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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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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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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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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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Business and human rights in Africa

Business and human rights in Africa   Companies are adopting a multifaceted approach to navigate the complex Business and Human Rights landscape in Africa. Experts Pooja Dela and Paula-Ann Novotny from law firm Webber Wentzel, takes a retrospective look at the practical experiences gained over the past year, and the emerging trends shaping the landscape …

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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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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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A number of countries have implemented export bans or restrictions on raw materials over the last few years. Image credit: Leon Louw for WhyAfrica.

Export bans and investment

Export bans and investment A number of countries have implemented export bans or restrictions on raw materials. By Nicolaas C. Steenkamp Several countries, particularly those rich in minerals crucial for clean energy technologies and strategic industries, have implemented export bans or restrictions on raw materials. Over the last decade, developing countries have started to pursue …

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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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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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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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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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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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Barrick Gold’s Twiga in Tanzania is WhyAfrica’s Pick Of The Week

Barrick Gold’s Twiga in Tanzania is WhyAfrica’s Pick Of The Week Barrick Gold’s North Mara and Bulyanhulu gold mines in Tanzania have not only sustained their strong performance in 2023, but the two mines have made a significant impact on Tanzania and in the local communities where they operate.   North Mara and Bulyanhulu are …

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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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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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Saudi’s drive to create mineral value chains in Africa

Saudi’s drive to create mineral value chains in Africa The Future Minerals Forum 2024, held in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia from 9-11 January 2024, focused on “Creating Resilient and Responsible Mineral Value Chains in Africa, Western and Central Asia.” By Dr. Nicolaas C Steenkamp The main outcomes from the Future Minerals Forum 2024 centred around strengthened …

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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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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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