Energy & Mining Trends 2020

Subscribe to industry newsletters

  • Download BizTakeouts Mobi App
  • Visit BizTakeouts

Energy & Mining jobs

More...Submit a jobOpen account
Image source: Getty/Gallo
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

Image source: Getty/Gallo
Mining executives can use inspiring climate narratives to engage stakeholders

Too often mining companies frame their "climate narrative" around compliance. Instead they should aspire to be more inspiring...

By Lucas Chaumontet 11 Feb 2020

#WomenInScience: Linda Mahlangu on making her mark as a metallurgist
#WomenInScience: Linda Mahlangu on making her mark as a metallurgist

Annually, 11 February marks International Day of Women and Girls in Science, highlighting the need for greater gender equality in science-related fields...

By Sindy Peters 11 Feb 2020

Image source: Getty/Gallo
Can mines now generate their own power?

Minister of Mineral Resources and Energy, Gwede Mantashe, created a flurry of headlines when he told the Investing in African Mining Indaba that mines could generate their own electricity...

By Jason van der Poel, Mzukisi Kota & Alexandra Felekis 10 Feb 2020

Academic partnership brings Pan-African training programme for clean energy leaders to SA
Academic partnership brings Pan-African training programme for clean energy leaders to SA

A total of 11 South Africans among record number of participants selected for Open Africa Power...

Issued by UCT Graduate School of Business 7 Feb 2020

New leave laws may increase mine employee costs
New leave laws may increase mine employee costs

The implementation of the Labour Laws Amendment Act from 1 January 2020 is welcome from an equality perspective but may have cost implications for mining companies...

By Lizle Louw 7 Feb 2020

Cathleen Cox, John Welborn, David Awram, Peter Ruxton
#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

Togo breaks ground on West Africa's largest solar PV project
Togo breaks ground on West Africa's largest solar PV project

Togo broke ground on its 50MW Mohamed Bin Zayed Photovoltaic Solar Power Complex in Blitta this month...

6 Feb 2020

Marco Pagnini, director of mining, DuPont Sustainable Solutions
#MiningIndaba2020: Transformational and risk-savvy leadership

While reputation has always been important, there has been a rethink about the purpose of a mining company...

By Nicci Botha 6 Feb 2020

Minerals Minister, Gwede Mantashe in conversation with Errol Smart, CEO, Orion Minerals
#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

2020 Schneider Go Green student competition open for entries
2020 Schneider Go Green student competition open for entries

South African students are invited to enter the tenth annual Schneider Go Green contest...

5 Feb 2020

Image source:
Petrol price to come down in February

The petrol price will come down by 13 cents a litre this week...

4 Feb 2020

Image source: Getty/Gallo
#MiningIndaba2020: Cooperation needed to address structural and policy constraints

South African mining companies are struggling to ramp up production in response to improved commodity prices due to structural constraints such as the cost and unreliability of electricity supply...

3 Feb 2020

Minerals and Energy Mnister, Gwede Mantashe
#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

Bringing critical power distribution out of the dark
Bringing critical power distribution out of the dark

As the trend towards digitisation becomes pervasive across many industries and operations, the benefits offered to power distribution systems should not be overlooked...

By Quintin Mccutcheon 31 Jan 2020

Equatorial Guinea positioning itself as a regional gas hub
Equatorial Guinea positioning itself as a regional gas hub

Equatorial Guinea is positioning itself as the Gulf of Guinea's gas hub and and hopes to deliver where others have failed: developing the first successful cross-border gas venture on the continent...

31 Jan 2020

Image: Wikipedia
Communities want fairer say in mining laws

Late last year, just before the December shut down period, the Department of Mineral Resources and Energy released two important draft pieces of legislation for public comment...

30 Jan 2020

Image source: Getty/Gallo
Africa's renewable revolution

Africa's abundant clean energy resources, coupled with new investments in renewable energy technologies, have spearheaded Africa into a clean energy revolution...

29 Jan 2020

Floating nuclear plant provides first power
Floating nuclear plant provides first power

The floating nuclear power plant (FNPP) has delivered its first 10-million kWh of electric power into the isolated network of the Chauny-Bilibino hub in Russia's Far East autonomous region of Chukotka...

28 Jan 2020

Image source: Getty/Gallo
Managing environmental, social and governance risks is growing in importance for mining companies

Within the mining and minerals sector, investors are increasingly integrating environmental, social and governance (ESG) into their investment process to help secure capital during fundraising, identify risks during due diligence, capitalise on opportunities post-acquisition, and facilitate information disclosure in exit...

27 Jan 2020

Image source: Getty/Gallo
Mining health & safety figures improve dramatically

There has been a significant reduction in fatalities and injuries in the mining sector, according to the mine health and safety statistics released by the Department of Minerals and Energy...

27 Jan 2020

Leanne Mostert, partner, Webber Wentzel
6 things every miner ought to know about AI

Artificial intelligence (AI) offers prospecting and mining operations a greater ability to target likely mineral deposits, plan new mine developments in difficult terrain, control autonomous vehicles and improve recovery rates from diamond sorting or other minerals processing...

By Leanne Mostert 24 Jan 2020

More time for mining industry to comply with FP Regulations
More time for mining industry to comply with FP Regulations

On 17 January 2020, the long-awaited notice extending the transitional timeframe for compliance with the Financial Provisioning Regulations, 2015 (FP Regulations) was published by Minister Creecy (Extension Notice)...

By Garyn Rapson, Gillian Niven and Paula-Ann Novotny 23 Jan 2020

Most proposed solutions don’t address the systemic problems facing Eskom, in particular its parlous finances. Shutterstock
South Africa's energy crisis has triggered lots of ideas: why most are wrong

Since late last year South Africans have, once again, been subjected to power cuts by the power utility, Eskom. The need for what's called loadshedding - planned power outages - led to the recent resignation of Eskom's chairperson and a flurry of concern about the current and future reliability of electricity supply...

By Seán Mfundza Muller & Mike Muller 23 Jan 2020

Ntombifuthi Ntuli, CEO, Sawea
Sawea welcomes market-friendly approach

The South African Wind Energy Association (Sawea) supports the proposed market-friendly approach to the country's constrained energy supply, but strongly states that implementing the IRP 2019 should remain an imperative...

22 Jan 2020

The Department of Environment, Forestry and Fisheries (DEFF) has conditionally approved the Boulders wind farm project. Image from the Final Environmental Impact Assessment Report by CES (copied for fair use).
Huge West Coast wind farm approved

The government has approved in principle the huge Boulders wind farm project on the West Coast peninsula near Paternoster, St Helena Bay and Vredenburg...

By John Yeld 22 Jan 2020

Seydou Kane, managing director, Eaton South Africa
Effective storage solutions essential to a successful Eskom turnaround

The Integrated Resource Plan (IRP) gazetted in October 2019 emphasises that South Africa will continue to pursue a diversified energy mix that reduces reliance on limited primary energy resources...

By Seydou Kane 21 Jan 2020

Wind energy company powering skills development work
Wind energy company powering skills development work

South Africa is thankfully moving towards cleaner energy with Cabinet's latest approved 2019 Integrated Resource Plan (IRP). This IRP outlines wind power contribution to the future energy mix of 18%...

Issued by SAICA 20 Jan 2020

Image source: Getty/Gallo
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

Deep sea mining could impact negatively on the ocean's biodiversity. Image source: Getty/Gallo
Deep marine mining faces multiple challenges

With on-land deposits depleting fast, the seabed, which is thought to be rich in nickel, copper, cobalt and manganese, is the obvious place to look next...

17 Jan 2020

Show more