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New JV to develop small-scale hydropower projects

The New Africa Power joint venture (JV) plans to develop a 65 MW portfolio of small-scale, run-of-the-river hydropower projects in Zambia. The JV, established by Nairobi-based energy holding company responsAbility Renewable Energy, international finance institution Norfund and investment company Vineyard, has committed $4.6-million for the feasibility phase of the development, …

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AFR ready to plug ZESCO power deficit

Focused on the development of multiple integrated power projects in Botswana to meet the increasing demand for power in the southern African region – African Energy Resources (AFR) has set eyes on Zambia. AFR said the fast growing electricity demand from all sectors; residential commercial and industrial users should prop …

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Engage more frequently, miners told

Electra Mining Africa has called for more dialogue for stakeholders in the mining industry despite economic challenges the sector face. “Although the mining industry is up against tough challenges and general industry remains under tight economic pressure, there is still a need for trade exhibitions and face-to-face interaction with clients,” …

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Zambia looks up to Chile mining model

Zambian Chamber of Mines (ZCM) believes the country’s mining sector can learn from Chile, the world’s biggest copper producer. The chamber said Chile and Zambia produced roughly the same amount of copper in 1970, which was about 680 000 t/y. However, currently, Chile produces 5.6-million tons of copper – about …

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Zambia’s mining sector sets standard for peers

South Africa has been urged to benchmark from countries like Zambia to attract investment and miners. Peter Major, Cadiz Corporate Solutions speaking recently at the Hogan Lovells Africa Forum recently called for mining policy change. “South African mining has gone from having the most advanced, efficient mines on the planet …

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CEC advancing Zambia’s solar expertise

The Copperbelt Energy Corporation Plc (CEC) has announced a partnership with the Copperbelt University (CBU) and Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) to boost Zambia’s capabilities and capacity to implement solar energy projects. The cooperation involving solar energy curriculum development and renewable energy development training commences at the time CEC …

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Canadian miner sells diamond interest in Botswana

Toronto Stock Exchange listed Peregrine has sold its diamond interest in Botswana to UK’s Diamond Exploration Strategies (DES). The company announced that it has entered into an agreement to transfer all of the shares of Diamexstrat Botswana, a 100%-owned subsidiary of Peregrine engaged in diamond exploration and development in Botswana …

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Now legal to pan for gold – Chilufya

Government has announced intentions to issue two-year permits to small scale gold panners. The development comes, following the Ministry of Mines and Minerals Development’s (MMMD) plans to make legal the ancient method of gold mining. Willy Chilufya, Head of Mineral Economics at MMMD recently declared that issuing gold panning certificates …

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