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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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Let’s talk about Africa

Let’s talk about Africa

Let’s talk about Africa WhyAfrica’s outlook for Africa remains positive despite serious challenges and constraints. By Leon Louw owner of WhyAfrica and editor of the WhyAfrica magazine While the outlook for most of Africa remains robust, political uncertainly and extreme weather events continue to plague the positive spin. The recent floods and extreme weather in

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Positive trends in Africa

Positive trends in Africa Despite many challenges, there are positive and exciting developments and opportunities across the continent. By Leon Louw, owner of WhyAfrica and editor of the WhyAfrica magazine                   Notwithstanding global headwinds there are several positive developments in countries like Namibia, Zambia, Angola, Tanzania, Kenya, Morocco, Mozambique, Egypt, and to a lesser extent

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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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The first blast at Trigon Metals’ Kombat underground copper mine in Namibia was initiated recently.

First blast at Kombat

First blast at Kombat The first blast at Trigon Metals’ Kombat underground copper mine in Namibia was initiated recently. TSX listed Trigon Metals announced in early February that operational training at the historic underground mine commenced ahead of schedule marked by the successful blasting of the first block at the Asis West shaft’s No. 1

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Trench mapping by Askari Metals has delivered good results in a well-known pegmatite belt in Namibia.

Trenching targets Namibian pegmatites

Trenching targets Namibian pegmatites Trench mapping by Askari Metals has delivered good results in a well-known pegmatite belt in Namibia.   ASX listed Askari Metals’ recently announced results from their trench mapping programme at the Uis Lithium Project in the Erongo Region of Namibia, has yielded better results than what the company initially expected. Askari’s

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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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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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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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Namibia puts local economy first says Sisay

Namibia puts local economy first says Sisay Namibia’s decision to ban unprocessed ore will change the country’s economic trajectory, says John Sisay, CEO of Ongopolo Mining in a recent interview.   (Q) What impact will the recent decision to ban the export of unprocessed ore have on Namibia’s mining sector and economy?   Namibia’s move to

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WhyAfrica Road Trip Report reveals more about Angola

WhyAfrica Road Trip Report reveals more about Angola Economic activities like mining, agriculture and tourism will change the trajectory of people in towns like Cazombo in the Moxico Province of Angola. By Leon Louw owner of WhyAfrica and editor of the WhyAfrica magazine              Cazombo is a town in the Moxico Province of Angola about 156km from

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New substation will accommodate growth in Namibia’s Swakopmund

New substation will accommodate growth in Namibia’s Swakopmund  Namibia Power Corporation (NamPower) is constructing a new substation in the coastal town of Swakopmund in the Erongo Region to accommodate future growth and expansion in the region. The new Sekelduin substation, due to be completed in early-2025, is being constructed to meet increased demand for power

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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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Looking for the new exploration hotspot in Africa?

Looking for the new exploration hotspot in Africa? Despite scant infrastructure and limited access, the Moxico, Lunda Sul and Huambo provinces of Angola could emerge as new hotpots for mineral exploration companies over the next decade. By Leon Louw, owner of WhyAfrica and editor of the WhyAfrica magazine      On the first leg of our recent

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Minister says Namibia’s on track to become a world class energy hub

Minister says Namibia’s on track to become a world class energy hub With its green hydrogen developments gaining traction, its massive oil and gas discoveries and ample opportunity for the development of renewable energy projects, Namibia is on track to become a major player in Africa’s energy sector.   Namibia’s green hydrogen strategy is one

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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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Hydrogen is Africa’s new renewable powerhouse

Hydrogen is Africa’s new renewable powerhouse According to the report “The State of African Energy 2Q 2023 Outlook,” recently released by The African Energy Chamber (AEC), the most significant growth in the renewable energy sector has been in the hydrogen electrolyzer space. By NJ Ayuk, Executive Chairman, African Energy Chamber (www.EnergyChamber.org) Africa’s current announced capacity

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On a fishing boat in Lake Malawi, WhyAfrica Road Trip 2023

On a fishing boat in Lake Malawi, WhyAfrica Road Trip 2023 Subsistence fishing is the main economic activity of communities living on the shores and islands of Lake Malawi. The sustainable utilisation of fish populations is therefore an important aspect of environmental management in Malawi. By Leon Louw, owner of WhyAfrica and editor of the

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Hydropower the backbone of Angola’s energy sector

Hydropower the backbone of Angola’s energy sector Angola’s current energy mix is made up of 68% hydropower, 31.3% fossil fuels and the rest hybrid systems of solar and fossil fuels. By Leon Louw owner of WhyAfrica and editor of the WhyAfrica magazine During the recent WhyAfrica Road Trip through Namibia, Zambia, Angola, Malawi, Botswana and

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Another blueberry boost for Kavango-East in Namibia

Another blueberry boost for Kavango-East in Namibia The fertile banks of the Kavango River in northern Namibia could become an agricultural hub as more companies invest in the region’s farming potential. By Leon Louw owner of WhyAfrica and editor of the WhyAfrica magazine The production of blueberries is proving to be a boost for the

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To understand Africa better, spend time on the ground

To understand Africa better, spend time on the ground When you want to expand your company’s footprint into Africa, or you are interested in investing in Africa, there is only one way to get all the relevant information: spend time on the ground. By Leon Louw owner of WhyAfrica and editor of the WhyAfrica magazine.   

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Survey of five KAZA countries shows elephant populations are stable

Survey of five KAZA countries shows elephant populations are stable Leaders of the Kavango Zambezi Transfrontier Conservation Area (KAZA TFCA), led by Ministers from Zambia, Botswana, and Namibia as well as heads of delegation from Angola and Zimbabwe, expressed optimism when they revealed results of the KAZA Elephant Survey in Livingstone, Zambia recently. KAZA TFCA

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WhyAfrica ready to visit critical minerals hub

WhyAfrica ready to visit critical minerals hub    The first leg of WhyAfrica’s 2023 Road trip kicks off next week. This year the Road trip will take us through the Caprivi Strip in Namibia, western Zambia, the Moxico province of Angola, the Copperbelt in Zambia, south-eastern Zambia, Malawi, Botswana and South Africa. We expect to

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