Astronaut Tim Kopra tweets the Dubai Palm Jumeirah from the International Space Station, March, 2016. Photo: emirates247.com

The Market For African Beach Sand: Who’s Buying, Selling And Mining It?

By Dana Sanchez, 5:34 pm

With its island-building binge, Dubai is a big customer for African sand. So are Africa’s expanding concrete manufacturing giants. For the island project “The Palm Jumeirah,” Dubai used 200 million cubic meters of sand and stone. Some of the sand came from the sea off Dubai’s coast but a large amount came from African beaches. In Cape Verde, one in three people is unemployed. Sand mining is a fast way to earn money. The consequences of excessive sand mining are devastating. On beaches where tortoises once buried their eggs, there is now only dirt and stones.

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  • Most Disputes Involving Private Investments In Africa Relate To Land Rights, Report Says

    By Mongabay, 9:25 am

    There’s a mistaken belief that Africa is a continent of empty, freely available land open for development. Companies investing in land in Africa feel they can cut a deal with the government, raze the land, and create vast plantations. “No land is unclaimed,” a stakeholder said. “Uprooting communities without their consent from their lands and traditional livelihoods creates conflicts and social unrest.” Most disputes involving private investments in Africa – 63 percent – relate to local people being displaced off their land. These disputes affect sugarcane and palm oil production, mining for gold, diamonds and coal, and green energy to harvest wind and solar power.

  • Opinion: Dodd-Frank Act Caused Violence In The Congo

    Dodd-Frank Act caused violence By Dana Sanchez, 2:34 pm

    Supporters of the conflict minerals rule say it successfully held manufacturers accountable for the minerals they source from DRC. Its suspension would “enrich abusive thugs” and could lead to the complete repeal of Dodd-Frank regulations, implemented after the 2007-2009 financial crisis to limit risky practices that caused the U.S. banking crisis. However a U.S.association of manufacturers estimates the law costs U.S. businesses $9-to-$16 billion. This led to the suspension plan by Trump, who campaigned on a pro-business platform.

  • For African Mining, Optimism Is Rising With Commodities Prices. Not Everyone’s Buying It

    optimism is rising with commodities prices By Dana Sanchez, 4:43 pm

    The worst is over and commodities prices are climbing, World Bank says. But not everyone is ready to call it a trend. Despite some improvement, gold and platinum remain flat. The bouyant, even euphoric mood at this year’s Mining Indaba contrasts with recent years — 2016 was gloomy. Towards the end of the year, commodity prices rebounded. Investors want a stable political environment, regulatory certainty and labor stability. “In 2017, we are looking at expansion, local and international. Mergers and acquisitions are also starting to take place. There is consolidation,” a stakeholder said.

  • 12 Fastest Growing Economies In Africa During 2016

    Africa's fastest growing economies By Peter Pedroncelli, 2:15 am AFKI Original

    The African continent is home to some of the fastest growing economies on the planet, with numerous nations on the continent among the top 10 best performing economies globally. The best performing economies in Africa have benefited from government policies and structural reforms, which have resulted in strong inclusive growth. According to the International Monetary Fund’s (IMF) World Economic Outlook for 2016, a long list of African economies were in line to achieve positive growth above 3% for the year 2016.

  • Is Sibanye Gold Heading For The Door Or Just Reducing Exposure In South Africa?

    Sibanye Gold By Staff, 2:46 pm

    Exclusively a South African gold producer until September 2015, JSE-listed Sibanye Gold is set to become the world’s fourth-biggest platinum and third-largest palladium producer. Sibanye hopes to acquire Montana-based Stillwater Mining for $2.2 billion. If completed, the acquisition will further dilute Sibanye’s portfolio. Sibanye began its expansion in 2016 with the purchase of platinum mines in Southern Africa. The Stillwater deal is in a whole other league. It’s much more valuable and involves mines far from Sibanye’s home country.

  • How A US Firm Hopes To Keep Tantalum In Africa A Little Longer Before It Ends Up In Your Cell Phone

    tantalum in Africa By Dana Sanchez, 12:02 am

    If you own a mobile phone, chances are it has tantalum in it from Africa and you have small amounts of the rare metal within inches of your brain. U.S.-based AB Minerals claims to have invented a new disruptive tantalite processing technology that it says will enable tantalum-producing countries to add value to the ore themselves rather than exporting raw ore to China. The company hopes to sell this technology all over Africa. The first African plant is expected to begin operating in Rwanda in 2017. Here’s part of an interview with AB Minerals founder and CEO Frank Balestra.

  • 12 Things Expected To Improve Investor Outlook In South Africa In 2017

    By Peter Pedroncelli, 1:25 am AFKI Original

    The year 2016 was not an easy one for South Africa, but investor outlook for the year 2017 certainly looks more positive. Having survived a tough year, investors are now looking at South Africa to gauge whether or not to invest their funds in the emerging market, but there are a flurry of reasons to give the country a second glance in 2017. We take a look 12 things that are expected to improve investor outlook in South Africa during 2017.

  • Arrested On Suspicion Of Bribery In Africa: Israeli Billionaire, Former Official, Others Implicated

    Suspicion Of Bribery In Africa By Dana Sanchez, 1:29 pm

    Steinmetz’s attorney says his client is determined to prove his innocence. He says Guinean President Alpha Conde is trying to cover his own corruption by confiscating Steinmetz’s mining rights. The investigation is being conducted in the U.S., Switzerland and Guinea, part of a global push led by the OECD to address official corruption in member states, an Israeli newspaper reported. Guinea is not an OECD member. There are no African member countries in the Paris-based Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development.

  • South Africa’s Sibanye Gold Acquires U.S. Mining Company For $2.2B

    Sibanye Gold By Dana Sanchez, 9:32 am

    Sibanye Gold, South Africa’s largest gold producer, is buying Stillwater Mining Company in Montana — the only N. American producer of platinum and palladium. The purchase will make Sibanye the world’s third-largest platinum producer. Sibanye counts among its largest shareholders SA’s government pension fund. Stillwater shares surged Friday on the news. The sale makes sense because of the strengthening U.S. dollar, which has hurt Stillwater in export markets. “With Mr. Trump becoming president … he’s probably more friendly toward mining and sees the necessity of it,” the Sibanye CEO said.

  • 12 African Business Leaders Worth Following On Twitter

    African Business Leaders By Peter Pedroncelli, 2:33 am AFKI Original

    African business leaders make use of social media to communicate with and mentor their followers, dropping pearls of wisdom in under 140 characters. From South Africa to Nigeria, the high profile personalities and multi-millionaires from Africa offer their opinions on many issues while advancing their own agendas through social media. Here are 12 African business leaders worth following on Twitter.

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