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Pace of reform to determine shape of SA’s capital-equipment export recovery

By: Schalk BurgerAbout 40% of capital equipment exported from South Africa has been affected by the lock downs and restrictions on movement because of Covid-19, while capital equipment manufacturers have reported 30% to 40% lower turnover during June and July, says industry body and public-private partnership... 

Pace of reform to determine shape of SA’s capital-equipment export recovery

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Hats off to Namibia and Botswana for going solar

By: Martin CreamerNamibia and Botswana deserve pats on the back for going big on solar. After all, both have lots of sun and sand, and Namibia has sea to boot. From the seawater, green hydrogen can be electrolysed with the help of excess solar power. From Namibia’s well-established harbours, consideration could... 

Hats off to Namibia and Botswana for going solar

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AfCFTA commissions Ghanaian secretariat

By: Donna SlaterThe first permanent secretariat of the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) was commissioned in Accra, Ghana, on August 18, with Ghana President Nana Akufo-Addo and Africa Union (AU) Commission chairperson Moussa Mahamat reiterating the importance of the body to the continent’s economic... 

Climate adaptation strategy offers 'common reference point'

By: Marleny ArnoldiThe Department of Environment, Forestry and Fisheries has outlined a set of objectives, interventions and outcomes to enable the country to give expression to its commitment to the Paris Agreement. The National Climate Change Adaption Strategy (NCCAS) outlines the required climate action and... 

Climate adaptation strategy offers 'common reference point'

Covid-19 containment measures, manufacturing shutdown cost Metair R250m

By: Irma VenterThe Covid-19 pandemic has cost Metair about R250-million, taking into account the measures taken to keep employees safe, as well as the total shutdown of manufacturing, says CFO Sjoerd Douwenga. This number, however, does not include the profit lost, he adds.  

Digital and 3D printing technologies transform UK fighter aircraft development process

By: Rebecca CampbellUK-based global major aerospace and defence group BAE Systems (BAES) has reported how the latest technologies are being used to drive forward, with unprecedented speed, Britain’s next-generation combat air system programme. Known as Tempest, this project is really benefiting from and making full... 

DTIC makes case for export tax on scrap ahead of infrastructure-led recovery effort

By: Terence CreamerThe Department of Trade Industry and Competition (DTIC) has again underlined its support for the implementation of an export tax on scrap metal as a way of securing supply for domestic scrap-consuming industries and sustaining primary steel production capacity ahead of government’s proposed... 

DTIC makes case for export tax on scrap  ahead of infrastructure-led recovery effort

Global wind body urges South Africa to explore ‘excellent’ offshore wind potential

By: Terence CreamerThe Global Wind Energy Council (GWEC) says that, while South Africa has strong onshore wind potential, it would nevertheless encourage domestic policymakers to begin creating the framework for an offshore wind industry given the country’s “excellent” offshore wind-energy potential. The World Bank... 

Global wind body urges South Africa to  explore ‘excellent’ offshore wind potential

Manufacture of ‘home-grown’ ventilator under way

By: Natasha OdendaalA successful home-grown ventilator project has delivered a prime example of South African talent and collaboration, as well as a new opportunity to locally produce much-needed medical equipment in Africa for Africa and the world. With deindustrialisation a rising concern for a country reliant on... 

Nissan’s Mike Whitfield elected AAAM president

By: Irma VenterNissan Africa South (NAS) chairperson Mike Whitfield has been elected president of the African Association of Automotive Manufacturers (AAAM). He replaces former Volkswagen Group of South Africa chairperson and MD Thomas Schäfer. 

PPP legislation being reviewed to ‘make it more workable’, says De Lille

By: Irma VenterSouth Africa’s public-private partnership (PPP) legislation is undergoing a review, says Minister of Public Works and Infrastructure Patricia de Lille. “I can confirm that there is a review at the moment.” 

Sasol’s new-look strategy will seek to ‘reset’ group for low-carbon world

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’s new-look strategy will seek to ‘reset’ group  for low-carbon world

Study calls for extension of moratorium on transport height restrictions 

By: Irma VenterMany South African industries, especially the fruit industry, could suffer major financial losses if they are not allowed to transport their goods in high-cube containers beyond June next year, a new master’s degree study indicates. This is when government’s seven-year moratorium (running from... 

Telkom Business, Fundrr partner to provide working capital loans for small businesses

By: Natasha OdendaalTelkom division Yellow Pages and fintech Fundrr have partnered to offer loans to small businesses and provide support packages that help develop their online visibility and grow their sales and branding into new markets. The collaboration will enable the growth of small and medium-sized... 

US space agency announces validation of much less toxic spacecraft propellant

By: Rebecca CampbellThe US National Aeronautics and Space Agency (Nasa) has reported that, following just under 13 months of operational testing and evaluation in orbit, it had validated a new type of propellant for spacecraft. This new propellant is much less toxic than the standard current propellant, hydrazine.... 

Editorial Insight

Wrong instrument

By: Terence CreamerThe Department of Mineral Resources and Energy (DMRE) has finally initiated the process to procure 2 000 MW of electricity capacity aimed at closing the immediate supply gap identified in the Integrated Resource Plan of 2019 (IRP 2019), published in October last year. The bid documentation is... 

Wrong instrument

Mining Weekly News

Afrimat to buy AMSA’s interests in Northern Cape iron-ore projects

By: Tasneem BulbuliaJSE-listed ArcelorMittal South Africa (AMSA) has reached an agreement to sell its 25% shareholding in Coza Mining, held through subsidiary Oakwood Trading, to Afrimat. Coza’s principal activities are the exploration and prospecting for iron-ore and manganese on three properties in the Northern Cape. 

Electra Mining Africa 2020 going digital with Connect

By: Martin CreamerThe Electra Mining Africa Connect week will enable exhibitors to promote their products and services free of charge alongside industry-related informative webinars, media activations and product showcase opportunities from September 7 to 11. For the first time in 48 years, Electra Mining Africa... 

Electra Mining Africa 2020 going digital with Connect

Encouraging exploration would deliver enormous opportunities for SA – Bristow

By: Martin CreamerEncouraging exploration in South Africa would deliver enormous opportunities, says Barrick Gold president and CEO Dr Mark Bristow, a world leader in exploration success. Bristow was commenting on the call for mining exploration to be encouraged, made last month by the economic transformation... 

Encouraging exploration would deliver enormous opportunities for SA – Bristow

Full 5G adoption in mining still years away

By: Natasha OdendaalWhile the mining sector is showing interest and starting to test the value-add of fifth-generation (5G) technologies, mass adoption of the technology is still years away. A new Fitch Solutions Country Risk & Industry Research report notes that efforts to improve operational efficiency will lead... 

Getting best out of mining starts with policy certainty – Holland

By: Martin Creamer Getting the best out of South Africa’s mining sector starts with policy certainty, said Gold Fields CEO Nick Holland on Thursday. Following the Johannesburg- and New York-listed company’s presentation of outstanding half-year results in spite of Covid, Holland said this in response to Mining... 

Getting best out of mining starts with policy  certainty – Holland

Teke urges power sector to usher in carbon capture, storage tech

By: Simone LiedtkeSouth Africa has to start accelerating its drive towards a responsible transition to clean coal power generation technology to grow the country’s gross domestic product, economy and drive job creation, says empowered coal miner Seriti Resources CEO Mike Teke. In delivering the keynote opening... 

Teke urges power sector to usher  in carbon capture, storage tech

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