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South African contractors agree industry transformation plan

Major contractors and the government of South Africa have agreed a plan designed to transform the country’s construction industry through changes in ownership, greater integrity in…
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AfDB injects USD1bn to end youth unemployment in Africa

The African Development Bank (AfDB) together with the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA) is embarking on the initiative ‘Jobs for Youth in Africa’ aimed to put…

Investing in Africa- Looking towards Mozambique

While Mozambique has a vast array of opportunities in infrastructure development looming on the horizon, investors will also have to face up to the challenges of largely underdeveloped…

Driving Industrialisation in Africa

Since independence, most African states have struggled to keep their manufacturing sectors competitive in a global market. Even during commodity booms, many African mining countries…

Investing in Africa – Looking towards Namibia in 2016

With exports growing along with the opening of new mines, the economy in Namibia faired well over 2015 with growth estimated at 5.3%, and this trend is expected to continue well over…

Oil and Mineral Prices: Impacting African Infrastructure

It’s hardly any secret that 2016 is going to be a tough year for both mining and oil and gas in Africa. In January, crude briefly traded below the $30 a barrel mark before picking…

Finding Finance for Infrastructure in Africa

  Undoubtedly, the most pressing question underlying the development of major infrastructure projects in Africa is where can financing be found? The backlog of infrastructure…

Connecting a Continent and Lighting Up Africa

The largest restraint to economic growth and regional development in Africa is undoubtedly reliable access to affordable power. Strong economic growth, urban migration, and increased…

African Rail Infrastructure: Getting the Continent Back on Track

From a global outlook, the current state of Southern African regional rail infrastructure can summarised as substandard. Railway networks are operating far below capacity and appear…

Building the Perfect Public-Private Partnership in Africa

When South African Minister of Finance, Pravin Gordhan detailed his budget in Parliament in Cape Town, he emphasized the need for Public Private Partnerships (PPP) to evolve as a means…

Connecting Africa: Addressing the Continent’s Broadband Infrastructure

The World Economic Forum in Davos this year defined a Fourth Industrial Revolution. This technological revolution is the fusion of technologies that blurs the lines between the physical,…

Projected infrastructure spend tied to mining in Africa in 2016

African infrastructure spend will reach US$180 billion per annum by 2025 according to a study by PwC. This sizeable sum represents a commitment from national governments throughout…

Weathering the Mining Cycle

There is no doubt that 2016 is going to be a difficult year for mining. Mineral prices are down, and they look set to stay this way for the foreseeable future. Mining cycles appear…

Platinum May Shine Sooner than Expected

Experts and leaders from the world’s top platinum producers shared their thoughts on the outlook for Platinum Group Metals at the opening day of the Mining Indaba. Future predictions…

Southern Africa and the Economics of Drought

In Southern Africa, the el niño phenomenon has slowly wrought devastation upon the region through a persistent drought; the severity of which has never been experienced in recorded…

SA Economy Unhinged – Zuma on Edge

Cape Town 15 December 2015. President Zuma’s actions over the past few days have left South Africans concerned. Under his leadership we have seen three different Ministers of Finance…