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Mozambique’s GDP growth to fall to below 3% following Idai

By: Marleny Arnoldi     17th May 2019 The Mozambican government has estimated its emergency assistance needs and reconstruction costs following cyclone Idai, in March, will reach $1.5-billion, or about 10% of the country’s gross domestic product. The International Monetary Fund (IMF), in a report, compiled information around the... 

Mozambique power utility begins the long process of recovery following cyclones

By: Kim Cloete     15th May 2019 Mozambique’s energy sector is trying to get back on track following the devastation wreaked on its power system by Cyclone Idai in March and cyclone Kenneth in April.   Electricity Company of Mozambique chairperson and CEO Aly Impija told delegates attending the African Utility Week, in Cape... 

Eskom 'too big to fail' and won't be privatised, Ramaphosa tells investors 

By: News24Wire      15th May 2019 President Cyril Ramaphosa reiterated at an investment conference in Johannesburg on Wednesday that struggling power utility Eskom would not be privatised, adding it was "too big to fail".  Ramaphosa was delivering his first major post-election economic address at a conference hosted by the... 

Zimbabwe platinum mines to ride out power cuts, gold output less secure 

By: Reuters     15th May 2019 Power imports are cushioning platinum mining companies against Zimbabwe's worst blackouts in three years, but gold mines could face production cuts as they continue to rely on an unstable national grid, industry officials said. State utility ZETDC this week started indefinite rolling power cuts... 

Finding fossil fuel investors is becoming harder, says Hadebe 

By: Kim Cloete     14th May 2019 With a crackdown on carbon emissions, it is becoming increasingly difficult to find investors that support fossil fuels, says Eskom CEO Phakamani Hadebe. “The truth is, how will we fund fossil fuels if we remain on them? The trend in financial markets is that you see fewer and fewer investors... 

US faces hurdles in push to build electric vehicle supply chain

By: Reuters     14th May 2019 The United States faces stiff challenges as it moves to create its own electric vehicle supply chain, industry analysts say, with the extent of the country's metal reserves largely unknown and only a few facilities to process minerals and produce batteries. Legislation making its way through the... 

UJ designs mobile lab to aid in water contamination testing

By: Marleny Arnoldi     14th May 2019 The University of Johannesburg (UJ) has created a mobile lab for water testing, amid various sewage spills in South Africa. The Transnet National Ports Authority reported earlier this month that it had prohibited angling and diving activity at the Durban port, owing to a massive sewage spill in... 

INITIATE INTERVIEW: “We want to be a part of ‘EmPOWERing Africa’. Training, coaching and mentoring of the youth is critical to the success of our future economy”

By: Creamer Media Reporter      14th May 2019 Exclusive interview with Shane Pereira, Business Development Executive at Lesedi Nuclear Services, sponsors of the Initiate! Impact Challenge that is taking place at African Utility Week and POWERGEN Africa at the CTICC from 14-16 May. The Initiate! 3-day challenge is for postgraduate students... 

UCT engineers test Maputo-Katembe suspension bridge

By: Simone Liedtke     14th May 2019 University of Cape Town (UCT) Department of Civil Engineering Emeritus Professor Mark Alexander’s wish to stand on top of a suspension bridge and experience its combined forces of nature and structural engineering was recently fulfilled when he got to inspect the R11.3-billion Maputo-Katembe... 

Gemfields warns about forced illegal mining ‘slavery’ in Mozambique

By: Marleny Arnoldi     13th May 2019 London-based Gemfields warned in a statement on Monday that illegal miners were putting their lives at risk and facing “modern slavery” in Mozambique, where the company owns 75% of Montepuez Ruby Mining (MRM). The coloured gemstones miner has observed increasing numbers of illegal miner pit... 

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