and Ralph Hamann 28 Dec 2017

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Iraq invites bids for new oil pipeline

BAGHDAD - Iraq's oil ministry has called for bids for the construction of a pipeline to allow oil exports to resume from the northern province of Kirkuk to neighbouring Turkey...

27 Dec 2017

How Eskom fell apart
How Eskom fell apart

The government has repeatedly failed to engage the private sector in alleviating rising poverty and the declining economy, despite the protestations of policy-makers and bureaucrats...

By Nicholas Woode-Smith 22 Dec 2017

Isabel dos Santos
Angola oil giant probes Isabel dos Santos graft claims

LUANDA - Angola's state oil company has announced an investigation into "possible misappropriation" of funds by Isabel dos Santos, the daughter of the former president, during her time as the company's chief executive...

21 Dec 2017

Regulator notes energy licensing and exemption notice
Regulator notes energy licensing and exemption notice

The National Energy Regulator of South Africa (Nersa) has noted the gazetting of the Licensing Exemption and Registration Notice...

20 Dec 2017

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