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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

New IEA report paints complex picture for future of gas demand 

By: Terence Creamer     5th July 2021 A new International Energy Agency (IEA) report on the outlook for gas presents a complex picture of the fuel’s role in the unfolding energy transition, as well as the outlook for demand. The report forecasts that there will be an immediate 3.5% recovery in demand from the Covid-afflicted 2020... 

New IEA report paints complex picture for future of gas demand

Merc Trucks launches electric Actros; etrucks also planned for SA 

By: Irma Venter     5th July 2021 Mercedes-Benz Trucks will start series production of its first battery-electric truck in Germany in October. The electric Actros (eActros) is destined for urban heavy-duty distribution haulage markets. 

Merc Trucks launches electric Actros; etrucks also planned for SA

Sasol, IDC team up to stimulate South Africa’s green-hydrogen industry 

By: Terence Creamer     5th July 2021 JSE-listed Sasol and the State-owned Industrial Development Corporation (IDC) have signed a memorandum of cooperation to jointly advance South Africa’s green-hydrogen economy. In a joint statement, the two companies said the memorandum recognised that South Africa was in a unique position to... 

Power lines with Sasol's Secunda complex in the background
Photo by Creamer Media
Power lines with Sasol's Secunda complex in the background

KfW issues RFI for €200m South African green-hydrogen programme 

By: Terence Creamer     2nd July 2021 A request for Information (RFI), aimed at gathering information on potential green hydrogen project opportunities in South Africa, has been released. The RFI has been issued by the Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) and Meridian Economics on behalf of German development bank... 

KfW issues RFI for €200m South African green-hydrogen programme

Climate Commission sees no downside to more ambitious emissions pledge 

By: Terence Creamer     2nd July 2021 South Africa’s Presidential Climate Commission (PCC) has recommended that government make an improved carbon-reduction commitment to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change in its updated Nationally Determined Contribution (NDC) and should also confirm a long-term target of... 

President Cyril Ramaphosa
President Cyril Ramaphosa

Energy transition to have a net positive effect on jobs  

2nd July 2021 Creamer Media's Chanel de Bruyn speaks to Engineering News Editor Terence Creamer about a new report published by the International Renewable Energy Agency that shows that an energy transition aligned with a 1.5°C-compatible climate pathway will have a net positive effects on job creation and... 

Energy transition to have a net positive effect on jobs
Energy transition to have a net positive effect on jobs

Aligning energy transition with 1.5°C climate target will yield jobs windfall 

By: Terence Creamer     1st July 2021 An energy transition aligned with a 1.5°C-compatible climate pathway has net positive effects on job creation, a new report published by the International Renewable Energy Agency (Irena) states. The full ‘World Energy Transitions Outlook’ document shows that under a scenario that limits the... 

Aligning energy transition with 1.5°C climate target will yield jobs windfall

Port delays, slow vaccine rollout threatening to dent consumption – Naamsa 

By: Irma Venter     1st July 2021 New-vehicle sales increased by 20.2% in June, to 38 030 units, compared with the same month last year. According to Naamsa | The Automotive Business Council, an estimated 32 847 units of this number, or 86.3%, were dealer sales, with 7.6% going to the vehicle rental industry, 2.2% to government... 

Port delays, slow vaccine rollout threatening to dent consumption – Naamsa

Poor port performance costing South Africa money, jobs   

By: Irma Venter     1st July 2021 The time currently wasted at the Durban port owing to poor performance and inefficiency is having a direct impact on employment generation, poverty reduction and economic growth in South Africa, says global lead for transport connectivity and regional integration at the World Bank transport... 

The Port of Durban
The Port of Durban

Importance of SARB’s independence underlined during centenary celebration 

By: Terence Creamer     30th June 2021 The importance of the South African Reserve Bank’s (SARB’s) independence was underlined repeatedly during a virtual celebration held on Wednesday to mark the institution’s centenary. In her address, International Monetary Fund MD Kristalina Georgieva described the SARB as a “role-model of... 

To mark its centenary, the SARB will issue a commemorative circulation R5 coin
To mark its centenary, the SARB will issue a commemorative circulation R5 coin

New learning hub aims to equip social practitioners to raise impact of IPP upliftment programmes 

By: Terence Creamer     30th June 2021 A new learning and innovation hub to develop the skills and knowledge of social-performance practitioners in South Africa’s renewable-energy sector has been officially launched. Known as the Initiative for Social Performance in Renewable Energy, or INSPIRE, the venture aims to improving the... 

New learning hub aims to equip social practitioners to raise impact of IPP upliftment programmes

Aveng sustains earnings recovery into second half 

By: Terence Creamer     30th June 2021 Infrastructure and contract mining group Aveng reports that its earnings recovery – initially reflected in December interim results that showed positive earnings for the first time since 2014 – is continuing. In a trading update, the JSE-listed group reports that revenue and earnings before... 

Aveng CEO Sean Flanagan
Photo by Creamer Media's Donna Slater
Aveng CEO Sean Flanagan

Construction of the world’s biggest radio telescope observatory authorised to start 

By: Rebecca Campbell     29th June 2021 South Africa’s National Research Foundation and the South African Radio Astronomy Observatory jointly announced on Tuesday that the seven member countries of the Square Kilometre Array (SKA) Observatory (SKAO) had authorised the start of construction of the two arrays that will form the... 

Composite artist's image showing the South African (left) and Australian (right) SKA arrays.
Photo by SKA Observatory
Composite artist's image showing the South African (left) and Australian (right) SKA arrays.

Progressive moves to ban organic waste from landfills seen as key driver of South African biogas industry 

By: Terence Creamer     29th June 2021 Legislation curtailing and, ultimately, banning the diversion of organic waste to municipal landfills is expected to support the development of South Africa’s biogas industry, which remains nascent with only 28 such projects having be built and commissioned to date. South Africa National Waste... 

Bronkhorstspruit Biogas Plant
Bronkhorstspruit Biogas Plant

AAAM aims to fast-track auto sector agreement under the AfCFTA 

By: Irma Venter     29th June 2021 The African Association of Automotive Manufacturers (AAAM) plans to fast-track the development of bilateral automotive subsector agreements between a core group of countries under the larger AfCFTA agreement.  This will be done with the support of the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA)... 

Dave Coffey
Dave Coffey

State gas companies move to exercise pre-emptive rights over Moz-SA pipeline 

By: Terence Creamer     28th June 2021 The State-owned gas companies of South Africa and Mozambique have announced that they have exercised their pre-emptive rights to acquire, for R4.15-billion, the 30% equity stake in the Republic of Mozambique Pipeline (Rompco) hitherto owned by Sasol. The announcement follows on from Sasol’s May... 

State gas companies move to exercise pre-emptive rights over Moz-SA pipeline

B4SA lauds vaccination progress  

By: Marleny Arnoldi     25th June 2021 Business for South Africa (B4SA) has welcomed the opening of the Electronic Vaccination Data Systems (EVDS) for people over 50 to register from July 1 and be vaccinated from July 15. B4SA steering committee chairperson Martin Kingston says the organisation is also pleased that the Department of... 

Hudaco reports solid interim trading performance, but port inefficiencies a concern 

By: Marleny Arnoldi     25th June 2021 Automotive, industrial and electrical consumable products supplier Hudaco has posted an operating profit of R357-million for the six months ended May 31, which is a notable 351% growth compared with the operating profit posted for the six months ended May 31, 2020. The company has advised... 

Hudaco CEO Graham Dunford
Photo by Creamer Media
Hudaco CEO Graham Dunford

Renergen raises A$10m for Virginia gas project development, exploration 

By: Simone Liedtke     25th June 2021 South African natural gas and helium producer Renergen has successfully raised A$10-million through an equity raise to fund developments at its Virginia gas project, in South Africa’s Free State. The placement was subscribed to by existing and new domestic and international institutions and... 

Renergen raises A$10m for Virginia gas project development, exploration

Dept refuses enviro authorisations for Karpowership SA projects  

25th June 2021 Creamer Media's Chanel de Bruyn speaks to Engineering News Editor Terence Creamer about the Department of Forestry, Fisheries and the Environment's decision to refuse to provider Karpowership SA environmental authorisations for its proposed powership projects; Karpowership's response; and what... 

Dept refuses enviro authorisations for Karpowership SA projects
Dept refuses enviro authorisations for Karpowership SA projects

Karpowership SA to appeal after DFFE refuses environmental authorisation on three projects  

By: Terence Creamer     24th June 2021 The Department of Forestry, Fisheries and the Environment (DFFE) has refused to provide Karpowership SA with environmental authorisation for its three powership-based gas-to-power projects, proposed for development at the ports of Richards Bay, Ngqura and Saldanha Bay. The environmental impact... 

Karpowership SA to appeal after DFFE refuses environmental authorisation on three projects

Manuel concerned reforms being hamstrung by a ‘confederation of tsarisms’ in Cabinet  

By: Terence Creamer     24th June 2021 Former Finance Minister Trevor Manuel has expressed concern that progress on economic reforms and the effectiveness of Operation Vulindlela are being hamstrung by a Cabinet that appears to be a "confederation of tsarisms" rather than a collective unit. Speaking during a Centre for Development and... 

Former Finance Minister Trevor Manuel listening to questions posed by the Centre for Development and Enterprise's Ann Bernstein during a webinar this week
Former Finance Minister Trevor Manuel listening to questions posed by the Centre for Development and Enterprise's Ann Bernstein during a webinar this week

Mercedes-Benz SA starts production of new C-Class, in talks about deepening of East London harbour  

By: Irma Venter     24th June 2021 Mercedes-Benz South Africa (MBSA) has started production of the new C-Class, the W206, at its East London plant, in the Eastern Cape. Production will include a plug-in hybrid, starting in the fourth quarter of the year. 

The new C-Class
The new C-Class

Panel unpacks what is necessary to increase Africa’s agricultural productivity 

By: Marleny Arnoldi     23rd June 2021 Given Africa’s rapidly growing population, demand for food is set to escalate dramatically in the medium term, creating new growth opportunities in agriculture. By 2030, 20% of the world’s population is expected to be in Africa. The growing population will place immense pressure on Africa’s... 

Covid-19's devastation of SMME sector ‘cannot be underplayed’, says small business dept 

By: Simone Liedtke     23rd June 2021 The “devastation” of the Covid-19 pandemic on South Africa’s small-, medium-sized and microenterprises (SMMEs) cannot be underplayed, nor can the importance thereof be over-emphasised, Department of Small Business Development chief director Mojalefo Mohoto has said. Speaking during a Trade and... 

Macsteel settles safeguard-duty case with DTIC and secures two-year reprieve 

By: Terence Creamer     23rd June 2021 Department of Trade, Industry and Competition (DTIC) and Macsteel have reached a legal settlement in a case brought by the steel merchant after government extended the implementation of safeguard duties on hot-rolled coil (HRC) imports in August last year. The case was settled in the High Court,... 

Macsteel settles safeguard-duty case with DTIC and secures two-year reprieve

Ireland scopes collaboration opportunities for agritech in Africa  

By: Marleny Arnoldi     22nd June 2021 Ireland’s agriculture and foreign affairs departments have joined forces to launch the Africa Agri-foods Development Programme, with the objective to encourage business partnerships between Irish agricultural stakeholders and African companies, particularly in South Africa. The Ireland... 

Ireland scopes collaboration opportunities for agritech in Africa

Ports authority to become an independent subsidiary of Transnet 

By: Yvonne Silaule     22nd June 2021 President Cyril Ramaphosa has announced that the Transnet National Ports Authority (TNPA) will become an independent subsidiary of Transnet. During a site visit to the Port of Cape Town on June 22, the President commented that the creation of a separate subsidiary would allow the ports authority... 

The Port of Cape Town
The Port of Cape Town

Macro-economic study, sectoral road maps required for SA’s NEV transition 

By: Irma Venter     22nd June 2021 Government’s efforts to advance the use and production of new-energy vehicles (NEVs) in South Africa must include a macro-economic impact study, as well as sectoral road maps detailing how and when electro-mobility should be achieved. This is according to Intelligent Transport Society South... 

Macro-economic study, sectoral road maps required for SA’s NEV transition

PPC mulls several low-carbon opportunities as it shows signs of business stabilisation 

By: Terence Creamer     21st June 2021 Cementitious products manufacturer PPC is considering several initiatives aimed at lowering the carbon footprint of its operations and products as its far-reaching organisational and financial restructuring begins yielding results and creates space for the JSE-listed group to start focusing on... 

PPC CEO Roland van Wijnen
PPC CEO Roland van Wijnen

Used-car availability, pricing may start improving early next year – InspectaCar 

By: Irma Venter     21st June 2021 The availability of used-car stock may start improving in the next six months-plus, as rental companies defleet and consumers increasingly return to the new-car market, trading in their current vehicles, says InspectaCar CEO Pertunia Sibanyoni. Rental companies only recently started to acquire... 

Pertunia Sibanyoni
Pertunia Sibanyoni

100 MW reform ‘precursor’ to new market-driven electricity supply industry – De Ruyter 

By: Terence Creamer     18th June 2021 Eskom CEO Andre de Ruyter has described the decision to lift the licence-exemption cap on own- or embedded-generation plants from 1 MW to 100 MW as not only positive for addressing South Africa’s immediate electricity shortages, but also as “the precursor to the development of a new electricity... 

Eskom CEO Andre de Ruyter
Photo by Creamer Media's Donna Slater
Eskom CEO Andre de Ruyter
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