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Government commits to improving infrastructure spending 

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     Updated 4 hours ago The 2021 Budget, presented by Finance Minister Tito Mboweni on February 24, outlines that R93.1-billion has been earmarked for economic regulation and infrastructure, from consolidated government expenditure of R2.02-trillion each year over the medium term. To boost infrastructure spending,... 

Eskom’s tariff restructure not all bad, says energy solutions provider  

By: Marleny Arnoldi     23rd February 2021 Eskom’s recently tabled tariff restructure programme, which proposes changes such as charging consumers a fixed connection fee, may indeed improve the landscape for renewable energy in South Africa, says Energy Partners Intelligence business development head Tygue Theron. He tells Engineering... 

Imperial to exit its Logistics International business, focus increasingly on Africa 

By: Irma Venter     23rd February 2021 The JSE-listed Imperial group plans to exit its Logistics International business, says CEO Mohammed Akoojee. “We thoroughly assessed the strategic fit of our international portfolio [and] we have concluded that Logistics International is noncore to our Gateway-to-Africa strategy and we will... 

Imperial to exit its Logistics International business, focus increasingly on Africa

Aveng hopes to build on first positive earnings since 2014 as restructuring nears end 

By: Terence Creamer     23rd February 2021 Infrastructure and contract mining group Aveng, which is at the tail-end of a far-reaching restructuring exercise that has been under way since 2017, has reported its first positive earnings since 2014, recording headline earnings of R109-million for the six months to December 31. The recovery... 

Aveng hopes to build on first positive earnings since 2014 as restructuring nears end
Photo by Creamer Media's Donna Slater
Aveng CEO Sean Flanagan

Sapa applies for anti-dumping duty against Brazil, four EU countries  

By: Marleny Arnoldi     22nd February 2021 The South African Poultry Association (Sapa) has applied to the International Trade Administration Commission of South Africa (Itac) for anti-dumping duties on chicken imported from Brazil, Denmark, Ireland, Poland and Spain. Sapa broiler GM Izaak Breitenbach says the association has proof that... 

Sapa applies for anti-dumping duty against Brazil, four EU countries

Sasol upscales renewables roll-out ambition to 900 MW, starts plotting big green-hydrogen role 

By: Terence Creamer     22nd February 2021 JSE-listed Sasol announced on Monday that it would pursue a 900 MW renewable-energy roll-out at its Secunda and Sasolburg complexes by 2030, raising its initial deployment target of 600 MW by 50%. President and CEO Fleetwood Grobler said that the upscaled plan would be pursued in partnership with... 

Sasol upscales renewables roll-out ambition to 900 MW, starts plotting big green-hydrogen role
The Secunda complex, in Mpumalanga

Sasol abandons rights issue as it secures $3.3bn from asset disposals 

By: Terence Creamer     22nd February 2021 Chemicals and energy group Sasol confirmed on Monday that it would no longer pursue a rights issue in light of progress made, through assets sales and cost savings, to shore up its debt-laden balance sheet. In a recorded results presentation, president and CEO Fleetwood Grobler said that the... 

Sasol abandons rights issue as it secures $3.3bn from asset disposals
Photo by Creamer Media's Donna Slater
Sasol CEO Fleetwood Grobler

NPC outlines the National Water Security Framework  

By: Natasha Odendaal     19th February 2021 The National Planning Commission’s (NPC’s) National Water Security Framework (NWSF) covers what is required to holistically protect South Africa’s scarce water resources, however, the country is weak in implementation. NPC commissioner Dr Pulane Molokwane, discussing the plan during a stakeholder... 

NPC outlines the National Water Security Framework
NPC commissioner Dr Pulane Molokwane discusses the National Planning Commission’s National Water Security Framework, which covers what is required to holistically protect South Africa’s scarce water resources. Date recorded 19.02.2021. Video recording: Kutlwano Matlala. Video editing: Nicholas Boyd.

WeBuyCars kicks off the new year with record trading month 

By: Irma Venter     19th February 2021 WeBuyCars kicked off the new year with record trading numbers, with January sales up 10% on the same period last year, says CEO Faan van der Walt. The used-car trader says there has been a strong recovery in domestic used-vehicle sales, despite the prevailing economic climate, as can be seen by... 

WeBuyCars kicks off the new year with record trading month

Volvo Trucks launches four new ranges in local market 

By: Irma Venter     19th February 2021 Volvo Trucks South Africa has introduced four new truck ranges to the local market, with a strong focus on the driver environment, safety and productivity.   The launch of the four new-generation extra-heavy commercial trucks - the Volvo FH, FH16, FM and FMX - is the biggest in the company’s... 

Volvo Trucks launches four new ranges in local market

OneLogix in good health despite Covid-19, says Lourens 

By: Irma Venter     18th February 2021 OneLogix CEO Ian Lourens says that all of the niche logistics provider’s 12 companies “remain in good health”, despite the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic. The group reported a 16% drop in revenue, to R1.22-billion, for the six months ended November 30, compared with the same period in 2019.... 

OneLogix in good health despite Covid-19, says Lourens

Afreximbank, AAAM sign MoU on Africa auto industry financing 

By: Irma Venter     18th February 2021 The African Export-Import Bank (Afreximbank) and the African Association of Automotive Manufacturers (AAAM) have entered into a memorandum of understanding (MoU) for the financing and promotion of the automotive industry in Africa. “The strategic partnership with AAAM will facilitate the... 

Afreximbank, AAAM sign MoU on Africa auto industry financing

DMRE says emergency-power deviation notice will not trigger legal challenge 

18th February 2021 On February 12, Trade, Industry and Competition Minister Ebrahim Patel published a Gazette notice granting the Department of Mineral Resources and Energy (DMRE) permission to deviate from the relevant Broad-Based Black Economic Empowerment code of good practice for the Risk Mitigation Independent... 

DMRE says emergency-power deviation notice will not trigger legal challenge

Three employees missing after incident at AMSA's Vanderbijlpark Works  

By: Marleny Arnoldi     17th February 2021 Primary steel producer ArcelorMittal South Africa (AMSA) on February 17 reported that there had been an incident at its Vanderbijlpark Works facility, which resulted in three employees going missing. The company explained that a portion of a 90 m stack at one of the operation’s coke batteries... 

SAHRC recommends Emfuleni municipality be placed under administration amid ongoing Vaal river pollution 

By: Schalk Burger     17th February 2021 The South African Human Rights Commission warns that the Vaal river, "Gauteng's most vital water resource", may have been irreparably damaged and recommends that the Emfuleni municipality be placed under administration and that public servants, municipal administrators and staff who failed to... 

SAHRC recommends Emfuleni municipality be placed under administration amid ongoing Vaal river pollution

Repowering and Repurposing  

17th February 2021 Creamer Media's Chanel de Bruyn speaks to Engineering News Editor Terence Creamer about Eskom's plans for repowering and repurposing the Komati power station and others in its coal-fired fleet, as well as the power utility's focus on ensuring the transition to renewables is just. 

Repowering and Repurposing
Repowering and Repurposing

EIUG says tariff hike will curtail economic recovery efforts  

By: Marleny Arnoldi     17th February 2021 The Energy Intensive Users Group of Southern Africa (EIUG) has noted "with disappointment" the Eskom price increase announced on February 16. The National Energy Regulator of South Africa (Nersa) has agreed to the State-owned power utility increasing its tariff by 15.6% for the 2021/22... 

EIUG says tariff hike will curtail economic recovery efforts

Nagle expresses firm belief in Glencore’s coal-depleting climate change strategy 

By: Martin Creamer     16th February 2021 Firm belief in the climate change strategy being embarked upon by diversified mining and marketing company Glencore was expressed on Tuesday by incoming Glencore CEO Gary Nagle, Outgoing Glencore CEO Ivan Glasenberg announced in December that he would be handing over the reins of the global... 

Nagle expresses firm belief in Glencore’s coal-depleting climate change strategy
Gary Nagle

Nissan SA to push start of Navara assembly to Q2, halt NP300 production 

By: Irma Venter     16th February 2021 Nissan South Africa (SA) will delay the start of volume production and sales of the Nissan Navara one-ton bakkie to June this year, says Nissan SA marketing director Stefan Haasbroek. He says this is owing to operational issues related to the Covid-19 pandemic. 

Nissan SA to push start of Navara assembly to Q2, halt NP300 production

Lifting distributed-generation cap ‘one of the easier decisions’ facing government – De Ruyter  

By: Terence Creamer     15th February 2021 Eskom CEO Andre de Ruyter has described the plan, announced by President Cyril Ramaphosa in his State of the Nation (SONA) address, to lift the licence-exemption threshold for distributed-generation plants as “one of the easier decisions” government could make in the near-term to alleviate stress... 

Lifting distributed-generation cap ‘one of the easier decisions’ facing government – De Ruyter
Photo by Creamer Media's Donna Slater
Eskom CEO Andre de Ruyter

Renergen unveils Covid-19 vaccine transport solution, the Cryo-Vacc  

By: Simone Liedtke     15th February 2021 South African emerging domestic natural gas and helium producer Renergen on February 15 unveiled its Covid-19 transportation solution, the Cryo-Vacc. The Cryo-Vacc has been designed to keep Covid-19 vaccines ultra-cold during transportation for up to 30 days, allowing for the vaccines to be... 

Renergen unveils Covid-19 vaccine transport solution, the Cryo-Vacc
Renergen CEO Stefano Marani gives more detail on the company’s logistics solution for Covid-19 vaccines, the Cryo-Vacc. Production of which is expected soon. Video: Creamer Media’s Kutlwano Matlala. Editing: Creamer Media’s Darlene Creamer.

Mercedes-Benz South Africa signs e-sports partnership with ATK  

By: Irma Venter     12th February 2021 Mercedes-Benz South Africa (MBSA) and local electronic sports (e-sports) company ATK has announced the first-ever motorsport partnership to encompass e-sports teams, events and gaming spaces in the country.  MBSA will be the first motorsport sponsor for a South African e-sports team, entering the... 

Mercedes-Benz South Africa signs e-sports partnership with ATK 

South African car market faces challenging 2021, says TransUnion 

By: Irma Venter     12th February 2021 The South African automotive industry faces a challenging 2021, with new-vehicle prices continuing to climb well above the inflation rate in a market already severely constrained by the financial effects of the Covid-19 pandemic.  This is according to the latest TransUnion South Africa Vehicle... 

South African car market faces challenging 2021, says TransUnion

Work on Selby Rea Vaya depot progressing well, says Joburg council 

By: Irma Venter     12th February 2021 Work on the Selby Rea Vaya Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) depot, which will be designated for Phase 1B and Phase 1C operations of the bus service, is progressing well, reports the City of Johannesburg. The Johannesburg Development Agency (JDA), acting on behalf of the City of Johannesburg’s Department... 

Work on Selby Rea Vaya depot progressing well, says Joburg council

Smoothing the path for distributed generation investment  

12th February 2021 Creamer Media's Chanel de Bruyn speaks to Engineering News Editor Terence Creamer about President Cyril Ramaphosa's announcement in his State of the Nation Address that the regulatory framework governing distributed-generation power projects will be amended and how this will help South Africa at... 

Smoothing the path for distributed generation investment
Smoothing the path for distributed generation investment

Electricity regulations to be amended to raise licence-exemption cap for distributed generation projects 

By: Terence Creamer     11th February 2021 President Cyril Ramaphosa announced on Thursday that Schedule 2 of the Electricity Regulation Act would be amended within the next three months to increase “the licensing threshold for embedded generation”. The current licence-exemption cap is set at 1 MW, with projects above that size required... 

Electricity regulations to be amended to raise licence-exemption cap for distributed generation projects
President Cyril Ramaphosa

Vehicle finance on cusp of revolution, says WesBank’s Msibi 

By: Irma Venter     11th February 2021 The demands on financial institutions are changing rapidly as younger age groups start to actively participate in the acquisition of assets, says WesBank Motor CEO Ghana Msibi. “I expect the motoring industry, including vehicle finance, to evolve more in the next five years than it has in the... 

Vehicle finance on cusp of revolution, says WesBank’s Msibi
Ghana Msibi

Italtile grows interim profit to R1.4bn

By: Marleny Arnoldi     11th February 2021 JSE-listed tile and bathroomware manufacturer Italtile has achieved trading profit growth of 38% year-on-year to R1.4-billion for the six months ended December 31, 2020. The company declared an interim ordinary dividend of 31c apiece, up 35% from the 23c apiece interim dividend declared for the... 

ArcelorMittal South Africa reports second-half profit as supply squeeze lifts prices 

By: Terence Creamer     11th February 2021 Steelmaker ArcelorMittal South Africa (AMSA) return to profit in the second half of its 2020 financial year on the back of steel-shortage-induced price rises that negatively affected many domestic downstream consumers and have led to growing calls for a lifting of import protection. The... 

ArcelorMittal South Africa reports second-half profit as supply squeeze lifts prices

Bank sees load-shedding, factionalism impeding strong fixed-investment recovery in 2021 

By: Terence Creamer     10th February 2021 A leading bank economist expects fixed investment in South Africa to remain muted in 2021, weighed down by ongoing power shortages, political uncertainty and the Covid-19 pandemic. Standard Bank chief economist Goolam Ballim forecasts that investment levels will pick up in 2022, however, spurred... 

Bank sees load-shedding, factionalism impeding strong fixed-investment recovery in 2021
Standard Bank chief economist Goolam Ballim

Stop AARTO now, says the Road Freight Association 

By: Irma Venter     10th February 2021 The Road Freight Association (RFA) says it is “shocked and deeply concerned” about the suspension of Road Traffic Infringement Agency (RTIA) CEO Japh Chuwe, amidst allegations of maladministration. “This has a severe impact on the implementation of the highly controversial Administrative... 

Stop AARTO now, says the Road Freight Association
Gavin Kelly

Green hydrogen and powerfuels could revive ailing PetroSA, unlock green steel and create €160bn export platform   

By: Terence Creamer     9th February 2021 The combination of South Africa’s world-class wind, solar and land resources, its platinum group metals reserves, as well as its historical experience in industrial-scale synthetic-fuel manufacture, position the country strongly for the production of green hydrogen and tradeable synthetic... 

Green hydrogen and powerfuels could revive ailing PetroSA, unlock green steel and create €160bn export platform
Higher Education, Science and Technology Minister Blade Nzimande on South Africa's comparative advantage when it came to the production of renewable hydrogen and green powerfuels.

Suzuki launches new entry into highly competitive affordable SUV market 

By: Irma Venter     9th February 2021 Suzuki Auto South Africa (SASA) this week unveiled India’s most popular compact sports-utility vehicle (SUV) to the local market – the Vitara Brezza. The Vitara Brezza was first introduced in India in 2016, with an upgraded model that arrived last year. It has since become the most popular... 

Suzuki launches new entry into highly competitive affordable SUV market
The new Vitara Brezza

MTN to sell stake in BICS for R1.8bn 

By: Natasha Odendaal     9th February 2021 Telecommunications group MTN has concluded an agreement to sell its 20% stake in Belgacom International Carrier Services (BICS) to Proximus NV/SA for R1.8-billion (€100-million). MTN plans to use the proceeds to pay down US dollar debt and for general corporate purposes. 

Mercedes-Benz SA postpones the launch of its first EV to 2022 

By: Irma Venter     8th February 2021 Mercedes-Benz South Africa (MBSA) has postponed the local introduction of its first fully electric vehicle (EV), the EQC. “The market introduction and start of sales of the EQC was set to take place in 2020, but due to the significant disruption of Covid-19 and other contributing factors, we took... 

Mercedes-Benz SA postpones the launch of its first EV to 2022
The Mercedes-Benz EQA

The Square Kilometre Array Observatory has been launched 

By: Rebecca Campbell     8th February 2021 The South African Radio Astronomy Observatory (SARAO) highlighted on Monday that the Square Kilometre Array (SKA) Observatory (SKAO) was now active, following the first meeting of the SKAO Council on February 4. The current members of the SKAO are Australia, Italy, the Netherlands, Portugal,... 

The Square Kilometre Array Observatory has been launched
Photo by SKAO/SARAO/ICRAR
A composite computer nocturnal image showing the South African SKA on the left and the Australian SKA on the right

Nersa subcommittee recommends approval of 40 MW Gold Fields solar licence 

By: Terence Creamer     8th February 2021 The National Energy Regulator of South Africa’s (Nersa’s) electricity subcommittee has recommended that the Energy Regulator approves Gold Fields’ high-profile licence application for a 40 MW solar photovoltaic (PV) project to be developed at its South Deep mine, in Gauteng. Nersa has confirmed... 

Nersa subcommittee recommends approval of 40 MW Gold Fields solar licence
South Deep

SIU recovers R127m worth of dodgy PPE payments so far  

By: Marleny Arnoldi     5th February 2021 The Special Investigating Unit's (SIU's) work has resulted in the recovery of R127-million of funds, which had been paid irregularly by the State to service providers of personal protective equipment (PPE) and related services. This was revealed on February 5 as SIU head Advocate Andy Mothibi... 

SIU recovers R127m worth of dodgy PPE payments so far
SIU head Advocate Andy Mothibi discusses the unit's progress on uncovering Covid-19 PPE corruption
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