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Covid-19

Mkhize confirms third wave in provinces, says SA is desperate for J&J vaccines  

By: Sashnee Moodley     8th June 2021 Health Minster Zweli Mkhize has confirmed that the Northern Cape, Free State, the North West and Gauteng provinces are all in the third wave of Covid-19 infections. Speaking to media in the Northern Cape on Tuesday, Mkhize said the province has been in its third wave of infections for weeks,... 

Mining firms with higher ESG ratings outperform market – PwC  

By: Martin Creamer     8th June 2021 Mining companies with higher environmental, social and governance (ESG) ratings outperformed the broader market during the peak of the Covid-19 crisis, delivering 34% average total shareholder return over the past three years — ten percentage points higher than the general market index,  PwC... 

PwC Africa mining leader Andries Rossouw
PwC Mine 2021 Report covered by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Nicholas Boyd

SAHPRA registers Janssen Covid-19 vaccine with conditions

By: Sane Dhlamini     7th June 2021 The South African Health Products Regulatory Authority (SAHPRA) announced on Monday the registration of the Janssen Covid-19 vaccine on March 31, with conditions. SAHPRA CEO Dr Boitumelo Semete-Makokotlela explained that one of the conditions is that the vaccine be manufactured under conditions... 

SAHPRA registers Janssen Covid-19 vaccine with conditions

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

Opinion: Current priorities for South Africa’s electricity policy

3rd June 2021 In this summary of a presentation made to a colloquium organised by Capacity Building Programme for Employment Promotion, Creamer Media CEO and Wits University economics lecturer Dr Kenneth Creamer outlines five priorities for South Africa’s electricity policy 

Priorities on road to electricity reform
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Priorities on road to electricity reform

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

Renewables to take lion’s share of energy investment in 2021, but still falling short of net-zero goal

By: Terence Creamer     2nd June 2021 Renewables projects are expected to account for 70% of a record $820-billion in new power generation investment in 2021, as global electricity deployments exceed those of oil and gas for the sixth year in a row. Nevertheless, a new International Energy Agency (IEA) report warns that energy... 

Renewables to take lion’s share of energy investment in 2021, but still falling short of net-zero goal

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
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AMSA CEO Kobus Verster

Aspen pledges support to ensure equitable Covid-19 vaccine access in Africa

By: Simone Liedtke     31st May 2021 Multinational specialty pharmaceutical company Aspen has committed to making sterile manufacturing capacity available for equitable Covid-19 vaccine access to Africa, as part of the continent’s efforts to determine how it can expand its manufacturing capacity to establish supply across the... 

Aspen pledges support to ensure equitable Covid-19 vaccine access in Africa

Delicate balancing act to be upheld as third wave of infections looms, says association

By: Simone Liedtke     28th May 2021 As the third wave of Covid-19 infections looms over South Africa, the Federated Hospitality Association of South Africa (Fedhasa) says there is a “delicate balancing act” to be upheld as government is faced with addressing the pandemic through further restrictions, while ensuring those... 

Delicate balancing act to be upheld as third wave of infections looms, says association

Davies calls for a New Deal-style recovery strategy that eschews austerity  

By: Terence Creamer     28th May 2021 Former Trade and Industry Minister Dr Rob Davies is urging the South African government, in which he served as a Cabinet Minister from 2009 to 2019, to implement a New Deal-style recovery programme to address the economic damage arising from both Covid-19 and more than a decade of economic drift.... 

Dr Rob Davies
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Dr Rob Davies

Digital toolbox supporting pan-African vaccination roll-outs 

By: Natasha Odendaal     28th May 2021 The deployment of a mobile technology platform to manage Covid-19 vaccination appointments and stock availability will help create an enabling path for African countries in the fight against the devastating global contagion. Telecommunications giant Vodacom Group and the African Union Development... 

Digital toolbox supporting pan-African vaccination roll-outs
AUDA-Nepad chief of staff Jennifer Chiriga, speaking on behalf of AUDA-Nepad CEO Dr Ibrahim Mayaki, and Vodacom Group CEO Shameel Joosub discuss the mVacciNation initiative to help manage Covid-19 vaccination appointments and stock availability.

SA is in third wave of pandemic – AfroCentric

By: Sane Dhlamini     27th May 2021 JSE-listed, diversified majority black-owned health group AfroCentric has revealed that its latest data confirms that South Africa is experiencing a third wave of the Covid-19 pandemic. AfroCentric confirmed a surge in Covid-19 admissions in the Northern Cape, the North West, the Free State and... 

SA is in third wave of pandemic – AfroCentric

Compensation Fund calls on pensioners, workers without medical aid to line up for vaccinations

By: Simone Liedtke     27th May 2021 The Compensation Fund (CF) has called on pensioners and workers, without medical aid cover, to apply for vaccinations as the CF has, in partnership with mutual assurance companies Rand Mutual Assurance Company Limited (RMA) and The Federated Employers Mutual Assurance Company (FEM), made more... 

Compensation Fund calls on pensioners, workers without medical aid to line up for vaccinations

Macsteel confirms court challenge against ‘unlawful’ extension of safeguard duties 

By: Terence Creamer     27th May 2021 Opposition to the extension of safeguard duties on steel imports is intensifying, with the country’s leading merchant challenging the extension of the duties in court and with others even questioning the economic benefits of sustaining a primary steel producer in the form of ArcelorMittal South... 

Macsteel confirms court challenge against ‘unlawful’ extension of safeguard duties

Newly elected Minerals Council office bearer vaccinated

By: Martin Creamer     27th May 2021 Harmony CEO Peter Steenkamp, who was elected a Minerals Council South Africa VP on Wednesday, braved Thursday’s early morning chill to receive his Covid-19 vaccination at the Medscheme Health Facility in Florida, Roodepoort. Steenkamp, 62, qualified to do so in terms of the Department of Health’s... 

Harmony CEO Peter Steenkamp receiving his Covid-19 vaccination at the Medscheme Health Facility in Florida, Roodepoort.
Harmony CEO Peter Steenkamp receiving his Covid-19 vaccination at the Medscheme Health Facility in Florida, Roodepoort.

Endress+Hauser opens vaccination center

27th May 2021 The vaccination campaign in the fight against the coronavirus is picking up steam. As part of a model project, Endress+Hauser is operating a vaccination center for employees in Maulburg. The Baden-Wurttemberg Ministry for Social Services, in collaboration with the Chamber of Commerce, chose the... 

Transnet aims to implement three private sector participation projects this year  

By: Terence Creamer     25th May 2021 Freight logistics group Transnet expects to proceed with three private sector participation (PSP) projects before the end of the year, with Public Enterprises Minister Pravin Gordhan confirming that the State-owned group’s new strategy is to drive volume growth “by developing key strategic... 

Transnet aims to implement three private sector participation projects this year

Eskom debt solution remains a ‘work in progress’ despite reduction to R401bn 

By: Terence Creamer     25th May 2021 Public Enterprises Minister Pravin Gordhan reported on Tuesday that, while Eskom was able to reduce its debt by R83-billion, from R484-billion to R401-billion, during the 2021 financial year, efforts to find a lasting solution to the State-owned utility’s unsustainable debt remained a “work in... 

Public Enterprises Minister Pravin Gordhan
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Public Enterprises Minister Pravin Gordhan

SA paid 25% more for Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine than high-income economies – Study   

By: Thabi Madiba     25th May 2021 Independent anti-corruption organisation Transparency International said on Tuesday that there are large discrepancies in the prices paid for Covid-19 vaccines, revealing that upper-middle income countries like South Africa paid an average of 25% more per dose for the Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine,... 

SA paid 25% more for Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine than high-income economies – Study

South Africans right to be very proud of country’s iron-ore – IMR  

By: Martin Creamer     24th May 2021 South Africans are well within their rights to be very proud of the iron-ore that is produced in the country. That is the view of Sedibeng Iron Ore CEO Aneesh Misra, who is also MD of IMR South Africa. (Also watch attached Creamer Media video.) 

Aneesh Mistra, CEO Sedibeng Iron Ore
Sedibeng Iron Ore CEO Aneesh Misra interviewed by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer

Local specialist appointed to global One Health panel

By: Schalk Burger     24th May 2021 University of Pretoria (UP) virus and bat researcher Professor Wanda Markotter has been appointed to a global high-level panel of international experts, which aims to curb animal-to-human disease transmission, that could trigger future pandemics similar to Covid-19. Markotter is one of 26 experts... 

Critical structural reforms taking too long – BLSA

By: Donna Slater     24th May 2021 The structural reform required to transform South Africa’s economy has “frustratingly” progressed very little, even with the establishment of Operation Vulindlela, Business Leadership South Africa (BLSA) CEO Busi Mavuso asserts. She says organised business has consistently argued that South... 

BLSA CEO Busi Mavuso
Photo by Creamer Media's Donna Slater
BLSA CEO Busi Mavuso

Urgent need to ramp up private vaccination sites to match dose delivery schedule 

By: Terence Creamer     21st May 2021 The number of private vaccination sites will need to be ramped-up aggressively in the coming weeks if South Africa is to reach the daily inoculation tempo of 192 000 required by the start of June to position the country to consume the millions of vaccine doses that have been secured for its... 

Urgent need to ramp up private vaccination sites to match dose delivery schedule

Geospatial issues impact inequality levels in Southern Africa 

By: Sane Dhlamini     21st May 2021 Professor Vimal Ranchhod from the Southern Africa Labour and Development Research Unit at the University of Cape Town (UCT) says data show there is a strong geospatial component when it comes to serious inequality in Southern Africa. He was addressing a virtual debate organised by the Embassy of... 

Geospatial issues impact inequality levels in Southern Africa

Operation Vulindlela ‘close to resolving’ debate on easing path for distributed power projects  

By: Terence Creamer     21st May 2021 Deputy Finance Minister David Masondo reports that Operation Vulindlela is close to resolving an ongoing policy discussion within government on the reforms needed to increase electricity supply “by allowing the private sector to invest more freely in its own generation”. Delivering his Budget... 

Operation Vulindlela ‘close to resolving’ debate on easing path for distributed power projects

Vaccine shortage crushes Africa’s hopes for an economic revival

By: Bloomberg     21st May 2021 This should have been a promising year for Africa. Instead, a lack of access to vaccines threatens to make things worse. After decades of progress in the continent’s fight against poverty, Covid-19 plunged 30-million Africans into “extreme poverty” last year—meaning they live on less than $1.90 a... 

Vaccine roll-out to incorporate employer sites as part of second phase

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     21st May 2021 As South Africa looks set to move into Phase 2 of its national vaccination programme, which aims to vaccinate 16.6-million people starting in May, government and Business for South Africa (B4SA) aim to involve businesses, using employer sites. While government is leading the vaccination... 

Vaccine roll-out to incorporate employer sites as part of second phase

Climate is global issue that exceeds anything seen in centuries – Anglo   

By: Martin Creamer     20th May 2021 Recent generations have defined the environment as a critical issue for humanity and climate change represents a new and sharper focus that exceeds any single global issue that we have seen in centuries, Anglo American CEO Mark Cutifani has told the Bank of America Securities Global Metals,... 

Mark Cutifani with chart showing thin slither at the top representing mining's 0.04% global footprint.
Mark Cutifani with chart showing thin slither at the top representing mining's 0.04% global footprint.

R1.35-billion contributed to vaccine costs for workers who do not have medical aid

20th May 2021 The Compensation Fund, Rand Mutual Assurance (RMA), and The Federated Employers Mutual Assurance Company (RF) Proprietary Limited (FEM) have together contributed R1.35 billion towards funding the vaccination costs for workers who do not have medical aid, heeding the President’s call for... 

Accepting vaccinated travellers should be best practice to reopen borders, says Iata

By: Schalk Burger     19th May 2021 The International Air Transport Association (Iata) says it supports unrestricted access to travel for vaccinated travellers. In cases where vaccination is not possible, access to quarantine-free travel should be provided through Covid-19 testing strategies based on widely available,... 

Patel says vision for R200bn in additional localisation has top-level corporate backing 

By: Terence Creamer     18th May 2021 Trade, Industry and Competition Minister Ebrahim Patel announced that an “accord” had been reached at the National Economic Development and Labour Council (Nedlac) to drive progressive localisation of up to R200-billion of additional production over a five-year period. Delivering his virtual... 

Trade, Industry and Competition Minister Ebrahim Patel
Trade, Industry and Competition Minister Ebrahim Patel

Mozambique attacks expected on the agenda as Ramaphosa attends Africa summit in Paris

By: News24Wire      18th May 2021 The situation in Mozambique is one of the issues expected to be on the agenda during a summit on the financing of African economies organised by French President Emmanuel Macron with African leaders on Tuesday. President Cyril Ramaphosa, who was late in confirming his physical attendance at the... 

French President Emmanuel Macron & South African President Cyril Ramaphosa
French President Emmanuel Macron & South African President Cyril Ramaphosa

Risks to economy ‘well known’ as South Africa faces third wave concerns

By: Simone Liedtke     17th May 2021 With the prospect of a third wave of Covid-19 infections a concern in South Africa, the risks to the economy of repeating past mistakes are “clear and well known”, laments Business Leadership South Africa (BLSA) CEO Busi Mavuso in her weekly newsletter. She refers to certain segments of the... 

100-bed hospital handed over in East London

By: Donna Slater     14th May 2021 Siemens South Africa, the German Ministry of Economic Cooperation and Development and the Solidarity Fund officially handed over a separate 100-bed modular hospital solution to the Cecilia Makiwane Hospital, in Mdantsane, near East London, on May 14. Built in fewer than 100 days, the hospital... 

The interior of the 100-bed modular hospital solution to the Cecilia Makiwane Hospital
The interior of the 100-bed modular hospital solution to the Cecilia Makiwane Hospital
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