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Ramaphosa extends national lockdown till end of April, takes a pay cut

By: African News Agency      9th April 2020 President Cyril Ramaphosa on Thursday announced a two-week extension of South Africa's current national lockdown to slow the spread of the Covid-19 outbreak, warning that ending it too soon would see the disease "consume" the country. The lockdown, which was initially set to end at midnight on... 

Ramaphosa extends national lockdown till end of April, takes a pay cut
President Cyril Ramaphosa

World Bank warns of big South Africa GDP slump and first SSA recession in 25 years as Covid-19 bites 

By: Terence Creamer     9th April 2020 The World Bank is forecasting that gross domestic product in South Africa could slump by between 6.9 percentage points and 8 percentage points in 2020 when compared with a base case that does not include the anticipated economic fallout from the Covid-19 pandemic. Similar contractions are... 

World Bank warns of big South Africa GDP slump and first SSA recession in 25 years as Covid-19 bites
World Bank Chief Economist for Africa Albert Zeufack

Engineering News & Mining Weekly e-magazine now available

9th 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

WTO warns of plummeting global trade 

By: Marleny Arnoldi     9th April 2020 World trade is likely to fall by between 13% and 32% this year as the Covid-19 pandemic disrupts economic activity and life around the world, the World Trade Organisation (WTO) reports. The global body believes the slump in trade will be even worse than what was brought on by the global... 

Ford South Africa starts face shield production 

By: Irma Venter     9th April 2020 Ford Motor Company of Southern Africa (FMCSA) has started production of 57 000 protective face shields that will be donated to front-line medical and essential services personnel who are most at risk of contracting Covid-19.  The face shields, which protect the user’s eyes, nose and mouth, are... 

Ford South Africa starts face shield production
Face shield production at Ford

Quickly deployable prefabricated medical facility ideal to tackle Covid-19 in Africa

By: Donna Slater     9th April 2020 A partnership between renewable energy company Africa Clean Energy Solutions (Aces) and mining, civil and roadworks company 3C Tech Mining has led to the development of a turnkey prefabricated medical facility – SAFEPOD – which can be used to bolster medical facilities available to tackle the... 

AfDB creates $10bn Covid-19 response facility

By: Marleny Arnoldi     9th April 2020 The African Development Bank (AfDB) on April 8 announced a Covid-19 response facility worth $10-billion to assist regional member countries in fighting the pandemic. The facility is the latest measure taken by the bank to respond to the global crisis and will be the primary channel for the... 

Covid-19 forces Bloodhound land-speed record attempt into hibernation

By: Irma Venter     9th April 2020 The Bloodhound land-speed record (Bloodhound LSR) attempt has gone into hibernation. Following successful high-speed testing in South Africa in October and November, Bloodhound LSR has been focussed on securing sponsorship to further fund its world land-speed record campaign, says CEO Ian... 

Covid-19 forces Bloodhound land-speed record attempt into hibernation

Vodacom directs R40m phone, data donation to Health Dept for Covid-19 fight

By: Natasha Odendaal     9th April 2020 Telecommunications giant Vodacom has committed to donating 20 000 smartphones, 100 Tb of data and 10-million voice call minutes to the Department of Health for frontline use in the battle against the Covid-19 crisis. The donation, valued at R40-million, will enable frontline health workers... 

Bidvest Panalpina Logistics unveils new name, new look

By: Irma Venter     9th April 2020 Bidvest Panalpina Logistics (BPL) has announced a name change and a change in partner. BPL will split from DSV/Panalpina after 46 years of commercial partnership, and will, in future, trade as Bidvest International Logistics (BIL), once all regulatory changes have been completed. 

Bidvest Panalpina Logistics unveils new name, new look

Construction task team helps soothe industry issues amid Covid-19 battle

By: Marleny Arnoldi     9th April 2020 John Matthews, who is chairperson of the newly established Covid-19 Construction Rapid Response Task Team, says the global economy has been thrown into turmoil as the world struggles to combat the spread of Covid-19. He adds that South Africa’s economy has been particularly hard hit by the... 

Mondi withholds dividend, takes capital precautions amid Covid-19 uncertainties

By: Marleny Arnoldi     9th April 2020 Despite a robust balance sheet and a decent operational and financial performance, JSE-listed paper and packaging group Mondi has decided to not pay out a final dividend for the year ended December 31, 2019, in light of Covid-19-related uncertainties. The board says it recognises the... 

Mondi withholds dividend, takes capital precautions amid Covid-19 uncertainties

African countries urged to increase response to Covid-19 pandemic − WHO

By: Simone Liedtke     9th April 2020 World Health Organisation (WHO) regional director for Africa Dr Matshidiso Moeti has urged countries across Africa to increase their response to mitigating the effects of the Covid-19 virus. While the economic impact of the pandemic is severe, she lamented that fragile economies – like found in... 

African countries urged to increase response to Covid-19 pandemic − WHO

Declaring force majeure is not so simple during lockdown − CDH

By: Marleny Arnoldi     9th April 2020 Law firm Cliffe Dekker Hofmeyr (CDH) on April 9 discussed some of the pertinent issues that its clients were facing in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic in South Africa. These issues include the enforceability of contracts, force majeure clauses, commercial leases, distributions and liquidity... 

Paramount Group partners with hospital on Intubox innovation

By: Donna Slater     9th April 2020 Aeronautical engineers from aerospace and technology company Paramount Group have teamed up with emergency doctors at the Charlotte Maxeke Academic Hospital in Johannesburg, for the design and production of the innovative Intubox to help protect frontline healthcare workers when treating patients... 

Paramount Group partners with hospital on Intubox innovation

Hulamin to delay release of full-year results

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     9th April 2020 JSE-listed Hulamin has indicated that it will use a two-month extension granted by the Financial Sector Conduct Authority (FSCA) to finalise its results for the year ended December 31, 2019; however, it will endeavour to release these as soon as possible. The company indicates that it will... 

Afrimat expects to report higher full-year earnings

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     9th April 2020 JSE-listed Afrimat expects its earnings a share for the year ended February 29 to be between 318.2c and 362.4c, reflecting an increase of between 44% and 64% year-on-year. Its headline earnings a share are expected to be between 323.1c and 369.9c, reflecting an increase of between 38% and 58%... 

Research group warns that South Africa is likely to see sharp rise in price of rice 

By: Rebecca Campbell     9th April 2020 Global trade has been severely disrupted by the Covid-19 pandemic and the measures many governments have taken to contain the disease. In general, however, trade in food and associated essential goods had been given priority in order to maintain food security, the independent research group the... 

South Africa’s dam levels rise

By: Natasha Odendaal     9th April 2020 The recent rains experienced have bolstered South Africa’s average dam levels to 67.3%. The latest dam levels report by the Department of Water and Sanitation (DWS) show that Gauteng’s dam levels increased from 98.8% last week to the current 101.2%. 

Facebook launches Covid-19 information centres in 17 African countries

By: Natasha Odendaal     9th April 2020 Social media platform Facebook has expanded its Covid-19 Information Centre to include another 17 countries across sub-Saharan Africa. The firm’s information centres aim to provide the latest news and trusted information on Covid-19 at the top of the social media network’s news feed as the virus... 

Moody’s cuts outlook for steel industries further

By: Marleny Arnoldi     9th April 2020 Ratings agency Moody’s Investors Service already had negative outlooks for steel industries across the world, largely based on weak fundamentals in 2019, but the Covid-19 outbreak has made conditions worse and prompted the agency to cut the outlook for steel industries further. Moody’s says the... 

An African automotive industry is starting to emerge

By: Irma Venter     10th April 2020 The great African automotive story of this year will be Ghana, says Volkswagen Group South Africa (VWSA) chairperson and MD Thomas Schäfer, who is also the president of the African Association of Automotive Manufacturers (AAAM). The AAAM, established in November 2015, focuses on the expansion of... 

An African automotive industry is starting to emerge

Too early to comment on when mining will resume – Minerals Council

By: Martin Creamer     9th April 2020 Comment on when mining industry operations will resume is premature but what is certain is that when resumption does occur, it will not be business as usual, Minerals Council South Africa said on Thursday. Noting reports on the resumption of mining operations after 16 April, Minerals Council... 

Mpumalanga govt launches Covid-19 command centre, app

By: Yvonne Silaule     9th April 2020 Mpumalanga Premier Refilwe Mtsweni-Tsipane has launched the province’s first Covid-19 Command Centre and a tracking App, in Mbombela, on Thursday. According to Mtsweni-Tsipane, the Command Centre and the tracking App will help in tracking patients who have tested positive for the virus and to... 

UK reports 2019 was a record year for renewable electricity generation 

By: Rebecca Campbell     9th April 2020 In a report issued on April 9, the British Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy reported that, based on provisional figures, last year had been a record year for the production of electricity using renewable technologies in the UK. Renewable electricity generation last year was... 

KSB ensures availability of pumps for water, sanitation and electricity

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     9th April 2020 Pumps critical to the provision of water and sanitation services, as well as pumps used in the generation of electricity, are being fully supported during the nationwide Covid-19 lockdown period, says supplier KSB Pumps and Valves. It assures end-users that it has far-reaching contingency plans... 

KSB ensures availability of pumps for water, sanitation and electricity
KSB Pumps and Valves workers repairing a boiler circulating pump and motor

Glencore launches $25m support fund in response to Covid-19 

By: Martin Creamer     9th April 2020 Diversified mining and marketing company Glencore on Thursday announced the launch of a $25-million fund in response to the coronavirus pandemic. The fund will support the London- and Johannesburg-listed company’s teams that are working closely with governments, health agencies and others key... 

Glencore launches $25m support fund in response to Covid-19
Photo by Bloomberg
Glencore CEO Ivan Glasenberg

Saipem-led consortium picked as preferred bidder for Egypt rail project

By: Reuters     9th April 2020 Italian energy contractor Saipem has been chosen as preferred bidder to head a consortium to rebuild a railway line in Egypt, Egyptian phosphorus group Waphco said in a statement. If the contract is awarded, the project would involve developing a cargo and passenger railway line to connect a... 

Govt permits Tharisa to continue to operate with fewer personnel 

By: Martin Creamer     9th April 2020 Chrome and platinum group metals (PGM) mining company Tharisa has received government permission to continue operating with a reduced number of personnel during the Covid-19 lockdown. Revealing this with its release on Thursday of second-quarter results for the three months to March 31, Tharisa... 

Govt permits Tharisa to continue to operate with fewer personnel
Photo by Creamer Media
Tharisa CEO Phoevos Pouroulis

UJ, nonprofit find companies are failing to comply with Covid-19 requirements

By: Marleny Arnoldi     9th April 2020 A report compiled by the University of Johannesburg’s Centre for Social Change and nonprofit organisation Casual Workers Advice Office finds that companies still operating during the lockdown are largely failing to provide adequate health and safety provisions. The report is based on analysis... 

Airbus cuts airliner production rates by a third in response to impact of Covid-19

By: Rebecca Campbell     9th April 2020 Europe-based major global aerospace group Airbus announced on April 8 that it was cutting the production rates for its airliners, because of the effects of the Covid-19 pandemic. It also announced a “solid” industrial and commercial performance during the first quarter of this year. “Our airline... 

Epping Property advances solar power for industrial buildings

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     9th April 2020  The current power crisis in South Africa is having an extremely negative impact on many levels; and business owners, particularly those in the manufacturing and industrial sector, are having to grapple with the knock-on effects of lost working hours and the negative consequences such as... 

Gary Kirsten launches online cricket coach education, accreditation programme

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     9th April 2020 Individuals looking to advance their cricket coach education, or coaches looking for a credible cricket coaching accreditation, are now able to do so through the newly-launched online programme, CoachED, powered by former South African batsman and current coach Gary Kirsten. The exclusive online... 

Covid-19 to impact immunisation programmes in low-income countries

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     9th April 2020 Disruptions caused by the Covid-19 pandemic are likely to have a devastating impact on immunisation programmes in the world’s least-developed countries, according to analysis by public-private partnership, Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance. Immediate delays to vaccination campaigns and routine... 

Mpumalanga households receive buckets of sanitisers to combat Covid-19

By: Yvonne Silaule     9th April 2020 Mpumalanga Premier Refilwe Mtshweni-Tsipane on Wednesday delivered two trucks full of sanitisers to the Siyabuswa community in Mpumalanga, as part of government’s efforts to curb the spread of the coronavirus (Covid-19). Mtshweni-Tsipane said the mission was to ensure that each household was... 

Mpumalanga households receive buckets of sanitisers to combat Covid-19

Frost & Sullivan highlights opportunities in the wind turbine materials market

By: Marleny Arnoldi     9th April 2020 The increasing demand for energy worldwide and traditional energy independence owing to volatile oil prices is encouraging governments globally to harness the potential of renewable energy, especially through wind turbines. Research firm Frost & Sullivan says the wind turbine materials market... 

Trusted smart homes need legal privacy safeguards

By: Schalk Burger     9th April 2020 Smart home systems must have legal safeguards in place to ensure that data generated and transmitted does not threaten the safety and privacy of individuals, says law firm Werksmans Attorneys director and Data Privacy Practice Group head Ahmore Burger-Smidt. "Privacy is an articulated concept,... 

Cybersecurity best practices critical as attacks spike

By: Schalk Burger     9th April 2020 Companies should ensure that employees follow cybersecurity best practices as cybercriminals try to exploit the Covid-19 crisis and penetrate corporate defences via unsecured home networks, says University of Stellenbosch Business School digital transformation senior lecturer Dr Martin Butler.... 

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