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Auto industry’s EV roadmap aims to accelerate sales and production

By: Irma VenterSouth Africa needs to kick-start the production of electric vehicles (EVs), while it also needs to sell more EVs. This was the single most important recommendation from a Trade and Industrial Policy Strategies report on ‘Harnessing EVs for Industrial Development in South Africa’, released earlier... 

Auto industry’s EV roadmap aims to accelerate sales and production

First Word

Gear up to the reality of the circular economy being the new normal

By: Martin CreamerThere’s money in muck, we used to say, but failed to do enough to ensure that muck was collected efficiently. Now all that has to change. If you’re in the business of material production, what you put out there must be recycled, both in the interests of environmental protection and enterprise... 

Gear up to the reality of the circular economy being the new normal

News & Insight

Airbus unveils hydrogen-powered airliner concept designs

By: Rebecca CampbellEurope-based global major aerospace group Airbus has released three concept designs for hydrogen-powered zero-carbon-emissions commercial aircraft. It was examining these designs in a programme it called ZEROe, which was the precursor to the group’s recently announced plan to develop and... 

CCBSA continues to ramp up solar power generation capacity

By: Simone LiedtkeCoca-Cola Beverages South Africa (CCBSA) has ramped up its solar power generation capacity, with seven of its 13 manufacturing facilities now using solar power. CCBSA is plans to install solar power capacity at a further five of its plants by the end of this year. 

CCBSA continues to  ramp up solar power generation capacity

Cost preventing many South Africans from benefiting from ‘easy’ Internet access

By: Natasha OdendaalAs the Covid-19 pandemic brings South Africa’s widening digital divide into sharp focus, having the latest generation connectivity, unaffordable for many, will not make much of an economic impact without lowering the costs. South Africa has had some success with its various deployments of... 

GVK-Siya Zama launches dedicated civils unit

By: Irma VenterConstruction company GVK-Siya Zama has added a dedicated civils unit to its operational offering.  Through this unit, the company aims to create jobs and improve society by filling the void left by many companies in the construction industry that had to close their doors. 

Iata calls for preflight Covid-19 testing of air passengers

By: Rebecca CampbellThe International Air Transport Association (Iata), which is the global representative body of the airline industry, is calling for the testing of all air passengers for Covid-19 before they embark on their flights. It is urging “the development and deployment of rapid, accurate, affordable,... 

IRP’s wind component could trigger yearly investments of R40bn, create 144 000 jobs by 2030

By: Terence CreamerThe 14.4 GW of new wind included in South Africa’s electricity plan positions the country as a “top ten” wind-energy market for the coming decade, while building capacity at the yearly tempo of 1 600 MW envisaged in the plan could attract R40-billion a year in new investment and create 144 000... 

IRP’s wind component could trigger yearly investments of R40bn, create 144 000 jobs by 2030

Local industrial equipment market to drop by 30%, says EIE Group’s Malherbe

By: Irma VenterNew-unit sales in the South African industrial equipment market will decline by an estimated 30% this year, says EIE Group operations director Chantell Malherbe. Most of this drop will come from the more established brands, with an uptick seen in the sale of less expensive Chinese products at 30%... 

Motus sees new-vehicle market of 420 000-plus in 2021

By: Irma VenterVehicle retail, rental, aftermarket and import group Motus believes that the new-vehicle market could reach between 420 000 and 440 000 units in 2021, up from the expected 350 000 to 380 000 units this year. The decline expected this year in the new-vehicle market, compared with 2019 (when it... 

Multotec Wear Linings

By: Creamer Media Reporter Multotec Wear Linings manufactures a com-plete range of wear solutions for pipelines, bunkers, chambers, transfer points and chutes in bulk materials handling and classification applications, against high-velocity impact and sliding abrasion. Established in 1982, Multotec Wear Linings is a highly... 

Multotec Wear Linings

New app to help customers diagnose, fix connectivity issues

By: Natasha OdendaalInternet service provider (ISP) RocketNet has launched a new application to enable customers to self-diagnose and resolve connectivity challenges immediately and effectively. The new RocketNet Probe App, which has been running on beta, is an intuitive application enabling customers to control the... 

New solution to help municipalities improve revenue collection, management

By: Tasneem BulbuliaTechnology solutions provider TechSoft International has developed an integrated and data-rich solution to assist in improving revenue management and collection for struggling municipalities. With the company’s C3 platform, municipal entities are said to be able to leverage a software tool that... 

OneLogix’s profit dips for the first time in 11 years as ‘listless economy’, Covid-19 take toll

By: Irma VenterLogistics group OneLogix reported a profit decline for the first time in 11 years, owing largely to the listless domestic economy and the ramifications of the worldwide Covid-19 lockdown, says CEO Ian Lourens. “We faced a very poor economic environment in the first ten months and then Covid hit... 

Pandemic presents opportunity to reconsider PEPs, speaker says

By: Tasneem BulbuliaThere is a need to reconsider the approach of Public Employment Programmes (PEPs) and to structure these to upskill workers for the workplace of the future, a webinar hosted by the Department of Public Works and Infrastructure on September 22 has revealed. Development Economist consultant Liesel... 

Role models directly contribute to more women pursuing technical careers

By: Schalk BurgerFemale engineering and technical careers social enterprise Women in Engineering (WomEng) says that its work supporting girls and young women to enter technical disciplines shows that female engineer and industrial scientist role models with backgrounds comparable to prospective girls and young... 

Role models directly contribute to more women pursuing technical careers

Ten best practices to guide South Africa’s ‘just transition’ from coal to renewables

By: Terence CreamerA new study, which outlines global best practices for just-transition journeys, includes ten lessons for South Africa to consider as the country prepares to navigate what it hopes will be a just transition, over the coming decades, from an electricity sector based on coal to one based... 

Ten best practices to guide South Africa’s  ‘just transition’ from coal to renewables

US revelation about first new-generation combat aircraft surprises aerospace world

By: Rebecca CampbellThe US Air Force (USAF) has stunned the aerospace world by secretly building and flying the first-ever sixth-generation jet fighter prototype. The news was revealed by Assistant Secretary of the Air Force for Acquisition, Technology and Logistics Dr Will Roper to highly-respected “Defense News”... 

Water-sector bodies launch technology, innovation forum

By: Schalk BurgerThe Water Research Commission (WRC), the South African Local Government Association (Salga) and the departments of Water and Sanitation and Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs have launched the Water Technology and Innovation Forum (WTIF). The forum will serve as a platform for all... 

Editorial Insight

Voice of the vulnerable

By: Terence CreamerIn a helpful recent article, Bloomberg’s Akshat Rathi outlined how the term ‘carbon neutrality’ can have strikingly different meanings depending on who is using it. For California, Rathi writes, achieving carbon neutrality by 2045 involves cutting all greenhouse-gas (GHG) emissions, including... 

Voice of the vulnerable

Mining Weekly News

All-female drilling team deployed at Kumba Iron Ore’s Sishen mine

By: Natasha OdendaalAs new technology changes the way mines undertake drilling activities, a newly trained all-female drilling team has been deployed as part of a R2-billion multi-year recruiting and training agreement between mining services provider Rosond and Anglo American-controlled Kumba Iron Ore. An... 

AngloGold reinstates guidance on growing certainty

By: Martin CreamerGold mining company AngloGold Ashanti on Monday reinstated annual guidance on improved operating certainty amid the Covid-19 pandemic and in anticipation of the conclusion of the sale of its South African assets at the end of this month. All conditions precedent have been met with respect to the... 

AngloGold reinstates guidance on growing certainty

Authorities laudably supportive of grid-tied Pan African solar project

By: Martin CreamerThe authorities have been laudably supportive of the R150-million grid-tied photovoltaic solar project that is to be built to supply electricity to Pan African Resources’ highly successful Elikhulu tailings retreatment plant in Evander, Mpumalanga. The nigh-10 MW solar plant, which is expected to... 

Authorities laudably supportive of  grid-tied Pan African solar project

Council for Geoscience starts deep drilling in Karoo basin

By: Marleny ArnoldiThe Council for Geoscience (CGS) on September 21 launched Phase 2 of the Karoo Deep Drilling and Geo-environmental Base Programme (KDD), in Beaufort West. The council, as mandated by the Department of Minerals and Energy, in 2016 initiated the research programme to investigate the resource... 

Council for Geoscience starts deep drilling in Karoo basin

Giyani to start drilling programme at Botswana manganese project

By: Simone LiedtkeTSX-V-listed Giyani Metals has started a feasibility study field programme for its K.Hill manganese project, in Botswana, with the appointment of a drilling contractor, project management and geological services contract and their imminent mobilisation. The 2020 field programme follows Giyani’s... 

Gold industry needs further consolidation, says Barrick’s Bristow

By: Mariaan WebbThe gold industry still has a mismatch of assets in too many managers’ hands and is in need of further consolidation, says gold major Barrick CEO Mark Bristow. Speaking at the virtual Gold Forum Americas conference, he said that the industry had come a long way in 18 months, but that the job was... 

Gold industry needs further consolidation,  says Barrick’s Bristow

Green hydrogen study integrating SADC ahead of trillion-dollar market emergence

By: Martin CreamerA German-funded project to develop a green hydrogen atlas across Southern Africa is integrating the Southern African Development Community (SADF) region ahead of the projected opening up of a trillion dollar market going into the future. Funded €5.7-million by the Germany Federal Ministry of... 

Green hydrogen study integrating SADC  ahead of trillion-dollar market emergence

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... 

Steelpoortdrift advances to prefeasibility study

By: Esmarie IannucciA scoping study into the Steelpoortdrift vanadium project, in South Africa, has estimated that the project woul 

Steelpoortdrift advances to prefeasibility study

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