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ADMINISTRATIVE KNOT: The continued growth and development of South Africa’s mining industry is stated policy. Sustaining the sector’s jobs, tax and export contribution requires ongoing exploration and development. This, to replenish resources and reserves ahead of the rate of depletion and to create new sources of production. Doing so, particularly in a highly regulated setting, requires clear and efficient administration of exploration and mining rights. Currently, the system is so broken there is a real risk of the industry’s lifeblood being cut off.
ADMINISTRATIVE KNOT
2nd February 2024 By: Darlene Creamer
THE WORLD VOTES
THE WORLD VOTES
26th January 2024 By: Darlene Creamer
LONG SHADOW
LONG SHADOW
19th January 2024 By: Darlene Creamer
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NOWHERE TO HIDE
15th December 2023 By: Darlene Creamer
The most recent bout of Stage 6 loadshedding by Eskom was not only a reminder that South Africa is far away from truly tackling the scourge, with the current focus on fixing Eskom in preference to adding new capacity proving itself, yet again, to be a high-risk strategy. It was also a tipping point for the country’s mood, which lifted slightly during the relative electricity stability that accompanied the Springboks’ World Cup triumph – an unhappy mood shift from pure joy to deep-seated anger.
GRIEF & ANGER
8th December 2023 By: Darlene Creamer
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COSTLY CONGESTION
1st December 2023 By: Darlene Creamer
UNJUST EXECUTIONER: While politicians often have an uncomfortable relationship with the truth, there was once a time when their commentary at least arose from a common set of facts. No longer. ANC secretary-general Fikile Mbalula is but one of a growing list of politicians using some of the “alternative facts” that have come to envelop the country’s Just Energy Transition Partnership. This executioner of the truth stated falsely recently that the funding had “decapacitated us to the point where we are loadshedding today”. The accusation is not only wrong but dangerous.
UNJUST EXECUTIONER
24th November 2023 By: Darlene Creamer
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FESTIVE CARTON
17th November 2023 By: Darlene Creamer
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FIGHTING FIRES
10th November 2023 By: Darlene Creamer
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FOUR THE PEOPLE
3rd November 2023 By: Darlene Creamer
DOG WHISTLER: With no sense of irony, Mineral Resources and Energy Minister Gwede Mantashe continues to champion gas exploration and development while fighting internal Cabinet power struggles using the analogy of the warning that mice offer when running away from dangerous levels of methane underground. This, while continually blowing a dog whistle against non-governmental organisations that have done little more than insist that government stick to its own laws and policies. He’s whistling a wrong and dangerous tune.
DOG WHISTLER
27th October 2023 By: Darlene Creamer
RED CARD: The Unemployment Insurance Fund (UIF), which is meant to support workers who lose their jobs, stands accused of serious foul play, with organised business and labour having both called for the fund to be placed under immediate administration. Besides alleged operational dysfunction, there is also deep unhappiness over the UIF’s decision to invest R5-billion in a well-connected company, Thuja Capital, which was hastily registered days before the award to pursue an “untested concept” to create jobs.
RED CARD
20th October 2023 By: Darlene Creamer
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FALLING SHORT
13th October 2023 By: Darlene Creamer
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EXTREME FORECAST
6th October 2023 By: Darlene Creamer
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PRESSURE COOKER
29th September 2023 By: Darlene Creamer
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TRAIN WRECK
22nd September 2023 By: Darlene Creamer
SANDS OF TIME: The Koeberg life-extension project is running years late and, with ongoing contractor claims, its final budget remains uncertain. For the nuclear plant to operate beyond July 2024, many more physical and licence-compliance steps are still required, including the separation of the unit licences to allow Unit 2 to remain operational until the end of 2025. The regulator is said to have many questions and it is possible that, despite all the money and effort, Koeberg could be shut for a protracted period from the middle of next year.
SANDS OF TIME
8th September 2023 By: Darlene Creamer
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RELUCTANT REFORMER
1st September 2023 By: Darlene Creamer
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HEAT IS ON
25th August 2023 By: Darlene Creamer
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