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Inviting your nominations of inspiring women to be featured in our exclusive August Women's Month interview series...

Issued by Bizcommunity.com 20 Jul 2021

Electricity is vital for improving the quality of life of many in rural sub-Saharan Africa.
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Banning fossil fuels in sub-Saharan Africa could slow the transition to renewable energy

Worldwide, the ugly consequences of a warming planet are rearing their heads. Many countries are increasing efforts to decarbonise their energy systems in a bid to limit global warming...

By Samuel Ayokunle Olówósejéjé 16 Jul 2021

Artisanal miners work at the Tilwizembe, a former industrial copper-cobalt mine, outside of Kolwezi, the capital city of Lualaba Province in the south of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, 11 June, 2016. Reuters/Kenny Katombe
Congo's cobalt monopoly to set price floor for artisanal miners

The Democratic Republic of Congo's state cobalt buyer will put in place a price floor of $30,000 a tonne for the cobalt it buys from artisanal miners...

16 Jul 2021

Artisanal miners work at a cobalt mine-pit in Tulwizembe, Katanga province, Democratic Republic of Congo, 25 November, 2015. Reuters/Kenny Katombe/File Photo
Congo likely to start artisanal cobalt buying

The Democratic Republic of Congo is expected to start buying cobalt from artisanal miners within eight weeks as it aims to become the only legal buyer from miners in the informal sector...

By Pratima Desai & Helen Reid 13 Jul 2021

UN Security Council backs AU bid to broker Ethiopia dam deal
UN Security Council backs AU bid to broker Ethiopia dam deal

UN Security Council members on Thursday, 8 July, backed African Union mediation efforts between Ethiopia, Egypt and Sudan in a dispute over the operation of...

By Michelle Nichols 9 Jul 2021

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How mining survived the pandemic

Mining is one of Africa's most important industries. It has contributed significantly to economic growth, has been instrumental in the development of infrastructure and is a major driver for improved socioeconomic indicators ...

By Yaa Agyare-Dwomoh 23 Jun 2021

The logo of commodities trader Glencore is pictured in front of the company's headquarters in Baar, Switzerland, July 18, 2017. Reuters/Arnd Wiegmann
Glencore says to restart Congo's Mutanda mine towards end of 2021

Commodity trader and miner Glencore said on Tuesday it will restart operations at the world's largest cobalt mine, Mutanda in south-east Democratic Republic of Congo, towards the end of this year and return to production in 2022...

By Hereward Holland 22 Jun 2021

Australia's Fortescue in talks on giant Congo hydro project
Australia's Fortescue in talks on giant Congo hydro project

Australia's Fortescue Metals Group said on Tuesday, 15 June, it was in talks with the Democratic Republic of Congo's government to develop a hydroelectric power project...

By Melanie Burton and Hereward Holland 15 Jun 2021

The logo of commodities trader Glencore is pictured in front of the company's headquarters in Baar, Switzerland, September 30, 2015. Reuters/Arnd Wiegmann/File Photo
Glencore to restart operations at Mutanda copper, cobalt mine in 2022

Commodity trader and miner Glencore plans to restart operations at Mutanda - the world's biggest cobalt mine that also produces large amounts of copper - in the Democratic Republic of Congo next year...

By Pratima Desai 19 May 2021

Artisanal miners work at a cobalt mine-pit in Tulwizembe, Katanga province, Democratic Republic of Congo, November 25, 2015. Picture taken November 25, 2015. Reuters/Kenny Katombe/File Photo
Cobalt, Congo and a mass artisanal mining experiment

Cobalt epitomises the minerals conundrum at the heart of the green technology revolution....

By Andy Home 14 May 2021

Rescuers work in Kamituga, South Kivu, at the entrance of one of the mines which collapsed following torrential rains trapping dozens of artisanal miners in September 2020. Photo by Stringer/AFP via Getty Images
How large miners and states stifle local capital and innovation in DR Congo

Over the last few decades, African governments have removed restrictions on and privatised their mining industries, attracting significant foreign direct investment...

By Ben Radley & Sara Geenen 13 Apr 2021

Scaling up bioenergy production could substantially raise water stress - new study
Scaling up bioenergy production could substantially raise water stress - new study

According to a new study, biomass plantations for energy production need sustainable water management in order to avoid a substantial increase in water scarcity.

12 Mar 2021

Grand Inga 3. Photo: Congo Research Group
South Africa can't afford hydropower from Inga 3

As finance minister Tito Mboweni prepares to deliver his budget in Parliament this week, it is imperative that he unshackles South Africans from the financial calamity that is the Inga 3 hydropower project..

By Siziwe Mota 23 Feb 2021

Solar panels in Sahara could boost renewable energy but damage the global climate - here's why
Solar panels in Sahara could boost renewable energy but damage the global climate - here's why

In a bid to ditch fossil fuels, some countries are considering carpeting deserts with solar panels...

By Zhengyao Lu and Benjamin Smith 12 Feb 2021

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