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Report calls for freeze on new coal, warns of risks if energy transition is delayed 

By: Terence Creamer     23rd July 2021 South Africa should freeze investment in new private coal plants, as delaying South Africa’s “inevitable” transition away from the carbon-emitting energy mineral will cause economic damage, a new Trade & Industrial Policy Strategies (TIPS) analysis on the country’s coal value chain states.... 

An image of a coal mining vehilce with a power station in the background.

Internal combustion engine car sales in permanent decline – BloombergNEF  

By: Irma Venter     23rd July 2021 There are currently 12-million passenger electric vehicles (EVs) on the road. There are also more than one-million commercial EVs, including buses, delivery vans and trucks, and more than 260-million electric mopeds, scooters, motorcycles and three-wheelers in traffic globally.  This is according... 

A photo of the Mini SE charging

More municipalities procuring their own power  

23rd July 2021 Creamer Media's Chanel de Bruyn speaks to Engineering News Editor Terence Creamer about the increasing number of big cities and medium-sized municipalities that are looking to either build or procure new electricity capacity. 

Image of Terence Creamer
More municipalities procuring their own power

Three clients saw 30 000 deliveries cancelled, delayed due to looting – Netstar 

By: Irma Venter     22nd July 2021 Data released by telematics company Netstar has revealed the massive impact the widespread protests and looting seen earlier this month have had on the trucking industry’s ability to deliver goods to market. Netstar says three of its major clients lost more than 613 000 km in delivery miles in... 

Netstart graphic about impact of July 2021 looting on SA truckers

eThekwini issues RFI as it gears up to procure 400 MW of IPP power 

By: Terence Creamer     22nd July 2021 The eThekwini municipality, which has been badly affected by recent deadly rioting and looting, is pushing ahead with its electricity procurement plans and has issued a request for information (RFI) as part of preparations for the procurement of 400 MW of new generation capacity from independent... 

Image of the Durban skyline in the eThekwini municipality
The Durban skyline in the eThekwini municipality

100-MW reform set to spur rapid increase in larger-scale solar projects – SAPVIA 

By: Terence Creamer     21st July 2021 The South African Photovoltaic Industry Association (SAPVIA) is optimistic that the decision to increase the licence-exemption threshold for distributed-generation facilities from 1 MW to 100 MW will support a rapid increase in the deployment of larger-scale solar photovoltaic (PV) projects, with... 

A head shot of SAPVIA spokesperson Maloba Tshehla
SAPVIA spokesperson Maloba Tshehla

Gibela confident of meeting production targets despite impact of Covid-19 

By: Irma Venter     21st July 2021 Gibela has, to date, delivered 66 of the 600 X’trapolis Mega commuter trains it is scheduled to deliver to the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (PRASA) by the end of 2028. Eighteen of these trains were manufactured in Brazil, with the remaining 48 produced in a newly built plant in Nigel, on... 

Image of a train being produced at the Gibela factory in Nigel
The Gibela train factory at Nigel

Western Cape making progress on pioneering municipal power projects 

By: Terence Creamer     21st July 2021 The Western Cape provincial government is currently evaluating responses to a request for information (RFI) issued by the Department of Economic Development and Tourism to assess the potential for renewable-energy projects in six municipalities included as part of its Municipal Energy Resilience... 

Image of solar rooftops with a Cape mountain in the background

Exploration trailblazer Orion cracks retail investor code with 14 000-plus SA backers  

By: Martin Creamer     21st July 2021 More than 14 000 South Africans now own shares in the discovery and development mining company Orion Minerals, which is reflective of retail investment that can be stimulated in South Africa to support essential local minerals exploration. What is also extremely promising is that the dual listed... 

This is a picture of Errol Smart, CEO of Orion Minerals, who is also chair of Minerals Council junior miner leadership forum.
Orion Minerals CEO Errol Smart interviewed by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

Ramaphosa tells business social and economic relief package being finalised 

By: Terence Creamer     20th July 2021 In a meeting with business leaders on Tuesday, President Cyril Ramaphosa announced that an “extensive social and economic relief package” would be launched in the coming days to respond to the recent crisis and called for the creation of a “special social contract” to build a more inclusive... 

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President Cyril Ramaphosa

New study assesses ways to scale up off-grid solar across Africa 

By: Terence Creamer     20th July 2021 A new study assessing the commercial and economic feasibility of enhancing off-grid solar inclusion in sub-Saharan Africa indicates that solar home systems (SHS) could offer the most cost-effective solution for providing electricity access for most unserved segments in the region. Commissioned by... 

Image of a solar panel

Dunlop tyre maker suffers R90m loss from looting; hotline set up to report stolen tyres 

By: Irma Venter     20th July 2021 Sumitomo Rubber South Africa (SRSA), manufacturer of the Dunlop tyre brand, has warned consumers that goods stolen at its KwaZulu-Natal warehouse are currently being advertised for sale on social media and online classifieds sites. SRSA says that its Durban Westville warehouse was invaded and... 

Image of SRSA CEO Lubin Ozoux
SRSA CEO Lubin Ozoux

Carbon emissions to reach record levels in 2023 as stimulus spending fails to match net-zero ambition 

By: Terence Creamer     20th July 2021 The financial resources allocated by governments globally to clean-energy measures in response to the Covid-19 crisis currently represents only 2% of the $16-trillion in total fiscal support set aside for economic stimulus, the International Energy Agency’s (IEA’s) new Sustainable Recovery... 

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IEA executive director Fatih Birol

Volkswagen SA sees recovery in first half of the year 

By: Irma Venter     19th July 2021 Volkswagen South Africa sold 32 603 vehicles in the first half of the year – 6 824 more than the same period last year.  The Volkswagen passenger car brand sold 29 772 units to date this year, while Volkswagen commercial vehicles sold 2 881 units.  

A photo of a Polo Vivo 2021 model

Toyota says govt has 'gone a long way' in easing its fears about KZN future 

By: Irma Venter     19th July 2021 Toyota South Africa Motors (TSAM) has confirmed the authenticity of a letter from its head office in Japan to the Durban mayor, Mxolisi Kaunda, dated July 15, requesting that local government set out its proposed measures to stop the widespread looting seen in KwaZulu-Natal last week, as well as... 

An image of the Toyota plant in Durban

South Africa poised to become a global player in the green hydrogen space – DTIC  

By: Donna Slater     16th July 2021 South Africa has the raw materials, knowledge and ambition to become a significant global player in the green hydrogen space, says Department of Trade, Industry and Competition (DTIC) acting chief director for special economic zones (SEZs) Thami Klassen. He says the Industrial Development... 

Thami Klassen
South Africa has a solid foundation upon which to build its hydrogen economy – DTIC

Agri SA says civil unrest threatens food security, exports 

By: Marleny Arnoldi     16th July 2021 Agri SA president Pierre Vercueil says the mass looting and general civil unrest prevailing in South Africa has affected the agricultural sector, particularly in KwaZulu-Natal. “Solutions can not take not take weeks, but must be implemented as soon as possible, because we have perishable... 

SA logistics sector bleeding R100m-plus a day, supply chains must be restored  

By: Irma Venter     16th July 2021 South Africa’s logistics sector will “undoubtedly” see the closure of some logistics businesses owing to the unrest in KwaZulu-Natal and parts of Gauteng, says South African Association of Freight Forwarders (SAAFF) chairperson and Savino Del Bene South Africa director Dr Juanita Maree. “Some... 

An image of the Durban container terminal
The Durban container terminal

South Africa's green hydrogen potential  

16th July 2021 Creamer Media's Chanel de Bruyn speaks to Engineering News Editor Terence Creamer about some of the emerging opportunities for the production of green hydrogen and green hydrogen derivatives in South Africa and the funding support that is available for hydrogen-linked projects. 

South Africa's green hydrogen potential
South Africa's green hydrogen potential

New initiative launched to raise awareness on key role of power grids in Africa 

By: Terence Creamer     15th July 2021 The RES4Africa Foundation, an Italian non-profit organisation that promotes the development of renewable energy on the continent, has launched a Grids4Africa initiative to support the development of the transmission and distribution networks needed to raise levels of renewables deployment and... 

An image of power lines

Imperial halts operations in KZN, parts of Gauteng, fends off vandals at warehouses 

By: Irma Venter     14th July 2021 Imperial has halted operations in high-risk areas in South Africa, including KwaZulu-Natal and certain parts of Gauteng, following wide-spread looting, says corporate affairs and investor relations executive VP Esha Mansingh. This was done to “ensure the safety of our drivers and employees, and... 

An image of an Imperial Logistics cold storage warehouse

Consortium unveils plans for zero-emission Eastern Cape e-methanol plant 

By: Terence Creamer     14th July 2021 An agreement for the development of a greenfield facility in Humansdorp, in the Eastern Cape, to manufacture zero-carbon e-methanol for sale locally and for export has been concluded by a consortium comprising Earth and Wire, ENERTRAG South Africa and 24Solutions. The proposed facility will... 

Image of an ENERTRAG green hydrogen facility in Germany
An ENERTRAG green hydrogen facility in Germany

Toyota suspends production at Durban plant, exports also halted 

By: Irma Venter     14th July 2021 Toyota South Africa Motors (TSAM) has suspended production at its Prospecton plant, in Durban, as well as business operations at some of its dealerships in KwaZulu-Natal, as widespread looting and rioting continue in KwaZulu-Natal. Exports from the plant have also been halted. 

Image of Hiace production at the Toyota Prospecton plant in Durban
Hiace production at the Toyota Prospecton plant in Durban

Toyota launches 23-seater bus in local market 

By: Irma Venter     13th July 2021 Toyota has introduced a new medium-sized people-mover to the South African bus and taxi market. The local arm of the Japanese auto maker says the 23-seater Coaster fills the gap in the line-up left between the long-wheel-base Quantum (16-seater) and the Hino 300-based bus conversion, providing... 

Toyota's new Coaster bus
Toyota's new Coaster bus

N4 Kaapmuiden to Kaalrug project almost complete, says TRAC  

By: Irma Venter     13th July 2021 Trans African Concessions (TRAC) expects to complete the major upgrade between Kaapmuiden and Kaalrug, in the Nkomazi region, on the N4 Toll Route, by October.  The toll road concessionaire says the 15.5 km road project is more than 75% complete. 

Road construction along the N4

Shell expresses concern over RMIPPPP delays as it confirms Karpowership SA partnership 

By: Terence Creamer     13th July 2021 Shell South Africa country chairperson Hloniphizwe Mtolo has confirmed that the energy group is the exclusive supplier of liquified natural gas (LNG) to Karpowership SA, whose three projects, totalling 1 220 MW, were named in March as preferred bidders under government’s Risk Mitigation... 

Photo of Shell South Africa country chairperson Hloniphizwe Mtolo
Shell South Africa country chairperson Hloniphizwe Mtolo

Despite tailwinds, South Africa’s recovery could fade into ‘another lost decade’ without reforms 

By: Terence Creamer     12th July 2021 The World Bank expects South Africa to grow by 4% in 2021, supported by the strong global economic recovery from Covid and favourable commodity prices. However, the bank also warns that the medium-term outlook remains uncertain and will depend largely on whether the country is able to implement... 

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Commodity prices supporting South Africa rebound

Business condemns violence, looting  

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     12th July 2021 Various organisations have spoken out about the riots, vandalism and looting that has been taking place across KwaZulu-Natal and Gauteng in recent days and warn that these actions will have a significant impact on South Africa's already struggling economy. Business chamber the South African... 

An image of the Brookside mall in Pietermaritzburg which was looted and bunt down

South Africa has lost its status as gateway to Africa as trucks burn – RFA 

By: Irma Venter     12th July 2021 President Cyril Ramaphosa must ensure that the violent scenes currently playing out on South African highways end, says Road Freight Association (RFA) CEO Gavin Kelly. He urges Ramaphosa to see to it “that those that are responsible are held accountable, that the rule of law is shown to be firmly... 

Truck burnt by looters, protestors in unrest around the imprisonment of former SA president Jacob Zuma in July

Hyperloop Transport Technologies, Hamburg port terminal operator unveil hyperloop container solution 

By: Irma Venter     9th July 2021 Hyperloop Transport Technologies (HyperloopTT) has revealed HyperPort, a high-speed cargo and freight solution which it says it “capable of increasing capacity and efficiency while decreasing pollution and congestion at ports worldwide”.  Developed in partnership with terminal operator Hamburger... 

An image of the proposed hyperloop container transport system at the Hamburg port
The proposed hyperloop container transport system at the Hamburg port

B4SA welcomes weekend vaccinations, opening of registrations for 35- to 49-year-olds 

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     9th July 2021 Industry organisation Business for South Africa (B4SA) has welcomed the Department of Health’s decision to allow 35- to 49-year-olds to register for their Covid-19 vaccinations from July 15 and to receive their jabs from August 1 onwards. “The only way to fight the third wave, save lives, restart... 

Image of Covid-19 vaccine bottles
From July 15, 35- to 49-year-olds can register for their Covid-19 vaccinations

Tolcon given green light to roll out new Gauteng, WCape freeway management systems  

By: Irma Venter     9th July 2021 Transport infrastructure management company Tolcon has been given the go-ahead to continue with two freeway management system contracts totalling R1.7-billion, awarded by the South African National Roads Agency Limited (Sanral) in 2020, but delayed by court action from disgruntled competing... 

Tolcon given green light to roll out new Gauteng, WCape freeway management systems

Unitrans Africa opens dedicated rail service between Mozambique and Zimbabwe 

By: Irma Venter     8th July 2021 Utilising its partnerships with the National Railways of Zimbabwe, CFM Caminhos de Ferro de Mocambique and Traxtion, Unitrans Africa has opened a dedicated rail service between Maputo port and three major Zimbabwean trade hubs – Harare, Bulawayo and Gweru.  Until now this key section of rail has... 

UAE’s DP World makes R12.7-billion offer to acquire Imperial 

By: Irma Venter     8th July 2021 Global infrastructure-led supply chain solutions provider Dubai Ports World (DP World) has made a R12.7-billion offer to acquire 100% of Imperial, the JSE-listed logistics and market access specialist. The United Arab Emirates-based group is offering R66 a share (cash) to acquire all outstanding... 

Image of an Imperial Logistics warehouse

Mantashe 'grapples' with difference between a permit and licence as 100-MW reform drafting nears completion  

By: Terence Creamer     7th July 2021 Mineral Resource and Energy Minister Gwede Mantashe says that a revised amendment to Schedule 2 of the Electricity Regulation Act, reflecting an increase in the licence-exemption cap from 1 MW to 100 MW, will be finalised within the coming week and will be shared with The Presidency “so that we... 

Photograph of Mineral Resource and Energy Minister Gwede Mantashe
Mineral Resource and Energy Minister Gwede Mantashe

PRASA’s capex programme has failed to meet its targets, renewed roll-out effort started – Matthews 

By: Irma Venter     7th July 2021 The Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa’s (PRASA’s) capital expenditure (capex) programme has failed to meet its targets, says CEO Zolani Matthews. “Sadly, this has also affected PRASA’s modernisation programme. 

PRASA’s capex programme has failed to meet its targets, renewed roll-out effort started – Matthews

Security, restoring public transport ‘that enables’ priorities for new PRASA boss 

By: Irma Venter     6th July 2021 There are a number of areas that require urgent attention within the operations of the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (PRASA), says CEO Zolani Matthews. Matthews on Tuesday delivered his 100-day report card as new head of the troubled State-owned rail entity. 

Photo of PRASA CEO Zolani Matthews
Zolani Matthews

Volvo sets sights on 1 000 km EV range  

By: Irma Venter     6th July 2021 Volvo Cars says it aims to achieve 1 000 km of “real driving range” on a battery electric vehicle (EV) later this decade. As the Swedish car maker rapidly moves towards becoming a fully electric car company, the company says it aims to tailor its future batteries to the needs of its customers,... 

The concept Recharge electric vehicle
The concept Recharge electric vehicle
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