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Sasol narrows immediate asset-disposal focus to ‘top ten’ list 

By: Terence Creamer     3rd July 2020 Chemicals and energy group Sasol has developed a list of ten major assets that will be prioritised for sale in the coming weeks and months as it moves to streamline the business into what is being termed ‘Sasol 2.0’, while also raising proceeds to help it reduce a $9.5-billion debt burden. In... 

Sasol narrows immediate asset-disposal focus to ‘top ten’ list
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Sasol CFO Paul Victor

Engineering News & Mining Weekly e-magazine now available

2nd July 2020 For the duration of South Africa’s Covid-19 lockdown period, Creamer Media is providing free digital access to our flagship Engineering News & Mining Weekly news magazine. Click now to read our latest edition. 

Engineering News & Mining Weekly e-magazine now available

Mapasa says BRL business rescue proceeding well despite some challenges 

By: Simone Liedtke     3rd July 2020 Progress is being made with the implementation of the business rescue plan of embattled construction company Basil Read Limited (BRL), a subsidiary of Basil Read Holdings Limited (BRHL), “despite challenges”, Basil Read CEO Khathutshelo (K2) Mapasa tells Engineering News.. BRL operates in the... 

Mapasa says BRL business rescue proceeding well despite some challenges
CEO Khathutshelo (K2) Mapasa

ECSA suspends four Satellite Centres in light of Covid-19 

By: Simone Liedtke     3rd July 2020 The Covid-19 pandemic has challenged and shifted the premise upon which the Engineering Council of South Africa’s (ECSA’s) Satellite Centres were introduced, leading to the suspension these four centres, says ECSA acting strategic services executive Millicent Kabwe. In email correspondence to... 

Patel directs Itac to look into scrap metal price preference system

By: Marleny Arnoldi     3rd July 2020 Trade and Industry Minister Ebrahim Patel has issued a trade policy directive to the International Trade Administration Commission of South Africa (Itac) to urgently look into measures to help support the scrap metals industry. Patel said the industry was facing severe challenges owing to... 

Patel directs Itac to look into scrap metal price preference system

National Treasury warns of debt spiral, refutes criticism of reneging on spending commitments 

By: African News Agency      3rd July 2020 National Treasury on Friday warned in a briefing to MPs that failure to arrest South Africa's debt trajectory would see borrowing costs consume almost a third of the national budget by 2024 and slammed proponents of greater government spending. Treasury said in a presentation to the standing and... 

National Treasury warns of debt spiral, refutes criticism of reneging on spending commitments
Treasury director-general Dondo Mogajane

Jaguar Land Rover, partners to launch wireless charging taxi project in Oslo

By: Irma Venter     3rd July 2020 In a programme known as ‘ElectriCity’, Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) will join Nordic taxi operator Cabonline (NorgesTaxi), the region’s largest charge point operator Fortum Recharge, US technology developer Momentum Dynamics and the City of Oslo to build wireless, high-powered charging infrastructure... 

Jaguar Land Rover, partners to launch wireless charging taxi project in Oslo

Host of new tech sees Merc trucks save up to 5% on fuel 

By: Irma Venter     3rd July 2020 The new Actros heavy-duty truck launched in South Africa comes with a host of “next-level innovations”, says Daimler Trucks & Buses Southern Africa (DTBSA) CEO Michael Dietz. These include the absence of outside mirrors in favour of in-cab screens (mounted on the A-pillars) that are linked to... 

MirrorCam debuts in South Africa

Public-led, private-backed water infrastructure roll-out signalled

By: Schalk Burger     3rd July 2020 Public and private organisations in the water sector and financiers are ready to build water infrastructure projects and deal with demand, as well as water loss and delivery barriers, to improve water management and long-term security. These projects include bulk water supply infrastructure, and... 

Public-led, private-backed water infrastructure roll-out signalled

IDC appoints Gert Gouws acting CFO

By: Donna Slater     3rd July 2020 The Industrial Development Corporation (IDC) has appointed Gert Gouws as its acting CFO for a period of three months while the process of appointing the permanent incumbent is being finalised. The IDC notes that the recruitment process is progressing well and is expected to be concluded soon.  

IDC appoints Gert Gouws acting CFO
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IDC acting CFO Gert Gouws

South African think tank joins overseas partners in condemning China over Hong Kong

By: Rebecca Campbell     3rd July 2020 South African think tank the Free Market Foundation (FMF) has joined 36 other such institutions, spread across 35 countries and territories, in releasing an open letter condemning the actions of the People’s Republic of China (PRC) government regarding Hong Kong. The think tanks form the Economic... 

Port of Cape Town clearing backlogs

By: Simone Liedtke     3rd July 2020 The Port of Cape Town is ramping up operations and reducing shipping backlogs caused by the impact of Covid-19 on the port’s human resources. By July 2, the number of vessels waiting at anchorage had been reduced from eight to one vessel for the Multi-Purpose Terminal (MPT) and from 11 to four... 

Port of Cape Town clearing backlogs
THE Port of Cape Town

Mossel Bay ship repair generating jobs

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     3rd July 2020 A steady flow of work at the Port of Mossel Bay’s ship repair facility is helping to create much-needed jobs in the region as the country battles widening job losses due to Covid-19 and the national lockdown, says the Transnet National Port Authority (TNPA). This follows the May reopening of ship... 

Mossel Bay ship repair generating jobs
The Cape Vidal vessel underwent repairs during its two weeks stay at Port of Mossel Bay

Mantashe starts oil supply arrangements as some shortage from Astron is expected

By: Marleny Arnoldi     3rd July 2020 Mineral Resources and Energy Minister Gwede Mantashe says his deparment will soon convene meetings with oil companies to ensure alternative supply arrangements are put in place, considering some fuel shortages are expected from Astron Energy's Milnerton refinery. Mantashe notes in a statement... 

Ramaphosa says coronavirus forums will be rolled out countrywide

By: Yvonne Silaule     3rd July 2020 President Cyril Ramaphosa on July 3 said coronavirus forums would be rolled out nationwide and commended the Mpumalanga province for establishing the first such forums. “I commend the Mpumalanga province for establishing coronavirus forums. It is a new approach and it is fantastic coming from the... 

Supply chain liquidity and digitisation support fund launched

By: Schalk Burger     3rd July 2020 A R25-billion Covid-19 Instant Supplier Payment Scheme and digitisation drive has been launched for private and public sector institutions in South Africa and selected African markets, supply chain payments company Tradeshift and trade and supply chain finance and services platform Raindew Trade... 

Cement sector welcomes Sidssa commitments, urges increased local content

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     1st July 2020 The South African cement industry, represented by industry organisation, The Concrete Institute (TCI), has welcomed the outcomes of the Sustainable Infrastructure Development Symposium South Africa (Sidssa), held last week.  The symposium was convened by Dr Kgosientso Ramokgopa, head of the... 

Capacity development, training continues with virtual meetings

By: Schalk Burger     3rd July 2020 Professional development nonprofit organisation The South Africa Road Federation (SARF) is delivering ten accredited courses using Microsoft Teams during July and August, with planning for courses later in the year also under way, SARF operations director Basil Jonsson says. South Africa’s road... 

Youth recruitment, training sets Enel Green Power South Africa apart from competitors

By: Marleny Arnoldi     3rd July 2020 Amid the youth unemployment rate rising to 58.1% in the fourth quarter of last year, energy company Enel Green Power South Africa (EGP SA) has reaffirmed its commitment to youth employment and training. “South Africa’s people must now contend with a pandemic that has dealt a massive blow to the... 

CIDB urges companies to mentor, empower women

By: Marleny Arnoldi     3rd July 2020 The Construction Industry Development Board (CIDB) continues to encourage established construction professionals to contribute to transformation in the industry through personal commitment to the mentorship of women. While women-owned entities have been on the rise, most of these fall within... 

Moon metals discovery aids development of lunar formation theories

By: Rebecca Campbell     3rd July 2020 Scientists using data from the US National Aeronautics and Space Administration’s (Nasa’s) Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO) spacecraft have discovered evidence that the Moon might, underneath its surface, be richer in metals (such as iron and titanium) than had previously been believed. Nasa is... 

Moon metals discovery aids development of lunar formation theories

Mobility as a service using cellphones proposed for safe transport

By: Schalk Burger     3rd July 2020 Multinational engineering consultancy Royal HaskoningDHV has proposed using technology to monitor hotspots and ensure safe commuting, as well as reduce the need to increase the number of public transport vehicles to enable safe transport. Technology can help to manage supply and demand more... 

Alstom launches new Mastria mobility orchestration solution

By: Schalk Burger     3rd July 2020 Transport and rail multinational Alstom has launched a new version of multimodal supervision and mobility orchestration solution Mastria, which uses artificial intelligence (AI) to provide operators and transport authorities with enhanced passenger flow management tools. The solution allows... 

AfDB concludes R2bn investment in Nedbank SDG-linked bonds

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     Updated 7 hours ago Finance institution, the African Development Bank (ADB) group, has concluded the investment of R2-billion in sustainable development goals-linked bonds (SDG bonds) issued by banking group Nedbank South Africa. This investment, which is listed on the green bonds segment of JSE, will strengthen... 

'You are ready and getting readier' – Ramaphosa is pleased with Mpumalanga's Covid-19 plans

By: News24Wire      3rd July 2020 Conducting an oversight visit in Mpumalanga on Friday, President Cyril Ramaphosa said he was pleased with the plans the province has put in place to deal with Covid-19, especially as infections are expected to rise. As of 2 July, Mpumalanga had 1 478 confirmed cases of Covid-19, one of the... 

'You are ready and getting readier' – Ramaphosa is pleased with Mpumalanga's Covid-19 plans
President Cyril Ramaphosa

Zondo Commission is biased, a 'farce', says letter from ex-Prasa CEO Lucky Montana

By: News24Wire      3rd July 2020 The former CEO of the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa, Lucky Montana, has lashed out at the Commission of Inquiry into State Capture, accusing the committee's chairperson, Deputy Justice Raymond Zondo, of "bias" following days of hearing damning evidence about alleged corruption at the rail... 

 Zondo Commission is biased, a 'farce', says letter from ex-Prasa CEO Lucky Montana
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Former Prasa CEO

Mpumalanga develops ‘pillared strategy’ to curb Covid-19 spread

By: Yvonne Silaule     3rd July 2020 With Mpumalanga coronavirus infections projected to peak in the latter part of July, the province has developed a pillared strategy to alleviate the spread of the virus. The number of Covid-19 infections in the province is currently at 1 478. Mpumalanga Premier Refilwe Mtshweni-Tshipane said the... 

Mpumalanga develops ‘pillared strategy’ to curb Covid-19 spread

Reliable connectivity essential for effective IoT

By: Schalk Burger     3rd July 2020 A global study conducted by satellite communications multinational Inmarsat found that only 15% of mining organisations consistently have access to reliable connectivity for their Internet of Things- (IoT-) enabled projects. Inmarsat’s research programme into IoT trends 'The Rise of IoT in... 

Groceries, household supplies and utility bills top international list of higher cost items

By: Simone Liedtke     3rd July 2020 The majority of people across 26 surveyed countries say the overall cost of food, goods and services have increased for them and their families since the Covid-19 pandemic started, according to a global survey by market research company Ipsos. Three in five people (60%) in an online poll of... 

Tribunal confirms two more consent agreements for excessive pricing

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     3rd July 2020 The Competition Tribunal has confirmed two further consent agreements relating to Covid-19 excessive pricing complaints. This brings the total number of consent agreements, confirmed as orders of the tribunal since April to 20. 

Interface increases recycled content in its flooring products

By: Donna Slater     3rd July 2020 Modular flooring producer Interface will, going forward, produce its luxury vinyl tile (LVT) products with an exceptionally high (39%) content of recycled material, without compromising any quality. According to the company, this achievement represents a “breakthrough” in sustainable flooring,... 

Interface increases recycled content in its flooring products

Greater drone deployability in Africa requires regulatory allowances, supply chain integration

By: Donna Slater     3rd July 2020 Drones are being successfully deployed to support medical and humanitarian projects across Africa, but for a greater, more sustainable impact, they will need to be fully integrated into supply chains within an enabling regulatory environment, according to panellists who spoke during a webinar on... 

Anger rising in South African tourism sector against insurance industry

By: Rebecca Campbell     3rd July 2020 A bitter backlash against leading South African insurance companies continues to grow in the country’s beleaguered tourism/conservation sector. A video is in circulation, made by a game lodge or game farm which, unsurprisingly, does not identify itself but which an independent source within the... 

Get going with galvanizing: new book for engineers from IZA

By: Shannon de Ryhove     3rd July 2020 The International Zinc Association (IZA) will launch its new publication, The Essentials of Galvanizing, during a webinar hosted by Creamer Media Contract Publishing on July 15, 2020. The publication offers the civil engineering and construction industry valuable insights into the importance of... 

Get going with galvanizing: new book for engineers from IZA

Structural testing completed for first flight of America’s latest spacecraft

By: Rebecca Campbell     3rd July 2020 The US space agency, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (Nasa) has announced that structural testing of its Orion spacecraft for the Artemis I mission had been successfully concluded. The Orion will carry astronauts deeper into space than any previous human spacecraft. This... 

Structural testing completed for first flight of America’s latest spacecraft
Photo by Nasa
The full stack fo the Orion STA, including adaptors and the jettisonable fairing, in Lockheed Martin’s reverberant acoustic test chamber

Transnet undertakes upgrades at various terminals

By: Marleny Arnoldi     2nd July 2020 Transnet Port Terminals (TPT) has prepared for a 13% increase in citrus volumes this year, with new equipment being set up to boost operations at the Port Elizabeth, Durban and Ngqura container terminals. This follows the Citrus Growers Association’s forecast that new orchards coming into... 

Icasa to publish WOAN, spectrum invitation

By: Natasha Odendaal     2nd July 2020 The Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (Icasa) is preparing to publish the Invitation To Apply (ITA) for both the Wireless Open Access Network (WOAN) and the International Mobile Telecommunications (IMT) spectrum. While Icasa has made “extensive progress” in developing both ITAs... 

South Africa records first current account surplus in 17 years

By: Reuters     2nd July 2020 South Africa recorded its first current account surplus in 17 years in the first quarter of 2020 as the trade balance more than doubled, central bank data showed on Thursday. The current account swung to a surplus of 1.3% of gross domestic product, or 69.7 billion rand ($4.12 billion), in... 

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