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Covid-19

Business body Busa seeks court order on mandatory Covid-19 vaccination

By: News24Wire      26th October 2021 Court action initiated by Business Unity South Africa (Busa) to seek an order on compulsory Covid-19 vaccination in the workplace is looming. The business lobby says it is consulting lawyers over the legal process of the action, which is supported by its members as part of the measures aimed at... 

Digital skills required to overcome Covid-19 trade impasse

By: Donna Slater     20th October 2021 In addressing the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on the lives and livelihoods of many entrepreneurs, Department of Trade, Industry and Competition export promotion director Luke Govender said digital skills need to be bolstered. He spoke during an October 20 webinar, hosted by Trade Forward... 

GE donation will provide 20 000 people with one daily meal for 12 months

By: Thabi Madiba     18th October 2021 In marking World Food Day on 16 October, The GE Foundation announced a $100 000 donation that will provide immediate relief to South African communities experiencing food insecurity. The donation will fund FoodForward SA and help to provide more than 20 000 people with one meal a day for a year... 

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Employment stimulus programme to provide almost R1bn in youth funding – Ramaphosa

By: Thabi Madiba     18th October 2021 South Africa cannot afford endless delays in addressing unemployment, said President Cyril Ramaphosa on Monday as he sought to assure citizens that phase two of the Presidential Employment Stimulus (PES) will bring the country closer to meeting its collective goal of decent work and opportunity... 

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President Cyril Ramaphosa

UHURU unpacks common misconceptions on hydrogen 

14th October 2021 The world is in the process of determining cleaner energy forms for baseload, storage and decarbonisation, which are not always economically viable, according to energy company UHURU Africa. The company poses that biomass can support solar, wind and hydro energy. Marleny Arnoldi gathered some... 

UHURU unpacks common misconceptions on hydrogen
UHURU unpacks common misconceptions on hydrogen

Companies within their legal right to effect mandatory vaccination

By: Marleny Arnoldi     8th October 2021 Several of the country’s leading companies, including Discovery and Sanlam, have announced their intention to introduce mandatory vaccination policies within their organisations, but the debate continues about whether this is the right strategy . Business for South Africa (B4SA) on October 8... 

Covid-19 vaccine being administered
Jab in progress

US to donate further R134m in Covid-19 assistance to S Africa

By: Sane Dhlamini     8th October 2021 US Chargé d’Affaires Todd Haskell announced on Friday the donation of about R134-million (or $9-million) in urgent Covid-19 assistance from the US to South Africa to boost the country’s vaccination drive.  This forms part of additional support from the American Rescue Plan Act and complements the... 

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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... 

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Investment in mining crucial to ensure continued contribution to economy – PwC  

By: Martin Creamer     5th October 2021 Investment in the mining industry is crucial to ensure its continued contribution to the South African economy, says PwC in its thirteenth edition of SA Mine 2021, a series of publications that highlights trends in the South African mining industry. In a year of doom and gloom on so many fronts,... 

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PwC presentation covered by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

Western Cape govt launches the Atlantis Red Dot Taxi service

By: Yvonne Silaule     4th October 2021 Western Cape Premier Alan Winde has officially launched the Atlantis Red Dot taxi Service as part of Transport Month at the Saxonsea vaccine site.   He was accompanied by the provincial Transport and Public Works Minister Daylin Mitchell and Health Minister Dr Nomafrench Mbombo. 

Clear understanding between govt, business needed to boost economic recovery – Mavuso

By: Donna Slater     4th October 2021 Little can be done to drive an economic recovery without a clear understanding between business and government, says Business Leadership South Africa CEO Busi Mavuso, who joined other business representatives in a meeting with President Cyril Ramaphosa and his senior colleagues at the end of... 

Platinum offering good relative value as investment – Northam 

By: Martin Creamer     4th October 2021 Platinum is viewed as an investment case for the moment and is offering good relative value, says Northam Platinum CEO Paul Dunne. Palladium appears more vulnerable than platinum to vehicle production downside risks, says World Platinum Investment Council (WPIC) institutional distribution head... 

Screenshot of Paul Dunne taken during Northam presentation early 2021
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Northam Platinum CEO Paul Dunne

South Africa moves to Level 1 as govt set to introduce vaccine certificates

By: News24Wire      30th September 2021 President Cyril Ramaphosa announced on Thursday evening the country will move to adjusted Level 1 lockdown, starting at midnight. He also said the government would also be implementing a vaccine certificate. 

Cabinet shifts South Africa Investment Conference to March 2022

By: Terence Creamer     30th September 2021 Cabinet has announced that the next South Africa Investment Conference (SAIC) will take place in March next year rather than this year. Three such conferences have been held every year since 2018, with a hybrid physical/virtual event held during 2020, when Covid lockdowns restricted travel and... 

President Cyril Ramaphosa
President Cyril Ramaphosa

Northam Platinum’s headline earnings soar 215%

By: Martin Creamer     30th September 2021 The normalised headline earnings of platinum group metals (PGMs) mining company Northam Platinum soared by more than 215% to R10.9-billion in what was a record operational and financial performance in the 12 months to June 30. The JSE-listed company stated on Thursday that its earnings before... 

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Northam Platinum CEO Paul Dunne

Global economy to face several headwinds going into second half – Fitch Solutions

By: Donna Slater     29th September 2021 Despite the global economy having performed strongly in the first half of the year, global economic activity has peaked and is starting to face several headwinds, says financial risk management, solutions and insights company Fitch Solutions Country Risk and Industry Research (Fitch Solutions)... 

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... 

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President Cyril Ramaphosa

Energy features strongly in IDC’s R24bn pipeline as Patel makes ‘go green’ call 

By: Terence Creamer     28th September 2021 The State-owned Industrial Development Corporation (IDC) is aiming to convert a significant portion of a R24-billion investment pipeline into commitments following a steep fall in both approvals and disbursements during its Covid-afflicted 2020/21 financial year. The development finance... 

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IDC CEO TP Nchocho

New Mokala manganese mine heading for steady state, solar power 

By: Martin Creamer     28th September 2021 With mining now ramping up, the new Mokala manganese mine in the Northern Cape anticipates being at steady state production by the third quarter of 2021. Once that happens, the mine expects to be producing more than one-million tonnes of manganese ore a year, with an opencast life-of-mine of more... 

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The new Mokala manganese mine is in the Northern Cape.

ArcelorMittal South Africa responds to Itac’s termination of safeguard probe

23rd September 2021 Earlier this month, the International Trade Administration Commission of South Africa (Itac) recommended that an investigation be terminated into the imposition of safeguard duties on certain steel sections manufactured at the Highveld Structural Mill. The application was lodged in June 2020 by... 

The Highveld Structural Steel Mill
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The Highveld Structural Steel Mill

Chip uncertainty causing PGMs price uncertainty – chief investment officer  

By: Martin Creamer     22nd September 2021 The general feeling is that chip capacity will slowly start coming back in the next few months, but only to return the auto industry back to where it was pre-Covid, and not to the post-Covid surge, which resulted in platinum group metals (PGMs) prices going through the roof. If the global auto... 

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Integral Asset Management Chief Investment Officer Bruce Williamson interviewed by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

Cabinet endorses more ambitious carbon pledge ahead of Glasgow summit  

By: Terence Creamer     20th September 2021 Cabinet has approved a revised – and more ambitious – Nationally Determined Contribution (NDC) carbon mitigation target range for 2030 ahead of the upcoming COP26 gathering, which will take place in Glasgow, Scotland, in November. In a statement, Cabinet announced that South Africa had revised... 

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Eskom plans to decommission 11 GW of coal by 2030

Vaccination 'passport' not introduced to punish S Africans – Health Minister 

By: Sane Dhlamini     17th September 2021 Minister of Health Dr Joe Phaahla stressed on Friday that the vaccination certificate touted by government is not being introduced to punish South Africans but rather to protect each other against the Covid-19 virus. Following President Cyril Ramaphosa’s address last Sunday many South Africans... 

South African Minister of Health Dr Joe Phaahla
Minister of Health Dr Joe Phaahla

New online portal launched to showcase African green recovery projects

By: Terence Creamer     17th September 2021 A new web-based platform, which will showcase green stimulus projects across Africa, has been officially launched. The portal, which can be found at http://agsp.nepad.org/, was unveiled this week by South Africa’s Forestry, Fisheries and the Environment Minister Barbara Creecy in her capacity as... 

A photo of a solar farm

Eastern Cape Health Dept launches vaccination train with Transnet

By: Donna Slater     15th September 2021 Eastern Cape Health MEC Nomakhosazana Meth on September 14 unveiled Transnet’s first Covid-19 vaccination train – the Transvaco, in what Transnet says is its commitment to support the national vaccination effort and assisting South Africa in achieving community immunity. The new train, which... 

UIF urges finalisation of outstanding Covid-19 Ters applications before December deadline

By: Donna Slater     15th September 2021 The Unemployment Insurance Fund (UIF) appeals to employers to resolve any errors on their submitted Covid-19 Temporary Employer/Employee Relief Scheme (Ters) portal to enable the fund to finalise any outstanding claims. The UIF notes that claims cannot be finalised until certain corrections are... 

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... 

BMW, JPMorgan urge UK to ease Covid limits on Southern Africa

By: Bloomberg     13th September 2021 Dozens of companies appealed to UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson to ease restrictions on travel from southern Africa that are hampering trade. The limits on movement are jeopardising the competitive advantage the UK has, which stem from its historical, cultural and economic links with Africa, the... 

President loosens Covid-19 curbs, shortens curfew

By: Reuters     12th September 2021 South Africa will ease Covid-19 restrictions, including by shortening a nationwide curfew and extending the hours of alcohol sales, President Cyril Ramaphosa said in a televised address on Sunday. Ramaphosa announced the country would move down one level in a five-tier system of restrictions,... 

A photo of President Cyril Ramaphosa
President Cyril Ramaphosa

Asata welcomes digital Covid-19 vaccination certificate initiative

By: Marleny Arnoldi     10th September 2021 The Association Of Southern African Travel Agents (Asata) is optimistic about the announcement by Health Minister Dr Joe Phaahla that South Africa will roll out digital vaccine certificates for vaccinated South Africans. The Minister announced that vaccinated South Africans will be able to... 

Govt to launch digital vaccination certificate – Joe Phaahla 

By: Thabi Madiba     10th September 2021 The Department of Health has announced the development of a digital vaccination certificate, which will show proof of vaccination. Health Minister Dr Joe Phaahla said this initiative is in line with the World Health Organisation-initiated vaccination certificate, which the WHO is using in an... 

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Health Minister Dr Joe Phaahla

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... 

South Africa set to ease virus curbs as new infections slow

By: Bloomberg     9th September 2021 South Africa’s government is preparing to ease restrictions that were imposed to curb the spread of the coronavirus after a sustained slowdown in new infections. Larger public gatherings are likely to be permitted, making it easier for political parties to campaign for upcoming municipal... 

Platinum demand strengthening – WPIC  

By: Martin Creamer     9th September 2021 Platinum demand appears to be strengthening on increased loadings, particularly in China’s strong-selling heavy-duty vehicles, more substitution of palladium by platinum, and greater investor interest, particularly with platinum’s links to the hydrogen economy. That is an overall outlook summary... 

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Platinum demand strengthening – WPIC

J&J may follow ImmunityBio’s South African Covid booster shot trial

By: Bloomberg     8th September 2021 Talks are underway with Johnson & Johnson about running a booster trial in South Africa after the company’s Covid-19 vaccine was used in a mass trial of almost half a million health workers in the country. The trial would include participants from that study, known as Sisonke, and could possibly... 

South African Medical Research Council President Glenda Gray
South African Medical Research Council President Glenda Gray

Strength of high-flying ARM is its multiracial, multicultural character – Motsepe  

By: Martin Creamer     6th September 2021 The strength of South Africa, its businesses as well as African Rainbow Minerals (ARM) itself is its multiracial and multicultural character, which the country is privileged to have, ARM executive chairperson Dr Patrice Motsepe emphasised on Monday, when his JSE-listed company presented stellar... 

Screenshot of Dr Patric Motsepe taken from ARM website.
African Rainbow Minerals stellar financial results covered by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

UCT still highest ranked in Africa despite Covid-19

By: Sane Dhlamini     6th September 2021 University of Cape Town vice-chancellor Professor Mamokgethi Phakeng is pleased with the institution’s latest Times Higher Education ranking, which sees it retain its top spot in Africa and come 183rd out of the more than 16 000 international institutions ranked. The THE World University Rankings... 

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