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E-toll decision to be announced in February budget – Mbalula 

By: Marleny Arnoldi     26th November 2021 In a State of Transport Entities briefing on November 26, Transport Minister Fikile Mbalula confirmed the likelihood of a decision on e-tolls being announced by Finance Minister Enoch Godongwana when he delivers the Budget speech in February next year. He mentioned that discussions regarding... 

Transport Minister Fikile Mbalula
Transport Minister Fikile Mbalula

Global glass company Ardagh to acquire Consol for R10.1bn 

By: Simone Liedtke     26th November 2021 Global glass and metal packaging supplier Ardagh Group intends to acquire 100% of the ordinary shares of South African glass manufacturer Consol Holdings for R10.1-billion. The transaction will include Consol’s operations in South Africa, Nigeria, Kenya and Ethiopia.  

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Tourism sector concerned as UK reinstates travel restrictions against South Africa 

By: Marleny Arnoldi     26th November 2021 Various tourism entities have expressed their concern over the UK’s “knee-jerk” reaction to institute a temporary red list ban on six African countries, including South Africa. Following announcements on November 25 that a new Covid-19 variant called B1.1.529 has been identified in Botswana,... 

Sacci calls for better communication around new Covid-19 variant

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     26th November 2021 The South African Chamber of Commerce and Industry (Sacci) says the discovery of the new Covid-19 variant that has more mutations and is expected to be more transmissible has added to more anxiety, which will affect business confidence. “Of concern to us as business is the need for better... 

Mahindra launches new tractor, farm equipment range in South Africa

By: Irma Venter     26th November 2021 Mahindra South Africa (SA) has launched a new range of tractors and farm equipment in the domestic market.  Mahindra SA says these products will be introduced in a phased manner.  

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Icasa awards provisional spectrum

By: Natasha Odendaal     26th November 2021 The Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (Icasa) has awarded temporary spectrum to Rain Networks, Vodacom, Cell C, Telkom, Liquid Intelligence Technologies and MTN. Under the new information and communications technology (ICT) Covid-19 National State of Disaster Regulations, the... 

Energy efficiency should be prioritised as South Africa walks supply tightrope

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     26th November 2021 As the world looks to develop sustainable energy industries, mitigate the impacts of climate change and reduce greenhouse-gas (GHG) emissions, energy efficiency has been emphasised as an integral part of the efforts to attain these objectives. Countries are falling well short of benchmarks,... 

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Airlink will resume flights to St Helena at the end of next year’s first quarter

By: Bloomberg     26th November 2021 South African private-sector airline Airlink and the government of the British Overseas Territory of St Helena have jointly announced that the carrier will resume scheduled air services between Johannesburg and the island in late March next year. The exact date, and when it will again be possible... 

PRASA granted extension for Langa relocation deadline

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     26th November 2021 The High Court in the Western Cape has granted the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (PRASA) an extension for the lawful relocation of residents illegally occupying PRASA property along the Langa railway lines from November 26 to July 31 to allow for further consultations with affected... 

Invicta reports strong interim results

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     26th November 2021 Invicta Holdings, the investment management company of the Engineering Solutions Group (ESG), Capital Equipment Group (CEG) and Kian Ann Group (KAG) based in Singapore, has reported a strong set of results for the six months ended September 30. CEO Steven Joffe tells Engineering News that,... 

Human settlements dept capacitates entities to accelerate housing delivery

By: Schalk Burger     26th November 2021 Given the delays and challenges to provide decent housing and develop sustainable human settlements in South Africa, the Human Settlements Minister Mmamoloko Kubayi on November 26 detailed the work her department has done to capacitate its entities to accelerate the delivery of housing and human... 

CSIR's initial circular economy study shows potential to create economy-wide value

By: Schalk Burger     26th November 2021 The initial findings from the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research's (CSIR's) Science, Technology and Innovation for a Circular Economy (STI4CE) study shows that transitioning to a more circular economy has the potential to create value across all sectors of the economy. There are also... 

Opinion: Is green hydrogen the fuel to drive South Africa’s future?

26th November 2021 In this opinion article, Royal HaskoningDHV advisory group for energy transition director Gladys Nabagala writes that South Africa has significant potential to stimulate its economy by building a hydrogen export economy. 

Gladys Nabagala

Scatec signs agreement for 20 MW solar project in Lesotho

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     26th November 2021 Norway-based renewable power producer Scatec has entered into an agreement with the Lesotho Electricity Company and the government of Lesotho to build the first independent power producer (IPP) solar project in Lesotho. A related power purchase agreement (PPA), connection agreement and... 

Sanral embarks on R1.2bn of road upgrades in Eastern Cape town

By: Marleny Arnoldi     26th November 2021 The South African National Roads Agency Limited (Sanral) has allocated R1.2-billion to be invested on road maintenance and construction projects in the town of Matatiele in the Eastern Cape. Speaking at a stakeholder engagement session on November 25, Sanral regional manager Mbulelo Peterson... 

Mchunu calls on political parties to focus on service delivery, including water provision

By: Yvonne Silaule     26th November 2021 Water and Sanitation Minister Senzo Mchunu has made an impassioned plea to the Western Cape provincial government, municipalities and other stakeholders to put political associations aside and to pay particular attention on improving the lives of people through sufficient water and sanitation... 

South Africa, Cuba extend their working relations in the water sector

By: Natasha Odendaal     26th November 2021 South Africa and Cuba have signed an agreement for continued cooperation in water resources management and water supply. Signed during the fifth session of the South Africa–Cuba joint steering committee held in Pretoria on November 25, the agreement ensures the continuity of the cooperation on... 

ITA, Paratus connects East Angola to rest of the world

By: Creamer Media Reporter      26th November 2021 Internet Technologies Angola (ITA) has launched its first broadband Internet service in Moxico, in Angola. The new service by ITA, which is part of the Paratus Group, covers more than 1 000 km, from Lobito, in Benguela province, linking across the central plateau through the Huambo and Bié... 

Indigenous plant biofilters effectively remove pollutants from stormwater, researchers say

By: Schalk Burger     26th November 2021 Biofilters with indigenous South African plants, such as palmiet, mat sedge, soft rush, cobra lily and vleibiesie, are significantly more efficient than unvegetated soils in removing nutrients and metals pollutants from urban stormwater, Stellenbosch University (SU) researchers say. The team... 

Michelin aiming for 100% sustainable tyres

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     26th November 2021 Tyre manufacturer Michelin is committed to achieving on average 40% sustainable materials in its tyres by 2030 and 100% by 2050. The group outlined the challenges associated with creating a 100% sustainable tyre at its first Media Day, held at the group’s global Research and Development centre in... 

Just transition, green hydrogen in focus again  

26th November 2021 Creamer Media's Chanel de Bruyn speaks to Engineering News Editor Terence Creamer about President Cyril Ramaphosa's answers to sceptical questions from lawmakers in Parliament about the R131-billion just transition financing offer announced on the sidelines of COP 26, about what South Africa... 

Just transition, green hydrogen in focus again

Froneman tells world of Sibanye’s confidence in hydrogen economy  

By: Martin Creamer     26th November 2021 Platinum group metals (PGMs) are poised to be a very significant underpin in the green hydrogen economy and Sibanye-Stillwater is intent on ensuring that the supply of PGMs is sustainable and that the company is part of the global climate change solution, Sibanye CEO Neal Froneman told a global... 

Sibanye-Stillwater hydrogen presentation covered by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

South Africa to convene coronavirus council after new variant found

By: Reuters     26th November 2021 President Cyril Ramaphosa will convene the National Coronavirus Command Council on Sunday, a government statement said, after scientists detected a new Covid-19 variant in the country. Decisions taken by the council inform the government's stance on the Covid-19 pandemic, including the level of... 

Cyril Ramaphosa

South Africa working at ‘lightning speed’ on new virus variant

By: Bloomberg     26th November 2021 South African scientists are working “at lightning speed” to ascertain how quickly the concerning new coronavirus variant can spread and whether it is resistant to Covid-19 vaccines. Results will still take at least two weeks, Tulio de Oliveira, a bio-informatics professor who runs... 

Covid-19 vaccines in South Africa

Nervy week for markets ends with wild swings on new Covid strain

By: Bloomberg     26th November 2021 Investors dumped risk assets and flocked to havens Friday as a new variant of the coronavirus made its presence known in global markets. Fears the variant first discovered in South Africa may spread internationally -- thwarting the global economic recovery -- pushed Treasuries and the yen higher... 

A Covid-19 vaccine

Magazine round up | 26 November 2021 

26th November 2021 A video round up of this week’s magazine, highlighting our cover story, features and Business Leader.  

Magazine round up | 26 November 2021

No reason why Eskom can’t make reliable comeback – Sir Mick Davis 

By: Martin Creamer     25th November 2021 There is no reason why Eskom cannot return to a situation where it can be a credible, reliable supplier of reasonably priced electricity, Sir Mick Davis said on Thursday. “Eskom is a resolvable problem," said Davis, a former Eskom CFO and now back in critical minerals and metals mining in the... 

Sir Mick Davis in conversation with Ann Bernstein, covered by Mining Weekly's Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer

Saceec names best performing equipment exports for 2021

By: Marleny Arnoldi     25th November 2021 The South African Capital Equipment Export Council (Saceec) on November 25 hosted the 2021 Exporter of the Year Awards, announcing pumps manufacturer RNE Pumps as the exporter member of the year. Other finalists in this category were joining solutions manufacturer Swagefast, minerals processing... 

Saceec CEO Eric Bruggeman
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Saceec CEO Eric Bruggeman

South Africa won’t be ‘short-changed’ in climate finance talks, Ramaphosa insists 

By: Terence Creamer     25th November 2021 President Cyril Ramaphosa says that government will not allow itself to be “short-changed” or lumped with conditions that will undermine its developmental objectives when negotiating the details of an $8.5-billion climate-finance package with developed countries over the coming months. Responding... 

President Cyril Ramaphosa
President Cyril Ramaphosa

Green economy will drive inclusive economic growth, social upliftment – Nedbank

By: Schalk Burger     25th November 2021 Financial services company Nedbank on November 25 launched its revised corporate social investment (CSI) strategy, which will focus on the green economy elements of agriculture, water, energy and waste, in recognition that a green economy approach is a key enabler of economic growth, social... 

EIB, TDB launch €81.5m programme to support private investment in Eastern, Southern Africa

By: Schalk Burger     25th November 2021 Development finance institutions the European Investment Bank (EIB) and the Eastern and Southern African Trade and Development Bank (TDB) have jointly launched a 12-year, €81.5-million initiative that will unlock €163-million of investment to support private sector investment in fragile contexts... 

Probe Corporation, Sinetech prepares consolidated portfolio for solar market

By: Marleny Arnoldi     25th November 2021 Energy solutions companies Probe Corporation and Sinetech have joined forces to offer a complete range of solutions for the solar and broader renewable energy market. Probe acquired a 51% stake in Sinetech in October. 

South African companies reduced their CSI spend to R10.3bn in 2021

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     25th November 2021 South African companies spent an estimated R10.3-billion on corporate social investment (CSI) this year, representing a 7% decrease in real terms from the R10.7-billion spent on CSI in 2020. This is according to CSI consultancy Trialogue, which released its findings in its latest yearly Trialogue... 

Vitol agrees to buy rest of Vivo Energy in $2.3bn deal

By: Bloomberg     25th November 2021 Trading giant Vitol Group agreed to buy Vivo Energy in a deal valuing the fuel retailer at about $2.3-billion. The deal will bring Vivo assets back in house for the oil trader, which sold shares in the retailer in 2018 in what was one of the biggest initial public offerings on the London Stock... 

Law firm creates outsourced compliance solution for mining industry 

By: Martin Creamer     25th November 2021 A specialist mining law firm, which prefers people to paper, has created an outsourced compliance solution for Africa’s mining industry. NSDV will not simply rely on the paper trail when a client calls with an issue, but instead phone, WhatsApp, or drive there and chat to the officials. 

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NSDV director and co-founder Lili Nupen

Necsa advocates for further investment in nuclear power

By: Marleny Arnoldi     25th November 2021 The National Nuclear Regulator on November 23 and 24 hosted public hearings into the Thyspunt nuclear installation site licence application made by power utility Eskom, during which the South African Nuclear Energy Corporation (Necsa) highlighted its support for the installation. The corporation... 

Chery re-enters South Africa with new Tiggo, million-km warranty

By: Irma Venter     25th November 2021 Chinese vehicle manufacturer Chery is officially back in South Africa. The local arm of the group this week launched the Tiggo 4 Pro, with a choice of four derivatives, two petrol engines and three transmissions.  

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The new Chery Tiggo 4 Pro

AfDB approves new 2021 to 2025 Water Strategy

By: Natasha Odendaal     25th November 2021 The African Development Bank (AfDB) has approved a new five-year strategy to increase water security and foster sustainable, green and inclusive growth and development in Africa. The new Water Strategy for 2021 to 2025 ‘Towards a Water-Secure Africa’, approved on November 17, guides the bank’s... 

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