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Solar roll-out at Ford to wrap up in Q4, Phase 2 to start delivering gas in 2022 

By: Irma Venter     14th June 2021 The 13.5 MW, R135-million solar carport project at Ford South Africa’s Silverton assembly plant, in Pretoria, should be completed in the fourth quarter of this year, says Uhuru Energy CEO Mark Kaplan. The project forms part of a larger programme ­– Project Blue Oval – to develop an integrated... 

Solar roll-out at Ford to wrap up in Q4, Phase 2 to start delivering gas in 2022

Fluor repositions South African unit to support energy transition drive 

By: Terence Creamer     14th June 2021 Global engineering and construction company Fluor, which has been closely associated with South Africa’s liquid fuels and chemicals industries since the 1960s, has restructured its South African operations to align with the unfolding transitions under way in the energy and mining sectors. Fluor... 

Fluor repositions South African unit to support energy transition drive
Fluor South Africa GM Bill Langenbach

Icasa nears ‘spectrum impasse breakthrough’

By: Natasha Odendaal     14th June 2021 The outlook of the negotiations surrounding the current impasse over high-demand spectrum is encouraging, with the Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (Icasa) confident that an amicable agreement will be reached by the end of August. In a statement issued late on June 11, the... 

Sasol receives tribunal’s go-ahead for ASUs sale

By: Marleny Arnoldi     14th June 2021 The Competition Tribunal has approved JSE-listed petrochemicals group Sasol’s intended sale of 16 air separation units (ASUs), in Secunda, to Air Liquide Large Industries South Africa, which designed and installed the plants alongside Sasol over the years. The tribunal had carefully considered... 

Tribunal approves the Motus Group’s acquisition of Kia, Honda dealerships 

By: Irma Venter     14th June 2021 The Competition Tribunal has unconditionally approved the Motus Group’s acquisition of the North Motor Group’s Kia Bryanston and Honda Sandton motor dealerships.   The Tribunal has concluded that the transaction does not substantially prevent or lessen competition in any relevant market.... 

BLSA applauds electricity, SAA decisions

By: Marleny Arnoldi     14th June 2021 The privatisation of South African Airways (SAA) and the increase of the embedded generation licencing threshold to 100 MW are the kind of dramatic interventions needed to get the economy going, says Business Leadership South Africa (BLSA). CEO Busi Mavuso believes these events have signalled... 

Freeing up electricity generation could boost economic growth, says TIPS

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     14th June 2021 The latest economic data highlights that both economic growth and employment have not recovered to pre-Covid-19 levels; however, economic recovery should be boosted by government’s announcement to free up electricity generation, Trade and Industrial Policy Strategies’ (TIPS’s) first-quarter Real... 

Buoyant hardware, building material markets push up confidence index

By: Irma Venter     14th June 2021 After slipping to 27 in the first quarter of the year, the FNB/BER Building Confidence Index has increased to 39 in the second quarter of the year. Even though this is the highest level of the index since the first quarter of 2018, at the current level, more than 60% of respondents says they are... 

Buoyant hardware, building material markets push up confidence index
Siphamandla Mkhwanazi

Agri confidence reaches all time high of 75

By: Marleny Arnoldi     14th June 2021 It has been quite some time since South Africa’s agricultural sector has had as good a season as the current one, Agricultural Business Chamber (Agbiz) states in the latest Agbiz/Industrial Development Corporation Agribusiness Confidence Index (ACI). The index reached a record high of 75 in the... 

Agri confidence reaches all time high of 75

Public sector investment a ‘defining feature’ of South Africa’s economic recovery, says CIDB CEO

By: Simone Liedtke     14th June 2021 Public sector investment in infrastructure will be one of the defining features of South Africa’s economic recovery as the country emerges from the current economic slump, states Construction Industry Development Board (CIDB) CEO Cyril Gamede. In an opinion piece, he says it is, thus, of the... 

Nxesi issues new directive for workplace vaccinations

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     14th June 2021 Employers should find a reasonable resolution that accommodates all parties where employees refuse to be vaccinated for medical and constitutional grounds. This is contained in the new consolidated directive on occupational health and safety (OHS) measures in certain workplaces, which was... 

Sanral undertaking road improvement activities

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     14th June 2021 The South African National Roads Agency Limited (Sanral) is undertaking a number of road improvement activities in several provinces. It has noted in a series of media releases that it has recently awarded a contract for the resurfacing of National Road R33, Section 6, from Mkhondo to Amsterdam,... 

Water department extends comment period for unconventional gas regulations

By: Donna Slater     14th June 2021 The Department of Water and Sanitation (DWS) has extended the period available for the public and key sector stakeholders to comment on the unconventional gas regulations, as published in government notice 406 in Government Gazette 44545 in May, by 60 days. This follows after stakeholders... 

Busa, IQbusiness launch of SAtion ecosystem to boost economic recovery

By: Natasha Odendaal     14th June 2021 IQbusiness and Business Unity South Africa (Busa) have launched an initiative aimed at moving South Africa into economic recovery and digital growth. The SAtion initiative will enable public and private sector stakeholders, including government, large corporations, small, medium-sized and... 

G7 DFIs, partners to invest over $80bn in African businesses

By: Donna Slater     14th June 2021 Development finance institutions (DFIs) of the Group of Seven (G7) economies, together with several multilateral partners, have announced their commitment to investing $80-billion in the private sector over the next five years to support sustainable economic recovery and growth in Africa. Among... 

Globeleq starts building 19 MW solar plant in Cuamba, Mozambique

By: Marleny Arnoldi     14th June 2021 Independent power producer (IPP) Globeleq, together with State-owned utility Electricidade de Moçambique (EDM) and Source Energia, has started construction of a 19 MW solar photovoltaic plant, in Mozambique. The Cuamba solar plant also has a 2 MW storage system and will contribute to... 

Sudan says it is open to conditional interim deal on Ethiopian Renaissance Dam

By: Reuters     14th June 2021 Sudan is open to a partial interim agreement on Ethiopia's multibillion-dollar Renaissance Dam on the Blue Nile, on specific conditions, Irrigation Minister Yasir Abbas told a news conference on Monday. The conditions include the signing-off of everything that has already been agreed on in... 

Transformational investing a challenge for developing nations – investment panel

By: Donna Slater     14th June 2021 Africa presents a unique case for the type of transformational investing that is required for sustainability, to meet the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and to achieve net-zero carbon emissions by 2050, according to panellists participating in a Sanlam Investments Forum on... 

Rebeca Grynspan appointed Unctad Secretary-General

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     14th June 2021 Rebeca Grynspan of Costa Rica will be the new Secretary-General of UN trade and development body Unctad. Her nomination to the post by UN Secretary-General António Guterres was approved by the UN General Assembly on June 11. 

South African coal supply to fall off coal cliff from 2025 onwards – Jones 

By: Martin Creamer     14th June 2021 South African coal supply is set to fall off a coal-cliff from 2025 onwards, African Source Markets CEO Bevan Jones said on Monday. In response to Mining Weekly, Jones cited the three main factors that would cause South African coal supply to plummet as: 

South African coal supply to fall off coal cliff from 2025 onwards – Jones
Coal stockpiling at Mpumalanga coal mine.

White House highlights manganese as potential preferred battery element contender 

By: Martin Creamer     14th June 2021 The White House document on revitalising American manufacturing and fostering broad-based economic growth pays particular attention to South Africa as the world’s largest supplier of manganese, and to manganese as a potential preferred battery element contender, Mining Weekly can today report.... 

White House highlights manganese as potential preferred battery element contender
Photo by Creamer Media
The White House on building supply chains.

DNG seeks to interdict winners of South African power tender

By: Bloomberg     14th June 2021 A losing bidder in a South African tender for the provision of 2 000 MW of power is seeking to interdict the winners from completing their agreements. The application to South Africa’s High Court by DNG Energy threatens to halt the provision of electricity needed to ease recurrent outages in... 

Ethiopia seeks expressions of interest for 40% of State telecoms company

By: Bloomberg     14th June 2021 Ethiopia called for expressions of interest for a minority stake in the State-controlled telecommunications company, starting the process of recruiting a second major investor into the country in less than a month. Investors have a month, beginning June 15, to submit interest for 40% of Ethiopia... 

Amogy closes funding round for zero-emission mobility

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     14th June 2021 Ammonia-based emission-free, high energy-density power solutions developer Amogy has announced the close of a major funding round. Led by AP Ventures, a significant investor in breakthrough hydrogen technologies, the round included San Francisco-based funds DCVC and Collaborative Fund, and... 

Infrastructure and import substitution at heart of new master plan’s vision for steel revival  

By: Terence Creamer     11th June 2021 A new master plan aimed at stabilising South Africa’s steel industry and creating a platform for the revival of the country’s embattled downstream steel fabricators was signed by representatives from business, labour and government on Friday. The ceremony, which took place amid the constant hum... 

Trade, Industry and Competition Minister Ebrahim Patel outlines the main pillars of the Steel Industry Master Plan at a signing ceremony held at Hall Longmore’s factory in Wadeville, in Gauteng. Camera Work: Kutlwano Matala. Editing: Nicholas Boyd.

Deputy Minister applauds women taking charge in the rail sector

By: Yvonne Silaule     11th June 2021 Transport Deputy Minister Dikeledi Magadzi this week accompanied the Railway Safety Regulator in its inspection of the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa’s (PRASA’s) Wolmerton depot, in Pretoria. The inspection was held to assess the condition of the depot against scheduled and unscheduled... 

UK to donate 100-million Covid-19 vaccine doses to developing countries

By: Rebecca Campbell     11th June 2021 The UK will, over the next 12 months, donate a minimum of 100-million surplus Covid-19 vaccine doses to countries all around the world. This was announced on Friday by British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, ahead of the start of the summit of the leaders of the Group of Seven (G7) major democratic... 

John Deere showcases construction, forestry equipment for sub-Saharan Africa

By: Marleny Arnoldi     11th June 2021 Agricultural equipment giant John Deere has introduced its range of construction and forestry equipment to the sub-Saharan African market. Customers across the region can now benefit from the size and scale of the John Deere construction and forestry equipment line-up, including its motor grader... 

Digital primary care platform brought to Africa, South Africa

By: Schalk Burger     11th June 2021   A $3-million investment by investment company Webrock in partnership with primary healthcare company Healthforce, owned by pharmaceutical retail chain Dis-Chem, will see the establishment of a digital primary care platform in Africa, with the launch to take place in South Africa. 

University spinoff company develops energy, water efficiency solution for schools

By: Donna Slater     11th June 2021 Stellenbosch University (SU) spinoff company GreenX Engineering’s initiatives to help equip Cloetesville Primary School, in Stellenbosch, with energy-saving technology ensured that it became the first school in South Africa to receive an electrical performance certificate (EPC). The school... 

University spinoff company develops energy, water efficiency solution for schools
Cloetesville Primary School principal Rodger Cupido (pictured centre) receives the energy performance certificate, and is joined by Western Cape Education Department education planning DDG Salie Abrahams and SU COO professor Stan du Plessis.

Nxesi reports on challenges, successes in labour market’s handling of pandemic

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     11th June 2021 Government, working with social partners, was able to mitigate some of the effects of the pandemic and lockdowns, Employment and Labour Minister Thulas Nxesi said on June 11 during a media briefing on his department’s role in mitigating the worst effects of Covid-19 in the labour market. This, he... 

R3.2bn Arnot coal mine contract awarded to M&R and Amandla JV Boipelo

By: Schalk Burger     11th June 2021 Boipelo Mining Contractors, a joint venture between engineering and construction multinational Murray & Roberts (M&R) and contact mining company AmandlaTM Group, has been awarded a R3.2-billion contract for the provision of underground mining services at the Arnot coal mine, in Mpumalanga.... 

DTIC says to resolve Atlantis SEZ challenges

By: Schalk Burger     11th June 2021 The Department of Trade, Industry and Competition (DTIC) has committed to resolving the challenges flagged by investors during a site visit to the Atlantis Special Economic Zone (SEZ), in the Western Cape, earlier this week, Deputy Minister Nomalungelo Gina says. Major challenges faced by... 

Lafarge SA, Volvo Trucks SA launch initiative to establish women-owned truck operations

By: Irma Venter     11th June 2021 Building materials company Lafarge South Africa and Volvo Trucks South Africa have joined forces with other stakeholders to launch the AccelerateHer initiative, aimed at speeding up the development of women-owned truck operations in the country. Ten women from KwaZulu-Natal will be selected for... 

Lafarge SA, Volvo Trucks SA launch initiative to establish women-owned truck operations

Icasa reviews call termination regulations

By: Natasha Odendaal     11th June 2021 The Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (Icasa) is reviewing the wholesale voice call termination market and the pro-competitive conditions or measures imposed on relevant licensees. Following the start of the review and request for information through a questionnaire at the end... 

South Africa on its way to decentralised power system – SAWEA

By: Simone Liedtke     11th June 2021 The South African Wind Energy Association (SAWEA) has welcomed President Cyril Ramaphosa’s announcement that the licensing-exemption threshold for companies to produce their own electricity will be increased from 1 MW to 100 MW. SAWEA says it views this as another indication the country is well... 

Nersa welcomes 100 MW embedded-generation licensing-exemption decision

By: Simone Liedtke     11th June 2021 The National Energy Regulator of South Africa (Nersa) has welcomed the announcement by President Cyril Ramaphosa that Schedule 2 of the Electricity Regulation Act will be amended. The President on June 10 announced that embedded-generation facilities of up to 100 MW would be exempt from licensing... 

Eskom experiencing increase in electricity theft, illegal connections

By: Simone Liedtke     11th June 2021 State-owned power utility Eskom says it is experiencing an increase in electricity theft, especially in high-density areas, which leads to the failure of its equipment. Eskom warns against illegal connections, meter tampering and buying electricity from illegal syndicates, stating that this leads... 

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