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Ghana is still finding ways of maximising its oil wealth. Wikimedia Commons, CC BY-SA
Ghana has tried to be responsible with its oil wealth. This is how

After Ghana discovered oil and gas in 2007, the government and civil society aspired to avoid the "resource curse". This is when countries have an abundance of non-renewable natural resources but no economic growth...

By Emmanuel Graham, Ismael Ackah, Nathan Andrews & Ransford Edward 2 days ago

Covid-19: Can employees withdraw from the workplace?
Covid-19: Can employees withdraw from the workplace?

Employees returning to work from the Covid-19 lockdown will need to show reasonable justification if they halt work on the basis that they may be exposed to the virus...

By Kenneth Coster 2 days ago

How successful are mines' efforts to restore livelihoods?
How successful are mines' efforts to restore livelihoods?

Restoring the livelihoods of households affected by resettlement is fraught with challenges, so it is vital that mines begin the process early and carefully monitor to see what is working and what is not...

3 days ago

Nkosi Kumalo
Mining companies must get smart and adapt

As a mineral rich country, South Africa faces its own set of challenges as the sector gears up for digital transformation and the only way to overcome these challenges is to get smart and adapt...

3 days ago

Ralf Hennecke
#LockdownLessons: Virus shutdown highlights technology, supply security

The pace of the mining industry's evolution towards automation will accelerate significantly following the onset of the Covid-19 pandemic...

By Ralf Hennecke 27 May 2020

Going underground in Camarines Norte province, Philippines. EPA
Meet the struggling gold miners who are missing out on boom in the precious metal

In Mukungwe, Democratic Republic of Congo, thousands of young men and women live in makeshift huts. They have no access to sanitation or health facilities. They work as manual drillers, carriers or timber specialists in narrow underground tunnels, which exposes them to everything from toxic metals to cave-ins and even suffocation...

By Sara Geenen & Boris Verbrugge 27 May 2020

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The case for turning South Africa's coal fields into a renewable energy hub

South Africa is currently one of the world's largest carbon emitters. And it's increasingly being viewed as a pariah that isn't contributing as much as it could to the international fight against global warming and climate change...

By Hartmut Winkler 26 May 2020

More positive cases at Mponeng Mine
More positive cases at Mponeng Mine

After processing the 651 tests done at its Mponeng Mine, AngloGold Ashanti says the number of positive cases has risen to 196.

26 May 2020

Arjen de Bruin, managing director of OIM Consulting
Mining in a new world

While most mines have been permitted to reopen with a limited workforce and increased safety and hygiene measures, new challenges have arisen in the wake of the lockdown...

25 May 2020

SA Petrol Price 2020 - Where does our money go?
SA Petrol Price 2020 - Where does our money go?

The wildly-fluctuating fuel price is a massive discussion point and we've often wondered how the numbers work...

By David Taylor 25 May 2020

Mponeng Mine
AngloGold Ashanti reports another 164 Covid-19 cases at Mponeng Mine

After reporting its first positive Covid-19 case at its Mponeng Mine last week, AngloGold Ashanti confirmed a further 164 cases during a screening, contact tracing and testing programme...

25 May 2020

Kamoa-Kakula Copper Project
Mining in a post-Covid DRC will be "survival of the fittest"

While some mining operations in the DRC have been able to continue production despite Covid-19 lockdown restrictions, experts agree that the country's mining industry faces a tough post-pandemic period...

22 May 2020

Kangra coal mine
Kangra placed on care and maintenance

Thermal coal miner Kangra has signed agreements with labour representatives to place the mine on care and maintenance...

22 May 2020

Kalgold Mine
Harmony Gold confirms two Covid-19 cases

Harmony Gold has confirmed that two employees of a contractor working at its Kalgold gold mine located near Mafikeng, North West province have tested positive for Covid-19.

21 May 2020

Unpacking the mining employers' guidelines for Covid-19
Unpacking the mining employers' guidelines for Covid-19

The Department of Mineral Resources and Energy has issued Guidelines for a Mandatory Code of Practice (COP) on the Mitigation and Management of Covid-19. Employers have until 25 May 2020 to implement them...

By Kate Collier & Tsholofelo Mofokeng 21 May 2020

Rising electricity tariffs are a major constraint for agriculture, says AgriSA
Rising electricity tariffs are a major constraint for agriculture, says AgriSA

The forthcoming increases in the costs of electricity will place tremendous liquidity pressure on agricultural enterprises, given that electricity constitutes a significant proportion of their variable costs...

21 May 2020

Kendal Power Station
DEFF orders Eskom to shut down Kendal units

Eskom has been ordered by the Department of Environment, Forestry and Fisheries (DEFF) to stop operations at Unit 1 or 5 of the Kendal power plant, in Mpumalanga, within 30 days because of dangerously high levels of emissions....

20 May 2020

The Mapungubwe Golden Rhino is believed to have been made between 1220 and 1290.
Stefan Heunis/AFP/Getty Images)
The continued threat of coal mining at the Mapungubwe world heritage site

Most developing countries face acute tensions between socio-economic development and environmental protection. Any opposition to proposed development, on environmental or heritage grounds, is seen as a threat to the creation of employment and the growth of the economy...

By Ndukuyakhe Ndlovu 19 May 2020

Ntombifuthi Ntuli, CEO, Sawea
Renewable energy a key component of SA's economic recovery

It is expected that the energy demand will start ramping up as the country eases the lockdown and additional energy capacity will be required...

19 May 2020

Tom Alweendo, Namibia’s minister of mines and energy.
Namibia's plans for greater energy security

To improve its energy security, Namibia is planning to grow its upstream industry by reviewing its policies in a bid to court private sector investors...

By Nicci Botha 18 May 2020

Marula mine
Implats closes Marula mine after 14 workers test positive

Implats has temporarily closed its Marula operations in Limpopo after 14 employees tested positive for Covid-19. None of them had started work at the mine yet...

18 May 2020

Rebecca Major
A perfect storm

In spite of the current economic, political and sanitary climate, we are seeing, and expect to continue to see, merger and acquisitions (M&A) deals in Africa's oil and gas industry...

By Rebecca Major 15 May 2020

How should policy support energy transition in a post-Covid Africa?
How should policy support energy transition in a post-Covid Africa?

Regulatory support is one of the key enabling factors for energy transition because it is what stimulates the appetite of the investors coming into the country...

By Nicci Botha 15 May 2020

Will copper lead the industry out of lockdown?
Will copper lead the industry out of lockdown?

Until now, gold as a safe-harbour asset, has been one of the rare gainers in metals markets - but is it about to be joined by copper?

14 May 2020

New Angolan budgetary restrictions underline government's determination to support Opec
New Angolan budgetary restrictions underline government's determination to support Opec

Angola has suspended all contracts signed under the public investment programme where a source of funding has not yet been definitively secured.

13 May 2020

Judgment reserved in CoCT's bid to procure power from independent sources
Judgment reserved in CoCT's bid to procure power from independent sources

Judgment has been reserved in the City of Cape Town's application to get clarity on whether municipalities are lawfully entitled to procure energy from independent power producers in terms of their own energy planning and not only in terms of national prescripts...

12 May 2020

Reinier van Heel
Are there trade opportunities for junior coal miners in Level 4?

It is no secret that the current regulations around the production and trade of minerals related to the Covid-19 pandemic has presented constraints in the supply of industrial commodities...

By Reinier van Heel 12 May 2020

The map shows the location of the new Juno Wind Farm. Graphic: from the Supplementary Heritage Report by Sarah Winter and Nicolas Baumann (July 2019)
Giant turbine farm set to harvest West Coast wind

Appeals against plans for a huge new wind farm on the West Coast have been dismissed by Environment Minister Barbara Creecy, paving the way for the addition of up to 140MW of renewable energy into the national grid...

By John Yeld 11 May 2020

Anglo looks to shed SA coal operations
Anglo looks to shed SA coal operations

Anglo American is planning to divest itself of its thermal coal mining operations in South Africa in the next three years, amid mounting pressure from stakeholders to move away from fossil fuels...

8 May 2020

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