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Vodacom zero rates what3words website

By: Natasha Odendaal     Updated 4 hours ago Telecommunications group Vodacom has zero-rated the emergency location tracker platform ‘what3words’ for its more than 43-million subscribers across South Africa. The what3words technology, available as a mobile application or an online map, has divided the world into a grid of 3m squares, with... 

Vodacom zero rates what3words website

Engineering News & Mining Weekly e-magazine now available

Updated 6 hours ago 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

Vaal dam dips lower than 50%

By: Natasha Odendaal     Updated 3 hours ago The Department of Water and Sanitation (DWS) is calling on citizens to save water as the average water levels of dams within the Integrated Vaal River System (IVRS) deteriorates. The system has experienced a decline from 67.6% last week to 67.3% this week, compared with the 74.1% in the same week... 

B4SA increasing PPE procurement from local suppliers, more funding needed

By: Schalk Burger     Updated 1 hour 19 minutes ago Business solidarity coalition Business For South Africa (B4SA) on May 28 said the focus of its personal protective equipment (PPE) procurement platform over the past four weeks had been to pivot its procurement efforts to identify, capacitate and source from local manufacturers and black-owned... 

Engineering training hub supports undergraduates to develop community-focused solutions

By: Schalk Burger     Updated 2 hours 51 minutes ago A community of enthusiastic hobbyists want to assist in creating solutions to help flatten the Covid-19 infection curve and the University of Johannesburg electrical and mechanical engineering training hub Resolution Circle is focusing on harnessing this and giving local hobbyists a platform to... 

Ramaphosa to host inaugural Sustainable Infrastructure Development Symposium

By: Simone Liedtke     Updated 2 hours 21 minutes ago President Cyril Ramaphosa will on June 23 host the inaugural Sustainable Infrastructure Development Symposium of South Africa (Sidssa) to unveil an infrastructure project pipeline from six priority sectors. The Sidssa itself is a culmination of a meeting convened by the President in February this... 

Ramaphosa to host inaugural Sustainable Infrastructure Development Symposium
President Cyril Ramaphosa

South Africa plans $20.5bn of public works to spur economy - ANC official

By: Reuters     Updated 2 hours 57 minutes ago South Africa is planning projects worth $20.5-billion in sectors such as transport, energy and water as it looks to drive an economic recovery from the coronavirus crisis, a top official in the governing African National Congress (ANC) said on Wednesday. Paul Mashatile, the ANC's treasurer... 

Pipeline construction at Renergen's Virginia project to resume

By: Simone Liedtke     Updated 2 hours 22 minutes ago Engineering consultant EPCM Bonisana, a subsidiary of EPCM Holdings, plans to remobilise on June 1 for the restart of construction of the pipeline at emerging domestic natural gas and helium producer Renergen’s Virgina gas project, in the Free State. “This is a great result, not only for Renergen... 

Boeing announces low-rate restart of 737 MAX airliner production

By: Rebecca Campbell     Updated 3 hours ago US aerospace giant Boeing announced on May 27, at Renton in the US state of Washington, that it was restarting production of its troubled 737 MAX single-aisle airliner. This restart would initially be at a low rate, with only one of the three production lines at the Renton facility being used.... 

Entries for Sasol Business Accelerator programme now open

By: Donna Slater     Updated 2 hours 15 minutes ago Petrochemicals and chemicals manufacturer Sasol reports that it has opened entries for small, medium-sized and microenterprises (SMMEs) in the manufacturing, engineering services and recyclables sectors to join its Sasol Business Accelerator (SBA) programme. Interested companies must be based in... 

Manganese mine in strong position to weather uncertainties – Jupiter

By: Martin Creamer     Updated 5 hours ago The Tshipi Borwa manganese mine is in a strong position to weather the uncertainties ahead, as the world struggles, probably for years to come, to recover from the devastating economic consequences of the global lockdown, Jupiter Mines nonexecutive chairperson independent Brian Gilbertson said on... 

Manganese mine in strong position to weather uncertainties – Jupiter
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Jupiter nonexecutive chairperson Brian Gilbertson

IDC confirms Kalagadi Manganese business rescue application

By: Martin Creamer     27th May 2020 The Industrial Development Corporation (IDC) confirmed on Wednesday that it had initiated business rescue proceedings at Kalagadi Manganese (Pty) Ltd. The application, issued out of the Johannesburg High Court on April 29, saw IDC argue that Kalagadi Manganese urgently required the restructuring... 

IDC confirms Kalagadi Manganese business rescue application
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Kalagadi Manganese mine in the Kalahari basin.

Mining industry's 5 000 tests detect 320 Covid cases – Minerals Council 

By: Martin Creamer     27th May 2020 Just under 5 000 Covid tests carried out by the South African mining industry have detected 320 Covid positive cases, Minerals Council South Africa CEO Roger Baxter said on Wednesday. Speaking during a virtual media conference following the council’s annual general meeting, Baxter said the number... 

Mining industry's 5 000 tests detect 320 Covid cases – Minerals Council
Minerals Council South Africa CEO Roger Baxter

Koch industries completes acquisition of Infor

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     27th May 2020 Wichita-based private company Koch Industries has completed the acquisition of the remaining portion of Infor from San Francisco-based private equity investment firm Golden Gate Capital. Infor, a global company in business cloud software, has been a key component of Koch Industries’ technological... 

Koch industries completes acquisition of Infor
Mark Bannerman

Sithole appointed PIC chief

By: Marleny Arnoldi     27th May 2020 The Ministry of Finance on May 27 announced that Cabinet had approved its recommendation of appointing Abel Moffat Sithole as CEO and nonexecutive director of the Public Investment Corporation (PIC), for a period of five years. Sithole is currently the principal executive officer of the... 

Wyzetalk secures Dutch investor to drive European footprint growth

By: Marleny Arnoldi     27th May 2020 Dutch software-focused investment company CNBB Venture Partners has made a multimillion-euro investment in digital employee engagement company Wyzetalk. Wyzetalk connects large organisations with their frontline employees through its software solution to improve communication, increase employee... 

UIF apologises for delay in capturing May claims

By: Simone Liedtke     27th May 2020 The Unemployment Insurance Fund (UIF) has apologised for the break in its network which has affected plans to capture the May Covid-19 Temporary Employer-Employee Relief Scheme (TERS) online applications. The system, which has been undergoing test runs since last week, was scheduled to go live on... 

More than one in six youth out of work owing to Covid-19 − ILO

By: Simone Liedtke     27th May 2020 More than one in six young people have stopped working since the onset of the Covid-19 pandemic, while those who remain employed have seen their working hours cut by, on average, 23%, says the International Labour Organisation (ILO). According to a report, titled 'ILO Monitor: Covid-19 and the... 

More than one in six youth out of work owing to Covid-19 − ILO

Wind energy market set new installation record in 2019 with 63 GW added

By: Donna Slater     27th May 2020 According to its second edition of its annual 'Supply Side Analysis 2019' report, the Global Wind Energy Council (GWEC) reports that in 2019 a new supply side record, in terms of capacity for the wind energy industry, was set, with 22 893 wind turbines being installed internationally. These wind... 

Denel divisions finalise ventilator projects

By: Donna Slater     27th May 2020 Two divisions within State-owned defence company Denel have reached critical stages in the design and manufacture of medical ventilators needed to assist critically ill patients diagnosed with Covid-19. The projects both fall under Project Sabela, which is being coordinated by Denel, in... 

Global Business Services sector's prominence offers advantage for South Africa

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     27th May 2020 The South African Global Business Services (GBS) sector is gaining prominence across the global outsourcing landscape for offshore locations, with the country in May named the second-most preferred offshore customer experience location globally, says not-for-profit company BPeSA CEO Andy Searle.... 

VWSA restarts production, exports  

By: Irma Venter     27th May 2020 Following a gradual production ramp-up, the Volkswagen Group South Africa (VWSA) plant in Uitenhage has resumed its manufacturing and export operations. Production was restarted on May 4 already, in line with the regulations pertaining to Alert Level 4 of the Covid-19 lockdown, with essential... 

VWSA restarts production, exports 
Thomas Schäfer

NWU comes up with creative solution to screen pupils for Covid-19 using cellphones

By: News24Wire      27th May 2020 In the times in which we currently find ourselves, adequate healthcare and accompanying screening are of the utmost importance to limit the spread of the coronavirus. As the Minister of Basic Education, Angie Motshekga, announced that Grade 7 and Grade 12 pupils will be able to return to schools... 

NWU comes up with creative solution to screen pupils for Covid-19 using cellphones

Pandemic-induced slump in global energy investment risks locking in obsolete technologies 

By: Terence Creamer     27th May 2020 The Covid-19 pandemic has set in motion the largest drop in global energy investment in history, with spending expected to plunge by $400-billion in 2020, a new International Energy Agency (IEA) report shows. Describing the slump as “unparalleled” and “staggering” in both scale and swiftness, the... 

Pandemic-induced slump in global energy investment risks locking in obsolete technologies
IEA executive director Dr Fatih Birol

Auto industry to face up to 30% job, production losses, says AIDC report 

By: Irma Venter     27th May 2020 Taking into account an anticipated 6.1% decline in South Africa’s economic growth owing to the Covid-19 pandemic, new-vehicle sales will probably fall by between 20% and 30% in 2020, says a report issued by the Automotive Industry Development Centre (AIDC), titled Re-gearing the Gauteng... 

Auto industry to face up to 30% job, production losses, says AIDC report

South Africa's central bank says lenders can handle coronavirus crisis 

By: Reuters     27th May 2020 South Africa's central bank said on Wednesday the coronavirus had resulted in far reaching risks to financial stability and banks' profitability would suffer, but lenders were in a good position to weather the storm. The country's banks, some of the largest on the continent including Standard... 

South Africa's central bank says lenders can handle coronavirus crisis
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SARB governor Lesetja Kganyago

Minerals Council president reflects on urgency of restoring economy 

By: Martin Creamer     27th May 2020 Re-elected Minerals Council South Africa president Mxolisi Mgojo on Wednesday called on all the leaders of the mining industry to commit to continuing to address the Covid-19 health threat with uncompromising vigour and emphasised that the introduction of measures to restructure the economy was... 

Minerals Council president reflects on urgency of restoring economy
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Minerals Council president Mxolisi Mgojo

International and national air transport bodies appeal to South Africa to support its airlines

By: Rebecca Campbell     27th May 2020 The International Air Transport Association (Iata), the Airlines Association of Southern Africa (AASA) and the Board of Airline Representatives of South Africa (Barsa) have jointly appealed to the South African government to provide direct financial relief to the country’s airline sector. This... 

Arrowhead performs above expectations in tough interim period

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     27th May 2020 Diversified real estate investment trust Arrowhead recorded a solid performance ahead of expectations for the six months ended March 31, despite having to contend with a tough economic environment. Speaking to Engineering News on May 27, Arrowhead CEO Mark Kaplan highlighted some of the... 

SAA will not be resuming flights just yet, say BRPs

By: Simone Liedtke     27th May 2020 A press statement issued this week, which suggests that South African Airways (SAA) will resume domestic services by mid-June, is “incorrect” and in violation of SAA’s business rescue practitioners’ (BRP’s) communications protocol. The protocol was put in place to ensure that unvetted releases... 

SAA will not be resuming flights just yet, say BRPs

Iata reports that global airline debt as ballooned as a result of Covid-19 measures

By: Rebecca Campbell     27th May 2020 In its latest briefing regarding the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic (and the near total halt in commercial air passenger traffic to help try and contain it) on the global airline industry, the International Air Transport Association (Iata) has reported that it expected global airline debt to... 

Datatec posts strong results as Westcon turns around fortunes 

By: Natasha Odendaal     27th May 2020 JSE-listed Datatec on Wednesday May 27 posted strong results for the year ended February 29, as Westcon International returns to profitability and Logicalis Latin America produces an “exceptional performance”. The information and communications technology (ICT) group reported earnings before... 

Datatec CEO Jens Montana and CFO Ivan Dittrich discuss the company's results for the year ended February

South Africa's rand falls as Sino-US friction dents risk appetite

By: Reuters     27th May 2020 South Africa's rand fell early on Wednesday in line with weakness in other emerging market currencies, as increasing Sino-US friction over China's proposed security law for Hong Kong dented risk appetite. At 0645 GMT, the rand traded at 17.4900 per US dollar, 0.45% weaker than its previous close. 

South Africa's rand falls as Sino-US friction dents risk appetite

Reports of CEF acquiring Sasol’s fuel retail network dismissed

By: Terence Creamer     27th May 2020 Chemicals and energy group Sasol has dismissed reports that it plans to sell its fuel retail business as part of an ongoing asset disposal process, while the State-owned Central Energy Fund (CEF) has described as “malicious” reports that it is in talks to acquire Sasol’s petrol stations. Sasol... 

Reports of CEF acquiring Sasol’s fuel retail network dismissed
Photo by Creamer Media's Donna Slater
Sasol CFO Paul Victor

Environmental, social, governance integral to Prieska copper-zinc project 

By: Martin Creamer     27th May 2020 The Prieska copper-zinc mine being developed so spectacularly by Orion Minerals in the Northern Cape has environmental, social and governance principles integrally built into it, Mining Weekly can today report. The updated bankable feasibility study just released not only reduces the capital... 

Environmental, social, governance integral to Prieska copper-zinc project
General layout of the Prieska project

Scopa unsatisfied with pace of DWS investigation

By: Creamer Media Reporter      27th May 2020 The Standing Committee on Public Accounts (Scopa) has expressed its discontent over the slow progress of investigations into unauthorised, irregular, fruitless and wasteful expenditure cases at the Department of Water and Sanitation (DWS) and its water trading entities. While the committee... 

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

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.... 

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