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Pandemic to accelerate push for more flexible, greener and healthier offices

By: Marleny ArnoldiThe exact impact of Covid-19 on office space is a key point of debate, but according to property stakeholders, its relevance for the immediate future of business is not, as offices will continue to be an essential part of doing business during and beyond the pandemic. However, offices will... 

Pandemic to accelerate push for more flexible, greener and healthier offices

First Word

South Africa must take steps to sustain its invaluable gold mining industry

By: Martin CreamerWhen I heard that Japan is opening its doors to gold exploration, I got thinking about how wonderful it would be right now if South Africa was still the biggest gold producer in the world. Gold pulls an economy up when most of the other sectors are down, like right now. Given our rich gold... 

South Africa must  take steps to sustain  its invaluable gold  mining industry

News & Insight

BCX launches new digital transformation division

By: Natasha OdendaalSouth Africa’s leading technology company, BCX, has launched a new division under its information technology (IT) solutions portfolio to advise its clients on digital transformation solutions and co-create such solutions with its clients. BCX Exa boasts a selected team of software engineers and... 

Creecy extends public comment on compulsory proposed manufacturer recycling regulations

By: Donna SlaterEnvironment, Forestry and Fisheries Minister Barbara Creecy, on August 5, granted a 30-day extension for public comment on proposed regulations regarding extended producer responsibility with regard to the management of waste post the consumer stage of a product’s lifecycle. Members of the... 

Empowerment commission’s report shows worrying ownership trends

By: Tasneem BulbuliaThe Broad-Based Black Economic Empowerment (B-BBEE) Commission's 'BBBEE Transactions Analysis Report for 2018/19' shows that, of the 95 ownership deals filed for registration, 70 were subsequently registered but 25 were rejected owing to their failure to comply with the registration requirements.... 

Eskom initiates procurement process for first large-scale battery energy storage system

By: Terence CreamerElectricity utility Eskom has called for bids for the design and construction of a battery energy storage system (BESS) to be installed at the Skaapvlei substation, at Vredendal, in the Western Cape, where the group’s 100 MW Sere wind farm is located. The system should have a minimum power... 

Eskom initiates procurement process for first  large-scale battery energy storage system

FS Containers

By: Creamer Media Reporter Established over 30 years ago, FS Containers is a fourth-generation family business specialising in providing a wide variety of container solutions throughout South Africa and the rest of Africa. Johannesburg-based FS Containers sells, rents and converts 3m, 6 m and 12 m shipping containers. Its... 

FS Containers

July new-vehicle sales decline by 30%

By: Irma VenterTotal South African new-vehicle sales declined 29.6% in July to 32 396 units, compared with the 46 042 vehicles sold in the same month last year. The new-passenger-car market fell by 35.8% to 18 905 units. 

Key details of Mars’ internal structure elucidated by researchers using seismic data

By: Rebecca CampbellSeismologists from Rice University, in Houston in the US state of Texas, have for the first time been able to directly measure the boundaries between the different levels that compose the planet Mars – the crust, the mantle and the core – plus a very important transition zone within the mantle.... 

Local manufacturer unveils latest mask innovation

By: Natasha OdendaalSouth African design and manufacturing company BOE Distributors has unveiled its new injection mould reusable face mask, which features a replaceable filter and adjustable headband. The group, combining its more than 30 years of collective experience in sales, plastics manufacturing and security,... 

PPE scandal highlights need to modernise public procurement

By: Terence CreamerThe National Treasury has halted the emergency procurement of personal protective equipment (PPE) and reverted to open procurement processes amid a normalisation of supply and growing allegations of corruption, which Finance Minister Tito Mboweni acknowledged on Wednesday had led to a breakdown... 

PPE scandal highlights need to modernise  public procurement

SA manufacturers urged to be ‘less reliant’ on global value chains

By: Simone LiedtkeDespite positive indications, such as seen in various recent Purchasing Manager’s Indices, Manufacturing Circle executive director Philippa Rodseth is urging South Africa to take hold of the opportunity presented by Covid-19 in becoming less reliant on global value chains and single-source... 

SA manufacturers urged to be ‘less reliant’ on global  value chains

Salesforce South Africa ecosystem could help create new jobs

By: Natasha OdendaalGlobal customer relationship management company Salesforce’s South African ecosystem is on track to become seven times larger than Salesforce itself by 2024, contributing significantly to revenue generation and job creation locally. New research from global market intelligence firm IDC finds that... 

Sanral says it is ready to implement R30bn worth of projects

By: Irma VenterThe South African National Roads Agency Limited (Sanral) says it is ready to implement R30-billion worth of construction projects. Sanral engineering executive Louw Kannemeyer says the road agency has a portfolio of projects that will be implemented during the course of the 2020/21 financial year... 

Sasol sets sights on large-scale renewables procurement as it pulls trigger on embedded projects

By: Terence CreamerChemicals and energy group Sasol intends issuing, during its current financial year, a request for proposals (RFP) for wind and solar projects with a combined capacity of between 200 MW and 300 MW having received a strong response to a market-testing request for information (RFI) issued in May.... 

Sasol sets sights on large-scale renewables procurement as it pulls trigger on embedded projects

Schäfer leaves VWSA to become ŠKODA Auto CEO

By: Irma VenterVolkswagen Group South Africa (VWSA) chairperson and MD Thomas Schäfer is leaving the local arm of the German carmaker to join ŠKODA Auto as its new global CEO, effective August 3. The Czech brand has been a member of the Volkswagen group since 1991. 

Smart cities open up ‘endless’ business opportunities

By: Natasha OdendaalAs urbanisation rises, cities need to seek ways of leveraging the power of technology and connectivity to cater for the demands of this increasing urban population, stimulate the growth of businesses and ensure that available resources are managed more efficiently. The increasing population in... 

South African company showcases enhanced sustainable masks

By: Natasha OdendaalProudly South African venture firm Inex has developed a cost-effective sustainable, reusable face mask for both industrial and personal use as South Africa continues its fight against the Covid-19 pandemic. The Inex Sola MR2 offers maximum protection on both inhale and exhale, with a soft... 

Synchronising operating hours one option to reduce port congestion

By: Irma VenterThe Port of Durban Decongestion Task Team is looking at synchronising the operating hours of the back-of-port container depots with the port’s 24/7 operating hours.  The team also wants to introduce a holistic truck booking system that could provide an integrated view of expected truck volumes... 

Volkswagen adds Ghana to its list of African assembly plants

By: Irma VenterVolkswagen has cut the ribbon on a new vehicle assembly facility in Accra, the capital of Ghana. This makes Ghana the fifth Volkswagen vehicle assembly location in sub-Saharan Africa, with the other plants in South Africa, Kenya, Nigeria and Rwanda. 

Weapon detection system being developed to protect public spaces

By: Schalk BurgerA weapon detection system for concealed and openly carried weapons, such as knives and long guns, is being developed to protect public spaces, as well as temporary public events, using WiFi- based technology. These capabilities for detecting suspicious metal items with wireless signals have... 

Weapon detection system being developed to protect public spaces

World airlines expect next 12 months to be tough

By: Rebecca CampbellNo fewer than 68% of the world’s airline CFOs and heads of cargo expect profits not to improve or even to decline further over the next 12 months. This is one of the results reported in the International Air Transport Association’s (Iata’s) recently published ‘Airline Business Confidence Index... 

Editorial Insight

Time to act

By: Terence CreamerIf one scrutinises the actions taken, since 2014, to extricate South Africa from a power crisis that has sapped business and investor confidence and has undermined trust across society for over a decade one would be excused for questioning whether there is a crisis at all. Besides a short period... 

Time to act

Mining Weekly News

Anglo says coal exit will be more than offset by rise in crop nutrients

By: Martin CreamerCovid-19 notwithstanding, diversified mining company Anglo American will this year be spending the $300-million that it forecast on the Woodsmith polyhalite project in the UK, which gives it entry into the crop nutrients business at a time when fertilising is being hailed a godsend to ease global... 

Anglo says coal exit will be more than offset by rise in crop nutrients

Exchange control lifting sends strong growth message – Anglo

By: Martin CreamerThe lifting of exchange control by South Africa sends a really strong message about the country’s desire to promote investment and growth, says Anglo American finance director Stephen Pearce. He gave South Africa a pat on the back during Anglo’s virtual presentation of half-year results last... 

Exchange control lifting sends strong growth  message – Anglo

Global Industry Standard on Tailings Management puts communities at the forefront

By: Marleny ArnoldiThe Global Tailings Review (GTR) on August 5 launched the Global Industry Standard on Tailings Management, which aims to ensure tailings dam failures are a thing of the past. The GTR was co-convened by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), the Principles for Responsible Investment... 

Global Industry Standard on Tailings Management puts communities at the forefront

Investment vehicle to support development of vanadium battery solution

By: Simone LiedtkeAim-listed Bushveld Minerals has advanced the acquisition of Austrian group Enerox by acquiring a further 65.1% of the investment vehicle’s share capital through Enerox Holdings Limited (EHL). EHL is a newly incorporated investment vehicle formed by a consortium of investors, including Bushveld... 

Licence management system offers explorers timely regulatory alerts

By: Schalk BurgerA new exploration and mining licence management system helps companies to manage all aspects of mines' licences and regulatory requirements, says mining and exploration company Minrom CEO Oscar van Antwerpen. The software system monitors and manages the licences, and provides timely warnings of... 

Licence management system offers  explorers timely regulatory alerts

Platinum continuing to attract strong investor interest

By: Martin Creamer The interest in platinum group metals (PGMs) is high at the moment, World Platinum Investment Council (WPIC) research director Trevor Raymond said on Wednesday. Speaking to Mining Weekly from London in a Zoom interview, Raymond said: “As you know, the WPIC doesn’t forecast price but one of our... 

Platinum continuing to attract strong investor interest

Study of resized Namibian uranium project moves ahead

By: Esmarie IannucciA scoping study for the eight-million-tonne-a-year Etango uranium project, in Namibia, has shown that the project would have a mine life of some 14 years. Owner Bannerman Resources on Wednesday reported that the scoping study estimated a life-of-mine production of 51.5-million pounds of uranium... 

West African miner mulls London or New York listing

By: Mariaan WebbWest African gold miner Endeavour Mining expects to reach a net cash position in the coming quarters, at which point it will start rewarding shareholders with dividend payments. With the current gold price outlook, dividend initiation could come quickly, CEO Sebastien de Montessus said on a... 

West African miner mulls London or New York listing

Wheel alignment crucial to ensuring end-carriages last longer

By: Schalk BurgerEnd-carriages are key subassemblies in overhead cranes, and customers are advised not to attempt their own end-carriage assembly using individually sourced wheel blocks, as wheel alignment is critical to ensuring the longevity of these ‘feet’ of overhead cranes, says crane and hoists specialist... 

Wheel alignment crucial to ensuring  end-carriages last longer

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