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Metair clinches multibillion-rand contracts as Ford expands in South Africa 

By: Irma Venter     5th June 2020 Metair has secured multiple contracts from Ford Motor Company of Southern Africa (FMCSA) as the local arm of the US vehicle maker prepares to launch new vehicles for the local and export markets.  The new launches form part of a fresh investment and production expansion programme at Ford to meet... 

Metair clinches multibillion-rand contracts as Ford expands in South Africa

Engineering News & Mining Weekly e-magazine now available

4th June 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

Two unions support demands by SA Express staff to be paid their salaries 

By: Rebecca Campbell     Updated 6 hours ago Two trade unions, the National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (Numsa) and the South African Cabin Crew Association (Sacca), have jointly expressed support for the workers of financially embattled State-owned regional airline SA Express. The workers organised a protest march, without any... 

Coal cliff talk taking back seat as fossil fuel demand outlook ebbs  

By: Martin Creamer     Updated 7 hours ago A few years back South Africa was said to be heading towards a coal cliff but that projection is now being questioned. In the early and mid 2000, the findings of the South African Coal Roadmap were that Eskom’s contracted coal supply would plummet and its uncontracted portion balloon. 

Minerals Council South Africa talks coal and renewables to Mining Weekly Online’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer

Hard-hit diamond jewellery sector mulls postpandemic recovery strategies

By: Mamaili Mamaila     5th June 2020 The unforeseen global health crisis triggered by the Covid-19 pandemic has had dire economic repercussions, to which South Africa is not immune. 

Hard-hit diamond jewellery sector mulls postpandemic recovery strategies

Pilot programme starts bearing fruit for reclaimers

By: Marleny Arnoldi     5th June 2020 A pilot programme jointly executed by recycling organisations, fast-moving consumer goods company Unilever and the University of Witwatersrand in Johannesburg has, for first time, started integrating individual waste reclaimers into the circular economy of the city. It is the first project in... 

Pilot programme starts bearing fruit for reclaimers

DMRE welcomes new female energy sector business leaders

By: Donna Slater     5th June 2020 Mineral Resources and Energy Minister Gwede Mantashe has welcomed the recent appointments of a number of women to senior executive positions in the energy sector. According to the Department of Mineral Resources and Energy (DMRE), the appointment of women to leadership roles, specifically in the... 

Climate Justice Coalition launches Green New Eskom campaign

By: Marleny Arnoldi     Updated 7 hours ago The Climate Justice Coalition (CJC) has launched a Green New Eskom campaign, which demands a rapid and just transition to a more socially-owned renewable energy-powered and zero carbon economy. The CJC comprises trade unions, civil society and community organisations working together on a... 

Climate Justice Coalition launches Green New Eskom campaign
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Jeffreys Bay wind farm

Climate change should still receive attention in the midst of Covid-19

By: Donna Slater     5th June 2020 The leaders of nations belonging to the Commonwealth should continue to prioritise climate change and the mitigation of dangerous emissions with the same urgency they did pre-Covid-19, says the Commonwealth of Nations (Commonwealth). The organisation states that, even with the Covid-19 pandemic... 

South African R&D investment insufficient to transition to a green economy – study

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     Updated 6 hours ago Fast-tracking the transition to a green economy – globally acknowledged as the pathway to sustainable development – could be undermined and hampered by the insufficient focus and commitment to research and development (R&D) expenditure in South Africa. This emerged as a central theme from a... 

Sappi aligns to World Environment Day 2020 #ForNature theme

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     5th June 2020 Pulp and paper company Sappi says the lockdowns implemented across the world to help curb the spread of Covid-19 have brought to light the need to make 'Time for Nature’, which is also the theme for this year’s World Environment Day, on June 5. ‘Time for Nature’ focuses on the role nature plays... 

Agri SA welcomes gov’s extended drought relief

By: Marleny Arnoldi     Updated 7 hours ago Industry association Agri South Africa (Agri SA) has welcomed an announcement by Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs Minister Dr Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma that the drought relief available for farmers will be extended for a further month. The industry made this request to the Minister... 

Bonang Mohale assumes new role as chancellor at UFS

By: Simone Liedtke     Updated 7 hours ago Professor Bonang Mohale has officially assumed the role as the new chancellor of the University of the Free State (UFS). The announcement was made at a special meeting of the UFS council on March 20. 

E-waste recycling key to managing and unlocking value

By: Schalk Burger     Updated 7 hours ago Organisations should adopt responsible e-waste disposal strategies, as only 25% of end-of-life information technology (IT) equipment worldwide is being recycled and the value of e-waste is about $62.5-billion a year, says IT equipment disposal and refurbishment company Xperien IT asset disposal... 

Digital hub to develop IT, animation, gaming skills in Tshwane

By: Schalk Burger     Updated 7 hours ago Nonprofit organisation AfricaBeyond4IR's (AB4IR's) Digital Hub is hosting a series of webinars to develop animation, gaming and programme development skills among the youth and entrepreneurs in Tshwane. The Digital Hub, located in Mabopane Odi Campus, is a collaboration between the Small... 

Scatec completes hybrid solar plant in South Sudan

By: Marleny Arnoldi     5th June 2020 Independent solar power producer Scatec Solar has commissioned a combined solar and battery storage plant, in Malakal, South Sudan. The plant will power the Humanitarian Hub, which is managed by the International Organisation for Migration (IOM).  

Rolls-Royce commits to United Nations’ zero carbon emissions goals for 2030 and 2050

By: Rebecca Campbell     5th June 2020 UK-based industrial technology group Rolls-Royce has announced that it has joined the United Nations’ (UN’s) ‘Race to Zero’ campaign, as a consequence of which the company has committed itself to achieving net zero carbon emissions from its operations by 2030. In its statement, the company... 

Connectivity, collaboration important for remote working

By: Schalk Burger     Updated 6 hours ago Enabling effective remote working requires that companies and remote workers have the tools to collaborate and share, and these tools must also work well together to avoid duplication of data and efforts, says digital business tools multinational Zoho Africa region manager Andrew Bourne.... 

Green energy's role in the post-Covid-19 global economic recovery 

By: Creamer Media Reporter      5th June 2020 Creamer Media's Chanel de Bruyn speaks to Creamer Media Editor Terence Creamer about governments and international organisations' calls to integrate clean energy into their post-Covid-19 economic recovery plans. 

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South Africa extends drought state of disaster by a month

By: Bloomberg     5th June 2020 South Africa has extended the national state of disaster it declared for a drought that’s been going on for more than seven years in some parts of the country. The state of disaster that was initially announced for three months on March 4 has been extended to July 4, Cooperative Governance and... 

South Africa extends drought state of disaster by a month
Cogta Minister Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma

Accelerated renewables roll-out ‘one of the few substantial recovery opportunities’ open to South Africa

By: Terence Creamer     4th June 2020 The South African government is being urged to accelerate the implementation of its renewable-energy-heavy Integrated Resource Plan 2019 (IRP 2019) as part of the country’s post-Covid-19 economic recovery package. Meridian Economics MD Dr Grové Steyn, who is currently modelling the economic... 

Accelerated renewables roll-out ‘one of the few substantial recovery opportunities’ open to South Africa

WHO reiterates importance of lockdowns to ‘slow the spread’ of Covid-19

By: Simone Liedtke     4th June 2020 Lockdowns, in response to the Covid-19 pandemic, have been “a challenging balance” to maintain, says World Health Organisation (WHO) Africa regional director Dr Matshidiso Moeti. She notes, however, that while the economic impacts thereof have been severe, “an out of control spread of the... 

Foundation welcomes government initiatives to bolster project pipeline

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     4th June 2020 Thought leadership organisation, the Construction Management Foundation, has noted the announcement by the Presidency that it will host an inaugural Sustainable Infrastructure Development Symposium on June 23. This symposium will unveil an infrastructure project pipeline from six priority sectors. 

Oceana records solid interim results

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     4th June 2020 Fishing company Oceana Group delivered a resilient operating performance for the six months ended March 31. Group revenue was up 2% to R3.63-billion, primarily owing to a 3% increase in revenue by its African operations, an increase in cold storage occupancy levels and the favourable impact of... 

Oceana records solid interim results
Imraan Soomra

Rolls-Royce to help develop nuclear fusion energy in the UK

By: Rebecca Campbell     4th June 2020 UK-based industrial technology group Rolls-Royce has been awarded a four-year full-service engineering design framework contract by the UK Atomic Energy Authority (UKAEA). The contract means that Rolls-Royce will help deliver multi-disciplinary projects for the UKAEA. The company will provide... 

Worldsteel says demand will contract by 6.4% this year owing to Covid-19

By: Simone Liedtke     4th June 2020 The World Steel Association (worldsteel) expects global steel demand to contract by 6.4% this year, as a result of the Covid-19 crisis. In its Short Range Outlook (SRO) for 2020 and 2021, released on June 4, the industry body states that steel demand is, however, expected to increase by 3.8%... 

Covid, diesel, substitution nudging platinum into sweeter spot 

By: Martin Creamer     4th June 2020 Depressed platinum is being nudged into a sweeter spot by a combination of the Covid-19 pandemic, new focus on diesel vehicles, trickling substitution of platinum for palladium and worsening supply constraints, Mining Weekly can report. Covid-19 funding demands are delaying the planned rollout of... 

Barloworld, Tongaat contractual dispute to take longer to resolve

By: Marleny Arnoldi     4th June 2020 JSE-listed industrial group Barloworld has advised that it has not reached consensus with fellow-listed Tongaat Hulett about an independent accountant that is supposed evaluate the terms of a sale and purchase agreement between the companies. Barloworld in May raised a concern about Tongaat’s... 

Swedish clean energy tech ready for full scale commercial launch in South Africa

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     4th June 2020 A year ago, the first PWR BLOK from the Swedish clean technology company Swedish Stirling was commissioned at ferrochrome producer Afarak's Mogale site, in South Africa. The company is now ready to launch on a larger commercial scale in the country. 

Well positioned to weather storm – Standard Bank

By: Martin Creamer     4th June 2020 The Standard Bank is well positioned to weather the Covid-19 storm and remains determined to emerge from this crisis as a stronger Africa-focused financial services group, Standard Bank Group FD Dr Arno Daehnke said on Thursday. The capital and liquidity levels of Africa’s biggest lender by... 

Well positioned to weather storm – Standard Bank
Standard Bank building.

Agriculture to grow this year, but long-term market impact remains uncertain

By: Marleny Arnoldi     4th June 2020 Although South Africa has a resilient and robust agricultural system, Covid-19 has exposed some fault lines and vulnerabilities in certain value chains that need to be addressed, industry role-players say. Financial services provider Nedbank on June 4 hosted an agriculture webinar with experts... 

Agriculture to grow this year, but long-term market impact remains uncertain

Solidarity issues letter of demand to stop pension funds going to Eskom

By: Donna Slater     4th June 2020 With a letter of demand addressed to the Government Employees Pension Fund (GEPF) and the Public Investment Corporation (PIC), labour union Solidarity instituted legal steps to stop the exchange of Eskom debt for Eskom shares, on June 4. In doing so, Solidarity demands that plans by the PIC to... 

Survey confirms smokers buying more black market cigarettes amid ban

By: Donna Slater     4th June 2020 A survey conducted by gig technology company M4Jam has found that half of all South African smokers have been able to source new cigarette supplies during lockdown, and 95% are paying elevated prices for what are mostly black-market products. M4Jam states that a demographically representative... 

Airbus A400M transport achieves essential paratrooping certification

By: Rebecca Campbell     4th June 2020 Airbus Defence and Space, part of the Europe-based global giant Airbus aerospace group, announced on June 3 that it had finally completed the full industrial development of the paratroop deployment capability of its A400M military airlifter. The final step, successfully concluded last month, was... 

Placing green stimulus at heart of South Africa’s postpandemic recovery would yield big co-benefits 

By: Terence Creamer     4th June 2020 South Africa’s medium-term response to the Covid-19 pandemic provides a unique opportunity to reset the country’s unsustainable development pathway by fostering a “green recovery” that improves electricity and water security and creates jobs, Trade & Industrial Policy Strategies senior economist... 

Placing green stimulus at heart of South Africa’s postpandemic recovery would yield big co-benefits
Gaylor Montmasson-Clair

Brazilian aerospace group Embraer reports net loss for the first quarter of the year

By: Rebecca Campbell     4th June 2020 Brazilian major aerospace group Embraer, the world’s number one manufacturer of commercial jets with up to 150 seats, and the world’s number three commercial jet manufacturer, after Airbus and Boeing (in alphabetical order), has reported a net loss attributable to its shareholders of $292-million... 

Brazilian aerospace group Embraer reports net loss for the first quarter of the year
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An Embraer E190 airliner of South African operator Airlink

April saw almost total collapse in air travel demand, but early signs of recovery appearing

By: Rebecca Campbell     4th June 2020 The International Air Transport Association (Iata) has reported that it has detected signs of a recovery in air passenger demand, following a gigantic collapse in April. Air passenger demand during April was 94.3% lower than in April 2019, a fall never before seen in this statistical series since... 

WEF, Prince of Wales launch Great Reset initiative to drive global change  

By: Simone Liedtke     4th June 2020 With the Covid-19 pandemic having exposed various existing societal fault lines and laid bare a fundamental lack of social cohesion, fairness, inclusion and equality, the World Economic Forum (WEF) on June 3 announced the launch of its Great Reset initiative. Drawing from the vision and vast... 

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