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South Africa should leverage its strong reputation – Brand South Africa

By: Natasha Odendaal     8th June 2016 South Africa needs to leverage its strong and resilient “brand” in continuing to implement the National Development Plan (NDP), Brand South Africa head of research Petrus de Kock said on Wednesday. Speaking at the second yearly Vision 2030 Summit, on Wednesday, he said the nation’s brand, its... 

Nothing new in latest Ipap iteration

By: Riaan de Lange     27th May 2016 It is said that the English expression 'same old, same old', which means nothing has changed, evolved from the 1950s Japanese expression, samo, samo – but I am certain that this is so. Then there is the English expression 'much of a muchness', which is a great way of saying that two things are so... 

POWER-GEN & DISTRIBUTECH AFRICA: Africa’s power sector to seek sustainable growth drivers

     23rd May 2016 POWER-GEN & DISTRIBUTECH AFRICA: Africa’s power sector to seek sustainable growth drivers Africa’s leading power generation and distribution stakeholders are set to converge in Sandton later this year, for talks on creating power for sustainable growth in Africa. 

New African automotive body to offer support to aspirant manufacturers

By: Irma Venter     20th May 2016 The initial focus of the newly formed African Association of Automobile Manufacturers (AAAM) will be to assist countries wishing to participate in the automotive value chain to implement the appropriate legislation and regulations that will allow the automotive industry to thrive on the... 

Renewable-energy prices reach low of $0.03/kWh 

By: Kim Cloete     18th May 2016 New technologies and the rapid rise of renewable energy have shaken up the global energy landscape, with prices falling to below $0.03/kWh. “We are now in the world of three cent renewable energy,” said Bloomberg New Energy Finance UK advisory board chairperson and founder Michael Liebreich. 

Nuclear will be needed in years to come, says Eskom

By: Kim Cloete     17th May 2016 While State-owned power utility Eskom has acknowledged the importance of renewable energy as a way of producing better and cheaper energy, it maintains that nuclear will still be needed as baseload energy in years to come. Eskom distribution group executive Mongezi Ntsokolo told delegates at... 

Saudi group keen to expand South African solar footprint well beyond Bokpoort  

By: Terence Creamer     13th May 2016 Located on a dead flat piece of land about an hour-and-a-half’s drive from Upington and close to the Orange river, the curved solar collector mirrors, gleaming pipes and large molten-salt tanks of the 50 MW Bokpoort concentrated solar power (CSP) plant stand in stark industrial contrast to the... 

African airlines suffer from excessive capacity and need smaller planes

By: Keith Campbell     13th May 2016 Brazilian aerospace group Embraer, one of the world’s four biggest commercial aircraft manufacturers, has forecast that African operators will acquire 240 new jet airliners in the 70- to 130-seat category over the next 20 years. “Africans are turning progressively to air travel,” noted Embraer... 

BASF increases its footprint in Ivory Coast

     11th May 2016 BASF, the world's leading chemical company, establishes a legal entity in Ivory Coast to enable future growth opportunities. BASF is looking at Ivory Coast as the hub country for West Africa French Speaking countries and has expanded its capabilities considerably to continue innovating in this... 

100 MW Kathu CSP plant to be operational in 2018 

By: Terence Creamer     10th May 2016 Construction of the 100 MW Kathu Solar Park concentrated solar power (CSP) project, in the Northern Cape, is expected to begin soon, following the signing of a 20-year power purchase agreement (PPA) by the ENGIE-led consortium and South Africa’s State-owned electricity utility Eskom. The... 

Tallying the benefits of South Africa’s Renewable Energy Power Producer’s Procurement Programme

     9th May 2016 As energy investors eagerly await announcements of the preferred bidders in the latest round of South Africa’s renewable IPP programme – the so-called expedited bid window - it is worth reflecting on the successes of the country’s Renewable Energy Power Producer’s Procurement Programme (REIPPPP)... 

African countries have major nuclear ambitions

By: African News Agency      6th May 2016 Eleven African countries are considering building nuclear power plants over the next 14 years to overcome the continent’s extreme electricity shortage. Outside South Africa, the entire installed generation capacity of Sub-Saharan Africa was now just 28 GW – equivalent to that of Argentina – Anton... 

Company prepared for civil projects decrease

By: Nadine James     29th April 2016 Construction chemicals producer Chryso Southern Africa continues to innovate and expand, offsetting the decrease in major civil projects. Chryso Group VP and Chryso South Africa (SA) CEO Norman Seymore notes that, aside from a few high-profile building projects in high-income areas, the... 

S African suppliers penetrate African market

     29th April 2016 Global flooring tile producer Interface is using the resources of its South African suppliers to spearhead an intensified marketing drive into sub-Saharan Africa, says Interface director Julien Fanton. 

Volvo transfers Moroccan operations to SMT

     29th April 2016 Vehicle manufacturer Volvo Construction Equipment (Volvo CE) has announced that it is separating its business within Volvo Maroc SA to a long-standing West and Central Africa distribution partner SMT group. 

Morocco wind power projects

By: Sheila Barradas     22nd April 2016 The project involves the development, design, financing, construction, operation and maintenance of five wind projects. 

Whitfield, Nemeth to tackle growth obstacles through new African auto body

By: Irma Venter     21st April 2016 The initial focus of the newly formed African Association of Automobile Manufacturers (AAAM) would be to assist countries wishing to participate in the automotive value chain to implement the appropriate legislation and regulations that would allow the automotive industry to thrive on the... 

Wind growth to taper in 2016 after ‘spectacular’ 2015

By: Terence Creamer     19th April 2016 The growth of wind-energy installations in 2016 is unlikely to match the unexpectedly strong 22% expansion of 2015, when a record 63.4 GW was added internationally, Global Wind Energy Council (GWEC) secretary general Steve Sawyer said on Tuesday. Speaking during a RenewableEnergyWorld.com webcast... 

Middle East, North Africa on mining periphery despite hosting 30% of the world’s minerals 

By: Ilan Solomons     15th April 2016 Despite hosting more than 30% of global mineral reserves, the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region severely lacks exploration and resource development investment. The region’s mining industry is facing several challenges, such as social and environmental pressure from communities living... 

Eaton Launches Mobile Tech Day to Drive Growth in South Africa

     14th April 2016 Johannesburg, South Africa … Power Management Company Eaton today launched its first ever South Africa Mobile Tech Day, a month long exhibition to showcase the company’s solutions in commercial construction.  

Extensive training essential to combat cybercrime globally

By: African News Agency      11th April 2016 With cybercrime costing South Africa R1-billion a year, extensive training for police, prosecutors, judges and magistrates was essential to stop online criminals worldwide. At least seven countries, including South Africa, were part of the workshop on the integration of cybercrime and electronic... 

IAEA helps African countries develop their proposals, plans and projects

By: Keith Campbell     8th April 2016 Last year, the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) sent Integrated Nuclear Infrastructure Review (INIR) missions to three countries, all of them in Africa. They were Kenya, Morocco and Nigeria. This was highlighted at the recent Nuclear Africa 2016 conference by IAEA Deputy Director General... 

Morocco wind power projects

By: Sheila Barradas     8th April 2016 The project involves the construction of five wind projects, with a combined capacity of 850 MW. 

Wind turbine factory project, Morocco

By: Sheila Barradas     8th April 2016 Siemens will build a factory in Morocco to manufacture rotor blades for onshore wind turbines, creating up to 700 jobs. 

KPMG launch 2016 Africa Incentive Survey

     31st March 2016 KPMG has published its inaugural Africa Incentive Survey (2016), which contains useful information for business across 28 countries on the continent, representing 81 percent of Africa’s USD 2.4 trillion GDP and home to three-quarters of Africa’s 1.2 billion population. This Survey can be regarded... 

Small, safe and simple modular nuclear reactors seen as offering potential 

By: Keith Campbell     25th March 2016 Last November, the international nuclear industry was delighted with the news, announced in his Spending Review and [Northern] Autumn Statement by UK Chancellor of the Exchequer (equivalent to Minister of Finance) George Osborne that the British government was making “a major commitment to small... 

Small, safe and simple modular nuclear reactors seen as offering potential 

By: Keith Campbell     24th March 2016 Last November, the international nuclear industry was delighted with the news, announced in the Spending Review and [Northern] Autumn Statement by UK Chancellor of the Exchequer (equivalent to Minister of Finance) George Osborne, that the British government was making “a major commitment to small... 

Morocco's OCP posts 58% profit leap

By: Reuters     22nd March 2016 Moroccan fertiliser company Office Cherifien de Phosphate (OCP), the world's leading phosphate exporter, reported 2015 net profit up 57.8% year-on-year to 8.01 billion dirhams ($825.8-million) on Tuesday, attributing the rise to higher output. State-run OCP, a major earner of foreign currency for... 

Dow Water & Process Solutions asserts commitment to long term development of water industry

     22nd March 2016 Dow Water & Process Solutions, a global leader in sustainable water separation and purification technologies, celebrates World Water Day by focusing on advancing the industry and continued investment in water related technologies, partnerships, and people development. In line with this year’s... 

Dmg events acquires Exhibition Management Services (Pty) Ltd South Africa

     22nd March 2016 One of the world’s leading event companies, dmg events, has announced the acquisition of long established Pan African exhibition organiser Exhibition Management Services Pty Ltd (EMS) – headquartered in Johannesburg, South Africa. dmg events is a wholly owned subsidiary of the Daily Mail &... 

Denham to continue backing BioTherm

By: Natasha Odendaal     14th March 2016 South African independent power producer BioTherm Energy has secured financial backing for its next series of renewable energy projects under Round 4 of the Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme (REIPPPP). Energy and resources-focused global private equity firm and... 

Denham Capital continues investment in BioTherm Energy for Round 4 and Expedited Window Projects

     14th March 2016 African Independent Power Producer, BioTherm Energy, has emerged as a dominant player following the South African Department of Energy’s last announcement of Preferred Bidders for Round 4 of its Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement Program. The company won preferred bidder... 

The water-energy nexus: Insights into resilient development

     11th March 2016 ADVERTORIAL – By Nevenka Ristic How do we ensure that our investments are resilient to climate risks? How do we make climate-smart policy choices against a backdrop of uncertainty? So far, the world has relied on global circulation models that provide information on general climate patterns whose... 

Three Canadian provinces in top ten of Fraser Institute’s Policy Perception Index

By: Henry Lazenby     10th March 2016 Three Canadian provinces rated tops in the Fraser Institute’s Policy Perception Index (PPI), although Australia surpassed Canada in 2015 to become the most attractive region in the world for investment. However, only two Canadian jurisdictions (Saskatchewan at 2 and Quebec at 8) were in the top... 

KPMG report identifies top influences of FDI into Africa

     2nd March 2016 A KPMG analysis of the factors that attract investors in Africa show that corruption, poor infrastructure and onerous business conditions in fact do not scare off investors, if the mineral, oil or gas resources are sufficiently attractive in the context of global demand - but warns that even... 

The water-energy nexus: Insights into resilient development

     1st March 2016 By Nevenka Ristic How do we ensure that our investments are resilient to climate risks? How do we make climate-smart policy choices against a backdrop of uncertainty? So far, the world has relied on global circulation models that provide information on general climate patterns whose projections... 

3 GW-plus in wind energy either producing, or under construction in S Africa 

By: Terence Creamer     25th February 2016 Following recent confirmation by the Global Wind Energy Council (GWEC) that South Africa had increased its installed wind-energy capacity to above 1 GW in 2015, the South African Wind Energy Association (Sawea) has highlighted that more than 3 GW of wind capacity has already been allocated... 

Ost Engages With Lenders And Ipps At 2gw Egyptian Pv Site

     23rd February 2016 OST Energy, a leading technical advisor for wind, solar and energy storage initiatives, is working with a number of major international development finance institutions and independent power producers to provide lender’s engineering and due diligence services at the 2GW Ben Ban solar PV... 

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