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Hydropower plays a massive role electrifying many countries. Photo: Shutterstock
New dams in Africa could add risk to power supplies down the line

In the 1980s and 1990s parts of Africa saw a surge in dam building for energy production. After a brief hiatus there has been renewed interested. Many new construction projects are planned and underway across sub-Saharan Africa...

By Declan Conway 2 days ago

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Unauthorised gold mining in Cameroon reaps deathly toll

YAOUNDE - Forty-three gold diggers died in abandoned mines in Cameroon in the first 10 months of last year, a watchdog group said...

11 Jan 2018

Michal Kotzé, PwC Africa energy utilities & resources leader.
#BizTrends2018: Mining in Africa - a changing landscape

The mining industry in Africa is undergoing significant change, including an increase in exploration and commodity prices, and therefore boasts significant potential for investors with regard to its vast supply of mineral reserves and production...

By Michal Kotzé 9 Jan 2018

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Fuel shortage in oil-rich Angola tests new president

Angola has suffered a week of fuel shortages, a bitter irony for one of Africa's leading oil producers, and a hardship that some people blame on opponents of President Joao Lourenco...

28 Dec 2017

Unki Mine. Photo: Amplats
Amplats close to completing $62m smelter in Zimbabwe

Anglo American Platinum (Amplats) is nearing completion of a $62m platinum group metal smelter at its Unki mine in Zimbabwe, meeting that government's demands for greater beneficiation of the industrial and precious metal...

By Allan Seccombe 27 Dec 2017

Launching the Debmarine Namibia campaign.
Campaign promotes road safety in Namibia

As part of a social responsibility campaign, Namibia's Debmarine embarked upon a long road safety awareness campaign to promote and inculcate road-safety consciousness in Namibia...

22 Dec 2017

High voltage electrical pylons on the outskirts of Kenya’s capital Nairobi. Photo: Reuters/Thomas Mukoya
Why Kenya's push for nuclear power rests on false or fanciful premises

Kenya wants to go nuclear. Since 2012, Nairobi has been talking the talk and walking the walk. It has engaged the International Atomic Energy Agency and signed multilateral letters of intent in pursuit of nuclear power...

By Brendon J Cannon 22 Dec 2017

Nigerian former minister of petroleum resources, Dan Etete. Photo: Sweet Crude Report
Eni and Shell to stand trial in Italy over Nigeria kickback scandal

MILAN - Italian giant Eni and fellow petroleum company Shell will stand trial in Italy over allegations of bribery and corruption in the 2011 purchase of an offshore oil block in Nigeria...

By Elle Ide 21 Dec 2017

Isabel dos Santos
Angola oil giant probes Isabel dos Santos graft claims

LUANDA - Angola's state oil company has announced an investigation into "possible misappropriation" of funds by Isabel dos Santos, the daughter of the former president, during her time as the company's chief executive...

21 Dec 2017

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Kimberley Process on conflict diamonds is failing, says Impact

A founding member has withdrawn from the Kimberley Process (KP), claiming that the conflict diamond certification scheme has lost its legitimacy...

18 Dec 2017

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Off-grid power goes mainstream for financing

Since a large portion of Africa's population lives in remote areas, receiving power from the grid could still be decades away...

13 Dec 2017

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Investors turn against fossil fuels at Paris climate summit

Major investors vowed Tuesday, 12 December, to move away from Earth-warming fossil fuels as world leaders met in Paris seeking to unlock new cash to save humanity from climate "doom"...

13 Dec 2017

Russian president, Vladimir Putin, and his Egyptian counterpart, Abdel Fattah al-Sisi. Photo: Egypt Today
Cairo, Moscow sign contract for Egypt's first nuclear plant

CAIRO - Egypt and Russia signed a contract for the building of Egypt's first nuclear power plant, during a visit to Cairo by President Vladimir Putin...

12 Dec 2017

Kapichila hydro power station. Photo: Afriem
Drought behind worsening power outages in Malawi

BLANTRYE - Large parts of Malawi have been plunged into darkness as water levels at the country's main hydro power plant fell to critical levels due to a severe drought, the electricity company...

11 Dec 2017

Changing the renewable landscape in West Africa
Changing the renewable landscape in West Africa

For the better part of the last decade, West Africa has been identified as a region with unparalleled potential for renewable energy...

8 Dec 2017

Vera Songwe, European Union Economic Commission for Africa’s executive secretary
Africa needs energy to grow

Africa's underdeveloped energy infrastructure and growing demand could be the catalyst to attract private sector investment and thereby actually fast-track energy development...

7 Dec 2017

SRK's Andrew van Zyl and Marcin Wertz
Mining in Africa: Take a calculated risk

According to the latest World Risk Report, "Africa narrowly avoided the wooden spoon as the riskiest major region"...

5 Dec 2017

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Shell 'liable for rights violations' in Nigeria: Amnesty

LAGOS - Amnesty International has called for Shell to be prosecuted for allegedly helping Nigeria's military to commit human rights abuses in the oil-rich south in the 1990s...

29 Nov 2017

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Vedanta invests $200m more in Namibian mining operations

Vedanta, a major zinc producer, is making a fresh $200m investment in its Namibian operations, as it plots a strategy to make the plant a regional hub for refining the metal...

28 Nov 2017

New Energy Leadership Centre to address energy shortages in Africa
New Energy Leadership Centre to address energy shortages in Africa

A first for South Africa and the continent, the African Energy Leadership Centre will be a hub of teaching and research aimed at addressing the issues of energy shortages in Africa...

27 Nov 2017

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Environmental rehabilitation liability of BCL deters buyers

Botswana's state-owned miner and smelter BCL has a large environmental rehabilitation problem that has made a sale of the assets nearly impossible...

By Allan Seccombe 21 Nov 2017

Dramatic rise of African consumer power driving development
Dramatic rise of African consumer power driving development

Infrastructure investments are transforming and accelerating economic and social opportunities for millions of people across Africa, driven by the dramatic rise in African consumer power...

17 Nov 2017

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Amnesty warns companies on child labour in DRC cobalt mining

Leading technology and electric car companies have been accused of failing to ensure minerals used in their products are not mined using child labour...

17 Nov 2017

Isabel dos Santos
Daughter of Angola's ex-president sacked as state oil chief

LUANDA - Angolan President Joao Lourenco has fired his predecessor's daughter from her influential post as head of the Sonangol state oil company...

16 Nov 2017

Three key trends for African economic growth in 2018
Three key trends for African economic growth in 2018

Ecobank Group Research reveals three key emerging trends for Africa which it believes are strong evidence that Africa is on track for improved growth in 2018...

16 Nov 2017

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Ivory Coast inaugurates huge China-funded dam

President Alassane Ouattara on Thursday, 2 November, inaugurated a huge Chinese-funded dam in southern Ivory Coast designed to boost the country's power capacity by nearly 14%...

7 Nov 2017

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Why 100% renewable energy by 2025 may be possible for Cape Verde

Cape Verde, the small island archipelago nation off Africa's northwest coast, has set itself a very bold renewable energy target...

By Erik Nordman 6 Nov 2017

Diezani Alison-Madueke, Nigeria's former oil minister
Nigeria's former oil minister blasted over court bid

A Nigerian judge accused the country's former oil minister of trying to "avoid justice" in Britain, as he dismissed an application for her to face corruption charges back home...

3 Nov 2017

Saleem Karimjee, IFC country manager for Southern Africa
There's trillions to unlock in climate-related private investment

With smart policy reforms and innovative business models, African countries can meet their Paris Agreement promises and catalyse trillions of dollars in private investments...

2 Nov 2017

Drones are disrupting the power & utilities industries
Drones are disrupting the power & utilities industries

A new report illustrates how drones are disrupting the power and utilities industries build, operate and maintain their networks...

26 Oct 2017

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