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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

Draft data, cloud policy not aimed at controlling data, says Ndabeni-Abrahams 

By: Schalk Burger     18th June 2021 Communications and Digital Technologies Minister Stella Ndabeni-Abrahams on June 18 said the draft Data and Cloud Policy was not intended to control and direct how data should be used, but aims to serve as an enabler for socioeconomic development. She was speaking at a colloquium to discuss the... 

Reviving South Africa's steel sector  

18th June 2021 Creamer Media's Chanel de Bruyn speaks to Engineering News Editor Terence Creamer about the newly signed Steel Masterplan and whether it is enough to reignite the revival of South Africa's steel sector. 

Reviving South Africa's steel sector
Reviving South Africa's steel sector

Payment24 introduces vehicle biometrics to fast-track refuelling ­– pay by car not by card 

By: Irma Venter     18th June 2021 Fuel management and payment solutions specialist Payment24 has launched FastLane, bringing contactless, cardless and secure fuel payments to the market. FastLane is described as ‘biometrics for the vehicle’. Payment24 says the system instantly identifies any vehicle enrolled in the system as it... 

Nolan Daniel and Shadab Rahil
Nolan Daniel and Shadab Rahil

South Africa will continue to remove barriers to growth and investment, Ramaphosa tells investors 

By: Terence Creamer     17th June 2021 Having already announced a key reform for the electricity sector, President Cyril Ramaphosa told international investors on Thursday that the country will continue to remove barriers to growth and investment through the Operation Vulindlela delivery mechanism. In an address to the SA Tomorrow... 

President Cyril Ramaphosa
President Cyril Ramaphosa

BMW kicks off recycling initiative for tungsten production tools  

By: Irma Venter     17th June 2021 German car maker BMW says it is making raw materials considered to be so-called ‘conflict minerals’ a special focus of its sustainability strategy.  This includes ores where mining or trading is often associated with violations of environmental and social standards.  

BMW kicks off recycling initiative for tungsten production tools 

PwC embarks on new global strategy to tackle modern issues 

By: Donna Slater     15th June 2021 Assurance, advisory and tax services firm PwC launched its new network strategy narrative – called The New Equation – on June 15, with the aim of focusing on two interconnected needs that clients are facing and will increasingly face in the coming years. PwC Africa CEO Dion Shango says The New... 

PwC Africa CEO Dion Shango
Photo by Creamer Media's Donna Slater
PwC Africa CEO Dion Shango

Global stock-taking report points to only modest renewables gains in total final energy consumption 

By: Terence Creamer     15th June 2021 A new international stock-take of the global transition to renewable energy highlights an “alarming gap between targets and actions” with the share of fossil fuels in energy consumption failing to decrease for the tenth consecutive year in 2020, despite a 4% Covid-linked fall in demand. Published... 

Global stock-taking report points to only modest renewables gains in total final energy consumption

Solar roll-out at Ford to wrap up in Q4, Phase 2 to start delivering gas in 2022  

By: Irma Venter     14th June 2021 The 13.5 MW, R135-million solar carport project at Ford South Africa’s Silverton assembly plant, in Pretoria, should be completed in the fourth quarter of this year, says Uhuru Energy CEO Mark Kaplan. The project forms part of a larger programme ­– Project Blue Oval – to develop an integrated... 

Solar roll-out at Ford to wrap up in Q4, Phase 2 to start delivering gas in 2022

Fluor repositions South African unit to support energy transition drive 

By: Terence Creamer     14th June 2021 Global engineering and construction company Fluor, which has been closely associated with South Africa’s liquid fuels and chemicals industries since the 1960s, has restructured its South African operations to align with the unfolding transitions under way in the energy and mining sectors. Fluor... 

Fluor South Africa GM Bill Langenbach
Fluor South Africa GM Bill Langenbach

Infrastructure and import substitution at heart of new master plan’s vision for steel revival  

By: Terence Creamer     11th June 2021 A new master plan aimed at stabilising South Africa’s steel industry and creating a platform for the revival of the country’s embattled downstream steel fabricators was signed by representatives from business, labour and government on Friday. The ceremony, which took place amid the constant hum... 

Trade, Industry and Competition Minister Ebrahim Patel signs the Steel Master Plan as Numsa's Irvin Jim prepares to do likewise
Trade, Industry and Competition Minister Ebrahim Patel outlines the main pillars of the Steel Industry Master Plan at a signing ceremony held at Hall Longmore’s factory in Wadeville, in Gauteng. Camera Work: Kutlwano Matala. Editing: Nicholas Boyd.

uYilo Kick Start Fund opens for 2021 applications 

By: Irma Venter     10th June 2021 The uYilo Kick Start Fund has opened for applications for 2021, with successful companies or entrepreneurs to receive up to R1-million in grant funding, aimed at assisting promising e-mobility projects to reach commercialisation. The uYilo eMobility Programme first provided Kick Start funding to... 

Hiten Parmar
Hiten Parmar

Project to harmonise African automotive standards showing progress, says AAAM 

By: Irma Venter     10th June 2021 The project to harmonise standards across the automotive sector in Africa is progressing well, reports the African Association of Automotive Manufacturers (AAAM). The AAAM says the African Export-Import Bank (Afreximbank) is continuing its support to the African Organisation for Standardisation... 

Project to harmonise African automotive standards showing progress, says AAAM

Ramaphosa moves to tackle growth-sapping electricity crisis by increasing licence-exemption cap on distributed projects to 100 MW  

By: Terence Creamer     10th June 2021 In a surprise move, President Cyril Ramaphosa announced on Thursday that the licence-exemption cap on self- or distributed-generation plants would be raised from 1 MW to 100 MW to help address the country's electricity crisis, which has been weighing down economic growth and confidence for more... 

President Cyril Ramaphosa
President Cyril Ramaphosa

SA's green hydrogen potential  

10th June 2021 Creamer Media's Chanel de Bruyn speaks to Engineering News Editor Terence Creamer about the Presidency's backing for the development of a green hydrogen strategy for South Africa, why South Africa is seen as a good location to produce green hydrogen and the funding support for green hydrogen... 

SA's green hydrogen potential
SA's green hydrogen potential

Survey shows African business leaders have positive outlook for 2021 

By: Donna Slater     9th June 2021 Professional services firm PwC’s twenty-fourth yearly ‘Global CEO Survey’ finds that CEOs have an improved outlook and record high optimism about the global economy, with 68% of CEOs in Africa believing growth will improve this year. This compares with 76% of CEOs outside of Africa being... 

Honouring $100bn/y climate-finance pledge key to catalysing developing country energy transitions  

By: Terence Creamer     9th June 2021 Annual clean energy investment in emerging and developing economies needs to increase by more than seven times, from less than $150-billion in 2020 to over $1-trillion by 2030, if the world is to reach net-zero emissions by 2050, a new report shows. The ‘Financing Clean Energy Transitions in... 

 Honouring $100bn/y climate-finance pledge key to catalysing developing country energy transitions

Presidency backs hydrogen strategy, as new report confirms viability of ramp-up to 3.8mt/y by 2050 

By: Terence Creamer     8th June 2021 Green hydrogen has been identified by The Presidency as the first of five ‘Big Frontier’ strategic investment opportunities and will be directly involved in the finalisation of a much-anticipated ‘Hydrogen Strategy and Investor Roadmap’ Infrastructure & Investment Office head, Dr Kgosientso... 

The Presidency's Infrastructure & Investment Office head, Dr Kgosientso Ramokgopa
The Presidency's Infrastructure & Investment Office head, Dr Kgosientso Ramokgopa

EU’s Green Deal will have wide-ranging impact on SA exports, cautions Van Zyl  

By: Irma Venter     8th June 2021 Europe’s Green Deal is not just a vision or an idea, but a well-funded policy that is being implemented, and that is set to have a wide-ranging impact on South African exports, says Toyota South Africa Motors (TSAM) executive chairperson Dr Johan van Zyl. Van Zyl stepped down earlier this year as... 

Johan Van Zyl
Johan Van Zyl

Masterplan to position South Africa as ‘globally significant’ renewables manufacturer 

By: Terence Creamer     8th June 2021 Department of Mineral Resources and Energy director-general Advocate Thabo Mokoena reports that government intends using the South African Renewable Energy Masterplan (SAREM), which is currently being drafted, to position the country as a “globally significant” producer of inputs used in... 

Masterplan to position South Africa as ‘globally significant’ renewables manufacturer

Naspers invests R42m in WhereIsMyTransport 

By: Irma Venter     7th June 2021 Naspers has announced a R42-million investment in Cape Town-based WhereIsMyTransport. The investment is part of a R201-million funding round led by Naspers Foundry, Cathay AfricInvest Innovation Fund and SBI Investment.  

Devin de Vries
Devin de Vries

Nissan SA kicks off Navara production, exports to start in Q3 

By: Irma Venter     7th June 2021 Nissan South Africa has started production of the new Navara pickup at its Rosslyn plant, with the first local customers to receive their double-cab units this month. The plant is currently operating at one shift, producing 134 units a shift, excluding overtime, and including Navara, NP200 and... 

Shafick Solomons
Shafick Solomons

Steel pricing, duties causing discontent  

4th June 2021 Creamer Media's Chanel de Bruyn speaks to Engineering News Editor Terence Creamer about the difficulties that continue to affect the domestic steel market, unhappiness about safeguard duties and the way ArcelorMittal South Africa prices its steel and how the steel master plan process may help to... 

Steel pricing, duties causing discontent
Steel pricing, duties causing discontent

TCTA, DBSA close R5.5bn deal for Vaal River System’s Lesotho Highlands Water Project Phase II 

By: Creamer Media Reporter      4th June 2021 The Trans-Caledon Tunnel Authority (TCTA) and the Development Bank of Southern Africa (DBSA) have concluded two loan facility agreements, totalling R5.5-billion and spanning 20 years, for the implementation of Phase II of the Lesotho Highlands Water Project (LHWP), which forms part of South... 

TCTA, DBSA close R5.5bn deal for Vaal River System’s Lesotho Highlands Water Project Phase II

Beware warranty pitfalls as aftermarket guidelines come into effect, cautions Nada 

By: Irma Venter     4th June 2021 Consumers have to be aware that taking their vehicle to an independent service provider (ISP) while it is still under warranty may result in some segments of that warranty being voided, should the work, or part fitted, not be up to standard, cautions National Automobile Dealers’ Association... 

Mark Dommisse
Mark Dommisse

Macsteel seeks reimbursement for ‘unlawful’ duty payments 

By: Terence Creamer     3rd June 2021 Macsteel CEO Mike Benfield is confident that the company has a strong legal case against the continued application of an 8% safeguard duty on hot-rolled coil (HRC) and confirms that it is also asking the court for an order granting that it be reimbursed for the duties paid since the extension was... 

Macsteel CEO Mike Benfield
Macsteel CEO Mike Benfield

The five steps Meridian says South Africa should take in the next 500 days to future-proof energy sector  

By: Terence Creamer     3rd June 2021 Specialist economics advisory group Meridian Economics has outlined five practical actions that could be taken in the next 500 days to address South Africa’s immediate electricity crisis and position the broader energy sector for future sustainability and climate resilience. In a briefing note... 

The five steps Meridian says South Africa should take in the next 500 days to future-proof energy sector

Germany’s KfW launches green hydrogen programme for South Africa  

By: Terence Creamer     2nd June 2021 On behalf of the German government, the German development bank KfW has initiated a programme of up to €200-million in size to support the establishment of green hydrogen projects in South Africa and it intends releasing a formal request for information (RFI) by the end of June. The funding,... 

Germany’s KfW launches green hydrogen programme for South Africa

South Africa adds $1bn solar-battery project portfolio to RMIPPPP preferred bidder list  

By: Terence Creamer     2nd June 2021 The Department of Mineral Resources and Energy (DMRE) has announced the appointment of three additional preferred bidder projects under the 2 000-MW Risk Mitigation Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme (RMIPPPP), following the completion of “value for money negotiations” with... 

South Africa adds $1bn solar-battery project portfolio to RMIPPPP preferred bidder list

Documents show Cubans engineers will be employed by the water dept, states Solidarity 

By: Schalk Burger     1st June 2021 The public statements made by Human Settlements, Water and Sanitation Minister Lindiwe Sisulu about whether Cuban water engineers will be employed by the Department of Water and Sanitation (DWS) are "materially different" from what is stated in documents submitted to the North Gauteng High Court... 

Documents show Cubans engineers will be employed by the water dept, states Solidarity

Regulator to make decision on Eskom’s latest R8.4bn RCA claim by end-August 

By: Terence Creamer     1st June 2021 The National Energy Regulator of South Africa (Nersa) has published a new regulatory clearing account (RCA) application from Eskom, through which the State-owned utility is seeking to recoup R8.4-billion in cost and revenue variances for the 2019/20 financial year. The application is the first... 

 Regulator to make decision on Eskom’s latest R8.4bn RCA claim by end-August

New global report highlights growing demand for wind workforce training in South Africa 

By: Terence Creamer     1st June 2021 South Africa is identified in a new international report as one of ten countries where training efforts will need to be intensified and accelerated over the coming five years to match the skills demand that will be created during the construction, installation, operation and maintenance of new... 

New global report highlights growing demand for wind workforce training in South Africa

Steel backlog won’t be solved by eliminating safeguard duties, AMSA avers 

By: Terence Creamer     31st May 2021 Steel producer ArcelorMittal South Africa (AMSA) has rebuffed increasingly vociferous calls for the elimination of safeguard duties to ease ongoing supply constraints and price increases in the domestic market. CEO Kobus Verster acknowledges that some backlogs, which began to emerge in late 2019... 

AMSA CEO Kobus Verster
Photo by Creamer Media
AMSA CEO Kobus Verster

Composer Hans Zimmer partners with BMW M to produce ‘sound portfolio’ for EVs  

By: Irma Venter     31st May 2021 The throaty roar of an eager engine is often one of the main selling points for those who love performance cars, such as the BMW M range. However, this becomes problematic in zero-emission battery electric vehicles that produce no engine noise. BMW is tackling this problem through a collaborative... 

Hans Zimmer
Renzo Vitale and Hans Zimmer discuss how they created driving sounds for the electric BMW M range

Project house DRA applies for secondary inward JSE listing 

By: Martin Creamer     29th May 2021 The 37-year-old South Africa-rooted project house DRA Global has applied for a secondary inward listing on the JSE under the main board’s construction and materials, engineering and contracting services sector. The diversified engineering, project and operations management group – now... 

Pan African Resources’ Elikhulu...one of DRA's gold projects.
Pan African Resources’ Elikhulu...one of DRA's gold projects.

Alien plant and animal species responsible for significant biodiversity degradation  

By: Donna Slater     28th May 2021 A report released by the Department of Forestry, Fisheries and the Environment (DFFE) on May 28, finds that biological invasions are the third-largest threat to South Africa’s biodiversity after cultivation and land degradation, and are responsible for 25% of all biodiversity loss. The second... 

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

Nemwa amendments aimed at increasing recovery of products to be recycled  

By: Simone Liedtke     28th May 2021 Waste management and plastic recycling are a significant challenges in South Africa and recent amendments to Section 18 of the National Environmental Management and Waste Act (Nemwa) regulations call for producer responsibility organisations (PROs) to cooperate with municipalities to increase the... 

Plastics SA executive director Anton Hanekom
Plastics SA executive director Anton Hanekom gives more insight into recent amendments to Section 18 of the National Environmental Management and Waste Act (Nemwa). Video: Recorded on Zoom. Editing: Creamer Media's Nicholas Boyd.
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