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Replacing world’s costliest 500 GW of coal with solar and wind would shave $23bn off system costs 

By: Terence Creamer     2nd June 2020 Replacing the costliest 500 GW of coal with solar photovoltaic and onshore wind would cut power system costs by up to $23-billion a year and reduce annual carbon dioxide emissions by around 1.8 gigatons, equivalent to 5% of total global CO2 emissions in 2019, a new report shows. The study also... 

Replacing world’s costliest 500 GW of coal with solar and wind would shave $23bn off system costs

Engineering News & Mining Weekly e-magazine now available

28th 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

Creecy has had no formal communication on possible exclusion of FGD at Medupi 

By: Creamer Media Reporter      2nd June 2020 Environment, Forestry and Fisheries Minister Barbara Creecy reports that she has had no formal communication from Eskom with regards to it potentially not installing flue-gas desulphurisation (FGD) systems at the Medupi power station in line with a previous commitment to do so. FGD technologies... 

Creecy has had no formal communication on possible exclusion of FGD at Medupi
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Environment, Forestry and Fisheries Minister Barbara Creecy

World Bank says governments should prepare policies for a new world after virus 

By: Marleny Arnoldi     2nd June 2020 Interventions to recover from the Covid-19 pandemic should be no less powerful, forceful and fast than the crisis itself, says World Bank group president David Malpass in the bank’s 'Global Economic Prospects' report. Some of the chapters of the report were released on June 2, with the full... 

World Bank says governments should prepare policies for a new world after virus

Hino, BYD to collaborate on development of electric trucks

By: Irma Venter     2nd June 2020 Japanese truck manufacturer Hino Motors has signed a strategic business alliance with BYD Commercial Vehicles, of China, to collaborate in developing battery electric vehicles (BEV).  The objective is to find best-fit solutions for the customers of both companies while promoting low-carbon... 

Vehicle theft, hijackings down 76% during lockdown

By: Irma Venter     2nd June 2020 Fleet and mobile asset management solutions provider MiX Telematics has released statistics that indicate that the Covid-19 lockdown has had a positive effect on vehicle crime and road-related incidents, owing mainly to the 74% decline in vehicle use and heightened police visibility during the... 

Auto industry awaits new normal as sales drop by 68%

By: Irma Venter     2nd June 2020 The new-vehicle market during May recorded 12 932-unit sales as the industry spluttered back to life following the Alert Level 5 national lockdown.  This number is 68% down on May last year and is only about 30% of the market activity seen in the first two months of the year. 

Auto industry awaits new normal as sales drop by 68%

Magubane appointed new chair of governance-impaired SFF

By: Terence Creamer     2nd June 2020 Respected former Department of Energy director-general Nelisiwe Magubane has been appointed as the new chairperson of the Strategic Fuel Fund (SFF), the governance-impaired subsidiary of the State-owned Central Energy Fund (CEF). Magubane, who is also executive chairperson of Matleng Energy... 

Magubane appointed new chair of governance-impaired SFF
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Nelisiwe Magubane

Sasol appoints Mabelane to lead energy business as Radebe retires

By: Terence Creamer     2nd June 2020 Chemicals and energy group Sasol has appointed Priscillah Mabelane as the new executive vice president of its energy business, replacing Maurice Radebe, who will retire from Sasol on September 30 after 16 years with the group. Mabelane’s appointment is effective from September 1 and she will also... 

Sasol appoints Mabelane to lead energy business as Radebe retires
Priscillah Mabelane

CDH says Comp Act focusing on SMEs, but says that larger firms also struggling

By: Simone Liedtke     2nd June 2020 The onslaught of the Covid-19 pandemic continues to complicate matters for various business, especially with the South African Competition Act now seemingly focusing on protecting smaller firms and customers who may be subject to price hikes during these difficult times. With the world finding... 

Imperial says nine-month performance ‘unsatisfactory’ amid Covid-19 impact

By: Simone Liedtke     2nd June 2020 Africa- and Europe-focused logistics company Imperial Logistics says its performance in the nine months to March 31, was “unsatisfactory”, adding that the Covid-19 pandemic was continuing to severely impact on the company's operations in more than 32 countries. During a yearly investor day... 

United Steel condemns unnecessary protest at old Metso steel mill

By: Marleny Arnoldi     2nd June 2020 International metals and minerals company United Steel, a division of United Heavy Industries, has disassociated itself from allegations that jobs are up for sale at its steel mill, and condemned the protest action at the site, in Mandeni, KwaZulu-Natal, on June 1. The company recently acquired... 

Transnet meets with AMSA to talk freight issues, unlocking more value

By: Marleny Arnoldi     2nd June 2020 Transnet Freight Rail (TFR) has met with ArcelorMittal South Africa to address concerns raised by the steel producer regarding TFR’s impact on its business operations. This forms part of TFR’s efforts to improve efficiencies and productivity, especially when freight issues are contributing to... 

Pandemic underpins importance of purpose-driven leadership, shared value creation

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     2nd June 2020 The Covid-19 pandemic presents an opportunity for business to restructure and to pursue purpose-driven leadership and strategies, which includes creating shared value for all stakeholders. This will not only help in weathering the current difficulties, but will also position companies well for a... 

CCBSA installs new ceramic water filtration system at its Polokwane plant

By: Simone Liedtke     2nd June 2020 Coca-Cola Beverages South Africa (CCBSA) has successfully installed a new ceramic water filtration system at its Polokwane bottling plant. It expects the system to deliver almost R2.6-million in water savings a year. 

SAAE urges water security investment to relieve post-Covid-19 economic stresses

By: Natasha Odendaal     2nd June 2020 The South African Academy of Engineering (SAAE) has urged government to focus on targeted water infrastructure investment post-Covid-19 to bolster jobs and the economy amid limited resources. In a letter written to President Cyril Ramaphosa, the association advised a focus on infrastructure... 

Creecy outlines activities allowed under the Covid-19 Lockdown Level 3

By: Yvonne Silaule     2nd June 2020 Hunting, self-drive visits to private or public game reserves and national parks, and recreational fishing are among the activities to be allowed under Level 3, Environment, Forestry and Fisheries Minister Barbara Creecy has announced.   

Greenpeace to screen plastic-waste exposé on World Environment Day

By: Donna Slater     2nd June 2020 To celebrate World Environment Day on June 5, Greenpeace Africa will, this week, screen 'The Story of Plastic', a new documentary directed and produced by Deia Schlosberg, which exposes the international environmental, climate, justice and health impacts of the plastic industry. The virtual... 

BP Southern Africa appoints supply chain expert as CEO

By: Marleny Arnoldi     2nd June 2020 Petrochemicals company BP Southern Africa (BPSA) has appointed Taelo Mokapelo CEO, effective June 1. She succeeds Priscillah Mabelane, who resigned to pursue another opportunity.  

BP Southern Africa appoints supply chain expert as CEO
BPSA CEO Taelo Mokapelo

Air transport association welcomes world body’s safe air travel guidelines

By: Rebecca Campbell     2nd June 2020 The International Air Transport Association (Iata) – the representative body for the global airline industry – has called on governments around the world to swiftly implement the guidelines developed by the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO – a specialist agency of the United... 

Airlines association welcomes limited restart of South African aviation but still seeks aid

By: Rebecca Campbell     2nd June 2020 The Airlines Association of Southern Africa (AASA) has welcomed the re-authorisation, on a limited basis, of domestic commercial flying in South Africa. This was the consequence of the government’s decision to ease the national lockdown restrictions (intended to counter the Covid-19 pandemic)... 

IDC committed to exploring all options to rescue Kalagadi Manganese

By: Martin Creamer     2nd June 2020 The Industrial Development Corporation (IDC) said on Tuesday that it remained fully committed to exploring all its options to protect the future of Kalagadi Manganese, which has opposed business rescue proceedings. IDC said it was important to note that Friday’s court decision on IDC’s business... 

IDC committed to exploring all options to rescue Kalagadi Manganese
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Kalagadi Manganese mine.

Another step forward in achieving electrically-powered aircraft

By: Rebecca Campbell     2nd June 2020 Two US companies, based in Seattle in Washington state, have successfully flown a Cessna 208B Grand Caravan utility aircraft which they had modified, replacing its standard single turboprop engine an electric motor. The companies are electric aeroengine development company magniX and independent... 

Another step forward in achieving electrically-powered aircraft
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The eCaravan climbs away on its first flight

Port facilitating green energy for South Africa

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     2nd June 2020 As the only port with green status in the Southern African port system, Transnet National Ports Authority’s (TNPA) Port of Ngqura has now established itself as a suitable partner in driving green energy development in the country. TNPA says the port has provided a safe gateway, temporary storage... 

Port facilitating green energy for South Africa
Wind farm deliveries

Unctad sees green shoots for developing countries’ exports

By: Marleny Arnoldi     2nd June 2020 Global exports of commodities to China could plunge by between $15-billion and $33-billion this year, which is 46% lower than annual growth projections before Covid-19 hit, says the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development. The intergovernmental body adds that this finding raises... 

ERG says cobalt market can only benefit from EU’s green plan

By: Marleny Arnoldi     2nd June 2020 Diversified miner Eurasian Resources Group (ERG) says the European Union’s (EU’s) green plan to make electric vehicles (EVs) a centrepiece of the continent’s economic recovery has injected confidence into the global cobalt market. CEO Benedikt Sobotka says the green plan has also renewed... 

Paramount receives order from Kazakh Ministry for new armoured vehicles

By: Donna Slater     2nd June 2020 Kazakhstan Paramount Engineering (KPE), a joint venture between global aerospace and technology business Paramount Group and Kazakhstan partners, has signed an agreement with the Ministry of Industry and Infrastructural Development of the Republic of Kazakhstan to supply the Eurasian nation’s... 

Paramount receives order from Kazakh Ministry for new armoured vehicles

New solution for monitoring tailings dams 

By: Martin Creamer     2nd June 2020 The tragic tailings dam breach in Brazil that killed more than 270 people has focused the world of mining on making tailings dams safe. Earlier this year, and environmental organisation Grid-Arendal launched the world’s first publicly accessible global database of mine tailings storage facilities... 

New solution for monitoring tailings dams
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Tailings dam.

DWS Gauteng water tank rollout hits over 2 000

By: Natasha Odendaal     2nd June 2020 The Department of Water and Sanitation (DWS) has delivered 2 211 water tanks across Gauteng. Since the start of the Covid-19 outbreak in South Africa, the department has been deploying water tanks to communities in densely-populated areas across Gauteng. 

Battery metals traceability project launched to enhance sustainability of industry

By: Donna Slater     2nd June 2020 Finland-based research, development and innovation organisation VTT says the success of electric vehicles (EVs) may be determined by production methods and information on the origins of battery materials in the future. VTT and the Geological Survey of Finland GTK, there, have launched a battery... 

Swiss institute advances technology to trace pearl origins

By: Marleny Arnoldi     2nd June 2020 The Swiss Gemmological Institute (SSEF) has introduced a new service to support the documentation of the origin and provenance of pearls, assisting the pearl trade in documenting origins and improving the traceability of pearls. The service is supported by the SSEF’s deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA)... 

New natural diamond council launched  

By: Martin Creamer     2nd June 2020 A natural diamond is made from carbon and is the hardest natural known substance on earth. Natural diamonds are created over a period of one to three billion years, many kilometres below the earth's mantle under natural conditions of very high pressure and high temperature. But unlike champagne,... 

New natural diamond council launched
Natural Diamond Council supports United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.

South African rand falls as risk appetite wanes on US protests, Sino-US tensions

By: Reuters     2nd June 2020 The South African rand fell against the dollar in early trade on Tuesday, amid growing concerns over US-China tensions and rising violent protests across the United States. At 0645 GMT, the rand traded at 17.4130 per dollar, 0.22% lower than its previous close. 

South African rand falls as risk appetite wanes on US protests, Sino-US tensions

Rockwell releases industrial cybersecurity assessment app

By: Schalk Burger     2nd June 2020 Industrial technology multinational Rockwell Automation has released a new app to help operations managers, plant floor managers and information technology/operational technology (IT/OT) professionals gauge levels of operational risk within their connected infrastructures. The Assessment Hub app... 

Kariba dam's water allocation targets maintained, says authority

By: Schalk Burger     2nd June 2020 Binational catchment authority, the Zambezi River Authority in a June 1 update on the state of the Kariba dam at the end of the rainy season said it has predominantly maintained the allocation of 23-billion cubic metres of water to power uitilities Zesco, in Zambia, and the Zimbabwe Power... 

Digital enterprises needed to ensure effective remote working

By: Schalk Burger     2nd June 2020 To take advantage of a digitally-connected, remote workforce, enterprises should use digital workers, such as robotic process automation, chatbots and virtual assistants, to do repetitive work or data analysis while employees focus on decision-, direction- and emotional tasks supported by the... 

SAPVIA says draft new generation regulations fall short of mark

By: Creamer Media Reporter      1st June 2020 The South African Photovoltaic Industry Association (SAPVIA) says draft amendments to the Electricity Regulations on New Generation Capacity enabling municipalities to develop or procure their own power generation fall short of addressing needs of either industry or municipalities. Mineral... 

SAPVIA says draft new generation regulations fall short of mark

Bidvest warns of lower earnings amid Covid-19

By: Donna Slater     1st June 2020 Services, trading and distribution group, the Bidvest Group, expects its headline earnings a share and earnings a share for the financial year to June 30 to be more than 20% lower year-on-year, as a result of the impact of Covid-19 on some of its businesses. While trading profit has been... 

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