Developments in Botswana

Banking and Finance In recent years there has been a sharp increase in activity in the banking and finance sector of Botswana. This has taken place in both the regulatory and transactional spheres of the sector. The introduction of the Non-Bank Financial Institution Regulatory Authority Act extended the financial sector regulatory regime to non-bank financial…

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LEX Africa launches Pan African mining guide

Mining in Africa is an integral and important part of the continent’s economy. Many mining projects suffer extreme risks and difficult decisions and sound mining law is integral for an investment decision. LEX Africa‘s specialist mining team is proud to launch the first edition of its Pan African mining guide which covers 15 key African…

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The Current state of Mining in Africa

As the 2015 Mining Indaba kicked off in Cape Town earlier this month, Chris Stevens, Director at South African LEX Africa member Werksmans Attorneys, shared his thoughts on the current state of mining in Africa. Watch the full interview on CNBC Africa’s Open Exchange, here. Share this article

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Important regulatory developments – the Mozambican Coal Sector

The coal industry in Mozambique plays a major and growing role in the economic and social development of the country. The immense reserves of coal and the active commencement of its exploitation will undoubtedly make Mozambique one of the key coal producers and exporters in the world. Rio Tinto, Vale, Jindhale, ENRC and other internationally…

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Whisperings on African business developments & opportunities – August 2013

A poor record of infrastructure concessions to the private sector in Zambia has led to considerable caution and reticence on the part of the Zambian authorities.  Two examples of this are the national rail concession and the Mpulungu harbour concession.   Recent major commercial property developments on land, on which sugar cane previously grew, near the international airport…

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The nationalization of mines in Africa

With a number of prospecting rights being granted over existing mines to politically connected empowerment groups, the spotlight has fallen off the nationalization of mines. But the ANC Youth League recently said that it was still very much on the agenda. Pieter Steyn, chairman of Lex Africa and director at Werksmans Attorneys, joins CNBC Africa…

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A positive and comprehensive revamp for the Kenyan mining regime

Nigel Shaw is a partner in the Commercial department at Kaplan & Stratton and has considerable experience in advising clients on real estate (large scale developments, conveyancing, securities and leasing), private client and immigration matters.  A qualified barrister at law (Grays Inn London), and an advocate of the High Court of Kenya, Nigel’s clients consist…

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Legislative developments challenge Africa’s huge mining industry

Africa’s extensive mineral and resource wealth has the potential to form a formidable bed‑rock for the continent’s future economic well-being. However, a number of issues continue to dog the African mining and resources industry, meaning many African countries may not achieve their full mining potential. KENYA Many challenges including corruption, licensing delays, restrictive labour laws,…

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