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Water Management

The triple threat to mining investments in Africa

The triple threat to mining investments in Africa Droughts, floods, and contamination are serious risks to mining investments in Africa. Water availability is a key investment risk to mining in many African countries, adding to the range of risks that will come under the spotlight at the Investing in African Mining Indaba that will be …

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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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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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Responsible global mining gets a USD11-trillion boost

Responsible global mining gets a USD11-trillion boost In November the Global Investor Commission on Mining 2030 announced USD11-trillion initial investor support. Members of the Commission include representatives from across the global mining sector. The Global Investor Commission on Mining 2030, a collaborative investor-led initiative, announced that it has already received the support of 82 investors …

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While Africa’s tourism grows its water use drops

While Africa’s tourism grows its water use drops  The World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC) yesterday launched its new report, “Water Roadmap for Travel & Tourism”, revealing total water intensity by global travel and tourism has decreased as the sector continues to grow. Despite being one the fastest growing sectors, accounting for one in 10 …

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MDBs commit to attract private investments to Africa

MDBs commit to attract private investments to Africa    Multilateral Development Banks (MDBs) attending the 2023 UN Climate Change Conference (COP 28) affirmed their commitment to a concerted, global action, including increasing co-financing and private sector engagement to address climate change, felt acutely in Africa. Despite contributing the least to global warming and having the lowest …

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Clean water a boost for KZN’s Nongoma communities

Clean water a boost for KZN’s Nongoma communities  After years of enduring long walks to fetch water from the river, residents of three communities in Nongoma, KwaZulu Natal, South Africa, will have access to clean water thanks to a R1-million investment into a water project by the Zululand Anthracite Colliery (ZAC).  ZAC launched and handed …

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Kombat’s underground mine will be dewatered by year-end says CEO

Kombat’s underground mine will be dewatered by year-end says CEO Underground mining at the historic Kombat copper mine, close to Grootfontein in Namibia, will get underway early in 2024. The mine started dewatering the flooded shaft in September this year. TSX listed Trigon Metals has revived the beleaguered Kombat copper project and the mine looks …

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Carbon credits: Scaling up safe water projects

Carbon credits: Scaling up safe water projects The Zambian Project’s Water Wells initiative was started in 2009 with an aim to better the lives of rural communities in Western Zambia by addressing fundamental needs that serve as the foundation for sustainable and improved livelihoods. WhyAfrica visited the project as part of their 2023 WhyAfrica Road …

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New technology will test SA’s water quality

New technology will test SA’s water quality   The Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) has deployed a buoy equipped with a series of instruments in the Theewaterskloof Dam in the Wester Cape Province of South Africa to gain deeper insights into microalgae biodiversity and its significance in supporting the ecosystem health of South Africa’s …

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How Africa’s past could inform water strategies for the future

How Africa’s past could inform water strategies for the future A University of Pretoria linked study has revealed climate-smart water storage strategies adopted by Great Zimbabwe in Middle Ages could be of great value today. A study involving the University of Pretoria (UP), along with academics from Great Zimbabwe University, University of Cambridge in the …

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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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African mining should take a leaf out of the Chile book

African mining should take a leaf out of the Chile book The mining industry in Africa will benefit greatly by taking a leaf out of Chile’s book on the circular economy, managing the environment and water resources, and recycling old mining tyres. By Leon Louw owner of WhyAfrica and editor of the WhyAfrica magazine After …

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WMI’s critical minerals catalogue aims to transform SA mining

WMI’s critical minerals catalogue aims to transform SA mining     The Wits Mining Institute (WMI) is assisting the mining industry to develop a raw critical minerals catalogue aimed at transforming the mining landscape in South Africa. During his keynote address at the annual WMI seminar recently, WMI director Glen Nwaila noted that these minerals, essential …

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Healthy river catchments in SA important for water security

Healthy river catchments in SA important for water security The looming impact of the El Niño weather phenomenon is predicted to significantly impact rainfall patterns in the current summer of 2023/24 – presenting substantial risk to water security in already water stressed parts of the country. South Africa’s strategic water source areas make up 10% …

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Finding a balance in Africa’s critical mineral belt

Finding a balance in Africa’s critical mineral belt   The Zambezi Basin covers a massive chunk of land in Southern Africa and has become an area of critical importance to the world. How will African countries within this basin manage its inevitable development?  By Leon Louw, owner of WhyAfrica and editor of the WhyAfrica magazine During …

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El Niño uncertainty keeps SA farmers awake at night

El Niño uncertainty keeps SA farmers awake at night South Africa’s 2023/24 summer crop production season kicks off soon, and the uncertainty over the intensity of the El Niño weather event, and the higher temperatures and lower-than-normal rainfall it could bring, remains a concern. Wandile Sihlobo is Chief Economist at the Agricultural Business Chamber of …

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Unleashing Africa’s Engineering Potential

Unleashing Africa’s Engineering Potential Africa‘s engineering capacity for economic development varies across nations, with countries like South Africa and Nigeria making notable progress. However, challenges such as the skills gaps, inadequate infrastructure, and political instability persist. By Kazawadi Papias Dedeki, President of the Federation of African Engineering Organisations (FAEO) and Chairman of WFEO Committee on …

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New South African water policy calls for all hands on deck

New South African water policy calls for all hands on deck The draft policy on Integrated Water Quality Management (IWQM) – published by the South African Department of Water and Sanitation (DWS) on 10 March 2023 – signals that a new age of partnership is called for if South Africans are to have sustainable access …

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Dealing with South Africa’s rainfall extremes

Dealing with South Africa’s rainfall extremes According to meteorology experts at South Africa’s University of Pretoria, rainfall extremes are becoming more probable in parts of the country. With climate change said to be affecting the intensity of rainfall, experts at the University of Pretoria (UP) have investigated if there are observable changes in the probability …

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DRC mines need to collaborate about water stewardship

DRC mines need to collaborate about water stewardship While there is no shortage of water in the DRC, mining operations in the region have other water-related challenges to face, one of them being their impact on ground water levels due to dewatering. Ultimately water stewardship is the most appropriate solution to deal with this increasingly …

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Conservative design central to meet tailings standard

Conservative design central to meet tailings standard The evaluation of static and cyclic liquefaction of mine tailings and soils is a key focus for tailings dam engineers, in response to the Global Industry Standard on Tailings Management (GISTM). The pressure on International Council on Mining and Metals (ICMM) member mining companies to comply with the …

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Biobanks and fungus have untold secrets

Biobanks and fungus have untold secrets If you’re in the mining, energy, health, agriculture or environmental sectors, and you like thinking out of the box, or if you’re trying to solve a complex environmental problem, why not go and look for a solution where nobody else does? By Leon Louw owner of WhyAfrica WhyAfrica did …

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Mining part of the solution to provide water in SA’s Northern Cape

Mining part of the solution to provide water in SA’s Northern Cape The completion of the first phase of the Vaal Gamagara Water Supply Scheme (VGWSS) project in the Northern Cape Province of South Africa is good news for communities, mines, agriculture, and other businesses in the province. The VGWSS will provide a stable and …

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Concerns about water shortages on the rise

Concerns about water shortages on the rise According to new research published ahead of the first United Nations Water Conference in 46 years held in New York this week, 58% of people across the world are seriously concerned about fresh water shortages.     New research from GlobeScan highlights the global impact of worsening water shortages, …

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Isotope technology can achieve water for all

Isotope technology can achieve water for all  This year’s National Water Week drives the agenda of “Water for All”, an objective which can be achieved through the application of isotope technology. Ismail Mahomed, principal hydrogeologist at SRK Consulting, has recently used isotopes to identify the source of water contamination, as a first step in resolving …

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Cultivate meat to protect biodiversity

Cultivate meat to protect biodiversity  Cultivated meat, grown from cells in a laboratory, might sound like science fiction, but it’s fast becoming a reality. Although it’s unlikely that we’ll see lab-grown meat cuts on our supermarket shelves within the next decade or so, this new biotechnology does raise several questions for the veterinary industry, as …

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Suppliers and service providers urged to expand African footprint

Suppliers and service providers urged to expand African footprint If you are a supplier or service provider in the mining, energy, agriculture and infrastructure sectors, now is the time to expand your footprint into Africa. By Leon Louw owner and editor of WhyAfrica Many African countries are in the process of shunning their chequered past …

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Can South Africa fix its water challenges?

Can South Africa fix its water challenges? South Africa has made substantial gains since 1994 to meet its growing water needs. However, it remains to be seen whether the country can solve its current water challenges. By Chetan Mistry South Africa is a water-scarce country and face several severe water challenges. Fortunately, there is a …

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African mining can make the most of energy transition

African mining can make the most of energy transition With the global energy transition gathering pace, it is imperative that African mining keeps up with the rapidly growing demand for commodities and to responsibly develop the continent’s economies and avoid the negative impact of market imbalances. Speaking at the Investing in African Mining Indaba in …

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