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Schalk Burger is Creamer Media Senior Deputy Editor for Engineering News and Mining Weekly.

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Standard Bank reduced its GHG emissions by 4.6% in 2023

3rd April 2024

Financial services firm Standard Bank has reduced the carbon emissions from its facilities across Africa by 4.6% year-on-year in 2023, putting the group ahead of its 2040 net-zerio target, says... 

Sasol president and CEO Simon Baloyi

Sasol streamlines its executive committee’s portfolios

3rd April 2024

JSE-listed energy and chemicals company Sasol has streamlined the portfolios of the members of its group executive committee, with effect from April 1. This involves changes to important functions... 

Sars Commissioner Edward Kieswetter

Sars collects record gross amount of R2.16-trillion for 2023/24

2nd April 2024

The South African Revenue Service (Sars) collected a record gross amount of R2.16-trillion by the end of March. It paid out refunds of R414-billion to taxpayers, which is the highest ever in... 

InfraCo Africa invests $12m to scale up solar irrigation offering in sub-Saharan Africa

2nd April 2024

Sub-Saharan African private sustainable infrastructure project developer InfraCo Africa has made a $12-million equity investment in climate-smart agriculture equipment company SunCulture to scale... 

African food sustainability needs greener production, less waste, PwC study shows

2nd April 2024

Greener food production methods and the avoidance of food waste are required to future-proof Africa’s food supply and to meet the expected future demand for nutrition in a sustainable way, says... 

Standard Bank digital and e-commerce Belinda Rathogwa

Digital transaction volumes increasing – Standard Bank

2nd April 2024

Financial services firm Standard Bank said digital transaction volumes increased by 23% between 2022 and 2023, and transaction volumes on its banking application increased by more than 35% during... 

Calgro M3 CEO Wikus Lategan

Calgro M3, Eris acquire Bankenveld District City development land parcel

2nd April 2024

A joint venture between JSE-listed property investment company Calgro M3 and property development company Eris has acquired a strategic land parcel for the Bankenveld District City development, in... 

A truck transporting a container

Absa PMI falls below 50 again in March

2nd April 2024

The Absa Purchasing Managers’ Index (PMI) slipped back to below 50 points in March, decreasing to 49.2 index points, from 51.7 in February. Following robust improvements in February, both the... 

The Vertrex modules to be supplied to the Merak 1 project

PV plant for ARM mine operational by year-end

29th March 2024

Shanghai-listed solar photovoltaic company Trina SOLAr, renewable energy project developer SOLA and civil engineering and construction company WBHO Construction will build the 135 MW Merak 1 SOLAr... 

FNB/BER building confidence index ‘nosedives’ to 27 in the first quarter

29th March 2024

The FNB/BER Building Confidence Index dropped by 16 points to 27 in the first quarter of this year, from 43 in the fourth quarter of 2023, and four of the six sectors surveyed recorded a decline in... 

Petrol prices to increase by more than 65c/ℓ, diesel by 3c/ℓ on April 3

28th March 2024

Prices for 93-octane petrol will increase by 65c/ℓ and 95-octane petrol by 67c/ℓ, while 0.05% sulphur diesel will increase by 3c/ℓ and 0.005% sulphur diesel by less than 2c/ℓ from April 3, the... 

Astronomers find 49 new gas-rich galaxies in 3 hours using MeerKAT radio telescope

28th March 2024

A team of international astronomers have discovered 49 new gas-rich galaxies using the MeerKAT radio telescope in South Africa from observations under three hours long. The research was aimed at... 

15 climate projects selected for Phase 3 of Climate Finance Accelerator South Africa

28th March 2024

Fifteen climate projects from across the country have been selected to take part in the third phase of the UK-funded low-carbon projects initiative Climate Finance Accelerator (CFA) South Africa.... 

New haulers in use at the Durban Container Terminal

Durban Container Terminal receives ten haulers before citrus season start

28th March 2024

The Durban Container Terminal (DCT) has received the first ten of 45 fully-assembled haulers ahead of the start of South Africa’s citrus season next month. Haulers move containers from the stack to... 

Safda recognised as sugar industry member under gazetted regulations

28th March 2024

Industry organisation the South African Farmers Development Association (Safda) has been recognised as a member of the sugar industry after the Sugar Act transitional regulations governing the... 

Indaba produces biodiversity economy action plan to address sector challenges

28th March 2024

The Biodiversity Economy and Investment Indaba, held this week, resulted in the development of a programme of action to address the challenges in the biodiversity sector as part of the National... 

Treasury publishes call for proposals to test alternative infrastructure funding models

28th March 2024

National Treasury has published a call for proposals for consideration by the Budget Facility for Infrastructure (BFI), and intends to use this BFI Window to develop a pipeline of projects and... 

Seifsa CEO Lucio Trentini

Metals and engineering industry must find common purpose in negotiations - Seifsa

27th March 2024

While more incendiary rhetoric related to the main agreement negotiations in the metals and engineering industry can be expected in the run-up to the negotiations later this year, common purpose... 

A coal-fired power plant operated by Eskom

Draft IRP 2023 lacks environmental, health, climate commitments, says Life After Coal

27th March 2024

Coal phase-out campaign the Life After Coal Campaign, in its comments on the draft Integrated Resource Plan (IRP) 2023, said the plan has fundamental flaws and expressed skepticism in the plan's... 

Glasfit, Arrive Alive form partnership to boost road safety awareness

27th March 2024

Automotive glass fitting and repair services company Glasfit and road safety initiative Arrive Alive have announced a partnership to enhance road safety. The collaboration is part of the partners'... 

Outgoing EOH CEO Stephen van Coller

EOH posts loss a share, as Operational Technologies division offsets Digital Enablement growth

26th March 2024

JSE-listed information and communications technology services firm EOH reported a 2% year-on-year decrease in revenue to R3.1-billion for the six months ended January 31. Group operating profit... 

Infrastructure procurement in focus at consulting engineering conference

25th March 2024

During industry organisation Consulting Engineers South Africa's (Cesa's) recent Infrastructure Indaba, procurement of goods and services emerged as a critical theme of discussion, underscoring the... 

The newly discovered bullfrog species

New African bullfrog species discovered – the largest discovered in 100 years

25th March 2024

North-West University (NWU) Professor Louis du Preez and his team of researchers have discovered a new species of African bullfrog, Pyxicephalus beytelli, which is the fourth species of bullfrog... 

The Nexus 1 building

Attacq's Nexus 1 building achieves EDGE, Green Star certification

25th March 2024

Real estate investment trust Attacq's Nexus 1 building, in Waterfall City, which also serves as its headquarters, has received Excellence in Design for Greater Efficiencies (EDGE) certification.... 

DLA Piper appoints Kalidou Gadio as US-Africa Practice co-chair

25th March 2024

Law firm DLA Piper has appointed Kalidou Gadio as co-chairperson of the US-Africa Practice based out of its Washington DC office. He brings deep knowledge of the sub-Saharan Africa, Middle East and... 

A construction site

PPPs are important to build quality infrastructure rapidly – Mavuso

25th March 2024

Public-private partnerships (PPPs) are an important mechanism to bring together the strengths of government and business, including the technical and management capabilities of the private sector... 

Unitrans Solutions executive Jacques Greeff

Unitrans upgraded centre of excellence to enhance African clients' supply chains

25th March 2024

Logistics and supply chain company Unitrans has launched its upgraded centre of excellence (COE) to drive improvements in operating cost efficiencies and safety for drivers and vehicles, which are... 

The carbon capture pilot plant at the Kelvin power station

Companies unveil Kelvin power station carbon capture pilot project

22nd March 2024

The 600 MW coal-fired Kelvin power station, in Isando, Ekurhuleni, has installed a 300 m3/h flue gas emissions capturing pilot project, which removes carbon dioxide (CO₂), nitrogen oxides and... 

A container ship travelling through the Suez Canal

Trade to rebound this year, says Unctad

22nd March 2024

After declines over several quarters, international trade is poised for a rebound this year, the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development's (Unctad's) latest 'Global Trade Update' states.... 

TrinaTracker launches smart solar tracking in South Africa

22nd March 2024

Solar tracking development company TrinaTracker showcased and launched its Vanguard 1P solution in South Africa at the 2024 Solar and Storage Live Africa event. The Vanguard 1P is based on the... 

UNDP Weather Kids report on future weather to galvanise action on climate change

22nd March 2024

The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) on March 21 launched its Weather Kids campaign globally, which sees child weather anchors emulate current weather reports but report on disruptive... 

Nissan Africa president Joni Vila

Jordi Vila appointed Nissan Africa president

22nd March 2024

Automotive manufacturer Nissan has appointed Jordi Vila as Nissan Africa president. He currently serves as Nissan Europe sales and marketing divisional VP. Vila will succeed Nissan Africa president... 

ArcelorMittal South Africa appoints Gavin Griffiths CFO

22nd March 2024

JSE-listed steel producer ArcelorMittal South Africa has appointed Gavin Griffiths CFO and executive director from April 1. Griffiths is currently the company's chief strategy officer but has been... 

The Cape Town International Airport

ACSA to invest nearly R22bn in airport infrastructure

22nd March 2024

Transport Minister Sindisiwe Chikunga has reported that State-owned Airports Company South Africa (ACSA) will invest R21.7-billion on airport infrastructure developments focused on refurbishments,... 

Trust in innovation needs to be built up to change societies, economies

20th March 2024

Globally and in South Africa, twice as many people are likely to believe that technological innovation is being poorly managed than those who believe it is being managed well. This could have a... 

African Refiners and Distributors Association conference to focus on infrastructure finance

20th March 2024

Industry organisation the African Refiners and Distributors Association (ARDA) will host a conference in Cape Town from April 22 to 26 to engage on key industry issues and identify financing... 

Taxis parked at a taxi rank in Johannesburg

Draft public transport policy to provide guidance for existing, new subsidies

18th March 2024

The draft National Public Transport Subsidy Policy, which has been gazetted, is aimed at introducing outcomes-based planning for integrated public transport. There are currently no guidelines for... 

Saice former president Louis de Waal

Saice pays tribute to former president Louis de Waal

15th March 2024

Industry organisation the South African Institution of Civil Engineering (Saice) has announced that former president Louis de Waal passed away on March 10. “Louis was a distinguished figure within... 

UFS agronomy researcher Dr Jerry Dlamini

Rain-fed agriculture emissions research shows climate-smart interventions can help

15th March 2024

Preliminary findings of a two-year study from the University of the Free State (UFS) Kenilworth Experimental Farm indicate that climate-smart agriculture interventions, such as legume rotation and... 

Transport Minister Sindisiwe Chikunga

Draft public transport subsidy policy recommends increasing funding to 5% of GDP

15th March 2024

The Draft National Public Transport Subsidy Policy recommends that funding for public transport be increased from the current 0.8% of gross domestic product (GDP) to 5% of GDP. Compared with... 

Vehicles parked in a taxi rank in Gauteng

Taxi Relief Fund extended to enable remaining claimants to secure payment

15th March 2024

The Department of Transport (DoT) has obtained Cabinet approval to extend the Taxi Relief Fund (TRF) to November 30. The request to extend the TRF was made to afford as many taxi operators as... 

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