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South Africa's critical minerals landscape is poised for growth, with challenges and opportunities intertwined.

South Africa’s critical minerals landscape poised for growth

South Africa’s critical minerals landscape poised for growth South Africa‘s critical minerals landscape is poised for growth, with challenges and opportunities intertwined. By Dominic Varrie, Methembeni Moyo and Lili Nupen at law firm NSDV South Africa’s critical minerals (CRMs) industry stands at the intersection of immense potential and significant challenges. The surge in demand for …

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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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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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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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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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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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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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Saudi Arabia to start SA meat imports as ban ends

Saudi Arabia to start SA meat imports as ban ends Its all systems go for Saudi Arabia to start importing South African beef writes Wandile Sihlobo. The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has not featured prominently in South Africa’s beef export markets in the past, with only small volumes last exported in the early 2000s. The …

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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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Has SA’s agricultural sector moved on in democracy?

Has SA’s agricultural sector moved on in democracy?   Despite significant challenges, the South African agricultural sector has grown tremendously over the last 30 years. By Wandile Sihlobo There are divergent views about the effectiveness and extent to which South Africa’s agricultural policies have been implemented. Regardless of how experts feel about the capacity of …

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Why investors should be considering emerging markets now

Why investors should be considering emerging markets now While the timing of the US Federal Reserve’s highly anticipated pivot on rates remains uncertain, astute investors should already be considering redirecting their attention towards emerging markets, says a leading international financial CEO and analyst. The comments from Nigel Green, the CEO and founder of deVere Group, one …

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Zambian President Hichilema to deliver keynote address at Indaba

Zambian President Hichilema to deliver keynote address at Indaba Zambian President Hakainde Hichilema will deliver a keynote address at the 2024 Investing in African Mining Indaba, that will be held in Cape Town, South Africa, from 5 to 8 February.   This will be Hichilema’s second appearance at Mining Indaba as President, having delivered a …

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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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Volt Resources delivers in Tanzania

Volt Resources delivers in Tanzania According to ASX listed Volt Resources’ CEO, Prashant Chintawar, the company has made significant progress in obtaining the necessary funding for its Bunyu graphite project in Tanzania. “We have successfully mined sample ore at Bunyu, secured export permits, shipped ore, and more recently, produced concentrate according to customer requirements, and …

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Mozambique back on the map

Mozambique back on the map Mozambique is back on the map. First French energy firm TotalEnergies announced late last year that it plans to restart the long-delayed USD20-billion Mozambique liquefied natural gas (LNG) project in the first quarter of this year. Work on the project was halted in 2021 after an insurgency led by Islamic State-linked militants …

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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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Research suggests a boom in intra-African trade

Research suggests a boom in African trade Unveiled yesterday at the World Economic Forum, held in Davos, Switzerland, new research commissioned by DP World and led by Economist Impact forecasts a booming African trade landscape in 2024. Many  senior executives are predicting a surge in intra-African trade, fueled by new trade pacts and tech investments. …

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Mineral exploration in the spotlight at Mining Indaba 2024

Mineral exploration in the spotlight at Mining Indaba 2024 The low-carbon economy of the future depends on mining and in turn, the future of mining largely depends on the exploration for and discovery of new mineral deposits. The African continent remains a treasure chest of green metals and minerals and has significant reserves of platinum …

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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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Zimbabwe’s maize production exceeds expectations

Zimbabwe’s maize production exceeds expectations Despite fears that Zimbabwe would have a maize shortage in 2023, there are signs that import needs may be far lower than initially anticipated. By Wandile Sihlobo Zimbabwe was one of the countries I worried would have a maize supply shortage in 2023. This was after data from the Pretoria …

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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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Saudi Arabia expands mining ambitions in Africa

Saudi Arabia expands mining ambitions in Africa Driven by a plan to diversify its economy the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA) is aggressively developing their own mineral resources sector. They have also turned their gaze towards the mineral-rich continent of Africa. By Dr Nicolaas C Steenkamp Over the last couple of years, the Kingdom of …

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Africa’s gas sector starts building momentum

Africa’s gas sector starts building momentum The recently signed liquefied natural gas (LNG) development project in South Africa’s Mpumalanga province is a promising step on the long road to Africa’s just energy transition. By NJ Ayuk, Executive Chairman, African Energy Chamber The project, being jointly developed by Kinetiko Energy of Australia and the Industrial Corporation …

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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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USA increases African trade

USA increases African trade  The U.S. Government’s Prosper Africa Deal Book demonstrates that the United States is catalysing significant progress in trade and investment in Africa, citing the successful closure of 547 new deals totaling an estimated value of USD14.2-billion in two-way trade and investment between the United States and African countries.  The new figures …

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