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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

Water and energy sector talks this week at Virtual African Utility Week and PowerGen Africa
Water and energy sector talks this week at Virtual African Utility Week and PowerGen Africa

"A shift in resources allocation towards the health sector to respond to the Covid-19 pandemic is going to starve other sectors like the water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) sector of much-needed financing," says Paul Yillia, award-winning water sector expert...

Issued by Clarion Events 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

Eskom CEO, Andre de Ruyter
Lockdown gave Eskom time to build capacity

The national lockdown has had some positive spin offs for Eskom in that the lower demand has given the power utility the breathing space to carry out short-term opportunity maintenance at some of its facilities, and also reduced the chances of load shedding this winter...

7 May 2020

Workers from Kinross Gold Mine, South Africa. Brooks Kraft LLC/Sygma via Getty Images
Health and safety in the spotlight as South Africa's miners go back to work

South Africa was put under strict social and economic lockdown on 26 March. By the end of April the government announced that it was easing some of the restrictions. This included allowing certain key sectors to begin operations once again. One of them was mining...

By Nancy Coulson & Nicola Christofides 7 May 2020

Oneyka Ojogbo
Mitigating risks in the current oil industry crisis

The compounding effects of coronavirus and oil industry disruptions pose unique and significant challenges, particularly on the African continent where the economies of producing countries are largely dependent on oil revenues...

By Oneyka Ojogbo 6 May 2020

Preparing stockpiles for rapid post-lockdown deliveries
Preparing stockpiles for rapid post-lockdown deliveries

Miners should use the lag between the opening of surface mines and the delivery of products wisely, by preparing smart stockpiles, internal roadway systems and traffic separation measures to deal quickly and safely with the tide when markets reopen...

5 May 2020

Mining sector ordered to prepare safety standards
Mining sector ordered to prepare safety standards

The Labour Court has ordered employers in the mining industry to prepare and implement a code of practice for health and safety standards...

4 May 2020

#LockdownLessons: Mining partners developing new ways to work
#LockdownLessons: Mining partners developing new ways to work

As South Africa's mining sector gradually ramps up after the national lockdown, a new world of restrictions, regulations and protocols is evolving...

By Andrew van Zyl 4 May 2020

SA Coal opens Covid-19 testing lab
SA Coal opens Covid-19 testing lab

As Covid-19 adds another dimension to the already risky business of worker safety on mines, Coal SA has opened a testing laboratory at its Highveld Hospital in eMalahleni...

30 Apr 2020

Image source: Tullow
Total buys Tullow Oil's Uganda project

Total has acquired Tullow Oil's entire interests in Uganda Lake Albert development project including its East African Crude Oil Pipeline for an overall consideration of $575m...

29 Apr 2020

How the digital mine is saving lives and livelihoods during the Covid-19 pandemic
How the digital mine is saving lives and livelihoods during the Covid-19 pandemic

The Covid-19 global pandemic has been a wake-up call for many industries, highlighting the incredible importance of digital transformation and adaptability...

By Doug Hanson & Paula Jackson 28 Apr 2020

Mines can't ignore the carbon tax. But they can take control of it
Mines can't ignore the carbon tax. But they can take control of it

Mining is one industry that needs to gear itself for phase 2 of South Africa's Carbon Tax Act which will commence in mid-2022...

By Francois du Plessis 28 Apr 2020

Minerals Council outlines industry readiness
Minerals Council outlines industry readiness

While it is too early to assess accurately the impact of the coronavirus pandemic on the state of the industry, concerns have been raised by some parties regarding the care that mining companies have taken, and will take, as production is phased up in the sector...

28 Apr 2020

The first two of 24 new solar and wind farms under construction were completed in February but there’s still a long way to go to boost electricity supply. GettyImages
Power shortages will remain a big challenge in a post-Covid-19 South Africa

The decline in economic activity precipitated by the spread of Covid-19 and ensuing lockdown in South Africa is also affecting the country's electricity supply dynamics...

By Hartmut Winkler 24 Apr 2020

Image source: Getty/Gallo
Mining sector directive on resuming operations issued

The Department of Mineral Resources and Energy has issued a directive to all mining operations to ensure safe start-up procedures as the sector prepares to ramp up to 50% of capacity...

23 Apr 2020

Oil smeared fishboats on oily mud in the river during low tide at K-Dere, near Bodo in the Niger Delta region Yasuyoshi Chiba/AFP via Getty Images
How oil and water create a complex conflict in the Niger Delta

In the Niger Delta's coastal communities, oil pollution of the marine environment has depleted the fishing and water resources that people have traditionally depended on for their livelihoods. This has led to a complex pattern of conflicts in the region since the late 1990s...

By Abosede Omowumi Babatunde 23 Apr 2020

Now you can't give oil away
Now you can't give oil away

As countries around the world went into lockdown to curb the spread of the deadly Covid-19 virus, demand for oil collapsed. And on Monday something quite extraordinary happened; the price of West Texas Intermediate (WTI), the grade of crude oil used as a benchmark, turned negative for the first time ever.

By Keith Wade & Mark Lacey 22 Apr 2020

Should Africa consider the nuclear energy route?
Should Africa consider the nuclear energy route?

While Africa has enjoyed great achievements in oil and gas developments and seen the launch of numerous successful renewable energy programmes, bringing online large scale world-class projects, it still has not managed to close the power gap as it hedges forward with its goal of sustainable energy mixes. So, what's next for Africa?

22 Apr 2020

Not taking lockdown lying down: A 360 industry overview
Not taking lockdown lying down: A 360 industry overview

An overview of Bizcommunity's Press Offices, companies and organisations putting the grit in integrity, by continuing to communicate and innovate despite the many challenges of the Covid-19 lockdown...

Issued by Bizcommunity.com 21 Apr 2020

Johann Pretorius, Renaissance Capital
Metals and mining outlook: Uncertainty presents opportunities

The Covid-19 outbreak presents significant challenges and is likely to have a materially negative impact on the global economy, in our view. We believe commodity prices could fall closer to trough levels in the near term and make significant cuts to mining companies' earnings forecasts...

By Johann Pretorius 21 Apr 2020

Sebastian Wagner
Is Opec still relevant?

Scan Western news about Opec from the last few years, and a common thread emerges:The body had a huge influence on the global oil market back in the day. Now, in the shale oil era, not so much..

By Sebastian Wagner 20 Apr 2020

Why the SA mining Industry needs a regulatory lifeline
Why the SA mining Industry needs a regulatory lifeline

The mining industry is a significant contributor to South Africa's GDP. It is also a substantial employer. As a net-exporter of minerals, the mining industry is also a source of foreign currency, putting healthy pressure on the exchange rate...

By Wessel Badenhorst, 20 Apr 2020

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AU study: Covid-19 could cost Africa $500bn, damage tourism and aviation sectors

Up to 20 million jobs in the formal and informal sectors in Africa could be lost because of Covid-19, according to a new study by the African Union...

By Kingsley Ighobor 17 Apr 2020

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