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South Africa's green hydrogen potential  

16th July 2021 Creamer Media's Chanel de Bruyn speaks to Engineering News Editor Terence Creamer about some of the emerging opportunities for the production of green hydrogen and green hydrogen derivatives in South Africa and the funding support that is available for hydrogen-linked projects. 

Transnet operations gradually returning to normal following unrest

By: Yvonne Silaule     16th July 2021 There has been an incremental improvement in the operations of State-owned logistics company Transnet, following disruptions caused by days of unrest in KwaZulu-Natal and Gauteng. As a result of the unrest, port operator Transnet Port Terminals had issued force majeure notices with regard to the... 

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Magazine round up | 16 July 2021 

16th July 2021 A video round up of this week’s magazine, highlighting our cover story, features and Business Leader.  

Magazine round up | 16 July 2021
Magazine round up | 16 July 2021

Holistic strategy needed to tackle growing marine plastic crisis

By: Donna Slater     16th July 2021 As 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... 

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Afrox working with authorities to ensure deliveries of medical oxygen to hospitals

By: Creamer Media Reporter      15th July 2021 Gas supplier Afrox says it is working with the authorities and that hospital deliveries to areas affected by civil strife remain a priority where police escort is available. As a result of the unrest across KwaZulu-Natal and Gauteng in recent days, and in order to meet demand for medical oxygen,... 

Opinion: Inclusive process now vital to define a collective electricity industry vision

15th July 2021 In this opinion article, Energy Intensive User Group CEO Fanele Mondi says that, although reforms allowing for higher levels of own generation will make a significant difference, there is also an urgent need for South Africans to collectively shape the future of the electricity supply industry... 

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IEA report points to growth in global electricity demand this year

By: Donna Slater     15th July 2021 The International Energy Agency (IEA) expects global electricity demand to rebound strongly this year and next. Electricity demand decreased by about 1% in 2020, but is expected to grow by 5% this year and by 4% in 2022, a new IEA report shows.  

BMR says South Africa’s population has grown to 60.5m

By: Donna Slater     15th July 2021 A report compiled by the Bureau of Market Research’s (BMR’s) demographic research division estimates that the South African population has increased to about 60.5-million by mid-year. This is 1.46% higher than the 59.62-million people estimated to reside in the country by Statistics South Africa... 

Things are very rosy in the world of AfriTin – Anthony Viljoen 

By: Martin Creamer     15th July 2021 At a time of galloping global tin demand, the London Aim-listed mining company AfriTin Mining not only has one of the biggest tin resources in the world at Uis in Namibia, but it has also been lucky enough to stumble upon one of the biggest hard-rock lithium resources on the planet, at a time of... 

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AfriTin CEO Anthony Viljoen interviewed by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

Cybercrimes Act a good foundation to build case law, develop capacity, says advocate

By: Schalk Burger     15th July 2021 The Cybercrimes Act, which is yet to enter into force, provides key definitions of cybercrimes, cyber-dependent and cyber-enabled crimes; guidelines for gathering evidence; deals with issues of jurisdiction; and sets out obligations for electronic communications services providers and financial... 

UK air force launching major ‘green’ aircraft initiatives

By: Rebecca Campbell     15th July 2021 The UK Royal Air Force (RAF) is planning to bring an electrically-powered elementary trainer aircraft into service by the end of this decade, and to adapt its other fleets of aircraft to be able to operate on 100% sustainable aviation fuels (SAF). These moves are for both operational and... 

Santam making progress with contingent business interruption claims

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     15th July 2021 Short-term insurer Santam is making progress in handling contingent business interruption (CBI) claims, with payments made to about 60% of policyholders that have submitted claims, the company said in an update on July 15. Since January, it has paid R600-million to policyholders in addition to... 

Eskom starts forum to strengthen relations with strategic suppliers

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     15th July 2021 To strengthen its relationship with its strategic suppliers, State-owned power utility Eskom has introduced the Strategic Supplier Engagement Forum, with the first session held virtually on July 15. Addressing the supplier forum, which was attended by 29 suppliers, Eskom group CE André de Ruyter... 

Sub-Saharan African countries not yet coming to grips with pandemic

By: Marleny Arnoldi     15th July 2021 Fitch Solutions Country Risks & Industry Research maintains that the vaccination rollout is still of huge concern in sub-Saharan Africa, considering that few vaccines get administered owing to lack of infrastructure for distribution, particularly into rural regions. Sub-Saharan Africa remains... 

Seifsa encouraged by uptick in building material sales, but fears its derailment

By: Marleny Arnoldi     15th July 2021 Wholesale trade sales data released by Statistics South Africa (Stats SA) shows an increase in sales of 31.3% year-on-year in May, to R158-billion in constant terms. Month-on-month, sales increased 6.3% from April. Year-to-date, wholesale trade sales have increased by 14.5%.  

New initiative launched to raise awareness on key role of power grids in Africa 

By: Terence Creamer     15th July 2021 The RES4Africa Foundation, an Italian non-profit organisation that promotes the development of renewable energy on the continent, has launched a Grids4Africa initiative to support the development of the transmission and distribution networks needed to raise levels of renewables deployment and... 

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EU carbon adjustment mechanism may do little to mitigate climate change, Unctad warns

By: Simone Liedtke     15th July 2021 The European Union (EU) carbon border adjustment mechanism (CBAM) could change trade patterns in favour of countries where production is relatively carbon efficient, but do little to mitigate climate change, the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (Unctad) has warned. A report... 

CDC Group, Ecobank provide systemic liquidity to supply vital supply chains across African markets

By: Simone Liedtke     15th July 2021 UK development finance institution and impact investor CDC Group has announced a $50-million trade finance facility for Ecobank International (EBI), a Paris-based member of the Ecobank Group. This marks the CDC’s first partnership with the EBI, with the commitment aimed at providing systemic... 

Attacq’s Courtyard Hotel receives 4-star green rating

By: Marleny Arnoldi     15th July 2021 JSE-listed real estate investment trust Attacq has received a Green Building Council South Africa 4-star green rating for its recently launched Courtyard Hotel, in Waterfall City. The certification makes Courtyard Hotel the first hotel, and the twenty-first building, within the Midrand-based... 

Attacq's Courtyard Hotel, in Waterfall City
Attacq's Courtyard Hotel, in Waterfall City

Standard Bank proposes Liberty takeover

By: Marleny Arnoldi     15th July 2021 Standard Bank Group (SBG) has made an offer to buy the remaining 46% of shares in Liberty Holdings that it does not already own. Should the transaction be finalised, Liberty will delist from the JSE and become a subsidiary of SBG.  

Looting dies down in places as more troops expected

By: Reuters     15th July 2021 A week of violence, arson and looting that has engulfed South Africa slowly began to ebb on Thursday as several districts rocked by the mayhem were quiet ahead of an expected surge in soldiers on the streets. Pockets of looting continued in the eastern port city of Durban. 

Busa calls for 24-hour curfew, full deployment of army, police and reserve forces 

By: Simone Liedtke     15th July 2021 The violence and damage to property that have overwhelmed parts of the country must be stopped immediately, Business Unity South Africa asserted on July 15, as the devastating loss of life and destruction of property continues, particularly in KwaZulu-Natal and Gauteng. Following unrest across... 

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Busa president Sipho Pityana

Recovery remains the focus at the end of South Africa’s unrest storm, says SAB

By: Simone Liedtke     15th July 2021 The South African Breweries (SAB) says it is saddened by the violent looting and protests that have spread throughout parts of the country in recent days, which saw violence and the destruction of businesses, homes and the loss of lives. Considering that this has created a dark chapter in the... 

Zikalala estimates damage to infrastructure is at least R3bn

By: Yvonne Silaule     15th July 2021 KwaZulu-Natal Premier Sihle Zikalala estimates that more than R3-billion of infrastructure has been damaged so far in the province, as looting and protests continue. Warehouses and shopping centres, in particular, have been affected, with the hardest hit areas being the districts of Msunduzi and... 

Tiger Brands estimates R150m loss of stock, temporarily shuts KZN operations

By: Donna Slater     15th July 2021 As a result of the ongoing civil unrest, looting and vandalism in Kwa-Zulu Natal and parts of Gauteng, JSE-listed food manufacturer Tiger Brands estimates the costs of the loss of stock to be in excess of R150-million. A number of its sites in KwaZulu-Natal have been affected by acts of looting... 

Lusaka Sanitation Programme gets funding boost

By: Natasha Odendaal     15th July 2021 The European Investment Bank (EIB) and German development bank KfW are providing funds of €102.5-million and €33-million respectively to the Lusaka Sanitation Programme, marking another step in the another important and timely step in the realisation of the initiative to expand access to safe... 

Time to act, is now, says SAAFF in response to looting, destruction

By: Simone Liedtke     15th July 2021 The South African Association of Freight Forwarders (SAAFF) has joined others in condemning the destruction of the country’s key infrastructure, goods and property and the senseless loss of lives over the past week. “We respect South Africa’s law and the Constitution, but it is time to take... 

DMRE continues to monitor safety, security of energy and mining sectors

By: Simone Liedtke     15th July 2021 The Department of Mineral Resources and Energy (DMRE) continues to monitor the safety and security of the energy and mining sectors amid ongoing acts of looting, destruction in violence across South Africa, but particularly in Gauteng and KwaZulu-Natal. Mineral Resources and Energy Minister Gwede... 

Wärtsilä pioneering a test programme for pure hydrogen engines

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     15th July 2021 Technology group Wärtsilä has started testing its thermal balancing engines using pure hydrogen and expects to have an engine and power plant concept capable of running on 100% hydrogen by 2025. Green hydrogen is forecast to deliver 13% of global energy demand by 2070, but at present, there are... 

IoT use in South Africa to grow by 14% a year to 2025

By: Schalk Burger     15th July 2021 The use of Internet of Things (IoT) in South Africa is expected to grow by 14% a year from 2020 to 2025, says information and communications technology market research firm IDC Middle East, Africa and Turkey associate VP for sub-Saharan Africa Mark Walker. He notes that IoT adoption is expected... 

AfDB sustainable energy fund secures $90m in new funding

By: Schalk Burger     15th July 2021 The Sustainable Energy Fund for Africa (Sefa), managed by development finance institution the African Development Bank (AfDB), approved seven high-impact projects worth $54-million in 2020, the fund's 2020 Annual Report shows. The fund also attracted increased donor funding and secured... 

Boeing reduces production rate of troubled 787 and reports on second quarter deliveries

By: Rebecca Campbell     15th July 2021 Giant US aerospace and defence group Boeing has issued an update on its troubled 787 airliner programme, as well as reporting on its civil and military aircraft deliveries during the second quarter of this year. The predominantly composite-construction widebody 787 has been suffering from... 

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Photo by Boeing
A Boeing 737-10 (MAX 10) taking off

Boeing delivers tenth antisubmarine warfare and patrol plane to India

By: Rebecca Campbell     15th July 2021 US aerospace and defence group Boeing has delivered to the Indian Navy (IN) its tenth P-8I long-range maritime patrol (MP) and antisubmarine warfare (ASW) aircraft. This aircraft is also the second option exercised by the IN under the contract awarded to Boeing by the Indian Ministry of Defence... 

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The IN’s tenth P-8I tales off on its delivery flight to India

Aerospace group Embraer announces major order from Canadian airline

By: Rebecca Campbell     15th July 2021 Brazilian aerospace and defence group Embraer has announced that it has received a $5.82-billion order from Canada’s Porter Airlines for 30 E195-E2 jet airliners, with options for another 50. The announced value of the contract assumes all the options will be exercised and that the aircraft will... 

Nedbank leverages additional tier one instruments to help drive a net-zero economy

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     14th July 2021 To strategically finance the transition to a net-zero economy, financial services provider Nedbank has once again approached the investment market to raise ‘use-of-proceeds’ green finance, this time through the issuance of the first listed green additional tier one instrument by a financial... 

Liquor industry calls for state of emergency as 200 shops looted

By: Schalk Burger     14th July 2021 The South African Liquor Brandowners Association (Salba) and the National Liquor Traders (NLT) have written to President Cyril Ramaphosa, calling on government to declare a state of emergency after more than 200 liquor stores were looted. Millions of rands worth of stock at warehouses and retail... 

Hydrogen economy can create 30-million jobs, Japanese professor calculates  

By: Martin Creamer     14th July 2021 Thirty-million jobs can be created through the introduction of the hydrogen economy to decarbonise the world, HyWealth founder and CEO Professor Katsuhiko Hirose said on Wednesday. While hydrogen is currently more expensive than fossil fuel, green hydrogen will be the cheapest solution by 2050,... 

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Nedbank CIB’s green economy webinar covered by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer

Canegrowers call on government to declare a state of emergency

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     14th July 2021 Industry organisation the South African Canegrowers Association is calling on government to declare a state of emergency and to immediately deploy more South African National Defence Force troops to bring law and order in hotspot areas, following the outbreak of violence in KwaZulu-Natal and... 

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