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Nersa sets Feb 5 deadline for written comment on proposed nuclear determination

By: Terence Creamer     Updated 7 hours ago The National Energy Regulator of South Africa (Nersa) has given stakeholders until February 5 to comment on a Section 34 determination received from Minerals Resources and Energy Minister Gwede Mantashe for the procurement of new nuclear capacity post-2030. The draft determination delivered to... 

Nersa sets Feb 5 deadline for written comment on proposed nuclear determination

Downgrades deal blow to economic recovery plan

By: Marleny Arnoldi     Updated 5 hours ago The latest sovereign ratings downgrades imposed on South Africa have dealt a blow to the country's economic recovery plan and should spur government into action to address the issues raised by Moody’s and Fitch. Responding to the news that Moody's and Fitch have pushed South Africa's credit... 

South Africa’s ability to tame wage bill uncertain, Fitch says

By: Bloomberg     Updated 2 hours 50 minutes ago South Africa may struggle to stick to a plan to rein in government spending by freezing public-sector wages, Fitch Ratings said on Monday. Finance minister Tito Mboweni has outlined a plan to pare the government salary bill, which has surged 51% since 2008, as part of an effort to start bringing... 

South Africa’s ability to tame wage bill uncertain, Fitch says

Coal mine on point of turning acid mine drainage into potable water at no cost

By: Martin Creamer     Updated 2 hours ago An Mpumalanga coal mine is on the point of entering into an agreement before year-end to have its acid mine drainage water curse turned into drinking water at no cost, Mining Weekly can today report. Recovered potassium nitrate, which retails at about R15 000/t and which is marketed at about R11... 

Coal mine on point of turning acid mine drainage into potable water at no cost
Photo by Creamer Media
John Bewsey

UP conducts real time emissions testing to help inform policy

By: Marleny Arnoldi     Updated 2 hours 47 minutes ago The Centre for Transport Development, within the University of Pretoria’s (UP’s) Faculty of Engineering, Built Environment and Information Technology, has acquired a system that can measure vehicle emissions while driving. The portable emissions measurement system (Pems) unit is a first for... 

UP conducts real time emissions testing to help inform policy
An engineering student and Professor Johan Joubert alongside UP's portable emissions measurement system

FAW receives order for 150 trucks, set to launch long-haul model in 2021 

By: Irma Venter     Updated 3 hours ago Transport group BHL has placed an order for 150 J5N 28.2380FT 6 X 4 trucks with FAW Vehicle Manufacturers South Africa (FAW SA). The order is made up of 140 trucks with a flatdeck superlink combination, and ten units with a tautliner superlink combination.  

FAW receives order for 150 trucks, set to launch long-haul model in 2021 
The JH6, currently being tested.

Toyota Gazoo Racing to field four locally built bakkies at the 2021 Dakar Rally

By: Irma Venter     Updated 3 hours ago Toyota Gazoo Racing (TGR) will be entering four crews in the 2021 Dakar Rally, scheduled to start on January 3 in the Saudi Arabian city of Jeddah.  The works team will consist of Nasser Al-Attiyah and navigator Mathieu Baumel; Giniel de Villiers and navigator Alex Haro; rookie Henk Lategan and... 

Toyota Gazoo Racing to field four locally built bakkies at the 2021 Dakar Rally

Comair to restart British Airways-branded flights in early December

By: Rebecca Campbell     Updated 4 hours ago South African private-sector airline group Comair announced on Monday that it had resumed taking bookings for its operations under the British Airways brand. The airline operated both the Kulula low cost carrier and British Airways in South African brands before it went into voluntary business... 

Comair to restart British Airways-branded flights in early December

Brazilian aerospace group advances its electrical aircraft project with a new partnership

By: Rebecca Campbell     Updated 6 hours ago Brazil-based major aerospace group Embraer and Portugal-based energy group EDP have signed a partnership to carry out research into electrically-powered aircraft. Through its EDP Smart division, the company, which is one of the largest private-sector players in the Brazilian energy sector, will... 

Brazilian aerospace group advances its electrical aircraft project with a new partnership
Embraer’s electric engine test bed EMB-203 Ipanema

Capetonian prepares for 7 000 km solo transatlantic row

By: Donna Slater     Updated 2 hours 39 minutes ago Capetonian Zirk Botha – a former naval combat officer and adventure racer – is preparing final arrangements to depart from Cape Town on a 7 000-km-long solo rowing trip on his boat Ratel across the Atlantic ocean, to Rio de Janeiro. Sponsored by the company he works for – juwi Renewable Energies... 

Capetonian prepares for 7 000 km solo transatlantic row
Zirk Botha practicing on his boat - Ratel

Wits encouraged by AstraZeneca/Oxford Covid-19 vaccine results

By: Thabi Madiba     Updated 3 hours ago The University of the Witwatersrand said on Monday it was encouraged by the results of the Coronavirus vaccine jointly-developed by the University of Oxford and British drug group AstraZeneca. An analysis of the Phase 3 arms of the UK and Brazil studies show a 70.4% efficacy, with data from two... 

Wits encouraged by AstraZeneca/Oxford Covid-19 vaccine results

Zondo to lay criminal complaint against Zuma following walkout from commission  

By: Sashnee Moodley     Updated 6 hours ago Deputy Chief Justice and chairperson of the Commission of Inquiry into State Capture Raymond Zondo has instructed the commission’s secretary to lay a criminal complaint against former President Jacob Zuma with the South African Police Service. This follows Zuma’s walkout from the commission last... 

Zondo to lay criminal complaint against Zuma following walkout from commission
Deputy Chief Justice Raymond Zondo

UN leveraging new technology for peacekeeping missions

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     Updated 1 hour 57 minutes ago The UN is introducing new technologies to assist in its peacekeeping operations, says UN Support Office in Somalia supply chain management service chief Herbert Pechek. Some of the elements of the UN’s programme are arms control, cease fire monitoring, elections, enforcement and combat, public... 

New sea-level monitoring satellite successfully launched

By: Rebecca Campbell     Updated 1 hour 12 minutes ago The European Space Agency’s (ESA’s) sea-level monitoring Sentinel-6 satellite was successfully placed in orbit over the weekend, after being launched from Vandenberg Air Force Base in the US State of California on one of SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rockets. The Sentinel-6 has, unusually for a satellite, a... 

New sea-level monitoring satellite successfully launched

Business resilience is about people

By: Schalk Burger     Updated 2 hours 15 minutes ago The Covid-19 pandemic has underscored the central importance of people in enabling businesses to adapt to new challenges and ensuring that organisations remain resilient and capable of delivering value to customers. During a recent panel discussion, Central Bank of Kenya governor Dr Patrick... 

Rand lifted by vaccine hopes, shrugs off downgrades

By: Reuters     Updated 7 hours ago The rand opened stronger on Monday, lifted by global optimism over coronavirus vaccines and shrugging off ratings downgrades that are likely to push up government borrowing costs. At 07:02 GMT, the rand traded at 15.3700 versus the dollar, 0.4% firmer than its previous close. The upbeat global... 

World leaders praise Paris climate pact as Trump justifies exit

By: Bloomberg     23rd November 2020 World leaders urged countries not to lose sight of climate goals in the coronavirus pandemic, endorsing the aims of the Paris agreement amid hopes that US President-elect Joe Biden will rejoin the accord. Participants on the second day of a virtual Group of 20 summit of rich nations discussed... 

World leaders praise Paris climate pact as Trump justifies exit

Sisulu hands over KZN bulk water supply scheme

By: Yvonne Silaule     Updated 1 hour 31 minutes ago Human Settlements, Water and Sanitation Minister Lindiwe Sisulu, on Sunday, launched the uMshwathi Regional Bulk Water Supply Scheme, set to service more than 3 000 households in the areas of Albert Falls, Mpolweni, Nadi, Cool Air, Efaye, Kwazibusele, Ntanzi, Mtulwa and Mount Elias. The scheme is... 

Sisulu hands over KZN bulk water supply scheme
Human Settlements, Water and Sanitation Minister Lindiwe Sisulu

'Painful' downgrades will raise South Africa's borrowing costs

By: Reuters     23rd November 2020 South Africa's Finance Ministry said on Saturday credit ratings downgrades by Moody's and Fitch would increase the country's borrowing costs and constrain its fiscal options. "The decision by Fitch and Moody's ... is a painful one," Finance Minister Tito Mboweni said in a statement. There is an... 

'Painful' downgrades will raise South Africa's borrowing costs
Finance Minister Tito Mboweni

CEF, SFF welcome High Court decision on sale of strategic crude oil reserves

20th November 2020 The Central Energy Fund (CEF) and its subsidiary, the Strategic Fuel Fund (SFF), have welcomed the Western Cape High Court's judgment in reversing the 2015 sale of South Africa's strategic crude oil reserves. The CEF stated that the "landmark victory" was the culmination of a series of court... 

Growth of South Africa's manufacturing sector must be accelerated, says consultancy

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     20th November 2020 Manufacturing is one of the sectors that can best assist in growing South Africa's economy and, therefore, the sector's growth must be accelerated, management consulting company Mandela and Associates CEO Dilley Naidoo said during the Manufacturing Enterprise Solutions Association’s webinar on... 

Aveng says it will respond to Sanral's statements following Supreme Court decision

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     20th November 2020 JSE-listed Aveng says it has taken note of the South African National Roads Agency Limited's (Sanral's) statement on November 18 that the Supreme Court of Appeals (SCA) had dismissed an appeal to prevent the agency from claiming guarantees from the Aveng-Strabag Joint Venture (JV) in relation to... 

Santam to apply to appeal against Covid-19 business interruption judgment against it

By: Rebecca Campbell     20th November 2020 Insurance group Santam announced on Friday that it was going to seek leave to appeal the recent judgment handed down against it by a full bench of the Western Cape High Court. The Court ruled that the insurance group must pay in full the business interruption claims of Ma-Afrika Hotels and... 

Sasol shareholders back JV with LyondellBasell for US project 

By: Reuters     20th November 2020 South Africa's Sasol said on Friday shareholders have approved a proposed agreement to form a joint venture with chemical company LyondellBasell Industries at its US Lake Charles Chemicals Project in a bid to pay down debt. LyondellBasell agreed last month to acquire a 50% stake of Sasol's base... 

Sasol shareholders back JV with LyondellBasell for US project

Famed US radio telescope to be decommissioned due to structural instability

By: Rebecca Campbell     20th November 2020 The US National Science Foundation (NSF) has announced that the world-renowned Arecibo Observatory, in the US territory of Puerto Rico, is to be decommissioned after 57 years of operation. The decommissioning is the result of structural weaknesses that have been discovered after a support cable... 

Famed US radio telescope to be decommissioned due to structural instability
Photo by University of Central Florida
A recent photograph of the Arecibo radio telescope; the damage to the dish is clearly apparent

Enel, Novartis sign ten-year renewable energy deal

By: Donna Slater     20th November 2020 Enel Group renewable energy subsidiary Enel Green Power and medicines company Novartis have signed a ten-year, 100% renewable virtual power purchase agreement (VPPA) for 78 MW of renewable power. This pan-European VPPA will start in January 2022 and will help Novartis achieve its goals for 100%... 

Emira continues investment in renewable energy

By: Donna Slater     20th November 2020 JSE-listed real estate investment trust (Reit) Emira Property Fund has been increasing its use of renewable energy since the 2015 installation of a 271 kW solar plant on the roof of its Epsom Downs Shopping Centre, in Bryanston. Since then the company has been continuing the rollout of solutions... 

Emira continues investment in renewable energy
Emira's Boskruin photovoltaic installation

Digitalisation key for quality supply chain performance  

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     20th November 2020 Some companies have been able to achieve supply chain excellence through the adoption of customer-centric and autonomous supply chains using smart technologies and solutions, PwC South Africa digital operations lead Pieter Theron noted during the Manufacturing Enterprise Solutions Association’s... 

PwC South Africa Digital Operation lead Pieter Theron explains what the supply chain of the future would entail

Car-buying patterns shifting on the back of Covid-19, says AutoTrader 

By: Irma Venter     20th November 2020 The South African automotive landscape – especially when it comes to consumer buying behaviour – has changed more in the last year than in the last few decades, says AutoTrader CEO George Mienie. Accordingly, the industry has had to adapt like never before in order to survive and prosper during... 

Car-buying patterns shifting on the back of Covid-19, says AutoTrader

Tiger Brands maintains healthy dividend standard of 670c in FY20

By: Marleny Arnoldi     20th November 2020 JSE-listed consumer brands company Tiger Brands has declared a total dividend of 670c apiece for the financial year ended September 30, despite ongoing difficulties in maintaining margins in a tough trading environment compounded by Covid-19. The company reported an 18% year-on-year decline in... 

Price of oil to increase, gold to remain high going into 2021 – Fitch Solutions 

By: Donna Slater     20th November 2020 With the brent crude oil price continuing to rise in November, following reports of a second highly effective Covid-19 vaccine nearing emergency approval in the coming weeks, financial risk management, solutions and insights company Fitch Solutions Country Risk and Industry Research (Fitch... 

uYilo founding member of the Global Sustainable Mobility Partnership 

By: Irma Venter     20th November 2020 South African national e-mobility programme, uYilo, has announced that it is a founding partner of the Global Sustainable Mobility Partnership (GSMP).  The GSMP is a network of independent, not-for-profit organisations with experience in implementing low and zero-emission mobility.  

New South African aviation and defence show announced for next March

By: Rebecca Campbell     20th November 2020 South African aerospace and defence show organiser AAD Expo has announced that it has organised a new event, Aerospace and Defence Trade Show (ADTS) 2021, which will be held at Lanseria International Airport from March 24 to March 26 next year. AAD Expo is normally responsible for the biennial... 

Two new engineering programmes introduced at the University of Zululand

By: Irma Venter     20th November 2020 The University of Zululand (UNIZULU) has established two new engineering degree programmes within its curriculum. From next year, the university will offer Bachelor degree programmes in mechanical engineering and electrical engineering at its Richards Bay Campus.  

Repurposing of Eskom power stations key in SA's just transition  

20th November 2020   Creamer Media's Chanel de Bruyn speaks to Creamer Media Editor Terence Creamer about plans by Eskom to repurpose and repower three coal-fired power stations that are due for decommissioning, why it is important for creating a just transition framework and the need for South Africa to determine... 

Repurposing of Eskom power stations key in SA's just transition

SA urged to pursue cybersecurity frameworks based on global best practice

By: Schalk Burger     20th November 2020 The data that public and private organisations capture and use, as well as its sensitivity, risk, and protection, are central not only to international best practices of cybersecurity, but also to laws and regulation. Information and communication technology (ICT) and law experts indicate that... 

SA urged to pursue cybersecurity frameworks based on global best practice

BT Industrial goes from strength to strength with manufacturing diversification

By: Marleny Arnoldi     19th November 2020 High-density polyethylene (HDPE) pipes manufacturer BT Industrial Group has extended its plastics-processing capacity to include polymer-based medical fabrics and components. MD Kgomotso Lekola says the company’s electrostatic melt-blown fabric is currently being used to produce FFP2... 

BT Industrial goes from strength to strength with manufacturing diversification
Photo by Creamer Media's Marleny Arnoldi
BT Industrial's cleanroom medical device manufacturing facility

Communications satellite megaconstellation company about to exit bankruptcy protection

By: Rebecca Campbell     19th November 2020 In a webinar hosted by the Washington Space Business Roundtable in the US, small satellite megaconstellation broadband connectivity company OneWeb VP: Regulatory Affairs Ruth Pritchard-Kelly stated on Wednesday that the enterprise should exit bankruptcy protection “any day now”. The company,... 

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