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Sasol moves to sell big stake in Rompco pipeline to a Reatile-led consortium 

By: Terence Creamer     14th May 2021 Energy and chemicals group Sasol confirmed on Friday that it had entered into a R5-billion agreement with a Reatile-led consortium for the sale of a 30% stake in the Republic of Mozambique Pipeline Company (Rompco), the joint venture that owns the 865-km gas transmission pipeline from southern... 

Sasol moves to sell big stake in Rompco pipeline to a Reatile-led consortium

Creecy assures South Africa will contribute to global climate change mitigation efforts 

By: Donna Slater     14th May 2021 Forestry, Fisheries and the Environment Minister Barbara Creecy says steps are being taken to ensure South Africa contributes its “fair share” to the global climate change mitigation effort with its newly-established Presidential Climate Change Coordinating Commission. The commission will advise... 

Creecy assures South Africa will contribute to global climate change mitigation efforts
Photo by Creamer Media's Donna Slater
Forestry, Fisheries and the Environment Minister Barbara Creecy

Professional civil servants core to establishing effective, capable State

By: Schalk Burger     14th May 2021 A host of civil engineering and public service experts have noted that developing professional civil servants was necessary to ensure the development of an equitable, effective and efficient State that serves the interests of citizens and not politicians. Professionalism in the public service... 

Ford to help dealers speed up repairs through wearable tech

By: Irma Venter     14th May 2021 Ford South Africa is rolling out a new, high-tech approach to vehicle repairs at its dealerships. The local arm of the US car maker has already conducted a pilot study of the RealWear HMT-1 Hands-free Remote Collaboration Tool, which remotely connects Ford dealership technicians with the... 

Ford to help dealers speed up repairs through wearable tech

South African Airways aims to resume flights in July or August

By: Reuters     14th May 2021 South African Airways aims to resume flights in July or August, but the restart date will depend on how the COVID-19 pandemic progresses and whether the airline can resolve a pilot dispute, its chief executive said on Friday. State-owned SAA, which was put into administration in December 2019,... 

Parliamentary Committee receives reports on arms control and financial control

By: Rebecca Campbell     14th May 2021 Parliament’s Joint Standing Committee on Defence has welcomed confirmation of South Africa’s continuing compliance with its international arms control commitments. It did so in a statement released on Friday. The statement followed the Committee’s reception of the latest reports from the National... 

Upstream Petroleum Bill nears finalisation

By: Marleny Arnoldi     14th May 2021 Law firm Cliffe Dekker Hofmeyr (CDH) expects the updated iteration of the Upstream Petroleum Resources Development Bill to be gazetted by June. This follows after Cabinet approved the submission of the draft Bill to Parliament this week.  

District Development Model seen as key to tackling delivery backlogs

By: Donna Slater     14th May 2021 Proponents of government's recently launched District Development Model (DDM) believe the joined-up model provides the framework required for South African municipalities to begin tackling their generally severe service-delivery problems. Conceptualised by the Department of Cooperative Governance... 

District Development Model seen as key to tackling delivery backlogs

Western Cape asks public for input on Inclusionary Housing Policy Framework

By: Marleny Arnoldi     14th May 2021 The Western Cape government on May 14 published an Inclusionary Housing Policy Framework for public comment. The framework will help municipalities in the Western Cape facilitate the inclusion of more affordable housing units in developments in their municipal areas.  

Information Regulator seeking legal advice over WhatsApp privacy policy

By: Natasha Odendaal     14th May 2021 South Africa’s Information Regulator is briefing attorneys to prepare an opinion on the way forward in terms of litigation after not receiving any agreement from WhatsApp to revise its privacy policy in line with that of the standard used in the European Union (UN). The regulator requested the... 

Construction starts on Boardwalk Mall in Gqeberha

By: Simone Liedtke     14th May 2021 Property investor Flanagan & Gerard (F&G) and Sun International subsidiary Emfuleni Resorts have officially started construction of the Boardwalk Mall, in Gqeberha (previously known as Port Elizabeth). The first phase of construction is set to be completed and launched in December this year,... 

Construction starts on Boardwalk Mall in Gqeberha
The sod turning at the Boardwalk Mall's official development launch, in Gqeberha.

100-bed hospital handed over in East London

By: Donna Slater     14th May 2021 Siemens South Africa, the German Ministry of Economic Cooperation and Development and the Solidarity Fund officially handed over a separate 100-bed modular hospital solution to the Cecilia Makiwane Hospital, in Mdantsane, near East London, on May 14. Built in fewer than 100 days, the hospital... 

100-bed hospital handed over in East London
The interior of the 100-bed modular hospital solution to the Cecilia Makiwane Hospital

DSI, DHET collaborate to establish a national open learning system

By: Yvonne Silaule     14th May 2021 The departments of Science and Innovation (DSI) and Higher Education and Training (DHET), are working together to establish a National Open Learning System that will provide online learning opportunities in the post school education and training system. The departments are also considering the... 

Solar minibuses for Africa? Data seen as key to green transport switch

By: Reuters     14th May 2021 As emissions from African transport surge, governments need to find ways to encourage a shift to cleaner, healthier electric vehicles, especially among the minibus and motorcycle taxis that dominate transport in many cities, researchers said on Thursday. Investment in generating more... 

Digital technology greatly speeds assembly of new Boeing military jet

By: Rebecca Campbell     14th May 2021 Digital technology greatly speeds assembly of new Boeing military jet US aerospace and defence giant Boeing has announced the successful joining of the front and aft sections of the first engineering and manufacturing development test example of the T-7A Red Hawk advanced trainer for the US Air... 

Digital technology greatly speeds assembly of new Boeing military jet
Photo by Boeing
The Boeing Saab T-X prototype for the T-7A Red Hawk

National Treasury partners with HSRC to build analytical capabilities within metros

By: Yvonne Silaule     14th May 2021 The National Treasury has launched eight metro reports containing spatialised economic data drawn from anonymised administrative tax data. South African cities and towns are characterised by a spatial mismatch between where people live and economic activity, resulting in the exclusion of a large... 

New technologies transforming mining, metals industry – ICMM 

By: Martin Creamer     14th May 2021 New technologies are transforming the mining and metals industry, making it cleaner and safer, says the International Council on Mining and Metals (ICMM), which is progressing an 'innovation for cleaner, safer vehicles' initiative. The initiative brings together 28 of the world’s leading mining... 

New technologies transforming mining, metals industry – ICMM
An innovation for cleaner, safer vehicles initiative has been introduced.

Iron-ore slumps again as steel hub asks mills to control surge

By: Bloomberg     14th May 2021 Iron-ore futures tumbled as China’s top steel-making hub ramped up efforts to control a dizzying surge in prices. Futures in Dalian dropped the daily limit, while prices in Singapore extended a slump from a record $233.75 a ton on Wednesday amid concerns about the sustainability of the rally. In... 

Iron-ore slumps again as steel hub asks mills to control surge

Magazine round up | 14 May 2021 

14th May 2021 A video round up of this week’s magazine, highlighting our cover story, features and Business Leader. 

Magazine round up | 14 May 2021

Long4Life posts lower full-year profit despite second-half recovery

By: Schalk Burger     13th May 2021 JSE-listed lifestyle products group Long4Life recorded a 12% year-on-year decrease in revenue to R3.58-billion for the financial year ended February 28, as the pandemic and lockdown restrictions in South Africa had a significant impact on the operating and financial performance of the group. Its... 

CoJ, Pikitup withdraw R50 recycling levy proposal

By: Schalk Burger     13th May 2021 The City of Johannesburg's (CoJ's) Environment and Infrastructure Services Department (EISD) and waste management company Pikitup have withdrawn a proposed R50 recycling levy. A number of submissions were received in opposition of the proposed levy, the CoJ said in a statement on May 13. 

Numsa initiates negotiations in metals, engineering industry

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     13th May 2021 Metal workers trade union the National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (Numsa) has given notice of its intention to initiate wage negotiations at the Metals and Engineering Industry Bargaining Council (MEIBC). In terms of the MEIBC constitution, it will now meet to facilitate and provide a... 

Platinum on cathodes of zinc-air system chosen to decarbonise New York City  

By: Martin Creamer     13th May 2021 Platinum features on the cathode of zinc-air battery technology that is taking the City of New York by storm in helping to lower the carbon footprint of its buildings, Mining Weekly can today report. Zinc8, the Canadian Stock Exchange company that has won the city’s decarbonisation challenge, has... 

Zinc8 Energy Solutions Ron MacDonald interviewed by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

Liquor industry urges government to rely on science, past experience in making third-wave decisions

By: Schalk Burger     13th May 2021 Industry organisations the South African Liquor Brandowners Association (Salba) and Vinpro are urging government to rely on the scientific advice of its own panel of health experts in the Ministerial Advisory Council (MAC) in responding to the surge in Covid-19 cases and the potential third wave... 

CCMA, Salga forge partnership to promote labour equity

By: Schalk Burger     13th May 2021 The Commission for Conciliation, Mediation and Arbitration (CCMA) and the South African Local Government Association (Salga) have signed a three-year memorandum of understanding to solidify their strategic partnership aimed at promoting labour peace and equity. The strategic partnership will... 

Understanding, implementation of circularity needed to overcome waste crisis – panel 

By: Donna Slater     13th May 2021 Although they agreed that the concept of a circular economy was not new in South Africa, a panel of experts participating in a webinar hosted by Creamer Media this week, also agreed that more needed to be done by government to expand on the implementation of circular economy principles to produce... 

Understanding, implementation of circularity needed to overcome waste crisis – panel

Slow vaccination could hinder emerging market recovery, warns S&P

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     13th May 2021 The economic recovery in emerging markets (EMs) will remain highly vulnerable to pandemic-related setbacks, given the slow vaccine rollout, financial services company S&P Global Ratings notes in its ‘Emerging Markets Monthly Highlights: Slow Vaccination Keeps Recovery At Risk’ report. It notes... 

'Future-proofing' infrastructure is key to better dealing with flooding in SA - expert

By: News24Wire      13th May 2021 With parts of the Western Cape entering into the rainy season, and the recent heavy rainfall that caused flooding, flood resilience expert Tjeerd Driessen says South Africa needs to invest in "future-proof" infrastructure. "If you have more rainfall events normally, the infrastructure should also... 

Hino South Africa upgrades its 300-Series

By: Irma Venter     13th May 2021 Hino South Africa (SA) has upgraded its 300-Series medium truck range, while adding some new features and realigning the model mix. The range now offers 13 derivatives, with a body and payload capability of between 3 390 kg and 5 950 kg, basically covering the 2.5 t, 3 t and 4 t markets. 

Hino South Africa upgrades its 300-Series
The new Hino 300 Crew Cab

Sungrow, partners to build Malawi's first solar-plus-storage project

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     13th May 2021 Solar photovoltaic (PV) and energy storage systems (ESS) solutions supplier Sungrow has partnered with JCM Power, InfraCo Africa, RINA and Innovate to build Malawi's first utility-scale solar-plus-storage project. Located in the Dedza district of Malawi, near the town of Golomoti, the 20 MW solar... 

Solidarity to give water dept until May 17 to present alternatives to employing Cuban engineers

By: Schalk Burger     13th May 2021 Trade union Solidarity says it has granted the Department of Water and Sanitation's request to extend the deadline for an alternative proposal regarding the use of 24 imported Cuban engineers.   The new date for the department to present its proposal to Solidarity is May 17. “In consultation with... 

Exxaro partners with Saica Enterprise Development for finance programme

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     13th May 2021 Diversified miner Exxaro Resources is collaborating with the South African Institute of Chartered Accountants’ (Saica’) Enterprise Development (ED) unit to implement a financial excellence programme for the miner’s suppliers. The programme is aimed at enhancing the financial management systems... 

Tata International Africa signs JCB distribution agreement in Vietnam 

By: Irma Venter     13th May 2021 Tata International Africa (TIA) has signed an agreement with JCB to distribute JCB Construction Equipment in Vietnam, South East Asia. As of April 1, TIA has been selling and supporting the full line of JCB Construction Equipment through the Tata International dealer network in Vietnam, with the... 

Tata International Africa signs JCB distribution agreement in Vietnam 

Nersa to assess new NPA between Eskom, Hillside smelter  

13th May 2021 Creamer Media's Chanel de Bruyn speaks to Engineering News Editor Terence Creamer about a new Negotiated Pricing Agreement (NPA) between Eskom and the Hillside aluminium smelter, what the process will be for Nersa to adjudicate the NPA and if there are likely to be more such NPAs with other... 

Nersa to assess new NPA between Eskom, Hillside smelter

Tiger brands expects to report higher interim earnings

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     13th May 2021 JSE-listed Tiger Brands expects its earnings per share (EPS) from total operations for the six months ended March 31 to be between 295% and 305% higher than the EPS of 210c reported for the prior interim period. Headline earnings per share (HEPS) from total operations for the period are expected... 

Boeing issues repair plan in step to returning Max to flight

By: Bloomberg     13th May 2021 Boeing sent the first of two planned service bulletins to 737 Max operators Wednesday, providing instructions to repair an electrical issue that has grounded scores of new jets for more than a month, said people familiar with the matter. The first notice for airlines covers a small number of the... 

DeepMind provides machine learning scholarships for four Wits Master's students

By: Schalk Burger     13th May 2021 Artificial intelligence (AI) research and applications company DeepMind has donated scholarship funding for four University of the Witwatersrand (Wits) students to complete their Master's degrees in the field of machine learning (ML). The scholarships will fund students registering for MSc... 

Kwatani’s facilities equipped for swift, custom orders 

13th May 2021 Original-equipment manufacturer Kwatani’s fabrication jobbing processes are designed to accommodate custom-designed equipment in similar time frames that other OEMs deliver standard equipment, while also being flexible enough to handle emergency orders with short lead times. Cameron Mackay tells... 

Kwatani’s facilities equipped for swift, custom orders

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