Energy & Mining Trends 2020

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Landmark investment secured for 60MW Djibouti Wind Farm Project

Djibouti's electricity demand is expected to considerably increase due to various large-scale infrastructure projects including ports, free trade zones...

14 Feb 2020

#Sona20: Ramaphosa confirms own use generation plan

In his State of the Nation Address (Sona), President Cyril Ramaphosa confirmed that the regulatory environment is to be changed in order to facilitate uncapped commercial and industrial distributed generation for own use....

14 Feb 2020

What comes first - production or the purchase?

While commodity prices are currently favourable, the general volatility of commodities in the South African market has often presented a barrier to mining companies accessing traditional forms of financing to enhance their liquidity...

By Lodewyk Meyer, Chantel van Zyl & Kira White 13 Feb 2020

#BizFinFocus: Read the signs to forge ahead in a gloomy economy

Although the International Monetary Fund gave South Africa's economic growth prospects a downward revision for this year, 2020 could still hold significant opportunities for business owners who know where to look...

By David Morobe 12 Feb 2020

Sustainable development redefines African mining

Mining is so much more than just digging up rocks. Sustainable development, community welfare, greenhouse gas emissions and traceability of the source of minerals all play a substantial role in developing the industry as an economic driver in Africa...

By Nicci Botha 12 Feb 2020

Independent power generation offers investment opportunities

While Eskom's massive debt and lack of maintenance has resulted in load shedding and an inability to service the debt...

11 Feb 2020

#MiningIndaba2020: Gold(en) opportunities in West Africa

West Africa still holds a certain lustre among gold miners, although they are cautious about the regulatory and security risks...

By Nicci Botha 6 Feb 2020

#MiningIndaba2020: Will Mining Charter III benefit junior miners?

Junior mining is a relatively new concept in South Africa, and is often confused with illegal mining or artisanal mining, but they are, in fact, new entrant small and medium size enterprises...

By Nicci Botha 5 Feb 2020

#MiningIndaba2020: Mining industry must embrace 4IR

The demands of the fourth industrial revolution (4IR) provide new growth opportunties for the mining industry, which must position itself, including reskilling the workforce, to take advantage of this new reality

By Nicci Botha 3 Feb 2020

China's investment in Africa's mineral resources

When it comes to energy, it's not just the traditional advocates of renewable energy that are leading the way, it is the world's major emerging economies such as China and India that are driving this clean energy transition...

20 Jan 2020

Energy transition forecast: Sunny with a chance of strong wind

The global energy transition is the transformation of the world's energy supply, away from polluting sources such as coal, oil and gas, and towards renewables. Potentially, this is a $120trn investment opportunity over the next 30 years...

By Mark Lacey 15 Jan 2020

US is more relaxed about oil spike than Europe - which helps explain differences over Iran

Oil prices shot up following the US assassination of Iranian general Qassem Soleimani, rising more than $5 per barrel to more than $71 (£54) on January 6, its highest level since the Saudi oil refinery attack last September...

By Mueid Al Raee 15 Jan 2020

Why the outlook for fixing Nigeria's energy crisis isn't good

Nigeria returned to democracy in 1999. But it took another 16 years for power to change hands, with the All Progressive Congress clinching the office of the presidency in 2015...

By Nnaemeka Vincent Emodi 30 Dec 2019

Malawi solar energy project to add 46MW to local power supply

After attracting $67m in investment, one of Malawi's first solar projects has reached financial close...

27 Dec 2019

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