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Australia views resources resilience as core to post-pandemic recovery

By: Esmarie IannucciThe onset of the Covid-19 pandemic early in 2020 completely changed the global social and economic landscape, causing travel restrictions and physical distancing precautions in an effort to halt the spread of the virus. Commodity prices, specifically that of oil and oil price-linked liquefied... 

Australia views resources resilience as core to post-pandemic recovery

First Word

Kumba doing right thing to explore in our wonderfully endowed Northern Cape

By: Martin CreamerHats off to Anglo American group company Kumba Iron Ore, led by CEO Themba Mkhwanazi, for doing such exciting mining exploration in our wonderfully prospective Northern Cape. South Africa needs so much more of this kind of exploration, as this month’s document by the economic transformation... 

Kumba doing right thing to explore in our wonderfully endowed Northern Cape

News & Insight

200 smart NB-IoT meters installed in North West community

By: Natasha OdendaalVodacom Business, Mezzanine, EMS Solutions and Honeywell Smart Energy have installed more than 200 narrowband-Internet of Things (NB-IoT) automated meter reading (AMR) water sensors across the Matlosana municipality, in the North West. The pilot project will prove the use cases and benefits of... 

2020 Sasol Solar Challenge postponed to early 2021

By: Irma VenterThe 2020 Sasol Solar Challenge (SSC) has been postponed to early 2021. The solar car racing event is provisionally scheduled to take place from February 19 to February 26, 2021, instead of September this year, as initially planned, say the organisers. 

Alstom Southern Africa appoints new MD

By: Irma VenterRail transport company Alstom has appointed Bernard Peille the new MD of Alstom Southern Africa, effective July 15.  Peille joined Alstom in 1989. He has more than 30 years’ experience in the railway industry, with particular expertise in design, industrial site development, management of rolling... 

Bank expects Covid-19 crisis to accelerate renewables roll-outs in Africa

By: Tasneem BulbuliaThe Covid-19 crisis has highlighted the need for Africa to develop flexible energy systems in which renewables and decentralised technologies play a far greater role, says financial services provider Standard Bank Group. 

Cautious optimism in used-car market, says AutoTrader

By: Irma VenterThere is reason for “cautious optimism” when it comes to the used-car market in South Africa, says AutoTrader CEO George Mienie. “Prices have begun to increase – albeit slightly – while cars are also selling faster than experienced earlier this year. Both of these factors bode well for the... 

Concern raised over R1.5bn cut to electrification budget

By: Terence CreamerConcern continues to be raised over the fact that the biggest cut made to the Department of Minerals Resources and Energy’s 2020/21 budget is for the electrification of poor households, especially in those province with the largest connection backlogs. The cuts, which were signalled in early... 

Concern raised over R1.5bn cut to electrification budget

Covid-19 infrastructure response should focus on water and sanitation

By: Natasha OdendaalWater and sanitation infrastructure should be a top priority as South Africa recovers from the devastation of Covid-19 pandemic-related restrictions, a new Trade and Industrial Policy Strategies policy brief proposes. The opportunity to leverage an infrastructure- and job-creation-led Covid-19... 

Departments will have to submit productivity assessments from next year

By: Marleny ArnoldiThe Department of Public Service and Administration (DPSA) has confirmed that all government departments will be legally mandated to submit productivity assessment reports from the end of March 2021. The reports will be assessed according to a tool developed by DPSA, which was approved by the... 

Embedded, distributed generation will create jobs, enhance energy security

By: Schalk BurgerAllowing for the greater development of embedded and distributed generation assets will help to create and sustain jobs, as well as bolster energy security and business continuity, says economic development advisory company ED Platform head of strategy and growth Maloba Tshehla. Embedded... 

Fiat, Peugeot merge to form Stellantis, but no changes yet in South Africa

By: Irma VenterPeugeot (Groupe PSA) and Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) have announced the corporate name of the new group as they move towards the completion of a 50:50 merger as defined in the combination agreement announced on December 18 last year. The corporate name of the new automaker will be Stellantis. 

GSMA launches mobile money interoperability test platform

By: Natasha OdendaalA year after the launch of the GSMA Inclusive Tech Lab, an industry collaboration established to drive innovation in inclusive technologies for the underserved, GMSA has unveiled the Mobile Money Interoperability Test Platform (ITP), which aims to help make transactions more seamless in emerging... 

Hyundai installs rooftop solar system at its parts centre

By: Irma VenterHyundai Automotive South Africa (HASA) has cut the ribbon on a more than R3-million  solar energy system at its parts distribution centre (PDC) in Ekurhuleni. 

Iata reports that African airlines likely to lose $2-billion this year

By: Rebecca CampbellThe global airline industry’s representative body, the International Air Transport Association (Iata), released, late last month, its latest analysis and forecast regarding the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on Africa’s airline sector. The continent’s airlines are expected to suffer total losses... 

New approach suggests the universe is younger than previously believed

By: Rebecca CampbellUsing a new approach, a team of scientists at the University of Oregon (UO), in the US, have come up with a new estimate for the age of the universe – 12.6-billion years. Since 2013, the generally accepted age of the universe has been 13.77-billion years. (This figure was derived using data from... 

Renewables zones in Emalahleni and Klerksdorp part of just-transition vision

By: Terence CreamerEnvironment, Forestry and Fisheries Minister Barbara Creecy has made a direct link between government’s proposed designation of Renewable Energy Development Zones (REDZs) in the coal and gold mining towns of Emalahleni and Klerksdorp respectively, and South Africa’s just transition to a... 

Renewables zones in Emalahleni and Klerksdorp  part of just-transition vision

South Africa must find niche in ‘tectonic’ shift towards greener industries

By: Terence CreamerTrade, Industry and Competition Minister Ebrahim Patel reports that the department is canvassing the ideas of talented people inside and outside his department on a just transition to a greener economy, arguing that the “tectonic shifts” towards greener industries will provide new opportunities... 

South Africa must find niche in ‘tectonic’  shift towards greener industries

Trac sees volumes improving after more than 70% drop in traffic  

By: Irma VenterTrans African Concessions (Trac) says traffic volumes are steadily increasing on the N4 between South Africa and Mozambique after South Africa moved from Alert Level 5 to Alert Level 4 and then on to Level 3 in its programme to battle the Covid-19 pandemic. Trac manages the N4 toll route starting... 

UK funding capacity building at African Centre of Excellence at Stellenbosch University

By: Rebecca CampbellStellenbosch University’s African Research Universities Alliance (ARUA) Centre of Excellence (CoE) in Energy is to receive funding of R12-million over two years from the UK. The money is being provided by Britain’s science, technology and innovation funding agency, UK Research and Innovation... 

Vodacom, Alipay partner to launch new lifestyle, payments super app

By: Natasha OdendaalVodacom Financial Services has teamed up with digital lifestyle services platform Alipay to develop inclusive mobile solutions for South African consumers and merchants in a technology partnership aimed at reinventing the mobile fintech ecosystem. The partnership will see the development of a... 

Editorial Insight

Wake-up call

By: Terence CreamerWhether or not the National Energy Regulator of South Africa (Nersa) appeals the recent adverse High Court judgment against it in relation to its mistreatment of a R69-billion equity injection into Eskom, the ruling serves as a wake-up call for energy policymakers and regulators. Judge Fayeeza... 

Wake-up call

Mining Weekly News

215 000 oz/y Yaouré remains on track for December gold pour

By: Mariaan WebbThe Yaouré gold project, in Côte d'Ivoire, remains on track to achieve the stretch target of first gold pour in December, dual-listed Perseus Mining reported on Monday. Three employees at Yaouré tested positive for Covid-19 this month, but the company said it had successfully contained the... 

215 000 oz/y Yaouré remains on track for December gold pour

Australia’s Cabinet approves single-touch approvals for major projects

By: Esmarie Iannucci The National Cabinet on Friday agreed to move to single-touch environmental approvals underpinned by national environmental standards for Commonwealth environmental matters. Prime Minister Scott Morrison said the government was also hoping to cut excessive waiting time for project approvals,... 

Australia’s Cabinet approves single-touch approvals for major projects

BASF, partner to accelerate mining’s digital transformation

By: Natasha OdendaalGlobal chemicals company BASF and industrial artificial intelligence (AI) company have entered into an exclusive partnership to combine mineral processing, ore beneficiation chemistry and industrial AI technology expertise. The new BASF Intelligent Mine powered by an... 

Fatality-free Amplats delivers higher earnings, declares dividend

By: Martin CreamerPlatinum group metals (PGM) mining and marketing company Anglo American Platinum (Amplats) on Monday reported a robust set of financial results and a strong safety performance, illustrating the resilience of the business despite significant headwinds. The JSE-listed company delivered 6%-higher... 

Fatality-free Amplats delivers higher  earnings, declares dividend

Menar’s R250m cash-funded solar-served East Manganese project is under way

By: Martin CreamerInitial project activities are under way at the R250-million cash-funded East Manganese project in Hotazel, Northern Cape, where the hot sun will be harvested to provide solar power to the mine’s infrastructure. The development forms part of the company’s strategy of building a manganese... 

Menar’s R250m cash-funded solar-served East Manganese project is under way

Minergy exports first coal to South African client

By: Donna SlaterBotswana-based coal miner Minergy, which owns and operates the Masama coal mine in the Mmamabula coalfield, exported its first coal by rail to South Africa on July 17. The coal was loaded onto trucks and transported 60 km to the rail siding at Tshele Hills, where the first of three trains –... 

Minergy exports first coal  to South African client

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