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Transport Decarbonisation Alliance launched

By: Simone Liedtke     25th May 2018 The Transport Decarbonisation Alliance (TDA), a coalition aiming to catalyse the accelerated decarbonisation of the transport sector, was launched earlier this week in Leipzig, Germany, as part of the International Transport Forum (ITF). Rail transport company Alstom and partner companies, cities... 

Hatch recognised for contribution to equity and skills development at inaugural ABSA Business Day Supplier Development Awards

25th May 2018 Hatch won two awards at the inaugural ABSA Business Day Supplier Development Awards, which celebrates organisations that are building a more inclusive South African economy through innovative and meaningful supplier development initiatives. The awards were announced at an event on Wednesday 23... 

Dotafrica: Enabling An Information Society In The Digital Landscape

25th May 2018 The availability for registration of domain names within the recently-launched dotAfrica (.africa) geographic Top Level Domain (gTLD) is helping to enable a new, transparent Africa powered by information. That is according to CEO of Registry Africa, Lucky Masilela, who says that the information... 

New company focuses on sustainability

By: Paige Müller     25th May 2018 Wadeville-based perlite and vermiculite manufacturer and distributor, Sun Silicates, has established a sister company, CemteQ Building Solutions, which specialises in developing value-add products for the building and construction industries. CemteQ Building Solutions has been established to... 

Consortium to study feasibility of turning waste biomass into aviation fuel

By: Anine Kilian     24th May 2018 A consortium comprising enterprise development specialist Fetola, the World Wide Fund for Nature South Africa (WWF-SA) and SkyNRG is launching the Waste to Wing project to determine the feasibility of using waste biomass to produce sustainable aviation fuel in South Africa.  The consortium will... 

465 TWh of renewable energy sourced by companies in 2017 – Irena

By: Simone Liedtke     24th May 2018 Companies in 75 countries actively sourced 465 TWh of renewable energy in 2017, an amount close to the overall electricity demand of France, a new report by the International Renewable Energy Agency (Irena) states. With the continued decline in the costs of renewables, the report suggests that... 

Eskom business-model review aimed at lowering utility’s risk to fiscus

By: Terence Creamer     24th May 2018 Public Enterprises Minister Pravin Gordhan has confirmed that the business model of power utility Eskom is up for discussion as government seeks to reduce the fiscal risk currently posed by utility and to reposition the State-owned enterprise (SoE) for future sustainability. On his eighty-sixth... 

Corporate Sourcing of Renewables Growing, Taking Place in 75 Countries

24th May 2018 IRENA study shows world market for corporate sourcing of renewable electricity reached 465 terawatt hours in 2017 – enough to power a country the size of France Companies in 75 countries actively sourced 465 terawatt hours (TWh) of renewable energy in 2017, an amount close to the overall... 

Mantashe vows to finalise mining charter in June

By: African News Agency      24th May 2018 South African minister of mineral resources Gwede Mantashe said on Thursday his department plans to finalise the revamped mining charter, the government's regulation tool for transformation, by the end of next month. "We aim to finalise and gazette the mining charter in June, having taken onboard... 

Half of Ramaphosa’s SoE council to be made up of people from outside of government

By: Terence Creamer     23rd May 2018 President Cyril Ramaphosa has announced that the composition of the Presidential State-owned Enterprise (SoE) Council, whose establishment has been approved by Cabinet, will be split between Ministers, as well as business people, experts and stakeholders. Speaking in Parliament during the debate... 

Local government accountability 'continues to fail' – Makwetu

By: Simone Liedtke     23rd May 2018 Auditor-General Kimi Makwetu on Wednesday emphasised that “accountability continues to fail in local government” as there was an overall deterioration in the audit results of South Africa’s municipalities for the 2016/17 financial year. The Auditor-General South Africa (AGSA) audited 257... 

SAA CEO suggests business rescue will bring little benefit to airline

By: Rebecca Campbell     23rd May 2018 South African Airways (SAA) CEO Vuyani Jarana is of the opinion that placing the airline under business rescue would not lead to a radically different recovery plan for the deeply indebted and heavy loss-making national carrier. He was answering a question from FlightComm editor and aviation... 

Harmony poised to hit 1.5m oz target – CEO 

By: Martin Creamer     22nd May 2018 Gold mining company Harmony Gold is well on track to hit its target of 1.5-million ounces of gold a year. The two big steps needed to ensure this – the acquisition and recapitalisation of the Hidden Valley gold mine in Papua New Guinea (PNG), and the acquisition of the Moab Khotsong in South... 

Desalination’s future is going solar – TWS

By: Simone Liedtke     22nd May 2018 The first highly cost-effective solar-powered desalination plant in South Africa will be commissioned by the end of October at Witsand, in the Hessequa municipality, in the Western Cape. The plant will produce 100 kl/d of fresh water to meet the water requirement of the struggling Witsand village. 

AECOM debates the impact of EIAs in project development at IAIA18

21st May 2018 Integrated infrastructure development company AECOM had a major presence at the 38th annual conference of the International Association for Impact Assessment, IAIA18, held from 16 to 19 May at the Durban International Convention Centre. Billed as the international environment conference of the... 

CAMINEX 2018 to provide latest product showcase and free seminars

21st May 2018 CAMINEX, Zambia’s premier Copperbelt agricultural, mining and industrial trade expo, will be taking place at the Kitwe Showgrounds in Kitwe, Zambia, from 5-7 June, and will be showcasing the latest in products, machinery, technologies and services that these and related industries can offer. An... 

Tomra Sorting Recycling Reports Increased Interest In Sorting Technologies At Ifat 2018

21st May 2018 Tougher new regulations and consumer concerns are reflected in enquiries received at the leading trade fair for environmental technologies  TOMRA Sorting Recycling experienced high levels of interest in its sensor-based sorting technologies at IFAT 2018, the world’s leading trade fair for... 

UJ home to new SARChI Chair in Built Environment

By: African News Agency      21st May 2018 The University of Johannesburg (UJ) on Monday announced that it has received a new research chair following the announcement of the latest round of awards by the National Research Foundation in its South African Research Chairs Initiative (SARChI) programme. The Faculty of Engineering and the... 

Texton says concludes deal on acquisition of a portfolio of logistics properties

By: African News Agency      21st May 2018 Property investment fund Texton said on Monday it had concluded agreements with Equites Property Fund and various wholly-owned subsidiaries for the acquisition of a portfolio of logistics properties for an aggregate purchase consideration of R205.3-million. Texton said the acquisition was... 

Global effort against climate change cannot be postponed – Basic countries

By: News24Wire      21st May 2018 The Basic countries, comprising Brazil, South Africa, India and China, have reiterated that the global effort against climate change is an irreversible process that cannot be postponed. This was said following the 26th Basic Ministerial Meeting on Climate Change, held in Durban over the weekend.... 

Can we get 100% of our energy from renewable sources? New article gathers the evidence to address the sceptics.

18th May 2018 Is there enough space for all the wind turbines and solar panels to provide all our energy needs?  What happens when the sun doesn’t shine and the wind doesn’t blow?  Won’t renewables destabilise the grid and cause blackouts? In a review paper last year in the high-ranking journal Renewable and... 

Talaxis to acquire up to 75% of Mkango’s Songwe project

By: Nadine James     18th May 2018 Noble Group subsidiary Talaxis has entered into definitive agreements with Mkango Resources to acquire up to a 75% interest in Mkango’s Lancaster Exploration subsidiary, as well as a 49% stake in its downstream metals division Maginito Investments. In January, Talaxis paid Mkango £5-million in... 

CIG secures funding to turn Conco operation around

By: Marleny Arnoldi     18th May 2018 JSE-listed Consolidated Infrastructure Group (CIG) has secured funding to turn around its power infrastructure services provider subsidiary Conco, which fell into financial dire straits in November.  

Collaboration agreement between Western Cape and Quebec to open markets for green economy players

17th May 2018 GreenCape and Écotech Québec, Canada’s foremost cleantech cluster organisation, signed a framework collaboration agreement during the 9th Regional Leaders Summit, which is taking place this year in Quebec City, Canada. The signing ceremony was attended by Quebec Premier Philippe Couillard and... 

Deloitte reports global shift from business to social enterprises

By: Marleny Arnoldi     17th May 2018 Professional services firm Deloitte’s Human Capital Trends 2018 report titled ‘Rise of the Social Enterprise’ showcases a profound shift facing business leaders globally. This shift reflects the growing importance of social capital in shaping an organisation’s purpose, guiding its relationships... 

Copper industry in crisis, new areas pursued

By: Jessica Oosthuizen     17th May 2018 The global copper industry is in crisis – traditional orebodies are becoming depleted and the commodity market has depressed the price of copper to such an extent that mining companies cannot afford to invest in expansion or new equipment, says foundry and engineering company Thos Begbie group... 

Technical construction used to change historical building to modern art museum 

17th May 2018 The Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art Africa, built inside of the old grain silo at the V&A Waterfront, in Cape Town, required specialist concretes and technical formwork to realise the vision of the architect Thomas Heatherwick. Schalk Burger has the details. Also making headlines, South African... 

R3bn Rosslyn Hub to create 160 000 jobs

By: Nadine James     16th May 2018 The R3-billion mixed-use Rosslyn Hub development was launched at the African Smart Cities Summit, co-located with the African Construction and Totally Concrete Expo, at the Gallagher Convention Centre, in Johannesburg, on Wednesday. The Rosslyn Hub is a crucial step towards the creation of the... 

Plastic bottle recycling hits record

By: Simone Liedtke     16th May 2018 Despite tough trading conditions and a fall of 13% in the total polyethylene terephthalate (PET) market, the South African plastic industry recycled a record 2.15-billion PET plastic bottles in 2017. With a post-consumer recycling rate of 65%, the country is on par with international standards,... 

Capetonians applauded for driving down water use

By: Kim Cloete     16th May 2018 Residents of Cape Town have managed to halve the amount of water they use compared with six months ago in what has been described as a “remarkable” effort. City of Cape Town Utility Services: Water and Sanitation director Peter Flower this week said people had completely changed their way of... 

Gemgrow positive it will deliver on B share guidance for FY18

By: Marleny Arnoldi     16th May 2018 JSE-listed real estate investment trust Gemgrow Properties on Wednesday reported a dividend of 26.09c per A share and 19.34c per B share for the three months ended March 31 - 52.18c per A share and 38.52c per B share for the six months ended March 31.  

Gordhan outlines his plan for the ‘recapture’ of South Africa’s SoCs

16th May 2018 The full text of Public Enterprises Minister Pravin Gordhan’s Budget Vote speech to Parliament on May 15. In it, the Minister warns that it has become evident that several State-owned companies (SOCs) will not be able to trade and borrow their way out of their financial difficulties and that some... 

Solar Power in your home

15th May 2018 Solar energy has exploded over the last decade with the cost of solar panels decreasing, making solar more affordable than ever. Many homeowners have already invested in this to make their homes more environmentally friendly and sustainable, but if you are still investigating the options... 

A.B.E. Waterproofing For New Botswana Innovation Hub Building

15th May 2018 a.b.e. Construction Chemicals has supplied large volumes of polyurea coating for the waterproofing of an expansive roof of one of the new buildings of Botswana’s massive Innovation Hub campus in Gaborone. Noel Abendroth, a.b.e. High Performance Coatings Solutions Manager, says VIP QuickSeal PP... 

Business, Cogta agree on cooperation plan for municipalities

By: Thabi Madiba     15th May 2018 Business Unity South Africa (Busa) and the Department of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs (Cogta) have agreed to cooperate in setting up a structured process aimed at resolving some of the key challenges facing many of South Africa’s dysfunctional municipalities, particularly in the... 

Refocused enX delivers pleasing half-year results; well-positioned for future growth

15th May 2018   Revenue increases to R3.6bn from R2.4bn EBIT improves to R354.4m from R257.1m Profit before tax grows to R182.7m from R175.2m Balance sheet strengthened, and debt maturity profile extended Group well positioned for future growth Diversified JSE-listed industrial group enX today announced... 

Smart cities in Africa require intelligent planning and an active citizenry

15th May 2018 Smart cities in an African context require intelligent planning and an active citizenry rather than the overlay of technological solutions more applicable to international markets such as Europe. This was the message from Paragon Founding Director Henning Rasmuss, a key speaker at the Bigen Smart... 

Ramaphosa off to Geneva to assume co-chair of ILO global commission

By: African News Agency      15th May 2018 President Cyril Ramaphosa will on Tuesday assume the position of Co-Chair of the Global Commission on the Future of Work of the International Labour Organisation (ILO) in Geneva, Switzerland. The South African president, who left for Geneva on Monday, will attend the working dinner, to consider... 

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