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Draft one-stop border-post policy to be released for public comment in early 2021 

By: Terence Creamer     4th December 2020 Government will release its draft one-stop border post policy for public comment during the first quarter of 2021, after Cabinet approved the draft policy during its meeting this week. In a statement, Cabinet said that the OSBP policy would give effect to the framework adopted in 2018. The policy... 

Draft one-stop border-post policy to be released for public comment in early 2021

Metair still expects lower full-year output, but green shoots are showing 

By: Marleny Arnoldi     4th December 2020 As automotive component manufacturer Metair anticipates a full-year decline of 30% in South African production volumes this year, the company remains committed to new model launch projects and overall sustainability of models, markets, projects and customers. Planned model launches and... 

Sanral shares details on Eastern Cape road upgrades 

By: Donna Slater     4th December 2020 The South African National Roads Agency (Sanral) is planning major road upgrade projects for the King Sabata Dalindyebo (KSD) local municipality, including upgrading and widening of the R61, and upgrading of the N2 from Viedgesville to Mthatha into a dual carriageway. Sanral southern region... 

Home-grown gas innovation set to deliver zero-emission refrigerated transport 

By: Simone Liedtke     4th December 2020 Emerging domestic natural gas and helium producer Renergen continues to keep its foot on the gas in South Africa through the development of a zero-emissions solution for cold-chain logistics, in partnership with trailer manufacturer Henred Fruehauf. The solution uses liquefied natural gas... 

Scan the barcode or visit www.engineeringnews.co.za to watch a video interview with Renergen’s Stefano Marani and Henred Fruehauf’s Eduan Naude, as they give more insight into a new zero-emissions logistics solution.

One injured, six treated for smoke inhalation after Engen refinery explosion

By: Marleny Arnoldi     4th December 2020 One person has been injured and taken to hospital, while six have been treated for smoke inhalation, following Friday morning's explosion at an oil refinery in Wentworth, Durban. Engen spokesperson Gavin Smith told Engineering News that the fire on site had been extinguished during the morning.  

One injured, six treated for smoke inhalation after Engen refinery explosion
Engen refinery

B4SA supports localised Covid interventions

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     4th December 2020 Business for South Africa (B4SA) has welcomed the measures announced by President Cyril Ramaphosa to counter the resurgence of Covid-19 infections, focusing on localised restrictions in Covid-19 hotspots. B4SA steering committee chairperson Martin Kingston said on Friday that the organisation was... 

E Cape govt launches summer tourism campaign amid escalating Covid-19 infections  

By: Yvonne Silaule     4th December 2020 Despite spiking Covid-19 infections in the Eastern Cape, the province’s tourism department is gearing up to welcome tourists this summer. Finance, Economic Affairs and Tourism MEC Mlungisi Mvoko launched a travel and tourism activation, in Coffee Bay, on Friday, under the theme ‘Experience Summer... 

E Cape govt launches summer tourism campaign amid escalating Covid-19 infections
Nelson Mandela Bay

Cabinet briefed on SAA business rescue, DPE assures on anti-graft actions at airline

By: Rebecca Campbell     4th December 2020 In a statement issued on Friday, the South African Cabinet reported that, at its virtual meeting on Wednesday, it had been briefed on the business rescue plan for State-owned national flag carrier South African Airways (SAA). In September the government committed itself to provide R10.5-billion... 

Airbus bets on hydrogen to deliver zero-emission jets

By: Bloomberg     4th December 2020 There are plenty of obstacles standing in the way of developing the first zero-emission, hydrogen-powered plane. It’s tricky to safely store and use the highly combustible fuel. There aren’t any airports equipped to refuel jets with it. And the cost of hydrogen itself is prohibitive, at least if... 

Boeing 737 MAX wins its first order since it was grounded in 2019

By: Rebecca Campbell     4th December 2020 Irish low cost carrier Ryanair and US global major aerospace group Boeing announced on Thursday that the airline, which is Europe’s largest, had ordered 75 more 737 MAX single-aisle airliners. This is the first new order for the type since it was grounded in March 2019, as a consequence of two... 

Boeing 737 MAX wins its first order since it was grounded in 2019
Boeing 737 MAX

New group CEO announced for Necsa

By: Rebecca Campbell     4th December 2020 The South African Cabinet announced on Friday that, at its Wednesday virtual meeting, it had ratified the appointment of Loyiso Tyabashe as the new group CEO for the South African Nuclear Energy Corporation (Necsa). He holds a MSc in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Cape Town and... 

New group CEO announced for Necsa
Loyiso Tyabashe

Eskom business investment competition entries open

By: Donna Slater     4th December 2020 State-owned power utility Eskom has opened entries for its Development Foundation’s business investment competition (BIC). The BIC is open to registered black-owned small and medium-sized enterprises in South Africa that have been operating for 24 months or longer. Enterprises operating in the... 

Public hearing participant questions Nersa mandate in evolving electricity market

By: Donna Slater     4th December 2020 The National Energy Regulator of South Africa was outdated, and regulation changes were needed to bring it in line with current trends, the only respondent to public hearings into gold miner Gold Fields' application to build a 40 MW solar plant near its mine in Westonaria said on Thursday. Brian... 

Telkom CFO Molefe resigns

By: Reuters     4th December 2020 South African mobile network operator Telkom SA said on Friday Tsholofelo Molefe has resigned as the group CFO to pursue other interests. Dirk Reyneke, current CFO of Openserve - the wholesale connectivity division of Telkom - will take over the position of acting group CFO, effective December... 

Grindrod Shipping extends IVS Pinehurst charter-in period

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     4th December 2020 Dual-listed Grindrod Shipping has agreed to extend the firm charter-in period of the 2015-built supramax drybulk vessel IVS Pinehurst for 11 to 13 months, starting from November 15. The company has a further option to extend the charter for an additional 11 to 13 months and retains the existing... 

OPEC+ meets to seek compromise on plan to delay output hike

By: Bloomberg     4th December 2020 OPEC+ began two days of potentially complicated talks to hash out the size of its oil-production cuts next year, with the group’s president calling for caution in a fragile market. The coalition that pumps half the world’s crude is debating whether to maintain its output restrictions at current... 

OPEC+ meets to seek compromise on plan to delay output hike

Retiring Glasenberg handing over Glencore reins to Gary Nagle 

By: Martin Creamer     4th December 2020 Glencore CEO Ivan Glasenberg announced on Friday that he would be handing over the reins of the global mining and marketing company in mid-2021 to top Glencore executive Gary Nagle, who has served the company for more than two decades and is well-known in South Africa, where he ran Glencore’s... 

Retiring Glasenberg handing over Glencore reins to Gary Nagle
Gary Nagle, who will be taking over in mid-2021 from retiring Ivan Glasenberg, who has served Glencore with distinction.

Glencore spells out emission-reduction pathway to 2050 

By: Martin Creamer     4th December 2020 Diversified mining and marketing company Glencore on Friday announced its ambition to be a net-zero emissions company by 2050. Glencore set out the pathway towards reducing its total emissions footprint by 40% by 2035, taking in Scope 1, 2 and 3. 

Glencore spells out emission-reduction pathway to 2050
Photo by Bloomberg
Ivan Glasenberg, who is handing Glencore reins to Gary Nagle.

Government urges SAA employees to be patient while it resolves unpaid salaries  

By: African News Agency      4th December 2020 South Africa’s department of public enterprises said on Friday it was sympathetic to the plight of South African Airways employees who have not received salaries for several months and urged them to be patient while it worked to find a solution. The financially struggling state-owned national... 

 Government urges SAA employees to be patient while it resolves unpaid salaries

Sasol's rights issue and 2.0 transformation programme  

4th December 2020 Sasol is still mulling over whether or not to proceed with a rights issue to help it deal with its debt burden. Engineering News editor Terence Creamer discusses this and the ‘Sasol 2.0’ transformation programme. 

Sasol's right issue and 2.0 transformation programme

Tighter Covid-19 rules in Eastern Cape, Ramaphosa says 'in the fight of our lives'

By: Reuters     4th December 2020 South Africa on Thursday tightened Covid-19 rules in the Eastern Cape province where infections are rising the most, curbing movement and gatherings, but decided against reinstating a nationwide lockdown. President Cyril Ramaphosa said in a televised address that the curfew in the eastern Nelson... 

Explosion at Durban crude oil refinery

By: Reuters     4th December 2020 There was an explosion at South Africa's second-largest crude oil refinery in Durban on Friday morning, a local metropolitan police official told Reuters, adding it was not yet clear whether there had been injuries or deaths. A spokesman for Engen, which operates the refinery, said he would... 

Explosion at Durban crude oil refinery
The Durban refinery

Sappi appoints new CEO of European operations

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     4th December 2020 South Africa-based pulp and paper company Sappi has appointed Marco Eikelenboom as CEO of its European operations from April 1. He is currently marketing and sales, graphic papers at Sappi Europe. 

Visa adds partner toolkit, new fintechs to fast-track programme to help restore global economy

By: Schalk Burger     4th December 2020 As money management becomes increasingly digital, fintechs play a pivotal role in helping to restore and rebuild the global economy, says global payments and financial services company Visa. Visa has added a new Partner Toolkit and Visa Ready Fintech Enabler certification to its Fast Track... 

Large-scale IoT use can improve services, quality of life and resource efficiency

By: Schalk Burger     4th December 2020 Broad use of Internet of Things (IoT) devices and systems to support every day civil and business functions can reduce waste and improve speed and efficiency, while large-scale uses, such as infrastructure and utility use monitoring and asset management can provide significant benefits to society... 

Solidarity Fund to chip R327m into Covid-19 vaccine efforts, Ramaphosa says

By: News24Wire      3rd December 2020 President Cyril Ramaphosa announced on Thursday evening that the Solidarity Fund has committed to pay a R327-million toward Covax, a global Covid-19 vaccine access initiative. The president was briefing the country on the latest developments in the fight against Covid-19 pandemic ahead of the... 

Hyprop reports improved interim period

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     3rd December 2020 Retail-focused real estate investment trust Hyprop reported in a December 3 pre-close statement ahead of its December 31 interim closed period that most of its key trading metrics in South Africa have improved since it reported its results for the financial year ended June 30. “We are encouraged... 

Fall in energy efficiency investment threatens climate goals – IEA 

By: Creamer Media Reporter      3rd December 2020 Investment in energy efficiency worldwide is on course to fall by 9% in 2020, the International Energy Agency (IEA) forecasts, warning that the Covid-induced slump threatens international climate goals. The agency’s ‘Energy Efficiency 2020’ report estimates that global primary energy intensity... 

Tech must be leveraged to tackle climate change, speakers say

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     3rd December 2020 The effects of climate change are being felt across the Southern African Development Community (SADC) region, and science and technology can play a key role in adaptation to, mitigation of, and the overcoming of these effects, speakers said during the Southern African Science Service Centre for... 

Opinion: Local content-driven industrial policy essential for the success of the Economic Reconstruction and Recovery Plan

3rd December 2020 In this opinion piece, Nelson Mandela University Infrastructure Development & Engagement Unit associate Bongani Mankewu writes that consistent and coherent industrial policy is indispensable if success is to be achieved in South Africa's infrastructure roll-out. South Africa’s economic policy... 

Investment in green hydrogen production to exceed $1bn by 2023 − IHS Markit 

By: Marleny Arnoldi     3rd December 2020 Investment in the production of hydrogen powered by renewable sources, or green hydrogen, is likely to exceed $1-billion by 2023, says research agency IHS Markit. The agency attributes an elevated investment outlook to falling costs and policy support from governments that are looking to shift... 

Solidarity court case against Denel postponed

By: Rebecca Campbell     3rd December 2020 Trade union Solidarity on Thursday expressed regret that the contempt of court case it had brought against State-owned defence industrial group Denel had been postponed until January 27. The court ruled that the Denel board had to be given time to respond to the affidavit presented by the union.... 

Upscaling of wind technician training needed to support 14.4 GW roll-out 

By: Terence Creamer     3rd December 2020 The planned growth of South Africa’s wind-energy sector over the coming decade, and beyond, will require a material upscaling of the country’s training infrastructure to ensure that there are sufficient South African wind technicians trained to support the building and maintenance of an expanding... 

Upscaling of wind technician training needed to support 14.4 GW roll-out
Photo by Saretec
Trainee wind technicians being put through their paces as the South African Renewable Energy Technology Centre

Glencore, China’s GEM extend strategic cobalt partnership 

By: Martin Creamer     3rd December 2020 Diversified mining and marketing company Glencore has extended its partnership with GEM of China for the supply of cobalt hydroxide by another five years. Both companies have also formally embedded responsible sourcing and sustainability into the contractual relationship. 

Glencore, China’s GEM extend strategic cobalt partnership
Glencore CEO Ivan Glasenberg

Ramaphosa to update South Africans on Covid-19 measures  

By: African News Agency      3rd December 2020 President Cyril Ramaphosa will on Thursday evening update South Africans on the country’s measures to contain the Covid-19 pandemic following a special Cabinet sitting, his office said. The Cabinet sitting “considered recommendations of the National Coronavirus Command Council”, the presidency... 

 Ramaphosa to update South Africans on Covid-19 measures
President Cyril Ramaphosa

Africa’s post-Covid recovery provides major opportunities for South African aviation sector

By: Rebecca Campbell     3rd December 2020 African recovery and return to economic growth following the Covid-19 pandemic presented a significant opportunity to the general aviation sector across the continent, but particularly in South Africa, SA Flyer editor Guy Leitch pointed out on Thursday. He was addressing the Commercial Aviation... 

Ramaphosa to address the nation tonight on the latest Covid-19 and lockdown developments

By: News24Wire      3rd December 2020 President Cyril Ramaphosa will address the nation at 20:00 today on South Africa's response to the coronavirus pandemic, a statement from his office reads. The address follows a special sitting of cabinet that considered recommendations of the National Coronavirus Command Council meeting. 

Ramaphosa to address the nation tonight on the latest Covid-19 and lockdown developments
President Cyril Ramaphosa

Govt gives SAA R1.5bn, but administrators say they can't use it

By: Reuters     3rd December 2020 Administrators for South African Airways, which has been under a form of bankruptcy protection for a year, said on Thursday that they had received R1.5-billion from the government but that they could not use it yet. The administrators said in a statement that conditions on how the R1.5-billion... 

Govt gives SAA R1.5bn, but administrators say they can't use it

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