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Engineering News & Mining Weekly e-magazine now available

28th May 2020 For the duration of South Africa’s 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

Used-car market shrinks, but search stats indicate positive outlook

By: Irma Venter     Updated 1 hour 56 minutes ago While used-car sales in South Africa in May mimicked floundering new-car sales, consumers are demonstrating increasing interest in buying used cars, says digital motoring marketplace, AutoTrader. More than 17 000 used cars were sold on AutoTrader in May compared with more than 36 000 in the same... 

WBHO considers indicative proposal for Probuild subsidiary

By: Marleny Arnoldi     Updated 5 hours ago JSE-listed construction group Wilson Bayly Holmes-Ovcon (WBHO) has received an indicative proposal from a major international construction company to acquire the company’s 88% interest in Australian construction subsidiary Probuild. WBHO on June 3 stated that it, from time-to-time, received... 

Responsible sourcing of critical minerals in focus as energy transition drives up demand

By: Terence Creamer     Updated 3 hours ago The accelerating pace and scale of the global clean-energy transition is poised to dramatically increase demand for critical energy minerals and metals, from aluminium to zirconium, with implications not only for the resources sector, but for geopolitics. The future energy system will be far more... 

Responsible sourcing of critical minerals in focus as energy transition drives up demand

Comair can’t fly again before November, needs substantial recapitalisation

By: Rebecca Campbell     Updated 4 hours ago South African private-sector airline group Comair, currently in business rescue, will be unable to resume operations before November this year. This was because the airline needed a “substantial cash injection”, its Business Rescue Practitioners (BRPs) have reported. (The government’s latest... 

Comair can’t fly again before November, needs substantial recapitalisation
A Comair Boeing 737-400 in the livery of British Airways 

S African airlines look to restart operations, see slow recovery

By: Reuters     Updated 1 hour 39 minutes ago Two of South Africa's biggest private airlines will start flying between local airports this month after the government eased lockdown restrictions aimed at containing the coronavirus, but they said a recovery could take at least three years. Airlink has started taking bookings on its website for... 

S African airlines look to restart operations, see slow recovery

Aarto roll-out date delayed

By: Simone Liedtke     Updated 4 hours ago The national roll-out date for the Administrative Adjudication of Road Traffic Offences (Aarto) Act has been delayed owing to the Covid-19 outbreak. In August 2019, the Aarto Bill was signed into law and, although no date was officially promulgated, it was intended to take effect by mid-2020. 

PRASA raids illicit scrap metal trader, makes arrests

By: Donna Slater     Updated 42 minutes ago Having been victim to an alarming increase in cases of infrastructure vandalism to its overhead electrical lines, electrical substations and station buildings, the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa’s (PRASA’s) security team has seized about R10-million worth of stolen cables and other rail... 

Importers face massive bills as containers pile up in storage, says SAAFF

By: Irma Venter     Updated 7 hours ago South African businesses are faced with a huge bill, estimated at R1.4-billion, for storage and demurrage costs accumulated during the 27 days of Alert Level 5 lockdown, as more than 20 000 containers piled up in storage facilities, says the  South African Association of Freight Forwarders (SAAFF). 

Importers face massive bills as containers pile up in storage, says SAAFF

Rand Water secures Salga support for price increase

By: Creamer Media Reporter      Updated 2 hours 42 minutes ago Rand Water secures Salga support for price increase Rand Water on June 3 welcomed support from the South African Local Government Association for its proposed 2020/21 tariff increase. 

Rand Water progresses DBE schools MoU

By: Natasha Odendaal     3rd June 2020 Rand Water has progressed its mandate under a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Department of Basic Education (DBE) and the Department of Water and Sanitation (DWS) to provide water to 3 126 schools across South Africa. The scope of the MoU, finalised on May 13 with the potable water... 

Vodacom achieves level 1 BEE status

By: Natasha Odendaal     Updated 6 hours ago Telecommunications group Vodacom Group has achieved a Broad-Based Black Economic Empowerment (BEE) contributor score of Level 1 its local subsidiaries accelerate a concerted transformation strategy. As a result of these efforts, the group exceeded its financial year 2019/20 targets against all... 

Water Unite launches investment vehicle to fund SMEs outside of funding models

By: Natasha Odendaal     3rd June 2020 UK-based, nonprofit organisation Water Unite has launched a new investment vehicle, with planned capitalisation of $100-million, to provide risk-tolerant capital to small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in a “missing middle” funding gap. Water Unite Impact, managed by investment manager... 

Growthpoint’s Cintocare Hospital development first healthcare property to achieve Africa’s Green Star

By: Simone Liedtke     Updated 7 hours ago JSE-listed real estate investment trust Growthpoint Properties’ Cintocare specialised surgical hospital development, in Pretoria, has become the first healthcare property or the first facility of its kind in South Africa, and Africa, to be awarded a Green Star rating. Cintocare received a... 

Growthpoint’s Cintocare Hospital development first healthcare property to achieve Africa’s Green Star
An exterior construction view of the Cintocare hospital

Waste-derived fuels viable to reduce reliance on fossil fuels, says Interwaste

By: Donna Slater     Updated 44 minutes ago For energy to be sustainable in South Africa, not only by increasing capacity, but also by ensuring the country is able to meet carbon tax objectives, the energy industry needs to look beyond the use of fossil fuels such as coal, and find alternative energy providing sources, says waste... 

Iata reports severe air cargo demand and capacity contraction in April

By: Rebecca Campbell     Updated 1 hour 24 minutes ago The International Air Transport Association (Iata), which is the representative body for the global airline industry, has reported that global air cargo demand in April suffered the greatest year-on-year fall ever recorded. Measured in cargo-metric ton-kilometres (CTKs), demand in April was 27.7%... 

Standard Bank, Sefa partner to help spaza shops

By: Marleny Arnoldi     Updated 1 hour 8 minutes ago Standard Bank has partnered with the Small Enterprise Finance Agency (Sefa) to help spaza shops operating under the constraints of the Covid-19 pandemic. The agency helps spaza shops secure government funding, which can then be used to buy stock from Sefa-approved wholesalers at discounted... 

Amplats temporarily recloses recently re-opened ACP plant 

By: Martin Creamer     Updated 1 hour 41 minutes ago Platinum group metals mining and marketing company Anglo American Platinum (Amplats) on Wednesday announced it had temporarily reclosed the processing plant that reopened last month, to ensure an ongoing safe operating environment, safeguard employees and protect the plant’s integrity . Amplats... 

Amplats temporarily recloses recently re-opened ACP plant
A general view of the ACP

Gauteng claims majority of UIF Covid-19 benefit

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     Updated 3 hours ago Of the R16.5-billion disbursed by the Unemployment Insurance Fund (UIF) as part of the Covid-19 temporary employer/employee relief scheme (TERS) benefits payment, almost half has gone to Gauteng, benefitting 1.5-million of the 3.46-million workers who have been beneficiaries. In monetary terms,... 

Mozambique streaks ahead with new e-government cadastre advance 

By: Martin Creamer     Updated 3 hours ago While South Africa is still trundling along laboriously with a minerals cadastre system fraught with shortcomings, Mozambique has rocketed to the highest firmament of e-government licence processing, Mining Weekly can report. Mozambique first led the pack 17 years ago when, ironically, it latched... 

Mozambique streaks ahead with new e-government cadastre advance
Mozambique mining cadastre portal.

Covid-19 hampers Wits platinum recycling laboratory

By: Donna Slater     Updated 4 hours ago The prevailing Covid-19 pandemic has brought research and innovations into recycling platinum-group metals (PGMs) from disused catalytic converts, led by two University of Witwatersrand (Wits) MSc graduates Collins Saguru and Muofhe Singo, to a near standstill. The duo have ventured into the... 

Covid-19 hampers Wits platinum recycling laboratory
Collins Saguru

Transport Minister reaffirms rules imposed for resumption of local air travel

By: Rebecca Campbell     Updated 4 hours ago People wishing to make use of the limited domestic air services being reintroduced under the new, less-restrictive, Level 3 category of the current anti-Covid-19 national lockdown, must have a business travel permission letter. It was the responsibility of passengers to make certain that they had... 

Gauteng High Court declines relief for Sakeliga on CIPC matter

By: Simone Liedtke     Updated 4 hours ago The Department of Trade, Industry and Competition (DTIC) has welcomed the decision by the Gauteng High Court, in which it declined to give Sakeliga the relief it sought on the lawfulness of the Companies and Intellectual Commission (CIPC) certificates issued to companies permitted to render... 

SAHRC keeps close eye on fair school opening practices

By: Marleny Arnoldi     Updated 5 hours ago The South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) plans to approach the High Court to interdict the Western Cape Education Department from continuing with teaching this week. This follows after schools in the province reopened for Grades 7 and 12 on June 1, despite an announcement by Basic... 

IVRS dams record lower water levels

By: Natasha Odendaal     Updated 5 hours ago The dams within the Integrated Vaal River System (IVRS) continue to decline, the Department of Water and Sanitation (DWS) said in a statement on June 3. The average water levels in the system declined from 67.3% last week to 66.6% this week, while during the same time last year, it hovered at 73.7%. 

SA banks ready to assist distressed businesses amid Covid-19 pandemic

By: Sane Dhlamini     Updated 6 hours ago Global law firm DLA Piper, which has advised the Banking Association South Africa and South Africa’s biggest banks on the country’s loan guarantee scheme, has announced that the banks are ready to receive loan applications from businesses impacted by the coronavirus. The loan scheme, which was... 

SA banks ready to assist distressed businesses amid Covid-19 pandemic

Urgent plea to allow struggling alluvial diamond sector to create jobs 

By: Martin Creamer     3rd June 2020 The discovery of alluvial diamonds in the unique secondary deposits of the Middle Orange River downstream of Hopetown in South Africa in 1867 was the catalyst that initiated the development of the mining industry in Southern Africa. But compared with its heyday between the 1990s and early 2000s,... 

Urgent plea to allow struggling alluvial diamond sector to create jobs
South African Diamond Producers Organisation (Sadpo) deputy chairperson Lyndon De Meillon

IDC committed to exploring all options to rescue Kalagadi Manganese

By: Martin Creamer     2nd June 2020 The Industrial Development Corporation (IDC) said on Tuesday that it remained fully committed to exploring all its options to protect the future of Kalagadi Manganese, which has opposed business rescue proceedings. IDC said it was important to note that Friday’s court decision on IDC’s business... 

IDC committed to exploring all options to rescue Kalagadi Manganese
Photo by Creamer Media
Kalagadi Manganese mine.

CDH says Comp Act focusing on SMEs, but says that larger firms also struggling 

By: Simone Liedtke     2nd June 2020 The onslaught of the Covid-19 pandemic continues to complicate matters for various business, especially with the South African Competition Act now seemingly focusing on protecting smaller firms and customers who may be subject to price hikes during these difficult times. With the world finding... 

Cliffe Dekker Hofmeyr's (CDH's) Andries le Grange and Jerome Brink gives viewers some insight into the Competition Act, as well as what Covid-19 tax relief measures firms can consider. Video: CDH. Editing: Creamer Media's Nicholas Boyd.

Pandemic underpins importance of purpose-driven leadership, shared value creation

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     2nd June 2020 The Covid-19 pandemic presents an opportunity for business to restructure and to pursue purpose-driven leadership and strategies, which includes creating shared value for all stakeholders. This will not only help in weathering the current difficulties, but will also position companies well for a... 

CCBSA installs new ceramic water filtration system at its Polokwane plant

By: Simone Liedtke     2nd June 2020 Coca-Cola Beverages South Africa (CCBSA) has successfully installed a new ceramic water filtration system at its Polokwane bottling plant. It expects the system to deliver almost R2.6-million in water savings a year. 

United Steel condemns unnecessary protest at old Metso steel mill

By: Marleny Arnoldi     2nd June 2020 International metals and minerals company United Steel, a division of United Heavy Industries, has disassociated itself from allegations that jobs are up for sale at its steel mill, and condemned the protest action at the site, in Mandeni, KwaZulu-Natal, on June 1. The company recently acquired... 

World Bank says governments should prepare policies for a new world after virus 

By: Marleny Arnoldi     2nd June 2020 Interventions to recover from the Covid-19 pandemic should be no less powerful, forceful and fast than the crisis itself, says World Bank group president David Malpass in the bank’s 'Global Economic Prospects' report. Some of the chapters of the report were released on June 2, with the full... 

World Bank says governments should prepare policies for a new world after virus

Another step forward in achieving electrically-powered aircraft

By: Rebecca Campbell     2nd June 2020 Two US companies, based in Seattle in Washington state, have successfully flown a Cessna 208B Grand Caravan utility aircraft which they had modified, replacing its standard single turboprop engine an electric motor. The companies are electric aeroengine development company magniX and independent... 

Another step forward in achieving electrically-powered aircraft
Photo by AeroTEC
The eCaravan climbs away on its first flight

Creecy outlines activities allowed under the Covid-19 Lockdown Level 3

By: Yvonne Silaule     2nd June 2020 Hunting, self-drive visits to private or public game reserves and national parks, and recreational fishing are among the activities to be allowed under Level 3, Environment, Forestry and Fisheries Minister Barbara Creecy has announced.   

Transnet meets with AMSA to talk freight issues, unlocking more value

By: Marleny Arnoldi     2nd June 2020 Transnet Freight Rail (TFR) has met with ArcelorMittal South Africa to address concerns raised by the steel producer regarding TFR’s impact on its business operations. This forms part of TFR’s efforts to improve efficiencies and productivity, especially when freight issues are contributing to... 

Port facilitating green energy for South Africa

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     2nd June 2020 As the only port with green status in the Southern African port system, Transnet National Ports Authority’s (TNPA) Port of Ngqura has now established itself as a suitable partner in driving green energy development in the country. TNPA says the port has provided a safe gateway, temporary storage... 

Port facilitating green energy for South Africa
Wind farm deliveries

Vehicle theft, hijackings down 76% during lockdown

By: Irma Venter     2nd June 2020 Fleet and mobile asset management solutions provider MiX Telematics has released statistics that indicate that the Covid-19 lockdown has had a positive effect on vehicle crime and road-related incidents, owing mainly to the 74% decline in vehicle use and heightened police visibility during the... 

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