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Govt, stop charging alluvial miners an arm and a leg in regulatory fees

By: Martin CreamerThe regulatory charges imposed on small miners by the South African government are absurd. Alluvial diamond miners are charged within the same framework as the mining majors. The mere application for a small 5 ha mining permit, before the applicant has even bought a pick and shovel, costs R150... 

Govt, stop charging alluvial miners an arm and a leg  in regulatory fees

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... 

Aviation sector accelerating adoption of hydrogen as a fuel source

By: Marleny ArnoldiThe World Platinum Investment Council (WPIC) says developments in aviation – and across other modes of transport - are accelerating the adoption of hydrogen as a mainstream, sustainable fuel source. The council notes that aerospace company Airbus is not alone in believing that hydrogen... 

BMW SA signs new charge point deal with GridCars

By: Irma VenterBMW Group South Africa (BMW SA) has appointed GridCars as its official electric vehicle (EV) charge point operator, with effect from September 1. The local arm of the German manufacturer says the responses from existing BMW i3 drivers were considered before the conclusion of a new three-year... 

Dawn Wing CEO says ecommerce has finally arrived in SA

By: Irma VenterDespite facing a rough patch during the initial hard lockdown in South Africa, express courier company Dawn Wing says it has since seen a significant surge in ecommerce.  “The lockdown-period business was really tough, as volumes were low, but we made a decision to stay open to support our... 

Energy efficiency: a strategic tool to support post-Covid-19 recovery

By: Creamer Media Reporter Energy and climate change specialist Faith Mkhacwa argues that having an energy efficiency strategy will enable organisations to cut their energy bills by up to 40%, thereby saving money and mitigating climate change Reliable energy supply is essential for accelerating post-Covid-19 economic... 

Energy efficiency:  a strategic tool to support post-Covid-19 recovery

FDI can sustainably strengthen Africa, Merkel’s Africa rep avers

By: Simone LiedtkeForeign direct investment (FDI) can sustainably strengthen the development of the African continent so that the people that live on it “can create real opportunities and prospects for themselves and their families”, says Günter Nooke, who is the African representative of  German Chancellor Angela... 

Isuzu delays D-Max bakkie launch to 2022 amid Covid uncertainty

By: Irma VenterIsuzu Motors South Africa (IMSA) has postponed the launch of its new-generation D-Max bakkie from 2021 to the first half of 2022, says IMSA technical operations senior VP Dominic Rimmer. “Our next-generation bakkie programme remains a top priority for the South African market and has the ongoing... 

New secure data exchange platform expected to lower fraud risks

By: Schalk BurgerFinancial services information exchange company Astute Financial Services Exchange has established a secure data exchange platform that reduces fraud and costs related to insurance and financial controls, says Astute Financial Services Exchange CEO Jacques Rossouw. This platform builds on its... 

Pay-on-demand digital payments solution targets underserved markets

By: Natasha OdendaalGlobal payments group Mastercard has partnered with Samsung, Airtel Africa and Asante Financial Services to launch a pay-on-demand payments platform enabling a safe, secure and convenient financing avenue for consumers, entrepreneurs and merchants. The platform, which was built by Mastercard... 

SEW-Eurodrive breaks ground on new South African head office and factory

By: Tasneem BulbuliaDrive and control technologies specialist SEW-Eurodrive on October 1 started construction on its new R200-million head office and factory in Aeroton, Johannesburg. The 25 000 m2 building is being built on property acquired by the company two years ago. The necessary earthworks were completed in... 

SEW-Eurodrive breaks ground on new  South African head office and factory

Solar retains top jobs spot as renewables employment climbs to 11.5m

By: Terence CreamerRenewable-energy jobs rose to 11.5-million globally last year, from 11-million in 2018, with the solar photovoltaic (PV) industry retaining its leading position with 3.8-million jobs, a new study shows. The ‘Renewable Energy and Jobs – Annual Review 2020’, published by the International Renewable... 

Solar retains top jobs spot as renewables employment climbs to 11.5m

Technology adoption should be driven by strategy

By: Schalk BurgerThe adoption of technology in a business must be strategic, informed and should be performed with the aim of streamlining and enhancing the existing business processes to ensure maximum value and efficiency, says business consultancy multinational BDO Financial Services Technology junior analyst... 

Technology adoption should be driven by strategy

UK’s latest business risk guidance for SA highlights both good and bad

By: Rebecca CampbellThe UK Department of International Trade released its updated “Overseas Business Risk – South Africa” guidance at the end of last month. The concise document provides political and economic overviews, and covers key economic developments, the business environment, human rights, bribery and... 

Editorial Insight

Beyond tariffs

By: Terence CreamerThere are growing signals that the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA), trading under which stalled as a result of the lockdowns instituted across the continent to contain the coronavirus pandemic, is slowly coming back to life. Ahead of the pandemic, trading under the arrangement was... 

Beyond tariffs

Mining Weekly News

Amplats focused on going back to basics, stretching existing assets optimally

By: Martin CreamerDoing the ordinary tasks extraordinarily well is the current short-term tactic of the platinum group metals (PGMs) mining company Anglo American Platinum (Amplats) under new CEO Natascha Viljoen, who is intent on stretching the company’s existing assets to their full capacity. “We don’t deserve... 

Amplats focused on going back to basics, stretching existing assets optimally

Cabinless, emissionless vehicle foretelling underground’s autonomous future

By: Martin CreamerMining Weekly on Wednesday watched a cabinless emission-free next-generation mining vehicle autonomously load, haul and dump in an underground mine, without a human in sight. The cabinless design places emphasis on the extent to which traditional human operation at the rockface is becoming a... 

Cabinless, emissionless vehicle foretelling  underground’s autonomous future

Carbide recycling can create jobs for mine communities

By: Martin CreamerThe local extraction of carbide inserts can create job opportunities for communities living around mines – “a true win, win, win situation for society, our customers and ourselves”, Sandvik rock tools division VP Nina Axman enthused on Tuesday. Sandvik is developing a new recycling process that... 

Carbide recycling can create jobs for mine communities

Hydropower becoming increasingly viable for miners in DRC

By: Marleny ArnoldiMining companies are increasingly considering hydropower as a power source for their mines in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). Hydropower, whether pumped storage or run-of-river, is a low-cost, clean form of energy in areas with rivers or dams.  

Hydropower becoming increasingly  viable for miners in DRC

Most of SA's 22 operating manganese mines not owned by listed miners

By: Martin CreamerSouth Africa has 22 operating manganese mines, with only four of them owned in part by JSE-listed companies, AmaranthCX director Paul Miller has calculated. All are in the Northern Cape, except for four small mines well outside the Northern Cape – in the North West, Mpumalanga and Western Cape... 

Most of SA's 22 operating manganese mines  not owned by listed miners

Top steel producer commits to zero emissions by 2050

By: Mariaan WebbArcelorMittal on Wednesday announced a group-wide commitment to being carbon neutral by 2050, building on the commitment made in 2019 for its European business to reduce emissions by 30% by 2030, and be carbon neutral by 2050. “As the world’s leading steel company, we believe we have a... 

Top steel producer commits to zero emissions by 2050

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