https://www.engineeringnews.co.za
R/€ = 17.44 Change: -0.23
R/$ = 15.04 Change: -0.20
Au 1792.10 $/oz Change: -8.40
Pt 1018.74 $/oz Change: -35.26
 

Photo of the Week

MARS SIMULATION

22nd October 2021 Earlier this month, the Austrian Space Forum set up a simulated Martian base together with the Israel Space Agency at Makhtesh Ramon, a 500-m deep, 40-km wide crater, in Israel’s Negev desert. During a three-week mission, six astronauts from Austria, Germany, the Netherlands, Israel, Portugal and... 

MARS SIMULATION: Earlier this month, the Austrian Space Forum set up a simulated Martian base together with the Israel Space Agency at Makhtesh Ramon, a 500-m deep, 40-km wide crater, in Israel’s Negev desert. During a three-week mission, six astronauts from Austria, Germany, the Netherlands, Israel, Portugal and Spain will remain in complete isolation in a unique structure meant to simulate a space station. The astronauts will undertake a variety of experiments that have been selected for the project, in which more than 200 scientists from 25 countries are involved. Photograph: Amir Cohen for Reuters

STRONG REBOUND

15th October 2021 The World Trade Organisation (WTO) has raised its projections for global trade growth in 2021 and 2022 to 10.8% and 4.7%, respectively, citing the resurgence of economic activity in the first half of the year. In March, the WTO projected that trade would increase by 8% in 2021 and 4% in 2022. The... 

Image of Wrold Trade Organisation

CLIMATE TARGETS

8th October 2021 Bloomberg reports that a coalition of financial firms overseeing a combined $29.3-trillion of assets, is calling on some of the world’s biggest corporate emitters to urgently set science-based emissions reduction targets that are compatible with 1.5° C of global warming. The companies targeted by... 

Image of a wind turbine with a coal mine and power station in the background.

GAS CRISIS

1st October 2021 Gas prices have soared in recent months as economies reopen from Covid-19 lockdowns and high demand for liquefied natural gas in Asia pushed down supplies to Europe. Energy companies in the UK have asked the government for support to help cover the cost of taking on customers from firms that have... 

Pictured here is the Bacton Gas Terminal, in Norfolk, which is said to be suited to emerge as a future hydrogen import hub as the UK simultaneously pursues a low-carbon energy transition.

FINAL ASSEMBLY

24th September 2021 China's first C919 narrow-body jet to be delivered to launch customer China Eastern Airlines is about to enter final assembly, China's aviation regulator said earlier this month, with delivery due before the end of the year. Reuters reports that the C919, being built by State-owned aircraft... 

Image of China’s first C919 narrow-body jet

SAFE & EFFECTIVE

17th September 2021 The evidence continues to mount in favour of the effectiveness of the vaccines being used in South Africa. While most people have received the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine, which was the first to receive the full approval of the US Food and Drug Administration in August, recent news on the efficacy,... 

Photo of a Covid vaccine being administered

NO MASKING THE LOSSES

10th September 2021 Eskom chairperson Professor Malegapuru Makgoba, CEO Andre de Ruyter and CFO Calib Cassim were all masked up in line with Covid-19 health protocols when delivering the electricity utility’s results for the 2020/21 financial year. Despite some improvements, Eskom’s debt mountain was yet again... 

Photo of Eskom chairperson Professor Malegapuru Makgoba, CEO Andre de Ruyter and CFO Calib Cassim

SCARRING EFFECT

3rd September 2021 The National Treasury estimates that the economic damage from the July riots could shave off between 0.7 and 0.9 of a percentage point from this year's growth figure. “We are concerned about the potential scarring effect on employment and sentiment that may outlive the shock and impact potential... 

SCARRING EFFECT

REFORM MANDATE

27th August 2021 On August 16, Zambian President Edgar Lungu conceded defeat after a landslide election win by opposition leader Hakainde Hichilema, 59, pictured here casting his ballot in Lusaka on August 12. The 2021 election was Hichilema’s sixth attempt at the presidency since 2006. Markets reacted favourably... 

Image of Zambian President Edgar Lungu

ONGOING FALLOUT

20th August 2021 As South Africa continues to count the cost of deadly looting that destroyed lives, livelihoods, as well as public and commercial infrastructure, the world paused earlier this month to reflect on the ongoing fallout from the deadly Beirut port blast. The explosion, caused by unsafely stored... 

GREEN TRANSITION

13th August 2021 South Africa’s State-owned utility Eskom has, for some time, been working on a so-called Just Energy Transaction to help the company and the country navigate away from its coal dependence, while still supporting coal miners and communities that are vulnerable to such a transition. The utility has... 

Photo of an Eskom power station

GATEWAY ATTACKED

6th August 2021 A cyberattack rocked operations at container terminals operated by Transnet Port Terminals, causing fresh backlogs that had also developed during recent civil unrest and looting in KwaZulu-Natal and Gauteng. Transnet was forced to declare force majeure at its container terminals in Durban,... 

A photo of the Cape Town port

HIGH PERFORMANCE

30th July 2021 The Kyalami Grand Prix Circuit and International Convention Centre, in Gauteng, has secured an Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) with a commendable B rating, where A represents the highest achievable rating and G the lowest. New regulations, gazetted in December 2020, require nonresidential... 

Aerial photo of the the Kyalami Grand Prix Circuit and International Convention Centre

ROAD TO RUIN

23rd July 2021 Protests that were initially sparked by opposition to the jailing of former President Jacob Zuma, but then morphed into a deadly looting spree by criminals and desperate opportunists alike, once again exposed South Africa’s socioeconomic fault lines. Without question, the restoration of law and... 

Image of burnt-out vehicles
Photo by Reuters
Protests that were initially sparked by opposition to the jailing of former President Jacob Zuma, but then morphed into a deadly looting spree by criminals and desperate opportunists alike, once again exposed South Africa’s socioeconomic fault lines. Without question, the restoration of law and order had to be the first priority, but the country won’t avoid the ‘road to ruin’ on display in this image without a well-supported strategy for reigniting growth and ensuring that the economic benefits are more evenly shared.

POWERING UP

16th July 2021 The eThekwini Municipality, in KwaZulu-Natal, is readying itself for the procurement of 400 MW of electricity, primarily in the form of renewable energy. Various other cities, including Cape Town and Johannesburg, are also planning to contract with independent power producers now that the... 

A photo of the city of Durban
Photo by Bloomberg
POWERING UP: The eThekwini Municipality, in KwaZulu-Natal, is readying itself for the procurement of 400 MW of electricity, primarily in the form of renewable energy. Various other cities, including Cape Town and Johannesburg, are also planning to contract with independent power producers now that the electricity regulations have been amended to allow municipalities “in good financial standing” to develop or procure their own power generation projects. Photograph: Bloomberg

MINTED MILESTONES

9th July 2021 To mark its centenary, celebrated virtually on June 30, the South African Reserve Bank issued a commemorative circulation R5 coin. The coin reflects the historical journey of the currency issued by the SARB over the past 100 years, from the iconic ‘tickey’ to the future ‘Cape honey bee’ 10c coin.... 

MINTED MILESTONES

BIG FINDS

2nd July 2021 TSX-listed Lucara Diamond Corporation announced the recovery, in June, of a 1 174.76-carat diamond from its Karowe diamond mine, in Botswana. The diamond is the third 1 000-plus-carat stone recovered from the South Lobe of the AK6 kimberlite since 2015, the others being the 1 758-carat Sewelô and... 

BIG FINDS

SIGNED & SEALED

25th June 2021 Trade, Industry and Competition Minister Ebrahim Patel’s signature heads the list of steel industry stakeholders who, earlier this month, signed ‘The South African Steel and Metal Fabrication Master Plan 1.0’, which contains an outline of the support that will be provided for the embattled steel... 

SIGNED & SEALED

POWER(HOUSE)

18th June 2021 Johannesburg, which along with the rest of the country is being afflicted by regular power cuts, plans to seek at least R3.8-billion in investment in alternative electricity supply. Bloomberg reports that the country’s economic powerhouse will, in September, issue a request for information for... 

POWER(HOUSE)

UNITED AGAINST COAL

11th June 2021 United Nations secretary-general Antonio Guterres has again called on countries to stop investing in coal, telling participants to a recent International Finance Forum, in Beijing, China, that this “means stopping the financing of coal domestically and abroad and phasing out its use”. Bloomberg... 

UNITED AGAINST COAL

UNIFIED RATE

4th June 2021 Nigeria’s central bank has moved towards a single exchange-rate system, having maintained a multiple rate for several years to avoid an outright devaluation of the naira. Late last month, the Abuja-based bank replaced the fixed 379 naira to the dollar rate for official transactions, which... 

UNIFIED RATE

EXPORT SCALE-UP

28th May 2021 VKB Agriculture loads a Transnet Freight Rail grain wagon at its Bethlehem silo rail siding, in the Free State, at the launch of the 2021 grain export season on May 17. As part of its endeavours to meet export and rail capacity issues, Transnet Freight Rail has put in place strategies to double... 

EXPORT SCALE-UP

DEADLY FLARE-UP

21st May 2021 The most disturbing aspect of the recent deadly clashes between Palestinians and Israelis was not only the hardening of attitudes, but also the absence of any real plan for resolving a conflict that truly threatens global peace and stability. Israel's Iron Dome anti-missile system, pictured here... 

DEADLY FLARE-UP

WAVES & VARIANTS

14th May 2021 The horrific scenes from India’s recent second Covid-19 wave have been held up as a warning to South Africa, where there is ongoing concern about prospects for a third wave. As with South Africa’s second wave, a new variant played a role in accelerating transmission in India. Likewise, across... 

WAVES & VARIANTS

TOTAL WITHDRAWAL

7th May 2021 Late last month, French energy group Total confirmed the withdrawal of all project personnel from the $20-billion liquefied natural gas (LNG) project it is developing with partners in northern Mozambique. In a statement, the company explained the move as follows: “Considering the evolution of the... 

TOTAL WITHDRAWAL

LEGALLY BINDING

30th April 2021 European Union lawmakers reached a deal this month to make the bloc’s ambitious climate goals legally binding, a move which Bloomberg reports will pave the way for a torrent of new rules and standards. The European Climate Law foresees a 55% reduction in net greenhouse gas emissions by 2030,... 

LEGALLY BINDING: European Union lawmakers reached a deal this month to make the bloc’s ambitious climate goals legally binding, a move which Bloomberg reports will pave the way for a torrent of new rules and standards. The European Climate Law foresees a 55% reduction in net greenhouse gas emissions by 2030, compared with 1990 levels, and zero net emissions by 2050. A legislative package to be unveiled in June will reinforce carbon pricing mechanisms, foster energy savings, increase the production of renewable energy, boost sustainable transport and curb imports of products that drive deforestation. Photograph: Bloomberg
Photo by Bloomberg
LEGALLY BINDING: European Union lawmakers reached a deal this month to make the bloc’s ambitious climate goals legally binding, a move which Bloomberg reports will pave the way for a torrent of new rules and standards. The European Climate Law foresees a 55% reduction in net greenhouse gas emissions by 2030, compared with 1990 levels, and zero net emissions by 2050. A legislative package to be unveiled in June will reinforce carbon pricing mechanisms, foster energy savings, increase the production of renewable energy, boost sustainable transport and curb imports of products that drive deforestation. Photograph: Bloomberg

POWER SHIFT

23rd April 2021 The Democratic Republic of Congo’s (DRC’s) new Cabinet, unveiled this month, is said to shift the balance of power in the resource-rich country to President Felix Tshisekedi (pictured) from his predecessor Joseph Kabila, two years after elections. The Cabinet includes the little-known... 

POWER SHIFT

VIALS TO CELEBRATE

16th April 2021 Earlier this month, South Africa officially signed an agreement with Pfizer for 20-million dual-shot vaccine doses, boosting plans to start mass vaccinations. The deal added to the 31-million single-shot doses from Johnson & Johnson, whose vaccine was officially registered for use in the country... 

VIALS TO CELEBRATE: Earlier this month, South Africa officially signed an agreement with Pfizer for 20-million dual-shot vaccine doses, boosting plans to start mass vaccinations. The deal added to the 31-million single-shot doses from Johnson & Johnson, whose vaccine was officially registered for use in the country on April 1. The country has also been allocated 12-million shots under the World Health Organization's Covax scheme and is likely to get doses for 10-million people from the African Union's acquisition initiative. Reuters reports that, after the Pfizer deal, government has enough doses to vaccinate roughly 41-million people out of its total population of 60-million. Photograph: Reuters
Photo by Reuters
VIALS TO CELEBRATE: Earlier this month, South Africa officially signed an agreement with Pfizer for 20-million dual-shot vaccine doses, boosting plans to start mass vaccinations. The deal added to the 31-million single-shot doses from Johnson & Johnson, whose vaccine was officially registered for use in the country on April 1. The country has also been allocated 12-million shots under the World Health Organization's Covax scheme and is likely to get doses for 10-million people from the African Union's acquisition initiative. Reuters reports that, after the Pfizer deal, government has enough doses to vaccinate roughly 41-million people out of its total population of 60-million. Photograph: Reuters

HEAVENLY MAINTENANCE

9th April 2021 Rio de Janeiro's iconic ‘Christ the Redeemer’ statue, atop the Corcovado Mountain in the Brazilian city, is being restored ahead of its 90th anniversary in October. Constructed between 1922 and 1931, the statue is 30-m high, excluding its 8-m pedestal, while its arms stretch 28-m wide. Architect... 

HEAVENLY MAINTENANCE

WING & PRAYER

2nd April 2021 Kenya Airways expects its passenger business to recover from the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic in 2024. The carrier, whose joint venture with Air France KLM is set to expire this September, will boost its cargo business to help blunt the impact of the drop in demand for travel by passengers,... 

WING & PRAYER

GOLDEN BOOT

26th March 2021 South African billionaire Patrice Motsepe, who initially rose to prominence in South Africa’s gold mining industry, is now aiming for a golden boot in football governance. Motsepe was elected unopposed, on March 12, as the new Confederation of African Football (CAF) president. He replaced Ahmad... 

GOLDEN BOOT

VARIANT OPTIMISM

19th March 2021 A study published this month shows that the Covid-19 vaccine from Pfizer and BioNTech showed a high ability to neutralise coronavirus variants first detected in Brazil, the UK and South Africa. Bloomberg reports that, in laboratory experiments, the shot demonstrated “roughly equivalent” levels of... 

VARIANT OPTIMISM

AFRICAN LEADERSHIP

12th March 2021 Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, the World Trade Organisation's (WTO’s) first female and first African director-general, started work on March 1. After a long campaign, derailed in the latter stages by a President Donald Trump-administration veto, the 66-year-old Nigerian was confirmed in February. Reuters... 

AFRICAN LEADERSHIP: Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, the World Trade Organisation's (WTO’s) first female and first African director-general, started work on March 1. After a long campaign, derailed in the latter stages by a President Donald Trump-administration veto, the 66-year-old Nigerian was confirmed in February. Reuters reports that Okonjo-Iweala, seen here donning a mask, participated in a meeting of the General Council on her first day. At the meeting, delegates from the WTO’s 164 member states joined virtually and agreed to hold the next major Ministerial conference, originally due to be held in Kazakhstan in 2020, in Geneva, Switzerland, on November 29. Photograph: Reuters
AFRICAN LEADERSHIP: Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, the World Trade Organisation's (WTO’s) first female and first African director-general, started work on March 1. After a long campaign, derailed in the latter stages by a President Donald Trump-administration veto, the 66-year-old Nigerian was confirmed in February. Reuters reports that Okonjo-Iweala, seen here donning a mask, participated in a meeting of the General Council on her first day. At the meeting, delegates from the WTO’s 164 member states joined virtually and agreed to hold the next major Ministerial conference, originally due to be held in Kazakhstan in 2020, in Geneva, Switzerland, on November 29. Photograph: Reuters

BIG PICTURE

5th March 2021 Finance Minister Tito Mboweni delivered his 2021 Budget address last week against the backdrop of a sharp economic contraction as a result of the lockdown actions taken since the advent of the Covid-19 pandemic in South Africa. The slump has triggered record levels of unemployment, as well as a... 

BIG PICTURE

WHITE-OUT BLAME GAME

26th February 2021 The finger pointing and accusations that arose in the wake of the winter-storm induced power cuts in Texas this month were even louder and angrier than those that accompany South Africa’s regular bouts of load-shedding. Some blamed a lack of maintenance, some argued it was the fault of frozen... 

WHITE-OUT BLAME GAME

VEXING VARIANTS

19th February 2021 Disappointing news about the effectiveness of some vaccines against the 501.V2 Covid variant now dominant in South Africa should not mask the remarkable progress being made on the vaccine front. The fact that there are already vaccines approved is an incredible feat in itself. There is also a... 

VEXING VARIANTS

SHOT IN THE ARM

12th February 2021 The announcement by Ford this month that it will invest R15.8-billion in its South African operations to produce the new-generation Ranger pick-up represents a much-needed shot in the arm for the investment-starved economy, which has been battered by Covid-19 and the associated lockdowns. As part... 

SHOT IN THE ARM: The announcement by Ford this month that it will invest R15.8-billion in its South African operations to produce the new-generation Ranger pick-up represents a much-needed shot in the arm for the investment-starved economy, which has been battered by Covid-19 and the associated lockdowns. As part of the investment, Ford will build a chassis line at the Tshwane Automotive Special Economic Zone (TASEZ), the development of which is pictured here. TASEZ is located adjacent to Ford’s Silverton assembly plant and is being punted as Africa’s first ‘automotive city’. Besides Ford, Nissan and BMW also assemble vehicles in Tshwane.
SHOT IN THE ARM: The announcement by Ford this month that it will invest R15.8-billion in its South African operations to produce the new-generation Ranger pick-up represents a much-needed shot in the arm for the investment-starved economy, which has been battered by Covid-19 and the associated lockdowns. As part of the investment, Ford will build a chassis line at the Tshwane Automotive Special Economic Zone (TASEZ), the development of which is pictured here. TASEZ is located adjacent to Ford’s Silverton assembly plant and is being punted as Africa’s first ‘automotive city’. Besides Ford, Nissan and BMW also assemble vehicles in Tshwane.

DOSE OF REALITY

5th February 2021 South Africa’s sluggish approach to the procurement of the Covid-19 vaccine is deplorable, but is also only part of the problem. The beggar-thy-neighbour scramble adopted by rich countries serves as a bitter dose of reality about the importance (or lack thereof) the international community... 

DOSE OF REALITY
1
2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9

Editorial Insight

more

News This Week

more

Cartoon

more

Business Leader

more

Topics In These Articles

RSS Feed

About

Engineering News is a product of Creamer Media.
www.creamermedia.co.za

Other Creamer Media Products include:
Mining Weekly
Research Channel Africa
Polity

Read more

Subscriptions

We offer a variety of subscriptions to our Magazine, Website, PDF Reports and our photo library.

Subscriptions are available via the Creamer Media Store.

View store

Advertise

Advertising on Engineering News is an effective way to build and consolidate a company's profile among clients and prospective clients. Email advertising@creamermedia.co.za

View options
Free daily email newsletter Register Now
Register Close