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Work resumes on N2 Msikaba bridge project

By: Irma Venter     Updated 23 minutes ago Construction has started on the foundations for the Msikaba bridge being constructed by Concor Infrastructure, in joint venture (JV) with Mota-Engil Construction South Africa (MECSA). The R1.65-billion contract is poised to deliver the longest cable-stayed bridge in Africa.  

Work resumes on N2 Msikaba bridge project
Aerial view of the south side of the Msikaba project

Covid-19 workplace protocols must become ‘second nature’ for any further lockdown easing

By: Terence Creamer     Updated 2 hours 5 minutes ago Organised business has called for domestic firms to take steps to ensure that their workplaces are Covid-19-ready in light of President Cyril Ramaphosa’s May 24 announcement that the country would transition from lockdown Level 4 to Level 3 from June 1, a move that will result in many more South... 

Covid-19 workplace protocols must become ‘second nature’ for any further lockdown easing
Photo by Creamer Media's Donna Slater
Busa president Sipho Pityana

Mponeng detects 164 Covid cases, suspends mining – AngloGold Ashanti

By: Martin Creamer     24th May 2020 Gold mining company AngloGold Ashanti on Sunday confirmed that, following the detection of its first positive Covid-19 case at its Mponeng gold mine last week, a comprehensive screening, contact tracing and testing programme had revealed 164 positive cases at the site in Merafong, in Gauteng... 

Mponeng detects 164 Covid cases, suspends mining  – AngloGold Ashanti
Mponeng Gold Mine

Almost two-thirds of ITS community severely impacted by Covid-19  

By: Irma Venter     22nd May 2020 The Covid-19 pandemic has had a significant impact on the local intelligent transport system (ITS) community, says Intelligent Transport Society South Africa (ITSSA) CEO Dr Paul Vorster. ITTSA conducted a survey among its members on the new normal brought about by the Covid-19 pandemic. 

Almost two-thirds of ITS community severely impacted by Covid-19 

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

UIF/TERS claims leading to 'enormous anger', says Master Builders’ WCape 

By: Irma Venter     22nd May 2020 The Master Builders’ Association Western Cape (MBAWC) says it is “cautiously confident” that the construction industry is ready to return to work safely, and maintains that the longer the industry remains dormant, the greater the financial losses its members will need to bear.  These losses... 

UIF/TERS claims leading to 'enormous anger', says Master Builders’ WCape

African economic integration still has a long way to go, reveals new report

By: Rebecca Campbell     Updated 24 minutes ago The African Development Bank (AfDB), the African Union Commission (AUC) and the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (ECA) have jointly called for African countries to strengthen their economic integration. They made this call at the recent launch of the Africa Regional Integration Index... 

Africa proactive in implementing measures to flatten Covid-19 curve – Ramaphosa

By: Thabi Madiba     Updated 1 hour 51 minutes ago As the African continent celebrates Africa Day on Monday amid the global coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic, South African President Cyril Ramaphosa acknowledged that despite the resource challenges facing the continent, governments have been swift and proactive in implementing measures in the fight... 

Africa proactive in implementing measures to flatten Covid-19 curve – Ramaphosa
President Cyril Ramaphosa

MBA North calls for engagement around lockdown regulations 

By: Irma Venter     22nd May 2020 The Master Builders Association (MBA) North is calling on government to “proactively engage” with the construction industry to firm up the lockdown regulations relating to the industry as quickly as possible.  MBA North executive director Mohau Mphomela says that certainty will help the industry... 

MBA North calls for engagement around lockdown regulations

Covid-19 highlights challenges, opportunities in South Africa's water sector

By: Simone Liedtke     22nd May 2020 The Covid-19 pandemic has magnified the deficits in the water and sanitation sectors in South Africa, Water Research Commission (WRC) CEO Dr Dhesigan Naidoo said during a webinar on May 22. He added that the pandemic had also highlighted some of the opportunities in these sectors. 

Covid-19 highlights challenges, opportunities in South Africa's water sector

Stable leadership will correct path of DWS

By: Natasha Odendaal     22nd May 2020 Stability in the leadership of the Department of Water and Sanitation (DWS) will be critical to turning the department around and achieving the targets outlined in its Annual Performance Plans and its 2020/25 Medium Term Strategic Plan. Instability in leadership positions within the DWS... 

Auto-battery makers mull alternative chemistries to lower costs, increase driving range 

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     22nd May 2020 Battery makers and car manufacturers have seen a shift in the pursuit of altering battery chemistry to lower the costs of new energy vehicles (NEVs) that are being manufactured and extend their driving range. Speaking to Engineering News & Mining Weekly, independent research house Afriforesight... 

Auto-battery makers mull alternative chemistries to lower costs, increase driving range

Airline group Comair announces options for ticket holders

By: Rebecca Campbell     22nd May 2020 South African private-sector airline group Comair, which is currently under business rescue, and its business rescue practitioners (BRPs), announced on May 22 the options open to those holding tickets for flights with the group. Comair operates the British Airways in South Africa and Kulula low... 

First window of SMME debt relief financing scheme closing

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     22nd May 2020 The first window of the Department of Small Business Development's (DSBD's) Small, Medium-sized and Microenterprise (SMME) Debt Relief Financing Scheme will close soon. The scheme was initially allocated an amount of R200-million, which was later increased to R500-million, when the department... 

Trade and Industry Committee briefed on plans to reopen economy

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     22nd May 2020 The Portfolio Committee on Trade and Industry was on May 22 briefed by the Department of Trade, Industry and Competition about measures taken by the department in response to Covid-19’s impact on various industries. The department told the committee that the national lockdown has served its... 

Hulisani expects loss a share of at least 54c

By: Marleny Arnoldi     22nd May 2020 JSE-listed energy investment company Hulisani expects to report a loss a share of between 54c and 64c for the year ended February 29. This represents an 8% to 28% widening of the 50c a share loss reported for the financial year ended February 28, 2019.  

University of Pretoria appoints interim dean for GIBS

By: Marleny Arnoldi     22nd May 2020 The University of Pretoria (UP) has appointed senior lecturer and executive director of faculty Dr Morris Mthombeni as interim dean of the Gordon Institute of Business Science (GIBS), effective July 1. Mthombeni will fulfil this role until such time that a permanent dean is appointed following... 

University of Pretoria appoints interim dean for GIBS
University of Pretoria executive director of faculty Dr Morris Mthombeni

Regenesys pledges R100m to lower tuition fees during lockdown

By: Donna Slater     22nd May 2020 Regenesys Foundation, the philanthropic arm of Regenesys Business School, on May 22 launched a Covid-19 lockdown education initiative with a R100-million pledge, which will be used to reduce course fees by 60%. Regenesys Foundation enabled Regenesys Business School to make the pledge.  

African airline sector hammered by anti-Covid-19 flight restrictions

By: Rebecca Campbell     22nd May 2020 The International Air Transport Association (Iata), the representative body for the global airline industry, reported at a media briefing on May 21 that, on May 12, airline flight departures in Africa were 94% lower than they had been on January 1. The entire African airline sector had... 

International initiative to fund African Covid-19 research unveiled

By: Rebecca Campbell     22nd May 2020 South Africa’s National Research Foundation (NRF) has announced the launch of a $4.75-million (about R90-million) international Covid-19 Africa Rapid Fund Grant. The purpose of the fund is to support the creation and translation of knowledge to help with the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of... 

Ethiopian Communications Authority calls for telecommunications licenses submissions

By: Natasha Odendaal     22nd May 2020 The Ethiopian Communications Authority (ECA) is calling for expressions of interest (EoI) to be submitted for two new telecommunications licenses in Ethiopia. Interested parties have until 12:00 GMT+3 on June 22 to submit their interest for the potential awarding of two nationwide... 

Global steel production down 13% y/y

By: Donna Slater     22nd May 2020 World crude steel production for the 64 countries reporting to the World Steel Association (worldsteel) decreased by 13% year-on-year to 137.1-million tonnes in April. Africa's output decreased by 55.7% year-on-year to 603 000 t, with South Africa's output having decreased by 99.5%. 

Report calls for new supply chains to decarbonise global energy trade

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     22nd May 2020 Today’s global economy is enabled by a global energy trade and countries around the world are dependent on the flows of oil, coal and natural gas to keep their economies growing. As countries move to decarbonise and adopt renewable energy, many are finding it difficult to do so cost-effectively... 

AMCU calls for testing of all employees at affiliated workplaces

By: Donna Slater     Updated 16 minutes ago The Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (AMCU) has again called on employers to test all employees for Covid-19 as the pandemic continues to spread across South Africa. AMCU notes that while it has consistently called for the testing of all workers, the official stance of... 

Northam Platinum strengthens liquidity, attracts R411m new funding

By: Martin Creamer     Updated 3 hours ago Platinum group metals mining company Northam Platinum has strengthened its liquidity position in response to Covid-19 by attracting R411-million of additional new long-term funding during the lockdown period as part of the completion of its R2.65-billion restructuring of its domestic medium-term... 

Northam Platinum strengthens liquidity, attracts R411m new funding
Photo by Cre
Northam CEO Paul Dunne

The science behind Level 3 - Ramaphosa lauds 'diverse and sometimes challenging views'

By: News24Wire      Updated 3 hours ago As President Cyril Ramaphosa announced the downgrade to Level 3 of the national Covid-19 lockdown, he thanked scientists for challenging and pushing the government's response to the global pandemic. "We appreciate the diverse and sometimes challenging views of the scientists and health... 

The science behind Level 3 - Ramaphosa lauds 'diverse and sometimes challenging views'
President Cyril Ramaphosa

South Africa to move to Level 3, but risk of infections now even greater – Ramaphosa

By: News24Wire      24th May 2020 After nearly 60 days of tough Covid-19 lockdown restrictions, President Cyril Ramaphosa announced a drop to Level 3, bringing a significant easing of measures to combat the deadly pandemic. 

South Africa to move to Level 3, but risk of infections now even greater – Ramaphosa
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President Cyril Ramaphosa

Full reopening of mining from June 1 – President Ramaphosa

By: Martin Creamer     24th May 2020 Subject to strict Covid-19 protocols, mining will be allowed to reopen fully from June 1, President Cyril Ramaphosa said on Sunday. In his address on South Africa’s response to the coronavirus pandemic, the President announced that South Africa would advance to level 3 from June 1, with an... 

Full reopening of mining from June 1 – President Ramaphosa
Photo by Creamer Media's Donna Slater
President Cyril Ramaphosa

Can maggots fuel sports drinks? South African startup thinks so

By: , Bloomberg     22nd May 2020 A South African startup aims to produce high-quality protein powder from maggots for use in food products and sports drinks by the end of the year. By doing so, it will become the first company in Africa to make insect protein for human consumption. South African rivals currently harvest larvae... 

UK's Blair: Patchy data means Africa could use antibody tests to track Covid-19

By: Reuters     22nd May 2020 African nations should use antibody tests to find out whether the slower spread and lower mortality rate of the new coronavirus on the continent is due to patchy data or a more resilient population, former British prime minister Tony Blair said on Friday. That information would guide leaders in... 

Easing of South Africa lockdown may bring no respite for smokers

By: , Bloomberg     22nd May 2020 The imminent easing of lockdown rules in South Africa may bring no respite for smokers who’ve been contending with a tobacco sales ban for almost two months. Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs Minister Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, whose department plays a key role in determining the... 

Why a giant hydropower dam in Africa worries the US, China

By: , Bloomberg     22nd May 2020 China and the United Nations backed calls for Ethiopia to resume talks over its plan to begin filling a giant hydropower dam that is opposed by Egypt. Ethiopia wants to flood the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam when the next rainy season begins in July. Egypt insists on having a say in how... 

Leon lists measures to attract mining investment in these challenging times  

By: Martin Creamer     22nd May 2020 South Africa should consider appointing an independent minerals regulator to speed up minerals licensing, Herbert Smith Freehills Africa co-chair Peter Leon said during a webinar this week. Responding to Patrick Leyden, who moderated the webinar entitled re-imagining the sub-Saharan mining... 

Herbert Smith Freehills Africa Co-Chair Peter Leon spoke at a webinar covered by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer

Video streaming platform launched to empower content creators, open revenue stream

By: Donna Slater     22nd May 2020 To reinvent itself and preserve jobs, a Johannesburg-based startup has quickly built and launched an end-to-end online video streaming platform – Send it – that enables content creators to monetise their audiences through free, or pay-to-view, live broadcasts. Co-founders James Coetzee and... 

SA definitely moving to Level 3 lockdown 'soon', the question is how - deputy minister 

By: News24Wire      22nd May 2020 Government is in the advanced stages of consultation with health and economic experts which will result in the country 'soon' shifting to Level 3 lockdown, according to Deputy Minister of Trade, Industry and Economic development, Fikile Majola. "The big issue facing government and the country now... 

  SA definitely moving to Level 3 lockdown 'soon', the question is how - deputy minister
Deputy Minister of Trade, Industry and Economic Development Fikile Majola

Ramaphosa to hear from the tourism industry ahead of move to Level 3

By: News24Wire      22nd May 2020 President Cyril Ramaphosa will continue his consultative tour on Friday, ahead of the country moving down to Level 3 of the nationwide lockdown. His office announced that the president would hold virtual engagements with stakeholders in the tourism sector who had asked to meet him. Ramaphosa has... 

Ramaphosa to hear from the tourism industry ahead of move to Level 3
President Cyril Ramaphosa

Tribunal confirms another excessive pricing consent agreement

By: Donna Slater     22nd May 2020 The Competition Tribunal has approved a consent agreement relating to the alleged excessive pricing of face masks in the context of Covid-19, with two related companies to jointly pay an administrative penalty of R1.5-million.

The companies, Sicuro Safety and Hennox Supplies, have also... 

Eskom provides update on power system, maintenance and financial balancing act 

22nd May 2020 Creamer Media's Chanel de Bruyn speaks to Engineering News Editor Terence Creamer about the outlook for the power system as the country heads into the high-demand winter months, its maintenance plans, its restructuring and financial balancing acts and how it is being affected by Covid-19. 

Eskom provides update on power system, maintenance and financial balancing act

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