Public-private partnerships are key to developing gas supply projects in the Southern African Development Community (SADC), Nepad Business Foundation (NBF) Africa infrastructure programme manager Peter Varndell said on Monday. Speaking at the Africa Gas Forum, in Johannesburg, he said there was strong gas supply potential in the SADC region, but a weak market to deliver to within SADC’s borders.
The Institute for Accountability in Southern Africa has written to Eskom chairperson Jabu Mabuza requesting a detailed written explanation as to why the current board believes the State-owned utility can be rescued from its current financial distress, cautioning that Eskom may currently be trading “recklessly” in terms of the legislation governing companies in South Africa. Campaigning as Accountability Now, the institute asserts that Eskom is both insolvent and illiquid, making it unlikely that it will be able to meet operational costs and long-term debt obligations.
Only 8% to 10% of Africa’s known gas reserves are being priortised, despite the fact that gas reserves on the continent are abundant, Catalyst Capital managing partner Adero Okudo said on Monday. Speaking at the Africa Gas Forum, in Johannesburg, she said there were only two crossborder pipelines operational in Africa.
The Mogalakwena platinum mine lived up to its reputation of being the most profitable platinum group metals (PGM) mine on the planet when it gushed cash and elevated a modernising, community supporting, environment protecting, growth studying and fuel-cell marketing Anglo American Platinum (Amplats) well in the money. The opencast platinum mine on the northern limb of the Bushveld Complex gushed R4-billion worth of free, unfettered operating cash flow, achieving a nigh 50% profit margin on a depressed platinum price of only $950/oz. (Also watch attached Creamer Media video).
Black-empowered chemical group Rolfes' financial results for the six months ended December 31 were negatively affected by legacy issues and a poor first quarter, resulting in headline earnings halving to R23.62-million, from R48.23-million in the six months to December 31, 2016. Revenue from continuing operations decreased by 7.8% to R734-million, compared with revenue of R796.4-million generated in the six months to December 2016.