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District Development Model seen as key to tackling delivery backlogs

By: Donna SlaterProponents of government's recently launched District Development Model (DDM) believe the joined-up model provides the framework required for South African municipalities to begin tackling their generally severe service-delivery problems. Conceptualised by the Department of Cooperative Governance... 

District Development Model seen as key to tackling delivery backlogs

First Word

South Africa’s mining upsurge will need skills, let’s be prepared

By: Martin CreamerMining is reawakening and even countries with an abundance of mining skills are starting to check whether their capacity is going to be adequate. South Africa should do the same. Mining’s future is beginning to look up but there’s nothing like insufficient capacity to make it all fall down. We... 

South Africa’s mining upsurge will need skills, let’s be prepared

News & Insight

AA launches the first of many planned auto centres

By: Irma VenterThe Automobile Association (AA) has opened its first AA Auto Centre, with the aim to “provide motorists with cost-effective, reliable and trusted services”. The centre is located in Strijdom Park, Johannesburg. 

Climate commission to build on existing body of work as it finalises SA’s ‘just transition’ framework

By: Terence CreamerThe Presidential Climate Change Coordinating Commission (PCCCC), which held its second meeting on Friday, intends building on the work already done by the National Planning Commission (NPC) as it seeks to finalise a national ‘just transition framework’ for South Africa’s shift to a climate... 

Climate commission to build on existing body of  work as it finalises SA’s ‘just transition’ framework

Electric car sales accelerated 41% last year, Europe now largest market

By: Irma VenterGlobal sales of electric cars grew by 41% last year, despite the shock of Covid-19, says the International Energy Agency (IEA) in its ‘Global Electric Vehicle Outlook 2021’ report. The IEA’s Jacopo Tattini, who coordinated the analysis of the sales data and the production of the report, says many... 

Eskom named Msunduzi’s network maintenance agent

By: Marleny ArnoldiState-owned power utility Eskom has entered into an active partnership agreement with the Msunduzi municipality, in KwaZulu-Natal, whereby Eskom has been appointed as network maintenance services agent. Eskom will also assist the municipality with capacity building and skills transfer.  

eThekwini aiming to conclude first IPP contract in 2022

By: Terence CreamerThe eThekwini metropolitan municipality, in KwaZulu-Natal, is aiming to sign its first independent power producer (IPP) contract next year following the publication of the eThekwini Integrated Resource Plan (EIRP) in 2020, which it described as the first IRP for a local government in South... 

eThekwini aiming to conclude first IPP contract in 2022

French financier pledges support for Eskom’s just energy transition strategy

By: Terence CreamerSouth Africa’s electricity utility Eskom signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with development financier Agence Française de Développement (AFD) on Monday that includes a specific objective of creating a framework for cooperation and collaboration on Eskom’s evolving ‘just energy... 

French financier pledges support for Eskom’s just energy transition strategy

Future of oil refining in South Africa highly uncertain

By: Terence CreamerSouth Africa’s oil refinery sector is expected to undergo significant changes in the coming five years, with Engen having already indicated that it will repurpose its refinery site in Durban as a fuel importation terminal and with global and domestic shifts likely to place significant pressure on... 

Future of oil refining in South Africa highly uncertain

Mahindra SA opens new training centre

By: Irma VenterMahindra South Africa (SA) has opened the doors to its new training centre in Centurion, Gauteng. The new centre more than doubles the available space of the previous facility.  

Nonresidential buildings to be required to display energy certificate

By: Schalk BurgerBy December 2022, some nonresidential buildings will be required by law to display an Energy Performance Certificate (EPC), which is done by measuring the building’s energy use intensity and giving it a colour-coded score from A to G, sustainable structures organisation the Green Building Council... 

One-third-plus of mobile industry commits to net-zero emissions by 2050

By: Natasha OdendaalThe global mobile industry is gaining momentum towards ambitions of net-zero emissions by 2050, with 50% of mobile operators by mobile connections and 65% by industry revenue having committed to science-based targets. This follows the mobile sector’s achievement in January as one of the first... 

Online trade facilitation tool launched for Southern African

By: Schalk BurgerUK government-funded trade development programme Trade Forward Southern Africa (TFSA) has launched its free-to-use Trade and Information Hub tool that enables businesses to identify potential export markets, as well as to access information abuot the customs duties, rules, regulations and... 

Report says closing IRP’s solar procurement gaps would unlock more jobs

By: Terence CreamerSouth Africa’s emerging solar photovoltaic (PV) value chain has significant potential to create employment over the current decade as utility scale and small-scale embedded generation (SSEG) capacity is added in response to the country’s Integrated Resource Plan of 2019 (IRP 2019) and moves by... 

Report says closing IRP’s solar procurement gaps would unlock more jobs

Smartphone recovery continued in Q1 as Huawei fell off Top 5

By: Natasha OdendaalSmartphone vendors shipped nearly 346-million devices during the first quarter of the year – equivalent to 25.5% year-on-year growth – as the pace of recovery for the global smartphone market accelerated. Preliminary data from the International Data Corporation’s (IDC’s) Worldwide Quarterly... 

Stellenbosch University establishes School for Climate Studies

By: Donna SlaterWestern Cape-based Stellenbosch University (SU) has established a new School for Climate Studies, which will be officially launched in June, as part of its efforts to tackle the battle against climate change. According to SU research, innovation and postgraduate studies deputy Vice-Chancellor... 

Stellenbosch University establishes School for  Climate Studies

Toyota unveils new BEV concept, sales to start in 2022

By: Irma VenterToyota has unveiled a concept version of its forthcoming Toyota bZ4X, previewing the first in a series of zero-emission battery electric vehicles (BEVs) from the Japanese carmaker. Toyota says the bZ4X, a medium-size sports-utility vehicle (SUV) with all-wheel drive, is integral to Toyota’s... 

‘Flying taxi’ market expected to attract considerable investment

By: Rebecca CampbellMarket research commissioned by electric vertical takeoff and landing (eVTOL) company Horizon Aircraft indicates that there will be rapid and considerable growth in investment in the urban air mobility (UAM) market by private equity and venture capital investors. The data was gathered by market... 

‘Flying taxi’ market expected to  attract considerable investment

Editorial Insight

Beyond the threshold

By: Terence CreamerWith the deadline looming for public comment on a draft amendment to Schedule 2 of the Electricity Regulation Act (ERA), calls are growing for the reform to go beyond simply raising the licence-exemption threshold. Under the current regime, only sub-1 MW generation plants are exempt from the... 

Beyond the threshold

Mining Weekly News

AP Ventures makes yet another promising hydrogen investment

By: Martin CreamerVenture capital funds manager AP Ventures has made yet another promising investment in the fast-growing hydrogen sector. AP Ventures Fund II focuses on hydrogen and its role in decarbonising energy and this latest investment is set up to contribute to establishing a well-functioning market and... 

AP Ventures makes yet another promising hydrogen investment

Copper production at Kamoa-Kakula within a month

By: Mariaan WebbThe target date for first copper concentrate production from Canadian miner Ivanhoe Mines’ Kamoa-Kakula copper mine, in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), has been brought forward by several months and is now expected by the end of May or early June. The start of production at Kakula will... 

Copper production  at Kamoa-Kakula within a month

Council positive on gold’s 2021 outlook, despite Q1 investment outflows

By: Simone LiedtkeGold investment demand fell in the first quarter, driven by hefty outflows in gold-backed exchange-traded funds (ETFs) as growing expectations of higher interest rates impacted sentiment, the World Gold Council’s (WGC’s) latest ‘Gold Demand Trends’ (GDT) report shows. WGC market intelligence... 

Council positive on gold’s 2021 outlook, despite Q1 investment outflows

Exploration’s big economic multiplier should be reflected in supportive policy

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... 

Exploration’s big economic multiplier  should be reflected in supportive policy

Firms aim to develop technology to simplify hygrogen storage, use in fuel-cell-powered vehicles

By: Natasha OdendaalGlobal materials technology and recycling group Umicore and global mining giant Anglo American, through subsidiary Anglo American Platinum, have teamed up to develop new platinum-group metals- (PGM-) based catalyst technology to potentially simplify hydrogen storage and its use to power fuel cell... 

More upfront work now needed before water use licence applications may be lodged

By: Natasha OdendaalMore early-stage upfront work to generate detailed engineering specifications will be needed before project developers can submit their water-use licence applications (WULA) to the Department of Water and Sanitation (DWS). All water-use applications involving engineering design work will now need... 

Ntsimbintle boasts promising suite of manganese assets

By: Martin CreamerUnlisted empowered mining investment company Ntsimbintle Holdings, which last month grabbed the headlines by becoming the biggest shareholder in the ASX-listed Jupiter Mines Limited, has promising additional manganese mining assets serving a manganese market that observers describe as having... 

Ntsimbintle boasts promising suite of manganese assets

Pallinghurst co-founder Gilbertson retires

By: Marleny ArnoldiPrivate equity investor Pallinghurst Group has announced the retirement of chairperson and co-founder Brian Gilbertson. Gilbertson, Arne Frandsen and Andrew Willis founded the battery materials investment company in 2006.  

Pallinghurst  co-founder  Gilbertson retires

PGMs in all three drivetrains if Lion Battery initiative is successful – Anglo

By: Martin CreamerIf the Lion Battery Technologies initiative proves successful, platinum group metals (PGMs) will feature in all three of the world’s drive trains, Anglo American executive head of PGM market development Benny Oeyen said on Thursday. This would mean that PGMs would not only play key roles in... 

PGMs in all three drivetrains if Lion  Battery initiative is successful – Anglo

Rio Tinto updates tailings facilities details in line with new standard

By: Tasneem BulbuliaAnglo-Australian multinational Rio Tinto has released updated information about its global tailings facilities to align with the requirements of the Global Industry Standard for Tailings Management (GISTM), which was published in August 2020. The GISTM is an initiative co-convened by the... 

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