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Bid documents for 2 000-MW emergency power being finalised after Nersa concurrence ‘milestone’ 

By: Terence Creamer     26th May 2020 The Department of Mineral Resources and Energy (DMRE) confirmed on Tuesday that the National Energy Regulator of South Africa (Nersa) had concurred with a Ministerial determination submitted to the regulator in February for the procurement of 2 000 MW of emergency electricity from independent... 

Bid documents for 2 000-MW emergency power being finalised after Nersa concurrence ‘milestone’
IPP Office working on scheme to procure 128 MW of additional energy from existing wind and solar farms

Engineering News & Mining Weekly e-magazine now available

21st May 2020 For the duration of South Africa’s Covid-19 lockdown period, Creamer Media is providing free digital access to our flagship Engineering News & Mining Weekly news magazine. Click now to read our latest edition. 

Engineering News & Mining Weekly e-magazine now available

Cape Town proposes national renewables procurement scheme for municipalities as it pushes ahead with IPP legal case 

By: Terence Creamer     26th May 2020 The City of Cape Town is proposing the creation of a nationally coordinated renewable-energy procurement programme through which municipalities are empowered to procure electricity from  independent power producers (IPPs). The City has adopted this position notwithstanding its long-running legal... 

Cape Town proposes national renewables procurement scheme for municipalities as it pushes ahead with IPP legal case

Transnet reports recovery in some units, but still expects big Covid-19 revenue hit 

By: Terence Creamer     26th May 2020 State-owned freight logistics group Transnet reports that there has been a recovery in some of its operations since the easing of lockdown restrictions and is increasing tending towards an “optimistic” recovery scenario for many of its units – a scenario that assumes a ramp-up to full operations... 

Transnet reports recovery in some units, but still expects big Covid-19 revenue hit

South Africa’s potential to export green hydrogen boosted  

By: Martin Creamer     26th May 2020 South Africa, which has been examining its competitiveness as a potential supplier of green hydrogen to Japan, is also being courted by Europe as a potential supplier in a world that is taking steps to decarbonise, Mining Weekly can report. Clean hydrogen is enjoying unprecedented political and... 

South Africa’s potential to export green hydrogen boosted
Japan, Europe, California creating demand for production of green hydrogen in South Africa.

SAA getting ready to restart domestic flying

By: Rebecca Campbell     26th May 2020 State-owned national flag carrier South African Airways (SAA) is making preparations for the resumption of domestic air flights, between Johannesburg and Cape Town. It is seeking to be operationally ready for the the restart of this route in the middle of next month, should this be authorised.... 

BRPs granted leave to appeal interdict against retrenchments at SAA

By: Rebecca Campbell     26th May 2020 The Labour Court, sitting in Johannesburg, has granted the Business Rescue Practitioners (BRPs) for financially-beleaguered State-owned national flag carrier South African Airways (SAA) leave to appeal against the whole of a Labour Court judgment handed down on May 8. In that judgment, the court... 

CEF looks to buy Sasol assets to end losses

By: , Bloomberg     26th May 2020 The State-owned Central Energy Fund (CEF) is considering buying assets that have been put on the block by fuel and chemical maker Sasol as it seeks to restore itself to profitability. The CEF “needs to put an end to the losses” at its units, including oil company PetroSA, chairperson Monde... 

Mondi appoints new CFO

By: Donna Slater     26th May 2020 Packaging and paper manufacturer Mondi has appointed Mike Powell as its new CFO and executive director with an effective date yet to be announced. Following a thorough recruitment process involving internal and external candidates, Powell was appointed to succeed Andrew King, who was appointed... 

IDC’s Kalagadi Manganese business rescue application opposed 

By: Martin Creamer     26th May 2020 An application of the State-owned Industrial Development Corporation (IDC) to have mining company Kalagadi Manganese placed under business rescue is being opposed in the High Court Gauteng Local Division, Johannesburg. As a R3-billion creditor and 20% shareholder of the black women-led private... 

IDC’s Kalagadi Manganese business rescue application opposed
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Kalagadi Manganese mine in Kalahari Basin, Northern Cape.

SANEDI says clean energy could boost country’s Covid-19 economic stimulus plan

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     26th May 2020 Government organisation, the South African National Energy Development Institute (SANEDI) says clean energy principles and technologies should form part of the country’s post Covid-19 economic stimulus plan. This will help to ensure the country stays on target to achieve national environmental... 

Afrimat proposes Unicorn Capital buyout

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     26th May 2020 JSE-listed Afrimat has submitted a nonbinding expression of interest to acquire the remaining shares in Unicorn Capital Partners it does not already own. Afrimat is offering one new Afrimat share for every 280 Unicorn Capital shares held. 

Famous Brands grows full-year cash and profits

By: Marleny Arnoldi     26th May 2020 Food services franchisor Famous Brands managed to increase its cash generation, earnings a share and operating profit in the financial year ended February 29. CEO Darren Hele attributed the strong performance to the company continuing to commit resources to ensuring its offering has a strong... 

Famous Brands grows full-year cash and profits
Famous Brands CEO Darren Hele

SA's economic reopening while Covid-19 numbers rise is unique – Mkhize 

By: African News Agency      26th May 2020 South Africa found itself in the unique position of lifting lockdown restrictions as the national number of Covid-19 infections surged, Health Minister Zweli Mkhize told the National Council of Provinces on Tuesday. Mkhize said the government had no choice to lift confinement measures given the... 

SA's economic reopening while Covid-19 numbers rise is unique – Mkhize
Health Minister Zweli Mkhize

Distell welcomes opening up of sector, but calls for clarity on key concerns

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     26th May 2020 South African drinks company Distell Holdings has welcomed the announcement by President Cyril Ramaphosa that the country’s move to Level 3 of lockdown would include the sale of alcohol for home consumption under strict conditions. Ramaphosa confirmed that these conditions had not been finalised... 

Festival of Motoring postponed to August 2021

By: Chanel de Bruyn     26th May 2020 Event organiser Messe Frankfurt South Africa is postponing its Festival of Motoring event to August 2021. The Festival of Motoring, presented by WesBank, is the largest automotive show on the African continent and the only national industry-supported event endorsed by the National Association of... 

WEF provides action plan principles to combat Covid-19 cybersecurity risks

By: Schalk Burger     26th May 2020 The World Economic Forum (WEF) on May 26 launched its 'Cybersecurity Leadership Principles: Lessons learned during the Covid-19 pandemic to prepare for the new normal' report to support business leaders to reinforce the cyber resilience of their organisations. In a matter of weeks, the pandemic... 

Electrolux South Africa partners with PowerOptimal to sell solar geyser solution

By: Marleny Arnoldi     26th May 2020 Energy solutions developer PowerOptimal has partnered with the South African subsidiary of Swedish appliance giant Electrolux to help bring cost-effective and sustainable solar photovoltaic (PV) water heating solutions to the local market. The partnership will see PowerOptimal’s Elon solar PV... 

Nigerian govt seeks EPC contractor for Kumbotso power plant project

By: Simone Liedtke     26th May 2020 The Nigeria Sovereign Investment Authority (NSIA) is seeking the services of an engineering and construction firm to facilitate the realisation of a 10 MW grid-connected solar photovoltaic (PV) power plant in Kumbotso, Nigeria. The project will involve the design, engineering, procurement,... 

Australian-led international astronomy team finds ring-of-fire galaxy in early universe

By: Rebecca Campbell     26th May 2020 An Australian-led international team of astronomers has reported the discovery of an extremely rare type of galaxy, early in the history of the universe. The galaxy, designated R5519, was discovered using spectroscopic data collected by the WM Keck Observatory in Hawaii and images taken by the... 

Australian-led international astronomy team finds ring-of-fire galaxy in early universe
Photo by James Josephides/Swinburne Astronomy Productions
Composite image of galaxy R5519

First attempt at space launch by Virgin Orbit fails

By: Rebecca Campbell     26th May 2020 Commercial small satellite launch company Virgin Orbit has reported that its first demonstration launch, on May 25, had had to be aborted because of an “anomaly” that occurred shortly after the rocket’s first stage had ignited. Virgin Orbit uses an air-launched rocket system in which the launch... 

First attempt at space launch by Virgin Orbit fails
Photo by Virgin Orbit
LauncherOne (bottom of picture) successfully ignites its first stage after being dropped by Boeing 747 “Cosmic Girl” (climbing away at the top of the picture)

Development resumes at Kibo’s UK power plant

By: Simone Liedtke     26th May 2020 Subject to certain ongoing Covid-19-related restrictions and safety measures, AB Impianti has resumed engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) operations, which will increase over the coming months, for the 5 MW Bordersley gas-fuelled power generation plant in the UK. Bordersley is a... 

Rolls Royce, Daimler to partner in fuel-cell generator alternative for data centres

By: Simone Liedtke     26th May 2020 Rolls-Royce Power Systems business unit and Daimler Truck plan to cooperate on stationary fuel-cell generators as carbon dioxide- (CO2-) neutral emergency power generators for safety-critical facilities such as data centres, and a comprehensive cooperation agreement is to be prepared and signed... 

Rolls Royce, Daimler to partner in fuel-cell generator alternative for data centres

IT professionals report increased cybersecurity threats related to remote working

By: Schalk Burger     26th May 2020 A survey has found that 71% of information technology (IT) and security professionals have reported an increase in security threats related to remote working, while Interpol and Europol have warned of a huge spike in Covid-19-related fraud, says cybersecurity multinational Check Point Africa... 

DMRE to fast-track mining rights, capital projects to help save jobs 

By: Marleny Arnoldi     26th May 2020 To help create jobs in what will remain a challenging macroeconomic environment for the foreseeable future, the Department of Mineral Resources and Energy (DMRE) says it will fast-track its capital expenditure (capex) projects planned for the next five years. If an allocated R25-billion can be... 

South Africa’s virus fight pits government against scientists

By: , Bloomberg     26th May 2020 The scientific community’s support for South Africa’s management of the coronavirus outbreak risks being undermined by the health ministry’s harsh response to criticism from a leading expert. Glenda Gray, president of the South African Medical Research Council and a member of a virus advisory... 

Giflo celebrates ten years in the property industry

By: Simone Liedtke     26th May 2020 Property management company Giflo this week celebrates ten years in the business, during which it has grown to a full-spectrum developer of residential, hotel, retail and medical developments nationwide. During this anniversary year, which is characterised by the Covid-19 pandemic, a lot of... 

Giflo celebrates ten years in the property industry
Artist's render of Building B adjacent to Barloworld Logistics building at Giflo's Irene Link Precinct development.

Trend Micro research highlights emerging deepfake ransomware, AI bot threats

By: Schalk Burger     26th May 2020 Cybersecurity multinational Trend Micro has warned businesses about emerging threats, such as Deepfake ransomware, artificial intelligence (AI) bots, access-as-a-service and targeted subscriber identity module- (SIM-) swapping. "A layered, risk-based response is vital for mitigating the risk... 

SA schools make progress in getting ready to reopen on June 1 - education department

By: African News Agency      26th May 2020 South African schools are making progress in preparations to reopen on June 1 after shutting down due to the Covid-19 outbreak, although some have not yet received their safety material, the department of education said on Tuesday. In a statement, the department said the council of education... 

 SA schools make progress in getting ready to reopen on June 1 - education department
Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga

Rand climbs to eight-week high versus the dollar

By: Reuters     26th May 2020 South Africa's rand raced to its highest in more than eight weeks against the U.S. dollar on Tuesday, as optimism about a global recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic boosted riskier assets, with investors looking past Sino-U.S. trade tensions. At 0605 GMT, the rand traded at 17.4700 per dollar,... 

AfCFTA to be continent’s main post-pandemic ‘stimulus’ lever  

By: Terence Creamer     25th May 2020 The African Continental Free Trade Agreement (AfCFTA) represents the only realistic stimulus option available to resource-constrained African governments for reigniting growth in response to the Covid-19 pandemic, AfCFTA secretary-general Wamkele Mene avers. The global response to the virus had... 

AfCFTA secretary-general Wamkele Mene on the impact of Covid-19 on the trade agreement and its role in reigniting growth across the continent. Camera Work: Kutlwano Matala. Editing: Nicholas Boyd.

New emissions blow for VW as German court backs damages claims

By: Reuters     25th May 2020 Volkswagen must pay compensation to owners of vehicles with rigged diesel engines in Germany, a court ruled on Monday, dealing a fresh blow to the automaker almost five years after its emissions scandal erupted. The ruling by Germany’s highest court for civil disputes, which will allow owners to... 

WEF launches blockchain principles to protect users

By: Schalk Burger     25th May 2020 The World Economic Forum (WEF) on May 22 launched 16 user rights for building blockchain applications that respect participant rights, safeguard data and protect users, and to serve as the foundational values for a decentralised future. "For blockchain technology to scale in its next phase,... 

African countries must strengthen their agricultural, especially food, production

By: Rebecca Campbell     25th May 2020 A recent two-day webinar hosted by the African Development Institute, a unit of the African Development Bank (AfDB), saw delegates call on African countries to put in place, and carry out, policies to strengthen their agricultural sectors. This would include agricultural processing, trade and... 

Alert Level 3 might save teetering construction companies

By: Donna Slater     25th May 2020 Construction companies that are on the verge of collapse after having shuttered operations during Alert Level 4 and 5 of the national Covid-19 lockdown might now be saved with a move to Alert Level 3 when construction is permitted to resume, says Construction Covid-19 Rapid Response Task Team... 

AMSA welcomes move to Level 3 in nationwide lockdown

By: Simone Liedtke     25th May 2020 Steel company ArcelorMittal South Africa (AMSA) has welcomed the announcement by President Cyril Ramaphosa that the country will be moving to Level 3 in the risk-adjusted approach to the easing of the nationwide lockdown.  At Level 3, AMSA will be able to operate with 100% of its workforce, but... 

Renewables associations call for green hydrogen focus in upcoming EU plans

By: Marleny Arnoldi     25th May 2020 Ten solar and wind associations, along with industry leaders, have launched a joint initiative − Choose Renewable Hydrogen − and are calling for the European Commission to prioritise renewable green hydrogen in its upcoming recovery and strategy decisions. The initiative aims to highlight the... 

EPP revokes paying interim dividend

By: Marleny Arnoldi     25th May 2020 In light of uncertain trading conditions and the difficulty in determining the impact of Covid-19, JSE-listed real estate investment trust EPP has decided to revoke its dividend declaration for the six months ended December 31, 2019. The Poland-focused developer initially delayed the payment of... 

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