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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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Japan wants DRC cobalt

Japan wants DRC cobalt

Japan wants DRC cobalt Under a new agreement cobalt hydroxide from the Metalkol mine in the DRC will supply the Japanese market. Luxembourg headquartered Eurasian Resources Group (ERG), recently signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Mechema Chemicals and Marubeni Corporation to potentially supply and refine cobalt hydroxide, and to sell, distribute and market cobalt

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Greenwashing Africa’s “green” metals

Greenwashing Africa’s “green” metals Businesses will soon have to substantiate their environmental claims across the entire supply chain. By Claire Tucker According to the World Bank, the production of critical minerals essential for renewable energy technologies, such as solar panels, wind turbines, and electric vehicles, is poised to increase by up to 500% by 2050.

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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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Growing electrification of automotive market will drive copper demand

Growing electrification of  automotive market will drive copper demand   The growing electrification of the automotive market will drive a 3.1-fold increase in copper demand for EV motors in 2034 compared with 2023. Electric motors are a core component of electrification in the automotive market. The market has heavily relied on rare earths for the permanent

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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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Energy transition will shape the mining industry over the next 20 years says PwC report

Energy transition will shape the mining industry over the next 20 years says PwC report     The 20th edition of PwC’s 2023 Mine: The era of reinvention report captures major themes and developments impacting the industry, especially the impact of the energy transition, which will shape the industry over the coming two decades. Miners will

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Will sodium-ion batteries disrupt and conquer?

Will sodium-ion batteries disrupt and conquer?  Sodium-ion batteries are an emerging battery technology, on the cusp of commercialisation, with promising cost, safety, sustainability, and performance benefits when compared to lithium-ion batteries. By Shazan Siddiqi Among the existing energy storage technologies, lithium-ion batteries (LIBs) have unmatched energy density and versatility. Since their first commercialisation, the growth

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Innovators unlock multi-billion electric motorcycle market in Sub-Saharan Africa

Innovators unlock multi-billion electric motorcycle market in Sub-Saharan Africa     A new report has shown the potential of e-mobility innovators unlocking access to the USD3.65-billion motorcycle market in Sub-Saharan Africa. Electric motorcycles are set to be a dominant force in Sub-Saharan Africa’s sustainable mobility transformation, but continued investment in start-ups tackling barriers across the value

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The role of electric vehicles in SA’s energy transition

The role of electric vehicles in SA’s energy transition  In a keynote address delivered at the 15th Africa Energy Indaba in Cape Town, Dr Titus Mathe, CEO of the South African National Energy Development Institute (SANEDI), unpacked the role that electric vehicles can play to facilitate the country’s much-needed energy transition. The driving force behind

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Tin: the glue that binds the human world and virtual reality

Tin: the glue that binds the human world and virtual reality Tin, on the US list of critical minerals, doesn’t make the headlines often. Yet, it is expected to benefit from increased demand for electric vehicles, renewable energy and advanced robotics. By Leon Louw founder of WhyAfrica Tin is mostly still associated with the traditional

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Walkabout’s Lindi in Tanzania is WhyAfrica’s Pick Of The Week

Walkabout’s Lindi in Tanzania is WhyAfrica’s Pick Of The Week With demand for graphite expected to increase during the energy transition over the next few years, ASX listed Walkabout Resources’ Lindi Jumbo graphite project is WhyAfrica’s Pick Of The Week. Global demand for graphite is being driven by increased interest in the electric vehicle (EV)

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Investors dance the Zimbabwean Polka

Investors dance the Zimbabwean Polka    While Zimbabwe starts preparing for general elections later this year, concerns about the ban on raw exports of lithium, its efforts to lure private investors, and calls for the removal of sanctions have dominated news about the country in 2022. The Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (ZEC) announced the suspension of

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As reform kicks in exploration companies head to Angola

As reform kicks in exploration companies head to Angola        Strategic government decisions have put Angola’s mining sector back on the world map as the country positions itself as a top global mineral producer. The result: more exploration companies heading to Angola.   By Leon Louw owner and editor of WhyAfrica         Angola is on

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First Quantum in Zambia is WhyAfrica’s Pick Of The Week

First Quantum in Zambia is WhyAfrica’s Pick Of The Week During his address to delegates at this year’s Investing in Africa Mining Indaba held in Cape Town, South Africa, Tristan Pascall, CEO of Canadian based First Quantum Minerals, announced that the company will invest more than USD1.35-billion in new Zambian projects.   Renewed confidence in Zambia’s business environment has prompted

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Africa: key to commodity diversification

Africa: key to commodity diversification Unpredictable geopolitical events in the last two years have shown the need for global commodity diversification. Decreasing the total dependency on historic dominant supply countries, will limit the impact and provide more stock security in sensitive industries. By Dr Nicolaas C Steenkamp China is the main supplier of Rare Earth

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Kabanga Nickel in Tanzania is WhyAfrica’s Pick Of The Week

Kabanga Nickel in Tanzania is WhyAfrica’s Pick Of The Week With Tanzania fast becoming the darling of East Africa again, and with nickel on a high, Kabanga in Tanzania is WhyAfrica’s Pick Of The Week. By Leon Louw, founder and editor of WhyAfrica     Global mining giant BHP has finally moved out of its comfort

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Why farmers should think electric

Why farmers should think electric Green technology like electric vehicles will catapult the African agricultural sector into the future, writes Leon Louw, WhyAfrica founder and editor.  Agriculture will play a vital role in the revival of Africa in the aftermath of Covid-19. The agricultural sector in Africa presents massive opportunities for local entrepreneurs, especially after

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WhyAfrica’s Pick of the Week is NextSource’s Molo project in Madagascar.

By L.M. Louw. 20 February 2021 – World graphite markets are heading for a significant supply deficit. With legendary former Xstrata CEO Mick Davis behind them, WhyAfrica’s Pick of the week is NextSource’s Molo project in Madagascar.         As demand for critical battery material resources like graphite increases, world markets are heading for a significant supply

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Green energy an opportunity for African mining

17 December 2020 – The trend towards green energy and decarbonisation is an opportunity for African mining rather than a threat.     Africa’s minerals sector should seize the opportunities presented by the global transition towards green energy, experts decided during a recent virtual workshop about the future of mining in Africa in a post-Covid-19 world.

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Deep-sea mineral platform launched ahead of battery boom

11 November 2020 – The World Economic Forum has launched an impartial platform to stimulate discussions about deep-sea mineral mining in the lead up to an anticipated battery boom in the future. A new way to meet the growing demand for minerals critical to electric vehicle, electronics and battery manufacturers could become commercially available within

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