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Digital transformation has potential to unlock billions in mining value

By: Tasneem BulbuliaSouth Africa boasts many pockets of excellence in terms of digital transformation in the mining industry. With much of the sector’s potential and value still needing to be unlocked, the coronavirus has provided a major catalyst in driving large-scale digitalisation adoption, says professional... 

Digital transformation has potential  to unlock billions in mining value

First Word

News & Insight

Cartrack's operating profit up 16%, despite Covid-19 disruptions

By: Irma VenterCovid-19 was like getting a puncture when you are driving really fast on the highway, says Cartrack CEO Zak Calisto. “We were ready to grow in the 2021 financial year, and we still got growth, but not quite what we anticipated, or what we had planned for, but our economies of scale allowed us to... 

Cell C showing early signs of recovery, says CEO

By: Natasha OdendaalMobile operator Cell C’s strategic turnaround efforts are reflecting in the company’s underlying financial results performance for the six months ended June 30, 2020, says CEO Douglas Craigie Stevenson. As Cell C focuses on offering the right solutions and services at the right margins and yield,... 

Civil engineering bargaining council now has over 1 500 members

By: Simone LiedtkeAnother 373 firms have registered for membership of the Bargaining Council for the Civil Engineering Industry (BCCEI), meaning that “companies in the civil engineering sector continue to recognise the value” of the council, says BCCEI general secretary Kevin Moodley. This brought the total number... 

Civil engineering bargaining council  now has over 1 500 members

Daimler’s first hydrogen fuel-cell truck to start customer trials in 2023

By: Irma VenterDaimler Trucks has unveiled its first hydrogen-based fuel cell truck. The GenH2 Truck is aimed at the long-haul transport market and marks the beginning of commercial fuel cell drive development for the German truck maker. 

Disposal of e-waste a challenge for SA

By: Creamer Media Reporter In this opinion piece, Victor Namavhela laments the minimal action being taken worldwide to recycle electronic waste, predicting that increased quantities of this type of waste will be generated as the Fourth Industrial Revolution progresses The world commemorated International Electronic Waste... 

Global renewables group expanding into South Africa

By: Schalk BurgerInternational renewable energy development company GreenYellow is expanding its presence into South Africa, and provides not only proven renewable energy systems, but also technical advice and financing to catalyse the adoption of these energy sources by commercial and industrial companies, says... 

Global renewables group expanding into South Africa

GWM’s new P Series bakkie set for November local launch

By: Irma VenterHaval Motors South Africa (HMSA) has announced that the GWM P Series bakkie will make its local debut in late November. HMSA says the P Series will be available in 16 derivatives in South Africa and other countries in the Southern African Development Community region, including single and double... 

Manufacturing-sector recovery momentum continuing, survey shows

By: Creamer Media Reporter Absa Retail and Business Bank’s head of new-sector development, Justin Schmidt, argues that the Absa Purchasing Managers Index (PMI) remaining above the neutral 50 level for the fourth consecutive month in September is indicative of the manufacturing sector’s continuing recovery from the Covid-19... 

Nokia to build cellular network on the Moon

By: Natasha OdendaalInformation and communication technology giant Nokia has been selected by the US National Aeronautics and Space Administration (Nasa) to deploy the first long-term evolution (LTE) / fourth-generation communications system on the Moon. Nokia Bell Labs’ pioneering innovations will be used to build... 

Regulations amended to allow municipalities to develop or buy power

By: Terence CreamerMineral Resources and Energy Minister Gwede Mantashe has gazetted amendments to the electricity regulations for new electricity generation capacity, opening the way for “municipalities in good financial standing to develop their own power generation projects”.  The Gazette notice amends the... 

Regulations amended to allow municipalities to develop or buy power

Robots have been playing some vital roles amid Covid-19 pandemic

By: Donna SlaterRobots have seen increased use during Covid-19, especially within the human assistance role in the healthcare sector, according to panellists who spoke during the SingularityU South Africa Summit 2020 on October 14. Nigeria-based robot company Reach Robots CEO Silas Adekunle and Denmark-based... 


By: Creamer Media Reporter The SAFEhouse Association is a non-profit, industry organisation committed to the fight against sub-standard, unsafe electrical products and services. 


Sanral, Safcec sign MoU to prioritise small contractor development

By: Irma VenterThe South African National Roads Agency Limited (Sanral) has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the South African Forum of Civil Engineering Contractors (Safcec), with the aim of prioritising the development of small, medium-sized and microenterprises (SMMEs) in the road construction... 

Scatec Solar to acquire hydropower firm

By: Simone LiedtkeEuropean photovoltaic (PV) company Scatec Solar will be acquiring 100% of the shares in hydropower developer and independent power producer (IPP) SN Power from Norwegian investment fund Norfund for just over $1.17-billion. The acquisition forms an important part of Scatec’s broadened growth... 

Stand-alone grid operator ‘required’ to attract crucial generation investment

By: Terence CreamerEskom CEO Andre de Ruyter has drawn a direct link between securing the investment required to address South Africa’s growth-sapping electricity supply gaps – including some R100-billion to further develop the grid in ways to unlock what will be mostly private generation investment – and the... 

Stand-alone grid operator ‘required’  to attract crucial generation investment

Top UK companies highlight advanced technologies they are developing for future fighter

By: Rebecca CampbellMajor British aerospace, defence and industrial technology companies BAE Systems (BAES), Leonardo UK (part of Italy-based global aerospace and defence group Leonardo SpA), MBDA UK (part of the pan-European MBDA missile group) and Rolls-Royce reported recently on some of the advanced technologies... 

Vodacom earmarks R320m for KwaZulu-Natal network expansion

By: Natasha OdendaalVodacom KwaZulu-Natal Region has set aside over R320-million during the 2020/21 financial year to accelerate its network expansion ambitions and build new long-term evolution (LTE) base station sites in both the urban and deep rural areas of the province. The capital expenditure (capex) will... 

Editorial Insight

Some progress

By: Terence CreamerDespite much head scratching over the timelines provided in the Reconstruction and Recovery Plan for the commissioning of much-needed electricity supply, October otherwise proved to be an important month helping to provide greater definition around the future of the electricity industry and the... 

Some progress

Mining Weekly News

Coal mine disposal exacerbating carbon emissions problem – Glencore

By: Martin CreamerThe disposal of thermal coal mines in response to environmental, social and governance (ESG) investors is not lowering carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions but exacerbating the problem, Glencore CEO Ivan Glasenberg pointed out on Friday. Questioned by Financial Times (FT) natural resources editor Neil... 

Coal mine disposal exacerbating carbon emissions problem – Glencore

Hydrogen fast-tracking will be quicker than imagined – Sibanye-Stillwater

By: Martin CreamerThe fast-tracking of the hydrogen economy will be much quicker than most people have imagined, Sibanye-Stillwater CEO Neal Froneman said at the Financial Times (FT) Commodities Mining Summit, where he was part of a panel that included Anglo American Platinum CEO Natasha Viljoen and South32 CEO... 

Hydrogen fast-tracking will be quicker  than imagined – Sibanye-Stillwater


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