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Nedbank makes pioneering ‘zero fossil-fuel exposure by 2045’ pledge 

By: Terence Creamer     22nd April 2021 South Africa’s Nedbank Group released an ambitious new energy policy on April 22, containing a commitment to reduce its exposure to all fossil fuels to zero by 2045, as well as a pledge to halt all new thermal coal-mine financing by January 1, 2025. Simultaneously, Nedbank said it would scale up... 

Nedbank makes pioneering ‘zero fossil-fuel exposure by 2045’ pledge

Cabinet welcomes recommendation on lifting of J&J vaccine pause, says Mkhize to announce recommencement details  

By: Terence Creamer     22nd April 2021 Cabinet has welcomed the recommendation by the South African Health Products Regulatory Authority regarding the lifting of the temporary pause placed on the Johnson & Johnson Sisonke Vaccination Programme, but did not immediately announce an end to the suspension following its Wednesday meeting,... 

Cabinet welcomes recommendation on lifting of J&J vaccine pause, says Mkhize to announce recommencement details

DTBSA’s TruckStore expands, aims to double sales volumes 

By: Irma Venter     22nd April 2021 Daimler Trucks & Buses Southern Africa (DTBSA) is expanding its used-truck business through TruckStore, as part of a programme to double its used-truck sales. Another significant driver is the growing demand for pre-owned trucks in the domestic Covid-19-hit economy. 

DTBSA’s TruckStore expands, aims to double sales volumes
Annelie van Rooyen

GridCars warns fleet operators to time the EV revolution correctly

By: Irma Venter     22nd April 2021 There is a “very real danger” that fleet owners may be stuck with stranded assets if they do not time the change-over to battery electric or fuel-cell vehicles correctly, says GridCars MD Winstone Jordaan. GridCars is a South African EV charging solution specialist. 

GridCars warns fleet operators to time the EV revolution correctly

Cabinet approves Tourism Sector Recovery Plan to preserve R189bn in value

By: Yvonne Silaule     22nd April 2021 Cabinet has approved the Tourism Sector Recovery Plan, which Minister Mmamoloko Kubayi-Ngubane says will facilitate the preservation of R189-billion of value. The plan is also expected to enable the tourism sector to recover to 2019 output and employment levels by 2023. 

Trade union attacks Denel plan to cut retrenchment benefits

By: Rebecca Campbell     22nd April 2021 Trade union Uasa has demanded that financially-embattled State-owned defence industrial group Denel reconsider the changes the company plans to make to its retrenchment policy. “Policy changes regarding workers’ rights should not happen to the detriment of our members and other workers employed... 

Saai, Neasa ink partnership to improve labour relations in the agriculture sector

By: Simone Liedtke     22nd April 2021 Family farming organisation Saai and employers’ organisation the National Employers Association of South Africa (Neasa) on April 22 signed a partnership agreement to bridge labour issues in the agriculture sector and to assist farmers with labour problems, as well as influencing policy-making.... 

Saai, Neasa ink partnership to improve labour relations in the agriculture sector
Saai chairperson Dr Theo de Jager and Neasa CE Gerhard Papenfus

Strike action at Rand Water suspended

By: Creamer Media Reporter      22nd April 2021 The planned strike action by the South African Municipal Workers Union (SAMWU) at Rand Water has been suspended. This followed an urgent interdict application made by Rand Water to the Labour Court, in Johannesburg on April 21. 

Salga, Japan Water Works Association collaborate on water management

By: Natasha Odendaal     22nd April 2021 The South African Local Government Association (Salga) and Japan Water Works Association (JWWA) are collaborating to improve water management within South Africa and Japan’s municipalities. A letter of intent (LoI) was entered into on April 21 to share information, improve public health, enhance... 

Footwear industry commits to skills transfer, rebuilding capacity

By: Simone Liedtke     22nd April 2021 Stakeholders in the footwear and leather sector have committed themselves to transferring skills and rebuilding capacity. The commitment emanated from two site visits by the Trade, Industry and Competition Deputy Minister Nomalungelo Gina at Planets Events Shoes and Neptun Boot, in KwaZulu-Natal,... 

Colgate launches recyclable toothpaste tube in South Africa

By: Donna Slater     22nd April 2021 Dental product manufacturer Colgate on April 22 launched its recyclable toothpaste tube in South Africa to coincide with Earth Day. Made from number two high-density polyethylene (HDPE), the new tubes will contain one of three Colgate Naturals toothpaste, including its charcoal, hemp seed oil... 

Independent study confirms passive cooling benefits

By: Schalk Burger     22nd April 2021 State-owned energy research organisation the South African National Energy Development Institute (SANEDI) on April 22 said the results of an independent study of two sites in KwaZulu-Natal have confirmed the benefits of passive cooling, also called cool surfaces. This has further motivated SANEDI... 

Icasa calls for public comment on review of disaster frequency regulations

By: Schalk Burger     22nd April 2021 Telecommunications regulator the Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (Icasa) has called for written comments on the review of the Information and Communications Technology Covid-19 National Disaster Regulations. The issues of consultation in the submissions must include the... 

IT professionals institute questions plan to create State IT infrastructure company

By: Schalk Burger     22nd April 2021 Industry association the Institute of Information Technology Professionals South Africa (IITPSA) has questioned the need for the creation of a a State Digital Infrastructure Company (SDIC) and High-Performance Computing and Data Processing Centre (HPCDPC), as outlined in the Department of... 

Sahpra launches app for the reporting of adverse drug reactions

By: Schalk Burger     22nd April 2021 Medical products regulator the South African Health Products Regulatory Authority (Sahpra) has launched the Med Safety mobile app for self-reporting of suspected adverse drug reactions (ADRs) by the public and healthcare professionals, it said on April 22. The app is designed to simplify and... 

Globeleq-Sturdee consortium selected as preferred bidder for eSwatini solar PV projects

By: Schalk Burger     22nd April 2021 Independent power generation company Globeleq and renewable energy independent power producer (IPP) Sturdee Energy Southern Africa have been awarded preferred bidder status for two 15 MW projects in the first tranche eSwatini’s procurement programme for new renewable generation capacity. Globeleq... 

Wärtsilä partners with Africa youth entrepreneurship initiative

By: Schalk Burger     22nd April 2021 Energy and marine equipment manufacturer Wärtsilä has partnered with youth entrepreneurship and skills development initiative Ambitious.Africa to foster sustainable development. The partners will connect students, entrepreneurs, start-up companies, financiers and various stakeholders from Africa... 

Nasa scores another technology first on Mars

By: Rebecca Campbell     22nd April 2021 The US National Aeronautics and Space Administration’s (Nasa’s) latest Mars mission has recorded another first. Yet another technology demonstration unit carried to the Red Planet by the Perseverance lander has demonstrated success. This technology demonstrator is named the Mars Oxygen In-Situ... 

Nasa scores another technology first on Mars
Photo by Nasa
The Moxie instrument is lowered into its place in the Perseverance lander, during the latter’s final assembly.

The development of electrically powered aircraft is accelerating

By: Rebecca Campbell     Updated 2 hours 17 minutes ago Although air transport accounts for only 2% of human-produced carbon dioxide, the aerospace industry is not complacent. In October 2016, the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) adopted the Carbon Offsetting and Reduction Scheme for International Aviation (Corsia), which aims to cut... 

The development of electrically powered aircraft is accelerating

Avian influenzas strain identified, second outbreak reported

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     22nd April 2021 The initial outbreak of avian influenza H5 on a layer farm on the East Rand of Johannesburg has now been identified as highly pathogenic avian influence (HPAI) H5N1, industry organisation the South African Poultry Association (Sapa) says. It notes that this is not the same strain as was... 

WHO warns Africa not to let its guard down amid pandemic

By: Sane Dhlamini     22nd April 2021 The World Health Organisation (WHO) Regional Director for Africa Dr Matshidiso Moeti has encouraged African countries to sustain Covid-19 prevention measures and urged countries not to let their guards down as the world races to vaccinate their populations. Moeti said on Thursday that despite the... 

Mboweni appoints new FSCA commissioner

By: Simone Liedtke     22nd April 2021 Finance Minister Tito Mboweni has appointed Unathi Kamlana as the commissioner of the Financial Sector Conduct Authority (FSCA) for a period of five years. He will start as FSCA commissioner on June 1, with Kamlana currently employed at the Prudential Authority of the South African Reserve Bank,... 

UP appoints Kuseni Dlamini council chairperson

By: Simone Liedtke     22nd April 2021 The University of Pretoria (UP) has appointed Kuseni Dlamini chairperson of the University Council, with effect from April 1. The 30-member council of the 113-year-old university is responsible for governance, policymaking and monitoring. That includes setting down guidelines relating to... 

Exxaro climate change specialist appointed vice-chair of industry task team

By: Simone Liedtke     22nd April 2021 Diversified miner Exxaro Resources has elected the group’s climate change specialist Dr Lerato Khumalo as vice-chairperson for the Industry Task Team on Climate Change (ITTCC). The voluntary, nonprofit association comprises several local energy-intensive companies across different business... 

Exxaro climate change specialist appointed vice-chair of industry task team
Exxaro climate change specialist Dr Lerato Khumalo

Northern Cape govt intervenes to improve service delivery in Sol Plaatje

By: Yvonne Silaule     21st April 2021 The Northern Cape provincial government will invest R500-million in measures to help improve service delivery in the Sol Plaatje municipality. The municipality is said to be facing technical capacity challenges, resulting in the lack of service delivery. 

WEF says sustained incremental progress, resilience important for energy transition

By: Schalk Burger     21st April 2021 As countries continue their progress in transitioning to clean energy, global economic body the World Economic Forum (WEF) says it is critical over the next decade to root the transition in economic, political and social practices to ensure progress is irreversible. The energy transition requires... 

Cesa calls for more PPPs as local engineering capacity use drops to 80%

By: Schalk Burger     21st April 2021 Industry association Consulting Engineers South Africa (Cesa) has questioned the Department of Water and Sanitation's decision to bring in 24 Cuban engineers, while the capacity utilisation of local engineering skills has dropped to 80% in the most recent Cesa Bi-annual Economic and Capacity... 

NRF seals agreement to send PhD students to US under Fulbright programme

By: Schalk Burger     21st April 2021 The National Research Foundation (NRF) has partnered with the Fulbright Foreign Student Programme (FFSP) to support NRF-funded PhD students registered with a South African university to travel to the US to conduct research towards their doctorates at a host US institution or university. This... 

Airlines industry sees reduced losses in 2021, but much work ahead

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     21st April 2021 Industry association the International Air Transport Association (Iata) says net airline industry losses are likely to reach $47.7-billion for this year. This is an improvement on the estimated net industry loss of $126.4-billion in 2020. 

UJ receives R110m donation for 4IR education development in underprivileged communities

By: Schalk Burger     21st April 2021 The University of Johannesburg (UJ) has received a R110-million donation from education nonprofit organisation Growing Up Africa (GUA) to advance Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR) education in underprivileged communities. The donation has already contributed to the development of the Education... 

Port of Cape Town requires urgent Presidential attention, says Maynier

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     21st April 2021 Western Cape Minister of Finance and Economic Opportunities David Maynier says he is encouraged by the recent commitment made by President Cyril Ramaphosa to make the country’s ports more efficient and competitive. However, he also notes his concern that the Port of Cape Town may be deprioritised... 

Octodec interim performance impacted by Covid-19 pressures

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     21st April 2021 JSE-listed real estate investment trust (Reit) Octodec Investments says a weak economic environment, exacerbated by the Covid-19 pandemic, continued to impact on its results for the six months ended February 28. Higher unemployment, business failures and overall reduced affordability weakened the... 

Savca, MiDA launch gender initiative to unlock investment

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     21st April 2021 To increase the number of investable women fund managers in Southern Africa, global transaction and financial advisory firm MiDA Advisors and industry body the Southern African Venture Capital and Private Equity Association (Savca) are launching the Women Empowerment Mentoring and Incubation Fund... 

Toyota unveils new electric vehicle concept, sales to start in 2022 

By: Irma Venter     21st April 2021 Toyota has unveiled a concept version of its forthcoming Toyota bZ4X, previewing the first in a series of zero-emission battery electric vehicles (BEVs) from the Japanese car maker. Toyota says the bZ4X, a medium-size sports-utility vehicle (SUV) with all-wheel drive, is integral to Toyota’s... 

Toyota unveils new electric vehicle concept, sales to start in 2022
The concept Toyota bZ4X

Vodacom, AUDA-Nepad launch mVacciNation digital toolbox 

By: Natasha Odendaal     21st April 2021 Telecommunications giant Vodacom Group and the African Union Development Agency (AUDA-Nepad) have joined forces to deploy a mobile technology platform that manages vaccination appointments and stock availability. Developed by Vodacom Group member Mezzanine, the mVacciNation digital toolbox will... 

Vodacom, AUDA-Nepad launch mVacciNation digital toolbox

Social bond issuance to reach R4bn in South Africa within year – RMB

By: Donna Slater     21st April 2021 The market for bonds issued to meet environmental and social outcomes is expected to grow exponentially in South Africa within the next year, with social bonds expected to feature prominently as the country looks to “build back better” post-Covid-19, states Rand Merchant Bank (RMB).     RMB... 

Impala Rustenburg hands over nine SLP projects to municipality 

21st April 2021 Impala Rustenburg in April officially handed over nine Social and Labour Plan projects to the local community. Along with community leaders and representatives of the Royal Bafokeng Nation family and the Department of Mineral Resources and Energy, Impala celebrated the handover of the completed... 

Impala Rustenburg hands over nine SLP projects to municipality

Platinum use in vehicle emissions control systems increasing as new regulations kick in – WPIC 

By: Simone Liedtke     21st April 2021 Automotive demand for platinum is expected to grow by 25% year-on-year to reach almost three-million ounces this year, the World Platinum Investment Council (WPIC) reports. The three-million-ounce demand forecast will be 5% higher than pre-pandemic levels. 

Platinum use in vehicle emissions control systems increasing as new regulations kick in – WPIC
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