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Operation Vulindlela making progress in driving priority structural reforms  

By: Marleny Arnoldi     21st June 2022 The Presidency’s Operation Vulindlela (OV) has made markable process on accelerating implementation of priority structural reforms since its establishment in October 2020. Presidency project management office head Rudi Dicks addressed delegates during the Manufacturing Indaba, held in Sandton on... 

Labat says first cannabis clinical trial on use for pain management in South Africa under way

By: Schalk Burger     21st June 2022 JSE-listed cannabis products company Labat says it has started South Africa’s first ethically-approved cannabis clinical trial – the Pharma Ethics Observational Study. The Biodata research project will test whether cannabis can replace opioids in the management of chronic pain. The study will... 

Cesa celebrates 70 years, aims to foster local capacity to overcome infrastructure backlog

By: Schalk Burger     21st June 2022 Industry body Consulting Engineers South Africa (Cesa) is celebrating its seventieth year - having become the apex organisation of the consulting engineering sector - and aims to help develop local capacity to address the backlogs in infrastructure, says Cesa CEO Chris Campbell. “Our seventieth... 

Joburg to award four smart city challenge winners, applauds quality of solutions

By: Schalk Burger     21st June 2022 The City of Johannesburg (CoJ) would be announcing four winners for its yearly Smart City Innovation Challenge instead of three owing to the quality of solutions received, said CoJ Smart City Office leader Lawrence Boya. Each of the four winners would receive R500 000 and an opportunity to pilot... 

Iata calls for governments to strengthen regulations on the air transport of lithium batteries

By: Rebecca Campbell     21st June 2022 On Tuesday, the International Air Transport Association (Iata) again called for governments around the world to strengthen their enforcement of safety regulations concerning the air transport of lithium batteries. At its 78th annual general meeting, being held in Doha, in Qatar, Iata also called... 

Small diamond miners want big licence holders built in so they can grow sector together  

By: Martin Creamer     21st June 2022 Small diamond miners want to lock arms with all stakeholders through the South African Diamond Producers’ Organisation (Sadpo) to recover a large number of lost jobs and to realise the full potential value alluvial diamonds. “The role of Sadpo is to take on those big conversations and make sure... 

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Sadpo CEO Yamkela Makupula interviewed by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer

Joburg starts construction of Bertrams social development multipurpose centre

By: Schalk Burger     21st June 2022 The Johannesburg Development Agency (JDA) has started construction of the Bertrams Multipurpose Centre, on the eastern edge of the inner city central business district. The Bertrams Multipurpose Centre will house a community hall, a women’s empowerment centre, childcare facilities, senior... 

Solidarity Fund on track to close by September

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     21st June 2022 The Solidarity Fund, whose mandate was focused on a rapid response to the Covid-19 pandemic remains on track to close by September. The fund in March announced that it would wrap up its operations with a complete closure by the end of September. 

FlySafair to add new routes across Africa after rival’s collapse

By: Bloomberg     21st June 2022 South African airline FlySafair plans to add at least ten new routes across sub-Saharan Africa to take advantage of a gap in the market left by the collapse of domestic rival Comair. The closely held carrier will fly to capital cities such as Nairobi, Lusaka and Maputo alongside holiday... 

5G the fastest growing mobile technology – report

By: Natasha Odendaal     21st June 2022 Fifth-generation (5G) technology is scaling faster than any previous mobile technology generations, with predictions that it will account for 60% of global mobile network data traffic by 2027. The June 2022 Ericsson Mobility Report revealed that, currently, about a quarter of the world’s... 

Rail infrastructure thieves sentenced to ten years

By: Donna Slater     21st June 2022 Seven criminals, found in possession of Transnet railway tracks in January, were sentenced to ten years in prison after pleading guilty to tampering with, damaging and destroying essential infrastructure. In recent years, Transnet has experienced a sharp increase involving theft of cables and... 

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Transnet to issue locomotive tender in July to address crippling port and rail backlog

By: News24Wire      21st June 2022 In a bid to improve on its operational performance, clear logistic backlogs, and claw itself out of its financial predicament, Transnet has confirmed that it will issue a tender for the procurement of new locomotives next month. This comes after Transnet Group CEO Portia Derby told Business Day... 

South Africa transmission firm seen hobbled by Eskom millstone

By: Bloomberg     21st June 2022 South Africa’s plan to create a power transmission company that will attract the investment needed to strengthen the national grid has been hobbled by its restrictive debt arrangements with parent Eskom Holdings, two people familiar with the situation said. Under the plan to separate the unit,... 

BMW SA adds 16 African countries to its export list 

By: Irma Venter     21st June 2022 BMW Group South Africa (BMW SA) has added 16 African countries to its existing portfolio of 30 export countries, including Senegal, Nigeria, Angola, Kenya and Ethiopia.  BMW SA produces the BMW X3 sports activity vehicle (SAV) at the Rosslyn plant, in Tshwane. 

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The BMW X3

UP awarded four SARChI chairs

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     21st June 2022 Four academics from the University of Pretoria (UP) have been awarded co-funded chairs under the South African Research Chairs Initiative (SARChI), bringing the total of chairs awarded to the university to 20. SARChI is a government programme led by the Department of Science and Innovation (DSI)... 

Stellantis SA introduces something fresh to the SA bakkie mix

By: Irma Venter     21st June 2022 Stellantis South Africa (SA) has just added its entrant to the bakkie wars in South Africa – the Jeep Gladiator. The pickup is available in only one model in the domestic market, namely the Rubicon. 

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The Jeep Gladiator

Patel says ‘pragmatic solution’ to be found to localisation-linked renewables delays  

By: Terence Creamer     21st June 2022 Trade, Industry and Competition Minister Ebrahim Patel reports that government is working to find a “pragmatic solution” to the problem where local-content requirements contained in government’s electricity procurement programmes are delaying the construction of utility scale renewable-energy... 

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Trade, Industry and Competition Minister Ebrahim Patel on localising renewables components in a pragmatic way. Camera Work: Shadwyn Dickinson. Editing: Nicholas Boyd. Recorded: 21.06.2022

Iata calls for State support for the production of sustainable aviation fuels

By: Rebecca Campbell     21st June 2022 Governments must urgently implement large-scale incentives for the production of Sustainable Aviation Fuels (SAF), the International Air Transport Association (Iata) has urged. Iata is the global representative body of the airline sector and is currently holding its 78th annual general meeting... 

Hyve Group opens Johannesburg office

By: Donna Slater     21st June 2022 International exhibition and conference organiser Hyve Group has opened a Johannesburg office as a means to enhance its presence in South Africa and expand opportunities for South African citizens.

Hyve Group, which employs over 650 people in 12 offices globally, organises over 50 trade... 

MTN SA targets 25% 5G coverage in 2022

By: Natasha Odendaal     21st June 2022 Telecommunications group MTN South Africa (SA) aims to have 25% of South Africa’s population covered by fifth-generation (5G) connectivity by the end of 2022, as it ramps up its deployment. MTN currently has over 1 000 active 5G sites servicing dozens of towns and cities across South Africa... 

UAE to build Red Sea port in Sudan in $6 billion investment package

By: Reuters     21st June 2022 The United Arab Emirates will build a new Red Sea port in Sudan as part of a $6-billion investment package, DAL group chairperson Osama Daoud Abdellatif, a partner in the deal, told Reuters. Abdellatif said the package includes a free trade zone, a large agricultural project and an imminent... 

Iata calls for the world’s governments to learn lessons from the Covid-19 pandemic

By: Rebecca Campbell     21st June 2022 The International Air Transport Association (Iata), which is the representative body for the global airline industry, has urged the world’s governments to learn the lessons from their attempts to contain and combat the Covid-19 pandemic by means of travel restrictions and border closures. These... 

PASA welcomes recognition of natural gas’ role in Africa’s energy transition

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     21st June 2022 Industry organisation the Petroleum Agency SA (PASA) has welcomed the release of the International Energy Agency (IEA)’s ‘Africa Energy Outlook 2022’ report, which outlines possible pathways for Africa’s energy system that are consistent with both the pressing need for a transition to a cleaner... 

‘Jackpot’ oil discoveries may help Namibia double GDP by 2040

By: Bloomberg     21st June 2022 Namibia expects its biggest oil discoveries since independence to help double its economy by 2040, Jennifer Comalie, chairperson of National Petroleum Corp of Namibia, said in a Bloomberg TV interview. TotalEnergies in February said it had made a “significant” oil discovery off the coast of... 

Hackathon set to unlock 4IR jobs, business growth in townships

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     21st June 2022 Technology company Microsoft, nonprofit organisation Empire Partner Foundation and multifaceted national ecosystem SAtion will be hosting a hackathon from June 24 to 26 at the Empire Partner Foundation in Sandton, Johannesburg. Hackathon teams have the option to hack virtually overnight on... 

Impact of disruptive weather on supply chain requires mitigation

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     21st June 2022 Weather conditions in KwaZulu-Natal in April disrupted the entire supply chain, and while this is slowly being restored to normality, there are considerably direct and consequential costs to the region and country, and a full recovery will take much time, law firm Bowmans ports, transport and... 

Noteholder meeting for Cell C compromise offer postponed to July 5

By: Natasha Odendaal     21st June 2022 A two-week delay in the noteholder vote to approve an extraordinary resolution on a compromise offer will have no impact on the timing of the overall Cell C recapitalisation transaction, which is expected to proceed to final close in July 2022, JSE-listed Blue Label Telecoms assured shareholder... 

Day Zero: Two dams in Nelson Mandela Bay metro have 6 days of water left as consumption spikes

By: News24Wire      21st June 2022 Water consumption in the drought-stricken Nelson Mandela Bay metro has increased significantly, putting pressure on an already thin system. The metro's residents and businesses were consuming roughly 60 megalitres more per day, which was "quite high and worrisome", the metro's water crisis joint... 

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The Industry Transition: A Pathway to Decarbonising the Hard-to-Abate

By: Simone Liedtke     21st June 2022 The hard to abate sectors currently produce more than a third of the worlds’ climate chaining emissions, which we must sharply curtail if we are to hold global warming to 1.5ºC. Yet, they are integral to humanity and ultimately they ’re playing an integral role in reducing our reliance on fossil... 

The Industry Transition: A Pathway to Decarbonising the Hard-to-Abate

Eleven-point action plan agreed to address recruitment of foreign truck drivers

By: Donna Slater     20th June 2022 The Road and Freight Inter-Ministerial Committee (IMC), in partnership with the road and freight industry stakeholders, have agreed on an eleven-point action plan to deal with industry challenges and the recruitment of foreign nationals. The Road and Freight IMC met with industry players that... 

Failure to tackle the construction mafia will have dire consequences, report warns

By: Darren Parker     20th June 2022 Government’s failure to adequately address the “construction mafia” will have dire consequences not just for the construction sector but for South Africa as a whole, as it is likely to result in the spread of such practices to other sectors of the economy. This is according to a Global Initiative... 

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UCT vice-chancellor appointed IARU chair

By: Darren Parker     20th June 2022 University of Cape Town (UCT) vice-chancellor Professor Mamokgethi Phakeng has been elected as International Alliance of Research Universities (IARU) chairperson, marking the first time in the organisation’s history that it has been led by an African. IARU, which was established in 2006, is a... 

Youth unemployment in need of a united focus – BLSA

By: Donna Slater     20th June 2022 Youth unemployment, exacerbated by the Covid-19 pandemic, is a “national crisis” that requires a clear focus if it is to be resolved, says Business Leadership South Africa CEO Busi Mavuso. She says that, although the challenges that led to June 16 being marked as Youth Day – following a dramatic... 

WearCheck acquires Set Point Water Laboratories

By: Natasha Odendaal     20th June 2022 Condition monitoring specialist company WearCheck has acquired sister company water analysis company Set Point Water Laboratories. Adding a new division to WearCheck’s scientific testing structure, the integration of Set Point expands WearCheck’s expertise and services, which include scientific... 

Iata reports an improved financial forecast for the world’s airlines

By: Rebecca Campbell     20th June 2022 The world representative body of the airline industry, the International Air Transport Association (Iata), has upgraded its forecast for the sector’s financial performance this year. This is the consequence of an accelerating recovery from the Covid-19 pandemic. The industry globally looks set to... 

UK quasi-airship design to go into production following agreement with Spanish airline

By: Rebecca Campbell     20th June 2022 UK low carbon aviation technology company Hybrid Air Vehicles (HAV) announced last week that Spanish regional airline Air Nostrum had signed an aircraft reservation agreement for ten of the former’s Airlander 10 hybrid aircraft. The airline is scheduled to start operations with the type in 2026.... 

An artist’s impression of an Airlander 10 in Air Nostrum livery
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An artist’s impression of an Airlander 10 in Air Nostrum livery

Stage 2 load-shedding to be implemented every evening from Monday to Thursday

By: News24Wire      20th June 2022 Eskom will implement Stage 2 load-shedding every evening between 17:00 and 22:00, from Monday to Thursday. The power utility said the load shedding was due to the continued shortage of generation capacity. 

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BMW, Mini to offer 12-month (or longer) rental periods at dealerships

By: Irma Venter     20th June 2022 BMW Group Financial Services South Africa has unveiled a new product called BMW and Mini Charter, yet again changing the way vehicles can be owned and/or utilised in the local market. Charter is a finance solution that allows consumers the use of a BMW or Mini vehicle, at a fixed monthly rental... 

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