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Vodacom, AUDA-Nepad launch mVacciNation digital toolbox 

By: Natasha Odendaal     Updated 3 hours ago Telecommunications giant Vodacom Group and the African Union Development Agency (AUDA-Nepad) have joined forces to deploy a mobile technology platform that manages vaccination appointments and stock availability. Developed by Vodacom Group member Mezzanine, the mVacciNation digital toolbox will... 

Vodacom, AUDA-Nepad launch mVacciNation digital toolbox

DPD Laser to buy 110 Cryo-Vacc Covid-19 vaccine containers from Renergen 

By: Simone Liedtke     Updated 7 hours ago Domestic natural gas and helium producer Renergen and local express courier partner DPD Laser have inked an agreement for Renergen to manufacture the first 110 Cryo-Vacc units for supply to DPD. The Cryo-Vacc is suitable for both air and ground transportation. Liquid nitrogen is used to keep the... 

DPD Laser to buy 110 Cryo-Vacc Covid-19 vaccine containers from Renergen
The Cryo-Vacc

Toyota unveils new electric vehicle concept, sales to start in 2022 

By: Irma Venter     Updated 2 hours 53 minutes ago Toyota has unveiled a concept version of its forthcoming Toyota bZ4X, previewing the first in a series of zero-emission battery electric vehicles (BEVs) from the Japanese car maker. Toyota says the bZ4X, a medium-size sports-utility vehicle (SUV) with all-wheel drive, is integral to Toyota’s... 

Toyota unveils new electric vehicle concept, sales to start in 2022
The concept Toyota bZ4X

Cesa calls for more PPPs as local engineering capacity use drops to 80%

By: Schalk Burger     Updated 1 hour 40 minutes ago Industry association Consulting Engineers South Africa (Cesa) has questioned the Department of Water and Sanitation's decision to bring in 24 Cuban engineers, while the capacity utilisation of local engineering skills has dropped to 80% in the most recent Cesa Bi-annual Economic and Capacity... 

Opinion: South Africa's wind energy sector has role to play in reaching a net zero carbon economy

Updated 7 hours ago In this article, South African Wind Energy Association (SAWEA) CEO Ntombifuthi Ntuli writes about the South African wind energy sector's role on the road to a net zero carbon economy by 2050. Following the release of the Global Wind Energy Council’s 'Global Wind Report 2021', the buzz in the... 

Opinion: South Africa's wind energy sector has role to play in reaching a net zero carbon economy
The Klipheuwel Wind Farm in the Western Cape

WEF says sustained incremental progress, resilience important for energy transition

By: Schalk Burger     Updated 1 hour 34 minutes ago As countries continue their progress in transitioning to clean energy, global economic body the World Economic Forum (WEF) says it is critical over the next decade to root the transition in economic, political and social practices to ensure progress is irreversible. The energy transition requires... 

Port of Cape Town requires urgent Presidential attention, says Maynier

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     Updated 2 hours 1 minute ago Western Cape Minister of Finance and Economic Opportunities David Maynier says he is encouraged by the recent commitment made by President Cyril Ramaphosa to make the country’s ports more efficient and competitive. However, he also notes his concern that the Port of Cape Town may be deprioritised... 

Social bond issuance to reach R4bn in South Africa within year – RMB

By: Donna Slater     Updated 3 hours ago The market for bonds issued to meet environmental and social outcomes is expected to grow exponentially in South Africa within the next year, with social bonds expected to feature prominently as the country looks to “build back better” post-Covid-19, states Rand Merchant Bank (RMB).     RMB... 

Northern Cape govt intervenes to improve service delivery in Sol Plaatje

By: Yvonne Silaule     Updated 1 hour 30 minutes ago The Northern Cape provincial government will invest R500-million in measures to help improve service delivery in the Sol Plaatje municipality. The municipality is said to be facing technical capacity challenges, resulting in the lack of service delivery. 

Savca, MiDA launch gender initiative to unlock investment

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     Updated 2 hours 5 minutes ago To increase the number of investable women fund managers in Southern Africa, global transaction and financial advisory firm MiDA Advisors and industry body the Southern African Venture Capital and Private Equity Association (Savca) are launching the Women Empowerment Mentoring and Incubation Fund... 

Octodec interim performance impacted by Covid-19 pressures

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     Updated 2 hours 3 minutes ago JSE-listed real estate investment trust (Reit) Octodec Investments says a weak economic environment, exacerbated by the Covid-19 pandemic, continued to impact on its results for the six months ended February 28. Higher unemployment, business failures and overall reduced affordability weakened the... 

NRF seals agreement to send PhD students to US under Fulbright programme

By: Schalk Burger     Updated 1 hour 50 minutes ago The National Research Foundation (NRF) has partnered with the Fulbright Foreign Student Programme (FFSP) to support NRF-funded PhD students registered with a South African university to travel to the US to conduct research towards their doctorates at a host US institution or university. This... 

UJ receives R110m donation for 4IR education development in underprivileged communities

By: Schalk Burger     Updated 1 hour 54 minutes ago The University of Johannesburg (UJ) has received a R110-million donation from education nonprofit organisation Growing Up Africa (GUA) to advance Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR) education in underprivileged communities. The donation has already contributed to the development of the Education... 

Airlines industry sees reduced losses in 2021, but much work ahead

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     Updated 1 hour 53 minutes ago Industry association the International Air Transport Association (Iata) says net airline industry losses are likely to reach $47.7-billion for this year. This is an improvement on the estimated net industry loss of $126.4-billion in 2020. 

Impala Rustenburg hands over nine SLP projects to municipality 

Updated 3 hours ago Impala Rustenburg in April officially handed over nine Social and Labour Plan projects to the local community. Along with community leaders and representatives of the Royal Bafokeng Nation family and the Department of Mineral Resources and Energy, Impala celebrated the handover of the completed... 

Impala Rustenburg hands over nine SLP projects to municipality

Platinum use in vehicle emissions control systems increasing as new regulations kick in – WPIC 

By: Simone Liedtke     Updated 7 hours ago Automotive demand for platinum is expected to grow by 25% year-on-year to reach almost three-million ounces this year, the World Platinum Investment Council (WPIC) reports. The three-million-ounce demand forecast will be 5% higher than pre-pandemic levels. 

Platinum use in vehicle emissions control systems increasing as new regulations kick in – WPIC
Photo by Johnson Matthey
Gasoline three-way catalyst.

South Africa makes progress on geographical indications to support rural, agricultural development

By: Schalk Burger     20th April 2021 South Africa is making progress on developing legal and regulatory frameworks for geographical indications (GI), which are designations for products that are linked to a region of origin and that have associated qualities. GI has been proven to enable producers to secure better prices for... 

Civil society supports calls for public hearings on RMIPPPP

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     20th April 2021 Civil society organisations are supporting calls by Parliament for public hearings into the decision by the Department of Mineral Resources and Energy (DMRE) to include projects by Karpowership among the preferred bidders for the Risk Mitigation Independent Power Producers Procurement Programme... 

Energy committee to continue RMIPPPP deliberations as call is made for public hearings 

By: Terence Creamer     20th April 2021 Parliament’s Portfolio Committee on Mineral Resources and Energy will continue its deliberations next week on government’s Risk Mitigation Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme (RMIPPPP), having raised several concerns about the scheme during a Department of Mineral Resources and... 

Energy committee to continue RMIPPPP deliberations as call is made for public hearings

Sanral innovation hub exploring machine learning to improve road safety

By: Schalk Burger     20th April 2021 The South Africa National Roads Agency Limited's (Sanral's) Technical Innovation Hub (TIH) is exploring the use of machine learning to improve road safety, reduce congestion and inform infrastructure development. Information provided by machine learning can be used to activate the appropriate... 

Nasa provides more details on first flight of Mars drone helicopter

By: Rebecca Campbell     20th April 2021 The US National Aeronautics and Space Administration (Nasa) has released more details about the first ever flight by a human-built aircraft on another planet. The aircraft, an autonomous drone helicopter designated Ingenuity, made its maiden flight, on Mars, on Monday. That flight lasted a total... 

R32bn invested in black industrialists, DTIC says in inaugural report

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     20th April 2021 The Department of Trade, Industry and Competition (DTIC) has released the first yearly Black Industrialist Report, highlighting the direct funding provided by the department, the National Empowerment Fund (NEF) and the Industrial Development Corporation (IDC) to support black industrialists and... 

Department interventions in Vaal to help stop spillage, says Sisulu

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     20th April 2021 Human Settlements, Water and Sanitation Minister Lindiwe Sisulu has assured communities and businesses that the government is committed to restoring the dilapidated water and sanitation infrastructure, which has, over the years, contributed to the pollution of the Vaal river. Sisulu was briefing... 

Boost Africa receives €60m to support higher-risk investment

By: Donna Slater     20th April 2021 The European Union (EU), through the European Commission, and the Organisation of African, Caribbean and Pacific States (OACPS), has agreed to provide €60-million to the European Investment Bank (EIB) and the African Development Bank’s (AfDB’s) joint Boost Africa initiative, enabling it to... 

Clean, affordable energy still not accessible to the poor

By: Donna Slater     20th April 2021 The transformative role of clean, safe and affordable energy in reducing poverty and inequality, and in improving the quality of life of poor South African households as envisaged in the 1998 Energy White Paper, has failed to materialise to any significant degree, says State institution and... 

Airlink expands Southern African regional flight offering

By: Simone Liedtke     20th April 2021 Independent Southern African regional airline Airlink will expand its network next month with the launch of its Johannesburg-Livingstone flights. The flights are intended to provide travelers with direct access to one of Southern Africa’s most popular tourist attractions – The Victoria Falls. 

Cargo heists, and security costs, on the rise – Rhenus Logistics 

By: Irma Venter     20th April 2021 A surge in international freight rates of up to 700% is putting many companies under pressure and forcing them to take drastic measures to ensure their sustainability.  In some cases, organisations are left with little choice but to cut costs when moving cargo, with some opting to reduce the... 

Cargo heists, and security costs, on the rise – Rhenus Logistics
Martin Taylor

What a difference a year makes - upbeat rand the top-performing emerging market currency  

By: News24Wire      20th April 2021 The rand and other emerging market currencies have made gains in the past week, with the US dollar experiencing weakness. The local unit started the day at R14.21 to the greenback. Analysts, however, expect it to trade within a tight range of R14.18 and R14.29. "A break below R14.18/$ will open... 

 What a difference a year makes - upbeat rand the top-performing emerging market currency

Cell C reports full-year loss, assures company stabilised 

By: Natasha Odendaal     20th April 2021 Telecommunications group Cell C has reported a full-year loss of R5.5-billion during the 12 months ended December 31, 2020, widening from the loss of R4-billion reported in 2019. However, the company returned to profit during the second half of the year, reporting a profit before tax of... 

Cell C CEO Douglas Craigie Stevenson and Cell C CFO Zaf Mahomed discuss Cell C’s financial performance for the year ended December 31, 2020.

Mahindra SA opens new training centre

By: Irma Venter     20th April 2021 Mahindra South Africa (SA) has opened the doors to its new training centre in Centurion, Gauteng. The new centre more than doubles the available space of the previous facility.  

Mahindra SA opens new training centre

Renergen appoints Resgen’s Brian Harvey as FD

By: Simone Liedtke     20th April 2021 Emerging natural gas and helium producer Renergen has appointed Brian Harvey as its new FD, effective May 1. The appointment follows after former FD Fulufhedzani Ravele resigned last month to pursue other opportunities. 

SpaceX wins Nasa contract to land next astronauts on the Moon

By: Rebecca Campbell     20th April 2021 US private-sector space company SpaceX, founded and led by South African-born engineer and entrepreneur Elon Musk, has been awarded what is probably the most prestigious single contract in the space sector today. The US National Aeronautics and Space Agency (Nasa) has selected SpaceX to supply... 

SpaceX wins Nasa contract to land next astronauts on the Moon
Photo by SpaceX
An artist’s impression of a Starship HLS on the lunar surface

Altron subsidiary to buy LawTrust

By: Natasha Odendaal     20th April 2021 Allied Electronics (Altron) subsidiary Altron TMTSA is planning to acquire JSE-listed Etion cyber and information security subsidiary LawTrust for R245-million. The duo entered into an agreement that will see Altron TMT absorb LawTrust to enhance its information technology (IT) security service... 

Empowered Ntsimbintle strengthens standing in manganese mining 

By: Martin Creamer     20th April 2021 Mining investment company Ntsimbintle Holdings has acquired a further 13.8% stake in Jupiter Mines, making it the Australian-listed miner’s largest shareholder, with a total holding of 19.9% and entrenching its position in manganese mining at Tshipi é Ntle Manganese Mining's mine in the Northern... 

Empowered Ntsimbintle strengthens standing in manganese mining
Tshipi Borwa manganese mine, in the Northern Cape.

Union set to strike at Rand Water

By: Natasha Odendaal     20th April 2021 Rand Water employees are preparing to down tools on April 21 over a dispute surrounding a decision without union consultation to not pay performance incentive bonuses. Rand Water assured, however, that it has adequate systems in place to ensure a sustained supply of bulk potable water to customers. 

Carbon emissions set to surge in 2021 as coal rebound eclipses record renewables growth 

By: Terence Creamer     20th April 2021 Global energy-related carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions could surge by 1.5-billion tonnes in 2021 to 33-billion tonnes, reversing most of last year’s decline caused by the Covid-19 pandemic, as rebounding coal demand in the electricity sector more than offsets record renewables deployments. This... 

Carbon emissions set to surge in 2021 as coal rebound eclipses record renewables growth

Wescoal looking to possibly becoming broader energy company  

By: Martin Creamer     19th April 2021 The JSE-listed coal-mining company Wescoal is looking to possibly becoming a broader energy company in which coal remains a substantial but reducing component alongside other energy pursuits such as renewables, Wescoal interim CEO Robinson Ramaite said on Monday. Outlining the company’s major... 

Wescoal interim CEO Robinson Ramaite interviewed by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Nicholas Boyd. Pictures: Donna Slater.

Gateway Real Estate to build its first office development in Ghana

By: Schalk Burger     19th April 2021 Private real estate development company Gateway Real Estate Africa will build its first commercial office building in Ghana at Appolonia City, which is an inclusive mixed-use new city 20 km from the centre of the capital Accra. The first phase of the project will cost about $4-million. 

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