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Consumers playing role in keeping plastic tubs out of landfills, says Polyco

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     15th January 2021 Research has highlighted that a significant proportion of consumers re-use margarine, large yoghurt and ice cream tubs made from polypropylene (PP), extending their lifespan and keeping these products out of landfill. Led by nonprofit company the Polyolefin Responsibility Organisation (Polyco),... 

Department of Basic Education delays reopening of schools by two weeks 

By: Sane Dhlamini     15th January 2021 The Department of Basic Education and the National Coronavirus Command Council announced on Friday that the reopening of private and public schools will be delayed by two weeks. The new dates for the reopening of private schools will vary depending on the calendar that they follow. For public... 

Department of Basic Education delays reopening of schools by two weeks

Frameworks put in place for incentivised tariffs for energy-intensive users 

15th January 2021 Creamer Media's Chanel de Bruyn speaks to Engineering News Editor Terence Creamer about frameworks that have been put in place to allow companies that use electricity intensively to apply for an incentivised tariff. 

Frameworks put in place for incentivised tariffs for energy-intensive users
Frameworks put in place for incentivised tariffs for energy-intensive users

Covid-19 outbreak causes suspension of flights to Skukuza Airport 

By: Rebecca Campbell     15th January 2021 South African private-sector airline Airlink has announced that Skukuza Airport in the Kruger National Park has been closed and will remain closed until January 28. This was due to an outbreak of Covid-19 at the Lower Sabie Rest Camp. “In order to protect our customers, crews and personnel from... 

AfCFTA to aid Africa’s recovery from Covid, but full-scale implementation to be challenging

By: Nadine James     15th January 2021 The advent of duty-free trade within the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) has come at a “critical time for the global economy” and will ultimately boost sustainable post-Covid-19 economic recovery for the African continent, AfCFTA Secretariat SG Wamkele Mene said during his address at... 

AfCFTA to aid Africa’s recovery from Covid, but full-scale implementation to be challenging

UK defence scientists develop robot to autonomously detect and map toxic chemicals

By: Rebecca Campbell     14th January 2021 The UK Ministry of Defence’s (MoD’s) Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (Dstl) has developed a prototype of a robot that can autonomously detect, report and map dangerous chemicals spread over large areas. Designated the Merlin, the robot was developed in partnership with independent UK... 

Concor fast-tracks Covid-19 modules for Jubilee hospital

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     14th January 2021 Diversified infrastructure and services construction company Concor has successfully completed a fast-track Covid-19 facility at Jubilee hospital, which was handed over on  November 27, 2020, with the company having begun work on site some five months earlier. The turnkey project in Hammanskraal,... 

Concor fast-tracks Covid-19 modules for Jubilee hospital
Concor successfully completed a fast-track Covid-19 facility at Jubilee Hospital

Waste management sector ready to deal with vaccine-related waste, says Averda

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     14th January 2021 As South Africa prepares for the rollout of millions of doses of Covid-19 vaccines later this year, waste management company Averda's healthcare operations manager Gerhard van der Merwe tells Engineering News the company does not expect much change in the medical waste industry locally when doses... 

Waste management sector ready to deal with vaccine-related waste, says Averda
Businesses globally re-evaluated their approach to cleaning and hygiene regimes in 2020 owing to the pandemic

New report highlights growing financing gap for climate adaptation 

By: Terence Creamer     14th January 2021 The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) is warning that current levels of climate adaptation finance are woefully inadequate to support the planning and projects needed to limit the social and economic damage that will arise as a result of intensifying climate change. Distinct from... 

New report highlights growing financing gap for climate adaptation

JPMorgan Chase & Co now holds 25% shareholding in Aveng

By: Simone Liedtke     14th January 2021 Investment banking company JPMorgan Chase & Co now owns 25.52% of the total issued ordinary shares of international infrastructure and resources company Aveng. This includes the 19.07%, 3.87% and 2.58% holdings by various JPMorgan Chase & Co subsidiaries. 

More sales of South African coal to China expected as prices rise

By: Martin Creamer     14th January 2021 About 600 000 t to 700 000 t of South African coal have already moved to China since the Asian giant ceased accepting coal from Australia and more South African coal sales to China are expected “for sure”, a top trader said in an interview with Mining Weekly. China’s power plants have been... 

More sales of South African coal to China expected as prices rise
Richards Bay Coal Terminal, South Africa's world-class coal export port.

Wearne appoints new FD

By: Donna Slater     14th January 2021 Building materials company Wearne has appointed Norman Janse van Rensburg FD, with effect from January 14. He is a chartered accountant who completed his articles at professional services firm PwC and has been working for industrial company Barloworld in various divisions for the past 20 years.  

Western Cape appoints advisory committee ahead of vaccine roll-out

By: Yvonne Silaule     14th January 2021 The Western Cape government has appointed a vaccine advisory committee to advise on matters including science and ethics throughout the vaccine roll-out process. Premier Alan Winde said the Western Cape government had developed a strategy to ensure that vaccines are rolled out safely, efficiently... 

Western Cape appoints advisory committee ahead of vaccine roll-out
Western Cape Premier Alan Winde

Mozambique pushes for Total to restart $20bn project

By: Bloomberg     14th January 2021 Mozambique wants Total to quickly restart work on its $20-billion liquefied natural gas project, despite concerns that insecurity could lead to a prolonged delay, the nation’s energy minister said. A three-year-old Islamist insurgency in the southeastern African nation’s Cabo Delgado province has... 

BMO, Linklaters among the world's top mining M&A advisers

By: Marleny Arnoldi     14th January 2021 BMO Capital Markets has been named the top mergers and acquisitions (M&A) financial adviser in the global mining sector for 2020 by value, while Linklaters and Black Cassels & Graydon were the top M&A legal advisers by value and volume, respectively. BMO advised on 13 deals worth $4.8-billion. 

Ceres farmer commissions solar plant that benefits community

By: Marleny Arnoldi     14th January 2021 A farmer from Ceres Valley has took it upon himself to build a solar plant on his Vadersgawe fruit farm, with excess power to be shared with the Witzenburg municipality. The 90 ha operation, called El Cuesta Farming, is renowned for its juicy apples, pears and nectarines, which are exported to... 

Ceres farmer commissions solar plant that benefits community
Solar farm at the El Cuesta Farming operation in Ceres

AIDC EC appoints new CEO

By: Irma Venter     14th January 2021 The Automotive Industry Development Centre Eastern Cape (AIDC EC) has appointed a new CEO. Thabo Shenxane joins the AIDC EC from his position as trade, investment and innovation head at the Eastern Cape Development Corporation (ECDC).  

AIDC EC appoints new CEO
Thabo Shenxane 

USTDA partners with TDB to strengthen infrastructure in sub-Saharan Africa

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     14th January 2021 The US Trade and Development Agency has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the Eastern and Southern African Trade and Development Bank (TDB) to bring infrastructure solutions to sub-Saharan Africa. The MoU outlines areas of mutual cooperation in the agribusiness, energy, healthcare,... 

Boeing awarded contract to increase space station power supply with new solar arrays

By: Rebecca Campbell     14th January 2021 US aerospace giant Boeing has been contracted by the US National Aeronautics and Space Administration (Nasa) to construct six new and additional solar arrays for the International Space Station (ISS). These will increase the ISS’ power supply by 20% to 30% and so allow it to undertake greater... 

Boeing awarded contract to increase space station power supply with new solar arrays
Photo by Nasa
The International Space Station

Infrastructure market ‘can only get better’, Siemens South Africa CEO avers 

By: Terence Creamer     14th January 2021 Siemens South Africa CEO Sabine Dall’Omo expresses optimism that the country’s much promised infrastructure-led recovery will finally be implemented from late 2021 onwards, describing preparations for the roll-out as impressive. However, she warns that unless the Covid-19 pandemic is brought... 

Infrastructure market ‘can only get better’, Siemens South Africa CEO avers
Siemens South Africa CEO Sabine Dall’Omo

Live Company and Messe Frankfurt SA partner for Cape Town eMobility Festival  

By: Irma Venter     14th January 2021 Live Company Group has announced that it has, via E-Movement Holdings, a 100% subsidiary of Live Company Group, partnered with Messe Frankfurt South Africa for the launch of the eMobility Festival 2021. The eMobility Festival will focus on electric vehicles of all kinds, the future of e-mobility... 

Live Company and Messe Frankfurt SA partner for Cape Town eMobility Festival 

Information Regulator engaging with Facebook on WhatsApp privacy policy 

By: Thabi Madiba     14th January 2021 South Africa’s Information Regulator said on Thursday that it was committed to ensuring the protection of personal information of South African citizens, following WhatsApp’s revised privacy policy. WhatsApp users are concerned that by accepting the new policy their personal data will be shared... 

Information Regulator engaging with Facebook on WhatsApp privacy policy

Eskom says Stage 2 load-shedding to continue until Sunday 

By: Marleny Arnoldi     14th January 2021 State-owned power utility Eskom has advised that Stage 2 load-shedding will be implemented from midday on January 14 through to the end of January 17. Eskom says the load-shedding is necessary owing two tripped generation units at the Kusile power station, as a result of failure of the main coal... 

Eskom says Stage 2 load-shedding to continue until Sunday

Uganda orders internet blackout until further notice - MTN

By: Reuters     14th January 2021 Uganda's communications regulator ordered telecoms operators in the country to suspend all internet gateways from Wednesday evening until further notice, South African telecoms company MTN Group said. The blackout came on the eve of a presidential election in which long-time leader Yoweri... 

AU secures 270-million vaccine doses for African countries

By: Yvonne Silaule     14th January 2021 The African Union, through the African Vaccine Acquisition Task Team, has secured 270-million vaccine doses to supply African countries, with at least 50-million doses available for April to June 2021. Avatt, a 10-member team drawn from across the continent, was established in August 2020 by AU... 

AU secures 270-million vaccine doses for African countries
AU chairperson Cyril Ramaphosa

Airlink has suspended flights to and from Maseru due to Lesotho passenger flight ban

By: Rebecca Campbell     14th January 2021 The Lesotho government has banned passenger flights to and from Maseru’s Moshoeshoe I International Airport with effect from Thursday (January 14). This was announced on Wednesday and, as a consequence, South African airline Airlink has had to suspend its daily service between Johannesburg and... 

Airlink has suspended flights to and from Maseru due to Lesotho passenger flight ban

Higher debt, lower growth to plague sub-Saharan Africa in 2021 - Moody's

By: News24Wire      14th January 2021 Sub-Saharan African sovereigns will be battling lower growth and revenue as well as higher debt levels and weaker debt affordability into 2021, according to Moody's. The ratings agency on Wednesday issued a 2021 outlook report. It noted that the region will be challenged by the aftermath of... 

Iata chief blasts governments over counterproductive Covid-19 policies 

By: Rebecca Campbell     13th January 2021 International Air Transport Association (Iata) director-general and CEO Alexandre de Juniac has criticised a number of major countries, by name, for recently adopting policies that, although intended to counter the Covid-19 pandemic, are doing great damage to the travel and tourist sector around... 

SMS Group to buy Andritz Maerz's copper furnace business

By: Donna Slater     13th January 2021 Industrial furnace company Andritz Maerz and plant supplier SMS Group have entered into an agreement to transfer the global copper furnace business, including the related intellectual property and service activities, from Andritz Maerz to SMS. SMS states that the acquisition further strengthens... 

China buying South African coal ‘could be game-changer but we shouldn’t be complacent’ 

By: Martin Creamer     13th January 2021 Normally, China does not import coal from South Africa, but 2021 has seen a shift. Shipments to mainland China were reported on Monday by the African Source Markets’ Weekly Coal Index Report. 

China buying South African coal ‘could be game-changer but we shouldn’t be complacent’
Richards Bay Coal Terminal, the port from which South African coal is exported

Committee welcomes measures to ease congestion at borders, suggests alternative

By: Simone Liedtke     13th January 2021 The Portfolio Committee on Home Affairs is of the view that the implementation of a “one-stop border post” with neighboring countries and the establishment of the Border Management Authority (BMA) will be a solution to the challenges experienced at Beitbridge, between South Africa and Zimbabwe.... 

The UAE warns US shale companies against pumping more oil

By: Bloomberg     13th January 2021 Any attempt by US shale and other oil producers to boost output this year will backfire and lead to lower prices, according to the energy minister of the United Arab Emirates. Oil prices have surged in the past two months with the development of coronavirus vaccines. They jumped again last week... 

EU food watchdog approves bugs for human consumption

By: Bloomberg     13th January 2021 Insects just moved a step closer to European dinner plates. Dried yellow mealworm, the larval form of the mealworm beetle, is safe for human consumption in both its whole form and as a powder additive, the European Union’s food watchdog said Wednesday. 

Total, Engie seek aid for France’s biggest green hydrogen plant

By: Bloomberg     13th January 2021 Total and Engie plan to build France’s largest green hydrogen facility to feed the oil company’s biodiesel plant in the south of the country from 2024, provided they get subsidies to make the project viable. Steelmakers and gasoline and biofuel producers currently make the hydrogen they need from... 

Cell C starts migrating customers 

By: Natasha Odendaal     13th January 2021 Mobile operator Cell C has started migrating its customers onto partner networks. The migration of contract and broadband customers is expected to be completed within the next two months, while the phased transition of prepaid customers will be confirmed in due course. 

Steel inventories rise as coronavirus spike sees China's Hebei grind to a halt

By: Reuters     13th January 2021 Steel mills in northern China's Hebei province are having to find more space for inventories as transportation restrictions imposed to prevent the spread of a resurgent coronavirus prevent them from sending out products to clients. Hebei, which accounts for a quarter of China's steel capacity,... 

WorldFish, LVFO strengthen research partnership for Lake Victoria sustainability

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     13th January 2021 To foster new opportunities for nutritious food and local livelihoods, international nonprofit research and innovation institution WorldFish has strengthened its research partnership with specialised institution the Lake Victoria Fishing Organisation (LVFO) to guide the development of sustainable... 

DHL Global Forwarding invests R127m in new Joburg facility 

By: Irma Venter     13th January 2021 DHL Global Forwarding is investing R127-million in a new facility in Johannesburg.  Aimed at cementing its position in South Africa, the new 13 000 m2 facility will be located within the bonded zone at Skyparks Business Estate, next to the OR Tambo International Airport. 

DHL Global Forwarding invests R127m in new Joburg facility
Clement Blanc
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