On 30 November 2018, 100MW of new solar power was added to the grid, as the Karoshoek Solar One project went live in Upington, Northern Cape.  This project is the latest success of Government’s Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme (REIPPPP) which mobilises private capital and expertise to...
Orange Business Services is providing secure satellite VPN services to improve communication between the Russian headquarters of Nordgold and the company’s Lefa mine in Guinea and the Bissa and Taparko mines in Burkina Faso in West Africa. Nordgold has six other mining companies in Russia and Kazakhstan. Due to its...
The world we live in has become increasingly digital and connected, and we now have the ability to collect data from many new sources. Sophisticated sensor technology has given rise to the Internet of Things (IoT) and Machine-to-Machine (M2M) communication, embedding intelligence, integrating more data sources than ever and providing...
Norconsult Iyanda is a black woman-owned electrical engineering company that provides knowledge and expertise in design and project management for electrical engineering projects. Three young women who are employees of Norconsult Iyanda have been honoured by the company. These young women work in a traditionally male-predominant industry. The women are...
Welltec, well intervention and well constructions solutions company, has announced the first deployment of a completely cement-less completion in the Republic of Congo during 2019's second quarter. Welltec, in the first quarter of 2017, deployed the Welltec Annular Barrier (WAB) in the Moho North Arabian Field. The company used...
China has reportedly donated solar energy kit systems to Rwanda in a move that is expected to bolster the East African country’s energy sector. Rural areas that have no access to the national power grid within Rwanda’s Northern, Southern and Eastern provinces stand to benefit from the 416 pieces of...
Mining may be a highly industrial endeavour that hasn’t changed dramatically over the decades, but sophisticated new technologies are starting to play ever-greater roles in improving productivity and miner safety. In the future, the mining houses that are deploying the latest technology in the areas of robotics, sensors, automation, wearables,...
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 government launched the Renewable Energy Feed-in-Tariff (REFiT) policy in 2017 that will allow...
Sub-Saharan Africa has the lowest electrification rate in the world - and is in dire need of a solution to its growing electrification problem. It is estimated that around 600 million people are currently living in this region without access to electricity, and, while its population is rapidly growing, the...
KOKO is a venture-backed technology company that believes communities thrive when each of their members is connected to opportunity. From product development and engineering projects to sustainable energy solutions, KOKO is on a mission to deliver technology for life in the world’s fastest-growing cities.  IT News Africa’s Jenna Cook had...
The festive season has officially begun; however, it looks as though South Africans will be celebrating the holidays without electricity, at certain times of the day and night, as South African power utility Eskom has implemented load shedding. As load shedding is becoming a regular occurrence in South Africa, IT...
VentureBuilder officially launched on Wednesday, 16 October 2019, with support from the DOEN Foundation, Facebook, Shell Foundation, and USAID. The energy-focused startup aims at scaling African-owned and managed off-grid solar enterprises - mandated with expanding energy access to underserved populations in Africa. According to VentureBuilder, its launch will enable it...
West Africa-based pay-as-you-go (PAYG) solar company, PEG Africa announced on Friday, 8 November 2019, that it has moved into Mali - leveraging its successful expansion playbook on the back of a profitable first year in Senegal. PEG Africa provides households and SMEs in West Africa with solar energy solutions. Via...
Global network infrastructure company, Siemon announced that it has installed technology solutions throughout Sasol’s new 11-storey, 70,000m2 head office complex – Sasol Place – in Sandton, South Africa. The state-of-the-art building has been kitted with Siemon’s structured cabling which provides a 10 Gigabit Ethernet ready solution. This, according to the...
South Africa has one of the most abundant mineral reserves in the world. Different estimates suggest that the country could be sitting on $2.5-$5 trillion worth of mineral reserves. Mining, therefore, is an essential economic activity in the country with the sector contributing 6.8% of the country’s GDP. The country...
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 than 1 billion people today still live without electricity, which severely inhibits economic development and basic human...
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