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WhyAfrica and primary sponsor Remote Exploration Services (RES) on our 2022 WhyAfrica Road Trip through Namibia, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Botswana and South Africa. Image credit: Leon Louw for WhyAfrica

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 visit close to 20 project sites.

By Leon Louw owner of WhyAfrica and editor of the WhyAfrica magazine             

This year our annual WhyAfrica Road Trip, sponsored by Remote Exploration Services (RES), will take us through regions in Southern and Central Africa that have become key points of interest as global superpowers try to make sense of a rapidly changing world.

While continuing to grapple with a Just Energy Transition and major geopolitical change, Africa has become attractive to the developed world mostly because of its abundant deposits of copper, nickel, lithium, manganese, tin, cobalt, tantalum, and Rare Earth Elements, all needed in large volumes to sustain the much talked about green energy revolution.

To make this happen though, Africa’s infrastructure needs to be upgraded.  One of the most important developments in Southern and Central Africa today is the development of the Lobito Corridor, a central African railway that will eventually stretch from Tanzania in the east to Angola in the west, dissecting the DRC and Zambia in the process.  The development of the Lobito Corridor goes hand in hand with the establishment of agricultural, mining, and logistical hubs and Special Economic Zones in Angola specifically.

The Lobito Atlantic Railway consortium (a public-private joint venture between Trafigura and Mota-Engil, each holding a 49.5% share, with the balance held by rail operator Vecturis) plans to invest USD555-million in the Central African railway that will open access to remote critical materials in these countries.

The Central African Copper Belt is an important part of several critical material supply chains, especially copper and cobalt. The project could have significant benefits for its producers and traders of copper and cobalt in the DRC and Zambia, by giving them more options to get material to market (most material is trucked to South Africa for export to China and global markets).

It is against this background that WhyAfrica and our primary sponsor Remote Exploration Services (RES) will undertake the first leg of our 2023 WhyAfrica Overland Road Trip through western Zambia, the Moxico Province of Angola, the Copperbelt in Zambia and the Northern, Central and Southern Regions of Malawi.

Many surprises in store  (WhyAfrica ready to visit critical minerals hub)

We have several surprises up our sleeve, and if you are not a WhyAfrica member yet, make sure you join the prestigious WhyAfrica community to make the most of our business intelligence and on-the-ground-information, content, and reports. To become a WhyAfrica member, click here:   https://www.whyafrica.co.za/product/membership/

During our trip we’ll focus on the mining and exploration of critical minerals and other materials, the importance of gold and diamonds in Southern Africa, agriculture, and farming (including aquaculture and fishing), energy (including oil, gas, and renewables), water management, supporting infrastructure, environmental management/ conservation, and Environmental Social Governance (ESG) and climate change issues.

As we gear up to take off towards the end of this month to go where few have gone before, we’re continuously reminded of the incredible potential of Africa and her people. At the same time, we’re aware that the exploration and development of Africa’s natural resources should not happen at the expense of the environment and Africa’s vulnerable communities.

With this in mind, we hope to bring you the best that this part of Africa has to offer in terms of stories, ideas, on the ground, grassroots business intelligence and opportunities. We’re always looking for solutions and not problems but are aware of the many challenges facing companies operating and investing in Africa.

If you are looking for solutions and have a passion for Africa, become a WhyAfrica member or follow WhyAfrica/RES on our social media pages and online platforms during Leg 1 of our 2023 Road Trip through Angola, Zambia, Malawi and parts of Namibia and South Africa.  Together, WhyAfrica takes our members, sponsors and partners places they’ve never been. When it comes to the sustainable utilisation of natural resources in Africa, we cover all angles.

This trip would not be possible without the support and knowledge of RES, a homegrown African company that truly goes places nobody has gone before.

Companies and individuals still have time to jump on board and become bronze sponsors of the WhyAfrica Road Trip or partner with WhyAfrica for the rest of 2023. We will only close our sponsorship opportunities this Friday, so if you are interested give us a call. Also remember that as a WhyAfrica member you’ll get regular updates during the trip and a full and in-depth report about opportunities, challenges and on the ground business intelligence after the trip. Click here to become a member  https://www.whyafrica.co.za/product/membership/

If you are not a member you can still follow our progress during the trip on our online platform (www.whyafrica.co.za), and on Linkedin, Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and YouTube. Subscribe to WhyAfrica’s YouTube channel and get glimpses of our adventure as we make our way through Namibia, Zambia, Angola, Malawi, Botswana and South Africa.          

WhyAfrica ready to visit critical minerals hub

WhyAfrica provides on the ground information and business intelligence about the sustainable utilisation and extraction of natural resources in Africa, and can assist your company through:

  1. Membership:
  • WhyAfrica’s membership offers great business insights to you, your company, and clients.
  • Amongst many other benefits, we will publish editorial content about you or your company on the WhyAfrica online platform and on all WhyAfrica’s social media pages – the annual fee is R5,500 and you can find out more or subscribe here: https://www.whyafrica.co.za/product/membership/
  1. Sponsorship:
  • WhyAfrica’s annual 45-day African Road Trip takes place in July and August. We will visit more than 30 project sites and this year we plan to visit Angola, Zambia and Malawi. Sponsoring the Road Trip, or to be a WhyAfrica member, gives you unparalleled insight into the business environment of the countries that we travel to and the project sites we visit.
  • To be a member or sponsor allows you access to invaluable, on the ground, business intelligence and a great marketing opportunity for all companies doing business in Africa.
  • The main aim of our Road Trips is to promote Africa as an investment destination and to showcase Africa’s greatest companies, and projects to our large global audience, which includes a list of potential investors, venture capitalists and serial entrepreneurs.
  • To view the photos of last year’s Southern Africa Road Trip click on the gallery link or follow our Instagram account at why.africa https://www.whyafrica.co.za/road-trips/whyafrica-road-trips/.
  1. Advertising:
  • We publish daily online articles on our WhyAfrica platform and post them on social media every day. Our combined online reach is more than 45,000. In-article banner ads are highly successful advertising tools as is advertising space on our website.
  • In addition to our bi-weekly newsletters, we publish two printed- and two interactive digital magazines per year. The printed magazines are distributed at major events and conferences throughout the year, and also on our WhyAfrica Road trips.
  • Digital magazines are e-mailed to all our subscribers and shared on our social media platforms. A copy of the latest edition is automatically attached to all our outgoing e-mails.
  • WhyAfrica magazines provide great marketing opportunities. There are also in-article and on-line advertising opportunities at exceptional rates. Contact me for more information on leon@whyafrica.co.za or give me a call.
  • To subscribe to WhyAfrica’s free newsletters and magazines click on the link and register: https://www.whyafrica.co.za/subscribe/
  1. 4. Partnerships
  • Maximise your African exposure and link with our large business network through becoming one of only 10 WhyAfrica partners. We have only five prime partnership positions left for 2023, so contact me at leon@whyafrica.co.za before the end of March to get the best deal.

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