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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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Drought conditions in Southern Africa will place increasing pressure on farmers in 2024.

Southern Africa maize production a concern

Southern Africa maize production a concern Drought conditions in Southern Africa will place increasing pressure on farmers in 2024. By Wandile Sihlobo Southern Africa’s maize supplies will likely be tight in the 2023/24 season. With Zambia, the second largest maize producer in the area after South Africa, declared a drought disaster, there will be increased …

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The African mining industry is making gradual progress towards a circular economy. Image credit: Leon Louw forWhyAfrica

Circularity in African mining (2)

Circularity in African mining (2) The African mining industry is making gradual progress towards a circular economy Historically mining has been a linear process. We take materials from the earth, make products from them, and eventually throw them away as waste. The result of this linear process is pollution and environmental degradation. The mining industry …

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More funding for biodiversity

More funding for biodiversity As the world wakes up to the biodiversity crisis more funding is becoming available. By Yves Vanderhaeghen According to Professor Sally Archibald, who leads the Wits-based Future Ecosystems for Africa programme, scientists could provide a valuable role in directing funding towards projects where the evidence suggests positive change can be made. …

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Recent weather conditions in southern Africa had a significant impact on grain producers in the region. Image credit: Melissa Askew from Unsplash.

Climate concerns for farmers

Climate concerns for farmers Recent weather conditions in southern Africa had a significant impact on grain producers in the region. The recent weather conditions that prevailed in the winter grain regions and current conditions in the summer grain regions have a significant economic impact on grain producers in South Africa. The winter grain production season …

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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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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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Farming for the future

Farming for the future New technology will play an important role in enhancing agricultural productivity and sustainability. By Clive Roberts According to a new report by the UN’s Food and Agriculture Organisation  (FAO), Tracking progress on food and agriculture-related SDG indicators 2023 ,15 years since the establishment of the Agenda 2030 for Sustainable Development, agriculture-related …

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Calculating concrete’s carbon footprint

Calculating concrete’s carbon footprint Cement & Concrete South Africa’s (CCSA) concrete CO2 model is facilitating the design of concrete mixes with a smaller carbon footprint. Used by, among others, cement manufacturers, ready-mix producers, consulting engineers and architects, CCSA’s CO2 model calculates the carbon-dioxide equivalent (CO2e) associated with the production of a cubic meter (m3) of …

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Circularity in African mining

Circularity in African mining The African mining industry is making strides towards a more circular economy, with ESG underpinning it. Mining is a historically linear process – we take materials from the earth, make products from them, and eventually throw them away as waste. With the intensification of climate change, environmental degradation, pollution – all …

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Restoring land in East Africa

Restoring land in East Africa Technology is one of the tools used in an extremely effective restoration campaign in East Africa. By John Gaisford   An estimated 65% of Africa’s land is degraded, and that number is expected to worsen thanks largely to climate change and associated desertification. The resultant drylands in sub-Saharan Africa are …

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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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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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Multi-dimensional tailings standard demands varied disciplines

Multi-dimensional tailings standard demands varied disciplines     With the passing of the first deadline for mining companies to bring their tailings storage facilities (TSFs) into compliance with new standards, a fundamental shift has taken place toward a more multi-dimensional approach. By Vis Reddy and John Stiff In August 2023, the Global Industry Standard on Tailings …

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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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To be sustainable mining needs transformative leadership

To be sustainable mining needs transformative leadership The mining sector faces an increasing call for integrating Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) principles into its DNA. To achieve this goal, the industry needs transformative leadership.     By Nomsa Mbere Transformative leadership in this context doesn’t merely pivot on compliance; it’s about fostering a culture of responsible …

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Concern about surging methane emissions in Africa

Concern about surging methane emissions in Africa A recent report reveals that methane emissions in Africa have risen at an annual rate of two percent from 1990 to 2022, contributing more than 14% of the total global methane emissions. Notably, 19 African countries are responsible for 80% of the continent’s methane emissions, with Nigeria, Sudan, …

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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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The triple threat to mining investments in Africa

The triple threat to mining investments in Africa Droughts, floods, and contamination are serious risks to mining investments in Africa. Water availability is a key investment risk to mining in many African countries, adding to the range of risks that will come under the spotlight at the Investing in African Mining Indaba that will be …

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South Africa’s water crisis in focus at Concrete Roadshow

South Africa’s water crisis in focus at Concrete Roadshow South Africa’s electricity shortage, together with its water crisis, poses the biggest socio and economic risk to the country. It is being exacerbated by the challenge to retain and attract investment that is needed to implement solutions. Against this background the Cement & Concrete SA’s (CSSA) …

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Mobilise private funds for sustainability says Green at Davos

Mobilise private funds for sustainability says Green at Davos       According to Nigel Green, CEO of deVere, global leaders gathered at the World Economic Forum (WEF) in Davos, Switzerland, must push for the mobilisation of private money into sustainable investments to combat climate change.     As global leaders gather at Davos for the World Economic …

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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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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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Sustainability attracts clients and top talent

Sustainability attracts clients and top talent  Agriculture, food production and food retail companies that contribute to sustainability in South Africa can attract more customers and top talent, says Dr Achieng Ojwang, executive director of the United Nations Global Compact Network South Africa (GCNSA). The GCNSA is a corporate sustainability platform tasked with compiling South Africa’s …

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Responsible global mining gets a USD11-trillion boost

Responsible global mining gets a USD11-trillion boost In November the Global Investor Commission on Mining 2030 announced USD11-trillion initial investor support. Members of the Commission include representatives from across the global mining sector. The Global Investor Commission on Mining 2030, a collaborative investor-led initiative, announced that it has already received the support of 82 investors …

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Mining’s bold new future

Mining’s bold new future  Considering the theme of the Investing in African Mining Indaba 2024 – Embracing the power of positive disruption: A bold new future for African mining – the term ‘disruption’ has come to describe a raft of rapid technological and other advancements that have significantly changed the way we do business today. …

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Data-driven action for agriculture needed

Data-driven action for agriculture needed  New research urges data-driven action for agriculture and food system change. The data shows an urgent need for improvement, as well as the potential for shared learnings.  “The state of food systems worldwide in the countdown to 2030“, published earlier this week by The Food Systems Countdown to 2030 Initiative …

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