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Covid-19

Carbide recycling can create jobs for mine communities – Sandvik  

By: Martin Creamer     29th September 2020 The local extraction of carbide inserts can create job opportunities for communities living around mines – “a true win, win, win situation for society, our customers and ourselves”, Sandvik rock tools division VP Nina Axman enthused on Tuesday. Sandvik is developing a new recycling process that... 

Genstar collaborates with US firm to bring antibacterial lighting to South Africa

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     29th September 2020 A South African company has clinched a deal to distribute a new lighting technology that it says is able to suppress bacteria in the air and on surfaces using a narrow spectrum of visible light. The licensing agreement covering the technology involves Johannesburg-based Genstar Emergency Lighting... 

Covid-19 highlights critical requirement for a robust defence force

By: Donna Slater     29th September 2020 Key to South Africa’s combatting of the Covid-19 pandemic has been the efforts of the South African National Defence Force (SANDF), which has been at the “eye of the storm”, having been heavily engaged with combatting the spread of the disease, says National Defence Industry Council director... 

NUM supports Cosatu strike against corruption  

By: Sane Dhlamini     29th September 2020 The National Union of Mineworkers said on Tuesday that it would take part in the Congress of South African Trade Unions’ October 7 strike against corruption. NUM said while it noted efforts from President Cyril Ramaphosa to fight corruption, workers were losing confidence in government’s ability... 

NUM supports Cosatu strike against corruption

Covid-19 Africa Rapid Grant Fund will support 80 research, science advice projects

By: Marleny Arnoldi     29th September 2020 Eighty projects across 17 African countries have been selected for funding under the Covid-19 Africa Rapid Grant Fund. The fund was launched in May, valued at close to R80-million, or $4.75-million.  

DWS services E Cape communities affected by drought for R6m

By: Yvonne Silaule     29th September 2020 The Department of Water and Sanitation and service delivery partner Amatola Water have distributed 5 694 water tanks and 171 water trucks to service communities around the Eastern Cape as part of government’s drought and Covid-19 intervention. DWS spokesperson Sputnik Ratau said while the... 

DWS services E Cape communities affected by drought for R6m

Sendmarc fund to protect South African healthcare workers against phishing attacks

By: Schalk Burger     29th September 2020 Anti-phishing company Sendmarc has established a R1-million fund – the Sendmarc Protect our Protectors programme – to help South Africa’s frontline responders protect their staff, patients and suppliers from phishing attacks amid the Covid-19 global pandemic. The fund was launched in September in... 

Emirates flights to King Shaka International to resume, says MEC

By: Yvonne Silaule     28th September 2020 Airline Emirates will soon resume flights to the King Shaka International Airport, in KwaZulu-Natal,  MEC for Economic Development, Tourism and Environmental Affairs Nomusa Dube-Ncube said on September 28. Flights were previously suspended as a result of the Covid-19-related lockdown in South... 

LG affirms commitment to providing quality air purification solutions for MEA region  

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     28th September 2020 The pandemic has heightened concerns over health and air quality and LG Air Solutions' latest portfolio of air purification solutions for the Middle East and Africa (MEA) region aims to deal with the growing concerns about air quality inside buildings and facilities, as well as outdoors. This was... 

LG affirms commitment to providing quality air purification solutions for MEA region
LG Middle East and Africa Air Solutions Engineering Sales Team regional direction Iyad Jurdy, and MEA Air Solution Engineering Sales Team team leader Prabhjeet Singh Channa outline the company’s latest portfolio of air purification solutions for the Middle East and Africa.

South Africa has 22 operating manganese mines – AmaranthCX ­ 

By: Martin Creamer     28th September 2020 South Africa has 22 operating manganese mines, with only four of them owned in part by Johannesburg Stock Exchange (JSE)-listed companies, AmaranthCX director Paul Miller has calculated. All are in the Northern Cape, except for four small mines well outside the Northern Cape in the North West,... 

South Africa has 22 operating manganese mines – AmaranthCX ­
Mamatwan manganese mine in South Africa's Northern Cape.

L2D portfolio recovering from Covid-19 blow

By: Simone Liedtke     28th September 2020 While the reopening of the South African economy has contributed to a recovery in trading conditions for Liberty Two Degrees (L2D), the company’s operational performance for the first six months of this year was significantly impacted by the Covid-19 pandemic and the implementation of a national... 

SEZ webinar to spotlight economic growth potential, industrialisation

By: Donna Slater     28th September 2020 The Department of Trade, Industry and Competition (DTIC), in partnership with the Centre for Development and Enterprise (CDE), will on September 29 host a webinar on the role of special economic zones (SEZs) as drivers of economic growth and industrialisation.   Trade, Industry and Competition... 

IPP procurement a signal that growth-enhancing reform is moving ahead – Ramaphosa  

By: Terence Creamer     28th September 2020 President Cyril Ramaphosa says the Gazetting of a Ministerial determination enabling the development of more than 11 800 MW of new electricity capacity by independent power producers signals government’s intention to move ahead with one of the key reforms needed to unlock growth and investment in... 

IPP procurement a signal that growth-enhancing reform is moving ahead – Ramaphosa
Photo by Creamer Media
President Cyril Ramaphosa

Green hydrogen economy growing rapidly – Hatch  

By: Martin Creamer     25th September 2020 At Glencore’s Raglan Mine, in Canada, a closed loop, microgrid system converts excess wind power to hydrogen, which is then stored in tanks. During periods of low wind power, a fuel cell produces electricity from the stored hydrogen, and within the facility are also innovations such as a battery... 

Green hydrogen economy growing rapidly – Hatch
Photo by Raglan Mine
Glencore's Raglan Mine in Canada.

G20 Trade Ministers support economic diversification

By: Yvonne Silaule     25th September 2020 Ministers from the largest economies – including the US, China, the EU, India, Japan, Brazil and Indonesia – attended the G20 Trade and Investment Ministers meeting earlier this week, where they took a stance to support economic diversification. South Africa was the only country representing the... 

G20 Trade Ministers support economic diversification
Minister of Trade, Industry and Competition Ebrahim Patel

IFC backs Imperial rollout of modular Covid-19 screening, treatment units

By: Marleny Arnoldi     23rd September 2020 The International Finance Corporation (IFC) has partnered with JSE-listed logistics group Imperial to develop a modular Covid-19 screening and treatment healthcare infrastructure programme in sub-Saharan Africa. With support from IFC, Imperial will first develop a pilot project in South Africa... 

IFC backs Imperial rollout of modular Covid-19 screening, treatment units
An Unjani Clinics modular primary healthcare unit

UNWTO, Google partner to drive digital innovation in the tourism sector

By: Donna Slater     23rd September 2020 The United Nations World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO) and Google have partnered to boost digital transformation of the tourism sector with the development of an online Acceleration Programme for UNWTO member States’ tourism Ministers, top travel associations and tourism boards to further develop... 

Africa Foundation calls for all borders to be opened to save tourism sector

By: Donna Slater     23rd September 2020 Each day South Africa keeps its borders closed, albeit partially, the negative effects are felt by communities dependent on tourism for survival, says independent nonprofit organisation Africa Foundation business development manager Rebekah Copham. She says the sooner government reopens borders... 

Inequalities hamper remote learning in S Africa – UCT study

By: Sane Dhlamini     23rd September 2020 A recent University of Cape Town study has revealed that technical and vocational education and training students are faring worse than university students in terms of internet access for remote learning. The study was conducted by researchers Dr Nicola Branson, Emma Whitelaw and Samantha... 

Inequalities hamper remote learning in S Africa – UCT study

Pandemic presents opportunity to rethink PEPs, speaker says

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     23rd September 2020 There is a need to reconsider the approach of Public Employment Programmes (PEPs) and to structure these to upskill workers for the workplace of the future, a webinar hosted by the Department of Public Works and Infrastructure on September 22 has revealed. Development Economist consultant Liesel... 

World airline body calls for pre-flight Covid-19 testing of air passengers 

By: Rebecca Campbell     23rd September 2020 The International Air Transport Association (Iata), which is the global representative body of the airline industry, is calling for the testing of all air passengers for Covid-19 before they embark on their flights. It is urging “the development and deployment of rapid, accurate, affordable,... 

World airline body calls for pre-flight Covid-19 testing of air passengers
Photo by Iata
Alexandre de Juniac

Green hydrogen study integrating SADC ahead of trillion dollar market emergence   

By: Martin Creamer     23rd September 2020 JOHANNESBURG (miningweekly.com) – A German-funded project to develop a green hydrogen atlas across Southern Africa is integrating the Southern African Development Community (SADC) region ahead of the projected opening up of a trillion dollar market going into the future. 

Green hydrogen study integrating SADC ahead of trillion dollar market emergence
Sasscol executive director Dr Jane Olwoch interviewed by Engineering News & Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

Tourism sector pledges to support South Africa’s economic recovery

By: Donna Slater     22nd September 2020 An enabling environment can further boost the multiplier effects of tourism on job creation and economic growth in regions not supported by other industries, says #IAmTourism lobby spokesperson Thembi Kunene-Msimang. She says the economic recovery from the Covid-19 pandemic presents a unique... 

Tourism sector pledges to support South Africa’s economic recovery
#IAmTourism lobby spokesperson Thembi Kunene-Msimang

Public funding for SAA undermines government credibility and endangers State finances

By: Rebecca Campbell     22nd September 2020 The government’s undertaking to reprioritise State funding in order to finance State-owned national flag carrier South African Airways (SAA) and so prevent its liquidation represented a defeat for the National Treasury (NT) and undermined the credibility of the government, Intellidex analyst... 

Alaris Holdings holds steady, despite Covid-19 challenges 

By: Simone Liedtke     22nd September 2020 Radio frequency (RF) technology group Alaris Holdings’ financial results for the year ended June 30, was severely impacted by the Covid-19 pandemic and subsequent hard lockdown, leading to a 24% decrease in headline earnings per share (HEPS) to 25.8c. “There would have been some growth, had it... 

Alaris Holdings holds steady, despite Covid-19 challenges
Alaris executive finance director Elsie Müller gives more detail on the company's results for the 2020 financial year. Video: Creamer Media's Kutlwano Matlala. Editing: Creamer Media's Nicholas Boyd.

Tongaat's sale of its starch business to Barloworld to proceed

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     22nd September 2020 An independent expert Rothschild & Co has determined that a material adverse change (MAC) has not occurred in the proposed sale of Tongaat Hulett's starch business to Barloworld subsidiary KLL Group. Tongaat in February agreed to sell the starch business to the Barloworld subsidiary for... 

SAPA lauds refocus on poultry master plan

By: Donna Slater     22nd September 2020 Despite the serious impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on the local poultry industry, the South African Poultry Association (SAPA) welcomes the renewed focus on the Poultry Industry Master Plan, and praises Trade, Industry and Competition Minister Ebrahim Patel and Agriculture, Land Reform and Rural... 

CCBSA continues to ramp up solar power generation capacity

By: Simone Liedtke     22nd September 2020 Coca-Cola Beverages South Africa (CCBSA) has ramped up its solar power generation capacity, with seven of its 13 manufacturing facilities now using solar power. CCBSA is plans to install solar power capacity at a further five of its plants by the end of this year. 

CCBSA continues to ramp up solar power generation capacity
Sopal power panels at one of CCBSA's manufacturing plants.

Govt undertakes rhino conservation efforts as world celebrates Rhino Day

By: Yvonne Silaule     22nd September 2020 As part of efforts to commemorate World Rhino Day, on Tuesday, and to protect South Africa’s rhino populations, government has launched a number of conservation initiatives. Environment, Forestry and Fisheries Minister Barbara Creecy has announced the Integrated Wildlife Zone initiative, which... 

Govt undertakes rhino conservation efforts as world celebrates Rhino Day

R27m relief fund launched for W Cape businesses  

By: Yvonne Silaule     22nd September 2020 The Western Cape province has launched a R27-million Covid-19 Business Relief Fund in support of small businesses affected by the Covid-19 pandemic. Western Cape spokesperson for the Minister of Finance and Economic Opportunities Francine Higham said in a statement released on Tuesday that the... 

R27m relief fund launched for W Cape businesses

Attacq decides against declaring a full-year dividend to preserve liquidity 

By: Donna Slater     22nd September 2020 Real estate investment trust (Reit) Attacq experienced a decline in distributable earnings during the last six months six months of the financial year ended June 30, mainly as a result of tenant rent relief measures to help tenants through the worst of the Covid-19 lockdown. The company was... 

Attacq decides against declaring a full-year dividend to preserve liquidity
Attacq CEO Melt Hamman and COO Jackie van Niekerk discuss the group’s financial six-month results for the year ended June 30.

FNB/BER Civil Confidence Index rises, but sentiment still depressed

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     22nd September 2020 Sentiment in the civil construction sector, as measured by the First National Bank (FNB)/Bureau for Economic Research (BER) Civil Confidence Index, increased to a still-low level of 11 in the third quarter, from an all-time low of five in the second quarter. Despite having increased by six... 

Authorities laudably supportive of grid-tied Pan African solar project – coordinator 

By: Martin Creamer     22nd September 2020 The authorities have been laudably supportive of the R150-million grid-tied photovoltaic solar project that is to be built to supply electricity to Pan African Resources’ highly successful Elikhulu tailings retreatment plant in Evander, Mpumalanga. The nigh-10 MW solar plant, which is expected to... 

Authorities laudably supportive of grid-tied Pan African solar project – coordinator
Photo by Pan African Resources
Elikhulu tailings retreatment plant at Evander, in Mpumalanga.

TIPS Tracker: The economy and the pandemic

21st September 2020 Trade and Industrial Policy Strategies' (TIPS's) 'Tracker: The economy and the pandemic' highlights important trends in the Covid-19 pandemic in South Africa and how they affect the economy. Since August 18, when the country moved to Level 2 of the lockdown, the number of cases has plateaued at... 

Economic pinch puts spotlight on green building

By: Simone Liedtke     21st September 2020 South Africa’s construction industry continues to suffer the effects of the national lockdown, a consequence of the Covid-19 pandemic. Unexpected delays and disruptions have resulted in increasing construction costs, which have had a knock-on effect for both developers and end-users, says student... 

Hulamin expects to return to profitability in the second half of this year 

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     21st September 2020 Significant cost reduction efforts, coupled with stringent controls over working capital, helped to reduce the impact of Covid-19-related restrictions on aluminium supplier Hulamin's performance for the six months ended June 30, CEO Richard Jacob said on September 21. The company noted that cost... 

Hulamin expects to return to profitability in the second half of this year
Richard Jacob

Global chromium production impacted by Covid-19 outbreak, says ICDA

By: Schalk Burger     21st September 2020 Global chromium production impacted by Covid-19 outbreak, says ICDA Chromium production and consumption remained constrained during the second quarter of this year, in line with lockdown restrictions implemented in various countries, says the International Chromium Development Association (ICDA). 

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