A cargo cars carrying ballast stands on the tracks at an bogie-exchange along a section of the new Standard Gauge Railway (SGR) near Voi some 332 kms southeast of Nairobi on March 17, 2016. About 60% of the 500 km SGR line, between the Kenyan capital and coastal town of Mombasa, is completed, have told Transport Ministry's officials and Kenya Railways Corporation adding that the railway line will be completed a year ahead of schedule. The SGR project is proposed to connect Mombasa to Malaba on the border with Uganda and continue onward to Kampala, Uganda's capital city. It will further run to Kigali in Rwanda with a branch line to Juba in South Sudan. (Photo by TONY KARUMBA / AFP)

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The US and China are using rail investment as part of their scramble for Africa’s mineral resources. But can passenger rail projects that boost regional...

Scepticism over Grand Inga dam revival

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"Mwinilunga, Zambia - December 6th, 2012: Three young African miners work in an underground mine and dig for reseources."

Mining Elites in Africa 2023: Health and Safety Winner – AngloGold Ashanti

To counter the problem, AngloGold Ashanti’s Iduapriem mine in Ghana has introduced a successful fatigue management system to limit the health and safety risks related...
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U.S. bid for battery metals has Africa blind spot

Mining companies and governments in Africa are calling for stronger trade ties with the United States after a new climate law set out incentives for...
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African wind power struggles to gain momentum

Few African countries are harnessing wind energy on a significant scale - but South Africa offers a potential model for the rest of the continent.

Comment les miniers s’adaptent aux coups d’Etat en Afrique de l’Ouest

A chaque putsch, les sociétés minières sont en alerte, même si les nouveaux pouvoirs veulent avant tout rassurer les exploitants.
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DRC responsible cobalt initiative needs breakthrough on mine access

An initiative backed by the government of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) to foster responsible cobalt mining needs to find a breakthrough in the...

Nigeria’s mining code overhaul needs improved northern security to succeed

Nigeria’s first revision of its mining code since 2007 needs to be accompanied by better mining security in the north of the country, if the...
Felix Tshisekedi, President of the Democratic Republic of the Congo addresses a press conference after the "G20 Compact with Africa" (CwA) meeting at the Chancellery in Berlin, Friday, Aug. 27, 2021. (Tobias Schwarz/Pool Photo via AP)/LLT125/21239651939709/POOL PHOTO/2108272015

DRC rule of law must improve to realise EAC potential, economists say

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Kinshasa’s hopes and the coming cobalt crunch

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