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Sasol takes ambitious steps towards becoming a green-hydrogen major 

By: Terence Creamer     13th April 2021 Energy and Chemicals group Sasol made announcements on Tuesday that potentially open the way for the coal- and gas-heavy company to begin an energy transition designed to reposition it as a green hydrogen major and a leading global producer of carbon-neutral jet fuel. CEO Fleetwood Grobler... 

Sasol takes ambitious steps towards becoming a green-hydrogen major
Sasol CEO Fleetwood Grobler

Sasol and Air Liquide initiate first phase of 900 MW renewables procurement process 

By: Terence Creamer     13th April 2021 Sasol and Air Liquide have formally announced plans to jointly procure 900 MW of renewable-energy capacity from independent power producers (IPPs) by 2030 and have issued a request for proposal (RFP) through which they aim to procure an initial 600 MW this year. The transaction, the companies... 

Sasol and Air Liquide initiate first phase of 900 MW renewables procurement process
Photo by Creamer Media
Power lines in the foreground, with Sasol's Secunda complex in the background

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Seriti rejects calls for probe into South32 deal that will make it Eskom's largest coal supplier

By: News24Wire      Updated 50 minutes ago Under siege Seriti Resources whose impending acquisition of South32 coal mines has raised calls for an investigation has dismissed the complaints against it as "vague" lacking substance. The black-owned coal miner has found itself embroiled in a storm after trade unions  flagged some aspects of... 

Isuzu Motors SA funds cherry picker localisation 

By: Irma Venter     13th April 2021 Isuzu Motors South Africa (IMSAf) has issued an enterprise development grant of close to R500 000 for the localisation of an extended reach aerial platform, also known as a cherry picker in South Africa. The SLT 180 telescopic aerial platform will be developed and manufactured locally by Isuzu... 

Isuzu Motors SA funds cherry picker localisation

Eskom fetches R76-million from sale of buildings, with more assets expected to be sold

By: News24Wire      13th April 2021 Eskom has raised R76.1-million from the sale of two buildings as parts of a strategy to free up cash through the disposal on non-core assets, and more properties are expected to be sold. The buildings in Kimberley and Johannesburg were sold to the Department of Human Settlements, Water and... 

 Eskom fetches R76-million from sale of buildings, with more assets expected to be sold

Delays in digital migration, exclusive spectrum licensing hampering broadband rollout

By: Schalk Burger     13th April 2021 While the delayed migration of analogue television and radio broadcasting signals to other spectrum bands is hampering the rollout of broadband telecommunications services, especially in rural areas, the licensing of the exclusive use of spectrum only by a single market player is preventing... 

Astral obtains High Court order for govt to improve Lekwa municipal service delivery

By: Schalk Burger     13th April 2021 Poultry producer Astral Foods has obtained a High Court order against government and the National Treasury over the nondelivery of basic water and electricity supply services within the Lekwa (Standerton) municipality. In terms of the Order issued on April 12, government will be required to... 

SEZ Programme successfully driving industrialisation – DTIC

By: Donna Slater     13th April 2021 Despite the devastating impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on South Africa’s economy, Trade, Industry and Competition Deputy Minister Nomalungelo Gina says the Special Economic Zones (SEZ) Programme continues to “successfully drive industrialisation” of the country. She explains that the programme... 

Sustainable, inclusive manufacturing needed in Africa

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     13th April 2021 Africa needs sustainable and inclusive manufacturing to bolster economic growth and create jobs and now is an opportune time for this to mitigate the impact of the pandemic and capitalise on opportunities afforded by the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA). This was indicated by speakers... 

Labelling of 1 000 profitable cleantech solutions includes eight local products

By: Donna Slater     13th April 2021 The Solar Impulse Foundation has officially reached the goal of assigning the Efficient Solutions Label to 1 000 profitable cleantech solutions from around the world and the list includes eight South African solutions, reports economically viable green economy solutions nonprofit organisation... 

South Africa stands to benefit from green hydrogen production – CDH

By: Donna Slater     13th April 2021 The advantages of green hydrogen technology to meet South Africa’s goals of transitioning to a lower carbon energy sector appear “uncontested”, says law firm Cliffe Dekker Hofmeyr (CDH). To qualify as a form of clean energy technology (one that does not contribute to greenhouse-gas emissions and... 

Harith launches $200m capital raise

By: Donna Slater     13th April 2021 African infrastructure investor Harith General Partners has launched a $200-million capital raise in a follow-up fund to its Pan African Infrastructure Development Fund (PAIDF) 2, that is open to existing and new investors. The PAIDF 2 Infrastructure Top Up Fund is a shorter-term vehicle of... 

New mixed-use development coming to Cape Town in 2022

By: Simone Liedtke     13th April 2021 A new mixed-used development Station House has been launched on Cape Town’s Atlantic Seaboard. Located at 19 Kloof road in the heart of Sea Point, one of the most desirable and growing areas of Cape Town, Station House is a 12-storey architectural building, which when completed, will feature 230... 

Ngqura Container Terminal mobilises to offload reefers in anticipation of citrus season

By: Donna Slater     13th April 2021 With South Africa’s citrus season looming and a global shortage of mobile refrigerated shipping containers (otherwise known as reefers), the Ngqura Container Terminal (NCT), in Port Elizabeth, is mobilising offloading equipment to assist in the offloading of reefers that have been diverted by... 

Ngqura Container Terminal mobilises to offload reefers in anticipation of citrus season

SVI puts a bulletproof vest on the VW Amarok

By: Irma Venter     13th April 2021 Armoured product manufacturer SVI Engineering has extended the range of armoured bakkies available in South Africa to include the 190 kW V6 Amarok. SVI’s clients opted for the ultimate civilian level of armoured protection, namely B6, on the vehicle, able to stop bullets fired from assault rifles... 

SVI puts a bulletproof vest on the VW Amarok

MTN named South Africa’s best mobile network

By: Natasha Odendaal     13th April 2021 Telecommunications group MTN has secured the title of the best mobile network in South Africa from the quarterly MyBroadband Insights report. The first quarter Mobile Network Quality Report showed that MTN achieved a network quality score of 9.73, followed by Vodacom with a score of 5.65, Telkom... 

Crucial component for new Airbus airliner completed and moved to final assembly facility

By: Rebecca Campbell     13th April 2021 The first centre wing box (CWB) for the Airbus A321XLR has been delivered to Hamburg, Germany, from Nantes, France, where it was assembled. The A321XLR is the latest version of the A320neo (for new engine option) family, a new-generation development of the company’s A320 single-aisle airliner... 

Crucial component for new Airbus airliner completed and moved to final assembly facility
Photo by Airbus
The A321XLR CWB at Nantes, before transport to Hamburg.

Nasa engineers find fix for Mars helicopter glitch, but first flight delayed for several days

By: Rebecca Campbell     13th April 2021 Engineers at the US National Aeronautics and Space Administration’s (Nasa’s) Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) have developed a software fix for a glitch that developed in the command system of the Ingenuity helicopter. The problem emerged during a pre-flight test sequence for the Martian aircraft... 

Nasa engineers find fix for Mars helicopter glitch, but first flight delayed for several days
Photo by Nasa
The Ingenuity helicopter sitting on the Martian surface

US group extends life of a second in-orbit satellite

By: Rebecca Campbell     13th April 2021 US aerospace giant Northrop Grumman has reported that its Mission Extension Vehicle-2 (MEV-2) spacecraft has successfully docked with the Intelsat 10-02 (IS-10-02) telecommunications satellite. MEV-2 will extend the life of IS-10-02, which was running out of fuel (having been launched in 2004)... 

US group extends life of a second in-orbit satellite
Photo by Northrop Grunman
IS-10-02 imaged by MEV-2’s infrared wide-field-of-view camera at a range of 15 m

Students developed Covid-19 symptoms chatbots for 4IR hackathon challenge

By: Schalk Burger     12th April 2021 Seven students in three teams developed chatbots - interactive programmes to aide customer enquiries - during a hackathon hosted by Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR) education facility Forge Academy in Fourways, Gauteng. The software programmes had to serve as a digital solution to guide... 

Majority hopeful that pandemic will be contained within the next year – global survey

By: Simone Liedtke     12th April 2021 A new Ipsos and World Economic Forum (WEF) survey found that there are wide variations in post-Covid ‘return to normal’ expectations, with almost 60% of respondents expecting a return to pre-Covid normal level within the next year. Another 6% of respondents already believe this to be the case and... 

Solidarity, AfriForum says tourism equity fund hearing to be held on April 13

By: Marleny Arnoldi     12th April 2021 Trade union Solidarity and civil rights group AfriForum will be in the North Gauteng High Court on April 13 for the hearing of their case against the Department of Tourism and Tourism Minister Mmamoloko Kubayi-Ngubane. The two institutions had instituted legal action after unsuccessful talks... 

Loan Guarantee Scheme to be extended to July 11 

By: Donna Slater     12th April 2021 The Loan Guarantee Scheme (LGS), first announced by President Cyril Ramaphosa on April 21, 2020, and which was scheduled to expire on April 11, will remain in operation for a further three months, enabling those who have qualified for a loan to continue to access their funds and for applications... 

DWS appoints contractors on an emergency basis to unblock the sewer system in the Vaal

By: Creamer Media Reporter      12th April 2021 The Department of Water and Sanitation (DWS) will appoint 18 contractors, on an emergency basis, to accelerate unblocking the pollution within the sewage system of the Vaal river and the local households in the Vaal area, particularly in the Emfuleni local municipality, to allow for better flows.... 

Kibo advances Benga power project with Mozambique energy utility

By: Simone Liedtke     12th April 2021 Africa-focused Kibo Energy and its local joint venture (JV) partners have agreed on the next steps towards the ultimate finalisation of a power purchase agreement (PPA) at the company’s Benga power plant project (BPPP), in Mozambique, following a discussion with Mozambique energy utility... 

Russians report success in first stage of pulse-detonation engine test project

By: Rebecca Campbell     12th April 2021 Russia’s State-owned Rostec group has announced that its subsidiary, United Engine Corporation (UEC), had completed the first round of tests on a pulse-detonation technology demonstrator engine. The engine is being developed by UEC’s Lyulka design bureau and the project was launched in 2016. “The... 

Russians report success in first stage of pulse-detonation engine test project
Photo by Rostec
The pulse-detonation technology demonstration engine

Electrified vehicle sales in South Africa remain dismal, says uYilo  

By: Irma Venter     12th April 2021 The cumulative number of battery electric vehicles (BEVs) sold in South Africa since 2013 has reached only 637 units by the end of 2020, says uYilo eMobility Programme director Hiten Parmar. The BMW i3 leads the market by a substantial margin, at 445 vehicles, followed by the Nissan Leaf, at 94... 

Electrified vehicle sales in South Africa remain dismal, says uYilo

Covid-19 loan guarantee scheme extended by 3 months  

By: News24Wire      12th April 2021 The Covid-19 loan guarantee scheme will be extended by three months. The scheme was launched as part of government's R500-billion stimulus package to support the economy given the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic. The scheme is based on a partnership between National Treasury, the SA Reserve Bank... 

 Covid-19 loan guarantee scheme extended by 3 months

MTN group values mobile-money arm at $5bn, considers IPO

By: Bloomberg     12th April 2021 MTN Group is valuing its mobile-money arm at about $5-billion, joining African wireless carriers planning to list these businesses in a region that has more mobile-money accounts than anywhere else in the world. MTN’s valuation of its unit follows Mastercard Inc. and TPG Holdings investing... 

Biden proposes increased spending for space agency Nasa

By: Rebecca Campbell     12th April 2021 In its budget proposal for the 2022 financial year (FY), the new US administration of President Joe Biden has included some $24.7-billion for the country’s space agency, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (Nasa). This would represent an approximately 6.3% increase over the agency’s... 

Biden proposes increased spending for space agency Nasa

EWT, Eskom use drones to deploy bird flight diverters

By: Donna Slater     12th April 2021 A drone-operated system that can deploy bird flight diverters, or so-called “flappers”, has been designed and developed in a partnership between the Endangered Wildlife Trust’s (EWT’s) wildlife and energy programme and Eskom. The diverters serve as markers that will improve the visibility of... 

Seifsa calls on metals, engineering firms to submit entries for customer service award

By: Schalk Burger     12th April 2021 Metals and engineering industry association the Steel and Engineering Industries Federation of Southern Africa (Seifsa) has called on companies to submit their entries for the 2021 Seifsa Awards for Excellence in the Customer Service Award category,. This year’s entrants will be assessed on their... 

Visa appoints Southern Africa cluster MD

By: Schalk Burger     12th April 2021  Financial services and payments multinational Visa has appointed Maurice Newa as Southern Africa cluster MD. He will be responsible for the development and implementation of Visa’s growth strategy in the region, the company said in a statement on April 12. Newa will be part of the sub-Saharan... 

Wärtsilä converting 90 MW fuel oil power plant to LNG in Senegal

By: Schalk Burger     12th April 2021 Energy and marine equipment manufacturer Wärtsilä will convert the 90 MW Bel-Air heavy fuel oil power plant in Dakar, Senegal, to operate on liquefied natural gas (LNG). The project is part of an interim LNG-to-power bridge solution, and is the first power plant gas conversion in Senegal, the... 

Midvaal municipality withholds payment to embattled Emfuleni municipality over lack of water supply

By: News24Wire      12th April 2021 More woes are piling on the embattled Emfuleni municipality with the DA-led Midvaal municipality withholding funds meant for Emfuleni municipality due its failure to supply water. Midvaal municipality has, with immediate effect, withheld all payments due to Emfuleni municipality, related to the... 

Egypt, Sudan reject Ethiopian proposal for data sharing on Renaissance dam

By: Reuters     12th April 2021 Egypt and Sudan on Saturday rejected an Ethiopian proposal to share data on the operations of its giant hydropower dam on the Blue Nile after negotiations between the three countries in Kinshasa this week ended without progress. Ethiopia is pinning its hopes of economic development and power... 

BLSA commends steps taken to advance public administration, says more to be done

By: Donna Slater     12th April 2021 Business Leadership South Africa CEO Busi Mavuso cautions that while business owners, leaders and CEOs may criticise government for maladministration, it ought to be remembered that government is a large and complex organisation with over two-million employees and a budget of R1.8-trillion. “That... 

BLSA commends steps taken to advance public administration, says more to be done
Photo by Donna Slater
Business Leadership South Africa CEO Busi Mavuso

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