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Finding sustainable ways to resettle communities

In December 2019, the Department of Mineral Resources and Energy (DMRE) published its Draft Mine Community Resettlement Guidelines for comment - part of its process to standardise resettlement practice in mining...

19 Mar 2020

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Emfuleni to pay Eskom debt

The Emfuleni Local Municipality in Gauteng will pay the R50m it owes to Eskom...

19 Mar 2020

Gwede Mantashe, minister of minerals and energy
Mining sector's 10-point plan for coronavirus

The Department of Mineral Resources and Energy says it has developed a 10-point plan for the mining sector to deal with the Covid-19 pandemic...

17 Mar 2020

Ntombifuthi Ntuli, CEO of Sawea
CTF losses PPA appeal

The Supreme Court of Appeal has dismissed the case brought by the Coal Transporters Forum (CTF) to set aside power purchase agreements (PPA's) with preferred bidders...

16 Mar 2020

South Africa still depends on coal for most of its electricity. Shutterstock
Global emissions are way off target: what needs to happen

At the 2015 United Nations Climate Change Conference in Paris, countries set goals that require halving carbon emissions by 2030. In a new piece in Nature, Professor Harald Winkler, as part of an international team, delivers the bad news that the emissions gap...

16 Mar 2020

Nico Muller, CEO of Implats
Curveballs and brave decisions: in conversation with Implats' Nico Muller

With curveballs like coronavirus and load shedding, businesses need to learn to be responsive...

13 Mar 2020

Eskom and other state owned companies have become a huge burden on the government purse. Shutterstock
Governments should always assess the impact of economic reforms on citizens

The purpose of national economic reform is to change the structure and overall direction of an economy. Reforms therefore can affect the amount of resources available to a country. They can also affect human rights...

By Danny Bradlow 12 Mar 2020

Wearable tech and mine safety
Wearable tech and mine safety

The mining sector is one of the most dangerous around, so the advent of wearable technology can contribute to minimising workplace injuries...

11 Mar 2020

Dr Angela Wilkinson, secretary general of the World Energy Council
Are we heading for a modern jazz, unfinished symphony or hard rock energy transition?

There is no one-size-fits-all solution with energy transition, but we also don't need to reinvent the wheel every time, says Dr Angela Wilkinson, the World Energy Council (WEC) secretary general and CEO...

By Nicci Botha 9 Mar 2020

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Heavy haul conference to play critical role in building sustainable economy

In order to ensure that South Africa's rail network achieves its true potential, the rail industry needs to take greater steps to start introducing smart and resilient railway operations and infrastructure, so as to improve efficiency and safety...

6 Mar 2020

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#energyindaba: eSwatini works on energy independence

The tiny Kingdom of eSwatini has developed a comprehensive long-term energy master plan based on renewable energy to reduce its dependency on its neighbours for its electricity supply...

By Nicci Botha 5 Mar 2020

Kandeh Yumkellah
#energyindaba: Africa's energy transition must focus on fairness, wealth creation, jobs

Africa has the will to transition to more sustainable energy, but the emphasis must be on a just process...

By Nicci Botha 5 Mar 2020

Mozambique's gas promise
Mozambique's gas promise

It has been almost exactly 10 years since Anadarko drilled the well that would give Mozambique its first major gas find in over 60 years of mostly disappointing oil and gas exploration...

By NJ Ayuk 3 Mar 2020

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The role of SSEGs and municipalities in long-term energy resilience

In an attempt to move away from centralised generation and distribution monopolies, we are seeing governments and power generators embrace more localised and integrated electricity systems...

By Mohammed Patel 28 Feb 2020

Redemption Allowance to be reviewed
Redemption Allowance to be reviewed

Mining by its nature requires large initial capital outlays and in recognition of this the Income Tax Act provides for an accelerated deduction of such capital expenditure by miners...

27 Feb 2020

How heat can be used to store renewable energy
How heat can be used to store renewable energy

The effect that fossil fuels are having on the climate emergency is driving an international push to use low-carbon sources of energy...

By Antoine Koen and Pau Farres Antunez 27 Feb 2020

Joe Keenan, managing director, BME
More hopeful times for mining for 2020, but plenty of uncertainty

There is considerable uncertainty that plagues the global economy going into 2020, but times are looking better for the mining sector this year and next...

By Joe Keenan 26 Feb 2020

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Mines still prone to SDG-washing in sustainability reports

Many of the world's mining companies often highlight the positive contributions they make to the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in their sustainability reports, while generally omitting any mention of negative impacts that would impede achievement of these goals...

24 Feb 2020

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How to address security threats to the mining industry

In November 2019, local gunmen killed 37 employees of Canadian miner Semafo who were travelling to work at the Boungou mine in Burkina Faso, raising awareness of the dangers faced by mining majors operating in foreign countries...

By JP Casey 21 Feb 2020

Energy Minister Gwede Mantashe
Self-use generation projects already in the pipeline

Minerals and Energy Minister Gwede Mantashe says the National Energy Regulator of South Africa (Nersa) has already approved 75 applications from private companies wanting to generate energy for self use...

20 Feb 2020

The view looking east across the West Coast with the village of Paternoster in the foreground. The recently approved Boulders Wind farm will stand on the hills in the background, directly in this view. Photo: John Yeld
Wind farm says massive new rival could cost it "hundreds of millions" in lost energy

An existing wind farm is crying foul after the government last month gave the conditional go-ahead for a massive new wind farm project on an adjoining property on the West Coast Peninsula near Vredenburg...

By John Yeld 19 Feb 2020

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Environmental considerations for self-generation regime

Besides the obviouts dialogue about legislative amendments needed for mining companies to generate their own power, there is also the question of whether the minister consulted with other relevant departments in ensuring this policy decision is given due effect...

By Gillian Niven & Paula-Ann Novotny 18 Feb 2020

SDG7 under the spotlight at Africa Energy Forum 2020
SDG7 under the spotlight at Africa Energy Forum 2020

The 2020 Africa Energy Forum will take place in Barcelona, Spain from 30 June to 3 July under the overarching theme of 'Investment and impact'...

18 Feb 2020

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Climate proofing mining operations

By nature, mining activities are resource intensive, and by coincidence they are often located in geographies particularly vulnerable to climate change...

By Tycho Moncks 17 Feb 2020

Landmark investment secured for 60MW Djibouti Wind Farm Project
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

Cape Town sought court intervention to buy electricity from independent power producers. Image source: Getty/Gallo
#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

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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

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Harmony buys AngloGold Ashanti's SA business

Harmony Gold is buying AngloGold Ashanti's Mponeng Mine and Mine Waste Solutions, which will add approximately 350,000oz to its annual gold production...

13 Feb 2020

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