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Nasa scores another technology first on Mars

By: Rebecca Campbell     22nd April 2021 The US National Aeronautics and Space Administration’s (Nasa’s) latest Mars mission has recorded another first. Yet another technology demonstration unit carried to the Red Planet by the Perseverance lander has demonstrated success. This technology demonstrator is named the Mars Oxygen In-Situ... 

Footwear industry commits to skills transfer, rebuilding capacity

By: Simone Liedtke     22nd April 2021 Stakeholders in the footwear and leather sector have committed themselves to transferring skills and rebuilding capacity. The commitment emanated from two site visits by the Trade, Industry and Competition Deputy Minister Nomalungelo Gina at Planets Events Shoes and Neptun Boot, in KwaZulu-Natal,... 

Saai, Neasa ink partnership to improve labour relations in the agriculture sector

By: Simone Liedtke     22nd April 2021 Family farming organisation Saai and employers’ organisation the National Employers Association of South Africa (Neasa) on April 22 signed a partnership agreement to bridge labour issues in the agriculture sector and to assist farmers with labour problems, as well as influencing policy-making.... 

Saai, Neasa ink partnership to improve labour relations in the agriculture sector
Saai chairperson Dr Theo de Jager and Neasa CE Gerhard Papenfus

DTBSA’s TruckStore expands, aims to double sales volumes 

By: Irma Venter     22nd April 2021 Daimler Trucks & Buses Southern Africa (DTBSA) is expanding its used-truck business through TruckStore, as part of a programme to double its used-truck sales. Another significant driver is the growing demand for pre-owned trucks in the domestic Covid-19-hit economy. 

DTBSA’s TruckStore expands, aims to double sales volumes
Annelie van Rooyen

Mboweni appoints new FSCA commissioner

By: Simone Liedtke     22nd April 2021 Finance Minister Tito Mboweni has appointed Unathi Kamlana as the commissioner of the Financial Sector Conduct Authority (FSCA) for a period of five years. He will start as FSCA commissioner on June 1, with Kamlana currently employed at the Prudential Authority of the South African Reserve Bank,... 

UP appoints Kuseni Dlamini council chairperson

By: Simone Liedtke     22nd April 2021 The University of Pretoria (UP) has appointed Kuseni Dlamini chairperson of the University Council, with effect from April 1. The 30-member council of the 113-year-old university is responsible for governance, policymaking and monitoring. That includes setting down guidelines relating to... 

Cabinet welcomes recommendation on lifting of J&J vaccine pause, says Mkhize to announce recommencement details   

By: Terence Creamer     22nd April 2021 Cabinet has welcomed the recommendation by the South African Health Products Regulatory Authority regarding the lifting of the temporary pause placed on the Johnson & Johnson Sisonke Vaccination Programme, but did not immediately announce an end to the suspension following its Wednesday meeting,... 

Cabinet welcomes recommendation on lifting of J&J vaccine pause, says Mkhize to announce recommencement details

Exxaro climate change specialist appointed vice-chair of industry task team

By: Simone Liedtke     22nd April 2021 Diversified miner Exxaro Resources has elected the group’s climate change specialist Dr Lerato Khumalo as vice-chairperson for the Industry Task Team on Climate Change (ITTCC). The voluntary, nonprofit association comprises several local energy-intensive companies across different business... 

Exxaro climate change specialist appointed vice-chair of industry task team
Exxaro climate change specialist Dr Lerato Khumalo

GridCars warns fleet operators to time the EV revolution correctly

By: Irma Venter     22nd April 2021 There is a “very real danger” that fleet owners may be stuck with stranded assets if they do not time the change-over to battery electric or fuel-cell vehicles correctly, says GridCars MD Winstone Jordaan. GridCars is a South African EV charging solution specialist. 

GridCars warns fleet operators to time the EV revolution correctly

Wärtsilä partners with Africa youth entrepreneurship initiative

By: Schalk Burger     22nd April 2021 Energy and marine equipment manufacturer Wärtsilä has partnered with youth entrepreneurship and skills development initiative Ambitious.Africa to foster sustainable development. The partners will connect students, entrepreneurs, start-up companies, financiers and various stakeholders from Africa... 

Salga, Japan Water Works Association collaborate on water management

By: Natasha Odendaal     22nd April 2021 The South African Local Government Association (Salga) and Japan Water Works Association (JWWA) are collaborating to improve water management within South Africa and Japan’s municipalities. A letter of intent (LoI) was entered into on April 21 to share information, improve public health, enhance... 

Strike action at Rand Water suspended

By: Creamer Media Reporter      22nd April 2021 The planned strike action by the South African Municipal Workers Union (SAMWU) at Rand Water has been suspended. This followed an urgent interdict application made by Rand Water to the Labour Court, in Johannesburg on April 21. 

Northern Cape govt intervenes to improve service delivery in Sol Plaatje

By: Yvonne Silaule     21st April 2021 The Northern Cape provincial government will invest R500-million in measures to help improve service delivery in the Sol Plaatje municipality. The municipality is said to be facing technical capacity challenges, resulting in the lack of service delivery. 

WEF says sustained incremental progress, resilience important for energy transition

By: Schalk Burger     21st April 2021 As countries continue their progress in transitioning to clean energy, global economic body the World Economic Forum (WEF) says it is critical over the next decade to root the transition in economic, political and social practices to ensure progress is irreversible. The energy transition requires... 

Cesa calls for more PPPs as local engineering capacity use drops to 80%

By: Schalk Burger     21st April 2021 Industry association Consulting Engineers South Africa (Cesa) has questioned the Department of Water and Sanitation's decision to bring in 24 Cuban engineers, while the capacity utilisation of local engineering skills has dropped to 80% in the most recent Cesa Bi-annual Economic and Capacity... 

NRF seals agreement to send PhD students to US under Fulbright programme

By: Schalk Burger     21st April 2021 The National Research Foundation (NRF) has partnered with the Fulbright Foreign Student Programme (FFSP) to support NRF-funded PhD students registered with a South African university to travel to the US to conduct research towards their doctorates at a host US institution or university. This... 

Airlines industry sees reduced losses in 2021, but much work ahead

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     21st April 2021 Industry association the International Air Transport Association (Iata) says net airline industry losses are likely to reach $47.7-billion for this year. This is an improvement on the estimated net industry loss of $126.4-billion in 2020. 

Port of Cape Town requires urgent Presidential attention, says Maynier

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     21st April 2021 Western Cape Minister of Finance and Economic Opportunities David Maynier says he is encouraged by the recent commitment made by President Cyril Ramaphosa to make the country’s ports more efficient and competitive. However, he also notes his concern that the Port of Cape Town may be deprioritised... 

Octodec interim performance impacted by Covid-19 pressures

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     21st April 2021 JSE-listed real estate investment trust (Reit) Octodec Investments says a weak economic environment, exacerbated by the Covid-19 pandemic, continued to impact on its results for the six months ended February 28. Higher unemployment, business failures and overall reduced affordability weakened the... 

Savca, MiDA launch gender initiative to unlock investment

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     21st April 2021 To increase the number of investable women fund managers in Southern Africa, global transaction and financial advisory firm MiDA Advisors and industry body the Southern African Venture Capital and Private Equity Association (Savca) are launching the Women Empowerment Mentoring and Incubation Fund... 

Toyota unveils new electric vehicle concept, sales to start in 2022 

By: Irma Venter     21st April 2021 Toyota has unveiled a concept version of its forthcoming Toyota bZ4X, previewing the first in a series of zero-emission battery electric vehicles (BEVs) from the Japanese car maker. Toyota says the bZ4X, a medium-size sports-utility vehicle (SUV) with all-wheel drive, is integral to Toyota’s... 

Toyota unveils new electric vehicle concept, sales to start in 2022
The concept Toyota bZ4X

Vodacom, AUDA-Nepad launch mVacciNation digital toolbox 

By: Natasha Odendaal     21st April 2021 Telecommunications giant Vodacom Group and the African Union Development Agency (AUDA-Nepad) have joined forces to deploy a mobile technology platform that manages vaccination appointments and stock availability. Developed by Vodacom Group member Mezzanine, the mVacciNation digital toolbox will... 

Vodacom, AUDA-Nepad launch mVacciNation digital toolbox

Social bond issuance to reach R4bn in South Africa within year – RMB

By: Donna Slater     21st April 2021 The market for bonds issued to meet environmental and social outcomes is expected to grow exponentially in South Africa within the next year, with social bonds expected to feature prominently as the country looks to “build back better” post-Covid-19, states Rand Merchant Bank (RMB).     RMB... 

Impala Rustenburg hands over nine SLP projects to municipality 

21st April 2021 Impala Rustenburg in April officially handed over nine Social and Labour Plan projects to the local community. Along with community leaders and representatives of the Royal Bafokeng Nation family and the Department of Mineral Resources and Energy, Impala celebrated the handover of the completed... 

Impala Rustenburg hands over nine SLP projects to municipality
Impala Rustenburg hands over nine SLP projects to municipality

Platinum use in vehicle emissions control systems increasing as new regulations kick in – WPIC 

By: Simone Liedtke     21st April 2021 Automotive demand for platinum is expected to grow by 25% year-on-year to reach almost three-million ounces this year, the World Platinum Investment Council (WPIC) reports. The three-million-ounce demand forecast will be 5% higher than pre-pandemic levels. 

Platinum use in vehicle emissions control systems increasing as new regulations kick in – WPIC
Photo by Johnson Matthey
Gasoline three-way catalyst.

Opinion: South Africa's wind energy sector has role to play in reaching a net zero carbon economy

21st April 2021 In this article, South African Wind Energy Association (SAWEA) CEO Ntombifuthi Ntuli writes about the South African wind energy sector's role on the road to a net zero carbon economy by 2050. Following the release of the Global Wind Energy Council’s 'Global Wind Report 2021', the buzz in the... 

Opinion: South Africa's wind energy sector has role to play in reaching a net zero carbon economy
The Klipheuwel Wind Farm in the Western Cape

DPD Laser to buy 110 Cryo-Vacc Covid-19 vaccine containers from Renergen 

By: Simone Liedtke     21st April 2021 Domestic natural gas and helium producer Renergen and local express courier partner DPD Laser have inked an agreement for Renergen to manufacture the first 110 Cryo-Vacc units for supply to DPD. The Cryo-Vacc is suitable for both air and ground transportation. Liquid nitrogen is used to keep the... 

DPD Laser to buy 110 Cryo-Vacc Covid-19 vaccine containers from Renergen
The Cryo-Vacc

South Africa makes progress on geographical indications to support rural, agricultural development

By: Schalk Burger     20th April 2021 South Africa is making progress on developing legal and regulatory frameworks for geographical indications (GI), which are designations for products that are linked to a region of origin and that have associated qualities. GI has been proven to enable producers to secure better prices for... 

Civil society supports calls for public hearings on RMIPPPP

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     20th April 2021 Civil society organisations are supporting calls by Parliament for public hearings into the decision by the Department of Mineral Resources and Energy (DMRE) to include projects by Karpowership among the preferred bidders for the Risk Mitigation Independent Power Producers Procurement Programme... 

Energy committee to continue RMIPPPP deliberations as call is made for public hearings 

By: Terence Creamer     20th April 2021 Parliament’s Portfolio Committee on Mineral Resources and Energy will continue its deliberations next week on government’s Risk Mitigation Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme (RMIPPPP), having raised several concerns about the scheme during a Department of Mineral Resources and... 

Energy committee to continue RMIPPPP deliberations as call is made for public hearings

Sanral innovation hub exploring machine learning to improve road safety

By: Schalk Burger     20th April 2021 The South Africa National Roads Agency Limited's (Sanral's) Technical Innovation Hub (TIH) is exploring the use of machine learning to improve road safety, reduce congestion and inform infrastructure development. Information provided by machine learning can be used to activate the appropriate... 

Nasa provides more details on first flight of Mars drone helicopter

By: Rebecca Campbell     20th April 2021 The US National Aeronautics and Space Administration (Nasa) has released more details about the first ever flight by a human-built aircraft on another planet. The aircraft, an autonomous drone helicopter designated Ingenuity, made its maiden flight, on Mars, on Monday. That flight lasted a total... 

R32bn invested in black industrialists, DTIC says in inaugural report

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     20th April 2021 The Department of Trade, Industry and Competition (DTIC) has released the first yearly Black Industrialist Report, highlighting the direct funding provided by the department, the National Empowerment Fund (NEF) and the Industrial Development Corporation (IDC) to support black industrialists and... 

Department interventions in Vaal to help stop spillage, says Sisulu

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     20th April 2021 Human Settlements, Water and Sanitation Minister Lindiwe Sisulu has assured communities and businesses that the government is committed to restoring the dilapidated water and sanitation infrastructure, which has, over the years, contributed to the pollution of the Vaal river. Sisulu was briefing... 

Boost Africa receives €60m to support higher-risk investment

By: Donna Slater     20th April 2021 The European Union (EU), through the European Commission, and the Organisation of African, Caribbean and Pacific States (OACPS), has agreed to provide €60-million to the European Investment Bank (EIB) and the African Development Bank’s (AfDB’s) joint Boost Africa initiative, enabling it to... 

Clean, affordable energy still not accessible to the poor

By: Donna Slater     20th April 2021 The transformative role of clean, safe and affordable energy in reducing poverty and inequality, and in improving the quality of life of poor South African households as envisaged in the 1998 Energy White Paper, has failed to materialise to any significant degree, says State institution and... 

Airlink expands Southern African regional flight offering

By: Simone Liedtke     20th April 2021 Independent Southern African regional airline Airlink will expand its network next month with the launch of its Johannesburg-Livingstone flights. The flights are intended to provide travelers with direct access to one of Southern Africa’s most popular tourist attractions – The Victoria Falls. 

Cargo heists, and security costs, on the rise – Rhenus Logistics 

By: Irma Venter     20th April 2021 A surge in international freight rates of up to 700% is putting many companies under pressure and forcing them to take drastic measures to ensure their sustainability.  In some cases, organisations are left with little choice but to cut costs when moving cargo, with some opting to reduce the... 

Cargo heists, and security costs, on the rise – Rhenus Logistics
Martin Taylor
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