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Telkom redirects dividend payouts to spectrum, capital investment programme 

By: Natasha Odendaal     22nd June 2020 JSE-listed Telkom has suspended its dividend payouts for the next three years from the 2021 financial year to redirect the capital to acquire much-needed spectrum and complete its capital expenditure (capex) programme to ensure future sustainability. The group, which announced its intention of... 

Telkom redirects dividend payouts to spectrum, capital investment programme
Telkom Group CEO Sipho Maseko and Group CFO Tsholofelo Molefe discuss the group’s financial results for the year ended March 31, 2020.

On-The-Air (19/06/2020) 

By: Martin Creamer     19th June 2020 South Africa’s development finance system is facing a major strategic challenge and could cave-in if it is not improved. A panel of experts is needed to oversee the future of the struggling government-owned diamond mining company Alexkor. More border openings are needed to allow foreign... 

On-The-Air (19/06/2020)
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The IEA's Sustainable Recovery Plan 

19th June 2020 Creamer Media's Chanel de Bruyn speaks to Creamer Media Editor Terence Creamer about the International Energy Agency's newly released Sustainable Recovery Plan, the agency's proposal that massive new renewables deployments are needed over the next three years and what South African policymakers... 

The IEA's Sustainable Recovery Plan
The IEA's Sustainable Recovery Plan

Midvaal municipality pursues pioneering electricity distribution PPP model  

By: Terence Creamer     18th June 2020 The Midvaal municipality, in southern Gauteng, has issued a pioneering tender through which it is seeking to enter into a long-term concession agreement with a private entity to manage, operate and finance its electricity distribution service and to invest in new technologies. The municipality... 

Midvaal municipality pursues pioneering electricity distribution PPP model
DBSA specialist adviser Elliott Monama on the proposed Midvaal Electricity Distribution Services PPP. Camera Work & Editing: Kutlwano Matala and Nicholas Boyd. Recorded: 18 June 2020.

Bidcorp says sales starting to recover 

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     15th June 2020 JSE-listed Bid Corporation's (Bidcorp's) group sales for the week ended April 5 reached a low of 37% versus the corresponding week year-on-year, but has recovered to 65% of the sales of the corresponding week in 2019 for the week ended May 31. The company on June 15 provided an update on the... 

Bidcorp says sales starting to recover
Bidcorp CE Bernard Berson provides an update on the trading environment across its operations for the fourth quarter of 2020, with particular emphasis on the impacts of the Covid-19 crisis

Danakali bullish about sulphate of potash demand growth beyond Covid-19 

By: Marleny Arnoldi     15th June 2020 ASX- and LSE-listed Danakali is cautiously optimistic about the food markets globally, despite uncertainty owing to Covid-19, and thanks to the sector’s resilience to the crisis. CEO Niels Wage tells Mining Weekly that global food production prospects are positive, stocks are high,... 

Danakali bullish about sulphate of potash demand growth beyond Covid-19
Danakali CEO Niels Wage discusses sulphate of potash market prospects and the Colluli project

On-The-Air (12/06/2020) 

By: Martin Creamer     12th June 2020 South African platinum has helped South Korean car maker Hyundai to launch the world’s cleanest car. More than 240 000 South African mineworkers are now back at work and punching above their weight. Harmony Gold will be raising R3-billion on the stock exchange to take over the world’s deepest mine. 

On-The-Air (12/06/2020)
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Call centre combating Covid-19 effects 

By: Halima Frost     12th June 2020 Business process outsourcing solutions provider Merchants South Africa (SA) has identified a formal framework to help combat the effects of the Covid-19 pandemic on its call centre environments, for staff and clients. “The framework is a multifaceted approach to ensure that we comply with... 

Call centre combating Covid-19 effects
Merchants MD Zain Patel discusses the steps taken by the company to combat the spread of Covid-19 in the call centre environment.

What the fall in renewables costs means for energy systems and South Africa 

11th June 2020 Creamer Media's Chanel de Bruyn speaks to Engineering News Editor Terence Creamer about the fall in the costs of new wind and solar energy projects and what this means for electricity and energy systems, as well as what this is likely to mean for South Africa. 

What the fall in renewables costs means for energy systems and South Africa
What the fall in renewables costs means for energy systems and South Africa

South Africa must rapidly implement measures to attract FDI − Leon 

By: Simone Liedtke     10th June 2020 The South African economy finds itself on the edge of a fiscal cliff, especially as the Covid-19 pandemic has caused a “massive and rapid shock”, says law firm Herbert Smith Freehills partner and Africa co-chair Peter Leon. While the effects of the pandemic were initially localised to Asia,... 

South Africa must rapidly implement measures to attract FDI − Leon
Herbert Smith Freehills partner and Africa co-chair Peter Leon discusses the fiscal cliff edge that the South African economy finds itself on, and highlights some potential measures that can attract FDI into the country. Video: Creamer Media's Kutlwano Matlala. Editing: Creamer Media's Nicholas Boyd.

On-The-Air (05/06/2020) 

By: Martin Creamer     5th June 2020 Small diamond miners have formed an organisation to boost jobs in South Africa’s top diamond fields; South Africans are going all out to save a struggling black-women-owned manganese mine in the Northern Cape; South Africa is lagging other African countries in the awarding of mining rights and... 

On-The-Air (05/06/2020)
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Green energy's role in the post-Covid-19 global economic recovery 

By: Creamer Media Reporter      5th June 2020 Creamer Media's Chanel de Bruyn speaks to Creamer Media Editor Terence Creamer about governments and international organisations' calls to integrate clean energy into their post-Covid-19 economic recovery plans. 

Green energy's role in the post-Covid-19 global economic recovery
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Company welcomes relaxed lockdown regulations 

By: Simone Liedtke     5th June 2020 Construction materials company AfriSam has welcomed the first steps in relaxing South Africa’s national Covid-19 lockdown, and looks forward to Level 3, which was earmarked to start at the beginning of this month. The relaxed regulations now allow for critical supplies of cement and construction... 

Company welcomes relaxed  lockdown regulations
AfriSam’s Richard Tomes discusses South Africa’s lockdown regulations and the measures AfriSam has taken in response

WEF, Prince of Wales launch Great Reset initiative to drive global change  

By: Simone Liedtke     4th June 2020 With the Covid-19 pandemic having exposed various existing societal fault lines and laid bare a fundamental lack of social cohesion, fairness, inclusion and equality, the World Economic Forum (WEF) on June 3 announced the launch of its Great Reset initiative. Drawing from the vision and vast... 

Covid-19 pall hangs over Nampak’s recovery prospects  

By: Terence Creamer     29th May 2020 Packaging group Nampak announced on Friday that impairments of R3-billion, which related to its Nigerian and Angolan operations, had contributed materially to a slump in its interim results for the period to March 31. The outlook for the business was also uncertain, with the Covid-19 pandemic... 

Covid-19 pall hangs over Nampak’s recovery prospects
Nampak CEO Erik Smuts in conversation with Engineering News editor Terence Creamer on the group's interim results and its future strategy and prospects. Editing: Nicholas Boyd

On-The-Air (29/05/2020) 

By: Martin Creamer     29th May 2020 The big conversation has begun on how to get the economy back on track post Covid-19; A strong call went out this week for South Africa to appoint an independent minerals industry regulator; and Pressure is mounting on South Africa’s biggest air polluters to curb their emissions. 

On-The-Air (29/05/2020)
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Emergency electricity generation capacity procurement  

28th May 2020 Creamer Media's Chanel de Bruyn speaks to Engineering News Editor Terence Creamer about the Department of Mineral Resources and Energy's announcement that it is preparing bid documentation for the emergency procurement of 2 000 MW of electricity generation capacity and other options for closing... 

Emergency electricity generation capacity procurement
Emergency electricity generation capacity procurement

Supplier launches 450 new products 

By: Mamaili Mamaila     27th May 2020 Electrical switchgear supplier ElectroMechanica (EM) launched the latest edition of its product catalogue this year. A new catalogue is launched on average every two years. 

Supplier launches  450 new products
ElectroMechanica director Richard Nobbs tells Engineering News about the company’s 2020 catalogue. Camerawork: Creamer Media’s Darlene Creamer. Editing: Creamer Media’s Nicholas Boyd. Recorded: 27.02.2020

Datatec posts strong results as Westcon turns around fortunes 

By: Natasha Odendaal     27th May 2020 JSE-listed Datatec on Wednesday May 27 posted strong results for the year ended February 29, as Westcon International returns to profitability and Logicalis Latin America produces an “exceptional performance”. The information and communications technology (ICT) group reported earnings before... 

Datatec posts strong results as Westcon turns around fortunes
Datatec CEO Jens Montana and CFO Ivan Dittrich discuss the company's results for the year ended February

AfCFTA to be continent’s main post-pandemic ‘stimulus’ lever  

By: Terence Creamer     25th May 2020 The African Continental Free Trade Agreement (AfCFTA) represents the only realistic stimulus option available to resource-constrained African governments for reigniting growth in response to the Covid-19 pandemic, AfCFTA secretary-general Wamkele Mene avers. The global response to the virus had... 

AfCFTA to be continent’s main post-pandemic ‘stimulus’ lever
AfCFTA secretary-general Wamkele Mene on the impact of Covid-19 on the trade agreement and its role in reigniting growth across the continent. Camera Work: Kutlwano Matala. Editing: Nicholas Boyd.

On-The-Air (22/05/2020) 

By: Martin Creamer     22nd May 2020 South Africa’s first-ever platinum coins – the Elephant bullion coins – have sold like hot cakes around the world; Twenty mineworkers who tested Covid positive this week have been prevented from going underground; and Strict Covid guidelines for South Africa’s mines have been reinforced in a... 

On-The-Air (22/05/2020)
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Eskom provides update on power system, maintenance and financial balancing act 

22nd May 2020 Creamer Media's Chanel de Bruyn speaks to Engineering News Editor Terence Creamer about the outlook for the power system as the country heads into the high-demand winter months, its maintenance plans, its restructuring and financial balancing acts and how it is being affected by Covid-19. 

Eskom provides update on power system, maintenance and financial balancing act
Eskom provides update on power system, maintenance and financial balancing act

Eskom committed to ‘aggressive’ end-2021 unbundling timeline  

By: Terence Creamer     21st May 2020 Eskom CEO Andre de Ruyter describes as “aggressive” the end-of-2021 deadline for completing the unbundling of the vertically integrated power utility but insisted on Thursday that he was fully committed to adhering to the timeline contained in government’s restructuring roadmap. During a virtual... 

Eskom committed to ‘aggressive’ end-2021 unbundling timeline
Eskom CEO Andre de Ruyter on how Eskom plan to recover from its current downward trajectory. Camera Work: Kutlwano Matlala. Editing: Nicholas Boyd

As Eskom rolls out boiler fixes to more Medupi units, it confirms FGD talks with World Bank 

By: Terence Creamer     21st May 2020 Electricity utility Eskom is rolling-out design modifications made recently to Medupi Unit 3 to Medupi Unit 6, rather than waiting for the results of an evaluation of the fixes, which is proceeding in parallel. The unit was shut for 75 days on January 26 to address defects that emerged, mostly in... 

As Eskom rolls out boiler fixes to more Medupi units, it confirms FGD talks with World Bank
COO Jan Oberholzer on the rolling-out of design modifications at Medupi. Camera Work: Kutlwano Matlala. Editing: Nicholas Boyd

AECI provides water infrastructure for Hammanskraal communities 

21st May 2020 From Creamer Media in Johannesburg, this is the Real Economy Report. AECI has established a ‘filling station’ for the City of Tshwane to supply 40 000 ℓ of safe drinking water to the water-stressed Hammanskraal community amid the Covid-19 pandemic. 

AECI provides water infrastructure for Hammanskraal communities
AECI provides water infrastructure for Hammanskraal communities

On-The-Air (15/05/2020) 

By: Martin Creamer     15th May 2020 Power stations the world over are switching from coal to hydrogen to combat climate change; Twenty seven of the world’s top mining companies have signed a pledge to combat climate change; and The 100-year-old Anglo American is moving out of its historic corporate office in downturn Johannesburg... 

On-The-Air (15/05/2020)
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Entrepreneurs urged to document business development from early stage to attract investors 

By: Donna Slater     14th May 2020 Entrepreneurs that have started a business or are looking to start a business, especially in the green economy, should start, as soon as possible, with documenting their business development process to ensure they have that information available for when they start looking for investors, YWaste... 

Entrepreneurs urged to document business development from early stage to attract investors
YWaste Solutions MD Emile Fourie discusses how entrepreneurs can navigate starting businesses in the green economy.

South Africa's nuclear energy plans 

14th May 2020 Creamer Media's Chanel de Bruyn speaks to Engineering News Editor Terence Creamer about the Departmentof  Mineral Resources and Energy's short to medium-term plans. 

South Africa's nuclear energy plans
South Africa's nuclear energy plans

Altron delivers positive FY20 results 

By: Natasha Odendaal     14th May 2020 JSE-listed Allied Electronics (Altron) posted a 14% increase in earnings before interest tax and depreciation (Ebitda) to R1.84-billion during the year ended February 29. The adoption of the International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS) 16 accounting standard positively contributed... 

Altron delivers positive FY20 results
Altron CEO Mteto Nyati discusses the company’s financial performance during the year ended February

Localisation, digitalisation key to cost-effective maintenance in trying times  

By: Marleny Arnoldi     12th May 2020 Covid-19 has resulted in less funding for the power generation sector, owing to lower revenue from electricity sales amid business restrictions. At the same time, the sector still has to invest in the necessary equipment maintenance to ensure reliable power supply.  

Localisation, digitalisation key to cost-effective maintenance in trying times
An energy export panel discusses maintenance trends in a Covid-19 world

Resilient communications have never been more important, says Ericsson 

By: Natasha Odendaal     12th May 2020 Changing patterns in telecommunications traffic owing to the various levels of Covid-19 lockdowns worldwide are shifting the goalposts for predictions in a post Covid-19 world. With increasing surges in connectivity demand, information and communication technology (ICT) firm Ericsson president... 

Resilient communications have never been more important, says Ericsson
Ericsson’s Börje Ekholm, Patrik Cerwall and Jasmeet Singh Sethi discuss the information and communication technology trends that have been seen over the past few months. Editing: Darlene Creamer

Vodacom reports stronger H2, international operations shine in FY20 

By: Natasha Odendaal     11th May 2020 JSE-listed Vodacom has ended the year to March 31 with strong customer growth, increased revenue and earnings and increased traffic on its network. Vodacom’s group revenue increased 4.8% to R90.7-billion, with group service revenue up 5% to R73.3-billion during the financial year under review. 

Vodacom reports stronger H2, international operations shine in FY20

On-The-Air (08/05/2020) 

By: Martin Creamer     8th May 2020 Mining companies are establishing Covid-19 laboratories on their mine sites to speed up testing; Two mineworkers at two different mines this week tested positive for the coronavirus; and Amplats’ exploded smelter complex has been brought back to life ahead of time, despite Covid-19. 

On-The-Air (08/05/2020)
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Commission warns retailers they'll have to substantiate reasons for cost increases 

By: Simone Liedtke     8th May 2020 Firms and retailers that are found to increase prices during the Covid-19 pandemic will need to substantiate why this is the case when approached by the Competition Commission, according to the commission’s chief economist James Hodge. While various factors are taken into account – such as... 

Commission warns retailers they'll have to substantiate reasons for cost increases
The Competition Commission’s James Hodge gives insight into how the organisation approaches the price regulation and excessive pricing situation in South Africa in its time of crisis. Video & Editing: Creamer Media’s Darlene Creamer.

South Africa's economic predicament 

By: Creamer Media Reporter      7th May 2020 Creamer Media's Chanel de Bruyn speaks to Engineering News editor Terence Creamer about the economic predicament South Africa finds itself in as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic and what could be done to offset the worst-case scenario. 

South Africa's economic predicament
South Africa's economic predicament

Opinion: Innovation is vital to compete and grow in a digitally disrupted world 

7th May 2020 In this opinion article, Accenture in South Africa CEO Vukani Mngxati argues that South Africa needs to isolate the innovation gene and replicate it in all endeavours and in all sectors of society to create value. He also further unpacks the findings of Accenture’s latest Innovation Maturity... 

Opinion: Innovation is vital to compete and grow in a digitally disrupted world
Accenture in South Africa CEO Vukani Mngxati unpacks the findings of Accenture’s latest Innovation Maturity Index in this video interview with Engineering News & Mining Weekly editor and writer Terence Creamer.

Jachris offers frontline sanitising defence for companies to get back to business 

By: Natasha Odendaal     6th May 2020 Hose and fittings manufacturer Jachris is producing an automated mist sanitising safety tunnel that offers a frontline defence against Covid-19 and enables companies to “get back to business” safely. The SpraySAFE Mist Sanitising Safety Tunnel, used in conjunction with other sanitising and good... 

Jachris offers frontline sanitising defence for companies to get back to business

Steel production likely to stagnate or decline this year, says Roskill 

By: Simone Liedtke     5th May 2020 Steel production in developed economies is likely to either stagnate, or decline completely, as the Covid-19 pandemic continues to influence and impact on the global economy, consultancy Roskill steel alloys principal consultant Erik Sardain said on May 5. Speaking in a webinar, he explained... 

Steel production likely to stagnate or decline this year, says Roskill
Roskill steel alloys principal consultant Erik Sardain discusses the impact of Covid-19 on the global steel industry. Video: Creamer Media's Kutlwano Matlala. Editing: Creamer Media's Nicholas Boyd.
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