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DMRE sets Jan 31 deadline for responses to RFI for 3 000 MW of near-term supply

By: Terence Creamer     13th December 2019 The Department of Mineral Resources and Energy (DMRE) on Friday released a request for information (RFI) in a bid to procure between 2000 MW and 3000 MW of power generation capacity "that can be grid connected in the shortest time at the least possible cost". Respondents to the RFI have been... 

DMRE sets Jan 31 deadline for responses to RFI for 3 000 MW of near-term supply
Photo by Creamer Media's Dylan Slater
Mineral Resources and Energy Minister Gwede Mantashe

Ramaphosa on reconciliation: More needs to be done

By: News24Wire      Updated 5 hours ago Reconciliation in South Africa can only be achieved once corruption and political divisions are eradicated, President Cyril Ramaphosa has said. Announcing that he will be travel to Bergville in KwaZulu-Natal to observe the Day of Reconciliation on Monday, he said South Africa had "much further... 

Ramaphosa on reconciliation: More needs to be done
President Cyril Ramaphosa

DRC reverts to 4 800 MW plan for Inga

By: Bloomberg     16th December 2019 The Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) will proceed with a smaller version of the Inga III hydropower project and expand the facility over time, President Felix Tshisekedi said. The Inga III dam, which will begin as a 4 800 MWplant, will have its capacity increased to 7 500 MW and 11 000 MW... 

Sasol willing to consider using ‘green hydrogen’ to produce lower-carbon fuels 

By: Terence Creamer     13th December 2019 South African energy and chemicals group Sasol, which is under increasing pressure to lower its carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions, has indicated a willingness to participate in demonstration projects aimed at deploying its Fischer-Tropsch assets in combination with ‘green hydrogen’, produced from... 

Sasol willing to consider using ‘green hydrogen’ to produce lower-carbon fuels

Proudly South African continuous miner on its way into Australian mining market  

By: Martin Creamer     13th December 2019 A Proudly South African continuous miner, which is being shipped to Australia for final assembly, is due to go into operation Down Under in May, Mining Weekly Online can today report. “It certainly shows that the Australian mining industry has gained a lot of confidence in our ability,” said... 

JA Engineering Works CEO Danie van Wyk interviewed by Mining Weekly Online’s Martin Creamer. Video Editing: Nicholas Boyd. Photographs: Dylan Slater. Video: Kutlwano Matlala.

Bloodhound chief engineer on heat, dust and record-breaking dream 

By: Irma Venter     13th December 2019 Dusty Hakskeenpan, in the Kalahari desert, is not exactly the place one expects a bunch of Brits to hang around during a hot African summer. It’s 260 km from the nearest big town – Upington – and average daytime temperatures hover somewhere in the mid-thirties, if not higher. But, the men and... 

Bloodhound chief engineer on heat, dust and record-breaking dream

Minerals Council joins calls for govt to ensure increased electricity self-generation 

By: Simone Liedtke     13th December 2019 The Minerals Council South Africa has welcomed the Department of Mineral Resources and Energy’s (DMRE’s) statement that it is committed to the development of adequate generation capacity to meet electricity demand in the interests of economic growth. However, the council said the industry... 

Union to protest on Eskom CEO’s first day 

By: News24Wire      13th December 2019 Incoming Eskom CEO Andre de Ruyter can expect a rocky start to his tenure as boss of the troubled power utility, as the National Union of Mineworkers plans to demonstrate and hand him a memorandum on his first day in the office. The Num has been disgruntled at Eskom lately, not least due to what... 

Union to protest on Eskom CEO’s first day
Incoming Eskom CEO Andre de Ruyter

SA wants to be continent’s automotive producer of choice – Patel

By: Creamer Media Reporter      13th December 2019 Trade and Industry Minister Ebrahim Patel is hoping that regular meetings between government, labour and representatives from the vehicle assemblers and automotive component suppliers, will create a stable and predictable environment for automotive investment. The Automotive Executive Oversight... 

Ebrahim welcomes potential Saldanha Steel buyers

By: Marleny Arnoldi     13th December 2019 Trade and Industry Minister Ebrahim Patel outlined, in a Parliamentary reply this week, the efforts taken by government to help make a positive case for why steel producer ArcelorMittal South Africa (AMSA) should not close down its Saldanha Steel Works operation. Patel said four potential... 

Election in UK brings some certainty, but Brexit deal remains concerning, says Parsons

By: Marleny Arnoldi     13th December 2019 North West University business school economist Professor Raymond Parsons says the now re-elected Conservative Party government in the UK provides a strong political mandate to pass the necessary legislation in time to leave the European Union (EU) formally on January 31. Britain will then move... 

South Africa records smaller FDI inflows in third quarter

By: Reuters     13th December 2019 South Africa recorded smaller foreign direct investment (FDI) inflows in the third quarter compared with the second quarter, but portfolio investment inflows jumped after the government issued international bonds, central bank data showed on Friday. Africa's most industrialised economy had FDI... 

EOH sells dental information business

By: Marleny Arnoldi     13th December 2019 JSE-listed technology services group EOH’s EOH Abantu subsidiary has announced it will sell all of its shares in Dental Information Systems Holdings (Denis) to Afrocentric Health for R250-million. Denis and its subsidiaries were acquired by EOH in 2012 to provide the group with healthcare... 

Nampak sells Europe plastics unit

By: Creamer Media Reporter      13th December 2019 JSE-listed Nampak on Friday announced that it entered into an agreement for the sale of Nampak Plastics Europe (NPE) to Bellcave for an undisclosed amount. NPE was designated as an asset held for sale in August and an accelerated disposal process was initiated. 

New Oxford-Glenhove buildings aim for 4-star green ratings

By: Schalk Burger     13th December 2019 The two newest buildings to be built on the intersection of Oxford and Glenhove roads – OxGlen Block 3 and Block 4 – will aim to achieve 4-Star Green Star SA Office Design rating from the Green Building Council South Africa (GBCSA), engineering consultancy Solid Green Consulting senior... 

Special parking tariffs available to travellers at four South African airports

By: Simone Liedtke     13th December 2019 Parking tariffs for stays of seven days and longer at South Africa’s four largest airports have been slashed for the peak holiday season, from December 13 to January 13, 2020. The reduced tariffs will apply at OR Tambo International Airport, Cape Town International Airport, King Shaka... 

Opinion: Backward glance

By: Martin Zhuwakinyu     13th December 2019 This year has been quite eventful for Africa, and some of the occurrences that came to pass were captured on this page over the past 50-odd weeks. In this last edition for 2019, I take you down memory lane, highlighting some of the noteworthy events. Perhaps one of the major African news stories... 

Opinion: Backward glance

Apron belt feeder promises strength and control

By: Debbie French     13th December 2019 A new apron belt feeder for run-of-mine (RoM) and stockyard applications offers the strength of an apron feeder with the spillage control of a conveyor system. The belt-over-apron feeder has a low-profile loading deck and a modular design, for adjustable-rate feeding of abrasive materials such as... 

Apron belt feeder promises strength and control

Regional deals to drive merger activity in chemicals sector globally – AT Kearney

By: Marleny Arnoldi     13th December 2019 Most chemical industry executives believe global chemicals merger and acquisition (M&A) activity will continue to increase or stay at high levels, as a global trend of coping with challenging economic conditions. Management consultancy AT Kearney in its latest ‘Chemicals Executive M&A’ report... 

Namibia rushes to drill boreholes as worst drought in a century bites

By: Reuters     13th December 2019 Namibia's dam water levels have almost halved from already low levels as the worst drought in more than 100 years pushes the desert nation closer to famine. Dams nationwide were at 19.3% of capacity compared to 35.6% this time last year, water utility Namwater said, a drop officials blame on... 

UNDP, Irena help countries to meet climate pledges

By: Marleny Arnoldi     13th December 2019 Renewable energy deployment has to accelerate six-fold by 2030 if the world is to achieve the goal of cutting global carbon emissions by 45% and keep temperatures below 1.5 ˚C above pre-industrial levels. The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the International Renewable Energy... 

Development institutions help African countries align with global sustainability plans

By: Marleny Arnoldi     13th December 2019 Three development institutions have partnered to present a digital application at the Conference Of the Parties 25 climate conference, in Madrid, this week, to help African countries that are grappling with implementing key global initiatives. The United Nations Development Programme, the... 

AfDB, African Union to develop electricity master plan for the continent

By: Schalk Burger     13th December 2019 Development finance institution, the African Development Bank (AfDB) and the African Union’s Development Agency (AUDA-NEPAD) plan to develop a blueprint for a pan-continental electricity network and market, the organisations have said. “The Continental Power System Master Plan will ensure that... 

Higher trade barriers hitting jobs and growth – WTO

By: Reuters     13th December 2019 More than 100 new trade restrictions imposed during the year to mid-October affected goods and services worth an estimated $747-billion, the highest level for a 12-month period since 2012, the World Trade Organisation (WTO) said on Thursday. New measures including tariffs, quantitative... 

Eskom continues load-shedding as unplanned breakdowns affect 12 000 MW of capacity

By: African News Agency      13th December 2019 South Africa's electricity company Eskom said on Friday unplanned breakdowns at its plants were affecting just under 12 000 megawatt of generating capacity, forcing it to burn diesel and use water from pumped storage schemes to augment its base load. "Load-shedding will be required all day to... 

 Eskom continues load-shedding as unplanned breakdowns affect 12 000 MW of capacity

Large power users say options to alleviate pressures need to be urgently unlocked

By: Terence Creamer     12th December 2019 The Energy Intensive Users Group of Southern Africa reiterated on Thursday that its members had several options available to alleviate South Africa’s electricity supply constraints, while warning that the risk of load-shedding would persist until new supply- and demand-side solutions were... 

Large power users say options to alleviate pressures need to be urgently unlocked
Mines such as Gold Fields are ready to invest in power projects

MTN argues Commission's data recommendations not based on bigger view  

By: Natasha Odendaal     12th December 2019 Telecommunications giant MTN on Thursday argued that the Competition Commission has localised their recommendations to an area that accounts for only a third of the operators current data revenue, with MTN’s pricing realistically deemed “in the middle of the road”. The issuance of the Competition... 

Parliament seeking submissions on the Defence Amendment Bill

By: Rebecca Campbell     12th December 2019 The National Assembly’s Portfolio Committee on Defence and Military Veterans has called for written submissions from “stakeholders and interested parties” on the Defence Amendment Bill (Bill 18 of 2017). The National Assembly is the lower house of the South African Parliament. “The objective of... 

Farmers reeling from latest bout of load-shedding 

By: News24Wire      12th December 2019 Eskom's current load-shedding has struck in the middle of the Western Cape's fruit season, further hobbling a key industry that depends on a regular electricity supply, Geoff Jacobs, president of the Cape Chamber of Commerce and Industry, said on Wednesday. The Western Cape fruit sector earns... 

 Farmers reeling from latest bout of load-shedding

Zambia's power supply deficit worsens as water levels sink

By: Reuters     12th December 2019 Zambia's electricity supply shortage increased to 810 MW in November from around 750 MW in September, State power firm Zesco said on Thursday, adding it would quickly commission new power plants to plug the gap. Africa's second-biggest copper producer has seen electricity supply dwindle due to... 

Growthpoint, Investec venture buys RMB Westport portfolio

By: Marleny Arnoldi     12th December 2019 Real estate investment trust (Reit) Growthpoint Investec African Properties (Giap) has successfully acquired the RMB Westport Real Estate Development Fund. The entity houses the assets developed and owned by Reit RMB Westport’s inaugural property development fund.  

Eskom: We have 'non-firm' power contracts with Zim and Zambia  

By: News24Wire      12th December 2019 Eskom's chief operations officer, Jan Oberholzer, has confirmed to journalists that the power utility entered into contracts to supply power to Zimbabwe and Zambia - but only if it is available. The executive was responding to questions from media, following a briefing by President Cyril... 

 Eskom: We have 'non-firm' power contracts with Zim and Zambia
Photo by Creamer Media's Dylan Slater
Eskom COO Jan Oberholzer

Trade conditions to remain subdued for foreseeable term

By: Marleny Arnoldi     12th December 2019 The South African Chamber of Commerce and Industry (Sacci) says trade conditions remained in negative territory in November. The seasonally adjusted Trade Activity Index (TAI), as a measure of recent trade conditions, improved by one point to 43 in November.  

Court dismisses Myeni's bid to have Outa withdraw from delinquency case

By: News24Wire      12th December 2019 The High Court in Pretoria on Thursday dismissed former South African Airways board chairperson Dudu Myeni's application challenging the Organisation Undoing Tax Abuse's involvement in a case which seeks to have her declared a delinquent director. 

 Court dismisses Myeni's bid to have Outa withdraw from delinquency case
Former SAA board chairperson Dudu Myeni

Uganda's Umeme gets $70m loan for national grid expansion

By: Reuters     12th December 2019 Umeme, the Ugandan power distributor, said on Thursday it has secured $70-million in a syndicated loan to fund infrastructure upgrades and grid expansion. The loan was agreed with the World Bank's private lending arm IFC, South Africa's Standard Bank and Dutch development bank FMO. 

Reliable, affordable data connectivity issues still plague Africa – Seacom

By: African News Agency      12th December 2019 Despite developments on international subsea infrastructure, reliable and affordable data connectivity issues continue to plague Africa, with internet penetration only increasing in recent years largely due to the roll out of mobile networks, pan-African telecoms company Seacom says. Sixteen of... 

Global airline sector to increase its profits next year, but African airlines to continue losses

By: Rebecca Campbell     12th December 2019 The International Air Transport Association (Iata) has forecast that the world airline industry will achieve its eleventh consecutive year of profit next year. The industry’s 2020 profit is predicted to come to $29.3-billion, up from the $25.9-billion expected for this year (this latter figure... 

Global airline sector to increase its profits next year, but African airlines to continue losses
Photo by IATA
Alexandre de Juniac

Load-shedding threatens critical cold storage, water management in agri sector

By: Marleny Arnoldi     12th December 2019 Industry association Agri SA on Thursday shared its view on how load-shedding has impacted on the agricultural sector. Agri SA Centre of Excellence chairperson Nicol Jansen says Eskom’s implementation of Stage 6 load-shedding on Monday evening caught the South African economy off guard,... 

Load-shedding threatens critical cold storage, water management in agri sector

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