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Busa’s Pityana stresses need for approval, implementation of Economic Recovery Action Plan 

By: Simone Liedtke     18th September 2020 Business Unity South Africa (Busa) President Sipho Pityana has called for a “more empathetic approach” with South Africa recently passing two important milestones on the road to salvaging its battered economy. These milestones comprise the Covid-19 lockdown having been scaled down to Alert Level... 

IPP Office says next renewables bid window by end Jan ‘latest’, but possibly before year-end 

By: Terence Creamer     17th September 2020 The head of South Africa’s Independent Power Producer (IPP) Office, which performs the IPP procurement function on behalf of the Department of Mineral Resources and Energy (DMRE), says discussions are under way with the department to finalise the roll-out plan for the Section 34 determination... 

IPP Office says next renewables bid window by end Jan ‘latest’, but possibly before year-end

Infrastructure South Africa drafting 25-year National Infrastructure Plan 

By: Marleny Arnoldi     17th September 2020 Public Works and Infrastructure Minister Patricia de Lille has confirmed that a single entry point for all the projects in the country's Infrastructure Investment Plan will be created, through an entity called Infrastructure South Africa (ISA). ISA will be at arm’s length from the Department of... 

Infrastructure South Africa drafting 25-year National Infrastructure Plan
Public Works and Infrastructure Minister Patricia de Lille

Daimler’s first hydrogen fuel-cell truck to start customer trials in 2023  

By: Irma Venter     17th September 2020 Daimler Trucks has unveiled its first hydrogen-based fuel cell truck. The GenH2 Truck is aimed at the long-haul transport market and marks the beginning of commercial fuel-cell drive development for the German truck maker. 

Daimler’s first hydrogen fuel-cell truck to start customer trials in 2023
Take a closer look at the Daimler concept hydrogen fuel-cell truck.

IDC, DBSA invest in development of locally-produced fuel cell energy tech  

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     17th September 2020 Development finance institutions, the Development Bank of Southern Africa (DBSA) and the Industrial Development Corporation (IDC), have committed project development funding to Mitochondria Energy Company, a local South African business that was established with the purpose to provide affordable,... 

IDC, DBSA invest in development of locally-produced fuel cell energy tech
Photo by Creamer Media
Mitochondria CEO Mashudu Ramano

South Africa partners with Unido to raise awareness about protecting the ozone layer 

By: Yvonne Silaule     17th September 2020 South Africa has partnered with the United Nations Industrial Development Organisation (Unido) to hold roadshows to raise the awareness about the need to protect the Earth's ozone layer. Environment, Forestry and Fisheries Deputy Minister Maggie Sotyu says that, as a Party to the Montreal... 

Mbalula launches beefed up PRASA protection service  

By: Donna Slater     16th September 2020 The Department of Transport and the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (PRASA) on September 16 launched the multidisciplinary Ministerial Integrated Security Plan, which involves the employment and deployment of an additional 3 100 security personnel to monitor and protect rail... 

Mbalula launches beefed up PRASA protection service
Photo by Creamer Media's Donna Slater
Transport Minister Fikile Mbalula inspects a portion of the new PRASA protection officers at the Rhodesfield train station

Motus sees new-vehicle market of 420 000-plus in 2021 

By: Irma Venter     16th September 2020 Vehicle retail, rental, aftermarket and import group Motus believes that the new-vehicle market could reach between 420 000 and 440 000 units in 2021, up from the expected 350 000 to 380 000 units this year. The decline expected this year in the new-vehicle market, compared with 2019 (when it... 

Motus sees new-vehicle market of 420 000-plus in 2021

CDC aiming to secure CEO replacement for long-serving Silinga by year-end 

By: Terence Creamer     16th September 2020 The Coega Development Corporation (CDC) has formally initiated a recruitment process to secure a replacement for its long-serving CEO, Pepi Silinga, who has been appointed CEO of Transnet National Ports Authority, effective October 1. The position has been advertised internally and externally and... 

CDC aiming to secure CEO replacement for long-serving Silinga by year-end
Pepi Silinga

Roll-out of AARTO a big concern, says Road Freight Association 

By: Irma Venter     15th September 2020 The Road Freight Association (RFA) says it is working with all relevant role-players to ensure that the proposed Administrative Adjudication of Road Traffic Offences (AARTO) is “considered properly” before implementation, and that AARTO will achieve its main purpose of ensuring road safety, says... 

Roll-out of AARTO a big concern, says Road Freight Association
Gavin Kelly

ARC delivers satisfactory performance amid economic, Covid-19 impacts  

By: Natasha Odendaal     15th September 2020 Empowerment investment firm African Rainbow Capital (ARC) Investments has posted what it deems a satisfactory performance for the year ended June 30, 2020, considering the challenging operating environment that has dragged the performance of many of its portfolio investments. The group achieved... 

ARC delivers satisfactory performance amid economic, Covid-19 impacts
African Rainbow Minerals Investment co-CEO Johan van Der Merwe discusses ARC's financial results for the year ended June 30, 2020. Date recorded: 15.09.2020. Camerawork: Kutlwano Matala. Video Editing: Nicholas Boyd

PPC makes ‘positive progress’ on restructuring, finance project 

By: Simone Liedtke     15th September 2020 JSE-listed cement manufacturer PPC Cement has made positive progress on its restructuring and finance programme, with the objective of implementing a sustainable capital structure. PPC has received funding confirmation from South African lenders, who the company says will provide various short-... 

Local industrial equipment market to drop by 30%, says EIE’s Malherbe 

By: Irma Venter     14th September 2020 New-unit sales in the South African industrial equipment market will decline by an estimated 30% this year, says EIE Group operations director Chantell Malherbe. Most of this drop will come from the more established brands, with an uptick seen in the sale of less expensive Chinese products, at... 

Local industrial equipment market to drop by 30%, says EIE’s Malherbe

Circular economy to be promoted through new waste strategy − Creecy 

By: Donna Slater     14th September 2020 Environment, Forestry and Fisheries Minister Barbara Creecy says South Africa has aligned policy and strategy with the circular economy concept. This follows shortly after Cabinet's approval of the National Waste Management Strategy 2020 (NWMS).  

DMRE targeting December for initiation of fifth renewables bid window 

By: Terence Creamer     14th September 2020 The Department of Mineral Resources and Energy (DMRE) has clarified that it is aiming to release bid documentation for the so-called fifth bid window (BW5) of South Africa’s renewable-energy procurement programme in December, following receipt of the regulator’s concurrence with a Ministerial... 

DMRE targeting December for initiation of fifth renewables bid window

Maynier urges urgent Gazetting of determination for new power projects 

By: Terence Creamer     11th September 2020 The Western Cape government has urged Mineral Resources and Energy Minister Gwede Mantashe to urgently Gazette the final Section 34 Ministerial determination that would open the way for the procurement of 11 813 MW of new electricity capacity. The call came as government's Political Task Team on... 

Maynier urges urgent Gazetting of determination for new power projects
Western Cape Finance and Economic Opportunities Minister David Maynier

One year later and still no clarity on e-tolls, says Outa 

By: Irma Venter     11th September 2020 Cabinet’s failure to make a decision on a funding mechanism for Gauteng’s freeways is affecting long-term road planning and allows the South African National Roads Agency Limited (Sanral) to avoid responsibility for an incoherent e-toll collection strategy, says the Organisation Undoing Tax Abuse... 

One year later and still no clarity on e-tolls, says Outa

Mantashe says Nersa’s concurrence with determination opens way for procurement of 11 813 MW of new power 

By: Terence Creamer     10th September 2020 Mineral Resources and Energy Minister Gwede Mantashe reported on Thursday the National Energy Regulator of South Africa (Nersa) had provided its concurrence to a Section 34 Ministerial Determination, issued in February, which opened the way for the procurement of  11 813 MW of new electricity... 

Mantashe says Nersa’s concurrence with determination opens way for procurement of 11 813 MW of new power
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Mineral Resources and Energy Minister Gwede Mantashe

Afrimat Construction Index tanks in Q2, but predicts ‘strong performance’ ahead 

By: Irma Venter     10th September 2020 The second-quarter (Q2) Afrimat Construction Index (ACI) has dropped sharply on the back of the national lockdown regulations imposed between April and June to deal with the Covid-19 pandemic. JSE-listed openpit miner Afrimat produces industrial minerals, bulk commodities and construction materials. 

Afrimat Construction Index tanks in Q2, but predicts ‘strong performance’ ahead

Global trading platform key to unlocking competitiveness of green hydrogen 

By: Terence Creamer     9th September 2020 International cooperation will be key to unlocking the competitive production of green hydrogen as global trade will be required to link those countries, such as South Africa, that are best suited to producing the energy carrier, using a combination of low-cost renewable energy, water and... 

Global trading platform key to unlocking competitiveness of green hydrogen

Infrastructure projects fail when procurement is pursued administratively rather than strategically 

By: Terence Creamer     9th September 2020 An analysis of public infrastructure delivery in South Africa, prepared for consideration by the National Planning Commission (NPC), identifies the quality of procurement and client-delivery management as the main differentiators between those projects that have succeeded in recent years and... 

Infrastructure projects fail when procurement is pursued administratively rather than strategically

Work on Tshwane auto SEZ in full swing after Covid-19 lockdown 

By: Irma Venter     8th September 2020 Work on the R3.4-billion Tshwane Automotive Special Economic Zone (TASEZ) is forging ahead following delays owing to the Covid-19 pandemic, with clearing of the site, groundworks and the installation of bulk infrastructure underway. The public-private partnership (PPP), located next to the Ford... 

Work on Tshwane auto SEZ in full swing after Covid-19 lockdown

Bell sees recovery following Covid-19, parts ways with John Deere 

By: Irma Venter     8th September 2020 Bell Equipment’s plants are currently operating at roughly 70% of pre-Covid-19 levels, says Bell Equipment CEO Leon Goosen. The South African operation at Richards Bay is running a little bit below this average, however, as it had stocked up on inventory prior to the pandemic in anticipation of a... 

Bell sees recovery following Covid-19, parts ways with John Deere
Leon Goosen

EIUG appoints Mondi as new CEO 

By: Terence Creamer     7th September 2020 The Energy Intensive Users Group (EIUG), whose mining and manufacturing members account for over 40% of the electrical energy consumed in South Africa, announced the appointment of Fanele Mondi as its new CEO. Prior to joining the EIUG, Mondi worked at Eskom for over 23 years, 12 years of which... 

EIUG appoints Mondi as new CEO
Fanele Mondi

Eskom launches new ‘system status’ portal in bid to begin bolstering transparency 

By: Terence Creamer     7th September 2020 South Africa’s electricity utility Eskom has added a new page to its website through which it is providing information relating to the status and performance of the power system, including the use of load-shedding as a mechanism to stabilise the national electricity grid. The webpage, which bears... 

Eskom launches new ‘system status’ portal in bid to begin bolstering transparency

Security function now top priority at PRASA, says CEO 

By: Irma Venter     7th September 2020 While Covid-19 has given the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (PRASA) the opportunity to “stop and think” about its service offering and the way forward for the rail entity, it also left the door open for severe vandalism of its assets during the national lockdown, says CEO Nosipho Damasane.... 

Security function now top priority at PRASA, says CEO

Lesotho aims to ‘go big’ on agriculture amid Agoa textiles uncertainty 

By: Terence Creamer     4th September 2020 Lesotho Prime Minister Dr Moeketsi Majoro reports that the country aims to overhaul its underperforming agricultural sector with the objective of improving both food security and attracting export-oriented investment into the production of high-value crops, such as fruit, vegetables and... 

Lesotho aims to ‘go big’ on agriculture amid Agoa textiles uncertainty
Lesotho Prime Minister Dr Moeketsi Majoro

Sasol seeks carbon-utilisation solutions for South African operations 

By: Terence Creamer     4th September 2020 Energy and chemicals group Sasol has initiated a process through which it aims to identify potential partners for the development and demonstration of technologies that can utilise the carbon dioxide (CO2) produced at its South African operations as part of a broader strategy to lower its... 

Sasol seeks carbon-utilisation solutions for South African operations

Eskom tightens reins on power station managers  

By: Marleny Arnoldi     4th September 2020 The Eskom board has pledged its support for group CE André de Ruyter's decision, on September 3, to suspend the Tutuka and Kendal power station managers, pending disciplinary inquiries. The decision was taken after load-shedding was escalated from Stage 2 to Stage 4 on September 2 and 3.  

Eskom tightens reins on power station managers

GDDA prioritises the roll-out of three Gauteng SEZs 

By: Irma Venter     3rd September 2020 The Gauteng Growth and Development Agency (GDDA) has prioritised three special economic zone (SEZ) developments for roll-out in Gauteng, says GDDA CEO Mosa Tshabalala. The first is a high-tech SEZ in the northern corridor of Gauteng, in Bronkhorstspruit, 50 km from Pretoria. 

GDDA prioritises the roll-out of three Gauteng SEZs
The groundbreaking ceremony at the Tshwane automotive SEZ in 2019

$25m investment expands horizon for clean-energy firm 

By: Terence Creamer     3rd September 2020 Independent private equity fund manager Metier has announced a $25-million investment into clean-energy company Broadreach Energy, which specialises in deploying renewable-energy and energy efficiency projects in the commercial and industrial (C&I) sectors of various African countries. The... 

$25m investment expands horizon for clean-energy firm
Broadreach Energy MD Adam Bekker

Recovery plan advancing amid ‘unprecedented’ collaboration, Kingston reports 

By: Terence Creamer     2nd September 2020 Business for South Africa’s Martin Kingston has described the current level of cooperation and collaboration between labour, government, civil society and business as “unprecedented” and reports that the social partners are making good progress in their attempts to reach agreement on a... 

 Recovery plan advancing amid ‘unprecedented’ collaboration, Kingston reports
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Business for South Africa’s Martin Kingston

August new-vehicle sales decline by a disappointing 30% 

By: Irma Venter     2nd September 2020 Total South African new-vehicle sales declined by 26.3% in August, to 33 515 units, compared with the 45 484 vehicles sold in the same month last year. The new-passenger-car market fell by 32.6%, to 19 545 units. 

August new-vehicle sales decline by a disappointing 30%

Head of largest women-owned engineering firm troubled by lack of work amid talk of infrastructure-led recovery 

By: Terence Creamer     2nd September 2020 The chief executive officer of South Africa’s largest black- and women-owned consulting engineering company is concerned about the current dearth of infrastructure-related workflow within the profession, which is typically at the forefront of preparing projects for implementation. In fact, Malani... 

Head of largest women-owned engineering firm troubled by lack of work amid talk of infrastructure-led recovery
Malani Padayachee-Saman and Ipeleng Mkhari

Seifsa, trade unions adopt standstill main agreement 

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     1st September 2020 The 19 employer associations affiliated to industry body the Steel and Engineering Industries Federation of Southern Africa (Seifsa) and the industry’s five trade unions on September 1 formally adopted the 2020 to 2021 standstill main agreement concluded in August. The collective agreement,... 

Absa PMI rises to 57.3 index points as Covid-19 restrictions ease 

By: Donna Slater     1st September 2020 Pointing to a further improvement in conditions in South Africa’s manufacturing sector, the Absa Purchasing Managers’ Index (PMI)  increased to 57.3 index points in August, up from 51.2 in July, in line with Covid-19 lockdown restrictions easing further to Level 2 in August. This resulted in... 

Zambezi River Authority gears up for community consultations on proposed 2 400 MW Batoka Gorge hydro scheme 

By: Terence Creamer     1st September 2020 The Zambezi River Authority (ZRA) is preparing to conduct disclosure meetings with communities in Zambia and Zimbabwe whose land or livelihoods could be affected by the construction of the proposed 2 400 MW Batoka Gorge Hydro Electric Scheme (BGHES), a transboundary project located 47-km... 

Zambezi River Authority gears up for community consultations on proposed 2 400 MW Batoka Gorge hydro scheme
Batoka Gorge Hydro Electric Scheme site

New ‘single channel’ service created to help resolve barriers to South African exports 

By: Terence Creamer     31st August 2020 The Department of Trade, Industry and Competition (DTIC) has launched a new ‘single channel’ online service through which South African exporters are able to register any problems they are experiencing in their trade interactions and secure dedicated support from government to resolve concerns.... 

 New ‘single channel’ service created to help resolve barriers to South African exports
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