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LHWP Phase 2 construction reaches milestone with diversion tunnel breakthrough 

By: Marleny Arnoldi     18th August 2021 The Lesotho Highlands Development Authority (LHDA) has reached a milestone in the construction of Phase 2 of the Lesotho Highlands Water Project (LHWP) with the breakthrough of two diversion tunnels on August 16. This marked the completion of the 1 870 m of tunnel excavation that the authority... 

Lesotho Highlands Water Project diversion tunnel
Lesotho Highlands Water Project diversion tunnel

Derby optimistic port terminal operators will partner with Transnet at Durban and Ngqura  

By: Terence Creamer     18th August 2021 Transnet CEO Portia Derby says the State-owned freight logistics utility has had initial engagements with some international terminal operators and shipping companies regarding the potential to form partnerships to improve the performance of its container terminals at the ports of Durban and... 

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Transnet CEO Portia Derby outlines the group's masterplan for the Port of Durban during a Toyota Wessels Institute for Manufacturing Studies webinar. Editing: Nicholas Boyd. Recorded: 18.8.2021

De Ruyter outlines green reindustrialisation vision for South Africa 

By: Terence Creamer     18th August 2021 Eskom CEO Andre de Ruyter has outlined the case for leveraging South Africa’s transition to green energy to reverse the country’s “vicious cycle of deindustrialisation and unemployment” and to trigger a “virtuous cycle of local demand for local goods to create investment and jobs”. Delivering the... 

Eskom CEO Andre de Ruyter
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Eskom CEO Andre de Ruyter

Nersa signals intent to treat sub-100 MW registration as ‘administrative’ process 

By: Terence Creamer     17th August 2021 The National Energy Regulator of South Africa (Nersa) is still analysing the implications that a recent amendment to Schedule 2 of the Electricity Regulation Act, exempting grid-tied generation facilities below 100 MW from licensing, will have on its processes, rules and guidelines. However,... 

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JP Morgan launches R340m DTIC-approved equity equivalent investment programme 

By: Simone Liedtke     17th August 2021 Financial services multinational JP Morgan has launched the very first Department of Trade, Industry and Commerce- (DTIC-) approved equity equivalent investment programme (EEIP), which forms part of government’s broad-based black economic empowerment framework. The EEIP, funded by a R340-million... 

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Trade, Industry and Competition Minister Ebrahim Patel

Stellantis to invest €30-billion-plus in electrification, software development 

By: Irma Venter     17th August 2021 Stellantis, the manufacturer and owner of the Jeep, Peugeot, Opel, Alfa, Fiat and Citroën brands, says its low-emission vehicle (LEV) mix for passenger cars in Europe is targeted to grow to more than 70% through to 2030. In the US, its LEV mix for passenger cars and light-duty trucks is expected... 

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Transnet tests appetite of private port operators to partner with it at underperforming Durban and Ngqura container terminals 

By: Terence Creamer     16th August 2021 State-owned freight logistics utility Transnet has initiated a process through which it aims to test whether international port terminal operators have the appetite to partner with it to improve the functioning of two underperforming container terminals at the ports of Durban and Ngqura... 

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A container ship at the Port of Ngqura

FCA SA, PCSA merge into Stellantis SA; no impact on employment numbers 

By: Irma Venter     16th August 2021 Fiat Chrysler Automobiles South Africa (FCA SA) and Peugeot Citroën South Africa (PCSA) have officially merged in the domestic market, reflecting the marriage between its parent companies into a new company called Stellantis. “Stellantis is now an official entity in the South African landscape,... 

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Leslie Ramsoomar

Sasol’s new 2030 and 2050 decarbonisation targets to be ‘substantially higher’ 

By: Terence Creamer     16th August 2021 South Africa’s carbon-heavy fuels and chemicals group Sasol is poised to announce a “substantially higher” target for the reduction of its greenhouse-gas emissions following an intensive period of financial and organisational restructuring during its 2021 financial year. The JSE-listed group took... 

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Sasol CEO Fleetwood Grobler

Li-ion batteries to dominate energy storage market for the foreseeable future  

By: Marleny Arnoldi     13th August 2021 An acceleration in the use of Fourth Industrial Revolution technologies and climate change mitigation efforts, growing population numbers and higher electricity demand per capita are all major drivers of electricity market growth and, resultantly, energy storage. To this end, University of the... 

Lithium-ion batteries
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Lithium-ion batteries

Eskom's Just Energy Transition initiatives  

13th August 2021 Creamer Media's Chanel de Bruyn speaks to Engineering News Editor Terence Creamer about power utility Eskom's plans for the repowering and repurposing of the Komati power station as part of a larger just energy transition project and financing plan. 

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Eskom's Just Energy Transition initiatives

Unrest, Transnet cyberattack cost BMW SA R200m in lost sales 

By: Irma Venter     13th August 2021 The recent unrest in KwaZulu-Natal and parts of Gauteng, as well as the subsequent cyberattack on Transnet that caused major disruptions to South Africa’s port operations, cost BMW Group South Africa (BMW SA) an estimated R200-million in lost vehicle sales, says corporate communications and... 

BMW X3s ready to be exported from Rosslyn plant

Mantashe publishes long-awaited amendments to the Electricity Regulation Act 

By: Donna Slater     12th August 2021 Mineral Resources and Energy Minister Gwede Mantashe, in an August 12 Government Gazette, published the eagerly awaited amendments to Schedule 2 of the Electricity Regulation Act to enable distributed generation plants of up to 100 MW to proceed without first obtaining a generation licence. To... 

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Mineral Resources and Energy Minister Gwede Mantashe

Hard-to-fill vacancies prevalent in the automotive component supply base 

By: Simone Liedtke     12th August 2021 Hard-to-fill (HTF) vacancies are prevalent in the automotive component supply base in South Africa, a survey has found. High Gear’s second Quarterly Skills Survey, which is administered by National Association of Automotive Component and Allied Manufacturers (NAACAM), shows that 90% of... 

Merc aims to go all electric ‘where markets allow’; first EV to launch in SA in 2022 

By: Irma Venter     12th August 2021 Mercedes-Benz it is getting ready to go “all electric” by the end of the decade, “where market conditions allow”. By 2022, the German car maker says it will have battery electric vehicles (BEV) in all segments of the market the company serves.  

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The Mercedes-Benz EQS

South Africa needs to commit to transitioning to net-zero by 2050 – report 

By: Simone Liedtke     11th August 2021 As a country with one of the most emissions-intensive power sectors in the world, and as a nation that is particularly vulnerable to the impacts of climate change, South Africa needs to commit to find ways to transition to a net-zero emission economy by 2050, National Business Initiative (NBI)... 

South Africa needs to commit to transitioning to net-zero by 2050 – report

Denel releases radical restructuring plan to make the business sustainable  

By: Rebecca Campbell     11th August 2021 Financially-beleaguered State-owned defence industrial group Denel announced on Wednesday a radical reorganisation, in an attempt to turn the business around. The plan also implied a significant downsizing of the group. Even so, Denel management only expected the group to return to profitability... 

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Commuter mobility platform Zeelo raises R175m for expansion project  

By: Irma Venter     11th August 2021 Zeelo, a smart commuter mobility platform for organisations in South Africa and Europe, has raised R175-million to accelerate its expansion in Africa, the UK, the US and Europe. The funding will also aid investment in Zeelo’s software-as-a-service (SaaS) technology offering, and its continued... 

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Used-car market continues to surge, prices set to rise even further ­– AutoTrader 

By: Irma Venter     10th August 2021 Digital motoring marketplace AutoTrader saw a 36% increase in searches for used-vehicles in the second quarter of this year compared with the same period last year. However, normalising for lockdown in the second quarter of last year, vehicle-search growth would have been 26%, says AutoTrader CEO... 

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George Mienie

Absa completes R5.2bn debt refinancing for three Globeleq power plants 

By: Schalk Burger     10th August 2021 Independent power producer Globeleq and financial services firm Absa have completed the senior debt refinancing of three of Globeleq's renewable energy power plants in South Africa, the companies said on August 10. The purpose of the refinancing is to enhance the projects’ capital structures,... 

BLSA reiterates support for govt, new Finance Minister 

By: Simone Liedtke     10th August 2021 Business Leadership South Africa (BLSA) CEO Busi Mavuso has reiterated the organisation’s commitment to supporting government to support policy development that can drive the country’s economic recovery. This follows on the heels of the appointment of South Africa’s new Finance Minister, Enoch... 

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BLSA CEO Busi Mavuso

Reconfigured Cabinet ‘needs to have sense of urgency’ for remedies, reforms to be successful 

By: Simone Liedtke     6th August 2021 President Cyril Ramaphosa’s reconfigured, or reshuffled, Cabinet needs to have a sense of urgency about the remedies and reforms now needed to get the South African economic back onto a job-rich growth path, including closer cooperation with the private sector, says North West University Business... 

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Latest lockdown and civil unrest could stunt auto industry’s green shoots, says TransUnion 

By: Irma Venter     6th August 2021 While the latest indicators for the second quarter (Q2) of the year suggest an uptick in the local car market, the combined effects of the third-wave Covid-19 lockdown and the civil unrest witnessed in Gauteng and KwaZulu-Natal in July, could take a heavy toll on the South African automotive... 

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Audi to launch six electric vehicle models in South Africa next year 

By: Irma Venter     5th August 2021 Audi South Africa will go full throttle on electric vehicles (EVs) next year, when it plans to introduce six electric models across three different model ranges to the local market. The follows the announcement earlier this year by the German luxury brand that by 2026 every new Audi model... 

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The Audi e-tron range will come to South Africa early next year

Delaying emissions reduction will cost more down the line, climate commission director warns 

By: Terence Creamer     5th August 2021 Presidential Climate Commission executive director Dr Crispian Olver says delaying South Africa’s transition away from coal will only add to the final adjustment costs and will also place the domestic business sector at a competitive disadvantage as other countries implement measures to restrict... 

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Coal mining in the foreground with an Eskom power station in the background

Group Five’s Everite sold in R600m deal 

By: Irma Venter     5th August 2021 Mauritian private investment entity Lonsa Group has acquired the majority shareholding in Everite, the industrial manufacturer of a range of building products for the commercial, industrial and residential markets. The R600-million deal includes Everite’s assets, businesses and companies,... 

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South Africa's plans for COP26  

5th August 2021 Creamer Media's Chanel de Bruyn speaks to Engineering News Editor Terence Creamer about what South Africa is aiming to achieve at the upcoming COP26 climate negotiations, what a just transition could look like for South Africa and the main risks to achieving a successful just energy transition. 

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South Africa's plans for COP26

DBSA calls for proposals for Embedded Generation Investment Programme  

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     4th August 2021 Development finance institution the Development Bank of Southern Africa (DBSA) is inviting all private sector entities and energy developers to submit proposals in response to South Africa’s Embedded Generation Investment Programme (EGIP). The EGIP seeks to provide first loss facilities and... 

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Solar panels

Board gives go-ahead for Daimler split, SA to follow 

By: Irma Venter     4th August 2021 The management board and supervisory board of German car and truck maker Daimler have given the go-ahead for the group to split in two: Mercedes-Benz Group and Daimler Truck. Daimler shareholders are set to decide on the company realignment at an extraordinary general meeting on October 1. 

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Business seeks to nudge localisation debate beyond import substitution 

By: Terence Creamer     4th August 2021 Business is aiming to progress ongoing negotiations on the use of local-content regulations to revive manufacturing in South Africa beyond calls for blanket import substitution by identifying specific products or sectors where the country has the competitive advantages in place to increase... 

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TVET intervention aims to boost engineering skills pipeline in Eastern Cape 

By: Irma Venter     3rd August 2021 An intervention launched with public technical and vocational education and training (TVET) colleges in the Eastern Cape is expected to aid the output of engineering training and boost the pipeline of skills required by South Africa’s automotive industry. The intervention will place mechanical... 

An image of IYF programme manager Masakhane Mlamla, AIDC EC project coordinator Priscilla Fry and AIDC EC CEO Thabo Shenxane
IYF programme manager Masakhane Mlamla, AIDC EC project coordinator Priscilla Fry and AIDC EC CEO Thabo Shenxane

From a coal-to-gas conversion to a microgrid factory, Eskom builds Komati’s just energy transaction case 

By: Terence Creamer     3rd August 2021 State-owned electricity utility Eskom is hoping to transform the workshops at the Komati power station – identified as the flagship site for the piloting of a broader ‘just energy transition’ programme that couples decarbonisation with social upliftment – into a factory capable of manufacturing... 

Photograph of the Komati power station
A file photo of the Komati power station, which has generated electricity since 1961

Perfect storm took heavy toll on motor industry – NADA, WesBank 

By: Irma Venter     3rd August 2021 The South African economy, including the automotive industry, was hit by the perfect storm last month, says National Automobile Dealers’ Association (NADA) chairperson Mark Dommisse. “This is not limited to July and will, in all likelihood, have an ongoing negative effect for several months to... 

Graph of July 2021 sales division in SA auto market
July 2021 new-vehicle sales

Other procurement plans not affected by RMIPPPP deadline delay to end Sept – DMRE  

By: Terence Creamer     2nd August 2021 The deadline for projects selected as preferred bids under the Risk Mitigation Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme (RMIPPPP) to reach commercial close has been extended to September 30, from an initial deadline of the end of July. However, the Department of Mineral Resources and... 

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Minister Gwede Mantashe announced the initial end-July commercial-close deadline on March 18

Auto industry takes R3bn hit due to unrest, Transnet outage; exports drop by 33% 

By: Irma Venter     2nd August 2021 The events that dominated the headlines in July in South Africa cost the local automotive industry well over R3-billion, says Naamsa | The Automotive Business Council CEO Mikel Mabasa. These include looting and civil unrest in Kwazulu-Natal and certain parts of Gauteng, a cyberattack on Transnet... 

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Southern Africa part of Germany’s platinum-boosting green hydrogen strategy  

By: Martin Creamer     2nd August 2021 Green hydrogen, which can be generated and then used with the help of Southern Africa’s platinum group metals (PGMs), is a topic that has gained a lot of importance in recent months in the context of limiting global warming and meeting the world’s decarbonisation goals. In Germany, the increased... 

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Green Hydrogen Atlas Africa data validation workshop covered by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

Ongoing decline in Eskom’s coal performance drove another ‘intensive’ period of load-shedding in first half of 2021 

By: Terence Creamer     2nd August 2021 A continuing decline in the performance of the Eskom coal fleet drove yet another “intensive” period of load-shedding in South Africa during the first six months of 2021, when rotational power cuts were implemented for 650 hours, or 15% of the time. A new Council for Scientific and Industrial... 

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Eskom substation

French hydrogen sedan manufacturer unveils first rolling prototype 

By: Irma Venter     30th July 2021 French manufacturer of hydrogen-powered sedans, Hopium, has unveiled its first rolling prototype in Paris. Announced in October, last year, and produced in record time in the Linas-Montlhéry test workshop, the vehicle, called the Alpha 0, certifies the reliability of the fuel-cell system, says... 

The Hopium Alpha 0
The Hopium Alpha 0 prototype
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