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Implementation of new tailings standard seen as key to avoiding future disasters

By: Marleny ArnoldiStakeholders agree that it is a pity there had to be horrific tragedies before due attention was paid to dangerous tailings storage facility (TSF) practices. Australia-based tailings solutions consultancy Decipher states in the Major Tailings Dam Failures Guide, published last year, that about... 

Implementation of new tailings standard seen as key to avoiding future disasters

First Word

It makes huge economic sense to encourage mineral exploration

By: Martin CreamerMining, preceded by exploration, is the greatest economic multiplier of all business activities, including government expenditure, says Integral Asset Management chief investment officer Bruce Williamson. It therefore makes huge sense for government to enact attractive, investment-friendly... 

It makes huge economic sense to encourage mineral exploration

News & Insight

About 20 000 South Africans to benefit from Microsoft’s new skills partnership

By: Natasha OdendaalA new partnership between Microsoft, the Public Service Education and Training Authority (Pseta) and Afrika Tikkun will see more than 2 000 people in each province of South Africa equipped with digital skills. The partnership, which extends the reach of the Microsoft Global Skilling Initiative... 

Automechanika postponed to next year

By: Irma VenterThe sub-Saharan Africa trade fair for the automotive service industry is set to return to the Johannesburg Expo Centre, Nasrec, from March 15 to 18, 2022. Automechanika Johannesburg is co-located with the Futuroad Expo, which is aimed at the truck, bus and commercial vehicle industry, as well as... 

Automotive Industry Development Centre


Automotive Industry Development Centre

Battery supply chain market attracted $21bn of investment in 2020

By: Marleny ArnoldiResearch conducted by Fitch Solutions states that global investment of more than $21-billion towards the electric vehicle (EV) battery supply chain in 2020 is indicative of the urgency of market expansion. The biggest share of this investment has been made in Western Europe, reflecting this... 

Carbon emissions set to surge in 2021 as coal rebound eclipses record renewables growth

By: Terence CreamerGlobal energy-related carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions could surge by 1.5-billion tonnes in 2021 to 33-billion tonnes, reversing most of last year’s decline caused by the Covid-19 pandemic, as rebounding coal demand in the electricity sector more than offsets record renewables deployments. This... 

Carbon emissions set to surge in 2021 as coal rebound eclipses record renewables growth

Continental body publishes spectrum recommendations

By: Natasha OdendaalThe African Telecommunications Union (ATU) has published spectrum recommendations to support the affordable, high-quality delivery of information and communication technology (ICT) services and promote the development of smart technology initiatives. The first set of ATU Spectrum Recommendations,... 

Extended range fibre-like wireless backhaul with Siklu

By: Creamer Media Reporter When Avax  SA 410, a contractor specialising in telecommunication and fibre optics solutions, experienced fibre cuts and downtime due to criminal activity, they turned to MiRO to advise them on possible solutions. MiRO suggested the latest 10Gbps E-band solution from Siklu Communication, a... 

Extended range fibre-like wireless backhaul with Siklu

Fleet management system to be installed on all Hino trucks

By: Irma VenterFull fleet management system Hino-Connect will from now on be installed as standard on the entire range of trucks offered by Hino South Africa (SA), including the Dyna, 300, 500 and 700 models. The project is a joint venture with mobility solutions provider Cartrack. 

Govt urged to overhaul RMIPPPP ahead of July financial close

By: Terence CreamerAn energy expert has written to the Department of Public Works and Infrastructure (DPWI) and the Independent Power Producer (IPP) Office to highlight the expensive shortcomings of the Risk Mitigation Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme (RMIPPPP), which he says should be replaced by a... 

Govt urged to overhaul RMIPPPP ahead of  July financial close

Iata predicts lower losses but continued pain for aviation sector this year

By: Rebecca CampbellThe world’s airlines will this year continue to make tens of billions of dollars of losses, and burn through an even greater amount of cash, as a result of the continuing Covid-19 pandemic, the International Air Transport Association (Iata) has reported. However, things will be much less bad than... 

Imperial sells South American unit

By: Irma VenterImperial has closed a deal on the sale of its interests in its South American shipping business to Hidrovias do Brasil for up to R1.45-billion, depending on certain conditions, such as water levels. The sale comes as Imperial increases it focus on its gateway-to-Africa strategy. 

Isuzu Motors SA funds cherry picker localisation

By: Irma VenterIsuzu Motors South Africa (IMSAf) has issued an enterprise development grant of close to R500 000 for the localisation of an extended reach aerial platform, also known as a cherry picker in South Africa. The SLT 180 telescopic aerial platform will be developed and manufactured locally by Isuzu... 

Mahindra opens new parts warehouse in Gauteng

By: Irma VenterMahindra South Africa has cut the ribbon on its new national parts warehouse in the Linbro Business Park, Gauteng. The new warehouse, situated near the intersection of the N1, M1 and N3 highways in Johannesburg, is about a third larger than Mahindra’s old Jet Park warehouse.  

Nasa’s Ingenuity helicopter makes aviation history on Mars

By: Rebecca CampbellThe US National Aeronautics and Space Administration’s (Nasa’s) Ingenuity drone helicopter successfully made its first flight on Mars on April 19. The flight took place at about noon, South African time. The flight lasted a total of 39.1 seconds and the machine reached a preprogrammed maximum... 

Nedbank makes pioneering ‘zero fossil-fuel exposure by 2045’ pledge

By: Terence CreamerSouth Africa’s Nedbank Group released an ambitious new energy policy on April 22, containing a commitment to reduce its exposure to all fossil fuels to zero by 2045, as well as a pledge to halt all new thermal coal-mine financing by January 1, 2025. Simultaneously, Nedbank said it would scale up... 

Nedbank makes pioneering ‘zero fossil-fuel  exposure by 2045’ pledge

Preferred bidder selected for eSwatini solar PV projects

By: Schalk BurgerIndependent power generation company Globeleq and renewable energy independent power producer (IPP) Sturdee Energy Southern Africa have been awarded preferred bidder status for two 15 MW projects in the first tranche eSwatini’s procurement programme for new renewable generation capacity. Globeleq... 

R32bn invested in black industrialists, inaugural report claims

By: Tasneem BulbuliaThe Department of Trade, Industry and Competition (DTIC) has released the first yearly Black Industrialist Report, highlighting the direct funding provided by the department, the National Empowerment Fund (NEF) and the Industrial Development Corporation (IDC) to support black industrialists and... 

Siemens, Google Cloud to deliver AI-based manufacturing solutions

By: Natasha OdendaalGoogle Cloud and Siemens are partnering to enable the scaled deployment of artificial intelligence- (AI-) based solutions within industrial manufacturing operations to optimise factory processes and improve productivity on the shop floor. Siemens will integrate Google Cloud’s data cloud and... 

SRK Consulting appoints new CEO

By: Donna SlaterFollowing its mid-April global executive meeting, independent consultancy SRK Consulting has appointed Tim McGurk group CEO. He succeeds Andy Barrett who has served the company for 16 years and is stepping down.  

SRK Consulting appoints new CEO

Twofold-plus growth for courier industry over past decade as e-commerce expands 

By: Irma VenterThe express parcel industry has more than doubled over the last decade and is currently the fastest-growing transport sector in the country, says South African Express Parcel Association (SAEPA) CEO Garry Marshall. He says studies show that the formal industry recorded R8-billion in turnover in... 

Editorial Insight

Questionable motives

By: Terence CreamerThere is little doubt that many South Africans still have a great, albeit idealised, affection for Cuba, despite its many social, political and economic problems. This affinity is firmly rooted in the anti-apartheid struggle, when Cubans won the admiration of our liberation movements for showing... 

Questionable motives

Mining Weekly News

Empowered Ntsimbintle strengthens standing in manganese mining

By: Martin CreamerMining investment company Ntsimbintle Holdings has acquired a further 13.8% stake in Jupiter Mines, making it the Australian-listed miner’s largest shareholder, with a total holding of 19.9% and entrenching its position in manganese mining at Tshipi é Ntle Manganese Mining's mine in the Northern... 

Empowered Ntsimbintle strengthens standing in manganese mining

Platinum use up as vehicle emissions regulations tighten

By: Simone LiedtkeAutomotive demand for platinum is expected to grow by 25% year-on-year to reach almost three-million ounces this year, the World Platinum Investment Council (WPIC) reports. The three-million-ounce demand forecast will be 5% higher than pre-pandemic levels. 

Platinum use up as vehicle emissions regulations tighten

Wescoal looking to possibly becoming broader energy company

By: Martin CreamerThe JSE-listed coal-mining company Wescoal is looking to possibly becoming a broader energy company in which coal remains a substantial but reducing component alongside other energy pursuits such as renewables, Wescoal interim CEO Robinson Ramaite said on Monday. Outlining the company’s major... 

Wescoal looking to possibly becoming  broader energy company

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