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Congo mines say revised code threatens industry's future

By: Reuters     12th December 2017 Mining companies in Democratic Republic of Congo said on Monday that proposed changes to the mining code adopted by the lower house of parliament last week would do lasting damage to investment in Africa's top copper producer. The process of revising the 2002 mining code in Congo has dragged on... 

Congolese lower house adopts new mining code that increases taxes

By: Reuters     11th December 2017 The Congolese lower house of parliament has adopted a new mining code that will increase taxes and royalties, two members of parliament and an aide to the speaker said. The code had originally been proposed in 2015, but was shelved because of fierce objections from mining companies, which... 

SMB plans Guinea alumina refinery by 2022

By: Reuters     4th December 2017 A consortium of the Societe Miniere de Boke (SMB) and Singapore's Winning Shipping plans to build Guinea's first alumina refinery in a $3 billion effort to develop the West African country's bauxite industry, it said on Monday. Guinea has about a third of the world's bauxite reserves and expects... 

Johannesburg ranked most visited city in Africa

By: African News Agency      10th October 2017 South Africa’s most-populated city, Johannesburg, has emerged as the most popular destination city in Africa in 2016 followed by Cape Town, according to the annual Mastercard Global Destination Cities Index released on Tuesday. The Mastercard Global Destination Cities Index showed that... 

Bell brings KAMAZ Trucks into Southern Africa

     26th September 2017 Southern Africa's largest homegrown material handling equipment supplier, Bell Equipment, has announced it is entering the Southern African tipper truck market through a partnership with KAMAZ, a Russian-based industry leader in this market segment globally. Although new to the region, KAMAZ is... 

Infrastructure initiative garners support from nine African presidents

By: Natasha Odendaal     21st August 2017 Spearheaded by South Africa’s President Jacob Zuma, the Presidential Infrastructure Champion Initiative (PICI), aimed at accelerating regional trade and unlocking the economic potential of the continent, now has nine African presidents on board, with ten projects in the spotlight as Africa... 

Tobene power plant expansion project, Senegal

By: Sheila Barradas     17th March 2017 The project will entail the conversion of the plant from a heavy fuel oil-fired power plant to a gas-fired power plant. 

African land disputes arise primarily as a result of forced removals – research

By: David Oliveira     24th February 2017 Research released earlier this month by UK-based consultancy TMP Systems, and the Rights and Resources Initiative (RRI) found that 63% of disputes related to private-sector land and natural resources in Africa start because communities are forced to leave their land. The research explores... 

Senegal boosts rail rolling stock to enhance passenger logistics

By: Dylan Slater     27th January 2017 Rail systems company Alstom has been awarded a contract to supply 15 regional trains to Senegal to increase the country’s capacity to transport passengers between expanding cities.  

Three SA-built vehicles finished Dakar in top ten

By: Irma Venter     27th January 2017 Winning the gruelling Dakar race has again proved an elusive goal for the Toyota Gazoo Racing team. The team could not secure a podium position in this year’s rather chaotic race, following its third spot last year. 

Toyota Gazoo misses out on podium spot at Dakar 2017

By: Irma Venter     16th January 2017 Winning the gruelling Dakar race has again proved an elusive goal for the Toyota Gazoo Racing team. The team could not secure a podium position in this year’s rather chaotic race, following its third spot last year. 

Fourteen airport rail links planned in Africa, including two more in SA

By: Irma Venter     16th December 2016 There are more than 7 000 airports indexed at the International Air Transport Association (Iata), with 600 of those handling more than 1-million passengers a year. Around 150 of these 600 airports have rail access directly to the terminals, with only 23 of the 150 featuring dedicated,... 

Fourteen airport rail links planned in Africa, including two more in South Africa

By: Irma Venter     15th December 2016 There are more than 7 000 airports indexed at the International Air Transport Association (Iata), with 600 of those hand- ling more than one-million passengers a year. Around 150 of these 600 airports have rail access directly to the terminals, with only 23 of the 150 featuring dedicated,... 

Avenira's Senegal project moves into operational stage

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     3rd October 2016 First phosphate product from the Baobab project, in Senegal, has been trucked to the Port of Dakar, ASX-listed Avenira reports. “The Baobab phosphate project continues to progress steadily and it is excellent to see the first trucking of phosphate product to the stockpile at the Port of Dakar,... 

Randgold CEO Bristow ‘super excited’ about Africa as ‘next China’ 

By: Martin Creamer     26th September 2016 Africa needs investments coupled with aggressive growth and if correctly managed, will be the world’s "next China", says Randgold Resources CEO Dr Mark Bristow, who has developed half a dozen highly successful gold mines on the continent besides traversing its length and breadth on his motor... 

Avenira seals another offtake deal for Senegal phosphate project

By: Mariaan Webb     16th August 2016 Australia-based Avenira has signed another offtake agreement for production from the Baobab phosphate project, in Senegal. Under the latest three-year agreement, Polyserve Import Export and Trade will buy 120 000 t/y of rock phosphate from the Baobab mine at market-based prices. The product will... 

SALT OF AFRICAN EARTH

By: Terence Creamer     12th August 2016 A worker silhouetted while harvesting salt in the waters of Lake Retba, near Dakar, Senegal, in late July. The Pink Lake is known to the local salt collectors as Lac Rose and is a world heritage site.  

Multimillion Rand Africa Projects Offer Huge Potential For SA Stainless Steel Supply

     5th August 2016 Strategic trips by the Southern Africa Stainless Steel Development Association (sassda) to Tanzania, Senegal and Mozambique as part of the dti’s Export Marketing and Investment Assistance Scheme (EMIA) have yielded a number of exciting, ‘new market’ opportunities for local companies wishing to... 

Opic opens Côte d’Ivoire office

By: Natasha Odendaal     23rd March 2016 US development finance institution, the Overseas Private Investment Corporation (Opic) has established its first permanent, dedicated regional office in Côte d’Ivoire, in an effort to stimulate investment into development projects in the critically strategic West and Central Africa. To mark the... 

Iata urges African States to adopt a global carbon standard

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     14th March 2016 The International Air Transport Association (Iata) is urging African governments to support the adoption of a global offsetting scheme for carbon emissions at the thirty-ninth tri-annual assembly of the United Nations’ International Civil Aviation Organisation (Icao) in Montreal, Canada, later... 

Swedish motorcycle brand launches 701 bike range in SA

By: Simon Sonnekus     19th February 2016 Swedish motorcycle manufacturer Husqvarna launched its 701 Enduro and Supermoto models at wholesaler Puzey’s Biker’s Warehouse, in Gauteng, last month. The range will spearhead the new range of Husqvarna road motorcycles. The company, which was acquired by Austrian motorcycle company KTM from... 

Toyota topped seller charts in January

     19th February 2016 Japanese automotive manufacturer Toyota have built on good form to once again be crowned the top-selling brand in the South African Automotive Industry for the month of January after selling 6 463 units. A slower start to the auto market in January has not hindered the Midrand-based company,... 

Donaldson filters ensure seamless Dakar

     19th February 2016 With racing taking place in high altitudes during the Dakar rally, trusted filtration systems, such as those provided by filtration company Donaldson Filtration Solutions, are key for bakkies attempting to conquer the race. Owing to this, Midrand-based racing outfit Toyota Gazoo Racing Team... 

US–Africa business summit wraps up, US plays catch up in Africa

By: African News Agency      8th February 2016 The US intends to do business in Africa, beyond the usual export-import trade and extractive industries such as oil and gas. That was the signal sent out by the visit of a high-level United States delegation – led by US Assistant Secretary of State for Africa Linda Thomas Greenfield – to attend... 

SA team finishes third in gruelling Dakar race

By: Irma Venter     29th January 2016 Toyota Gazoo Racing South Africa (SA) has wrapped up Dakar 2016 with a third place in the gruelling South American event. The race was won by Stephane Peterhansel (Peugeot), with Nasser Al-Attiyah (Mini) in second place. 

Another podium finish for Toyota and Giniel, but gold medal proves elusive

By: Irma Venter     18th January 2016 Toyota Gazoo Racing South Africa (SA) has wrapped up Dakar 2016 with a third place in the gruelling South American event. The race was won by Stephane Peterhansel (Peugeot), with Nasser Al-Attiyah (Mini) in second place. 

Pick-up war set to intensify as more European brands enter the fray

By: Irma Venter     15th January 2016 In 2015, one-ton bakkie buyers in South Africa could select their wheels from a handful of brands, mostly Japanese. Think Toyota Hilux, Mitsubishi Triton, Isuzu KB, Mazda BT-50 and Nissan NP300. In the next four years, however, another six pick-ups may be added to the list, with the European... 

Pick-up war set to intensify as more European brands enter the fray

By: Irma Venter     15th January 2016 In 2015, one-ton bakkie buyers in South Africa could select their wheels from a handful of brands, mostly Japanese. Think Toyota Hilux, Mitsubishi Triton, Isuzu KB, Mazda BT-50 and Nissan NP300. In the next four years, however, another six pickups may be added to the list, with the European... 

Toyota South Africa Motors supporting three Dakar Rally teams

By: Irma Venter     11th December 2015 Toyota South Africa Motors (TSAM) will support three race vehicles in the 2016 Dakar Rally, which takes place from January 2 to 16 in Argentina and Bolivia. TSAM has seen drivers Giniel de Villiers and Dirk von Zitzewitz achieve second (2013), fourth (2014) and, again, second place (2015) over... 

Manufacturing of dust collectors moves to SA next year

By: Malusi Mkhize     27th November 2015 Integrated filtration solutions supplier Donaldson Filtration Solutions will manufacture its PowerCore dust collectors at its facility in Alrode, Johannesburg, South Africa in 2016. PowerCore technology is currently imported from Europe where it has been available to the international market for... 

Hilux, Toyota SA and De Villiers to return to Dakar next year

By: Irma Venter     12th November 2015 Toyota South Africa Motors (TSAM) will support three race vehicles in the 2016 Dakar Rally, which takes place from January 2 to 16 in Argentina and Bolivia. TSAM has seen drivers Giniel de Villiers and Dirk von Zitzewitz achieve second (2013), fourth (2014) and, again, second place (2015) over... 

SAA’s new route to Washington DC via Accra now operational

By: Keith Campbell     14th August 2015 South African Airways (SAA) started its new route between Johannesburg and Washington DC via Accra, Ghana, on August 2. The inaugural flight carried Ghanaian Transportation Minister Dzifa Aku Attivor, as well as other dignitaries, on the Accra-Washington leg and was greeted as it taxiied in at... 

SAA now flying to Washington via Accra 

By: Keith Campbell     3rd August 2015 South African Airways (SAA) started its new route between Johannesburg and Washington DC via Accra, Ghana, on Sunday. The inaugural flight carried Ghanaian Transportation Minister Dzifa Aku Attivor, as well as other dignitaries, on the Accra-Washington leg and was greeted as it taxiied in at... 

Iveco: 40 years of excellence, 150 years of experience

     13th July 2015 The brand is celebrating its 40th anniversary – a success story that tells of great international acclaims and vehicles that have come to symbolise commercial transport around the world. The website www.iveco40.com offers people the chance to celebrate Iveco’s 40th birthday by sharing stories in... 

Maintaining and developing relationships, not selling equity

By: Keith Campbell     10th July 2015 South African Airways (SAA), the country’s State-owned flag carrier, is not negotiating any sale of shares to anyone else. This was affirmed by SAA Acting CEO Nico Bezuidenhout at a media briefing at the end of last month. “There is no discussion with any airline, [Persian] Gulf or otherwise. And... 

SAA is stabilising its business and beginning to aim for profitability

By: Keith Campbell     10th July 2015 South African Airways (SAA), the country’s State-owned flag carrier, does not think that it will need any more State financial guarantees to ensure its liquidity. This was reported by SAA Acting CEO Nico Bezuidenhout at a media briefing at the company’s head office, in Kempton Park, east of... 

SAA not seeking any equity partners

By: Keith Campbell     1st July 2015 South African Airways (SAA), the country’s State-owned flag carrier, is not negotiating any sale of shares to anyone else. This was affirmed by SAA acting CEO Nico Bezuidenhout at a media briefing on Tuesday. “There is no discussion with any airline, [Persian] Gulf or otherwise. And none that my... 

SAA stabilising and beginning to aim for profitability

By: Keith Campbell     30th June 2015 South African Airways (SAA), the country’s State-owned flag carrier, does not think that it will need any more State financial guarantees to ensure its liquidity. This was reported by SAA acting CEO Nico Bezuidenhout at a media briefing at the company’s head office, in Kempton Park, east of... 

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