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SAPVIA welcomes solar in emergency power procurement programme

By: Schalk Burger     19th March 2021 Solar industry organisation the South African Photovoltaic Industry Association (SAPVIA) says it welcomes the inclusion of solar photovoltaic (PV) projects among preferred bidders for the Risk Mitigation Independent Power Producers Procurement Programme (RMIPPPP) announced by Mineral Resources... 

Renewables announcement provides certainty, but urgency still needed, says Maynier

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     19th March 2021 Western Cape Finance and Economic Opportunities Minister David Maynier has welcomed the announcement by Mineral Resources and Energy Minister Gwede Mantashe, on March 18, of the preferred bidders for the Risk Mitigation Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme and the release of the... 

Renewables announcement provides certainty, but urgency still needed, says Maynier
David Maynier

Business community calls for increased engagement with WTO

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     19th March 2021 Industry organisation Business Unity South Africa and other business associations, representing 14 countries on six continents, have congratulated Dr Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala on her appointment as director-general of the World Trade Organisation (WTO). The business community has also jointly written a... 

M&R's subsector classification shifts to engineering and contracting on the JSE

By: Donna Slater     19th March 2021 Effective March 23, engineering company Murray & Roberts’ (M&R's) classification on the JSE will move from Diversified Industrials to the Engineering and Contracting Services subsector – a new subsector to be introduced by FTSE Russell and the enhanced Industry Classification Benchmark. Group CE... 

South African banks impacted but resilient in worst of Covid-19 pandemic of 2020 – PwC 

By: Donna Slater     19th March 2021 South Africa’s major banks were impacted negatively by an “unprecedented operating environment” during the Covid-19 pandemic, reports professional services firm PwC in its 'Major Banks Analysis' for the 2020 financial year. The analysis highlights key themes from the combined local currency... 

South African banks impacted but resilient in worst of Covid-19 pandemic of 2020 – PwC
PwC Africa financial services leader Costa Natsas details how South Africa’s major banks have adapted to an unprecedented operating environment. Video: KT Matlala; Editing Nicholas Boyd.

SAA Technical management hoping to pay 50% of March salaries, leaked letter shows  

By: News24Wire      19th March 2021 Management at SAA Technical is continuing with efforts to try to pay employees at least 50% of their salaries due for March, but at this stage, is still waiting for details of "anticipated funding" from its shareholder, the Department of Public Enterprises. This is according to a letter to SAAT... 

 SAA Technical management hoping to pay 50% of March salaries, leaked letter shows

Hall Longmore launches fusion bonded epoxy pipe coatings for the local market

By: Donna Slater     19th March 2021 Steel pipe manufacturer Hall Longmore is looking to attract a key domestic market segment with its newly launched dual layer fusion bonded epoxy (FBE) coatings. MD Kennith van Rooyen tells Engineering News the company, which is based in Wadeville, Gauteng, recently commissioned a dual spray... 

Hall Longmore launches fusion bonded epoxy pipe coatings for the local market

Stanford, De Beers invite applicants for Seed Transformation Programme

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     19th March 2021 Stanford Graduate School of Business and diamond company De Beers Group have invited entrepreneurs with a mindset to grow their businesses to apply for the 2021/22 Southern Africa Seed Transformation Programme (STP). The programme is aimed at supporting business leaders in Southern Africa to... 

Coca-Cola, BanQu launch payment platform for informal waste reclaimers, boosting bankability

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     19th March 2021 In recognition of Global Recycling Day on March 18, beverage company Coca-Cola South Africa and blockchain-based supply chain and economic  passport platform BanQu are rolling out a payment platform to financially empower informal waste reclaimers and buyback centres in a boost to the local... 

RisCura launches country’s first Impact fund of funds investment series

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     19th March 2021 Purpose-driven investment firm RisCura is applying its institutional investment experience to impact investing and has launched the country’s first Impact fund of funds series. The firm says this is in line with the globally recognised definition of impact investing “to generate positive,... 

Pandemic’s implications will continue to depend on the evolution of macroeconomic conditions - Unctad

By: Simone Liedtke     19th March 2021 Although warnings about the spread of viruses have become more frequent in recent years, the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (Unctad) laments in its latest trade and development report update that “nobody anticipated the arrival of Covid-19 or its dramatic global impact”.... 

DMRE to host bidders conference in April as it restarts renewables procurement 

By: Terence Creamer     19th March 2021 The Department of Mineral Resources and Energy (DMRE) intends convening a virtual bidders conference in April to provide information on the qualifying criteria and bid submission expectations for the fifth bid window (BW5) of the Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme... 

DMRE to host bidders conference in April as it restarts renewables procurement

Volvo Car SA to bring host of EVs to South Africa, says MD 

By: Irma Venter     19th March 2021 Volvo Car South Africa (SA) MD Greg Maruszewski says the local arm of the Swedish car manufacturer plans to bring the full range of Volvo electric vehicles (EVs) to South Africa, but adds that “business dynamics will obviously contribute to the decision”. Volvo Car SA will launch the Swedish... 

Volvo Car SA to bring host of EVs to South Africa, says MD

Eskom: Load shedding halted from noon on Friday  

19th March 2021 Load shedding will be cancelled, for now, from noon on Friday as generation units return to service, Eskom has said in a statement.  Earlier in the week, generation capacity had been lost at Medupi, Arnot, Duvha and Kendal power stations. The shortfall was partly attributed to boiler tube leaks,... 

 Eskom: Load shedding halted from noon on Friday

E-waste recycling bin at Roodepoort golf estate to curb growing waste stream

By: Donna Slater     19th March 2021 Recycling company AST Recycling has placed an electronic-waste (e-waste) recycling bin at the Jackal Creek golf estate, in Roodepoort, on March 18, in what it says will be the first of many stations nationally. To help battle the rising tide of e-waste in South Africa, the AST Recycling bin will... 

E-waste recycling bin at Roodepoort golf estate to curb growing waste stream
Members of AST Recycling and the Jackal Creek Estate manager Johann van Niekerk

RMIPPPP preferred bidders announced; REIPPPP procurement resumes  

19th March 2021 Creamer Media's Chanel de Bruyn speaks to Engineering News Editor Terence Creamer about announcements by Mineral Resources and Energy Minister Gwede Mantashe of the preferred bidders for the Risk Mitigation Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme, as well as that Bid Window 5 of the... 

RMIPPPP preferred bidders announced; REIPPPP procurement resumes
RMIPPPP preferred bidders announced; REIPPPP procurement resumes

SAA rescue practitioners keen to exit the process at the end of March, creditors told  

By: News24Wire      19th March 2021 The business rescue practitioners of South African Airways plan to exit the process at the end of March. SAA has been in business rescue since 5 December 2019. The primary achievement of the business rescue process, according to the practitioners, was to transition SAA from being an insolvent... 

SAA rescue practitioners keen to exit the process at the end of March, creditors told

Mboweni warns third wave of Covid-19 could hurt country's ratings

By: Reuters     19th March 2021 South Africa's finance minister said on Thursday that a third wave of the coronavirus could destabilise the government's efforts to control its finances and avoid a further downgrade of the country's sovereign rating. Two of the top three rating agencies - Moody's and Fitch - downgraded South... 

Mboweni warns third wave of Covid-19 could hurt country's ratings
Finance Minister Tito Mboweni

128 MW Karoo hybrid project to blend wind, sun and batteries to provide dispatchable power

By: Terence Creamer     19th March 2021 The lead sponsor of a 128 MW hybrid facility named as a preferred bidder under South Africa’s Risk Mitigation Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme (RMIPPPP) reports that the project is pioneering globally in the way it will use co-located wind turbines, solar photovoltaic (PV) arrays,... 

128 MW Karoo hybrid project to blend wind, sun and batteries to provide dispatchable power

Dale completes its first-ever 96 t carton chiller

By: Marleny Arnoldi     19th March 2021 Dale Spiral Systems & Bakery Automation is nearing completion of its first-ever carton cooler, which has been in development for four years. Project manager Heinrich Hattingh tells Engineering News the company has been specially engineering the equipment for use in a food manufacturing facility... 

Dale completes its first-ever 96 t carton chiller
Dale Spiral Systems' 96 t carton chiller

Northam earnings soar, operational performance pumps cash 

By: Martin Creamer     19th March 2021 The earnings of platinum group metals (PGMs) mining company Northam Platinum soared in the six months to the end of December when 54% more cash was generated. Operational growth projects, initiated in a period of lacklustre metal prices, are now coming on track, and delivering valuable... 

Northam earnings soar, operational performance pumps cash
Photo by Creamer Media
Northam Platinum CEO Paul Dunne

Magazine round up | 19 March 2021 

19th March 2021 A video round up of this week’s magazine, highlighting our cover story, features and Business Leader.  

Magazine round up | 19 March 2021
Magazine round up - 19 March 2021

Plan emerges for renewal of South Africa’s crucial space infrastructure

By: Rebecca Campbell     19th March 2021 Almost unnoticed by most people on Earth, space technology and infrastructure has become essential for, and ubiquitous in, everyday life. It has become a major facilitator for national economic development and, through satellite imagery, an essential source for a gigantic range of information... 

Plan emerges for renewal of South Africa’s crucial space infrastructure

Bidding for renewables finally opens as powership-heavy ‘emergency’ projects are unveiled  

By: Terence Creamer     18th March 2021 Mineral Resources and Energy Minister Gwede Mantashe released the names of the eight preferred bidders – including three powership projects – selected as part of government’s 2 000-MW ‘emergency’ procurement programme and also launched the much-anticipated fifth bid window (BW5) for the... 

Bidding for renewables finally opens as powership-heavy ‘emergency’ projects are unveiled
Photo by Creamer Media's Donna Slater
Mineral Resources and Energy Minister Gwede Mantashe

South Africa’s first supercritical carbon dioxide encapsulation facility to be established at the CSIR

By: Creamer Media Reporter      18th March 2021 The Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) has been awarded R25.9-million by the Department of Science and Innovation (DSI) to establish South Africa’s first pilot-scale supercritical carbon dioxide (CO2) encapsulation facility (SCEF), which is set to be operational in 2022.  The... 

Exxaro outlines value opportunity in transforming to low-carbon future  

By: Martin Creamer     18th March 2021 The value opportunity of diversified mining and energy company Exxaro Resources is rapidly transforming in line with the accelerated demand for cleaner and low-carbon resources, Exxaro Resources CEO Mxolisi Mgojo said on Thursday. During a strategy update after the company announced 47%-higher... 

Exxaro outlines value opportunity in transforming to low-carbon future
Exxaro strategy update covered by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

SABS develops poultry standard to improve welfare of chickens

By: Donna Slater     18th March 2021 As part of its efforts to support the South African poultry industry, the South African Bureau of Standards (SABS), through its technical committee, has developed a draft South African Standard (DSS) 1758 that focuses on the welfare of chickens. The new standard is in line with President Cyril... 

Construction uptick a good sign for metals and engineering – Seifsa

By: Donna Slater     18th March 2021 The Steel and Engineering Industries Federation of Southern Africa (Seifsa) report that an uptick in sales of construction and building materials, amid increased construction activity, is encouraging and bodes well for the metals and engineering sector. Seifsa chief economist Chifipa Mhango says... 

Gauteng launches its R23bn infrastructure project book, Transport Infrastructure House

By: Simone Liedtke     18th March 2021 The Gauteng Department of Roads and Transport has published its priority projects, valued at R23-billion, for delivery in the next ten years as part of its contribution to an infrastructure-led economic recovery. Of the 67 projects, 13 are private developer contribution projects valued at... 

Gauteng launches its R23bn infrastructure project book, Transport Infrastructure House
MEC Jacob Mamabolo

Airbus, partners launch programme to determine climate impact of synthetic fuel

By: Rebecca Campbell     18th March 2021 On Tuesday an Airbus A350XWB airliner, powered by two Rolls-Royce Trent XWB engines, took off from Blagnac Airport in Toulouse, in France. What was special about this flight was that the aircraft was using only sustainable aviation fuels (SAF). The airliner, registration F-WXWB, is one of Airbus’... 

Airbus, partners launch programme to determine climate impact of synthetic fuel
Photo by Airbus
A350XWB flightlab takes off using 100% SAF for the first time

Exxaro eyeing 84 MW solar power for coal mine, hydrogen fuel cells 

By: Martin Creamer     18th March 2021 South Africa is at crossroads of energy liberalisation with 2.5 GW of embedded mining demand, including 84 MW demand at Exxaro Resources’ Grootegeluk coal mine alone and the intended use of hydrogen fuel cell powered trucking, Exxaro Resources said on Thursday. “Energy is the largest single... 

Exxaro eyeing 84 MW solar power for coal mine, hydrogen fuel cells
Exxaro Resources’ newly appointed MD Energy Roland Tatnall

Return2Work launches vaccine-centred workplace information

By: Marleny Arnoldi     18th March 2021 The Return2Work public private growth initiative has launched new resources to assist in raising awareness among workers and employers across the country related to the Covid-19 vaccines. The initiative was launched in collaboration with the Solidarity Fund last year to facilitate collaboration... 

Local lithium-ion plant would require offtake agreement first, says Metair 

By: Irma Venter     18th March 2021 Newly appointed Metair CEO Riaz Haffejee says the group is in a “good position” to be a “good partner” to a lithium-ion (li-ion) battery manufacturer in South Africa, or to partner with a vehicle manufacturer to produce these batteries. He says Metair is currently piloting a plant at its battery... 

Local lithium-ion plant would require offtake agreement first, says Metair
Riaz Haffejee

Kenyan company is certified to operate commercial UAVs in the country

By: Rebecca Campbell     18th March 2021 Kenyan uncrewed aerial vehicle (UAV) – also known as a remotely-piloted aircraft system (RPAS) or a drone – operator Astral Aerial Solutions has been authorised to start commercial UAV operations in the East African country. Astral Aerial Solutions is a subsidiary of dedicated Kenyan air cargo... 

Bara500 ICU hospital launched

By: Donna Slater     18th March 2021 Construction company Enza Construction recently completed a new Covid-19 hospital wing – the Bara500 unit – in the Chris Hani Baragwanath Hospital complex using innovative building technology which enabled the company to significantly reduce construction time in comparison to conventional... 

Bara500 ICU hospital launched
Photo by Creamer Media's Donna Slater
The triage area of the new Bara500 ICU hospital

Nombasa Tsengwa appointed CEO-designate of Exxaro Resources 

By: Martin Creamer     18th March 2021 Dr Nombasa Tsengwa has been appointment CEO-designate of diversified mining and energy company Exxaro Resources, effective from 31May 2023, when current CEO Mxolisi Mgojo reaches the retirement age of 63. The appointment of Dr Tsengwa, who is Exxaro’s current MD Minerals, forms part of what the... 

Nombasa Tsengwa appointed CEO-designate of Exxaro Resources
Photo by Creamer Media
Dr Nombasa Tsengwa has been appointment CEO-designate.

South Africa launches fund to boost Black farming

By: Reuters     18th March 2021 South Africa has set up a R5-billion fund to help Black farmers gain access to capital and boost their role in commercial agriculture, state-owned Industrial Development Corporation and the government said on Thursday. The joint Agri-Industrial Fund is aimed at easing the funding constraints and... 

South Africa launches fund to boost Black farming

South Africa sets up R1bn fund to assist black farmers 

By: Bloomberg     18th March 2021 South Africa announced the establishment of a R1-billionfund to help small-scale Black farmers enter commercial agricultural production. The Department of Agriculture will provide money and it will be run by the Industrial Development Corp., a state-owned development bank. The IDC will also... 

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