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Battery metals to boom despite widespread Covid-19 disruption

By: Donna SlaterBattery metals, which are used in modern energy efficient electrical products, are playing an increasingly important role in climate change mitigation and the shift towards a lower carbon-intensive future. Battery metals, including lithium, vanadium, copper, cobalt, nickel, lead and graphite are... 

Battery metals to boom despite widespread Covid-19 disruption

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Airline body seeks the restoration of international connectivity

By: Rebecca CampbellThe International Air Transport Association (Iata) has urged governments around the world to work together to reopen borders and restore global connectivity. The association, which is the representative body for the global airline industry, also called on governments to continue to support... 

Baseload concentrated solar power can boost SA towards green-industry economy

By: Creamer Media Reporter Frank Duvenhage, Pancho Ndebele and Robey Labuschagne lament that concentrated solar power – which uses the thermal part of sunlight to heat water into steam, spin a turbine and run a generator – is overlooked by the public and policymakers alike South Africa’s economy has been hit hard by the... 

Baseload concentrated solar power can boost SA towards green-industry economy

Bridgestone to close PE factory, Brits plant to remain open

By: Irma VenterBridgestone Southern Africa (BSAF) has started the process of closing its bias tyre manufacturing plant in Port Elizabeth.  The company says this move is in line with the recently announced mid- to long-term business strategy as set out by the Bridgestone Corporation, which plans to strengthen... 

Cell C recapitalisation ‘to be concluded this year’

By: Natasha OdendaalMobile operator Cell C’s lengthy recapitalisation deal is likely to be concluded this year, with a term sheet expected in due course. Significant inroads have been made over the past three to four months to wrap up the complex agreement, which is deemed to be “extremely” fair for all stakeholders... 

Consulting engineering woes have spanned two decades, says Cesa

By: Marleny ArnoldiA recent dig through Consulting Engineers South Africa’s (Cesa’s) archives has found that the push for partnership between government and private sector spans long before recent actions of the industry body, says Cesa. For more than 20 years, the organisation has been promoting infrastructure... 

Cosmic rays, background radiation could hamper quantum computing

By: Rebecca CampbellQuantum computing promises to bring huge improvements over conventional computing, if it can be scaled up from the current, basically laboratory test, installations. It would be able to process much more complex problems than conventional computing and do so at far, far higher speeds. But... 

Covid-19 brings about key turning point for telecommunications

By: Natasha OdendaalThe catastrophic disruptions emerging from the global Covid-19 pandemic has delivered a watershed moment for the telecommunications sector, unlocking a catalyst for evolutionary change that will both add value and contribute to the greater good, with opportunity for genuine growth. The pandemic... 

Covid-19 lops R1bn off Imperial’s operating profit

By: Irma VenterImperial lost an estimated R4-billion in revenue and R1-billion in operating profit during the peak lockdown period of March to May, says Imperial CEO Mohammed Akoojee. Despite this, the group still managed to report a 5% increase in continuing revenue for the financial year ended June 30 to... 

Covid-hit civil aerospace unit drags down Rolls-Royce

By: Rebecca CampbellUK-based global major industrial technology group Rolls-Royce has unveiled its results for the first half (H1) of 2020. It reported that the Covid-19 pandemic had had a significant impact on its performance so far this year. For example, underlying revenues came to £5.6-billion, a drop of 24% in... 

Energy efficient mining for a better tomorrow

By: Creamer Media Reporter Never has there been a greater need for the mining industry to adopt energy efficient measures on the journey towards sustainability and a successful energy transition for a low-carbon future, than the present.  Ever-decreasing costs of renewables and the proven reliability of hybrid power... 

Energy efficient mining for a better tomorrow

Ericsson, Unicef to map school Internet connectivity in 35 countries

By: Natasha OdendaalEricsson and the United Nations Children’s Fund (Unicef) are planning to map Internet connectivity gaps at schools in 35 countries, including South Africa, by the end of 2023 in a first step to eliminate the digital divide. The three-year Project Connect initiative was created out of a need to... 

Initiative launched to stimulate local adoption of fast-growing energy management standard

By: Terence CreamerAn initiative is under way to accelerate the adoption by South African industrial firms of the international energy management standard ISO 50001, which is designed to help improve the performance of a company’s energy-intensive assets to support cost savings and emission reductions. Although ISO... 

Initiative launched to stimulate local adoption of  fast-growing energy management standard

Initiative to accelerate technology strategies amid aerospace industry decline

By: Mamaili MamailaThe Aerospace Industry Support Initiative (AISI) plans to continue building technology strategies with industry for long-term implementation amid the industry’s decline of late. 

Initiative to accelerate technology strategies amid aerospace industry decline

M&R retains shrinking SA unit amid hopes of infrastructure-led recovery

By: Terence CreamerJSE-listed engineering and construction group Murray & Roberts (M&R) is “holding on” to its South African-aligned business unit that focuses on power, industrial and water despite the fact that its contribution to the group’s R54.2-billion order book has slumped to less than one percent, or only... 

M&R retains shrinking SA unit amid  hopes of infrastructure-led recovery

Naacam, Proudly SA launch portal for face shield producers

By: Irma VenterThe National Association of Automotive Component and Allied Manufacturers (Naacam) has joined forces with Proudly South African (SA) to launch a Web portal to list the manufacturers of locally produced face shields and visors. A similar portal was launched for face mask producers in May. 

Policy, legislative and regulatory changes needed for full grid-company independence

By: Terence CreamerThe head of Eskom’s Transmission division has outlined some of the progress being made to establish an Independent Transmission System Operator (ITSO) but has also warned that full separation will take time and will also require major policy, legislative and regulatory changes. The creation of... 

Policy, legislative and regulatory changes needed  for full grid-company independence

Private reserves support public reserves in protecting carnivores

By: Rebecca CampbellResearch undertaken in South Africa’s Kwazulu-Natal province by an international team of wildlife ecologists has not only confirmed the value of privately-owned nature reserves and game farms in conserving free-ranging carnivorous animals but also highlighted the fundamental role of formal... 

Relevance of resource efficiency in #buildingbackbetter

By: Creamer Media Reporter Lee-Hendor Ruiters emphasises the importance of preserving and 'stretching resources as economies emerge from the ravages of the Covid-19 pandemic Memories of life in the time of Covid-19 will for a long time be etched into the minds of the world and the current and next generation. The pandemic... 

Relevance of resource  efficiency in #buildingbackbetter

Survey initiated to gauge Covid-19 impact on SMMEs

By: Tasneem BulbuliaFin find, which provides online access to finance solutions for small, medium-sized and microenterprises (SMMEs), has partnered with industry organisation Business Leadership South Africa (BLSA), government and other stakeholders to conduct a comprehensive study on the impact of the Covid-19... 

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... 

The time for SA to shift to EV production is now – report

By: Irma VenterSouth African policymakers and automotive manufacturing sector stakeholders need to develop a coherent strategy for the shift to the production of electrical vehicles (EVs), or fall behind global developments and lose their edge in the export market. This emerged as a key message from a report on... 

Used-car market value climbs 3.8% to more than R100bn

By: Irma VenterAutoTrader’s new yearly used-car industry report, launched in August, shows that South Africans used the country’s largest digital used-car trading portal to conduct 401-million online searches from July last year to the end of June this year.  This is an all-time record and an almost 40%... 

Editorial Insight

Build back better?

By: Terence CreamerThe ‘build back better’ refrain has taken hold globally as countries weigh up strategies for dealing with the social and economic fallout from the Covid-19 pandemic. Implicit in the slogan is an acknowledgement that the pre-pandemic economic model is no longer fit for purpose and that a return to... 

Build back better?

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