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How Kenya’s mega wind power project is hurting communities

Kenya recently launched the Lake Turkana Wind Power project, Africa’s largest wind energy project and the biggest public-private investment in Kenyan history. The wind farm will produce 300MW of low-cost renewable energy for Kenya’s national grid. Kenya...

How agriculture can be intensified in Africa without causing harm

Sustainable agriculture is a popular concept. It’s warmly embraced as a guiding light for the future of food production. But there is still a great deal of disagreement about what the concept actually means and...

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...

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...

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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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How Kenya’s mega wind power project is hurting communities

Kenya recently launched the Lake Turkana Wind Power project, Africa’s largest wind energy project and the biggest...

How agriculture can be intensified in Africa without causing harm

Sustainable agriculture is a popular concept. It’s warmly embraced as a guiding light for the future...

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...