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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

Call for ideas to help mitigate energy crisis
Call for ideas to help mitigate energy crisis

The City of Cape Town calls for innovative and smart ideas that will help to mitigate the current energy crisis...

10 May 2019

DoE launches wind resource map
DoE launches wind resource map

The acting Director-General of the Department of Energy (DoE) launched the Wind Atlas for South Africa (WASA) high-resolution wind resource map...

9 May 2019

Strategic Fuel Fund signs deal for Block B2
Strategic Fuel Fund signs deal for Block B2

South Africa signs an exploration and production sharing agreement (EPSA) with South Sudan for Block B2...

9 May 2019

Jet Demolition pioneers cold-cutting tech for petrochemical demolition
Jet Demolition pioneers cold-cutting tech for petrochemical demolition

Cold-cutting techniques developed by Jet Demolition have introduced a new benchmark for health and safety in the petrochemical industry...

8 May 2019

The true cost of downtime in the mining sector
The true cost of downtime in the mining sector

The South African mining industry has performed poorly over the past decade, with its contribution to the national GDP having halved since 1994...

7 May 2019

Bluewater offers innovative drinking water solutions for the mining industry
Bluewater offers innovative drinking water solutions for the mining industry

An innovative new mobile water station has been developed to provide safe drinking water for remote workforces in the mining sector...

Issued by Bluewater 6 May 2019

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Women in power need a thick skin and a good sense of humour

Zelda Weitz, COO of Symbion Power, still has a good laugh every now and then when she walks into a meeting and people assume she is either the CEO's PA or "the marketing lady"...

3 May 2019

Penny Herbst, director: strategy, GreenCo
Finance model for energy projects in Africa needs to change

The business model for energy investment needs to change. There are far too many players that are comfortable with the same structures for investment, selling to an SOE (state-owned enterprise) with a government guarantee...

30 Apr 2019

Photo: SKA
SA reaches for the stars - but at what cost to mining?

While the square kilometre array (SKA) telescope is one of the most exciting projects in South Africa's scientific and academic fields with long-term benefits to the country's economy, it is likely to impact the use and exploitation of mineral resources in the Northern Cape...

By Lili Nupen & Ross McLean 29 Apr 2019

Re-imagining waste-to-energy for micro-generation
Re-imagining waste-to-energy for micro-generation

The exploration of alternative energy sources and projects has been all the 'buzz' again, particularly in response to challenges Eskom continues to face...

By Kate Stubbs 29 Apr 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

Former Sasol Coal miners claim more than R80 million for coal-related illnesses
Former Sasol Coal miners claim more than R80 million for coal-related illnesses

Twenty-two former underground miners are claiming more than R80 million in damages from Sasol Coal after they contracted serious lung and other diseases as a result of years of inhaling coal dust while working in underground coal mines...

By Ciaran Ryan 25 Apr 2019

US President Donald Trump
Trump's crackdown on Iran's oil exports could backfire badly - with serious risks to global economy

The US has unnerved the world oil market by ramping up the pressure in its long-running dispute with Iran. It has announced that, after May 1, it won't renew the exemptions given to eight countries that enable them to buy Iranian oil...

By Nafis Alam 25 Apr 2019

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How much does Eskom need to fail before mines are forced to close?

If the Eskom crisis isn't resolved soon, the national unemployment crisis will become even more dire because of impending mass retrenchment in the mining industry...

By Katherine Brown 24 Apr 2019

Namibia revises electricity buying market model
Namibia revises electricity buying market model

The Namibian Cabinet has approved a revised market model, which will allow independent power producers (IPPs) to sell electricity directly to customers and not just to the Namibia Power Corporation (NamPower)...

24 Apr 2019

Demonstration for conflict-free products. Enough Project/Flickr
Why responsible sourcing of DRC minerals has major weak spots

The Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) is rich in minerals such as coltan, tantalum, tin and gold. All are coveted for their widespread use in modern technologies, like semiconductors for cars and mobile phones...

By Peer Schouten 23 Apr 2019

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Renewable energy vehicles can revolutionise South Africa's public transport system

Vincent Raseroka, chairman of Bridge Taxi Finance, shares a range of ideas on the necessity of urgently looking into transforming the public transport system into one driven by electric vehicles...

By Vincent Raseroka 18 Apr 2019

Driefontein operation. Image: Sibanye-Stillwater
Sibanye strike backfires on Amcu

Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (Amcu) members at Sibanye-Stillwater's gold operations have walked away from a five-month strike no better off than their colleagues from other unions...

18 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

Should we expect more private prosecutions for environmental crimes?
Should we expect more private prosecutions for environmental crimes?

Private prosecutions for environmental crimes has always been a thorny issue in South African environmental law. In the recent case of Uzani Environmental Advocacy CC v BP Southern Africa (Pty) Ltd, BP was found guilty of contravening the National Environmental Management Act...

By Athi Jara 17 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

Image: Kouga Wind Farm
Renewables are here to stay: Radebe

The current challenges faced by Eskom "would have been worse", were it not for the contribution from renewable energy independent power producers, according Energy Minister, Jeff Radebe...

17 Apr 2019

ASM gold trading platform ensures transparency
ASM gold trading platform ensures transparency

A trading platform that makes it easy to buy ethically mined gold from artisans and small scale miners (ASM) across Africa and the developing world has been launched...

16 Apr 2019

Watson wind farm stopped - for now
Watson wind farm stopped - for now

The controversial decision to grant environmental authorisation for the Watson family's massive wind farm project on the summit of the Groot Winterhoek mountains near Uitenhage has been overturned - at least temporarily...

By John Yeld 16 Apr 2019

Professor Makgopa Tshehla
Can South Africa learn lessons from the mega mistakes of Eskom's mega projects?

Kusile and Medupi power stations continue to come under fire as poorly managed and ill-designed, remaining years behind completion dates amidst drastically rising costs that now stand at R300bn...

By Makgopa Tshehla 15 Apr 2019

Mineral Resources Minister, Gwede Mantashe
Mine opening signals SA's investment potential

Coal continues to form a key part of South Africa's energy mix, in line with the country's Integrated Resource Plan, and the coal mining sector should continue investing in clean technology to mitigate the effects of climate change...

12 Apr 2019

Sun Exchange to solar power several Western Cape schools
Sun Exchange to solar power several Western Cape schools

Sun Exchange has announced plans to solar power several Western Cape schools via its global funding platform...

11 Apr 2019

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