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Averda completes $148m refinancing, secures $30m green loan from HSBC

6th May 2021 Waste and recycling multinational Averda has concluded a successful refinancing of its $148-million term loan and secured a $30-million green loan from banking group HSBC to invest in circular economic activities in the emerging economy markets it serves. For a circular economy to become a... 

Programme launched to build green skills, enterprise development

5th May 2021 A solar photovoltaic (PV) green skills, enterprise development and sustainability research programme was launched on May 4 with the aim to upskill 900 youth, women and entrepreneurs over the next three years. The programme is aimed at ensuring the participation of the youth, women and... 

Insurance programme for Madagascar farmers to help build resilience, productivity

5th May 2021 Madagascar’s farmers stand to build stronger climate resilience, increase productivity and more easily access financial services owing to an agricultural insurance programme announced on May 5 by international financial institution the International Finance Corporation (IFC) and the government of... 

Unctad Covid-19 data portal for policymakers aims to aid recovery

5th May 2021 International body the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (Unctad) has launched a data portal to enhance policymakers’ understanding of the wide-ranging impact of the Covid-19 pandemic and help them design suitable recovery policies. The portal provides a selection of data on the... 

Makhubo says CoJ to focus on finances, good governance; proposes infrastructure drive

4th May 2021 City of Johannesburg (CoJ) executive mayor Geoff Makhubo has said the administration was focusing on responding to the worrying state of Johannesburg’s finances, the collapse of good governance and the debilitating effects of Covid-19 on the economy. "We have re-committed ourselves to creating an... 

DFFE denies enviro authorisation for a new 30-year ash disposal facility at Kendal

4th May 2021 The Department of Forestry, Fisheries and the Environment (DFFE) has refused an integrated environmental authorisation application by State-owned power utility Eskom to build a new 30-year ash disposal facility at the Kendal power station, in Emalahleni, Mpumalanga, on the basis of insufficient... 

New chief technology officer to lead on ICT, technology at the PIC

4th May 2021 The Public Investment Corporation (PIC) has appointed Makano Mosidi as its new chief technology officer (CTO). Her mandate is to provide sound leadership in all aspects of the business’ information and communications technology (ICT), and leverage technology to position the PIC as a leading asset... 

Germany to use hydrogen fuel cell trains on reactivated historic Heidekrautbahn line

4th May 2021 The German Federal Ministry of Transport has provided €25-million in funding for a project using green hydrogen in rail transportation in Brandenburg. The total cost of the project to connect the surrounding area with the metropolis of Berlin was €100-million, said Federal Transport Minister... 

New insurance against cybercrime, data breaches will cover costs and damages

4th May 2021 Insurance technology start-up Surestart has developed an insurance offering for digital businesses and their customers that will cover the costs and damages caused by privacy breaches or network security breaches. Such items were previously uninsurable, says Surestart executive director Travys... 

Online retails sales grew significantly in 2020

3rd May 2021 The rise in e-commerce amid movement restrictions induced by Covid‑19 increased online retail sales’ share of total retail sales from 16% to 19% in 2020, according to estimates in a report published by the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (Unctad) on May 3. “These statistics... 

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