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Dinson Iron and Steel Company is arranging a loan to Zimbabwe Electricity Transmission and Distribution Company (ZETDC) to build a 330kV, 100km line to connect the Chinese company’s iron and steel plant in Chivhu to the national grid.

Zimbabwe
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Mining giant Anglo American has unveiled a 2MW hydrogen-battery truck at its Mogalakwena platinum group metals (PGM) mine in Limpopo province, as it moves to replace diesel engines with hydrogen fuel cells.

South Africa
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Commodity traders remain vital to Africa and the global economy, yet even the mightiest traders are finding conditions difficult amid the shocks to oil prices and global markets caused by the Covid-19 pandemic and Russia’s war in Ukraine. Trading activity that was in the past routine has become unviable in recent months owing to the increased need for credit. African Energy examines how players have responded to changes in the sector over the past decade, from the information revolution – which has made previously difficult-to-acquire data readily accessible – to shifts in business models, at least in part, towards vertical integration and increasing scale, that have seen traders become processors and even producers in their own right.

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Surging prices for wheat, oil and other commodities are placing strain on individuals, businesses and governments, with an increasing number of sub-Saharan countries now classed as ‘debt-stressed’. Defaults may be avoided this year, but ‘food riots’ could flare up. Yet commodity exporters may profit as the energy transition and geopolitical shifts present opportunities for everything from natural gas to transition minerals, writes Marc Howard, with African Energy staff.

DR Congo | Nigeria | Zambia | Tanzania | South Africa
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As African countries seek to use their resources more productively, cobalt may be a prime example of a natural resource, now only exported as a raw material, that could spur industrialisation. But much depends on whether weak governments in host countries can manage such a transition.

DR Congo
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Price volatility following Russia’s invasion of Ukraine and a huge speculative play on the London Metal Exchange (LME) by China’s Tsingshan Holding Group sent the nickel market spiralling out of control in early March. Prices have since stabilised and are still likely to boost producers’ balance sheets. This could be a double-edged sword for Zimbabwe, which stands to make huge gains from coveted energy minerals, but which is also vulnerable to global market instability

Zimbabwe
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TSX Venture Exchange- and London AIM-listed Mkango Resources expects to develop a rare earth minerals separation plant in Puławy, Poland, with an offer to help secure financing from the European Raw Materials Alliance (Erma) and a venture with Polish chemicals company Grupa Azoty Puławy to process output from Mkango’s Songwe Hill deposit in south-east Malawi.

Malawi
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There have been further developments in the government’s efforts to claw back advantageous conditions offered to Chinese investors under the $6bn infrastructure-for-minerals deal agreed with Beijing by ex-president Joseph Kabila Kabange.

DR Congo
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Robert Friedland’s Ivanhoe Mines has made a strategic investment in Johannesburg Stock Exchange- and A2X-listed Renergen, in a deal that gives the Canadian firm an option to negotiate power supply from Renergen’s planned gas power plant in South Africa.

South Africa
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The Tshisekedi government’s announcement that Israeli billionaire Dan Gertler’s Ventora Development would return control of its mining and oil assets to Democratic Republic of Congo puts assets back into play including the Albertine Graben blocks 1 and 2, managed by Gertler’s company Oil of DRCongo. But there are potential further complications from continued US sanctions against Gertler and over exactly what’s in the deal, writes François Misser.

DR Congo
Issue 456 - 07 March 2022

Rare earth minerals play in Burundi

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Despite a difficult business environment, Burundi offers possibilities for the transition minerals market. London Stock Exchange-listed Rainbow Rare Earths is operating one of Africa’s only rare earths mines at Gakara and has another rare earths play at its Phalaborwa project in South Africa.

Burundi
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Democratic Republic of Congo has the resources – if not yet the right governance framework – to help meet rising global demand for rare earth minerals. China has so far made much of the running with such resources, prompting economic and strategic concern in the US and Europe where DRC’s potential has not gone unnoticed, writes François Misser.

DR Congo
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Democratic Republic of Congo has aspirations to become the world leader in emerging battery technologies, but despite its mineral assets, clear political will and grandiose statements from potential donors, considerable challenges need to be addressed before the country can move beyond its traditional role as supplier of raw materials, writes François Misser with Jon Marks.

DR Congo
Issue 452 - 17 December 2021

DR Congo’s major cobalt producers

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Democratic Republic of Congo’s top cobalt producer is Glencore. The Swiss-based global trading company operates the Mutanda mine near Kolwezi though the Kamoto Copper Company (KCC) joint venture of its wholly-owned subsidiary Katanga Mining (75%), state-owned Gécamines (20%) and a smaller local company, Simco (5%). KCC produced 23,900t of the blue metal in 2020. 

DR Congo
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The global energy transition is having profound impacts on natural resource producers, from the oil majors who are morphing into energy providers, to mining companies whose priorities are shifting as electric vehicles (EVs), battery storage and other new technologies take hold, and African governments and non-state actors who might profit from these changes but could also find themselves embroiled in new resource wars.