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Ports authority to become an independent subsidiary of Transnet

By: Yvonne Silaule     Updated 58 minutes ago President Cyril Ramaphosa has announced that the Transnet National Ports Authority (TNPA) will become an independent subsidiary of Transnet. During a site visit to the Port of Cape Town on June 22, the President commented that the creation of a separate subsidiary would allow the ports authority... 

Ports authority to become an independent subsidiary of Transnet
The Port of Cape Town

Macro-economic study, sectoral road maps required for SA’s NEV transition

By: Irma Venter     Updated 1 hour 6 minutes ago Government’s efforts to advance the use and production of new-energy vehicles (NEVs) in South Africa must include a macro-economic impact study, as well as sectoral road maps detailing how and when electro-mobility should be achieved. This is according to Intelligent Transport Society South... 

Macro-economic study, sectoral road maps required for SA’s NEV transition

Afrimat Construction Index sees consolidation of recovery trend

By: Irma Venter     Updated 1 hour 4 minutes ago Afrimat, the JSE-listed industrial minerals, commodities and construction material openpit mining company, has released the findings of the Afrimat Construction Index (ACI) for the first quarter of the year.  The ACI is a composite index of the level of activity within the building and... 

Afrimat Construction Index sees consolidation of recovery trend

Omnia resumes dividends after strong financial year performance

By: Simone Liedtke     Updated 4 hours ago Diversified chemicals group Omnia had a strong performance for the 2021 financial year, enabling it to resume dividends and return over R1-billion to shareholders, despite the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic and general economic and sector challenges. Throughout the pandemic, JSE-listed Omnia... 

Omnia resumes dividends after strong financial year performance
Omnia's Nitric Acid Complex in Sasolburg

Ireland scopes collaboration opportunities for agritech in Africa

By: Marleny Arnoldi     Updated 36 minutes ago Ireland’s agriculture and foreign affairs departments have joined forces to launch the Africa Agri-foods Development Programme, with the objective to encourage business partnerships between Irish agricultural stakeholders and African companies, particularly in South Africa. The Ireland... 

Ireland scopes collaboration opportunities for agritech in Africa

Seifsa tables three-year wage offer

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     Updated 4 hours ago The Steel and Engineering Industries Federation of Southern Africa (Seifsa), which represents 19 affiliated employer organisations, has tabled a three-year wage deal. This followed after negotiations were held with labour unions, the National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa, Solidarity,... 

Desalination could bolster South Africa’s water supply

By: Natasha Odendaal     Updated 3 hours ago As South Africa faces a deepening water crisis, desalination should be considered as part of the solution towards water security. The 2 800 km coastline, stretching from Mozambique to Namibia, positions South Africa well to use sea water to help combat water scarcity, said ABB Energy Industries... 

PPC mulls several low-carbon opportunities as it shows signs of business stabilisation 

By: Terence Creamer     21st June 2021 Cementitious products manufacturer PPC is considering several initiatives aimed at lowering the carbon footprint of its operations and products as its far-reaching organisational and financial restructuring begins yielding results and creates space for the JSE-listed group to start focusing on... 

PPC mulls several low-carbon opportunities as it shows signs of business stabilisation
PPC CEO Roland van Wijnen

Lemon export protocol to boost investment, create jobs

By: Donna Slater     Updated 4 hours ago The recent signing of a revised citrus protocol between South Africa and China by Agriculture, Land Affairs and Rural Development Minister Thoko Didiza will secure R325-million in new export revenue and create 800 jobs in the industry, the Citrus Growers’ Association of South Africa (CGASA)... 

Used-car availability, pricing may start improving early next year – InspectaCar 

By: Irma Venter     21st June 2021 The availability of used-car stock may start improving in the next six months-plus, as rental companies defleet and consumers increasingly return to the new-car market, trading in their current vehicles, says InspectaCar CEO Pertunia Sibanyoni. Rental companies only recently started to acquire... 

Used-car availability, pricing may start improving early next year – InspectaCar
Pertunia Sibanyoni

VWSA produces its 400 000th current generation Polo

By: Irma Venter     21st June 2021 Volkswagen Group South Africa (VWSA) celebrated a production milestone on Monday, June 21, when the 400 000th unit of the current Volkswagen Polo rolled off the production line in Kariega.  With the completion of this unit, the plant had produced a total of 61 635 Polos and 10 373 Polo Vivos this... 

VWSA produces its 400 000th current generation Polo

Carbon capture helpful decarbonisation tool – investment professionals  

By: Martin Creamer     21st June 2021 Carbon capture and storage is one of the tools in the toolkit that needs to be included in the decarbonisation mix if the world is to reduce emissions  effectively over a reasonable time horizon. That is the view of Carbon Infrastructure Partners president and managing partner Craig Golinowski,... 

Carbon Infrastructure Partners president Craig Golinowski interviewed by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer: Video: Darlene Creamer

Renergen discovers 1.1% helium concentration at Evander prospect

By: Simone Liedtke     21st June 2021 Natural gas and helium producer Renergen has discovered helium at its Evander exploration rights prospect, with a concentration of 1.1% helium identified in the gas. Evander spans about 52 000 ha, with many abandoned holes drilled for coal and gold exploration. Evander is also conveniently... 

Civil war hardens Ethiopian Nile-dam stance, Sudan Minister says

By: Bloomberg     Updated 6 hours ago The carnage of Ethiopia’s civil war is making its rulers less willing to compromise with Sudan and Egypt in a dispute over the imminent filling of its giant Nile dam, a Sudan official said, as his government urges the United Nations to prevent any unilateral move. With Ethiopia embroiled in an... 

Tourism dept says unable to reinstate Tourism Relief Fund

By: Simone Liedtke     21st June 2021 The Department of Tourism has confirmed that it is unable to reinstate the Tourism Relief Fund (TRF) owing to the unavailability of financial resources to do so. The department is, therefore, focusing on the implementation of the Tourism Sector Recovery Plan (TSRP) to ensure a sustained return to... 

DTIC sheds light on aid for agricultural producers, entrepreneurs

By: Marleny Arnoldi     21st June 2021 The Department of Trade, Industry and Competition (DTIC) has shared information about various programmes within its export development, promotion and outward investment branch aimed at opening up markets for young producers and entrepreneurs in the agriculture and agroprocessing sector. DTIC... 

Sisulu asks engineers to contribute to South Africa’s development agenda

By: Donna Slater     21st June 2021 In keynote address at a virtual seminar hosted by the National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE) earlier in June, Human Settlements, Water and Sanitation Minister Lindiwe Sisulu called on engineers to “patriotically contribute” to the development agenda of South Africa. She addressed members of... 

Biomass heating solution lowers costs

By: Donna Slater     21st June 2021 Cape Town-based heating solutions firm Calore Sustainable Energy (CSE) has developed a new biomass combustion technology that it claims delivers significant savings for industrial clients requiring heating solutions. Calore co-founder Davide Marchesini says that producing heat to generate hot... 

Petco diversifies as it anticipates increase in producer responsibility participation

By: Schalk Burger     21st June 2021 Polyethylene terephthalate (PET) plastic producer responsibility organisation (PRO) Petco announced that it is diversifying into multimaterials as it anticipates that participation in PROs will increase significantly and to ensure that its members remain compliant under new packaging... 

Trial shows PET bottles are recyclable when wash-off label adhesive is used

By: Schalk Burger     21st June 2021 A trial of self-adhesive labels used on polyethylene terephthalate (PET) and laboratory tests afterwards demonstrated that these bottles and labels are fully recyclable, PET recycling company Petco says. PET plastic bottles with adhesive labels have hampered South African recycling processes, as... 

ITU looks to increase e-waste collection, recycling

By: Simone Liedtke     21st June 2021 With a growing information society and increasing disposable incomes, the amount of e-waste is growing, and official collection and recycling rates fail to keep pace. Globally, only 39% of countries have a national policy, legislation or regulation that covers e-waste; while in Africa, only 13... 

MTN Nigeria to inject $1.5bn into broadband expansion plans

By: Natasha Odendaal     21st June 2021 Telecommunications group MTN Nigeria plans to invest 640-billion naira, or $1.5-billion, over the next three years to expand the country’s broadband access. The move is in line with the Nigerian government’s 2020 to 2025 National Broadband Plan ambitions of 90% broadband population coverage by... 

Wits robotics team to compete in soccer RoboCup

By: Schalk Burger     21st June 2021 The University of the Witwatersrand (Wits) will participate in the three-dimensional simulation league of the RoboCup – a yearly artificial intelligence (AI) and robotics event with the goal to advance the state of the art of intelligent robots. Computer science students from the School of... 

Wits robotics team to compete in soccer RoboCup

Pumla Gobodo-Madikizela wins Harry Oppenheimer Fellowship 2020 award

By: Sane Dhlamini     21st June 2021 The Oppenheimer Memorial Trust has awarded writer and scholar Professor Pumla Gobodo-Madikizela the prestigious Harry Oppenheimer Fellowship 2020 award. This year the Trust celebrates the twentieth anniversary of the Harry Oppenheimer Fellowship Award. 

Pumla Gobodo-Madikizela wins Harry Oppenheimer Fellowship 2020 award
Professor Pumla Gobodo-Madikizela

Mobile app reduces ambulance response time for patients in informal areas

By: Donna Slater     21st June 2021 A mobile application (app) developed in Ghana has been designed to cut the response times of ambulances by up to 56% by providing accurate location details without a connection to the Internet – an essential factor for people living in areas with few or unofficial street signs and hard-to-find... 

Mobile app reduces ambulance response time for patients in informal areas

Kenya Airways subsidiary using drones to support wildlife census

By: Rebecca Campbell     21st June 2021 Kenyan national flag carrier Kenya Airways’ subsidiary Fahari Aviation participated in the Tsavo Ecosystem Wildlife Census, which was coordinated by the Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS) and the recently created Wildlife Research and Training Institute, with financial support from the Kenyan... 

Latest version of Boeing 737 MAX has made its first flight

By: Rebecca Campbell     21st June 2021 The largest member of Boeing’s 737 MAX single-aisle airliner family, the 737-10, made its maiden flight on Friday. The aircraft took off from Renton Field, in Renton, in the US state of Washington and landed two hours and 31 minutes later at Boeing Field, in Seattle, also in Washington state.... 

Latest version of Boeing 737 MAX has made its first flight
Photo by Boeing
The Boeing 737-10 makes its maiden take-off

Africa presents opportunity for new Tetra Pak, Synercore partnership

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     Updated 45 minutes ago Food processing and packaging solutions company Tetra Pak has entered into a collaborative partnership with food research, application and ingredient company Synercore Food Holdings. During the journey from farm to factory to fork, the food supply chain can encounter any number of health hazards. 

Edenville makes final payment to Lind

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     Updated 46 minutes ago Aim-listed Edenville Energy has now repaid, in cash, the full outstanding amount of $373 625 owing to Lind Partners under a 2018 funding agreement. This follows the company's recent £2.48-million capital raise. 

South Africa Presidential body recommends lower emissions target

By: Bloomberg     Updated 53 minutes ago A panel appointed by South African President Cyril Ramaphosa recommended that the world’s 12th-biggest producer of greenhouse gases improve its target for reducing emissions, three people familiar with the matter said. In a draft report, the Presidential Climate Change Coordinating Commission,... 

South Africa Presidential body recommends lower emissions target
President Cyril Ramaphosa

EPP experiencing robust retail rebound on the back of Polish vaccination programme

By: Simone Liedtke     Updated 53 minutes ago Poland is outpacing its original vaccination roll-out targets, resulting in a robust rebound in retail activity and promising economic prospects, said JSE-listed EPP on June 22. With one of the lowest and consistently declining Covid-19 infection rates in the European Union (EU), a growing number... 

EPP experiencing robust retail rebound on the back of Polish vaccination programme

Construction company pleads innocence in R85-million border wall probe

By: News24Wire      Updated 56 minutes ago A construction company involved in a R85-million border wall project in KwaZulu-Natal, which is the subject of a Special Investigation Unit (SIU) probe, is adamant that it is not complicit in corruption. The ISF Group's Mandisa Buthelezi said the group welcomed the investigation and added that it... 

Scatec says RMIPPPP could ‘revolutionise’ the way power is generated, if successful

By: Simone Liedtke     Updated 1 hour 56 minutes ago The Risk Mitigation Independent Power Producer Procurement Program (RMIPPPP) is a progressive step in South Africa’s energy history and, if successful, could revolutionise the way power is generated and procured in the country, suggests Scatec sub-Saharan Africa GM Jan Fourie. He notes that... 

Scatec says RMIPPPP could ‘revolutionise’ the way power is generated, if successful

South32 reiterates Paris Agreement, net zero carbon commitment

By: Simone Liedtke     Updated 3 hours ago Diversified miner South32 has reiterated its commitment to the Paris Agreement objectives, with the miner committed to achieving net zero carbon emissions by 2050. In May, South32 announced its target to achieve a 50% reduction in Scope 1 and 2 operational emissions by the 2035 financial year. To... 

South32 reiterates Paris Agreement, net zero carbon commitment
South32 CEO Graham Kerr

Batteries can help improve South Africa's rail network, says First National Battery

By: Simone Liedtke     21st June 2021 Reliable and well-maintained infrastructure is needed for passenger and freight trains to reach their destinations safely, and a key part of this infrastructure includes reliable and resilient railway batteries that powers trains and rail systems, says battery manufacturer First National Battery.... 

BLSA CEO pays tribute to former chairperson Jabu Mabuza

21st June 2021 In her weekly newsletter, Business Leadership South Africa CEO Busi Mavuso pays tribute to Jabu Mabuza. Today we will be bidding farewell to one of business’s giants and former BLSA chairperson Jabu Mabuza during his memorial service which will be held at 10:00. He helped business find its voice... 

BLSA CEO pays tribute to former chairperson Jabu Mabuza
Photo by Creamer Media's Donna Slater
Jabu Mabuza

Businesses adopting flexible work policies - Troye

By: Schalk Burger     18th June 2021 Business leaders are evaluating ways to enhance security and employee experience for their workforce, with Desktops-as-a-Service (DaaS) becoming the preferred option for many businesses as they move away from physical office spaces to remote working environments, says information technology (IT)... 

African IPOs lag behind global pace this year

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     18th June 2021 There were no cross-border initial public offerings (IPOs) on African exchanges in the first half of this year,  multinational law firm Baker McKenzie’s ‘H1 IPO Snapshot: Unfolding Trends for 2021’ report shows. However, the continued global demand for special purpose acquisition company (SPAC)... 

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