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Nersa to implement Operation Vulindlela recommendation to drop PPA as 100 MW registration requirement 

By: Terence Creamer     26th May 2022 The National Energy Regulator of South Africa (Nersa) has confirmed that it will implement the Operation Vulindlela recommendation that power purchase agreements (PPAs) should not be a requirement for registration of embedded generation projects below 100 MW. The regulator tells Engineering News... 

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EV sales surging, but future growth needs battery, minerals diversification – IEA 

By: Irma Venter     26th May 2022 Despite electric car sales remaining strong this year, future growth will demand greater efforts to diversify battery manufacturing and critical mineral supply to reduce the risk of bottlenecks and price increases, says the International Energy Agency (IEA).  Sales of electric cars (including... 

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Hydrogen can be stored in existing fossil fuel infrastructure for years, world webinar hears 

By: Martin Creamer     26th May 2022 Hydrogen can be stored in existing fossil fuel infrastructure for years if need be, giving it the potential to become a universal energy carrier in the same way as oil is now but without the environmental impact, World Hydrogen Leaders webinar heard this week. Allowing hydrogen to make use of... 

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Hydrogenious LOHC Technologies strategy and implementation head Dr Andreas Lehmann.

South Africa needs $250bn to transition away from coal

By: Bloomberg     26th May 2022 South Africa, the world’s thirteenth-biggest source of greenhouse gases, will need to spend $250-billion over the next three decades closing down its coal-fired power plants and replacing them with green energy, according to a study. In addition to closing down the country’s coal-fired plants and... 

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Govt mulls extending fuel levy intervention as major fuel hikes loom – Gungubele  

By: News24Wire      26th May 2022 Government is still deliberating whether to continue with its fuel price relief intervention introduced in March, as the latest data from the Central Energy Fund shows a marked increase expected for June. With the hopes that global energy prices would stabilise by the end of May, government... 

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SA poultry producers missing out on export market with lax livestock health standards

By: Donna Slater     26th May 2022 The South African poultry industry is “missing a massive opportunity” to export products as a result of it not meeting the health and safety standards required by trade blocs such as the European Union (EU), says the South African Association of Meat Importers and Exporters (AMIE). A robust and... 

NCPC-SA energy efficiency objectives ‘big opportunity’ to reduce South Africa’s carbon intensity

By: Simone Liedtke     26th May 2022 Considering the economic objectives in South Africa, despite the challenges facing the country, the National Cleaner Production Centre of South Africa (NCPC-SA) believes there remains a “big opportunity” to reduce the country’s carbon intensity. This opportunity, Department of Trade, Industry and... 

Stefanutti sees some green shoots amid persistent challenging trading environment

By: Marleny Arnoldi     26th May 2022 Construction group Stefanutti Stocks has posted an operating loss of R99-million for the financial year ended February 28, a widening of the restated R55-million operating loss from the year ended February 28, 2021. CEO Russel Crawford explains that the group delivered an improved performance... 

Nampak reports satisfactory but challenging interim period  

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     26th May 2022 JSE-listed Nampak has announced improved trading conditions for the six months ended March 31, in what it says was a challenging period. The period was characterised by robust trading conditions in key markets and Nampak’s Metals businesses were the main contributors to revenue and trading profit... 

Nampak CEO Erik Smuts outlines the company’s progress in implementing its focus areas during the interim period.

Barloworld to buy back 10% of its shares

By: Darren Parker     26th May 2022 JSE-listed industrial brand management company Barloworld has announced that it will buy back up to 10% of its issued ordinary share capital through a repurchase programme. The board said on May 26 that it was responsible for capital allocation and continuously monitored opportunities to enhance... 

Blue Label launches bond process for Cell C recapitalisation

By: Creamer Media Reporter      26th May 2022 JSE-listed Blue Label, in an update to shareholders, has announced the next step in the long-awaited recapitalisation of mobile operator Cell C. This involves a bond process to get approval of the compromise offer that has been made to those secured lenders, who formerly held publicly listed... 

Reunert moves to acquire Etion Create to bolster capabilities

By: Natasha Odendaal     26th May 2022 The proposed acquisition of original design manufacturing firm Etion Create will boost JSE-listed Reunert’s manufacturing and original design capabilities, as well as its export market access into key targeted international geographies. On May 20, Reunert Applied Electronics entered a share... 

Wasaa to upgrade newly acquired East London Terminal capacity

By: Schalk Burger     26th May 2022 Local black women-owned and managed petrochemicals company Wasaa has completed the acquisition and handover of the East London liquid fuel import terminal from energy multinational BP Southern Africa (BPSA). The company's subsidiary Wasaa Terminals will upgrade and increase capacity of the... 

Despite some challenges, most property market segments remain buoyant

By: Schalk Burger     26th May 2022 The different segments of the property market were experiencing different pressures, but all remained generally bouyant, with interest rates supportive of demand for property, said industry specialists during a webinar hosted by financial services firm Nedbank Private Wealth on May 25. The... 

Attacq appoints leaders to bolster broader corporate strategy

By: Donna Slater     26th May 2022 JSE-listed real estate investment trust Attacq has appointed David Oosthuizen development executive and Lourens Du Toit sustainability, infrastructure and land head – both as a result of internal promotions, which the company says is an indication of the strength of the talent pipeline it has... 

Saben boosts TVET college connectivity

By: Natasha Odendaal     26th May 2022 South African Broadband Education Networks (Saben) has increased bandwidth for Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) colleges from 10 Mb/s up to 200 Mb/s using FortiGate devices from NEC XON. Saben has connected and upgraded 256 of a targeted 283 TVET college campuses from 48... 

BT, MTN partner to form strategic alliance

By: Natasha Odendaal     26th May 2022 South African telecommunications giant MTN Business and UK-based fixed and mobile telecommunications firm BT have partnered to form a strategic alliance to enhance security and communications services to business customers across Africa. The operators will collaborate closely to enhance each... 

Paratus starts fibre deployment in Gaborone

By: Creamer Media Reporter      26th May 2022 Pan-African network operator Paratus has started deploying the first independent fibre infrastructure in Gaborone’s central business district This step in providing businesses with critical connectivity follows three years of planning the deployment of fibre infrastructure across Botswana. 

Africa’s economic recovery will be costly – AfDB

By: Thabi Madiba     26th May 2022 Africa will need at least $432-billion to address the effects of Covid-19 on its economies and on the lives of Africans — resources it does not have. This was according to African Development Bank President Dr Akinwumi Adesina who spoke during the release of the 2022 African Economic Outlook... 

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AfDB president Dr Akinwumi Adesina

Ethiopian Airlines orders yet more Boeing 777 Freighters

By: Rebecca Campbell     26th May 2022 Ethiopian Airlines has ordered five Boeing 777F dedicated air cargo aircraft, both companies announced on Wednesday. This latest order followed a previous order for five 777-8F freighters, announced in March this year. Ethiopian already operated nine 777Fs. The operator’s fleet also included... 

Airbus launches a fifth zero carbon flight research centre, in its fourth home country, the UK

By: Rebecca Campbell     26th May 2022 Europe-based global major aerospace group Airbus has announced that it has set up a Zero Emission Development Centre (ZEDC) in the UK. The ZEDC, which is located at Filton, near Bristol, in England, has already started work. Filton is also the home of one of the company’s main airliner wing... 

‘Worst first’ road repair strategy no solution amid rapid deterioration

By: Irma Venter     Updated 2 hours 53 minutes ago A lack of preventive maintenance is by far the biggest contributor to the deterioration of the South African road network, says South African National Roads Agency Limited (Sanral) engineering executive Louw Kannemeyer. “It is purely because the infrastructure is not being maintained. And,... 

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Energy sector expects increase in cyberattacks, research shows

By: Schalk Burger     26th May 2022 New research published by risk management and quality assurance company DNV shows that energy executives anticipate life, property and environment-compromising cyberattacks on the sector within the next two years. The ‘Cyber Priority’ report finds that 85% of professionals working in the power,... 

Ukraine conflict squeezes South Africa's citrus exports to Russia

By: Reuters     26th May 2022  The conflict in Ukraine has throttled South Africa's citrus exports to Russia and driven input costs higher, further squeezing fruit producers already suffering from spiralling shipping costs, an industry body said. The war, which started on February 24, blocked South Africa's citrus shipments... 

NUM frustrated at exclusion from Mpumalanga energy summit

By: Yvonne Silaule     26th May 2022 The National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) has expressed its frustration at not having been invited to participate in a two-day energy summit held in eMalahleni, Mpumalanga, earlier this week. The union says the Mpumalanga government had undermined it as a key stakeholder in the just energy... 

South Africa must reform its regulatory environment, make itself investor-friendly – simple  

By: Martin Creamer     26th May 2022 South Africa must reform its regulatory environment and make itself investor friendly – simple. That is the straight-forward view of Dr Mathews Phosa, who was speaking to Mining Weekly in his capacity as the non-executive vice-chairperson of the high-flying Jubilee Metals Group plc, a London Aim-... 

Jubilee's Dr Mathews Phosa interviewed by Mining Weekly's Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

Treasury fills two top positions that were vacant for years

By: News24Wire      26th May 2022 Two top positions in the National Treasury, which have been vacant for several years, are to be filled, Cabinet announced on Thursday.  Minister in the Presidency Mondli Gungubele said Cabinet had approved the appointment of Shabeer Hamid Khan as Accountant General and Mendoe Ntswahlana as Chief... 

Top ranked CSIR materials scientist Ray praises research centre team

By: Schalk Burger     26th May 2022 The Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) Centre for Nanostructures and Advanced Materials chief researcher and manager Professor Suprakas Sinha Ray has praised the team at the research centre and said the recognition by peer scientists worldwide means they are making an impact in... 

CSIR Centre for Nanostructures and Advanced Materials chief researcher and manager Professor Suprakas Sinha Ray
CSIR Centre for Nanostructures and Advanced Materials chief researcher and manager Professor Suprakas Sinha Ray

South Africans face fuel price surge as levy concession ends

By: Bloomberg     26th May 2022 South Africans face record high gasoline prices in June as a subsidy to help motorists counter the impact of high crude costs exacerbated by Russia’s invasion of Ukraine comes to an end. With a weighting of almost 5% in South Africa’s inflation basket, the expected jump in pump costs is likely to... 

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Spain, Britain call on Nato to look at Russian threat from Africa

By: Reuters     26th May 2022 Russia's expanding influence and activity in Africa pose a "worrying" threat to the security of Nato countries along with its invasion of Ukraine and must be addressed by the military alliance, the Spanish and British defence ministers said Wednesday. At a joint news conference in Madrid, Spain's... 

Tree-boring beetle could cost South Africa $18.5bn

By: Bloomberg     26th May 2022 A tree-boring beetle the size of a sesame seed could cost South Africa $18.5-billion over the next decade as millions of urban trees are expected to die and will have to be removed and fruit, nut and lumber plantations are harmed, researchers estimate. The polyphagous shot-hole borer, which... 

Expect to pay more for water and electricity in Ekurhuleni and Joburg

By: News24Wire      26th May 2022 Residents in the Johannesburg and Ekurhuleni municipalities are in for hefty tariff hikes for water and electricity. The two cities presented budget outlooks for the 2022-2023 financial year. 

Crocodiles are losing their teeth, and angling is to blame

By: Bloomberg     26th May 2022 A study of 25 Nile crocodiles in Lake St. Lucia, a World Heritage site in South Africa, found that the highest lead concentrations “ever reported for crocodilians worldwide” was due to the ingestion of fishing weights. That lead poisoning -- from when the animals scoop up stones from the lake... 

Numsa ends AMSA strike after signing wage deal

By: Reuters     26th May 2022 South Africa's largest metal workers union on Wednesday said it had signed a wage deal with ArcelorMittal South Africa (AMSA), ending a two-week strike over a pay dispute. The National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (Numsa), which embarked on a strike on May 11 demanding a 10% wage hike,... 

Ekurhuleni noses ahead in city electricity race

By: Bloomberg     26th May 2022 Ekurhuleni, the industrial hub of more than 3 million people to the east of Johannesburg, may have a head start in the race between South African cities to buy their own power to alleviate crippling outages imposed by the national utility. A program to procure as much as 700 MW of electricity... 

Ten automatic fire sprinkler installers conclude settlement agreement with competition authorities

By: Schalk Burger     25th May 2022 Ten installers of automatic fire sprinklers, which were implicated in a cartel case currently being heard before the Competition Tribunal, have concluded separate settlement agreements after being afforded an opportunity by the tribunal to settle the matter with the Competition Commission. The... 

Macsteel set to break a world record for roofing solution

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     25th May 2022 Steel and value-added steel products merchandiser and distributor Macsteel, in partnership with Tate & Nicholson, Fortress, Pick n Pay and Wilson Bayley Holmes-Ovcon (WBHO), has applied pioneering sky forming technology to break the world record for the longest roof span covered by a single metal... 

The roof being installed at Pick n Pay's new warehouse in Kempton Park, Gauteng

Belgium to fund development of advanced small modular nuclear reactors

By: Rebecca Campbell     25th May 2022 The Belgian government has announced that it will provide funding of €100-million for research into advanced small modular nuclear reactors (SMRs). The money will be given to the country’s SCK-CEN nuclear research centre in tranches of €25-million a year, over four years. The announcement was... 

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