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Senegal improves phosphate benefits

Senegal improves phosphate benefits

Senegal improves phosphate benefits Senegal improved its tax and royalty administration to gain more benefits from its phosphate sector. By Français ci-dessous for the Intergovernmental Forum on Mining, Minerals, Metals and Sustainable Development (IGF) Senegal’s extractive sector accounted for an estimated 32% of the country’s export revenue and 7% of government revenues in 2022. Senegal is a […]

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What is marine-based carbon removal?

What is marine-based carbon removal?

What is marine-based carbon removal? There are three ways the ocean can become a carbon removal titan. By Eve Pope, analyst at IDTechEX     Every year, our oceans absorb 11-15 gigatonnes of CO2 as part of the Earth’s natural carbon cycle. An unsung hero in the face of rising global temperatures, negative emission technology pioneers

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Responsible sourcing of cobalt

Responsible sourcing of cobalt

Responsible sourcing of cobalt The cobalt industry is becoming more sensitive to negative impacts within the supply chain. With many rural communities in Africa being reliant on artisanal mining for their livelihoods, industries using cobalt are becoming sensitive to potential negative impacts in the mining supply chain. News agency Reuters has reported there are 150,000

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Ethiopia’s sustainable energy transition

Ethiopia’s sustainable energy transition

Ethiopia’s sustainable energy transition Ethiopia is on track to increase power generation capacity to 17GW within the next decade. Ethiopia intends achieving this ambitious goal by prioritising the development of all available energy resources. The country’s current installed power generation capacity is measured at 5.2GW. According to the World Bank, Ethiopia has the third largest

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Come trailblaze with WhyAfrica!

Come trailblaze with WhyAfrica!

Come trailblaze with WhyAfrica! There is still ample time to become part of the 2024 WhyAfrica Road Trip story.   By Leon Louw, owner of WhyAfrica and editor of the WhyAfrica magazine   To enable the WhyAfrica team to drive more than 9000km overland through six African countries and visit close to 30 project sites

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Addressing Africa’s unique challenges

Addressing Africa’s unique challenges

Addressing Africa’s unique challenges It’s a balancing act to address Africa’s energy needs while managing climate responsibilities.   By Yanga Malotana Climate change, development and energy security are tightly linked. While energy is a major driving force of economic development and poverty reduction, it also contributes to climate change. Climate change induced factors such as extreme

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Solar empowers African Sahel

Solar empowers African Sahel

Solar empowers African Sahel   The Desert-to-Power initiative aims to bring energy to one of the least developed regions of Africa. The African Development Bank is the driving force behind one of the world’s most ambitious energy projects: the Desert-to-Power initiative which involves 11 countries across the Sahelian belt. An estimated 250 million people is

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Initiatives supporting African communities

Initiatives supporting African communities

Initiatives supporting African communities Extreme weather and war have led to many internally displaced communities across Africa.  It is especially in the northern parts of West Africa, in the Horn of Africa and in parts of Central and East Africa where people have fled their homes. According to Dr Mary Okumu, ForAfrica’s Technical Director, conflict

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Be part of the biodiversity plan

Be part of the biodiversity plan

Be part of the biodiversity plan There is an urgent need for collective action to reverse biodiversity loss. The theme of this year’s International Day for Biodiversity, “Be part of the Plan” emphasises the urgent need for collective action to halt and reverse the loss of biodiversity by supporting the implementation of the Kunming-Montreal Global

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Benchmark for sustainable business

Benchmark for sustainable business

Benchmark for sustainable business The newly launched ESG Confidence Index is set to become a benchmark for sustainable business in Africa. ESG Africa Events, the organisers of the ESG Africa conference and bronze sponsor of the 2024 WhyAfrica Road Trip, in partnership with Moore Global, last week launched the ESG Africa Confidence Index, a pivotal

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Kairouan solar project breaks ground in Tunisia

Kairouan solar project breaks ground in Tunisia

Kairouan solar project breaks ground in Tunisia Tunisia’s first privately-financed solar project will pave the way for future renewable projects. Earlier this week Dubai based AMEA Power announced the official groundbreaking of the 120MWp Kairouan Solar Photovoltaic Project in Tunisia. The project site is located in Metbassta in the Kairouan governorate of Tunisia. The 120

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African roads less travelled

African roads less travelled

African roads less travelled The WhyAfrica Road Trip concept was born more than 23 years ago on a winding dirt road in remote Namibia. By Leon Louw, owner of WhyAfrica and editor of the WhyAfrica magazine Our unscheduled stop happened about 60km from Rundu on the way to Divundu in the Caprivi Strip. In the

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African travel with a purpose

African travel with a purpose

African travel with a purpose Following the Zambezi River for an extended overland expedition leaves travellers in awe of one of the mightiest rivers in Africa. By Leon Louw, owner of WhyAfrica and Director of Endorphin Expeditions      The Zambezi River is the fourth longest river in Africa. Its drainage basin covers 1,390,000 km2, slightly less

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Sappi reduces carbon footprint

Sappi reduces carbon footprint

Sappi reduces carbon footprint A new power purchase agreement will see Sappi reduce its Scope 1 and Scope 2 GHG emissions significantly.   In a positive move to reduce its carbon footprint, Sappi Southern Africa has concluded a milestone 175GWh per annum renewable energy Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) with Enpower Trading, a NERSA-licensed private electricity

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Tanzania’s mangrove forests matter

Tanzania’s mangrove forests matter

Tanzania’s mangrove forests matter Tanzania’s mangrove forests are national assets that hold immense socioeconomic value. Mangrove forests are vital in the mitigation of the current climate crisis. These trees, found in the intertidal zone between land and sea, are concentrated in the tropics and sub-tropics from Bermuda to Australia. According to the report Roots of

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The value of Congo’s forest

The value of Congo’s forest

The value of Congo’s forest Protecting the Bemba forest in the Nouabalé-Ndoki will contribute to biodiversity conservation in the Congo Basin. A recent study, published in the scientific journal “Plant Ecology and Evolution,” sheds valuable insights into forest stands of Gilbertiodendron dewevrei (G. dewevrei) in the Sangha Trinational region in the Republic of Congo. dewevrei,

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Agriculture a vehicle for economic freedom

Agriculture a vehicle for economic freedom

Agriculture a vehicle for economic freedom In South Africa, where the unemployment rate is high, farming is a vehicle for economic freedom.    A silver lining of Covid-19’s adverse effects on food security and access to food is that Mondi’s Zimele programme in South Africa has since developed 122 emerging farmers. This includes 17 Small

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Farmers buckle under drought

Farmers buckle under drought

Farmers buckle under drought The agricultural sector in parts of Africa is under pressure because of extreme weather events. By Leon Louw owner of WhyAfrica and editor of the WhyAfrica magazine   This year’s El Niño effect has made its impact felt in countries like Zimbabwe, Zambia, Botswana, Malawi and Tanzania, while farmers in South Africa

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Securing Morocco’s water supply

Securing Morocco’s water supply

Securing Morocco’s water supply To secure a sustainable supply of water, Morocco has invested in several infrastructure projects. The white city of Tangiers wakes gently at daybreak. Schoolchildren mill up and down the main streets of the old town, the medina, crossing paths with the crowd heading to offices and a few morning tourists. Overlooking

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Biodiversity in business strategy

Biodiversity in business strategy

Biodiversity in business strategy By financing practical actions private companies can drive positive action to enhance and restore nature. By Leon Louw owner of WhyAfrica and editor of the WhyAfrica magazine According to the UN Convention on Biological Diversity, integrating active management of biodiversity into core business strategies can be a tremendous profit which will

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Funding Africa’s impact projects

Funding Africa’s impact projects

Funding Africa’s impact projects One of Africa’s leading banks will invest close to USD100-million in impact projects across Africa. Last week, Rand Merchant Bank (RMB) announced that it has invested in Acre Export Finance Fund I which targets commercial debt tranches of Export Credit Agency (ECA) transactions supporting climate-aligned infrastructure in Africa. The fund has

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Funding biodiversity in Africa

Funding biodiversity in Africa

Funding biodiversity in Africa Africa is losing biodiversity at an alarming rate and funding is needed to reverse the trend.   By Leon Louw, owner of WhyAfrica and editor of the WhyAfrica magazine     Funding biodiversity is defined as finance that contributes or intends to contribute to activities that conserve, restore, or avoid a negative

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A candle on Kilimanjaro

A candle on Kilimanjaro

A candle on Kilimanjaro Africa’s rise is in full swing, and it’s time to light a candle, and go and put it on the top of Kilimanjaro. By Leon Louw, owner of WhyAfrica and editor of the WhyAfrica magazine   When we get time to take a breath and reflect, it’s good to have a

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East-Africa’s hospitality bounces back

East-Africa’s hospitality bounces back

East-Africa’s hospitality bounces back The hospitality sector in East Africa has bounced back in 2023 after significant challenges.    The East African tourism and hospitality sectors have bounced back remarkably after the challenges posed in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, emerging as one of the best-performing asset classes in 2023. This resurgence is particularly

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SA reduces environmental hurdles for lower sensitivity renewable energy projects

SA reduces environmental hurdles for lower sensitivity renewable energy projects South Africa has adopted new norms to speed up the authorisation process of certain renewable projects. In a significant move to support the development of renewable energy, South Africa last month adopted new norms to simplify and speed up the authorisation process for solar photovoltaic

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Understanding Africa’s biodiversity better

Understanding Africa’s biodiversity better

Understanding Africa’s biodiversity better Projects like the Karoo BioGap Project enables researchers to understand Africa’s biodiversity. It is important to know as much as possible about any region’s biodiversity, given the potential that development projects like, for example, shale gas fracking, mining, farming, energy projects, infrastructure development and general land-use changes could have on the

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