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Proximity alone insufficient to assure SA firms any share of Moz gas action

By: Darren ParkerMuch can still be done by South African business to ensure that opportunities stemming from Mozambique’s myriad large-scale liquefied natural gas (LNG) projects do not pass them by. Various LNG projects along the Mozambique coast continue to gain momentum as major oil and gas multinationals, such... 

Proximity alone insufficient to assure SA firms any share of Moz gas action

First Word

South Africa must protect its national chrome patrimony by supporting ferrochrome

By: Martin CreamerSouth Africa has more chrome than any other country, which is why it made such sense to add value to it in South Africa and turn chromite into ferrochrome, at many times the price and many times the jobs. But it did so when electricity was cheap. Currently Eskom’s expensive electricity and... 

South Africa must protect its national chrome patrimony by supporting ferrochrome

News & Insight

Bidvest International Logistics launches road-freight management portal

By: Irma VenterBidvest International Logistics (BIL) has launched a new road-freight portal that will allow clients to manage deliveries from start to end.  “It takes away the pain of having to procure transport service providers and still manage them,” says BIL road freight director Marcus Ellappan. 

BMW to set up pilot plant as it aims for large-scale battery-cell production 

By: Irma VenterThe BMW Group will set up a pilot plant to produce lithium-ion battery cells. This comes as the German carmaker seeks to penetrate all aspects of the battery-cell value chain: from selection of materials to battery cell composition and design, all the way to near-standard production and recycling.  

Electric trucks on the radar for South Africa, says Daimler

By: Irma VenterThere is “definitely a demand for alternative drive vehicles in South Africa”, although the diesel engine, or internal combustion engine, will continue to play an important role in the local transport industry, says Daimler Trucks Southern Africa product management head Christo Kleynhans. “We... 

Eskom moves to appoint advisers to structure ‘green’ transaction

By: Terence CreamerSouth Africa’s coal-heavy power utility is moving to appoint financial advisers to assist it in structuring a potential transaction that could unlock discounted ‘green’ funding for the debt-laden State-owned entity in return for it meeting agreed decarbonisation targets. Eskom CEO Andre de Ruyter... 

Eskom moves to appoint advisers to structure  ‘green’ transaction

Festival to showcase mobile filmmaking talent

By: Natasha OdendaalThe Mobile Moviemakers Film Festival Cape Town (MMOCA) is inviting aspiring creative filmmakers to submit their short films for the inaugural online mobile-phone moviemaking film festival. The festival aims to showcase, nurture and support emerging creative filmmakers skilled at creating... 

Fund targeting infrastructure investments listed on 4 Africa Exchange

By: Simone LiedtkeSouth Africa’s first preference shares with an infrastructure focus were listed on October 22 on 4 Africa Exchange (4AX), Gaia Fund Managers and Kruger International Asset and Wealth Management confirmed. Gaia, together with Kruger, is listing Gaia Fund 1 (the Fund), which complies with... 

Law to overhaul corruption-prone public procurement still some way off

By: Terence CreamerThe National Treasury is preparing sweeping legislative changes to the way procurement, which has become highly prone to corruption, is undertaken by public entities, including State-owned companies. It has indicated, however, that the new legal framework is likely to be passed by Parliament only... 

Law to overhaul corruption-prone public procurement  still some way off

Machine-assisted jobs to emerge quicker than expected – WEC

By: Marleny ArnoldiThe World Economic Forum’s (WEF’s) 'Future of Jobs 2020' report finds that Covid-19 has caused the labour market to change faster than expected. The report envisions that, by 2025, automation and a new division of labour between humans and machines will disrupt or displace 85-million jobs... 

Massive grid investment needed to unlock IRP’s 30GW-by-2030 vision

By: Terence CreamerState-owned electricity utility Eskom is warning that a significant and accelerated expansion of South Africa’s grid infrastructure, beyond that catered for by its current R118-billion investment plan to 2030, is required to integrate the 30 GW of mainly wind and solar generators that will have... 

Massive grid investment needed to  unlock IRP’s 30GW-by-2030 vision

Ministerial Renewable Energy Sector Engagement Forum structure ratified

By: Tasneem BulbuliaThe second meeting to establish a stakeholder-based Ministerial Renewable Energy Sector Engagement Forum (Resef) and associated Resef Working Group was held online on October 20, during which attendees voted overwhelmingly to ratify the structure of the forum and the names proposed by the... 

Nasa announces new discovery on the Moon

By: Rebecca CampbellThe US National Aeronautics and Space Administration (Nasa) announced late last month that the Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy (Sofia) has, for the first time, confirmed the existence of water on the sunlit surface of the Moon. This discovery suggests that water may be much more... 

Nuclear regulator confirms Eskom seeks to extend Koeberg nuclear plant’s life

By: Rebecca CampbellThe National Nuclear Regulator (NNR) has confirmed that it is in preliminary talks with State-owned national electricity utility Eskom regarding extending the operating life of the country’s only nuclear power plant (NPP) at Koeberg, north of Cape Town. Currently, Koeberg is licensed by the NNR... 

Number and prices of financed vehicles up in August, September – TransUnion

By: Irma VenterThe South African car market showed signs of resilience in the third quarter of the year as it bounced back from an all-time-low second quarter to record month-on-month increases in the number of new and used cars financed in August and September, according to the latest TransUnion South African... 

Procurement of 11.8 GW only the ‘first step’ in full elimination of load-shedding threat – De Ruyter

By: Terence CreamerState-owned power utility Eskom, which is ramping up the maintenance of its unreliable and unpredictable coal power stations, anticipates that there will be a ‘step change’ in the performance of the fleet from April 2021, but has also warned that the risk of load-shedding will persist until at... 

Procurement of 11.8 GW only the ‘first step’ in full elimination of load-shedding threat – De Ruyter

South Africa urged to take the lead in adopting TIR system

By: Irma VenterSouth Africa should take the lead in adopting the Transport Internationaux Routiers (TIR) system in sub-Saharan Africa, says the International Road Transport Union (IRU). TIR is a United Nations convention and enables goods to be shipped from a country of origin, through transit countries, to a... 

Tunnelling works at Lesotho Highlands Water Project progressing

By: Simone LiedtkeUnderground tunneling works inside the two Polihali diversion tunnels are progressing well, with excavations advancing from the outlets at about 6 m a day per tunnel at the Lesotho Highlands Water Project (LHWP) site. So far, the excavation of the intake and outlet portals have been completed and... 

Tunnelling works at Lesotho  Highlands Water Project progressing

Unilever ringfences €1bn for Clean Future initiative

By: Tasneem BulbuliaConsumer goods company Unilever has launched its Clean Future initiative, which is aimed at engendering sustainability in the way it produces products and renders services. During a virtual launch of the initiatives on October 22, the company explained that it was seeking to transform its... 

Editorial Insight

Grid(un)locked

By: Terence CreamerMost of us have probably not fully grasped the scale and significance of the changes set to unfold in the South African electricity sector over the coming decade. For energy planners, however, the Integrated Resource Plan 2019 (IRP2019) represents the most dramatic reset of the industry since the... 

Grid(un)locked

Mining Weekly News

$1tn needed for key energy transition metals by 2035, sayas WoodMac

By: Mariaan WebbMore than $1-trillion of investment will be needed in key energy transition metals - aluminium, cobalt, copper, nickel and lithium - over the next 15 years to meet the growing demands of decarbonisation, says consultancy group Wood Mackenzie (WoodMac). This is almost double the figure invested... 

$1tn needed for key energy transition  metals by 2035, sayas WoodMac

Covid has highlighted the value of operating remotely – mining editor

By: Martin CreamerThe extraction of data from machinery to improve decision-making is a key benefit of the digital mine and has changed the way that mines manage their assets and perform machine maintenance, Australia Mining managing editor Ben Creagh said on Wednesday. Creagh was speaking during a virtual... 

Covid has highlighted the value of operating remotely – mining editor

MHS Plant & Equipment

By: Creamer Media Reporter Midrand-based mining equipment supplier MHS Plant & Equipment specialises in the import and export of mining and construction equipment, supplying its products across the African continent as well as Australia and the Americas. The company also offers a turn-key solution for mine and site... 

MHS Plant & Equipment

New online platform set to showcase SA’s mining manufacturing capabilities

By: Natasha OdendaalThe new Technology Availability Readiness Atlas (TARA) aims to showcase the best of South Africa’s mining manufacturing and services talent in a central online database pioneered by the Mandela Mining Precinct in collaboration with the Mining Equipment Manufacturers of South Africa (MEMSA). The... 

Platinum demand seen declining this year

By: Marleny ArnoldiPlatinum demand is set to fall by 7.2% globally this year, on the back of lower demand from the automotive and jewellery sector. Typically, these sectors account for 34% and 24% of total demand, respectively, but Covid-19 had dampened the sector’s operations and their own demand, says data and... 

Platinum well positioned in hydrogen economy’s sweet spots – WPIC

By: Martin CreamerThe upcoming platinum demand of Hyundai alone could come close to taking up the total annual production of one of South Africa’s biggest platinum mines. Hyundai has stated categorically, in a double-page advertisement in The Economist of London, that it will be making 700 000 fuel cell stacks a... 

Platinum well positioned in hydrogen economy’s sweet spots – WPIC

SA coal industry to reach tipping point in 2025

By: Simone LiedtkeThe South African coal industry will likely reach a tipping point by 2025, when renewable energy should be cheaper, both in terms of capital and operational expenditure, than existing coal-fired electricity capacity. This means that, by 2030, the South African coal landscape will look "completely... 

Two cranes to be delivered to Cape Town contractor

By: Natasha OdendaalCape Town-based lifting equipment manufacturer BB Cranes is preparing to deliver the final two cranes of a five-machine order from water technology designer and contractor PCI Africa. The two four-ton underslung cranes, spanning five metres, will be installed in new upper and lower screw... 

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