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Schalk Burger

Schalk Burger

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

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A BMW EV

Automotive transition presents value chain opportunities

13th October 2023

The transition of the automotive industry to new energy vehicles holds potential to impact on many other industries, including mining, manufacturing, freight and energy, but collaboration and a... 


Trade, Industry and Competition Minister Ebrahim Patel

South Africa to motivate for extension of AGOA for itself and other African countries

13th October 2023

South Africa will motivate for the extension and renewal of the US preferential trade framework the African Growth and Opportunity Act (Agoa) for itself and other African countries on the basis... 


Photo of a hydrogen storage tank, a solar photovoltaic panel and wind turbines

Africa can and should harness its hydrogen potential for development

11th October 2023

Harnessing the potential for renewable energy and green hydrogen production, or replacing carbon atoms with hydrogen atoms in the energy value chain, can build peace and stability in Africa,... 


A hydrogen-fuelled truck

Industries must choose and move on most important hydrogen uses first

10th October 2023

Hydrogen can be used in a range of applications and it is important to select the most important use cases for green hydrogen, upon which industries worldwide must then move on. Multinational gas... 


Equipment sold by Wacker Neuson

Wacker Neuson celebrates 175 years as it pursues sub-Saharan Africa growth

9th October 2023

Construction, agriculture and forestry machinery and equipment manufacturer Wacker Neuson has turned around the performance of its business in South Africa and is expanding its presence in Southern... 


ENS Africa mine and occupational health and safety practice head Pieter Colyn

TMM anti-collision system regulations may have implications for mining equipment OEMs

9th October 2023

New sub-regulations added in December 2022 under the Mine Health and Safety Regulations, which are binding on the industry, require that an employer at a mine provide anti-collision systems or... 


The Vergelegen winery, with its new solar plant

Vergelegen winery goes off grid

6th October 2023

The Vergelegen wine estate, in Somerset West, has installed a solar power plant that has taken it completely off the grid. The plant includes six solar tables, comprising 500 panels that cover 1... 


Reserve Bank governor Lesetja Kganyago

Kganyago reiterates that the SARB must try to curb inflation

5th October 2023

The bottom two decile income groups in South Africa experience inflation of 9.4% – more than twice the rate of the top two decile income groups, which experience inflation of 4.3%, according to... 


Illustration of proposed green hydrogen plant to be built in Namibia

Green hydrogen needed to decarbonise the world, including Africa

4th October 2023

One of the main areas of focus during negotiations between Germany and Namibia to establish green hydrogen production was to create a value chain in Namibia, as the aim is not only the export of... 


SOLmate COO Jonathan Holden

Digital wallets support growth of people's financial identities, habits

3rd October 2023

Digital wallets, which leverage people's cellphones to enable them to store, move and pay money via a digital platform, are helping them to establish financial identities and also to develop good... 


A tablet used by a healthcare provider

Report outlines uses of AI in healthcare, education, financial systems and agriculture

2nd October 2023

A report, titled 'South Africa and Artificial Intelligence' published by Boston Consulting Group (BCG), the University of the Witwatersrand (Wits) Business School and Microsoft South Africa has... 


An automotive assembly plant

Japanese entity, SA partners to launch auto training initiative

29th September 2023

The Department of Trade, Industry and Competition's (dtic's) seven National Quality and Productivity Network (NQPN) member organisations and the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) have... 


Trade, Industry and Competition Minister Ebrahim Patel

South Africa to motivate for Agoa renewal for Africa's development

27th September 2023

South Africa will motivate for the extension and renewal of the US preferential trade framework the African Growth and Opportunity Act (Agoa) for itself and other African countries on the basis... 


Prince William unveils South Africa’s Abalobi as finalist for Earthshot Prize

Prince William unveils South Africa’s Abalobi as finalist for Earthshot Prize

22nd September 2023

South African community fish catch recording technology company Abalobi has been announced as one of the 15 finalists in the Earthshot Prize for its groundbreaking solution to repair and regenerate... 


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Funding increases for small business energy solutions as investment case improves

22nd September 2023

Different renewable energy, energy storage and/or generator solutions can partially address small businesses' energy related challenges, and funding to install such solutions in small businesses is... 


Magazine Cover Image

Funding increases for small business energy solutions as investment case improves

22nd September 2023

Different renewable energy, energy storage and/or generator solutions can partially address small businesses' energy related challenges, and funding to install such solutions in small businesses is... 


Schneider Electric releases guide for physical data centre design to meet AI demands

21st September 2023

Electricity and automation company Schneider Electric has launched an industry guide to address new physical infrastructure design challenges for data centres to support the shift in artificial... 


The Vergelegen winery, with its new solar plant

Vergelegen winery goes off grid

20th September 2023

The Vergelegen wine estate, in Somerset West, has installed a solar power plant that has taken it completely off the grid. The plant includes six solar tables, comprising 500 panels that cover 1... 


The Longonjo mine in Angola

Africa must navigate more fragmented, multipolar geopolitics to secure opportunities

20th September 2023

Major political actors are increasingly looking at how they can entice African countries to align with various key geopolitical affairs, and African countries are trying to play all sides and have,... 


The JSE logo on glass

JSE reviewing listing requirements with aim to simplify them

20th September 2023

The JSE will be reviewing all its listing requirements with the objective of further simplifying its requirements, as part of its ongoing efforts to create an enabling listing environment and... 


President Cyril Ramaphosa

US-South Africa hold trade, investment dialogue to deepen bilateral business ties

19th September 2023

The US-South Africa Trade and Investment Executive Dialogue on September 18 built on partnership efforts and saw the launch of a yearly US-South Africa Trade and Investment Forum. The dialogue also... 


M-TEC cable manufacturer seeks to create more jobs through facility expansion

19th September 2023

Vereeniging-based cable manufacturer M-TEC is seeking to create more jobs for locals through the expansion of its cable manufacturing facility between October 2023 and 2025. M-TEC is one of the... 


Wits launches innovation, entrepreneurship postgraduate diploma

19th September 2023

Graduates and third-year students in engineering, science and health sciences can apply, before November 30, for the University of the Witwatersrand (Wits) postgraduate diploma in innovation and... 


Informal and formal businesses must be supported, Productivity South Africa urges

18th September 2023

Informal and formal businesses are components of the broader economy, and imposing a transition of all informal businesses to formal businesses is not a clear-cut answer to supporting job creation... 


Rail link to Port Elizabeth port damaged by rough seas

18th September 2023

Transnet Freight Rail's (TFR's) rail link into the Port of Port Elizabeth has been heavily damaged by rough sea conditions that caused a wash-away of the track formation on September 16. This is... 


Mondi finds buyer for its last asset in Russia

18th September 2023

JSE-listed packaging and paper company Mondi has announced that it will sell its Russian subsidiary Mondi Syktyvkar to Sezar Invest for ₽80-billion, or about €775-million, which will be paid in a... 


Emira crosses halfway mark in sale of 282 apartments in office-to-residence development

14th September 2023

JSE-listed real estate investment trust Emira Property Fund has crossed the halfway mark in selling the 282 apartments in its office-to-residences conversion of The Bolton, in Rosebank, as it... 


Paramount's Mtwari aircraft

Paramount announces integration of weapon management systems, more deliveries of Mwari aircraft

14th September 2023

Paramount Aerospace Industries has announced that it has made additional customer deliveries of its Mwari advanced reconnaissance, surveillance and precision strike aircraft, and that it had... 


ARC grows intrinsic net asset value by 15.8%, reports portfolio restructuring progress

14th September 2023

JSE-listed investment holding company African Rainbow Capital (ARC) increased its intrinsic net asset value by 15.8% year-on-year to R15.3-billion for the financial year ended June 30, while its... 


An automotive assembly plant

Japanese agency, dtic entities to collaborate on automotive quality, productivity improvement training

14th September 2023

The Department of Trade, Industry and Competition's (dtic's) seven National Quality and Productivity Network (NQPN) member organisations and the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) have... 


Libstar to simplify portfolio, consolidate divisions and product lines

12th September 2023

JSE-listed consumer packaged goods company Libstar will simplify its portfolio composition by reducing exposure to underperforming business units, formalising divestment mandates or other strategic... 


Public Works and Infrastructure Minister Sihle Zikalala

Public Works details efforts to support energy security

8th September 2023

Public Works and Infrastructure Minister Sihle Zikalala on August 20 said the department was supporting efforts by the Electricity Minister to improve energy security. Among its efforts, the... 


Wind turbines and solar panels

Discovery Green platform will link, build renewable generation for business demands

6th September 2023

The newly launched Discovery Green platform will link renewable energy production with business demands with the aim to create an aggregated, diversified and reliable energy marketplace. It will... 


RMB Ventures, Africa Climate Ventures partner to drive climate sustainability, returns

5th September 2023

Private equity subsidiary RMB Ventures has partnered with climate investment company Africa Climate Ventures (ACV) to help its existing and future portfolio companies to achieve a greater level of... 


Standard Bank holds its ninth hackathon

5th September 2023

Financial services firm Standard Bank is holding the ninth yearly two-day Kuunda Disrupt Hackathon, which is aimed at harnessing the creative power of its people to tackle client pain points. The... 


Allianz board member Christopher Townsend

New SanlamAllianz partnership to provide insurance, financial services in 27 African markets

5th September 2023

Non-banking financial services group Sanlam and insurance and asset management group Allianz will create a pan-African non-banking financial services joint venture (JV) called SanlamAllianz with a... 


Sanral to start N3 Westville to Paradise Valley upgrade

4th September 2023

The South African National Roads Agency Limited (Sanral) will start major construction and upgrades on the N3 between the Westville viaduct and the Paradise Valley interchange on October 1. The... 


naamsa elects new board, Billy Tom as president

4th September 2023

Industry organisation naamsa | The Automotive Business Council elected a new board on August 24, with Isuzu Southern Africa CEO Billy Tom as its president. naamsa CEO Mikel Mabasa was elected... 


An artist's impression of the GTX Park development

Spear to develop R400m industrial GTX Park in George

4th September 2023

AltX-listed real estate investment trust Spear will start with Phase 1 bulk infrastructure construction for its new R400-million industrial development GTX Park, in George, in early October. The... 


Focus on logistics, consumer retail portfolio sees Fortress reach R30bn in assets

1st September 2023

JSE-listed real estate investment company Fortress has increased its portfolio of direct real estate assets to R30-billion and achieved the lowest vacancy rate of 3.7% since its listing in October... 


Rentoza secures $6m to accelerate ecommerce subscription growth and expansion

1st September 2023

South African-based online subscription platform Rentoza has secured $6-million from private equity funds Alitheia IDF and Vumela Enterprise Development Fund to accelerate its growth and expansion... 


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