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Water Management

More funds needed for the Zambezi River Basin

More funds needed for the Zambezi River Basin

More funds needed for the Zambezi River Basin The Zambezi River Basin is a massive area of critical importance. By Leon Louw owner of WhyAfrica and editor of the WhyAfrica magazine It is encouraging to see the African Development Bank allocating more than USD10-million towards improving the collaborative management of water, energy, food and environmental […]

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Monitoring Africa’s 700,000 waterbodies

Monitoring Africa’s 700000 waterbodies

Monitoring Africa’s 700000 waterbodies Decision makers can now observe and monitor waterbodies across Africa. This week a company called Digital Earth Africa announced the launch of its innovative Waterbodies Monitoring Service. This service is a world-first developed in – and for – the African continent. The service is unique among satellite-based global surface water datasets

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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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African roads less travelled

African roads less travelled

African roads less travelled The WhyAfrica Road Trip concept was born more than 23 years ago on a winding dirt road in remote Namibia. By Leon Louw, owner of WhyAfrica and editor of the WhyAfrica magazine Our unscheduled stop happened about 60km from Rundu on the way to Divundu in the Caprivi Strip. In the

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Ethiopia’s energy diversification drive

Ethiopia’s energy diversification drive

Ethiopia’s energy diversification drive Ethiopia has embarked on a strategic diversification of its energy mix. In April 2024, the Ethiopian government and the World Bank signed loan agreements worth USD1.72-billion to enhance the country’s electricity and water supply. Ethiopia is Africa’s largest hydropower market. Under the agreement, USD523-million will be allocated to expand the country’s

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Digital innovation in tailings dam management

Digital innovation in tailings dam management

Digital innovation in tailings dam management Technological and digital innovation is set to drive industry best practice in tailings dam management. While many mining companies have invested considerable effort in meeting the first Global Industry Standard on Tailings Management’s (GISTM) compliance deadline of August 2023, the real work starts now. The GISTM was published three

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Securing Morocco’s water supply

Securing Morocco’s water supply

Securing Morocco’s water supply To secure a sustainable supply of water, Morocco has invested in several infrastructure projects. The white city of Tangiers wakes gently at daybreak. Schoolchildren mill up and down the main streets of the old town, the medina, crossing paths with the crowd heading to offices and a few morning tourists. Overlooking

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A candle on Kilimanjaro

A candle on Kilimanjaro

A candle on Kilimanjaro Africa’s rise is in full swing, and it’s time to light a candle, and go and put it on the top of Kilimanjaro. By Leon Louw, owner of WhyAfrica and editor of the WhyAfrica magazine   When we get time to take a breath and reflect, it’s good to have a

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Fixing a water crisis

Fixing a water crisis

Fixing a water crisis South Africa’s water crisis is fuelled by a confluence of complex challenges that need urgent solutions.   By Robert Erasmus Unevenly distributed water resources, exacerbated by unpredictable rainfall patterns due to climate change collide with the burden of outdated and deteriorating infrastructure, threatening to tip South Africa from being water-stressed, to

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Rainfall affects phosphate mining

Rainfall affects phosphate mining

Rainfall affects phosphate mining Rainfall in SA’s Western Cape has negatively affected phosphate production at Kropz’s Elandsfontein mine. AIM listed Kropz’s Elandsfontein is South Africa’s second largest phosphate deposit. After several stop-starts over the last few years the mine entered its trail production phase last year but faced significant challenges due to unprecedented rainfall in

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Six years for Africa to realise water SDG

Six years for Africa to realise water SDG The race is on to ensure that everyone in Africa has access to water, sanitation and hygiene services by 2030.    The race is on to realise the most fundamental of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs): ensuring that everyone has access to water, sanitation and hygiene services

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Africa needs concrete reservoirs to last 100-years

Africa needs concrete reservoirs to last 100-years Africa needs concrete reservoirs that are designed, built and maintained to last for at least 100 years.   There is no reason that an appropriately designed, built, and maintained concrete reservoir should not continue adding value for at least 100 years. This is considering the durability of concrete

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SA grain farmers call for government support

SA grain farmers call for government support Extreme drought and heat waves have prompted South African grain farmers to call on government assistance     South Africa is facing a severe drought crisis exacerbated by extreme heat waves, leaving the nation’s grain producers reeling under immense pressure. The scorching temperatures and prolonged dry spells have ravaged

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Concrete’s central role in water security

Concrete’s central role in water security   The raising of the Tzaneen Dam in SA’s Limpopo Province demonstrates the importance of cement and concrete in water security.  The raising of the Tzaneen Dam wall ogee crest and tongue wall and replacing its existing ogee spillway with a combination of labyrinth and ogee-spillway crests, will entail

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Malawi boosts agricultural potential

Malawi boosts agricultural potential   The government of Malawi has introduced several programmes to boost its agricultural potential. By Leon Louw owner of WhyAfrica and editor of the WhyAfrica magazine In his state of the nation address last month, Dr. Lazarus McCarthy Chakwera, the President of the Republic of Malawi, reflected on the success of

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Microplastics plague Nigeria’s Osun River

Microplastics plague Nigeria’s Osun River The  Osun River in Nigeria has recorded the highest level of microplastics in a river in the world. The high concentration of microplastics recorded in the Osun River in Nigeria, has prompted several academics and researchers to call for a total ban on single-use plastics in Africa. Microplastics are everywhere,

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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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Cobre in Botswana is WhyAfrica’s Pick Of The Week

Cobre in Botswana is WhyAfrica’s Pick Of The Week Cobre in Botswana is WhyAfrica’s Pick Of The Week Cobre’s Ngami Copper Project in the KCB of Botswana is WhyAfrica’s Pick Of The Week. Last week Australian listed Cobre announced that the company had successfully completed the first phase of hydrogeological test work on the Ngami

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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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