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Regional developments expected to ignite South Africa’s gas economy

By: Natasha OdendaalThere has long been discussions about the development of a gas economy having the potential to help transform the South African landscape and, despite the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic, about gas emerging as a game changer both in terms of its role in the country's energy transition and the new... 

Regional developments expected to ignite South Africa’s gas economy

First Word

Well done to Germany for including Southern Africa in its green hydrogen strategy

By: Martin CreamerHats off to Germany for funding a green hydrogen atlas initiative across 12 Southern African states. Germany is to be credited, too, for wasting no time in making green hydrogen central to its economic recovery strategy. A country like Namibia, for example, has very hot sun, abundant land,... 

Well done to Germany for including Southern Africa in its green hydrogen strategy

News & Insight

Absa Cybersecurity Academy delivering much-needed skills

By: Natasha OdendaalA partnership between Absa and the Maharishi Institute (MI) to set up the Absa Cybersecurity Academy to address a growing cybersecurity skills shortage is proving to be successful. The externally focused programme develops students holistically by balancing the technical, social and emotional... 

Amacon South Africa

By: Creamer Media Reporter Amacon South Africa (Pty) Ltd is a rebranding of iControl Consulting (Pty) Ltd providing quality professional engineering services, products, and innovative engineering solutions in the fields of electrical, instrumentation, control and automation. Expertise in the fields of mining, ore... 

Amacon South Africa

Countrywide Gearbox Repairs

By: Creamer Media Reporter Countrywide Gearbox Repairs specialises in the repair of Flame Proof tractors, 120G Graders, forklifts, earth moving equipment, cranes, load-haul-dump (LHD) machines,  loaders and  underground mining machinery. The company’s team of highly-skilled technicians is fully trained in the repair and... 

Countrywide Gearbox Repairs

Covid-19 puts EV sales, carbon emission targets at risk

By: Irma VenterData analytics and consulting company GlobalData says lower oil prices as a result of the Covid-19 crisis could reduce electric vehicle (EV) demand and impair European Union (EU) efforts to significantly reduce average new-vehicle carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions in the European car market.... 

Despite Covid-induced demand slump, load-shedding surpasses 2019 levels

By: Terence CreamerThe Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) reported on Wednesday that load-shedding during 2020 had already surpassed that of 2019, which had hitherto been the country’s worst-ever year for load-shedding. In addition, it again warned that, absent urgent action, the risk of... 

Despite Covid-induced demand slump,  load-shedding surpasses 2019 levels

Most insurers still reluctant to pay tourist business interruption claims, despite some relief

By: Rebecca CampbellPublic loss adjustment company Insurance Claims Africa (ICA) has reported that, while more major insurance companies are now offering interim relief payments to smaller businesses in the tourism and hospitality sector, larger such businesses were still excluded from the payments. These interim... 

National Automobile Dealers Association appoints Marcia Mayaba as VP

By: Irma VenterBarloworld Motor Retail franchise executive Marcia Mayaba has been elected the National Automobile Dealers Association (Nada) VP. “We are extremely excited to have Marcia on board,” says Nada chairperson Mark Dommisse. “We look forward to working closely with her on various matters impacting... 

New exploration strategy could help mining recover from Covid-19 hit

By: Terence CreamerMinerals Council South Africa is calling for the urgent development of a comprehensive and competitive greenfield exploration strategy, arguing that a far higher level of exploration is required to help stimulate higher levels of mining investment and job creation and to support the country’s... 

New exploration strategy could help  mining recover from Covid-19 hit

New-vehicle export revenue declined by R21bn in H1 2020

By: Irma VenterVehicle exports from South Africa declined by 73 419 vehicles, or 40.3%, in the first half of the year, compared with 2019, says National Association of Automobile Manufacturers of South Africa (Naamsa) trade, exports and research executive manager Dr Norman Lamprecht. This decline saw vehicle... 

PPE waste poses contamination risk, Averda warns

By: Tasneem BulbuliaBefore the Covid-19 pandemic, the world was already battling plastic pollution and the reckless dumping of waste. The United Nations declared plastic pollution a global crisis two years ago and the waste burden is likely to grow amid the rapid rise in the use of Covid-19-related personal... 

The final explosions that will illuminate the dying universe predicted

By: Rebecca CampbellA theoretical physicist at Illinois State University, in the US, has calculated that the last phenomena that will happen in our universe is what he calls ‘black dwarf supernovas’. Assistant physics professor Matt Caplan has had his theoretical paper accepted for publication by the Monthly Notices... 

Transnet CEO expects subdued commodity prices to weigh on recovery

By: Terence CreamerTransnet CEO Portia Derby warned on Wednesday that the recovery from the Covid-19 pandemic in South Africa and the rest of Africa was likely to be negatively affected by still-subdued commodity prices and the serious deterioration in public finances across the continent, which had resulted in... 

Transnet CEO expects subdued commodity prices  to weigh on recovery

Women, energy and the Covid-19 opportunity

By: Creamer Media Reporter Petro de Wet discusses how gender diversity in the energy, industrial and agricultural sectors can enhance South Africa's efforts to mitigate greenhouse-gas emissions South Africa is the thirty-second-largest economy in the world, but the fourteenth-largest emitter of greenhouse-gas (GHG)... 

Editorial Insight

Fit for the future?

By: Terence CreamerMajor changes are on the cards at the Central Energy Fund (CEF) and the South African Nuclear Energy Corporation (Necsa). In both cases, the organisational overhauls are being driven by the need to address deep financial and operational distress and serious governance problems. As has been widely... 

Fit for the future?

Mining Weekly News

Bolted thickeners for Southern African mine

By: Natasha OdendaalSteel fabrication, steel erection and corrosion protection specialist Betterect and engineering, equipment and services solutions company FLSmidth have collaborated to deliver several 45 m diameter modular bolted thickeners for an undisclosed mining project in southern Africa. The thickener... 

Proudly South African face mask kindling international interest

By: Martin CreamerAn awesome new proudly South African face mask, with a replaceable filtration system at its heart, is attracting international interest. The innovative and timely Hudaco Air Mask is a lockdown-period product of the Johannesburg Stock Exchange-listed Hudaco Industries group. (Also watch attached... 

Proudly South African face mask  kindling international interest

South Africans must work together on an accelerated economic recovery plan – Exxaro

By: Martin CreamerSouth Africans must work together on an accelerated economic recovery plan that focuses on inclusive growth and prosperity for all citizens, Exxaro Resources CEO Mxolisi Mgojo  said on Thursday. Speaking during the black-empowered resources company’s presentation of very strong dividend-yielding... 

South Africans must work together on an accelerated economic recovery plan – Exxaro

World still requires large amount of ferrochrome, but SA’s role in doubt

By: Martin CreamerThe ferrochrome business remains solid and there is still a large amount of ferrochrome required in the world. Unfortunately, most of the production occurs in ferrochrome plants in China, while South Africa continues exporting chrome ore and moving a large amount of it to China owing to South... 

World still requires large amount of ferrochrome,  but SA’s role in doubt

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