Khezi Tiya, head, oil and gas South Africa, for Standard Bank.
Oil and gas are potential game-changers for economic growth

With the South Africa's Mineral and Petroleum Resources Development Act (MPRDA) and the Integrated Energy Resource Plan rumbling along, South Africa is set to leverage its largely unexplored and underdeveloped oil and gas sector to reignite economic growth

2 hours ago

#WindAc 2017: Do cats and windows kill more birds than wind turbines?
#WindAc 2017: Do cats and windows kill more birds than wind turbines?

Yes, they do - cats and windows do kill more birds than wind turbines, but that's no reason to disregard the fact that wind turbines also kill birds. This was emphasised by Samantha Ralston, birds and renewable energy manager at Birdlife South Africa, speaking at WindAc Africa 2017. The conservation organisation has produced a report reviewing the impact on bird species of some of the first wind energy farms in the country.

By Sindy Peters 3 hours ago

Coffee is revving up London buses
Coffee is revving up London buses

Most of us need our coffee to drive us through the day. And now it's also transporting Londoners to work. With a helping hand from Shell, Arthur Kay, founder of Bio-bean, is turning the 200,000 tonnes of coffee grounds the city produces every year into fuel for some of London's famous red buses.

22 hours ago

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Can platinum make a comeback in vehicles?

There are hopes that platinum could once again be used to make autocatalytic converters for petrol-powered engines, creating fresh demand for the metal amid a deepening supply deficit.

By Allan Seccombe 1 day ago

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GreenCape, SAWEA host renewable energy career expo in Atlantis

GreenCape and the South African Wind Energy Association (SAWEA) recently hosted the second annual Atlantis Career Expo, an educational event designed to drive awareness and interest among Atlantis students about career opportunities in renewable energy. It was held in conjunction with the Windaba wind energy conference and took place at the South Africa Renewable Energy Career Incubator (SAREBI) offices.

1 day ago

Noor Kapdi, Africa chief executive officer & South Africa managing partner at Dentons law firm
Energy + investment = economic growth

Despite all the talk about nuclear builds, renewables and fracking, the local energy sector will remain static until regulatory and political stability return. This lack of investment is particularly troubling because energy capacity and economic growth are so tightly intertwined.

1 day ago

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Environmental rehabilitation liability of BCL deters buyers

Botswana's state-owned miner and smelter BCL, the subject of the country's largest liquidation, has a large environmental rehabilitation problem that has made a sale of the assets nearly impossible. But there are plans to try to reduce the liability that contributed to the crippling of the badly managed company.

By Allan Seccombe 2 days ago

#WindAc 2017: How to select a wind farm development site without compromising visual resources
#WindAc 2017: How to select a wind farm development site without compromising visual resources

There are many considerations to take into account when developing a wind farm, one of which is the impact on visual, aesthetic, and scenic resources in and around a potential location. Apart from the amenity value to surrounding communities, these resources also hold economic and ecological value, respectively, in terms of the tourism opportunities they present and the free natural services they provide.

By Sindy Peters 2 days ago

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Amnesty warns companies on child labour in DRC cobalt mining

KINSHASA - Leading technology and electric car companies have been accused of failing to ensure minerals used in their products are not mined using child labour, Amnesty International has said in a report.

17 Nov 2017

SA's KaXu Solar One plant wins UN climate change award
SA's KaXu Solar One plant wins UN climate change award

KaXu Solar One concentrated solar power (CSP) project, in the Northern Cape, was on Wednesday, 15 November, presented with a Momentum of Change award by the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change. The award was presented at COP23, this year's UN Climate Change Conference, under way in Bonn, Germany.

By Wilson Johwa 17 Nov 2017

Isabel dos Santos
Daughter of Angola's ex-president sacked as state oil chief

LUANDA - Angolan President Joao Lourenco has fired his predecessor's daughter from her influential post as head of the Sonangol state oil company, the presidency said in a statement.

16 Nov 2017

Reinventing the mining industry
Reinventing the mining industry

Policy, legislative, administrative and operating challenges, compounded by resource demand and resulting excess capacity, weakening prices and increasing volatility, have plunged the mining industry into crisis.

By Gys Kappers 16 Nov 2017

Sunny future for renewables thanks to China: IEA
Sunny future for renewables thanks to China: IEA

Solar energy is to lead the race to new power generation over the coming decades, thanks in large part to China and India, the International Energy Agency said on Tuesday, 14 November.

16 Nov 2017