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Kenya destroyed its entire stockpile of elephant ivory; over 100 tonnes of ‘white gold’ went up in smoke on Saturday, 30 April 2016. This stock consists of both illegally harvested ivory (confiscated from poachers or traders) and naturally accruing ivory (from natural mortality). In China - where the majority of the world’s ivory is currently either consumed or stockpiled - the recently reported price of ivory is USD$1,100/kg, and the average weight of a pair of elephant tusks is around 7kg. This means that the final value - at point of consumption - of one pair of elephant tusks is worth roughly…
SAIIA Occasional Paper No 229, April 2016
The single most significant thing that President Zuma acknowledged in his ‘State of the Nation Address’ last week was the risk of a credit rating downgrade for South Africa:
There is growing interest in the commercial value of South Africa’s coastal zones, primarily for sand mining to supply the construction sector. While stakeholders, including resident communities, recognise the potential for economic development and employment, there are also significant negative environmental and livelihood consequences.
The annual African Mining Indaba takes place from 8-11 February 2016 in Cape Town, the flagship event for investors, mining companies and governments. But what happens at the Indaba? What are the concerns?
On 8 February 2016, a SAIIA Mining Indaba Roundtable in Cape Town on ‘Contested Spaces: Mining and South Africa’s Coastal Zones’ attracted government, business and civil society to engage in some excellent debates.
Billed as the premier annual event for African mining interests, the 2016 Mining Indaba will take place in Cape Town from 8 to 11 February. But what is being discussed at the Indaba? Are all interests equally represented? And what do research institutes on the ground across Africa think about what is being decided there?
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.