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SMEs To Transform SA’s Education Sector

Updated 7 hours ago The education sector in South Africa remains a catch-22, with public schools struggling to yield positive results and private schools being too costly for many South African households to afford. This challenge, however, signals a gap in the market and provides an opportunity for small and medium... 

Uranium market's Aramco unveils London IPO despite Trump threat

By: Bloomberg     Updated 7 hours ago The initial public offering (IPO) of the world’s largest oil producer Saudi Aramco may be on the back burner, but the IPO of its uranium-market equivalent is full steam ahead. Kazatomprom, the world’s No. 1 producer of the nuclear fuel, on Monday said it would list as much as 25 percent of its... 

Octodec focuses on tenant retention, property value-add in challenging market

By: Marleny Arnoldi     22nd October 2018 JSE-listed real estate investment trust Octodec has declared a 203.4c distribution a share for the financial year ended August 31, which is nearly unchanged from the 203.1c a share distribution reported for 2017. Net asset value per share also remained virtually unchanged at R29.39, compared... 

Lucara to hold first sale through Clara digital sales platform

By: Simone Liedtke     22nd October 2018 TSX-listed Lucara Diamond Corp will hold the first diamond sale through its 100%-owned digital sales platform, Clara Diamond Solutions, in November. It has invited a select group of large vertically integrated jewellery houses and global diamond manufacturers to participate in the sale. 

The impact of solar photovoltaic technologies at the municipal level

22nd October 2018 As the costs of solar photovoltaic technologies continue to decrease and electricity prices continue to increase, a significant number of people have already invested in PV, generating their own electricity through renewable energy. The benefits to this trend in terms of carbon emissions are... 

Quebec asbestos tailings recycler receives federal funding

By: Mariaan Webb     19th October 2018 Privately-owned Alliance Magnesium has received C$12-million in funding from the federal government to support the second phase of demonstrating its technology to extract magnesium from asbestos tailings. The announcement by International Development Minister Marie-Claude Bibeau on Friday comes... 

Data underpins urban growth in South Africa

By: Simone Liedtke     19th October 2018 The use of census data, and modern cloud-based software, as a tool in urban growth modelling is a sustainable route for long-term urban planning, Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) senior researcher Quintin van Heerden said on Friday. In this regard, he told delegates at a CSIR... 

Growing risk of ‘reform by default’ as South Africa battles to adapt to electricity transition 

By: Terence Creamer     19th October 2018 There is a growing risk of “reform by default” in South Africa’s electricity industry, which is already showing symptoms of the “proverbial utility death spiral”, whereby sales volumes fall as tariffs rise, with consumers opting for alternatives. This argument is outlined in a paper titled ‘The... 

Flirting with populism? Ask Venezuela how that went – SARB head Kganyago

By: News24Wire      19th October 2018 South African Reserve Bank (SARB) Governor Lesetja Kganyago has warned leaders that a wave of populism sweeping a number of global economies was a sign that leaders should be more responsible and accountable.  Speaking at the Association of Black Securities and Investment Professionals conference... 

Knowledge Pele Launches Social Impact Investments to stimulate Township, Per-Urban and Rural Economies

By: Creamer Media Reporter      19th October 2018 Knowledge Pele (KP), South African research, development and advisory company, has launched its first social impact investments in the community of Touwsrivier in the Western Cape. The investments address key needs in township, peri-urban and rural communities: social infrastructure and... 

Dutch solar road proves successful, moves on to heavy traffic road trial

By: Irma Venter     19th October 2018 A solar bike path trial in the Netherlands has exceeded all expectations, and will now be rolled out to a road with heavier traffic. The SolaRoad pilot cycle path alongside the N203 near Krommenie, in the Netherlands, was opened in October 2014. It is 90 m long and 3.5 m wide. 

Mall of the West to Kickstart new Ntshongweni Urban Development

By: Creamer Media Reporter      19th October 2018 The first phase of the catalytic Ntshongweni Urban Development region will be an 85 000 square metre regional retail experience. Aptly named the Mall of the West, the new retail offering will cater to Durban’s underserviced western suburbs and surrounding areas and kickstart the Ntshongweni Urban... 

Imbizo to promote green chemistry in South Africa

By: Natasha Odendaal     19th October 2018 The National Cleaner Production Centre of South Africa (NCPC-SA) is working steadily behind the scenes to promote and develop the concept of green chemistry, as part of a global initiative driven by the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) and Yale University’s Center for... 

Strategic economics in times of uncertainty

By: Saliem Fakir     19th October 2018 In his excellent three-volume work titled Wheels of Commerce, Fernand Braudel describes countries or city states as islands in a world economy. This is a reference to the interconnectedness of the world and our dependence on the  world economy. There are always places of gravity and attraction –... 

Regional carrier SA Express continues to re-establish its route network

By: Rebecca Campbell     19th October 2018 State-owned domestic and regional airline SA Express, as part of its relaunch strategy, has reinstated two more of its services. This is part of its plan to, as soon as possible, re-establish its best-performing routes. The two routes concerned are the domestic Johannesburg-Hoedspruit (Mpumalanga... 

South African ICT students head off to China under learning programme

By: Natasha Odendaal     19th October 2018 Another ten information and communication technology (ICT) university students from various institutions have headed to Huawei, in China, on a study trip aimed at building up an ICT talent ecosystem. The yearly study opportunity in China, under the Seeds for the Future programme – a joint Huawei... 

Coca-Cola says all containers to be made from recyclable materials by 2025

By: Schalk Burger     19th October 2018 Beverages multinational subsidiary Coca-Cola Southern and East Africa (CCSEA) continues to reduce the weight of its bottles and has committed to recovering the equivalent of 100% of  all its packaging by 2025, says CCSEA head of sustainability Dr Casper Durandt. These commitments are part of... 

Carbon Tax Bill, draft IRP 2018 not aligned

19th October 2018 South Africa is in the process of developing policy instruments to mitigate climate change and ensure the least cost to the economy for future energy requirements. At the core of these environmental and economic objectives are the Draft Carbon Tax Bill (DCTB) and the Draft Integrated Resource... 

Totana solar photovoltaic farm, Spain

By: Sheila Barradas     19th October 2018 Enel Green Power is building a 84.7 MW solar photovoltaic facility in Murcia. 

Lesotho Highlands Water Project – Phase II, Lesotho/South Africa

By: Sheila Barradas     19th October 2018 Construction work on Phase II of the Lesotho Highlands Water Project is set to start soon. 

M&A activity slowly increasing in Africa

By: Marleny Arnoldi     18th October 2018 Merger and acquisition (M&A) activity has been slower in South Africa, compared with prior years; however, other African countries have seen an increase in deals closed, said Hogan Lovells partner Sibongile Solombela at the firm’s Africa Forum conference held on Thursday. M&A activity is still... 

Iamgold invests in blockchain-based gold system

By: Creamer Media Reporter      18th October 2018 Gold miner Iamgold has joined fellow gold miner Yamana Gold and other partners, including Sprott and Valcambi, in investing in technology company Emergent Technology Holdings (EmTech), which uses blockchain technology to track the provenance of responsibly sourced gold. EmTech's Responsible... 

G7 Renewable Energies expands into Mini Grid sector as decentralised generation scales up for deployment on the African continent

18th October 2018 South African energy pioneers, G7 Renewable Energies (Pty) Ltd, have expanded their portfolio by investing in RVE.SOL, a leading mini-grid development venture using renewable energy to foster decentralised electrification in Africa. RVE.SOL’s patented, pay-as-you-go system “KUDURA”, is a... 

DRA Sets Gold Standard On Elikhulu

18th October 2018 Diversified global engineering, project delivery and operations management group, DRA Global (“DRA”), partnered JSE Listed Pan African Resources [JSE: PAN] in completing its R1.74 billion Elikhulu tailings retreatment project in Evander, Mpumalanga, within budget and ahead of schedule. Over the... 

Organisations raise objections to the draft IRP

By: Kim Cloete     17th October 2018 Industry bodies and organisations have welcomed aspects of the draft Integrated Resource Plan 2018 but have also raised concerns during public hearings held in Parliament on Wednesday. They are hoping that their suggestions will be included in a final plan for South Africa’s energy future. 

Anglo American Platinum brings two Kom-Vision equipped vehicles into production at Mogalakwena Complex

17th October 2018 Technology will boost safety at operations and integrated systems that will deliver significant operational improvements Anglo American Platinum recently bought two Kom-Vision-equipped Komatsu 930E earthmoving vehicles into production at the Mogalakwena Complex. The Kom-Vision technology is a... 

Amplats sets new benchmark with two Kom-Vision equipped vehicles at Mogalakwena complex 

By: Simone Liedtke     17th October 2018 Platinum mining major Anglo American Platinum (Amplats) has acquired two Kom-Vision-equipped Komatsu 930E earthmoving vehicles that have entered into production at the Mogalakwena Complex, setting a new benchmark for the miner. Amplats’ safety strategy is based on four pillars, namely systems,... 

Informal waste pickers should be integrated into formal waste management sector, suggests analyst

By: Marleny Arnoldi     17th October 2018 The informal waste economy in South Africa has been largely responsible for the high rates of post-consumer material recycling that have been achieved, GreenCape Sector Development Agency waste economy analyst Dr Kirsten Barnes noted during a presentation at WasteCon 2018, on Wednesday. Her... 

SMEC celebrates Sydney Metro Northwest ENR Global Project of the Year Award win.

By: Creamer Media Reporter      17th October 2018 A panel of industry judges and editors of the prestigious Michigan-based Engineering News-Record (ENR) selected the Sydney Metro Northwest in Australia as the 2018 Global Project of the Year and Best Rail Project. SMEC was the Design Lead on the international project team and designed the... 

Used oil industry offering significant job creation potential, says foundation

By: Simone Liedtke     16th October 2018 Although still relatively young in South Africa, the economic contribution to the country through job creation in the used oil sector is looking very promising, according to a study commissioned by the Recycling Oil Saves the Environment (Rose) Foundation. A survey commissioned by the foundation... 

SAB Foundation Social Innovation And Disability Empowerment Awards 2018 Winners Announced

16th October 2018 R12.5 million awarded to South Africa’s most promising social innovators. The 20 winners of the SAB Foundation Social Innovation and Disability Empowerment Awards 2018 were announced on Thursday, 11 October 2018 at an awards event in Johannesburg. The first place winners took home more than R1... 

African renewable energy company installs 137 kWp grid-tied installation at Roman's Pizza Head Office in Centurion

16th October 2018 In an effort to decrease their carbon footprint on the environment, Roman’s Pizza Head Office in Centurion recently chose to install a PV solar plant, among other related “green” decisions. The plant is one of several actions they are implementing to do their part to conserve the environment. In... 

Oyu Tolgoi underground production delay announced

By: Mariaan Webb     16th October 2018 The $5.3-billion underground project at the Oyu Tolgoi copper/gold mine, in Mongolia, remains on schedule to be completed by 2022, but operator Rio Tinto has flagged a nine-month delay in achieving sustainable production. Rio Tinto-owned Turquoise Hill, which holds the giant mine in a 66:34... 

Gladafrica Proudly Sponsors Nedbank Golf Challenge for the 6th Consecutive Year

By: Creamer Media Reporter      16th October 2018 GladAfrica Group will this year again take the front seat as a proud sponsor of the annual Nedbank Golf Challenge for the sixth consecutive year. “The NGC is one of the highlights of the South African sporting calendar. This prestigious golf tournament showcases exceptional South African... 

CSIR seeks municipal partners for energy master plan pilot project 

By: Terence Creamer     16th October 2018 The Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) aims to partner with a metropolitan council and a district municipality to compile pilot municipal energy master plans for electricity (MEMPs), which will provide the two councils with insight into the best electricity supply blends for... 

Global steel body hikes demand forecasts, but says risks remain

By: Reuters     16th October 2018 The World Steel Association on Tuesday doubled its 2018 and 2019 forecasts for growth in global demand for the material used in everything from cars to construction, but said that trade tensions were clouding the outlook for the sector. The caution over trade from a body that represents 85% of... 

AECOM adopts innovation and resilient design to ensure sustainability

15th October 2018 Sustainability is the preservation of natural, social, and economic resources by means of innovative construction methods and conscious decisions throughout the lifecycle of designing, constructing, and operating a project. This is according to AECOM Sustainability Practice Area Lead Candice... 

Mondi proceeds with Slovakia kraft top white machine project, but costs rise

By: Marleny Arnoldi     15th October 2018 After receiving permitting approvals, global packaging and paper group Mondi will invest in a new 300 000 t/y kraft top white machine at its Ruzomberok factory, in Slovakia, with start-up expected towards the end of 2020. “This investment provides an exciting opportunity for Mondi to leverage... 

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