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R5.4bn new SAB empowerment scheme to list on the JSE at the end of May  

By: Marleny Arnoldi     3rd May 2021 Following a successful employee share scheme that South African Breweries (SAB) had been running since 2010, the beermaker on May 3 officially launched its new broad-based black economic empowerment (BBBEE) scheme – Zenzele Kabili. The new scheme will be listed on the JSE by the end of May and... 

R5.4bn new SAB empowerment scheme to list on the JSE at the end of May

Raising distributed generator licence-exemption cap to 10 MW ‘does not go far enough’ 

By: Terence Creamer     3rd May 2021 Business Leadership South Africa (BLSA) says a proposed amendment to Schedule 2 of the Electricity Regulation Act, which would raise the licence exemption threshold for private distributed-generation plants from 1 MW to 10 MW, “does not go far enough”. Mineral Resources and Energy Minister Gwede... 

Raising distributed generator licence-exemption cap to 10 MW ‘does not go far enough’

Climate commission to build on existing body of work as it finalises South Africa’s ‘just transition’ framework 

By: Terence Creamer     30th April 2021 The Presidential Climate Change Coordinating Commission (PCCCC), which held its second meeting on Friday, intends building on the work already done by the National Planning Commission (NPC) as it seeks to finalise a national ‘just transition framework’ for South Africa’s shift to a climate... 

Commission deputy chairperson Valli Moosa
Photo by Creamer Media
Commission deputy chairperson Valli Moosa

Future of oil refining in South Africa highly uncertain 

By: Terence Creamer     30th April 2021 South Africa’s oil refinery sector is expected to undergo significant changes in the coming five years, with Engen having already indicated that it will repurpose its refinery site in Durban as a fuel importation terminal and with global and domestic shifts likely to place significant pressure on... 

Engen Refinery to be repurposed as an import facility
Engen Refinery to be repurposed as an import facility

South Africa's energy transition  

30th April 2021 Creamer Media's Chanel de Bruyn speaks to Engineering News Editor Terence Creamer about more signs that the energy transition is starting to have a real impact in South Africa with Engen's planned refinery closure, moves by the eThekwini municipality to buy electricity from independent power... 

South Africa's energy transition
South Africa's energy transition

TWIMS receives R18m for the advancement of manufacturing in SA, rest of Africa 

By: Irma Venter     30th April 2021 The advancement of manufacturing in South Africa and on the rest of the continent has received a boost from four South African manufacturers. JSE-listed groups Illovo Africa, Metair and The Foschini Group (TFG), as well as local vehicle manufacturer Toyota South Africa Motors (TSAM), have pledged... 

The TWIMS campus
The TWIMS campus

eThekwini aiming to conclude first IPP contract in 2022 as city mulls hydrogen role 

By: Terence Creamer     29th April 2021 The eThekwini metropolitan municipality, in KwaZulu-Natal, is aiming to sign its first independent power producer (IPP) contract next year following the publication of the eThekwini Integrated Resource Plan (EIRP) in 2020, which it described as the first IRP for a local government in South... 

eThekwini aiming to conclude first IPP contract in 2022 as city mulls hydrogen role

Electric car sales jumped by 41% last year; Europe now the largest market 

By: Irma Venter     29th April 2021 The global sales of electric cars grew by 41% last year, despite the shock of Covid-19, says the International Energy Agency (IEA) in its ‘Global Electric Vehicle Outlook 2021’ report. The IEA’s Jacopo Tattini, who coordinated the analysis and production of the report, says many people expected... 

Electric car sales jumped by 41% last year; Europe now the largest market

Eskom partners with Msunduzi municipality to rebuild technical, admin capacities 

By: Marleny Arnoldi     28th April 2021 State-owned power utility Eskom has entered into an active partnership agreement with the Msunduzi municipality, in KwaZulu-Natal, whereby Eskom has been appointed as network maintenance services agent. Eskom will also assist the municipality with capacity building and skills transfer.  

Closing IRP’s solar procurement gaps would unlock more jobs – new report 

By: Terence Creamer     28th April 2021 South Africa’s emerging solar photovoltaic (PV) value chain has significant potential to create employment over the current decade as utility scale and small-scale embedded generation (SSEG) capacity is added in response to the country’s Integrated Resource Plan of 2019 (IRP 2019) and moves by... 

Closing IRP’s solar procurement gaps would unlock more jobs – new report

N4 toll route to contribute to South Africa's economic recovery, says Mbalula 

By: Yvonne Silaule     26th April 2021 Transport Minister Fikile Mbalula on April 26 said the N4 toll route project, which is managed by Trans African Concessions (Trac), and which extends from the Solomon Mahlangu offramp in Tshwane, to Maputo, in Mozambique, would contribute to South Africa's economic recovery. “The N4 toll route is... 

NAS, Colossal Africa to acquire BidAir Services 

By: Irma Venter     26th April 2021 National Aviation Services (NAS), Colossal Africa and a consortium comprising the current BidAir Services executive management team have signed an agreement to acquire BidAir Services from the Bidvest Group.  The closing of the acquisition is subject to the fulfilment of final requirements from... 

Hassan El-Houry and Cingashe Motale
Hassan El-Houry and Cingashe Motale

Karino Interchange project set to be completed in November  

By: Irma Venter     26th April 2021 The Karino Interchange in Mbombela, Mpumalanga, is well under way to be completed in November, says Transport Minister Fikile Mbalula. This interchange forms part of government’s road infrastructure projects which are delivered through the South African National Roads Agency Limited (Sanral).  

Karino Interchange project set to be completed in November 

Proposed regulation lifting ‘embedded generation’ licence-exemption cap to 10 MW released for comment 

By: Terence Creamer     23rd April 2021 Mineral Resources and Energy Minister Gwede Mantashe has released, for public comment, an amendment to the Electricity Regulation Act, proposing an increase in the licensing-exemption threshold for embedded power generation plants from 1 MW to 10 MW. The Gazette notice, which was published on... 

Mineral Resources and Energy Minister Gwede Mantashe
Mineral Resources and Energy Minister Gwede Mantashe

Engen to shut refinery and repurpose KZN site as an import terminal  

By: Terence Creamer     23rd April 2021 South African petroleum products group Engen announced on Friday that it would shut the Engen Refinery and convert the site, located south of Durban, into an import terminal and product storage facility by the end of 2023. Engen said the refinery-to-terminal (RTT) repurposing initiative was based... 

Engen to shut refinery and repurpose KZN site as an import terminal

Imperial enters into empowerment agreement 

By: Irma Venter     23rd April 2021 Imperial has entered into an agreement with the Afropulse, Willowton and Converting Trade groups which will give them the opportunity to participate in a 25% empowerment shareholding scheme in Imperial Logistics Group South Africa (ILSA). Subsequent to the transaction, ILSA will house a... 

Imperial enters into empowerment agreement

Concerns about RMIPPPP  

23rd April 2021 Creamer Media's Chanel de Bruyn speaks to Engineering News Editor Terence Creamer about concerns raised about the architecture of the Risk Mitigation Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme (RMIPPPP) and the powership projects that have been selected as preferred bidders under the... 

Concerns about RMIPPPP
Concerns about RMIPPPP

Nedbank makes pioneering ‘zero fossil-fuel exposure by 2045’ pledge 

By: Terence Creamer     22nd April 2021 South Africa’s Nedbank Group released an ambitious new energy policy on April 22, containing a commitment to reduce its exposure to all fossil fuels to zero by 2045, as well as a pledge to halt all new thermal coal-mine financing by January 1, 2025. Simultaneously, Nedbank said it would scale up... 

Nedbank makes pioneering ‘zero fossil-fuel exposure by 2045’ pledge

DTBSA’s TruckStore expands, aims to double sales volumes 

By: Irma Venter     22nd April 2021 Daimler Trucks & Buses Southern Africa (DTBSA) is expanding its used-truck business through TruckStore, as part of a programme to double its used-truck sales. Another significant driver is the growing demand for pre-owned trucks in the domestic Covid-19-hit economy. 

Annelie van Rooyen
Annelie van Rooyen

Toyota unveils new electric vehicle concept, sales to start in 2022 

By: Irma Venter     21st April 2021 Toyota has unveiled a concept version of its forthcoming Toyota bZ4X, previewing the first in a series of zero-emission battery electric vehicles (BEVs) from the Japanese car maker. Toyota says the bZ4X, a medium-size sports-utility vehicle (SUV) with all-wheel drive, is integral to Toyota’s... 

The concept Toyota bZ4X
The concept Toyota bZ4X

Vodacom, AUDA-Nepad launch mVacciNation digital toolbox 

By: Natasha Odendaal     21st April 2021 Telecommunications giant Vodacom Group and the African Union Development Agency (AUDA-Nepad) have joined forces to deploy a mobile technology platform that manages vaccination appointments and stock availability. Developed by Vodacom Group member Mezzanine, the mVacciNation digital toolbox will... 

Vodacom, AUDA-Nepad launch mVacciNation digital toolbox

DPD Laser to buy 110 Cryo-Vacc Covid-19 vaccine containers from Renergen 

By: Simone Liedtke     21st April 2021 Domestic natural gas and helium producer Renergen and local express courier partner DPD Laser have inked an agreement for Renergen to manufacture the first 110 Cryo-Vacc units for supply to DPD. The Cryo-Vacc is suitable for both air and ground transportation. Liquid nitrogen is used to keep the... 

The Cryo-Vacc
The Cryo-Vacc

Energy committee to continue RMIPPPP deliberations as call is made for public hearings 

By: Terence Creamer     20th April 2021 Parliament’s Portfolio Committee on Mineral Resources and Energy will continue its deliberations next week on government’s Risk Mitigation Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme (RMIPPPP), having raised several concerns about the scheme during a Department of Mineral Resources and... 

Energy committee to continue RMIPPPP deliberations as call is made for public hearings

Cargo heists, and security costs, on the rise – Rhenus Logistics 

By: Irma Venter     20th April 2021 A surge in international freight rates of up to 700% is putting many companies under pressure and forcing them to take drastic measures to ensure their sustainability.  In some cases, organisations are left with little choice but to cut costs when moving cargo, with some opting to reduce the... 

Martin Taylor
Martin Taylor

Carbon emissions set to surge in 2021 as coal rebound eclipses record renewables growth 

By: Terence Creamer     20th April 2021 Global energy-related carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions could surge by 1.5-billion tonnes in 2021 to 33-billion tonnes, reversing most of last year’s decline caused by the Covid-19 pandemic, as rebounding coal demand in the electricity sector more than offsets record renewables deployments. This... 

Carbon emissions set to surge in 2021 as coal rebound eclipses record renewables growth

No timeframe yet for the development of green hydrogen corridor – Toyota SA 

By: Irma Venter     19th April 2021 There is no time or cost framework yet for the proposed pilot project by Sasol and Toyota South Africa Motors (TSAM) to develop a green hydrogen mobility corridor, says the local arm of the Japanese car maker. “We have just started this exploration, hence no time and cost information may be made... 

A new generation Toyota fuel-cell truck
A new generation Toyota fuel-cell truck

Energy expert writes to government calling for overhaul of RMIPPPP ahead of July financial close  

By: Terence Creamer     19th April 2021 An energy expert has written to the Department of Public Works and Infrastructure (DPWI) and the Independent Power Producer (IPP) Office to highlight the expensive shortcomings of the Risk Mitigation Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme (RMIPPPP), which he says should be replaced by a... 

Energy expert writes to government calling for overhaul of RMIPPPP ahead of July financial close

Eskom says Oracle halts technical support 

By: Bloomberg     19th April 2021 Eskom Holdings said it was urgently seeking new providers of technical support after Oracle Corp’s South African unit withdrew its services over a payment dispute. The State power utility has been in a disagreement with Oracle, which initially claimed Eskom underpaid it by about R7.3-billion,... 

Eskom says Oracle halts technical support

Business outlines strategy for supporting ramp-up to daily vaccination tempo of 250 000 by September 

By: Terence Creamer     16th April 2021 Business for South Africa (B4SA) has outlined its strategy for a steady upscaling of the private sector’s capacity to administer the Covid-19 vaccine and position the country’s public and private health sectors to reach a daily vaccination rate of more than 250 000 by September. B4SA health... 

Business outlines strategy for supporting ramp-up to daily vaccination tempo of 250 000 by September

Circular economy a key component of South Africa’s post-Covid-19 recovery, says Creecy 

By: Simone Liedtke     16th April 2021 South Africa’s post-Covid-19 Economic Reconstruction and Recovery Plan includes a green economy component, of which the circular economy is a key component, to ensure environmental protection and the sustainable use of the country’s natural resources. “The plan promotes waste recycling, renewable... 

Forestry, Fisheries and Environment Minister Barbara Creecy
Photo by Creamer Media's Donna Slater
Forestry, Fisheries and Environment Minister Barbara Creecy

New VWSA chief outlines vision for navigating the electric revolution and African market growth 

By: Irma Venter     16th April 2021 An informal ‘contract’ signed at a conference, on a serviette, can hardly be viewed as a binding document, but somehow it saw Volkswagen Group South Africa (VWSA) chairperson and MD Dr Robert Cisek make his way to Kariega (formerly known as Uitenhage) to take over the reins at the local arm of... 

New VWSA chief outlines vision for navigating the electric revolution and African market growth

IMF suggests priorities for sub-Saharan Africa to recover from being slowest growing region   

By: Marleny Arnoldi     15th April 2021 Sub-Saharan Africa’s economic growth is set to recover this year; yet, the path to recovery, and overcoming the long-lasting effects of the pandemic, will be difficult, warns the International Monetary Fund (IMF). Policymakers must strive to deliver vaccines, while restoring the health of public... 

IMF suggests priorities for sub-Saharan Africa to recover from being slowest growing region

Hulamin sees sales volume recovery after lull in 2020 

By: Marleny Arnoldi     15th April 2021 Aluminium supplier Hulamin has reported a healthier order book and a return to operating profitability in the final quarter of its 2020 financial year, ended December 31, after having experienced strong headwinds from March 2020. The company explains in its latest results statement that local... 

Hulamin sees sales volume recovery after lull in 2020

Spectrum progress being made, but allocation unlikely in 2021  

By: Natasha Odendaal     14th April 2021 While the auction of high demand spectrum has experienced another setback and is not likely to be allocated this year, much progress has been made compared with a year ago. The release date of high demand spectrum remains uncertain, owing to several legal battles over the Independent... 

Cabinet expected to approve Hydrogen Society Roadmap by early 2022 at latest 

By: Terence Creamer     14th April 2021 South Africa’s Hydrogen Society Roadmap (HSRM) will be presented for Cabinet approval either before the end of the year or early next year and should outline how the country’s resource advantages should be leveraged to produce green hydrogen, as well as to integrate hydrogen-related technologies,... 

 Cabinet expected to approve Hydrogen Society Roadmap by early 2022 at latest

Golden Arrow rolls out electric bus pilot study  

By: Irma Venter     14th April 2021 Golden Arrow Bus Services (GABS), in Cape Town, has started testing two fully electric buses in an effort to determine the viability of introducing the technology to its fleet, says GABS company engineer Gideon Neethling. The tests will continue until January next year. 

Golden Arrow rolls out electric bus pilot study

Sasol takes ambitious steps towards becoming a green-hydrogen major  

By: Terence Creamer     13th April 2021 Energy and Chemicals group Sasol made announcements on Tuesday that potentially open the way for the coal- and gas-heavy company to begin an energy transition designed to reposition it as a green hydrogen major and a leading global producer of carbon-neutral jet fuel. CEO Fleetwood Grobler... 

Sasol CEO Fleetwood Grobler
Sasol CEO Fleetwood Grobler

Isuzu Motors SA funds cherry picker localisation 

By: Irma Venter     13th April 2021 Isuzu Motors South Africa (IMSAf) has issued an enterprise development grant of close to R500 000 for the localisation of an extended reach aerial platform, also known as a cherry picker in South Africa. The SLT 180 telescopic aerial platform will be developed and manufactured locally by Isuzu... 

Isuzu Motors SA funds cherry picker localisation
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