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Eskom warns inflation-linked hike will trigger request for more government support 

By: Terence Creamer     21st January 2022 State-owned utility Eskom warns that an inflation-linked hike will force it to seek yet more support from the National Treasury, amid overwhelming calls for the energy regulator to reject its request for a 20.5% tariff hike from April 1 and to implement a single-digit increase instead.... 

Eskom CFO Calib Cassim
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Eskom CFO Calib Cassim

Ramaphosa sees just transition as the way to energy security

By: Bloomberg     23rd January 2022 South Africa must embark on a “just energy transition” to stimulate greater investment as a way to to overcome damaging electricity shortages, said President Cyril Ramaphosa. Ramaphosa spoke at the conclusion of the ruling ANC’s National Executive Council meeting on Sunday. 

President Cyril Ramaphosa
President Cyril Ramaphosa

South African groups take court action to block seismic search

By: Bloomberg     Updated 3 hours ago South African groups are taking court action to block a seismic survey, used to find oil and gas resources, that’s planned off the country’s west coast. Environmental organizations and communities have increased efforts in recent months to stop the activity that they say is harmful to marine... 

SA to get $750-million World Bank loan to boost economic recovery  

By: News24Wire      21st January 2022 The World Bank announced on Friday morning that it had approved South Africa’s request for $750-million (about R11.4-billion) loan.  "This loan will support the government of South Africa’s efforts to accelerate its Covid-19 response aimed at protecting the poor and vulnerable from the adverse... 

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Telkom halts spectrum interdict application to expedite review 

By: Creamer Media Reporter      21st January 2022 Telecommunications group Telkom has agreed to halt its application for an urgent interdict to prevent the Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (Icasa) from moving ahead with the spectrum auction in March. The company said an agreement was reached with all the respondents on the... 

Treasury gazettes renewable energy premium notice

By: Darren Parker     21st January 2022 Finance Minister Enoch Godongwana has published a notice regarding the renewable energy premium in the Government Gazette. The purpose of the notice is to facilitate Section 6(2) of the Carbon Tax Act, which makes provision for taxpayers conducting electricity generation activities to offset the... 

Giant Dangote oil refinery to begin production in third quarter

By: Bloomberg     Updated 3 hours ago Nigeria’s giant new Dangote oil refinery will start processing crude in the third quarter of this year. Mechanical work on the refinery is complete and “hopefully before the end of third quarter we should be in the market,” Aliko Dangote, Africa’s richest man, said in a briefing at the plant site... 

Treasury extends deadline for comment on new tax proposals

By: Darren Parker     21st January 2022 The National Treasury has provided deadline extensions for public comment on three discussion documents that were published on December 15. Owing to the comment period falling partially over the holiday period when many businesses were closed and, consequently, numerous requests for extension... 

Firms and households tap rooftop power as load-shedding risk lingers

By: Natasha Odendaal     21st January 2022 Improving technologies, which reduce deployment costs, as well as lower tariffs and thousands of hours of sunshine every year, along with the continued challenges of State-owned power utility Eskom’s load-shedding, will likely drive more citizens and businesses to adopt solar photovoltaic (PV)... 

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Opinion: Steelmaking remains a key strategic industry for South Africa

21st January 2022 In this opinion article, ArcelorMittal South Africa (AMSA) stakeholder management and communications group manager Tami Didiza writes about the state of the South African steel industry, trade protection measures and AMSA's investment in its own facilities, as well as its support for the... 

Tami Didiza

Africa needs to beef up and integrate infrastructure for AfCFTA to have desired impact

By: Donna Slater     21st January 2022 African nations need to establish and/or reinforce their infrastructure to meet the looming implementation of the Africa Continental Free Trade Agreement (AfCFTA), a panel of speakers participating in the UK-Africa Investment Conference, on January 20, have said. “For the African free trade area... 

Nigerian VP calls for natural gas to be accepted as a transition fuel

By: Darren Parker     21st January 2022 Nigerian Vice President Yemi Osinbajo has called for natural gas – which Africa has in abundance – to be accepted by the rest of the globe as a transitional fuel. In his address to the Davos Agenda 2022 – hosted by the World Economic Forum – on January 21, Osinbajo reminded world leaders that,... 

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Nigerian VP Yemi Osinbajo

Tech startup legislation, incentives needed to drive Africa's digital economy

By: Schalk Burger     21st January 2022 Africa’s digital economy could contribute nearly $180-billion to the region’s growth by mid-decade, but, with only 39% of the population using the Internet, Africa is currently the world’s least connected continent. Governments should pass startup legislation, embed startup incentives in... 

Seychelles’ flag carrier to increase number of flights to and from Johannesburg

By: Rebecca Campbell     21st January 2022 Air Seychelles announced on Friday that it was going to increase the number of its flights between its home base at Seychelles International Airport at the country’s capital of Mahé, and Johannesburg’s OR Tambo International Airport, starting early next month. With effect from February 3, the... 

South African tourism scuppered by extreme licensing delays

By: Darren Parker     21st January 2022 The South African Tourism Services Association (Satsa) has sent a letter of demand to Transport Minister Fikile Mbalula calling for urgent action to resolve the “unlawful” delays in issuing National Public Transport Regulator (NPTR) licences, as it was hampering wheels businesses in the tourism... 

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Satsa CEO David Frost

South African wine industry resilient, adopting tools to be more sustainable, competitive

By: Schalk Burger     21st January 2022 The South African wine industry was hit hard by the Covid-19 pandemic and will take a few years to fully recover, but wine businesses are changing the way they do business and the industry has fast-tracked tools aimed at becoming more robust, adaptable, competitive and sustainable, wine industry... 

South Africa’s solar PV value chain must develop quality culture – Juwi

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     21st January 2022 By 2030, total installed photovoltaic (PV) capacity in South Africa is expected to reach 8 400 MW; however, to ensure sustainable growth, the country has to develop and implement quality infrastructure for these systems, says Juwi Renewable Energies MD Richard Doyle. “Embedding a culture of... 

Firm launches new contract management services offering

By: Darren Parker     21st January 2022 Legal services firm NSDV has launched a new contract management services offering, which aims to save companies from unnecessary and avoidable legal fees, while improving project delivery and profitability. NSDV construction law specialist, director and cofounder Cameron Staude said in a... 

Globeleq's Malindi solar plant providing 40 MW of clean energy to Kenya grid

By: Schalk Burger     21st January 2022 The 52 MW Malindi solar photovoltaic (PV) plant, in Langobaya, Kenya, has been exporting 40 MW of power into the national grid since December 14. The $69-million solar plant, developed by independent power producer (IPP) Globeleq and its project partner Africa Energy Development Corporation... 

Businesses struggling to embed sustainability into core strategies

By: Schalk Burger     21st January 2022 Local and global C-level business leaders (CxOs) are increasingly concerned about climate change and see the world at a tipping point to act. Businesses are, however, struggling to fully embed sustainability into their core business strategies, operations, and cultures, advisory and professional... 

More information, education important for consumers to support circular economy

By: Schalk Burger     21st January 2022 Consumer knowledge of the circular economy is growing and their attitude towards it is generally positive, but trust in companies requires strengthening and more innovation and legislation is needed to drive increased engagement and action, shows a survey by business assurance and risk management... 

French energy group joins UAE green hydrogen aviation fuel project

By: Rebecca Campbell     21st January 2022 French global major energy group TotalEnergies has joined United Arab Emirates (UAE) sustainable and clean energy company Masdar and Germany’s Siemens Energy, in a project to use green hydrogen to produce sustainable aviation fuel (SAF). The three groups signed the collaboration agreement on the... 

Sam Molefi clinches promising contract for his impressive mining business  

By: Martin Creamer     21st January 2022 Modi Mining is a 100% black South African-owned company founded and owned by mining engineer and entrepreneur Samuel Molefi and entrepreneur Christina Motlapele Molefi. The company was established with the sole objective of rendering differentiated contract mining services and to be a supplier of... 

Modi Mining MD Sam Molefi interviewed by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

Shell appeals $2bn judgment in Nigeria pollution case

By: Bloomberg     21st January 2022 A Nigerian court will hear Royal Dutch Shell Plc’s appeal to overturn an almost $2 billion award against the company for allegedly spilling oil in the West African country. The energy giant is challenging a November 2020 judgment in favor of community members claiming a leak from a company... 

South Africa bolsters genomics capability to hunt deadly disease

By: Bloomberg     21st January 2022 South Africa is enhancing its capacity to identify and respond to emerging pathogens and deadly diseases after leading global efforts to identify new strains of the coronavirus. The expansion will help “Africa to become a world leader in genomics surveillance and bring technologies to South... 

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Magazine round up | 21 January 2022 

21st January 2022 A video round up of this week’s magazine, highlighting our cover story, features and Business Leader.  

Magazine round up | 21 January 2022

Eskom seeks to show prudency of running diesel plants as its pegs cost of load-shedding at R9.53/kWh

By: Terence Creamer     20th January 2022 State-owned electricity producer Eskom sought to demonstrate the economic prudency of running the diesel-fuelled open-cycle gas turbines (OCGTs) harder to mitigate load-shedding during the fourth day of National Energy Regulator of South Africa (Nersa) public hearings into its latest allowable... 

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Tiger Brands appoints Barati Mahloele as venture capital fund director

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     20th January 2022 South African packaged goods company Tiger Brands has appointed Barati Mahloele as the company’s venture capital fund director. She joins the business from Zebu Investment Partners where she was VP of investments. 

Renewable alternatives critical to support Mpumalanga’s decarbonisation drive  

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     20th January 2022 The transformation and decarbonisation of the South African energy system is gathering momentum; however, a regional plan is required for the coal mining region of Mpumalanga, to prevent considerable economic and socioeconomic losses and ensure a just transition, and a push for renewable energy... 

World air speed records for Rolls-Royce-led electric aircraft officially confirmed

By: Rebecca Campbell     20th January 2022 Renowned UK-based propulsion and technology systems group Rolls-Royce announced on Thursday that its ‘Spirit of Innovation’ technology demonstrator aircraft had been officially declared the world’s fastest all-electric aircraft. The international body responsible for controlling and certifying... 

The ‘Spirit of Innovation’ aircraft
Photo by Rolls-Royce
The ‘Spirit of Innovation’ aircraft

Aveng grows order book, expects solid interim performance

By: Marleny Arnoldi     20th January 2022 JSE-listed construction group Aveng has grown its order book to R29.1-billion as at December 31. This includes A$1.1-billion worth of work won by its Australia-focused subsidiary McConnell Dowell.  

Zimbabwe export farm's 510 kW solar PV and 1 MWh battery powering packhouse, cold storage

By: Schalk Burger     20th January 2022 A 510 kW and 1 MWh solar photovoltaic (PV) and battery storage installation to power the packhouse and cold store facilities of Zimbabwean agricultural company Nhimbe Fresh has started generating electricity. The $1.4-million project was funded through a crowd-sale completed by solar leasing... 

South African growth projected at 2% this year; inflation, employment to remain challenges

By: Schalk Burger     20th January 2022 The research team of financial services firm Nedbank has predicted that South Africa's economy will grow by 2% this year, although the recovery will be uneven for industries. In addition, load-shedding more severe than Stages 1 and 2 could reduce growth by 20 basis points, it cautions. 

DWS concerned about possible liquid gas chlorine shortages that could affect water supply

By: Creamer Media Reporter      20th January 2022 The Department of Water and Sanitation (DWS) is monitoring a potential supply shortage of liquid gas chlorine, which could impact the treatment of potable water and effluent water managed by water service authorities (WSA’s), metropolitans and water boards. “The DWS is aware of the incident... 

Audi rolls out ultrafast 150 kW EV charging network in South Africa 

By: Irma Venter     20th January 2022 Audi South Africa (SA) is partnering with GridCars to install ultrafast electric vehicle (EV) charging stations across the country. In doing this, the local arm of the German car maker says it will become the first EV brand to invest in this technology at publicly accessible sites.  

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CSIR, DSI and NRF establish smart mobility research chair 

By: Irma Venter     20th January 2022 The Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), the Department of Science and Innovation (DSI) and the National Research Foundation (NRF) have jointly established a research chair in smart mobility, the first of its kind in South Africa.  Professor Marianne Vanderschuren, an expert in... 

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Save the Vaal Environment says Emfuleni wastewater treatment system remains dysfunctional

By: Creamer Media Reporter      20th January 2022 Save the Vaal Environment (Save) said that none of the three Emfuleni wastewater treatment plants are meeting the requirements of their waste water licences and stated that the impression that the Sedibeng Sewage Scheme is on track is erroneous. “The existing Emfuleni wastewater treatment system... 

Consultancy releases comprehensive map of Southern Africa Power Pool

By: Marleny Arnoldi     20th January 2022 Consultancy AmaranthCX has published a new electronic map of the electricity infrastructure in countries that are part of the Southern Africa Power Pool (SAPP) for use with Google Earth or Google Maps. The map geolocates 317 operating power stations across the 11 member countries of SAPP, as... 

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