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Digital toolbox supporting pan-African vaccination roll-outs
Digital toolbox supporting pan-African vaccination roll-outs
28th May 2021 By: Natasha Odendaal

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... 


SA is in third wave of pandemic – AfroCentric
SA is in third wave of pandemic – AfroCentric
27th May 2021 By: Sane Dhlamini

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... 


Compensation Fund calls on pensioners, workers without medical aid to line up for vaccinations
Compensation Fund calls on pensioners, workers without medical aid to line up for vaccinations
27th May 2021 By: Simone Liedtke

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... 


Macsteel confirms court challenge against ‘unlawful’ extension of safeguard duties
Macsteel confirms court challenge against ‘unlawful’ extension of safeguard duties
27th May 2021 By: Terence Creamer

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... 


Harmony CEO Peter Steenkamp receiving his Covid-19 vaccination at the Medscheme Health Facility in Florida, Roodepoort.
Newly elected Minerals Council office bearer vaccinated
27th May 2021 By: Martin Creamer

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... 


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... 


Transnet aims to implement three private sector participation projects this year
Transnet aims to implement three private sector participation projects this year
25th May 2021 By: Terence Creamer

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... 


Public Enterprises Minister Pravin Gordhan
Eskom debt solution remains a ‘work in progress’ despite reduction to R401bn
25th May 2021 By: Terence Creamer

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,... 


SA paid 25% more for Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine than high-income economies – Study
SA paid 25% more for Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine than high-income economies – Study
25th May 2021 By: Thabi Shomolekae

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... 


Aneesh Mistra, CEO Sedibeng Iron Ore
South Africans right to be very proud of country’s iron-ore – IMR
24th May 2021 By: Martin Creamer

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... 


Local specialist appointed to global One Health panel
24th May 2021 By: Schalk Burger

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... 


BLSA CEO Busi Mavuso
Critical structural reforms taking too long – BLSA
24th May 2021 By: Donna Slater

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... 


Urgent need to ramp up private vaccination sites to match dose delivery schedule
Urgent need to ramp up private vaccination sites to match dose delivery schedule
21st May 2021 By: Terence Creamer

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... 


Geospatial issues impact inequality levels in Southern Africa
Geospatial issues impact inequality levels in Southern Africa
21st May 2021 By: Sane Dhlamini

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... 


Operation Vulindlela ‘close to resolving’ debate on easing path for distributed power projects
Operation Vulindlela ‘close to resolving’ debate on easing path for distributed power projects
21st May 2021 By: Terence Creamer

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... 


Vaccine shortage crushes Africa’s hopes for an economic revival
21st May 2021 By: Bloomberg

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... 


Vaccine roll-out to incorporate employer sites as part of second phase
Vaccine roll-out to incorporate employer sites as part of second phase
21st May 2021 By: Tasneem Bulbulia

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)... 


Mark Cutifani with chart showing thin slither at the top representing mining's 0.04% global footprint.
Climate is global issue that exceeds anything seen in centuries – Anglo
20th May 2021 By: Martin Creamer

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... 


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... 


Accepting vaccinated travellers should be best practice to reopen borders, says Iata
19th May 2021 By: Schalk Burger

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... 


Trade, Industry and Competition Minister Ebrahim Patel
Patel says vision for R200bn in additional localisation has top-level corporate backing
18th May 2021 By: Terence Creamer

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... 


French President Emmanuel Macron & South African President Cyril Ramaphosa
Mozambique attacks expected on the agenda as Ramaphosa attends Africa summit in Paris
18th May 2021 By: News24Wire

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... 


Risks to economy ‘well known’ as South Africa faces third wave concerns
17th May 2021 By: Simone Liedtke

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... 


The interior of the 100-bed modular hospital solution to the Cecilia Makiwane Hospital
100-bed hospital handed over in East London
14th May 2021 By: Donna Slater

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... 


AngloGold interim CEO Christine Ramon
Renewable energy projects under investigation across AngloGold
11th May 2021 By: Martin Creamer

Renewable energy projects are under investigation across the entire AngloGold Ashanti group, AngloGold Ashanti VP: environment Tony Da Cruz told Mining Weekly on Tuesday. Da Cruz reported that the... 


Western Cape Premier Alan Winde
Winde says focus on governance has reaped good rewards for W Cape
11th May 2021 By: Sane Dhlamini

Western Cape Premier Alan Winde said on Tuesday that focusing on governance over the last few years has helped to keep the Western Cape’s unemployment rate lower than in other provinces. He was... 


Harmony Gold CEO Peter Steenkamp
Big jump in earnings margin generates strong cash ­for Harmony Gold
11th May 2021 By: Martin Creamer

Gold mining company Harmony Gold has delivered another strong set of operational results year-on-year on the back of the integration of AngloGold Ashanti assets into its portfolio and a stronger... 


‘New normal’ of elevated renewables deployments outlined in new market update
‘New normal’ of elevated renewables deployments outlined in new market update
11th May 2021 By: Terence Creamer

The International Energy Agency (IEA) has revised upwards, by 25%, its forecasts for renewable-energy capacity additions for 2021 and 2022 relative to those published in November, arguing that the... 


President Cyril Ramaphosa
Vaccine should be made available to all, not just to the highest bidders – Ramaphosa
10th May 2021 By: Thabi Shomolekae

President Cyril Ramaphosa has said that if the international community is truly committed to human rights and the values of equality and non-discrimination, vaccines should be viewed as a global... 


AngloGold Ashanti interim CEO Christine Ramon
AngloGold Q1 earnings rise to $203m despite lower production, higher costs
10th May 2021 By: Martin Creamer

Gold mining company AngloGold Ashanti reported first quarter headline earnings of $203-million, driven by the higher gold price. Q1 production of 2021 of 588 000 oz was down on the 630 000 oz for... 


Covid-19 vaccines
US support for Covid-19 vaccine waiver welcomed, but much more to be done
7th May 2021 By: Tasneem Bulbulia

The US administration’s announcement this week of support to waive intellectual property (IP) protections for Covid-19 vaccines is a positive step to overcoming legal and other barriers to... 


Aspen says it can produce generic Covid-19 vaccines in SA amid US support for patent waiver 
7th May 2021 By: News24Wire

On Thursday, the US shocked many by announcing that it would support a temporary patent waiver on Covid-19 vaccines. Currently, only pharmaceutical companies that own the patents for the vaccines... 


Gold Fields CEO Chris Griffith
Gold Fields on track to deliver on guidance
6th May 2021 By: Martin Creamer

Notwithstanding the impact of Covid-19, gold mining company Gold Fields produced attributable equivalent gold production of 541 000oz, which was largely flat year-on-year and down 9%... 


SA Novavax vaccine trial shows efficacy against B.1.351 Covid-19 variant
SA Novavax vaccine trial shows efficacy against B.1.351 Covid-19 variant
6th May 2021 By: Sane Dhlamini

Results from the University of the Witwatersrand Novavax coronavirus vaccine trial show 51% efficacy against the B.1.351 variant in a South African study with HIV negative participants. A group in... 


Rapidly spreading variants compound Africa’s coronavirus woes
5th May 2021 By: Bloomberg

New coronavirus variants have proliferated across southern and eastern Africa, exacerbating the challenge of bringing the pandemic under control, analysis of the genomics data shows. A strain first... 


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