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Russian President Vladimir Putin and Zambian President Edgar Lungu meet on the sidelines of the BRICS Summit in Johannesburg in 2018. EPA-EFE/Alexei NikolskySputnik/Kremlin Pool
Russia in Africa: can it offer an alternative to the US and China?

Russia has never had an African colony. It stayed out of the scramble for Africa, only engaging with African states in the 19th Century.

By János Besenyo 3 Jun 2019

Carbon tax revenues could be harnessed to help South Africa's poor
Carbon tax revenues could be harnessed to help South Africa's poor

Climate change needs urgent action by all countries, and by all means...

By Harald Winkler and Andrew Marquard 31 May 2019

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Regulatory change and safeguarding against corruption in the Australian mining industry

The Australian mining industry is a force to be reckoned with, playing a prominent role in the country's economy, accounting for 7% of its gross domestic product (GDP)...

By Scott Harris 30 May 2019

Emma Dempster, director in the projects and energy sector, Cliffe Dekker Hofmeyr
Change to licensing regulations adds a surge to grid

Minister of Energy, Jeff Radebe, has granted a welcome deviation from South Africa's existing power generation licensing regulations that allows additional power to be fed into the local grid...

29 May 2019

Kenyan students look to Uber(ise) solar energy
Kenyan students look to Uber(ise) solar energy

A team of students from Strathmore University in Nairobi, Kenya walked off as the inaugural winners of the African Utility Week and PowerGen Africa conference and exhibition's first Initiate! Impact Challenge...

By Alicestine October 20 May 2019

All the 2019 African Power, Energy & Water Industry Awards winners
All the 2019 African Power, Energy & Water Industry Awards winners

Ethiopia's former state minister in the Ministry of Water, Irrigation and Energy Wondimu Tekle Sigo was among the winners at the annual African Power, Energy & Water Industry Awards...

20 May 2019

Sergio Pugliese, AEC president for Angola
Q&A with Angola's new African Energy Chamber president

Production levels in Angola are expected to soar by 2020 following the reorganisation of the state oil company Sonangol, and a drastic revision of country's legislation related to oil and gas...

13 May 2019

2018/2019 African Power, Energy & Water Industry Awards finalists announced
2018/2019 African Power, Energy & Water Industry Awards finalists announced

The finalists in the this year's African Power, Energy & Water Industry Awards have been announced...

13 May 2019

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Gold mining reduces infant mortality rate

Large scale gold mining in sub-Saharan Africa has reduced infant mortality in nearby communities, with rates falling by 50% among those born within 10km of a gold mine...

3 May 2019

Botswana's largest diamond find
Botswana's largest diamond find

A 1,758-carat diamond, second only in size to the famous Cullinan diamond, has been unearthed by Lucara Diamond Corp at its Karowe mine in Botswana.

26 Apr 2019

Should we turn the Sahara Desert into a huge solar farm?
Should we turn the Sahara Desert into a huge solar farm?

Whenever I visit the Sahara I am struck by how sunny and hot it is and how clear the sky can be...

By Amin Al-Habaibeh 26 Apr 2019

ExxonMobil increases its Namibian exploration stake
ExxonMobil increases its Namibian exploration stake

ExxonMobil has increased its offshore exploration acreage in Namibia with the addition of approximately 28,000km2.

25 Apr 2019

20-carat Okavango Blue diamond unveiled
20-carat Okavango Blue diamond unveiled

The biggest blue diamond discovery ever made in Botswana has been unveiled to the world by Okavango Diamond Company (ODC)...

18 Apr 2019

Image: Richards Bay Minerals
Dirty deeds: how to stop Australian miners abroad being linked to death and destruction

Australian companies dominate African mining. The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade counts 175 ASX-listed companies operating in 35 African countries...

By Julia Dehm 17 Apr 2019

Copper was part of the deal between the DRC and the Chinese company Sicomines. Shutterstock
The DRC and China's Sicomines: why future deals should be different

It was confidently billed at the time as the "deal of the century". The Sino Congolaise des Mines (Sicomines) was the most significant Chinese investment project in Africa when it was agreed in 2007...

By Andoni Maiza Larrarte & Gloria Claudio-Quiroga 3 Apr 2019

USAID launches 3 Centres of Excellence to build links between Egyptian, US universities
USAID launches 3 Centres of Excellence to build links between Egyptian, US universities

These centres have been created to foster high-quality applied research and build relationships among the education community, the private sector, and policymakers...

3 Apr 2019

How data collected from mobile phones can help electricity planning
How data collected from mobile phones can help electricity planning

Access to reliable and affordable electricity brings many benefits. It supports the growth of small businesses, allows students to study at night and protects health...

By Eduardo Alejandro Martínez Ceseña, Joseph Mutale, Mathaios Panteli, and Pierluigi Mancarella 14 Mar 2019

Finance Minister Mthuli Ncube
Zim to relax mine ownership rules

When the Zimbabwean government announced it would relax the indigenisation and economic empowerment regulations in late 2017,it was restricted to the platinum and diamond mining sectors only...

11 Mar 2019

SA committed to more renewable power
SA committed to more renewable power

Government says it remains committed to expanding the availability of renewable power to enhance the country's energy mix...

28 Feb 2019

Azuri Technologies, pay-as-you-go solar technology provider.
Azuri launches pay-as-you-go solar satellite TV in Kenya

The off-grid solar market is in the midst of a serious boom, already growing beyond the simple necessities of lighting and phone charging...

26 Feb 2019

Total makes significant gas find off Mossel Bay
Total makes significant gas find off Mossel Bay

Total has made a significant gas condensate discovery on the Brulpadda prospects in the Outeniqua Basin, 175 kms off the southern coast of South Africa...

8 Feb 2019

Ghana President Nana Akufo-Addo
#MiningIndaba2019: It's time to make Africa prosperous

Africa is home to 30% of the world's mineral reserves. The irony is that a continent that is so rich in minerals is home of the world's poorest people...

By Nicci Botha 7 Feb 2019

John Wellborn, managing director and CEO of Resolute Mining
#MiningIndaba2019: World's first fully automated mine

Technology will breathe new life into an old mine when Syama gold mine in south Mali is becomes the first fully-automated mine in the world...

By Nicci Botha 7 Feb 2019

Top 5 African youth innovators selected for Africa Energy Indaba 2019
Top 5 African youth innovators selected for Africa Energy Indaba 2019

The Africa Energy Indaba 2019 platform has announced the top five nominees for Africa's Youth Energy Innovator award...

25 Jan 2019

Registration now open for APPO Cape VII Congress and Exhibition conference
Registration now open for APPO Cape VII Congress and Exhibition conference

The African Petroleum Producers Organisation and its member countries call for unity, cooperation and reform amongst oil producers ahead of the Cape VII Congress and Exhibition, which will take place from 1-5 April 2019 in Malabo, Equatorial Guinea, under the theme Pathways to Shared Prosperity in the African Petroleum Industry.

22 Jan 2019

10 developments that will shape Africa's energy sector in 2019
10 developments that will shape Africa's energy sector in 2019

The new year brings a new set of dynamics and challenges set to influence the future of the energy industry, from presidential elections to megaprojects developments, amidst intensifying international competition...

By NJ Ayuk 21 Jan 2019

A new way to curb nitrogen pollution: Regulate fertiliser producers, not just farmers
A new way to curb nitrogen pollution: Regulate fertiliser producers, not just farmers

Reducing nitrogen pollution around the globe is an urgent environmental goal, but extremely challenging - in part because the main human source is agriculture...

By David Kanter 21 Jan 2019

#BizTrends2019: What's happening in the African energy space?
#BizTrends2019: What's happening in the African energy space?

Experts provide insight in to the emerging trends in African energy and infrastructure projects.

16 Jan 2019

How is Africa going to answer its increasing demand for energy?
How is Africa going to answer its increasing demand for energy?

Africa's ever-growing population and accelerating economic growth has resulted in a steady increase in the demand for energy, which is a major concern among energy sector leaders.

9 Jan 2019

Privatisation, productivity and the potential of mini grids
Privatisation, productivity and the potential of mini grids

To continue on the economic growth trajectory many African countries find themselves on, they need reliable, sustainable sources of energy. However, the continent finds itself trailing behind other emerging markets...

26 Nov 2018

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