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Other procurement plans not affected by RMIPPPP deadline delay to end Sept – DMRE 

By: Terence Creamer     2nd August 2021 The deadline for projects selected as preferred bids under the Risk Mitigation Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme (RMIPPPP) to reach commercial close has been extended to September 30, from an initial deadline of the end of July. However, the Department of Mineral Resources and... 

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Minister Gwede Mantashe announced the initial end-July commercial-close deadline on March 18

Auto industry takes R3bn hit due to unrest, Transnet outage; exports drop by 33% 

By: Irma Venter     2nd August 2021 The events that dominated the headlines in July in South Africa cost the local automotive industry well over R3-billion, says Naamsa | The Automotive Business Council CEO Mikel Mabasa. These include looting and civil unrest in Kwazulu-Natal and certain parts of Gauteng, a cyberattack on Transnet... 

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Ongoing decline in Eskom’s coal performance drove another ‘intensive’ period of load-shedding in first half of 2021 

By: Terence Creamer     2nd August 2021 A continuing decline in the performance of the Eskom coal fleet drove yet another “intensive” period of load-shedding in South Africa during the first six months of 2021, when rotational power cuts were implemented for 650 hours, or 15% of the time. A new Council for Scientific and Industrial... 

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Eskom substation

Southern Africa part of Germany’s platinum-boosting green hydrogen strategy  

By: Martin Creamer     2nd August 2021 Green hydrogen, which can be generated and then used with the help of Southern Africa’s platinum group metals (PGMs), is a topic that has gained a lot of importance in recent months in the context of limiting global warming and meeting the world’s decarbonisation goals. In Germany, the increased... 

Green Hydrogen Atlas Africa data validation workshop covered by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

Absa PMI declines considerably during July

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     2nd August 2021 Amid several supply-side shocks during the month, the seasonally adjusted Absa Purchasing Managers’ Index (PMI) plunged to 43.5 points in July, signalling that the output recovery in the manufacturing sector was set back notably at the start of the third quarter, Absa reports. The PMI is compiled... 

Seifsa appoints Lucio Trentini CEO

By: Creamer Media Reporter      2nd August 2021 Industry veteran Lucio Trentini has been appointed CEO of the Steel and Engineering Industries Federation of Southern Africa (Seifsa) with immediate effect. Trentini, until his appointment as CEO, was the operations director at Seifsa. He has been with the organisation since 1990 and, over the... 

Positive signs for South Africa, BLSA CEO highlights

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     2nd August 2021 July has been a tumultuous month for South Africa and while the problems remain formidable, the country is in a more positive space at the moment, business organisation Business Leadership South Africa (BLSA) CEO Busi Mavuso says in her weekly newsletter. “We jailed a former President, repelled... 

Medupi construction complete after 14 years

By: Marleny Arnoldi     2nd August 2021 The last of six power generation units at the Medupi power station, in Lephalale, is now operational, marking the completion of all building activities on the 4.7 GW project. Construction at Medupi started in May 2007 and the power station has an operational life of 50 years. The last unit was... 

Medupi power station, in Lephalale
Medupi power station, in Lephalale

Sars to implement emergency tax relief measures

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     2nd August 2021 The South African Revenue Service (Sars) will implement several emergency tax relief measures as announced by President Cyril Ramaphosa, in response to the continuing Covid-19 pandemic and recent unrest that are aimed at helping affected and tax-compliant businesses to recover and ensure... 

Toyota’s Johan van Zyl passes away

By: Irma Venter     2nd August 2021 The chairperson of Toyota South Africa Motors (TSAM), Dr Johan van Zyl, passed away on Friday evening from complications related to Covid-19. TSAM says in a statement mourning the loss of ‘The Doc’, as he was affectionately known, that he had an uncanny sense of knowing just what consumers... 

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Dr Johan van Zyl

CIDB, NSBE SA mourn the death of Cyril Gamede

By: Marleny Arnoldi     2nd August 2021 The Construction Industry Development Board (CIDB) has announced that its CEO Cyril Vuyani Gamede has died at the age of 58. Chairperson Dr Natalie Skeepers says he made a great difference at the CIDB since his appointment in January 2020, all the while believing that construction projects can... 

Sanral relaunches R61 upgrade project

By: Donna Slater     2nd August 2021 The South African National Roads Agency Limited (Sanral) has relaunched its R61 upgrade project, aimed at upgrading the road from Bayiza to Mthatha Airport, in the Eastern Cape. The project came to a standstill in June 2018 when the previous contractor was placed under business rescue and... 

An image of Sanral's R61 upgrade from Bayiza to Mthatha Airport
Sanral's R61 upgrade from Bayiza to Mthatha Airport

BMW SA appoints Deena Govender as product communications head

By: Irma Venter     2nd August 2021 BMW Group South Africa & Sub-Saharan Africa (BMW SA) has announced the appointment of Deena Govender as its new head of product communications.   Govender will also take responsibility for the overall steering, as operational lead, of the corporate communications and government affairs portfolio... 

Sasol capitalising on green hydrogen opportunities

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     2nd August 2021 Green hydrogen can play a significant role globally in decarbonising hard-to-abate industries, and can be an energy source for mobility and industry, and a source of hydrogen for the petrochemical industry. This was the message given by chemicals company Sasol 2.0 Transformation executive VP... 

Isondo project showcasing intent in green hydrogen in South Africa

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     2nd August 2021  The green hydrogen economy offers South Africa a considerable advantage in using its natural resources to help reindustrialise its economy and this is being supported by various policies and initiatives. One such initiative is the start of the construction process for fuel cell components... 

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Vinay Somera

Consultancy unpacks civil unrest aftermath for small business

By: Marleny Arnoldi     2nd August 2021 Consultancy Redflank has, through its BeyondCOVID research initiative, determined that small, medium-sized and microenterprises (SMMEs) have been hit hardest by the impact of riots in recent weeks. SMMEs account for 89% of the businesses impacted by the civil unrest in parts of Gauteng and... 

RCL appoints Paul Cruickshank CEO as Miles Dally retires

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     2nd August 2021 JSE-listed RCL Foods has appointed Paul Cruickshank as CEO with effect from December 1. He will succeed Miles Dally, who is retiring, with effect from the close of business on November 30. 

MTN expects decline on half-year earnings

By: Natasha Odendaal     2nd August 2021 Telecommunications group MTN expects a decline in earnings for the six months ended June 30, 2021. In a trading update to shareholders on August 2, the group said it anticipates a 75% to 85%, or 506c to 573c, drop in earnings per share (EPS) for the six months under review to between 101c and 169c. 

UK joins space defence organisation race

By: Rebecca Campbell     2nd August 2021 The UK became the latest country to activate a space-focused defence organisation, with the official opening of UK Space Command. The new command was formally created on April 1 – just as the Royal Air Force (RAF) had been, 103 years before. It is currently headquartered at RAF Station High... 

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UK Space Command Space Operator’s Badge

Govt's R38.9bn relief package  

29th July 2021 Creamer Media's Chanel de Bruyn speaks to Engineering News Editor Terence Creamer about the R38.9-billion relief packaged unveiled by Finance Minister Tito Mboweni to support businesses affected by the recent riots in KwaZulu-Natal and Gauteng, as well as to support poor citizens and vulnerable... 

Govt's R38.9bn relief package

Govt releases land for restitution claims

By: Thabi Madiba     2nd August 2021 Public Works and Infrastructure Minister Patricia de Lille has approved the release of various parcels of land in the North West, Western Cape and Mpumalanga provinces for three claimant communities. Government opened the land restitution claims process in 1994 to allow families and communities... 

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South Africa needs all available engineers, says former Saice president

By: Schalk Burger     30th July 2021 South Africa needs all available built environment professionals, especially engineers, to build and manage infrastructure for the benefit of the country's development and future generations, civil engineer and former South African Institution of Civil Engineering (Saice) president Sam Amod said... 

Anglo working towards collaborative decarbonised energy advance across South Africa  

By: Martin Creamer     30th July 2021 Anglo American, which will have all of its South American operations on renewable energy by the end of next year, is working towards trying to achieve a collaborative multi-company government- and Eskom-linked decarbonised energy advance across South Africa. Speaking to Mining Weekly in a Zoom... 

Anglo American CEO Mark Cutifani speaks to Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

EOH expects improved full-year gross profit margin despite lower second-half revenue

By: Schalk Burger     30th July 2021 Information and communications technology services multinational EOH says it expects to report a gross profit margin improvement of between 4% and 6% for the financial year ending July 31. While total group revenue in the second half of the financial year had been negatively impacted on by the... 

Transnet to lift force majeure at ports from August 2

By: Simone Liedtke     30th July 2021 State-owned Transnet will, with effect from August 2, lift the force majeure which was declared by Transnet Port Terminals (TPT) over the container terminals in the Ports of Cape Town, Durban, Ngqura and Port Elizabeth. Transnet believes it is now in a position to service its customers and meet... 

OHS report calls for consolidation of legislation

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     30th July 2021 Although South Africa has a progressive occupational health and safety (OHS) legislation regime, it needs to fast-track the process of consolidating the related legislation and create a national policy on OHS, the Department of Employment and Labour’s (DEL’s) ‘Profile of Occupational Health and... 

Nampak reports improved results in wake of disruptive 2020

By: Donna Slater     30th July 2021 JSE-listed packaging company Nampak reports that, for the quarter ended June 30, trading conditions improved significantly in comparison with the corresponding period of 2020. During the same time last year, most of Nampak’s businesses were impacted on by a combination of hard lockdowns and... 

Kibo forms working relationship with IGES to pursue South African waste-to-energy projects

By: Donna Slater     30th July 2021 Africa-focused energy company Kibo Energy has satisfied all conditions required, and completed an agreement with South Africa-based Industrial Green Energy Solutions (IGES), to jointly develop a portfolio of waste-to-energy projects in South Africa. The companies entered into an agreement to... 

French hydrogen sedan manufacturer unveils first rolling prototype 

By: Irma Venter     30th July 2021 French manufacturer of hydrogen-powered sedans, Hopium, has unveiled its first rolling prototype in Paris. Announced in October, last year, and produced in record time in the Linas-Montlhéry test workshop, the vehicle, called the Alpha 0, certifies the reliability of the fuel-cell system, says... 

The Hopium Alpha 0
The Hopium Alpha 0 prototype

M&R’s Clough receives preferred proponent status for Australia transport project

By: Donna Slater     30th July 2021 JSE-listed engineering and construction group Murray & Roberts (M&R) reports that its subsidiary Clough’s joint venture with Acciona has received preferred proponent status on a contract valued at about R2.4-billion for the transportation infrastructure upgrade on behalf of Main Roads in Perth,... 

Ramaphosa sees big green economy opportunity in ‘bold’ climate commitment 

By: Terence Creamer     30th July 2021 President Cyril Ramaphosa says it is time for South Africa to “grasp the nettle” and embark on a “transformative path” towards a climate-resilient society both to fulfil its moral obligations in the face of an intensifying crisis, but also to seize the economic and job opportunities that are... 

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President Cyril Ramaphosa

Nedbank suggests clients fund home solar PV systems through their home loans

By: Simone Liedtke     30th July 2021 Nedbank clients have the option to finance the installation of solar photovoltaic (PV) systems for their homes through their Nedbank home loan, the bank’s research, insights, retail and business banking executive Bruno Ching’andu has said. In a South African Photovoltaic Industry... 

Distributed generation funding model ideas will ‘evolve’, but regulation critical

By: Simone Liedtke     30th July 2021 New funding model ideas for distributed generation projects will evolve as the market expands, but Rand Merchant Bank (RMB) business development head Hugh Howarden has stressed the importance of government clarifying the requirements for the development and registration of such projects.... 

VivoPower eyes electric Land Cruiser conversion partnership with Toyota Australia 

By: Irma Venter     30th July 2021 VivoPower International has entered into a binding letter of intent (LoI) with Toyota Australia to collaborate on the electrification of Toyota Land Cruiser vehicles using conversion kits designed and manufactured by VivoPower’s wholly-owned electric vehicle (EV) subsidiary, Tembo e-LV. The LoI... 

Photo of Vivopower's electric Land Cruiser
Vivopower's electric Land Cruiser

Magazine round up | 30 July 2021 

30th July 2021 A video round up of this week’s magazine, highlighting our cover story, features and Business Leader.  

Magazine round up | 30 July 2021

How eight entrepreneurs helped shape the South African economy

30th July 2021 In this exploration of eight famous, and not so famous, South African entrepreneurs, economic historian Stefan Schirmer celebrates the dynamism, tenacity and ingenuity of these individuals, while delving into the complexities of building successful enterprises in a society so deeply scarred by... 

How eight entrepreneurs helped shape the South African economy

Use COP26 to position South Africa as destination of choice for rapid decarbonisation investment – Moosa

By: Terence Creamer     29th July 2021 Deputy chair of South Africa’s Presidential Climate Commission (PCC) Valli Moosa has presented an upbeat assessment of the country’s ability to position itself as a preferred global destination for foreign and domestic decarbonisation investment. Speaking during a hydrogen-focused webinar on... 

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Presidential Climate Commission deputy chair Valli Moosa speaks during a green hydrogen webinar

UK awards contract for next phase of development of its Tempest future fighter programme

By: Rebecca Campbell     29th July 2021 UK-based global major aerospace and defence group BAE Systems (BAES) announced on Thursday that it had been awarded a £250-million contract by the UK Ministry of Defence (MOD) to further advance the design and development of the country’s Tempest Future Combat Air System (FCAS). The signing of... 

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