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How climate change is driving adoption of technology in agriculture

By: Marleny ArnoldiEnvironmental phenomena such as climate change and its manifestations, including extreme weather events, are featuring more prominently on the risk radar of investors, banks and commercial farmers, as agricultural activity intensifies in order to provide sufficient food for a growing population.... 

How climate change is driving adoption of technology in agriculture

First Word

Recovering valuables from dumps should be prioritised

By: Martin CreamerA very quick return is on the way from copper in dumps in the Northern Cape, and $4-billion worth of rare earths is there for the taking in dumps in Phalaborwa. There is gold galore in tailings dams around Johannesburg, and waste there for the taking linked to every mine that has ever been... 

Recovering valuables from dumps  should be prioritised

News & Insight

African water Ministers unveil sanitation policy guidelines

By: Natasha OdendaalThe African Ministers’ Council on Water (AMCOW) has published the African Sanitation Policy Guidelines (ASPG) to support the development of new, or the updating of existing, national sanitation policies across the continent. The guidelines, developed in consultation with African Union (AU) member... 

Centre launched to commercialise African innovations

By: Schalk BurgerThe African Union Development Agency New Partnership for Africa's Development (AUDA-Nepad) on June 22 launched a centre of excellence (CoE) in science, technology and innovation to upscale and commercialise home-grown innovations on the continent. The centre was launched in partnership with... 

Complementary effort need to ensure maritime security in the Southern Africa region

By: Rebecca CampbellLocal defence company Hensoldt South Africa has highlighted a recent speech by its Executive Manager: Strategic Affairs, Sihle Mayisela. His topic was the need for complimentary and innovative solutions to address threats to coastal and maritime security in Southern Africa.  He spoke at the... 

Conditions improving, but manufacturing not out of the woods yet

By: Creamer Media Reporter Justin Schmidt, head of new-sector development at Absa Retail & Business Bank, points out that South African manufacturers are experiencing supply chain constraints and are having to wait longer to receive raw material or to deliver final goods We continue to see a significant improvement in... 

Gender gap in mobile Internet use narrowing

By: Natasha OdendaalWhile there remains a persistent gap in mobile ownership and access to mobile Internet, the latest GSMA Mobile Gender Gap Report shows that the gender divide is narrowing. Driven by trends in South Asia, where a record number of women now use mobile Internet services, the gender gap shrank in... 

Harmonisation of African automotive standards ‘progressing well’

By: Irma VenterThe project to harmonise standards across the automotive sector in Africa is progressing well, reports the African Association of Automotive Manufacturers (AAAM). The AAAM says the African Export-Import Bank (Afreximbank) is continuing its support for the African Organisation for Standardisation... 

Leg up for women truck owner-drivers

By: Irma VenterBuilding materials company Lafarge South Africa and Volvo Trucks South Africa have joined forces with other stakeholders to launch the AccelerateHer initiative, aimed at speeding up the development of women-owned truck operations in the country. Ten women from KwaZulu-Natal will be selected for... 

Macroeconomic study, sectoral roadmaps needed before transition to e-mobility

By: Irma VenterGovernment’s efforts to promote the production and use of new-energy vehicles (NEVs) in South Africa must include a macroeconomic impact study, as well as sectoral roadmaps detailing how and when electromobility should be achieved. This is according to Intelligent Transport Society South Africa... 

Macsteel settles safeguard-duty case with DTIC and secures two-year reprieve

By: Terence CreamerDepartment of Trade, Industry and Competition (DTIC) and Macsteel have reached a legal settlement in a case brought by the steel merchant after government extended the implementation of safeguard duties on hot-rolled coil (HRC) imports in August last year. The case was settled in the High Court,... 

Macsteel settles safeguard-duty case with DTIC and secures two-year reprieve

Manuel concerned reforms being hamstrung by a ‘confederation of tsarisms’ in Cabinet

By: Terence CreamerFormer Finance Minister Trevor Manuel has expressed concern that progress on economic reforms and the effectiveness of Operation Vulindlela are being hamstrung by a Cabinet that appears to be a "confederation of tsarisms" rather than a collective unit. Speaking during a Centre for Development and... 

Manuel concerned reforms being hamstrung by a ‘confederation of tsarisms’ in Cabinet

Mercedes-Benz SA starts production of new C-Class, in talks about deepening of East London harbour 

By: Irma VenterMercedes-Benz South Africa (MBSA) has started production of the new C-Class, the W206, at its East London plant, in the Eastern Cape. Production will include a plug-in hybrid, starting in the fourth quarter of the year. 

New global costs report confirms new renewables are undercutting existing coal

By: Terence CreamerThe cost of electricity from new solar and wind plants is increasingly undercutting the operating costs alone of existing coalfired power plants and strengthening the case for their early retirement, a newly released International Renewable Energy Agency (Irena) report confirms. Published on June... 

New global costs report confirms new  renewables are undercutting existing coal

PPC mulls several low-carbon opportunities as it shows signs of business stabilisation

By: Terence CreamerCementitious products manufacturer PPC is considering several initiatives aimed at lowering the carbon footprint of its operations and products as its far-reaching organisational and financial restructuring begins yielding results and creates space for the JSE-listed group to start focusing on... 

PPC mulls several low-carbon opportunities  as it shows signs of business stabilisation

South Africa ‘well suited’ to be a green maritime fuel hub

By: Simone LiedtkeA study by global environmental consultancy Ricardo and Environmental Defense Fund for the P4G Getting to Zero Coalition Partnership has found that South Africa “holds an untapped opportunity” to supply the global shipping industry with zero-carbon fuels. The production of green hydrogen-derived... 

USAID renews support for African women in technology

By: Natasha OdendaalNetwork of African women in technology AfChix has secured renewed support from the international development agency US Agency for International Development (USAID) to continue a project using community networks and training to close the digital gender divide in Africa after winning the... 

Used-car availability, pricing may start improving early next year – InspectaCar

By: Irma VenterThe availability of used-car stock may start improving in the next six months-plus, as rental companies defleet and consumers increasingly return to the new-car market, trading in their current vehicles, says InspectaCar CEO Pertunia Sibanyoni. Rental companies started to acquire new stock again... 

Editorial Insight

Bridge to the future?

By: Terence CreamerIt doesn’t seem possible to resolve most societal problems until they are. This is especially true for something as complex and multifaceted as the restructuring of a well-entrenched, albeit crisis-ridden, electricity supply industry (ESI). The problem does not really lie in having to define the... 

Bridge to the future?

Mining Weekly News

Black-women-owned platinum fuel cell group working on 15 deployment projects

By: Martin CreamerMajority black-women-owned platinum fuel cell venture Bambili Energy is working on 15 hydrogen and fuel cell-linked deployment projects that are expected to be completed by March next year. Bambili CEO Zanele Mavuso Mbatha is a former key shareholder in Incwala Resources, which partnered with... 

Black-women-owned platinum fuel cell  group working on 15 deployment projects

Demand for fuel cells used in trucks increasing – WPIC

By: Marleny ArnoldiThe World Platinum Investment Council (WPIC) has reiterated its advocacy for hydrogen fuel cell electric vehicles (FCEVs) as a solution towards sustainable mobility. In a release, the council explains that the transport sector is huge and that it is critical to the European Union’s (EU’s),... 

Digital transformation crucial for continued competitiveness of South African mining

By: Natasha OdendaalWhile the adoption and pursuit of digital transformation in the mining sector can be far more complex than in some other industries, embracing technology and evolving will be key for the South African mining sector to remain competitive at a global level. The application of digital technologies,... 

Enoch Godongwana joins PTM board

By: Simone LiedtkeDual-listed platinum miner Platinum Group Metals (PTM) has appointed Enoch Godongwana as nonexecutive independent director. Godongwana obtained an Msc degree in Financial Economics from the University of London in 1998 and has served in numerous roles in government, trade unions and industry. 

Enoch Godongwana joins PTM board

Mandela Mining Precinct a model of collaboration in an innovation ecosystem

By: Tasneem BulbuliaAs the Mandela Mining Precinct marks its third year since inception, it has made some strides in achieving much-needed modernisation in the mining industry. Its work stands as a notable example of the benefits of collaboration, speakers noted during the precinct’s virtual symposium, held on June 21. 

Mandela Mining Precinct a model of collaboration in an innovation ecosystem

NextSource initiates Madagascar graphite expansion study

By: Mariaan WebbA much-larger second phase development is on the cards for the Molo graphite mine, in Madagascar, says Toronto-listed NextSource, targeting the burgeoning battery materials market. The technical study will determine the project economics of a Phase 2 expansion of at least 150 000 t/y of... 

President’s 100 MW renewable-energy reform ‘very welcome opportunity’ – Harmony Gold

By: Martin CreamerHarmony Gold sustainable development executive Melanie Naidoo-Vermaak on Tuesday described the decision of President Cyril Ramaphosa to lift the licence-exemption cap on own or embedded renewable energy plants from 1 MW to 100 MW as “a very welcome opportunity" for the South African mining... 

President’s 100 MW renewable-energy reform  ‘very welcome opportunity’ – Harmony Gold

South Africa helping hydrogen down cost curve, giving it greater zip

By: Martin CreamerSouth Africa is part of a crucial international project aimed at taking key hydrogen technology down the cost curve and lowering the energy it requires to facilitate catalytic reactions. The focus of the SherLOHCk project, which is funded by the European Union under Horizon 2020 framework, is... 

South Africa helping hydrogen  down cost curve, giving it greater zip

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