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Harare-London most unserved air-route in Africa

Harare-London most unserved air-route in Africa

Harare-London most unserved air-route in Africa The air route from Harare, capital of Zimbabwe, to London is the most unserved in Africa.   According to a new study by Airbus titled Exploring the horizons – “A study of unserved air routes to, from and within Africa” the intercontinental route between Harare and London is Africa’s […]

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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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Envisioning Africa’s economic prospects

Envisioning Africa’s economic prospects

Envisioning Africa’s economic prospects Africa is a continent of great opportunities, but financing is needed to unlock opportunities. Africa has a young workforce, great renewable energy potential, rich natural resources and incredible biodiversity. According to African Development Bank President Dr Akinwumi Adesina, Africa remains the second-fastest-growing region in the world after Asia. According to Adesina

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Mineral processing solutions in high demand as copper surge

Mineral processing solutions in high demand as copper surge

Mineral processing solutions in high demand as copper surge      An increase in demand for copper bodes well for the mineral processing industry. African companies specialising in mineral processing are not only expanding into the rest of the continent at a prolific rate but has also entered the global market as more and more new

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Holistic environmental approach at Boegoebaai

Holistic environmental approach at Boegoebaai

A holistic environmental approach is being followed at the Boegoebaai development in SA. The Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) in South Africa is leading the strategic environmental assessment (SEA) that is being undertaken for the Northern Cape’s plan to produce green hydrogen in a proposed new special economic zone (SEZ), as well as

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Dealing with DRC’s mining boom

Dealing with DRC’s mining boom

Dealing with DRC’s mining boom The DRC has seen considerable investment into infrastructure supporting its mining sector.       Now the world’s second-largest producer of copper behind Chile, the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) is seeing considerable investment in infrastructure to support mining and other sectors. According to SRK Consulting South Africa’s chairman Vis Reddy, it

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Defeating malaria could boost African economies

Defeating malaria could boost African economies

Defeating malaria could boost African economies African economies could experience cumulative growth if UN targets to reduce malaria are met. According to research in a new report titled “The malaria dividend” by Malaria no more UK, African countries could see a GDP increase of USD127-billion dollars if the UN target to cut malaria by 90%

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Let’s talk about Africa

Let’s talk about Africa

Let’s talk about Africa WhyAfrica’s outlook for Africa remains positive despite serious challenges and constraints. By Leon Louw owner of WhyAfrica and editor of the WhyAfrica magazine While the outlook for most of Africa remains robust, political uncertainly and extreme weather events continue to plague the positive spin. The recent floods and extreme weather in

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Despite high risks Perseus continues its pursuit of Sudanese gold

Despite high risks Perseus continues its pursuit of Sudanese gold

Despite high risks Perseus continues its pursuit of Sudanese gold Perseus Mining continues exploration activities in Sudan.     Although ASX listed Perseus Mining suspended exploration activities when the Sudanese conflict exploded in April last year, the company has returned to Sudan to continue work on the Meyas Sands Gold Project (MSGP). According to a recent

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Cora Gold’s Madina Foulbé in Senegal is WhyAfrica’s Pick Of The Week

Cora Gold’s Madina Foulbé in Senegal is WhyAfrica’s Pick Of The Week

Cora Gold’s Madina Foulbé in Senegal is WhyAfrica’s Pick Of The Week Cora Gold completed 2,018m of RC drilling recently. Cora Gold completed the 2,018m of RC drilling over 40 holes at Madina Foulbé in Senegal on schedule as planned. Last week the company announced that it has completed the drilling phase of its exploration

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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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Africa’s remarkable growth potential

Africa’s remarkable growth potential

Africa’s remarkable growth potential The latest AfDB African Economic Outlook report describes Africa’s growth potential as remarkable.     Africa will retain its 2023 ranking as the second fastest-growing region after developing Asia in 2024 and 2025. According to the African Development Bank Group’s African Economic Outlook, 41 countries in Africa are projected to experience stronger

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Addressing Nigeria’s infrastructure deficit

Addressing Nigeria’s infrastructure deficit

Addressing Nigeria’s infrastructure deficit Nigeria’s infrastructure deficit inhibits the country’s efforts to diversify its economy.   According to the African Development Bank (AfDB) Nigeria’s energy sector alone will require investments of more than USD759-billion, while the transport sector will need north of USD575-billion. The bank’s Nigerian Country Department Director General Lamin Barrow says that Nigeria

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State of Africa’s infrastructure

State of Africa’s infrastructure

State of Africa’s infrastructure Africa’s energy-to-transport disparity heralds unprecedented chance to unlock growth. A recent study by the Africa Finance Corporation (AFC) calls for an urgent reassessment of outmoded pit-to-port models and uses new metrics to respond to the full scale of the continent’s infrastructure opportunity. Africa has an unprecedented opportunity to accelerate development by

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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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Investors show renewed interest in Africa

Investors show renewed interest in Africa

Investors show renewed interest in Africa Investors are rushing to return to African debt markets after a three- year squeeze.        By Miranda Abraham Over the past few years, African debt markets have faced significant challenges due to a combination of factors including soft global economic conditions, the Covid-19 pandemic and related supply chain failures.

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Africa needs economic transformation

Africa needs economic transformation

Africa needs economic transformation African economies need to transform and become more diversified. Economic growth is not enough.    According to Tito Mboweni, Board Chairman at the African Center for Economic Transformation (ACET), economic growth of African countries on its own is not enough. “African countries need to transform their economies,’ said Mboweni at the

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South Sudan’s geological potential

South Sudan’s geological potential

South Sudan’s geological potential International collaboration could make South Sudan’s mining sector its engine of growth. While remaining mostly underexplored, South Sudan is thought to possibly host significant deposits of mineral resources. A nascent gold mining sector in the country offers established producers the opportunity to partner with the government on frontier prospects and leverage

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Private sector growth critical for Zimbabwe

Private sector growth critical for Zimbabwe

Private sector growth critical for Zimbabwe Zimbabwe has strong foundations for accelerating economic growth. By Leon Louw, owner of WhyAfrica and editor of the WhyAfrica magazine.   Despite its many challenges and gradual economic decline since 1995, there are several economic sectors in Zimbabwe that are still competitive regionally and globally. According to the World

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Mining rejuvenates Mozambique’s massive potential

Mining rejuvenates Mozambique’s massive potential

Mining rejuvenates Mozambique’s massive potential Foreign investors, especially in the mining sector, are making a welcome return to a resurgent Mozambique. By Leon Louw, owner of WhyAfrica and editor of the WhyAfrica magazine    Mozambique is back on the map after a devasting and violent attack by Islamic State-linked militants on the French firm TotalEnergies’s

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The headwinds of Africa

The headwinds of Africa

The headwinds of Africa Although economies are recovering, increased conflict in West Africa and climatic shocks are hampering growth. By Leon Louw, owner of WhyAfrica and editor of the WhyAfrica magazine According to the April issue of the World Bank’s “Africa’s Pulse” report, economic growth in Sub-Saharan Africa is expected increase to 3.4% this year,

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Infrastructure development in Uganda

Infrastructure development in Uganda

Infrastructure development in Uganda Infrastructure development is of paramount importance in Africa. The benefits of good infrastructure are illustrated in parts of Uganda, for example, where the recent completion of a project under the World Bank’s Uganda Support to Municipal Infrastructure Development (UMSID) program once again highlights the contribution of infrastructure to local development. Under

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Agriculture in South-Africa post-2024

Agriculture in South-Africa post-2024

Agriculture in South-Africa post-2024 Agricultural policy in South Africa does not need review but the sector needs to focus on implementation.    By Wandile Sihlobo Recent electoral polls continue to suggest that no single political party will win an outright majority in South Africa’s 2024 national elections due to take place on 29 May. This

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