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JustShare continues battle for Sasol to table shareholder-proposed resolution

By: Simone Liedtke     26th October 2021 Nonprofit shareholder activism organisation JustShare on October 26 said petrochemicals company Sasol had refused to table the sixth shareholder-proposed resolution filed with the company in five consecutive years. The organization said it believes Sasol’s refusal to table such resolutions seems... 

CSIR nears launch of 4IR Learning Factory to bolster local skills

By: Donna Slater     25th October 2021 The Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), in partnership with the Manufacturing, Engineering and Related Services Sector Education Training Authority, has opened the doors of its newly developed Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR) Learning Factory (LF), which is designed to help... 

CSIR nears launch of 4IR Learning Factory to bolster local skills

Aspen starts local manufacture of anaesthetics at flagship Gqeberha site 

By: Simone Liedtke     25th October 2021 Trade, Industry and Competition Minister Ebrahim Patel has officially opened multinational specialty pharmaceutical company Aspen’s general anaesthetics production line at its flagship manufacturing site in Gqeberha. This manufacturing capability will convert Aspen’s Gqeberha facility into one of... 

Pic of Aspen's SVP2 Facility in Port Elizabeth
Aspen's SVP2 Facility in Port Elizabeth

Aspen sells six South African medicines to Swedish company

By: Simone Liedtke     22nd October 2021 Swiss pharmaceutical company Acino and multinational pharmaceutical company Aspen Pharmacare and its subsidiaries have signed an agreement for Acino to acquire six South African medicines for more than R1.8-billion. The acquired medicines are used for the treatment of gastroenterology, erectile... 

PPE plan crucial to employee safety

22nd October 2021 Hi-tech protective clothing manufacturer Charnaud stresses that the safety of all employees depends on the creation and strict implementation of a personal protective equipment (PPE) plan. Elaborating on how to create a PPE management plan and put it into action, the company stresses that... 

A Charnaud stand at an event with Hazmat suits, Reflective clothing, corporate clothing, gloves, goggles and boots
ALL THE RANGE The range of Charnaud's PPE offerings should be incorporated into a company's PPE management plan

Sasol posts 44% jump in Q1 chemicals revenue

By: Reuters     21st October 2021 Sasol posted a 44% rise in first-quarter revenue in its main chemicals business on higher chemical and crude oil prices, it said on Thursday. Revenue from its chemicals business, which accounts for almost 60% of its turnover and profit, came in at $2.5-billion, driven largely by an average price... 

Omnia sells majority interest in noncore Umongo for R1bn

By: Schalk Burger     21st October 2021 JSE-listed chemicals company Omnia and Autumn Storm Investments will sell a majority interest in lubricants and oils supplier Umongo Petroleum to specialist chemical and food ingredients company Orkila South Africa for R1-billion Omnia, which acquired a 90% interest in Umongo in 2017, and Autumn... 

Ascendis' share price rises

By: Creamer Media Reporter      19th October 2021 JSE-listed Ascendis Health's share price rose by more than 23% on October 19. On the same day, the company issued an update on proposed plans to dispose of its Ascendis Pharma business segment. 

Biogas engines supplied to ethanol producer

15th October 2021 Multinational gas and diesel power plant specialist Clarke Energy has secured the sale of two of gas engine manufacturer Innio Jenbacher’s biogas engines to ethanol distiller PressCane Limited, based in Chikhwawa, Malawi. The ethanol production site generates biofuel in the form of ethanol, which... 

Unilever pilots Sunlight soap made with captured carbon

By: Schalk Burger     14th October 2021 Consumer products multinational Unilever says it has produced dishwashing liquid, sold under its Sunlight brand, with captured carbon emissions. This aligns with the company's global Clean Future strategy to eliminate carbon derived from fossil fuels in its cleaning and laundry products by 2030. 

Sasol shareholders file second climate lobbying resolution

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     8th October 2021 Following chemicals company Sasol’s refusal to table South Africa’s first climate lobbying shareholder resolution, Sasol shareholders Just Share and Aeon Investment Management (Aeon) have co-filed a second nonbinding, advisory resolution ahead of Sasol’s November 19 Annual General Meeting. The... 

Moderna plans to spend $500m on vaccine plant in Africa

By: Bloomberg     7th October 2021 Moderna said it would spend as much as $500-million to build a factory in Africa that could produce half a billion messenger RNA vaccine doses a year. In a statement, the company said that the new factory would produce the drug substance for messenger RNA vaccines, including its Covid-19 vaccine... 

Covid-19 vaccines

Sasol takes lead role in feasibility study for Boegoebaai green hydrogen project

By: Creamer Media Reporter      6th October 2021 Integrated chemicals and energy company Sasol has signed a memorandum of agreement with the Northern Cape Economic Development, Trade and Promotion Agency to lead the feasibility study to explore the potential of Boegoebaai as an export hub for green hydrogen and ammonia. The Boegoebaai green... 

A photo of Priscillah Mabelane, Sasol energy VP
Sasol energy VP Priscillah Mabelane

UPL asked to pay for public forum on South Africa pollution

By: Bloomberg     6th October 2021 UPL, an Indian producer of chemicals used in agriculture, will be asked to pay for the establishment of a forum that will keep the public informed about developments relating to a spill of hazardous chemicals in the South African city of Durban. The so-called multi stakeholder forum will be set... 

Durban chemical company had no environmental authorisation to operate plant, report finds 

By: News24Wire      4th October 2021 United Phosphorus Limited (UPL) had no environmental authorisation to operate its Cornubia chemical factory, nor did it obtain risk assessment and planning permissions as required by environmental and municipal by-laws, a preliminary report has found. Forestry, Fisheries and Environment Minister... 

More equipment donated in the fight against Covid-19

1st October 2021 Integrated chemicals and energy company Sasol has donated mobile clinics, vaccine carriers, laptops, specialised World Health Organisation-approved medical refrigerators and freezers, as well as temperature loggers to the provincial health departments in Gauteng, Mpumalanga and the Free State to... 

A photo of a healthworker’s hands filling out a form at a table with Covid-19 vaccinations lined up in the foreground
SPREADING THE CURE Sasol is supporting Government’s vaccination rollout strategy by donating essential equipment and resources

Unequal access to vaccines a huge risk to a sustained global recovery, says Ramaphosa

By: Yvonne Silaule     28th September 2021 Unequal access to vaccines presents a huge risk to a sustained global recovery and the vaccine business should not be just about profit but about saving lives, President Cyril Ramaphosa said during the opening of the World Trade Organisation (WTO) World Trade Public Forum on September 28. The WTO... 

A photo of President Cyril Ramaphosa
President Cyril Ramaphosa

CSIR, SAMRC partner with US firm on Covid-19, cancer vaccine development

By: Yvonne Silaule     27th September 2021 NantAfrica, a division of US multinational NantWorks, has signed a collaboration agreement with the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) and the South African Medical Research Council (SAMRC) for the transfer of biologic manufacturing technology for Covid-19 and cancer vaccines... 

Organisation files climate lobbying resolution for tabling at Sasol AGM

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     21st September 2021 Nonprofit shareholder activism organisation Just Share and investment management company Aeon Investment Management on September 14 co-filed a nonbinding, advisory shareholder resolution with chemicals company Sasol, for tabling at its November 19 annual general meeting. The resolution asks Sasol... 

WHO-backed vaccine hub for Africa to copy Moderna Covid-19 shot

By: Reuters     14th September 2021 Efforts to develop an African base for Covid-19 vaccine production will focus on trying to replicate Moderna's shot, but a lack of progress in talks with the U.S. company mean the project will take time, a senior WHO official told Reuters. The drive to produce vaccines in Africa is designed to... 

Sinovac in talks about setting up South Africa vaccine production, partner says

By: Reuters     10th September 2021 China's Sinovac Biotech is in talks about setting up a vaccine production facility in South Africa with its local partner, the chief executive of Numolux said on Friday. Hilton Klein made the comments at the launch of the South African leg of a global Phase III trial of Sinovac's Covid-19 vaccine... 

Sasol, UCT confirm progress on catalysts that convert hydrogen, CO2 into green jet fuel 

By: Terence Creamer     6th September 2021 Energy and chemicals group Sasol, which aims to become a leader in South Africa’s promising green hydrogen industry, reports that research advancements have been achieved that are supportive of the conversion of hydrogen and carbon dioxide (CO2) into green jet fuel and chemicals. Made in... 

Photo of research under way at Sasol Research & Technology

Aspen reinstates dividend; in talks to market Covid-19 vaccine in Africa 

By: Marleny Arnoldi     2nd September 2021 JSE-listed pharmaceutical manufacturer Aspen has once again resumed dividends and will pay out R1.2-billion, or 262c apiece, to shareholders for the financial year ended June 30. The group’s normalised earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortisation (Ebitda) for the year came in 3%... 

Aspen group CE Stephen Saad
Aspen group CE Stephen Saad

Aspen appoints successor to deputy CE Attridge

By: Marleny Arnoldi     2nd September 2021 JSE-listed pharmaceutical group Aspen has announced that its retiring deputy group CE and co-founder Gus Attridge will be succeeded by Sean Capazorio, effective January 1, 2022. Capazorio has served as group finance officer since 2009.  

Aspen's manufacturing facility in Gqeberha

AECI backs clean chemical company expansion

By: Marleny Arnoldi     31st August 2021 JSE-listed chemicals group AECI has extended a €2.5-million convertible loan to international cleantech company Clariter to scale up its technology to commercial level. Clariter uses upcycling technology that transforms plastic waste into oils, solvents and waxes.  

AECI CE Mark Dytor
AECI CE Mark Dytor

Adcock Ingram delivers ‘resilient performance’ despite difficult operating environment

By: Simone Liedtke     25th August 2021 South African pharmaceuticals giant Adcock Ingram delivered a “resilient performance” in the financial year ended June 30, which CEO Andy Hall said was despite the difficult operating environment, which was characterised by the continuing adverse impact of Covid-19, a tough economic environment... 

Cannabis firm plans South Africa IPO, magic mushroom expansion

By: Bloomberg     24th August 2021 Cilo Cybin Pharmaceutical is considering an initial public offering in the next 12 months after becoming the first South African company to win the right to grow, process and package cannabis products. The firm, named after the psychoactive substance in magic mushrooms, received the required... 

Sasol donates equipment to assist Free State govt in Covid-19 vaccine roll-out

By: Yvonne Silaule     23rd August 2021 Integrated energy and chemicalS company Sasol has donated equipment to the Free State provincial government to support the roll-out of Covid-19 vaccines. The equipment included a custom-built mobile clinic, a Toyota Hi-Ace 14-seater minibus, five vaccine cold storage freezers, 25 vaccine... 

Dust ramifications awareness needed

By: Khutso Maphatsoe     20th August 2021 "People should be aware of the ramifications of being exposed to dangerous fumes, chemicals and dust and the damage caused to mining and construction equipment by dust and other contaminants," says Trysome Auto Electrical Engineering key account manager Johan Momberg. The focus should be on... 

Picture of an excavator loading rubble into a dumb truck
COMBINED EFFORT Equipment or site owners should work together with solution providers to ensure that workers and equipment are protected

Compliance solutions for foundries offered

By: Khutso Maphatsoe     20th August 2021 Air pollution engineering solutions company About Air Pollution offers the foundry industry solutions that ensure emission regulatory compliance. “About Air Pollution is a respected supplier of equipment to ensure the ongoing successful application for an air emissions licence,” About Air... 

Cipla relaunches its operations in KwaZulu-Natal following unrest

By: Yvonne Silaule     19th August 2021 Global pharmaceuticals firm Cipla has relaunched its operations in KwaZulu-Natal, a month after its premises was burnt to ashes during the devastating civil unrest. The re-opening was presided over by the KwaZulu-Natal Premier Sihle Zikalala who said that  riots had threatened the supply of... 

Competition Commission approves Saint-Gobain’s acquisition of Chryso Group

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     19th August 2021 The Competition Commission has unconditionally approved the proposed merger whereby Saint-Gobain intends to acquire Chryso Group. Saint-Gobain is an international group active in construction and operates through four business sectors, mainly innovative materials; construction products (including... 

Committee pleased Sasol is complying with air-quality obligations, Eskom lagging

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     18th August 2021 The Portfolio Committee on Forestry, Fisheries and the Environment says it is generally satisfied with the compliance of chemicals company Sasol with its obligations on air quality; however, State-owned power utility Eskom is not complying with its obligations owing to delays encountered in its... 

Cobra to help identify, disburse funds to repair ransacked independent pharmacies

By: Schalk Burger     16th August 2021 The Covid Business Rescue Assistance (Cobra) initiative has been engaged by the Independent Community Pharmacy Association (ICPA) to help with the identification of funders and the disbursement of donor funding to help rebuild and repair independent pharmacies affected by the unrest in July. The... 

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... 

Photo of Sasol CEO Fleetwood Grobler
Photo by Creamer Media's Donna Slater
Sasol CEO Fleetwood Grobler

Sahpra authorises CapeBio to manufacture Covid-19 Rapid Test Kits locally

By: Yvonne Silaule     16th August 2021 The South African Health Products Regulatory Authority (Sahpra) has authorised local biotechnology company CapeBio to manufacture rapid Covid-19 polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test kits. The test kits, co-developed by CapeBio and the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), would... 

Omnia firmly in a growth phase following restructuring – CEO 

By: Simone Liedtke     16th August 2021 Diversified chemical manufacturing company Omnia intends to “settle down” following the completion of its strategic restructuring, and to take some time to focus on its people, culture and setting a “firm foundation to grow from”. Omnia CEO Seelan Gobalsamy tells Engineering News the company is... 

Pic/Image of Omnia CEO Seelan Gobalsamy
Omnia CEO Seelan Gobalsamy speaks to Engineering News about the company's growth and strategy developments following its recent restructuring. Video: Recorded on Zoom. Editing: Creamer Media's Nicholas Boyd.
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