MINERALS

Africa can get more from its minerals by building industries to service mines

Multinational firms from Europe, North America and more recently China still dominate the extraction and refining of most of minerals mined in Africa with minimal roles...

Communities, mining corporations and corruption in South Africa

During the apartheid era in South Africa, the mining industry operated without restraint and had undue influence over government decision-making. This created an environment...

Southern Africa’s retrenched miners face a future without health care

Two of the world’s mining heavyweights have announced production cuts and staff cutbacks. These moves by BHP Billiton and Anglo American will have a major impact on efforts...

How new energy technologies can help South Africa ease its energy crunch

Energy is an economic driver of both developed and developing countries. South Africa over the past few years has faced an energy crisis with...

Silicosis: why African miners’ fight for compensation is a just one

Mining giants Anglo American South Africa and AngloGold Ashanti have agreed to pay R464 million to more than 4400 miners who contracted silicosis and TB from...

How South Africa’s mining industry can change its ways

South Africa’s mining industry is increasingly cited as one of the key sectors that must yield “radical economic transformation” and help the country heal...

Finding ways to keep communities alive after mine closures

South Africa’s economy was built on the mining industry. But the sector has been in decline for decades. Mining contributed R312 billion, or 6.8%,...

Why Zimbabwe’s diamond mines need better regulation, not state ownership

Zimbabwe, like many African countries, faces an ongoing struggle to secure fair compensation for its mineral wealth. The question of how to maximise government...

AGRICULTURE

Africa can get more from its minerals by building industries to service mines

Multinational firms from Europe, North America and more recently China still dominate the extraction and refining of most of minerals mined in Africa with minimal roles for African firms. From these minerals, foreign manufacturing firms produce...

Communities, mining corporations and corruption in South Africa

During the apartheid era in South Africa, the mining industry operated without restraint and had undue influence over government decision-making. This created an environment where companies maximised profits at the expense of people and...

B-BBEE deal results in Jet Demolition achieving a Level 4 rating

Specialist demolition contractor Jet Demolition has officially concluded a Broad-Based Black Economic Empowerment (B-BBEE) deal that has resulted in it achieving a Level 4 B-BBEE rating, and 54% black ownership. In terms of the...

The way that minerals are mined affects conflict in eastern Congo

Strong evidence links the mining of minerals to local conflict in several African countries. This is because minerals are prized by rebel groups and are a source of their financing. Examples include the “blood...

Why South Africa can’t make a massive shift to renewables – yet

There’s a lively debate raging in South Africa about the extent to which renewables should replace coal, particularly given the threat of climate change. The country’s electricity supply is currently highly dependent on coal....

Communities, mining corporations and corruption in South Africa

During the apartheid era in South Africa, the mining industry operated without restraint and had undue influence over government decision-making. This created an environment...

How South Africa’s mining industry can change its ways

South Africa’s mining industry is increasingly cited as one of the key sectors that must yield “radical economic transformation” and help the country heal...

Why Zimbabwe’s diamond mines need better regulation, not state ownership

Zimbabwe, like many African countries, faces an ongoing struggle to secure fair compensation for its mineral wealth. The question of how to maximise government...

COUNTRY FOCUS

Communities, mining corporations and corruption in South Africa

During the apartheid era in South Africa, the mining industry operated without restraint and had undue influence over government decision-making. This created an environment...

The way that minerals are mined affects conflict in eastern Congo

Strong evidence links the mining of minerals to local conflict in several African countries. This is because minerals are prized by rebel groups and...

Why South Africa can’t make a massive shift to renewables – yet

There’s a lively debate raging in South Africa about the extent to which renewables should replace coal, particularly given the threat of climate change....

Demonstration farms can help revolutionise African agriculture

Farms that are used to teach agricultural techniques and technologies – known as demonstration farms – are a smart investment that can help accelerate the adoption...

Africa’s youth and abundant arable land are a potential winning combination

Sub-Saharan Africa has two abundant resources: its youth and agricultural land. With the youngest population globally and the largest share of the world’s arable land,...

How South Africa’s mining industry can change its ways

South Africa’s mining industry is increasingly cited as one of the key sectors that must yield “radical economic transformation” and help the country heal...

Done sensibly, agricultural development can reduce poverty in Africa

The recovery and acceleration of economic growth in sub-Saharan Africa since about 1995 has been widely recognised. But less is known about the extent...

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Africa can get more from its minerals by building industries to service mines

Multinational firms from Europe, North America and more recently China still dominate the extraction and refining of...

Communities, mining corporations and corruption in South Africa

During the apartheid era in South Africa, the mining industry operated without restraint and had...

B-BBEE deal results in Jet Demolition achieving a Level 4 rating

Specialist demolition contractor Jet Demolition has officially concluded a Broad-Based Black Economic Empowerment (B-BBEE) deal...

The way that minerals are mined affects conflict in eastern Congo

Strong evidence links the mining of minerals to local conflict in several African countries. This...

Why South Africa can’t make a massive shift to renewables – yet

There’s a lively debate raging in South Africa about the extent to which renewables should...