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Growth in use of bioplastics must be part of holistic policy approach to sustainability, says TIPS

2nd February 2021 South Africa must leverage a range of policy interventions, from developing new production inputs, incentives and taxes, to public procurement and consumer engagement initiatives, to effectively tackle plastic waste and secure sustainable social, environmental and economic benefits from the use... 

Global gold production to grow 5.5% this year, forecasts GlobalData

2nd February 2021 Gold production is expected to increase by 5.5% to 113.9-million ounces this year, forecasts  data and analytics company GlobalData. It further expects gold production to grow at a compound annual growth rate of 2.9% to 2024, when production will reach 124.1-million ounces. 

Teraco secures R2.5bn to build new 38 MW data centre in Ekurhuleni

2nd February 2021 Vendor-neutral data centre provider Teraco announced on February 2 that it had finalised a new R2.5-billion loan financing transaction for the construction of a new 38 MW hyperscale data centre in Ekurhuleni, east of Johannesburg. Teraco will use the funds raised, along with internally generated... 

Scatec acquires SN Power

1st February 2021 Renewable power producer Scatec on February 1 confirmed that it had received all necessary approvals for its $1.16-billion buyout of SN Power from Norfund and that all suspensive conditions have been met. “This acquisition forms a very important part of our broadened growth strategy, with... 

Building confidence falls but civil engineering confidence rises

1st February 2021 The Construction Industry Development Board's (cidb's) SME Confidence Survey for the fourth quarter of 2020 showed mixed results in the performance of the building and construction sector. For general builders, conditions, especially activity, worsened compared with the previous survey round,... 

Empowerment Capital reports R162m in venture capital investment over past 18 months

1st February 2021 Venture capital firm Empowerment Capital on February 1 announced that it had approved and placed a total of R162-million into 13 South African start-ups between July 2019 and February 2021, with R32.5-million approved for placement in three new ventures in the coming weeks. Although investment... 

Standard operating procedure can safeguard against vaccine corruption

1st February 2021 Corruption in the procurement, distribution and administration of vaccines can not only be avoided, but stamped out entirely using a standard operating procedure, created by operators in the extended supply chain, for the clearance of international imports of the Covid-19 vaccines, saYS South... 

Mismanagement and corruption bedevils TERS benefits – Corruption Watch

1st February 2021 Using information from 126 whistleblower reports, anti-corruption nonprofit organisation Corruption Watch's 'Covid-19 TERS Corruption at Work' report reveals that mismanagement and corruption is preventing Temporary Employer / Employee Relief Scheme benefits from reaching all eligible employees.... 

Growing drone uses raise new international law challenges

29th January 2021 Drone-enabled surveillance is fast becoming all-pervasive, having moved rapidly from military combat to other areas of law enforcement and migration control. This will raise new challenges, as civil liberties may be impacted as drones are used to monitor our actions and movements, says... 

DP World commits resources to distribute vaccines globally pro-bono for Unicef

29th January 2021 End-to-end supply chain logistics multinational DP World and United Nations humanitarian and developmental aid organisation Unicef have announced a partnership to support the global distribution of Covid-19 vaccines and related immunisation supplies in low- and lower-middle-income countries, DP... 

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