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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... 

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... 

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

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 

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... 

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... 

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... 

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. 

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... 

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... 

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... 

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... 

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... 

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.

'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... 

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... 

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

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

Remittance flows remained resilient in 2020, says World Bank

By: Schalk Burger     12th May 2021 Despite the impact of Covid-19 on the global economy, remittance flows remained resilient in 2020, registering a smaller decline than previously projected. Officially recorded remittance flows to low- and middle-income countries reached $540-billion in 2020, 1.6% below the 2019 total of... 

Obituary: A tribute to Prof Bob Scholes, a champion of environmental science

12th May 2021 In this obituary, the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) pays tribute to Professor Bob Scholes. The passing of Professor Bob Scholes shocked not only South Africa, but also the world and, as such, tributes continue to pour in from across the globe. Colleagues and friends who... 

Obituary: A tribute to Prof Bob Scholes, a champion of environmental science
Professor Bob Scholes

Iron-ore euphoria of today arising out of iron-ore despair of yesteryear offers crucial policy lesson, says mining analyst in a ‘Postcard to the President’ 

By: Martin Creamer     12th May 2021 If you bought R100 000 worth of shares in Kumba Iron Ore at the start of 2016, you would now be sitting on shares worth a staggering R2.67-million, excluding dividends. This is because Kumba’s all-time low share price of R25.35 in January 2016 has skyrocketed 2 647% to R696.45, reflecting the... 

Iron-ore euphoria of today arising out of iron-ore despair of yesteryear offers crucial policy lesson, says mining analyst in a ‘Postcard to the President’
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In a ‘Postcard’ to President Cyril Ramaphosa, mining analyst Bruce Williamson (right) pleads for the creation of ‘all-weather’ mining policy.

Seifsa postpones metals, engineering indaba and awards

By: Schalk Burger     12th May 2021 Industry body the Steel and Engineering Industries Federation of Southern Africa (Seifsa) on May 12 announced that the 2021 Seifsa Awards for Excellence and the sixth Southern African Metals and Engineering Indaba have been postponed indefinitely owing to concerns about the rising Covid-19 cases... 

IFC could fund controversial gas-power ships in South Africa

By: Bloomberg     12th May 2021 The World Bank’s International Finance Corporation (IFC) said it expressed interest in funding bidders in a South African tender for emergency power provision, including a Turkish supplier of gas-fired power plants on ships, putting it on course for a clash with climate activists. Karpowership,... 

Dangote CEO recovering in hospital following stroke

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     12th May 2021 Cement manufacturer Dangote Cement South Africa, trading as Sephaku Cement, CEO Pieter Fourie was admitted to hospital on May 9 after he suffered a stroke. The company on May 11 said he was receiving medical care and responding well to treatment. 

Economic benefits to drive adoption of circularity, says consultancy

By: Donna Slater     12th May 2021 Although the concept of a circular economy is not new, recent impetus has been added with the introduction of economic incentives, says circular economy strategy and design consultancy Circular-Vision director Sally-Anne Kasner. Speaking on the topic of understanding the circular economy in the... 

Economic benefits to drive adoption of circularity, says consultancy

SABS updates national standard on crucial fire, alarm systems

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     12th May 2021 The Standards division of the South African Bureau of Standards (SABS) has, as part of its legislated mandate, published a revised version of South African National Standards (SANS) 10139, code of practice for the design, installation, commissioning and maintenance of fire detection and alarm... 

Online retail booms, set to stabilise at higher level

By: Schalk Burger     12th May 2021 Online retail revenue in South Africa grew by about 66% to R30.2-billion in 2020, accounting for about 2.8% of total retail revenue. Last year’s growth in online retail revenue was significantly higher than the 25% growth from R11.3-billion in 2017 to R14.1-billion in 2018. 

Online retail booms, set to stabilise at higher level

Sensing market recovery, Airbus restarts work on a new A320 family final assembly line

By: Rebecca Campbell     12th May 2021 Europe-based global major aerospace group Airbus has announced that it is restarting work on establishing a new final assembly line (FAL) for its A320 family single-aisle airliners, and in particular the A321neo version, at its complex at Toulouse in France. The A321 is the largest version of the... 

Sensing market recovery, Airbus restarts work on a new A320 family final assembly line
Photo by Airbus
An Airbus A321neo

KwaZulu-Natal announces Climate Change and Sustainable Development Council

By: Sane Dhlamini     12th May 2021 The province of KwaZulu-Natal held its first ever sitting of the Climate Change and Sustainable Development Council, on Wednesday, as part of plans to mitigate natural disasters that have recently plagued the province. The council, which is chaired by KwaZulu-Natal Premier Sihle Zikalala, is... 

KwaZulu-Natal announces Climate Change and Sustainable Development Council
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KwaZulu-Natal Premier Sihle Zikalala

Aveng to launch follow-on rights offer to raise R100m

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     12th May 2021 JSE-listed Aveng intends to launch a follow-on rights offer of 6.7-billion ordinary no par value shares and class A shares. The follow on rights offer will be made to qualifying shareholders at 1.5c per follow-on rights offer share. 

Volvo SA prices first electric car at R1.2m; launches online store 

By: Irma Venter     12th May 2021 Volvo Car South Africa (Volvo SA) has announced local pricing for the Swedish brand’s first all-electric vehicle, the XC40 P8 Recharge sports-utility vehicle. Volvo XC40 P8 Recharge orders are being taken from this month. 

Volvo SA prices first electric car at R1.2m; launches online store
The Volvo XC40 P8 Recharge

Trade unions call for wider government support for Denel turnaround plan

By: Rebecca Campbell     12th May 2021 Trade unions Uasa (which no longer uses its original full name) and the Federation of Unions of South Africa (Fedusa), to which Uasa is affiliated, have urged the Department of Public Enterprises (DPE) to seek help from other government departments to find funds to save financially-embattled... 

New discovery suggests Mars is not dead, but merely sleeping

By: Rebecca Campbell     12th May 2021 Scientists at the University of Arizona’s (UArizona’s) Lunar and Planetary Laboratory and at the Tucson, Arizona, based Planetary Science Institute (PSI), in the US, have discovered evidence showing recent volcanic activity on Mars, hitherto largely conceived of as a dead planet. Studying imagery... 

New discovery suggests Mars is not dead, but merely sleeping
Photo by Nasa/Jet Propulsion Laboratory
Satellite image showing the recent volcanic deposit around a fissure in the Cerberus Fossae system

Iata to prioritise sustainability, safety and digitalisation as industry rebuilds

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     12th May 2021 The Covid-19 pandemic has had a considerable impact on the industry, but  airlines have done well to pivot their business way from passengers to air freight in a short space of time. The outlook also seems to be improving, trade association the International Air Transport Association (Iata) CEO... 

Iata to prioritise sustainability, safety and digitalisation as industry rebuilds
Willie Walsh

Eskom highlights financial limitations as it mulls industrial applications for discounted tariffs 

By: Terence Creamer     12th May 2021 State-owned electricity producer Eskom confirms that it has been approached by customers in various industrial sectors with regard to possible applications for discounted Negotiated Pricing Agreements (NPAs), but says its weak financial position prevents widespread implementation. The first NPA... 

 Eskom highlights financial limitations as it mulls industrial applications for discounted tariffs

Sugar Masterplan starting to uplift industry – DTIC

By: Donna Slater     12th May 2021 The South African sugarcane industry has experienced a sharp decline in revenue and production in recent years, mainly as a result of cheap sugar imports that have flooded the local sugar market, as well as the Health Promotion Levy (HPL) or so-called sugar tax, that is threatening its future... 

Sugar Masterplan starting to uplift industry – DTIC

NUM rails against Eskom's claims on average staff salary

By: News24Wire      12th May 2021 The National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) has disputed claims by Eskom in a statement that the average salary of an Eskom employee stood at R737 000 per annum, contending that employees negotiating their salaries at a bargaining unit could not earn more than R650 460. The union said that the... 

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