Mining Charter: What does it all mean?
Mining Charter: What does it all mean?

While mining companies will surely wait with bated breath for the outcome of the anticipated legal challenges to the Mining Charter by the Chamber of Mines, they will also need to start getting their ducks in a row, in terms of legal and corporate structures if the challenges are unsuccessful.

By Giada Masina, Allan Reid and Deepa Vallabh 8 hours ago

Photo: Fitch
The Mining Charter vindicates the downgrade, says Fitch

Credit rating agency Fitch issued a statement saying the new Mining Charter that Mineral Resources Minister Mosebenzi Zwane issued without industry consultation showed that its decision to cut SA's sovereign credit rating to junk in April was correct.

By Robert Laing 1 day ago

Stalled PPAs are hurting investors and govt's growth objectives
Stalled PPAs are hurting investors and govt's growth objectives

The Department of Energy (DoE) and Eskom again did not provide any clarity to investors in the renewable energy sector as to when the power utility will sign power purchase agreements with independent power producers.

1 day ago

High-tech diamond mining vessel starts operations
High-tech diamond mining vessel starts operations

Debmarine's newest - and biggest - diamond mining vessel, SS Nujoma, has started operations after being commissioned in Walvis Bay last week.

2 days ago

Wind farms are hardly the bird slayers they're made out to be. Here's why
Wind farms are hardly the bird slayers they're made out to be. Here's why

People who oppose wind farms often claim wind turbine blades kill large numbers of birds, often referring to them as “bird choppers”. And claims of dangers to iconic or rare birds, especially raptors, have attracted a lot of attention.

By Simon Chapman 2 days ago

Dutch designers use human waste to make electricity
Dutch designers use human waste to make electricity

There is a curious exhibition currently taking place at the Cube Museum in Holland. Titled "Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Toilets, But Were Afraid to Ask", the exhibition, which is on until November, is meant to stimulate viewers into thinking about the past, present and future of sanitary issues.

By Bongani Shweni 2 days ago

Knox Msebenzi, CEO of Niasa. Photo: EE Publishing
#YouthMonth: Debunking the myths about nuclear

The class of 2017 must remember and take heed of the example set by the youth of 1976, who understood the importance of education in order to emancipate themselves from the struggle of the day, says the Nuclear Industry Association of South Africa (Niasa).

3 days ago

Mosebenzi Zwane, minister of mineral resources. Photo: African Mining Indaba
Stakeholders blast Mining Charter as underhanded

The worst fears of a cross-section of mining industry stakeholders were realised when the minister of mineral resources, Mosebenzi Zwane released the latest iteration of the Mining Charter last week.

By Nicci Botha 3 days ago

Export orders, container shipping on the rise
Export orders, container shipping on the rise

Stronger global trade is expected this year and as reported by the World Trade Organisation (WTO), indicators like export orders and container shipping are on the rise at the beginning of 2017. Recognising the uncertainty on economic and policy developments, the WTO has still forecasted overall expansion in global trade.

3 days ago

Is this the world's cheapest solar lamp?
Is this the world's cheapest solar lamp?

For the millions without electricity in Africa, basic lighting remains a luxury. Kerosene lamps are expensive. Candles and fires are hazardous and ultimately affects a household's air quality. Manchester-based design consultancy Inventid's recent development of what they are claiming is the world's cheapest solar light could present a solution for this ongoing struggle.

By Lindsay Samson 3 days ago

SA joins in 2017 Global Wind Day celebrations
SA joins in 2017 Global Wind Day celebrations

Thursday, 15 June marked Global Wind Day 2017 - a day for re-considering wind, and the power it holds to reshape energy systems, decarbonise our economy and boost jobs and growth.

15 Jun 2017

The brain drain and messy regulation
The brain drain and messy regulation

The regulatory environment governing the mining industry in South Africa has never been more complicated - or expensive - as the cost of compliance continues to skyrocket. The result is that the country is not competitive.

By Danette Breitenbach 15 Jun 2017

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DRC seeks joint Chinese-Spanish offer to build dam

The Democratic Republic of Congo said on Tuesday, 13 June, it has asked Chinese and Spanish bidders of a colossal dam project to join forces and submit a joint bid.

15 Jun 2017