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Alaris Holdings expands into Europe

By: Natasha Odendaal     1st July 2022 Radio frequency (RF) technology holding and investment company Alaris Holdings has expanded its European footprint with the acquisition of Germany-based Kuhne electronic for an undisclosed amount. The acquisition establishes a valuable base in Europe that supports the company’s global expansion,... 

Focus on ‘core underlying issues’ to tackle load-shedding crisis – EIUG 

By: Terence Creamer     1st July 2022 Ending the current restrictions to the addition of new generation capacity and addressing Eskom’s deteriorating generation performance are key to arresting intensifying load-shedding, the Energy Intensive Users Group (EUIG) asserts. CEO Fanele Mondi said in a statement the recent illegal... 

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Hudaco lifts interim profit despite global market challenges

By: Donna Slater     1st July 2022 Branded automotive, industrial and electrical consumable products group of companies Hudaco grew its turnover for the six months ended May 31 by 12% year-on-year to R3.8-billion. Turnover was also 19% higher than pre-Covid-19 levels.  

June new-vehicle sales up by 7.6%; exports grow by 18%

By: Irma Venter     1st July 2022 Domestic new-vehicle sales in June expanded by 7.6%, to 41 019 units, compared with the same month last year. The new-passenger-car market reached 29 545 units in June – a 20.6% jump on the same month last year. 

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City of Cape Town pursues reinstatement of joint rail enforcement unit  

By: Irma Venter     1st July 2022 The City of Cape Town says it is keen to help revive the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (PRASA) rail enforcement unit (REU), which operated as a three-way government partnership between October 2018, and July 2020.  The REU was launched by then Minister of Transport Blade Nzimande at a... 

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Eskom attributes three stages of load-shedding to wildcat strike 

By: Terence Creamer     1st July 2022 Embattled power utility Eskom has attributed three stages of the current load-shedding, which is being implemented daily at between Stage 4 and Stage 6, directly to the illegal strike under way at varying levels of intensity across its coal fleet. Speaking against the backdrop of a resumption of... 

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Eskom CEO André de Ruyter

Enviro dept to reconsider authorisation for Kendal ash dump life extension

By: Donna Slater     1st July 2022 An application to appeal the rejection of an environmental authorisation for Eskom’s Kendal power station to extend the life of its ash dump to 30 years has been set aside by the Department of Forestry, Fisheries and the Environment (DFFE) for reconsideration. The Kendal power station applied... 

South Africa's worst-ever bout of load-shedding  

By: Creamer Media Reporter      1st July 2022 Creamer Media's Chanel de Bruyn speaks to Engineering News Editor Terence Creamer about South Africa's worst-ever bout of load-shedding and what has led to Eskom having to resort to implementing Stage 6 load-shedding for several days; how other stakeholders have responded to this situation; and... 

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South Africa's worst-ever bout of load-shedding

Brazilian aerospace group turns to automotive giant to help increase production efficiency

By: Rebecca Campbell     1st July 2022 Brazil-based major aerospace group Embraer has entered an agreement with Toyota do Brasil to implement the principles and concepts of the Toyota Production System (TPS) at the former group’s industrial operations. The aerospace group is the world’s leading manufacturer of airliners with up to 150... 

Police have opened two cases of intimidation related to Eskom protests  

By: News24Wire      1st July 2022 Police say they have opened two cases of intimidation related to the unlawful strikes at Eskom, which the power utility has blamed for Stage 6 load-shedding. "One was registered at Belfast Police Station while the other was registered at Hendrina Police Station. Both matters are still under... 

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Construction of Egypt’s first nuclear power plant can now start

By: Rebecca Campbell     1st July 2022 Construction of the first unit (that is, reactor) of Egypt’s El Dabaa nuclear power plant (NPP) has been licenced by the Egyptian Nuclear and Radiological Regulatory Authority (ENRRA), World Nuclear News has reported. The permit was issued to the country’s Nuclear Power Plants Authority (NPPA).... 

Absa PMI’s June decline masks demand, activity deterioration

By: Schalk Burger     1st July 2022 The seasonally adjusted Absa Purchasing Managers’ Index (PMI) declined to 52.2 index points in June from 54.8 in May; however, the headline PMI masks a worrying deterioration in demand and activity during the month. The business activity index signalled a contraction in output for a third... 

Mine haulage transition to electric offered without disruption   

By: Martin Creamer     1st July 2022 If the world were to electrify every mine truck, it would stop 198 000 t of carbon dioxide (CO2) a day from entering the atmosphere, which equates to a single electrified mining truck eliminating what would take 46 000 trees to absorb. That mammoth sustainability benefit was driven home firmly... 

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ABB's Erik Pretorius interviewed by Mining Weekly's Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

MTN Group announces key appointments

By: Natasha Odendaal     1st July 2022 Telecommunications group MTN has appointed new CEOs for its operations in Cameroon, Rwanda and Uganda, effective September 1. MTN has also created a new senior MTN Group post: operations executive for Liberia, Guinea-Conakry, Guinea-Bissau and Congo-Brazzaville effective August 1, reporting to... 

Eastern Cape port investment should foster auto sector expansion – AIDC EC 

By: Irma Venter     1st July 2022 The Automotive Industry Development Centre Eastern Cape (AIDC EC) says it applauds Transnet National Port Authority’s (TNPA’s) announcement that it will inject R9.1-billion into its three Eastern Cape ports over the next seven years. AIDC EC CEO Thabo Shenxane says the centre, as well as other... 

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The East London port

Iron-ore tumbles as recession fears fuel commodities selloff

By: Reuters     1st July 2022 Iron-ore and steel prices tumbled on Friday as prospects of a sharp global economic downturn fanned fears of a slump in demand for commodities, despite signs of a rebound in manufacturing activity in top metals consumer China. The spectre of a global recession fed an already clouded demand... 

Water veteran Claassens retires from TCTA

By: Natasha Odendaal     1st July 2022 Long-standing Trans-Caledon Tunnel Authority (TCTA) executive team member Johann Claassens has retired, effective June 30. Johannes Mavuso was appointed at the start of June as a successor to Claassens, with the handover process now completed. 

New 15-megalitre water reservoir for Lenasia and surrounds

By: Natasha Odendaal     1st July 2022 A new 15 megalitre water reservoir has been launched for Lenasia and surrounding communities to improve storage capacity of the Lenasia High Level Reservoir and to ensure reliability of clean water supply. The R45-million multi-faceted project, which started in August 2020, included site... 

Magazine round up | 01 July 2022 

1st July 2022 A video round up of this week’s magazine, highlighting our cover story, features and Business Leader.  

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Magazine round up | 01 July 2022

A R193bn South African fixed-income manager plans startup fund

By: Bloomberg     1st July 2022 Futuregrowth Asset Management, a South African fixed-income money manager with R193-billion of assets, is raising a fund to invest in startups with a strong developmental impact. The company aims to raise as much as 600 million rand for the Futuregrowth High Growth Development Equity Fund -- a... 

Renewable power costs rise, just not as much as fossil fuels

By: Bloomberg     1st July 2022 It’s costing more these days to build and run solar farms and wind turbines, but they’re still cheaper than power plants that rely on fossil fuels. The costs of renewable plants are rising after years of declines due to soaring prices for materials, shipping and labour, according to a... 

Batteries and decentralised power seen as key way to boost security of supply

By: Cameron Mackay     1st July 2022 Industry body the South African Energy Storage Association chairperson Mikhail Nikomarov emphasises the importance of a decentralised power system and the benefits it can provide, and how this can be supported using battery energy storage systems (BESS) in the local market. “Energy storage... 

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WHO Africa calls for more monkeypox diagnostics as cases rise

By: Bloomberg     30th June 2022 Better African surveillance and laboratory diagnosis to detect monkeypox is needed to stop a silent spread of the virus, both the World Health Organization and the Africa Centres for Disease Control and Prevention said. “If you’re able to control the spread of monkeypox from the source,... 

DPWI reiterates commitment to preventing corruption in public built projects  

By: Marleny Arnoldi     30th June 2022 The Department of Public Works and Infrastructure (DPWI) has signed an anti-corruption pledge alongside independent statutory body the Special Investigating Unit (SIU), and seeks to solicit the commitment of infrastructure and construction sector players to also maintain good integrity and... 

Public Works and Infrastructure Minister Patricia de Lille
Public Works and Infrastructure Minister Patricia de Lille

DBSA tasked with overseeing Sanral tender reappointment process 

By: Donna Slater     30th June 2022 The South African National Roads Agency Limited (Sanral) has appointed the Development Bank of Southern Africa (DBSA) as an independent and lead adjudicating body after Sanral’s board in May declined the contracts previously entered into for five strategic projects. As such, the DBSA will act as... 

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Transport Minister Fikile Mbalula, Sanral chairperson Themba Mhambi and Sanral acting CEO Lehlohonolo Memeza at a briefing on June 30.

Gautrain ridership recovers to 42% of pre-Covid numbers

By: Irma Venter     30th June 2022 Ridership on the Gautrain has recovered to 23 358 average weekday rail trips, which is 42% of pre-Covid-19 numbers, says Gautrain Management Agency (GMA) communication and marketing senior executive manager Dr Barbara Jensen. Average weekday bus trips are currently at 8 681, which is 46% of... 

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Port Elizabeth Car Terminal sets new record amid expansion project

By: Irma Venter     30th June 2022 The Port Elizabeth Car Terminal has moved 5 700 export vehicles in a single vessel.  This is the highest volume ever moved through the terminal, including the previous record of 4 500 export units moved in a single vessel, set in September, 2019. 

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Vehicles being loaded onto the MV Silver Ray for export

Mbalula promises e-toll solution 'for sure' this time  

By: News24Wire      30th June 2022 Minister of Transport Fikile Mbalula says that a solution to e-tolls will be announced in October, this time "for sure".  Mbalula has been promising an announcement on e-tolls since he took office in May 2019 with several deadlines come and gone. Speaking at a press briefing in Pretoria on... 

Minister of Transport Fikile Mbalula
Minister of Transport Fikile Mbalula

R3.4bn in UIF TERS monies returned, Phase 2 of Follow the Money project to start in July

By: Schalk Burger     30th June 2022 Unemployment Insurance Fund (UIF) commissioner Teboho Maruping says R3.4-billion has been voluntarily returned to it by employers that irregularly benefitted from the Covid-19 Temporary Employer-Employee Relief Scheme (TERS). The first phase of the UIF's Follow the Money project determined that... 

Growthpoint struggles to secure diesel amid power cuts

By: Bloomberg     30th June 2022 Growthpoint Properties, South Africa’s largest real estate investment trust, said its running out of diesel to operate generators at some of its buildings as the country grapples with the worst electricity shortage since 2019. In a letter to customers at one of its sites in Johannesburg the... 

Renergen strikes new gas blower named Gandalf, making progress on plant

By: Schalk Burger     30th June 2022 ASX- and JSE-listed natural gas and helium producer Renergen announced a new gas blower named Gandalf at its Virginia gas project, in South Africa’s Free State province, after gas was intersected at 480 m from surface with a flow rate of about 90 000 cubic feet a day. The target depth is 1 200 m,... 

Eskom to implement Stage 6 load-shedding on Thursday and Friday

By: Creamer Media Reporter      30th June 2022 Power utility Eskom on Thursday said it would again implement Stage 6 load-shedding, from 14:00 until midnight, as the unlawful strike by employees continues. Stage 4 load-shedding will be implemented from 00:00 to 05:00 on Friday. From 05:00 until 00:00 on Friday, load-shedding will be... 

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MEIBC parties vote to extend 2021 wage deal to non-parties

By: Creamer Media Reporter      30th June 2022 Parties to the Metals and Engineering Industries Bargaining Council (MEIBC) have voted to extend the three-year agreement reached in the metals and engineering sector in October 2021 to non-parties. The collective main agreement concluded for the period July 1, 2021, to June 30, 2024, will now be... 

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MTN crowd sources generators from small business

By: Natasha Odendaal     30th June 2022 Telecommunications group MTN South Africa (SA) is exploring practical and innovative solutions to the power crisis and seeking out partners with generators as it works to maintain customer connectivity during escalating loadshedding across South Africa. Along with an aggressive rollout of... 

Eskom: NUM, Numsa deal with divisions, allege 'fake news' as members reject 7% increase  

By: News24Wire      30th June 2022 After a week of protests at Eskom operations that no one has claimed responsibility for plunged the country into Stage 6 load-shedding, two unions are now dealing with members who are pushing for an outright rejection of a new wage offer. The National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa, the... 

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Reunert targets renewable energy market

By: Natasha Odendaal     30th June 2022 JSE-listed industrial group Reunert has set its sights on capturing a critical market in South Africa and beyond: renewable energy. The group, during its investor day showcase on June 28, highlighted its renewable energy strategy execution, which leverages its renewable energy cluster that spans... 

Pan African study highlights Mogale Gold's fast payback, low costs, output uplift, ungeared return 

By: Martin Creamer     30th June 2022 Fast payback, low costs, big production uplift, long life, high ungeared return and a lot more is contained in the definitive feasibility study (DFS) on the Mogale Gold tailings storage facilities published by gold mining company Pan African on Thursday. The Mogale Gold tailings storage... 

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Pan African CEO Cobus Loots.

IEA backs nuclear life extensions as Koeberg pushes ahead with 20-year plan

By: Terence Creamer     30th June 2022 The International Energy Agency (IEA) has come out in support of nuclear plant lifetime extension programmes, as Eskom pushes ahead with its plans to extend the life of the Koeberg nuclear power station, in the Western Cape. A new IEA report, titled ‘Nuclear Power and Secure Energy Transitions’,... 

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The Koeberg nuclear power station
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