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Renewed hope for industrialisation and transformation ahead of wind procurement

By: Terence CreamerThe failure of the R536-million DCD Wind Towers facility, established in the Coega Special Economic Zone in 2013, has become the poster child for the damage inflicted when South Africa’s political infighting and intrigue gives way to policy uncertainty and stalled implementation. The investment... 

Renewed hope for industrialisation and transformation ahead of wind procurement

First Word

This time round let’s do it, South Africa, and never have to look back

By: Martin CreamerSouth Africans were quick off the mark with the public-private grid-tied renewable energy programme, then we fell behind. We were again quick off the mark with green hydrogen, then we fell behind. In the 70s, our platinum led the way in cleaning the air above all the big cities of the world, then... 

This time round let’s  do it, South Africa, and never have to look back

News & Insight

Acer positions to respond to rising demand for localisation

By: Natasha OdendaalGlobal information and communication technology giant Acer is progressing plans to expand in the Southern African Development Community (SADC) region as localisation efforts worldwide are thrust to the top of agendas. The company has been reviewing opportunities of bringing its products closer to... 

Afrimat Construction Index tanks in Q2, but ‘strong performance’ in second half predicted

By: Irma VenterThe second-quarter (Q2) Afrimat Construction Index (ACI) has dropped sharply on the back of the national lockdown regulations imposed between April and June to deal with the Covid-19 pandemic. JSE-listed openpit miner Afrimat produces industrial minerals, bulk commodities and construction materials. 

Airbus, partners sign agreements to develop aircraft fuel-saving concept

By: Rebecca CampbellEurope-based global major aerospace group Airbus has signed agreements with two airlines and three air navigation service providers (ANSPs) to determine the operational feasibility of the manufacturer’s ‘fello’fly’ aviation emissions reduction demonstration project. The airlines are French low... 

Business rescue plan for Comair approved

By: Rebecca CampbellThe proposed business rescue plan for private-sector airline group Comair was approved by a decisive majority of creditors and shareholders in a vote late last month. Comair operates the British Airways in South Africa and Kulula low-cost carrier brands. The preferred investment consortium for... 

CCS and RIB Software partnership culminates in RIB CCS rebrand

By: Creamer Media Reporter Construction Computer Software (CCS) is taking on a new identity as RIB CCS, after the company’s recent partnership and 100% acquisition by software multinational RIB Software, an innovator in the building and construction industry. The benefits of the partnership and rebranding are numerous and... 

CCS and RIB Software partnership culminates in RIB CCS rebrand

Coega Development Corporation aims to recruit new CEO by year-end

By: Terence CreamerThe Coega Development Corporation (CDC) has formally initiated a recruitment process to secure a replacement for its long-serving CEO, Pepi Silinga, who has been appointed CEO of Transnet National Ports Authority, effective October 1. The position has been advertised internally and externally and... 

Coega Development Corporation aims to recruit new  CEO by year-end

Electric Mini to debut on local shores in fourth quarter

By: Irma VenterBMW Group South Africa (BMW SA) will launch South Africa’s fourth electric vehicle (EV) in the fourth quarter of this year, when the Mini SE will make its local debut. The Mini SE follows the new style of EVs, where a known model is turned into an electric car, and the vehicle is not manufactured... 

Energy transition to have transformative effect on mining sector

By: Tasneem BulbuliaClimate change and environmental and social governance (ESG) will transform the energy industry risk landscape, said global advisory, broking and solutions company Willis Towers Watson at the launch of its yearly Mining Risk Review on September 17. It noted that this transformation was taking... 

Global Centre on Adaptation opens regional office in Côte d’Ivoire

By: Donna SlaterHosted by the African Development Bank (AfDB) at its headquarters in Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire, the Global Center on Adaptation (GCA) launched its African regional office on September 17.  GCA Africa will work with partners across the continent to scale and accelerate adaptation action that... 

Google launches initiatives to help small businesses recover

By: Natasha OdendaalGoogle is launching a number of initiatives to help small and medium-sized businesses (SMBs) get back on their feet after the devastation of the Covid-19 pandemic and related restrictions. The group aims to address the need for funding, training and services across identified sectors, including... 

Government support for automotive manufacturing sector must ‘embrace’ EVs, says uYilo

By: Irma VenterThe supporting policy driving vehicle manufacturing in South Africa needs to “evolve and embrace electric vehicles (EVs)” in order for the country to fully adopt the technology, says uYilo eMobility Programme director Hiten Parmar. “It should be clearly defined, incentivising multinational... 

Industrial products group launches new ecommerce shopping portal

By: Tasneem BulbuliaIndustrial products provider BMG, part Engineering Solutions Group (ESG), has launched its new online shopping platform – BMG Online – to make doing business in the industrial sector easier. “Although the planning, development and execution for our e-commerce shopping portal go back over two... 

Industrial products group launches  new ecommerce shopping portal

Infrastructure South Africa drafting 25-year National Infrastructure Plan

By: Marleny ArnoldiPublic Works and Infrastructure Minister Patricia de Lille has confirmed that a single entry point for all the projects in the country's Infrastructure Investment Plan will be created, through an entity called Infrastructure South Africa (ISA). ISA will be at arm’s length from the Department of... 

Infrastructure South Africa drafting 25-year National Infrastructure Plan

Investment company launches incubation fund for mining sector

By: Creamer Media Reporter Local mining sector, investment company Pearl Gray Equity Partners has launched an incubation fund in an attempt to be the driving force behind the resurgence of the local mining sector. “We’re using the agility presented in private market investments by funding intangible assets such as... 

Investment company launches incubation fund for mining sector

IPP Office says next renewables bid window by end-Jan ‘latest’

By: Terence CreamerThe head of South Africa’s Independent Power Producer (IPP) Office, which performs the IPP procurement function on behalf of the Department of Mineral Resources and Energy (DMRE), says discussions are under way with the department to finalise the roll-out plan for the Section 34 determination... 

IPP Office says next renewables bid window by  end-Jan ‘latest’

New food value chain services company emerges

By: Marleny ArnoldiAgricultural organisation Agri SA’s new company Agri SA Enterprises has evolved into a fully fledged company with a focus on food value chain services. Agri SA in 2015 appointed an executive management member Omri van Zyl to incubate the company and solidify its service offering, which... 

One year later and still no clarity on e-tolls – Outa

By: Irma VenterCabinet’s failure to make a decision on a funding mechanism for Gauteng’s freeways is affecting long-term road planning and allows the South African National Roads Agency Limited (Sanral) to avoid responsibility for an incoherent e-toll collection strategy, says the Organisation Undoing Tax Abuse... 

Proposed AARTO regulations pose ‘severe risk’ to business – Road Freight Association

By: Irma VenterThe Road Freight Association (RFA) says it is working with all relevant role-players to ensure that the proposed Administrative Adjudication of Road Traffic Offences (AARTO) is “considered properly” before implementation, and that AARTO will achieve its main purpose of ensuring road safety, says... 

Editorial Insight

Transition sweet spot

By: Terence CreamerThere will naturally be some cynicism over BP’s strategy overhaul, designed to transition the oil major into an integrated energy company that is progressively made up of a portfolio of low-carbon technologies, including renewables, bioenergy, hydrogen and carbon capture utilisation and storage.... 

Transition sweet spot

Mining Weekly News

ARC defies pedestrian economy, Covid-19 impacts to deliver ‘satisfactory performance’

By: Natasha OdendaalEmpowerment investment firm African Rainbow Capital (ARC) Investments has posted what it deems a satisfactory performance for the year ended June 30, 2020, considering the challenging operating environment that has hampered the performance of many of its portfolio investments. The group, founded... 

Harmony sees responsible hedging as way to lock in higher gold price

By: Martin CreamerThe current gold price presents a great opportunity to lock in the higher price for the future, says Harmony Gold FD Boipelo Lekubo, against the backdrop of Harmony’s hedging programme realising gains of R2.2-billion since its inception, but the recent dollar and rand gold prices also negatively... 

Harmony sees responsible hedging as way to lock in higher gold price

Mining industry falling short on Sustainable Development Goals delivery

By: Simone LiedtkeThe mining industry, which has a significant role to play in contributing to and achieving the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), is falling short, according to a new report by the Responsible Mining Foundation and Columbia Centeron Sustainable Investment, titled 'Mining and the... 

Platinum-group metals patenting their way into battery EV space

By: Martin CreamerPlatinum Group Metals CEO R Michael Jones does not let grass grow under his feet. His parting shot to moderator Bernard Swanepoel at the virtual 2020 PGMs Industry Day last Wednesday was that platinum was on its way into battery electric vehicles as a battery metal. “If you're a great EV... 

Platinum-group metals patenting  their way into battery EV space

Solar to provide most of gold plant’s daytime power

By: Martin CreamerThe 10 MW solar electricity plant that Pan African Resources will construct on site at its Elikhulu gold-from-tailings plant next year at a cost of R150-million will take care of most of Elikhulu’s daytime power requirements. This is the first phase of solar power generation at Evander. Pan... 

Solar to provide most of gold plant’s daytime power

Stillwater West ‘could be a leading US source of key metals’

By: Mariaan WebbExploration and development company Group Ten is continuing to advance its Stillwater West project, in Montana, which it believes has the potential to be a leading US-based source of key battery metals and platinum group metals (PGMs). The company is targeting bulk-tonnage deposits of... 

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