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Nicci Botha has been wordsmithing for more than 20 years, covering just about every subject under the sun and then some. She's strung together words on sustainable development, maritime matters, mining, marketing, medical, lifestyle... and that elixir of life - chocolate. Nicci has worked for local and international media houses including Primedia, Caxton, Lloyd's and Reuters. Her new passion is digital media.
Interoperability and financial inclusion in Africa

There is still $400m unbanked in Africa, and the goal is to work with the private and financial sector to connect the poor with adequate financial systems...

By Nicci Botha 13 hours ago

#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

#MiningIndaba2019: World's first fully automated mine

Technology will breathe new life into an old mine when Syama gold mine in south Mali is becomes the first fully-automated mine in the world...

By Nicci Botha 7 Feb 2019

#MiningIndaba2019: Ramaphosa says collaboration is the key for mining

The mining industry is a key player in the future growth and development of the South African economy, with huge potential for exploration, production and beneficiation...

By Nicci Botha 6 Feb 2019

#MiningIndaba2019: Making mining matter?

The governmental mismanagement of the past nine years has impacted on the mining industry. But what would happen if the sector grows?

By Nicci Botha 5 Feb 2019

#MiningIndaba2019: Mantashe outlines SA's mining agenda

The Mining Charter has provided clarity for investors on what's expected of them, but there's still work to do if the industry is to help grow the economy...

By Nicci Botha 5 Feb 2019

What will the budget hold in store for us?

As always, the annual Budget Speech carries trepidation and optimism for taxpayers in equal quantities...

By Nicci Botha 1 Feb 2019

Why is Mantashe so hell bent on mining at Xolobeni?

It seems that a High Court judgement in favour of Amadiba Crisis Committee (ACC) and Xolobeni community over mining rights on their land is not good enough for Mineral Resources Minister, Gwede Mantashe...

By Nicci Botha 18 Jan 2019

#BizTrends2019: Unlocking SA's oil and gas wealth

Although still very much in its infancy, the South African oil and gas industry has significant potential in contributing towards the energy needs critical to the country's socio-economic development and growth...

By Nicci Botha 8 Jan 2019

Madagascar: How to futureproof energy projects in face of political uncertainty

Madagascar has a new energy policy with the ambitious plan of providing universal access and energy security to its citizens by 2030. But this plan is not without its challenges...

By Nicci Botha 13 Dec 2018

#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 12 Nov 2018

#AOW2018: Sudan poised for second boom

Years of civil war has seen Sudan's lucrative oil industry shrink to virtually nothing...

By Nicci Botha 9 Nov 2018

Wind industry commits to transformation and socio-economic development

South Africa has possibly the most transparent renewable energy independent producer programmes in the world...

By Nicci Botha 9 Nov 2018

#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

First-for-Africa platform will advance gene research

Until now, African scientists working on genomics haven't had access to a local storage platform for the immense amount of data their research generates...

By Nicci Botha 31 Oct 2018

What will Mboweni talk about in the MTBPS?

Just a few weeks into his tenure Minister, Tito Mboweni, will deliver his first Medium-Term Budget Policy Statement (MTBPS) on 24 October...

By Nicci Botha 16 Oct 2018

Regulations keep IFAs awake at night

Independent financial advisers (IFAs) believe one of their greatest challenges now and over the next five years is regulations related to the industry...

By Nicci Botha 15 Oct 2018

What's cookin' good lookin'? Masterclass at the Radisson Red

It's not often that you get a chance to tap into secrets of the cheffy arts in a fun way, but in keeping with its ever so off-the-wall vibe, the Radisson Red hotel has launched culinary masterclasses with Zola Nene and Morné Botha...

By Nicci Botha 13 Sep 2018

Amid the chaos, Vuca is the new normal in SA

Vuca - the acronym for volatility, uncertainty, complexity and ambiguity - is the new normal within the South African political context, said policy specialist, Theo Venter...

By Nicci Botha 12 Sep 2018

Renewables will fuel the 4th Industrial Revolution

The two great disruptions happening in the world economy are the rise of China and renewable energy (RE)...

By Nicci Botha 10 Sep 2018

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