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Proper ventilation a key tool to prevent the spread of Covid-19 

By: Simone Liedtke     7th September 2020 Indoor ventilation is an important tool to prevent the viral transmission of the Covid-19 virus when correctly applied. Conversely, poor ventilation promotes viral transmission, Engen industrial hygiene specialist Garth Hunter warned during the South African Institute of Occupational Safety and... 

Union reports Comair agrees to start paying medical aid contributions again

By: Rebecca Campbell     7th September 2020 The National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (Numsa) announced on Monday that the business rescue practitioners (BRPs) overseeing South African private-sector airline group Comair had agreed to immediately reinstate medical aid for the airline’s workforce. This followed Numsa’s threat to... 

Competition Tribunal dismisses case against I&J

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     7th September 2020 The Competition Tribunal has dismissed a case of alleged cartel conduct against processed frozen foods company Irvin & Johnson (I&J) owing to a lack of evidence. The Competition Commission had accused I&J and beef processing company Karan Beef of allegedly dividing markets in the supply of... 

BLSA stresses the importance of anti-crime partnerships

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     7th September 2020 Industry organisation Business Leadership South Africa (BLSA) has reiterated its call for active partnerships between the South African Police Service (SAPS), business and the public to be elevated to fight crime effectively. This follows a meeting last week between the Limpopo Police Management... 

Scientists ascertain oceans are absorbing more carbon dioxide than previously believed

By: Rebecca Campbell     7th September 2020 An international research team led by scientists at the University of Exeter in the UK has determined that the world’s oceans are absorbing significantly more carbon dioxide than previously believed. The team also included scientists from the University of the Highlands and Islands, the... 

Possible special dividend on high-flying rhodium, palladium prices – Sylvania 

By: Martin Creamer     7th September 2020 High-flying rhodium and palladium prices are giving rise to a possible special dividend being paid to the shareholders of cash-flush Sylvania Platinum, the London Aim-quoted company that recovers platinum group metals from chrome tailings. The board of the company, which benefits from sizeable... 

Possible special dividend on high-flying rhodium, palladium prices – Sylvania
Sylvania Platinum CEO Jaco Prinsloo

Ford and partners roll out self-parking project

By: Irma Venter     7th September 2020 Autonomous driving may not sound like a lot of fun, but autonomous parking may just be a different kettle of fish. Ford Motor Company, real estate developer Bedrock and Bosch are launching a demonstration project with connected Ford test vehicles that can drive and park themselves inside... 

Ford and partners roll out self-parking project

Dube-Ncube congratulates CHEM Energy for opening S Africa’s first fuel cell factory 

By: Sane Dhlamini     7th September 2020 KwaZulu-Natal Economic Development, Tourism and Environmental Affairs MEC Nomusa Dube-Ncube has congratulated CHEM ENERGY, a subsidiary of Taiwanese conglomerate CHEM Corporation, which has opened its $200-million fuel cell production factory in KwaZulu-Natal at the Dube TradePort Special... 

Dube-Ncube congratulates CHEM Energy for opening S Africa’s first fuel cell factory
Photo by Supplied
CHEM Energy President Angelin Maharaj with KZN MEC for Economic Development, Tourism and Environmental Affairs Nomusa Dube-Ncube at the opening of the first fuel cell opened at the Dube TradePort

Bushveld creates new entity to provide vanadium electrolyte rental option

By: Donna Slater     7th September 2020 Aim-listed integrated primary vanadium producer and energy storage provider Bushveld Minerals, which owns high-grade vanadium assets in South Africa, has formed a special purpose company in partnership with Invinity Energy Systems (Invinity), named Vanadium Electrolyte Rental Limited (VERL).... 

Bushveld creates new entity to provide vanadium electrolyte rental option
Photo by Creamer Media
Fortune Mojapelo

Eutelsat, Paratus sign distribution agreement for capacity over South Africa

By: Natasha Odendaal     7th September 2020 Eutelsat Communications and Paratus have signed a multi-year distribution agreement to bring high quality network connectivity to South Africa. The agreement will result in Paratus accessing the operational flexibility and power of high throughput satellite Eutelsat Konnect to bring connectivity... 

South African company launches AI-based Covid-19 risk screening mobile app

By: Natasha Odendaal     7th September 2020 South African company UC-Wireless has launched a new artificial intelligence- (AI-) driven mobile application to provide advanced healthcare risk wellness and Covid-19 screening for business staff, clients and personal users. The smart Instant Vitals app uses the mobile phone’s camera and AI... 

South African company launches AI-based Covid-19 risk screening mobile app

Nasa successfully ground-tested improved rocket booster

By: Rebecca Campbell     7th September 2020 Last week the US National Aeronautics and Space Administration (Nasa) successfully tested what could be described as the ‘mark 2’ version of the booster rocket for its heavy Space Launch System (SLS). The SLS boosters are the most powerful booster rockets ever built for flight operations and... 

Nasa successfully ground-tested improved rocket booster
Photo by Nasa
The FSB-1 booster photographed half-way through its test burn

Security function now top priority at PRASA, says CEO 

By: Irma Venter     7th September 2020 While Covid-19 has given the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (PRASA) the opportunity to “stop and think” about its service offering and the way forward for the rail entity, it also left the door open for severe vandalism of its assets during the national lockdown, says CEO Nosipho Damasane.... 

Security function now top priority at PRASA, says CEO

Sisulu urges water boards to commit to a corruption-free environment

By: Creamer Media Reporter      7th September 2020 South Africa’s water boards will be required to sign a declaration that binds and commits the leadership of water institutions to ensure there is no corrupt activity in the sector. Water and Sanitation Minister Lindiwe Sisulu, outlining some of her priorities over the next few months, called on... 

BLSA implores govt to take on energy, spectrum policy with equal urgency as pandemic 

By: Marleny Arnoldi     7th September 2020 In her latest weekly newsletter, Business Leadership South Africa CEO Busi Mavuso questions why government could implement “urgent” policies for the Covid-19 crises, but not for energy or spectrum allocation, which are also long-standing urgent issues. “The State acted fast [at the start of... 

BLSA implores govt to take on energy, spectrum policy with equal urgency as pandemic
Photo by Creamer Media's Donna Slater
BLSA CEO Busi Mavuso

Sappi undertakes Arbor Week activities

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     4th September 2020 In celebrating Arbor Week, Sappi Southern Africa has highlighted the company's efforts to help protect the pepper-bark tree, also known as the Warburgia salutaris. The company points out that the pepper-bark tree is highly prized in the Southern African healthcare sector and that commercial... 

Mninawe Silinga leaves CDC for TNPA

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     4th September 2020 Mninawe Silinga has resigned as CEO of the Coega Development Corporation (CDC) to join Transnet National Ports Authority (TNPA) as CE. The CDC noted that this has been long coming, after numerous attempts by other State-owned entities (SoEs) to enlist Silinga's services in recent years. 

Orange, De Beers Marine South Africa develop IoT geofence for offshore mining crew safety

By: Schalk Burger     4th September 2020 Digital services multinational Orange Business Services and diamond miner De Beers' subsidiary De Beers Marine South Africa have jointly installed and tested a customised Internet of Things (IoT) solution to provide geofencing to maintain safe working distances for crew around the heavy machinery... 

Implats ups capex guidance to R6bn-plus for new financial year 

By: Martin Creamer     4th September 2020 Platinum group metals mining and marketing company Implats, which generated free cash flow of R14.4-billion in the 12 months to June30, is forecasting capital expenditure (capex) of between R6-billion and R6.8-billion in the new 2021 financial year. This is well up on the capex of R4.5-billion in... 

Implats ups capex guidance to R6bn-plus for new financial year
Impala Platinum 16 Shaft prioritised for ramp up.

Scientists in Hawaii have proposed a solution for the puzzle of Dark Energy

By: Rebecca Campbell     4th September 2020 Scientists at the University of Hawaii (UH) at Manoa, in the US, have developed a theory to explain the mysterious force known as dark energy. For some 20 years now, scientists have known that not only is the universe expanding, but that this expansion is accelerating. The force driving this... 

Scientists in Hawaii have proposed a solution for the puzzle of Dark Energy
Photo by Event Horizon Telescope
From the outside, a Geode would look like a black hole (pictured: the black hole in the centre of the M87 galaxy).

Numsa approaches Labour Court about Comair salaries, medical aid standstills

By: Marleny Arnoldi     4th September 2020 The National Union of Metalworkers South Africa (Numsa) has approached the Johannesburg Labour Court for an urgent interdict to compel the management of airline Comair to pay outstanding salaries and continue making medical aid contributions on behalf of employees. A hearing has been scheduled... 

Lesotho aims to ‘go big’ on agriculture amid Agoa textiles uncertainty 

By: Terence Creamer     4th September 2020 Lesotho Prime Minister Dr Moeketsi Majoro reports that the country aims to overhaul its underperforming agricultural sector with the objective of improving both food security and attracting export-oriented investment into the production of high-value crops, such as fruit, vegetables and... 

Lesotho aims to ‘go big’ on agriculture amid Agoa textiles uncertainty
Lesotho Prime Minister Dr Moeketsi Majoro

Tourism sector ready to deliver economic recovery plan to Cabinet

By: Yvonne Silaule     4th September 2020 Tourism Minister Mmamoloko Kubayi-Ngubane on Friday said the Department of Tourism was ready to deliver a three-pillar plan of economic recovery to Cabinet. She told the media during a briefing that the plan was aimed at helping the sector recover following the significant losses suffered as a... 

SPAR Group announces leadership appointments

By: Donna Slater     4th September 2020 JSE-listed household goods distributor SPAR Group, which is a member of SPAR International, with a footprint across 48 countries, has appointed Brett Botten CEO and Graham O’ Connor nonexecutive chairperson, following the retirement of Mike Hankinson. The effective dates for the changes will be... 

SPAR Group announces leadership appointments
SPAR CEO Brett Botten

Economic recovery to gain traction in summer − Cline

By: Donna Slater     4th September 2020 Major sectors of South Africa’s economy will begin to recover from a Covid-19-induced slump as the country heads into spring and summer – a trend that was evidenced through Europe’s experience with Covid-19, says financial services company Investec corporate accounts head Dr Greg Cline. “[As] in... 

Economic recovery to gain traction in summer − Cline
Investec corporate accounts head Dr Greg Cline

Irdeto, IBM launch pre-integrated solution for video file transfer and forensic watermarking

By: Natasha Odendaal     4th September 2020 Digital platform security company Irdeto has integrated its watermarking solution, TraceMark for Distribution, with IBM’s file transfer solution, Aspera on Cloud, offering the film industry a fast-to-market, easy to implement, affordable solution towards the fight against piracy. The full... 

Parliamentary Committee calls for national debate on the future of the SANDF 

By: Rebecca Campbell     4th September 2020 Parliament’s Joint Standing Committee on Defence has called for continuing dialogue on the nature of the defence force that the country wanted and needed. This had to be decided in relation to the budget required to maintain the desired force. This statement was issued following a mini-symposium... 

Parliamentary Committee calls for national debate on the future of the SANDF
Photo by Creamer Media's Donna Slater
SANDF demonstration: a Ratel 90 fire support vehicle in the foreground, with a Rooivalk combat support helicopter overhead and a Rooikat armoured car in the background

Sasol seeks carbon-utilisation solutions for South African operations 

By: Terence Creamer     4th September 2020 Energy and chemicals group Sasol has initiated a process through which it aims to identify potential partners for the development and demonstration of technologies that can utilise the carbon dioxide (CO2) produced at its South African operations as part of a broader strategy to lower its... 

Sasol seeks carbon-utilisation solutions for South African operations

Eskom tightens reins on power station managers  

By: Marleny Arnoldi     4th September 2020 The Eskom board has pledged its support for group CE André de Ruyter's decision, on September 3, to suspend the Tutuka and Kendal power station managers, pending disciplinary inquiries. The decision was taken after load-shedding was escalated from Stage 2 to Stage 4 on September 2 and 3.  

Eskom tightens reins on power station managers

Engineers, contractors still struggling despite SA's infrastructure-led recovery plan 

4th September 2020 Creamer Media's Chanel de Bruyn speaks to Creamer Media Editor Terence Creamer about why government is prioritising an infrastructure-led economic recovery and the fact that this has yet to result in new work or projects for the construction secftor. 

Engineers, contractors still struggling despite SA's infrastructure-led recovery plan
Creamer Media's Chanel de Bruyn speaks to Creamer Media Editor Terence Creamer about why government is prioritising an infrastructure-led economic recovery and the fact that this has yet to result in new work or projects for the construction sector. (Editing: Nicholas Boyd)

Brazilian aerospace group announces job cuts, in part because of Covid-19

By: Rebecca Campbell     4th September 2020 Brazilian-based major aerospace group Embraer announced on Thursday that it was cutting its worldwide workforce by 4.5%, in part due to the effects of the Covid-19 pandemic, but also because of the effects of US company Boeing cancelling its partnership with the Brazilian enterprise. In Brazil,... 

Brazilian aerospace group announces job cuts, in part because of Covid-19
Photo by RKC
An Embraer E190-E2 airliner, pictured in South Africa on a demonstration tour

Paratus activates direct terrestrial fibre link from Teraco to Maputo

By: Natasha Odendaal     4th September 2020 Pan-African telecommunications company Paratus has completed a new terrestrial crossing between Johannesburg and Mozambique. The group lit up a 750 km route from Maputo, through Eswatini, to one of Paratus’ international colocation centres, Teraco Isando DC. 

Icasa to issue high demand spectrum ITA by end of September

By: Natasha Odendaal     4th September 2020 The Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (Icasa) plans to auction the long-awaited high demand spectrum in March next year. The auction of the high demand spectrum, which was originally going to take place during December 2020, will now be completed by no later than March 31,... 

Pace of reform to determine shape of SA’s capital-equipment export recovery

By: Schalk Burger     4th September 2020 About 40% of capital equipment exported from South Africa has been affected by the lock downs and restrictions on movement because of Covid-19, while capital equipment manufacturers have reported 30% to 40% lower turnover during June and July, says industry body and public-private partnership... 

Pace of reform to determine shape of SA’s capital-equipment export recovery

Load-shedding to move to Stage 3 on Friday

By: Creamer Media Reporter      3rd September 2020 Power utility Eskom announced on Thursday afternoon that it would implement Stage 3 load-shedding from 08:00 to 22:00 on Friday. Load-shedding moved from Stage 2 to Stage 4 on Wednesday afternoon. 

Visit Stellenbosch launches initiative to drive tourism sector's recovery

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     3rd September 2020 To assist in the revival and swift recovery of the tourism sector, the town of Stellenbosch is embarking on a range of initiatives to support local business, driving demand and inspiring locals to experience and share their town the same way a tourist would, destination marketing organisation... 

Lagging platinum being actively promoted – Implats  

By: Martin Creamer     3rd September 2020 Demand for platinum, the price laggard of the high-flying platinum group metals basket, is being actively promoted on several fronts, Implats reported on Thursday. Following the company’s presentation of stellar cash-generating and dividend-yielding financial results, which featured a gross... 

Lagging platinum being actively promoted – Implats
Implats virtual results presentation covered by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Kelly Creamer and Darlene Creamer.

Taxpayers note tax audit process improvement – PwC survey

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     3rd September 2020 South Africa’s tax administration system has undergone significant change in terms of leadership, structure and policy over the past two years, professional services firm PwC reports. It notes that, more recently, the government has introduced several economic measures, including tax measures to... 

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