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South Africa to move to Level 3, but risk of infections now even greater – Ramaphosa

By: News24Wire      Updated 7 hours ago After nearly 60 days of tough Covid-19 lockdown restrictions, President Cyril Ramaphosa announced a drop to Level 3, bringing a significant easing of measures to combat the deadly pandemic. 

South Africa to move to Level 3, but risk of infections now even greater – Ramaphosa
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President Cyril Ramaphosa

Full reopening of mining from June 1 – President Ramaphosa

By: Martin Creamer     24th May 2020 Subject to strict Covid-19 protocols, mining will be allowed to reopen fully from June 1, President Cyril Ramaphosa said on Sunday. In his address on South Africa’s response to the coronavirus pandemic, the President announced that South Africa would advance to level 3 from June 1, with an... 

Full reopening of mining from June 1 – President Ramaphosa
Photo by Creamer Media's Donna Slater
President Cyril Ramaphosa

Mponeng detects 164 Covid cases, suspends mining – AngloGold Ashanti

By: Martin Creamer     24th May 2020 Gold mining company AngloGold Ashanti on Sunday confirmed that, following the detection of its first positive Covid-19 case at its Mponeng gold mine last week, a comprehensive screening, contact tracing and testing programme had revealed 164 positive cases at the site in Merafong, in Gauteng... 

Mponeng detects 164 Covid cases, suspends mining  – AngloGold Ashanti
Mponeng Gold Mine

Almost two-thirds of ITS community severely impacted by Covid-19  

By: Irma Venter     22nd May 2020 The Covid-19 pandemic has had a significant impact on the local intelligent transport system (ITS) community, says Intelligent Transport Society South Africa (ITSSA) CEO Dr Paul Vorster. ITTSA conducted a survey among its members on the new normal brought about by the Covid-19 pandemic. 

Almost two-thirds of ITS community severely impacted by Covid-19 

Engineering News & Mining Weekly e-magazine now available

21st May 2020 For the duration of South Africa’s Covid-19 lockdown period, Creamer Media is providing free digital access to our flagship Engineering News & Mining Weekly news magazine. Click now to read our latest edition. 

Engineering News & Mining Weekly e-magazine now available

UIF/TERS claims leading to 'enormous anger', says Master Builders’ WCape 

By: Irma Venter     22nd May 2020 The Master Builders’ Association Western Cape (MBAWC) says it is “cautiously confident” that the construction industry is ready to return to work safely, and maintains that the longer the industry remains dormant, the greater the financial losses its members will need to bear.  These losses... 

UIF/TERS claims leading to 'enormous anger', says Master Builders’ WCape

MBA North calls for engagement around lockdown regulations 

By: Irma Venter     22nd May 2020 The Master Builders Association (MBA) North is calling on government to “proactively engage” with the construction industry to firm up the lockdown regulations relating to the industry as quickly as possible.  MBA North executive director Mohau Mphomela says that certainty will help the industry... 

MBA North calls for engagement around lockdown regulations

Covid-19 highlights challenges, opportunities in South Africa's water sector

By: Simone Liedtke     22nd May 2020 The Covid-19 pandemic has magnified the deficits in the water and sanitation sectors in South Africa, Water Research Commission (WRC) CEO Dr Dhesigan Naidoo said during a webinar on May 22. He added that the pandemic had also highlighted some of the opportunities in these sectors. 

Covid-19 highlights challenges, opportunities in South Africa's water sector

Stable leadership will correct path of DWS

By: Natasha Odendaal     22nd May 2020 Stability in the leadership of the Department of Water and Sanitation (DWS) will be critical to turning the department around and achieving the targets outlined in its Annual Performance Plans and its 2020/25 Medium Term Strategic Plan. Instability in leadership positions within the DWS... 

Auto-battery makers mull alternative chemistries to lower costs, increase driving range 

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     22nd May 2020 Battery makers and car manufacturers have seen a shift in the pursuit of altering battery chemistry to lower the costs of new energy vehicles (NEVs) that are being manufactured and extend their driving range. Speaking to Engineering News & Mining Weekly, independent research house Afriforesight... 

Auto-battery makers mull alternative chemistries to lower costs, increase driving range

Airline group Comair announces options for ticket holders

By: Rebecca Campbell     22nd May 2020 South African private-sector airline group Comair, which is currently under business rescue, and its business rescue practitioners (BRPs), announced on May 22 the options open to those holding tickets for flights with the group. Comair operates the British Airways in South Africa and Kulula low... 

First window of SMME debt relief financing scheme closing

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     22nd May 2020 The first window of the Department of Small Business Development's (DSBD's) Small, Medium-sized and Microenterprise (SMME) Debt Relief Financing Scheme will close soon. The scheme was initially allocated an amount of R200-million, which was later increased to R500-million, when the department... 

Trade and Industry Committee briefed on plans to reopen economy

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     22nd May 2020 The Portfolio Committee on Trade and Industry was on May 22 briefed by the Department of Trade, Industry and Competition about measures taken by the department in response to Covid-19’s impact on various industries. The department told the committee that the national lockdown has served its... 

Hulisani expects loss a share of at least 54c

By: Marleny Arnoldi     22nd May 2020 JSE-listed energy investment company Hulisani expects to report a loss a share of between 54c and 64c for the year ended February 29. This represents an 8% to 28% widening of the 50c a share loss reported for the financial year ended February 28, 2019.  

University of Pretoria appoints interim dean for GIBS

By: Marleny Arnoldi     22nd May 2020 The University of Pretoria (UP) has appointed senior lecturer and executive director of faculty Dr Morris Mthombeni as interim dean of the Gordon Institute of Business Science (GIBS), effective July 1. Mthombeni will fulfil this role until such time that a permanent dean is appointed following... 

University of Pretoria appoints interim dean for GIBS
University of Pretoria executive director of faculty Dr Morris Mthombeni

Regenesys pledges R100m to lower tuition fees during lockdown

By: Donna Slater     22nd May 2020 Regenesys Foundation, the philanthropic arm of Regenesys Business School, on May 22 launched a Covid-19 lockdown education initiative with a R100-million pledge, which will be used to reduce course fees by 60%. Regenesys Foundation enabled Regenesys Business School to make the pledge.  

African airline sector hammered by anti-Covid-19 flight restrictions

By: Rebecca Campbell     22nd May 2020 The International Air Transport Association (Iata), the representative body for the global airline industry, reported at a media briefing on May 21 that, on May 12, airline flight departures in Africa were 94% lower than they had been on January 1. The entire African airline sector had... 

International initiative to fund African Covid-19 research unveiled

By: Rebecca Campbell     22nd May 2020 South Africa’s National Research Foundation (NRF) has announced the launch of a $4.75-million (about R90-million) international Covid-19 Africa Rapid Fund Grant. The purpose of the fund is to support the creation and translation of knowledge to help with the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of... 

Ethiopian Communications Authority calls for telecommunications licenses submissions

By: Natasha Odendaal     22nd May 2020 The Ethiopian Communications Authority (ECA) is calling for expressions of interest (EoI) to be submitted for two new telecommunications licenses in Ethiopia. Interested parties have until 12:00 GMT+3 on June 22 to submit their interest for the potential awarding of two nationwide... 

Global steel production down 13% y/y

By: Donna Slater     22nd May 2020 World crude steel production for the 64 countries reporting to the World Steel Association (worldsteel) decreased by 13% year-on-year to 137.1-million tonnes in April. Africa's output decreased by 55.7% year-on-year to 603 000 t, with South Africa's output having decreased by 99.5%. 

Report calls for new supply chains to decarbonise global energy trade

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     22nd May 2020 Today’s global economy is enabled by a global energy trade and countries around the world are dependent on the flows of oil, coal and natural gas to keep their economies growing. As countries move to decarbonise and adopt renewable energy, many are finding it difficult to do so cost-effectively... 

Can maggots fuel sports drinks? South African startup thinks so

By: , Bloomberg     22nd May 2020 A South African startup aims to produce high-quality protein powder from maggots for use in food products and sports drinks by the end of the year. By doing so, it will become the first company in Africa to make insect protein for human consumption. South African rivals currently harvest larvae... 

UK's Blair: Patchy data means Africa could use antibody tests to track Covid-19

By: Reuters     22nd May 2020 African nations should use antibody tests to find out whether the slower spread and lower mortality rate of the new coronavirus on the continent is due to patchy data or a more resilient population, former British prime minister Tony Blair said on Friday. That information would guide leaders in... 

Easing of South Africa lockdown may bring no respite for smokers

By: , Bloomberg     22nd May 2020 The imminent easing of lockdown rules in South Africa may bring no respite for smokers who’ve been contending with a tobacco sales ban for almost two months. Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs Minister Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, whose department plays a key role in determining the... 

Why a giant hydropower dam in Africa worries the US, China

By: , Bloomberg     22nd May 2020 China and the United Nations backed calls for Ethiopia to resume talks over its plan to begin filling a giant hydropower dam that is opposed by Egypt. Ethiopia wants to flood the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam when the next rainy season begins in July. Egypt insists on having a say in how... 

Leon lists measures to attract mining investment in these challenging times  

By: Martin Creamer     22nd May 2020 South Africa should consider appointing an independent minerals regulator to speed up minerals licensing, Herbert Smith Freehills Africa co-chair Peter Leon said during a webinar this week. Responding to Patrick Leyden, who moderated the webinar entitled re-imagining the sub-Saharan mining... 

Herbert Smith Freehills Africa Co-Chair Peter Leon spoke at a webinar covered by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer

Video streaming platform launched to empower content creators, open revenue stream

By: Donna Slater     22nd May 2020 To reinvent itself and preserve jobs, a Johannesburg-based startup has quickly built and launched an end-to-end online video streaming platform – Send it – that enables content creators to monetise their audiences through free, or pay-to-view, live broadcasts. Co-founders James Coetzee and... 

SA definitely moving to Level 3 lockdown 'soon', the question is how - deputy minister 

By: News24Wire      22nd May 2020 Government is in the advanced stages of consultation with health and economic experts which will result in the country 'soon' shifting to Level 3 lockdown, according to Deputy Minister of Trade, Industry and Economic development, Fikile Majola. "The big issue facing government and the country now... 

  SA definitely moving to Level 3 lockdown 'soon', the question is how - deputy minister
Deputy Minister of Trade, Industry and Economic development Fikile Majola

Ramaphosa to hear from the tourism industry ahead of move to Level 3

By: News24Wire      22nd May 2020 President Cyril Ramaphosa will continue his consultative tour on Friday, ahead of the country moving down to Level 3 of the nationwide lockdown. His office announced that the president would hold virtual engagements with stakeholders in the tourism sector who had asked to meet him. Ramaphosa has... 

Ramaphosa to hear from the tourism industry ahead of move to Level 3
President Cyril Ramaphosa

Tribunal confirms another excessive pricing consent agreement

By: Donna Slater     22nd May 2020 The Competition Tribunal has approved a consent agreement relating to the alleged excessive pricing of face masks in the context of Covid-19, with two related companies to jointly pay an administrative penalty of R1.5-million.

The companies, Sicuro Safety and Hennox Supplies, have also... 

Eskom provides update on power system, maintenance and financial balancing act 

22nd May 2020 Creamer Media's Chanel de Bruyn speaks to Engineering News Editor Terence Creamer about the outlook for the power system as the country heads into the high-demand winter months, its maintenance plans, its restructuring and financial balancing acts and how it is being affected by Covid-19. 

Eskom provides update on power system, maintenance and financial balancing act

China’s platinum users increase stock levels 

By: Martin Creamer     21st May 2020 Industrial platinum users and jewellery platinum users in China have been taking advantage of the low platinum price to increase their stock levels. China increased stock levels in this way twice before: in 2008 with the global financial crisis and again in 2014 ahead of the long strike. 

China’s platinum users increase stock levels
World Platinum Investment Council research director Trevor Raymond

Lifting of cigarette sale prohibition will improve tobacco farming economics

By: Donna Slater     21st May 2020 If the ban on cigarette sales is lifted, tobacco farmers supported by the Emerging Farmer Initiative will benefit enormously, enabling them to sell and duly process crops that have already been harvested, says agricultural services company Afgri. The organisation notes that permitting cigarettes... 

Hudaco unlikely to pay dividend as Covid-19 impacts businesses

By: Donna Slater     21st May 2020 Branded automotive, industrial and electronic consumable product importer and distributor Hudaco reports, that despite business disruptions as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic, its business remains in a sound financial position, with payments still being made to its creditors on negotiated... 

CFOs in Africa take steps to provide safe working environments for their employees

By: Donna Slater     21st May 2020 As governments in Africa ease lockdown restrictions and reopen local economies, CFOs are focusing on plans to provide a safe working environment for their employees and ensure that this safety can be sustained throughout the Covid-19 crisis and recovery. This deduction comes from the latest 'the... 

CFOs in Africa take steps to provide safe working environments for their employees
Photo by Creamer Media's Donna Slater
PwC Africa CEO Dion Shango

Eskom committed to ‘aggressive’ end-2021 unbundling timeline  

By: Terence Creamer     21st May 2020 Eskom CEO Andre de Ruyter describes as “aggressive” the end-of-2021 deadline for completing the unbundling of the vertically integrated power utility but insisted on Thursday that he was fully committed to adhering to the timeline contained in government’s restructuring roadmap. During a virtual... 

Eskom CEO Andre de Ruyter on how Eskom plan to recover from its current downward trajectory. Camera Work: Kutlwano Matlala. Editing: Nicholas Boyd

Local company brings mass-screening device to the South African market

By: Marleny Arnoldi     21st May 2020 Local company Granule Holdings has started distributing smart helmets to monitor people for high temperatures in the fight again Covid-19. The KC N901 smart helmet is able to scan the temperatures of up to 200 people every minute and has been well received by authorities in China, Italy, the... 

Union blasts Denel for last-minute unilateral three-month salary cut

By: Rebecca Campbell     21st May 2020 Trade union UASA announced on May 21 that it was “rejecting” the letter sent out by South Africa’s State-owned defence industrial group Denel’s CEO Danie du Toit in which he announced that the company would not be paying its employees for the next three months (May, June and July). The union... 

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