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Côte d’Ivoire smart grid improves power security, access to power pool

By: Schalk Burger     14th June 2019 A smart electricity grid solution, developed and built by electricity multinational ABB, provides connectivity for all critical elements of the grid, helps operators to balance supply and demand and, crucially, enables Côte d’Ivoire to access the West African Power Pool (Wapp), says ABB Power... 

Bamboo Capital Partners and Smart Africa join forces for first-of-its-kind blended finance technology impact fund

20th May 2019 The BLOC Fund, managed by Bamboo, is a first-of-its-kind blended finance technology impact fund targeting underserved communities in emerging markets The partnership with Smart Africa will support fundraising efforts and sourcing deal flow BLOC has a €100 million target from a combination of... 

Pioneers and projects that shone at African Power, Energy & Water Industry Awards

By: Kim Cloete     17th May 2019 A dynamic South African leader in renewable energy, a former influential government minister in Ethiopia, the Ghana Grid Company and a range of renewable energy projects were among the winners at the annual African Power, Energy & Water Industry Awards announced in Cape Town this week. The... 

Keras appoints COO to help build manganese portfolio

By: Simone Liedtke     29th April 2019 Aim-listed Keras Resources has concluded the bulk sample agreement for its flagship Nayega manganese project, in northern Togo, which confirms all the technical, financial and logistical assumptions of Keras’ internal feasibility study. The agreement, which concludes six months of work by Keras... 

BBOXX launches community solar power concept in Togo

By: Marleny Arnoldi     25th April 2019 Next-generation utility BBOXX on Thursday launched its Tomorrow’s Connected Community concept, in Togo. The concept is aimed at unlocking the economic potential of entire communities in developing countries through access to energy.  

Gold worth billions smuggled out of Africa

By: Reuters     24th April 2019 Billions of dollars' worth of gold is being smuggled out of Africa every year through the United Arab Emirates in the Middle East – a gateway to markets in Europe, the United States and beyond – a Reuters analysis has found. Customs data shows that the UAE imported $15.1-billion worth of gold... 

Nigeria suspends mining in Zamfara state after banditry surges

By: Reuters     8th April 2019 Nigeria has suspended mining in the restive northwestern state of Zamfara, a presidential aide and the police chief said on Sunday, amid concerns that illegal miners were connected to a surge in banditry. The suspension underscores the breakdown of security in a part of the country where the... 

Max disaster pits Boeing against Ethiopia's prized carrier

By: Bloomberg     4th April 2019 African air disasters always used to lead to the same conclusion – with the airline blamed for poor maintenance, ancient planes or poorly trained pilots, and often a combination of all three. But when an Ethiopian Airlines Boeing 737 crashed near Addis Ababa last month, a curious thing happened:... 

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