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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

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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

David Morobe, executive general manager: impact investment, Business Partners
#BizFinFocus: Read the signs to forge ahead in a gloomy economy

Although the International Monetary Fund gave South Africa's economic growth prospects a downward revision for this year, 2020 could still hold significant opportunities for business owners who know where to look...

By David Morobe 12 Feb 2020

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Sustainable development redefines African mining

Mining is so much more than just digging up rocks. Sustainable development, community welfare, greenhouse gas emissions and traceability of the source of minerals all play a substantial role in developing the industry as an economic driver in Africa...

By Nicci Botha 12 Feb 2020

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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

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

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

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

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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

Mark Lacey, head of commodities, Schroders
Energy transition forecast: Sunny with a chance of strong wind

The global energy transition is the transformation of the world's energy supply, away from polluting sources such as coal, oil and gas, and towards renewables. Potentially, this is a $120trn investment opportunity over the next 30 years...

By Mark Lacey 15 Jan 2020

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US is more relaxed about oil spike than Europe - which helps explain differences over Iran

Oil prices shot up following the US assassination of Iranian general Qassem Soleimani, rising more than $5 per barrel to more than $71 (£54) on January 6, its highest level since the Saudi oil refinery attack last September...

By Mueid Al Raee 15 Jan 2020

Why the outlook for fixing Nigeria's energy crisis isn't good
Why the outlook for fixing Nigeria's energy crisis isn't good

Nigeria returned to democracy in 1999. But it took another 16 years for power to change hands, with the All Progressive Congress clinching the office of the presidency in 2015...

By Nnaemeka Vincent Emodi 30 Dec 2019

Malawi solar energy project to add 46MW to local power supply
Malawi solar energy project to add 46MW to local power supply

After attracting $67m in investment, one of Malawi's first solar projects has reached financial close...

27 Dec 2019

#BestofBiz 2019: Energy & Mining
#BestofBiz 2019: Energy & Mining

We've compiled our annual #BestofBiz 2019 lists across all our industries featuring our most popular articles, most-read contributors and brand press offices with the most views...

17 Dec 2019

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Metals & mining M&As totalled $6.98bn in Q3

Metals & mining industry mergers and acquisitions (M&A) deals in the third quarter of 2019 totalled $6.98bn...

11 Dec 2019

AfDB loans $400m for Mozambique LNG project
AfDB loans $400m for Mozambique LNG project

The African Development Bank Group has approved a long-term senior loan of $400m for an integrated liquefied natural gas (LNG) plant, including a liquification facility in Mozambique...

27 Nov 2019

João Marques
It's time to negotiate a better future for African energy

For the better part of the last half century, oil and gas has been portrayed over and over again as the source of all evil across Africa, responsible for instability, power struggles, poverty, death, pollution and corruption...

By João Marques 26 Nov 2019

Rodwyn Peterson, head of litigation Chibesakunda & Co, DLA Piper Africa member firm in Zambia
Can AfCFTA solve Africa's energy challenge?

This serious shortage of electricity in most African countries creates a need for the introduction of power generation from alternative sources...

By Rodwyn Peterson 22 Nov 2019

Stability is key for supermajor investment in Africa
Stability is key for supermajor investment in Africa

Although it may appear that much of the exploration activity in Africa is driven by smaller independents, the supermajors still have a significant role to play...

15 Nov 2019

Jon Clark EMEIA leader oil & gas transaction advisory services, Ernst & Young
#AOW2019: Fuelling the future

Given the capital intensive nature of the oil & gas industry, investors have historically always been worried about the same three questions. How much oil is in the ground? How much is it going to cost to get it out? How much can it be sold for?

By Nicci Botha 6 Nov 2019

A main street of a poor neighbourhood in Cape Town during recent power cuts. EPA/Nic Bothma
How failing power utility is fuelling South Africa's economic crisis

South Africa's state power utility Eskom is the biggest challenge facing the country. Mess up Eskom, and you mess up the country. And it looks as though key players are doing just that...

By Mark Swilling 1 Nov 2019

Mineral Resources and Energy Minister, Gwede Mantashe
Coal remains primary energy source in IRP2019

The latest iteration of Integrated Resource Plan (IRP2019) reflects what Mineral Resources and Energy Minister Gwede Mantashe has been saying for some time.

18 Oct 2019

Martin van Staden
Change the law, implement vouchers, to end Eskom's disastrous monopoly

For the first time in seven months, Eskom has announced the return of stage-2 load shedding across South Africa. Officially blame is being placed on broken conveyor belts and limited capacity, but anyone who has been paying attention knows the real problem lies in legislation...

By Martin van Staden 17 Oct 2019

President Cyril Ramaphosa
Eskom is looking for smart partnerships

There are no plans to privatise Eskom, but during the process of unbundling, the power utility will start looking at partnerships to manage the coal-powered entity in a sustainable manner while the state retains full control over transmission and parts of generation...

11 Oct 2019

Gwede Mantashe
#Windaba2019: IRP will bring certainty

There will be certainty about the country's energy mix after the long-awaited Integrated Resource Plan (IRP) is presented to cabinet next week,

By Nicci Botha 9 Oct 2019

Minerals and Energy Minister, Gwede Mantashe
Saving Eskom: Govt talks to coal and renewables about lowering prices

South Africa's limping economy is likely to be further crippled unless the price of electricity is brought down...

4 Oct 2019

Know your business inside out with a Biz Office
Know your business inside out with a Biz Office

New expectations of transparency and authenticity in business means things like organisational purpose, brand stories, how your company does things, what it believes in and what it stands for, can all play a part in how your company sees itself and how it is seen by others...

Issued by Bizcommunity.com 2 Oct 2019

Top ratings for Biz Rate Card 2019
Top ratings for Biz Rate Card 2019

Bizcommunity is excited to announce the relaunch of our Biz Product and Rate Card, featuring all-new product infographics, descriptors and more...

Issued by Bizcommunity.com 27 Sep 2019

Andries Rossouw, PwC Africa energy & resources leader
SA mining industry in transition

The local mining industry finds itself in a transition as it moves from conventional deep mining to shallower, mechanised mining...

By Danette Breitenbach 27 Sep 2019

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