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Auto industry’s EV roadmap aims to accelerate sales and production 

By: Irma Venter     9th October 2020 South Africa needs to kick-start the production of electric vehicles (EVs), while it also needs to sell more EVs. This was the single most important recommendation from a Trade and Industrial Policy Strategies report on ‘Harnessing EVs for Industrial Development in South Africa’, released earlier... 

Mining majors must convince investors of need to replace value – Sir Mick Davis  

By: Martin Creamer     8th October 2020 Major mining companies need to convince investors of the crucial need to replace the value that they are taking out of the ground, mining luminary Sir Mick Davis said on Thursday. “Every single day that they take something out of the ground, that value disappears forever, and unless you do... 

Mining majors must convince investors of need to replace value – Sir Mick Davis
Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer reports on Sir Mick Davis at Joburg Indaba. Video: Darlene Creamer

Eskom implementing five-step turnaround plan, says De Ruyter

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     8th October 2020 As part of State-owned utility Eskom’s turnaround strategy, it is implementing five urgent and interdependent priorities, Eskom Group CE André de Ruyter told delegates on the second day of the virtual Joburg Indaba on October 8. Firstly, the utility is aiming for operational stability, which... 

Eskom implementing five-step turnaround plan, says De Ruyter
Photo by Creamer Media's Donna Slater
André de Ruyter

Agricultural transformation a Presidential imperative, says Ramaphosa

By: Simone Liedtke     8th October 2020 President Cyril Ramaphosa has highlighted access to agricultural land for subsistence farming and commercial production as a national priority, stating that the transformation of patterns of ownership “are fundamental in addressing not only food security, but also historical injustices”. In his... 

Southern Africa airlines association calls for clear, consistent polices on international flights

By: Rebecca Campbell     8th October 2020 The Airlines Association of Southern Africa (AASA) has warned the governments of the region that the continuation of “inconsistent and arbitrary” air travel restrictions (to counter the Covid-19 pandemic) were endangering economic recovery and future growth. As a result, almost five-million jobs... 

Schneider Electric CEO urges acceleration of digital transformation

By: Simone Liedtke     8th October 2020 Energy management and automation provider Schneider Electric CEO and chairperson Jean-Pascal Tricoire has urged businesses to accelerate their digital transformation to better position themselves to recover from the upheaval brought about as a result of climate change and the Covid-19 pandemic.... 

Environment department suspends eight officials

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     8th October 2020 The Department of Environment, Forestry and Fisheries has placed eight officials on precautionary suspension, effective October 8, following a forensic investigation into contracts alleged to have been irregularly awarded by the department's Waste Management Bureau (WMB). During the audit of the... 

Agri SA zones in on cohesion, inclusive change in industry

By: Marleny Arnoldi     8th October 2020 Industry organisation Agri South Africa (Agri SA) will, for the next 12 months, prioritise ways to ensure new farmers are able to successfully enter the agricultural sector. Agri SA president Pierre Vercueil delivered the keynote address at the organisation’s yearly conference on October 8,... 

Lufthansa has restarted flights to Cape Town, restoring its South African flight schedule

By: Rebecca Campbell     8th October 2020 German national flag-carrier Lufthansa has resumed scheduled, twice-weekly, air services between Frankfurt and Cape Town. The first of the resumed flights touched down at Cape Town International Airport (CTIA) on Thursday morning, being greeted with a ceremonial water salute. The airline has... 

Exploration strategy in three months, hydrogen under scrutiny – DMRE  

By: Martin Creamer     8th October 2020 A comprehensive exploration strategy will be developed in the next three months and engagement on the potential of the platinum group metals-linked hydrogen economy is taking place, Department of Mineral Resources and Energy director-general Advocate Thabo Mokoena said on Thursday. In a keynote... 

Exploration strategy in three months, hydrogen under scrutiny – DMRE
Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer reporting on DMRE DG Advocate Thabo Mokoena. Video: Darlene Creamer.

Energy expert calls for RMIPPPP overhaul to facilitate cheaper, cleaner emergency power 

By: Terence Creamer     8th October 2020 Energy expert Clyde Mallinson is calling on government to urgently overhaul its Risk Mitigation Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme (RMIPPPP), which he says not only fails to address the country’s immediate electricity needs, but will also lock in dirty and expensive energy for the... 

Energy expert calls for RMIPPPP overhaul to facilitate cheaper, cleaner emergency power
Clyde Mallinson

MTN, Telecom Infra Project partner to evolve MTN’s transport infrastructure

By: Creamer Media Reporter      8th October 2020 JSE-listed MTN Group and Telecom Infra Project (TIP) have joined forces to support the evolution of MTN’s communication transport infrastructure, which will become a platform for future revenue growth and profitability. Through the partnership, communication transport capacity will be deployed to... 

Nigerian, South Korean women to vie for WTO leadership

By: Reuters     8th October 2020 Former Nigerian finance minister Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala and South Korean trade minister Yoo Myung-hee are the final candidates to head the World Trade Organization, ensuring the 25-year-old WTO will have its first female leader. The WTO said on Thursday that the two women were the remaining... 

World Bank forecasts ‘weak’ recovery for South Africa from Covid-19 

By: Terence Creamer     8th October 2020 The World Bank expects South Africa’s recovery from the Covid-19 pandemic to be weak relative to most other countries in sub-Saharan Africa, forecasting an economic expansion of only 2.6% in 2021 on the back of a massive 7.2% contraction this year. In its latest ‘Africa’s Pulse’ publication, the... 

World Bank forecasts ‘weak’ recovery for South Africa from Covid-19
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World Bank highlights power reforms in South Africa to reduce dependence on Eskom

Number of A400M operators increases to seven with latest Airbus delivery

By: Rebecca Campbell     8th October 2020 Airbus Defence and Space, part of the global major aerospace group Airbus, announced on Wednesday that it had delivered the one and only A400M military airlift aircraft ordered by the tiny European country of Luxembourg. The aircraft was handed over to the Luxembourg Armed Forces at Seville in... 

Number of A400M operators increases to seven with latest Airbus delivery
Photo by Airbus
Luxembourg’s A400M, photographed on its maiden flight

Unconventional Covid-19 treatment saves lives at Tygerberg Hospital

By: Simone Liedtke     8th October 2020 In the midst of the Covid-19 pandemic, doctors at Tygerberg Hospital implemented a daring, lesser-known treatment that not only bypassed the imminent ventilator shortage caused by the large number of critically ill patients, but potentially saved thousands of lives, while also providing a more... 

Unconventional Covid-19 treatment saves lives at Tygerberg Hospital

WCPDF calls for self-certification to rescue property development sector

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     8th October 2020 Countries globally are increasingly turning to self-certification to combat public sector bottlenecks that result in serious application backlogs and that impede the building process. South Africa urgently needs to do the same for an industry that was in rescue mode even before Covid-19, the... 

Solar, renewable energy conference to be held virtually next month

By: Simone Liedtke     8th October 2020 Solar power capacity and energy generation is rapidly increasing and has, over the last decade, become one of the fastest growing sources of renewable energy in the world. As a result of technological advances, sharp declines in costs, improved policies and growing concerns over climate change,... 

South African receives $150 000 Jennifer Ward Oppenheimer Grant

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     8th October 2020 Selected from a record entry of 217 applications from 26 different countries in Africa, Dr Bernard Coetzee, from the University of the Witwatersrand’s Global Change Institute, has been announced as the winner of the second yearly $150 000 Jennifer Ward Oppenheimer Grant, at an event hosted by... 

South African receives $150 000 Jennifer Ward Oppenheimer Grant
Dr Bernard WT Coetzee (standing centre), has been announced as the winner of the second, yearly $150 000 Jennifer Ward Oppenheimer Grant, at an event hosted by Oppenheimer Generations at Circa Gallery, Rosebank, Johannesburg. With him from (L-R) Jonathan Oppenheimer, Executive Chairperson of Oppenheimer Generations, Bridget Fury, Head, Oppenheimer Generations Philanthropies and Chair of the JWO grant expert panel, Nicky Oppenheimer, Chairman of Oppenheimer Generations and Dr Duncan MacFadyen, Head of Research and Conservation at Oppenheimer Generations.

Suzuki defies effects of Covid-19 as it sets new sales record

By: Irma Venter     8th October 2020 Despite the havoc Covid-19 is wreaking on the domestic economy, Suzuki Auto South Africa (Suzuki SA) set a new sales record in September, retailing 1 787 cars, sports-utility vehicles and commercial vehicles. In doing so, the local arm of the Japanese small-car maker shattered its previous sales... 

Suzuki defies effects of Covid-19 as it sets new sales record

Non-proliferation council’s online registration and permit system now live

By: Rebecca Campbell     8th October 2020 The South African Council for the Non-Proliferation of Weapons of Mass Destruction announced on Thursday that its new Online Registration and Permit System is now live. The council is a statutory body, which falls under the Minister of Trade, Industry and Competition.  From now on, applications... 

Perdekraal East Wind Farm achieves commercial operations

By: Simone Liedtke     8th October 2020 The Perdekraal East Wind Farm project has completed its grid code tests – the final milestone before achieving its commercial operations date (COD). This comes almost two years after construction began at the site. 

Perdekraal East Wind Farm achieves commercial operations

Russian nuclear group joins UN corporate social responsibility initiative

By: Rebecca Campbell     8th October 2020 Russia’s State-owned nuclear group, Rosatom, has announced that it has joined the United Nations (UN) Global Compact. This is the world’s biggest corporate social responsibility and sustainable development initiative, having more than 13 000 member companies from more than 160 countries.  “The... 

Covid-19 to take 28% bite out of new-vehicle sales in Africa, says AAAM 

By: Irma Venter     8th October 2020 The Covid-19 pandemic has wreaked havoc on new-vehicle sales in Africa, which are expected to drop from 1.16-million units in 2019, to a current forecast of 830 000 units this year, says African Association of Automotive Manufacturers (AAAM) CEO Dave Coffey. “This is a 28% reduction, which is... 

Covid-19 to take 28% bite out of new-vehicle sales in Africa, says AAAM

Agriculture presents myriad of opportunities for Africa, but challenges must be faced

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     8th October 2020 Agriculture is an integral part of African economies, but it is faced with many challenges and requires greater investment to further the continent’s growth. This was indicated by speakers at the Africa Brand Day Summit on October 7. 

Environmental organisations call on govts to halt fossil fuel investment, shift to renewables

By: Simone Liedtke     8th October 2020 Environmental organisations Greenpeace India and the Centre for Research on Energy and Clean Air (CREA) have called on governments to immediately halt investment in fossil fuels and shift to cleaner energy sources, such as wind and solar. The organisations have simultaneously requested that... 

Pandemic provides opportunity for African countries to grow domestic tourism

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     7th October 2020 The pandemic and the lockdown measures implemented to mitigate its spread, have hit the tourism sector the hardest; however, there is an opportunity for African countries to better promote their tourism attractions and grow their tourism sectors. This was indicated by speakers at the Africa Brand... 

Flow-through must form part of overall exploration strategy – Minerals Council  

By: Martin Creamer     7th October 2020 The introduction of a flow-through share scheme must form part of a full suite and package of measures tailored for a comprehensive exploration strategy for South Africa, Minerals Council South Africa CEO Roger Baxter said on Wednesday. Speaking during question time on day one of the Joburg... 

Flow-through must form part of overall exploration strategy – Minerals Council
Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer putting a question at Joburg Indaba. Video: Darlene Creamer.

SA Mint pays homage to eye surgery invention in latest crown, tickey series

By: Marleny Arnoldi     7th October 2020 The South African Mint (SA Mint) has again shined a light on the retinal cryoprobe, which is featured on its 2020 crown and tickey coin series. The South African Reserve Bank subsidiary has since 2016 celebrated the national genius of inventors and inventions, which have had global success, on... 

South Africa’s iron-ore sector to benefit from rising Chinese demand 

By: Simone Liedtke     7th October 2020 South Africa’s Northern Cape is considered a “fantastic mineral region” and African Rainbow Minerals ferrous division CE Andre Joubert believes iron-ore, besides other commodities, is likely to benefit following the Covid-19 pandemic. Crude steel is a major driver for iron-ore production, he... 

Bombardier says Transnet contract ‘uninterrupted’ as 10-64 dispute resolution continues 

By: Terence Creamer     7th October 2020 Bombardier Transportation, one of four companies to secure a contract to supply 1 064 electric and diesel  locomotives to Transnet Freight Rail (TFR) in 2015, reports that it is continuing to execute on the contract, despite the fact that a dispute resolution process is ongoing. In 2019, Transnet... 

Bombardier says Transnet contract ‘uninterrupted’ as 10-64 dispute resolution continues
The TRAXX AFRICA locomotives delivered to date have been deployed to support the export of manganese ore

Consultations around Cape Town water tariffs under way

By: African News Agency      7th October 2020 The City of Cape Town is rejoicing after its dam levels reached a staggering 100.8%. In a statement released by the city council, it said the dams supplying the Cape Town metro increased from 99.5% to 100.8% capacity between September 28 and October 4. 

South Africa’s space agency and science academy sign MoU on collaboration

By: Rebecca Campbell     7th October 2020 The South African National Space Agency (Sansa) and the Academy of Science of South Africa (ASSAf) jointly announced on Wednesday that they had signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU). Both bodies are entities of the Department of Science and Innovation.  The MoU would permit them to establish... 

Sanral records R640m revenue shortfall as a result of lockdown 

By: Marleny Arnoldi     7th October 2020 The South African National Roads Agency Limited (Sanral) has recorded a revenue loss of R640-million to date for its 2020/21 financial year as a result of reduced traffic on toll roads during the lockdown. The State-owned roads agency also reported on October 7 that it was underspending about... 

Sanral records R640m revenue shortfall as a result of lockdown

Anglo investing in South Africa’s hydrogen economy ­– Cutifani  

By: Martin Creamer     7th October 2020 As the world’s largest marketer of platinum group metals (PGM), Anglo American is investing in South Africa’s hydrogen economy, including through a joint venture with the State-owned Public Investment Corporation (PIC), Anglo CEO Mark Cutifani said on Wednesday. In a keynote address on day one of... 

Anglo investing in South Africa’s hydrogen economy ­– Cutifani
Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer reports on Anglo American CEO Mark Cutifani’s keynote address at the Joburg Indaba. Video: Darlene Creamer.

Afrimat earnings slowly rise following pandemic impact

By: Simone Liedtke     7th October 2020 Industrial minerals and building materials supplier Afrimat is expecting to report headline earnings a share of between 181.9c and 191c for the six months ended August 31, representing an increase of between 0% and 5% year-on-year. Earnings a share are expected to be between 183.5c and 192.7c,... 

French nuclear group opens new facility in the US

By: Rebecca Campbell     7th October 2020 French nuclear group Framatome has announced that it has opened its new uranium recovery facility at its nuclear fuel manufacturing site at Richland in the US state of Washington. The new facility cost $20-million, took three years to build and covers 11 000 ft2 (nearly 1 022 m2). The new... 

French nuclear group opens new facility in the US
Photo by Framatome
A general view of Framatome’s Richland plant

Airbus’ flapping wingtip demonstration project has successfully completed Phase 2

By: Rebecca Campbell     7th October 2020 Europe-based global major aerospace group Airbus reported on Wednesday on the achievement of a new milestone by its AlbatrossONE technology demonstration project. Inspired by the wonderful aerodynamics of the very far ranging Albatross seabird, the AlbatrossONE project is using a small-scale,... 

Airbus’ flapping wingtip demonstration project has successfully completed Phase 2
Photo by Airbus
The AlbatrossONE UAV in flight, with the hinged wingtips clearly visible
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