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Enel starts construction of its first power plant in Zambia

7th September 2018

Enel Group’s global renewable energy division Enel Green Power (EGP) has started construction on the 34 MW Ngonye solar photovoltaic (PV) plant, which is the group’s first power plant in Zambia.... 


Engineering milestone as $100m Lesotho dam achieves full capacity

7th September 2018

The new $100-million Metolong dam, in Lesotho, has achieved a significant project success this year, with the dam spilling for the first time since its completion in 2016.  Spilling occurs when the... 


Financial backing for Nigeria fertiliser plant expansion

7th September 2018

The Emerging Africa Infrastructure Fund (EAIF) on Wednesday announced the financial close of its 11-year $35-million loan to Indorama Eleme Fertiliser & Chemicals (IEFCL). The transaction is part... 


Diamond sector must do more to tackle transparency challenge – rights groups

Diamond sector must do more to tackle transparency challenge – rights groups

31st August 2018

The diamond industry continues to be tainted by links between diamonds and human rights abuses, conflict finance and corruption. This is according to Global Witness conflict resources campaign... 


Sasol expects 2019 to be defining year for big US project

31st August 2018

Integrated chemicals and energy company Sasol on Monday reported a 22% year-on-year decrease in its headline earnings a share to R27.44 for the financial year ended June 30. Speaking at a... 


Nxesi says women in construction sector need more support

31st August 2018

Public Works Minister Thulas Nxesi on Friday implored big contractors to support women in the construction industry through subcontracting work. Addressing women in the construction industry at a... 


New CESA awards category

31st August 2018

Ivor Evans was, on Wednesday, awarded the first ever Consulting Engineers South Africa (CESA) Lifetime Industry Achievement Award posthumously at the 2018 CESA Aon Engineering Excellence awards on... 


Report points to rising Kenyan construction sector as SA struggles

31st August 2018

International consultancy and construction company Mace has released its latest tender cost update for sub-Saharan Africa, showing mixed performances for the region’s two most prominent economies.    


Diamond sector must do more to tackle transparency challenge – rights groups

Diamond sector must do more to tackle transparency challenge – rights groups

31st August 2018

The diamond industry continues to be tainted by links between diamonds and human rights abuses, conflict finance and corruption. This is according to Global Witness conflict resources campaign... 


Necsa, Rosatom subsidiary in nuclear medicine pact

24th August 2018

The South African Nuclear Energy Corporation (Necsa) and Rusatom Healthcare, the healthcare division of Russian State-owned nuclear corporation Rosatom, on Thursday signed an agreement to cooperate... 


Southern African private-equity investments up 102% to R31bn

24th August 2018

The Southern African private equity industry invested R31.3-billion in 2017, which represents an increase of 102% on the R15.5-billion invested in the previous year and well above the yearly... 


Lily mine to reopen in February, says new owner

24th August 2018

Vantage Goldfields, which has been bought out by Siyakhula Sonke Empowerment Corporation (SSC), plans to reopen the Lily mine, in Barberton, Mpumalanga, in February 2019, three years after a pillar... 


Cabinet approves gazetting of updated IRP for public comment

Cabinet approves gazetting of updated IRP for public comment

23rd August 2018

Communications Minister Nomvula Mokonyane confirmed on Thursday that Cabinet has approved the publication of the updated Integrated Resources Plan (IRP) and that it will be gazetted for comment by... 


Vast concludes JV to access diamond fields in Zimbabwe

22nd August 2018

Aim-listed Vast Resources has concluded an agreement with Red Mercury for exclusive access to a diamond concession area in what has become known as the Marange diamond fields in the Chiadzwa region... 


Two new nonexecs join AngloGold board

22nd August 2018

Alan Ferguson and Jochen Tilk have been appointed independent nonexecutive directors at Anglogold Ashanti, effective October 1 and January 1, 2019, respectively. Ferguson is a chartered accounted... 


BlueRock secures loan from chairperson, CEO

17th August 2018

Aim-listed BlueRock Diamonds, which owns and operates the Kareevlei mine, in the Kimberley region of South Africa, has entered into a loan with chairperson Paul Beck and CEO Adam Waugh.   


Construction advancing on eCobalt’s Idaho project

17th August 2018

Construction at eCobalt Solutions’ Idaho cobalt project, in the Idaho cobalt belt, continues to advance on time and on budget, the company said on Thursday. “Very good progress has been made at the... 


Franchising industry a major contributor to South Africa’s GDP

17th August 2018

The franchising industry contributed 13.4% to the country’s gross domestic product (GDP) in 2017, Franchise Junction CEO Thys van Zyl said in a recent address to delegates at the 12J Marketplace... 


Report heralds Cape Town as Africa’s tech capital

17th August 2018

A report commissioned by the Cape Innovation and Technology Initiative (CiTi), Wesgro and the Allan Gray Orbis Foundation – with the support of the Western Cape government – has confirmed that the... 


Bill Venter steps down from Altron board

17th August 2018

Allied Electronics (Altron) founder Dr Bill Venter, has retires as nonexecutive director of the board. His retirement became effective on July 31. 


US subsidies disappointing: Cairns

17th August 2018

The Cairns Group Farm Leaders,  which comprises a group of farm organisations from various agricultural exporting countries, including South Africa, have expressed concern about the US... 


Wescoal to dispose of LBC assets

17th August 2018

JSE-listed Wescoal has, through its wholly-owned subsidiary, Leeuw Braakfontein Colliery (LBC), entered into a sale of assets with Sitatunga Resources in terms of which LBC will dispose of its LBC... 


AMCU threatens strike at Implats over planned job cuts

17th August 2018

The Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (AMCU) has threatened industrial strike action at Impala Platinum (Implats) if talks with the company over its plans to cut 13 000 jobs and... 


Amplats starts construction on Polokwane sulphur dioxide abatement project

16th August 2018

Construction of the sulphur dioxide (SO2) abatement project at Anglo American Platinum’s (Amplats’) Polokwane smelter got under way on Thursday. The company will implement new wet sulphuric acid... 


Stratex proposes name change

16th August 2018

Aim-listed Stratex International is proposing to change its name to Oriole Resources. The proposed change reflects a repositioning of the company following the appointment of new CEO Tim Livesey... 


ERG CEO Benedikt Sobotka

Cobalt prices stabilising – ERG

16th August 2018

The recent price adjustment in the cobalt market represents a logical and short-term correction to the heightened speculative activity earlier this year, says Eurasian Resources Group (ERG) CEO... 


IronRidge defines large gold targets in Chad

16th August 2018

Aim-listed IronRidge Resources has defined at least five large, coherent gold targets at its Dorothe project, in Chat. Drill results received defined targets over 500 m to 1.2 km strike length and... 


Shanta lifts H1 profit

16th August 2018

Aim-listed Shanta Gold has reported earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortisation of $23-million for the half year ended June 30, 2018,  up from $21.5-million in the first half of... 


Roxgold says 2018 output may be at upper-end of guidance

15th August 2018

Burkina Faso-focused Roxgold has delivered strong second-quarter production and cash flow results, standing the company in good stead to achieve the upper end of its 2018 production guidance. For... 


Keras advances testwork at Togo manganese project

15th August 2018

Aim-listed Keras Resources has made a number of appointments to advance the 10 000 t bulk sampling metallurgical test work programme at the Nayega manganese project, in northern Togo. Keras has... 


Kefi reports continued progress on Tulu Kapi development

14th August 2018

Aim-listed Kefi Minerals says its preparations for the development of its Tulu Kapi gold project, in Ethiopia, continue in earnest with the recent appointment of the head of project implementation,... 


Lily mine to reopen in Feb 2019, says new owner

14th August 2018

Vantage Goldfields, which has been bought out by Siyakhula Sonke Empowerment Corporation (SSC), plans to reopen the Lily mine, in Barberton, Mpumalanga, in February 2019, three years after a pillar... 


BlueRock liquidation hearing cancelled as it reaches agreement with former CEO

10th August 2018

Aim-listed BlueRock Diamonds has reached an agreement with former CEO Riaan Visser that his application for the liquidation of Kareevlei Mining be removed from the court roll, subject to security... 


Diamcor recovers six special diamonds

10th August 2018

Diamcor Mining has recovered six special rough diamonds at its Krone-Endora at Venetia project, in South Africa’s Limpopo province.  The diamonds were recovered from material processed through the... 


Caledonia achieves marginal increase in Q2 output

10th August 2018

Caledonia Mining’s 49%-owned Blanket mine, in Zimbabwe, produced 12 657 oz of gold in the second quarter ended June 30, marginally higher than that produced in the second quarter of 2017 and in... 


CITIC loans Ivanhoe $100m

10th August 2018

CITIC Metal Group has provided Ivanhoe Mines with an interim  loan of $100-million in accordance with a term loan facility that is an integral part of the long-term strategic cooperation and... 


Canyon hopes to combine Cameroon bauxite projects

10th August 2018

Aim- and TSX-V-listed Altus Strategies’ joint venture (JV) partner in Cameroon, ASX-listed Canyon Resources, has been granted three further exploration licences, including for the Minim Martap... 


Ncondezi to restructure loan

10th August 2018

Aim-listed Ncondezi Energy has received a number of proposals to refinance or restructure its existing $5.1-million loan. “In parallel to the good progress that has been made with its potential... 


Necsa, Rosatom subsidiary partner on nuclear medicine

10th August 2018

The South African Nuclear Energy Corporation (Necsa) and Rusatom Healthcare, the healthcare division of Russian State-owned nuclear corporation Rosatom, recently signed an agreement to cooperate... 


Private-equity investment more than doubles in Southern Africa

10th August 2018

The Southern African private equity industry invested R31.3-billion in 2017, which represents an increase of 102% on the R15.5-billion invested in the previous year and well above the yearly... 


Resilient Waters project gets US backing

10th August 2018

The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) has launched a five-year, $32.4-million project called Resilient Waters to address severe water challenges facing the Limpopo river... 


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