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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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It is possible that Africa’s industrials can decarbonise, lower energy costs and increase reliability all at the same time. Image credit: Wärtsilä Energy

How Africa can decarbonise

How Africa can decarbonise  It is possible that Africa’s industrials can decarbonise, lower energy costs and increase reliability all at the same time.    By Ella Teperi.   In African countries, particularly those with a well-developed industrial sector, a significant portion of energy production may come from the industry’s own power plants. This is especially true …

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Mid-tier mining companies in Africa are crucial in shaping Africa’s future through embracing positive disruption

Africa’s miners embrace disruption

Africa’s miners embrace disruption Mid-tier mining companies in Africa are crucial in shaping Africa’s future through embracing positive disruption.   By Shammy Luvhengo The 2024 Mining Indaba presents a unique platform to delve into the significance of the mining sector in Africa. It is imperative to recognise that mid-tier miners play a pivotal role as …

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Concern about surging methane emissions in Africa

Concern about surging methane emissions in Africa A recent report reveals that methane emissions in Africa have risen at an annual rate of two percent from 1990 to 2022, contributing more than 14% of the total global methane emissions. Notably, 19 African countries are responsible for 80% of the continent’s methane emissions, with Nigeria, Sudan, …

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How AI and renewable energy impacts Africa’s tourism sector

How AI and renewable energy impacts Africa’s tourism sector    As the travel and tourism industry looks to a brighter 2024, Marc Wachsberger, CEO of The Capital Hotels, Apartments and Resorts highlights top hospitality business trends for this year, driven by innovative ideas that promise to redefine guest experiences and elevate operational efficiency.  Exciting times …

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Improving Africa’s livestock systems

Improving Africa’s livestock systems To further advance collaboration in livestock systems research, the University of Edinburgh in Scotland, and the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI), a Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CGIAR) centre, have renewed their Memorandum of Understanding, further strengthening their decades-long partnership. This strategic alliance, announced at ILRI’s Nairobi Campus in Kenya last …

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Africa needs equitable climate solutions

Africa needs equitable climate solutions  While world leaders are converging for crucial talks on the pressing global climate crisis in Dubai it’s an opportune time for African countries to take stock of the unique role they play in the world’s changing dynamics.       This year the spotlight at COP28 has been on slashing greenhouse gas …

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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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SA must balance equity with innovation in renewable surge says Scatec’s Fourie

SA must balance equity with innovation in renewable surge says Scatec’s Fourie South Africa’s energy crisis is playing out against a global backdrop of an accelerated energy transition, driven at a global level by climate and ESG imperatives, trade and supply chain trends, as well as tax and other financial structures. By Jan Fourie, Executive …

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Morocco’s King calls on Africans to work together to attract investment

Morocco’s King calls on Africans to work together to attract investment  Morocco’s King Mohammed VI opened the 2023 Africa Investment Forum Market Days on Wednesday with a call for Africans to work together to attract the levels of private investment needed to drive the continent’s inclusive development. The Market Days, an initiative of the African Development …

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WhyAfrica Road Trip Report reveals more about Angola’s Moxico Province

WhyAfrica Road Trip Report reveals more about Angola’s Moxico Province Cazombo is a town in the Moxico Province of Angola about 156km from the Chavuma/Caripande border post between Zambia and Angola. The Moxico Province and the region around Cazombo have attracted the interest of one or two early-stage mineral exploration projects recently. During the civil …

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Adesina urges stakeholders to invest in Africa’s agribusiness

Adesina urges stakeholders to invest in Africa’s agribusiness Africa’s food and agribusiness will be worth an estimated USD11-trillion by 2030 and investors should seriously consider investing in this growing sector of the economy.  African Development Bank President Dr Akinwumi Adesina told participants of the World Food Prize Foundation’s Norman E. Borlaug Dialogue in Des Moines, Iowa …

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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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Holistic approach critical in Angola DRC and Zambia

Holistic approach critical in Angola, DRC and Zambia   Large-scale developments in central southern Africa needs a balanced and holistic approach to ensure that important ecological systems are maintained, especially in areas like the Barotse floodplains in Zambia, where local communities are dependent on the health of these ecosystems. By Leon Louw, owner of WhyAfrica and …

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Connecting with locals in Africa is the name of the new tourism game

Connecting with locals in Africa is the name of the new tourism game The time is ripe for local establishments to tap into socially conscious and sustainable tourism as travellers seek more meaningful interactions during their luxury holidays, industry experts say. These kinds of encounters – doing good while enjoying authentically South African experiences – …

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Developed worlds’ climate finance an empty promise

Developed worlds’ climate finance an empty promise The issue of climate finance has remained unresolved since adopting the Paris Agreement in 2015, where developed countries pledged to mobilise USD100-billion annually by 2020 to support climate mitigation and adaptation actions in developing countries. It is critical that Africa leaders advocate for the fulfilment of climate finance …

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Volatility in battery minerals market creates uncertainty says SRK’s Van Zyl

Volatility in battery minerals market creates uncertainty says SRK’s Van Zyl   Africa hosts a range of battery minerals which are critical to the electric vehicle (EV) market, but volatile demand, amongst other significant challenges, add to the difficulties for mining professionals to value these assets. These challenges were among the many issues discussed at …

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Driving sustainable Africa-centric solutions

Driving sustainable Africa-centric solutions In celebration of Africa Day yesterday, global management consultancy firm Kearney hosted a thought leadership event at their South African office in Johannesburg under the theme: “Creating what’s next in Africa through technology and innovation.” The event marked a significant step towards Kearney’s vision for the future of Africa, as a …

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Nigeria rises to twin challenge of decarbonisation and energy security

Nigeria rises to twin challenge of decarbonisation and energy security Nigerian businesses operating in energy-intensive industries like cement or steel are investing in flexible engine technologies to secure reliable and efficient power while also setting the perfect stage to make good on their decarbonisation objectives. By Wale Yusuff Nigeria is a major industrial hub. It …

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Protest action puts spotlight on governance in Africa

Protest action puts spotlight on governance in Africa Recent protest action accompanied by varying degrees of violence have placed the spotlight on the quality of governance in a number of large economies across Africa By Leon Louw founder of WhyAfrica    Bad governance and poor service delivery are at the root of demonstrations across Africa …

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Africa can leapfrog traditional power systems

Africa can leapfrog traditional power systems Africa’s ability to leapfrog traditional power systems and adopt renewables on a massive scale is not a fantasy. By Marc Thiriet, Director, Africa, Wärtsilä Energy  In-depth studies from Wärtsilä have demonstrated that with the adequate support of flexible power technologies, ambitious renewable energy objectives in Africa are not only …

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Let ChatGPT be and follow WhyAfrica through Africa to get the human side of the story

Let ChatGPT be and follow WhyAfrica through Africa to get the human side of the story As WhyAfrica prepares for its Road Trip through the Limpopo Province of South Africa, Zimbabwe/Botswana, Zambia, Malawi, Tanzania, and Kenya later this year, it is important for our readers and followers to take note of the benefits of becoming …

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Africa should harness the untapped potential of excess heat as energy source

Africa should harness the untapped potential of excess heat as energy source New research focussing on excess heat as a potential source of energy by Danish engineering group Danfoss could provide a roadmap for Africa to harness untapped potential in energy recovery and pave the way for a cleaner, more efficient future. The Danfoss whitepaper, …

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Rwanda joins Africa’s critical metal list

Rwanda joins Africa’s critical metal list Fieldwork at London listed Aterian’s southern projects in Rwanda has identified 22 zones of potentially mineralised pegmatite, confirming the presence of a swarm of rare-metal hosting targets for future exploration and evaluation. Tin and tantalum mining is not new to Rwanda. Artisanal miners have been present in the area …

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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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Simandou mega-project moves into higher gear

Simandou mega-project moves into higher gear   With the signing of a contract between the government of Guinea and global engineering, consulting and construction company Egis yesterday, the Simandou mega iron ore project close to Conakry in Guinea, is another step closer to reality.     Egis announced the signature of the contract with the Guinean …

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Genmin’s agreement guarantees continuous hydro supply in Gabon

Genmin’s agreement guarantees continuous hydro supply in Gabon   Genmin recently signed a long-term power supply agreement with Gabon’s State-owned power utility, Société de Patrimoine du Service Public de l’Eau Potable, de l’Énergie Électrique et de l’Assainissement (SdP) that will ensure the iron ore developer a continuous supply of electricity for at least the next …

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