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Covid-19

Govt has secured vaccines for 26-million people 

By: Sane Dhlamini     5th February 2021 Health Minister Dr Zweli Mkhize revealed on Friday that government had secured enough Covid-19 vaccines for 26-million people, so far, with more agreements in the pipeline. He revealed that China could be one of the countries that South Africa procures vaccines from. On Monday, the country... 

Halt to Richards Bay Minerals project depriving South Africa of R100bn 

By: Martin Creamer     5th February 2021 Rio Tinto's KwaZulu-Natal mineral sands mining company, Richards Bay Minerals, has got a major project called Zulti South that is fully permitted and fully funded – but is not being developed. Construction began in the first half of 2019, but was then brought to a halt in December 2019 amidst... 

Halt to Richards Bay Minerals project depriving South Africa of R100bn
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From top left clockwise, Gary Felthun, Roger Baxter, Werner Duvenhage, Mzila Mthenjane, Advocate Thabo Mokoena and Neal Froneman.

Vaccine nationalism may create conditions for increased political turmoil – Zane Dangor

By: Sane Dhlamini     4th February 2021 Special advisor to Minister of International Relations and Cooperation Zane Dangor stated on Thursday that vaccine nationalism is the opposite of the solidarity approach that was spoken of at the outset of the coronavirus pandemic. Dangor was addressing an online discussion on ‘Trade, Patent Law... 

Vaccine nationalism may create conditions for increased political turmoil – Zane Dangor

US provides additional field hospital support to South Africa 

By: Thabi Madiba     4th February 2021 Field hospitals in the Free State and Eastern Cape have received support from the US Agency for International Development in the form of medical equipment and technical assistance in the provinces’ response to the Covid-19 pandemic. The US government has provided several tons of medical... 

US provides additional field hospital support to South Africa

Botswana intensifying effort to attract non-diamond exploration  

By: Martin Creamer     3rd February 2021 Botswana has intensified efforts to digitise and make geoscience information readily available to local and international potential investors in an effort to encourage prospecting for non-diamond minerals, Botswana President Mokgweetsi Masisi told the virtual 2021 Investing in African Mining... 

Botswana intensifying effort to attract non-diamond exploration
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Botswana president Mokgweetsi Masisi

Illicit market booms during alcohol, cigarette sales bans  

By: Donna Slater     3rd February 2021 To overcome the challenge of a seemingly booming illicit market for cigarettes and alcohol, and to stem the tide of such illicit products in the local economy, requires enforcement of existing laws and adaptation of new ones, says South African Liquor Brandowners Association (Salba) CEO Kurt... 

Illicit market booms during alcohol, cigarette sales bans
South African Liquor Brandowners Association CEO Kurt Moore talks about the challenges the legal alcohol industry is facing from the illicit market and several prohibitions

R12bn cost of vaccination roll-out ‘immaterial’ relative to Covid’s economic cost  

By: Terence Creamer     3rd February 2021 Having received finer pricing details from Covid-19 vaccine manufacturers over the past month, organised business is currently estimating that it will cost about R12-billion to vaccinate 70% of South Africa’s adult population – well below government’s earlier and heavily criticised estimate of... 

R12bn cost of vaccination roll-out ‘immaterial’ relative to Covid’s economic cost

Breaking ground on key infrastructure projects would be ‘immune booster’ for ailing economy  

By: Terence Creamer     3rd February 2021 Consulting Engineers South Africa believes that visible progress on a select number of high-profile infrastructure projects in 2021 could serve as an “immune booster” for South Africa’s ailing economy and provide impetus for a much-needed recovery in investor confidence. Presenting CESA’s yearly... 

Breaking ground on key infrastructure projects would be ‘immune booster’ for ailing economy
Photo by Creamer Media's Donna Slater
Sugen Pillay

Govt launches Electronic Vaccine Data System ahead of vaccine roll-out 

By: Yvonne Silaule     3rd February 2021 Healthcare workers are encouraged to register on the Department of Health’s Electronic Vaccination Data System Self Enrolment Portal, as part of government’s phased approach to the vaccine roll-out. More than 34 000 health workers have already registered on the system, which forms part of... 

Govt launches Electronic Vaccine Data System ahead of vaccine roll-out
Health Minister Zweli Mkhize

We want to promote greater exploration and beneficiation – President  

By: Martin Creamer     2nd February 2021 “We want to promote greater exploration and beneficiation of minerals,” President Matamela Cyril Ramaphosa said on Tuesday in his opening address to Mining Indaba Virtual 2021, where he praised South African mining for having shown tremendous resilience in the midst of Covid-19 pandemic.... 

We want to promote greater exploration and beneficiation – President
Mining Indaba Virtual 2021 reported on by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer

Covid-19: SA records lowest number of daily infections since December

By: News24Wire      2nd February 2021 South Africa has recorded the lowest number of Covid-19 daily infections since the beginning of December last year. This was announced by President Cyril Ramaphosa during his televised address to the nation on Monday night. 

Covid-19: SA records lowest number of daily infections since December
President Cyril Ramaphosa

South Africa to get 2-million vaccine doses from COVAX by March – Ramaphosa

By: Reuters     2nd February 2021 South Africa will get 2-million doses of Covid-19 vaccines from the COVAX vaccine distribution scheme co-led by the World Health Organization and an African Union (AU) arrangement by March, President Cyril Ramaphosa said on Monday. "We have secured 12-million doses in total from the global COVAX... 

South Africa to get 2-million vaccine doses from COVAX by March – Ramaphosa
President Cyril Ramaphosa

‘We need exploration to grow our industry’ – Minerals Council  

By: Martin Creamer     1st February 2021 “We need exploration to grow our industry,” Minerals Council South Africa president Mxolisi Mgojo said on Monday during a virtual State of the Mining Nation media briefing in which he described exploration as one of the low-hanging fruits that could change South Africa’s economic trajectory in... 

‘We need exploration to grow our industry’ – Minerals Council
Minerals Council South Africa media brief reporting by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

Standard operating procedure can safeguard against vaccine corruption 

By: Schalk Burger     1st February 2021 Corruption in the procurement, distribution and administration of vaccines can not only be avoided, but stamped out entirely using a standard operating procedure, created by operators in the extended supply chain, for the clearance of international imports of the Covid-19 vaccines, saYS South... 

First batch of Covid-19 vaccines en route from India

By: Sashnee Moodley     1st February 2021 South Africa’s first consignment of Covid-19 vaccines will arrive in the country on Monday, from the Serum Institute of India, the world's largest vaccine manufacturer. One-million doses of the long-awaited Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine will be rolled out to frontline health workers, as part of... 

First batch of Covid-19 vaccines en route from India

World Bank commits $12bn for vaccinations in Africa 

By: Bloomberg     1st February 2021 The World Bank has committed $12-billion to African countries to support vaccination programs, the South African Presidency said in a statement on its website on Saturday. The World Bank money will be in the form of grants or on “highly concessional terms,” South African President Cyril Ramaphosa... 

DP World commits resources to distribute vaccines globally pro-bono for Unicef

By: Schalk Burger     29th January 2021 End-to-end supply chain logistics multinational DP World and United Nations humanitarian and developmental aid organisation Unicef have announced a partnership to support the global distribution of Covid-19 vaccines and related immunisation supplies in low- and lower-middle-income countries, DP... 

District Development Model to improve planning, implementation as South Africa embarks on economic recovery

By: Donna Slater     29th January 2021 The Covid-19 pandemic is providing a good socioeconomic testing ground for the newly rolled-out District Development Model (DDM), with its One Plan, One Budget strategy expected to alleviate disjointed planning, budgeting and implementation across the different spheres and entities of... 

Export speed-up projects in spotlight at Richards Bay Coal Terminal  

By: Martin Creamer     28th January 2021 South Africa’s Richards Bay Coal Terminal is going all out to raise its export efficiency in a bid to counter ship queuing. With the R1.34-billion worth of stacker reclaimers and shiploaders provided in 2018 putting in solid performances, RBCT has now turned to debottlenecking conveyor projects... 

Export speed-up projects in spotlight at Richards Bay Coal Terminal
Richards Bay Coal Terminal’s presentation covered by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer

Vaccine roll-out requires nuanced approach from employers

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     28th January 2021 With South Africa set to receive its first Covid-19 vaccine doses next week, the issue around companies' vaccine policies and employers’ role in vaccine rollout is very complex. Many different viewpoints and legal considerations will need to be taken into account, speakers participating in a... 

Trial data important to prove vaccine safety – Discovery Health CEO   

By: Thabi Madiba     28th January 2021 Medical Aid scheme Discovery Health CEO Ryan Noach has emphasised the importance of phase three clinical trial data on Covid-19 vaccines, urging manufacturers to produce trial evidence alongside assurance to the general public. Speaking during a virtual webinar on Thursday, he explained that the... 

Trial data important to prove vaccine safety – Discovery Health CEO
Discovery Health CEO Ryan Noach has emphasised the importance of Phase 3 clinical trial data on Covid-19 vaccines (Editing: Nicholas Boyd)

ArcelorMittal SA ramps up Vaal Meltshop to full production to ease steel shortages  

By: Terence Creamer     28th January 2021 Steel producer ArcelorMittal South Africa (AMSA) reported on Thursday that it would increase output at its Vaal Meltshop electric arc furnace (EAF), in Vereeniging, to help address prevailing steel shortages, which have been negatively affecting downstream fabricators and manufacturers for... 

ArcelorMittal SA ramps up Vaal Meltshop to full production to ease steel shortages
Photo by Creamer Media's Donna Slater
Kobus Verster

SA fails to make progress in Corruption Perceptions Index

By: Sane Dhlamini     28th January 2021 Civil rights group Corruption Watch pointed out, on Thursday, that corruption has impacted the ability of countries around the world, including South Africa, to manage their health care responses to the coronavirus pandemic. Recent statistics from the Corruption Perceptions Index reveals that... 

SA fails to make progress in Corruption Perceptions Index
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Executive director of CW David Lewis

MTN donates $25m to the AU vaccine programme for health workers

By: Yvonne Silaule     28th January 2021 Telecoms group MTN has donated $25-million to the African Union's vaccine programme to immunise health workers. South African President Cyril Ramaphosa, who is also chairperson of the AU, made the announcement on Wednesday during the African Covid-19 Vaccine Financing and Deployment Strategy... 

Third consecutive year of coal export decline from Richards Bay Coal Terminal  

By: Martin Creamer     27th January 2021 Coal exports from South Africa’s Richards Bay Coal Terminal (RBCT) last year declined for the third consecutive year, with the 70.2-million tons exported to mainly Asia and single-digit percentages to Africa and Europe, taking exports back to what they were in 2013. In 2020, two-million fewer... 

Third consecutive year of coal export decline from Richards Bay Coal Terminal
Richards Bay Coal Terminal’s presentation covered by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer

US implements new travel restrictions

By: Sane Dhlamini     27th January 2021 From January 30, at 12:01am EST, entry will be suspended for all foreign nationals who were in South Africa during the 14-day period preceding their travel to the US. In a statement from the US Embassy on Wednesday, US President Joe Biden’s proclamation comes into effect until further notice, as... 

US implements new travel restrictions

Release excess vaccines you have hoarded – Ramaphosa to rich countries   

By: Thabi Madiba     26th January 2021 President Cyril Ramaphosa pleaded with richer countries, on Tuesday, to release their excess Covid-19 vaccines to countries that have yet to receive doses, voicing his concern about “vaccine nationalism”. Virtually, addressing the World Economic Forum, he noted that richer countries have acquired... 

Release excess vaccines you have hoarded – Ramaphosa to rich countries
President Cyril Ramaphosa

US plans entry ban for most non-citizens from South Africa

By: Bloomberg     26th January 2021 The US will ban entry to most non-US citizens who have recently been in South Africa in response to the new Covid-19 strain there, according to a White House official familiar with the plan. It’s unclear how long the restrictions will continue. The Biden administration will also continue... 

Govt has been open, transparent throughout pandemic – Ramaphosa  

By: Thabi Madiba     25th January 2021 President Cyril Ramaphosa reinforced, on Monday, the importance of keeping South Africans informed of vaccine acquisition developments, adding that government must be held to account for all decisions made around the vaccine. Ramaphosa wrote in his weekly column to the nation that South Africa... 

Govt has been open, transparent throughout pandemic – Ramaphosa
President Cyril Ramaphosa

UFS to undertake trial to determine efficacy of Ivermectin for treating Covid-19

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     25th January 2021 University of the Free State (UFS) clinical research company FARMOVS, together with several medical and scientific experts at the university, is in the process of preparing a clinical trial protocol to determine the efficacy of Ivermectin for treating Covid-19 in a randomised, controlled study... 

Evaluation of emergency-power bids ‘by February’, with renewables bidding to open in ‘first quarter’ 

By: Terence Creamer     25th January 2021 The evaluation of the 28 bids received under South Africa’s Risk Mitigation Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme (RMIPPPP) is anticipated to be concluded by February 2021, the IPP Office has confirmed with Engineering News. The preferred bidders, it adds, will be announced as soon as... 

Evaluation of emergency-power bids ‘by February’, with renewables bidding to open in ‘first quarter’

VZI well-positioned despite Covid

22nd January 2021 Covid-19 has had a significant impact on the global economy which, in turn, affected all industries. During the hard-lockdown, we had to revise the way we do business and our plans for the year ahead. Some of our operations were stopped we had to change the way we interact with our colleagues,... 

VZI well-positioned  despite Covid
Vedanta Zinc International CFO Pushpender Singla

Sustainable finance could drive recovery

22nd January 2021 Sustainable finance could help drive Africa’s recovery from Covid-19 while also incentivising much-needed investments in the green economy and social development. The global pandemic has set back the continent’s growth and demanded new approaches to economic development. It has also highlighted... 

Sustainable finance could drive recovery
Standard Bank Group Sustainable Finance executive head Nigel Beck

Success factors for operating during, post-Covid-19

22nd January 2021 Reopening after the pandemic will require reinvention and reinvestment in digital technologies. In 2021, companies should prioritise being more digital, data-driven, and in the cloud; as well as having more variable cost structures, agile operations and automation; and creating stronger... 

Success factors for operating during, post-Covid-19
Accenture South Africa CEO Vukani Mngxati

SA has components for energy sector transition

22nd January 2021 It is said: “The stone age did not end because it ran out of stones; it ended because it was time for a re-think about how we live.” 2020 has likely been the most profound reset of how the world thinks and lives, in modern history.  The pathway to a green energy future has been rapidly... 

SA has components for energy sector transition
PwC Director: Energy Strategy and Infrastructure James Mackay

Industry, government must band together

22nd January 2021 Even before Covid-19 struck the outlook for exploration and new investment in our industry was less than rosy. South Africa currently sees less than 1% of global exploration spend, which is half of what it was a decade ago. Given the importance of exploration to attract new foreign investment to... 

Industry, government  must band together
Orion Minerals CEO Errol Smart

Eskom on the road to sustainability

22nd January 2021 Since the middle of 2020, after the hard Covid-19 lockdown, Eskom started implementing intensive reliability maintenance at much of its ageing plants. The programme, aimed at improving operational performance, security and the reliability of electricity supply, has seen up to 15% of Eskom’s... 

Eskom on the road  to sustainability
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