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Debt-trap diplomacy?

By: Martin Zhuwakinyu     26th October 2018 I have made no bones about my cynicism about Chinese generosity towards African countries, which has taken the form of top-dollar freebies, government and State-owned company loans and investment in infrastructure. As I have said before, my uneasiness heightened when it came to light that Sri... 

Sierra Leone axes plan to build Chinese-funded airport

By: Reuters     12th October 2018 Sierra Leone's government has terminated a $400-million scheme to build a new airport with Chinese labour and loans, according to a letter written last week by the country's minister of transport and aviation, reviewed by Reuters. The plan – one of many Chinese infrastructure projects that have... 

Applied Mineral Technologies

25th May 2018 Established in 2001, South African materials handling systems and processing plants construction company Applied Mineral Technologies (Amtec) has come a long way from being a consultancy to a fully fledged industrial construction company. Amtec specialises in civil, structural, mechanical, piping... 

SA Hippo Submersible Slurry Pump® goes to Sierra Leone Diamond Mine

By: Creamer Media Reporter      9th March 2018 HAZLETON PUMPS® successfully manufactured and delivered five HIPPO Submersible Slurry pumps® for Carl Hamm PPS (Pty) Ltd, a subsidiary of the German company Carl Hamm GMPH. Carl Hamm Pipes Pumps Solutions specializes in dewatering from surface where access is problematic and provide complete... 

Sierra Leone to vote amid discontent over ebola, iron-ore

By: Bloomberg     6th March 2018 Sierra Leone will hold elections on Wednesday in which an unprecedented number of political parties will compete as discontent over the government’s handling of an economy battered by the Ebola outbreak has soared. The vote marks a departure from a decades-old tradition that mainly divided the... 

SA has a role to play in the Middle East - Zuma

By: News24Wire      25th August 2017 South Africa can play a role in the Middle East and will help resolve conflicts there if given the opportunity, President Jacob Zuma said on Friday. “This world must be at peace with itself and I hope there will be more time to discuss the solutions,” he said while receiving letters of credence... 

No rooftop, no problem as solar gardens begin to bud in the US

By: Bloomberg     26th August 2016 It’s like rooftop solar, without the rooftops. A growing number of consumers are buying into community solar farms that allow renters and apartment dwellers to access renewable energy produced on neighborhood plots that can be small enough to host a little league baseball game. Some are so modest... 

Freetown heavy-oil fuel-fired power plant, Sierra Leone

By: Sheila Barradas     29th January 2016 The project involves the construction and operation of a heavy-oil fuel-fired power plant in an industrial zone, about 4 km east of the centre of Freetown, in Sierra Leone.  

Stellar submits Tongo mining licence application

By: Creamer Media Reporter      27th November 2015 Aim-listed Stellar Diamonds has formally submitted its application for a large-scale mining licence for the Tongo project to the Sierra Leone National Minerals Agency (NMA). The application would be processed by the NMA and then forwarded to the Minerals Advisory Board, which would make a... 

Chandru Wadhwani

By: Zandile Mavuso     19th June 2015 This week, Engineering News features Chandru Wadhwani who is joint Managing Director of Extrupet, a recycler of plastic bottles 

Hotel projects, Democratic Republic of Congo and Sierra Leone

By: Sheila Barradas     29th May 2015 The project involves the construction of a hotel in Kinshasa, in the Democratic Republic of Congo, and a hotel in Freetown, in Sierra Leone. 

Stellar looking to further Tongo development

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     1st April 2015 Aim-listed Stellar Diamonds has started an application process for a mining licence at its 100%-owned, 1.45-million-carat Tongo Dyke-1 kimberlite project, in eastern Sierra Leone. The company would need to invest $20-million in capital expenditure (capex) to bring the mine into production and to... 

Hotel group moves to beef up its African presence

By: Anine Kilian     17th October 2014 Hotel group Carlson Rezidor currently holds the largest hotel pipeline in Africa with 30 hotels and 6 300 rooms under development. The hotel group develops and operates Radisson Blu in the upper upscale segment and Park Inn by Radisson in the mid-market segment. With more than 60 hotel brands... 

Lacklustre Chinese demand drives iron-ore prices to 5-year low

By: Henry Lazenby     2nd September 2014 Benchmark iron-ore prices, which had fallen by more than one-third since the start of the year, last week breached the $90/t level and continued to spiral lower to 86.2/t on Monday, as a supply glut faces reduced demand growth from the commodity’s largest consumer, China. London-based fund... 

BAM, Stefanutti JV awarded Sierra Leone jetty EPC contract

By: Leandi Kolver     6th May 2014 Global contracting company BAM International on Tuesday announced that it, in conjunction with its joint venture (JV) partner civil engineering construction contractor Stefannuti Stocks, had been awarded the contract for the engineering, procurement and construction of a petroleum jetty at the... 

Endeavor Energy and Joule Africa Partner to Develop Bumbuna Phase II Power Project

19th November 2013 Endeavor Energy, a privately owned independent power development and generation company, today announced that it has entered into a joint development agreement with international power developer Joule Africa. As part of the agreement the two companies will work together to develop and construct... 

Sierra Leone seeks $3.5bn investment to overhaul power sector

By: Reuters     22nd July 2013 Sierra Leone is seeking $3.5-billion of investment from the private sector to overhaul its creaking electricity industry with the aim of increasing output ten-fold by 2017, Deputy Energy Minister Martin Bash-Kamara told Reuters. Sierra Leone, struggling to recover from an 11-year civil war that... 

Initiative to document forestry land rights under way in West Africa

By: Joanne Taylor     2nd November 2012 A US initiative to document forestry land rights is expected to promote sustainable agroforestry, environmental protection and the rural livelihoods of the upper Guinean tropical forest. Information group Thomson Reuters and the US Forestry Service (USFS) have teamed up to provide resources to... 

Diamond miner Koidu eyes listing, to quadruple output

By: Reuters     9th March 2012 Sierra Leonean diamond miner Koidu Holdings is studying a possible flotation and aims to reach a previously stated target of quadrupling its output to 45 000 carats a month in July. "There is significant benefit in having access to capital markets ... Discussions are taking place," CEO Jan... 


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