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Tough times not yet over for African airlines

By: Rebecca CampbellAround the world, light is now visible at the end of the Covid-19 pandemic tunnel (although the distance to the end of the tunnel varies greatly from country to country). One of the economic sectors that will be most relieved by this is the airline sector, and not least its African, Southern... 

Tough times not yet over for African airlines

First Word

South Africa must grasp the energy equivalent of the Roaring ‘20s with both hands

By: Martin CreamerWhen it comes to energy, the world has entered a Roaring Twenties-equivalent with clean, green electricity demanded here, there and everywhere. Sir Mick Davis’ Vision Blue, together with  Canada’s NextSource, are offering South Africa a local battery materials and local battery manufacture... 

South Africa must grasp the energy equivalent of the Roaring ‘20s with both hands

News & Insight

Agriculture remains a star performer in the economy

By: Marleny ArnoldiAgriculture’s contribution to gross domestic product (GDP) and employment is often underrated in South Africa, which particularly came to the fore at the height of the Covid-19 pandemic last year, says Bureau for Food and Agricultural Policy (BFAP). During a Nedbank-hosted webinar on the... 

Agriculture remains a star performer in the economy

Dealers’ body warns of warranty pitfalls as new aftermarket guidelines take effect

By: Irma VenterConsumers have to be aware that taking their vehicle to an independent service provider (ISP) while it is still under warranty may result in some segments of that warranty being voided, should the work, or the part fitted, not be up to standard, cautions National Automobile Dealers’ Association... 

For energy transition to be just, workers and communities must be at centre

By: Tasneem BulbuliaAs South Africa seeks to scale up the move away from being reliant on coal-fired energy towards cleaner energy forms, the resultant just transition process to enable this must be cognisant of a number of different stakeholders. This was indicated during a ‘Key priorities and challenges for a Just... 

Germany launches €200m green hydrogen programme for South Africa

By: Terence CreamerOn behalf of the German government, the German development bank KfW has initiated a programme of up to €200-million in size to support the establishment of green hydrogen projects in South Africa and it intends releasing a formal request for information (RFI) by the end of June. The funding,... 

Germany launches €200m green hydrogen programme  for South Africa

Global report highlights strong demand for wind workforce training in South Africa

By: Terence CreamerSouth Africa is identified in a new international report as one of ten countries where training efforts will need to be intensified and accelerated over the coming five years to match the skills demand that will be created during the construction, installation, operation and maintenance of new... 

Global report highlights strong demand for wind workforce training in South Africa

Global solar-tracker firm optimistic about South African market developments

By: Marleny ArnoldiSolar tracker manufacturer STI Norland South Africa is optimistic about the solar market in South Africa, particularly as Bid Window 5 of the renewables programme was launched earlier this year and a 10 MW licence-exemption threshold for small-scale embedded generation has been proposed by... 

Global solar-tracker firm optimistic about  South African market developments

Hino SA upgrades its 300-Series truck range

By: Irma VenterHino South Africa (SA) has upgraded its 300-Series medium truck range, while adding some new features and realigning the model mix. The range now offers 13 derivatives, with a body and payload capability of between 3 390 kg and 5 950 kg, basically covering the 2.5 t, 3 t and 4 t markets. 

Hydrogen report points to increased private-sector project development

By: Donna SlaterA recent report on emerging hydrogen economies reveals that, although earlier phases of hydrogen deployment were mostly driven by public authorities or public-private initiatives, more than 50% of such projects are currently being led by the private sector, which views projects as strategic... 

IN THE COLD

By: Darlene CreamerIt’s another winter of discontent, as Eskom once again resorts to regular power cuts to stabilise its unreliable system. Maddeningly, South Africa would probably be exiting its 13-year load-shedding crisis had it simply proceeded with its yearly procurement of new capacity from independent power... 

IN THE COLD

Inadequate access to water and sanitation presents investment opportunities

By: Natasha OdendaalThe Covid-19 pandemic has reinforced the need to invest in South Africa’s water infrastructure, highlighting the lack of secure water supply and sanitation, particularly in rural communities. The continuing national water crisis and the lack of access to safe sanitation; however, opens up several... 

Kenyan company in Phase 2 of Ethiopian geothermal exploration project

By: John MuchiraKenya Electricity Generating Company (KenGen) has embarked on the second phase of a $76.8-million geothermal exploration project in Ethiopia. The company has announced that it has started drilling the first geothermal well for Phase 2 of the Aluto–Langano geothermal power station. 

Macsteel seeks reimbursement for ‘unlawful’ duty payments

By: Terence CreamerMacsteel CEO Mike Benfield is confident that the company has a strong legal case against the continued application of an 8% safeguard duty on hot-rolled coil (HRC) and confirms that it is also asking the court for an order granting that it be reimbursed for the duties paid since the extension was... 

Macsteel seeks reimbursement for ‘unlawful’ duty payments

New-vehicle sales outpacing forecasts, says association

By: Irma VenterNew-vehicle sales are continuing to outpace forecasts as the South African automotive industry recovers from the Covid-19 pandemic, says the National Automobile Dealers’ Association (NADA).  According to Naamsa | the Automotive Business Council, 38 337 new vehicles were sold in the domestic... 

Nissan SA trains technicians for new Ghana plant

By: Irma VenterTwelve Ghanaian technicians have wrapped up three months’ training at the Nissan Rosslyn plant on the assembly of the new Navara pick-up, in anticipation of the opening of a Nissan plant in their home country next year. The first Navara pick-ups for customers are expected to start rolling off the... 

SA developer wins $4.5bn Ethiopia housing contract

By: John MuchiraSouth African developer Property 2000 has won a $4.2-billion contract to build affordable houses in the Ethiopian capital of Addis Ababa. The project will involve the construction of 500 000 units and is part of the city’s efforts to mitigate a housing backlog that is being exacerbated by rapid... 

Sat-3, WACS cable breaks in 2020 likely caused by mudslide

By: Natasha OdendaalThe cable breaks to the South Atlantic 3/West Africa (SAT-3/Wasc) cable and the West Africa Cable System (WACS), in 2020, were likely a result of the occurrence of the longest undersea mudslide recorded. In January 2020, the SAT-3 cable, which links Africa to Portugal and Spain, was hit by a... 

South Africa’s recovery strategy should avoid austerity, says Davies

By: Terence CreamerFormer Trade and Industry Minister Dr Rob Davies is urging the South African government, in which he served as a Cabinet Minister from 2009 to 2019, to implement a New Deal-style recovery programme to address the economic damage arising from both Covid-19 and more than a decade of economic drift.... 

South Africa’s recovery strategy should  avoid austerity, says Davies

The Minerals Education Trust Fund – A good news story

By: Creamer Media Reporter At a time when good news stories seem to be few and far in between, The Minerals Education Trust Fund (METF) stands out. Constituted in 2000 by South African minerals and mining companies, the METF has had a significantly positive impact on both the minerals and education sectors for over 20... 

The Minerals Education Trust Fund – A good news story

WWF publishes guide on managing invasive alien plants

By: Natasha OdendaalThe WWF has published a new guide on how to manage invasive alien plants, providing landowners, land managers and clearing contractors context, examples and practical guidelines. The guide, ‘A practical guide to managing invasive alien plants: A concise handbook for land users in the Cape Floral... 

Editorial Insight

Public paralysis

By: Terence CreamerImages of the remarkable Gift of the Givers drilling for water outside the Rahima Moosa Mother and Child Hospital, in Coronationville, Gauteng, may have been uplifting for many. It showed the power of an active and compassionate citizenry in responding to a devastating human-rights crisis. For... 

Public paralysis

Mining Weekly News

2021 to be ‘exceptional year of earnings’ for miners

By: Simone LiedtkeThe 2021 financial year will prove to be an “exceptional year of earnings” for miners, while bringing with it a paradigm shift in terms of mining strategy, says research agency Fitch Solutions and Country Risk. It explains that mining companies are major beneficiaries of the metal price rally... 

Council for Geoscience goes live with digital geoscience data

By: Martin CreamerSouth Africa’s Council for Geoscience went live on Tuesday with making geoscience data digitally available. During a panel discussion on the first day of the Junior Indaba, Council for Geoscience CEO Mosa Mabuza invited all to go on to the council’s website to find this data, the bulk of which,... 

Council for Geoscience goes live with digital geoscience data

Hot prices pervading commodities market – CRU

By: Martin CreamerPrice hotness is pervading the commodities market, CRU senior analyst Clare Hanna said on Tuesday, when she addressed the second and final day of the Junior Indaba. Speaking on ‘what’s hot and what’s not’, Hanna said almost all commodities were at the higher-than-15% level. (Also watch attached... 

Hot prices pervading commodities market – CRU

Juniors integrating value addition as they seek to unlock critical-metals riches

By: Martin CreamerJunior miners of the world’s new critical metals are targeting the rich value-add opportunity well beyond taking the ore out of the ground and shipping out concentrate, the Junior Indaba heard this month. Junior miners of metals such as rare earths, vanadium, nickel, platinum-group metals and... 

Juniors integrating value addition as they seek  to unlock critical-metals riches

Mick Davis appointed chair of Ferro-Alloy Resources

By: Mariaan WebbSir Mick Davis has been appointed chairperson of the board of Ferro-Alloy Resources (FAR), the European vanadium company in which his Vision Blue Resources firm has invested. FAR, which trades on the London exchange, reported on Tuesday that the previously announced investment of $3.1-million by... 

Mick Davis appointed chair  of Ferro-Alloy Resources

Orion Minerals partners with CGS to explore the Northern Cape

By: Esmarie IannucciCopper developer Orion Minerals has inked a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with South Africa’s Council for Geoscience (CGS) to collaborate on exploration initiatives in the Northern Cape. The studies would be aimed at stimulating greenfields exploration in an under-explored geological... 

Orion Minerals partners with CGS  to explore the Northern Cape

The Minerals Education Trust Fund – A good news story

By: Creamer Media Reporter At a time when good news stories seem to be few and far in between, The Minerals Education Trust Fund (METF) stands out. Constituted in 2000 by South African minerals and mining companies, the METF has had a significantly positive impact on both the minerals and education sectors for over 20... 

The Minerals Education Trust Fund – A good news story

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