Philip Fourie, executive head of safety and sustainable development, Kumba Iron Ore
Six steps to achieve Zero Harm

After two fatality free years, Kumba Iron Ore believes that Zero Harm is achievable, but the change in mindset needs to start at the top, with a relentless focus on managing catastrophic and fatal risks.

6 hours ago

iDredge makes alluvial diamond mining easier
iDredge makes alluvial diamond mining easier

Traditional river-based alluvial diamond mining has seen divers scouring the riverbed with heavy suction pipes coupled to centrifugal pumps. New technology, the iDredge, has produced a whopping 14,1 carats from 1,200kg of alluvial/gravel deposits in the Kasai River of the DRC in the first test run.

14 hours ago

African Development Bank launches energy portal
African Development Bank launches energy portal

An online portal has been launched by the African Development Bank, which will consolidate, validate and disseminate energy data and insights across Africa's energy value chain, covering generation, transmission, distribution, regulation and policy.

1 day ago

Janine Espin, MD of Economic Development Solutions
What happens to the community when a mine closes?

When mines scale down or close down, the impact on the surrounding community is significant. The burning question is: can the blow be softened?

By Janine Espin 1 day ago

#AOW2018: Driving growth through resources
#AOW2018: Driving growth through resources

Africa Oil Week held in Cape Town recently was a veritable who's who of oil and gas players on the continent. A ministerial panel gave insight into the aspirations of some of the countries.

By Nicci Botha 2 days ago

Reppie thermal plant. Photo: Cambridge Industries
Africa's bumpy road to sustainable energy

Sub-Saharan Africa produces approximately 62-million tonnes of waste per year, including plastic waste, according to the World Bank. With Africa's rapid urbanisation and economic growth, environmentalists expect that figure to double by 2025.

By Eleni Mourdoukoutas 2 days ago

#AOW2018: Sudan poised for second boom
#AOW2018: Sudan poised for second boom

Years of civil war has seen Sudan's lucrative oil industry shrink to virtually nothing. But, a pact signed between rival factions in June this year is the precursor to a "second boom", said the country's Petroleum and Gas Minister, Azhari Abdalla Abdelgader at Africa Oil Week in Cape Town.

By Nicci Botha 9 Nov 2018

Tebogo Movundlela, CEO: Aurora WindPower, Thabane Zule director-general: Department of Energy and Brenda Martin, CEO: Sawea.
Wind industry commits to transformation and socio-economic development

South Africa has possibly the most transparent renewable energy independent producer programmes in the world. However, after completing several rounds of successful bids, the industry went into a two-year politically motivated hiatus. Earlier this year, Energy Minister, Jeff Radebe, signed the power purchase agreements for the delayed bids, which put the programme back on track.

By Nicci Botha 9 Nov 2018

Court overturns state's approval of controversial coal mine
Court overturns state's approval of controversial coal mine

The government's hush-hush approval last year of a new coal mine within a critical biodiversity and water conservation area in Mpumalanga has been reversed by the North Gauteng High Court.

By John Yeld 9 Nov 2018

Wind turbines aren't quite 'apex predators', but the truth is far more interesting
Wind turbines aren't quite 'apex predators', but the truth is far more interesting

Wind turbines are, it appears, everywhere. Even if you can't see some on the horizon on your way into work every day, it is hard to miss the continual news coverage of new developments. Clearly, efforts to move away from fossil fuels are - at least in part - working, and from the perspective of combating climate change, this must surely be a good thing.

By Jeroen Minderman 8 Nov 2018

Dr Fatih Birol, executive director, International Energy Agency, and South African Energy Minister Jeff Radebe
#AOW2018: SA "aggressively" pursuing a new refinery with Saudis, Radebe says

South Africa's much mooted seventh refinery is on the way. Energy Minister Jeff Radebe told a press conference at Africa Oil Week that he is "working aggressively to make it [a new refinery] happen" with investment from Saudi Arabia.

By Nicci Botha 7 Nov 2018