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SAPS, industry form partnership to combat construction mafia 

By: Irma Venter     2nd April 2020 The South African Forum for Engineering (SAFE) has met with the national police commissioner to discuss the increased prevalence of the so-called construction mafia and its effect on the local construction industry. SAFE includes the South African Institution of Civil Engineering (SAICE),... 

SAPS, industry form partnership to combat construction mafia

Engineering News & Mining Weekly e-magazine now available

2nd April 2020 For the duration of South Africa’s 21-day 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

Mobile testing, sampling units for Covid-19 launched 

By: Simone Liedtke     2nd April 2020 In light of the increasing number of Covid-19 local transmissions in South Africa, the Department of Health and government have stepped up capacity for testing across the country through procuring an additional 60 mobile sampling and testing units. In line with President Cyril Ramaphosa’s... 

Mobile testing, sampling units for Covid-19 launched

Vodacom, Discovery to offer Covid-19 screening platform 

By: Natasha Odendaal     2nd April 2020 Vodacom and Discovery have teamed up to develop risk assessment and virtual healthcare tools for citizens to assess their Covid-19 risk, schedule virtual healthcare professional consultations and get advice. The Covid-19 online healthcare platform can help to identify people who need health... 

Vodacom, Discovery to offer Covid-19 screening platform
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Vodacom CEO Shameel Joosub

South African school group develops, 3D prints face shields to protect healthcare workers

By: Donna Slater     2nd April 2020 JSE-listed independent education provider Curro Holdings is assisting several healthcare organisations around the country by offering the services of its three-dimensional printers, as well as its staff, to aid in the printing of protective face shields for medical workers currently fighting... 

UJ Makerspace 3D printing face shields for hospital staff

By: Donna Slater     2nd April 2020 The University of Johannesburg’s (UJ’s) three-dimensional (3D) innovation laboratory Makerspace has been mobilised to help in the fight against the spread of Covid-19 by producing face shields to be used by frontline hospital staff as cases of the virus continue to rise in South Africa, and... 

UJ Makerspace 3D printing face shields for hospital staff
The face shields made by UJ Makerspace laboratory

Policy uncertainty index reaches deepest negative territory since launch

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     2nd April 2020 The North West University’s Policy Uncertainty Index (PUI) for the first quarter increased sharply to 59.8 from 53.6 in the previous quarter, the highest and deepest into negative territory since the PUI’s launch five years ago. The big exogenous shock of Covid-19, together with ratings agency... 

Auto industry faces ‘existential threat’, says GlobalData

By: Irma Venter     2nd April 2020 The automotive sector is facing its biggest existential threat since the 2007 to 2009 financial crisis, with multidimensional challenges at its door, says data analytics and consulting company GlobalData. These include supply-chain restrictions, workforce safety and demand drop off. 

Auto industry faces ‘existential threat’, says GlobalData

SAA to operate repatriation charter flights, starting with operations to Germany

By: Rebecca Campbell     2nd April 2020 State-owned national flag carrier South African Airways (SAA) is to undertake charter flights to repatriate foreign citizens caught in South Africa by the national lockdown which started at midnight March 26/27. This lockdown is an attempt to counter the Covid-19 pandemic. The first such flights... 

Covid-19 could delay completion of Group Five business rescue plan

By: Simone Liedtke     2nd April 2020 Owing to the economic and social consequences directly associated with the Covid-19 pandemic, and South Africa’s national lockdown, construction company Group Five may face delays in the completion of its business rescue proceedings. In a statement on April 1, the business rescue practitioners... 

Food security identified as great Covid-19 concern in Southern Africa

By: Simone Liedtke     2nd April 2020 Food security has been identified as one of the biggest concerns in Southern Africa amid the Covid-19 outbreak and ensuing lockdowns in countries across the continent. In a webinar on April 2, the World Health Organisation (WHO) and the World Food Programme (WFP) said that, as most countries have... 

Food security identified as great Covid-19 concern in Southern Africa

Africa requires centrality in response strategy for Covid-19 – CDC speaker

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     2nd April 2020 Dealing with the Covid-19 pandemic on the African continent will require a collaborative, cooperative and effective communication approach, with the recognition that the situation will not be resolved in any single State if it is not resolved in each and every country. This was indicated by... 

juwi awarded Touwsrivier solar O&M contract

By: Donna Slater     2nd April 2020 Renewable energy company juwi Renewable Energies has been awarded the contract for the operations and maintenance (O&M) of the Touwsrivier concentrated photovoltaic (CPV) solar project in the Western Cape, effective April 1. The contract was awarded to juwi’s’ subsidiary, juwi Solar ZA O&M 1.  

juwi awarded Touwsrivier solar O&M contract

Gumede appointed regulator member at Nersa

By: Marleny Arnoldi     2nd April 2020 Mineral Resources and Energy Minister Gwede Mantashe has appointed Nhlanhla Gumede as a full-time regulator member of the National Energy Regulator of South Africa (Nersa). Gumede will primarily be responsible for electricity regulation for five years, effective April 1.  

Gumede appointed regulator member at Nersa
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Nersa chairperson Jacob Modise

Volvo Trucks to provide support to essential fleets

By: Irma Venter     2nd April 2020 Volvo Trucks Southern Africa says it will support transport companies that are delivering essential services during the Covid-19 lockdown in South Africa.  “We are indeed living in extraordinary times and I want to assure customers that Volvo Trucks, together with our nationwide network, is doing... 

Volvo Trucks to provide support to essential fleets

Altron seeks unbundling, London listing for subsidiary Bytes UK

By: Natasha Odendaal     2nd April 2020 JSE-listed Allied Electronics (Altron) is pursuing a potential unbundling and separate listing of its UK subsidiary, Bytes Technology Group. Following a strategic review, Altron is mulling a listing and potential share offering of Bytes UK on the London Stock Exchange, with a secondary listing on... 

Iata calls African countries to support their airlines during the Covid-19 crisis

By: Rebecca Campbell     2nd April 2020 The global representative organisation for the airline industry, the International Air Transport Association (Iata), issued on April 2 a call for African and Middle Eastern governments to financially support their airlines, directly and/or indirectly. This was because of the havoc being wrought... 

Global air cargo demand fell sharply in February, but Africa saw an increase

By: Rebecca Campbell     2nd April 2020 The International Air Transport Association (Iata), the representative body of the global commercial aviation (airline and air cargo) sector, has released its latest report (dated April 1) on air freight demand during this past February. “The spread of Covid-19 intensified over the month of... 

Coronavirus forces postponement of UN’s COP26 climate summit

By: Creamer Media Reporter      2nd April 2020 The United Nations (UN) climate change conference set to take place in Glasgow, Scotland, in November, has been postponed as a result of the outbreak of coronavirus, the UN and UK government have confirmed in a joint statement. The twenty-sixth conference of the parties (COP26) has been delayed... 

New chair of financially beleaguered Necsa outlines priorities

By: Rebecca Campbell     Updated 1 hour 43 minutes ago The financially-beleaguered South African Nuclear Energy Corporation (Necsa), which falls under the Department of Mineral Resources and Energy (DMRE), had a new board appointed in late January, to oversee and turnaround the agency. The chairperson of this new board, which has a term of three... 

New chair of financially beleaguered Necsa outlines priorities

Averda, Gift of the Givers collaborate on medical waste management

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     2nd April 2020 International waste management company Averda has entered into a strategic partnership with African disaster response nongovernmental organisation (NGO) Gift of the Givers, to provide necessary medical waste management services to its mobile testing stations across the country free of charge for... 

Absa pledges financial support to SMMEs

By: Simone Liedtke     2nd April 2020 Financial institution Absa has partnered with the South African Future Trust (SAFT) to administer the disbursement of funds to small-, medium-sized and microenterprises (SMMEs) whose income will be impacted on in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic. In a sign of support, Absa, alongside three other... 

RMB aims to ‘keep the wheels of the economy turning’ by assisting SMEs

By: Simone Liedtke     2nd April 2020 Banks, businesses, government, regulators and the broader financial services sector need to pull together like never before in a constructive partnership to help guide South Africa through what will be an extremely difficult economic period, the full scale of which is as yet unknown, Rand... 

FNB urges customers to apply for Covid-19 relief measures it offers

By: Marleny Arnoldi     2nd April 2020 FNB says Credit Life is one of the options it offers to provide relief to customers impacted by Covid-19, serving as a credit insurance mechanism. The financial services provider late in March announced a new set of cash flow relief measures for customers whose finances have been impacted by... 

FNB urges customers to apply for Covid-19 relief measures it offers

Covid-19 hits silver to a ten-year-plus low 

By: Martin Creamer     2nd April 2020 The coronavirus pandemic has hit silver to a ten-year-plus low, according to the Refinitiv GFMS annual Silver Market Review 2019, which includes provisional supply and demand estimates for 2020. After rising to a five-month high by late February, the silver price experienced a calamitous fall in... 

Covid-19 hits silver to a ten-year-plus low

Public servants wage deal on ice as unions move to declare dispute 

By: News24Wire      2nd April 2020 An increase in the wages of public servants – originally due to kick in on April 1, in terms of a wage agreement reached in 2018 – is still on ice after Finance Minister Tito Mboweni announced an ambitious plan in his Budget address to save some R160-billion in the state's wage bill over three... 

 Public servants wage deal on ice as unions move to declare dispute

Self-generation could be key for economic recovery – organisations

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     2nd April 2020 The economy’s recent descent into a recession has piled pressure on the government to throw a lifeline to businesses constrained by State-owned utility Eskom’s load-shedding; while the current onset of the Covid-19 pandemic is a further shock that the economy will have to overcome. In light of... 

Self-generation could be key for economic recovery – organisations
Janine Espin

AngloGold hands over two hospitals to authorities for Covid-19 patients 

By: Martin Creamer     2nd April 2020 Gold mining company AngloGold Ashanti has embarked on a remarkable number of humanitarian initiatives to slow the spread of the coronavirus pandemic, including making two of its mining hospitals available to the provincial governments of North West and Gauteng for the exclusive use by them to... 

AngloGold hands over two hospitals to authorities for Covid-19 patients
Kelvin Dushnisky

AfDB leading the Covid-19 fight with financing in Africa

By: Marleny Arnoldi     2nd April 2020 The African Development Bank (AfDB) on April 1 approved $2-million in emergency assistance for the World Health Organisation (WHO). This will help reinforce the organisation’s capacity to help African countries contain the Covid-19 pandemic and mitigate its impacts.  

IMF to consider Senegal's $221m emergency funding request

By: Marleny Arnoldi     2nd April 2020 The International Monetary Fund (IMF) has completed discussions with Senegal, following its request that the IMF disburse $221-million in emergency funding. Senegal requested the funds to help address the economic challenges posed by the spread of Covid-19 in the country. 

IMF to consider Senegal's $221m emergency funding request

ENS Africa unpacks amendments to the MPRDA

By: Marleny Arnoldi     2nd April 2020 Law firm ENS Africa has unpacked some of the amendments made to the Mineral and Petroleum Resources Development Act (MPRDA), which came into effect from March 27. The publication of the amended regulations follows the publication of the Draft Amendments to the MPRDA, which was published for... 

Eskom to temporarily shut Koeberg Unit 2

By: Donna Slater     2nd April 2020 From midnight on April 3, power utility Eskom will take Unit 2 of the Koeberg nuclear power station, in the Western Cape, offline. The unit is scheduled to return to service by April 30, if not required before then. From midnight on April 3, power utility Eskom will take Unit 2 of the Koeberg... 

Eskom to temporarily shut Koeberg Unit 2

Lockdown: Mbalula cuts loading capacity for taxis, rescinding earlier decision

By: News24Wire      2nd April 2020 Transport Minister Fikile Mbalula has rescinded his earlier decision of allowing taxis to carry a full load of passengers. They would only be allowed a loading capacity of 70% and not a full load as many operators had wished for, he said. 

Lockdown: Mbalula cuts loading capacity for taxis, rescinding earlier decision
Transport Minister Fikile Mbalula

Airbus manufactures protective equipment for Spanish healthcare workers

By: Rebecca Campbell     2nd April 2020 Europe-based global major aerospace group Airbus reported on April 1 that most of its facilities in Spain were cooperating in the production of visor frames, for use in personal protective equipment (PPE) for healthcare personnel fighting the Covid-19 pandemic in the country. The frames are being... 

All Antofagasta mines to be powered by renewables at lower cost

By: Martin Creamer     1st April 2020 All of the electricity of the mining division of the London-listed Chile-based Antofagasta plc will from 2022 be from renewable sources at lower cost. This follows the signing by Antofagasta’s Centinela copper mine of a new power purchase agreement with Engie Energía Chile, effective from 2022... 

All Antofagasta mines to be powered by renewables at lower cost
Antofagasta CEO Iván Arriagada

Covid-19 and downgrade palls hang over South Africa’s revenue outlook 

By: Terence Creamer     1st April 2020 The economic fallout from the recent Moody’s downgrade and the country’s response to the Covid-19 pandemic would have a “significant impact” on revenue collection during the 2020/21 fiscal year; however, South African Revenue Service (Sars) Commissioner Edward Kieswetter said that it was not yet... 

Covid-19 and downgrade palls hang over South Africa’s revenue outlook
Photo by Creamer Media's Donna Slater
Edward Kieswetter

Three Reits withdraw distribution guidance for the year

By: Marleny Arnoldi     1st April 2020 JSE-listed real estate investment trusts (Reits) Vukile Property Fund, Hyprop Investments and Attacq have announced the withdrawal of their distribution guidances for their respective financial year-ends during 2020. This follows after the governments in countries where they operate have declared... 

Three Reits withdraw distribution guidance for the year

New-vehicle sales plummet by 30%

By: Irma Venter     1st April 2020 New-vehicle sales fell by 30% in March, to 33 545 units, compared with the same month last year. South Africa is in a lockdown since March 27 as it works to curb the spread of Covid-19. 

New-vehicle sales plummet by 30%

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