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Groundbreaking settlement in silicosis/TB class action
Groundbreaking settlement in silicosis/TB class action

In the first class action settlement of its kind in South Africa, an agreement has been reached in the silicosis and tuberculosis case after three years of extensive negotiation.

3 May 2018

How mine dumps in South Africa affect the health of communities living nearby
How mine dumps in South Africa affect the health of communities living nearby

Mining companies are often criticised for dumping waste without taking the necessary precautions...

By Vusumuzi Nkosi 3 May 2018

Nemakara Vermiculite Mine
Uganda: Australian firm to exit Manafwa Mines over debt

Black Mountain Resources Limited has decided to sell its license for the Namekara vermiculite mine in Manafwa in exchange for a debt relief of about $4.2m from one of its shareholders...

By Jeff Mbanga 3 May 2018

Cahora Bassa. Photo: UN
Cahora Bassa produces more power than predicted

Despite low levels of water in the Zambezi River, the Cahora Bassa dam, in Mozambique's western province of Tete, generated more electricity than planned in the first quarter of this year...

2 May 2018

Hendrina Power Station. Photo: Eskom
Eskom reviews Optimum proposal

Eskom is reviewing the Optimum Coal Mine's business rescue practitioners' proposal to reduce the monthly coal supply tonnage to the Hendrina power station from 400,000 to 200,000 tons a month...

2 May 2018

Photo: Zoë Postman
Community consent is not needed for mining rights, says lawyer

The Department of Mineral Resources (DMR) failed to make a distinction between "legal deprivation and physical deprivation", the Pretoria High Court heard...

By Zoë Postman 30 Apr 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

What every prepaid electricity user and provider should know
What every prepaid electricity user and provider should know

Approximately seven million prepaid electricity meters in South Africa need to be reset before November 2024 as the system that runs the credit tokens will run out of numbers...

Issued by African Utility Week 26 Apr 2018

Energy and water sectors excited by solar, tech innovation, distributed generation but corruption still a challenge
Energy and water sectors excited by solar, tech innovation, distributed generation but corruption still a challenge

Solar PV is seen as the most promising generation source for Africa while corruption, skills gaps and access to finance are some of the biggest challenges...

Issued by African Utility Week 26 Apr 2018

Pemba in northern Mozambique has seen a surge of new arrivals in step with investments to exploit off-shore gas deposits. Flickr
Why natural resource finds are more than just a curse: the case of Mozambique

Natural resources are often thought of as a curse in developing countries, slowing economic growth rather than driving it...

By Gerhard Toews and Pierre-Louis Vézina 26 Apr 2018

Laúca Hydropower Plant. Photo: Lahmeyer
Laúca sets milestone as Angola's largest hydro project

Laúca Hydropower Plant is about to become the largest hydropower plant in Angola, as the newly commissioned third power generation group brings the current installed power capacity to over 1,000MW...

25 Apr 2018

FP amendments bring relief to some offshore oil & gas rights holders
FP amendments bring relief to some offshore oil & gas rights holders

Offshore oil or gas exploration or production rights holders who applied for their exploration or production right prior to 20 November 2015 now have until 19 February 2024 to comply with the Financial Provisioning Regulations related to these rights...

25 Apr 2018

Department to appeal Mining Charter judgment
Department to appeal Mining Charter judgment

The Department of Mineral Resources (DMR) will appeal a court judgment relating to the Mining Charter...

24 Apr 2018

Coal crisis highlights the need for renewables
Coal crisis highlights the need for renewables

Just when we thought Eskom had got its act together...

24 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

Marius Roodt, consultant to the SA Institute of Race Relations (IRR)
After Zuma: Mining Charter remains a bone of contention

The more things change, the more they stay the same. This oldie, but goodie is just as relevant to our current politics and the Mining Charter in particular as it was when French journalist, Jean-Baptiste Alphonse Karr first used it in 1849...

By Marius Roodt 24 Apr 2018

Makoma Lekalakala, director for Earthlife Africa, and Liz McDaid, climate change coordinator for Southern African Faith Communities’ Environment Institute (SAFCEI)
Two SA women awarded Goldman prize for halting SA-Russia nuclear deal

Makoma Lekalakala and Liz McDaid are the recipients of this year's Goldman Environmental Prize...

23 Apr 2018

The Shared Value shift: It's time for business to take the lead - for real
The Shared Value shift: It's time for business to take the lead - for real

It is no longer sufficient to take a profit-first business approach: not only is it not sustainable for the long term, but consumers at all levels are now demanding that the business world develops a conscience...

Issued by Shift Social Development 23 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

John Capel, executive director, Benchmark Foundations
Mining communities' right to say no to be tested in court

A test case will be heard in North Gauteng High Court today, which could set a precedent on a communities' right to say no to mining activities on their traditional land...

23 Apr 2018

Sierra Leone: De Beers gem traders launch app to source clean diamonds
Sierra Leone: De Beers gem traders launch app to source clean diamonds

De Beers has taken another step towards ridding the trade of its "blood diamond" tag with a mobile tracking app for miners in Sierra Leone. While Gemfair may be useful, more needs to be done to ensure safety...

By Jane Mcintosh 20 Apr 2018

Jacky Burke, SRK Consulting principal environmental scientist
Navigating the water use licencing minefield

Due to the dynamic nature of mining - amendments to existing water use licences and applications for additional new water uses are a regular requirement for mines...

20 Apr 2018

Peaceful Mathebula (left) and Tomi Oshokoya (right) receive certificates for their presentation from Professor DK Banwet (middle) in Thailand
Mineral-rich developing countries need to rethink trade with China

China's recent economic slowdown has highlighted the need for South Africa and other mineral-rich developing countries to reassess their trade policies...

19 Apr 2018

Kornelia Shilunga, Namibia's deputy mines minister
Namibian mineral exports generate N$23bn

Namibia's exports of precious minerals generated $23bn in the 2017/2018 financial year, although beneficiation protagonists would probably want to know how much of this directly benefited Namibians...

By Kuzeeko Tjitemisa 18 Apr 2018

SAWEA looks to improve implementation of ED components through industry practice
SAWEA looks to improve implementation of ED components through industry practice

Working with key constituencies, the South African Wind Energy Association (SAWEA) aims to help improve the implementation of...

18 Apr 2018

Eskom lays cards on the table at public hearings
Eskom lays cards on the table at public hearings

At the first of its countrywide public hearings, held in Cape Town, Eskom presented its case to recover costs already spent in the provision of electricity totalling R66.6bn...

17 Apr 2018

'RobotQuartz IV' for Total Quartz engine oil
'RobotQuartz IV' for Total Quartz engine oil

Total's car engine oil brand, Total Quartz, returns with a new international campaign...

Issued by Total 17 Apr 2018

Zim puts wind energy plans on hold
Zim puts wind energy plans on hold

Zimbabwe has put on hold plans to undertake a wind resource measurement exercise on three sites with highest energy potential

By Martin Kadzere 16 Apr 2018

Ghanaian startup crowned 2018 Seedstars Global Winner
Ghanaian startup crowned 2018 Seedstars Global Winner

Ghanaian startup, AgroCenta, was crowned the 2018 Seedstars Global Winner at the fifth edition of the Seedstars Summit which took place on Thursday, 12 April 2018...

16 Apr 2018

Namibia: Uproar over mine at rhino sanctuary
Namibia: Uproar over mine at rhino sanctuary

Kamanjab - The Swartbooi Traditional Authority at Fransfontein is up in arms over planned mining involving Chinese nationals in cahoots with Namibians...

By Clemans Miyanicwe 13 Apr 2018

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