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With projected returns of between 10% and 16%, Impact Farming offers more than just the chance to do good

Mobile app that allows impact investors to own farming assets

August 8, 2018 • General, Mining & EnergyComments Off on Mobile app that allows impact investors to own farming assets

A new generation of socially conscious investors, comprising predominantly millennials, is driving a prolific trend in global investing. They want their money to do good in the world, while still realising a fair return. The trend, known as impact investing, has gained significant traction in first-world markets.  By investing in businesses that benefit...

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South African Mining Platinum Group to cut 13,000 jobs

August 2, 2018 • Mining & Energy, Southern Africa, Top StoriesComments Off on South African Mining Platinum Group to cut 13,000 jobs

The world’s second-largest platinum miner, is cutting its future production to 520,000oz of platinum and slashing the number of its mines to six from 11, with 13,000 jobs to go within two years. On Thursday, August 1, Impala Platinum announced a major...

IFAD supports G20 initiatives to promote land management and rural youth employment

Supporting the “Next Generation” in rural development, – IFAD

July 29, 2018 • Education, Mining & EnergyComments Off on Supporting the “Next Generation” in rural development, – IFAD

Ahead of his address to the Group of Twenty (G20) Ministers of Agriculture Meeting this week, Gilbert F. Houngbo, President of the United Nations International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), offered the institution’s full support for efforts...

Honorable Matia Kasaija, Uganda’s Minister of Finance, Planning and Economic Development.Picture: Monitor

Uganda becomes the first African country to de-risk small and medium scale renewables

July 28, 2018 • East Africa, Mining & EnergyComments Off on Uganda becomes the first African country to de-risk small and medium scale renewables

Uganda becomes the first African country to sign an agreement with the Regional Liquidity Support Facility (RLSF), a joint initiative of the African Trade Insurance Agency , a Pan-African and multilateral guarantor and KfW with funding from German Ministry of...

United States to improve water security for river basin communities

United States to improve water security for river basin communities

July 26, 2018 • Mining & Energy, Southern Africa, Top StoriesComments Off on United States to improve water security for river basin communities

The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) announced Resilient Waters, a five-year, $32.4 million project to address severe water challenges facing the Limpopo River Basin and Okavango River Basin communities. Resilient Waters will...

An Eskom default on its debt would be catastrophic for the South African economy as it would trigger cross defaults of all government debt.

South Africa’s power utility Eskom faces financial woes

July 23, 2018 • Mining & Energy, Southern Africa, Top StoriesComments Off on South Africa’s power utility Eskom faces financial woes

It’s been a bitter first quarter for Eskom employees. After recent disputes over salary wages, the state-run power firm Eskom reported a 2.3 billion rand ($171 million) loss on Monday, 23 July 2018 underlining the enormity of the task facing President...

More than 1 billion people today still live without electricity

Cryptocurrency unlocks energy access in rural areas

July 19, 2018 • Mining & Energy, Top StoriesComments Off on Cryptocurrency unlocks energy access in rural areas

Sun Exchange, a solar micro-leasing marketplace, recently announced a new initiative in partnership with rural mini-grid solutions provider, Powerhive, which will utilise the crypto-economy to accelerate global progress towards universal energy access. More...

Zambia granted $50M towards renewable energy programme

Zambia granted $50M towards renewable energy programme

July 15, 2018 • Mining & Energy, Southern Africa, Top StoriesComments Off on Zambia granted $50M towards renewable energy programme

The African Development Bank (AfDB) has approved $50 million framework financing for small-scale renewable energy projects in Zambia. Due to recent droughts, Zambia has experienced a severe electricity supply deficit. In response to this issue, the Zambian...

Canadian Solar, one of the world's largest solar power companies, announced that it has established a joint venture with ET Energy, a global clean energy developer and operator.

The business case for solar adoption

July 14, 2018 • Mining & Energy, OpinionComments Off on The business case for solar adoption

Amidst the backdrop of rapidly escalating electricity prices and the unexpected implementation of load shedding, a number of factors have converged to reframe discussions around the value proposition of commercial rooftop solar energy adoption. “In the...

An Eskom default on its debt would be catastrophic for the South African economy as it would trigger cross defaults of all government debt.

Eskom poses systemic risk to the South African economy

July 13, 2018 • Mining & Energy, Southern Africa, Top StoriesComments Off on Eskom poses systemic risk to the South African economy

Eskom brought out a JSE stock exchange announcement earlier this week warning its bondholders that there may be more bad news relating to irregularities when Eskom releases its financial results for the year ended March 31, likely to be released later this...

Developed by experts from thyssenkrupp, the solution which is based on electrolysis technologies makes large-scale hydrogen production from electricity economically attractive.

thyssenkrupp launches advanced water electrolysis

July 13, 2018 • Industries, Mining & EnergyComments Off on thyssenkrupp launches advanced water electrolysis

As renewable energy sources continue their global success story, the demand for integrating them into the current South African energy and industry landscape grows. thyssenkrupp now offers a key technology for renewables integration: Industrial scale water...

Over 70% of people in Ethiopia have no access to electricity although the grid covers about 60% of the towns in the country

GE partners Ethiopian Electric Power authority to improve access to power

July 12, 2018 • East Africa, Mining & Energy, Top StoriesComments Off on GE partners Ethiopian Electric Power authority to improve access to power

Currently, Ethiopia is among the fastest growing countries in the world. Aligning with Ethiopia’s Growth and Transformation Plan, GE’s Grid Solutions business today announced it has completed a $40M Electricity Transmission System Improvement turnkey...

Nigerian Startup helps fight electricity theft

Nigerian Startup helps fight electricity theft

July 11, 2018 • Mining & Energy, Top Stories, West AfricaComments Off on Nigerian Startup helps fight electricity theft

The main consequence of electricity theft are widespread power outages. Also, electric utility companies across Nigeria struggle with illegal connections to the power grid that generate huge losses and are a hazard for locals. GIS Cloud a startup from Europe...

Gauteng energy company keen on cracking Mozambican energy space

Botswana Power Corporation signs contract with GE Power to further digital transformation

July 9, 2018 • Mining & Energy, Southern Africa, Top StoriesComments Off on Botswana Power Corporation signs contract with GE Power to further digital transformation

Aligning with Botswana’s commitment to provide energy users access to affordable energy services and improve its grid efficiency, GE Power’s Grid Solution business announced that it has signed its first contract with Botswana Power Corporation (BPC) on...

Remote monitoring as a power management solution

Remote monitoring as a power management solution

July 5, 2018 • Internet of Things, Mining & EnergyComments Off on Remote monitoring as a power management solution

Tellumat Integrated Solutions has redeveloped its power management solution for shared base station facilities, providing network operators with extra business assurance through remote monitoring and management. The need As municipalities continue to restrict...

Anglo American’s Kumba Iron Ore has worked through two years of complex legal, governance and logistical challenges to earn an operating licence to fly its own Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems

How drones are changing the art of mineral surveying

July 3, 2018 • Mining & Energy, Top StoriesComments Off on How drones are changing the art of mineral surveying

In a first for the local mining industry, Anglo American subsidiary Kumba Iron Ore is now licensed to fly its own remotely piloted drones. Bongi Ntsoelengoe, Technology Manager at Kumba Iron Ore, says that the drones have optimised surveying processes in...