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From a coal-to-gas conversion to a microgrid factory, Eskom builds Komati’s just energy transaction case 

By: Terence Creamer     3rd August 2021 State-owned electricity utility Eskom is hoping to transform the workshops at the Komati power station – identified as the flagship site for the piloting of a broader ‘just energy transition’ programme that couples decarbonisation with social upliftment – into a factory capable of manufacturing... 

Photograph of the Komati power station
A file photo of the Komati power station, which has generated electricity since 1961

South African lawmakers plan probe into emergency power contracts

By: Bloomberg     3rd August 2021 South African lawmakers plan to probe the country’s emergency power procurement program, the bulk of which was won by Turkey’s Karpowership. A program and terms of reference will be drawn up by the Mineral Resources and Energy Portfolio Committee, its chairman, Zet Luzipo, a lawmaker for the... 

Perfect storm took heavy toll on motor industry – NADA, WesBank 

By: Irma Venter     3rd August 2021 The South African economy, including the automotive industry, was hit by the perfect storm last month, says National Automobile Dealers’ Association (NADA) chairperson Mark Dommisse. “This is not limited to July and will, in all likelihood, have an ongoing negative effect for several months to... 

Graph of July 2021 sales division in SA auto market
July 2021 new-vehicle sales

TVET intervention aims to boost engineering skills pipeline in Eastern Cape 

By: Irma Venter     3rd August 2021 An intervention launched with public technical vocational education and training (TVET) colleges in the Eastern Cape is expected to aid the output of engineering training and boost the pipeline of skills required by South Africa’s automotive industry. The intervention will place mechanical and... 

An image of IYF programme manager Masakhane Mlamla, AIDC EC project coordinator Priscilla Fry and AIDC EC CEO Thabo Shenxane
IYF programme manager Masakhane Mlamla, AIDC EC project coordinator Priscilla Fry and AIDC EC CEO Thabo Shenxane

Zutari secures design and site supervision services tender for three major bridges in LHWP Phase II

By: Creamer Media Reporter      3rd August 2021 The Lesotho Highlands Development Authority (LHDA) has contracted consulting engineering and infrastructure advisory firm Zutari to provide the design and site supervision services for the construction of the Senqu Bridge, the Mabunyaneng Bridge and the Khubelu Bridge as part of the Lesotho... 

DWS implements project to help drought-stricken Graaff-Reinet

By: Yvonne Silaule     3rd August 2021 The Department of Water and Sanitation has provided R71.8-million in funding to the Dr Beyers Naude local municipality, in the Eastern Cape, for the Graaff-Reinet Emergency Bulk Supply Scheme. The scheme is aimed at addressing the water supply challenges in the drought-stricken town of... 

Seifsa, Numsa to meet on August 10 to discuss deadlock

By: Marleny Arnoldi     3rd August 2021 The Steel and Engineering Industries Federation of Southern Africa (Seifsa) has declared a counter dispute against the National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (Numsa) after the union refused to accept the federation’s proposed wage offer. The offer was made at the Metal and Engineering... 

30 MW solar study will be concluded in second quarter of 2022 – RBPlat  

By: Martin Creamer     3rd August 2021 The feasibility study for the construction of the 30 MW modular photovoltaic plant for renewable energy will be concluded in the second quarter of 2022, platinum group metals (PGMs) mining company Royal Bafokeng Platinum (RBPlat) reported on Tuesday when it presented record financial results and... 

Royal Bafokeng Platinum results presentation covered by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

M&R’s mining platform bags two contracts in North America

By: Marleny Arnoldi     3rd August 2021 JSE-listed Murray & Roberts’ mining platform has secured two contracts in its Cementation Americas business, valued at R1.2-billion. The first contract involves underground characterisation development and infrastructure for global miner Rio Tinto’s Kennecott Utah Copper project, in the US,... 

Energy industry veteran Dr Thabo Kgogo passes away

By: Marleny Arnoldi     3rd August 2021 The family of energy industry veteran Dr Thabo Kgogo has advised of his passing from Covid-19 complications on July 30. Most recently, he served as CEO of asset manager Gemcorp Energy’s refineries business, which has two refineries under construction in Liberia and Angola –Kgogo had been... 

Coal-reliant South Africa is turning to gas power

By: Bloomberg     3rd August 2021 Power failures have become routine in South Africa. At the same time, the country wants to wean itself off the coal that generates more than 80% of its electricity and makes it the world’s ­twelfth‑biggest source of greenhouse gases. Most of South Africa’s power stations are near the end of their... 

IMF nations approve record $650bn to aid virus fight

By: Bloomberg     3rd August 2021 The International Monetary Fund approved the biggest resource injection in its history, with $650-billion meant to help nations deal with mounting debt and the fallout from the Covid-19 pandemic. The creation of the reserve assets – known as special drawing rights – is the first since the... 

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Delta restarts Johannesburg-Atlanta flights

By: Rebecca Campbell     Updated 7 hours ago Major US carrier Delta Air Lines has reinstated direct flights between Atlanta, in the US state of Georgia, and Johannesburg. Atlanta is where the airline is headquartered, and the reinstitution of the direct link between the two cities comes 15 years after the route was originally established,... 

Microsoft, IFC pilot small-scale farmer digital tools initiative

By: Marleny Arnoldi     3rd August 2021 Microsoft, through its 4Afrika initiative, has partnered with the International Finance Corporation (IFC) to make digital tools and training resources more accessible to the small-scale agricultural sector. The partnership will leverage 4Afrika’s unique digital platforms and the IFC’s... 

Soaring aluminum drives up cost of everything from beer to foil

By: Bloomberg     3rd August 2021 For consumers and economists hoping commodities inflation will soon subside, the aluminum market delivered some discouraging news on Monday. The world’s second-largest brewer, Heineken, said the rising costs of freight and the metal used in beer cans will have a “material effect” on profit next... 

Rolls-Royce to construct new aeroengine test facility in the US

By: Rebecca Campbell     3rd August 2021 UK-based global major industrial technology group Rolls-Royce announced on Monday that it had started a large expansion of its test facility at Purdue University in West Lafayette in the US state of Indiana. The company and university have undertaken joint aerospace research for several decades... 

Rhodium again top performer in RBPlat’s revenue basket  

By: Martin Creamer     3rd August 2021 Rhodium was once again the top performer in the revenue basket for platinum group metals (PGMs) mining company Royal Bafokeng Platinum (RBPlat), the revenue of which was up 108.1% to R9 584.3-million in the six months to June 30. The average rhodium price for the period increased threefold to $25... 

Royal Bafokeng Platinum presentation covered by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

RBPlat declares R1.5bn dividend on record first-half performance

By: Martin Creamer     3rd August 2021 Platinum group metals (PGM) mining company Royal Bafokeng Platinum (RBPlat) has declared a R1.5 billion interim dividend in addition to the R482.3 million buy-back and redemption of a portion of its convertible bonds on the back of a record performance in the six months to June 30. RBPlat... 

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RBPlat CEO Steve Phiri

Seifsa appoints Lucio Trentini CEO

By: Creamer Media Reporter      2nd August 2021 Industry veteran Lucio Trentini has been appointed CEO of the Steel and Engineering Industries Federation of Southern Africa (Seifsa) with immediate effect. Trentini, until his appointment as CEO, was the operations director at Seifsa. He has been with the organisation since 1990 and, over the... 

Consultancy unpacks civil unrest aftermath for small business

By: Marleny Arnoldi     2nd August 2021 Consultancy Redflank has, through its BeyondCOVID research initiative, determined that small, medium-sized and microenterprises (SMMEs) have been hit hardest by the impact of riots in recent weeks. SMMEs account for 89% of the businesses impacted by the civil unrest in parts of Gauteng and... 

Other procurement plans not affected by RMIPPPP deadline delay to end Sept – DMRE 

By: Terence Creamer     2nd August 2021 The deadline for projects selected as preferred bids under the Risk Mitigation Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme (RMIPPPP) to reach commercial close has been extended to September 30, from an initial deadline of the end of July. However, the Department of Mineral Resources and... 

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Minister Gwede Mantashe announced the initial end-July commercial-close deadline on March 18

Sanral relaunches R61 upgrade project

By: Donna Slater     2nd August 2021 The South African National Roads Agency Limited (Sanral) has relaunched its R61 upgrade project, aimed at upgrading the road from Bayiza to Mthatha Airport, in the Eastern Cape. The project came to a standstill in June 2018 when the previous contractor was placed under business rescue and... 

An image of Sanral's R61 upgrade from Bayiza to Mthatha Airport
Sanral's R61 upgrade from Bayiza to Mthatha Airport

CIDB, NSBE SA mourn the death of Cyril Gamede

By: Marleny Arnoldi     2nd August 2021 The Construction Industry Development Board (CIDB) has announced that its CEO Cyril Vuyani Gamede has died at the age of 58. Chairperson Dr Natalie Skeepers says he made a great difference at the CIDB since his appointment in January 2020, all the while believing that construction projects can... 

Auto industry takes R3bn hit due to unrest, Transnet outage; exports drop by 33% 

By: Irma Venter     2nd August 2021 The events that dominated the headlines in July in South Africa cost the local automotive industry well over R3-billion, says Naamsa | The Automotive Business Council CEO Mikel Mabasa. These include looting and civil unrest in Kwazulu-Natal and certain parts of Gauteng, a cyberattack on Transnet... 

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MTN expects decline on half-year earnings

By: Natasha Odendaal     2nd August 2021 Telecommunications group MTN expects a decline in earnings for the six months ended June 30, 2021. In a trading update to shareholders on August 2, the group said it anticipates a 75% to 85%, or 506c to 573c, drop in earnings per share (EPS) for the six months under review to between 101c and 169c. 

RCL appoints Paul Cruickshank CEO as Miles Dally retires

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     2nd August 2021 JSE-listed RCL Foods has appointed Paul Cruickshank as CEO with effect from December 1. He will succeed Miles Dally, who is retiring, with effect from the close of business on November 30. 

Southern Africa part of Germany’s platinum-boosting green hydrogen strategy  

By: Martin Creamer     2nd August 2021 Green hydrogen, which can be generated and then used with the help of Southern Africa’s platinum group metals (PGMs), is a topic that has gained a lot of importance in recent months in the context of limiting global warming and meeting the world’s decarbonisation goals. In Germany, the increased... 

Green Hydrogen Atlas Africa data validation workshop covered by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

Sars to implement emergency tax relief measures

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     2nd August 2021 The South African Revenue Service (Sars) will implement several emergency tax relief measures as announced by President Cyril Ramaphosa, in response to the continuing Covid-19 pandemic and recent unrest that are aimed at helping affected and tax-compliant businesses to recover and ensure... 

UK joins space defence organisation race

By: Rebecca Campbell     2nd August 2021 The UK became the latest country to activate a space-focused defence organisation, with the official opening of UK Space Command. The new command was formally created on April 1 – just as the Royal Air Force (RAF) had been, 103 years before. It is currently headquartered at RAF Station High... 

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UK Space Command Space Operator’s Badge

Ongoing decline in Eskom’s coal performance drove another ‘intensive’ period of load-shedding in first half of 2021 

By: Terence Creamer     2nd August 2021 A continuing decline in the performance of the Eskom coal fleet drove yet another “intensive” period of load-shedding in South Africa during the first six months of 2021, when rotational power cuts were implemented for 650 hours, or 15% of the time. A new Council for Scientific and Industrial... 

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Eskom substation

Absa PMI declines considerably during July

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     2nd August 2021 Amid several supply-side shocks during the month, the seasonally adjusted Absa Purchasing Managers’ Index (PMI) plunged to 43.5 points in July, signalling that the output recovery in the manufacturing sector was set back notably at the start of the third quarter, Absa reports. The PMI is compiled... 

BMW SA appoints Deena Govender as product communications head

By: Irma Venter     2nd August 2021 BMW Group South Africa & Sub-Saharan Africa (BMW SA) has announced the appointment of Deena Govender as its new head of product communications.   Govender will also take responsibility for the overall steering, as operational lead, of the corporate communications and government affairs portfolio... 

Deena Govender
Deena Govender

Govt releases land for restitution claims

By: Thabi Madiba     2nd August 2021 Public Works and Infrastructure Minister Patricia de Lille has approved the release of various parcels of land in the North West, Western Cape and Mpumalanga provinces for three claimant communities. Government opened the land restitution claims process in 1994 to allow families and communities... 

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Positive signs for South Africa, BLSA CEO highlights

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     2nd August 2021 July has been a tumultuous month for South Africa and while the problems remain formidable, the country is in a more positive space at the moment, business organisation Business Leadership South Africa (BLSA) CEO Busi Mavuso says in her weekly newsletter. “We jailed a former President, repelled... 

Sasol capitalising on green hydrogen opportunities

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     2nd August 2021 Green hydrogen can play a significant role globally in decarbonising hard-to-abate industries, and can be an energy source for mobility and industry, and a source of hydrogen for the petrochemical industry. This was the message given by chemicals company Sasol 2.0 Transformation executive VP... 

Isondo project showcasing intent in green hydrogen in South Africa

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     2nd August 2021  The green hydrogen economy offers South Africa a considerable advantage in using its natural resources to help reindustrialise its economy and this is being supported by various policies and initiatives. One such initiative is the start of the construction process for fuel cell components... 

An image of Isondo founder and CEO Vinay Somera
Vinay Somera

Medupi construction complete after 14 years

By: Marleny Arnoldi     2nd August 2021 The last of six power generation units at the Medupi power station, in Lephalale, is now operational, marking the completion of all building activities on the 4.7 GW project. Construction at Medupi started in May 2007 and the power station has an operational life of 50 years. The last unit was... 

Medupi power station, in Lephalale
Medupi power station, in Lephalale

Toyota’s Johan van Zyl passes away

By: Irma Venter     2nd August 2021 The chairperson of Toyota South Africa Motors (TSAM), Dr Johan van Zyl, passed away on Friday evening from complications related to Covid-19. TSAM says in a statement mourning the loss of ‘The Doc’, as he was affectionately known, that he had an uncanny sense of knowing just what consumers... 

A photo of former TSAM chairperson Dr Johan van Zyl
Dr Johan van Zyl

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