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PPC to invest R664m to 2025 to kick-start decarbonisation journey 

By: Terence Creamer     29th November 2021 JSE-listed building materials group PPC has outlined a new decarbonisation strategy that includes firm targets for implementation by 2025 and 2030 and also outlines a long-term aspirational goal of transitioning its operations to net-zero carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions by 2050. The strategy is... 

PPC CEO Roland van Wijnen
PPC CEO Roland van Wijnen

Nedlac to hold emergency meetings on vaccine mandates, access restrictions for unvaccinated

By: Terence Creamer     29th November 2021 The social partners participating in the National Economic Development and Labour Council (Nedlac) will hold emergency meetings this week about the institution of workplace vaccine mandates and the imposition of public access restrictions for the unvaccinated amid low vaccine uptake levels, the... 

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BLSA warns of Omicron's impact on tourism industry, supports mandatory vaccination

By: Schalk Burger     29th November 2021 Business association Business Leadership South Africa (BLSA) has warned that the Covid-19 Omicron variant could have a significant impact on the South African tourism industry. President Cyril Ramaphosa in a November 28 address to the nation signalled the importance of vaccine mandates and... 

Alcohol industry joins call for South Africans to get vaccinated

By: Schalk Burger     29th November 2021 The alcohol industry has welcomed government's decision to keep South Africa at Alert Level 1 lockdown and supports calls for South Africans who have not yet been vaccinated against Covid-19 to urgently get their vaccinations. “Economic recovery of the alcohol, tourism and hospitality sectors is... 

South Africa seeks to end policy ambiguity delaying Eskom rescue

By: Bloomberg     29th November 2021 South Africa will soon agree on a comprehensive, unified approach to turning around Eskom Holdings, which is saddled with R402-billion in debt, according to the minister who oversees the state power utility. Eskom, which depends on coal for the bulk of its electricity generation, has subjected... 

Mahindra adds refrigeration unit to its line-up of specialist bakkies

By: Irma Venter     29th November 2021 Mahindra has added a refrigeration unit to its line-up of specialist bakkies, which includes the Pik Up Ambulance, the Pik Up Mining Specification bakkie and the Pik Up Game Viewer.  All these models, which have been developed locally, are assembled with the assistance of Mahindra’s facility in... 

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The Pik Up refrigeration unit

Rail operator eyes South African, African leasing expansion with renewed locomotive fleet

By: Donna Slater     29th November 2021 Freight logistics company Grindrod, through its 43% shareholding in Pretoria-based freight company Railco Africa, is looking to expand its locomotives leasing and rail operations business in South Africa and the rest of Africa. This comes after it achieved success in Sierra Leone, having brought... 

An image of a newly refurbished GL30 SCC locomotive at Pretoria-based freight company Railco Africa
Photo by Creamer Media's Donna Slater
A newly refurbished GL30 SCC locomotive at Pretoria-based freight company Railco Africa

Gauteng, KwaZulu-Natal transport development strategies progressing

By: Marleny Arnoldi     29th November 2021 The two key logistics provinces of South Africa – Gauteng and KwaZulu-Natal –are making inroads with their transport development strategies, particularly at a time when it is urgent to grow the economy, keep up with international trade and decarbonise. Speaking at the Transport Evolution Africa... 

Big fuel price hikes announced for Wednesday

By: News24Wire      29th November 2021 The petrol price will be hiked by 81c a litre on Wednesday, while diesel will go up by between 72.5c a litre (0.05% sulphur) and 74.5c (0.005% sulphur), the department of mineral resources and energy announced. The latest price hike will push the price of petrol - currently around R19.50 a litre... 

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New Cesa president commits to partnering for value-for-money infrastructure rollout

By: Schalk Burger     29th November 2021 Industry association Consulting Engineers South Africa's (Cesa's) newly elected president Olu Soluade, who is also AOS Consulting Engineers CEO, has committed to partnering with industry stakeholders for sustainable, value-for-money infrastructure development. Soluade is a professional engineer... 

Mchunu dissatisfied with delays at Clanwilliam dam project

By: Yvonne Silaule     29th November 2021 Water and Sanitation Minister Senzo Mchunu at the weekend expressed his dissatisfaction with the delays being experienced at the Clanwilliam dam project, in the Western Cape. The raising of the Clanwilliam dam wall is the second-biggest infrastructure project being undertaken in the Western Cape... 

EPP proposes delisting; Redefine proposes buyout of EPP shares

By: Creamer Media Reporter      29th November 2021 Poland-focused retail real estate owner EPP's board of directors has decided that, to facilitate a restructuring to bolster its balance sheet and reduce the company's gearing, it would be in the best interests of the company to seek a delisting of its shares from the JSE and the Luxembourg Stock... 

Balwin signs deal to acquire properties needed for long-planned-for Joburg South eco estate

By: Creamer Media Reporter      29th November 2021 Property development company Balwin Properties has entered into an agreement to acquire a number of properties in the south of Johannesburg from Tentacle Properties for up to R330-million. Balwin intends to develop an eco estate with a Crystal Lagoon and a hiking trail on the properties. 

Zinc anti-corrosion coatings offer long-lasting protection

By: Donna Slater     29th November 2021 Various methods of applying zinc films to steel items offer unique and long-lasting anti-corrosion benefits, according to various zinc experts who spoke during a webinar hosted by Creamer Media Contract Publishing on behalf of the International Zinc Association (IZA) on November 23. IZA... 

Renergen offering 20 Cryo-Vacc units for any company’s use in Dec

By: Simone Liedtke     29th November 2021 In light of the anticipated fourth wave of Covid-19 infections that is about to grip the country, South African company Renergen is offering the use of 20 of its Jumbo Cryo-Vacc units, at its own cost, for December, to assist in ensuring safe transportation of the estimated 16-million doses. This... 

Pic of Renergen's Cryo-Vacc unit.
The Cryo-Vacc unit.

Mainstream raises additional €90m

By: Schalk Burger     29th November 2021 Wind and solar power multinational Mainstream Renewable Power raised €90-million in additional funding to accelerate new market entries and the build-out of gigawatt-scale wind and solar assets across Latin America, Africa and the Asia Pacific region, the company said on November 29. The funding... 

Two rescued, three bodies recovered as Impala mud rush rescue operations conclude

By: Martin Creamer     Updated 55 minutes ago Two mineworkers have been rescued and the bodies of three have been recovered at Impala Rustenburg 6 Shaft, which suffered an underground mud-rush incident. Search and rescue operations continued around the clock following the incident took place on Sunday, November 28. 

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Shaft 16 at Impala Rustenburg, where fatality occurred on Saturday, November 27.

Search under way at Impala Rustenburg after mud rush traps five

By: Martin Creamer     29th November 2021 A search and rescue operation was under way at Impala Rustenburg after a mud rush at 6 Shaft on Monday. All operations at Impala Rustenburg's 6 Shaft and 16 Shaft complexes have been suspended until a full and comprehensive report is available. 

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All operations at Impala Rustenburg's 6 Shaft and 16 Shaft complexes have been suspended. Shown here is 16 Shaft.

Scientists working around the clock to understand Omicron variant – Health Minister 

By: Thabi Madiba     29th November 2021 Health Minister Dr Joe Phaahla said citizens can be confident that in a matter of days and weeks health department’s scientists will have gotten to the bottom of the Covid-19 Omicron variant. Phaahla reiterated President Cyril Rampahosa’s message on Sunday evening, when he said the best weapon to... 

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Health Minister Dr Joe Phaahla

Omicron poses "very high" global risk, world must prepare – WHO

By: Reuters     29th November 2021 The Omicron coronavirus variant is likely to spread internationally, posing a "very high" global risk of infection surges that could have "severe consequences" some areas, the World Health Organisation said on Monday. The UN agency urged its 194 member states to accelerate vaccination of... 

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RBPlat bid embodies socioeconomic boost for greater Rustenburg region – Implats  

By: Martin Creamer     29th November 2021 The bid by Impala Platinum Holdings Limited (Implats) for a majority shareholding in Royal Bafokeng Platinum (RBPlat) presents an opportunity to create sizeable Western Limb production base with socioeconomic benefits for the region, platinum group metals (PGM) mining company Implats said on... 

Implats’ offer to Royal Bafokeng Platinum covered by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer: Video: Darlene Creamer.

Opinion: Is green hydrogen the fuel to drive South Africa’s future?

26th November 2021 In this opinion article, Royal HaskoningDHV advisory group for energy transition director Gladys Nabagala writes that South Africa has significant potential to stimulate its economy by building a hydrogen export economy. 

Gladys Nabagala

Indigenous plant biofilters effectively remove pollutants from stormwater, researchers say

By: Schalk Burger     26th November 2021 Biofilters with indigenous South African plants, such as palmiet, mat sedge, soft rush, cobra lily and vleibiesie, are significantly more efficient than unvegetated soils in removing nutrients and metals pollutants from urban stormwater, Stellenbosch University (SU) researchers say. The team... 

CSIR's initial circular economy study shows potential to create economy-wide value

By: Schalk Burger     26th November 2021 The initial findings from the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research's (CSIR's) Science, Technology and Innovation for a Circular Economy (STI4CE) study shows that transitioning to a more circular economy has the potential to create value across all sectors of the economy. There are also... 

PRASA granted extension for Langa relocation deadline

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     26th November 2021 The High Court in the Western Cape has granted the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (PRASA) an extension for the lawful relocation of residents illegally occupying PRASA property along the Langa railway lines from November 26 to July 31 to allow for further consultations with affected... 

Michelin aiming for 100% sustainable tyres

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     26th November 2021 Tyre manufacturer Michelin is committed to achieving on average 40% sustainable materials in its tyres by 2030 and 100% by 2050. The group outlined the challenges associated with creating a 100% sustainable tyre at its first Media Day, held at the group’s global Research and Development centre in... 

Froneman tells world of Sibanye’s confidence in hydrogen economy  

By: Martin Creamer     26th November 2021 Platinum group metals (PGMs) are poised to be a very significant underpin in the green hydrogen economy and Sibanye-Stillwater is intent on ensuring that the supply of PGMs is sustainable and that the company is part of the global climate change solution, Sibanye CEO Neal Froneman told a global... 

Sibanye-Stillwater hydrogen presentation covered by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

Icasa awards provisional spectrum

By: Natasha Odendaal     26th November 2021 The Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (Icasa) has awarded temporary spectrum to Rain Networks, Vodacom, Cell C, Telkom, Liquid Intelligence Technologies and MTN. Under the new information and communications technology (ICT) Covid-19 National State of Disaster Regulations, the... 

Sacci calls for better communication around new Covid-19 variant

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     26th November 2021 The South African Chamber of Commerce and Industry (Sacci) says the discovery of the new Covid-19 variant that has more mutations and is expected to be more transmissible has added to more anxiety, which will affect business confidence. “Of concern to us as business is the need for better... 

Human settlements dept capacitates entities to accelerate housing delivery

By: Schalk Burger     26th November 2021 Given the delays and challenges to provide decent housing and develop sustainable human settlements in South Africa, the Human Settlements Minister Mmamoloko Kubayi on November 26 detailed the work her department has done to capacitate its entities to accelerate the delivery of housing and human... 

Sanral embarks on R1.2bn of road upgrades in Eastern Cape town

By: Marleny Arnoldi     26th November 2021 The South African National Roads Agency Limited (Sanral) has allocated R1.2-billion to be invested on road maintenance and construction projects in the town of Matatiele in the Eastern Cape. Speaking at a stakeholder engagement session on November 25, Sanral regional manager Mbulelo Peterson... 

Mchunu calls on political parties to focus on service delivery, including water provision

By: Yvonne Silaule     26th November 2021 Water and Sanitation Minister Senzo Mchunu has made an impassioned plea to the Western Cape provincial government, municipalities and other stakeholders to put political associations aside and to pay particular attention on improving the lives of people through sufficient water and sanitation... 

Invicta reports strong interim results

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     26th November 2021 Invicta Holdings, the investment management company of the Engineering Solutions Group (ESG), Capital Equipment Group (CEG) and Kian Ann Group (KAG) based in Singapore, has reported a strong set of results for the six months ended September 30. CEO Steven Joffe tells Engineering News that,... 

E-toll decision to be announced in February budget – Mbalula 

By: Marleny Arnoldi     26th November 2021 In a State of Transport Entities briefing on November 26, Transport Minister Fikile Mbalula confirmed the likelihood of a decision on e-tolls being announced by Finance Minister Enoch Godongwana when he delivers the Budget speech in February next year. He mentioned that discussions regarding... 

Transport Minister Fikile Mbalula
Transport Minister Fikile Mbalula

South Africa to convene coronavirus council after new variant found

By: Reuters     26th November 2021 President Cyril Ramaphosa will convene the National Coronavirus Command Council on Sunday, a government statement said, after scientists detected a new Covid-19 variant in the country. Decisions taken by the council inform the government's stance on the Covid-19 pandemic, including the level of... 

Cyril Ramaphosa

Scatec signs agreement for 20 MW solar project in Lesotho

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     26th November 2021 Norway-based renewable power producer Scatec has entered into an agreement with the Lesotho Electricity Company and the government of Lesotho to build the first independent power producer (IPP) solar project in Lesotho. A related power purchase agreement (PPA), connection agreement and... 

Tourism sector concerned as UK reinstates travel restrictions against South Africa 

By: Marleny Arnoldi     26th November 2021 Various tourism entities have expressed their concern over the UK’s “knee-jerk” reaction to institute a temporary red list ban on six African countries, including South Africa. Following announcements on November 25 that a new Covid-19 variant called B1.1.529 has been identified in Botswana,... 

Mahindra launches new tractor, farm equipment range in South Africa

By: Irma Venter     26th November 2021 Mahindra South Africa (SA) has launched a new range of tractors and farm equipment in the domestic market.  Mahindra SA says these products will be introduced in a phased manner.  

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