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Cover Story

SA’s ferrochrome retreat points to steady erosion of competitiveness

By: Nadine JamesThe local chromium industry is ostensibly being cut out of global ferrochrome production, owing to its eroding competitiveness and the comparatively ‘low-hanging fruit’ of supplying chromite. While it is seemingly economically expedient at present, the continued decline in local ferrochrome... 

SA’s ferrochrome retreat points to steady erosion of competitiveness

First Word

South Africa needs a hydrogen roadmap and it needs one fast

By: Martin CreamerIn April 2016, I listened to then Science and Technology Minister Naledi Pandor say that the South African government was working on a fuel cell and hydrogen roadmap. She was speaking at the launch of a hydrogen refuelling station at Impala Platinum in Springs. “It’s about an economic development... 

South Africa needs a hydrogen  roadmap and it needs one fast

News & Insight

Airline association calls on African governments to abandon quarantining

By: Rebecca CampbellThe global representative body of the airline industry, the International Air Transport Association (Iata), has called on African and Middle Eastern (AME) governments to abandon quarantine measures for arriving air passengers. These policies were doing grave damage to those countries’ aviation... 

AMSA seeks IPP bids for roll-out of solar across operations

By: Terence CreamerJSE-listed steel producer ArcelorMittal South Africa (AMSA) has become the latest South African company to release a request for information (RFI) to independent power producers (IPPs) to build, own and operate solar photovoltaic (PV) power plants across its six operational sites. The group has... 

AMSA seeks IPP bids for roll-out of solar across operations

Condra supplies nine telescopic cranes to chemicals company

By: Natasha OdendaalCrane manufacturer and refurbishment specialist Condra is deploying telescopic cranes to help a South African chemicals company with the production of large volumes of alcohol for hand sanitisers. Recently tested and soon to be delivered, Condra’s order for nine double-girder cranes with... 

Condra supplies nine telescopic cranes to chemicals company

Court ruling goes against insurers on Covid-19 claims, but they remain stubborn

By: Rebecca CampbellThe Western Cape High Court recently ordered insurance company Guardrisk to pay the business interruption claims of Cape restaurant Cafe Chameleon. The ruling was welcomed by specialist public loss adjustment firm Insurance Claims Africa (ICA). “This is a significant win for the tourism and... 

Covid-19 adds new layer to the challenge of education inclusion

By: Natasha OdendaalThe sudden shutdown of educational institutions worldwide, owing to the unprecedented Covid-19 pandemic, has exposed and widened the educational inequality gap, as half the world is unable to adjust to a life of online and digital learning. The Covid-19 restrictions are taking a toll particularly... 

Discovery of metals on the Moon aids development of lunar formation theories

By: Rebecca CampbellScientists using data from the US National Aeronautics and Space Administration’s (Nasa’s) Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO) spacecraft have discovered evidence that the Moon might, underneath its surface, be richer in metals (such as iron and titanium) than had previously been believed. Nasa is... 

Durban car terminal sets new record

By: Irma VenterThe Durban Car Terminal (DCT) has broken its handling record for two years running, with exports and transhipments playing a key role in the latest achievement.   The terminal handled more than 526 000 fully built vehicles/units (FBUs) against a target of 487 000 FBUs during the 2019/20 financial... 

Economic spinoffs of SA’s energy transition likened to new ‘gold rush’

By: Terence CreamerSouth Africa’s energy transition from coal to cleaner energy carries an economic opportunity equivalent to the discovery of gold in the country more than a century ago, a new South African National Energy Association (Sanea) report argues. Published on June 30, the ‘South African Energy Risk... 

Economic spinoffs of SA’s energy transition  likened to new ‘gold rush’

Green hydrogen opportunity for South Africa to drive recovery

By: Simone LiedtkeThe opportunity for South Africa to couple its renewable energy economic stimulus to non-electricity prospects presents the possibility for a new power export market, which can be laid now. The economic and energy benefits of green hydrogen is one of the many prospects discussed during the recent... 

Green hydrogen opportunity for  South Africa to drive recovery

June new-vehicle sales decline by 31%, exports down 39%

By: Irma VenterThe South African new-vehicle market returned to its first full month of sales in June since the Covid-19 lockdown started.  However, this did not mean a return to the level of sales seen before the pandemic, as the domestic market remains under pressure. 

Nersa’s Gumede calls for overhaul of ‘outdated’ electricity tariff methodology

By: Terence CreamerNational Energy Regulator of South Africa (Nersa) fulltime member for electricity Nhlanhla Gumede has called for the regulatory methodology used to set electricity tariffs in South Africa to be overhauled, arguing that the multiyear price determination (MYPD) approach is not aligned with the... 

Nersa’s Gumede calls for overhaul of ‘outdated’ electricity tariff methodology

Paratus grows Botswana base

By: Natasha OdendaalConverged telecommunications services company Paratus has further cemented its footprint in Botswana. A multimillion-dollar investment in its own infrastructure and a strategic partnership within Botswana are making the company’s bid to deliver Africa’s high-quality network a reality, building a... 

PPP steps in to salvage insolvent internet satellite communications firm

By: Rebecca CampbellUK-domiciled but US-based global internet satellite communications company OneWeb, which became insolvent because of the effects of the Covid-19 pandemic, has been bought by an international public private partnership (PPP). OneWeb’s aim was to establish a constellation of, at first, 650... 

Prestank

By: Creamer Media Reporter Prestank is a sectional, pressed steel water tank produced by Structa Technology, a member of the Structa group of companies and a Level 1 broad-based black economic-empowerment contributor.  As a leader in water storage solutions, Prestank has manufactured water tanks for more than 40 years. 

Prestank

Reopening of economies boosts metals prices, but risks persist

By: Marleny ArnoldiSince lockdown measures have started to ease around the world to contain Covid-19, ratings and research agency Standard & Poor’s Global (S&P Global) says the reopening of economies, combined with monetary stimulus by banks and governments, has allowed industrial metal prices to rise. However,... 

Reopening of economies boosts  metals prices, but risks persist

Sasol narrows immediate asset-disposal focus to ‘top ten’ list

By: Terence CreamerChemicals and energy group Sasol has developed a list of ten major assets that will be prioritised for sale in the coming weeks and months as it moves to streamline the business into what is being termed ‘Sasol 2.0’, while also raising proceeds to help it reduce a $9.5-billion debt burden. In... 

Sasol narrows immediate asset-disposal focus to ‘top ten’ list

South Africa adopts new LPG pricing formula

By: Marleny ArnoldiThe Department of Mineral Resources and Energy has switched to a new formula for calculating official domestic liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) prices. The formula is linked to global energy and commodity price reporting agency Argus’ calculations of freight and logistics costs.  

UJ engineers develop 3D-printed ventilator that supports multiple patients 

By: Irma VenterAn engineering team from the University of Johannesburg (UJ) has designed and developed a portable three-dimensional- (3D-) printed mechanical ventilator that has a customisable base plate to treat multiple patients. The ventilator, named Aura Imprimere – meaning a breeze of air provided by... 

Unique Group develops Covid-19 pressure ventilator system for Africa

By: Irma VenterCape Town-based subsea engineering expert MMO, a Unique Group company, has completed beta-testing of its in-house-designed Uni-Life 100, a noninvasive positive pressure ventilation system. Developed using the technical expertise and production support of Unique Group, the system has been... 

Editorial Insight

Time for action

By: Terence CreamerThere is a growing sense that, unless key stakeholders, especially labour, begin to see some practical planning and action around South Africa’s so-called just transition to a low-carbon economy opposition to the transition could rise. The lack of action to date is frustrating, especially given... 

Time for action

Mining Weekly News

DN Invest, MIC conclude R760m empowerment transaction

By: Natasha OdendaalDiversified and niche telecommunications, retail, distribution and technology services company DN Invest (DNI) has concluded an empowerment transaction with broad-based black economic empowerment investment holding company Mineworkers Investment Company (MIC). MIC Investment Holdings acquired... 

Hydrogen-powered aviation preparing for takeoff – study

By: Martin CreamerHydrogen as an energy source will play a key role in transforming aviation into a zero-carbon/climate-neutral system over the next few decades, an independent study states in estimating that the first short-range hydrogen-powered demonstrator could be developed by 2028 if sufficient investments... 

Hydrogen-powered aviation preparing for takeoff – study

Mining will need long-term strategies to survive new normal

By: Simone LiedtkeFor the mining industry to be successful post-Covid-19, the industry will require long-term strategies to deal with its challenges, which includes the pandemic. In a webinar hosted by the London Bullion Market Association (LBMA) on July 2, investment management firm Orion Resource Partners... 

Mining will need long-term strategies  to survive new normal

R10m Covid testing lab unveiled at De Beers’ Venetia diamond mine

By: Martin CreamerDe Beers Venetia Mine has unveiled a R10-million coronavirus testing laboratory that will be used to check the diamond mines’ employees and contractors for Covid-19. Discussion with the Department of Health is also under way on assisting with the government’s screening efforts in the mine’s... 

R10m Covid testing lab unveiled at  De Beers’ Venetia diamond mine

RBPlat opens 200-bed field hospital to support Covid-19 fight

By: Simone LiedtkePlatinum group metals miner Royal Bafokeng Platinum (RBPlat), together with the North West Department of Health, has officially opened the 200-bed Royal Bafokeng Platinum Field Hospital, in Rustenburg, at a cost of about R10-million, to support government’s already overburdened resources in the... 

RBPlat opens 200-bed field  hospital to support Covid-19 fight

Swedish Stirling, Samancor sign clean-energy MoU

By: Tasneem BulbuliaClean tech company Swedish Stirling and South African ferrochrome producer Samancor Chrome have entered into a memorandum of understanding regarding the possible installation of up to 135 PWR BLOKs at Samancor Chrome’s TC Smelter, Ferrometals and Tubatse Alloys smelters. On December 13, 2019,... 

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