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Holistic strategy needed to tackle growing marine plastic crisis

By: Donna SlaterAs the marine ecosystem plays an critical role in mitigating climate change, through absorbing carbon dioxide (CO2), cooling the environment and sustaining delicate marine wildlife, it is becoming increasingly important to mitigate a mounting problem – the leakage of plastic waste into Oceans and... 

Holistic strategy needed to tackle growing marine plastic crisis

First Word

National Treasury, JSE and DMRE must all lend an ear

By: Martin CreamerIt’s very hard to get through to National Treasury. Word is that the only group Treasury listens to are the 11 financial institutions that control 90% of South Africa’s savings. It’s also very hard to get through to the Johannesburg Stock Exchange (JSE). Word is that the JSE is much keener on... 

National Treasury, JSE and DMRE must all lend an ear

News & Insight

5G can add value in Africa, help address mobile broadband inefficiencies

By: Schalk BurgerFifth-generation (5G) mobile telecommunications technologies can add value and solve several consumer and business challenges in Africa. Previous generation mobile broadband technologies have limitations regarding network capacity, spectral efficiency and latency, but 5G is well-positioned to... 

Aligning energy transition with 1.5 ºC climate target will have ‘net-positive’ effect on job creation – report

By: Terence CreamerAn energy transition aligned with a 1.5°C-compatible climate pathway has net positive effects on job creation, a new report published by the International Renewable Energy Agency (Irena) states. The full ‘World Energy Transitions Outlook’ document shows that under a scenario that limits the... 

Aligning energy transition with 1.5 ºC climate target will have ‘net-positive’ effect on job creation – report

Climate Commission sees no downside to more ambitious emissions pledge

By: Terence CreamerSouth Africa’s Presidential Climate Commission (PCC) has recommended that government make an improved carbon-reduction commitment to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change in its updated Nationally Determined Contribution (NDC) and should also confirm a long-term target of... 

Climate Commission sees no downside  to more ambitious emissions pledge

Continental body to accelerate auto subsector agreements under AfCFTA

By: Irma VenterThe African Association of Automotive Manufacturers (AAAM) plans to fast-track the development of bilateral automotive subsector agreements between a core group of countries under the larger African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) agreement.  This will be done with the support of the AfCFTA... 

Deployment of early-warning systems urged as extreme-weather risk increases in tandem with climate change

By: Tasneem BulbuliaWith extreme weather conditions posing an increasing threat to lives and assets, South Africa’s disaster management capacity needs to include better early warning systems for key risks such as flooding, consultancy SRK Consulting says. SRK Consulting senior civil engineer Natasha Ramdass says... 

Deployment of early-warning systems urged as extreme-weather risk increases in tandem with climate change

Hefty electricity tariffs, persistent blackouts nudging farmers towards renewables

By: Marleny ArnoldiThe agricultural sector spends about R146-billion on intermediate goods and electricity accounts for about 94% of that cost, says industry body Agri SA chief economist Kulani Siweya. This is helping to drive the adoption of renewable energy in the sector, as the country continues to implement... 

Hefty electricity tariffs, persistent blackouts  nudging farmers towards renewables

Huawei, African telecoms body in pact to build ICT capacity across the continent

By: Natasha OdendaalInformation and communication technology (ICT) group Huawei and the African Telecommunications Union (ATU) have signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to build capacity for ICT transformation across Africa. The partners will start offering cutting-edge skills, reskilling and upskilling... 

Latest Tetra Pak survey reveals shift in consumer attitudes in the wake of Covid-19

By: Natasha OdendaalTetra Pak’s latest yearly Index has revealed a shift in consumers’ attitudes and their views on the biggest challenges facing the world brought about by the Covid-19 pandemic, with food safety and sustainable packaging top concerns for consumers. The thirteenth edition of the study, published in... 

MTN joins new initiative to encourage plant-friendly consumer behaviour

By: Natasha OdendaalInformation and communication technology group MTN has joined the newly established Every Action Counts (EAC) coalition, which aims to empower one-billion “green champions” by 2025 and harness the power of green consumer behaviours to enhance biodiversity and climate efforts. The new coalition,... 

New Maputo–Harare container train service to offer Zim customers better transit times

By: Irma VenterDP World Maputo, which has the concession to manage, develop and operate the Maputo container terminal, in Mozambique, earlier this month launched its first dedicated container train service connecting Maputo and Harare, in Zimbabwe.  The company says the new service is part of its focus to... 

New-vehicle sales up 20% year-on-year in June

By: Irma VenterNew-vehicle sales increased by 20.2% in June, to 38 030 units, compared with the same month last year. According to Naamsa | The Automotive Business Council, an estimated 32 847 units of this number, or 86.3%, were dealer sales, with 7.6% going to the vehicle rental industry, 2.2% to government... 

Pienaar Bros’ Rhino clear polycarb safety cap first of its kind in South African market

By: Tracy HancockRhino polycarb safety cap offers local market a clear solution The Rhino clear polycarbonate safety cap from personal protective equipment (PPE) supplier Pienaar Bros is the first locally produced clear safety cap of its kind to be offered to the South African market. 

Pienaar Bros’ Rhino clear polycarb safety cap first of its kind in South African market

Progressive moves to ban organic waste from landfills seen as key driver of South African biogas industry

By: Terence CreamerLegislation curtailing and, ultimately, banning the diversion of organic waste to municipal landfills is expected to support the development of South Africa’s biogas industry, which remains nascent with only 28 such projects having be built and commissioned to date. South Africa National Waste... 

Progressive moves to ban organic waste from landfills seen as key driver of South African biogas industry

PwC warns of rising cyber-threats against manufacturers, miners

By: Schalk BurgerAdvisory multinational PwC has highlighted emerging cyber-threats affecting the mining and manufacturing sectors, particularly among South African and other Africa-based organisations. The technologies most targeted by attackers within these sectors are industrial control systems (ICS), which are... 

Rolls-Royce, Shell sign MoU on helping achieve net-zero carbon emissions in aviation

By: Rebecca CampbellUK industrial technology group (and renowned aeroengine manufacturer) Rolls-Royce and Anglo-Dutch global major energy group Shell have signed an agreement to increase the use of sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) and so progress the decarbonisation of the aviation industry. The conclusion of the... 

Security, restoring public transport ‘that enables’ top new PRASA boss’s to-do list

By: Irma VenterThere are a number of areas that require urgent attention within the operations of the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (PRASA), says CEO Zolani Matthews. Last week, Matthews delivered his 100-day report card as the new head of the embattled State-owned rail entity. 

SKA designs result of years of development work by hundreds of international experts

By: Rebecca CampbellThe recent decision by the Council of the Square Kilometre Array (SKA) radio astronomy Observatory (SKAO) to formally start construction on Thursday (July 1) is the result of more than seven years of design and engineering work. These endeavours were consolidated in two key documents, published... 

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... 

Women encouraged to enter engineering field

By: Natasha OdendaalAs the celebrations of the eighth International Women in Engineering Day (INWED), themed Engineering Heroes, wraps up for another year, South African engineers are encouraging more women to enter the field. Launched for the first time on June 23, 2014, by UK-based Women’s Engineering Society... 

Editorial Insight

Fresh uncertainty?

By: Terence CreamerOne warning raised amid the euphoria generated by President Cyril Ramaphosa’s June 10 announcement that Schedule 2 of the Electricity Regulation Act would be amended to increase the licence-exemption cap from 1 MW to 100 MW and to allow for electricity wheeling and trading, was that the... 

Fresh uncertainty?

Mining Weekly News

Global dataset of critical minerals launched

By: Esmarie IannucciThe Australian government has partnered with the US and Canada to develop a new critical minerals dataset. The Critical Minerals Mapping Initiative online portal contains the world’s largest dataset of critical minerals in and around ore deposits, with more than 7 000 mineral samples from over... 

Global dataset  of critical  minerals launched

Gold miners urged to up their game to meet 2030 emissions target

By: Mariaan WebbWhile the global gold industry is broadly on track to align with a 2 °C climate target by the end of the current decade, more action is needed if the industry is to meet, and surpass, the 1.5 °C mark. This is according to a new report from Wood Mackenzie, which plots the forecast progress of... 

Gold miners urged to up their game  to meet 2030 emissions target

Local manufacturer supplies apron feeders to DRC mine

By: Schalk BurgerMining equipment manufacturer Takraf has supplied two apron feeder machines for a leading copper/cobalt producer, in Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). The apron feeders, which are being installed in two new crushing stations at the mine, are 1.83 m wide, 11.2 m long (180° incline) and feed... 

Local manufacturer supplies apron feeders to DRC mine

Multistakeholder initiative launched to accelerate socioeconomic upliftment in the Northern Cape

By: Simone LiedtkeThe socioeconomic challenges facing South Africa, but also specifically the Northern Cape, requires concerted effort from society and the private and public sectors to create mechanisms that drive large-scale socioeconomic development initiatives. It is for this reason that the Impact Catalyst in... 

Multistakeholder initiative launched to accelerate socioeconomic upliftment in the Northern Cape

Phalaborwa dumps contain rare earths worth $4.7bn, says London junior

By: Martin Creamer“We have high value rare earth elements totalling $123/t in our gypsum stacks and multiply that by 38-million tonnes and that can give you an idea of the value of these stacks,” Rainbow Rare Earths CEO George Bennett has told Flagstaff TV. The gypsum dumps – built up from half a century of hard... 

Phalaborwa dumps contain rare earths  worth $4.7bn, says London junior

Sibanye-linked Finnish developer takes next step towards battery-grade lithium goal

By: Martin CreamerFinnish lithium project developer Keliber, in which South Africa’s Sibanye-Stillwater is a significant shareholder, this week took a new step towards its goal of becoming the first European company to start producing battery-grade lithium hydroxide in 2024. Construction of the infrastructure and... 

Sibanye-linked Finnish developer takes next step  towards battery-grade lithium goal

Waste cooking oil powers ship from Singapore to South Africa for Anglo

By: Martin CreamerThe use of sustainable biofuel to power a chartered capesize ship during a voyage from Singapore to South Africa has been successfully trialled as part of a decarbonisation initiative, Anglo American said on Tuesday. The biodiesel blend was produced by converting waste cooking oil from... 

Waste cooking oil powers ship from  Singapore to South Africa for Anglo

Women encouraged to enter engineering field

By: Natasha OdendaalAs the celebrations of the eighth International Women in Engineering Day (INWED), themed Engineering Heroes, wraps up for another year, South African engineers are encouraging more women to enter the field. Launched for the first time on June 23, 2014, by UK-based Women’s Engineering Society... 

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