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Africa trends in 2024

Africa trends in 2024 The outlook for Africa in 2024 is a mixed bag. There is optimism in some countries, but concern about others. By Leon Louw, owner of WhyAfrica Africa finds itself in a precarious position in 2024. Despite global headwinds there are some positive developments in countries like Namibia, Zambia, Angola, Tanzania, Kenya, …

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IPPs often focus on diverse energy sources, including renewable energy such as solar, wind, and hydro. This diversification helps reduce dependence on traditional fossil fuels, enhances energy security, and supports sustainable development

The importance of IPPs in Africa

The importance of IPPs in Africa Independent Power Producers (IPPs) play a crucial role in Africa’s energy landscape. IPPs contribute to economic development, energy security, and the transition to sustainable and reliable power sources. Through private sector investments, IPPs contribute to meeting the growing demand for electricity, diversifying energy sources with a focus on renewables, …

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Solving Africa’s energy crisis

Solving Africa’s energy crisis Entrepreneurs are introducing new technologies in solar power to fill the gaps in the energy landscape. By Africa Energy Indaba Rapid advancements related to technology have certainly rendered life easier than ever before. However, such progression is driven by energy and many regions in the world are quickly running low on …

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Nigeria’s offshore gas revival

Nigeria’s offshore gas revival New offshore drilling and deepwater development projects are driving Nigeria’s oil and gas industry. Sitting on an estimated 203 trillion cubic feet of natural gas, Nigeria is on a mission to monetise its gas resources and become a leading Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) exporter to global markets. The USD5-billion Nigeria LNG Train …

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Kibali in the DRC is WhyAfrica’s Pick Of The Week

Kibali in the DRC is WhyAfrica’s Pick Of The Week Barrick Gold’s Kibali gold mine in the DRC is WhyAfrica’s Pick of The Week. When Barrick Gold commissions the new 16-megawatt solar plant and additional battery energy storage infrastructure at its Kibali gold mine in the northeast of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), …

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SA’s grid capacity constraints

SA’s grid capacity constraints The constraints on South Africa’s transmission grid are multi-faceted and needs careful analysis. By Ian McKechnie, CEO and Principal Advisor at Engenamic The provision of a consistently reliable energy supply inherently requires that the generation, transmission, and distribution elements of an electricity supply network are considered and hence also planned, designed, …

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It is possible that Africa’s industrials can decarbonise, lower energy costs and increase reliability all at the same time. Image credit: Wärtsilä Energy

How Africa can decarbonise

How Africa can decarbonise  It is possible that Africa’s industrials can decarbonise, lower energy costs and increase reliability all at the same time.    By Ella Teperi.   In African countries, particularly those with a well-developed industrial sector, a significant portion of energy production may come from the industry’s own power plants. This is especially true …

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Don’t confuse yourself when doing business in Africa. Talk to us, at WhyAfrica we listen. Image credit: Leon Louw for WhyAfrica

At WhyAfrica we listen

At WhyAfrica we listen Doing business in Africa or expanding your African footprint can be confusing. Therefore, you need someone to listen to your needs. Investing in Africa’s homegrown companies and markets even more so. Traveling across Africa’s borders or looking for a job in an African country, can be a perplexing exercise. The last …

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The year of green mining

The year of green mining Analysts paint an optimistic future for green mining operations. By Johan Pretorius. Analyst firm, Market Research Future’s (MRFR) recent report Green Mining Market By Type (surface and underground), Technology (power reduction, fuel and maintenance reduction, emission and water reduction and other), and Region (North America, Europe, Asia-Pacific and the rest …

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Solutions for mining’s funding dearth

Solutions for mining’s funding dearth New financing options such as royalty arrangements and streaming, together with blockchain and crowdfunding, are emerging as alternatives to traditional funding mechanisms. By Rashaad Carrim and Shirleen Ritchie.  The mining industry is a pillar of global economic development, providing essential raw materials for various industries while also actively participating in …

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Mid-tier mining companies in Africa are crucial in shaping Africa’s future through embracing positive disruption

Africa’s miners embrace disruption

Africa’s miners embrace disruption Mid-tier mining companies in Africa are crucial in shaping Africa’s future through embracing positive disruption.   By Shammy Luvhengo The 2024 Mining Indaba presents a unique platform to delve into the significance of the mining sector in Africa. It is imperative to recognise that mid-tier miners play a pivotal role as …

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Advanced nuclear technologies unveiled at Africa Energy Indaba

Advanced nuclear technologies unveiled at Africa Energy Indaba  The upcoming Africa Energy Indaba, that will be held in Cape Town, South Africa from 4 to 7 March 2024 will shine the spotlight on cutting-edge Advanced Nuclear Technologies and their potential to shape the continent’s energy landscape. WhyAfrica is a media partner at this event.  The …

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How AI and renewable energy impacts Africa’s tourism sector

How AI and renewable energy impacts Africa’s tourism sector    As the travel and tourism industry looks to a brighter 2024, Marc Wachsberger, CEO of The Capital Hotels, Apartments and Resorts highlights top hospitality business trends for this year, driven by innovative ideas that promise to redefine guest experiences and elevate operational efficiency.  Exciting times …

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Zambian President Hichilema to deliver keynote address at Indaba

Zambian President Hichilema to deliver keynote address at Indaba Zambian President Hakainde Hichilema will deliver a keynote address at the 2024 Investing in African Mining Indaba, that will be held in Cape Town, South Africa, from 5 to 8 February.   This will be Hichilema’s second appearance at Mining Indaba as President, having delivered a …

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What does WhyAfrica offer in 2024?

What does WhyAfrica offer in 2024? After a short break in December 2023, WhyAfrica is off to a flying start in 2024 and getting ready to attend the 30th edition of Investing in African Mining Indaba conference and exhibition in Cape Town, South Africa, from 5 to 8 February. By Leon Louw, owner of WhyAfrica …

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South Africa’s JETP creates mining opportunities

South Africa’s JETP creates mining opportunities     South Africa’s recently developed Just Energy Transition Implementation Plan (JETP) which came into effect in 2023, promises a carbon-less future for the country and provides a comprehensive framework for the implementation of the just transition away from coal, in fulfilment of the country’s obligations under the Paris Agreement By …

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Growing electrification of automotive market will drive copper demand

Growing electrification of  automotive market will drive copper demand   The growing electrification of the automotive market will drive a 3.1-fold increase in copper demand for EV motors in 2034 compared with 2023. Electric motors are a core component of electrification in the automotive market. The market has heavily relied on rare earths for the permanent …

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How to mitigate escalating energy costs in East Africa

How to mitigate escalating energy costs in East Africa While remarkable strides have been made in renewable energy adoption in East Africa, escalating energy costs still burden households and industries in the region.    By Nnadozie Ogbuehi, Schneider Electric Services Director, Anglophone East and West Africa High electricity tariffs in Kenya (averaging USD 0.16 per kilowatt …

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Harnessing carbon to protect African forests

Harnessing carbon to protect African forests   An innovative carbon financing solution will enable the expansion of clean energy and forest protection across Africa. In Africa, more than 900 million people cook with polluting fuels like charcoal, resulting in deforestation and deaths from household air pollution. These activities also emit greenhouse gases that are similar …

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Hydrogen: Energising the future

Hydrogen: Energising the future    Despite progress in decarbonisation efforts, there are still many challenges for certain sectors like heavy industry, heating, aviation, and shipping. Hydrogen offers promising solutions to these challenges. By Chingis Idrissov, Technology Analyst IDTechEx Decarbonisation efforts have gained momentum globally in recent years. Renewable energy, electrification, and battery storage are primary …

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Misinformation and disinformation tops global risks in 2024

Misinformation and disinformation tops global risks in 2024 According to the Global Risks Report 2024 misinformation and disinformation are the world biggest short-term risks in 2024, while extreme weather and critical change to earths systems are the greatest long-term concerns. Drawing on nearly two decades of original risks perception data, the World Economic Forum’s Global …

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Africa in the age of change

Africa in the age of change The disruptive forces put into motion by the onset of Covid-19 in 2020 were the prelude to greater change in what scientists now refer to as the Anthropocene (the geological epoch dating from the commencement of significant human impact on Earth’s geology and ecosystems). Even before the deadly pandemic …

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Powering Africa’s future with renewable energy

Powering Africa’s future with renewable energy WhyAfrica will once again be a media partner at the Africa Energy Indaba that will take place in Cape Town from 4 to 7 March 2024.   The Africa Energy Indaba conference and exhibition is dedicated to advancing Africa’s renewable energy development and convenes industry leaders, policymakers, innovators, and …

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