Crytocurrency to power solar projects
Crytocurrency to power solar projects

With more than one-billion people still living without electricity, which severely inhibits economic development and basic human rights including health, education, safety and security, Sun Exchange has joined forces with Powerhive to utilise the crypto-economy to accelerate global progress towards universal energy access.

11 hours ago

RMB invests in Zambian copper mines
RMB invests in Zambian copper mines

Zambia is expected to produce more than one-million tonnes of copper this year, which bodes well for the economy, considering the mineral comprises around 60% of the country's total exports.

By Sandile Mbulawa 1 day ago

Greg Radford, IGF director
New economic toolkit for mineral-rich countries

A new toolkit developed by the Intergovernmental Forum on Mining, Minerals, Metals and Sustainable Development (IGF) aims to help resource-rich countries find more sustainable and inclusive economic solutions, fostering stronger linkages between mineral resources and the rest of the economy.

1 day ago

Photo: Shutterstock
Finding ways to keep communities alive after mine closures

South Africa's economy was built on the mining industry. But the sector has been in decline for decades. Mining contributed R312 billion, or 6.8%, to South Africa's GDP and 464,667 direct jobs in 2017, a far cry from the 21% contribution to GDP in the 1970s.

2 days ago

Unaccounted water costs must be included in IRP
Unaccounted water costs must be included in IRP

A new report from the Life After Coal campaign calls for these costs to our water resources to be accounted for in the Integrated Resource Plan (IRP) - South Africa's plan for the future electricity system.

3 days ago

Maximising profitability of biogas plants
Maximising profitability of biogas plants

Biogas production from substrates such as food waste, municipal waste, wastewater treatment plants and agricultural residues, including wheat or maize straw, have shown a significant increase in South Africa. However, the industrial viability of these operations in especially biogas plants is difficult to estimate.

By Idan Chiyanzu 3 days ago

Independence of environmental consultant under the spotlight
Independence of environmental consultant under the spotlight

Questions have been raised again about the independence and objectivity of Adriaan du Toit, the environmental consultant who compiled the report on which basis a West Coast prospecting application was recently granted.

By John Yeld 3 days ago

Saudi Arabia gives SA energy sector $10bn boost

A $10bn investment pledge into the country's energy sector by Saudi Arabia is set to enhance energy security, create capacity and reduce the cost of energy in South Africa.

3 days ago

Soria Hay, head of corporate finance at Bravura
Mining Charter needs to be rebooted

Controversy and delays around the third Mining Charter continue to deter investment, and the stakeholders need to go back to the drawing board because a one-month extension for token consultation is not going to help.

13 Jul 2018

Photo: Eskom
Eskom is the biggest single risk to South Africa's economy

Eskom came dangerously close to having its bonds suspended by the JSE and to defaulting on debt and other obligations, when the release of its interim financial statements for the six months to the end of September 2017 was delayed in January this year.

By Ian Matthews 12 Jul 2018