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Africa a dumping ground for polluting, unsafe used cars, reveals UN report

By: Irma Venter     Updated 1 hour 8 minutes ago Millions of used cars, vans and minibuses exported from Europe, the US and Japan to the developing world are of poor quality, while they also contribute significantly to air pollution, thereby hindering efforts to mitigate the effects of climate change, states a new report published by the United... 

Africa a dumping ground for polluting, unsafe used cars, reveals UN report

IDC aims to ‘catalyse’ recovery plan, but won’t go it alone as impairments bite 

By: Terence Creamer     26th October 2020 The Industrial Development Corporation (IDC) – which reported a R3.8-billion loss for the 2019/20 financial year, driven by a surge in impairments from R4.8-billion to R9.6-billion – has revised its investment strategy with the aim of “catalysing” government’s Reconstruction and Recovery Plan... 

IDC aims to ‘catalyse’ recovery plan, but won’t go it alone as impairments bite
Photo by Creamer Media's Donna Slater
IDC CEO TP Nchocho

Lower renewables costs driving up demand – Windaba panel

By: Marleny Arnoldi     Updated 1 hour 35 minutes ago Renewables remain the lowest-cost source of new power generation in most parts of the world, with prices continuing to decline and making it a promising sector for development in most countries. The price of onshore wind, for example, declined from $86/MWh in 2009 to $53/MWh in 2019, representing... 

Lower renewables costs driving up demand – Windaba panel

How the virus worsened South Africa’s debt woes

By: Bloomberg     Updated 2 hours 29 minutes ago South Africa is faces surging debt as the havoc wrought by the coronavirus pandemic compounds a deterioration in public finances caused by overspending, mismanagement and alleged graft during former President Jacob Zuma’s nine-year rule. After cutting borrowing during years of strong economic... 

How the virus worsened South Africa’s debt woes

South Africa’s cities to switch to solar as power monopoly ends

By: Bloomberg     Updated 2 hours 13 minutes ago South Africa’s biggest cities are preparing to source their own power after the energy ministry this month approved letting them wean themselves off the state utility that’s subjected cities to outages for the past 13 years. 

South Africa’s cities to switch to solar as power monopoly ends

‘Great opportunity’ to tap Mpumalanga’s grid capacity for just transition – IPP Office  

By: Terence Creamer     26th October 2020 The extension of South Africa’s Renewable Energy Development Zones (REDZs) to areas where coal jobs are at risk, but where grid capacity is available, represents a “great opportunity” to connect new renewable-energy generators while also supporting a just transition for coal workers, a senior... 

IPPO head of technical Pervelan Govender told participants attending the virtual 2020 edition of Windaba that there was potential grid and just-transition virtue to be derived from locating new renewables projects in Mpumalanga. Video & Editing: Kutlwano Matala & Nicholas Boyd. 16.10.2020

EU backs Nigerian candidate for WTO leadership - EU official

By: Reuters     Updated 2 hours 19 minutes ago The European Union (EU) is backing former Nigerian finance minister Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala to head the World Trade Organization (WTO), sending a signal of trust in Africa, an EU official said on Monday. Okonjo-Iweala and South Korean trade minister Yoo Myung-hee are vying to be the first female... 

UCT research unit shares considerations for REIPPPP going forward  

By: Marleny Arnoldi     26th October 2020 Power auctions are fast becoming the dominant procurement method for renewable energy globally, particularly in sub-Saharan Africa, but it is not without its crucial requirements for success. University of Cape Town (UCT) specialist research unit Power Futures Lab research fellow Wikus Kruger... 

Decision soon on platinum process that can save a Medupi power station worth of power  

By: Martin Creamer     26th October 2020 The definitive feasibility study for the installation of a revolutionary new electricity-slashing processing plant at Pilanesberg Platinum Mine in the North West will be completed next month in time for an investment decision from the shareholders in KellTechnology South Africa, which are... 

Kelltech’s Keith Liddell interviewed by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

Nuclear regulator confirms early talks with Eskom to extend Koeberg nuclear plant’s life 

By: Rebecca Campbell     26th October 2020 The National Nuclear Regulator (NNR) has confirmed that it is in preliminary talks with State-owned national electricity utility Eskom regarding extending the operating life of the country’s only nuclear power plant (NPP) at Koeberg, north of Cape Town. Currently, Koeberg is licensed by the NNR... 

Cape Town’s largest bus company becomes a net exporter of green energy 

By: Irma Venter     26th October 2020 Cape Town’s largest bus company, Golden Arrow Bus Services (GABS), has become a net exporter of electricity. This achievement is the culmination of a multiyear collaborative effort between Golden Arrow, New Southern Energy and the City of Cape Town. 

Cape Town’s largest bus company becomes a net exporter of green energy 
The solar farm at Golden Arrow

Traxtion to invest billions in rail infrastructure development over next five years

By: Simone Liedtke     26th October 2020 Rail services and solutions provider Traxtion Group intends to embark on a significant investment programme within South Africa’s rail sector, which will, at first, see an initial locomotive and wagon build programme of R1.5-billion upon conclusion of the appropriate access rights with... 

Sanral’s new N2 Wild Coast road to create up to 7 000 jobs

By: Yvonne Silaule     26th October 2020 Transport Minister Fikile Mbalula says up to 7 000 project-related jobs will be created during the construction of the new N2 Wild Coast road. A further 29 000 permanent direct and indirect jobs may also be created during the service period of the road once it is opened. 

South African defence companies need partnerships with overseas OEMs to survive

By: Rebecca Campbell     26th October 2020 The low level of the South African defence budget means that local defence companies cannot survive on domestic orders alone. Not only that, but local defence research and development (R&D) spending has also gone down over the years.  “The decline in local defence spending in difficult defence... 

South African defence companies need partnerships with overseas OEMs to survive
Photo by Saab Grintek Defence
A Swedish Air Force NH90 helicopter dispenses infrared countermeasure flares from a Saab Grintek Defence Integrated Defence Aids Suite

Local airline Airlink announces change of its official name

By: Rebecca Campbell     26th October 2020 South African private sector airline Airlink has announced that it has formally changed its name – to Airlink. Although the airline has been publicly using the name Airlink for some months now, its official, legal, name was SA Airlink. Now its official name is the same as its public name. This... 

Local airline Airlink announces change of its official name
Photo by Airlink
The Embraer E190 is the flagship airliner type for Airlink

Transnet Pipelines notes another theft incident

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     26th October 2020 Pipelines operator Transnet Pipelines (TPL) says it continues to experience theft of fuel from its petroleum pipelines, with the latest incident in the Ladysmith area on its 24-inch multiproduct pipeline transporting fuel from Durban to the Gauteng inland terminal. The incident resulted in diesel... 

Nxuba Wind Farm starts generation, delivery of energy

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     26th October 2020 With the commissioning of the final wind turbine at the 140 MW Nxuba Wind Farm in the Eastern Cape, Enel Green Power (EGP) has started with the generation and delivery of energy. The company says this is despite challenges attributed to Covid-19 containment measures and national lockdown. 

Nxuba Wind Farm starts generation, delivery of energy
Nxuba Wind Farm

Adapt IT says records resilient results despite pandemic headwinds

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     26th October 2020 JSE-listed Adapt IT CEO Sbu Shabalala says the company remained resilient during the financial year ended June 30 in a period dominated by global macroeconomic challenges and the Covid-19 pandemic, owing to its sound underlying business model of providing mission critical software to its clients... 

DTIC revitalisation programme makes progress at Botshabelo Industrial Park

By: Simone Liedtke     26th October 2020 The Botshabelo Industrial Park, in the Free State, has attracted investments valued at more than R500-million owing to the Department of Trade, Industry and Competition’s (DTIC’s) revitalisation programme that is being rolled out. Upgrading the park forms part of the DTIC’s Revitalisation of... 

CDC Group invests further $40m into Africa’s connectivity, data centres

By: Simone Liedtke     26th October 2020 UK development finance institution and impact investor CDC Group has invested an additional $40-million of equity into African independent fibre, data centre and cloud technology provider Liquid Telecom. This marks the CDC’s second investment into the company, after an initial equity investment... 

Famous Brands incurs interim loss as a result of Covid-19 restrictions

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     26th October 2020 The negative financial impact of the Covid-19 pandemic and resultant restrictions have been extremely severe, food services franchiser Famous Brands CEO Darren Hele said in an October 26 statement of the group’s results for the six months ended August 31. The group’s vertically integrated... 

MTN Nigeria appoints new CEO, as Moolman returns to South Africa

By: Natasha Odendaal     26th October 2020 MTN Nigeria CEO Ferdi Moolman is stepping down, effective March 31, 2021, to take up a role group chief risk officer in South Africa. MTN Group West and Central Africa (Weca) VP Karl Toriola has been appointed as the new MTN Nigeria CEO, also effective March 31. 

Water supply projects in Sedibeng, Maluti-a-Phofung areas to resume

By: Marleny Arnoldi     26th October 2020 Human Settlements, Water and Sanitation Minister Lindiwe Sisulu has confirmed that the Department of Water and Sanitation (DWS) had resolved a matter that involved delayed payment of service providers and, specifically, the department has paid R80-million to Sedibeng Water for continuation of... 

Water supply projects in Sedibeng, Maluti-a-Phofung areas to resume
Human Settlements, Water and Sanitation Minister Lindiwe Sisulu

Local water professionals condemn Trump’s Ethiopian dam comments

By: Donna Slater     26th October 2020 The South African Institution of Civil Engineering and the Water Institute of Southern Africa, in a joint statement, condemn US President Donald Trump’s “inflammatory” statement about the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD).   The South African water professionals say they are deeply concerned... 

Resgen shares to remain suspended until November 9

By: Simone Liedtke     26th October 2020 Energy resources company Resource Generation's (Resgen's) securities on the ASX and JSE will remain suspended, at the company’s request, until November 9. This is an extension from the initially expected trading restart date of October 26. 

Budget policy critical to economic recovery from Covid-19, says BLSA

By: Donna Slater     26th October 2020 This week is an important one in that South Africa’s Medium-Term Budget Policy Statement (MTBPS) will be presented by Finance Minister Tito Mboweni on October 28, having the potential to support a recovery in business sentiment leading to a recovery in growth and employment, says Business... 

Wealth tax among Mboweni’s options to fund South Africa’s budget 

By: Bloomberg     26th October 2020 Finance Minister Tito Mboweni will have to find money to help the nation’s economy recover from its longest recession in three decades and bail out state companies in a budget that’s projected to record the biggest shortfall since 1914. Mboweni will present the government’s revised spending... 

Wealth tax among Mboweni’s options to fund South Africa’s budget
Finance Minister Tito Mboweni

South Africa’s rail expansion plan links Soweto to Johannesburg

By: Bloomberg     26th October 2020 South Africa’s only high-speed rail network is drawing up a multibillion rand plan to expand outside Johannesburg and Pretoria, joining a potential bonanza of infrastructure projects the government says are key to reviving the economy. A proposal for the venture is awaiting sign-off by the... 

Ethiopia slams pressure after Trump remark on destroying dam

By: Bloomberg     26th October 2020 Ethiopia slammed international pressure regarding its long-running dispute with Egypt and Sudan over a hydropower dam on the Nile River, after US President Donald Trump suggested Cairo could destroy the dam. “Ethiopia will not cave in to aggressions of any kind,” the office of Ethiopian Prime... 

Transnet revamping concessions model to speed up private involvement in rail and ports

By: Terence Creamer     23rd October 2020 State-owned freight logistics group Transnet is in the process of overhauling its approach to opening up its port and rail networks, including 8 000-km of branch lines, to private participants, acknowledging that its previous models have been far to slow and cumbersome. CEO Portia Derby said the... 

Transnet revamping concessions model to speed up private involvement in rail and ports

The CSIR unveils its new logo and branding

By: Rebecca Campbell     23rd October 2020 The Council for Scientific and Industrial Technology (CSIR), South Africa’s pre-eminent multidisciplinary research and development agency, revealed its new logo and branding on Friday. Its previous logo was the just the letters CSIR, but with the C, S and I linked together and the apparently... 

The CSIR unveils its new logo and branding
Photo by CSIR
The new CSIR logo

Maritime industry grappling with cyber-physical security as IT/OT converge

By: Schalk Burger     23rd October 2020 A panel of maritime and cybersecurity experts on October 21 discussed the changing demands on the maritime industry to ensure the physical security of vessels and shore side infrastructure and operations as information technology (IT) and operational technology (OT) converge. The convergence is... 

Airlines eye deals with South Africa's Airlink as SAA, Comair falter

By: Reuters     23rd October 2020 South Africa's Airlink is in talks with several foreign airlines seeking to increase their reach in southern Africa at a time when major regional carriers South African Airways and Comair remain grounded, its CE told Reuters. The talks come as Southern African airspace reopens following Covid-19... 

Nissan to launch small Magnite SUV in local market in 2021

By: Irma Venter     23rd October 2020 Japanese car maker Nissan has confirmed that it will bring the newly launched Magnite sports-utility vehicle (SUV) to the local market early next year. Pricing will only be announced nearer to the domestic launch, however. 

Nissan to launch small Magnite SUV in local market in 2021

Eskom's State of the System briefing 

23rd October 2020 Eskom delivered its State of the System briefing this week. Engineering News editor Terence Creamer attended the session and unpacks the prognosis for electricity supply for the summer months. 

Eskom's State of the System briefing

Brazilian aerospace group delivered 28 civilian jets during the third quarter

By: Rebecca Campbell     23rd October 2020 Brazilian aerospace and defence group Embraer has announced that it delivered a total of 28 commercial and executive jets during the third quarter of this year. These were divided into seven airliners of its ‘E-Jet’ family and 21 executive jets. The company is the world’s number one manufacturer... 

Brazilian aerospace group delivered 28 civilian jets during the third quarter
Photo by Airlink
An Embraer E190 of South African airline Airlink

The Wine Farmer project launched to combat damaging effects of lockdown on industry

By: Simone Liedtke     23rd October 2020 The Southern African Agri Initiative (Saai) has launched a new wine marketing project, The Wine Farmer, which is an online wine shop aimed at making family farm wines available to consumers across South Africa at cellar door prices. The project is based at the Marianne Wine Estate, in Stellenbosch. 

The Wine Farmer project launched to combat damaging effects of lockdown on industry

Redefine diversifies into Polish logistics market

By: Simone Liedtke     23rd October 2020 Despite sentiment towards global real estate having fallen sharply, the outlook for the Polish logistics sector has improved significantly as a result of Covid-19, says Redefine Europe CEO Pieter Prinsloo. Speaking during real estate investment trust (Reit) Redefine Properties’ Polish market... 

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