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On Sunday 16 December 2012 the African National Congress (ANC), South Africa’s governing party, will descend on Mangaung to begin its 53rd National Elective Conference. Much of the discourse in the run-up to the anticipated meeting has centred on South Africa’s political economy and what, if anything, the conference can do to address the political quagmire, economic malaise and social instability now besetting the country.
Minerals as a catalyst for growth and development was the key focus of the Eighth African Development Forum, 23-25 October 2012. Under the title 'Governing and Harnessing Natural Resources for Africa’s Development', the meeting sought to highlight the role that Africa’s natural resources can play in the continent’s economic transformation and socio-economic development.
The Department of Mineral Resources recently lifted the moratorium on shale gas exploration in the Karoo. According to the US Energy Information Administration, this area potentially holds 485 trillion cubic feet of shale gas.
How do we ensure that Africans benefit maximally, equitably and sustainably from the continent's natural resource riches? This is not a new question. Questions about wise and accountable stewardship of earth's resources have long preoccupied both decision-makers and ordinary citizens the world over.
An Energy Planning Colloquium hosted by South Africa's Department of Energy from 29-30 March served to highlight the challenges the country faces in meeting its high energy demand. As defined by the minister of energy, Dipuo Peters and the minister in the presidency, responsible for the National Planning Commission, Trevor Manual, this included ensuring energy security and efficiency; competitive energy pricing; and lastly, encouraging growth while reducing carbon emissions in the sector.
An event co-hosted by SAIIA and ACODE, members of the Governance of Africa's Resources Research Network (GARN)
Golf Course Hotel, Kampala, Uganda
SAIIA Occasional Paper No 99, November 2011
As published by The Times on 1 June 2011
In March, Mineral Resources Minister Susan Shabangu committed herself to reaching a decision on the disputed Eastern Cape Xolobeni mineral sands mining project by April 25. The dispute began in 2008, when the Amadiba community contested the government's decision to award mineral rights in the area. It is now more than a month after the date committed to and there is still no word from the minister or her department on the issue. Of even greater concern is that calls by a departmental team for further consultation appear to have gone unheeded.