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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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Where agriculture meets mining

Where agriculture meets mining

Where agriculture meets mining Mining companies in Africa are investing in agricultural projects to diversify the economies of rural areas. By Leon Louw owner of WhyAfrica and editor of the WhyAfrica magazine The primary industries of mining and agriculture share many similar characteristics. Both rely on the earth’s natural resources to be successful, and most

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Changing Africa’s extractive story

Changing Africa’s extractive story

Changing Africa’s extractive story Extractive sectors do not rank high on the most popular list amongst Millennials and Zoomers (Gen Z’s). By Leon Louw owner of WhyAfrica and editor of the WhyAfrica magazine. Natural resources have the potential to drive growth, development, and poverty reduction. According to the World Bank the extractive industries sector plays

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Senegal improves phosphate benefits

Senegal improves phosphate benefits

Senegal improves phosphate benefits Senegal improved its tax and royalty administration to gain more benefits from its phosphate sector. By Français ci-dessous for the Intergovernmental Forum on Mining, Minerals, Metals and Sustainable Development (IGF) Senegal’s extractive sector accounted for an estimated 32% of the country’s export revenue and 7% of government revenues in 2022. Senegal is a

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Responsible sourcing of cobalt

Responsible sourcing of cobalt

Responsible sourcing of cobalt The cobalt industry is becoming more sensitive to negative impacts within the supply chain. With many rural communities in Africa being reliant on artisanal mining for their livelihoods, industries using cobalt are becoming sensitive to potential negative impacts in the mining supply chain. News agency Reuters has reported there are 150,000

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Envisioning Africa’s economic prospects

Envisioning Africa’s economic prospects

Envisioning Africa’s economic prospects Africa is a continent of great opportunities, but financing is needed to unlock opportunities. Africa has a young workforce, great renewable energy potential, rich natural resources and incredible biodiversity. According to African Development Bank President Dr Akinwumi Adesina, Africa remains the second-fastest-growing region in the world after Asia. According to Adesina

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Be part of the biodiversity plan

Be part of the biodiversity plan

Be part of the biodiversity plan There is an urgent need for collective action to reverse biodiversity loss. The theme of this year’s International Day for Biodiversity, “Be part of the Plan” emphasises the urgent need for collective action to halt and reverse the loss of biodiversity by supporting the implementation of the Kunming-Montreal Global

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Maximise green hydrogen’s impact

Maximise green hydrogen’s impact

Maximise green hydrogen’s impact Green hydrogen must be produced efficiently to minimise the costs of production and demand for renewables. Conversion of electricity to hydrogen currently creates an energy loss of roughly 30% but there are technologies available today to reduce this loss. A new Danfoss Impact paper reveals that with hydrogen production set to

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Sappi reduces carbon footprint

Sappi reduces carbon footprint

Sappi reduces carbon footprint A new power purchase agreement will see Sappi reduce its Scope 1 and Scope 2 GHG emissions significantly.   In a positive move to reduce its carbon footprint, Sappi Southern Africa has concluded a milestone 175GWh per annum renewable energy Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) with Enpower Trading, a NERSA-licensed private electricity

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Tanzania’s mangrove forests matter

Tanzania’s mangrove forests matter

Tanzania’s mangrove forests matter Tanzania’s mangrove forests are national assets that hold immense socioeconomic value. Mangrove forests are vital in the mitigation of the current climate crisis. These trees, found in the intertidal zone between land and sea, are concentrated in the tropics and sub-tropics from Bermuda to Australia. According to the report Roots of

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The value of Congo’s forest

The value of Congo’s forest

The value of Congo’s forest Protecting the Bemba forest in the Nouabalé-Ndoki will contribute to biodiversity conservation in the Congo Basin. A recent study, published in the scientific journal “Plant Ecology and Evolution,” sheds valuable insights into forest stands of Gilbertiodendron dewevrei (G. dewevrei) in the Sangha Trinational region in the Republic of Congo. dewevrei,

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Biodiversity in business strategy

Biodiversity in business strategy

Biodiversity in business strategy By financing practical actions private companies can drive positive action to enhance and restore nature. By Leon Louw owner of WhyAfrica and editor of the WhyAfrica magazine According to the UN Convention on Biological Diversity, integrating active management of biodiversity into core business strategies can be a tremendous profit which will

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SA reduces environmental hurdles for lower sensitivity renewable energy projects

SA reduces environmental hurdles for lower sensitivity renewable energy projects South Africa has adopted new norms to speed up the authorisation process of certain renewable projects. In a significant move to support the development of renewable energy, South Africa last month adopted new norms to simplify and speed up the authorisation process for solar photovoltaic

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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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Sustainable forest management in Africa

Sustainable forest management in Africa The imperative for sustainable forest management in Africa has never been more pressing.  By Marietjie Brown Three centuries ago, German mining administrator Hans Carl von Carlowitz found himself deeply troubled by the rapid depletion of wood resources crucial for the silver mines under his watch. His concern for  the overharvesting

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The African mining industry is making gradual progress towards a circular economy. Image credit: Leon Louw forWhyAfrica

Circularity in African mining (2)

Circularity in African mining (2) The African mining industry is making gradual progress towards a circular economy Historically mining has been a linear process. We take materials from the earth, make products from them, and eventually throw them away as waste. The result of this linear process is pollution and environmental degradation. The mining industry

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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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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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Don’t confuse yourself when doing business in Africa. Talk to us, at WhyAfrica we listen. Image credit: Leon Louw for WhyAfrica

At WhyAfrica we listen

At WhyAfrica we listen Doing business in Africa or expanding your African footprint can be confusing. Therefore, you need someone to listen to your needs. Investing in Africa’s homegrown companies and markets even more so. Traveling across Africa’s borders or looking for a job in an African country, can be a perplexing exercise. The last

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The year of green mining

The year of green mining Analysts paint an optimistic future for green mining operations. By Johan Pretorius. Analyst firm, Market Research Future’s (MRFR) recent report Green Mining Market By Type (surface and underground), Technology (power reduction, fuel and maintenance reduction, emission and water reduction and other), and Region (North America, Europe, Asia-Pacific and the rest

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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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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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Mining’s bold new future

Mining’s bold new future  Considering the theme of the Investing in African Mining Indaba 2024 – Embracing the power of positive disruption: A bold new future for African mining – the term ‘disruption’ has come to describe a raft of rapid technological and other advancements that have significantly changed the way we do business today.

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Data-driven action for agriculture needed

Data-driven action for agriculture needed  New research urges data-driven action for agriculture and food system change. The data shows an urgent need for improvement, as well as the potential for shared learnings.  “The state of food systems worldwide in the countdown to 2030“, published earlier this week by The Food Systems Countdown to 2030 Initiative

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