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SAPVIA CEO Dr Rethabile Melamu
Solar not to blame for recent Stage 6 loadshedding – SAPVIA
15th February 2024 By: Schalk Burger

Industry organisation the South African Photovoltaic Industry Association (SAPVIA) has moved to factually dispute Electricity Minister Dr Kgosientsho Ramokgopa's recent statement that... 


President Cyril Ramaphosa
Ramaphosa promises ‘completely transformed energy landscape’ as he admits to loadshedding’s ‘devastating impact’
15th February 2024 By: Terence Creamer

President Cyril Ramaphosa acknowledged the “devastating impact” of almost daily loadshedding on the economy and the lives of South Africans but insisted in a speech made in response to the debate... 


Locomotives owned by Transnet Freight Rail
EIB in talks with South Africa over loan for ports, freight rail
15th February 2024 By: Bloomberg

The European Investment Bank (EIB) said it’s in talks to loan South Africa money to upgrade its port and freight-rail infrastructure as its first contribution to a decarbonization pact known as the... 


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Reforms, Mining Exploration Fund, black ownership make headlines
15th February 2024

Mining Weekly Editor Martin Creamer discusses the need for energy and logistics reforms for sustainable mining; the agreement between the Department of Mineral Resources and Energy and the IDC for... 


Vulkan Afria MD Michael Lowin
Vulkan appoints Michael Lowin as Africa MD
15th February 2024 By: Schalk Burger

Industrial and marine mechanical power transmission components manufacturer Vulkan has appointed Michael Lowin as Vulkan Africa MD, and this is part of its ongoing commitment to expand its... 


Reside Summit chairperson Debbie Tagg
Residential development summit to foster govt, private sector collaboration
15th February 2024 By: Schalk Burger

The Residential Investment and Development (Reside) Summit, which will be held in Johannesburg from July 16 to 19, has a key objective to foster collaboration between governmental stakeholders and... 


Kimberly-Clark signs PPA for 2.2 MW solar plant for its Cape Town facility
15th February 2024 By: Schalk Burger

Personal care and hygiene products manufacturer Kimberly-Clark has signed a long-term power purchase agreement (PPA) with energy company Energy Partners (EP), which will install a 2.2 MW rooftop... 


Palladium bars.
Now palladium comes under the Heraeus-Sibanye spotlight to boost hydrogen economy
15th February 2024 By: Martin Creamer

Germany’s Heraeus Precious Metals and South Africa’s Sibanye-Stillwater are partnering to explore new applications for platinum-group metals (PGMs) in the hydrogen economy, with a specific focus on... 


Budget expected to show conditions remain unsupportive of fiscal consolidation – Nedbank
15th February 2024 By: Schalk Burger

Finance Minister Enoch Godongwana's 2024 Budget Speech, to be delivered next week, is expected to show that economic conditions will remain broadly unsupportive of significant fiscal consolidation,... 


An image showing stockpiles at the Rukwa coal mine
Shuka settles legacy dispute with Upendo Group over Tanzania licence
15th February 2024 By: Tasneem Bulbulia

Aim-listed Shuka Minerals, previously known as Edenville Energy, has signed a definitive settlement agreement with Upendo Group, which holds a historic residual 10% interest in the Rukwa coal... 


Powerlines
Former IPP Office head now sees definite role for private sector in grid development
15th February 2024 By: Terence Creamer

The former head of South Africa’s Independent Power Producer (IPP) Office, Karen Breytenbach, believes there is a compelling case for the injection of private sector investment to accelerate the... 


Africa Energy Indaba Announces High Profile Meetings at AEI 2024
15th February 2024

The platform necessitates collaboration and communication between countries and energy leaders to cooperate in finding inventive energy solutions for universally occurring issues 


An image of Mineral Resources and Energy Minister Gwede Mantashe
Urgent policy reforms the only way to save the mining sector, says Old Mutual Investment Group
15th February 2024 By: Tasneem Bulbulia

It is policy uncertainty that is deterring investors from investing in the country’s mining sector and structural reform is needed to allow the sector to regain competitiveness, Old Mutual... 


Datacentres, meet microgrids
Datacentres, meet microgrids
15th February 2024

By Faith Waithaka, Cloud and Service Provider Segment Sales Lead: Anglophone Africa at Schneider Electric Discussions around datacentre reliability have moved up a gear to include sustainable... 


AFC chairperson Emeka Emuwa
AFC appoints Emeka Emuwa as chairperson
15th February 2024 By: Schalk Burger

Multilateral infrastructure finance institution Africa Finance Corporation (AFC) has appointed Emeka Emuwa as its chairperson to oversee and guide the AFC on its future strategy and growth... 


Africa moves a step closer to continent’s first cobalt refinery
15th February 2024 By: Bloomberg

Africa could have its first cobalt sulphate refinery by the end of 2025, one of the few outside of China capable of making the product that’s a key component of lithium-ion batteries. Nigeria-based... 


TotalEnergies CEO Patrick Pouyanne
TotalEnergies CEO says IMF debt rules hobbling African green energy projects
15th February 2024 By: Reuters

Renewable energy investments in Africa are being hobbled by insufficient government loan guarantees, as the International Monetary Fund keeps a tight leash on country indebtedness, TotalEnergies... 


Barrick CEO Mark Bristow.
Barrick replaces 140% of gold reserve, no need for ‘dilutionary or delusionary’ M&A
15th February 2024 By: Martin Creamer

New York- and Toronto-listed mining company Barrick has replaced more than 140% of its gold reserves in the last five years and more importantly at the same grade, Barrick CEO Dr Mark Bristow... 


Unlocking mining excellence with trusted energy partner Astron Energy
Unlocking mining excellence with trusted energy partner Astron Energy
15th February 2024

In the vibrant world of mining, where operational efficiency and reliability are paramount, petroleum products supplier Astron Energy (AE) stands as a beacon of experience and commitment. With over... 


The Copler mine in Turkey
Landslide at SSR’s Turkish mine triggers cyanide spill concerns
15th February 2024 By: Bloomberg

A landslide at a gold mine in eastern Turkey triggered concerns of cyanide contamination in western Asia’s longest river. The incident at the Copler mine dislodged ten million cubic meters of... 


Woodside flags $1.2bn charge against asset bought under BHP merger
Woodside flags $1.2bn charge against asset bought under BHP merger
15th February 2024 By: Reuters

Woodside Energy, Australia's largest energy firm, flagged a non-cash post tax-asset impairment of around $1.2-billion from its Shenzi oil and gas field in its 2023 fiscal earnings, sending its... 


Lithium players to gather in Arkansas as low prices pressure industry
15th February 2024 By: Reuters

Exxon Mobil, Albemarle and others eyeing ways to tap Arkansas's vast lithium reserves will gather in Little Rock this week as the industry grapples with sagging prices for the battery metal that... 


Whitehaven Coal tumbles as profit drops, dividend misses consensus
Whitehaven Coal tumbles as profit drops, dividend misses consensus
15th February 2024 By: Reuters

Australia's Whitehaven Coal reported an 86% drop in first-half profit on Thursday and announced an interim dividend that missed market consensus, sending its shares more than 7% lower. Shares of... 


Zesco representatives recently visited one of FQM's mines
First Quantum in talks with utility to improve Zambia’s grid efficiency
14th February 2024 By: Tasneem Bulbulia

Stabilisation of the national power grid is a prerequisite to increasing Zambia’s copper production to three-million tonnes a year, says miner First Quantum Minerals (FQM). Ensuring that power was... 


The BMW iX5 Hydrogen passenger car being refuelled with green hydrogen.
Hydrogen cars come into sharp new focus as global climate politics takes turn for better
14th February 2024 By: Martin Creamer

For the first time, luxury vehicle manufacturer BMW has a fleet of hydrogen-fuelled cars on South Africa’s roads, supported by a green hydrogen refuelling infrastructure set up at its Midrand... 


Energy Minister Jonathan Wilkinson
Risk of stranded LNG assets is 'real', Canada’s Wilkinson says
14th February 2024 By: Bloomberg

The US decision to pause approvals of new licenses to export liquefied natural gas is welcome, and there are “real” risks that some infrastructure will end up stranded, Canada’s Energy Minister... 


An image showing Pan African Resources' Mogale project
Pan African on track to deliver full-year guidance following strong interim period
14th February 2024 By: Tasneem Bulbulia

Gold miner Pan African Resources delivered an “excellent” safety, production and financial performance for the six months ended December 31, 2023, which positions the group well to deliver on its... 


Mintek's GE Additive Concept Laser Mlab Cusing R machine
Mintek acquires laser bed fusion 3D printer
14th February 2024 By: Marleny Arnoldi

National mineral research council Mintek has acquired a laser powder bed fusion three-dimensional (3D) printer, which positions the organisation as a unique player in the mineral processing and... 


Image of MTN South Africas solar park at its headquarters in Johannesburg
MTN South Africa’s solar project progresses net zero ambitions
14th February 2024 By: Natasha Odendaal

MTN South Africa has switched on 5 418 out of the planned 9 000 solar panels at its 14th Avenue headquarters as it progresses its solar renewable energy project. Over 50% complete, the energisation... 


Tycoon Birla’s Hindalco bids for Indian critical minerals leases
14th February 2024 By: Bloomberg

Hindalco Industries is bidding for critical minerals exploration sites being auctioned by India, as the metals producer owned by billionaire Kumar Mangalam Birla seeks to build its portfolio of... 


EcoPhi Renewables Engineering GmbH
EcoPhi Renewables Engineering GmbH
14th February 2024

EcoPhi receives RES funding for the marketing of its innovative digitization solutions for renewable energy projects in South Africa Karlsruhe, December 27, 2023: In order to tap into the South... 


Wind, solar, batteries
Innovative 128 MW solar-wind-battery project achieves financial close
14th February 2024 By: Terence Creamer

The 128 MW Oya Energy hybrid project, which will combine variable renewables and batteries to produce dispatchable electricity daily between 5:00 and 21:30 for injection into South Africa’s... 


Coal India to add new mines, expand existing ones to meet higher demand, chairman says
14th February 2024 By: Reuters

State-run Coal India plans to start operations at five new mines and expand capacity of at least 16 existing ones to address growing demand for the fuel, its chairman told Reuters on Wednesday.... 


ROMPCO to address looming gas-supply crisis at Africa Energy Indaba 2024
ROMPCO to address looming gas-supply crisis at Africa Energy Indaba 2024
14th February 2024

The Africa Energy Indaba 2024 is a significant event in the energy sector, bringing together industry leaders, policymakers, innovators, and stakeholders. Republic of Mozambique Pipeline... 


Komati Power Station
South Africa’s inaugural Grid Emission Measure highlights coal dependence
14th February 2024 By: Bloomberg

South Africa produced its inaugural official gauge of the carbon intensity of its electricity production, confirming its status as one of the world’s top producers per capita of greenhouse gases.... 


IEA executive director Fatih Birol
IEA to launch security programme for minerals critical to energy sector
14th February 2024 By: Reuters

The International Energy Agency (IEA) is launching a programme to secure the supply of minerals critical to energy security, as demand rises fast while manufacturing remains in the hands of a few... 


Aguia appoints Brazil country manager
14th February 2024 By: Creamer Media Reporter

Australia-listed Aguia Resources has appointed Tim Hosking to the role of country manager for its Brazil operations. As country manager living full time in Brazil, Hosking will assume overall... 


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Engen to Showcase its Sustainability and Social Impact Initiatives at Investing in African Mining Indaba 2024
14th February 2024

Engen, a progressive energy and solutions partner dedicated to enriching lives for a sustainable future, is excited to announce its participation in the 2024 'Investing in African Mining Indaba,'... 


Energy Minister Jonathan Wilkinson
Canada to accelerate critical mineral mining - Energy Minister
14th February 2024 By: Reuters

Canada plans to boost its energy security by slashing the time it takes to develop new critical mineral mines by nearly a decade with improved permitting processes, Energy Minister Jonathan... 


SSR Mining halts gold production in Turkey after landslide, shares tank
SSR Mining halts gold production in Turkey after landslide, shares tank
14th February 2024 By: Reuters

Gold miner SSR Mining on Tuesday suspended production at a mine in eastern Turkey after a landslide, which left at least nine miners missing and sparked a more than 50% plunge in its Toronto-listed... 


Australia fossil fuels should face new climate levy, experts say
Australia fossil fuels should face new climate levy, experts say
14th February 2024 By: Bloomberg

Producers and consumers of fossil fuels in Australia, one of the world’s coal and gas powerhouses, should pay a new climate levy under efforts to accelerate a transition to a greener economy,... 


Sasol's gas processing facility and pipeline
Gas users call for urgent policy and infrastructure decisions to avert 2026 ‘day zero’
13th February 2024 By: Terence Creamer

The Industrial Gas Users Association – Southern Africa (IGUA-SA) is warning of a gas supply ‘day zero’ for several large and small manufacturing enterprises and says that urgent decisions will be... 


Anglo American's new head office in Oxford Road
Bambili close to finishing feasibility study on hydrogen fuel cell power system for Anglo’s head office
13th February 2024 By: Darren Parker

Diversified mining major Anglo American has selected hydrogen energy solutions company Bambili Energy to deploy a 2 MW hydrogen fuel cell power system lighthouse project to provide electricity at... 


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