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Konkola copper mine. Image: Wikimedia Commons
Zambia threatens to liquidate Vedanta's Konkola Copper Mines

Vedanta Resources is seeking at urgent meeting with Zambia president Edgar Lungu ahead of a High Court hearing on Friday to rule on an application to provisionally liquidate Konkola Copper Mines (KCM) which Vedanta controls...

2 days ago

Eskom chief executive, Phakamani Hadebe
#AUW2019: Investors won't fund fossil fuels

Even if the country remained committed to long-term coal-fired energy in a world rapidly transforming to green energy, it would have difficulty finding investors to build the infrastructure...

By Nicci Botha 17 May 2019

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#AUW2019: Is the Eskom debt trap real?

Energy experts Ted Blom and Dr Grové Steyn differ in their opinion on the nature of the Eskom debt burden and thrashed it out in a panel discussion at the African Utility Week...

By Nicci Botha 15 May 2019

Energy Minister, Jeff Radebe
#AUW2019: Coal still critical to IRP, Radebe says

Energy Minister Jeff Radebe's vague promise that South Africa's long-overdue energy blueprint, the Integrated Resource Plan (IRP), will be "concluded imminently" did, however, clearly indicate that coal would still play a prominent role in the country's energy mix...

By Nicci Botha 15 May 2019

Funding gaps in infrastructure and energy projects in Africa
Funding gaps in infrastructure and energy projects in Africa

One of the key challenges in getting energy and infrastructure projects off the ground in Africa is the lack of available funding...

By Mike Webb 14 May 2019

Maarten Ackerman
3 key post-election investor questions for Ramaphosa

With elections now a thing of the past, investors' focus will shift to President Cyril Ramaphosa's ability and political will in addressing issues of concern...

By Maarten Ackerman 14 May 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

Strategic Fuel Fund signs deal for Block B2
Strategic Fuel Fund signs deal for Block B2

South Africa signs an exploration and production sharing agreement (EPSA) with South Sudan for Block B2...

9 May 2019

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Women in power need a thick skin and a good sense of humour

Zelda Weitz, COO of Symbion Power, still has a good laugh every now and then when she walks into a meeting and people assume she is either the CEO's PA or "the marketing lady"...

3 May 2019

Penny Herbst, director: strategy, GreenCo
Finance model for energy projects in Africa needs to change

The business model for energy investment needs to change. There are far too many players that are comfortable with the same structures for investment, selling to an SOE (state-owned enterprise) with a government guarantee...

30 Apr 2019

US President Donald Trump
Trump's crackdown on Iran's oil exports could backfire badly - with serious risks to global economy

The US has unnerved the world oil market by ramping up the pressure in its long-running dispute with Iran. It has announced that, after May 1, it won't renew the exemptions given to eight countries that enable them to buy Iranian oil...

By Nafis Alam 25 Apr 2019

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How much does Eskom need to fail before mines are forced to close?

If the Eskom crisis isn't resolved soon, the national unemployment crisis will become even more dire because of impending mass retrenchment in the mining industry...

By Katherine Brown 24 Apr 2019

Namibia revises electricity buying market model
Namibia revises electricity buying market model

The Namibian Cabinet has approved a revised market model, which will allow independent power producers (IPPs) to sell electricity directly to customers and not just to the Namibia Power Corporation (NamPower)...

24 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

Should we expect more private prosecutions for environmental crimes?
Should we expect more private prosecutions for environmental crimes?

Private prosecutions for environmental crimes has always been a thorny issue in South African environmental law. In the recent case of Uzani Environmental Advocacy CC v BP Southern Africa (Pty) Ltd, BP was found guilty of contravening the National Environmental Management Act...

By Athi Jara 17 Apr 2019

Image: Richards Bay Minerals
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

Richards Bay Minerals. Photo: Rio Tinto
Rio Tinto invests $463m in Richards Bay Minerals operation

Global mining company, Rio Tinto, is investing $463m in the expansion of its Richards Bay Minerals (RBM) operation through the Zulti South project.

10 Apr 2019

Eskom implements winter plan, but urges SA to use power sparingly
Eskom implements winter plan, but urges SA to use power sparingly

Eskom has reviewed its winter plan, but has cautioned the country to use electricity sparingly as the demand for power is expected to increase this week as cold weather gets a grip on parts of South Africa...

9 Apr 2019

How did loadshedding impact the fiscus?
How did loadshedding impact the fiscus?

While a diesel shipment arrived and provided relief to the dire stage 4 loadshedding in South Africa last month, this may be short-lived if the boiler tubes are not repaired by the time the diesel is burnt by the open-cycle gas turbines...

9 Apr 2019

Eskom signs $180m loan agreement
Eskom signs $180m loan agreement

Eskom has secured a $180m loan from the New Development Bank (NDB) for its Renewable Energy Integration and Transmission Augmentation Project...

2 Apr 2019

SA's energy supply from Cahora Bassa dam in Mozambique was interrupted by Cyclone Idai
Renewables: The cheaper, cleaner choice for SA

Phasing out coal in the power sector by 2040 would allow SA to fulfil its commitment to the Paris Agreement goal of limiting warming to well below 2°C without significant impact on the economy...

1 Apr 2019

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Canada shows interest in mining investment

Regulatory uncertainty, lack of policy cohesion, infrastructural constraints and, in some instances, politics across Africa are clearly seen as deterrents, but there is great potential to attract investment if these issues can be addressed.

1 Apr 2019

A barman using candle light as another rolling blackout affects large parts of South Africa’s biggest city, Johannesburg. Epa/Kim Ludbrook
Why restructuring South Africa's power utility won't end the blackouts

Recent poweer cuts and the announcement that South Africa's power utility Eskom will be receiving R23bn a year in government support for the foreseeable future are symptomatic of operational and financial crises at the utility...

29 Mar 2019

Key judgement secures renewable IPP contracts with Eskom
Key judgement secures renewable IPP contracts with Eskom

The Pretoria High Court has dismissed a declarator and interdict application brought by the Coal Transporters Forum (CTF) to set aside the power purchase agreements...

By Michael Evans & Megan Adderley 28 Mar 2019

Roger Baxter, CEO, Minerals Council
Minerals Council files for judicial review of Mining Charter clauses

The Minerals Council South Africa says that despite ongoing attempts to reach a compromise with the minister of energy, it has filed an application for judicial review to set aside certain clauses in the 2018 Mining Charter...

28 Mar 2019

Johann Erasmus, head of ETFs, Standard Bank.
Environmental trends sustain growth of palladium and rhodium ETF values in 2019

Both palladium and rhodium are now more valuable than gold and platinum on an ounce-for-ounce basis, thanks to their current demand as the catalytic material of choice in an increasingly emissions-conscious age...

26 Mar 2019

Prosumers could solve Africa's power problem
Prosumers could solve Africa's power problem

The rise of the prosumer - someone who generates and consumes their own energy, which they can also sell into the grid - is a trend that has been gathering momentum in Europe in recent times...

25 Mar 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

Ezekiel Gatkuoth, South Sudan's petroleum minister
South Sudan invites tender bids on its crude cargoes

South Sudan's Minister of Petroleum Ambassador Ezekiel Lol Gatkuoth says his country is inviting more refiners and traders to take part in its upcoming competitive tenders for government-owned crude cargoes...

22 Mar 2019

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