Energy & Mining Trends 2021

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Trial will shed light on Wild Coast violence

A trial related to an outbreak of violence over the Xolobeni Mineral Sands Project looks set to expose deep and bitter divisions in the Amadiba community on the Wild Coast...

By Fred Kockott 13 hours ago

Keeping an eye on Biden's plans for Africa

President Joe Biden has been sworn into office, ushering in a new administration, new foreign policy and a new approach to US trade and investment in Africa...

3 days ago

Zeerust Solar commences commercial operations

Zeerust Solar, situated in the North West Province, has commenced its commercial operations, having achieved full compliance on 1 January 2021....

21 Jan 2021

Cape Town wants to break free from its dependence on Eskom

Another five-day round of load shedding has strengthened the City of Cape Town's resolve to break free from its reliance on Eskom as its main source of electricity supply...

21 Jan 2021

Mining production plummeted in November

Renewed lockdown regulations in key trading partner countries resulted in domestic mining production taking a nosedive in November as it dropped by an astounding 11.6% y/y...

By Geoff Nölting 20 Jan 2021

#BizTrends2021: 3 wide-ranging issues demanding legal attention this year

Webber Wentzel sees three broad themes emerging in South Africa in 2021, which will require extensive input from the legal profession. These are: changes to the economy and regulation prompted by Covid-19; moves by government and the private sector to stimulate economic recovery; and a greater focus on corporate responsibility and consumer protection.

By Jonathan Veeran, Nozipho Mngomezulu and Burton Phillips 19 Jan 2021

Glencore sells Mopani stake to ZCCM

Glencore subsidiary, Carlisa has signed an agreement to transfer its 90% interest in Mopani Copper Mines to Zambia Consolidated Copper Mines (ZCCM), the owner of the remaining 10% interest in Mopani, for $1 and the transaction debt...

19 Jan 2021

Community development in the mining industry requires buy in and training to be effective

The updated Mining Charter has highlighted a number of BBBEE legislative changes intended to facilitate support of surrounding communities by mining companies through skills upliftment, training and employment opportunities...

By Jacques Farmer 19 Jan 2021

REDZ and their role in a just energy transition

Renewable Energy Development Zones (REDZ) have a key role to play in the South Africa's just energy transition, creating priority areas for investment in the electricity grid and increasing South Africa's green energy map...

18 Jan 2021

Molefe blames Glencore, Ramaphosa for Eskom's downfall

Former Eskom CEO, Brian Molefe, blamed Glencore and President Cyril Ramaphosa for the downfall of the country's power utility in his statement at the Zondo commission of inquiry into state capture...

18 Jan 2021

High Court judgment limits diesel refund claims for mining activities

The recent High Court judgment Graspan Colliery v The Commissioner for the South African Revenue Services [2020] could have significant implications for mining operators and their ability to claim diesel refunds...

By Prenisha Govender 18 Jan 2021

BREAKING l Stage 2 load shedding from noon today till 11pm Sunday

Eskom has announced that stage 2 load shedding will start today at 12pm and will continue until 11 pm on Sunday...

14 Jan 2021

#BizTrends2021: Sustainable energy evolution opens opportunities for SA businesses

There were a a number of significant developments in the local energy space in 2020 and, while this sector generally tends to shift relatively slowly, 2021 is likely to bring with it some of the most progressive changes...

By Tygue Theron 14 Jan 2021

Why everyone is talking about hydrogen

Renewable energy can and will decarbonise power generation. Renewable energy and batteries can and will decarbonise the automotive sector...

By Simon Webber 13 Jan 2021

Angola's focus on local content in oil & gas sector

For decades, many of Africa's oil- and gas-producing states followed a predictable pattern. They treated their oil and gas primarily as raw materials that could be sold abroad for a quick profit...

By NJ Ayuk 12 Jan 2021

#BizTrends2021: Digital solutions need small steps to succeed

Perhaps the greatest opportunity presented by the current technology wave is the capacity to customise digital solutions...

By Xanthe Adams 11 Jan 2021

#BizTrends2021: Mining looks ahead to more Covid risk

As Covid-19 disruptions continue to plague southern Africa - and with no end conclusively yet in sight - leaders in the mining sector will be pushing the application of technology in 2021, while also securing their supply chains to mitigate risk...

By Ralf Hennecke 8 Jan 2021

Excelsior Wind Farm starts operations

The 33MW Excelsior Wind Energy Facility, in the Western Cape, successfully achieved its commercial operations on 23 December 2020...

8 Jan 2021

#BizTrends2021: A bright horizon for South Africa's energy landscape

The recent history of South Africa's energy landscape has not been great. With poorly maintained infrastructure, delayed construction of new capacity, illegal connections and cable theft; news headlines on the topic of SA's electricity are rarely good...

By Barry Bredenkamp 7 Jan 2021

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