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

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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... 


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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... 


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... 


Drought conditions affecting water resources

Mining companies urged to implement water management strategies as scarcity is forecast to intensify

1st September 2023

The water-mining interdependence, or nexus, poses several operational challenges to mining companies, including physical, reputational and regulatory-related risks and, as water-related risks... 


Solar panels being installed

Private sector investment in energy to lift employment, economic growth – report

31st August 2023

Solar power investment will reduce loadshedding and increase employment growth in 2024, and jobs are being created on the back of a growing resilience among businesses against the negative impacts... 


Nampak receives commitments for R500m from major shareholders as part of R1bn rights offer

31st August 2023

JSE-listed packaging group Nampak has received formal approval in respect of the R1-billion rights offer circular to be published on or around Monday, September 4. The subscription price of R175 a... 


Serengeti Energy appoints Anton-Louis Olivier as CEO

31st August 2023

Sub-Saharan African renewable energy company Serengeti Energy has appointed Anton-Louis Olivier as CEO. He brings a long record of working across the African continent and has a wealth of... 


DFFE says no closed-door climate meetings held, will respond to PAIA request

31st August 2023

The Department of Forestry, Fisheries and the Environment (DFFE) says it has not conducted any secret meetings with business on the review of the country’s climate change commitments. It has... 


A sugarcane field in South Africa

Unilateral sugar tax increase without consultation threatens more livelihoods – SA Canegrowers

31st August 2023

The publication of the 'Draft Rates and Monetary Amounts and Amendment of Revenue Laws Bill', which includes an increase in the Health Promotion Levy (HPL) that is due to take effect on April 1,... 


Bidcorp declares 500c-a-share dividend, posts higher headline earnings

30th August 2023

JSE-listed food service group Bidcorp increased group trading profits by 38.4% to R10.5-billion for the year ended June 30 and increased headline earnings a share by 35.4% to R20.82, up from R15.38... 


EOH CEO Stephen van Coller

EOH corruption study holds lessons for South Africa’s financial system

30th August 2023

A study of the corruption that took place at JSE-listed information and communications technology company EOH from 2001 and its subsequent recovery from the damaging impact showed that there were... 


Constitutional Court denies leave to appeal extension of collective bargaining to nonparties

28th August 2023

The Constitutional Court on August 25 dismissed the petition for leave to appeal the decision of the Metal and Engineering Industries Bargaining Council (MEIBC) to extend the main agreement to... 


Transition will be not only in energy, but in the economy as a whole

25th August 2023

The just energy transition from fossil fuels to renewable energy that South Africa wants to pursue will also be a transition for the whole economy and presents opportunities for South Africa to... 


ISTMA president Bob Williamson

Tooling expertise essential for development, industrialisation

25th August 2023

Having tool design and manufacturing expertise within a country is essential to enable manufacturing and industrial activities to compete effectively and sustainably over time globally, with more... 


The Big 5 Series II Buffalo coin

SA Mint launches last coin in second Big 5 series

25th August 2023

The South African Mint has announced the final offering in the popular Big 5 Series II coin range, which features the Buffalo and is available in gold, platinum and silver. Series II mirrors the... 


Loan scheme to mitigate impact of loadshedding on households, small businesses launched

25th August 2023

The National Treasury has launched the Energy Bounce Back (EBB) loan guarantee scheme to facilitate 1 GW a year in additional generation capacity and mitigate the impact of continuing difficulties... 


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