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Cabinet expected to approve Hydrogen Society Roadmap by early 2022 at latest 

By: Terence Creamer     14th April 2021 South Africa’s Hydrogen Society Roadmap (HSRM) will be presented for Cabinet approval either before the end of the year or early next year and should outline how the country’s resource advantages should be leveraged to produce green hydrogen, as well as to integrate hydrogen-related technologies,... 

 Cabinet expected to approve Hydrogen Society Roadmap by early 2022 at latest

Golden Arrow rolls out electric bus pilot study 

By: Irma Venter     14th April 2021 Golden Arrow Bus Services (GABS), in Cape Town, has started testing two fully electric buses in an effort to determine the viability of introducing the technology to its fleet, says GABS company engineer Gideon Neethling. The tests will continue until January next year. 

Golden Arrow rolls out electric bus pilot study

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13th April 2021 Readers of Engineering News Online, MiningWeekly.com and Polity.org.za are invited to subscribe – free of charge – to Creamer Media’s email newsletters.   The email newsletters, which are designed to provide comprehensive coverage of breaking news developments and which offer specific regional... 

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Spectrum progress being made, but allocation unlikely in 2021 

By: Natasha Odendaal     14th April 2021 While the auction of high demand spectrum has experienced another setback and is not likely to be allocated this year, much progress has been made compared with a year ago. The release date of high demand spectrum remains uncertain, owing to several legal battles over the Independent... 

Total postpones South Africa drilling application, consultancy letter says

By: Reuters     14th April 2021 French oil major Total has decided to postpone its application for additional drilling in a South African offshore gas block, a letter seen by Reuters from the consultancy conducting the environmental and social assessment showed. The delay is a potential blow to South Africa as it seeks to... 

SBI papers make recommendations to engender small business growth, aid recovery

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     14th April 2021 Nonprofit organisation the Small Business Institute (SBI) on April 14 released four additional papers in its series of six aimed at the promotion and development of small business in South Africa, during the Covid-19 pandemic and beyond. The other two papers in the series were released previously. 

EOH expects restructuring to be completed soon; will pursue growth from later this year

By: Schalk Burger     14th April 2021 Information and communication technology services group EOH reported in its interim results for the six months ended January 31, 2021, that it had stabilised its businesses, achieved an operating profit for the first time in two years and narrowed its headline loss a share. It achieved an... 

80 students to gain forestry sector skills as part of master plan rollout

By: Schalk Burger     14th April 2021 Under the Forestry Sector Masterplan, which emphasises forestry skills development, about 80 students will participate in the programme at the Fibre Processing and Manufacturing Sector Education and Training Authority (FPM Seta) and the universities of the Witwatersrand and Pretoria. They will... 

Consumer behaviour to remain restricted as household budgets continue to take strain – Deloitte

By: Donna Slater     14th April 2021 Although it is now well known that Covid-19 has subdued global economies and put strain on consumers’ willingness to splurge on non-essential items, professional services firm Deloitte shines a light on how consumer behaviour is being shaped currently and how they plan to spend money going into... 

Infrastructure development using private funding to provide benefits if projects are sustainable

By: Schalk Burger     14th April 2021 Infrastructure investing, when done sustainably, can deliver significant economic benefits to a country and for generations to come, but fund managers have to take a holistic view to ensure they make investments into sustainable infrastructure projects, says financial services group Sanlam... 

Trade conditions turn more positive – Sacci

By: Creamer Media Reporter      14th April 2021 The more stringent lockdown in December 2020 and the dampening effect it had on trade conditions, gave way to a more optimistic outlook in February and March, says the South African Chamber of Commerce and Industry (Sacci). The Sacci Trade Activity Index (TAI) improved to 49 in March, from 40 in... 

Public have until month-end to comment on new lighting lamp specifications

By: Schalk Burger     14th April 2021 South Africans have until April 30 to comment on the recently gazetted specifications for general service lamps. The specifications are aimed at improving the safety, performance and energy efficiency of lightbulbs approved for use in South Africa by phasing out inefficient and environmentally... 

KAS Africa secures $10m investment for growth

By: Schalk Burger     14th April 2021 Personal care products manufacturer KAS Africa has secured a $10-million investment from Mauritian investment company TRT Investments for the acquisition of a new plant and equipment to build capacity and capability. TRT has acquired a 49% stake in KAS Africa, which also now has access to working... 

GE, PowerChina hydro project on Zambia-Zimbabwe border delayed

By: Bloomberg     14th April 2021 GE, PowerChina hydro project on Zambia-Zimbabwe border delayed The developers of a $4-billion hydropower plant on the Zambia-Zimbabwe border delayed the project until next year because of the coronavirus pandemic. 

Barberton should be focus of new gold thrust – exploration geologist  

By: Martin Creamer     14th April 2021 Barberton should be the prime target to get South African gold mining going again, with geologists having an input at all stages of development and mining cycle. “The main area that I think we should be concentrating on now is on Barberton. I think it has some exceptional geology,” said highly... 

Exploration geologist Graham Gavine interviewed by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

Platinum price to rise as green hydrogen emerges as a new demand segment 

By: Simone Liedtke     14th April 2021 The rarity of platinum, combined with a decline in supply and overwhelming demand, is a formula for a build-up of a “perfect storm”, says independent precious metal consultant Dr David Davis, who says that this will lead to significant upward pressure on the price of platinum, to which investors... 

Platinum price to rise as green hydrogen emerges as a new demand segment
Dr David Davis

Zest WEG introduces new super premium efficiency motors 

14th April 2021 Brazilian motor and controls manufacturer WEG’s South African subsidiary Zest WEG group has introduced its new WEG IE4-rated super-premium efficiency motor to the South African market. Natasha Odendaal tells us more. 

Zest WEG introduces new super premium efficiency motors

Seriti rejects calls for probe into South32 deal that will make it Eskom's largest coal supplier

By: News24Wire      14th April 2021 Under siege Seriti Resources whose impending acquisition of South32 coal mines has raised calls for an investigation has dismissed the complaints against it as "vague" lacking substance. The black-owned coal miner has found itself embroiled in a storm after trade unions  flagged some aspects of... 

Sasol takes ambitious steps towards becoming a green-hydrogen major 

By: Terence Creamer     13th April 2021 Energy and Chemicals group Sasol made announcements on Tuesday that potentially open the way for the coal- and gas-heavy company to begin an energy transition designed to reposition it as a green hydrogen major and a leading global producer of carbon-neutral jet fuel. CEO Fleetwood Grobler... 

Sasol takes ambitious steps towards becoming a green-hydrogen major
Sasol CEO Fleetwood Grobler

Delays in digital migration, exclusive spectrum licensing hampering broadband rollout

By: Schalk Burger     13th April 2021 While the delayed migration of analogue television and radio broadcasting signals to other spectrum bands is hampering the rollout of broadband telecommunications services, especially in rural areas, the licensing of the exclusive use of spectrum only by a single market player is preventing... 

Sustainable, inclusive manufacturing needed in Africa

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     13th April 2021 Africa needs sustainable and inclusive manufacturing to bolster economic growth and create jobs and now is an opportune time for this to mitigate the impact of the pandemic and capitalise on opportunities afforded by the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA). This was indicated by speakers... 

Astral obtains High Court order for govt to improve Lekwa municipal service delivery

By: Schalk Burger     13th April 2021 Poultry producer Astral Foods has obtained a High Court order against government and the National Treasury over the nondelivery of basic water and electricity supply services within the Lekwa (Standerton) municipality. In terms of the Order issued on April 12, government will be required to... 

Ngqura Container Terminal mobilises to offload reefers in anticipation of citrus season

By: Donna Slater     13th April 2021 With South Africa’s citrus season looming and a global shortage of mobile refrigerated shipping containers (otherwise known as reefers), the Ngqura Container Terminal (NCT), in Port Elizabeth, is mobilising offloading equipment to assist in the offloading of reefers that have been diverted by... 

Ngqura Container Terminal mobilises to offload reefers in anticipation of citrus season

Labelling of 1 000 profitable cleantech solutions includes eight local products

By: Donna Slater     13th April 2021 The Solar Impulse Foundation has officially reached the goal of assigning the Efficient Solutions Label to 1 000 profitable cleantech solutions from around the world and the list includes eight South African solutions, reports economically viable green economy solutions nonprofit organisation... 

New mixed-use development coming to Cape Town in 2022

By: Simone Liedtke     13th April 2021 A new mixed-used development Station House has been launched on Cape Town’s Atlantic Seaboard. Located at 19 Kloof road in the heart of Sea Point, one of the most desirable and growing areas of Cape Town, Station House is a 12-storey architectural building, which when completed, will feature 230... 

Nasa engineers find fix for Mars helicopter glitch, but first flight delayed for several days

By: Rebecca Campbell     13th April 2021 Engineers at the US National Aeronautics and Space Administration’s (Nasa’s) Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) have developed a software fix for a glitch that developed in the command system of the Ingenuity helicopter. The problem emerged during a pre-flight test sequence for the Martian aircraft... 

Nasa engineers find fix for Mars helicopter glitch, but first flight delayed for several days
Photo by Nasa
The Ingenuity helicopter sitting on the Martian surface

South Africa stands to benefit from green hydrogen production – CDH

By: Donna Slater     13th April 2021 The advantages of green hydrogen technology to meet South Africa’s goals of transitioning to a lower carbon energy sector appear “uncontested”, says law firm Cliffe Dekker Hofmeyr (CDH). To qualify as a form of clean energy technology (one that does not contribute to greenhouse-gas emissions and... 

Crucial component for new Airbus airliner completed and moved to final assembly facility

By: Rebecca Campbell     13th April 2021 The first centre wing box (CWB) for the Airbus A321XLR has been delivered to Hamburg, Germany, from Nantes, France, where it was assembled. The A321XLR is the latest version of the A320neo (for new engine option) family, a new-generation development of the company’s A320 single-aisle airliner... 

Crucial component for new Airbus airliner completed and moved to final assembly facility
Photo by Airbus
The A321XLR CWB at Nantes, before transport to Hamburg.

SVI puts a bulletproof vest on the VW Amarok

By: Irma Venter     13th April 2021 Armoured product manufacturer SVI Engineering has extended the range of armoured bakkies available in South Africa to include the 190 kW V6 Amarok. SVI’s clients opted for the ultimate civilian level of armoured protection, namely B6, on the vehicle, able to stop bullets fired from assault rifles... 

SVI puts a bulletproof vest on the VW Amarok

Harith launches $200m capital raise

By: Donna Slater     13th April 2021 African infrastructure investor Harith General Partners has launched a $200-million capital raise in a follow-up fund to its Pan African Infrastructure Development Fund (PAIDF) 2, that is open to existing and new investors. The PAIDF 2 Infrastructure Top Up Fund is a shorter-term vehicle of... 

SEZ Programme successfully driving industrialisation – DTIC

By: Donna Slater     13th April 2021 Despite the devastating impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on South Africa’s economy, Trade, Industry and Competition Deputy Minister Nomalungelo Gina says the Special Economic Zones (SEZ) Programme continues to “successfully drive industrialisation” of the country. She explains that the programme... 

US group extends life of a second in-orbit satellite

By: Rebecca Campbell     13th April 2021 US aerospace giant Northrop Grumman has reported that its Mission Extension Vehicle-2 (MEV-2) spacecraft has successfully docked with the Intelsat 10-02 (IS-10-02) telecommunications satellite. MEV-2 will extend the life of IS-10-02, which was running out of fuel (having been launched in 2004)... 

US group extends life of a second in-orbit satellite
Photo by Northrop Grunman
IS-10-02 imaged by MEV-2’s infrared wide-field-of-view camera at a range of 15 m

Isuzu Motors SA funds cherry picker localisation 

By: Irma Venter     13th April 2021 Isuzu Motors South Africa (IMSAf) has issued an enterprise development grant of close to R500 000 for the localisation of an extended reach aerial platform, also known as a cherry picker in South Africa. The SLT 180 telescopic aerial platform will be developed and manufactured locally by Isuzu... 

Isuzu Motors SA funds cherry picker localisation

Sasol and Air Liquide initiate first phase of 900 MW renewables procurement process 

By: Terence Creamer     13th April 2021 Sasol and Air Liquide have formally announced plans to jointly procure 900 MW of renewable-energy capacity from independent power producers (IPPs) by 2030 and have issued a request for proposal (RFP) through which they aim to procure an initial 600 MW this year. The transaction, the companies... 

Sasol and Air Liquide initiate first phase of 900 MW renewables procurement process
Photo by Creamer Media
Power lines in the foreground, with Sasol's Secunda complex in the background

Eskom fetches R76-million from sale of buildings, with more assets expected to be sold

By: News24Wire      13th April 2021 Eskom has raised R76.1-million from the sale of two buildings as parts of a strategy to free up cash through the disposal on non-core assets, and more properties are expected to be sold. The buildings in Kimberley and Johannesburg were sold to the Department of Human Settlements, Water and... 

 Eskom fetches R76-million from sale of buildings, with more assets expected to be sold

MTN named South Africa’s best mobile network

By: Natasha Odendaal     13th April 2021 Telecommunications group MTN has secured the title of the best mobile network in South Africa from the quarterly MyBroadband Insights report. The first quarter Mobile Network Quality Report showed that MTN achieved a network quality score of 9.73, followed by Vodacom with a score of 5.65, Telkom... 

Students developed Covid-19 symptoms chatbots for 4IR hackathon challenge

By: Schalk Burger     12th April 2021 Seven students in three teams developed chatbots - interactive programmes to aide customer enquiries - during a hackathon hosted by Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR) education facility Forge Academy in Fourways, Gauteng. The software programmes had to serve as a digital solution to guide... 

Majority hopeful that pandemic will be contained within the next year – global survey

By: Simone Liedtke     12th April 2021 A new Ipsos and World Economic Forum (WEF) survey found that there are wide variations in post-Covid ‘return to normal’ expectations, with almost 60% of respondents expecting a return to pre-Covid normal level within the next year. Another 6% of respondents already believe this to be the case and... 

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