President Cyril Ramaphosa addresses the National Assembly
All hands needed on deck to turn Eskom around: President

With Eskom facing myriad challenges that have affected its ability to meet demand, President Cyril Ramaphosa pulled no punches when he detailed what needs to be done to get the power parastatal back on track.

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Sibanye's Beatrix operation
Government to engage Sibanye on possible job cuts

The Department of Mineral Resources will engage Sibanye-Stillwater on its announcement of possible retrenchments at two of its gold operations.

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What a major offshore gas find means for South Africa's energy future

Many South African politicians, economists and specialists in the energy sector are celebrating the news that a promising show of natural gas has been discovered in deep water south of Mossel Bay. It was found in an offshore prospecting area called Brulpadda (Afrikaans for bullfrog), which is licensed to global energy giant Total.

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Public Enterprises Minister, Pravin Gordhan
Panel of experts to assess Eskom's challenges

Public Enterprises Minister Pravin Gordhan says the Eskom board will appoint a panel of experts to do an assessment of all the power supply challenges that the utility has encountered over the past few days.

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Explainer: why South Africa's energy generator is in so much trouble

Eskom is by far the largest of South Africa's many state owned companies. This near monopoly power utility is in crisis. It's the single largest threat to South Africa's economy, according to a former minister of finance. The Conversation Africa spoke to Adjunct Professor Rod Crompton about why this is the case and what can be done.

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Mineral Resources Minister, Gwede Mantashe. Photo: @GCISMedia/Twitter
SA guns for stake in global exploration budget

Mineral Resources Minister Gwede Mantashe says South Africa is positioning itself to get a slice of the global exploration budget in a debate on the State of the Nation Address in the National Assembly on Tuesday.

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SAWEA welcomes investor clarity on SA energy sector
SAWEA welcomes investor clarity on SA energy sector

Brenda Martin, CEO of the South African Wind Energy Association (SAWEA), has welcomed the investor clarity for the SA energy sector provided by President Cyril Ramaphosa in his recent State of the Nation Address (SONA).

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Eskom leaves the country in the dark
Eskom leaves the country in the dark

Eskom is this morning implementing rotational load shedding for a third consecutive day. The crisis started on Sunday when the power utility unexpectedly implemented Stage 1 load shedding which rapidly escalated to Stage 4 - the most severe - on Monday, then falling back to Stage 3 today.

12 Feb 2019

Mineral Resources Minister Gwede Mantashe talks to protesters through the locked gates of the Uitkyk Community Hall in Lutzville on Friday. Photo: John Yeld
"Wake up and smell the coffee!" Mantashe tells Australian mining company

Mineral Resources Minister Gwede Mantashe has delivered a tough message to the controversial Australian mining company that owns and operates Tormin, a highly profitable mineral sands mine on the West Coast near Lutzville through its South African subsidiary.

By John Yeld 12 Feb 2019

Can waste-to-energy offer an OPEX reprieve for mines?
Can waste-to-energy offer an OPEX reprieve for mines?

Despite the large impact mines have on the environment, mining is a significant contributor to the local economy from both a financial and employment perspective - with an estimated worth of R20.3tn - and will therefore continue to play a critical role in the country's future.

By Jason McNeil 12 Feb 2019

What NEMLA IV could mean for mine closures
What NEMLA IV could mean for mine closures

The implementation of the changes proposed by National Environmental Management Laws Amendment Bill, dubbed NEMLA IV will pave the way for a ground-breaking new specialist rehabilitation industry to emerge in South Africa.

By Garyn Rapson and Kirsty Kilner 11 Feb 2019

Communities, mining corporations and corruption in South Africa
Communities, mining corporations and corruption in South Africa

During the apartheid era in South Africa, the mining industry operated without restraint and had undue influence over government decision-making. This created an environment where companies maximised profits at the expense of people and the environment.

By Llewellyn Leonard 11 Feb 2019

#MiningIndaba2019: It looks like a seminal year for investor confidence
#MiningIndaba2019: It looks like a seminal year for investor confidence

With crucial national elections due in May, a debt crisis at state electricity utility Eskom and the Mining Charter still pending, international investors are keeping a close eye on what unfolds before committing to investments in the country

11 Feb 2019