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Vinpro approaches High Court to lift alcohol sales ban for the Western Cape  

By: Marleny Arnoldi     27th January 2021 Industry body Vinpro has approached the Cape High Court in efforts to secure urgent interim relief for the wine industry amid the third ban on alcohol sales in the last ten months. The organisation says that, following a hearing that is set down for February 5, the court could afford permission... 

Vinpro approaches High Court to lift alcohol sales ban for the Western Cape

Global coalition formed to drive net-zero shift in hard-to-decarbonise transport and industrial sectors 

By: Terence Creamer     27th January 2021 A new global partnership has been formally launched in an effort to accelerate the decarbonisation of seven heavy industrial and transport sectors that together represent 30% of global greenhouse-gas emissions and where carbon-abatement pathways have yet to be defined. Known as the ‘Mission... 

Global coalition formed to drive net-zero shift in hard-to-decarbonise transport and industrial sectors

Renergen appoints contractors for Virginia gas project's Phase 2 studies 

By: Simone Liedtke     27th January 2021 Emerging helium and natural gas company Renergen has appointed three companies for the engineering studies for Phase 2 of its Virginia gas project, in South Africa’s Free State province. The three companies are Saipem South Africa, EPCM Holdings and Sproule. 

Renergen appoints contractors for Virginia gas project's Phase 2 studies

Aveng to raise R300m to restructure balance sheet, pay debt

By: Simone Liedtke     27th January 2021 Construction company Aveng intends to raise R300-million by way of a fully co-underwritten renounceable rights offer so that it may restructure its balance sheet, which will allow the group to reset its capital structure. The rights offer comprises up to 20-billion ordinary no par value shares in... 

Govt launches R1.2bn Tourism Equity Fund  

By: Marleny Arnoldi     27th January 2021 The Department of Tourism has launched the R1.2-billion Tourism Equity Fund (TEF), aimed at driving transformation in the tourism sector. The fund has been established in partnership with the Small Enterprise Finance Agency (Sefa) as a new financial support mechanism to stimulate investment and... 

Govt launches R1.2bn Tourism Equity Fund
V&A Waterfront, in Cape Town

SAA administrators get R1.3bn from government

By: Reuters     27th January 2021 Administrators at national airline South African Airways (SAA) received R1.3-billion from the Department of Public Enterprises last week, a spokesperson for the administrators said on Wednesday. The money would be used to pay accepted and signed voluntary severance packages, employees who... 

Airlink to resume regular flights to Skukuza

By: Rebecca Campbell     27th January 2021 South African private sector airline Airlink has announced that it will resume scheduled flights to Skukuza Airport, in the Kruger National Park, from Thursday (January 28). The airport had been temporarily shut down on January 14 because of a localised outbreak of Covid-19 at a nearby location.... 

Vaal River System water levels continue to rise

By: Natasha Odendaal     27th January 2021 The water levels of the dams within the Integrated Vaal River System (IVRS) are at steady levels this week as persistent wet weather conditions replenish the system. The average water level of the system, which comprises 14 dams, is at 78.1% this week, an increase from 76.6% last week and 64.5%... 

Growth in digital reality, RAN, cloud and sports tech intensify

By: Natasha Odendaal     27th January 2021 The latest Technology, Media & Telecommunications (TMT) Predictions report reveals that open and virtualised radio access networks (RANs) are accelerating, the 8k television (TV) wave will expand and fifth-generation (5G) myths are being debunked. The twentieth yearly edition of the TMT... 

Survey points to partial recovery in commercial property sectors

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     27th January 2021 The 2020 fourth-quarter First National Bank (FNB) Commercial Property Broker Survey saw all three major commercial property sectors, that is, office, industrial and retail, showing slight increases in perceived market activity levels, with the office property market’s activity remaining the... 

Energy efficiency incentive applications surged in lockdown, says Sanedi

By: Mariaan Webb     27th January 2021 South African businesses are increasingly prioritising energy efficiency as they seek to navigate a more challenging business environment, with energy bills continuing to rise and carbon tax now a reality. The South African National Energy Development Institute (Sanedi) reports that it has seen... 

50 MW De Wildt Solar farm enters commercial operation

By: Donna Slater     27th January 2021 The De Wildt Solar farm, situated within the Madibeng local municipality, close to the town of Brits, in the North West province, on January 23 entered into commercial operations, having achieved facility completion. This 50 MW photovoltaic project is the fourth utility-scale plant that has come... 

50 MW De Wildt Solar farm enters commercial operation

Nissan sets carbon neutral goal for 2050

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     27th January 2021 Automotive manufacturer Nissan Motor has set the goal to achieve carbon neutrality across the company’s operations and the life cycle of its products by 2050. As part of this effort, by the early 2030s, every all-new Nissan vehicle offering in key markets will be electrified, the company says. 

Nissan sets carbon neutral goal for 2050
Roadmap to Carbon Neutrality

Sikorsky, Boeing, release details of their advanced helicopter proposal for US Army

By: Rebecca Campbell     27th January 2021 Renowned US aerospace companies Sikorsky (part of the Lockheed Martin group) and Boeing have unveiled some details and images of their offering for the US Army’s Future Long Range Assault Aircraft (FLRAA) competition. Intended to replace the Sikorsky UH-60 Blackhawk family, the winner of the... 

Sikorsky, Boeing, release details of their advanced helicopter proposal for US Army
Photo by US Army
Photo of the SB-1 technology demonstrator

AfDB launches $25bn programme to help Africa adapt to climate change

By: Donna Slater     27th January 2021 African Development Bank (AfDB) president Akinwumi Adesina launched the Africa Adaptation Acceleration Program (AAAP) on January 25 to mobilise $25-billion to scale up and accelerate climate change adaptation actions across Africa. The launch announcement occurred during the Climate Adaptation... 

Global crude steel output down 0.9% y/y in 2020

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     27th January 2021 Global crude steel production decreased by 0.9% year-on-year to 1.86-billion tonnes for2020, industry association the World Steel Association (worldsteel) reports. South Africa produced 3.9-million tonnes of crude steel, a significant decrease from the 6.2-million tonnes produced in 2019. 

KnowBe4 warns of AI, deepfakes in social engineering attacks this year

By: Schalk Burger     27th January 2021 Cybersecurity awareness and training solutions company KnowBe4 Africa warns that the volume and sophistication of phishing emails – fraudulent emails designed to steal information and credentials or infect devices with malware –will continue to increase this year. KnowBe4 Africa Content Strategy... 

Third consecutive year of coal export decline from Richards Bay Coal Terminal  

By: Martin Creamer     27th January 2021 Coal exports from South Africa’s Richards Bay Coal Terminal (RBCT) last year declined for the third consecutive year, with the 70.2-million tons exported to mainly Asia and single-digit percentages to Africa and Europe, taking exports back to what they were in 2013. In 2020, two-million fewer... 

Richards Bay Coal Terminal’s presentation covered by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer

Afrimat disposes of restructured UCP, but retains ownership of Nkomati

By: Simone Liedtke     27th January 2021 Industrial minerals and construction materials company Afrimat will sell the restructured Unicorn Capital Parents (UCP), which no longer holds a direct interest in the Nkomati anthracite mine. Afrimat last year acquired embattled UCP in order to take full ownership of the Nkomati mine, in which... 

US implements new travel restrictions

By: Sane Dhlamini     27th January 2021 From January 30, at 12:01am EST, entry will be suspended for all foreign nationals who were in South Africa during the 14-day period preceding their travel to the US. In a statement from the US Embassy on Wednesday, US President Joe Biden’s proclamation comes into effect until further notice, as... 

US implements new travel restrictions

Tjeka Training Centre poised for upskilling as infrastructure greenshoots appear 

27th January 2021 Construction academy Tjeka Training Centre, based in Randfontein, is poised for the training and upskilling of future construction industry artisans, according to the centre. While the anticipated infrastructure boom is yet to happen, Creamer Media journalist Simone Liedtke finds out what the... 

Tjeka Training Centre poised for upskilling as infrastructure greenshoots appear

UK awards contract for advanced uncrewed fighter aircraft prototype

By: Rebecca Campbell     26th January 2021 The UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) has placed a £30-million contract with a consortium of aerospace companies, led by Spirit AeroSystems Belfast (a British subsidiary of major US aerospace group Spirit AeroSystems), for the development of an advanced technology high-speed uncrewed fighter aircraft... 

Transitioning fossil-fuel labour forces into new sectors critical for ‘clean, just energy transitions’ 

By: Terence Creamer     26th January 2021 The chair of a new global commission established to offer governments guidance on making their energy transitions more “people-centred” says that the creation of green jobs and the transitioning of existing fossil-fuel labour forces into new sectors will be “key factors for a clean, just energy... 

Danish Energy and Climate Minister Dan Jørgensen, who chairs the International Energy Agency’s new global commission on people-centred clean energy transitions, on the need to integrate social justice with the energy transition. Camera Work: Kutlwano Matala. Editing: Nicholas Boyd.

Salba asks for transparency on alcohol ban

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     26th January 2021 Industry organisation the South African Liquor Brandowners Association (Salba) has called on government to be “transparent” in the reasons for its continued ban of formal alcohol sales, claiming also that Covid-19 cases are declining. “Government justified the current alcohol ban based on the... 

Green technology boost for African mining 

By: Martin Creamer     26th January 2021 The key to unlocking value of Kabanga Nickel and enabling the full beneficiation of new era metals in Tanzania is an environment-friendly hydrometallurgy process that eliminates smelting and thus slashes the need for electricity. The Kabanga Nickel Hydromet process – which takes ore to refined... 

Green technology boost for African mining
President John Magufuli of Tanzania, seated, looks on as Tanzania's Chief Treasurer Athumani Mbutukwa receives share certificates from Kabanga Nickel vice chairperson Chris von Christierson (centre) and Kabanga Nickel CEO Chris Showalter (right).

Ford Resource and Engagement Centre awards grants to small businesses

By: Irma Venter     26th January 2021 The Ford Motor Company Fund is awarding the first grants from the Booth Schoch Future Success Fund to budding entrepreneurs at the Ford Resource and Engagement Centre (FREC) in South Africa.  The winners are all FREC programme graduates who will share $10 000 in grants to advance their businesses.  

Ford Resource and Engagement Centre awards grants to small businesses

Rolls-Royce on course, but warns of greater near-term market uncertainty

By: Rebecca Campbell     26th January 2021 UK-based global industrial technology group Rolls-Royce issued a trading update on Tuesday. It covered the group’s 2020 unaudited results and its preliminary expectations for this year. (Full year results for 2020 will be released on March 11.) “Trading in December was broadly in line with... 

Release excess vaccines you have hoarded – Ramaphosa to rich countries  

By: Thabi Madiba     26th January 2021 President Cyril Ramaphosa pleaded with richer countries, on Tuesday, to release their excess Covid-19 vaccines to countries that have yet to receive doses, voicing his concern about “vaccine nationalism”. Virtually, addressing the World Economic Forum, he noted that richer countries have acquired... 

Release excess vaccines you have hoarded – Ramaphosa to rich countries
President Cyril Ramaphosa

AfCFTA holds ‘immense potential’ for Africa, says WEF report

By: Simone Liedtke     26th January 2021 The African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) holds “immense potential” for the social and economic development of Africa, as renewing the rules of trade will facilitate better cooperation to boost growth, reduce poverty and broaden economic inclusion, says the World Economic Forum (WEF) .... 

SA plans three renewable energy rounds over coming year 

By: Reuters     26th January 2021 South Africa plans to launch three procurement rounds for 6 800 MW of renewable energy over the next year, as well as a combined 5 000 MW of new coal, gas and storage, a presentation by the governing African National Congress (ANC) showed. The presentation, made at a three-day meeting of party... 

SA plans three renewable energy rounds over coming year
Wind turbines outside Caledon in the Western Cape.

Bloodhound project up for sale 

By: Irma Venter     26th January 2021 The UK’s Bloodhound land-speed record (LSR) project is looking for a new owner to take the team through to its world land-speed record attempt in 2022.  In 2019, the Bloodhound team deployed to South Africa to conduct high speed testing, with the car hitting a peak speed of 1 011 km/h, thereby... 

Bloodhound project up for sale

Eskom approaches court to have R23bn equity injection added back this year 

By: Terence Creamer     26th January 2021 State-owned electricity utility Eskom will make the case later this month for the immediate execution of a High Court order stipulating that an amount of R23-billion stripped unlawfully from its allowable revenue in 2019 by the National Energy Regulator of South Africa be added back during its... 

Eskom approaches court to have R23bn equity injection added back this year

Shipping container crunch shows signs of easing, index shows

By: Bloomberg     26th January 2021 A global shortage of shipping containers that’s sent ocean freight rates skyrocketing shows signs of easing, according to an index that tracks the steel boxes used to transport 90% of the global trade in goods. The Container Availability Index developed by Hamburg, Germany-based Container... 

US plans entry ban for most non-citizens from South Africa

By: Bloomberg     26th January 2021 The US will ban entry to most non-US citizens who have recently been in South Africa in response to the new Covid-19 strain there, according to a White House official familiar with the plan. It’s unclear how long the restrictions will continue. The Biden administration will also continue... 

Death of diesel looms as carmakers accelerate to electric future

By: Reuters     26th January 2021 The world's biggest diesel engine factory in Tremery, eastern France, is undergoing a radical overhaul - it's switching to make electric motors. From less than 10% of output in 2020, electric motor production at Tremery will double to around 180 000 in 2021, and is planned to reach 900 000 a... 

Biden signs 'Buy American' order, pledges to renew US manufacturing

By: Reuters     26th January 2021 President Joe Biden vowed on Monday to leverage the purchasing power of the US government, the world's biggest single buyer of goods and services, to strengthen domestic manufacturing and create markets for new technologies. The Democratic president signed an executive order aimed at closing... 

Biden signs 'Buy American' order, pledges to renew US manufacturing
US President Joe Biden

Climate change is melting ice in every continent, new study shows

By: Bloomberg     25th January 2021 Melting on the ice sheets has accelerated so much over the past three decades that it’s now in line with the worst-case climate warming scenarios outlined by scientists. A total of 28 trillion metric tons of ice was lost between 1994 and 2017, according to a research paper published in The... 

TNPA to consolidate offices at Ngqura port

By: Marleny Arnoldi     25th January 2021 Transnet National Ports Authority (TNPA) has announced plan to consolidate its various corporate offices into one at the eMendi administration building, Port of Ngqura, in Port Elizabeth, by the end of March. The State-owned entity currently has corporate offices split between Johannesburg and... 

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