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Biogas needs favourable REIPPPP allocation for sustainable development

By: Nadine James     17th February 2017 The measureable and sustainable development of South Africa’s biogas industry requires projects, and therefore a favourable  Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme (REIPPPP) allocation, to prove sufficient financial viability to financial institutions is essential.... 

Chamber looks to strengthen partnerships in local green economy

By: Nadine James     17th February 2017 The Italian–South African Chamber of Trade and Industries’ chief aim at the 2017 Africa Energy Indaba is to raise awareness among Italian corporations regarding investment opportunities in South Africa’s green economy. Chamber secretary-general Mariagrazia Biancospino says the chamber mediated a... 

Conference hopes to catalyse African energy revolution

By: Nadine James     17th February 2017 The 2017 Africa Energy Indaba will enable African energy sector stakeholders to evaluate opportunities and the means to pursue them that could unlock the continent’s energy potential and spark something of an energy revolution, says Indaba organising company Siyenza. “The African continent has... 

Energy efficient qualifications finalised

By: Nadine James     17th February 2017 Occupational qualifications developed by the National Cleaner Production Centre South Africa (NCPC-SA) in partnership with the United Nations Industrial Development Organisation, the German Development Institute (GIZ) and the Energy and Water Sector Education and Training Authority (Ewseta) for... 

Exponential increase in the number of power generation projects

By: Nadine James     17th February 2017 The African continent’s large energy deficit has resulted in an exponential increase in the number of power generation projects – both planned and implemented – as well as the number of stakeholders which are a consequence of renewed commercial interest in the African energy sector, says... 

Global energy council ponders gas-related realities

     17th February 2017 In recent years, the gas market has undergone several changes - the discovery of new deposits, the evolution of gas transport techniques and the new gas pipelines are all elements that deeply modify this market, notes international energy organisation World Energy Council (WEC). The council notes... 

Life is just a game of inches

By: Riaan de Lange     17th February 2017 It is Super Bowl Sunday, the day on which the National Football League (NFL) yearly championship is played in the US. Well, where I am, it is close to midnight, with Monday only minutes away as I prepare to watch Super Bowl LI (‘LI’ being the Roman numerals for 51). The New England Patriots are... 

Programme to accelerate investment implemented

     17th February 2017 The African Union’s (AU’s) planning body, the New Partnership for Africa's Development (Nepad), is undertaking an exercise that will accelerate the development and implementation of Africa’s high priority renewable energy projects and will be organising a showcase at the Africa Energy Indaba for... 

Renewables division experiences record-breaking 2016

     17th February 2017 Italian energy company Enel Green Power’s (EGP’s) global renewable energies division made 2016 a record-breaking year after building an all-time-high 2 018 MW of new capacity within a calendar year. This is a major achievement for EGP as it more than doubled what it achieved in 2015, when... 

Third Women in Energy conference cohosted at Energy Indaba

     17th February 2017 The yearly Women in Energy conference, organised by the Africa Energy Indaba, will bring together Africa’s leading women in the energy sector for its third iteration on Monday, February 20 at the Sandton Convention Centre in Johannesburg. The Africa Energy Indaba was the first energy conference... 

NIASA headlines Nuclear Forum at Africa Energy Indaba

     16th February 2017 The Nuclear Industry Association of South Africa is proud to announce its headline sponsorship of the Nuclear Forum at this year’s Africa Energy Indaba.   The Nuclear Forum has secured the participation of leading local and global players. (Please refer to programme for more details), who will... 

AFRICA GAS FORUM seeks to unlock new business opportunities for African investors

     15th February 2017 Will the nascent gas industry become South Africa’s new money-spinner? With a bleak outlook emanating out of last week’s #MiningIndaba, investors would be forgiven for losing their stomach for the mining sector and its troubles. Questions are being raised about whether South Africa’s gas sector,... 

National Tooling Initiative Programme to introduce its talent at Africa Energy Indaba 2017

     15th February 2017 The National Tooling Initiative Programme will introduce its TDM Powered Programme, one of South Africa’s flagship skills development programmes in the manufacturing industry, at the Africa Energy Indaba on 21 and 22 February 2017. The Indaba, featuring an impressive industry exhibition, will be... 

Temporary power solutions touted as cost-effective option for mines

By: Ilan Solomons     9th February 2017 The global mining industry is enduring a period of great uncertainty. In the face of extreme market volatility, stagnant commodity prices, weak demand and suppressed levels of economic growth in established markets, many mining companies are striving to remain buoyant, says temporary power... 

Parties recommit to AMV Compact, Mbeki praises initiative’s aims

By: Ilan Solomons     9th February 2017 Delegates at a policy dialogue forum during the 2017 Investing in African Mining Indaba heard strong re-endorsements from public and private sector speakers for the Africa Mining Vision (AMV) Compact. The AMV Compact was launched at last year’s Mining Indaba, where it received early support from... 

Concerns about illicit funding flows dog mining companies in Africa

By: Kim Cloete     9th February 2017 A World Bank report has raised concerns about tax compliance by mining companies in Africa, tax loopholes and the illicit flow of funds in a range of African countries. The report, ‘Transfer Pricing in Africa, with a focus on Africa’, has shown that several countries on the continent have... 

Collaboration, inclusiveness among key themes at 2017 Mining Indaba

By: Ilan Solomons     9th February 2017 There are signs of hope for recovery in some commodities, owing to recent price improvement, which has lent a more upbeat tone to this year’s Investing in African Mining Indaba, in Cape Town. However, South Africa has some “sobering lessons” for African countries, which have yet to fully launch... 

Signs of hope for the platinum industry

By: Kim Cloete     9th February 2017 Following a few tough years, experts believe the platinum sector’s future looks bright, with a strong case for investing in the precious metal. World Platinum Investment Council CEO Paul Wilson this week said traditional investors had walked away from platinum as an investment from 2015 to 2017,... 

Global uncertainties to drive FDI in Africa’s mining sector

By: Ilan Solomons     9th February 2017 The uncertainties surrounding geo-economic trends, including Brexit, Donald Trump’s election as US President and increasing efforts by China to dominate the global economy, may not bode well for global political stability but could present opportunities for Africa, says global law firm Baker... 

Specialised energy mission from South Africa to Zambia commended for innovative approach to doing business in Africa

     9th February 2017 A South African energy sector trade and business delegation recently had another successful trip to Zambia. The trade mission was jointly led by Trade Invest Africa and the South African Electrotechnical Export Council. “We are impressed by the calibre of companies from the South African Energy... 

New mining method needed to boost mine life – Froneman

By: Martin Creamer     8th February 2017 Latest estimates indicate that South Africa still has 400-million tonnes of gold ore in the ground that are amenable to profitable extraction using mechanised techniques. In addition, there are 160-million tonnes of high-grade ore locked in underground support pillars, accessible from current... 

Improving efficiencies the name of the game for AngloGold

By: Kim Cloete     8th February 2017 AngloGold Ashanti says its focus remains improving margins across the business, despite lower grades at some of its operations, as well as currency headwinds. “We are committed to improving efficiencies and widening margins regardless of the lower metal price,” AngloGold CEO Srinivasan... 

Streamlined, transparent system needed to unlock Africa’s mineral resources value – AU

By: Ilan Solomons     8th February 2017 It is vitally important that African mining industry stakeholders start initiating dialogue towards building a more well governed and progressive minerals sector that will contribute to the continental vision of resource-led industrial development guided by Agenda 2063, outgoing African Union... 

A fillip for iron-ore, but is it sustainable?

By: Kim Cloete     8th February 2017 The past year has been a volatile but positive one for iron-ore, with higher prices helped by a burst of demand from China. Panelists at the Investing in African Mining Indaba, being held in Cape Town, this week, agreed that there was still great uncertainty in the iron-ore market, with Macquarie... 

Enormous global demand on way for copper, platinum, zinc – Friedland

By: Martin Creamer     8th February 2017 Enormous global demand is building up for copper, platinum and zinc, driven by new technology, mitigation of health risks in hospitals and agricultural augmentation, Ivanhoe Mines executive chairperson Robert Friedland said on Wednesday. In a comprehensive address to the Investing in African... 

Isondo excited about prospects for a viable fuel-cell manufacturing industry 

By: Kim Cloete     8th February 2017 Isondo Precious Metals is rolling out its fuel-cell strategy and is planning to establish a fuel-cell component manufacturing plant in South Africa. Isondo CEO Vinay Somera on Wednesday said he and his team had “scoured the world” for the best-in-class technology with an eye on building a... 

If the future really is nuclear, Niger says it is ready for it

By: African News Agency      8th February 2017 Investing in mining production in Niger might sound a little like playing in the traffic with razor blades but delegates at the Investing in African Mining Indaba heard on Tuesday, that it is a lot better bet than it sounds on a number of levels. The country’s Mines and Energy Minister Moussa... 

Satellite platform to increase bandwidth efficiency by up to 50% for mines in remote areas

By: Ilan Solomons     8th February 2017 Pan-African telecommunications group Liquid Telecom has deployed its first Mx-DMA satellite link to a mining company in Africa, the company announced during a presentation at the Investing in African Mining Indaba, held in Cape Town this week. Liquid Telecom satellite and very small aperture... 

Locally developed pelletising technology set for commercial roll-out

By: Ilan Solomons     8th February 2017 Engineering company CoalTech has successfully established a 10 000 t/m coal pelletising and curing plant, in eMalahleni, Mpumalanga. Having initially launched its pelletising technology at the 2016 Investing in African Mining Indaba, the company announced to delegates at this year’s Mining Indaba... 

Exxaro CEO calls for nation to rethink BEE ownership, warns not to repeat past mistakes

By: Kim Cloete     8th February 2017 A new way of looking at black economic empowerment (BEE) ownership is needed to avoid the “pain and frustration” that has been experienced in the past, suggests Exxaro CEO Mxolisi Mgojo. “As leaders of one of the country’s largest employers, we should reassess current empowerment initiatives . .... 

Master Drilling readies for international roll-out of new horizontal raiseboring technology

By: Ilan Solomons     7th February 2017 JSE-listed drilling services provider Master Drilling announced at the Investing in African Mining Indaba on Tuesday that its horizontal raiseboring (HRB) technology is ready for international roll-out after a successful pilot test at the Cullinan diamond mine, in Gauteng. Master Drilling CEO... 

Gold continues to be safe haven in these uncertain times

By: Kim Cloete     7th February 2017 Experts believe the buying of gold for investment purposes is set to increase, as currencies decline. Uncertainty over decisions made by US President Donald Trump may also see investors heading for gold. “There will be a lot of gold buying for investment purposes in the next few years. We expect... 

Forevermark brand expanding customer base globally  

By: Ilan Solomons     7th February 2017 The response to the Forevermark diamond brand has been “just great” in the past three years, which is, to a significant degree, attributable to the brand’s promise of authenticity, quality, uniqueness, integrity and being ethically sourced, states De Beers' Forevermark brand ambassador at Caratco... 

Mining won’t be bullied into submission – Froneman 

By: Martin Creamer     7th February 2017 South Africa’s mining industry will not be bullied and beaten into submission and all stakeholders have a role to play to improve the South African situation, Chamber of Mines (CoM) VP and Sibanye Gold CEO Neal Froneman said on Tuesday. Speaking assertively at the Investing in African Mining... 

Technology advancement improves project efficiencies, says WorleyParsons

By: Ilan Solomons     7th February 2017 As engineering company WorleyParsons’ global centre of excellence for mining, WorleyParsons RSA expends a substantial amount of energy and resources on developing advanced solutions for its customers that will increase accuracy and efficiency while reducing risk. The project delivery and... 

Unctad calls for fair and transparent mining deals

By: Kim Cloete     7th February 2017 A call has been made for fair, transparent disclosure around extractives in Africa and clear and open rules of engagement between governments and mining companies. United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (Unctad) secretary general Dr Mukhisa Kituyi told delegates at the Investing in... 

Babcock to launch new equipment, says customers upbeat about 2017

By: Ilan Solomons     7th February 2017 Engineering support services company Babcock will, during the course of this year, launch new “ground-breaking construction equipment”. “Babcock is renowned and respected for delivering high-production machinery that is also fuel efficient. Therefore, this year, we are adding the Volvo A60H, the... 

Global and national energy experts prepare to attend the annual Africa Energy Indaba 2017 following #AfricaAtDavos

     7th February 2017 World Economic Forum followers of 2017 reported that this year’s event saw a shift in the way Africa was perceived at Davos.  Discussions were particularly focused on opportunities for business and investment and African business leaders made their voices heard.  The popularity of the... 

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