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The AA launches the first of many planned auto centres

By: Irma Venter     31st March 2021 The 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. 

Iata supports African Union on reopening continent’s civil aviation sector

By: Rebecca Campbell     31st March 2021 The representative body for the global airline industry, the International Air Transport Association (Iata), has affirmed its support for the African Union’s (AU’s) campaign to safely restart commercial aviation across the continent. The campaign is called ‘Saving Lives, Economies and... 

Govt finances still a mess, greater accountability needed, says Auditor-General  

By: News24Wire      31st March 2021 Widespread weaknesses in basic internal controls are still prevalent at several government departments and agencies, Auditor-General (AG) Tsakani Maluleke says. On Tuesday, Maluleke painted a grim picture of the country's finances when she released the general report on national and provincial... 

Govt finances still a mess, greater accountability needed, says Auditor-General

Kusile Unit 3 achieves commercial operation

By: Schalk Burger     31st March 2021 State-owned power utility Eskom on March 31 announced that Unit 3 of the Kusile power station, in eMalahleni, Mpumalanga, had achieved commercial operation this week. "Bringing the 800 MW unit to commercial status means construction has reached the halfway mark on project," it said in a statement. 

AAAM hosts exploratory visit by component manufacturers in Ghana

By: Irma Venter     31st March 2021 The African Association of Automotive Manufacturers (AAAM) in March hosted an exploratory visit by automotive component manufacturers to Ghana.  The AAAM says the objective was to introduce potential investors to the Ghanaian automotive market.  

AAAM hosts exploratory visit by component manufacturers in Ghana
The component manufacturer delegation in Ghana

World Bank report highlights big economic benefits of an accelerated South African vaccination roll-out 

By: Terence Creamer     31st March 2021 An analysis published in a new World Bank report shows that vaccinating 60% of South Africa’s population to induce so-called “herd immunity” against Covid-19 would have a benefit-cost ratio of more than 29, and that the economic benefits would be amplified by an accelerated vaccination roll-out.... 

World Bank report highlights big economic benefits of an accelerated South African vaccination roll-out

Boeing wins huge order for its 737 MAX

By: Rebecca Campbell     31st March 2021 US operator Southwest Airlines, the world’s largest low-cost carrier, has ordered 100 Boeing 737 MAX airliners and taken options for 155 more. The deal covers both the 737 MAX 7 and 737 MAX 8 versions of the single-aisle airliner, and takes the airline’s total order book for the type to 200 737... 

Boeing wins huge order for its 737 MAX
Photo by Boeing
Boeing 737 MAXs in Southwest airline colours

Western Cape launches e-booklets to fast-track climate change resilience in agriculture

By: Yvonne Silaule     31st March 2021 The Western Cape provincial government has launched e-booklets that will help to fast-track climate change resilience in agriculture. The e-booklet on climate change entitled The Mercury Rises is based on the popular award-winning radio series Die Kwik Styg. The e-booklets are available in the... 

DTIC meets US trade representative about bilateral, multilateral trade issues

By: Schalk Burger     31st March 2021 Trade, Industry and Competition Minister Ebrahim Patel on March 30 met virtually with the newly-appointed US Trade Representative ambassador Katherine Tai to discuss a range of bilateral and multilateral trade issues, including the US’s Section 232 tariffs, agricultural market access and the... 

South Africa requires more than 21 GW of energy storage for least-cost 100% renewables

By: Schalk Burger     31st March 2021 Energy and marine equipment manufacturer Wärtsilä South Africa on March 31 said the country would need more than 28 GW of flexible assets, including more than 21 GW of energy storage and more than 6.8 GW of flexible gas power capacity, to run on 100% renewable energy at the lowest cost. The... 

South Africa requires more than 21 GW of energy storage for least-cost 100% renewables

PwC report identifies payment as a core digital economy value proposition

By: Schalk Burger     31st March 2021 Digital payments, and the ecosystem partnerships required to enable them, are a cornerstone of the new digital economy and customers and businesses are increasingly relying on digital options to buy and sell goods and services, says advisory multinational PwC Strategy& Payments Transformation... 

Anglo collaborating on feasibility study for South Africa’s ‘hydrogen valley’ 

By: Martin Creamer     31st March 2021 Diversified mining and marketing company Anglo American on Wednesday announced a collaboration agreement to complete a feasibility study to develop a ‘hydrogen valley’ anchored in South Africa’s platinum group metals- (PGMs-) rich Bushveld geological area. Spearheaded by South Africa’s Department... 

Anglo collaborating on feasibility study for South Africa’s ‘hydrogen valley’
The Mogalakwena platinum group metals mine in Limpopo.

Absa, Amdec partner to develop first Harbour Arch tower

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     31st March 2021 Finance institution Absa Bank has partnered with urban precincts developer Amdec Group to develop the first tower of the multibillion-rand Harbour Arch project, on the Foreshore, in Cape Town. A long-time partner to Amdec, Absa has provided a loan of R1.43-billion in addition to an existing... 

No outright booze ban, but liquor industry still not happy

By: News24Wire      31st March 2021 The announcement of restrictions on alcohol sales over the Easter weekend has ended speculation about an outright ban, but the industry is concerned about the effect on retailers. On Tuesday evening, President Cyril Ramaphosa announced that alcohol trading would be restricted to onsite... 

Tens of thousands feared displaced in deadly attack on Mozambique gas town

By: Reuters     31st March 2021 Portugal will send soldiers to Mozambique to help train the armed forces in its former colony, where authorities battling an Islamist insurgency searched for tens of thousands of civilians who fled an onslaught on the northern coastal gas town of Palma. Many of those fleeing are believed to have... 

Public service professionalisation a balancing act for civil servants and government

By: Schalk Burger     31st March 2021 Speakers participating in the third instalment of industry association Consulting Engineers South Africa's 'Protecting Lives and Livelihoods' webinar series addressed the range of challenges and opportunities that exist all the road to professionalising South Africa's civil service to enable it... 

Creecy unveils draft updated Nationally Determined Contribution  

31st March 2021   Creamer Media's Chanel de Bruyn speaks to Engineering News Editor Terence Creamer about the draft updated Nationally Determined Contribution unveiled by Environment Minister Barbara Creecy, as well as about South Africa's climate finance targets and the fact that the country is not yet ready to... 

Creecy unveils draft updated Nationally Determined Contribution
Creecy unveils draft updated Nationally Determined Contribution

Turning fruit waste into footwear earns Kenyan women-led design house sustainability award

By: Schalk Burger     31st March 2021 Kenyan women-led design house Pine Kazi converts pineapple leaf and recycled rubber into fashionable footwear and has won development finance institution the African Development Bank’s (AfDB's) Fashionomics Africa initiative competition Pine Kazi won $2 000 and will have the opportunity to... 

Bara500 ICU hospital handed over after six months of construction 

31st March 2021 With the surge in hospital admissions brought about by the global Covid-19 pandemic, the Gauteng departments of Health and Infrastructure Development embarked on a project to increase its ICU capacity through a national refurbishment and additional build programme. Enza Construction was... 

Bara500 ICU hospital handed over after six months of construction
Bara500 ICU hospital handed over after six months of construction

Ramaphosa announces changes to alcohol sales, gatherings ahead of Easter

By: News24Wire      30th March 2021 President Cyril Ramaphosa has announced alcohol restrictions and changes to limits for gatherings ahead of the Easter Weekend. The country, however, remains in Level 1 lockdown. These are: 

Ramaphosa announces changes to alcohol sales, gatherings ahead of Easter
President Cyril Ramaphosa

Tribunal allows Intercape to participate in PRASA matter

By: Marleny Arnoldi     30th March 2021 The Competition Tribunal has announced that bus transportation provider, Intercape Ferreira Mainliner, will be allowed, by agreement between Intercape and the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (PRASA) to participate in an alleged abuse of dominance case against PRASA and its subsidiary... 

Fasken appoints South African office chairperson

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     30th March 2021 Business law firm Fasken has appointed Lara Bezuidenhoudt as chairperson of the firm in South Africa, a role that provides overall leadership to the partners in the South African region, including the fulfilling of governance responsibilities. She is currently the leader of the finance and... 

Balwin warns of lower full-year earnings

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     30th March 2021 JSE-listed Balwin Properties expects its consolidated earnings per share and headline earnings per share for the year ended February 28, 2021, to be between 18% and 23% lower year-on-year. During the period, Mooikloof Mega City, Tshwane East and Greencreek were gazetted as strategic integrated... 

World leaders call for Debt Service Suspension Initiative to be expanded, extended

By: Donna Slater     30th March 2021 In a virtual meeting of several heads of State, government, the United Nations (UN) and heads of multilateral development finance institutions on March 30, calls were made for an expansion of the Debt Service Suspension Initiative, under which low-income countries have suspended paying down debt... 

SAIW, CSIR sign tech, data sharing MoU

By: Schalk Burger     30th March 2021 Nonprofit technical organisation the Southern African Institute of Welding (SAIW) and research organisation the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) have entered into a memorandum of understanding (MoU) that will see the organisations collaborate on new technology and data... 

SAIW, CSIR sign tech, data sharing MoU

Construction starts on Rivonia road Rea Vaya BRT station

By: Donna Slater     30th March 2021 The Johannesburg Development Agency (JDA) says it will start implementation of the Rea Vaya bus rapid transit (BRT) station on Rivonia road, in Sandton, in the second quarter. The station’s construction is the final stretch of BRT infrastructure to be implemented in the area and, once completed,... 

Construction starts on Rivonia road Rea Vaya BRT station

Kia SA to assess local EV appetite, infrastructure with EV6 test unit(s) 

By: Irma Venter     30th March 2021 Kia Motors South Africa (KMSA) will “initially, at the very least” bring a single EV6 unit to the domestic market to “gather intelligence” and to conduct “feasibility studies” on the possibility of introducing this electric vehicle (EV) to the local market, says KMSA marketing GM Christo... 

Kia SA to assess local EV appetite, infrastructure with EV6 test unit(s)
The Kia EV6

South Africa’s draft climate pledge offers quicker emission cuts, but seeks steep rise in yearly climate funding to $8bn 

By: Terence Creamer     30th March 2021 South Africa’s draft updated Nationally Determined Contribution (NDC) unveiled by Forestry, Fisheries and the Environment Minister Barbara Creecy on March 30, proposes quicker emission cuts, but also outlines the need for a step change in international climate finance to support the country’s... 

South Africa’s draft climate pledge offers quicker emission cuts, but seeks steep rise in yearly climate funding to $8bn
Photo by Creamer Media's Donna Slater
Forestry, Fisheries and the Environment Minister Barbara Creecy

Moody's withdraws all ratings of South Africa's Land Bank for 'business reasons'

By: Reuters     30th March 2021 Ratings agency Moody's said on Tuesday it was withdrawing all ratings of South Africa's cash-strapped state-owned Land and Agricultural Development Bank, citing "its own business reasons" for the move. Moody's did not elaborate on why it had taken the decision in the statement, but policy... 

South Africa records FDI inflows in 2020; sales of bonds and equities soar 

By: Reuters     30th March 2021 South Africa recorded foreign direct investment inflows of R16.0-billion in the fourth quarter from outflows of R12.2-billion in the third, the central bank said on Tuesday. The South African Reserve Bank said in its Quarterly Bulletin that the inflows in the latest quarter were caused by... 

South Africa records FDI inflows in 2020; sales of bonds and equities soar

Sanral reports progress on routine road maintenance projects in Gauteng

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     30th March 2021 The South African National Roads Agency Limited (Sanral) has announced that progress has been made on routine road maintenance (RRM) projects across Gauteng’s three metropolitan areas of Ekurhuleni, Johannesburg and Tshwane. Sanral has appointed the Ndodana/Oarona joint venture as the consulting... 

Cautious optimism in renewables industry as Bid Window 5 opens

By: Schalk Burger     30th March 2021 Renewable energy developers are cautiously optimistic about the announcements made by the South African government that Bid Window 5 of the Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme (REIPPPP) is going ahead, but the documents specifying requirements are still not... 

The Suez Canal crisis has ended. Time to add up the damages

By: Bloomberg     30th March 2021 The immediate crisis of the Suez Canal blockage may have ended, but the battle over damages from the waterway’s longest closure in almost half a century is just beginning. The long-term cost of the canal’s estimated $10-billion-a-day closure will likely be small, given that global merchandise... 

New independent utility emerges to pursue private-to-private power niche 

By: Terence Creamer     30th March 2021 A new independent power utility has been established in South Africa to sell electricity directly to private and municipal customers rather than to Eskom. Branded Earth & Wire, the company aims to build a large-scale portfolio of renewable-energy assets and enter into power purchase agreements... 

New independent utility emerges to pursue private-to-private power niche
Photo by Earth & Wire
One of Earth & Wire's existing facilities

J&J to produce 220m vaccine doses for Africa

By: Yvonne Silaule     30th March 2021 US multinational corporation Johnson & Johnson has signed a contract to deliver 220-million vaccine doses to Africa, with South Africa to receive 30-million doses. President Cyril Ramaphosa made the announcement this week, saying he was pleased that J&J had signed a contract with the Africa... 

J&J to produce 220m vaccine doses for Africa

Vestas optimistic about South Africa, Africa's onshore wind potential

By: Schalk Burger     30th March 2021 Denmark-based wind energy equipment multinational Vestas is optimistic about renewable energy, and specifically onshore wind energy, opportunities in South Africa and more broadly in Africa. "We are also evaluating the potential of South Africa to act as a possible industrial hub towards the... 

Now is time to get going on hydrogen economy opportunity – PIC 

By: Martin Creamer     30th March 2021 South Africa has got a massive opportunity to participate in the hydrogen economy and it would be a national travesty if the country failed to do so, says Public Investment Corporation (PIC) sector specialist mining, beneficiation and energy Heidi Sternberg. Mining Weekly can report that the PIC,... 

Now is time to get going on hydrogen economy opportunity – PIC
Photo by Creamer Media
From top left, clockwise, are Prakashim Moodliar, Neal Froneman, Sifiso Sibiya, Kevin Eggers and Heidi Sternberg.

South Africa continues to be G20 coal outlier, report shows 

By: Terence Creamer     29th March 2021 With 86% of the country’s electricity produced from coal, South Africa continued to have the highest reliance on the energy mineral among all G20 countries in 2020, with the global average standing at 34%. The ‘Global Electricity Review 2021’, published on March 29, indicates that the G20 country... 

South Africa continues to be G20 coal outlier, report shows
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