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SAIIA Occasional Paper No 122, September 2012
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.
SAIIA Policy Briefing 55, August 2012
The South African Institute of International Affairs, Western Cape Branch, hosted a seminar on 30 August 2012 on "The South African mining industry on the road to Mangaung", addressed by Peter Leon.
The South African Institute of International Affairs, Western Cape Branch, invites you to a public seminar to be addressed by Peter Leon on "The South African mining industry on the road to Mangaung".Venue: Cape Town Holocaust Centre, 88 Hatfield St, Gardens, Cape Town
‘Cui bono?’ or ‘Who benefits?’ is a question often asked by well-known political economist Susan Strange. This was also the guiding question of a recent SAIIA study on the tropical timber trade in Africa’s Great Lakes region. The report, entitled Timber Trade in Africa’s Great Lakes: The road from Beni, DRC to Kampala, Uganda focuses on international, regional and local demand-side drivers of tropical timber exports from the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) to and through Uganda.
SAIIA Policy Briefing No 53, August 2012
In 2011 Parliament’s mineral resources committee conducted public hearings on the amendment of the Broad Based Socio Economic Empowerment Charter for the South African Mining Industry, namely the Amended Mining Charter of 2010. This occurred against the backdrop of negative press surrounding the mineral licensing process, managed by the Department of Mineral Resources (DMR) and the ongoing debate surrounding the nationalisation of South Africa’s mines.
Launched this month, "Community of Practice" is a new blog with fresh insight on Africa-related research. This blog gives individuals an online space to converge and take part in discussions with others around the world who are committed to improving Africa.
SAIIA Policy Briefing 50, June 2012
SAIIA Report No 11, July 2012  Download - English [.pdf] (2.82 MB) Governance of Africa's Resource Programme The report provides a political economy analysis of the trade in tropical timber from the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) to and through Uganda via the Northern Transit Corridor. The study focuses on international, regional and local demand-side drivers for tropical timber exports from the eastern DRC to and through Uganda.
Address by Nicolas Dasnois on "Africa's Uranium and the Global Nuclear Renaissance", Mountain Club of SA, Gardens, Cape Town
SAIIA Policy Briefing 48, June 2012
World Oceans Day (8th June) is celebrated this year just days ahead of the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development, also known as Rio+20, where ocean governance will be one of the key themes under discussion. The world's oceans have become an increasingly crowded and contested arena of human activity in recent decades. Fishing and merchant shipping fleets have expanded dramatically in number and vessel capacity, with significant impacts on marine life. Technological innovations and high prices have fuelled exploration and competition for marine minerals and energy resources. Piracy has resurfaced as a major security threat in many parts of…
11 May 2012: Mozambique is on the cusp of a resource boom that is likely to revolutionise the way in which it deals with both its traditional partners and issues emerging in the region. SAIIA's South African Foreign Policy and African Drivers Programme (SAFPAD) team recently undertook field research in the country to better understand what drives Mozambican foreign policy and to assess how the natural resources boom could impact on its relations with regional and global actors.
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.
3 April 2012: SAIIA's Research Associate, Tom Wheeler, and the former CEO of Old Mutual South Africa, Kuseni Dlamini, join a panel discussion to discuss how sanctions placed on Iranian oil exports will affect South Africa. Dlamini is also a member of SAIIA's National Council. Iran is one of South Africa's primary oil suppliers, making up 20% of South Africa's oil imports.
SAIIA Occasional Paper No 114, March 2012
SAIIA Occasional Paper No 113, March 2012
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 Report No 10, March 2012  Download - English [.pdf] (1.14 MB) The report investigates the political impacts that oil is likely to have on Uganda. It argues that oil production will have transformative effects on Uganda's local, national and regional political relations. To better understand these impacts, the report attempts to contextualise oil developments within a historical perspective. Since gaining independence from colonial rule in 1962, Uganda's military forces have played a significant role in politics. This is evidenced by a history of military-led coups, and by the survival in office of several post-independence presidents being dependent on creating…
Artisanal and small-scale mining (ASM) is a thorny issue for both governments and large scale mining (LSM) companies. Often operating in remote, unregulated and environmentally sensitive areas, difficult to tax and posing a security challenge on the verges of LSM mine sites, ASM miners are generally discussed at major mining forums as a challenge to be managed, if indeed they form part of the discussion at all. The 2012 "Investing in Africa Mining Indaba", however, revealed a greater urgency among both government and corporate delegates to address ASM mining.
How can Africa extract lasting dividends from the growing global commercial engagement in its mineral and oil resources? The marketing pitch of the 2012 "Investing in Africa Mining Indaba" that took place in Cape Town (from 6 to 9 February) is that it is the biggest and most significant annual event on the African mining industry's calendar. This claim seemed compelling judging by the packed programme, thousands of participants, hundreds of exhibitors, and the wide array of ministerial and company presentations that flooded the Cape Town International Convention Centre. But in the aftermath of the Indaba it is useful to…
SAIIA Occasional Paper No 102, November 2011
SAIIA Occasional Paper No 101, November 2011