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Law to overhaul corruption-prone public procurement still some way off 

By: Terence Creamer     Updated 5 hours ago The National Treasury is preparing sweeping legislative changes to the way procurement, which has become highly prone to corruption, is undertaken by public entities, including State-owned companies. It has indicated, however, that the new legal framework is likely to be passed by Parliament only... 

Law to overhaul corruption-prone public procurement still some way off

Used-car market recovering faster than new-car sales, says Toyota 

By: Irma Venter     21st October 2020 Pre-owned-vehicle sales are recovering faster than new-vehicle sales, says Toyota South Africa Motors (TSAM). The local arm of the Japanese manufacturer believes the domestic new-vehicle market is going to remain subdued for the remainder of the year owing to the impact of Covid-19 on the local... 

Used-car market recovering faster than new-car sales, says Toyota

Denel warns of big funding gap for key capabilities 

By: Reuters     Updated 5 hours ago South African state arms firm Denel said on Wednesday it faced a funding gap of around R2.75-billion over the next five years for key capabilities. Denel, which makes military equipment for South Africa's armed forces and export, is in the grips of a liquidity crisis aggravated by the coronavirus... 

Work on Central and Mabopane rail lines delayed by a year, says PRASA

By: African News Agency      Updated 4 hours ago It will take another year for the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (PRASA) to restore limited electrical service on the main rail lines servicing Cape Town and Johannesburg, the entity conceded in Parliament on Wednesday. "We are now looking at the end of October or November next year to... 

WEF says machine-assisted jobs will emerge quicker than expected

By: Marleny Arnoldi     21st October 2020 The World Economic Forum’s (WEF’s) 'Future of Jobs 2020' report finds that Covid-19 has caused the labour market to change faster than expected. The report envisions that, by 2025, automation and a new division of labour between humans and machines will disrupt or displace 85-million jobs... 

South African coal industry to reach tipping point in 2025

By: Simone Liedtke     Updated 3 hours ago The South African coal industry will likely reach a tipping point by 2025, when renewable energy should be cheaper, both in terms of capital and operational expenditure, than existing coal-fired electricity capacity. This means that, by 2030, the South African coal landscape will look "completely... 

Koeberg Unit 2 returns to service

By: Chanel de Bruyn     Updated 3 hours ago Unit 2 of the Koeberg nuclear power station on October 21 successfully completed its twenty-fourth outage since it first started to generate electricity. The unit is synchronised onto the electricity grid and will load up to full capacity by next week, power utility Eskom reports. 

Pipe theft causes crude oil to flow into Durban's Umbilo river

By: News24Wire      21st October 2020 The theft of a pipe has caused a crude oil spill in the Bellair area, in Durban, affecting the Umbilo river. The river flows into the Durban Harbour. 

Aberdare reaffirms commitment to competitive behaviour

By: Marleny Arnoldi     Updated 4 hours ago Aberdare Cables has reaffirmed its stance against anticompetitive behaviour in the manufacturing industry, including power cable manufacturing, saying it is an inhibitor to growth and needs to be addressed assertively by all stakeholders. The cable manufacturer views collusive tendering, price... 

Aberdare reaffirms commitment to competitive behaviour

Renergen drilling programme back on track

By: Simone Liedtke     21st October 2020 Emerging domestic natural gas and helium producer Renergen’s re-drill of the inclined drilling programme (referred to as P2V2) at its flagship Virginia gas project, in the Free State, is expected to be at, or be close to, target by the end of the first week of November. In a statement on October... 

Cape Town lifts water restrictions

By: Natasha Odendaal     21st October 2020 The City of Cape Town has lifted its strict water restrictions after several years of drought conditions and a close call with a “day zero” scenario where the taps could have run dry. Now the dams are 100% full and providing the city with water. 

Iata reports African air travel recovery weaker and slower than previously expected

By: Rebecca Campbell     Updated 4 hours ago The International Air Transport Association (Iata), the global representative body of the airline industry, has had to downgrade its passenger traffic forecast for Africa for this year. This is because the recovery of the African aviation sector has been weaker than expected. The association now... 

Troye, Citrix helping local companies build digital workplaces

By: Schalk Burger     21st October 2020 Managed information technology (IT) services firm Troye is, through its partnership with digital workspace, networking and analytics multinational Citrix, helping customers build digital workplaces on Amazon Web Services (AWS). This enables end-users to work securely on virtually any device from... 

Platinum well positioned in hydrogen economy’s sweet spots – WPIC  

By: Martin Creamer     21st October 2020 The upcoming platinum demand of Hyundai alone could come close to taking up the total annual production of one of South Africa’s biggest platinum mines. Hyundai has stated categorically, in a double-page advertisement in The Economist of London, that it will be making 700 000 fuel cell stacks a... 

World Platinum Investment Council research director Trevor Raymond interviewed by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer

Sustainable shipping possible through platinum, fuel cells − WPIC

By: Simone Liedtke     Updated 6 hours ago Shipping, which is vital to the global economy, is responsible for about 2.5% of the world’s total greenhouse-gas (GHG) emissions as it is reliant on fossil fuels for power to transport about 90% of all freight goods transported by sea. Like other forms of transport, the maritime sector has... 

Nasa reports that one of its spacecraft has collected a sample from an ancient asteroid

By: Rebecca Campbell     Updated 6 hours ago The US National Aeronautics and Space Agency (Nasa) has announced that its OSIRIS-REx spaceprobe has quite literally touched an asteroid. OSIRIS-REx is an acronym for Origins, Spectral Interpretation, Resource Identification, Security, Regolith Explorer. Its mission is to collect dust and pebbles... 

Nasa reports that one of its spacecraft has collected a sample from an ancient asteroid
Photo by Nasa
Artist’s impression of OSIRIS-REx, with TAGSAM arm extended, about to conduct its touch-and-go with asteroid Bennu

Phola communities allowed to intervene in Thabong, South32 coal merger; SAEF's application dismissed

By: Simone Liedtke     Updated 3 hours ago The Competition Tribunal has dismissed the South African Energy Forum’s (SAEF’s) application to intervene in proceedings regarding the proposed large merger between Thabong Coal and South32 South Africa Coal Holdings (South African Energy Coal or SAEC). 

Rand Water's Eikenhof pumping station unable to operate amid power outage

By: Creamer Media Reporter      Updated 4 hours ago Water utility Rand Water says its Eikenhof pumping station has not been operating since early on October 21 as a result of an unplanned electricity outage. "Rand Water’s reservoir levels that receive water supply from the Eikenhof pumping station are now at significantly reduced levels. 

Parliamentary committee recommends Tsakani Maluleke as new Auditor-General

By: African News Agency      21st October 2020 A South African Parliamentary committee on Tuesday recommended deputy Auditor-General Tsakani Maluleke as the successor to incumbent Kimi Makwetu when steps down at the end of this term next month. The ad hoc committee reached a unanimous decision that Maluleke, an experienced chartered... 

South Africa moves to soothe investor fears over land grabs

By: Bloomberg     21st October 2020 As South Africa revises its legal framework to make it easier to take property without paying for it, the nation’s land minister has given assurances that the contentious process won’t degenerate into a free-for-all. The ruling African National Congress decided in December 2017 to change the... 

South Africa moves to soothe investor fears over land grabs
Agriculture, Land Reform and Rural Development Minister Thoko Didiza

Western Cape's Maynier wants Covid-19 travel 'red list' scrapped

By: News24Wire      21st October 2020 The Western Cape government wants the Covid-19 travel "red list" scrapped because it is killing international tourism. "We are fighting hard to have this list scrapped," said Finance MEC David Maynier during a hybrid sitting of the Western Cape legislature. 

Western Cape's Maynier wants Covid-19 travel 'red list' scrapped

Ministerial Renewable Energy Sector Engagement Forum structure ratified 

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     20th October 2020 The second meeting to establish a stakeholder-based Ministerial Renewable Energy Sector Engagement Forum (Resef) and associated Resef Working Group was held online on October 20, during which attendees voted overwhelmingly to ratify the structure of the forum and the names proposed by the... 

Nokia to build cellular network on the Moon

By: Natasha Odendaal     20th October 2020 Information and communication technology giant Nokia has been selected by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) to deploy the first long-term evolution (LTE) / fourth-generation (4G) communications system on the Moon. Nokia Bell Labs’ pioneering innovations will be used to... 

Nigeria pays oil majors $3bn, moving closer to ending dues

By: Bloomberg     20th October 2020 Nigeria reimbursed oil companies including Exxon Mobil and Royal Dutch Shell $3-billion, moving closer to clearing operating expense arrears owed since 2010. The payment is being settled through a five-year crude oil sales deal agreed in 2016, Nigerian National Petroleum Corp (NNPC) said in a... 

Project launched to support, grow women-owned transport enterprises   

By: Irma Venter     20th October 2020 The United Nations Women South Africa Multicountry Office, in partnership with the National Women Advancement Establishment, have launched a project to provide technical business support to women-owned enterprises in the transport sector in South Africa. The aim of the programme is to stimulate... 

Project launched to support, grow women-owned transport enterprises  
Lebo Letsoalo

Standard Bank of South Africa signs $520m loan facility with Chinese lenders

By: Creamer Media Reporter      20th October 2020 The Standard Bank of South Africa (SBSA) has signed a $520m syndicated term loan facility with various Chinese banks. The facility, which was coordinated by the Industrial and Commercial Bank of China, has a 36-month term and will be used for general financing purposes. 

Massive grid investment needed to unlock IRP’s 30GW-by-2030 vision 

By: Terence Creamer     20th October 2020 State-owned electricity utility Eskom is warning that a significant and accelerated expansion of South Africa’s grid infrastructure, beyond that catered for by its current R118-billion investment plan to 2030, is required to integrate the 30 GW of mainly wind and solar generators that will have... 

 Massive grid investment needed to unlock IRP’s 30GW-by-2030 vision

South Africa investigates Covid-19 contracts for corruption

By: Reuters     20th October 2020 South African investigators are investigating R10.5-billion of the government's coronavirus spending for corruption, more than double the amount they were investigating two months ago, they told parliament on Tuesday. President Cyril Ramaphosa has promised that corruption during the COVID-19... 

JRA reopens the upgraded Spring road bridge

By: Creamer Media Reporter      20th October 2020 The Johannesburg Roads Agency (JRA) has reopened the upgraded bridge on Spring road, in Weltevreden Park, to motorists and pedestrians. The bridge had been closed off to vehicle and pedestrian traffic since March 2017 after it was washed away by floods. Its initial design capacity was not... 

Cell C showing early signs of recovery, says CEO 

By: Natasha Odendaal     20th October 2020 Mobile operator Cell C’s strategic turnaround efforts are starting to reflect in the company’s underlying financial results performance during the six months to June 30, 2020, said CEO Douglas Craigie Stevenson on October 20. The company’s net loss widened significantly from R875-million in the... 

Cell C CFO Zaf Mahomed discusses Cell C’s financial performance for the six months ended June 30, 2020.

Airbus launches new jet trainer concept in Spain

By: Rebecca Campbell     20th October 2020 Europe-based global major aerospace and defence group Airbus has divulged, to the Spanish media, its vision of a future training and light attack aircraft, aimed initially at the future requirements of the Spanish Air Force. However, the new type’s designation is in English; it is called the... 

Airbus launches new jet trainer concept in Spain
Photo by Airbus
Artist’s impression of the AFJT

40 MW solar power application making good progress ­– Gold Fields  

By: Martin Creamer     20th October 2020 The application for the establishment of a 40 MW solar power plant at the South Deep gold mine in western Gauteng is in process and making good progress, Gold Fields CEO Nick Holland said on Monday. Responding to Mining Weekly during the Johannesburg- and New York-listed company’s virtual... 

Gold Fields ESG presentation covered by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

South African airline Airlink to restore three more routes to Mozambique

By: Rebecca Campbell     20th October 2020 South African private-sector airline Airlink announced that it was adding three more destinations in Mozambique to its regional network, which is being reactivated following the phasing out of national lockdowns instituted in Southern Africa to contain the Covid-19 pandemic. The new destinations... 

South African airline Airlink to restore three more routes to Mozambique
Photo by Airlink
The Embraer E190 is Airlink’s flagship airliner type

Underwater nuclear inspection robot passes first tests in UK

By: Rebecca Campbell     19th October 2020 In the UK an underwater survey robot has successfully completed its first set of trials for underwater nuclear inspection applications. The robot was developed in a collaborative venture between a number of British companies and institutions, namely Rovco (the project lead), D-RiskQ, Forth... 

SABS calls for stricter self-regulation around hazardous waste disposal

By: Marleny Arnoldi     19th October 2020 Since the global outbreak of Covid-19, the South African Bureau of Standards (SABS) has been refocusing its attention on improving its services to assist in the fight against the pandemic and the hygiene matters related to controlling the spread of infection. To this end, the SABS says the... 

Company warns of high cost of fraud during pandemic

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     19th October 2020 Biometric identity company iiDENTIFii says hundreds of millions of rands has potentially been claimed from the Unemployment Insurance Fund's (UIF's) Temporary Employee/Employer Relief Scheme (TERS ) through fraudulent or corrupt applications that could have been eradicated with the correct... 

GWM’s new P Series bakkie set for November local launch

By: Irma Venter     19th October 2020 Haval Motors South Africa (HMSA) has announced that the GWM P Series bakkie will make its local debut in late November. HMSA says the P Series will be available in 16 derivatives in South Africa and other countries in the Southern African Development Community, including single and double cabs,... 

GWM’s new P Series bakkie set for November local launch

People, visibility and timely updates key steps for SMEs to improve cybersecurity

By: Schalk Burger     19th October 2020 Small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) can improve their cybersecurity by focusing on three aspects, namely empowering their personnel through regular training, ensuring that the information technology (IT) department has visibility across the business and staff have secure access, and... 

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