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Policy uncertainty remains high, as implementation, energy risks remain

6th April 2021 The North-West University (NWU) Business School's Policy Uncertainty Index (PUI) improved to 55.2 in the first quarter of this year, from 56.7 in the fourth quarter of 2020, but remains elevated and well in negative territory. The factors keeping the index high include implementation risks around... 

Research highlights potential for SA to develop offshore wind

2nd April 2021 A study of South Africa's offshore wind energy resources by researchers from the Stellenbosch University Department of Mechanical and Mechatronic Engineering indicates that wind turbines installed off the KwaZulu-Natal and Western Cape coasts could potentially supply between 15% and 800% of South... 

JRA asphalt plant resumes operation

1st April 2021 The Johannesburg Roads Agency’s (JRA’s) asphalt plant, in Booysens, is fully functional and operations have resumed after a successful trial-run during the past week. The plant, which produces asphalt used for road construction and repairs, was closed in August last year, owing to technical and... 

Multi Alloys to merge with EMVAfrica

1st April 2021 Special alloys company Multi Alloys will merge with EMVAfrica to become a specialised division of the stainless steel products and valves company on May 1. The merged businesses will give EMVAfrica a widened and enhanced range of long products, from the ferritic and austenitic stainless,... 

PFS testwork confirms Vizcachitas copper recovery of 91.4%

1st April 2021 TSX-listed Los Andes Copper said on Thursday that testwork had confirmed that its Vizcachitas project, in Chile, would produce a high-grade clean copper concentrate with no market penalties. The results for copper recoveries and concentrate grades, as part of the ongoing prefeasibility study... 

PPC reports better financial, debt position

31st March 2021 Cement, aggregates and building materials company PPC has reduced its South African debt to R1.64-billion from R1.92-billion for the eleven months to the end of February. It has also achieved 90% higher free cash flow compared with a year ago and says its restructuring will be completed by... 

Sun Exchange completes $1.4m crowdsale for agricultural solar project

31st March 2021 Solar energy marketplace Sun Exchange has completed a $1.4-million crowdsale for a 510 kW solar and 1 MWh battery storage project to power the packhouse and cold store facilities of Zimbabwean agriculture company Nhimbe Fresh. The fresh produce grower and exporter will save about $2-million on... 

Sun International approved for secondary listing on A2X

31st March 2021 South African hospitality, gaming and entertainment group Sun International has been approved for a secondary listing on local bourse A2X markets. The company's shares will be available for trade on A2X from April 12. 

Kusile Unit 3 achieves commercial operation

31st March 2021 State-owned power utility Eskom on March 31 announced that Unit 3 of the Kusile power station, in eMalahleni, Mpumalanga, had achieved commercial operation this week. "Bringing the 800 MW unit to commercial status means construction has reached the halfway mark on project," it said in a statement. 

DTIC meets US trade representative about bilateral, multilateral trade issues

31st March 2021 Trade, Industry and Competition Minister Ebrahim Patel on March 30 met virtually with the newly-appointed US Trade Representative ambassador Katherine Tai to discuss a range of bilateral and multilateral trade issues, including the US’s Section 232 tariffs, agricultural market access and the... 


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