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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... 

Tangier–Casablanca–Marrakech railway route project, Morocco

By: Sheila Barradas     19th February 2016 The project involves the construction of a second line linking the cities of Settat and Marrakech. 

Construction chemicals producer to open R&D centre in Jet Park

     12th February 2016 Construction chemicals producer The Chryso Group’s plans to use South Africa as the springboard for increased penetration into the African continent will be boosted by the establishment of a new research and development (R&D) facility at the Chryso Southern Africa head office in Jet Park, in the... 

SA company supplies urethane product to Moroccan project   

By: Kimberley Smuts     12th February 2016 South Africa-based polyurethane manufacturing company Urethane Moulded Products (UMP) successfully completed and supplied polyurethane lining for the Jorf Lasfar slurry pipeline project in Morocco. The project won best project in the International Projects Category at the South African... 

As China surges, South Africa’s wind footprint breaches 1 GW mark 

By: Terence Creamer     10th February 2016 South Africa increased its installed wind-energy capacity to above 1 GW last year, new Global Wind Energy Council (GWEC) figures show, making it the largest wind-energy producer in Africa, followed by Morocco, whose installed capacity stood at 787 MW in 2015. South Africa’s wind growth has been... 

Coal will be a priority this year, assure sector stakeholders

By: Kim Cloete     5th February 2016 Key stakeholders in South Africa’s coal industry have affirmed their commitment to boosting the sector’s performance in 2016, despite the current tough times for the commodity, and the economy as a whole. Speaking at the IHS Energy Coal Exports Conference 2016 in Cape Town, Department of Mineral... 

Allianz ranks most valuable insurance brand globally

     2nd February 2016 • Allianz brand tops the Insurance Top 50 ranking for third year in a row • Allianz is the only insurer to rank amongst the world’s 50 strongest brands in 2016 • Brand value of Allianz at €18.6bn, up 8.1% from 2015 Allianz has consolidated its position as the most valuable insurance brand in this... 

Africa: lucrative, but not for sissies

     29th January 2016 Africa, with the highest concentration of high growth and rapidly emerging markets in the world, presents huge potential growth opportunities. But it’s not a market for the faint-hearted, says Perry Hutton, Regional Director - Africa at Fortinet. “Our business started in South Africa, developed... 

AfDB extends $112.3m loan to Morocco to extend rail network

By: Natalie Greve     29th January 2016 The African Development Bank (AfDB) has approved a $112.3-million loan to Morocco for the improvement of infrastructure on the Tangier–Casablanca–Marrakech railway route. Allocated to the Moroccan National Railways Office (ONCF), the funds would be used to develop a dual rail line between the... 

Botswana to host Innovation Prize for Africa awards

By: Natalie Greve     20th January 2016 Botswana Infrastructure Science and Technology Ministry permanent secretary Dikagiso Mokotedi has welcomed the decision for Botswana to host the fifth Innovation Prize for Africa (IPA) awards, telling a press conference to announce details of the event on Wednesday that the result endorsed the... 

Maputo ranked African large city with highest potential for inclusive growth

By: David Oliveira     15th January 2016 Mozambique’s capital Maputo was the large African city with the highest potential for inclusive growth, according to the 2015 MasterCard African Cities Growth Index (ACGI). Casablanca, in Morocco, and Lagos, in Nigeria, ranked second and third respectively.   Now in its third year, the ACGI... 

EOH expands Africa, Middle East footprint

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     12th January 2016 To expand into new territories in the Middle East and Africa, local technology company EOH has acquired a stake of 50% or higher in six information and communications technology companies in the region. The acquisitions would serve as a base for EOH to grow “aggressively” in these territories,... 

Chryso S.A. To Open Research And Development Centre In Jet Park

     7th December 2015 Leading construction chemicals producer, The Chryso Group's plans to use South Africa as the springboard for increased penetration into the African continent will be boosted by the establishment of a new Research & Development facility at the Chryso Southern Africa head offices in Jet Park in... 

Maputo ranked African large city with highest potential for inclusive growth

By: David Oliveira     2nd December 2015 Mozambique’s capital Maputo was the large African city with the highest potential for inclusive growth, according to the 2015 MasterCard African Cities Growth Index (ACGI). Casablanca, in Morocco, and Lagos, in Nigeria, ranked second and third respectively. Now in its third year, the ACGI mapped... 

Paterson & Cooke takes 1st place for BEST INTERNATIONAL PROJECT at glittering SAICE-SAFCEC awards ceremony

     12th November 2015 The Cape Town office of Paterson & Cooke, a global specialist engineering consultancy, was presented with the award for BEST INTERNATIONAL PROJECT at the recent SAICE – SAFCEC awards ceremony held at the Bay Hotel in Cape Town on 8 October 2015 for the Khouribga to Jorf Lasfar Phosphate Slurry... 

Growthpoint, Investec, IFC launch Pan-African property fund

By: Natalie Greve     10th November 2015 In a move that will create a diversified Pan-African third-party institutional real estate investment vehicle, real estate investment trust Growthpoint Properties has entered into a 50:50 joint venture with Investec Asset Management to form a new management business focused on property investment... 

Investors see opportunity in wind energy

By: Kim Cloete     5th November 2015 Some wind energy developers are prepared to foot the bill to connect their projects to the national grid to save time and limit risk. “Independent power producers and developers are more than willing to pay for the grid. We’d prefer building the grid because we can control the risk and do it in... 

S African coal exports unsustainable at long-term prices – Prevost 

By: Natalie Greve     4th November 2015 XMP Consulting coal analyst and Eskom consultant Xavier Prevost has again argued against the continued large-scale export of coal from South Africa, telling delegates at the Fossil Fuel Foundation’s third Electricity Conference, in Germiston, on Wednesday, that long-term export coal prices would... 

Khalladi wind farm project, Morocco

By: Sheila Barradas     23rd October 2015 The project involves the construction of a 120 MW wind farm on the ridge of the Jbel Sendouq, 50 km east of Tangiers. 

BASF opens construction chemicals production facility in Lagos, Nigeria

     16th October 2015 BASF yesterday inaugurated its new production plant for concrete admixtures in Lagos, Nigeria. The production site is BASF’s answer to the increasing demand for construction chemicals in western Africa. BASF produces standard and custom-made performance concrete additives, so-called admixtures,... 

Ceuta and Melilla – the European Union in Africa

By: Riaan de Lange     16th October 2015 What a difference a week makesI When I was preparing last week’s column, I wanted to head for the hills, but then I already was in the mountains – in Spain, as you would recall from last week’s instalment of this column. This week, I am readying myself to board a ferry and sail from the city of... 

Innovation key to tackling continent’s challenges

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     8th October 2015 Local innovation will undoubtedly provide solutions to many of the challenges faced by Africa, as it sets the tone for progress and enables businesses to gain a competitive advantage, create additional jobs and change peoples’ lives. Speaking as part of a panellist discussion on innovation in... 

GIBB to expand environmental solutions footprint through acquisition

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     29th September 2015 Engineering consulting firm GIBB has acquired environmental solutions consultancy Strategic Environmental Focus (SEF), more than doubling the size of its environmental team. GIBB environmental services sector GM Dr Urishanie Govender said the move enabled the company to deliver broader... 

GIBB acquires Strategic Environmental Focus (SEF) – A Partnership geared towards a sustainable future

     29th September 2015 GIBB, South Africa’s largest black-owned multi-disciplinary engineering consulting firm, has announced the acquisition of environmental solutions consultancy, Strategic Environmental Focus. The transaction ushers in South Africa’s strongest environmental offering in the engineering fraternity.... 

Agriculture and energy offer some of the most attractive investments in Africa

     22nd September 2015 As well as analysing the most attractive investment destinations in Africa Rand Merchant Bank’s Where to Invest in Africa 2015/2016 report also addresses two of the most under-invested sectors on the continent - power and energy - and looks at the opportunities they offer to investors. In many... 

South Africa tops list for Africa investment destinations

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     21st September 2015 South Africa retained its position as the most attractive investment destination in Africa, despite a reduction in its score owing to a weaker business environment and a faltering business outlook, Rand Merchant Bank’s (RMB’s) Where to Invest in Africa 2015/16 report has revealed. Egypt... 

Royal Bafokeng Nation hosts second annual East West and Africa Women’s Forum in Phokeng, Rustenburg

     8th September 2015 Under the Patronage of Her Majesty the Queen Mother of The Royal Bafokeng Nation, Dr. Semane Bonolo Molotlegi, Royal Bafokeng Nation today welcomed a delegation of female leaders from around Africa, the Middle East and the West, to the second annual East West and Africa Women’s Forum in Phokeng,... 

Earthmoving machinery parts supplier to showcase new products

By: Nadine James     4th September 2015 Earthmoving machinery spare parts manufacturer Malika Overseas will display a new range of replacement parts for backhoe loaders, originally manufactured by industrial equipment manufacturers JCB, Caterpillar and Case, at this year’s BAUMA CONEXPO AFRICA international trade fair, which will take... 

Oil and gas expo aims to discuss and mitigate industry challenges

By: Kimberley Smuts     4th September 2015 International and African key decision-makers in the oil and gas industry have confirmed their attendance at the yearly Africa Oil & Gas Expo 2015, which will take place on September 8 and 9 at the Sandton Convention Centre, in Johannesburg. They will discuss the latest developments and... 

Elle Rising Star Design Award embraces Africa

     24th August 2015 From the Mother City to Morocco, finalists in this year’s ELLE Rising Star Design Award in association with MRP have embraced the power of 21st-century African fashion and of digital technology, says ELLE Editor Emilie Gambade. Entries for the competition have almost doubled this year, with a... 

The roles of aviation in supporting mining 

By: Keith Campbell     21st August 2015 Mining depends on infrastructure – so much so that mining companies sometimes have to build and operate their own railways, ports and power stations in parts of the world in which such essentials are nonexistent or woefully inadequate. And those parts of the world tend to be rather isolated or... 

Successful independent renewable-energy projects boosting industry regionally

By: Dylan Slater     31st July 2015 The South African Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme (REIPPPP) has proven to be so successful in South Africa that the same model could be replicated across Africa, especially amid the current drive towards using cleaner sources of energy, says Sandton-based law... 

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