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How the Grand Renaissance Dam might spark basin-wide water cooperation
How the Grand Renaissance Dam might spark basin-wide water cooperation

Ethiopia's on-going construction of the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam on the Blue Nile River has attracted speculation that it could lead to a 'water war'...

By Ashok Swain 3 Aug 2020

The Grand Renaissance Dam: what's at stake and what could break the deadlock
The Grand Renaissance Dam: what's at stake and what could break the deadlock

The Ethiopian Grand Renaissance Dam is inching closer to completion, rekindling the environmental and political controversies that have dogged the project from the start nearly 10 years ago...

By Mahemud Tekuya 23 Jul 2020

Post-Covid-19: Delivering sustainable energy across Africa
Post-Covid-19: Delivering sustainable energy across Africa

The coronavirus pandemic has disrupted the operating environment for both the public and private sectors as a result of the unprecedented lockdowns and restrictions put in place by countries to curb infections...

By Siyabonga Mbanjwa 30 Jun 2020

The Nigerian Naira has been under a lot pressure lately
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Nigeria's post-Covid-19 recovery plan has some merit. But it misses the mark

The Covid-19 pandemic will have economic consequences for many countries. In Nigeria, the country's lockdowns froze economic activities, causing job losses and supply chain disruptions.

By Tolu Olarewaju 22 Jun 2020

The Bizcommunity: Not taking lockdown lying down
The Bizcommunity: Not taking lockdown lying down

In true South African spirit, even in times of adversity, daily stories of generosity and ingenuity abound. Never have we been more proud of how business communities are using our publishing platforms than since the outbreak of the Covid-19 coronavirus...

Issued by Bizcommunity.com 6 Apr 2020

A visitor sanitises hands before entering a state hospital at Yaba, Lagos. Hospitals like this are likely to suffer power cuts as lock down force Nigerians to stay at home and consume more power.
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Covid-19: Nigeria should prioritise power supply to healthcare facilities

Nigeria may have to implement a nationwide lockdown to stem the rise in Covid-19 cases. Such a drastic measure would alter the country's energy consumption pattern. This would further burden an already dilapidated power supply system...

By Samuel Ayokunle Olowosejeje 31 Mar 2020

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#energyindaba: eSwatini works on energy independence

The tiny Kingdom of eSwatini has developed a comprehensive long-term energy master plan based on renewable energy to reduce its dependency on its neighbours for its electricity supply...

By Nicci Botha 5 Mar 2020

Kandeh Yumkellah
#energyindaba: Africa's energy transition must focus on fairness, wealth creation, jobs

Africa has the will to transition to more sustainable energy, but the emphasis must be on a just process...

By Nicci Botha 5 Mar 2020

How heat can be used to store renewable energy
How heat can be used to store renewable energy

The effect that fossil fuels are having on the climate emergency is driving an international push to use low-carbon sources of energy...

By Antoine Koen and Pau Farres Antunez 27 Feb 2020

SDG7 under the spotlight at Africa Energy Forum 2020
SDG7 under the spotlight at Africa Energy Forum 2020

The 2020 Africa Energy Forum will take place in Barcelona, Spain from 30 June to 3 July under the overarching theme of 'Investment and impact'...

18 Feb 2020

Landmark investment secured for 60MW Djibouti Wind Farm Project
Landmark investment secured for 60MW Djibouti Wind Farm Project

Djibouti's electricity demand is expected to considerably increase due to various large-scale infrastructure projects including ports, free trade zones...

14 Feb 2020

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China's investment in Africa's mineral resources

When it comes to energy, it's not just the traditional advocates of renewable energy that are leading the way, it is the world's major emerging economies such as China and India that are driving this clean energy transition...

20 Jan 2020

How politics and poverty affect electricity provision in Zimbabwe
How politics and poverty affect electricity provision in Zimbabwe

Zimbabwe's economic challenges are numerous, but one of the most pressing is electricity scarcity. Around 40% of the country's population has access to electricity...

By Ellen Fungisai Chipango 15 Jan 2020

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AfCFTA's impact on Africa's energy sector

The African Continental Free Trade Area agreement (AfCFTA) will constitute the world's largest free trade area, consolidating an integrated market of 1.3-billion consumers with a combined gross domestic product (GDP) of approximately $3.4trn...

14 Jan 2020

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#BizTrends2020: 2020 - Africa's year for digital disruption

A number of macro trends are delivering unhindered economic progress on the African continent, driving momentum and positioning Africa as a significant component of the world market...

By Geoffrey White 14 Jan 2020

Power cuts continued to plague some African countries. Shutterstock
Progress in rolling out of national power grids has stalled across Africa

The African Development Bank launched an initiative to speed up the supply of electricity in Africa in 2016...

By Carolyn Logan 10 Jan 2020

Malawi solar energy project to add 46MW to local power supply
Malawi solar energy project to add 46MW to local power supply

After attracting $67m in investment, one of Malawi's first solar projects has reached financial close...

27 Dec 2019

#BestofBiz 2019: Energy & Mining
#BestofBiz 2019: Energy & Mining

We've compiled our annual #BestofBiz 2019 lists across all our industries featuring our most popular articles, most-read contributors and brand press offices with the most views...

17 Dec 2019

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Market access and cooperation will unlock opportunities in Africa's energy sector

Africa's energy sector is a catalyst for growth and development across the continent. Industry and investors need to stay abreast of the high-speed advances in the energy landscape...

6 Dec 2019

AfDB approves $210m in financing for Nigeria Transmission Expansion Project
AfDB approves $210m in financing for Nigeria Transmission Expansion Project

The African Development Bank Group has approved a $210m financing package for the Nigeria Transmission Expansion Project...

2 Dec 2019

AfDB loans $400m for Mozambique LNG project
AfDB loans $400m for Mozambique LNG project

The African Development Bank Group has approved a long-term senior loan of $400m for an integrated liquefied natural gas (LNG) plant, including a liquification facility in Mozambique...

27 Nov 2019

João Marques
It's time to negotiate a better future for African energy

For the better part of the last half century, oil and gas has been portrayed over and over again as the source of all evil across Africa, responsible for instability, power struggles, poverty, death, pollution and corruption...

By João Marques 26 Nov 2019

Rodwyn Peterson, head of litigation Chibesakunda & Co, DLA Piper Africa member firm in Zambia
Can AfCFTA solve Africa's energy challenge?

This serious shortage of electricity in most African countries creates a need for the introduction of power generation from alternative sources...

By Rodwyn Peterson 22 Nov 2019

Smart cities embrace 4IR
Smart cities embrace 4IR

Smart cities rely on smart grid technology that includes traditional and renewable energy sources in its mix of power supply...

19 Nov 2019

Gwede Mantashe, SA minister of minerals and energy
#AOW2019: Mantashe calls for gas investment

Highlighting the investment opportunities at the country's first liquefied natural gas (LNG) hub in the Coega Industrial Development Zone (IDZ), Minerals and Energy Minister, Gwede Mantashe called on foreign investors to help develop South Africa's fledgling gas industry...

By Nicci Botha 6 Nov 2019

Cameroon boosts hydroelectric capacity
Cameroon boosts hydroelectric capacity

Three power projects financed by the African Development Bank for $121.4m in 2010-2011 are at last starting to provide long-suffering Cameroonians with much more reliable electricity...

25 Oct 2019

Mtho Xulu, president of the South African Chamber of Commerce and Industry
Collaboration critical for energy projects

Governments need to start understanding that collaboration is critical if they want banks and financiers to start funding small to medium size businesses and/or small to medium size oil and gas companies...

14 Oct 2019

Gwede Mantashe
#Windaba2019: IRP will bring certainty

There will be certainty about the country's energy mix after the long-awaited Integrated Resource Plan (IRP) is presented to cabinet next week,

By Nicci Botha 9 Oct 2019

Minerals and Energy Minister, Gwede Mantashe
Saving Eskom: Govt talks to coal and renewables about lowering prices

South Africa's limping economy is likely to be further crippled unless the price of electricity is brought down...

4 Oct 2019

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