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President Cyril Ramaphosa
President meets Eskom board

President Cyril Ramaphosa has met with members of the Eskom board to establish a cross-government alignment on the actions needed to stabilise the energy utility in light of its financial and operational challenges.

19 Jun 2019

Bhavtik Vallabhjee
Power projects need a clear regulatory framework and stable environment

A clear, predictable and supportive regulatory framework backed by a stable investment environment will be key to attract investors and funders to renewable energy and power projects...

13 Jun 2019

Mohamed Cassoojee
Enterprise applications are core to the renewal of South Africa's energy sector

New trends in energy storage, small-scale embedded generation, and smart grid systems are disrupting the power sector, a trend that will accelerate in South Africa with the recent lifting of licence restraints on power plants....

12 Jun 2019

Stephen Barnes
Africa's energy landscape transitions to base load-capable renewables

The advent of renewables, new storage technologies present Africa's utilities with an opportunity to increase capacity and efficiency while re-kindling their appeal to investors...

11 Jun 2019

Tim Frankish, managing director, Solar Saver
Solar power makes strides in innovation

The transformation of the world's energy markets continues to gain momentum. Renewable energy projects, which have seen a rapid decline in cost over the last decade, are increasingly powering the world's large economies...

6 Jun 2019

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Miners at the top of their game, but investors aren't impressed

The Top 40 mining houses continued to consolidate their stellar performance of the past several years by delivering steady growth in 2018, according to PwC's Mine 2019 report...

4 Jun 2019

Gwede Mantashe
Mixed reactions to Mantashe's two hats

Reactions to Gwede Mantashe's new combined cabinet portfolio of mining and energy have been mixed, with some saying it will be good for restoring investor confidence and others believing it will be a blow the country's climate change commitments...

3 Jun 2019

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Solar power could stabilise Nigeria's electricity grid and save it money

Lengthy power cuts are pretty much a daily experience in Nigeria. The country's epileptic power supply has been identified by businesses as the second biggest obstacle to doing business in the country, after a lack of access to finance...

By Samuel Ayokunle Olowosejeje 31 May 2019

Otto Shikongo, CEO of Debmarine Namibia
What SA can learn about offshore mining from Namibia

The incredible wealth of the Southern African region's offshore mineral deposits was once again highlighted by the oil and gas find off the coast of Mossel Bay...

By Otto Shikongo 30 May 2019

Neal Froneman, CEO, Sibanye-Stillwater
Massive shareholder support for Lonmin take-over deal

Calls from some analysts for Lonmin's largest shareholder, SA's Public Investment Corporation (PIC), to reject the take-over deal by Sibanye-Stillwater because it undervalued the platinum company, were overshadowed...

29 May 2019

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What carbon tax means to energy-intensive businesses

President Cyril Ramaphosa has signed the Carbon Tax Act into law and it will come into effect on 1 June 2019 to reduce the impact of climate change following the polluter-must-pay-principle, taxing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions...

28 May 2019

Phakamani Hadebe
Eskom's Hadebe resigns for health reasons

Eskom Group Chief Executive Officer, Phakamani Hadebe will leave office at the end of July, citing health issues as the reason for his resignation...

27 May 2019

$400m investment into the Gamsberg mine in Northern Cape, CNN reports
$400m investment into the Gamsberg mine in Northern Cape, CNN reports

New investments by global mining group, Vedanta, might see the South Africa's zinc potential finally unearthed...

24 May 2019

Konkola copper mine. Image: Wikimedia Commons
Zambia threatens to liquidate Vedanta's Konkola Copper Mines

Vedanta Resources is seeking at urgent meeting with Zambia president Edgar Lungu ahead of a High Court hearing on Friday to rule on an application to provisionally liquidate Konkola Copper Mines (KCM) which Vedanta controls...

22 May 2019

Eskom chief executive, Phakamani Hadebe
#AUW2019: Investors won't fund fossil fuels

Even if the country remained committed to long-term coal-fired energy in a world rapidly transforming to green energy, it would have difficulty finding investors to build the infrastructure...

By Nicci Botha 17 May 2019

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#AUW2019: Is the Eskom debt trap real?

Energy experts Ted Blom and Dr Grové Steyn differ in their opinion on the nature of the Eskom debt burden and thrashed it out in a panel discussion at the African Utility Week...

By Nicci Botha 15 May 2019

Energy Minister, Jeff Radebe
#AUW2019: Coal still critical to IRP, Radebe says

Energy Minister Jeff Radebe's vague promise that South Africa's long-overdue energy blueprint, the Integrated Resource Plan (IRP), will be "concluded imminently" did, however, clearly indicate that coal would still play a prominent role in the country's energy mix...

By Nicci Botha 15 May 2019

Funding gaps in infrastructure and energy projects in Africa
Funding gaps in infrastructure and energy projects in Africa

One of the key challenges in getting energy and infrastructure projects off the ground in Africa is the lack of available funding...

By Mike Webb 14 May 2019

Maarten Ackerman
3 key post-election investor questions for Ramaphosa

With elections now a thing of the past, investors' focus will shift to President Cyril Ramaphosa's ability and political will in addressing issues of concern...

By Maarten Ackerman 14 May 2019

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

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

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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

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

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

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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

Richards Bay Minerals. Photo: Rio Tinto
Rio Tinto invests $463m in Richards Bay Minerals operation

Global mining company, Rio Tinto, is investing $463m in the expansion of its Richards Bay Minerals (RBM) operation through the Zulti South project.

10 Apr 2019

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