Junior minister Zacharopoulou to visit Maputo, Lusaka and Lilongwe
France's Minister of State for Development, the Francophonie and International Partnerships Chrysoula Zacharopoulou will be touring Southern Africa in mid-December.
The annual meeting of the international certification body was split on whether or not Russian diamonds should be considered as conflict diamonds. The stalemate prevented the organisation from appointing a new secretary general and setting up its secretariat in Gaborone.
South Africa's head of state plans to reform his ministries after the 2024 presidential election, cutting down on work duplication and improving efficiency in the face of the energy crisis by creating separate ministries for mining and energy and abolishing the portfolio of state-owned companies.
While the ministry of public works and the Development Bank of South Africa squabble over the South African parliament restoration now months behind schedule, MPs will have to continue to meet via video for the foreseeable future.
The South African leader was not informed in advance of the call made by his foreign minister to a Hamas representative on 17 October, causing a diplomatic storm that the president's office is trying to dispel.
The International Finance Corporation, the World Bank's private sector arm, wants to build its presence in Southern Africa to counter Chinese influence and win new projects in the region. To that end, it has called on banking sector veteran, Claudia da Conceicao.
Two of Africa's richest provinces are once again discussing a partnership. This budding parallel diplomacy reflects the increasingly high profile of state governors abroad.
TotalEnergies' path forward on its South African block 5/6/7 is becoming clearer. After securing the necessary environmental authorisations to begin drilling, it has chosen which rig it will drill with.
Indonesian firm Pertamina is already active in Gabon and intends to expand its footprint throughout the continent.
Maoto Mabogwane, the head of the South African company Orbiflex, has joined forces with European firm Ordtech Industries in a bid to conquer West African markets with Soviet-type weaponry.
In a move aimed at reassuring potential investors unsettled by the July coup, Niger's new minister of petroleum Mahaman Moustapha Barké is preparing to visit next week's Africa Energy Week in South Africa.
The future petroleum bill, almost a decade in the making, could be further delayed by 2024 general elections.
The German association AIREG, which promotes the use of sustainable aviation fuels, will attend the Africa Energy Week conference next month for the first time. So far, the initiative has attracted the support of only one African company, Sasol.
French oil and gas major TotalEnergies is having to deal with a plethora of players as it tries to develop its 11B/12B gas block, with its various South African partners far from united on the issue.
The launch of a new state-owned oil company merging three subsidiaries of Central Energy Fund is still a long way off.
Six months after André de Ruyter's shock departure from the national utility, his seat still lies empty and the highly political process of finding his successor is keeping a handful of senior ANC members on the alert.
South Africa's state-owned PetroSA plans to sell half of its 20% stake in the offshore block in the Orange Basin to fund its share in a long-awaited exploration well.
The European Commission and Namibia have approved a raft of joint projects, 10 months after signing a framework cooperation agreement in mining and industry. In addition, the EU is also in talks with further countries.
At this year's summit in the South African economic capital, the BRICS grouping (Brazil, India, Russia, China, South Africa) agreed to admit six new, non-aligned countries into its ranks. It also voiced its ambitions to create a more structured organisation and transform the block's economic power into diplomatic and financial influence.
The South African government is still seeking a solution for relaunching the Mossel Bay gas refinery. The TotalEnergies option has not been ruled out, but Russian, Chinese and Azerbaijani firms are also in the running.
The lawyer for Mozambique's former finance minister has criticised his client's detention conditions in South Africa, where he was held for more than four years pending his extradition to the United States, which finally took place on 12 July.
Lily gold mine in the northeastern Mpumalanga province, which collapsed on 5 February 2016, could soon be up and running again following a supreme court decision validating miner Arqomanzi as the site's owner.
South Africa's leader is short of economic and international affairs advisers at a time when he badly needs help with domestic emergencies such as power cuts and external crises like the Russian-Ukrainian conflict. He is also having to deal with personality clashes within his office.
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