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Dear Editors and Journalists The annual African Mining Indaba will take place from 8-11 February in Cape Town, despite a constrained low-commodity price environment and substantial asset impairments among some of the world’s major mining houses. The conference aims to connect investors with mining companies and governments. On the side lines of this conference, SAIIA will host two important events.
Despite a constrained low-commodity price environment, and substantial asset impairments among some of the world’s major mining houses, the annual African Mining Indaba will take place from 8-11 February in Cape Town. The conference aims to connect investors with mining companies and governments. On the side lines of this conference, SAIIA will host two important events.
SAIIA Policy Briefing 146, January 2016
Join SAIIA researchers Romy Chevallier and Ross Harvey as they travel to Botswana to look at successful and sustainable opportunities linked to the country’s beautiful natural resources: its wildlife, parks and conservation areas.
SAIIA Policy Briefing 145, December 2015
As a mining jurisdiction, South Africa’s score (relative global rank indexed out of a maximum of 100) on the Fraser Institute Investment Attractiveness Index has fallen from 56.1 in 2011/12 to 52.6 last year. The country ranked 64th out of 122 competitors, eclipsed by Tanzania, Namibia, Botswana, Burkina Faso, Ghana, Madagascar and Côte d’Ivoire.
Sustainable development summits and climate change negotiations have slowly but steadily paved the way to the recognition of the inextricable linkages between water, energy and climate change.
SAIIA Research Report No 21, December 2015   Download - English (697.02 kB)  Governance of Africa’s Resources ProgrammeThis research report first considers the industrial policy debate on beneficiation and its context within the broader policy debate on the appropriate role of industrial policy.
SAIIA Occasional Paper No 224, November 2015
Volume 22.3 of the South African Journal of International Affairs, now available online, includes a special section entitled ‘Development Banks of the Developing World: Regional Roles, Governance and Sustainability.’      
SAIIA Occasional Paper No 223, October 2015
SAIIA Policy Briefing 144, October 2015
The dramatic drop in oil prices in the last year has meant substantial revenue losses for African energy-exporting countries and a stalling of shale oil projects as these become less economically viable.
SAIIA Policy Insights No 28, October 2015
SAIIA is hosting a panel discussion on ‘Arrested Development? The impact of low oil prices for African oil exporters’.
SAIIA Policy Insights No 25, September 2015
SAIIA Policy Briefing 142, September 2015
In 2011, at the height of piracy attacks along the Somali coastline and the Gulf of Aden, 237 separate attacks were reported. This figure has fallen drastically over the years, with only 12 attacks being reported in 2014. This decline has been attributed to the collective efforts of the international community to address Somali piracy.
SAIIA's Western Cape Branch cordially invites you to a public seminar to be addressed by SAIIA Research Fellow Joana Ama Osei-Tutu on 'Reflections of the Gulf of Guinea's most neglected natural resource - its maritime domain.'
In the midst of a global commodity price bust and a rapid Chinese economic slowdown, South African mining companies are struggling to keep shafts operational. Exacerbating this difficulty is a generally strained relationship between mining firms and the government over mineral rights.
SAIIA Research Report No 20, August 2015  Download - English (3.08 MB) Governance of Africa's Resources ProgrammeBotswana is at a critical historical juncture. It has enjoyed a stable democracy since 1965 and strong, quality economic growth for the last few decades. However, the diamond revenues on which the country depends are likely to decline in the near future. Economic diversification is therefore a pressing policy concern.
On 12 August 2015, SAIIA's Western Cape Branch held a public seminar addressed by Mr Saliem Fakir, World Wide Fund for Nature, on 'Fracking in South Africa: Good or Bad, To a better understanding of the economics behind South Africa's energy choices.'
Tuesday, 11 August 2015

The elephant in the room

In a recent bust at Zurich airport, officials seized eight suitcases of ivory – 262kg worth an estimated £265,000 – contraband that came from about 50 slaughtered elephants. It is difficult to ascertain whether these kinds of raids indicate that law enforcement on distribution routes between Africa and the Far East is improving, or whether busts are simply increasing with poaching rates.
SAIIA Occasional Paper No 219, July 2015
In June 2015, the Department of Mineral Resources gazetted regulations related to hydraulic fracturing or fracking in South Africa offering a framework for the exploitation and exploration of shale gas. It could easily lead one to think that another step has been taken in the direction of the highly controversial question of industrial fracking in the Karoo basin.
Following the tragic killing of striking miners at the Lonmin Mine in Marikana on 16 August 2012, South Africa’s government established a Commission of Inquiry to investigate matters of ‘public, national and international concern’ arising out of the tragic event. Three years on, the release of the Commission’s final report has provoked hostile reactions from many quarters.
The South African Journal of International Affairs invites article submissions and special issue proposals for our forthcoming volumes. Prospective authors may submit their articles via the SAJIA Scholar One website, detailed below. Prospective guest editors are encouraged to contact the Editor, Dr Martha Bridgman, at sajia.editor@saiia.org.za, with a concept note outlining the themed issue and proposed dates. 
On Monday 22 June 2015, SAIIA and Chatham House hosted the launch of a report by Alex Vines, Director for Area Studies and International Law, on 'Mozambique to 2018: Managers, Mediators, and Magnates'.
SAIIA Occasional Paper No 218, June 2015