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Covid-19 to have lasting impact on the transport sector

By: Irma VenterThe Covid-19 pandemic means it will never again be business as usual for the transport sector, says Transport Authority for Gauteng (TAG) CEO Jack van der Merwe. The disease has upended almost every aspect of the sector, with a number of changes threatening to be permanent. 

Covid-19 to have lasting impact on the transport sector

First Word

Grow the industrial base using new technologies that make low volumes competitive

By: Martin CreamerNew opportunities for local industrialisation are unfolding, thanks to modern technologies that ensure that even low-volume production can be globally competitive. South Africa must look to using these technologies to grow its manufacturing base. Already under way are focused interventions by the... 

Grow the industrial base using new technologies that make low volumes competitive

News & Insight

African Continental Free Trade Area could boost regional income by $450bn by 2035

By: Terence CreamerThe African Continental Free Trade Area could, a new World Bank report asserts, boost regional income by 7%, or $450-billion, by 2035 and help offset the negative effects of the Covid-19 pandemic, which is expected to cause up to $79-billion in output losses in Africa this year. If fully... 

African Continental Free Trade Area could  boost regional income by $450bn by 2035

Boeing hit hard by both Covid-19 and continued 737 MAX grounding, first half results show

By: Rebecca CampbellGiant US aerospace group Boeing has reported that its revenues for the first half of this year (1H20) were 26% down on those for the same period last year (1H19). In numbers, 1H20 revenues came to $28.715-billion compared with $38.668-billion in 1H19. It suffered a net loss of $3.036-billion in... 

Brazilian airframer highlights ways of carrying cargo in the passenger cabins of its airliners

By: Rebecca CampbellBrazilian aerospace group Embraer, the world’s top manufacturer of airliners with up to 150 seats, has announced that it has developed ways for airlines to carry cargo on the passenger decks of its aircraft. This is to help meet the great demand for more air cargo capacity, which has resulted... 

Business urges Nersa to review its pricing policy

By: Marleny ArnoldiBusiness Unity South Africa says the National Energy Regulator of South Africa (Nersa) is in the unenviable position of trying to balance Eskom’s applications with consumer submissions, and needs to review and amend its pricing policy to be fit for purpose for the future energy mix. This... 

Fiat Chrysler SA appoints new CEO

By: Irma VenterAs part of a restructuring in some African markets, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) has announced the appointment of Ismaeel Hassen as the new CEO for FCA South Africa (SA).  Outgoing CEO Pierre Martin Bos will now head up the company’s operations in Morocco. 

Higher electricity tariffs will hurt metals sector

By: Tasneem BulbuliaIndustry organisation, the Steel and Engineering Industries Federation of Southern Africa (Seifsa) says it is “disappointed” about the recent court judgment against the National Energy Regulator of South Africa (Nersa). The judgment stated that Nersa had acted unfairly in the Multi-Year Price... 

Host of new tech sees Merc trucks save up to 5% on fuel

By: Irma VenterThe new Actros heavy-duty truck launched in South Africa comes with a host of “next-level innovations”, says Daimler Trucks & Buses Southern Africa (DTBSA) CEO Michael Dietz. These include the absence of outside mirrors in favour of in-cab screens (mounted on the A-pillars), which are linked to... 

Infrastructure investment would boost SA’s potential growth – OECD

By: Terence CreamerHigher levels of infrastructure investment are needed to increase South Africa’s potential growth, the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development’s (OECD’s) latest survey of South Africa asserts. Released on July 31, the report warns that the South African economy could contract by as... 

Infrastructure investment would boost SA’s potential growth – OECD

More German experts coming to help reactivate South African industry

By: Rebecca CampbellThe German embassy in South Africa expects further technical experts from that country to arrive in South Africa, subject to the approval of the South African government. The first contingent of these experts, sent to help reactivate and upgrade German-owned factories and service companies in... 

Organisations need to shift focus from legacy to evolving – Deloitte report

By: Natasha OdendaalIt is becoming increasingly critical to build evolving organisations to navigate the constant changes and external pressures presented by disruptive technologies. The latest ‘Deloitte Tech Trends’ 2020 report found that the influence and impact of disruptive technologies is a strategic issue,... 

R1bn Sukuma Fund tweaks strategy as it prepares to disburse remaining funds to Covid-hit small firms

By: Terence CreamerThe R1-billion Sukuma Fund, formed in March to support small businesses through the Covid-19 pandemic with funds donated by the Rupert Family and Remgro, expects to have committed the outstanding R400-million not yet apportioned by late August, or early September. To date, the fund has committed... 

R1bn Sukuma Fund tweaks strategy as it prepares to disburse remaining funds to Covid-hit small firms

Rush Exhaust Purification

By: Creamer Media Reporter Rush Exhaust Purification cc primary line of business is catalytic converters (Purifiers) and Diesel Particulate Filters (DPF). Specializing in designing and manufacturing of exhaust systems, diesel particulate filters, water cooling pipes, air filtration systems and turbo intercooler charge... 

Rush Exhaust Purification

Sappi, Fiat in project to help reduce the carbon footprint of cars

By: Irma VenterSappi’s Symbio biocomposite cellulose fibre, derived from responsibly managed renewable forests, has been chosen as the feedstock for the development of lightweight biocomposite materials for the Life Biobcompo project.  This project aims to reduce vehicle carbon dioxide emissions by 8% through... 

SAVE-P signs contract for 2 000 ventilators, looks to assist India, rest of Africa

By: Irma VenterThe Solidarity Fund has concluded a contract with the South African Emergency Ventilator Project (SAVE-P) to produce 2 000 new ventilators that will be donated to the national Department of Health. SAVE-P is a Durban-based nonprofit organisation (NPO) started by local businessperson Justin... 

Seven shortlisted for first pan-African Innovation Challenge

By: Natasha OdendaalSeven finalists have been shortlisted from 673 applicants in the inaugural African50 Innovation Challenge. Launched in May 2019, the Innovation Challenge aimed to crowdsource innovative solutions that can improve last-mile connectivity to increase access to reliable and affordable Internet in... 

SpaceX’s first crewed mission ends successfully with safe return of astronauts

By: Rebecca CampbellThe first-ever commercial crewed spacecraft mission ended successfully on August 2 when the Crew Dragon capsule plashed down in the Gulf of Mexico, off the coast of the US state of Florida. The spacecraft, designed, developed, owned and operated by private-sector company SpaceX, was carrying US... 

Stefanutti Stocks laments ‘adverse’ market conditions

By: Simone LiedtkeJSE-listed construction and engineering group Stefanutti Stocks a loss a share 640.35c and a headline loss a share of 622.48c for the financial year ended February 29. While the group’s order book stands at R8.5-billion (R4.2-billion of which arises from work beyond South Africa’s borders), CEO... 

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By: Creamer Media Reporter Earthmoving, Sitework, Quarrying, and Mining Operations TOTAL RUBIA WORKS 1000 15W-40 

TOTAL RUBIA   WORKS meets your needs for

Western Cape’s Breede River Valley becoming prime location for solar project implementation

By: Natasha OdendaalThe Western Cape ’s Breede River Valley is rapidly becoming a hot spot for the implementation of solar energy applications, EP Solar CEO Manie de Waal says. While recognised as a top tourist destination and fruit- and wine-producing valley, the region is now a top destination for renewable-energy... 

Without infrastructure and manufacturing, AfCFTA will fall short

By: Terence CreamerAn Ethiopian senior minister and special adviser to Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed has cautioned that, without major infrastructure investment and the development of manufacturing capacity, African countries will not be in a position to take full advantage of the African Continental Free Trade... 

Without infrastructure and manufacturing,  AfCFTA will fall short

Editorial Insight

Mind the Gap

By: Terence CreamerA maddening mismatch between big infrastructure promises and small delivery has been a constant and trust-destroying feature of South Africa for decades. Apart from a short period in the run up to the 2010 FIFA World Cup, the pipeline of shovel-ready projects has been insufficient to address both... 

Mind the Gap

Mining Weekly News

Australia mining job numbers increase despite Covid

By: Esmarie IannucciAn independent study commissioned by the Minerals Council of Australia (MCA) has shown that employment in the resources sector remained strong, despite the effects of the Covid-19 pandemic, with Western Australia and Queensland leading the charge. The study, undertaken by technology firm... 

Australia mining job numbers increase despite Covid

Kumba, Anglo boards approve new R7bn iron-ore project at Kolomela

By: Martin CreamerIron-ore mining and marketing company Kumba Iron Ore on Tuesday announced the approval of the Kapstevel South project at its Kolomela mine, by both the company’s and Anglo American’s boards. The total capital cost of the project will be approximately R7-billion, including prestripping. 

Kumba, Anglo boards approve new R7bn iron-ore  project at Kolomela

Rush Exhaust Purification

By: Creamer Media Reporter Rush Exhaust Purification cc primary line of business is catalytic converters (Purifiers) and Diesel Particulate Filters (DPF). Specializing in designing and manufacturing of exhaust systems, diesel particulate filters, water cooling pipes, air filtration systems and turbo intercooler charge... 

Rush Exhaust Purification

World is seeing widespread investment plans in hydrogen – Anglo

By: Martin CreamerThe broader portfolio of diversified mining and marketing company Anglo American is positioned to contribute an environmental-led new materials demand in a world that is seeing widespread investment plans in hydrogen, Anglo CEO Mark Cutifani said on Thursday. “We’ve seen the early evolution of... 

World is seeing widespread investment plans in  hydrogen – Anglo

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