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Shift from high- to low-carbon must be systematic and just – Mantashe 

By: Terence Creamer     Updated 7 hours ago South Africa’s Mineral Resources and Energy Minister, Gwede Mantashe, used the platform created by the International Energy Agency (IEA) Clean Energy Transitions Summit on July 9 to stress that South Africa’s shift form a high-carbon to a low-carbon needed to be both systematic and just. Speaking... 

Shift from high- to low-carbon must be systematic and just – Mantashe
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Mineral Resources and Energy Minister Gwede Mantashe

Clean energy should be at ‘core’ of Covid-19 stimulus plans – Guterres 

By: Terence Creamer     9th July 2020 United Nations secretary-general António Guterres appealed to governments on Thursday to place the transition from fossil fuels to clean energy at the “core” of their Covid-19 economic recovery spending. Guterres also used the platform created by the International Energy Agency (IEA) Clean Energy... 

Clean energy should be at ‘core’ of Covid-19 stimulus plans – Guterres
United Nations secretary-general António Guterres

South Africa's manufacturing output down 49.4% on Covid-19 impact 

By: Simone Liedtke     Updated 5 hours ago South Africa's manufacturing production decreased by 49.4% year-on-year in April. Statistics South Africa (Stats SA) reports that the largest contributors to this decline was the motor vehicles, parts and accessories and other transport equipment sector, where output decreased by 98%... 

Parliamentary Defence Committee warns that budget cuts are endangering key projects

By: Rebecca Campbell     Updated 6 hours ago Parliament’s Portfolio Committee on Defence and Military Veterans has warned that cost savings forced on the country’s defence acquisition and research and development agency Armscor could endanger key projects. The agency’s budget has been cut by R120-million. The committee praised Armscor for... 

Icasa, NMISA ink MoU for collaboration

By: Natasha Odendaal     9th July 2020 The Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (Icasa) and the National Metrology Institute of South Africa (NMISA) have signed a strategic collaboration agreement for the exchange of information and expertise. The Memorandum of Understanding (MoU), signed during a video conference... 

JL Dube Broadband Highsite project kicks off KwaZulu-Natal’s smart province ambitions

By: Natasha Odendaal     Updated 7 hours ago The KwaZulu-Natal provincial government has switched on a JL Dube Broadband Highsite in Vezokuhle Primary School, Edendale, in the Umsunduzi municipality. The JL Dube Broadband Highsite aims to bring free WiFi to the communities of Pietermaritzburg. 

DTIC establishes industrial parks association as part of revitalisation efforts

By: Marleny Arnoldi     Updated 5 hours ago The Department of Trade, Industry and Competition (DTIC) has invested more than R760-million in its Industrial Parks Revitalisation programme since its inception in 2015. The department, together with stakeholders, are in the process of establishing digital hubs in a number of industrial parks... 

Renergen CEO discusses company, project investment case

By: Simone Liedtke     Updated 5 hours ago JSE- and ASX-listed Renergen is aiming to supply between 12% and 15% of the world's helium with Phase 2 of its Virginia gas project, in the Free State. The project is owned by Renergen subsidiary, Tetra4. 

Renergen CEO discusses company, project investment case
Renergen CEO Stefano Marani

First inclined well at Renergen’s Virginia gas project to spud later this month

By: Simone Liedtke     9th July 2020 The first inclined well at emerging domestic natural gas and helium producer Renergen’s Virginia gas project, in the Free State, is expected to spud late in July, and reach the primary target at the base of the Karoo sequence/top Wits formation late in August. This is the company’s first inclined... 

JSE says ETFs a haven for institutional investors

By: Simone Liedtke     Updated 5 hours ago Professional and institutional investors wishing to gain exposure to different sectors, asset classes such as equities, commodities or government bonds are being encouraged by the JSE to use exchange-traded funds (ETFs).    

JSE says ETFs a haven for institutional investors

Hyprop expands national solar project

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     Updated 6 hours ago Real estate investment trust Hyprop is set to decrease its carbon footprint further, with the landlord expanding its solar project across 66% of its South African shopping mall portfolio. “As part of Hyprop’s drive to continually minimise the impact on the environment, one of our key focus areas... 

Hulamin becomes first aluminium semi-fabricator to achieve emissions milestone

By: Donna Slater     Updated 5 hours ago Aluminium products manufacturer Hulamin reports that it has become the first global aluminium semi-fabricator to have a greenhouse-gas (GHG) emissions target approved by the Science Based Targets initiative (SBTi).   The SBTi mobilises companies to set science-based targets and boost their... 

Sappi closes some operations in Germany and the US

By: Simone Liedtke     Updated 5 hours ago Pulp and paper company Sappi has announced the closure of the Paper Machine 2 (PM2) at its Stockstadt Mill, in Germany, as well as Paper Machine 9 (PM9) and the energy complex at its Westbrook Mill, in the US. This will cumulatively remove capacity, reduce costs, improve machine use and increase... 

South African airline announces successful repatriation of South Africans from Middle East

By: Rebecca Campbell     9th July 2020 South African private-sector airline company CemAir has announced the successful conclusion of a repatriation flight which it had operated, bringing South Africans home from Middle Eastern and African countries. The flight, using a CRJ900 90-seat jet airliner (usually employed for regional... 

HealthSpace signs first paid contract with contact tracing solution

By: Natasha Odendaal     Updated 5 hours ago Vancouver-headquartered HealthSpace Data Systems has signed the first paid contract in a package that includes the use of its extensive contact tracing solution. Mecklenburg County Health Department, in North Carolina, will use HealthSpace’s HSCloud Suite for contact tracing in a deal worth $157... 

HealthSpace signs first paid contract with contact tracing solution

Growthpoint expects at least 15% y/y decrease in distributions a share

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     Updated 5 hours ago Owing to the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on it business, the rental relief that has been provided to tenants, arrear rentals and the ongoing uncertainty of the future impact of this crisis on the global economy, and its business in particular, JSE-listed Growthpoint Properties expects... 

L2D says interim financial results ‘severely impacted’

By: Simone Liedtke     Updated 5 hours ago Trading improvement has been slow since the Level 3 lockdown restrictions were implement and JSE-listed real estate investment trust Liberty Two Degrees (L2D) says there has been “a severe impact on the second quarter and consequently the first half of the 2020 financial year". As a result, the... 

Covid-19-impacted brands could lose as much as 15% of value – Brand Finance

By: Donna Slater     9th July 2020 As the Covid-19 pandemic wreaks havoc on the global and domestic economies, South Africa’s top 50 most valuable brands could lose up to 15% of brand value cumulatively, a drop of more than R65-billion compared with the original valuation date of January 1, according to the latest 'South Africa... 

Air Products, partners to develop $5bn hydrogen-powered ammonia facility in Saudi Arabia

By: Marleny Arnoldi     9th July 2020 Gas supplier Air Products, renewable energy developer ACWA Power and NEOM, have signed an agreement for a $5-billion world-scale green hydrogen-based ammonia production facility, powered by renewable energy. The project will produce green ammonia for export to global markets and be jointly... 

Global airline body urges major economies to support sustainable aviation fuel

By: Rebecca Campbell     Updated 5 hours ago The International Air Transport Association (Iata), which is the representative body of the global airline industry, has called on the International Energy Agency (IEA) to give priority to investment in sustainable aviation fuel (SAF). Iata made this appeal ahead of the IEA’s Clean Energy... 

Minerals Council expresses deep sadness at loss of 28 colleagues to Covid 

By: Martin Creamer     Updated 5 hours ago Minerals Council South Africa health head Dr Thuthula Balfour on Thursday expressed deep sadness at the loss of 28 colleagues to Covid-19 and stated that research was being conducted to understand what makes people particularly vulnerable to the pandemic and what can be done to prevent the... 

Minerals Council expresses deep sadness at loss of 28 colleagues to Covid
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Minerals Council South Africa health head Dr Thuthula Balfour.

SA mid-year population increases to estimated 59.62m 

By: African News Agency      Updated 7 hours ago South Africa's mid-year population is estimated to have increased to 59.62-million in 2020, according to a report released on Thursday by Statistics South Africa. "Gauteng continues to record the largest share of South Africa’s population, with approximately 15.5-million people (26,0%) living in... 

 SA mid-year population increases to estimated 59.62m

At work, women disproportionately affected by Covid-19, says labour dept

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     Updated 7 hours ago Women seem to be bearing the biggest brunt of contracting Covid-19 at work, according to the claims lodged with the Compensation Fund which indicate that more than 8% of the cases received so far involve women and this is consistent in all provinces, says the Department of Employment and Labour... 

Eskom warns of possible load-shedding from Thursday evening

By: Marleny Arnoldi     9th July 2020 State-owned power utility Eskom has warned of possible load-shedding in the peak demand hours of 17:00 to 21:00 from July 9 to 12. The utility has urged the public to reduce electricity use as the power generation system is severely constrained.  

Eskom warns of possible load-shedding from Thursday evening

South Africa's just transition 

9th July 2020 Creamer Media's Chanel de Bruyn speaks to Engineering News Editor Terence Creamer about South Africa's efforts to ensure a just transition and how the proposed repurposing of Eskom's power stations fits into that. 

South Africa's just transition

South Africa’s July Ndlovu to chair World Coal Association 

By: Martin Creamer     9th July 2020 South Africa’s July Ndlovu has been appointed the chairperson of the World Coal Association (WCA), Mining Weekly can today report. Ndlovu, who heads Anglo American’s coal business in South Africa, takes up the position at a time when, in his words, “the role of responsible coal is front and... 

South Africa’s July Ndlovu to chair World Coal Association
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July Ndlovu and Michelle Manook.

Saisi supports govt’s step towards export tax on scrap metal

By: Marleny Arnoldi     8th July 2020 The South African Iron and Steel Institute (Saisi) has welcomed government’s directive for the scrap metal supply chain to be supported. Saisi believes it is of national importance that the viability of the ferrous scrap and steel sectors be maintained.  

Passengers urged to complete health forms prior to leaving for the airport

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     8th July 2020 Management of the OR Tambo International Airport has appealed to passengers to ensure the required traveller health questionnaire is completed before arrival at the entrance to the domestic terminal. Airport spokesperson Samukelo Khambule says the airport is facilitating greater numbers of... 

African countries urged to allocate 25% of stimulus spending to renewable energy 

By: Terence Creamer     8th July 2020 African countries should aim to invest 25% of their Covid-19 stimulus budgets in renewable energy, Sustainable Energy for All CEO Damilola Ogunbiyi said on Wednesday, noting that renewable energy had emerged as the cheapest source of new electricity for most countries on the continent. Speaking... 

African countries urged to allocate 25% of stimulus spending to renewable energy

Committee calls for speedy investigations into fraudulent UIF claims

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     8th July 2020 The Portfolio Committee on Employment and Labour has called on law enforcement agencies to speed up investigations into fraudulent claims paid out by the Unemployment Insurance Fund (UIF). The Department of Employment and Labour and the UIF had briefed the committee on fraudulent claims and... 

South African companies say economic growth will reduce racial inequality

By: Bloomberg     8th July 2020 South Africa’s biggest companies believe they have the solution to the racial inequality that has riven the country since the end of apartheid a quarter-century ago: Grow the economy. The debate about integrating more Black South Africans into one of the world’s most-unequal societies is being... 

South African companies say economic growth will reduce racial inequality

PSV business rescue plan presentation delayed

By: Simone Liedtke     8th July 2020 The business rescue practitioners handling industrial holding company PSV Holdings’ business rescue process have extended the date for presentation of the business rescue plan to July 13. More than 50% of PSV’s creditors had agreed to the extention. 

Activists highlight Santam’s refusal to pay out Covid-19 business interruption claims

By: Rebecca Campbell     8th July 2020 South African non-profit shareholder activist organisation Just Share has highlighted local insurance group Santam’s refusal to pay out business interruption claims from policy holders in the hospitality and tourism sector resulting from the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic. This followed Just... 

Africa's Covid-19 recovery lies in regional integration through AfCFTA − commission

By: Marleny Arnoldi     8th July 2020 Africa does not need a “Marshall Plan” to ride out the ongoing Covid-19 crisis, instead it has a more powerful tool in the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA), which can be used to accelerate regional and economic integration and prepare for uncertain times, says Economic Commission for... 

Germany to become major source of platinum demand for fuel cell EVs, says WPIC

By: Marleny Arnoldi     8th July 2020 As much of Europe prepares for a rapid green energy transition as part of the region's Covid-19 recovery strategy, Germany, in particular, could be the gamechanger that makes widespread adoption of fuel cell electric vehicles (FCEVs) in Europe a reality, says the World Platinum Investment Council... 

Eskom issues power alert due to 'constrained system' 

By: African News Agency      8th July 2020 South African power utility, Eskom on Wednesday issued an alert level one urging users to reduce electricity supply due to a constrained system. "Eskom requests the public to reduce electricity usage as the power generation system is still severely constrained. This morning one generation unit... 

 Eskom issues power alert due to 'constrained system'

Africa’s economic growth could rebound by 3% in 2021, says AfDB

By: Simone Liedtke     8th July 2020 Africa’s economic growth could rebound by 3% in 2021, provided that governments manage the Covid-19 infection rate well, the African Development Bank (AfDB) said on July 7. In a comprehensive socioeconomic assessment of the pandemic’s impact, the bank said growth was now projected to rebound to... 

CSIR to roll out 10 000 locally made ventilators to hospitals 

By: Irma Venter     8th July 2020 The Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), in collaboration with a number of local partners, has completed work on a local ventilator to be rolled out nationwide to patients showing respiratory distress in the early phase of Covid-19 infection.  The development forms part of... 

CSIR to roll out 10 000 locally made ventilators to hospitals

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