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Ports authority to become an independent subsidiary of Transnet 

By: Yvonne Silaule     Updated 4 hours ago President Cyril Ramaphosa has announced that the Transnet National Ports Authority (TNPA) will become an independent subsidiary of Transnet. During a site visit to the Port of Cape Town on June 22, the President commented that the creation of a separate subsidiary would allow the ports authority... 

Ports authority to become an independent subsidiary of Transnet
The Port of Cape Town

Macro-economic study, sectoral road maps required for SA’s NEV transition 

By: Irma Venter     Updated 4 hours ago Government’s efforts to advance the use and production of new-energy vehicles (NEVs) in South Africa must include a macro-economic impact study, as well as sectoral road maps detailing how and when electro-mobility should be achieved. This is according to Intelligent Transport Society South... 

Macro-economic study, sectoral road maps required for SA’s NEV transition

Ireland scopes collaboration opportunities for agritech in Africa  

By: Marleny Arnoldi     Updated 3 hours ago Ireland’s agriculture and foreign affairs departments have joined forces to launch the Africa Agri-foods Development Programme, with the objective to encourage business partnerships between Irish agricultural stakeholders and African companies, particularly in South Africa. The Ireland... 

Ireland scopes collaboration opportunities for agritech in Africa

Afrimat Construction Index sees consolidation of recovery trend

By: Irma Venter     Updated 4 hours ago Afrimat, the JSE-listed industrial minerals, commodities and construction material openpit mining company, has released the findings of the Afrimat Construction Index (ACI) for the first quarter of the year.  The ACI is a composite index of the level of activity within the building and... 

Afrimat Construction Index sees consolidation of recovery trend

Omnia resumes dividends after strong financial year performance

By: Simone Liedtke     Updated 7 hours ago Diversified chemicals group Omnia had a strong performance for the 2021 financial year, enabling it to resume dividends and return over R1-billion to shareholders, despite the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic and general economic and sector challenges. Throughout the pandemic, JSE-listed Omnia... 

Omnia resumes dividends after strong financial year performance
Omnia's Nitric Acid Complex in Sasolburg

New global costs report confirms new renewables are undercutting existing coal

By: Terence Creamer     Updated 1 hour 7 minutes ago The cost of electricity from new solar and wind plants is increasingly undercutting the operating costs alone of existing coal‑fired power plants and strengthening the case for their early retirement, a newly released International Renewable Energy Agency (Irena) report confirms. Published on... 

New global costs report confirms new renewables are undercutting existing coal

South Africa Presidential body recommends lower emissions target

By: Bloomberg     Updated 3 hours ago A panel appointed by South African President Cyril Ramaphosa recommended that the world’s 12th-biggest producer of greenhouse gases improve its target for reducing emissions, three people familiar with the matter said. In a draft report, the Presidential Climate Change Coordinating Commission,... 

South Africa Presidential body recommends lower emissions target
President Cyril Ramaphosa

Increase pension fund money in African infrastructure development

By: Donna Slater     Updated 1 hour 37 minutes ago From a private sector and sovereign perspective, Standard Bank global infrastructure sector head Aadil Cajee says a lot of focus is being placed on pension fund reforms in Africa. He adds that the mobilisation of pension money for African infrastructure development is important.  

AfCFTA to boost private sector growth in Africa

By: Donna Slater     Updated 1 hour 47 minutes ago The African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) will boost private sector growth and reach in the continent, panellists participating in an Infrastructure Africa session on restoring economic growth, connecting African countries and optimising the AfCFTA, on June 22, concurred. AfCFTA policy... 

AUDA-Nepad launches centre to accelerate impact of science on Africa's development

By: Schalk Burger     Updated 1 hour 18 minutes ago The African Union Development Agency New Partnership for Africa's Development (AUDA-Nepad) on June 22 launched a centre of excellence (CoE) in science, technology and innovation to upscale and commercialise home-grown innovations on the continent. The centre was launched in partnership with... 

CSIR launches roadmap to address challenges that hinder smart settlements in South Africa

By: Simone Liedtke     Updated 1 hour 41 minutes ago The Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) has partnered with the departments of Science and Innovation (DSI); Human Settlements (DHS) and Water and Sanitation (DWS) to launch a Science, Technology and Innovation for Sustainable Settlements Roadmap. The roadmap, meant to upscale... 

Seifsa tables three-year wage offer

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     Updated 7 hours ago The Steel and Engineering Industries Federation of Southern Africa (Seifsa), which represents 19 affiliated employer organisations, has tabled a three-year wage deal. This followed after negotiations were held with labour unions, the National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa, Solidarity,... 

Desalination could bolster South Africa’s water supply

By: Natasha Odendaal     Updated 6 hours ago As South Africa faces a deepening water crisis, desalination should be considered as part of the solution towards water security. The 2 800 km coastline, stretching from Mozambique to Namibia, positions South Africa well to use sea water to help combat water scarcity, said ABB Energy Industries... 

Africa presents opportunity for new Tetra Pak, Synercore partnership

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     Updated 3 hours ago Food processing and packaging solutions company Tetra Pak has entered into a collaborative partnership with food research, application and ingredient company Synercore Food Holdings. During the journey from farm to factory to fork, the food supply chain can encounter any number of health hazards. 

EPP experiencing robust retail rebound on the back of Polish vaccination programme

By: Simone Liedtke     Updated 3 hours ago Poland is outpacing its original vaccination roll-out targets, resulting in a robust rebound in retail activity and promising economic prospects, said JSE-listed EPP on June 22. With one of the lowest and consistently declining Covid-19 infection rates in the European Union (EU), a growing number... 

EPP experiencing robust retail rebound on the back of Polish vaccination programme

Emira acquires eleventh US property

By: Simone Liedtke     Updated 2 hours 29 minutes ago JSE-listed Emira Property Fund has acquired its eleventh grocery-anchored dominant open-air shopping centre in the US, growing its equity investments in the country to more than R1.5-billion, or $105-million. The highly attractive Newport Pavilion power centre acquisition strengthens the quality... 

Emira acquires eleventh US property
The Newport Pavilion, in Cincinnati.

Lemon export protocol to boost investment, create jobs

By: Donna Slater     Updated 7 hours ago The recent signing of a revised citrus protocol between South Africa and China by Agriculture, Land Affairs and Rural Development Minister Thoko Didiza will secure R325-million in new export revenue and create 800 jobs in the industry, the Citrus Growers’ Association of South Africa (CGASA)... 

Kenya Airways and Delta Air Lines expand their codeshare agreement

By: Rebecca Campbell     Updated 1 hour 31 minutes ago Kenyan national flag carrier Kenya Airways and major US carrier Delta Air Lines have announced that they have expanded and enhanced their codeshare agreement. As a result, Delta will be able to increase the number of African destinations that it can offer its passengers while Kenya Airways... 

Steel production increased by 16.5% y/y in May

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     Updated 2 hours 35 minutes ago World crude steel production for the 64 countries reporting to industry association the World Steel Association (worldsteel) increased by 16.5% year-on-year to 174.4-million tonnes in May. Africa’s output increased by 65.1% year-on-year to 1.3-million tonnes in May, while output in the Middle... 

Scientists report that the planet Venus may still be geologically active

By: Rebecca Campbell     Updated 2 hours 44 minutes ago Scientists at North Carolina State University (NCSU) in the US have reported that they have found evidence of tectonic motion in the crust – also called the lithosphere – of the planet Venus. Tectonics refers to the large-scale movement of rocks, originally in the Earth’s crust or lithosphere. On... 

President’s 100 MW renewable energy reform ‘very welcome opportunity’ – Harmony Gold 

By: Martin Creamer     Updated 1 hour 27 minutes ago Harmony Gold sustainable development executive Melanie Naidoo-Vermaak on Tuesday described the decision of President Cyril Ramaphosa to lift the licence-exemption cap on own or embedded renewable energy plants from 1 MW to 100 MW as “a very welcome opportunity" for the South African mining... 

President’s 100 MW renewable energy reform ‘very welcome opportunity’ – Harmony Gold
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From top left clockwise, Harmony’s Jared Coetzer, Peter Steenkamp, Boipelo Lekubo, Anton Buthelezi, Mashego, Mashego, Beyers Nel and Marian van der Walt, during virtual ESG Day event.

Petro makes progress with Block XX exploitation licence application

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     Updated 1 hour 30 minutes ago During the course of 2020, Aim-listed Mongolian oil company Petro Matad focused on progressing the Block XX exploitation licence application, working closely with the relevant Mongolian government authorities, it noted in its financial results statement for the year ended December 31, 2020. The... 

Energy justice a useful metric for shaping broad, effective policies for a just transition

By: Schalk Burger     Updated 2 hours 43 minutes ago A just energy transition that mitigates the risks and captures the benefits of renewable energy in developing countries can be achieved through a broad policy framework developed using energy justice as a key set of metrics, say development academics University of Hamburg political science... 

Edenville makes final payment to Lind

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     Updated 3 hours ago Aim-listed Edenville Energy has now repaid, in cash, the full outstanding amount of $373 625 owing to Lind Partners under a 2018 funding agreement. This follows the company's recent £2.48-million capital raise. 

Construction company pleads innocence in R85-million border wall probe

By: News24Wire      Updated 3 hours ago A construction company involved in a R85-million border wall project in KwaZulu-Natal, which is the subject of a Special Investigation Unit probe, is adamant that it is not complicit in corruption. The ISF Group's Mandisa Buthelezi said the group welcomed the investigation and added that it would... 

Scatec says RMIPPPP could ‘revolutionise’ the way power is generated, if successful

By: Simone Liedtke     Updated 4 hours ago The Risk Mitigation Independent Power Producer Procurement Program (RMIPPPP) is a progressive step in South Africa’s energy history and, if successful, could revolutionise the way power is generated and procured in the country, suggests Scatec sub-Saharan Africa GM Jan Fourie. He notes that... 

Scatec says RMIPPPP could ‘revolutionise’ the way power is generated, if successful

South32 reiterates Paris Agreement, net zero carbon commitment 

By: Simone Liedtke     Updated 6 hours ago Diversified miner South32 has reiterated its commitment to the Paris Agreement objectives, with the miner committed to achieving net zero carbon emissions by 2050. In May, South32 announced its target to achieve a 50% reduction in Scope 1 and 2 operational emissions by the 2035 financial year. To... 

South32 reiterates Paris Agreement, net zero carbon commitment
South32 CEO Graham Kerr

South Africa to host vaccine technology transfer hub

By: Yvonne Silaule     Updated 6 hours ago South Africa has welcomed the opportunity to host a vaccine technology transfer hub and to build on the capacity and expertise that already exists on the continent as Africa struggles to obtain Covid-19 vaccine doses. President Cyril Ramaphosa welcomed the establishment of the first messenger RNA... 

South Africa to host vaccine technology transfer hub
President Cyril Ramaphosa

Civil war hardens Ethiopian Nile-dam stance, Sudan Minister says

By: Bloomberg     22nd June 2021 The carnage of Ethiopia’s civil war is making its rulers less willing to compromise with Sudan and Egypt in a dispute over the imminent filling of its giant Nile dam, a Sudan official said, as his government urges the United Nations to prevent any unilateral move. With Ethiopia embroiled in an... 

Carbon capture helpful decarbonisation tool – investment professionals  

By: Martin Creamer     21st June 2021 Carbon capture and storage is one of the tools in the toolkit that needs to be included in the decarbonisation mix if the world is to reduce emissions  effectively over a reasonable time horizon. That is the view of Carbon Infrastructure Partners president and managing partner Craig Golinowski,... 

Carbon Infrastructure Partners president Craig Golinowski interviewed by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer: Video: Darlene Creamer

Wits robotics team to compete in soccer RoboCup

By: Schalk Burger     21st June 2021 The University of the Witwatersrand (Wits) will participate in the three-dimensional simulation league of the RoboCup – a yearly artificial intelligence (AI) and robotics event with the goal to advance the state of the art of intelligent robots. Computer science students from the School of... 

Wits robotics team to compete in soccer RoboCup

Trial shows PET bottles are recyclable when wash-off label adhesive is used

By: Schalk Burger     21st June 2021 A trial of self-adhesive labels used on polyethylene terephthalate (PET) and laboratory tests afterwards demonstrated that these bottles and labels are fully recyclable, PET recycling company Petco says. PET plastic bottles with adhesive labels have hampered South African recycling processes, as... 

Petco diversifies as it anticipates increase in producer responsibility participation

By: Schalk Burger     21st June 2021 Polyethylene terephthalate (PET) plastic producer responsibility organisation (PRO) Petco announced that it is diversifying into multimaterials as it anticipates that participation in PROs will increase significantly and to ensure that its members remain compliant under new packaging... 

Biomass heating solution lowers costs

By: Donna Slater     21st June 2021 Cape Town-based heating solutions firm Calore Sustainable Energy (CSE) has developed a new biomass combustion technology that it claims delivers significant savings for industrial clients requiring heating solutions. Calore co-founder Davide Marchesini says that producing heat to generate hot... 

Pumla Gobodo-Madikizela wins Harry Oppenheimer Fellowship 2020 award

By: Sane Dhlamini     21st June 2021 The Oppenheimer Memorial Trust has awarded writer and scholar Professor Pumla Gobodo-Madikizela the prestigious Harry Oppenheimer Fellowship 2020 award. This year the Trust celebrates the twentieth anniversary of the Harry Oppenheimer Fellowship Award. 

Pumla Gobodo-Madikizela wins Harry Oppenheimer Fellowship 2020 award
Professor Pumla Gobodo-Madikizela

ITU looks to increase e-waste collection, recycling

By: Simone Liedtke     21st June 2021 With a growing information society and increasing disposable incomes, the amount of e-waste is growing, and official collection and recycling rates fail to keep pace. Globally, only 39% of countries have a national policy, legislation or regulation that covers e-waste; while in Africa, only 13... 

MTN Nigeria to inject $1.5bn into broadband expansion plans

By: Natasha Odendaal     21st June 2021 Telecommunications group MTN Nigeria plans to invest 640-billion naira, or $1.5-billion, over the next three years to expand the country’s broadband access. The move is in line with the Nigerian government’s 2020 to 2025 National Broadband Plan ambitions of 90% broadband population coverage by... 

Kenya Airways subsidiary using drones to support wildlife census

By: Rebecca Campbell     21st June 2021 Kenyan national flag carrier Kenya Airways’ subsidiary Fahari Aviation participated in the Tsavo Ecosystem Wildlife Census, which was coordinated by the Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS) and the recently created Wildlife Research and Training Institute, with financial support from the Kenyan... 

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