https://www.engineeringnews.co.za
R/€ = 19.43 Change: 0.05
R/$ = 16.39 Change: 0.09
Au 1918.52 $/oz Change: 17.89
Pt 878.88 $/oz Change: 23.34
 

Cover Story

SpaceX and Nasa inaugurate new era in crewed spaceflight

By: Rebecca CampbellOn May 30 history was made when, for the first time ever, astronauts were carried into orbit in a spacecraft that had been designed and built, and was owned and operated, by a private-sector company, in fulfilment of a commercial transport contract. Technically, it was a demonstration flight to... 

SpaceX and Nasa inaugurate new era in crewed spaceflight

First Word

News & Insight

5G launch brings opportunities, 4G remains critical

By: Natasha OdendaalAs several telecommunications groups launch fifth-generation (5G) technology, highly attractive opportunities for South African consumers, carriers and the information and communication technology industry at large start to emerge. South African mobile service providers, including MTN, Vodacom... 

Airbus offers market unequalled range of airliners

By: Rebecca CampbellEurope-based global aerospace group Airbus reports that its smallest airliner family, the A220, is proving a most useful asset, particularly at this time of the Covid-19 pandemic. Airbus acquired the A220 programme from Canadian group Bombardier, which had designated it the C-Series. “We have... 

Ariya electric car, five new SUVs destined for local market – Nissan SA

By: Irma VenterNissan South Africa (Nissan SA) will launch seven new models in South Africa in the next two years in an effort to streamline its product portfolio in line with international developments at the Japanese manufacturer, says Nissan SA CEO Shinkichi Izumi. These launches will have a strong focus on... 

Coega Development Corporation to implement Tshwane auto SEZ

By: Irma VenterThe Coega Development Corporation (CDC), the developer and operator of the Coega Special Economic Zone (SEZ), has been appointed as the implementing agent to develop and operate the Tshwane Automotive Special Economic Zone (TASEZ).  The CDC, as a public entity, is the implementing agent of... 

Covid lockdown pushes back completion dates for N4 projects

By: Irma VenterThe four major rehabilitation and expansion projects on the South African side of the N4 toll route are back on track, says toll road manager Trans African Concessions (Trac). All sites were officially opened in the second week of May and are fully operational. 

Covid-19 compliance exacting huge costs on contracted bus sector

By: Irma VenterIt costs about R1.3-million a day, or R34-million a month, for the contracted public transport bus sector to adhere to the hygiene and safety protocols implemented under the Covid-19 pandemic, says South African Bus Operators Association (Saboa) executive manager Bazil Govender. The sector... 

Crosscall Mobile launches new range of devices, with industry-first warranty

By: Natasha OdendaalFrance-headquartered outdoor mobile technology specialist Crosscall has launched a new range of rugged, waterproof and durable mobile devices in South Africa, all equipped with an industry-first three-year warranty. The latest suite of devices from the French brand includes three new smartphones... 

Evaluation of short-term power bids being hamstrung by Covid-19

By: Terence CreamerProgress on Eskom’s proposed Short-Term Power Purchase Programme, initiated to help limit load-shedding while the State-owned utility implements a so-called reliability maintenance programme across its coal fleet over the coming 18 months, is being seriously retarded by South Africa’s Covid-19... 

Evaluation of short-term power bids  being hamstrung by Covid-19

GAUTRAIN – Celebrating ten years of a state-of-the-art public transport rapid rail system

By: Creamer Media Reporter It has been ten successful years since rail transport in South Africa entered a new era with Bombela Concession Company’s opening of the Gautrain rapid rail project in June 2010 – ahead of the planned schedule to accommodate the Soccer World Cup hosted by South Africa. With ambitions of... 

Mantashe agrees to creation of engagement forum with renewables stakeholders

By: Terence CreamerMineral Resources and Energy Minister Gwede Mantashe met with renewable-energy stakeholders on Thursday in an effort to build trust, improve communication and reduce obstacles to the roll-out of renewable energy in South Africa. The virtual meeting proceeded despite the fact that the Minister had... 

Mantashe agrees to creation of engagement  forum with renewables stakeholders

Mazda unveils new BT-50 bakkie

By: Irma VenterMazda Motor Corporation has lifted the veil on its all-new Mazda BT-50 bakkie.  Fully redesigned for the first time in nine years, the new BT-50 is supplied by fellow Japanese manufacturer Isuzu Motor Limited.  

More ambitious renewables roll-out would have major benefits for SA – study

By: Terence CreamerA more ambitious renewable-energy build programme than the one outlined in the Integrated Resource Plan 2019 (IRP 2019), which already has a large renewables component, will greatly benefit South Africa and should begin immediately, a new study asserts. Produced jointly by Meridian Economics and... 

More ambitious renewables roll-out would have major benefits for SA – study

MTN opens academic category to yearly App of Year Awards

By: Natasha OdendaalTelecommunications group MTN hopes to build an ecosystem of budding problem-solving entrepreneurs and businesspeople as it introduces an academic element to the 2020 edition of the MTN Business App of the Year. The MTN Business App of the Year Awards, now in its ninth year, will see the... 

New TPT chief on navigating a business turnaround amid a pandemic

By: Terence CreamerNewly appointed Transnet Port Terminals (TPT) CEO Velile Dube, who officially assumed the role on July 1, acknowledges that his first few weeks were nothing short of a “baptism of fire”. The experience proved challenging not because Dube was new to TPT, or the broader Transnet group for that... 

New TPT chief on navigating a business  turnaround amid a pandemic

Section 12J amendments said to be muddying investment waters

By: Donna SlaterOngoing amendments to the Section 12J Income Tax Act have left investors at risk as to whether the companies in which they have either invested, or hope to invest, continue to qualify, law firm CMS South Africa partner and tax co-head Andrew Wellsted tells Engineering News. Section 12J was... 

Section 12J amendments said to be  muddying investment waters

US agency provides oxygen support for South Africa

By: Tasneem Bulbulia The US government, through the US Agency for International Development (USAID), is providing an additional $3.5-million (R59-million) to support South Africa's Department of Health’s oxygen supply, demand and reticulation strategy, as well as the department's efforts to procure supplies and... 

WEF stresses need for nature-based solutions and business involvement

By: Tasneem BulbuliaA new report published by the World Economic Forum (WEF), the 'Future of Nature and Business' report, has found that nature-positive solutions can create $10.1-trillion in economic opportunity and counter growing biodiversity losses, while creating 393-million jobs by 2030. The Covid-19 pandemic... 

WEF stresses need for nature-based solutions and business involvement

Editorial Insight

Investment milestone

By: Terence CreamerThe fact that Mozambique has been able to preside over Africa’s biggest-ever financing deal for a project located in what is the epicentre of an increasingly aggressive conflict, with international undertones, to produce a product, liquefied natural gas (LNG), that has been hit hard by the... 

Investment milestone

Mining Weekly News

Low rough-diamond demand hits De Beers hard in second quarter

By: Marleny ArnoldiDiamond miner De Beers reported a 54% year-on-year decrease in production to 3.5-million carats in the second quarter of the year. This was owing to the Covid-19 lockdown measures in South Africa, Namibia, Botswana and Canada where the miner operates.  

Low rough-diamond demand hits De Beers  hard in second quarter

Lucara hopes to make diamond supply chain more efficient

By: Mariaan WebbAmid uncertain times for the diamond industry, Canada’s Lucara Diamond Corp has managed to seal a supply agreement with a group in Antwerp, Belgium, that will secure regular cash flow, using a unique pricing mechanism. Under the agreement, the company will sell all the 10.8-plus-carat diamonds... 

Lucara hopes to make diamond supply chain more efficient

Minerals Council develops mining-focused water conservation tool

By: Natasha OdendaalMinerals Council South Africa has developed a user-friendly water conservation and water demand management (WC/WDM) tool for the mining sector to play a role in ensuring sustainable water supply in water-scarce South Africa. The WC/WDM self-assessment reporting tool (WSART) can be used by the... 

PGMs to play a greater role in lithium-ion battery development, says PTM

By: Simone LiedtkePlatinum group metals company Platinum Group Metals (PTM) believes platinum-group metals (PGMs) will start to play a greater role in the development of more efficient lithium-ion batteries. PTM recently partnered with Anglo American Platinum (Amplats) to launch a new venture, Lion Battery... 

Platinum offers ‘exponential’ boost to hydrogen electrolyser performance

By: Martin CreamerPlatinum provides an exponential improvement in the performance of electrolysers used to produce green hydrogen, says Hydrox Holdings CEO Corrie de Jager, who describes platinum’s uplift as being “amazing”. “We tried a smattering of only 9% platinum and it provided a tremendous improvement in the... 

Platinum offers ‘exponential’ boost to hydrogen electrolyser performance

‘Historic dumps’ do not appear to be MPRDA regulated

By: Creamer Media Reporter South Africa’s ‘historic dumps’ – mine dumps created prior to the promulgation of the Minerals and Petroleum Resources Development Act (MPRDA) which took effect in 2004 – do not appear to be regulated under the MPRDA, and the common law owners of such dumps do not require a right under the MPRDA... 

‘Historic dumps’ do not appear to be MPRDA regulated

Engineering News Features

Mining Weekly Features

Cartoon

Business Leader

About

Engineering News is a product of Creamer Media.
www.creamermedia.co.za

Other Creamer Media Products include:
Mining Weekly
Research Channel Africa
Polity

Read more

Subscriptions

We offer a variety of subscriptions to our Magazine, Website, PDF Reports and our photo library.

Subscriptions are available via the Creamer Media Store.

View store

Advertise

Advertising on Engineering News is an effective way to build and consolidate a company's profile among clients and prospective clients. Email advertising@creamermedia.co.za

View options
Subscribe Now for $119
Free daily email newsletter Register Now
Subscribe Close