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ECSA suspends four Satellite Centres in light of Covid-19 

By: Simone Liedtke     Updated 6 hours ago The Covid-19 pandemic has challenged and shifted the premise upon which the Engineering Council of South Africa’s (ECSA’s) Satellite Centres were introduced, leading to the suspension these four centres, says ECSA acting strategic services executive Millicent Kabwe. In email correspondence to... 

Sasol narrows immediate asset-disposal focus to ‘top ten’ list 

By: Terence Creamer     Updated 6 hours ago Chemicals and energy group Sasol has developed a list of ten major assets that will be prioritised for sale in the coming weeks and months as it moves to streamline the business into what is being termed ‘Sasol 2.0’, while also raising proceeds to help it reduce a $9.5-billion debt burden. In... 

Sasol narrows immediate asset-disposal focus to ‘top ten’ list
Photo by Creamer Media
Sasol CFO Paul Victor

Mapasa says BRL business rescue proceeding well despite some challenges 

By: Simone Liedtke     3rd July 2020 Progress is being made with the implementation of the business rescue plan of embattled construction company Basil Read Limited (BRL), a subsidiary of Basil Read Holdings Limited (BRHL), “despite challenges”, Basil Read CEO Khathutshelo (K2) Mapasa tells Engineering News.. BRL operates in the... 

Mapasa says BRL business rescue proceeding well despite some challenges
CEO Khathutshelo (K2) Mapasa

Nersa’s Gumede calls for overhaul of ‘outdated’ electricity tariff methodology 

By: Terence Creamer     2nd July 2020 National Energy Regulator of South Africa (Nersa) fulltime member for electricity Nhlanhla Gumede has called for the regulatory methodology used to set electricity tariffs in South Africa to be overhauled, arguing that the multiyear price determination (MYPD) approach is not aligned with the... 

Nersa’s Gumede calls for overhaul of ‘outdated’ electricity tariff methodology
Nersa fulltime member for electricity Nhlanhla Gumede

Nersa to provide concurrence on technology-specific determination this month 

By: Terence Creamer     2nd July 2020 The National Energy Regulator of South Africa indicated on Thursday that it intended providing concurrence this month for a Ministerial determination that would open the way for the procurement of new electricity generation capacity in line with allocations contained in the 2019 edition of the... 

Nersa to provide concurrence on technology-specific determination this month

Public Enterprises states that four SAA unions willing to accept severance packages 

By: Rebecca Campbell     2nd July 2020 The Department of Public Enterprises reported on Thursday that four of the unions representing employees of State-owned national flag carrier South African Airways had indicated that they were willing to sign the voluntary severance packages being offered by the DPE to SAA employees. SAA is... 

Sasol confirms Rompco pipeline sale ‘well advanced’ as asset disposal process kicks into gear 

By: Terence Creamer     1st July 2020 Chemicals and energy group Sasol confirmed on July 1 that the sale of its equity interest in the Republic of Mozambique Pipeline Investment Company (Rompco) and the Central Termica de Ressano Garcia gas-fired power plant, also in Mozambique, were well advanced, along with partnering discussions... 

 Sasol confirms Rompco pipeline sale ‘well advanced’ as asset disposal process kicks into gear

New study pushes for safer used vehicles to be imported into Africa 

By: Irma Venter     1st July 2020 A new study by the Automobile Association of South Africa (AA), funded by the Fédération Internationale de l’Automobile (FIA) Region I, shows that the unregulated importation of cars into many African countries has had a negative effect on the continent’s environment, health, society and economy.... 

New study pushes for safer used vehicles to be imported into Africa

ArcelorMittal SA seeks IPP bids for roll-out of solar PV plants across operations 

By: Terence Creamer     30th June 2020 JSE-listed steel producer ArcelorMittal South Africa (AMSA) has become the latest South African company to release a request for information (RFI) to independent power producers (IPPs) to build, own and operate solar photovoltaic (PV) power plants across its six operational sites. The group has... 

ArcelorMittal SA seeks IPP bids for roll-out of solar PV plants across operations

Interest rate on $4.2bn IMF loan to South Africa will be ‘very, very low’ 

By: Terence Creamer     29th June 2020 The International Monetary Fund (IMF) reported on Monday that its funding talks with South Africa had proceeded at a “measured pace” owing to the country’s favourable access to deep and liquid financial markets, which meant that the negotiations had focused primarily on the terms of the funding... 

Interest rate on $4.2bn IMF loan to South Africa will be ‘very, very low’

BMW partners with SA, German govts in R76m project to upgrade hospitals 

By: Irma Venter     29th June 2020 German car maker BMW and the German government will assist in upgrading eight South African hospitals and four clinics in the fight against Covid-19, in a project valued at R76-million. BMW will contribute 2.7-million Euros, with the German government to add 1.6-million Euros. 

BMW partners with SA, German govts in R76m project to upgrade hospitals

Taxi assistance approved in principle, says TAG’s Van der Merwe 

By: Irma Venter     29th June 2020 Government has taken the policy decision to financially assist minibus taxis, but the mechanism to do this has not yet been determined, says Transport Authority of Gauteng (TAG) head Jack van der Merwe. “The short answer is that government has made a decision that taxis are a very important role... 

Taxi assistance approved in principle, says TAG’s Van der Merwe

Durban car terminal sets new record 

By: Irma Venter     26th June 2020 The Durban Car Terminal (DCT) has broken its handling record for two years running, with exports and transhipments playing a key role in the latest achievement.   The terminal handled more 526 000 fully built vehicles/units (FBUs) against a target of 487 000 FBUs during the 2019/20 financial... 

Durban car terminal sets new record

Toyota starts construction on R365m parts warehouse 

By: Irma Venter     26th June 2020 Work has begun in earnest at the Toyota Parts Distribution Warehouse in Atlas Road, East Rand, where Toyota South Africa Motors (TSAM) is doubling the facility’s size from 40 000 m² to 80 000 m².  TSAM is investing R365-million in the project and, when completed in 2021, the facility will be the... 

Toyota starts construction on R365m parts warehouse
Toyota's parts warehouse is doubling in size

SA Inc must act now to take ownership of battery metals value chain – Bushveld 

By: Martin Creamer     26th June 2020 Bold action is needed by South Africa Inc to take ownership of the significant potential share of the global battery metals market open to it, says Bushveld Minerals CEO Fortune Mojapelo. Speaking to Mining Weekly following this week’s presentation by the company of solid 2019 financial results... 

SA Inc must act now to take ownership of battery metals value chain – Bushveld
Wind and sun are producing clean electricity that vanadium flow batteries can store.

South Africa's recycling insufficient to meet its waste management goals  

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     26th June 2020 South Africa is not recycling enough of its waste to achieve the targets it has set, waste management company Interwaste technical director Mike Nicholls tells Engineering News. He notes that there is a problem in getting accurate recycling statistics. He explains that, from an industry... 

South Africa's recycling insufficient to meet its waste management goals

MBA North welcomes infrastructure strategy, but warns that implementation is key 

By: Irma Venter     25th June 2020 The Master Builders Association (MBA) North has broadly welcomed President Cyril Ramaphosa’s vision of infrastructure spending as the flywheel of South Africa’s recovery from the Covid-19 crisis.  Speaking at the inaugural Sustainable Infrastructure Development Symposium South Africa held on June... 

MBA North welcomes infrastructure strategy, but warns that implementation is key

Auto sector facing shock at all levels, says Deloitte report 

By: Irma Venter     25th June 2020 The African automotive sector is facing major volatility at all levels of its value chain as a result of the ongoing Covid-19 global crisis, says a Deloitte Covid-19 survey, titled The Economic Impact of the Automotive Value Chain (AVC). “Stakeholders across the sector, from traditional original... 

Auto sector facing shock at all levels, says Deloitte report

R4-trillion debt ‘hippopotamus’ is eating our children’s inheritance, Mboweni warns  

By: Terence Creamer     24th June 2020 Finance Minister Tito Mboweni announced grim revisions to South Africa’s fiscal framework when presenting his Covid-19-induced ‘Supplementary Budget’ speech on Wednesday, in which he likened the country’s rising debt profile to that of a hippopotamus “eating our children’s inheritance”. He used... 

R4-trillion debt ‘hippopotamus’ is eating our children’s inheritance, Mboweni warns
Finance Minister Tito Mboweni

South Africa its own biggest enemy in infrastructure roll-out 

By: Irma Venter     24th June 2020 South Africa keeps on tripping itself up when it comes to infrastructure project development and implementation, says New Development Bank (NDB) Africa regional office director-general Monale Ratsoma. The NDB is a multilateral development bank established by the Brics States, namely Brazil,... 

South Africa its own biggest enemy in infrastructure roll-out

Patel sets regulation in place for implementation of sugar industry master plan   

By: Marleny Arnoldi     24th June 2020 Trade and Industry Minister Ebrahim Patel has gazetted amendments to the Sugar Industry Agreement and South African Sugar Association Constitution. He also further designated the industry in terms of the Competition Act for an exemption, which will allow industry stakeholders to begin working... 

Patel sets regulation in place for implementation of sugar industry master plan

Next renewables bidding round to be launched only in second quarter of 2021   

By: Terence Creamer     23rd June 2020 The new head of South Africa’s Independent Power Producers Office (IPPO), Tshifhiwa Bernard Magoro, reported on Tuesday that the next bidding round for the procurement of utility scale renewable-energy projects, often referred to as Bid Window 5, would be launched only in the second quarter of... 

Next renewables bidding round to be launched only in second quarter of 2021
Photo by Creamer Media's Donna Slater
Tshifhiwa Bernard Magoro

Ramaphosa says infrastructure to be placed at heart of South Africa’s postpandemic stimulus  

By: Terence Creamer     23rd June 2020 President Cyril Ramaphosa believes that infrastructure should be the “flywheel” of South Africa’s economic recovery from the growth- and job-destroying Covid-19 crisis and announced on Tuesday that infrastructure would, thus, be placed at the centre of South Africa’s postpandemic stimulus... 

Ramaphosa says infrastructure to be placed at heart of South Africa’s postpandemic stimulus
President Cyril Ramaphosa

Motus cuts deep into its car rental business as tourism grinds to a halt 

By: Irma Venter     23rd June 2020 Automotive group Motus will reduce its vehicle rental fleet by 40% and will close 20 sites within its rental business, says CEO Osman Arbee. Motus operates the Europcar and Tempest vehicle hire brands, operating through 100 car rental outlets in South Africa and 17 outlets in neighbouring countries. 

Motus cuts deep into its car rental business as tourism grinds to a halt
Osman Arbee

Food industry specialist expands to ventilator production 

By: Irma Venter     22nd June 2020 Dale Automation has developed a prototype emergency ventilator, as a joint effort between its engineering department and medical professionals, to assist with the treatment of Covid-19 and other respiratory diseases.  Dale Automation, based in Johannesburg and established in 1999, is active in... 

Food industry specialist expands to ventilator production
The Respirare ventilator

Component makers face cash crunch, demand imbalance 

By: Irma Venter     22nd June 2020 The National Association of Automotive Component and Allied Manufacturers (Naacam) is not aware of any dedicated automotive component company that has closed its doors following the Covid-19 lockdown period, says executive director Renai Moothilal. “But, I don’t think the full impact of the... 

Component makers face cash crunch, demand imbalance
Photo by Donna Slater
Renai Moothilal

Renewables statistics point to slow response to South Africa’s power constraints 

By: Terence Creamer     22nd June 2020 New statistics released by the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) Energy Centre show that South Africa added only 100 MW of additional utility scale renewable-energy capacity in 2019, despite supply-side constraints and an intensive period of load-shedding. In fact, the report... 

Renewables statistics point to slow response to South Africa’s power constraints

Local heroes celebrated as Africa Medical Supplies Platform is launched 

By: Simone Liedtke     19th June 2020 The Africa Medical Supplies Platform (AMSP), to which local company Invicta Holdings is a key supplier, is now officially live as part of a continent-wide effort to contain the Covid-19 pandemic. In a virtual briefing on June 18, South African President and African Union (AU) chairperson Cyril... 

Local heroes celebrated as Africa Medical Supplies Platform is launched
The Virgin Orbit Ventilators, which will be produced by Invicta Holdings.

DWS promises 90-day water-use licensing process 

By: Natasha Odendaal     19th June 2020 The Department of Water and Sanitation (DWS) has revised the regulations governing the procedural requirements for water-use license applications and appeals to finalise water-use license applications within a 90-day period. “The business processes of water-use licensing has been revised and... 

Collaborative effort to unblock chronic congestion at SA’s busiest port 

By: Irma Venter     19th June 2020 New equipment, improved access roads, synchronised, longer operating hours and a truck booking system are all in the works for the heavily congested Port of Durban, says Transnet National Ports Authority (TNPA) Port of Durban GM Moshe Motlohi. The country’s busiest port has long been criticised... 

Collaborative effort to unblock chronic congestion at SA’s busiest port

Midvaal municipality pursues pioneering electricity distribution PPP model  

By: Terence Creamer     18th June 2020 The Midvaal municipality, in southern Gauteng, has issued a pioneering tender through which it is seeking to enter into a long-term concession agreement with a private entity to manage, operate and finance its electricity distribution service and to invest in new technologies. The municipality... 

Midvaal municipality pursues pioneering electricity distribution PPP model
DBSA specialist adviser Elliott Monama on the proposed Midvaal Electricity Distribution Services PPP. Camera Work & Editing: Kutlwano Matala and Nicholas Boyd. Recorded: 18 June 2020.

IEA makes case for $3-trillion global clean-energy stimulus plan  

By: Terence Creamer     18th June 2020 The International Energy Agency (IEA) released a ‘Sustainable Recovery Plan’ on June 18 that outlines the case for a $3-trillion global clean-energy stimulus plan over the coming three years to help repair the economic and employment damage caused by the Covid-19 pandemic. Produced in... 

IEA makes case for $3-trillion global clean-energy stimulus plan

Renergen, Total South Africa ink LNG distribution agreement 

By: Simone Liedtke     18th June 2020 Emerging domestic natural gas and helium producer Renergen and Total South Africa have signed an agreement for the joint marketing and distribution of liquefied natural gas (LNG) through Total’s service stations. The first route targeted under the agreement will be the N3 between Johannesburg and... 

Renergen, Total South Africa ink LNG distribution agreement
Renergen's Virginia gas project, in the FreeState.

In open letter to SOE Council, BLSA appeals for ‘radical transparency’ 

17th June 2020 Business Leadership South Africa (BLSA) has written an open letter to the members of the newly appointed Presidential State-owned Enterprises Council. In it, the organisation calls for full transparency and an openness to alternative solutions where the rot is too deep and where systems and... 

Used car market to grow as new vehicles face price surge  

By: Irma Venter     17th June 2020 The depreciation of the rand could see new-car prices increase by up to 10% over the next quarter, says National Automobile Dealers' Association (Nada) chairperson Mark Dommisse. He says the dealership environment is currently seeing a “resilience” in the used-car market, with a “bit of hunger”... 

Used car market to grow as new vehicles face price surge 
Mark Dommisse

Regulatory authority fast-tracking ventilator licensing  

By: Irma Venter     17th June 2020 In response to the shortage of ventilators in the health-care system as a result of the outbreak of the Covid-19 pandemic, the South African Health Products Regulatory Authority (SAHPRA) says it has drafted minimum regulatory requirements and technical specifications for the manufacture,... 

New refinery offers hope on clean fuels; Toyota SA to start hybrid production in 2021 

By: Irma Venter     12th June 2020 There has been no progress on introducing cleaner fuel to South Africa since government withdrew the regulations regarding the Clean Fuels Two (CF2) programme in 2017, says Toyota South Africa Motors (TSAM). CF2, first published by government in 2012, was originally scheduled to come into force... 

New refinery offers hope on clean fuels; Toyota SA to start hybrid production in 2021
The Lexus UX 250h EX hybrid

South Africa should consider zero-based budgeting, finance minister says 

By: Reuters     12th June 2020 South Africa should think about moving to a zero-based budget, the finance minister said on Friday, ahead of an emergency budget dealing with the economic impact of the Covid-19 pandemic. Finance Minister Tito Mboweni is expected to unveil a major shake-up in spending and revenue forecasts for... 

South Africa should consider zero-based budgeting, finance minister says
Finance Minister Tito Mboweni
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