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On-The-Air (18/06/2021) 

By: Martin Creamer     18th June 2021 Sasol’s revelation at this week’s ‘SA Tomorrow’ conference has boosted the outlook for hydrogen; South Africa’s manganese was this week given huge recognition by the US; and 300-plus mines have been assessed in a sweeping move to save lives and protect the environment. 

On-The-Air (18/06/2021)
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Reviving South Africa's steel sector  

18th June 2021 Creamer Media's Chanel de Bruyn speaks to Engineering News Editor Terence Creamer about the newly signed Steel Masterplan and whether it is enough to reignite the revival of South Africa's steel sector. 

Reviving South Africa's steel sector
Reviving South Africa's steel sector

Magazine round up | 18 June 2021 

18th June 2021 A video round up of this week’s magazine, highlighting our cover story, features and Business Leader.  

Magazine round up | 18 June 2021
Magazine round up | 18 June 2021

Infrastructure and import substitution at heart of new master plan’s vision for steel revival  

By: Terence Creamer     11th June 2021 A new master plan aimed at stabilising South Africa’s steel industry and creating a platform for the revival of the country’s embattled downstream steel fabricators was signed by representatives from business, labour and government on Friday. The ceremony, which took place amid the constant hum... 

Infrastructure and import substitution at heart of new master plan’s vision for steel revival
Trade, Industry and Competition Minister Ebrahim Patel outlines the main pillars of the Steel Industry Master Plan at a signing ceremony held at Hall Longmore’s factory in Wadeville, in Gauteng. Camera Work: Kutlwano Matala. Editing: Nicholas Boyd.

On-The-Air (11/06/2021) 

By: Martin Creamer     11th June 2021 South Africa should allow the African continent’s highly skilled geologists to help us to explore. There is a big opportunity to create new jobs by mining our coal reserves in a new environmentally correct manner. Mining companies doing the best for the environment and the people are... 

On-The-Air (11/06/2021)
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Questions persist about how best to fund poverty alleviation efforts  

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     11th June 2021 South Africa is grappling with unsustainable levels of poverty and inequality and it has not appropriately funded poverty alleviation programmes in the past. Therefore, the question remains how to fund the necessary interventions. This was indicated by some speakers during a webinar hosted by the... 

Questions persist about how best to fund poverty alleviation efforts
Absa Capital macro strategist Mamokete Lijane outlines her perspective of some of the options and challenges in funding poverty alleviation efforts.

Magazine round up | 11 June 2021 

11th June 2021 A video round up of this week’s magazine, highlighting our cover story, features and Business Leader.  

Magazine round up | 11 June 2021
Magazine round up | 11 June 2021

Projects, tariffs could boost sector demand 

By: Halima Frost     11th June 2021 Although the local cement and concrete sector is experiencing its lowest production and supply levels in years, industry body Cement and Concrete South Africa (CCSA) CEO Bryan Perrie says earmarked infrastructure projects and import tariffs, if implemented, will be instrumental in boosting the... 

Projects, tariffs could  boost sector demand
Cement & Concrete South Africa CEO Bryan Perrie discusses the current state if the industry, as well as the formation of the CCSA.

SA's green hydrogen potential  

10th June 2021 Creamer Media's Chanel de Bruyn speaks to Engineering News Editor Terence Creamer about the Presidency's backing for the development of a green hydrogen strategy for South Africa, why South Africa is seen as a good location to produce green hydrogen and the funding support for green hydrogen... 

SA's green hydrogen potential
SA's green hydrogen potential

On-The-Air (04/06/2021) 

By: Martin Creamer     4th June 2021 South Africa is under consideration for the local manufacture of new high-demand battery materials; Tenders are due to be invited next week for a modern new system to boost South African mining exploration; and South Africa’s Council for Geoscience this week went live with new data to attract... 

On-The-Air (04/06/2021)
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Steel pricing, duties causing discontent  

4th June 2021 Creamer Media's Chanel de Bruyn speaks to Engineering News Editor Terence Creamer about the difficulties that continue to affect the domestic steel market, unhappiness about safeguard duties and the way ArcelorMittal South Africa prices its steel and how the steel master plan process may help to... 

Steel pricing, duties causing discontent
Steel pricing, duties causing discontent

Magazine round up | 04 June 2021 

4th June 2021 A video round up of this week’s magazine, highlighting our cover story, features and Business Leader.  

Magazine round up | 04 June 2021
Magazine round up | 04 June 2021

Agriculture remains a star performer in the economy, but still needs govt support  

By: Marleny Arnoldi     3rd June 2021 Agriculture’s contribution to gross domestic product (GDP) and employment is often underrated in South Africa, which particularly came to the fore at the height of the Covid-19 pandemic last year, says Bureau for Food and Agricultural Policy (BFAP). During a Nedbank-hosted webinar on the... 

Agriculture remains a star performer in the economy, but still needs govt support
BFAP commodity markets manager Dr Tracy Davids discusses agri's performance in 2020

STI Norland South Africa optimistic about solar market developments  

By: Marleny Arnoldi     3rd June 2021 Solar tracker manufacturer STI Norland South Africa is optimistic about the solar market in South Africa, particularly as Bid Window 5 of the renewables programme was launched earlier this year and a 10 MW licence-exemption threshold for small-scale embedded generation has been proposed by... 

STI Norland South Africa optimistic about solar market developments
STI Norland South Africa CEO Duncan Palmer shares insight about the company and the solar market

Liquid reaches 100k fibre milestone 

By: Natasha Odendaal     2nd June 2021 Digital solutions provider Liquid Intelligent Technologies (LIT) has deployed 100 000 km of fibre infrastructure across most of Africa in a milestone that makes it the largest independent fibre network provider in emerging markets globally. Over the past two decades, the company which evolved... 

Liquid reaches 100k fibre milestone
Liquid Intelligent Technologies CEO Nic Rudnick discusses the company's 100 000 km fibre network milestone

Menar launches first manganese mining operation as part of diversification 

2nd June 2021 Mining investment firm Menar has officially launched its first-to-portfolio manganese mine, called East Manganese, based in Hotazel in the Northern Cape, which is expected to produce its first ore in July. Marleny Arnoldi visited the mine. 

Menar launches first manganese mining operation as part of diversification
Menar launches first manganese mining operation as part of diversification

Unemployment ticks up to 32.6% in first quarter   

By: Marleny Arnoldi     1st June 2021 The unemployment rate in South Africa has increased to 32.6% in the first quarter of the year, Statistics South Africa reports.  This compares with the unemployment rate of 32.5% in the December quarter. The results of the Quarterly Labour Force Survey for the first quarter show that the number... 

Unemployment ticks up to 32.6% in first quarter
Statistics South Africa statistician-general Risenga Maluleke discusses the first quarter unemployment rate

Composer Hans Zimmer partners with BMW M to produce ‘sound portfolio’ for EVs  

By: Irma Venter     31st May 2021 The throaty roar of an eager engine is often one of the main selling points for those who love performance cars, such as the BMW M range. However, this becomes problematic in zero-emission battery electric vehicles that produce no engine noise. BMW is tackling this problem through a collaborative... 

Composer Hans Zimmer partners with BMW M to produce ‘sound portfolio’ for EVs
Renzo Vitale and Hans Zimmer discuss how they created driving sounds for the electric BMW M range

On-The-Air (28/05/2021) 

By: Martin Creamer     28th May 2021 It’s that time again on a Friday when Update At Noon presents another Update From The Coal-Face with Martin Creamer, publishing editor of Engineering News & Mining Weekly. Sakina Kamwendo: South Africa’s Northern Cape is becoming our country’s next big mining frontier. 

On-The-Air (28/05/2021)
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Nampak records solid interim results  

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     28th May 2021 Packaging company Nampak recorded “very pleasing” results for the six months ended March 31, despite the ongoing restrictions on trading caused by the Covid-19 pandemic, CEO Erik Smuts said at a presentation of the company’s interim results on May 28. Overall group profitability improved, driven... 

Nampak records solid interim results
Nampak CEO Erik Smuts outlines the group’s performance for the six months ended March 31; and its outlook.

Nemwa amendments aimed at increasing recovery of products to be recycled  

By: Simone Liedtke     28th May 2021 Waste management and plastic recycling are a significant challenges in South Africa and recent amendments to Section 18 of the National Environmental Management and Waste Act (Nemwa) regulations call for producer responsibility organisations (PROs) to cooperate with municipalities to increase the... 

Nemwa amendments aimed at increasing recovery of products to be recycled
Plastics SA executive director Anton Hanekom gives more insight into recent amendments to Section 18 of the National Environmental Management and Waste Act (Nemwa). Video: Recorded on Zoom. Editing: Creamer Media's Nicholas Boyd.

Eskom's debt  

28th May 2021   Creamer Media's Chanel de Bruyn speaks to Engineering News Editor Terence Creamer about the R83-billion reduction in debt achieved by State-owned power utility Eskom, whether it is enough to place the utility on a sustainable debt footing and when a solution to Eskom's high debt burden could be... 

Eskom's debt
Eskom's debt (Camera & editing: Nicholas Boyd)

Magazine round up | 28 May 2021 

28th May 2021 A video round up of this week’s magazine, highlighting our cover story, features and Business Leader.  

Magazine round up | 28 May 2021
Magazine round up | 28 May 2021

Digital toolbox supporting pan-African vaccination roll-outs 

By: Natasha Odendaal     28th May 2021 The deployment of a mobile technology platform to manage Covid-19 vaccination appointments and stock availability will help create an enabling path for African countries in the fight against the devastating global contagion. Telecommunications giant Vodacom Group and the African Union Development... 

Digital toolbox supporting pan-African vaccination roll-outs
AUDA-Nepad chief of staff Jennifer Chiriga, speaking on behalf of AUDA-Nepad CEO Dr Ibrahim Mayaki, and Vodacom Group CEO Shameel Joosub discuss the mVacciNation initiative to help manage Covid-19 vaccination appointments and stock availability.

SA must build on steps to develop hydrogen economy  

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     27th May 2021 South Africa has made some notable progress in developing its hydrogen economy, but it needs to do more to build on this to capitalise on opportunities, especially given its ideal climatic conditions to generate renewable energy and a local industry that is primed to make a switch to green... 

SA must build on steps to develop hydrogen economy
Pinsent Masons Partner George Varma explains why traditional procurement approaches are not ideal for hydrogen projects; and explores alternative options.

Transnet doubles Bethlehem grain rail haulage capacity, launches 2021 grain export season 

27th May 2021 State-owned logistics company Transnet Freight Rail has increased its planned haulage of grain through the Bethlehem silo facility of VKB Agriculture by 133%, with 550 000 t of grains planned to be moved to South Africa’s ports for export. Creamer Media contributing editor Donna Slater tells us... 

Transnet doubles Bethlehem grain rail haulage capacity, launches 2021 grain export season
Transnet doubles Bethlehem grain rail haulage capacity, launches 2021 grain export season

Arrowhead withholds interim dividend, reports stabilised collections 

By: Marleny Arnoldi     26th May 2021 JSE-listed Arrowhead Properties has posted a 24% year-on-year decrease in distributable earnings per B share to 23.19c apiece in the six months ended March 31, and decided against declaring an interim dividend to preserve cash. This compares to distributable earnings per B share of 30.65c... 

Arrowhead withholds interim dividend, reports stabilised collections
Arrowhead's executive team unpacks the company's interim performance

City of Joburg tries to strike balance between revenue, relief in new budget 

By: Marleny Arnoldi     25th May 2021 In its R73.3-billion budget statement for the 2021/22 financial year, the City of Joburg (CoJ) has attempted to strike a balance between the needs of residents and the institution’s ability to provide services, considering continued Covid-19 impacts. The budget comprises of R65.1-billion in... 

City of Joburg tries to strike balance between revenue, relief in new budget
Finance MMC Jolidee Matongo presents the City of Joburg budget for 2021/22 and the medium-term

DPWI, SIU launch Infrastructure Built Anti-Corruption Forum  

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     24th May 2021 Public Works and Infrastructure Minister Patricia De Lille and Special Investigating Unit (SIU) head Advocate Andy Mothibi on May 24 launched the new Infrastructure Built Anti-Corruption Forum (IBACF). They were also joined by Public Prosecutions Deputy National Director Advocate Rodney De Kock... 

DPWI, SIU launch Infrastructure Built Anti-Corruption Forum
Minister of Public Works and Infrastructure Patricia de Lille outlines the forum, its members, and its importance.

On-The-Air (21/05/2021) 

By: Martin Creamer     21st May 2021 A new manganese mine was opened in the Northern Cape this week as demand for the metal hots up; A call has been made for jobless geologist graduates to be hired to capture much-needed exploration data; and yet another coal mining company intends entering the business of renewable sun and wind... 

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Patel sets target to localise R200bn of additional production  

21st May 2021   Creamer Media's Chanel de Bruyn speaks to Engineering News Editor Terence Creamer about the target set by Trade, Industry and Competition Minister Ebrahim Patel to localise R200-billion of additional production over a five-year period to displace non-oil imports; how business is responding in... 

Patel sets target to localise R200bn of additional production
Patel sets target to localise R200bn of additional production

Magazine round up | 21 May 2021 

21st May 2021 A video round up of this week’s magazine, highlighting our cover story, features and Business Leader. 

Magazine round up | 21 May 2021
Magazine round up | 21 May 2021

Safety critical to ensuring ‘solid business case’ for projects 

By: Simone Liedtke     21st May 2021 Safety excellence is not separate from construction or operational excellence – a safe site avoids the cost of incidents and improves personnel’s motivation and the company’s relationships with clients, thereby forming a “solid business case” for a project, says South Africa-based contractor... 

Safety critical to ensuring  ‘solid business case’ for projects
Concor’s Craig Lawrence talks about the company’s health and safety approach and protocols

Ndabeni-Abrahams says partnerships needed to achieve national digital transformation 

By: Schalk Burger     20th May 2021 Communications and Digital Technologies Minister Stella Ndabeni-Abrahams on May 20 said partnerships between government, the private sector and communities were necessary and that government acting in isolation would not succeed in providing universal information and communications technology... 

Ndabeni-Abrahams says partnerships needed to achieve national digital transformation
Communications and Digital Technologies Minister Stella Ndabeni-Abrahams talks about universal ICT access and digital transformation in government and South Africa. Camera work: Kultwano Matlala. Editing: Nicholas Boyd.

Lebone Litho Printers invests in tech, people  

19th May 2021 Print solutions company Lebone Litho Printers’ infrastructure and technological investments, as well as its skills development and small, medium-sized and microenterprise focus, are engendering benefits for the company. Tasneem Bulbulia tells us more. 

Lebone Litho Printers invests in tech, people
Lebone Litho Printers invests in tech, people

On-The-Air (14/05/2021) 

By: Martin Creamer     14th May 2021 The fact that New York City is to use platinum to help it decarbonise its buildings is great news; the iron-ore price is soaring to unprecedented heights and South Africa stands to benefit; and gold mining companies are going all out to be greener and cleaner. 

On-The-Air (14/05/2021)
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Magazine round up | 14 May 2021 

14th May 2021 A video round up of this week’s magazine, highlighting our cover story, features and Business Leader. 

Magazine round up | 14 May 2021
Magazine round up | 14 May 2021

Nersa to assess new NPA between Eskom, Hillside smelter  

13th May 2021 Creamer Media's Chanel de Bruyn speaks to Engineering News Editor Terence Creamer about a new Negotiated Pricing Agreement (NPA) between Eskom and the Hillside aluminium smelter, what the process will be for Nersa to adjudicate the NPA and if there are likely to be more such NPAs with other... 

Nersa to assess new NPA between Eskom, Hillside smelter
Nersa to assess new NPA between Eskom, Hillside smelter
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