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Mercedes-Benz SA to launch five EVs this year, 8-year battery warranty added 

By: Irma Venter     24th January 2022 Mercedes-Benz South Africa (MBSA) will introduce five new battery electric vehicles (BEVs) from the global Mercedes-EQ range during 2022. This will form part of a “clear strategic push to position the brand as a global and local leader in the electric vehicle (EV) market”. 

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The EQA

South Africa unlikely to see solid economic growth in near term, says GlobalData 

By: Marleny Arnoldi     24th January 2022 Against a backdrop of travel bans, higher inflationary pressures, high unemployment figures, lower vaccination rates and electricity supply constraints, analytics company GlobalData believes South Africa’s immediate economic growth prospects are grim. The company has revised its 2022 gross... 

Science, innovation vital for country’s economic recovery, Ramaphosa says 

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     24th January 2022 As South Africa strives to recover from the effects of the Covid-19 pandemic, science and innovation are playing a prominent role both in the efforts to overcome the disease and to rebuild the economy, President Cyril Ramaphosa says in his weekly newsletter. He notes that he recently attended the... 

President Cyril Ramaphosa
President Cyril Ramaphosa

Covid-19 workplace restrictions must be reconsidered, says BLSA

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     24th January 2022 It is time for the country to review Covid-19 restrictions on workplaces, business organisation Business Leadership South Africa (BLSA) CEO Busi Mavuso says in her weekly newsletter. She explains that Covid-19 restrictions were last relaxed at the end of December, when gatherings of up to 1 000... 

Shoprite, SA Canegrowers partner to encourage use of locally-produced sugar

By: Schalk Burger     24th January 2022 Retailer Shoprite Group has partnered with industry body the South African Cane Growers Association (SA Canegrowers) to prioritise the sale of locally produced sugar in its 1 189 Shoprite, Checkers, Checkers Hyper and Usave supermarkets in South Africa. This forms part of SA Canegrowers' Home... 

South African groups take court action to block seismic search

By: Bloomberg     23rd January 2022 South African groups are taking court action to block a seismic survey, used to find oil and gas resources, that’s planned off the country’s west coast. Environmental organizations and communities have increased efforts in recent months to stop the activity that they say is harmful to marine... 

African central banks set to hold rates with focus on growth

By: Bloomberg     24th January 2022 Central banks in some of Africa’s biggest economies will likely look past high inflation and US policy tightening and hold interest rates over the coming weeks to shore up their recoveries from the Covid-19 stasis. Since monetary policy makers on the continent last met, US consumer prices soared... 

Metrorail closes one line between Soshanguve, Mabopane stations

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     24th January 2022 Passenger rail service operator Metrorail has closed one line between the Soshanguve and Mabopane stations following a technical fault and train incident. A train en route to Mabopane station experienced a technical fault outside Soshanguve station on January 24 at about 05:30. 

PRASA reiterates commitment to improving service reliability

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     24th January 2022 State-owned Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (PRASA) has issued a statement clarifying a number of issues raised in an article published in the Sunday Times on January 23. PRASA stated that, with regard to the issue of the leasing of the diesel locomotives for the long-distance train... 

Smaller wine grape harvest expected in South Africa this year

By: Darren Parker     24th January 2022 Wine industry association Vinpro has announced that many South African wine grape producers are expecting a smaller-than-usual wine grape crop. This forecast for the imminent harvest season – which typically runs from January to April – is based on the second of four crop estimates issued by... 

Western Cape dept launches contractors' framework targeting women, youth

By: Yvonne Silaule     24th January 2022 The Western Cape Human Settlements Department has launched its contractors' framework, which aims to target particularly women- and youth-owned contractors. The department is inviting bids from engineering and construction contractors owned by historically disadvantaged individuals (HDIs) to... 

Logistics companies ally to enlarge African healthcare network

By: Darren Parker     24th January 2022 Logistics companies Imperial and UbiPharm have joined forces to create an expansive healthcare distribution network across Africa. This strategic alliance is aimed at providing complementary continental route-to-market solutions to healthcare principals and clients, enabling both companies to... 

Business school gets new law school head

By: Darren Parker     24th January 2022 Global education institution Regenesys Business School announced on January 24 that it had appointed former deputy Public Protector Kevin Malunga as the new School of Law academic head, effective January 1.   

Schneider Electric launches green-focussed business software suite

By: Donna Slater     24th January 2022 Energy management and automation company Schneider Electric is introducing an integrated solutions suite tailored to creating smart, green infrastructure. The Infrastructure of the Future suite offers a holistic approach to power tomorrow’s businesses and economies, while tackling the challenges... 

Natural gas, electricity price volatility and inflation the result of natural gas crisis

By: Schalk Burger     24th January 2022 Natural gas and electricity prices have spiked to record highs, most notably in Europe and some major Asian markets, causing potentially significant economic impacts and volatility in gas and electricity markets, driven by turmoil in natural gas markets, says intergovernmental organisation... 

IEA executive director Dr Fatih Birol
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IEA executive director Dr Fatih Birol

Electricity tariff hearings  

24th January 2022 Creamer Media's Chanel de Bruyn speaks to Engineering News Editor Terence Creamer about the key themes that emerged during the public hearings, hosted by the National Energy Regulator of South Africa, into Eskom's latest revenue application, the way forward and what is needed for South Africa to... 

Electricity tariff hearings

Many seeing platinum as hard asset, potential inflation hedge – WPIC  

By: Martin Creamer     24th January 2022 There are a lot more people looking at platinum as a hard asset and potential hedge against inflation, World Platinum Investment Council director of research Trevor Raymond said on Monday. Responding to Mining Weekly’s questions on what has been driving the platinum up over the last two weeks,... 

WPIC Director of Research Trevor Raymond interviewed by Mining Weekly's Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

Fire at Waterkloof Air Force Base has been contained - SANDF spokesperson

By: News24Wire      24th January 2022 The South African National Defence Force (SANDF) confirmed that a massive fire, which broke out at the Waterkloof Air Force Base in Pretoria on Sunday evening after a fuel pump burst, has been extinguished. The SANDF's spokesperson, Brigadier-General Mongezi Kweta, said the fire started on the... 

Giant Dangote oil refinery to begin production in third quarter

By: Bloomberg     23rd January 2022 Nigeria’s giant new Dangote oil refinery will start processing crude in the third quarter of this year. Mechanical work on the refinery is complete and “hopefully before the end of third quarter we should be in the market,” Aliko Dangote, Africa’s richest man, said in a briefing at the plant site... 

Ramaphosa sees just transition as the way to energy security

By: Bloomberg     23rd January 2022 South Africa must embark on a “just energy transition” to stimulate greater investment as a way to to overcome damaging electricity shortages, said President Cyril Ramaphosa. Ramaphosa spoke at the conclusion of the ruling ANC’s National Executive Council meeting on Sunday. 

President Cyril Ramaphosa
President Cyril Ramaphosa

Eskom warns inflation-linked hike will trigger request for more government support 

By: Terence Creamer     21st January 2022 State-owned utility Eskom warns that an inflation-linked hike will force it to seek yet more support from the National Treasury, amid overwhelming calls for the energy regulator to reject its request for a 20.5% tariff hike from April 1 and to implement a single-digit increase instead.... 

Eskom CFO Calib Cassim
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Eskom CFO Calib Cassim

Businesses struggling to embed sustainability into core strategies

By: Schalk Burger     21st January 2022 Local and global C-level business leaders (CxOs) are increasingly concerned about climate change and see the world at a tipping point to act. Businesses are, however, struggling to fully embed sustainability into their core business strategies, operations, and cultures, advisory and professional... 

More information, education important for consumers to support circular economy

By: Schalk Burger     21st January 2022 Consumer knowledge of the circular economy is growing and their attitude towards it is generally positive, but trust in companies requires strengthening and more innovation and legislation is needed to drive increased engagement and action, shows a survey by business assurance and risk management... 

Telkom halts spectrum interdict application to expedite review 

By: Creamer Media Reporter      21st January 2022 Telecommunications group Telkom has agreed to halt its application for an urgent interdict to prevent the Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (Icasa) from moving ahead with the spectrum auction in March. The company said an agreement was reached with all the respondents on the... 

South African wine industry resilient, adopting tools to be more sustainable, competitive

By: Schalk Burger     21st January 2022 The South African wine industry was hit hard by the Covid-19 pandemic and will take a few years to fully recover, but wine businesses are changing the way they do business and the industry has fast-tracked tools aimed at becoming more robust, adaptable, competitive and sustainable, wine industry... 

Nigerian VP calls for natural gas to be accepted as a transition fuel

By: Darren Parker     21st January 2022 Nigerian Vice President Yemi Osinbajo has called for natural gas – which Africa has in abundance – to be accepted by the rest of the globe as a transitional fuel. In his address to the Davos Agenda 2022 – hosted by the World Economic Forum – on January 21, Osinbajo reminded world leaders that,... 

A photo of Nigerian VP Yemi Osinbajo
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Nigerian VP Yemi Osinbajo

Treasury extends deadline for comment on new tax proposals

By: Darren Parker     21st January 2022 The National Treasury has provided deadline extensions for public comment on three discussion documents that were published on December 15. Owing to the comment period falling partially over the holiday period when many businesses were closed and, consequently, numerous requests for extension... 

South Africa’s solar PV value chain must develop quality culture – juwi

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     21st January 2022 By 2030, total installed photovoltaic (PV) capacity in South Africa is expected to reach 8 400 MW; however, to ensure sustainable growth, the country has to develop and implement quality infrastructure for these systems, says juwi Renewable Energies MD Richard Doyle. “Embedding a culture of... 

Treasury gazettes renewable energy premium notice

By: Darren Parker     21st January 2022 Finance Minister Enoch Godongwana has published a notice regarding the renewable energy premium in the Government Gazette. The purpose of the notice is to facilitate Section 6(2) of the Carbon Tax Act, which makes provision for taxpayers conducting electricity generation activities to offset the... 

Seychelles’ flag carrier to increase number of flights to and from Johannesburg

By: Rebecca Campbell     21st January 2022 Air Seychelles announced on Friday that it was going to increase the number of its flights between its home base at Seychelles International Airport at the country’s capital of Mahé, and Johannesburg’s OR Tambo International Airport, starting early next month. With effect from February 3, the... 

Firm launches new contract management services offering

By: Darren Parker     21st January 2022 Legal services firm NSDV has launched a new contract management services offering, which aims to save companies from unnecessary and avoidable legal fees, while improving project delivery and profitability. NSDV construction law specialist, director and cofounder Cameron Staude said in a... 

Tech startup legislation, incentives needed to drive Africa's digital economy

By: Schalk Burger     21st January 2022 Africa’s digital economy could contribute nearly $180-billion to the region’s growth by mid-decade, but, with only 39% of the population using the Internet, Africa is currently the world’s least connected continent. Governments should pass startup legislation, embed startup incentives in... 

Africa needs to beef up and integrate infrastructure for AfCFTA to have desired impact

By: Donna Slater     21st January 2022 African nations need to establish and/or reinforce their infrastructure to meet the looming implementation of the Africa Continental Free Trade Agreement (AfCFTA), a panel of speakers participating in the UK-Africa Investment Conference, on January 20, have said. “For the African free trade area... 

Sam Molefi clinches promising contract for his impressive mining business  

By: Martin Creamer     21st January 2022 Modi Mining is a 100% black South African-owned company founded and owned by mining engineer and entrepreneur Samuel Molefi and entrepreneur Christina Motlapele Molefi. The company was established with the sole objective of rendering differentiated contract mining services and to be a supplier of... 

Modi Mining MD Sam Molefi interviewed by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

Globeleq's Malindi solar plant providing 40 MW of clean energy to Kenya grid

By: Schalk Burger     21st January 2022 The 52 MW Malindi solar photovoltaic (PV) plant, in Langobaya, Kenya, has been exporting 40 MW of power into the national grid since December 14. The $69-million solar plant, developed by independent power producer (IPP) Globeleq and its project partner Africa Energy Development Corporation... 

French energy group joins UAE green hydrogen aviation fuel project

By: Rebecca Campbell     21st January 2022 French global major energy group TotalEnergies has joined United Arab Emirates (UAE) sustainable and clean energy company Masdar and Germany’s Siemens Energy, in a project to use green hydrogen to produce sustainable aviation fuel (SAF). The three groups signed the collaboration agreement on the... 

South African tourism scuppered by extreme licensing delays

By: Darren Parker     21st January 2022 The South African Tourism Services Association (Satsa) has sent a letter of demand to Transport Minister Fikile Mbalula calling for urgent action to resolve the “unlawful” delays in issuing National Public Transport Regulator (NPTR) licences, as it was hampering wheels businesses in the tourism... 

A photo of Satsa CEO David Frost
Satsa CEO David Frost

Opinion: Steelmaking remains a key strategic industry for South Africa

21st January 2022 In this opinion article, ArcelorMittal South Africa (AMSA) stakeholder management and communications group manager Tami Didiza writes about the state of the South African steel industry, trade protection measures and AMSA's investment in its own facilities, as well as its support for the... 

Tami Didiza

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