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Eskom working on grid-access Web portal to improve connection visibility 

By: Terence Creamer     4th July 2022 Electricity utility Eskom is developing a Web-based portal that will offer real-time visibility of locations in South Africa where new generators can be immediately or easily connected to the grid. The utility has, for the past three years, been arguing that between 4 000 MW and 6 000 MW of... 

Power lines

Fuel prices to surge to new record, as general levy relief is trimmed to 75c/l 

By: Terence Creamer     4th July 2022 As feared, Mineral Resources and Energy Minister Gwede Mantashe has announced big fuel price increases for implementation on July 6. Despite calls ahead of the announcement for the temporary reduction in the general fuel levy to be sustained at 150 c/l, Mantashe confirmed that the reprieve would... 

Fuel prices to surge to new record, as general levy relief is trimmed to 75c/l

Gibela celebrates completion of one-hundredth X’trapolis Mega train for PRASA

By: Sabrina Jardim     Updated 1 hour 46 minutes ago Rail transport consortium Gibela on July 4 unveiled the one-hundredth X’trapolis Mega commuter train it is building for the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (PRASA). Gibela, whose shareholders are Alstom, Ubumbano Rail and New Rail Africa, in 2013 signed a R53-billion contract to supply... 

The one-hundredth X'trapolis Mega commuter train to be produced by Gibela for PRASA's Metrorail service
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The one-hundredth X'trapolis Mega commuter train to be produced by Gibela for PRASA's Metrorail service

EVs something to watch in ‘medium term’, says Motus; Kia mulls launching first EV by year-end 

By: Irma Venter     Updated 7 hours ago Fast-growing global electric vehicle (EV) availability will not impact Motus in the short term, but is rather “something to watch in the medium term”, says Motus Retail South Africa CEO Corne Venter.  Motus is a JSE-listed vehicle importer and retailer. 

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The Kia Niro

Mbalula vows EV policy gaps are being discussed

By: Marleny Arnoldi     Updated 7 hours ago Transport Minister Fikile Mbalula has assured delegates attending the Southern African Transport Conference (SATC) on July 4 that his department is looking at policy gaps on automated and electric vehicles (EVs). This includes policy gaps on charging infrastructure and how EVs will be... 

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Opinion: What does the climate debt guarantee deal mean for South Africa’s energy transition?

4th July 2022 In this opinion article, international law firm CMS Africa infrastructure and projects senior consultant Gavin Noeth interrogates the recent climate debt guarantee deal offered to South Africa by wealthy nations including the US, the UK, Germany, France and the European Union. 

CMS Africa infrastructure and projects senior consultant Gavin Noeth
CMS Africa infrastructure and projects senior consultant Gavin Noeth

Diversification essential for country’s electricity supply security, BLSA says

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     4th July 2022 It is essential that the country’s sources of electricity be diversified to ensure occurrences of load-shedding, as experienced particularly badly last week, stop happening, business organisation Business Leadership South Africa (BLSA) CEO Busi Mavuso emphasises in weekly newsletter. “We cannot... 

SAWEA calls for strategic plan to resolve energy crisis

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     Updated 7 hours ago Amid the crippling power outages gripping the country, industry organisation the South African Wind Energy Association (SAWEA) is calling on the South African government to lead the development of a comprehensive strategic plan to resolve the energy crisis and prioritise it with the same gravitas... 

South Africa seeks legal advice on R396bn Eskom debt burden

By: Bloomberg     Updated 6 hours ago South Africa’s National Treasury is seeking to hire a legal firm to advise it on how to reorganize the R396-billion debt burden held by national power utility Eskom Holdings, people familiar with the situation said. A request for proposals from the firms was issued recently, according to one of... 

South32’s Hillside smelter, Solana to introduce sustainable energy in Richards Bay

By: Marleny Arnoldi     Updated 6 hours ago Diversified miner South32’s Richard’s Bay-based Hillside Aluminium smelter has partnered with energy company Solana Energy to transform the Richards Bay and King Cetshwayo district economic regions and bring much-needed sustainable energy to these commercial hubs. The partners will embark on a... 

Policy uncertainty worsens; Eskom largest threat to the economy

By: Schalk Burger     Updated 6 hours ago The North West University (NWU) Business School’s Policy Uncertainty Index (PUI) increased to 60.9 during the second quarter, from 59.7 in the first quarter, and remains well in negative territory. This is the highest level recorded since the inception of the PUI in 2016. 

Metrobus gets R60m allocation for new buses

By: Marleny Arnoldi     Updated 7 hours ago The City of Johannesburg has allocated R60-million to its Metrobus company to buy new buses in the coming financial year. Transport MMC Funzela Ngobeni says the new bus purchases are part of a longer-term strategy to renew the entity’s fleet.  

Joburg City Power increases electricity tariffs by 7.47%

By: Schalk Burger     Updated 6 hours ago City of Johannesburg electricity utility City Power said the National Energy Regulator of South Africa (Nersa) has approved its application for an average electricity tariff increase of 7.47%, which is essential to cover the increased cost of bulk purchases from Eskom, which increased by 8.61%,... 

Public Enterprises considering legal action over 'false and distorted' reports on SAA process

By: Rebecca Campbell     4th July 2022 The South African Department of Public Enterprises (DPE) on Monday affirmed, in a press release, that it was “seeking legal advice on action to be taken on the leakage of official information and the peddling of false and distorted information” on the process of selecting a strategic equity... 

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Afrimat, Hemporium build world’s tallest hemp-product building 

By: Irma Venter     Updated 7 hours ago In a global first, 84 Harrington Street is the world’s tallest building being constructed using hempcrete blocks and hemp building materials, says the partnership between two Cape Town-based companies, Hemporium and Afrimat Hemp. The joint venture believes the project is “setting the benchmark on... 

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Deloitte to boost sustainability, climate capabilities in Africa to support clients' ESG

By: Schalk Burger     4th July 2022 Audit, assurance and risk advisory consultancy Deloitte will invest in its sustainability and climate capabilities in terms of talent and its take-to-market solution offerings to support its clients along their environmental, social and governance (ESG) journeys and as part of its continued... 

Weather, industry emissions most likely cause of recent sulphide smell in Gauteng, North West

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     4th July 2022 The task team investigating complaints about the stench experienced over parts of Gauteng and North West on June 7 has determined that a combination of weather events and emissions from industry were probably responsible for the sulphurous smell. The task team is comprised of environmental and... 

CBE co-signs Infrastructure Built Anti-Corruption Pledge

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     4th July 2022 Public entity the Council for the Built Environment (CBE) has reaffirmed its stance against any form of corruption in the country, as a co-signatory to the Infrastructure Built Anti-Corruption Forum’s anti-corruption pledge. The pledge was signed in Pretoria on June 30 by all the members of the... 

RocketNet, Zoom Fibre to bring fibre to Boabab project in Saldanha Bay

By: Schalk Burger     4th July 2022 Internet service provider RocketNet has partnered with fibre optic network provider Zoom Fibre to roll out high-speed fibre Internet in Saldanha Bay. The fibre network will serve as the backbone on which the Saldanha Bay municipality will build its smart city infrastructure, says RocketNet CEO... 

Major airframe and aeroengine groups jointly conduct 100%-sustainable fuel test flight

By: Rebecca Campbell     4th July 2022 Brazil-based major aerospace group Embraer has announced that it has partnered with US-based major aeroengine group Pratt & Whitney (P&W) to successfully test-fly an Embraer E195-E2 airliner with one of its P&W GTF engines running on 100% sustainable aviation fuel (SAF). The test flight was... 

UK sets up a ‘Critical Minerals Intelligence Centre’

By: Rebecca Campbell     Updated 6 hours ago The UK government announced on Monday that it has established a Critical Minerals Intelligence Centre (CMIC), under the British Geological Survey (BGS), and based in Nottingham in England. The purpose of the CMIC is to gather data and undertake analysis of the supply, demand and market dynamics... 

Eskom rejects Tshwane's debt repayment plan

By: News24Wire      Updated 7 hours ago Eskom has rejected the City of Tshwane Municipality's offer to enter into payment settlement arrangements for R878-million owed to the power utility. Tshwane failed to pay Eskom a total amount of R908-million, which was due and payable by 17 June 2022. The municipality only made a payment of... 

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Load-shedding back for eThekwini in coming weeks

By: News24Wire      Updated 7 hours ago Durban residents will experience load-shedding in coming weeks, this after eThekwini Metro's electricity infrastructure was so heavily compromised during the April floods that the City could not produce enough power to load shed. In a joint statement released on Monday, Eskom and the City of... 

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EU plans hydrogen deal with Namibia as it pulls away from Russian energy

By: Reuters     4th July 2022 The European Union (EU) is planning a deal with Namibia to support the country's nascent green hydrogen sector and boost its own imports of the fuel, EU and Namibian officials said, as the bloc works to reduce its dependence on Russian energy. Hydrogen has long been touted as a less... 

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Resilient South African businesses recovered from Covid fast, M&G says

By: Bloomberg     4th July 2022 The South African unit of M&G, the UK fund manager overseeing more than $390-billion in assets, sees opportunities in investing in the nation’s industrial and financial companies as earnings growth may surprise. Some of these companies have recovered faster from Covid than many in the market... 

After 40 years of extinction, rhinos return to Mozambique

By: Reuters     4th July 2022 Over four decades after they became extinct locally, rhinos are roaming again the wilds of Mozambique, which is bringing the endangered species from South Africa in efforts to breathe new life into its parks and boost local tourism. A group of rangers captured, sedated and moved black and white... 

After week of bedlam and more Stage 6, unions' wage decision expected on Tuesday

By: News24Wire      4th July 2022 After a weekend of marathon meetings with Eskom leadership to reach a wage agreement with unions, labour is likely to emerge with a position on whether to accept the power utility's latest wage offer on Tuesday. The unions - the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM), the National Union of... 

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PPC reports no changes to full-year results

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     4th July 2022 JSE-listed PPC’s audited consolidated financial statements and its own financial statements for the year ended March 31, together with the unmodified audit report of the independent auditor, Deloitte & Touche, have been published, and do not contain any modifications to the reviewed condensed... 

EU pledges $1.4bn in climate funding to Nigeria

By: Bloomberg     4th July 2022 The European Union (EU) and development finance institutions will provide $1.4-billion in funding aimed at cutting its reliance on oil. The funds for agriculture, climate and digital projects will help Africa’s largest oil producer, “achieve low carbon, resource efficient and climate resilient... 

Eskom extends daily power cuts for next week amid capacity shortage

By: Reuters     4th July 2022 South African State power utility Eskom said on Sunday it would extend daily power cuts all through next week as generation capacity shortage continues. Striking workers, delay in maintenance and creaking old thermal power plants have forced the monopoly power supplier of South Africa to... 

A photo of Eskom power lines

Creecy calls for increased cooperation on biodiversity in Kruger park

By: Yvonne Silaule     1st July 2022 Forestry, Fisheries and the Environment Minister Barbara Creecy says cooperation on biodiversity conservation is key on the western boundary of the Kruger National Park. The Minister was speaking during her engagement with representatives of the Associated Private Nature Reserves (APNR),... 

Master Builders Association mourns first woman president Eunice Forbes

By: Schalk Burger     1st July 2022 Industry organisation Master Builders South Africa has announced that Eunice Forbes, who was the first woman to serve as president of a national construction association, has passed away at the age of 80. Forbes was president of Gauteng Master Builders Association, now Master Builders Association... 

A photo of Eunice Forbes
Eunice Forbes

KZN Master Builders elects new council, plans to help grow construction industry

By: Schalk Burger     1st July 2022 Industry organisation the KwaZulu-Natal Master Builders and Allied Industries Association has elected an executive council for the next term of office and Marcus Gonzalves, of FS Gonzalves Construction, was designated as president. It also announced plans to contribute to the growth of the... 

Best practices, governance can create sustainable local wildlife economies

By: Schalk Burger     1st July 2022 Sustainable wildlife economies that directly benefit local communities and provide resources to support development, can be created, but require best practices and standardisation to ensure the quality, safety and marketability of products and services, as well as transparency across the value... 

New financing mechanism underpins early climate warnings, adaptation

By: Schalk Burger     1st July 2022 The United Nations Systematic Observation Financing Facility (SOFF) is a new financing mechanism for climate action that has become operational and underpins early warnings and adaptation. The finance mechanism aims to strengthen weather and climate observations, improve early warnings to save... 

Competition Tribunal allows Mpact to intervene in Corruseal, Neopak merger

By: Donna Slater     1st July 2022 The Competition Tribunal has granted paper and plastics packaging manufacturer Mpact leave to intervene in the intermediate merger proceedings between paper packaging company Corruseal and recycled containerboard company Neopak. In March, the Competition Commission prohibited the proposed... 

Mondi completes sales of personal care components business to Nitto Denko

By: Donna Slater     1st July 2022 Paper and packaging solutions company Mondi has completed the sale of its personal care components business (PCC), part of the engineered materials business unit, to Nitto Denko Corporation for an enterprise value of R1.05-billion (€615-million). Mondi group CEO Andrew King says the sale of PCC,... 

TFR signs cross-border agreement with Railways of Mozambique 

By: Schalk Burger     1st July 2022 State-owned rail agency Transnet Freight Rail (TFR) has signed a cooperation agreement with Mozambique State agency Ports and Railways of Mozambique (CFM) to implement an immediate train run-through model that will result in the export of chrome and ferrochrome moving seamlessly from Belfast, in... 

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