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De Beers reports rise in Q1 output

By: Rebecca Campbell     24th April 2018 Diamond group De Beers reported on Tuesday that its total production had increased by 15% to 8.5-million carats during the first quarter of this year (1Q18). This rise in output was largely credited by the Group to the ramp-up in production at the Gahcho Kué project in Canada and greater... 

Smuggling shenanigans of jumbo proportions

By: Martin Zhuwakinyu     20th April 2018 It must have been music to the ears of animal rights proponents and conservationists when the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) reported in October last year that significant gains had been made in the fight against elephant poaching on the... 

Maatla Energy gets enviro approval for Botswana mine

By: Marleny Arnoldi     19th April 2018 Coal and energy company Maatla Energy’s subsidiary, Maatla Resources, has received approval for the environmental-impact assessment (EIA) for its Mmamabula export coal mine, in Botswana.  

UK, SA Trade Ministers hold talks in London

By: Rebecca Campbell     18th April 2018 South African Trade and Industry Minister Dr Rob Davies met with his British counterpart, International Trade Secretary Dr Liam Fox, on Tuesday on the margins of the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting in London, to discuss the bilateral trade relationship. They both expressed pleasure at... 

Giyani Metals identifies prospective manganese mineralisation locations in Botswana

By: Marleny Arnoldi     17th April 2018 TSX-listed junior exploration company Giyani Metals Corporation is progressing Phase 1 of its 2018 operational programme in Botswana.  

Pick N Pay And Unitrans Extend Their Solid Partnership For 10 Years

17th April 2018 Unitrans Supply Chain Solutions has secured a 10 year contract extension from Pick n Pay to provide the transportation services at the retailer’s Longmeadow Distribution Centre in Gauteng. Unitrans is a diversified supply chain company that has been serving the needs of select Sub-Saharan African... 

EMP submitted for drilling at Metal Tiger, MOD’s Botswana JV

By: Simone Liedtke     16th April 2018 Aim-listed Metal Tiger on Monday announced that it and joint venture (JV) partner MOD Resources have applied to the Botswana Department of Environmental Affairs for approval for an environmental management plan (EMP) for drilling within the about 697 km2 T20 Dome complex. The EMP for the T20... 

Sense of optimism for greater industrialisation in Africa prevails – DTI

By: Simone Liedtke     13th April 2018 Regardless of barriers to trade between African countries, Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) African integration and industrial development chief director Nigel Gwynne-Evans believes there is currently a sense of far greater optimism among heads of State that these issues can be overcome.... 

Regional workshop in support of fight against wildlife crime in Southern Africa

By: Rebecca Campbell     13th April 2018 The illegal trade in wildlife has become a major form of transnational organised crime that is damaging economies, undermining public safety and good governance in many regions around the world. And Southern Africa is no exception. “Criminals involved in wildlife crime are not involved only in... 

SAA must look to Ethiopian Airlines

By: Martin Zhuwakinyu     13th April 2018 Late last month, the top brass at South African Airways (SAA) was in the National Assembly, briefing Parliamentarians about the perennial ills at the national carrier. New CEO Vuyani Jarana, who, together with board chairperson Johannes Magwaza, led the delegation, painted a rather depressing... 

Tsodilo recovers 101 diamonds during independent diamond classifier

By: Simone Liedtke     12th April 2018 TSX-listed Tsodilo Resources has recovered 101 diamonds, representing 18.57 ct, from samples by an independent and experienced diamond classifier at its BK16 kimberlite project, in the Orapa Kimberlite Field (OKF), in Botswana. The diamondiferous BK16 kimberlite pipe is approximately 6 ha in size... 

Lucara recovers 472 ct diamond at Karowe

By: Anine Kilian     12th April 2018 TSX-listed Lucara Diamonds has recovered a 472 ct, top light brown gem diamond in Botswana. It is the third largest diamond recovered from the company’s 100%-owned Karowe diamond mine. 

New Zimbabwe luxury boutique hotel to welcome guests from early 2019

By: Simone Liedtke     12th April 2018 Victoria Falls, in Zimbabwe, will soon boast a new luxury boutique hotel catering for a variety of guests to the region’s famous world heritage site. From early 2019, the new 199 all-suite Mbano Manor Hotel will offer a unique and nature-based travel experience for the global, high-end tourist,... 

Botswana's Tati Nickel Mine out of liquidation after court ruling

By: Reuters     11th April 2018 Botswana's High Court has taken Tati Nickel Mine out of provisional liquidation, dismissing a request for more time to negotiate with potential buyers, the liquidator said on Wednesday. Tati – a subsidiary of the liquidated BCL mine group – has since October 2016 been under provisional... 

Mining in sub-Saharan Africa region to remain riskiest globally – BMI

By: Simone Liedtke     11th April 2018 Sub-Saharan Africa’s mining sector will remain the riskiest in the world over the coming quarters as regulatory uncertainty rises in various markets across the region, says BMI Research. In addition to increasing regulatory uncertainty, the region will also witness challenges stemming from... 

Kibo to raise cash for expedited Botswana coal-to-power study

By: Creamer Media Reporter      10th April 2018 Aim-listed energy and resource company Kibo Mining said on Tuesday that it would raise capital to expedite its feasibility study for its coal-to-power project in Botswana and also announced changes to its board and management. Kibo said that it had received commitments to raise £1.5-million by... 

JG Afrika successfully repairs the Groot Marico River Bridge to keep traffic moving

10th April 2018 The swift action taken by JG Afrika on behalf of the Bakwena Platinum Corridor Concessionaire to repair the damaged Groot Marico River Bridge on the N1/N4 prevented further damage to the toll-road and provided road users with a more convenient alternative to a 36 km detour while repairs were... 

Mathe Group expands tyre recycling facility, despite Redisa demise

By: Irma Venter     9th April 2018 The Mathe Group’s Hammarsdale plant, in KwaZulu-Natal, has quadrupled employment and more than doubled output since coming on stream in 2016, says the tyre recycler. Dr Mehran Zarrebini, head of British investment group PFE International, which is one of the major shareholders in the Mathe Group,... 

Nigeria: Africa’s prime power development hotspot

9th April 2018 Nigeria offers a wealth of power sector business opportunities, with industrialists actively seeking generation and distribution solutions to power their business growth. Paul Runge, Director Projects & Development Finance at research and consulting specialists Africa House, reports that his... 

Free trade deal is much ado about nothing

By: Riaan de Lange     6th April 2018 It is the eightieth day of the year as I sit down to write this piece – the first full day of the sign of Aries. In case you are wondering, there are 285 days until the end of the year, and, in another 65 days, it will be Tax Freedom Day. It means that you will need to work up to May 25 to pay... 

Firm reiterates Africa’s importance as strategic region

6th April 2018 Africa remains a strategic and promising business region for integrated infrastructure delivery company Aecom, and as the outlook for the continent remains positive, the company is ensuring it has the necessary staff and technical expertise to allow it to capitalise on growth opportunities. In... 

De Beers, Botswana to dig deeper at world's richest diamond mine

By: Bloomberg     5th April 2018 The world’s most valuable diamond mine is set to get even bigger. Debswana, the joint venture between Anglo American’s De Beers unit and Botswana’s government, is seeking permission to deepen the Jwaneng mine to 830 meters (2 700 feet), according to a notice published in local newspapers... 

Botswana's power utility lifts tariffs by 10%

By: Reuters     5th April 2018 The Botswana Power Corporation (BPC) said on Thursday it had increased electricity tariffs by 10% as the loss-making utility tries to recover costs. BPC has made operating losses for years due to high import costs, non-performing assets and operational inefficiencies. That has made the company... 

Nigeria: Africa’s prime power development hotspot

5th April 2018 Nigeria offers a wealth of power sector business opportunities, with industrialists actively seeking generation and distribution solutions to power their business growth. Paul Runge, Director Projects & Development Finance at research and consulting specialists Africa House, reports that his... 

Cradle Arc secures $10m to support Mowana accelerated development plan

By: Simone Liedtke     3rd April 2018 Africa-focused base and precious metals exploration and production company Cradle Arc has secured $10-million of debt funding to support an accelerated development plan for its Mowana openpit mine, in Botswana, and to refinance part of the group’s existing indebtedness. The Aim-listed company on... 

Kibo Mining’s acquisition of 85% stake in Botswana project completed

By: Marleny Arnoldi     3rd April 2018 Multi-asset Africa-focused energy and resources company Kibo Mining has completed the acquisition of an 85% interest in the Mabesekwa Coal Independent Power Project (MCIPP), in Botswana, from Sechaba Natural Resources.  

Botswana approves drilling at Metal Tiger, MOD’s T3 Dome

By: Marleny Arnoldi     3rd April 2018 Botswana’s Department of Environmental Affairs has approved the environmental management plan (EMP) for a drilling campaign to test numerous high-priority targets along the T3 project’s 50-km-long T3 Dome.  

Masisi to lead Botswana as Khama steps down after decade

By: Bloomberg     2nd April 2018 Ian Khama, a former army general who’s led Botswana for the past decade, will step down on Sunday, leaving his deputy Mokgweetsi Masisi in charge of the world’s second-biggest diamond producer until next year’s elections. While Masisi, 55, will inherit one of Africa’s wealthiest and... 

Winnie Madikizela-Mandela dies age 81

By: African News Agency      2nd April 2018 Winnie Madikizela-Mandela, aged 81, has died on Monday, a Mandela family spokesperson confirmed. The South African politician and anti-apartheid activist died on Monday, at the Netcare Milpark Hospital, Johannesburg, after a long illness, for which she had been in and out of hospital since the... 

Listeria class action filed against South Africa's Tiger Brands

By: Reuters     29th March 2018 A class action lawsuit was filed on Thursday against South Africa's Tiger Brands, after one of its food factories was linked to a listeria outbreak that has killed 180 people since early 2017, the lawyer running the case said. Richard Spoor, a human rights advocate who previously masterminded a... 

Transport Minister hikes toll tariffs on national roads

By: African News Agency      29th March 2018 South Africa's transport minister Blade Nzimande has approved an increase in toll tariffs on national roads for the 2018/19 tax year, the country's road agency said on Thursday. The adjustments, which are in line with the consumer price index and the recently announced increase in value added tax... 

Botswana's Debswana says expects further rise in diamond output

By: Reuters     27th March 2018 Botswana's Debswana Diamond Mining said on Tuesday production jumped 11% to a three-year high in 2017 and it expects growth this year as lower taxes in the US leave consumers with more to spend on luxury goods. Debswana, a joint venture between De Beers and the southern African country's... 

Regional wildlife crime workshop highlights threat, promotes cooperation

By: Rebecca Campbell     27th March 2018 The illegal trade in wildlife has become a major form of transnational organised crime that is damaging economies, undermining public safety and good governance in many regions around the world. And Southern Africa is no exception. “Criminals involved in wildlife crime are not involved only in... 

Africa needs private investment to meet energy needs – Radebe

By: Simone Liedtke     27th March 2018 The cost of meeting sub-Saharan Africa’s power demand has been estimated at about $14-billion a year and cannot be met by public funding alone. Although public utilities have historically been the major sources of funding for new power generation capacity, South African Energy Minister Jeff... 

Nigeria to consult before deciding on African trade zone

By: Reuters     27th March 2018 Nigeria decided not join an Africa free trade zone last week because it needs to carry out more consultations at home first, the government said on Tuesday. Other leaders agreed to form a zone encompassing 1.2-billion people, but 11 countries including the continent's biggest economy, Nigeria,... 

Drilling results build on Botswana project’s openpit expansion potential

By: Simone Liedtke     26th March 2018 The latest assay and drill hole intersection results for the T3 copper/silver project, in Botswana, indicate openpit expansion potential, says Aim-listed investment company Metal Tiger. Metal Tiger holds a 30% interest in the project, with the balance owned by ASX-listed MOD Resources. 

Stabila sets the standard for measuring tools in the construction sector

23rd March 2018 Stabila measuring tools are well-known in the global construction industry for their precision, long life, and high quality. These premium German products are distributed locally by Upat SA (Pty) Ltd. Upat National Product Specialist Charl Weber comments that construction industry professionals... 

Radebe to address power roundtable in April

23rd March 2018 South Africa’s power sector has again entered a period of uncertainty after a planned signing ceremony for 27 independent power producers (IPPs) failed to materialise on March 13, following a legal challenge by the National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa. The court case, planned for March... 

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