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Minerals & Energy Outlook

VZI well-positioned despite Covid

22nd January 2021 Covid-19 has had a significant impact on the global economy which, in turn, affected all industries. During the hard-lockdown, we had to revise the way we do business and our plans for the year ahead. Some of our operations were stopped we had to change the way we interact with our colleagues,... 

Sustainable finance could drive recovery

22nd January 2021 Sustainable finance could help drive Africa’s recovery from Covid-19 while also incentivising much-needed investments in the green economy and social development. The global pandemic has set back the continent’s growth and demanded new approaches to economic development. It has also highlighted... 

Sustainable finance could drive recovery
Standard Bank Group Sustainable Finance executive head Nigel Beck

Success factors for operating during, post-Covid-19

22nd January 2021 Reopening after the pandemic will require reinvention and reinvestment in digital technologies. In 2021, companies should prioritise being more digital, data-driven, and in the cloud; as well as having more variable cost structures, agile operations and automation; and creating stronger... 

Success factors for operating during, post-Covid-19
Accenture South Africa CEO Vukani Mngxati

SA has components for energy sector transition

22nd January 2021 It is said: “The stone age did not end because it ran out of stones; it ended because it was time for a re-think about how we live.” 2020 has likely been the most profound reset of how the world thinks and lives, in modern history.  The pathway to a green energy future has been rapidly... 

SA has components for energy sector transition
PwC Director: Energy Strategy and Infrastructure James Mackay

Industry, government must band together

22nd January 2021 Even before Covid-19 struck the outlook for exploration and new investment in our industry was less than rosy. South Africa currently sees less than 1% of global exploration spend, which is half of what it was a decade ago. Given the importance of exploration to attract new foreign investment to... 

Industry, government  must band together
Orion Minerals CEO Errol Smart

How can mining usher in green energy future?

22nd January 2021 EY published its 2020 Renewable Energy Country Attractiveness Index at the end of November. South Africa had slipped one place from 36 to 37, while several other jurisdictions, in which the mining industry is a substantive contributor, have improved rankings.  However, South Africa announced in... 

How can mining usher  in green energy future?
EY Finance Africa Leader Sandra du Toit

Eskom on the road to sustainability

22nd January 2021 Since the middle of 2020, after the hard Covid-19 lockdown, Eskom started implementing intensive reliability maintenance at much of its ageing plants. The programme, aimed at improving operational performance, security and the reliability of electricity supply, has seen up to 15% of Eskom’s... 

Eskom on the road  to sustainability

Energy Efficiency, the buzzword for 2021

22nd January 2021 Energy consumption patterns need to be addressed in earnest, in a bid to ensure that all industries decarbonise towards a greener and sustainable future. With an ever-increasing demand to increase energy supply in a globally carbon-constrained environment, the mining trade needs to improve its... 

Energy Efficiency, the buzzword for 2021

2021, an acceleration of energy sector gains of 2020

22nd January 2021 Although 2020 was a year unlike any other – ushering in both a health and economic crisis – we saw continued momentum for the energy sector’s “just transition” from fossil fuel-generation sources toward renewable energy, as well as greater levels of private sector participation. Highlights were... 

2021, an acceleration of energy sector gains of 2020
Absa Retail & Business Banking new sector development head Justin Schmidt

2021 poised to be significant year of transition for SA’s energy and minerals sectors

By: Terence Creamer     22nd January 2021 This year could prove to be game changing for the long-term prospects and resilience of South Africa’s energy and minerals sectors. The electricity sector, which together with Eskom has sapped confidence and growth from the South African economy for more than a decade, should begin its slow... 

2021 poised to be significant year of transition for SA’s energy and minerals sectors

Chicken waste will help keep the lights on

22nd January 2021 Besides the birds themselves, poultry farms and poultry processing facilities have one thing in common: vast amounts of organic waste material. At RCL FOODS’ chicken farms and plants, literally hundreds of tons of chicken manure and post-processing organic ‘waste’ are produced each day – along... 

Shared understanding necessary for success

22nd January 2021 As South Africa’s mining industry enters 2021, the key role players remain fragmented in terms of ambition and purpose. As a result, many operations are in slow decay and on course for premature closure, with unnecessary and avoidable loss of mineral resources, jobs and opportunities to follow.... 

Shared understanding necessary for success
DRDGOLD CEO Niël Pretorius

Wind to power economic investment

22nd January 2021 The South African Wind Energy Association (SAWEA) estimates that the sector will unlock yearly investment of R40-billion for the next decade, on the assumption that smooth procurement and policy will deliver in line with the country’s 2019 Integrated Resource Plan (IRP).  Further, should the... 

Wind to power  economic investment
SAWEA CEO Ntombifuthi Ntuli

December vaccinations herald economic recovery

22nd January 2021 December 8, 2020 marked the beginning of transition towards global economic recovery when Margaret Keenan, a British citizen, became the first recipient of an authorised Covid-19 vaccine. We don’t know how long the transition from a Covid-scarred to a Covid-free world will take. But the move... 

December vaccinations herald economic recovery
Menar cofounder and MD Vuslat Bayoglu
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