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SA green-tech company pilots 100% electric reefer trailers in The Netherlands

By: Irma Venter     Updated 1 hour 5 minutes ago Four companies have initiated a nine-month pilot project in The Netherlands, which will see diesel refrigeration systems in semi-trailers replaced by zero-emission battery-electric prototypes.  This is the first time that refrigerated trailers are being run by 100% electric eco-sustainable power.  

Image of a reefer trailer powered by Maxwell and Spark
The four trailers in this pilot will have a modified Thermo King reefer engine (Advancer A400), in combination with a specialised battery system from Maxwell and Spark (70 kWh)

Ford’s Silverton plant targets improving built quality as it prepares for new Ranger

By: Irma Venter     Updated 50 minutes ago Ford South Africa (Ford SA) is steadily improving built quality at its Silverton plant and it aims to achieve less than ten warranty repairs per 1 000 Ranger bakkies as a yearly average by the end of 2022, says Ford SA quality director Kevin Heunis. This number is seen as the holy grail within... 

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The Ford Silverton plant

South Africa’s electricity woes continue to place manufacturing at risk 

By: Terence Creamer     19th October 2021 The lack of reliable electricity supply is not only leading to lost production and increased costs across South Africa’s shrinking manufacturing sector, but has left enterprises unable to plan, invest and grow, Manufacturing Circle executive director Philippa Rodseth warned on Tuesday. Speaking... 

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Consumer price inflation ticks up to 5%

By: News24Wire      Updated 1 hour 49 minutes ago September inflation rose marginally to 5% from 4.9% recorded in August, data from Stats SA shows. The slight uptick was in line with the expectations of economists and still easily within the target range of between 3% and 6% set by the SA Reserve Bank. 


Basa writes Patel to prevent further alcohol bans

By: Schalk Burger     Updated 18 minutes ago Industry body the Beer Association of South Africa (Basa) has written to Trade, Industry and Competition Minister Ebrahim Patel requesting his urgent intervention, at Cabinet level, to ensure that further "irrational" alcohol bans are not imposed, especially over the coming festive season, which... 

Nersa yet to decide if it will oppose Eskom’s MYPD5 court application 

By: Terence Creamer     19th October 2021 The National Energy Regulator of South Africa (Nersa) has confirmed the receipt of Eskom’s High Court application, through which the utility is seeking to have the regulator’s decision to reject its fifth multiyear price determination (MYPD5) revenue application reviewed and set aside. However,... 

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Family who exited De Beers for $5bn seeks out Asia’s rich

By: Bloomberg     Updated 2 hours 28 minutes ago The family office for Nicky Oppenheimer and his son Jonathan has set up an outpost in Singapore to boost its Asia exposure and partner with the region’s wealthy. Edoardo Collevecchio, the former chief of staff for Oppenheimer Generations, is moving from London to build and lead its team in... 

Paramount launches armour add-on to Mbombe 4 vehicle

By: Marleny Arnoldi     Updated 43 minutes ago Technology and aerospace company Paramount Group has developed a new add-on armour for its next-generation Mbombe 4 Infantry Fighting Vehicle. The add-on armour has resulted in some of the highest levels of protection that can be achieved globally by an armoured vehicle in its class, the... 

Mbombe 4 infantry fighting vehicle
Mbombe 4 infantry fighting vehicle

Seifsa urges members to implement final offer for employees

By: Marleny Arnoldi     19th October 2021 The Steel and Engineering Industries Federation of Southern Africa (Seifsa) has strongly suggested that affiliated member companies start implementing a new, final wage offer proposed by the federation earlier this week. Seifsa decided to endorse an improved offer to metalworker unions, in... 

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Energy transition holds greatest promise for growth, job creation and development 

By: Schalk Burger     19th October 2021 A transition away from fossil fuel-based electricity to renewable-based electricity in South Africa can contribute significantly to job creation, growth and increased availability of electricity to support other commercial activities, four investment and energy specialists noted during a... 

Airports company reports massive impact of Covid-19 on its 2020/21 results

By: Rebecca Campbell     19th October 2021 State-owned Airports Company South Africa (Acsa) reported on Tuesday its financial results for the 2020/21 financial year (which ended on March 31). It stated that the impact on aviation and tourism of the Covid-19 pandemic during that period had been “devastating”. The company had, for only the... 

Tiger Brands’ A2X listing approved, trading to commence on October 26

By: Donna Slater     19th October 2021 JSE-listed South African packaged goods company Tiger Brands reports that the A2X has approved its secondary listing, with its ordinary shares to start trading on A2X from October 26. Tiger Brands will retain its primary listing on the JSE and its issued share capital will be unaffected by the... 

S&P comments on ‘slightly weaker’ outlook for Sasol

By: Simone Liedtke     19th October 2021 Improvements in petrochemicals company Sasol’s leverage and credit metrics has led to S&P Global Ratings adjusting its outlook on the business profile as “slightly weaker” owing to having underperformed against the agency’s expectations. While this poorer-than-expected performance is largely... 

New chairperson appointed at Isuzu Motors South Africa

By: Irma Venter     19th October 2021 Naohiro Yamaguchi has been appointed as the new chairperson of Isuzu Motors South Africa (IMSAf). Yamaguchi has held various leadership roles throughout his 35 years with the Japanese vehicle manufacturer.  

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Naohiro Yamaguchi 

CMH posts solid interim financial performance

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     19th October 2021 JSE-listed Combined Motor Holdings (CMH) says it achieved a sound all-round financial performance for the six months ended August 31. Its income statement saw an improvement on all levels – revenue, margins, expenses and interest. 

Hatch Africa chairperson awarded Royal Academy of Engineering honorary fellowship

By: Donna Slater     19th October 2021 UK-based national academy of engineering the Royal Academy of Engineering has named engineering consultancy Hatch Africa chairperson Trueman Goba an honorary fellow of the academy, recognising him for his “exceptional” contributions, innovative leadership and remarkable achievements. Goba, who... 

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Hatch Africa chairperson Trueman Goba

SANEDI highlights building energy performance ahead of COP26

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     19th October 2021 As the world prepares for the twenty-sixth Conference of the Parties (COP26) next month, measures to minimise greenhouse gas emissions are in the spotlight, with industry organisation the South African National Energy Development Institute (SANEDI) placing emphasis on the decarbonisation of... 

Construction company agrees to pay fine, but denies it contravened Competition Act

By: Marleny Arnoldi     19th October 2021 A Gauteng-based construction and electrical civils company called Maziya General Services has agreed to pay a R300 000 penalty for allegedly colluding on a City Power tender in June 2018. The tender related to the appointment of labour contractors for the installation and maintenance of medium-... 

South Atlantic Cable System reports surging traffic

By: Natasha Odendaal     19th October 2021 The South Atlantic Cable System (SACS) has reported significant ten-fold increase in traffic since September 2018, when the 6 156 km intercontinental subsea cable went live, nearly halving latency between Africa and the Americas and opening an express digital connection to accelerate digital and... 

Liquid launches new Asia-US global Internet transit route through Africa

By: Creamer Media Reporter      19th October 2021 Pan-African technology group Liquid Intelligent Technologies has launched its shortest terrestrial fibre route from the east to the west coasts of Africa, connecting Mombasa, in Kenya, to Muanda, in the Democratic Republic of Congo. The completion of this route establishes a new global Internet... 

Rolls-Royce, Boeing & World Energy further demonstrate the viability of green aviation fuel

By: Rebecca Campbell     19th October 2021 UK-based industrial technology group and renowned aeroengine manufacturer Rolls-Royce announced on Tuesday that it had successfully test flown one of its Trent 1000 turbofan engines, using only 100% sustainable aviation fuel (SAF). The test flight was conducted in the US, with the assistance of... 

Brazilian and Dutch aerospace companies sign memorandum to allow cooperation

By: Rebecca Campbell     19th October 2021 Brazil-based major aerospace and defence group Embraer has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with two Netherlands-based aviation companies – maintenance, repair, overhaul and upgrade company Fokker Services and complex engineering, aircraft completion, conversion, refurbishment and... 

Voted-out Gilbertson wishes Jupiter godspeed, CEO moved off board

By: Martin Creamer     Updated 1 hour 7 minutes ago A resolution for the removal of the MD and CEO of the ASX-listed Jupiter Mines as a member of the board was passed at the company’s general meeting on Wednesday, when mining doyen Brian Gilbertson was not re-elected as chairperson. Jupiter’s focus is on the highly successful Tshipi Borwa... 

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Brian Gilbertson

Community artisanal mining project well-received in Lower Orange River region 

Updated 1 hour 52 minutes ago Situated in a remote desert wilderness along the banks of the South African side of the Lower Orange River, which forms part of the border between South Africa and Namibia, LOR Diamonds has found a solution to illegal mining in the area. Simone Liedtke, who visited the mineral assets last month,... 

Community artisanal mining project well-received in Lower Orange River region

Ascendis' share price rises

By: Creamer Media Reporter      19th October 2021 JSE-listed Ascendis Health's share price rose by more than 23% on October 19. On the same day, the company issued an update on proposed plans to dispose of its Ascendis Pharma business segment. 

Policy-not-law charter judgment going long way towards providing certainty – NSDV 

By: Martin Creamer     19th October 2021 The court judgement that the mining charter is policy and not law goes a long way towards providing regulatory certainty, says NSDV mining law senior associate Muhammed Khan ­– but it is not the end of the road, he cautions in a 1 500-word analysis entitled The Great Mining Charter Debate. Khan... 

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NSDV mining law senior associate Muhammed Khan.

Africa calls for climate finance tracker after donors fall short

By: Reuters     19th October 2021 African countries want a new system to track funding from wealthy nations that are failing to meet a $100-billion annual target to help the developing world tackle climate change, Africa's lead climate negotiator said. The demand highlights tensions ahead of the COP26 climate summit between the... 

MTN, Vodacom join Telkom in temporary spectrum lawsuit

By: Reuters     19th October 2021 South Africa's two biggest mobile operators, MTN and Vodacom, have joined number three Telkom in a lawsuit to stop the regulator withdrawing temporary frequency spectrum assigned at the start of the COVID-19 outbreak. The temporary spectrum allowed the operators to deliver faster connectivity to... 

Transnet restores some operations at Richards Bay after fire

By: Reuters     19th October 2021 South African monopoly port operator Transnet said on Monday it had restored many of its operations since a fire broke out at its Richards Bay terminal last week, but that it still needed to ensure affected areas where safe before resuming others. Richards Bay Bulk Terminal, Africa's largest coal... 

Incentive needed for smaller end of stock exchange to survive – Miller  

By: Martin Creamer     18th October 2021 An incentive is needed for the listing of companies on the smaller end of the stock exchange, which is facing an existential crisis, said AmaranthCX director and owner Paul Miller on Monday. Reacting to the groundswell of headlines about delistings and lack of listings on the Johannesburg Stock... 

AmaranthCX director and owner Paul Miller interviewed by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer

‘Optimistic outlook’ for Volvo to start electric truck sales in South Africa in 2024 

By: Irma Venter     18th October 2021 Volvo Trucks South Africa (SA) should start the local testing of electric trucks within the next two years, says Volvo Trucks SA product support senior manager Erica Parry. “Sales will be determined by various factors but, most importantly, the investment and availability of charging facilities... 

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Mchunu, Zikalala call for improved water conservation in KwaZulu-Natal

By: Yvonne Silaule     18th October 2021 Water and Sanitation Minister Senzo Mchunu and KwaZulu-Natal Premier Sihle Zikalala have called on residents in the province to improve their water conservation measures amid marginal dam level increases in the province. On a Ministerial visit to assess the state of water and sanitation related... 

Healthcare products distributor agrees to fine, but denies having contravened the Competition Act

By: Schalk Burger     18th October 2021 A Western Cape-based distributor of healthcare products has agreed to pay a penalty of R20 000 for allegedly colluding on a provincial Health Department tender that related to the supply of diagnostic sets to hospitals and health institutions under the Western Cape Department’s control, including... 

Trade activity recovering at moderate pace but remains below neutral level

By: Schalk Burger     18th October 2021 The South African Chamber of Commerce and Industry (Sacci) says the momentum in trade conditions that was temporarily interrupted in July appears to be recovering, although at a moderate pace, and the Trade Activity Index (TAI) remained in negative territory at 39 points for September. After... 

Sappi, WWF team up to improve uMkhomazi catchment water security

By: Natasha Odendaal     18th October 2021 Sappi and the World Wide Fund for Nature South Africa (WWF-SA) are working together to improve water security in the uMkhomazi catchment area, in KwaZulu-Natal. Under a two-year water stewardship agreement, the duo will engage local communities, civil organisations, leadership and regulatory... 

Inquiry into 2018 Rheinmetall Denel fatal incident to resume on October 19

By: Schalk Burger     18th October 2021 The Department of Employment and Labour's (DEL's) inquiry into the events that led to a fatal incident at Rheinmetall Denel Munition's facility in Macasser, in the Western Cape, in 2018, is set to resume from October 19 to 22. This is the second sitting since the 2018 explosion at the munitions... 

'Catastrophic' fuel price hike on the cards, AA warns

By: News24Wire      18th October 2021 A "catastrophic" fuel price hike is on the cards for November, the Automobile Association (AA) has warned. Based on its calculations, R20 per litre for petrol was "realistic" before the end of the year, it said in a statement on its website on Monday. 

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Wind sector manifesto sets out eight steps for govts to reach climate goals

By: Marleny Arnoldi     18th October 2021 The global wind energy sector has released a manifesto calling on governments to get serious about the energy transition and to work with the private sector to rapidly scale up wind and renewable energy installations. The 90 wind energy companies and associations that contributed to the... 

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