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A creuseur or digger, descends into a tunnel at the mine in Kawama, Democratic Republic of Congo. Michael Robinson Chavez/The Washington Post via Getty Images
As cobalt demand booms, companies must do more to protect Congolese miners

The Democratic Republic of Congo is the major source of some of the minerals used to manufacture components in household appliances, mobile phones, electric vehicles and jewellery...

By Dorothee Baumann-Pauly & Serra Cremer Iyi 24 minutes ago

Chanda Nxumalo, director, Harmattan Renewables
The role of blockchain in Africa's energy transition

Blockchain is expected to play an essential role as African countries transition towards a distributed, digitised, and decentralised power system...

19 Nov 2020

Covid-19 has accelerated the pace of energy transitions
Covid-19 has accelerated the pace of energy transitions

Spurred on by the Covid-19 global pandemic, the world is finally galvanising its commitment to move towards a green and sustainable future by mid-century, and the global energy transition is the cornerstone of this new world...

12 Nov 2020

Energy resources can spark Africa's economic growth
Energy resources can spark Africa's economic growth

Despite the Covid-19 pandemic, not all of the economic news in Africa has been negative. We continue to see promising developments...

By NJ Ayuk 4 Nov 2020

Professor Njuguna Ndung’u
Business as usual in post-pandemic recovery will only reinforce economic hardship

Africa's low level of economic diversification is a leading factor in the continent's economic fragility. Further, the Covid-19 pandemic has magnified the risks of countries' over-dependence on a single natural resource such as oil...

By Njuguna Ndung'u 28 Sep 2020

Image: Impact
Illicit gold thrives in DRC

Ilicit gold trade continues to thrive in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) despite efforts to clean up the sector, according to Impact's latest report.

18 Sep 2020

Zuneid Yousuf, chairman, African Green Resources.
Why the mining sector is vital to green industry

Back in May 2019, the World Bank launched its Climate-Smart Mining initiative. It was the first fund dedicated to making mining for minerals climate-smart and sustainable...

By Zuneid Yousuf 17 Sep 2020

Image: Total
Africa needs to do a better job to attract exploration investment

Africa needs to do a better job of attracting exploration investment as the global competition increases...

1 Sep 2020

Residents of Lamu, Kenya, accuse the government of ignoring their concerns and going ahead with the construction of a huge port. TONY KARUMBA/AFP via Getty Images
Review of nine African 'blue economy' projects shows what works and what doesn't

Africa has 38 coastal countries and six islands whose maritime industry is estimated to be worth $1trn per year. This figure will increase as they develop their offshore hydrocarbon, energy, tourism, maritime transport, shipping and fishing sectors...

By Ifesinachi Okafor-Yarwood 12 Aug 2020

How the Grand Renaissance Dam might spark basin-wide water cooperation
How the Grand Renaissance Dam might spark basin-wide water cooperation

Ethiopia's on-going construction of the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam on the Blue Nile River has attracted speculation that it could lead to a 'water war'...

By Ashok Swain 3 Aug 2020

The hydropower potential at the Grand Inga site on the Congo River, the largest remaining untapped hydropower potential in the world.
Why wind and solar would offer the DRC and South Africa better energy deals than Inga 3

Seven years ago the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) proposed the Inga 3 - a 4.8GW hydropower project on the Congo River - with great fanfare...

By Grace C Wu & Ranjit Deshmukh 24 Jul 2020

Africa's distributed renewable energy sector still dominated by foreign players
Africa's distributed renewable energy sector still dominated by foreign players

The distributed renewable energy sector in Africa has grown rapidly since 2013, but it has so far failed to include locally-owned companies and initiatives...

21 Jul 2020

De-risking investments to boost Africa's renewable energy transition
De-risking investments to boost Africa's renewable energy transition

Africa has experienced a decade of positive socio-economic growth, supported by a continued progress of electricity access that finally outpaced population growth between 2014 and 2018...

16 Jul 2020

Methane gas extraction on Lake Kivu. Photo by Eric LAFFORGUE/Gamma-Rapho via Getty Images
Rwanda extracts methane from Lake Kivu for electricity. How it works

Lake Kivu lies on the border between the Democratic Republic of the Congo and Rwanda. It's almost the size of Mauritius and has a maximum depth of 480 metres. Lake Kivu also stores huge amounts of methane gas which Rwanda extracting to produce electricity...

By Natacha Tofield-Pasche 16 Jul 2020

Post-Covid-19: Delivering sustainable energy across Africa
Post-Covid-19: Delivering sustainable energy across Africa

The coronavirus pandemic has disrupted the operating environment for both the public and private sectors as a result of the unprecedented lockdowns and restrictions put in place by countries to curb infections...

By Siyabonga Mbanjwa 30 Jun 2020

Kibali Mine is fully automated. Image: Barrick Gold Corporation
Covid is forcing the mining sector to adopt technology

"Can you imagine explaining 5G or autonomy or the cloud to a mine boss from, even the, mid-twentieth century? Or even remote technologies that we're using now, pre-Covid-19 in some cases?"

23 Jun 2020

Ivanhoe's Kamoa-Kakula Mine in DRC
Commodities, power and capacity building

Commodities resilience in the face of a crisis, the need for an energy regulator and local content were under discussion on the second day of the Digital DRC Mining Week webinar...

22 Jun 2020

Barrick's Kibali mine
Miners bump heads over DRC mining code

Things got heated in a discussion about the Democratic Republic of Congo's mining code with juniors squaring off against the big mining houses on the first day of this week's Digital DRC Mining Week...

19 Jun 2020

Ghana is still finding ways of maximising its oil wealth. Wikimedia Commons, CC BY-SA
Ghana has tried to be responsible with its oil wealth. This is how

After Ghana discovered oil and gas in 2007, the government and civil society aspired to avoid the "resource curse". This is when countries have an abundance of non-renewable natural resources but no economic growth...

By Emmanuel Graham, Ismael Ackah, Nathan Andrews & Ransford Edward 29 May 2020

Going underground in Camarines Norte province, Philippines. EPA
Meet the struggling gold miners who are missing out on boom in the precious metal

In Mukungwe, Democratic Republic of Congo, thousands of young men and women live in makeshift huts. They have no access to sanitation or health facilities. They work as manual drillers, carriers or timber specialists in narrow underground tunnels, which exposes them to everything from toxic metals to cave-ins and even suffocation...

By Sara Geenen & Boris Verbrugge 27 May 2020

Kamoa-Kakula Copper Project
Mining in a post-Covid DRC will be "survival of the fittest"

While some mining operations in the DRC have been able to continue production despite Covid-19 lockdown restrictions, experts agree that the country's mining industry faces a tough post-pandemic period...

22 May 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

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

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

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

Nivaash Singh
Don't underestimate the value of an experienced financial partner

While the risks are high, Africa currently offers a very compelling mining proposition with a number of excellent prospects in many parts of the continent...

By Nivaash Singh 10 Feb 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

Up she goes. archigraf
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

How politics and poverty affect electricity provision in Zimbabwe
How politics and poverty affect electricity provision in Zimbabwe

Zimbabwe's economic challenges are numerous, but one of the most pressing is electricity scarcity. Around 40% of the country's population has access to electricity...

By Ellen Fungisai Chipango 15 Jan 2020

Collaboration offers Ghanain students nuclear education opportunity in Russia
Collaboration offers Ghanain students nuclear education opportunity in Russia

Three key Ghanaian universities and Tomsk Polytechnic University (TPU) will start working together to help upcoming engineers, physicists, doctors and researchers from Ghana to receive Master's and postgraduate education in nuclear subjects in Russia...

10 Jan 2020

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