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Eskom moves to secure R23bn granted by High Court for 2021, despite Nersa appeal 

By: Terence Creamer     19th October 2020 Eskom has launched a fresh legal bid to ensure that the automatic reintroduction of a R23-billion equity injection to its allowable revenue in 2021/22, as granted by the High Court in July, is not negated by the fact that the National Energy Regulator of South Africa (Nersa) has been granted... 

 Eskom moves to secure R23bn granted by High Court for 2021, despite Nersa appeal
Photo by Creamer Media's Donna Slater
Eskom CFO Calib Cassim presenting the utility's case at MYPD4 hearings in 2019

Contractors risk ruin owing to contract fine print, payment delays, says MBA 

By: Irma Venter     19th October 2020 The Master Builders Association (MBA) North says contractors, particularly small and mid-sized contractors, face growing business risk when embarking on new projects. This is a result of a range of issues, such as contracts that are amended to favour large contractors or clients, unclear delivery... 

Contractors risk ruin owing to contract fine print, payment delays, says MBA

South Africa is well positioned to export green hydrogen ­– PwC  

By: Martin Creamer     19th October 2020 South Africa is in an extraordinary position to revolutionise its own economy and supply green hydrogen to the world, PwC said on Monday. “The energy transition is and will be biggest global theme this decade,” PwC associate director James Mackay told journalists at a virtual event covered by... 

PwC Hydrogen Report 2020 covered by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

Hydrogen fast-tracking will be much quicker than imagined – Sibanye-Stillwater  

By: Martin Creamer     19th October 2020 The fast-tracking of the hydrogen economy will be much quicker than most people have imagined, Sibanye-Stillwater CEO Neal Froneman said at the Financial Times (FT) Commodities Mining Summit, where he was part of a panel that included Anglo American Platinum CEO Natasha Viljoen and South32 CEO... 

Financial Times Commodities Mining Summit covered by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer.

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

By: Irma Venter     Updated 7 hours ago 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

Eskom to resume construction of 400 kV line in SA's KwaZulu-Natal province 

By: African News Agency      19th October 2020 Eskom said on Monday work was set to resume on the final leg of an approximately 123 km transmission power line running through the uMgungundlovu and uThukela district municipalities of KwaZulu-Natal province. In a statement, the state power utility said final construction of the 47 km leg of... 

 Eskom to resume construction of 400 kV line in SA's KwaZulu-Natal province

Omnia intends to sell Oro Agri business

By: Marleny Arnoldi     19th October 2020 JSE-listed chemicals group Omnia Holdings has reached an agreement to sell its Oro Agri business to Rovensa – a European-based business that procures and distributes biocontrol, bionutrition and crop protection solutions. Omnia in June received a nonbinding offer for the business, which... 

Omnia intends to sell Oro Agri business
Omnia CEO Seelan Gobalsamy

Transnet lauds conviction of fuel pipeline tamperer

By: Marleny Arnoldi     19th October 2020 State-owned freight utility Transnet’s fuel subsidiary Transnet Pipelines has welcomed the sentencing of a perpetrator arrested for tampering with a multiproduct pipeline. The sentencing marks the first conviction since a scourge of fuel theft started about 18 months ago, with Transnet’s... 

Economic recovery plan sets good blueprint for South Africa, says BLSA

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     19th October 2020 The economic recovery plan announced by President Cyril Ramaphosa last week does a good job of setting out the issues that are constraining the economy, from a lack of infrastructure to visa rules, says business organisation Business Leadership South Africa (BLSA) CEO Busi Mavuso. “This is good... 

Economic recovery plan will protect jobs in vulnerable sectors - Ramaphosa 

By: Sane Dhlamini     19th October 2020 President Cyril Ramaphosa has assured South Africans that the economic recovery plan he presented last week will protect jobs in vulnerable sectors that have been hit hard by the coronavirus pandemic. The Presidential Employment Stimulus announced last week involves a public investment of... 

Economic recovery plan will protect jobs in vulnerable sectors - Ramaphosa
President Cyril Ramaphosa

South Africa’s track record bodes ill for investment drive

By: Bloomberg     19th October 2020 South Africa will be hard pressed to realise its ambitions of attracting R1-trillion of private investment in infrastructure if its past record is anything to go by. The investment drive began two years ago and is a key component of an economic blueprint unveiled by President Cyril Ramaphosa last... 

Calgro M3 enhances liquidity

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     19th October 2020 Following 12 to 18 months of rigorous restructuring initiatives, JSE-listed Calgro M3 has successfully closed its internal construction division. Calgro M3 CEO Wikus Lategan reported on October 190 that the leaner business, together with little pressure to invest in capital intensive projects... 

SABS calls for stricter self-regulation around hazardous waste disposal

By: Marleny Arnoldi     Updated 6 hours ago 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... 

Exxaro continues its role in ensuring food security, nutrition in communities

By: Marleny Arnoldi     19th October 2020 JSE-listed miner Exxaro Resources’ executive head of sustainability Mongezi Vetti has reiterated the company’s commitment to transferring its rehabilitated land to communities toward establishing agro-economies. This follows after President Cyril Ramaphosa on October 5 spoke about government’s... 

Exxaro continues its role in ensuring food security, nutrition in communities
Exxaro Resources’ executive head of sustainability Mongezi Vetti

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... 

Underwater nuclear inspection robot passes first tests in UK

By: Rebecca Campbell     Updated 6 hours ago 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... 

UK government warns business that the country will exit EU Single Market in 75 days

By: Rebecca Campbell     19th October 2020 On Sunday the British government announced that it was launching a new phase of its public information campaign regarding the UK’s departure from the European Union (EU), popularly known as ‘Brexit’. This phase has the slogan ‘Time is running out’ and is intended to alert business to the... 

Company warns of high cost of fraud during pandemic

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     Updated 6 hours ago 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... 

Coal mine disposal exacerbating carbon emissions problem – Glencore  

By: Martin Creamer     16th October 2020 The disposal of thermal coal mines in response to environmental, social and governance (ESG) investors is not lowering carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions but exacerbating the problem, Glencore CEO Ivan Glasenberg pointed out on Friday. Questioned by Financial Times (FT) natural resources editor Neil... 

Financial Times Commodities Mining Summit covered by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer.

There’s a lot of trees in what people thought was North African desert

By: Rebecca Campbell     16th October 2020 Scientists have been surprised by the number of trees that they have been able to detect in the Western Sahara, Sahel and Sudanian regions of Africa. Using satellite imagery, they were able to count more than 1.8-billion trees in a region generally regarded as being desert. The study was focused... 

ABB process control systems connect with IBM security platform to provide digital threat visibility

By: Schalk Burger     16th October 2020 Global engineering and industrial technologies group ABB and enterprise cybersecurity subsidiary company IBM Security on October 15 announced a collaboration focused on connecting cybersecurity and operational technology (OT). The first result of this collaboration resulted in ABB developing a... 

Toyota, Denyo develop fuel-cell power-supply vehicle

By: Irma Venter     16th October 2020 Japanese vehicle manufacturer Toyota Motor Corporation (Toyota) and Denyo have announced that they have jointly developed a fuel-cell power-supply vehicle.  Denyo, a manufacturer of mobile generators, will work with Toyota to start verification tests with the aim of commercialising the truck. 

Toyota, Denyo develop fuel-cell power-supply vehicle

Airbus sets up partnership with fuel cell company to apply the technology to aviation

By: Rebecca Campbell     16th October 2020 Europe-based global major aerospace group Airbus announced on Thursday that it had entered into a strategic partnership with German hydrogen fuel cell developer and manufacturer ElringKlinger. This was part of Airbus’ zero-carbon emission aviation initiative. ElringKlinger has been active in the... 

Airbus sets up partnership with fuel cell company to apply the technology to aviation

Princess Elizabeth Drydock recommissioned after upgrades

By: Marleny Arnoldi     16th October 2020 The Transnet National Ports Authority (TNPA) has successfully recommissioned the Princess Elizabeth Drydock, at the Port of East London. This follows the completion of two priority capital projects valued at more than R60-million that will "usher in a new era of optimised growth for the historic... 

Kepco cancels investment in South African coal energy plant

By: African News Agency      16th October 2020 South Korea’s State-owned power utility Kepco will either cancel its investment in coal-driven South African independent power producer Thabametsi, or transition the project to gas. A statement issued on Friday by Seoul-based nongovernmental organisation Solutions for Our Climate said Kepco... 

Business welcomes recovery plan, but urges swift implementation 

16th October 2020 Organised business formations have responded to the Reconstruction and Recovery Plan released by President Cyril Ramaphosa on October 15. On the whole, business has welcomed the plan, including the fact that it embraces many of the recommendations made to government by the social partners through... 

Business welcomes recovery plan, but urges swift implementation
President Cyril Ramaphosa

S Africa must put into effect revenue collection – Haroon Bhorat

By: Sane Dhlamini     16th October 2020 University of Cape Town Professor Haroon Bhorat said on Friday that for South Africa to manage its deficit going forward, apart from hoping that growth gets kickstarted in the remaining part of the year, it has to move quickly in effecting revenue collection. Bhorat, who is also a member of... 

S Africa must put into effect revenue collection – Haroon Bhorat

Gauteng’s Transport Authority to be formally established by the end of the year 

By: Simone Liedtke     16th October 2020 The Transport Authority of Gauteng (TAG) will be formally established by the end of this year, interim CEO Jack van der Merwe confirmed on October 16. Speaking during an engagement session, he lamented that the Covid-19 pandemic had somewhat delayed the process but said that final board... 

Gauteng’s Transport Authority to be formally established by the end of the year

Report discusses challenges, options as world continues to drive decarbonisation agenda 

By: Simone Liedtke     16th October 2020 While the global shift from fossil fuels to renewables is helping new ecosystems and technologies to emerge, many of the pursued steps towards decarbonisation pose unique challenges. Many participants in the energy and resources industries have declared an intention to become carbon neutral by... 

Deloitte's Andrew Lane discusses the company's new global report and value beyond compliance with Creamer Media journalist Simone Liedtke. Video: Recorded on Zoom. Editing: Creamer Media's Nicholas Boyd.

Mbalula officially opens Western Cape Rail Traffic Control Centre

By: Yvonne Silaule     16th October 2020 Transport Minister Fikile Mbalula officially launched the Rail Traffic Control Centre, in the Western Cape, on October 16. The new facility is expected to improve efficiencies in the management of rail transport for the benefit of commuters, the community and the economy of the City of Cape Town... 

Scatec Solar advances growth strategy through hydropower developer acquisition

By: Simone Liedtke     16th October 2020 European photovoltaic (PV) company Scatec Solar will be acquiring 100% of the shares in hydropower developer and independent power producer (IPP) SN Power from Norwegian investment fund Norfund for just over $1.17-billion. The acquisition forms an important part of Scatec’s broadened growth... 

CSIR and asphalt industry construct test road using local fillers, recycled tyres

By: Irma Venter     16th October 2020 The Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) and private company Much Asphalt have successfully constructed a section of road using locally available micro-fillers and recycled tyres. Following more than a year of combined laboratory development and evaluation efforts between CSIR... 

CSIR and asphalt industry construct test road using local fillers, recycled tyres
Construction of the road using the new materials

Hundreds of trucks parked at borders stall African trade pact

By: Bloomberg     16th October 2020 Hundreds of trucks have been parked at Benin’s border for more than a year since its eastern neighbor Nigeria abruptly curbed imports. To the west of Benin, officials in Ghana’s capital have shut Nigerian-owned stores to comply with a law that curbs foreign participation in its retail trade. Such... 

Major UK groups highlight advanced technologies they are developing for future fighter

By: Rebecca Campbell     16th October 2020 Major British aerospace, defence and industrial technology companies BAE Systems (BAES), Leonardo UK (part of Italian-based global aerospace and defence group Leonardo SpA), MBDA UK (part of the pan-European MBDA missile group) and Rolls-Royce have reported on some of the advanced technologies... 

Major UK groups highlight advanced technologies they are developing for future fighter
Photo by UK MoD
An artist’s impression of a future fighter derived from the tempest programme

Electricity regulations amended to allow municipalities to develop or buy power 

By: Terence Creamer     16th October 2020 Mineral Resources and Energy Minister Gwede Mantashe has gazetted amendments to the electricity regulations for new electricity generation capacity, opening the way for “municipalities in good financial standing to develop their own power generation projects”.  The Gazette notice amends the... 

Electricity regulations amended to allow municipalities to develop or buy power
Photo by Creamer Media's Donna Slater
Mineral Resources and Energy Minister Gwede Mantashe

Habitat destruction has decimated Côte d’Ivoire’s forest elephant population

By: Rebecca Campbell     16th October 2020 A new study by researchers at the Université Félix Houphouët-Boigny d’Abidjan-Cocody in Côte d’Ivoire (Ivory Coast) has reported a large-scale and disastrous decline in the country’s forest elephant population. The study was published in the open-access journal “PLOS ONE”. It is probable that, in... 

DWS plans to advertise for contractors for Vaal river pollution project

By: Natasha Odendaal     16th October 2020 The Department of Water and Sanitation (DWS) will start seeking competent contractors over the next few weeks to assist in resolving the protracted sewage pollution of the Vaal river. The department, after finalising the scope of what is required to solve the longstanding sewage pollution... 

Ramaphosa announces a renewables-led recovery plan 

16th October 2020 Creamer Media's Chanel de Bruyn speaks to Creamer Media Editor Terence Creamer about the unveiling of the Reconstruction and Recovery Plan, the role of electricity and renewable energy in that plan and whether South Africa will be able to solve its power crisis within the next two years.   

Ramaphosa announces a renewables-led recovery plan

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