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Water footprinting integral to water management systems

     27th May 2016 Professional services firm WSP | Parsons Brinckerhoff Africa have shifted focus to advising clients within the private sector to focus on their water strategies in order to sustainably manage water resources while lowering operational costs. WSP have assisted companies such as private hospital... 

Capital Mining eyes another lithium acquisition

By: Mariaan Webb     25th May 2016 ASX-listed Capital Mining was in “advanced stage” negotiations about a lithium acquisition, the company revealed on Wednesday. Capital Mining, which earlier this month announced a sales and purchase agreement to buy Shaw River Lithium and its 13 prospecting licences in the Pilbara, said it was... 

Resources Watch 

     25th May 2016 This week: Minister launches long-term acid mine water solution Government push can make South African mining fly again And, fatigue management prevents accidents and enhances output 

Auroch enters lithium sector with Tanzania project acquisition

By: Mariaan Webb     24th May 2016 Australia’s Auroch Minerals has entered the lithium sector with the acquisition of the Hombolo project, in Tanzania, as the company seeks to take advantage of the strong outlook for lithium from the battery market. Auroch, which recently sold its Manica gold project to Xtract Resources, had made... 

IMX advances plans to list pure play graphite entity

By: Mariaan Webb     24th May 2016 Australia’s IMX Resources was advancing plans to restructure its Tanzanian assets, announcing on Tuesday that it had received conditional approval from the ASX to list its pure play, graphite-focused entity, Graphex Mining. The company, which would shortly announce an expected date for the... 

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. 

Afrisam Steps In To Create Possibilities For Maths And Science Learners & Teachers In Kimberley

     23rd May 2016 Leading construction materials group AfriSam, has partnered with the Maths and Science Leadership Academy to create possibilities of quality education aimed at learners and teachers across 38 schools in Kimberley. AfriSam’s commitment to the initiative is in line with its Corporate Social... 

Mining licence fees now SMS-enabled in forward-striding Tanzania

By: Martin Creamer     20th May 2016 The Tanzanian online mining cadastre system now allows licence holders to request the total licence fees they owe via short message service (SMS). The addition of SMS extends the range of payment functionality that the Ministry of Energy and Minerals offers to its customers, the FlexiCadastre... 

On-The-Air (20/05/2016) 

By: Martin Creamer     20th May 2016 The Water Research Commission this week warned that South Africa may be heading for a massive water deficit. The new president of Tanzania has been quick to fill investors with a new confidence. Next month will see the switch-on of South Africa’s big new telescope array in the... 

AG wheels launches a wheel machining shop

By: Creamer Media Reporter      20th May 2016 South African rail engineering company Grindrod Locomotives and ATCOM Wheels, a supplier of new and refurbished wheel sets are in the process of establishing a wheel shop located at Grindrod Locomotives' works in Pretoria West.  Our joint goal is  to accommodate  wheel machining opportunities... 

Sirari Corridor rehabilitation project, Kenya

By: Sheila Barradas     20th May 2016 The project involves the rehabilitation of a 172 km stretch of road, linking the towns of Isebania and Ahero, an axis located south-east of Lake Victoria. 

Earthworks under way at Rukwa’s Mkomolo deposit

By: Anine Kilian     18th May 2016 Earthworks have started at the Mkomolo deposit at Aim-listed Edenville Energy’s Rukwa coal to power project in southwest Tanzania. Earthmoving equipment arrived on site in late April. The rebuilding of river crossings close to the Mkomolo deposit had been the first tasks to be completed, after... 

Volt withdraws Tanzania project announcement over listing rules

By: Mariaan Webb     18th May 2016 Junior developer Volt Resources has withdrawn the announcement about the prefeasibility study results for its graphite project in Tanzania, after the company failed to adhere to new guidelines on forward-looking statements. Volt had outlined production scenarios ranging from 60 000 t/y to 240... 

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... 

Govt push can make South African mining fly again – Harwood  

By: Martin Creamer     17th May 2016 South Africa has the potential to be a mining giant again especially if it receives the kind of push that Tanzania is now receiving under its new president. Speaking to Creamer Media’s Mining Weekly Online in a video interview on Tuesday after a recent visit to the East African country, Montero... 

Gas industrialisation could be a game-changer, say industry players

By: Kim Cloete     17th May 2016 Potential investors and experts in South Africa’s gas industry foresee great potential in the sector despite the risks.  “We are on the cusp of a global oversupply of shale gas. We have the opportunity to ship gas and drive industrialisation in industries from glass and cement to agroprocessing... 

Volt's Tanzanian project could be economical

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     17th May 2016 An initial prefeasibility study (PFS) into the development of the Namangale graphite project, in Tanzania, has proven positive for Volt Resources, the company said on Tuesday. The Stage 1 PFS considered various production scenarios ranging from 60 000 t/y to 240 000 t/y of graphite concentrate,... 

DTI launches Gas Industrialisation Unit

By: Kim Cloete     16th May 2016 The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) has launched the Gas Industrialisation Unit (GIU), aimed at spearheading a medium to long-term gas industrialisation strategy for South Africa and the Southern Africa region.  The aim is to unlock power constraints and reduce carbon intensity, to secure... 

Vodacom lifts FY revenue by 7.5%, despite a lowered dividend

By: Samantha Herbst     16th May 2016 Despite a 1.2% cut in yearly dividend, and seeing a slight decline in customers to 61.3-million owing to international customer registration requirements, JSE-listed telecommunications group Vodacom continued with its growth trajectory off the back of a difficult 2015 financial year, seeing a... 

Magnis finds power solution for Nachu

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     16th May 2016 The Nachu graphite project, in Tanzania, is a step closer to development after owner Magnis Resources signed a power development agreement with US group Symbion Power. Under the terms of the agreement, announced on Monday, Symbion would provide a power solution for the Nachu project by... 

Tanzania aiming to become East Africa’s regional transport hub

By: John Muchira     13th May 2016 Tanzania is determined to implement transport infrastructure megaprojects in a bid to become East Africa's regional transport hub. The country, which is investing massively in port, airport and railway projects, has earmarked $445.6-million in the current financial year budget for the... 

Oil & Gas Africa 2016 Conference – Focus on Logistics

     12th May 2016 The world’s oil and gas industry is probably experiencing its most tumultuous period since the infamous oil crisis of 1973. However, instead of severe oil shortages and sky-high prices, current market turmoil is due to the inverse - Middle East wells pumping at maximum capacity with concomitant... 

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... 

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... 

Ethiopia likely to face green opposition over new hydropower plan

By: John Muchira     6th May 2016 Ethiopia could be headed for another round of confrontation with environmentalists following the announcement of plans to construct another hydropower plant on the contested Omo river. The Horn of Africa nation managed to silence conservationists opposed to the Gilgel Gibe III project, which... 

Malawi power plant developer signs term sheet with utility

By: Marcel Chimwala     6th May 2016 ASX-listed Intra Energy Corporation, which is developing a 120 MW coal-fired power station in Malawi’s lakeshore district of Salima, has signed a term sheet relating to a power purchase agreement with the Southern African country's power utility. CEO Tarn Brereton says the Pamodzi plant will... 

UK oil and gas firm reports start of gas output from Tanzania project

By: John Muchira     6th May 2016 Africa-focused oil and gas company Aminex has announced the commencement of natural gas production at its Kiliwani North project, in Tanzania. The London-based company says that initial gas production from the Kiliwani North-1 well has started and is expected to build up to between 25-million and... 

FAW SA sees increase in sales, exports, but initial targets prove elusive

By: Irma Venter     5th May 2016 FAW Vehicle Manufacturers South Africa (FAW SA) has seen a steady increase in sales and exports, following the opening of its Eastern Cape truck assembly plant in 2014. To date, FAW SA has recorded exports of 90 trucks. To be more specific, exports in the first four months of 2015 reached 29... 

OreCorp raises A$16.2m for gold projects

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     5th May 2016 ASX-listed gold developer OreCorp would raise some A$16.2-million through a share placement to institutional and sophisticated investors in Europe and Australia, to fund scoping and feasibility studies on its Nyanzaga gold project, in Tanzania. The company said on Thursday that up to 60-million... 

Kibo Mining completes review of feasibility study for Mbeya coal project

By: African News Agency      29th April 2016 Kibo Mining on Friday announced that the review of the Power Definitive Feasibility Study (PDFS) had been completed successfully, clearing one more regulatory hurdle into the development 250 MW to 350 MW mouth-of-mine thermal power station, the Mbeya Coal To Power Project (MCPP), in south-western... 

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... 

SA quantity surveyors should look to Africa for new projects

     29th April 2016 Project management company Synergy Property Solutions (Synergy) says South African quantity surveyors should expand their operations to include African countries, as there are vast business opportunities in Africa, and it can assist them overcome the cyclical slumps in the South African economy. 

SA growth likely worst in sub-Saharan Africa – report

By: News24Wire      27th April 2016 South Africa is likely to be the worst performer in sub-Sahara Africa (SSA) with a projected gross domestic product (GDP) expansion of 0.7% this year. This is according to the latest outlook for the region by FocusEconomics. 

Dangote to nearly double production capacity across Africa in next three years

By: Reuters     26th April 2016 Dangote Cement, Nigeria's biggest listed company, said it aims to nearly double its production capacity over the next three years and half of its output by the end of 2019 will come from African plants outside its home market. The company, majority owned by billionaire Aliko Dangote and Africa's... 

Peak restructures Ngualla BFS financing

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     26th April 2016 Rare earths hopeful Peak Resources on Tuesday announced a restructured funding package to underpin the completion of a bankable feasibility study (BFS) for its Ngualla project, in Tanzania. The new arrangement would see Peak undertake a placement and rights issue to raise some A$7-million.... 

Clarke Energy to supply GE gas engine tech to Tanzania plant

By: Samantha Herbst     25th April 2016 Securing its first project in Tanzania, privately owned gas-driven power plant specialist Clarke Energy has won a contract to supply one of GE’s high-efficiency Jenbacher gas engines to Bakhresa Group flagship company Said Salim Bakhresa for a combined heat and power (CHP) plant that would... 

Malawi hoping to attract 1 000 MW of private power investment

By: Marcel Chimwala     22nd April 2016 Malawi plans to procure a total of 1 000 MW from independent power producers (IPPs) to boost the country’s electricity generation capacity, which currently stands at 351 MW, compared with maximum demand of 400 MW. Natural Resources, Energy and Mining Minister Bright Msaka says negotiations with... 

Acacia Q1 results undercut by Tanzania tax crackdown

By: Samantha Herbst     21st April 2016 Despite London-listed Acacia Mining reporting a strong operational performance for the three months ended March 31, which includes the company’s best cost performance since 2010, the Tanzania-focused gold miner’s first-quarter results were undercut by a tax provision taken following an adverse... 

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