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May 01, 2015
Tesla Motors CEO Elon Musk.
   
Clean energy leader Tesla Motors on Thursday night launched a new range of batteries that could power homes and commercial buildings at a fraction of the expected cost, highlighting the growing demand for the minerals such a s graphite, cobalt and lithium required to...
 
May 01, 2015
With just hours to go before the Broad Based Black Economic Empowerment (B-BBEE) Amended Codes of Good Practice come into law on 1 May‚ the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) had still not clarified several important points - including the draft Qualifying Small...
May 01, 2015
Eskom said load-shedding should not be needed this weekend. According to the bi-weekly System Status Bulletin‚ released on Thursday‚ the power utility “will once again embark on a massive plant maintenance drive this long-weekend in an effort to improve the...
May 01, 2015
South Africans can expect fuel prices to remain near their current levels in May‚ with changes of only a few cents per litre. This is according to the Automobile Association (AA)‚ which was commenting on unaudited Central Energy Fund data released this week. "The...
May 01, 2015
Despite 84.5% of South African workers receiving a regular wage or salary – which is high in world terms and even better than some developed countries – the subject of minimum wages remains one of the most heatedly discussed economic topics. And it’s often...
Apr 30, 2015
The Presidential Infrastructure Coordinating Commission (PICC) aims to pursue a major dam-building programme to increase access to water and ensure a more integrated “source-to-tap” approach to distributing the resource to communities. Addressing media post a...
Apr 30, 2015
Despite lingering arguments by labour unions that the average South African worker remains underpaid, South African minimum wages are likely to fall within the top 30% of global minimum wages in purchase power parity (PPP) terms and in the top half in nominal dollar...
Apr 30, 2015
Two weeks after itself filing for business rescue, vertically integrated steel and vanadium slag producer Evraz Highveld Steel & Vanadium announced on Thursday that subsidiary Mapochs Mine would also enter business rescue proceedings following “historical operational...
Apr 30, 2015
While State-owned power utility Eskom has reached payment agreements with ten of the top 20 defaulting municipalities, the balance would face scheduled power interruptions from June for nonpayment. The 20 local municipalities aggregately owed Eskom about...
 
Apr 30, 2015
Transnet National Ports Authority (TNPA) said a R1.4-billion contract to produce nine tugboats for its nationwide ports continued to progress on time and within budget, with the first tug due to be handed over in January next year. “Despite the challenges of energy...
Apr 30, 2015
Nhlanhla Nene
Finance Minister Nhlanhla Nene would not immediately proceed with the implementation of the proposal to reduce the remuneration threshold against which contributions to the Unemployment Insurance Fund (UIF) are calculated, National Treasury said on Thursday. This...
Apr 30, 2015
President Jacob Zuma
As the members of the first National Planning Commission (NPC) hand over their final “close-out report” on Thursday, a call is being made for the nominations of new members to continue the work that has been done since the commission was established in 2010. The NPC,...
Apr 30, 2015
While results from the first year of the dual-system apprenticeship project (DSAP) pilot in South Africa have been positive, with a second intake of learners and additional pilot sites being planned, convincing employers to participate remains a challenge,...
Apr 30, 2015
ICAO Eastern and Southern Africa director Barry Kashambo
While there have been undoubted improvements in aviation safety in Africa, much remains to be done. This was highlighted on Thursday by International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) regional director Eastern and Southern Africa Office Barry Kashambo at the Fourth...
Apr 30, 2015
Africa needs to liberalise its air transport sector, Director of Civil Aviation in the South African Civil Aviation Authority Poppy Khoza asserted on Wednesday. She was addressing the Fourth Aviation Stakeholders Convention. "We need to implement the Yamoussoukro...
Apr 30, 2015
SITA OnAir Business Manager Damien McCormack
International aviation inflight connectivity company SITA OnAir has developed a product to allow airlines to track their aircraft in flight, wherever they may be throughout the world. This system employs technological infrastructures that already exist or are...
Apr 30, 2015
The term ‘strategic minerals’ is one that is much used but one that, in the words of Brazilian minerals lawyer Raquel Quaresma de Lima, “does not have a steady definition”, while the Science and Technology Committee of the UK House of Commons has observed that there...
 
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