Mining has played a crucial role in South Africa’s economy for the best part of two centuries. And while it may not play as big a role as it once did, it still contributed R400-billion to GDP in 2020 and employed more than 450 000 people. But if the sector...
On Friday, June 15, South Africa experienced its second consecutive day of load shedding, with power outages likely to continue over the weekend. Eskom spokesperson Khulu Phasiwe said that stage 1 load shedding started at 11:30 and would continue until 21:00 due to "multiple trips of its power generation units". In...
Thousands of new jobs are likely to be created with the discovery of new mineral deposits in South Africa. With mining companies on the verge of shutting down some of their most productive mines because they are too old, too deep and too expensive to run, big data may...
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. Together they will provide Engineering, Procurement and Construction ("EPC") services for two solar power projects totaling 132 MWp in South Africa...
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 May 24, 2018. The contract includes the design, supply, installation, testing and...
Mining has always been an intensive industry, from the perspective of resources, time, labour and people safety. The ability to analyse and derive intelligence from vast amounts of data generated across the various aspects of any mine is a revolution in this sector. With the incorporation of the Internet...
One of the world’s largest powership firms, Karpowership has submitted a proposal to South Africa. This new plan seeks to effectively “plug” the power deficit the country is facing, upwards of 3,000MW, Reuters reports. “We have made a submission to the department as of last Friday and they received information...
Africa Oil & Power, the African Energy Chamber and the U.S-Angola Chamber of Commerce presented the webinar: Powering Forward - The Pathway to Grid Stability, Increased Capacity and a Diversified Angolan Economy, on Thursday. This webinar addressed how Angola can continue to prioritize its development of national transmission and distribution...
Schneider Electric, energy management and automation company, has launched the world's most advanced, most accurate power quality meter, the PowerLogic ION9000 series. With rapid advancements in IoT, event analytics, and accuracy, this newest addition to Schneider Electric's EcoStruxure Power portfolio provides the most complete, most innovative power quality meter for...
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...
The South African mining industry performed poorly over the past ten years, shrinking to become even smaller today than it was in 1994. However, if major constraints impeding accelerated growth and development are lifted, estimates show that the mining sector could expand annually by 3% to 4% up to the...
LG Electronics (LG) has launched its aggressive Zero Carbon 2030 initiative, committing to achieving net-zero carbon emissions from its global operations within 12 years. In line with its larger sustainable business strategy, LG will look to reduce carbon emissions from its global operations by 50 per cent, compared to a...
SA power utility Eskom has warned South Africans to use electricity sparingly as an incoming cold front and the resulting severe weather conditions could increase energy demand exponentially which could lead to renewed load shedding across the country. "The South African Weather Service warned yesterday that wet, windy and cold...
Information and Communication Technologies can enhance rural communities opportunities in Africa by improving their access to market information. For digital transformation to truly be a meaningful success, and the benefits of the Fourth Industrial Revolution to genuinely take hold, both need to be all-inclusive. That means better coverage is...
Ford Motor Company, Huayou Cobalt, IBM, LG Chem and RCS Global announced plans to use blockchain technology to trace and validate ethically sourced minerals. The pilot is expected to be completed mid-year 2019. The group, which includes participants at each major stage of the supply chain from mine to end-user,...
The African mining industry is a significant driver of its economic development. The industry then needs to use the latest and the best-in-class connectivity options to enhance operational efficiency and ensure the safety of miners and assets. Mines are typically in remote locations and demand a reliable, secure and robust...
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