Burkina Faso's gold industry is set to decline, says the CEO of West African Resources. Boukary Diallo has attributed the downfall to militant ... attacks that have intensified this year as well as Russia's Nordgold shutting the Taparko mine in April.
For South Africa, 2022 has been an annus horribilis, at least in terms of energy. The country has never experienced such major load shedding (up to eight hours of blackouts a day), due to a fleet of antiquated coal-fired power plants. Eskom, the state-owned electricity company, has been plagued by non-payment, poor governance, predatory behaviour and is burdened with a debt of R392.1bn (€22.1bn).