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Balwin's interim results reflect lockdown's impact on its construction activity

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     12th October 2020 JSE-listed Balwin Properties' results for the six-month period to August 31 reflect the "unprecedented and evolving market conditions brought about by the coronavirus pandemic", the group said on October 12. As a result of the outbreak and the response implemented by the South African government... 

Eswatini Rail Link project progressing, developers say

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     12th October 2020 The Eswatini Rail Link (ESRL) project is on track to advance economic development and intra-African trade, the developers noted in a statement on October 12. The project is a joint inter-railway strategic initiative between Transnet Freight Rail (TFR) and Eswatini Railways (ESR) to create a... 

Manufacturing sector’s recovery slows, says Stats SA

By: Simone Liedtke     12th October 2020 The recovery in manufacturing production slowed in August, with factory output falling by 10.8% year-on-year from a revised 10.2% (previously -10.6%) contraction in July. This is worse than Nedbank Group Economic Unit’s forecast of an 8.7% decline. 

Eskom yet to decide next steps after Nersa publishes reasons for 2019 RCA decision

By: Terence Creamer     12th October 2020 State-owned electricity utility Eskom says it is reviewing the detailed reasons for decision published by the National Energy Regulator of South Africa (Nersa), in which it outlines why the utility was granted a R13-billion regulatory clearing account (RCA) balance for the 2019 financial year... 

Eskom yet to decide next steps after Nersa publishes reasons for 2019 RCA decision

DNG Energy to begin LNG bunkering operations at Coega

By: Simone Liedtke     12th October 2020 Delta Natural Gas (DNG) Energy has received final authorisation from the Transnet National Ports Authority (TNPA) to begin liquefied natural gas (LNG) bunkering operations in the Port of Coega, in the Eastern Cape.   DNG Energy group CEO Aldworth Mbalati says this is a positive outcome for both... 

DNG Energy to begin LNG bunkering operations at Coega
DNG Energy group CEO Aldworth Mbalati

Western Cape dams continue to fill up to near capacity

By: Donna Slater     12th October 2020 Dams levels in the Western Cape continue to rise, with the average level for dams in the province increasing marginally to a new high of 81.2%, which is up from 65.1% at the same time in 2019. The latest level for dams providing water to the City of Cape Town are 100.3%, up from the 80.2% during... 

Partnership formed to develop next generation of ethical, effective women leaders

By: Donna Slater     12th October 2020 The Institute of Directors in South Africa (IoDSA) and the International Women’s Forum South Africa (IWFSA) have formed a long-term partnership aimed at developing the next generation of ethical and effective women leadership. The partnership’s first project is a custom programme for the IWFSA’s... 

John Moffat Prolock awarded face-shield tender 

By: Irma Venter     12th October 2020 Johannesburg-based John Moffat Prolock (JMP) has been awarded a contract to supply government hospitals in Gauteng with its locally manufactured face shields. JMP executive director Jerome Govender says the company is facing decreased off-take of its normal products owing to Covid-19, and... 

John Moffat Prolock awarded face-shield tender
JMP factory manager Leon le Roux, Govender and Rootman

Liquid Telecom South Africa appoints new CEO

By: Creamer Media Reporter      12th October 2020 Communications solutions provider Liquid Telecom South Africa has appointed Deon Geyser as CEO, effective January 1, 2021. Geyser, who is currently head of Nokia Southern Africa and Vodafone Africa and has held senior management positions at Siemens and Millicom International Cellular, holds a... 

Green energy a macro-economic imperative, says VW’s Kamuhinda 

By: Irma Venter     12th October 2020 Green technology, electric cars included, are coming to Africa not just because of the Paris Climate Change Agreement, but because Africa has a problem of energy supply, says Volkswagen Africa business development director Serge Kamuhinda.  “For a country like Rwanda, fuel imports account for 12%... 

Green energy a macro-economic imperative, says VW’s Kamuhinda

Gauteng inland port developer takes legal steps to halt ‘irrational’ road realignments needed to unlock Tambo-Springs hub 

By: Terence Creamer     12th October 2020 The developer of a private inland port in southern Gauteng, known as Distribution Junxion Port of Gauteng, has initiated legal action against the provincial administration in a bid to prevent it from implementing road infrastructure developments required to facilitate the construction of a... 

Gauteng inland port developer takes legal steps to halt ‘irrational’ road realignments needed to unlock Tambo-Springs hub
Map showing the location of Distribution Junxion Port of Gauteng and Tambo-Springs Logistics Gateway in relation to the road and rail networks in the region.

UJ Academy for Computer Science and Software Engineering turns 50

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     12th October 2020 This academic year, the Academy for Computer Science and Software Engineering (ACSSE) in the Faculty of Science at the University of Johannesburg (UJ), is celebrating its fiftieth birthday. Co-founded in 1970 by UJ Centre for Cyber Security director Professor Sebastiaan von Solms, it was one of... 

Transnet embarks on rail safety awareness campaign

By: Marleny Arnoldi     12th October 2020 Transnet Freight Rail (TFR) will embark on a National Level Crossing and Safety Awareness campaign from October 12 to 16. TFR and other stakeholders will go out to designated level crossings, as well as illegal level crossings, where safety teams will engage motorists, pedestrians and... 

SecureEnergy JV selected as contractor for Transgrid’s EnergyConnect project

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     12th October 2020 The Clough Elecnor joint venture, SecureEnergy, has been selected as contractor for a A$1.5-billion contract for TransGrid’s EnergyConnect project. ElectraNet and TransGrid are partnering to deliver an energy interconnector between the power grids of South Australia and New South Wales, with an... 

Labour market stakeholders urged to comment on gender-based violence draft code

By: Donna Slater     12th October 2020 The Department of Employment and Labour (DEL) urges stakeholders in workplaces to make submissions on the Draft Code of Good on the Prevention and Elimination of Violence and Harassment in the World of Work before October 21. The code provides a framework for the interpretation and implementation... 

All eyes on MTBPS as South Africa on verge of ‘catastrophic collapse’ of finances

By: Simone Liedtke     12th October 2020 The upcoming Medium-Term Budget Policy Statement (MTBPS) must show that public spending can be “restrained within [South Africa’s] means” so as to avoid a “catastrophic collapse of public finances”, Business Leadership South Africa (BLSA) CEO Busi Mavuso warns. In her weekly newsletter, published... 

Violent crime a threat to community safety, food security – Ramaphosa 

By: Sashnee Moodley     12th October 2020 President Cyril Ramaphosa on Monday called for greater coordination and better communication between the South African Police Service, business, farming organisations and communities, as well as integrated communications technologies to increase the success of the rural safety strategy.... 

Violent crime a threat to community safety, food security – Ramaphosa
President Cyril Ramaphosa

Environmental under-investment comes back to bite – Sir Mick Davis  

By: Martin Creamer     12th October 2020 If you under-invest in environmental impact, it will come back to bite you at some time in the future, just like cutting back on development used to do in the old days, former Eskom, Gencor, Billiton, Xstrata and X2 Resources mining doyen Sir Mick Davis said at the Joburg Indaba. Davis said this... 

Environmental under-investment comes back to bite – Sir Mick Davis
Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer reports on Sir Mick Davis at Joburg Indaba. Video: Darlene Creamer.

UK announces support for Southern and East African trade facilitation

By: Rebecca Campbell     9th October 2020 UK Minister for Africa James Duddridge visited Zambia this week to discuss British support to boost trade across Southern Africa and between Zambia and East Africa. He held talks with Zambian Finance Minister Dr Bwalya Ng’andu as well as with trade bodies and businesses. “From farmers selling... 

Boeing’s latest communications satellite passes key design review

By: Rebecca Campbell     9th October 2020 US aerospace and defence giant Boeing has reported that its latest defence communications satellite design, WGS-11+, has passed its first key engineering design review. (WGS stands for Wideband Global Satcom.) This design review was conducted by Boeing and its customer, the US Space Force (USSF).... 

Tribunal confirms agreement between commission, industrial solvents distributor

By: Donna Slater     9th October 2020 The Competition Tribunal has confirmed, as an order, a consent agreement concluded between Durban-based distributor of industrial solvents Swift Chemicals and the Competition Commission in relation to an investigation into alleged excessive pricing in the context of Covid-19. In April, the... 

Carbon tax guide launched to provide support to taxpayers

By: Donna Slater     9th October 2020 Legal, regulatory and business information and analytics provider LexisNexis Legal & Professional has published its Concise Guide to Carbon Tax guide to assist carbon taxpayers in the process of filing their submissions. The guide has been made available as an electronic book from October 5 and... 

SA’s biggest new-vehicle export market records worst September this century

By: Irma Venter     9th October 2020 The Covid-19 pandemic has seen South Africa’s biggest new-vehicle export market suffer its worst September sales month this century. According to the UK’s Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders, there were only 328 041 new registrations in what is normally the UK’s second most important sales... 

SA’s biggest new-vehicle export market records worst September this century

Arrowhead nears total disposal target

By: Marleny Arnoldi     9th October 2020 JSE-listed Arrowhead Properties’ sales pipeline has grown by a further R170-million to R1.43-billion, after the real estate investment trust reported a sales pipeline amount of R1.26-billion in September. Additionally, Arrowhead advised that it had since transferred 11 sales, valued at... 

KZN govt reaches out to Engen amid its oil refinery considerations

By: Marleny Arnoldi     9th October 2020 KwaZulu-Natal Economic Development, Tourism and Environmental Affairs MEC Nomusa Dube-Ncube has tasked the Trade & Investment Council KwaZulu-Natal (TIKZN) to look into the matter of the Engen Oil Refinery potentially closing its doors in a few years’ time. Engen confirms in a statement that it... 

Antigen tests to be rolled out at points of entry into South Africa

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     9th October 2020 Antigen tests for SARS-CoV-2 detection will be rolled out to all ports of entry in South Africa with immediate effect, the South African government has announced. It noted in an October 9 statement that the purpose of this was to effect the provisions of the level one travel regulations, which... 

Infrastructure plan good news for battered metals industry – Seifsa chair

9th October 2020 In his address during the 2020 edition of the Steel and Engineering Industries Federation of Southern Africa's presidential breakfast on October 9, outgoing president and chairperson Elias Monage reflected on what has been another difficult year for the metals and engineering sector. He expressed... 

Infrastructure plan good news for battered metals industry – Seifsa chair
Photo by Creamer Media's Donna Slater
Elias Monage

SAA rescue practitioners assessing options of winding down versus liquidation

By: News24Wire      9th October 2020 No meaningful progress can be made at South African Airways until the Department of Public Enterprises has signed a firm joint venture agreement with an experienced and strategic equity partner, according to a recent presentation to the African National Congress. SAA's creditors will be updated... 

SAA rescue practitioners assessing options of winding down versus liquidation

Bidvest International Logistics launches road-freight management portal

By: Irma Venter     9th October 2020 Bidvest International Logistics (BIL) has launched a new road-freight portal that will allow clients to manage deliveries from start to end.  “It takes away the pain of having to procure transport service providers and still manage them,” says BIL road freight director Marcus Ellappan. 

Bidvest International Logistics launches road-freight management portal

Denel seeks R3.8bn in State support

By: Reuters     9th October 2020 State-owned defence company Denel has asked for R3.8-billion in State financial support over the next three fiscal years, the National Treasury told Reuters on Friday. Denel, which makes military equipment for South Africa's armed forces and export, has struggled to pay salaries this year amid a... 

UK provides funding for ‘self-eating’ space rocket project

By: Rebecca Campbell     9th October 2020 The UK’s Defence and Security Accelerator (DASA), an agency of the country’s Ministry of Defence, has committed £90 000 (about R1.92-million) to support the development of a potentially revolutionary ‘autophage’ rocket engine. Autophage literally means self-eating, and the rocket is being... 

PPC says trading conditions have improved in recent months

By: Simone Liedtke     9th October 2020 Although JSE-listed cement manufacturer PPC's financial performance weakened in the financial year ended March 31, actions taken during the period to reposition the company to deliver sustainable value for stakeholders “are beginning to yield results”. After the resumption of trading in the 2021... 

PPC says trading conditions have improved in recent months
PPC CEO Roland van Wijnen

Growing determination for municipalities to build, procure own electricity  

9th October 2020 There is a growing determination among some municipalities to begin building and procuring their own electricity to reduce their dependence on Eskom. Engineering News Editor Terence Creamer unpacks the prospects in this regard. 

Growing determination for municipalities to build, procure own electricity
Growing determination for municipalities to build, procure own electricity

Electric trucks on the radar for South Africa, says Daimler 

By: Irma Venter     9th October 2020 There is “definitely a demand for alternative drive vehicles in South Africa”, although the diesel engine, or internal combustion engine, will continue to play an important role in the local transport industry, says Daimler Trucks Southern Africa product management head Christo Kleynhans. “We... 

Electric trucks on the radar for South Africa, says Daimler

Total adds fuel-cell truck maker to alternative energy bets

By: Bloomberg     9th October 2020 Total is making an investment as part of a small funding round in US fuel-cell truck startup Hyzon Motors, an effort by the French oil giant to boost development of cleaner energy sources. The strategic investment was made by the company’s venture-capital arm, Total Carbon Neutrality Ventures,... 

De Ruyter: Benefits of Eskom maintenance to be felt by April 2021, but power cuts won't be over

By: News24Wire      9th October 2020 The effects of Eskom's maintenance programme - which is expected to ease the risk of load-shedding- would be felt by April next year as the power utility works to ensure the long-term sustainability of its infrastructure, its CEO Andre de Ruyter said on Thursday. "We anticipate that by April next... 

De Ruyter: Benefits of Eskom maintenance to be felt by April 2021, but power cuts won't be over
Photo by Donna Slater
Eskom CEO Andre de Ruyter

Land Bank asks South Africa for extra R10bn support

By: Reuters     9th October 2020 Struggling State-owned agricultural lender Land Bank has asked South Africa for an extra R10-billion of government support over the next few years. Land Bank, which has already had a R3-billion State cash injection in the 2020/21 fiscal year, has been in talks with creditors since it defaulted on... 

Opinion: Black-blade mitigation – a new and exciting mitigation for wind turbines to reduce impacts to birds of prey

9th October 2020 In this opinion piece, ecologist, environmental consultant and conservation biologist Dr Rob Simmons writes about black blade mitigation can help wind farms to prevent thousands of bird deaths each year. The renewable energy industry promises green energy that comes with numerous benefits to the... 

Opinion: Black-blade mitigation – a new and exciting mitigation for wind turbines to reduce impacts to birds of prey
Photo by Bjorn Iuell
The black-blade set up on a cloudy day in Norway. The black-blade (far turbine) is little different to the shadow cast by the all-white blades in the foreground.
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