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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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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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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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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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A recent financial agreement will give further momentum to Africa’s growing aviation sector.

Advancing Nigeria’s aviation landscape

Advancing Nigeria’s aviation landscape  A recent financial agreement will give further momentum to Africa’s growing aviation sector.     West Africa’s largest financial services provider Zenith Bank, Nigerian airline Ibom Air and European multinational aerospace corporation Airbus celebrated the successful closure of the commercial financing for Ibom Air’s first A220 delivered in November 2023. This historic …

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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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Make or break for SA’s rail sector

Make or break for SA’s rail sector The rail sector in South Africa is at a breaking point and urgent action is required. By Scott Edmundson From a freight perspective, Transnet‘s incapacity to dispatch locomotives is at an all-time high. The National Logistics Crisis Committee estimates that the country’s macro logistics system loses circa ZAR1-billion …

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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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How to futureproof the supply chain in Sub-Saharan Africa

How to futureproof the supply chain in Sub-Saharan Africa Trade resilience has emerged as the cornerstone of success in today’s dynamic global supply chain industry. By Mohammed Akoojee, CEO & MD for sub-Saharan Africa at DP World Amidst the backdrop of growing macroeconomic risks and rapid changes in many parts of the world, this robustness …

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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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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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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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Ivanhoe’s first copper arrives in Angola

Ivanhoe’s first copper arrives in Angola  Ivanhoe mines’ first shipment of copper concentrate from the Kamoa Kakula Copper Complex in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) has arrived by rail at the Atlantic Ocean port of Lobito in Angola.  The first shipment is a part of the trial tonnage under the memorandum of understanding …

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East Africa adopts diversified resource development strategy

East Africa adopts diversified resource development strategy East Africa is home to both mature renewable producers and frontier oil and gas markets, which will be on display at the upcoming Invest in African Energy 2024 forum in Paris. Boasting an abundance of renewable resources, East Africa has garnered substantial attention from major international players within …

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Upgrades at Port of East London in SA imminent

Upgrades at Port of East London in SA imminent As part of the proposed rehabilitation of the century-old Quay Wall 3 at the Port of East London in South Africa, a geotechnical investigation has been completed to assess ground conditions at the site. Extensive upgrades are planned for the quay and other port infrastructure by …

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Rio Tinto ready to ride the Simandou train

Rio Tinto ready to ride the Simandou train   Development of the massive Simandou iron ore project in Guinea is gaining momentum and first iron ore is expected to be delivered in 2025, said Rio Tinto in an update at its investor seminar yesterday. Simandou, believed to be the world’s largest untapped high-grade iron ore …

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Octopus Energy to build Sierra Leone’s first wind farm

Octopus Energy to build Sierra Leone’s first wind farm  British company Octopus Energy’s generation arm has partnered with Idris Elba and Siaka Stevens’ development company, Sherbro Alliance Partners (SAP), to build Sierra Leone’s first wind farm as part of the Sherbro Island City project.  Announced at COP28, the collaboration and project will help accelerate Sierra …

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Resource-rich Africa has no excuse to remain poor says Adesina

Resource-rich Africa has no excuse to remain poor says Adesina With USD6.2-trillion worth of natural resources, 65% of the world’s uncultivated arable land, and a vibrant youth, Africa has no excuse to be poor, says African Development Bank Group President Dr Akinwumi Adesina.   Adesina says that the continent needs to solve its many challenges and …

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Meeting the Kenyan cement industry’s sustainability goals

Meeting the Kenyan cement industry’s sustainability goals  The Kenyan cement industry forms an important part of the country’s continued infrastructure development, actively contributing to the construction of buildings, roads, and other essential infrastructure.  By Pius Nzethe, MMM Segment leader at Schneider Electric East Africa According to Kenya National Bureau of Statistics (KNBS), cement demand in …

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Ivanhoe’s Kitoko in the DRC is WhyAfrica’s Pick of The Week

Ivanhoe’s Kitoko in the DRC is WhyAfrica’s Pick of The Week Fresh on the heels of Ivanhoe Mines’ announcement that they will start exploring for copper and cobalt in a large area within Angola, the TSX listed company followed that up with a release today that Ivanhoe has made a significant high-grade copper discovery in …

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New cold storage facility will revolutionise agriculture in Zambia

New cold storage facility will revolutionise agriculture in Zambia     Multinational logistics company DP World’s Market Access Consumer business, Deep Catch Group, has opened a world-class cold storage facility, Lusaka Commercial Cold Store (LCCS), in Lusaka, Zambia. The LCCS is a groundbreaking project that is set to revolutionise the cold storage industry in Zambia and …

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EU explores investment opportunities in Mozambique

EU explores investment opportunities in Mozambique The European Union’s (EU’s) Global Gateway Investment Forum is in Mozambique’s capital Maputo today and tomorrow to look into the potential and investment opportunities that Mozambique has to offer.      The EU’s Energy Commissioner Kadri Simson will be present at the forum as well as Mozambican and European policy …

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New substation will accommodate growth in Namibia’s Swakopmund

New substation will accommodate growth in Namibia’s Swakopmund  Namibia Power Corporation (NamPower) is constructing a new substation in the coastal town of Swakopmund in the Erongo Region to accommodate future growth and expansion in the region. The new Sekelduin substation, due to be completed in early-2025, is being constructed to meet increased demand for power …

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SA’s engineering skills need infrastructure momentum

SA’s engineering skills need infrastructure momentum  Consistent infrastructure investment over decades is the key to South Africa developing and maintaining a solid foundation of in-country engineering expertise – and among consulting engineers in particular.  The role of consulting engineers is essential in maintaining standards of excellence in project planning and execution, according to SRK Consulting …

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Water crisis a looming business risk

Water crisis a looming business risk  Water, the world’s most precious yet undervalued resource, lies at the heart of a mounting global crisis that threatens both human and planetary health, warns a new report, published by WWF. Released on World Food Day, The High Cost of Cheap Water uncovers a stark reality: the annual economic …

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Hydropower still the backbone of Angola’s energy sector

Hydropower still the backbone of Angola’s energy sector Angola’s current energy mix is made up of 68% hydropower, 31.3% fossil fuels and the rest hybrid systems of solar and fossil fuels. During the recent WhyAfrica Road Trip through Namibia, Zambia, Angola, Malawi, Botswana and South Africa, we paid a short visit to the Chiumbe Falls (also …

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