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Govt study into local lithium-ion battery value chain almost complete 

By: Irma Venter     27th November 2020 A study into the possible development of a lithium-ion (li-ion) battery value-chain in South Africa will be completed by the end of the year. The study is being undertaken by Trade and Industrial Policy Strategies (TIPS), on behalf of the Department of Trade, Industry and Competition (DTIC). It... 

Govt study into local lithium-ion battery value chain almost complete
Gaylor Montmasson-Clair

Gauteng progresses township economic development agenda 

By: Natasha Odendaal     Updated 4 hours ago The Bill aimed at revamping Gauteng’s township economy is expected to be passed by the end of June 2021. Despite some delays caused by the Covid-19-related restrictions, the Gauteng Township Economic Development Bill has been gazetted and is currently undergoing public consultations. 

Africa poised to benefit from strong European backing in its recovery  

By: Marleny Arnoldi     Updated 4 hours ago Despite this year having been the worst year of growth for the global economy in the past 40 years, and with sub-Saharan Africa facing its first recession in 25 years with a 3.1% gross domestic product (GDP) contraction expected, there remains a strong case for a rebound, as international... 

What the end of the UK–EU transition period means for UK–SA trade

By: Rebecca Campbell     27th November 2020 With effect from January 1 this year, the UK left the European Union (EU). But that day also inaugurated the start of a transition period, during which the UK remained part of the EU customs union and single market. That transition period ends on December 31 and thereafter the UK is free to... 

What the end of the UK–EU transition period means for UK–SA trade

DNG Energy says LNG bunkering hub to benefit South Africa, rest of the world 

By: Simone Liedtke     27th November 2020 Natural gas distributor DNG Energy’s floating storage unit (FSU), in Algoa Bay, South Africa, once operational and delivering liquefied natural gas (LNG) in 2021, is set to secure energy for various industries and numerous households, while also creating jobs and contributing to skills... 

DNG Energy group CEO Aldworth Mbalati gives Engineering News some more insight into the company's LNG bunkering hub project, in Port Elizabeth, South Africa. Video: Recorded via Zoom. Editing: Creamer Media's Darlene Creamer.

Agri SA calls for govt aid as Land Bank is too important to fail

By: Marleny Arnoldi     Updated 5 hours ago Industry organisation Agri SA has warned that the action by Moody’s Investor Service to lower the Lank Bank and Eskom’s respective ratings pose a risk to food security and overall economic recovery in South Africa. It says Moody’s downgraded the State-owned Land Bank as a result of ongoing... 

Moody's downgrades Telkom's credit rating following sovereign rating action

By: Natasha Odendaal     Updated 4 hours ago Ratings agency Moody’s Investors Service has downgraded telecommunications group Telkom’s corporate family rating to Ba2, from Ba1, with a negative outlook. This followed Moody’s downgrading of South Africa’s sovereign rating by one notch to Ba2 with a negative outlook on November 20. 

Opinion: How African countries can mobilise private capital for their infrastructure drives

Updated 3 hours ago In this opinion piece, Standard Bank corporate and investment banking CE Kenny Fihla writes about governments turning to public-private partnerships to deliver large-scale projects. Given the pressure on investment yields in developed markets, African nations have an opportunity to attract... 

Opinion: How African countries can mobilise private capital for their infrastructure drives

Renergen hopeful of clearing well drilling delays at Virginia with well integrity tests

By: Donna Slater     27th November 2020 Emerging domestic natural gas and helium producer Renergen is progressing with the drilling of the P2V2 well at its Virginia gas project, in the Free State. The well has been beset with delays since being spudded in June; however, the company on November 27 said it now had two drill rigs active... 

Despite improvements, rail safety remains a concern – RSR

By: Donna Slater     Updated 4 hours ago Despite improvements in some areas of national railway safety, statistics in the latest 'State of Railway Safety Report 2019/20', published on November 27, reveals “a grim picture of safety within the railway industry”, the Railway Safety Regulator (RSR) reports. Despite an overall 24% reduction... 

Shosholoza Meyl to resume operations on major routes

By: Marleny Arnoldi     Updated 4 hours ago The Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa’s (PRASA’s) long-distance train passenger service Shosholoza Meyl has resumed its major festive season travel routes, effective November 27. Passengers are able to travel from Johannesburg to Cape Town, Durban, Musina, Polokwane, East London, Port... 

SABS elected to serve on ISO council once again

By: Marleny Arnoldi     Updated 3 hours ago The South African Bureau of Standards (SABS) has been elected by the members of the International Organization for Standardisation (ISO) to serve on its council, effective January 2021 to December 2023. The ISO is an independent, nongovernmental international organisation with a membership of... 

SABS elected to serve on ISO council once again
SABS standards executive Dr Sadhvir Bissoon.

Toyota launches new music, video streaming service

By: Irma Venter     Updated 5 hours ago Toyota South Africa Motors (TSAM), in partnership with Vodacom, has announced the introduction of a new streaming service to Toyota Connect and Lexus Connect – MyEntertainment.  Included in this service are Vodacom’s Video Play (video streaming) and My Muze (music streaming) services. 

Toyota launches new music, video streaming service

Sustainability presents good business case for companies, speakers say

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     Updated 3 hours ago Businesses can achieve both environmental and economic benefits by implementing sustainable business practices and that should be done in a just transitional process, speakers noted during electronics company Epson’s ‘Towards a Greener Future’ webinar on November 27. Industry body, the Paper... 

Discovery prepays R100m for Comair flights to help it take off

By: News24Wire      Updated 7 hours ago The Discovery Group has offered to prepay R100-million to Comair for future services that the airline offers to Vitality as its kulula.com flights are due to take off to the skies again from 1 December. Comair which operates kulula.com and British Airways flights in SA, was thrown a lifeline by... 

L2D sees steady increase in rental collection, footcount in October

By: Marleny Arnoldi     Updated 4 hours ago Real estate investment trust Liberty Two Degrees (L2D) has highlighted the importance of agility in how swiftly the company is able to adapt to new ways of thinking and working going into 2021. In a pre-close investor update, the company states that the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on its... 

Zimborders Consortium secures financing for Beitbridge expansion

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     Updated 7 hours ago The Zimborders Consortium says it has reached financial close for the $296-million upgrade and modernisation of Zimbabwe’s Beitbridge border post, the country's busiest inland port of entry and one of the region’s key transit points. The public-private partnership with the Zimbabwean government... 

First group of Western Cape agriculture drone pilots receive their wings

By: Yvonne Silaule     27th November 2020 The first group of Western Cape Department of Agriculture drone pilots received their wings this week. The department assisted the group to successfully sit for the South African Civil Aviation Authority (SACAA) examination to obtain their remote pilot licences. Training was provided by Drone-X,... 

UK sets out its development aid priorities following announcement of funding cut

By: Rebecca Campbell     Updated 5 hours ago UK Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab has informed the House of Commons in London of the Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office’s plans to overhaul Britain’s Official Development Assistance (ODA). This followed the UK government’s decision to temporarily reduce its ODA from the current 0.7% of... 

European Space Agency announces contract for removal of orbital debris

By: Rebecca Campbell     Updated 3 hours ago The European Space Agency (ESA) is contracting Swiss start-up company ClearSpace to remove a piece of space debris from orbit, in a deal worth €86-million. The will be both the first ever mission to remove orbiting space debris and the first time ESA has contracted a private-sector company to... 

Kenya Airways has started direct fresh produce flights from Mombasa to the Middle East

By: Rebecca Campbell     27th November 2020 Kenya Airways, the country’s public private partnership national flag carrier, announced on Thursday that it was starting direct cargo flights from the country’s main port (and number two) city of Mombasa to international destinations. The airline’s freight operation is known as KQ Cargo, KQ... 

SA's prospects for future coal projects 

27th November 2020 The role of new coal in South Africa’s electricity mix is coming under increasing scrutiny, with Eskom CEO Andre de Ruyter the latest to question whether it can indeed be built. Engineering News editor Terence Creamer discusses the prospects for future coal projects. 

SA's prospects for future coal projects

Plans to amend SA’s land tenure law another attack on private property rights, Cape chamber says

By: African News Agency      27th November 2020 The proposed amendment to South Africa’s Upgrading of Land Tenure Rights Act is a clear attempt to “bamboozle” the homeless out of their ability to own property, the Cape Chamber of Commerce & Industry said on Friday. If passed, it will inevitably trigger a Constitutional Court challenge, Cape... 

 Plans to amend SA’s land tenure law another attack on private property rights, Cape chamber says

SA govt funding for SAA business rescue will not hurt other services, Mabuza says

By: African News Agency      27th November 2020 South Africa’s government will do all it can to minimise any adverse impact that the re-prioritisation of budget allocations to free up R10.5-billion towards national carrier South African Airways’s business rescue might have on other services, Deputy President David Mabuza has said. The... 

 SA govt funding for SAA business rescue will not hurt other services, Mabuza says
Deputy President David Mabuza

New chrome mine owner plans to grow in ‘very sustainable manner’ 

By: Martin Creamer     27th November 2020 The new owner of a chrome mine in North West province that was placed on care and maintenance following the Covid-19 lockdown, plans to grow production in a phased, sustainable manner that will ultimately lead to the creation of more than 1 000 jobs, Mining Weekly can today report. The... 

New chrome mine owner plans to grow in ‘very sustainable manner’
Photo by Creamer Media
Highly experienced Clover Alloys CEO Philip Kotze

World airline body reveals huge scale of collapse in air connectivity owing to Covid-19

By: Rebecca Campbell     26th November 2020 The International Air transport Association (Iata), the representative body for the global airline industry, revealed on Wednesday the dramatic collapse in worldwide air connectivity caused by the Covid-19 pandemic and the attempts by governments to contain it. Iata’s Air Connectivity Index is a... 

Pandemic serves as catalyst for blended learning

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     26th November 2020 The Covid-19 pandemic has acted a catalyst for a future of blended learning in Africa; however, it has also highlighted a number of challenges that this learning model poses for the continent, which must first be dealt with, Future of Education Summit founder Rakesh Wahi said on November 26. He... 

Beefmaster invests R30m in plant upgrades, creates 30 new jobs

By: Donna Slater     26th November 2020 Despite the prevailing Covid-19 pandemic and its impact on job losses, beef company Beefmaster Group – which claims to be Kimberley’s largest private employer with 664 employees – is scaling up its production plant in Kimdustria by investing more than R30-million into equipment upgrades and... 

African funds with dedicated ESG mandates could hold up to R500bn in JSE-listed equities

By: Simone Liedtke     26th November 2020 African funds with dedicated environmental, social and governance (ESG) mandates could hold JSE-listed equities worth up to R500-billion over the medium term as the focus on sustainability intensifies, a research report by SBG Securities shows. This shows that corporates with strong ESG... 

AfCFTA to provide business opportunities for African countries

By: Yvonne Silaule     26th November 2020 The African Continental Free Trade Agreement (AfCTA) will provide business opportunities that will enable African countries to lift citizens of the continent out of poverty post Covid-19, Department of Trade, Industry and Competition (DTIC) Trade and Invest Africa chief director John Rocha has... 

Steadily growing order books helps M&R weather remaining pandemic impacts 

By: Marleny Arnoldi     26th November 2020 While still recovering from a R622-million Covid-19 impact on its business in the 2020 financial year, JSE-listed construction group Murry & Roberts (M&R) says its R60.5-billion order book will help in its upward trajectory following the pandemic. The company had reported an order book of... 

SANEDI rolls out cool surface proof of concept project in Limpopo

By: Simone Liedtke     26th November 2020 The South African National Energy and Development Institute (SANEDI) has implemented a successful cool surface proof of concept (PoC) project at the Department of Defence’s (DoD's) South African Military Health Service (SAMHS) training facility in Lephalale, Limpopo. The project, which entailed... 

SANEDI rolls out cool surface proof of concept project in Limpopo

Waterloo solar PV farm starts commercial operations

By: Donna Slater     26th November 2020 The 75 MW Waterloo solar photovoltaic (PV) farm, located 10 km outside of Vryburg, in the North West province, has started commercial operations. The project achieved full quality and grid-code compliance by local engineering, procurement and construction contractor juwi Renewable Energies on... 

Waterloo solar PV farm starts commercial operations

Nissan unveils large SUV contender for local market

By: Irma Venter     26th November 2020 Japanese vehicle manufacturer Nissan has lifted the veil on the new Terra, set to make its debut in South Africa and sub-Saharan Africa in the latter part of next year. The sports-utility vehicle is based on the Navara pickup, and will compete with the likes of the Toyota Fortuner and Ford Everest. 

Nissan unveils large SUV contender for local market
The new Terra

Airline body launches carbon credit trading exchange

By: Rebecca Campbell     26th November 2020 The International Air Transport Association (Iata), the representative body for the global airline industry, on Wednesday launched the Aviation Carbon Exchange (ACE). Developed in cooperation with Xpansiv CBL Holding Group, an Australian-US commodities trader, ACE is the first of its kind – a... 

Nzimande announces multidisciplinary team to manage Covid-19 outbreaks in tertiary education

By: Yvonne Silaule     26th November 2020 A multidisciplinary investigation team that includes members from the World Health Organization, the Department of Health and the National Health Laboratory Service has been assembled to manage and contain Covid-19 outbreaks in the tertiary education sector. According to the Minister of Higher... 

Nzimande announces multidisciplinary team to manage Covid-19 outbreaks in tertiary education
Higher Education, Science and Innovation Minister Blade Nzimande

SVI Engineering unveils armoured Land Cruiser for civilian or military use

By: Irma Venter     26th November 2020 Starting from a cool R1.6-million (excluding VAT), it is now possible to drive around in your own armoured Land Cruiser. Specialist manufacturer of armoured products, SVI Engineering, says its new Max 3 recognises the need for a cost-effective solution to protect vehicle occupants from both... 

SVI Engineering unveils armoured Land Cruiser for civilian or military use

Stefanutti Stocks stays in the red as it reports R101m loss 

By: Irma Venter     26th November 2020 The impact of Covid-19, as well as an adverse market, saw Stefanutti Stocks report an operating loss of R101-million for the six months ended August 31, compared with a R865-million loss in the same period last year. Contract revenue from continuing operations declined from R2.9-billion to... 

Stefanutti Stocks stays in the red as it reports R101m loss

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