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Disappearing forests

By: Martin Zhuwakinyu     2nd November 2018 In rather melodramatic fashion, one journalist, writing in June this year, portrayed the rate at which the world is losing its forests thus: “Image looking down on huge swathe of lush forest – but before you can pull out your phone to take a picture, it’s gone.” A look at the latest tree cover... 

Global gold demand growing across market segments, held back by US ETF outflows

By: Marleny Arnoldi     1st November 2018 World Gold Council (WGC) member and market relations head John Mulligan says the third quarter was a strong one for the global gold industry. Although demand increased by only 1%, or 6 t, compared with the third quarter 2017, the 964 t of gold demand recorded in the third quarter was underpinned... 

Randgold, Barrick increase dividends ahead of proposed merger

By: Simone Liedtke     31st October 2018 In connection with the proposed recommended share-for-share merger of Barrick Gold and Randgold Resources, the companies have agreed on increases in the Randgold and the Barrick dividend, as well as an updated dividend policy for the new enlarged Barrick Group. Randgold shareholders will be... 

Offgrid firm BBOXX targets two new African markets with EDF – CEO

By: Reuters     30th October 2018 UK-based off-grid power company BBOXX is looking to enter two new African markets in partnership with France's EDF Group next year as it capitalises on growing interest in the sector from large energy companies, its chief executive said on Monday. The two companies announced last week that the... 

Endeavour announces maiden resource estimate for Côte d’Ivoire target

By: Simone Liedtke     29th October 2018 TSX-listed Endeavour Mining on Monday announced a maiden resource estimate on the Lafigué target, located within the Fetekro greenfield exploration property, in Côte d’Ivoire, and the identification of 14 additional nearby targets. The maiden Lafigué resource estimate encompasses about two-thirds... 

Progress made to deliver value-based company strategy

By: Paige Müller     26th October 2018 Integrated chemical and energy company Sasol’s 2018 financial year – which came to a close in June of this year – has proven positive in terms of realising the company’s strategy. “The company has made significant strides in bettering its organisational culture and advancing opportunities in its... 

Industry growth demands maintenance skills

By: Tracy Hancock     26th October 2018 With the growth in wind energy utilities, the demand to install, repair and maintain such facilities in Africa, including South Africa, is on the rise, says Knowledge Pele (KP) Academy head Richard Setati. He tells Engineering News that many reports and commentators attest to the overall growth... 

Unlock true potential of Africa by empowering its youth

26th October 2018 Africa evokes distinctive images of its natural wildlife and majestic landscapes. Of course, there is more to the Africa story, driven by its people, tremendous talent pool, and the untapped resources that will take the continent to the next level of growth in the coming years. 

Mali's first independent power project to start up next week

By: Reuters     25th October 2018 Mali's first independent power project – a €122-million ($139.06-million), 90 MW diesel plant – will go online next week in the country's gold-rich southwest, a board member of the operator said on Wednesday. The new plant could spur more of the foreign investment Mali has struggled to attract... 

Saoga upbeat about prospects for the gas industry in South Africa

By: Kim Cloete     19th October 2018 The South African Oil & Gas Alliance (Saoga) believes there are catalytic opportunities for developing the gas industry in South Africa, which have been buoyed by a renewed focus on attracting investment to the country. The two major opportunities will be the massive gas finds in neighbouring... 

Containerised workshop facilitates hydraulic services

19th October 2018 Hydraulics components supplier Hytec Services Africa (HSA), part of hydraulic components supplier Hytec Group, has launched its mine site based containerised hose workshops to provide a comprehensive onsite hose and fittings service to its mining clients across Africa. Set up in refurbished and... 

Norton Rose Fulbright South Africa reaches financial close on biggest solar farm in west Africa

18th October 2018 Global law firm, Norton Rose Fulbright, has successfully closed the financing facilities on a 50MW solar PV plant in Sikasso, Mali for the first French green Independent Power Producer, Akuo Energy. The Kita solar farm is its first project to begin construction in Africa and is the largest in... 

AMSA seeks growth opportunities in sub-Saharan Africa amid muted domestic steel demand

By: Nadine James     10th October 2018 In light of weak domestic demand, ArcelorMittal South Africa (AMSA) has implemented a strategy to enhance its short-term profitability and cashflow, thereby, ensuring the business’ sustainability and positioning it to exploit growth in the sub-Saharan Africa region, says CEO Kobus Verster. During... 

Boss sells Burkina Faso project stakes to JV partner Teranga

By: Esmarie Iannucci     3rd October 2018 Uranium developer Boss Resources has struck a A$10-million deal with its joint venture partner Teranga Gold to divest of its interest in the Golden Hill and Gourma projects, in Burkina Faso. Under the terms of the transaction, Boss will sell its shares in Boss Minerals and Askia gold, which... 

Tullow Oil optimistic about prospects in Africa

By: Kim Cloete     2nd October 2018 Oil and gas exploration and production company Tullow Oil has outlined its sharper and deeper focus on Africa, with upbeat outlooks for its projects in both West and East Africa.   Despite a shift to cleaner energy and alternative energy sources, Tullow Oil also believes there will be strong... 

Mini-refineries race billionaire to fix Nigerian fuel crisis

By: Bloomberg     2nd October 2018 In the race to solve a fuel-import crisis in Nigeria, Africa’s richest person faces competition from a swarm of tiny challengers. Billionaire Aliko Dangote is building a 650 000 barrel-a-day refinery in Nigeria that will help cut the nation’s $7-billion annual fuel-import bill. Such is the... 

Orange, MainOne team up in submarine cable expansion

By: Natasha Odendaal     28th September 2018 French telecommunications group Orange and connectivity and data centre services provider MainOne Cable have signed an agreement that will see Orange inject undisclosed major investments into the West African submarine cable system MainOne. Under the partnership, Orange will acquire additional... 

SACS goes live, greatly furthering global connectivity

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     27th September 2018 The South Atlantic Cable System (SACS), which will provide a more direct route for Internet traffic in the Southern Hemisphere, is now on stream and open for commercial traffic. The system, which is wholly owned by Angola Cables, has been manufactured and powered by NEC Corporation and connects... 

SEW clinches major order for five M-Series industrial gear units for West African mine

25th September 2018 Having an in-house Projects Department to focus on the specific requirements of project houses, OEMs, and other tender-related project activity is starting to bear fruit for drive and automation specialist SEW-EURODRIVE South Africa, which has clinched a major order for five M-Series industrial... 

Greater demand for transparency needed in African real estate industry

By: Simone Liedtke     20th September 2018 There is a growing acknowledgement of the central role that a transparent real estate sector plays in providing healthy, productive and competitive environments for communities and businesses, investment management company JLL global research head Jeremy Kelly said on Thursday. Market... 

Coca-Cola moving ahead with takeover of Nigeria's Chi juice

By: Reuters     20th September 2018 Coca-Cola is moving ahead with plans to take over Nigeria's leading juice company Chi and aims to complete the deal early next year, a senior executive told Reuters. The acquisition for an undisclosed price is one of several steps the US company is taking in a global strategy to diversify from... 

Satellite operator launches South Africa-based operations

By: Natasha Odendaal     14th September 2018 Satellite operator Avanti Communications Group has officially launched its South Africa-based operations as it continues a corporate revamp and continued investment and focus in Africa. “The announcement is underpinned by Avanti’s continued commitment to investing in Africa through a direct local... 

'Will I come back dead?' Human costs of South African gold

By: Bloomberg     10th September 2018 fter more than two decades of improving mine safety since the end of apartheid, South Africa’s progress has stalled with an increase in gold-mining deaths. More than 50 people have died in the country’s mines in 2018, roughly the same number as this time last year. While annual death tolls are... 

Volkswagen signs assembly, policy MoUs in Nigeria, Ghana

By: Irma Venter     3rd September 2018 Volkswagen has added Ghana and Nigeria to its list of future vehicle assembly operations in Africa. The German manufacturer is already active on assembly sites in Kenya, Algeria and Rwanda. 

Firms in satellite broadband services partnership

By: Natasha Odendaal     24th August 2018 Satellite operator and services provider Avanti Communications and panAfrican telecommunications solutions service provider iWayAfrica have signed a deal to provide satellite broadband services across sub-Saharan Africa. The new master distributor contract will allow iWayAfrica to provide... 

Semafo reports two more deaths in restive Burkina Faso

By: Schalk Burger     17th August 2018 TSX-listed West Africa-focused gold exploration and production company Semafo on Friday reported that a bus transporting employees from the town of Bobo-Dioulasso to the Mana mine, in Burkina Faso, had been shot at by armed bandits on Friday morning. One Semafo national employee and one... 

Wave of innovation for infrastructure development

By: Donald Makhafola     17th August 2018 With business spend in Africa predicted to grow from $2.6-trillion in 2015 to $3.5-trillion by 2025, wholly black-owned construction group Concor Construction believes that this trend will redefine urban areas and cities, triggering the need for rapid infrastructure development and services.... 

Ecowas moves to address gap in energy sector

By: African News Agency      14th August 2018 The Commission of the Economic Community of West African States (Ecowas) has moved to validate its regional strategy to popularise liquefied petroleum gas in West Africa to improve its economy and address health challenges and environmental degradation associated with the lack of access to the... 

Six killed in armed incident near Semafo’s Boungou mine

By: Simone Liedtke     14th August 2018 West Africa-focused Canadian mining company Semafo on Monday reported that five gendarmes and one subcontractor employee had lost their lives in an armed incident that occurred between the town of Fada and the Boungou mine site, in the Est region of Burkina Faso. While operations at the Boungou... 

Petronas acquires 30% equity in Senegal oil, gas block

By: Reuters     13th August 2018 Malaysian oil and gas company Petroliam Nasional (Petronas) said on Monday it has acquired a 30% stake in Senegal's Rufisque Offshore Profond block, its first project in the West African nation. Oil major Total will maintain operatorship of the block with a 60% ownership, Petronas said in a... 

Randgold looking across the Atlantic

By: Martin Creamer     10th August 2018 African gold mining company Randgold Resources is looking across the Atlantic along the northern edge of South America, which effectively hosts the same geology as West Africa, where the London-listed company has its biggest gold-mining base. This is in addition to intensifying exploration... 

Watershed changes hands

By: Esmarie Iannucci     10th August 2018 ASX-listed Vital Metals’ A$15-million sale of its Watershed tungsten project, in Queensland, has been completed. The company in May this year struck a deal with fellow-listed Tungsten Mining to divest of the asset. 

App monitors spread of FAW in Africa

By: Erin Steenhoff-Snethlage     10th August 2018 The Fall Armyworm Monitoring and Early Warning System (FAMEWS) application (app) can save 300-million people in Africa from food insecurity and prevent significant economic losses in maize of up to $4.8-billion, caused by the infestation of the fall armyworm (FAW), says Food and Agriculture... 

MICROMINE Africa showcases its solutions at WAMPEX 2018 in Ghana

8th August 2018 Leading mining software solutions and services provider MICROMINE Africa attended the West African Mining & Power Expo (WAMPEX) at the Accra International Convention Centre in Ghana from 30 May to 1 June. WAMPEX is a major expo in the region, attracting over 1 400 industry professionals from over... 

AFC welcomes completion of, first shipment from Guinea bauxite mine

By: Nadine James     8th August 2018 Infrastructure development finance institution Africa Finance Corporation (AFC) on Wednesday announced the on time completion of the Bel Air mine, in Guinea, and its first shipment of high-grade bauxite to China.  The construction of the mine was completed on time and within budget.  

AB InBev to build new brewery in fast-growing Mozambique

By: Reuters     8th August 2018 Anheuser-Busch InBev, the world's biggest brewer, will start building a more than two-million hectolitre a year brewery in Mozambique in the second half of next year, the company's Africa head said on Tuesday. The Mozambique investment will look to fend off competition from rival Heineken, which... 

IFC, Gaia partnership working to power Africa

By: Simone Liedtke     1st August 2018 World Bank Group member, the International Finance Corporation (IFC), has forged a new partnership with Moroccan renewable energy developer Gaia Energy to create a joint platform for the development of wind power and other renewable energy projects in Africa. Originally developed by Gaia Energy,... 

Turkish steel makers eye exports to West Africa amid US tariff setbacks

By: Reuters     31st July 2018 Turkish steel makers are looking to expand in West Africa and other emerging markets in response to tariffs and planned quotas which threaten their sales to the United States and the European Union (EU), a senior sector official said. Namik Ekinci, board chairperson for the Turkish Steel Foreign... 

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