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Nersa to oppose Eskom’s move to have MYPD5 rejection set aside 

By: Terence Creamer     Updated 2 hours 18 minutes ago The National Energy Regulator of South Africa (Nersa) has notified the Gauteng division of the High Court that it will oppose Eskom’s application to have the regulator’s decision to reject the utility’s fifth multiyear price determination (MYPD5) revenue application reviewed and set aside. Eskom... 

A photo of Eskom CFO Calib Cassim presenting its case at a previous tariff hearing
Photo by Creamer Media's Donna Slater
A photo of Eskom CFO Calib Cassim presenting its case at a previous tariff hearing

DoT moves to ban foreigners from driving SA registered trucks using foreign permits 

By: Irma Venter     Updated 4 hours ago The Department of Transport (DoT) anticipates that foreign nationals will soon be unable to drive South African registered trucks while in possession of foreign professional driving permits (PDPs). The DoT in April published an amendment to the Road Traffic Act regulations, which incorporates a... 

Image of a  painted truck on a road surface

Daimler Truck, BP to pilot hydrogen project in the UK

By: Irma Venter     Updated 2 hours 21 minutes ago Daimler Truck and BP Advanced Mobility (BP) have announced that they will work together to accelerate the introduction of a hydrogen network in the UK, aimed at decarbonising freight transport. The parties intend to pilot the development of hydrogen infrastructure and the introduction of... 

Image of BP hydrogen station and Mercedes-Benz truck

South Africa, Lesotho agree to fast-track LHWP Phase 2

By: Creamer Media Reporter      Updated 1 hour 30 minutes ago South Africa's Department of Water and Sanitation on October 28 reported that the South African and Lesotho water Ministries had agreed to fast-track Phase 2 of the Lesotho Highlands Water Project (LHWP) to ensure security of supply to the Integrated Vaal River System (IVRS). This follows a... 

Urgent investment in energy storage needed to fully decarbonise South Africa’s electricity sector

By: Donna Slater     Updated 4 hours ago As a potential means to transition away from fossil-fuel-based electricity generation methods and towards greater decarbonisation of its energy mix, independent system modeler Clyde Mallinson this week said South Africa needs to build energy storage solutions to bridge the gap between when... 

Opinion: South African construction contract participation requirements appear to be out of touch with reality

Updated 5 hours ago In this opinion piece, MDA Consulting consultant director Ian Massey writes about construction contract participation requirements in South Africa being unrealistic and resulting in greater risk for contractors. 

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EOH swings to full-year profit

By: Schalk Burger     Updated 2 hours 48 minutes ago JSE-listed information technology services company EOH has posted a profit of R147-million for the financial year ended July 31, compared with a loss of R1.3-billion posted for the prior financial year. The company on October 28 said its work to close out legacy contracts and make targeted... 

M&R increases North American, Australian platform order book by R1.6bn

By: Simone Liedtke     Updated 6 hours ago The SecureEnergy joint venture (JV) between engineering and construction group Murray & Roberts’ (M&R’s) North America subsidiary Clough and Elecnor has been awarded additional work to the value of R1.2-billion on the EnergyConnect project. Clough’s share is about R600-million. 

Banks have granted R246.7m in financial relief following July riots

By: Simone Liedtke     Updated 2 hours 39 minutes ago Banks have granted financial relief worth R246.7-million on 15 009 credit agreements as of October 9, following the civil unrest in KwaZulu-Natal and parts of Gauteng in July. Seventy-one per cent of the relief provided was on secured credit agreements (asset-based finance and mortgages), 19% on... 

Courtyard Hotel reinvents itself for competitive edge following pandemic

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     Updated 5 hours ago City Lodge Hotel Group’s (CLHG’s) new Courtyard Hotel Waterfall City, in Midrand, which opened on March 1, offers a full dining experience, a move away from a breakfast-only offering. This represents the vision for the group moving forward. 

An image showing some of the interior design at the Courtyard Hotel Waterfall City, in Midrand
Photo by Creamer Media's Tasneem Bulbulia
Courtyard Hotel interior design

Bytes records higher interim profit, revenue

By: Donna Slater     Updated 2 hours 32 minutes ago UK-based software, security and cloud services company Bytes Technology Group – a subsidiary of Altron – recorded a 14% increase in its gross profit to £52.9-million for the six months ended August 31. The group’s revenue increased by 13.7% to £251.4-million, while its operating profit was 19%... 

DWS to seek ratification of Umgeni Water board members

By: Simone Liedtke     Updated 2 hours 10 minutes ago The Department of Water and Sanitation (DWS) says the acting CEO of Umgeni Water Sandile Dube will act as the accounting authority for the State-owned entity until the ratification of board members can be finalised. Dube will be supported by the acting director-general of the DWS. 

Free app enables facility managers to view LED lighting savings

By: Schalk Burger     Updated 49 minutes ago A free smart device app and Web-based tool has been developed to enable anyone in South Africa to measure how much energy, cost and greenhouse-gas emissions savings will be achieved by switching to light-emitting diode (LED) lighting, while ensuring the quality of luminescence is maintained or... 

Southern African airlines body warns that regional recovery is slow and help is still needed

By: Rebecca Campbell     Updated 1 hour ago Although the Southern African commercial aviation sector was showing signs of recovery from the Covid-19 pandemic and the lockdowns and other travel restrictions imposed in attempts to counter it, there was still a long way to go and the industry still needed government help (not necessarily... 

Airbus and Boeing both report their results for January-September this year

By: Rebecca Campbell     Updated 3 hours ago Global major aerospace groups Airbus and Boeing have both released their results for the first nine months of this year. They also reported on the numbers of commercial aircraft that they had delivered over the same period. Airbus reported consolidated revenues for the period of €35.2-billion,... 

UK sees no deal coming to eliminate coal at UN climate summit

By: Bloomberg     Updated 5 hours ago The United Nations climate talks haven’t even started and host-nation UK is already conceding that a key goal – a deal to end coal burning – is off the table. “It will be hard to consign coal to history at Glasgow,” Barbara Woodward, the UK’s ambassador to the UN, said in an interview Wednesday,... 

UK sees no deal coming to eliminate coal at UN climate summit

City unveils new plans to wean itself from Eskom

By: Simone Liedtke     Updated 7 hours ago The City of Johannesburg (CoJ) this week unveiled a new plan to accelerate security of reliable power supply for residents and businesses in the municipality. Headed by executive mayor Mpho Moerane, the CoJ has launched an energy mix Energy Sustainability Strategy for the municipality, through... 

Gas key as South Africa transitions to clean energy

By: Schalk Burger     27th October 2021 Gas will be needed to help meet energy demand in South Africa during the necessary transition to clean energy, speakers from the energy sector, academia, financial institutions and South African government departments said during a webinar on October 27. They noted, however, that South Africa has... 

European organisation to promote sustainable exploitation of lunar resources launched

By: Rebecca Campbell     27th October 2021 Europe-based global major aerospace group Airbus, French-based global major industrial gases group Air Liquide and Luxembourg-based lunar micro-robotic exploration company ispace Europe announced on Tuesday that they had jointly created a non-profit organisation which they had named EURO2MOON.... 

Drive to build a better world now being adopted in legislation, corporate strategies

By: Simone Liedtke     27th October 2021 There is a need to enhance resource efficiency and increase recycling and the sustainable production of resources, all while limiting the impact of these activities on the environment and reduce waste, says industry association the Consumer Goods Council of South Africa (CGCSA) legal, regulatory... 

Daimler Buses creates mobile 3D printing centre for spare parts

By: Irma Venter     27th October 2021 Daimler Buses and its service brand Omniplus have created a mobile printing centre for the decentralised production of three-dimensional (3D) printed spare parts in order to provide bus customers with spare parts more quickly.  The mini factory in the form of a container includes all of the... 

Image of Daimler Buses' container 3D printing lab

Exxaro sending a delegation to COP26

By: Creamer Media Reporter      27th October 2021 Resources company Exxaro Resources is sending several of its executives and sustainability experts to form part of the South African delegation to participate at the COP26 climate change summit, which is being held in Glasgow, Scotland, from October 31 to November 12. COP26 convenes global... 

Sibanye-Stillwater well positioned as climate resilient business – Froneman 

By: Martin Creamer     27th October 2021 Precious and green metals company Sibanye-Stillwater is well positioned as a climate-change resilient business in the future green economy, says CEO Neal Froneman, who emphasises environmental social governance (ESG) as being core to the company’s strategy as it achieves its objective of building... 

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Sibanye-Stillwater CEO Neal Froneman

CSIR unveils 4IR factory to bolster local skills 

27th October 2021 The Pretoria-based Council for Scientific and Industrial Research has developed a learning factory geared towards upskilling people for the Fourth Industrial Revolution. This factory showcases various robotic systems, augmented reality, the incorporation of Internet-of-Things and automation,... 

CSIR unveils 4IR factory to bolster local skills

Global supply chain disruptions, civil unrest take toll on Metair 

By: Irma Venter     27th October 2021 Metair warns that the second half of its 2021 financial year will continue to be dominated by the impact of Covid-19, as well as the “severe effect” of global supply-chain disruptions and the global shortage of semi-conductors. Metair manufactures, assembles, distributes and retails energy... 

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CEF mulls buying Sapref oil refinery

By: Bloomberg     27th October 2021 South Africa is considering buying the country’s biggest oil refinery, a joint venture between Royal Dutch Shell and BP, known as Sapref. The State-owned Central Energy Fund (CEF), which manages the country’s energy assets, is looking at acquiring the 180 000 bbl/d plant, which is located on the... 

A photo of the Sapref refinery
The Sapref refinery

Renewables developer warns of a grid-induced crisis akin to South Africa’s 2008 generation crisis 

By: Terence Creamer     27th October 2021 Growing constraints on South Africa’s power grid could precipitate a crisis similar to the one experienced in 2008, when it became apparent that the country had run short of generation capacity, the head of a leading domestic renewable-energy company warned on Wednesday. African Clean Energy... 

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Load-shedding moved to Stage 4

By: Creamer Media Reporter      27th October 2021 Power utility Eskom has announced that it will implement Stage 4 load-shedding from 12:00 on Wednesday to 05:00 on Friday. Thereafter Stage 2 load-shedding will continue until 05:00 on Saturday. 

A photo of Eskom's Lethabo power station
Photo by Creamer Media's Terence Creamer
Eskom's Lethabo power station

Famous Brands reports strong revenue recovery, return to profitability

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     27th October 2021 JSE-listed African food services franchisor Famous Brands’ revenue recovered to R3-billion and its operating profit to R222-million for the six months ended August 31. The group’s operating profit margin improved to 7.4% from the comparable period in the prior year. 

Tshwane failed to maintain wastewater plants, leading to pollution of rivers, dams - SAHRC

By: News24Wire      27th October 2021 Freshwater sources in Tshwane, including the Hennops river and Roodeplaat dam, are being polluted with untreated and partially treated sewage and sludge with devastating effects because of a failure to maintain wastewater treatment works in Pretoria. These were the findings released by the South... 

Cell C achieves improved H1 performance 

By: Natasha Odendaal     27th October 2021 Mobile operator Cell C has reported improvements in profitability and operational efficiencies during the six months to June 30, 2021, as steady progress is made in the company’s phased turnaround. With the implementation of a new operating model and network strategy, along with new customers... 

South African businesses facing many risks

By: Schalk Burger     26th October 2021 A survey of 2 869 business executives in Group of Twenty (G20) countries, including 110 in South Africa, showed that 38% of South African companies are under pressure in the next 12 months to integrate technology, compared with 41% globally. Twenty-nine per cent of South African respondents said... 

SAPVIA releases best practice operations, maintenance guidelines

By: Schalk Burger     26th October 2021 Industry body South African Photovoltaic Industry Association (SAPVIA) and Europe energy market organisation SolarPower Europe have released the 'Operation & Maintenance (O&M) Best Practice Guidelines for South Africa'.  The guidelines build on SolarPower Europe’s 'European O&M Best Practice... 

Just Share continues battle for Sasol to table shareholder-proposed resolution

By: Simone Liedtke     26th October 2021 Nonprofit shareholder activism organisation JustShare on October 26 said petrochemicals company Sasol had refused to table the sixth shareholder-proposed resolution filed with the company in five consecutive years. The organization said it believes Sasol’s refusal to table such resolutions seems... 

Pandemic presents risk, opportunities for businesses, says BLSA CEO

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     26th October 2021 The Covid-19 pandemic and associated uncertainty have led to a number of opportunities and risks for the country and for the continent, Business Leadership South Africa (BLSA) CEO Busisiwe Mavuso said in a keynote address at Deloitte Africa’s Risk Conference 2021 on October 26. In terms of... 

Three African space agencies win opportunity to place imager on International Space Station

By: Rebecca Campbell     26th October 2021 A combined project of three African space agencies has been selected by the United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs (UNOOSA) and Airbus Defence and Space as the winner of their joint opportunity for a free 12-month science mission based on the International Space Station (ISS). The project... 

The Bartolomeo platform is visible attached to the lower part of the near end of the cylindrical Columbus Module of the ISS.
Photo by Airbus
The Bartolomeo platform is visible attached to the lower part of the near end of the cylindrical Columbus Module of the ISS.

Eskom suggests modular microgrid option to power outlying communities in Africa

By: Simone Liedtke     26th October 2021 Should State power utility Eskom show the way to a cleaner and greener energy future through its 15-year roadmap, group CEO Andre de Ruyter believes it will demonstrate Africa’s ability to leapfrog older technologies and “move straight to the latest technologies”. Eskom, he notes, is responsible... 

De Ruyter suggests 15-yr roadmap for South Africa’s just energy transition

By: Simone Liedtke     26th October 2021 While there has been “very positive engagement” in the lead up to COP26, power utility Eskom CEO Andre de Ruyter stresses that the coal value chains and communities that surround its coal-fired generation “cannot be left in the lurch” as foreign governments look to support South Africa in its... 

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