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Russian President Vladimir Putin and Zambian President Edgar Lungu meet on the sidelines of the BRICS Summit in Johannesburg in 2018. EPA-EFE/Alexei NikolskySputnik/Kremlin Pool
Russia in Africa: can it offer an alternative to the US and China?

Russia has never had an African colony. It stayed out of the scramble for Africa, only engaging with African states in the 19th Century.

By János Besenyo 3 Jun 2019

Sergio Pugliese, AEC president for Angola
Q&A with Angola's new African Energy Chamber president

Production levels in Angola are expected to soar by 2020 following the reorganisation of the state oil company Sonangol, and a drastic revision of country's legislation related to oil and gas...

13 May 2019

ExxonMobil increases its Namibian exploration stake
ExxonMobil increases its Namibian exploration stake

ExxonMobil has increased its offshore exploration acreage in Namibia with the addition of approximately 28,000km2.

25 Apr 2019

20-carat Okavango Blue diamond unveiled
20-carat Okavango Blue diamond unveiled

The biggest blue diamond discovery ever made in Botswana has been unveiled to the world by Okavango Diamond Company (ODC)...

18 Apr 2019

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Dirty deeds: how to stop Australian miners abroad being linked to death and destruction

Australian companies dominate African mining. The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade counts 175 ASX-listed companies operating in 35 African countries...

By Julia Dehm 17 Apr 2019

Rovuma LNG project promises to transform Mozambique's economy
Rovuma LNG project promises to transform Mozambique's economy

An independent macroeconomic study demonstrates the potential of the first phase of Area 4's Rovuma liquefied natural gas (LNG) project to transform Mozambique...

25 Mar 2019

Total makes significant gas find off Mossel Bay
Total makes significant gas find off Mossel Bay

Total has made a significant gas condensate discovery on the Brulpadda prospects in the Outeniqua Basin, 175 kms off the southern coast of South Africa...

8 Feb 2019

Ghana President Nana Akufo-Addo
#MiningIndaba2019: It's time to make Africa prosperous

Africa is home to 30% of the world's mineral reserves. The irony is that a continent that is so rich in minerals is home of the world's poorest people...

By Nicci Botha 7 Feb 2019

#BizTrends2019: What's happening in the African energy space?
#BizTrends2019: What's happening in the African energy space?

Experts provide insight in to the emerging trends in African energy and infrastructure projects.

16 Jan 2019

Privatisation, productivity and the potential of mini grids
Privatisation, productivity and the potential of mini grids

To continue on the economic growth trajectory many African countries find themselves on, they need reliable, sustainable sources of energy. However, the continent finds itself trailing behind other emerging markets...

26 Nov 2018

Not enough being invested to meet energy goals
Not enough being invested to meet energy goals

The finance required to close electricity gaps remain dramatically short of what is needed to meet global energy goals by 2030...

21 Nov 2018

Renewables won't solve Africa's energy crisis on their own
Renewables won't solve Africa's energy crisis on their own

Renewable energy alone is not the solution to Africa's energy woes...

21 Nov 2018

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

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

13 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...

By Nicci Botha 7 Nov 2018

Karel Cornelissen, CEO, Energy Partners
Smaller grids may be better to power Africa

Research by the World Bank indicates an estimated $100bn in infrastructure investment is needed to close the electrification gap in Africa...

By Karel Cornelissen 23 Aug 2018

Pemba in northern Mozambique has seen a surge of new arrivals in step with investments to exploit off-shore gas deposits. Flickr
Why natural resource finds are more than just a curse: the case of Mozambique

Natural resources are often thought of as a curse in developing countries, slowing economic growth rather than driving it...

By Gerhard Toews and Pierre-Louis Vézina 26 Apr 2018

2018 African Infrastructure Project Developers Awards shortlist announced
2018 African Infrastructure Project Developers Awards shortlist announced

Africa investor (Ai) recently announced the shortlisted candidates for its 2018 African Infrastructure Projects Developer Awards...

24 Apr 2018

Niall Kramer, CEO: Saoga
SA and Mozambique on the cusp of an oil and gas boom

Both South Africa and Mozambique show promise in the oil and gas sector, and collaboration between the two countries to create a substantial hub could significantly grow the region's economy...

By Nicci Botha 28 Mar 2018

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Investors turn against fossil fuels at Paris climate summit

Major investors vowed Tuesday, 12 December, to move away from Earth-warming fossil fuels as world leaders met in Paris seeking to unlock new cash to save humanity from climate "doom"...

13 Dec 2017

Dramatic rise of African consumer power driving development
Dramatic rise of African consumer power driving development

Infrastructure investments are transforming and accelerating economic and social opportunities for millions of people across Africa, driven by the dramatic rise in African consumer power...

17 Nov 2017

David Williams
#AfricaMonth: Internal trade barriers show signs of falling

While the road ahead may still present significant challenges, some of Africa's most long-standing internal trade barriers are beginning to show signs of falling. We interview David Williams, Maersk Line Africa chief executive and global head of Safmarine to find out more...

By Ilse van den Berg 30 May 2017

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Big business opportunities ahead for Africa - McKinsey

Africa's overall growth has slowed but new research shows long-term fundamentals are strong and there are big business opportunities ahead...

16 Sep 2016

SADC fuel channel expansion opens opportunities for logistics partners
SADC fuel channel expansion opens opportunities for logistics partners

Energy companies will require local networks of logistics partners to make these imports cost-effective. Hennie van Wyk believes there are three vital areas to get right...

28 Apr 2016

Oil and gas discoveries catalyst for investment into trade and logistics
Oil and gas discoveries catalyst for investment into trade and logistics

Oil and gas (O&G) discoveries have become a catalyst for investment into...

By Siphesihle Hlela 5 Aug 2015