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This is an exciting year for multinationals looking to exploit Africa’s ever-expanding oil reserves, which are increasingly accessible and economically recoverable as technology advances. The 2014 Africa Assembly of the Oil Council is hosting a conference towards the end of June to bring together oil executives and government officials to aid extractive endeavours in Africa’s oil and gas sectors.   
SAIIA Occasional Paper No 188, June 2014
The newly appointed Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries, Mr. Senzeni Zokwana, inherits a complex and divisive set of governance challenges within South Africa’s fisheries sector. Recent developments, however, suggest that his tenure may present an important opportunity to effect meaningful change and set South African fisheries on a more sustainable and prosperous path.
On 28 to 29 May 2014 the South African Institute of International Affairs hosted the fourth general meeting of the Governance of Africa’s Resources Research Network (GARN). Established in 2010, GARN is a pan-continental network of African research institutes with a shared interest in promoting the responsible, equitable and sustainable exploitation of Africa’s vast natural resources.
SAIIA Report No 16, May 2014 Download - English (2.21 MB)Development Effectiveness ProjectPlatinum mining is a major engine of South Africa’s economy, producing exports and generating employment for many South Africans. It is, however, highly dependent on skilled labour, engineers and technicians, who are drawn from the limited pool of graduates that are emerging from the weak South African schooling system. Public-private partnerships have been established in an attempt to address this gap.
SAIIA Policy Briefing No 92, May 2014
If the European Union (EU) and the 'Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) can provide strong leadership in at least four key areas, EU companies can become better placed than their global peers to meet the stricter operation standards and developmental impact being demanded by communities and governments in Africa.
SAIIA Policy Briefing No 91, May 2014
Just short of 18 months after South Africa’s Marikana tragedy of 16 August 2012, ascendant platinum belt union AMCU went on strike. The union represents about 70% of the workforce across three of South Africa’s largest platinum companies. Since its inception in January, the longest strike in South African history has cost the platinum sector over R17 billion in lost revenue.
SAIIA Occasional Paper No 183, April 2014
SAIIA Policy Briefing No 88, April 2014
SAIIA Policy Briefing No 87, April 2014
SAIIA Policy Briefing No 86, April 2014
SAIIA Occasional Paper No 173, February 2014
The usual flurry of analyses has followed President Jacob Zuma’s annual state of the nation address. From a resource governance perspective, there are three things worth examining in further detail given the president’s off the cuff remarks during his address - to both the management of mines and the unions - that actions that damage the economy would not be tolerated.  
Despite the well-researched and recognised socio-economic and ecological values of mangroves worldwide, mangrove ecosystems are among the world’s most threatened vegetation types. More than half of all original forests have already been lost.
SAIIA Policy Briefing No 83, February 2014
Mangroves are invaluable for fuel, fishing, climate change, disaster protection and tourism, but are rarely valued and protected appropriately. We spoke to Romy Chevallier, a researcher with SAIIA's Governance of Africa's Resources Programme who has recently been to Mozambique to conduct field research on mangroves, about this rare and misunderstood resource.
SAIIA's Governance of Africa's Resources Programme (GARP) cordially invites you to the Indaba Roundtable on Resolving labour tensions in African mining on 3 February 2014 in Cape Town.
The increasingly adversarial nature of labour relations is having a dampening effect on South Africa’s mining investment prospects. On the eve of the 2014 African Mining Indaba (3 to 6 February 2014), observers worried about the persistent labour crisis and its likely long-term effect on investor sentiment should pay attention to three key pressure points. In conjunction, they will determine the future viability of South Africa’s mining industry.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE  Dear Editors,  30 January 2014  SAIIA research ahead of the '20th Annual Investing in Africa Mining Indaba' from 3 to 6 February 2014 Various government, business and civil society groups will gather in Cape Town next week for the 20th Annual Investing in Africa Mining Indaba from 3 to 6 February 2014. The South African Institute of International Affairs (SAIIA), has over the last number of years, been focused on developments in the South African and the African mining sector.
Billed as the world’s largest mining investment event, the annual Investing in African Mining Indaba takes place from 3 to 6 February 2014 in Cape Town, South Africa. Now in its 20th year, the event is expected to draw almost 8,000 participants, including representatives of more than 1,500 companies and 45 African and non-African government delegations. 
The extraction of natural resources in Africa, such as oil, gas, diamonds and gold, is a critically important issue for the development and self-reliance of the continent. We spoke to the head of the Governance of Africa's Resources Programme at SAIIA, Oladiran Bello, about measures to ensure that revenues from this booming industry can be transparently and effectively managed.
South Africans appear to have become accustomed to perpetual strike action, especially in the mining industry. It is an unhealthy sign of succumbing to the status quo, having relinquished faith that a solution is in fact possible.