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Donna Slater

Donna Slater

Donna Slater is a Creamer Media Staff Writer and Photographer for Engineering News and Mining Weekly.

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Covid-19 accelerates energy transition – PwC

27th November 2020 Assurance, advisory and tax services firm PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) reports – through its newly released Africa Oil & Gas Review, titled Energising a New Tomorrow – that the rampant spread of the Covid-19 pandemic globally has resulted in galvanising of commitments to a green energy... 

Beefmaster invests R30m in plant upgrades, creates 30 new jobs

26th November 2020 Despite the prevailing Covid-19 pandemic and its impact on job losses, beef company Beefmaster Group – which claims to be Kimberley’s largest private employer with 664 employees – is scaling up its production plant in Kimdustria by investing more than R30-million into equipment upgrades and... 

New markets expected to drive cobalt demand

26th November 2020 Although faced with many challenges, UK-based research group Benchmark Minerals forecasts that growth in the battery sector will drive cobalt demand, outweighing falling cobalt intensities in individual cells. As such, it forecasts the battery industry will require a further 100 000 t of the... 

Waterloo solar PV farm starts commercial operations

26th November 2020 The 75 MW Waterloo solar photovoltaic (PV) farm, located 10 km outside of Vryburg, in the North West province, has started commercial operations. The project achieved full quality and grid-code compliance by local engineering, procurement and construction contractor juwi Renewable Energies on... 

Johannesburg, Cairo and Cape Town top African performers in competitiveness report

26th November 2020 Of the 13 African cities included in management consulting firm Kearney’s recently released yearly Global Cities report, Johannesburg had the highest ranking, at number 55. The report provides an analysis of the ranked global cities index (GCI) which uses a multitude of metrics to ascertain city... 

Seifsa recognises metals, engineering sector's top performers

26th November 2020 Centurion Systems won the award for Most Innovative Company of the Year during this year's Steel and Engineering Industries Federation of Southern Africa (Seifsa) Awards for Excellence. This year's ceremony was held in a Covid-19-compliant manner at Summer Place, in Boksburg, on November 25.  

Bombardier locomotives pass 10m kilometre mark on South African rail lines

26th November 2020 Mobility technology company Bombardier Transportation reports that, as of November 26, its locomotive fleet provided to State-owned logistics company Transnet has successfully completed ten-million kilometres in service since operations began in December 2017. Transnet Freight Rail (TFR) in... 

Northam completes R1.33bn book building note placement

26th November 2020 JSE-listed platinum group metals miner Northam has completed a private placement of domestic medium-term notes to the value of R1.33-billion in a bookbuild that was oversubscribed by 33%, under Northam’s R15-billion domestic medium-term note (DMTN) programme. The proceeds from the issuance of... 

Anglo, Minerals Council gear up to combat gender-based violence

25th November 2020 The mining industry is taking further steps to address gender-based violence (GBV), with diversified miner Anglo American introducing wide-ranging measures to address GBV and harassment across its mines and mining communities in South Africa. In addition, the Minerals Council South Africa... 

Fund helps South African universities unlock benefits of homegrown IP

25th November 2020 Since its inception in February, the University Technology Fund (UTF) has approved six investments. Technology and innovation incubated in South Africa’s universities is, as a result, being commercialised and a step closer to commercialisation, creating significant economic, investment and job... 

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