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SOLAR WINDFALL

     13th October 2017 Saudi Arabia has received an offer to supply solar electricity for the cheapest price ever recorded. Bloomberg reports that Abu Dhabi’s Masdar and Electricite de France bid to supply power from a 300 MW solar photovoltaic (PV) plant for as little as US1.79c/KWh. If awarded, that would beat the... 

SOLAR WINDFALL

SKY WARS

     6th October 2017 Late last month, the US Commerce Department slapped import duties of 220% on Bombardier’s new C Series jetliner, which cost at least $6-billion to develop. The protection, which followed a compliant by Boeing, was justified on the basis of Bombardier receiving improper subsidies. Bloomberg... 

SKY WARS

TOO MANY BICYCLES IN BEIJING

     29th September 2017 Katie Melua’s ‘Nine Million Bicycles’ song may have been a smash hit globally, but bike-sharing schemes across many Chinese cities have now officially become a national menace. Across Chinese cities, sidewalks are filling up with bicycles, owing to the poor regulation of the popular sharing... 

TOO MANY BICYCLES IN BEIJING

SEEKING PROGRESS

By: Creamer Media Reporter      22nd September 2017 Labour Minister Mildred Oliphant and Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa have urged business, labour and government negotiators to move decisively on the finalisation of the national minimum wage legislation so that the instrument can be implemented in 2018. Oliphant and Ramaphosa made this appeal... 

SEEKING PROGRESS

ONE STEP FORWARD . . .

     15th September 2017 Flanked by her deputy, as well as her departmental team, Energy Minister Mmamoloko Kubayi (centre) revealed on September 1 how government proposed to break a nearly two-year impasse in the signing of power purchase agreements for 26 renewable-energy projects procured in late 2015. The remedy... 

ONE STEP FORWARD . . .

NOT SERIOUS

     8th September 2017 European Union chief negotiator Michel Barnier (right) accused the UK late last month of not “negotiating seriously” over its withdrawal from the bloc and called on the British government to remove ambiguity about its stance. Barnier said he wanted the UK to come clean on how much it was prepared... 

NOT SERIOUS

COAST-TO-COAST ECLIPSE

     1st September 2017 Millions of Americans across a 113-km corridor, spanning from Oregon, in the west, to South Carolina, in the east, watched as the sky darken and the sun disappeared from view during a total solar eclipse on Monday, August 21. It was the first coast-to-coast total solar eclipse in the US in 99... 

COAST-TO-COAST ECLIPSE

MOON AMID GAS SUNRISE

     25th August 2017 This photograph – taken during the launch, earlier this month, of the Sunrise Energy open-access liquefied petroleum gas facility in Saldanha Bay – shows the moon’s reflection as the sun rose over the R1-billion import and storage terminal. The launch was presided over by Economic Development... 

MOON AMID GAS SUNRISE

PEAKS & PEEVES

     18th August 2017 Construction workers pictured above build new track as part of renovation works aimed at boosting peak-time capacity by 30% at the London Waterloo train station, in the UK capital. The £800-million- renovation will open four platforms mothballed since Channel Tunnel express trains switched to St.... 

PEAKS & PEEVES

LARGE & GRAND

     11th August 2017 Rolls-Royce unveiled its Phantom VIII, described as its largest and grandest car ever, in late July. The revamped 2018 version is only the second modern version of the flagship state car, which Rolls-Royce first introduced in 1925. The BMW Group unveiled the first modern Phantom in 2003 and used... 

LARGE & GRAND

SPEED DATING

     4th August 2017 Finance Minister Malusi Gigaba checks his watch as Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) secretary-general Angel Gurría readies to depart the National Treasury, in Pretoria, for his next engagement. Gurría had earlier handed over the OECD’s fifth and latest survey of South... 

SPEED DATING

BREWERY EXPANSIONS

     28th July 2017 The country’s largest brewer SAB recently announced that it would invest R2.8-billion to expand two of its Gauteng breweries: Alrode, in the south of Johannesburg, where this picture was taken, and Rosslyn, outside of Pretoria. SAB and AB-InBev Zone President for Africa Ricardo Tadeu said the... 

BREWERY EXPANSIONS

RICH HARVEST

     21st July 2017 Nigeria’s Dangote Group, which is controlled Aliko Dangote, Africa’s richest man, revealed earlier this month that it plans to invest more than $4-billion in agriculture over the coming three years. Bloomberg reports that the company plans to increase its production of sugar to 1.5-million tons a... 

RICH HARVEST

TESTING TIMES

     14th July 2017 News of North Korea’s July 4 intercontinental ballistic missile launch caused much concern across the world when it was broadcast last week. Described as ‘paradigm changing’, North Korea’s State media claimed that the country now had the power to now strike the American mainland with a nuclear... 

TESTING TIMES

AGING GRACEFULLY

     7th July 2017 On July 1, the 150th anniversary of the Canadian Confederation was commemorated. Canada Day, as it is known, marks the anniversary of the1867 enactment of the Constitution Act, which united the three separate colonies of Nova Scotia, and New Brunswick into a single Dominion within the British... 

AGING GRACEFULLY

EAGLE HAS LANDED

     30th June 2017 In an effort to stand out from the crowd at the 2017 edition of the Paris air show, which took place in the French capital earlier this month, Brazilian aerospace company Embraer added a striking livery of a golden eagle to its new E195-E2 plane. Dubbed the ‘profit hunter’ by the company, the... 

EAGLE HAS LANDED

COMBAT READY

     23rd June 2017 Members of the South African National Defence Force’s Special Forces Brigade use ropes to rappel from a Denel Oryx utility helicopter in a live-fire battlefield scenario during the Air Power Capability Demonstration at Roodewal Weapons Range, in Polokwane, earlier this month. The purpose of the... 

COMBAT READY

DIGITAL CURRENCIES

     16th June 2017 The record-breaking rally in bitcoin has captivated markets for much of this year, but Bloomberg reports that demand for other digital coins is also surging. Digital tokens tied to the blockchain platform issued this year have more than doubled in price on average since trading started.... 

DIGITAL CURRENCIES

TEA FROM AFRICA

     9th June 2017 Sacks containing tea from Rwanda, Uganda and Kenya sit stacked at the Mitchell Cotts storage warehouse in Mombasa, Kenya, last month. Bloomberg reports that Kenya’s crop production has declined as a result of drought conditions, which that resulted in most areas of the country receiving less than... 

TEA FROM AFRICA

BATTERY BET

     2nd June 2017 German Chancellor Angela Merkel, centre, at the inauguration, of Deutsche Accumotive’s electric automobile battery factory, in Kamenz, Germany. The plant will assemble lithium-ion energy-storage units for Daimler, whose executives are pictured marking the milestone along with Merkel. Bloomberg... 

BATTERY BET

REFORM ROAD MAP

By: Creamer Media Reporter      26th May 2017 New French President Emmanuel Macron called for a “historic rebuilding” of Europe during his recent meeting with German Chancellor Angela Merkel in Berlin, Germany, which was also Macron’s first international trip as president. The two leaders indicated that they would work together to draw up a... 

REFORM ROAD MAP

THAT CAT FLIES

By: Creamer Media Reporter      19th May 2017 Aerobatic pilot Scully Levine of the Flying Lions aerobatic team waves to spectators at Germiston’s Rand Airport, in Gauteng, after completing a flying display. Sponsorship of the Flying Lions was recently taken over by Puma Energy. 

THAT CAT FLIES

IF IT’S NOT MINED . . .

     12th May 2017 The well-worn phrase ‘if it’s not mined, it’s farmed’ comes to mind when analysing the business model of commodity producer and trader Glencore. While the Swiss group, with strong South African ties, is best known for its minerals and fuels operations, Glencore Agriculture is making it presence... 

IF IT’S NOT MINED . . .

RIBBON CUTTING

     5th May 2017 Pulp and paper producer Sappi has launched its second trial generation renewable sugar extraction demonstration plant at its Ngodwana mill, in Mpumulanga. The demonstration plant has been built in partnership with Finnish pulp and paper technology supplier Valmet and will explore and improve the... 

RIBBON CUTTING

BACK TO THE FUTURE

By: Creamer Media Reporter      28th April 2017 In January, Kodak announced that it would be bringing back its iconic Ektachrome film, discontinued in 2012, owing to declining demand. Pictured above are canisters of newly manufactured film in a warehouse at the Eastman Kodak Company film production labs in Rochester, New York. The company... 

BACK TO THE FUTURE

BLUE SKY TOURISM

     21st April 2017 Blue Origin founder CEO Jeff Bezos, who is also Amazon.com CEO, inside a mock up of the New Shepard crew capsule during the Space Symposium in Colorado, the US, earlier this month. Blue Origin is still hoping to start flying people on suborbital space-tourism flights by the end of 2018. The crew... 

BLUE SKY TOURISM

WOOD FOR THE . . .

     14th April 2017 For those whose job it is to see the political wood for the trees, the removal by President Jacob Zuma of the highly regarded finance pairing of Pravin Gordhan and Mcebisi Jonas will undoubtly be the subject of close scrutiny and painstaking analysis. No matter the capabilities of their... 

WOOD FOR THE . . .

SPEED OF LIGHT

     7th April 2017 Washington DC, in the US, has long been a source of both world altering news and stunning controversy. But the pace at which the news and the controversies are flowing has definitely accelerated since the shock election of President Donald Trump in late 2016. Keeping up with both is probably as... 

SPEED OF LIGHT

GLASS FLOOR

     31st March 2017 The $3.6-billion, 123-floor Lotte World Tower in Seoul, South Korea, boasts some record-setting amenities, including the highest glass floor at the top of a building and the highest swimming pool. Pictured above are visitors taking photographs from the glass-bottomed observation deck in mid-March... 

GLASS FLOOR

BATTLE OF BRITAIN

     24th March 2017 The Saltire, the Scottish national flag, flying alongside a Union Jack in Edinburgh, Scotland, as the so-called Brexit Bill cleared all hurdles in the UK Houses of Parliament, opening the way for a triggering of Article 50. However, Scottish First Minister and Brexit opponent Nicola Sturgeon has... 

PRAISED THEN RAIDED

     17th March 2017 Officials from the US Department of Commerce, together with those from Internal Revenue Service, the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation and the Illinois State Police raided Caterpillar’s corporate headquarters in Peoria, Illinois, on March 2, reportedly seeking evidence related to allegations... 

PRAISED THEN RAIDED

CLASSIC COMEBACK

     10th March 2017 Finnish company HMD Global has unveiled a redesign of the classic Nokia 3310 as part of a bid to revive Nokia’s glory days. First launched in 2000, the Nokia 3310 featured a small monochrome display and became known for its durability. The revamped version now has a colour screen, but includes... 

CLASSIC COMEBACK

CLOUDS & LININGS

By: Terence Creamer     3rd March 2017 A silhouette of people on a walkway during a tour of the Eastern basin acid mine drainage (AMD) treatment plant, located in the Gauteng town of Springs. The high-density sludge plant is the largest of South Africa’s three AMD treatments plants and is also, according to the Department of Water and... 

CLOUDS & LININGS

MAX FAMILY

     24th February 2017 Earlier this month, Boeing reported that it plans to fly its new 737 MAX-9 aircraft for the first time in April. Pictured above is the jetliner on the production floor at the company's manufacturing facility in Renton, Washington, in the US. The plane maker is creating up to five MAX versions and... 

MAX FAMILY

NATURAL PREOCCUPATION

     17th February 2017 French Minister of Finance and Economy Michel Sapin says it is natural for South Africa to be preoccupied with the issue of nuclear affordability; an issue that he confirmed was raised during his February 3 meeting with South Africa’s Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan. He used the meeting to offer... 

NATURAL PREOCCUPATION

GOLDEN HATCH

     10th February 2017 The Chinese Lunar New Year, the celebrations for which began on Saturday January 28, ushered in the ‘Year of the Rooster’, which is associated with being trustworthy, punctual and confident. Pictured above is a gold chick figurine on display inside a Chow Tai Fook Jewellery Group store in Hong... 

GOLDEN HATCH

SIGN OF THE TIMES

     3rd February 2017 A Greenpeace ‘Resist’ banner hanging from a construction crane behind the White House in Washington, DC, in late January. The protest arose after the administration of President Donald Trump invited TransCanada to reapply for its controversial Keystone XL project and issued a memorandum... 

SIGN OF THE TIMES

GREEN SHOOTS, BUT . . .

     27th January 2017 While the good summer rains have helped raise water levels at the Vaal Dam (pictured here in early January) to close to 60%, Gauteng residents and businesses are still being urged to exercise restraint before opening their taps. The Department of Water and Sanitation has warned the full recovery... 

GREEN SHOOTS, BUT . . .
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