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Ten lessons to guide South Africa’s ‘just transition’ from coal to renewables 

By: Terence Creamer     Updated 4 hours ago A new study, which outlines global best practices for just-transition journeys, includes ten lessons for South Africa to consider as the country prepares to navigate what it hopes will be a just transition, over the coming decades, from an electricity sector based on coal to one based... 

Ten lessons to guide South Africa’s ‘just transition’ from coal to renewables

Green hydrogen study integrating SADC ahead of trillion dollar market emergence  

By: Martin Creamer     23rd September 2020 A German-funded project to develop a green hydrogen atlas across Southern Africa is integrating the Southern African Development Community (SADF) region ahead of the projected opening up of a trillion dollar market going into the future. Funded €5.7-million by the Germany Federal Ministry of... 

Sasscol executive director Dr Jane Olwoch interviewed by Engineering News & Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

Covid-19 pushes out launch of new D-Max to 2022  

By: Irma Venter     23rd September 2020 Isuzu Motors South Africa (IMSA) has postponed the launch of its new generation D-Max bakkie from 2021, to the first half of 2022, says IMSA technical operations senior VP Dominic Rimmer. “Our next generation bakkie programme remains a top priority for the South African market and has the ongoing... 

Covid-19 pushes out launch of new D-Max to 2022 
The new generation D-Max bakkie from Isuzu

Manufacturing tipping point could be pushed back by innovation and tech – De Ruyter

By: Donna Slater     Updated 4 hours ago Addressing the Manufacturing Circle annual general meeting (AGM) on September 22, Eskom CEO and former Manufacturing Circle former chairperson Andre de Ruyter said that investing in research, embracing innovation and technology and lowering manufacturing costs are equally critical in boosting... 

‘Green’ ship breaking facility planned in South Africa

By: Rebecca Campbell     Updated 4 hours ago South Africa’s national development finance institution, the Industrial Development Corporation (IDC), is backing a project to establish an environmentally-friendly ship-scrapping facility in the Saldanha Bay Industrial Development Zone on the country’s west coast. The new facility, to be named... 

Pandemic presents opportunity to rethink PEPs, speaker says

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     Updated 6 hours ago There is a need to reconsider the approach of Public Employment Programmes (PEPs) and to structure these to upskill workers for the workplace of the future, a webinar hosted by the Department of Public Works and Infrastructure on September 22 has revealed. Development Economist consultant Liesel... 

IFC backs Imperial rollout of modular Covid-19 screening, treatment units

By: Marleny Arnoldi     Updated 5 hours ago The International Finance Corporation (IFC) has partnered with JSE-listed logistics group Imperial to develop a modular Covid-19 screening and treatment healthcare infrastructure programme in sub-Saharan Africa. With support from IFC, Imperial will first develop a pilot project in South Africa... 

IFC backs Imperial rollout of modular Covid-19 screening, treatment units
An Unjani Clinics modular primary healthcare unit

Inequalities hamper remote learning in S Africa – UCT study

By: Sane Dhlamini     Updated 6 hours ago A recent University of Cape Town study has revealed that technical and vocational education and training students are faring worse than university students in terms of internet access for remote learning. The study was conducted by researchers Dr Nicola Branson, Emma Whitelaw and Samantha... 

Inequalities hamper remote learning in S Africa – UCT study

Africa Foundation calls for all borders to be opened to save tourism sector

By: Donna Slater     Updated 5 hours ago Each day South Africa keeps its borders closed, albeit partially, the negative effects are felt by communities dependent on tourism for survival, says independent nonprofit organisation Africa Foundation business development manager Rebekah Copham. She says the sooner government reopens borders... 

UNWTO, Google partner to drive digital innovation in the tourism sector

By: Donna Slater     Updated 5 hours ago The United Nations World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO) and Google have partnered to boost digital transformation of the tourism sector with the development of an online Acceleration Programme for UNWTO member States’ tourism Ministers, top travel associations and tourism boards to further develop... 

Fairvest reports resilient performance in an 'exceptionally tough' environment

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     Updated 2 hours 32 minutes ago Property investment holding company Fairvest Property Holdings' total distribution for the financial year ended June 30 was 21.038 c apiece – 3.4% year-on-year decrease. “We are pleased with the resilience that our portfolio has shown, in what can only be described as an exceptionally tough... 

Fairvest reports resilient performance in an 'exceptionally tough' environment
Fairvest CEO Darren Wilder

FNB survey shows decline in all three commercial property markets

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     Updated 2 hours 50 minutes ago The FNB Commercial Property Broker Survey for the third quarter shows that all three major commercial property buying/selling markets are substantially oversupplied, which appears supportive of the financial services provider's expectation of a near-term decline in commercial property values.... 

Unilever, govt partner to increase SMME investment

By: Simone Liedtke     23rd September 2020 Unilever South Africa and the Department of Small Business Development have partnered to increase investment in small-, medium-sized and microenterprise development. The partnership follows the publication of a racially offensive advert on the Clicks website by Unilever hair brand, TRESemmé. This... 

Unilever, govt partner to increase SMME investment

Russian and African organisations sign nuclear energy agreement

By: Rebecca Campbell     23rd September 2020 Russia’s State-owned nuclear energy group Rosatom signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the African Commission on Nuclear Energy (Afcone) this week. The MoU, signed simultaneously in Pretoria and Moscow, provides for cooperation between the two organisations in the peace uses of nuclear... 

World airline body calls for pre-flight Covid-19 testing of air passengers

By: Rebecca Campbell     23rd September 2020 The International Air Transport Association (Iata), which is the global representative body of the airline industry, is calling for the testing of all air passengers for Covid-19 before they embark on their flights. It is urging “the development and deployment of rapid, accurate, affordable,... 

World airline body calls for pre-flight Covid-19 testing of air passengers
Photo by Iata
Alexandre de Juniac

Musk say Tesla plans new $25 000 EV in about three years

By: Bloomberg     23rd September 2020 Tesla plans to manufacture a car that will cost $25 000 in about three years’ time, fulfilling an elusive long-term objective to sell a cheap mass-market electric vehicle, CEO Elon Musk said Tuesday. “This has always been our dream from the very beginning,” Musk said at an event showcasing... 

Musk say Tesla plans new $25 000 EV in about three years
Elon Musk

Divercity launches Jewel City 

23rd September 2020 Divercity Urban Property Fund has completed the first phase of its Jewel City project in a two-year development programme, and the new inner-city mixed-use precinct officially launched to the public on Heritage Day. Jewel City is a residential, commercial and retail development. 

Divercity launches Jewel City

Tourism sector pledges to support South Africa’s economic recovery

By: Donna Slater     22nd September 2020 An enabling environment can further boost the multiplier effects of tourism on job creation and economic growth in regions not supported by other industries, says #IAmTourism lobby spokesperson Thembi Kunene-Msimang. She says the economic recovery from the Covid-19 pandemic presents a unique... 

Tourism sector pledges to support South Africa’s economic recovery
#IAmTourism lobby spokesperson Thembi Kunene-Msimang

Public funding for SAA undermines government credibility and endangers State finances

By: Rebecca Campbell     22nd September 2020 The government’s undertaking to reprioritise State funding in order to finance State-owned national flag carrier South African Airways (SAA) and so prevent its liquidation represented a defeat for the National Treasury (NT) and undermined the credibility of the government, Intellidex analyst... 

Equites, Standard Bank ink R1.6bn sustainability-linked loan

By: Simone Liedtke     22nd September 2020 JSE-listed Equites Property Fund has closed a R1.6-billion sustainability-linked loan with Standard Bank aimed at promoting the achievement of various environmental, social and corporate governance (ESG) targets. The funding deal reflects that sustainable finance solutions in the African market... 

Alaris Holdings holds steady, despite Covid-19 challenges 

By: Simone Liedtke     22nd September 2020 Radio frequency (RF) technology group Alaris Holdings’ financial results for the year ended June 30, was severely impacted by the Covid-19 pandemic and subsequent hard lockdown, leading to a 24% decrease in headline earnings per share (HEPS) to 25.8c. “There would have been some growth, had it... 

Alaris executive finance director Elsie Müller gives more detail on the company's results for the 2020 financial year. Video: Creamer Media's Kutlwano Matlala. Editing: Creamer Media's Nicholas Boyd.

Tongaat's sale of its starch business to Barloworld to proceed

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     22nd September 2020 An independent expert Rothschild & Co has determined that a material adverse change (MAC) has not occurred in the proposed sale of Tongaat Hulett's starch business to Barloworld subsidiary KLL Group. Tongaat in February agreed to sell the starch business to the Barloworld subsidiary for... 

Nersa says Eskom must be buyer of IPP power arising from new determination 

By: Terence Creamer     22nd September 2020 The National Energy Regulator of South Africa (Nersa) says that Eskom should remain the buyer of the electricity produced by independent power producers (IPPs) and procured by the Department of Mineral Resources and Energy (DMRE) in line with a new Section 34 Ministerial determination for 11 813... 

Nersa says Eskom must be buyer of IPP power arising from new determination

SAPA lauds refocus on poultry master plan

By: Donna Slater     22nd September 2020 Despite the serious impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on the local poultry industry, the South African Poultry Association (SAPA) welcomes the renewed focus on the Poultry Industry Master Plan, and praises Trade, Industry and Competition Minister Ebrahim Patel and Agriculture, Land Reform and Rural... 

CCBSA continues to ramp up solar power generation capacity

By: Simone Liedtke     22nd September 2020 Coca-Cola Beverages South Africa (CCBSA) has ramped up its solar power generation capacity, with seven of its 13 manufacturing facilities now using solar power. CCBSA is plans to install solar power capacity at a further five of its plants by the end of this year. 

CCBSA continues to ramp up solar power generation capacity
Sopal power panels at one of CCBSA's manufacturing plants.

Cartrack launches mobile phone rapid response safety app

By: Irma Venter     22nd September 2020 Mobility solutions company Cartrack has launched a rapid response safety app, called Karu Safety. Karu Safety is a mobile phone app that allows subscribers to access private security services at the touch of a button. 

Govt undertakes rhino conservation efforts as world celebrates Rhino Day

By: Yvonne Silaule     22nd September 2020 As part of efforts to commemorate World Rhino Day, on Tuesday, and to protect South Africa’s rhino populations, government has launched a number of conservation initiatives. Environment, Forestry and Fisheries Minister Barbara Creecy has announced the Integrated Wildlife Zone initiative, which... 

Govt undertakes rhino conservation efforts as world celebrates Rhino Day

IRP’s wind component could trigger yearly investments of R40bn, create 144 000 jobs by 2030 

By: Terence Creamer     22nd September 2020 The 14.4 GW of new wind included in South Africa’s electricity plan positions the country as a “top ten” wind-energy market for the coming decade, while building capacity at the yearly tempo of 1 600 MW envisaged in the plan could attract R40-billion a year in new investment and create 144 000... 

IRP’s wind component could trigger yearly investments of R40bn, create 144 000 jobs by 2030
BioTherm Energy's Excelsior Wind Farm

Affordable housing project launched in Cape Town

By: Donna Slater     22nd September 2020 Privately-owned property developer, the Amdec Group, broke ground at its 11 ha, R500-million affordable housing estate – Golden Grove Estate – in Ottery, Cape Town, on September 17. Golden Grove Estate will house 1 000 affordable residential apartments – including 24 m2 one-bed units, 36 m2... 

Affordable housing project launched in Cape Town
At the ground breaking event are, from left to right and in the foreground, Amdec chairperson John Wilson, Amdec CEO James Wilson, City of Cape Town Mayor Dan Plato and DNL Properties owner Howard Fisher.

R27m relief fund launched for W Cape businesses  

By: Yvonne Silaule     22nd September 2020 The Western Cape province has launched a R27-million Covid-19 Business Relief Fund in support of small businesses affected by the Covid-19 pandemic. Western Cape spokesperson for the Minister of Finance and Economic Opportunities Francine Higham said in a statement released on Tuesday that the... 

R27m relief fund launched for W Cape businesses

Attacq decides against declaring a full-year dividend to preserve liquidity 

By: Donna Slater     22nd September 2020 Real estate investment trust (Reit) Attacq experienced a decline in distributable earnings during the last six months six months of the financial year ended June 30, mainly as a result of tenant rent relief measures to help tenants through the worst of the Covid-19 lockdown. The company was... 

Attacq CEO Melt Hamman and COO Jackie van Niekerk discuss the group’s financial six-month results for the year ended June 30.

Metal industry sees no need for LME green aluminium platform

By: Reuters     22nd September 2020 The London Metal Exchange does not need a separate platform to trade low carbon aluminium and should focus instead on services its users need more urgently, such as a euro-denominated steel contract, metal industry sources told Reuters. As pressure mounts on investors and companies to prove their... 

FNB/BER Civil Confidence Index rises, but sentiment still depressed

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     22nd September 2020 Sentiment in the civil construction sector, as measured by the First National Bank (FNB)/Bureau for Economic Research (BER) Civil Confidence Index, increased to a still-low level of 11 in the third quarter, from an all-time low of five in the second quarter. Despite having increased by six... 

SACU Ministers commit to industrialisation

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     22nd September 2020 Finance Minister Tito Mboweni chaired the fourth joint Finance and Trade Ministers’ virtual Ministerial Retreat meeting on September 21. The participating Ministers agreed on refined development priorities for the Southern African Customs Union (SACU) within the changing global and regional... 

Airbus unveils zero-emissions airliner concept designs

By: Rebecca Campbell     22nd September 2020 Europe-based global major aerospace group Airbus has released three concept designs for hydrogen-powered zero carbon-emission commercial aircraft. It was examining these designs in a programme it called ZEROe, which was the precursor to the group’s recently announced plan to develop and... 

Airbus unveils zero-emissions airliner concept designs
Photo by Airbus
An artist’s impression of the three ZEROe concept designs, with the BWB in the lead, the turbofan design in the rear and the turboprop design in front

City of Cape Town approves River Club redevelopment

By: Simone Liedtke     22nd September 2020 The rezoning application for the River Club redevelopment in Observatory, Cape Town, has been approved by the Municipal Planning Tribunal. After considering submissions from the applicant, interested and affected parties, as well as officials representing the City of Cape Town, recommended the... 

Council for Geoscience starts deep drilling in Karoo basin 

By: Marleny Arnoldi     22nd September 2020 The Council for Geoscience (CGS) on September 21 launched Phase 2 of the Karoo Deep Drilling and Geo-environmental Base Programme (KDD), in Beaufort West. The council, as mandated by the Department of Minerals and Energy, in 2016 initiated the research programme to investigate the resource... 

Council for Geoscience starts deep drilling in Karoo basin

Mantashe confirms consultations with nuclear power vendors and replacement of SAFARI

By: Rebecca Campbell     22nd September 2020 Mineral Resources and Energy Minister Gwede Mantashe has informed the 64th session of International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), via a video recording, that South Africa had started consultations with nuclear power reactor vendors, to obtain information about costs, schedules and possible... 

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