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Koeberg’s 20-year life extension marks steam-generator milestone  

By: Terence Creamer     30th September 2020 The steam generator replacement project, which is central to Eskom’s R20-billion programme to extend the 40-year design life of the Koeberg nuclear power station by a further 20 years, marked a major milestone this week with the arrival of the first units in Cape Town. The project, which was... 

The first unit being transported the 40-km distance from the Cape Town Harbour to Koeberg using abnormal-load vehicles.

Ministers clarify details of border opening approach

By: Marleny Arnoldi     Updated 2 hours 46 minutes ago The Ministers tasked with immigration, tourism, health, transport and international relations and cooperation have confirmed that three airports will be opened and operational for international air travel – OR Tambo, Cape Town and King Shaka International Airports. This while 18 borders will be... 

Ministers clarify details of border opening approach

Policy Uncertainty Index still in negative territory at 58

By: Marleny Arnoldi     1st October 2020 The North West University (NWU) Business School Policy Uncertainty Index (PUI) has remained deep in negative territory, at 58, during the third quarter. This compares with a level of 57.4 in the second quarter, with the baseline being 50.  

Absa PMI ticks upwards to 58.3 index points

By: Simone Liedtke     Updated 1 hour 46 minutes ago Following a robust increase in August, the Absa Purchasing Managers’ Index (PMI) ticked up further to 58.3 index points in September, with the shift to a lower lockdown level mid-month likely having driven the further improvement in business conditions in the local manufacturing sector. However,... 

Govt says release of spectrum will bring certainty to industry

By: African News Agency      Updated 3 hours ago The long-awaited announcement by the Independent Communications Authority of dates for the release of new spectrum will bring certainty to the industry, Communications and Digital Technologies Minister Stella Ndabeni-Abrahams said on Thursday. On Wednesday, regulator ICASA said its council had... 

Govt says release of spectrum will bring certainty to industry
Communications & Digital Technologies Minster Stella Ndabeni-Abrahams

South African plan must address constraints or fail, central bank says

By: Bloomberg     Updated 16 minutes ago South Africa’s plan to revive an economy mired in the longest recession since 1992 will fail unless it deals with structural constraints such as power cuts, central bank Governor Lesetja Kganyago said. A recovery program agreed on earlier this month is banking on the rejuvenation of the... 

Gautrain extension will improve Gauteng’s competitiveness, says GMA 

By: Irma Venter     30th September 2020 Even if the next phase of the Gautrain rail system were to get the green light from National Treasury today, it would take three to four years before construction could start on the project, says Gautrain Management Agency (GMA) CEO William Dachs. “This is a very ambitious, long-term plan,” he... 

Gautrain extension will improve Gauteng’s competitiveness, says GMA

New study will determine extent of Covid-19 infection across population

By: Yvonne Silaule     Updated 2 hours 25 minutes ago The Human Sciences Research Council is in the final stages of preparation for a study that will establish the extent of Covid-19 infection in the general population through two waves of cross-sectional population-based household seroprevalence surveys. The study will investigate age-specific... 

New study will determine extent of Covid-19 infection across population
Higher Education, Science and Innovation Minister Blade Nzimande

Fair Cape brings in bees to pollinate canola on cattle farm

By: Marleny Arnoldi     Updated 2 hours 47 minutes ago Commercial dairy brand Fair Cape Dairies has introduced 21-million African Honey Bees on canola crops at its Welgegund cattle farm in the Western Cape. The canola is grown as part of the farm’s crop rotation, which is known to help improve soil health, optimise nutrients in the soil and combat... 

Fair Cape brings in bees to pollinate canola on cattle farm
Canola at Fair Cape Dairies' Welgegund farm

PPC given dispensation to delay results as it finalises restructuring and refinancing 

By: Terence Creamer     30th September 2020 Cement producer PPC, which was expected to report 2020 financial results by September 30, reported on Wednesday that it has received dispensation from the JSE to delay the announcement to the week of October 5. The extension was granted in light of the impact the Covid-19 pandemic had on the... 

PPC given dispensation to delay results as it finalises restructuring and refinancing

Transformation in construction materials sector requires closer scrutiny

By: Donna Slater     30th September 2020 Large stakeholders in the construction materials sector need to be more closely scrutinised to determine their true transformation, especially in terms of the empowerment of women, Human Settlements director general Mbulelo Tshangana said on September 30. He spoke during the Social Housing... 

SHRA plans to debottleneck project pipeline, increase housing unit delivery

By: Donna Slater     30th September 2020 The Social Housing Regulatory Authority (SHRA) is planning to collaborate and develop mechanisms to remove bottleneck in its pipeline of projects in an effort to roll-out a greater number of affordable housing units, says SHRA CEO Rory Gallocher. He spoke during the SHRA’s virtual investment... 

Icasa to issue spectrum ITAs

By: Natasha Odendaal     30th September 2020 The Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (Icasa) will publish the invitations to apply (ITAs) for the licensing process for the Wireless Open Access Network (Woan) and the International Mobile Telephony (IMT) spectrum no later than October 2. Icasa, in a September 30 briefing to... 

South Africa says tourists from high-risk countries still barred from October 1

By: Reuters     30th September 2020 Leisure travellers from countries with coronavirus infection rates higher than South Africa, including Britain, the United States and France, will not be permitted to enter when South Africa's borders open up on October 1, Ministers said on Wednesday. But business travellers from countries... 

UIF to process Covid-19 TERS claims for September period from Oct 1

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     30th September 2020 The Unemployment Insurance Fund (UIF) will, from October 1, start processing Covid-19 Temporary Employer-Employee Relief Scheme (TERS) applications for the period covering August 16 to September 15.  “To apply for the September period, employers are required to upload documentation that includes... 

Two of BioTherm’s solar plants start feeding into the grid

By: Marleny Arnoldi     30th September 2020 The Aggeneys Solar and Konkoonsies II Solar utility-scale solar plants, in the Northern Cape, have started commercial operations. The plants add 132 MW to South Africa’s power generation capacity and together generate 33.3 GWh/y of clean energy.  

Two of BioTherm’s solar plants start feeding into the grid
BioTherm Energy solar plant

Nampak optimistic about market conditions for the months ahead

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     30th September 2020 JSE-listed Nampak Group says the 11 months from October 1, 2019, to August 31, were characterised by a weak economic climate and pressure on consumers’ disposable income. This was further exacerbated by an even more challenging period from March as lockdown measures were implemented by... 

Tiger Brands' Olifantsfontein abattoir disposal finalised

By: Simone Liedtke     30th September 2020 South African packaged goods company Tiger Brands has successfully disposed of its abattoir business at Olifantsfontein to Molare Proprietary Limited for R100-million. The acquisition has become unconditional, Tiger Brands confirmed in a statement on September 30. 

Concor Buildings’ Oxford Parks development nears full occupancy

By: Donna Slater     30th September 2020 On completion of the Oxford Parks development, the site, situated along Oxford road in Rosebank, will house five buildings on a master basement structure. Oxford Parks Phase 2 is testimony to coordination on the part of Concor Buildings to ensure the concurrent construction of three different... 

US awards grant to strengthen higher education network with South Africa

By: African News Agency      30th September 2020 The United States Department of State has awarded a R8.3-million grant to strengthen the US-South Africa Higher Education Network, a consortium of higher education institutions in the two countries. Through the grant, the network will engage other institutions of higher education in order to... 

App to help customers diagnose, fix slow Internet

By: Schalk Burger     30th September 2020 Internet services provider RocketNet has launched its Probe app to help customers diagnose and fix problems with their Internet speed. The app, available for Apple and Android devices, removes the guesswork of diagnosing a customer’s internal network and points the company to the exact issue,... 

EV demand will spark lithium mining reinvention

By: Bloomberg     30th September 2020 Lithium producers must reinvent mining methods for the key metal used in rechargeable batteries to meet rising demand from the electric-vehicle industry, according to Standard Lithium’s top executive. “The industry’s going to have some challenges as higher purity lithium compounds are required --... 

ArcelorMittal commits to becoming carbon neutral by 2050

By: Reuters     30th September 2020 ArcelorMittal, the world's largest steelmaker, committed on Wednesday to being carbon neutral by 2050, although it said a level playing field with green border adjustments and abundant, affordable clean energy would be required to get there. The company, which makes around 5% of the world's... 

Cabinless, emissionless vehicle foretelling underground’s autonomous future  

By: Martin Creamer     30th September 2020 Mining Weekly on Wednesday watched a cabinless emission-free next-generation mining vehicle autonomously load, haul and dump in an underground mine, without a human in sight. The cabinless design places emphasis on the extent to which traditional human operation at the rockface is becoming a... 

Sandvik’s virtual event covered by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

August consumer price inflation dips to 3.1%

By: News24Wire      30th September 2020 Annual consumer price inflation for August dipped slightly to 3.1% from 3.2% in July, according to Stats SA. This falls midway within the target range of between 3% to 6% target range set by the Reserve Bank. The main contributors to August’s print were food and non-alcoholic beverages, which... 

August consumer price inflation dips to 3.1%

SAA to go under care and maintenance until funding found 

By: Reuters     30th September 2020 Struggling state-owned airline South African Airways will be put under "care and maintenance" until funding discussions are completed, the airline's administrators said on Tuesday. A company's assets can be put under care and maintenance in order to keep them in good condition when they are not... 

SAA to go under care and maintenance until funding found

Jobs picture worse than the official unemployment rate shows 

By: Marleny Arnoldi     29th September 2020 It may seem surprising and positive that the figures released by Statistics South Africa (Stats SA) showed an improvement in the unemployment rate to 23.3% in the second quarter, compared with the rate of 30.1% in the first quarter, but financial services provider Nedbank believes the numbers... 

Jobs picture worse than the official unemployment rate shows

Numsa calls for Bombela to resume negotiations to avoid Gautrain strikes

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     29th September 2020 The National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (Numsa) has urged the Bombela Operations Company (BOC), which manages the Gautrain, to return to the negotiating table. Numsa says its members feel that BOC is driving them towards a strike, noting that BOC is refusing to negotiate yearly wages... 

Water sector technology and innovation forum launched

By: Schalk Burger     29th September 2020 The Water Research Commission (WRC), the South African Local Government Association (Salga) and the departments of Water and Sanitation and Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs have launched the Water Technology and Innovation Forum (WTIF). The forum will serve as a platform for all... 

Solar retains top jobs spot as renewables employment climbs to 11.5m

By: Terence Creamer     29th September 2020 Renewable-energy jobs rose to 11.5-million globally last year, from 11-million in 2018, with the solar photovoltaic (PV) industry retaining its leading position with 3.8-million jobs, a new study shows. The ‘Renewable Energy and Jobs – Annual Review 2020’, published by the International Renewable... 

Solar retains top jobs spot as renewables employment climbs to 11.5m

Defence industry should band together during tough times − Armscor

By: Donna Slater     29th September 2020 The defence industry, especially in South Africa, faces troubling times, which have been exacerbated by the Covid-19 pandemic; but there is hope and measures that can be taken to improve the industry, says Armscor business assurance executive Advocate Boitshoko Senne. He spoke during the virtual... 

Carbide recycling can create jobs for mine communities – Sandvik  

By: Martin Creamer     29th September 2020 The local extraction of carbide inserts can create job opportunities for communities living around mines – “a true win, win, win situation for society, our customers and ourselves”, Sandvik rock tools division VP Nina Axman enthused on Tuesday. Sandvik is developing a new recycling process that... 

Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer reports on Sandvik’s mining innovation virtual event. Video: Darlene Creamer

SA Express employees opt for crowdfunding platform to raise takeover funds

By: Marleny Arnoldi     29th September 2020 After announcing their intention to form a special purpose vehicle to bid for SA Express, the employees of the State-owned airline have formed a public interest company called Fly SAX that will use the first equity crowdfunding platform in South Africa to raise funds. Uprise.Africa is a digital... 

Genstar collaborates with US firm to bring antibacterial lighting to South Africa

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     29th September 2020 A South African company has clinched a deal to distribute a new lighting technology that it says is able to suppress bacteria in the air and on surfaces using a narrow spectrum of visible light. The licensing agreement covering the technology involves Johannesburg-based Genstar Emergency Lighting... 

EPP expects profit recovery in second half of this year 

By: Marleny Arnoldi     29th September 2020 JSE-listed real estate investment trust EPP has reported a loss of €24-million, or €0.027 a share, for the six months ended June 30, owing to lower tenant activities during the lockdown in Poland, where the company owns a portfolio of 25 retail centres and three office developments. This... 

EPP CEO Tomasz Trzósło discusses some aspects of the company's interim results

Covid-19 highlights critical requirement for a robust defence force

By: Donna Slater     29th September 2020 Key to South Africa’s combatting of the Covid-19 pandemic has been the efforts of the South African National Defence Force (SANDF), which has been at the “eye of the storm”, having been heavily engaged with combatting the spread of the disease, says National Defence Industry Council director... 

NUM supports Cosatu strike against corruption 

By: Sane Dhlamini     29th September 2020 The National Union of Mineworkers said on Tuesday that it would take part in the Congress of South African Trade Unions’ October 7 strike against corruption. NUM said while it noted efforts from President Cyril Ramaphosa to fight corruption, workers were losing confidence in government’s ability... 

NUM supports Cosatu strike against corruption

Treasury seeks comment on second draft of Conduct of Financial institutions Bill

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     29th September 2020 The National Treasury has invited public comments on the second draft of the Conduct of Financial institutions (COFI) Bill, published on September 29. The first draft of the Bill was published for comment in December 2018. 

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