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On-The-Air (06/11/2020) 

By: Martin Creamer     6th November 2020 Fund raising is under way for the re-mining of South Africa’s rich Witwatersrand Gold Basin; Northern Cape is on the way back as a copper mining area that will use the hot sun for its electricity; and Mining exploration was declared a priority at this week’s Junior Indaba in Johannesburg. 

On-The-Air (06/11/2020)
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African informal sector is disproportionate 

By: Donna Slater     6th November 2020 The informal employment sector within Africa is diverse and presents a range of challenges, notably with a higher percentage of women being employed and a correlation between the informal sector and skills, Ghana-based African Centre for Economic Transformation (ACET) research and policy... 

African informal sector is disproportionate
African Centre for Economic Transformation (ACET) research and policy engagements senior director Dr Edward Brown discusses the informal business environment in Africa.

Eskom's losses, tariffs back in the spotlight 

6th November 2020 Creamer Media's Chanel de Bruyn speaks to Creamer Media Editor Terence Creamer about power utility Eskom's unsustainable debt position and financial loss and the tariff increases it is seeking.  

Eskom's losses, tariffs back in the spotlight
Eskom's losses, tariffs back in the spotlight

Bearings supplier awarded distributorship  

By: Halima Frost     6th November 2020 Bearing manufacturer and distributor ISO Bearings South Africa has launched a substantial marketing drive to announce its being a distributor of bearing manufacturer FYH Bearings in Southern and South Africa. ISO Bearings GM Bennie van Niekerk tells Engineering News that the new brand was... 

BALLSY UNIT
The FYH brand of ball bearing and spherical bearing units conforms to required standards for the South African bearing market
ISO Bearings GM Bennie van Niekerk discusses the company’s becoming a distributor of the FYH brand of bearings in South Africa. Camerawork: Halima Frost. Editing: Nicholas Boyd.

On-The-Air (30/10/2020) 

By: Martin Creamer     30th October 2020 South Africa has developed a new platinum processing system that can save a massive amount of scarce electricity. South Africa is on the cusp of finalising a new tax incentive to boost crucial mining exploration. Sumitomo this week invested in an initiative that will drive demand for South... 

On-The-Air (30/10/2020)

Emphasis placed on supplying products to address industry issues 

By: Simone Liedtke     30th October 2020 South Africa’s civil structures are in dire need of improved performance and longevity, hence building materials company AfriSam’s emphasis on supplying quality products that “go beyond current requirements”. Speaking to Engineering News, AfriSam regional product technical manager Nithia Pillay... 

PERFORMANCE PRIORITISATION
AfriSam is the pioneer of producing highly extended concrete without compromising performance parameters
AfriSam’s Nithia Pillay speaks about the company’s drive to supply products that address industry issues

Afrimat's diversification strategy paying off  

By: Marleny Arnoldi     29th October 2020 Openpit miner Afrimat reported an 11% year-on-year increase in operating profit for the six months ended August 31, despite a 9.4% year-on-year decrease in revenue. The company also ended the period with cash and cash equivalents of R330-million, a 170% year-on-year increase. 

Afrimat CEO Andries van Heerden
Afrimat CEO Andries van Heerden shares how the company's diversification strategy has made it more resilient

Medium-term budget highlights 

29th October 2020   Creamer Media's Chanel de Bruyn speaks to Creamer Media Editor Terence Creamer about the new fiscal framework presented by Finance Minister Tito Mboweni during his Medium-Term Budget Policy Statement, on Wednesday; what this could mean for public sector wages and South Africa's credit rating;... 

Medium-term budget highlights
Medium-term budget highlights

‘Great opportunity’ to tap Mpumalanga’s grid capacity for just transition – IPP Office   

By: Terence Creamer     26th October 2020 The extension of South Africa’s Renewable Energy Development Zones (REDZs) to areas where coal jobs are at risk, but where grid capacity is available, represents a “great opportunity” to connect new renewable-energy generators while also supporting a just transition for coal workers, a senior... 

‘Great opportunity’ to tap Mpumalanga’s grid capacity for just transition – IPP Office
IPPO head of technical Pervelan Govender told participants attending the virtual 2020 edition of Windaba that there was potential grid and just-transition virtue to be derived from locating new renewables projects in Mpumalanga. Video & Editing: Kutlwano Matala & Nicholas Boyd. 16.10.2020

On-The-Air (23/10/2020) 

By: Martin Creamer     23rd October 2020 South Africa’s biggest mechanised gold mine is expecting to get approval to generate its own electricity before year-end; The decision of the Cabinet to impose a tax on the export of raw chrome will bring essential relief to our important but struggling ferrochrome industry; and there is growing... 

On-The-Air (23/10/2020)
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Eskom's State of the System briefing 

23rd October 2020 Eskom delivered its State of the System briefing this week. Engineering News editor Terence Creamer attended the session and unpacks the prognosis for electricity supply for the summer months. 

Eskom's State of the System briefing
Eskom's State of the System briefing

Experts urge govt to prioritise informal-trading-friendly policy 

By: Marleny Arnoldi     22nd October 2020 With 60% of South Africa’s economic activity happening in the informal sector, national, provincial and local government alike need to realise the importance of empowering these entrepreneurs to contribute more to the gross domestic product of cities, University of the Witwatersrand associate... 

Witwatersrand associate Professor Margot Rubin
Witwatersrand associate Professor Margot Rubin talks about informal trade barriers

Dwyka Mining Services trials new GPD-denied technology  

22nd October 2020 Mining technology company Dwyka Mining Services has conducted what it claims is the first Autonomy Level 2 flight in South Africa, using a drone-mounted light detection and ranging payload fitted to a drone. Donna Slater tells us more. 

Dwyka Mining Services trials new GPD-denied technology
Dwyka Mining Services trials new GPD-denied technology

Cell C showing early signs of recovery, says CEO 

By: Natasha Odendaal     20th October 2020 Mobile operator Cell C’s strategic turnaround efforts are starting to reflect in the company’s underlying financial results performance during the six months to June 30, 2020, said CEO Douglas Craigie Stevenson on October 20. The company’s net loss widened significantly from R875-million in the... 

Cell C CFO Zaf Mahomed
Cell C CFO Zaf Mahomed discusses Cell C’s financial performance for the six months ended June 30, 2020.

On-The-Air (16/10/2020) 

By: Martin Creamer     16th October 2020 Science and Innovation Minister Blade Nzimande this week launched a promising Platinum Valley Corridor Project; A new fund has been launched to give financial support to small-scale mining development; Huge enthusiasm is building around the boost that green hydrogen generation can give to... 

On-The-Air (16/10/2020)
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Report discusses challenges, options as world continues to drive decarbonisation agenda 

By: Simone Liedtke     16th October 2020 While the global shift from fossil fuels to renewables is helping new ecosystems and technologies to emerge, many of the pursued steps towards decarbonisation pose unique challenges. Many participants in the energy and resources industries have declared an intention to become carbon neutral by... 

Deloitte Africa energy, resources and industrials leader Andrew Lane
Deloitte's Andrew Lane discusses the company's new global report and value beyond compliance with Creamer Media journalist Simone Liedtke. Video: Recorded on Zoom. Editing: Creamer Media's Nicholas Boyd.

Ramaphosa announces a renewables-led recovery plan 

16th October 2020 Creamer Media's Chanel de Bruyn speaks to Creamer Media Editor Terence Creamer about the unveiling of the Reconstruction and Recovery Plan, the role of electricity and renewable energy in that plan and whether South Africa will be able to solve its power crisis within the next two years.   

Ramaphosa announces a renewables-led recovery plan
Ramaphosa announces a renewables-led recovery plan

Pump energy efficiency, maintenance critical to address water scarcity 

By: Simone Liedtke     16th October 2020 Although not many realise it, South Africa is an arid country and there is a pressing need to address water scarcity, which is why pump manufacturer Grundfos places such emphasis on energy efficiency and addressing water leakages in pumping systems, says team leader Andrew Brunette. He laments... 

COMPLETE SOLUTION
The Grundfos PS.R complete pumping station with tanks, pumps and controls
Grundfos team leader Andrew Brunette discusses the company’s energy efficiency and maintenance offerings.

Proactive national water programme on the cards 

By: Halima Frost     16th October 2020 The Development Bank of Southern Africa (DBSA), in partnership with various government departments, is addressing the country’s water woes with the development of a proactive national water programme that aims to offer tangible solutions to municipalities, the relevant government departments and... 

FINANCIAL FILTER
The DBSA looks to offer a proactive infrastructure and financial based water reuse sub-programme as part of its national water programme
DBSA disruption specialist Johann Lübbe and infrastructure finance specialist Konstant Bruinette discuss the progress being made on a new national water programme that the DBSA is developing.

Index shows improved resilience in Africa’s financial markets 

By: Simone Liedtke     15th October 2020 Despite disruption from the Covid-19 pandemic, financial markets in Africa are proving to be robust, with countries like South Africa and Mauritius leading the way, newly released data out of the 2020 edition of the Absa Financial Markets Index shows. The index, which was launched in 2017, has... 

Index shows improved resilience in Africa’s financial markets
OMFIF chief economist and research head Danae Kyriakopoulou gives a quick overview of the report. Video: Creamer Media's Kutlwano Matlala. Editing: Creamer Media's Nicholas Boyd.

SEW-Eurodrive breaks ground on new South African head office, factory  

15th October 2020 Drive and control technologies specialist SEW-Eurodrive on October 1 started construction on its new R200-million head office and factory in Aeroton, Johannesburg. 

SEW-Eurodrive breaks ground on new South African head office, factory
SEW-Eurodrive breaks ground on new South African head office, factory

Property fund Equites says collection rate remains high 

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     13th October 2020 Logistics real estate investment trust Equites Property Fund has recorded solid results, remained disciplined in capital allocation and protected its balance sheet during the six months ended August 31, despite the challenging macroeconomic challenges in the UK and South Africa. Equites on... 

Equits CFO Laila Razack
CEO Andrea Taverna-Turisan, COO Riaan Gous, and CFO Laila Razack outline the company’s strategy execution and performance for the six months ended August 31.

On-The-Air (09/10/2020) 

By: Martin Creamer     9th October 2020 The government yesterday promised to have its mining exploration strategy ready in the next three months. Sir Mick Davis yesterday called on the shareholders of major mining companies to resist calling for cash dividend pay-outs to allow mines to be sustainable.  

On-The-Air (09/10/2020)
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Growing determination for municipalities to build, procure own electricity  

9th October 2020 There is a growing determination among some municipalities to begin building and procuring their own electricity to reduce their dependence on Eskom. Engineering News Editor Terence Creamer unpacks the prospects in this regard. 

Growing determination for municipalities to build, procure own electricity
Growing determination for municipalities to build, procure own electricity

Integrated approach critical for pump requirements 

By: Simone Liedtke     9th October 2020 Responding to customer pump requirements is not about selling a product, but rather about an integrated approach, says equipment rental agency Integrated Pump Rental rental development manager Steven Du Toit. Taking “a more integrated approach” to customer requirements and problems enables the... 

CUSTOM SOLUTION
A custom engineered stainless steel Sykes pump set produced by Integrated Pump Rental for a mining operation in Namibia
Integrated Pump Rental’s Steven Du Toit gives more insight into the company’s holistic approach.

On-The-Air (02/10/2020) 

By: Martin Creamer     2nd October 2020 Underground mining without any people and free of all emissions was showcased to the world this week. A new concept flashing across the globe is “circular economy” which means no waste and more jobs. Our Koeberg nuclear station was given a new lease of life this week with the arrival of special... 

On-The-Air (02/10/2020)
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SA making the shift from coal to renewables 

1st October 2020 Creamer Media's Chanel de Bruyn speaks to Creamer Media Editor Terence Creamer about a just transition in South Africa's energy sector and how the country should go about preparing the way for that transition. 

SA making the shift from coal to renewables

Koeberg’s 20-year life extension marks steam-generator milestone   

By: Terence Creamer     30th September 2020 The steam generator replacement project, which is central to Eskom’s R20-billion programme to extend the 40-year design life of the Koeberg nuclear power station by a further 20 years, marked a major milestone this week with the arrival of the first units in Cape Town. The project, which was... 

Each steam generator is 20 m in length and weighs about 380 t
The first unit being transported the 40-km distance from the Cape Town Harbour to Koeberg using abnormal-load vehicles.

EPP expects profit recovery in second half of this year 

By: Marleny Arnoldi     29th September 2020 JSE-listed real estate investment trust EPP has reported a loss of €24-million, or €0.027 a share, for the six months ended June 30, owing to lower tenant activities during the lockdown in Poland, where the company owns a portfolio of 25 retail centres and three office developments. This... 

EPP CEO Tomasz Trzósło
EPP CEO Tomasz Trzósło discusses some aspects of the company's interim results

LG affirms commitment to providing quality air purification solutions for MEA region  

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     28th September 2020 The pandemic has heightened concerns over health and air quality and LG Air Solutions' latest portfolio of air purification solutions for the Middle East and Africa (MEA) region aims to deal with the growing concerns about air quality inside buildings and facilities, as well as outdoors. This was... 

LG affirms commitment to providing quality air purification solutions for MEA region
LG Middle East and Africa Air Solutions Engineering Sales Team regional direction Iyad Jurdy, and MEA Air Solution Engineering Sales Team team leader Prabhjeet Singh Channa outline the company’s latest portfolio of air purification solutions for the Middle East and Africa.

On-The-Air (25/09/2020) 

By: Martin Creamer     25th September 2020 Calls were made this week for unused mine land to be made available for agricultural development; Namibia and South Africa are ahead in Southern Africa’s plan to generate green hydrogen for export; and Some gold mining companies are considering locking in the high gold price by selling it forward. 

On-The-Air (25/09/2020)
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SA's transition to renewables 

25th September 2020 Creamer Media's Chanel de Bruyn speaks to Creamer Media Editor Terence Creamer about the role of renewables in South Africa's energy system, concerns that some industries and people may be left behind during this transition and some of the solutions being considered. 

SA's transition to renewables
SA's transition to renewables

Maintenance work completed during lockdown 

By: Halima Frost     25th September 2020 A team of eight work-at-height specialists representing rope access company Skyriders has safely completed the cleaning and maintenance of two storage tanks at a petrochemicals producer, in Mpumalanga. The maintenance project, which was conducted during Level 5 of the Covid-19 lockdown period,... 

SAFE SUSPENSION
Being able to safely complete a task while suspended from a structure takes a specialised team which Skyriders offers
Skyriders marketing manager Mike Zinn discusses a recently completed maintenance project that required specialised rope access expertise. Camerawork: Halima Frost. Editing: Nicholas Boyd. Recorded: 21.08.2020

Fairvest reports resilient performance in an 'exceptionally tough' environment 

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     23rd September 2020 Property investment holding company Fairvest Property Holdings' total distribution for the financial year ended June 30 was 21.038 c apiece – 3.4% year-on-year decrease. “We are pleased with the resilience that our portfolio has shown, in what can only be described as an exceptionally tough... 

Fairvest CEO Darren Wilder
Fairvest CEO Darren Wilder outlines the company's performance for the period

Divercity launches Jewel City 

23rd September 2020 Divercity Urban Property Fund has completed the first phase of its Jewel City project in a two-year development programme, and the new inner-city mixed-use precinct officially launched to the public on Heritage Day. Jewel City is a residential, commercial and retail development. 

Divercity launches Jewel City
Divercity launches Jewel City

Attacq decides against declaring a full-year dividend to preserve liquidity 

By: Donna Slater     22nd September 2020 Real estate investment trust (Reit) Attacq experienced a decline in distributable earnings during the last six months six months of the financial year ended June 30, mainly as a result of tenant rent relief measures to help tenants through the worst of the Covid-19 lockdown. The company was... 

Attacq CEO Melt Hamman
Attacq CEO Melt Hamman and COO Jackie van Niekerk discuss the group’s financial six-month results for the year ended June 30.

On-The-Air (18/09/2020) 

By: Martin Creamer     18th September 2020 The mining industry is calling for Joburg’s mine dumps to come down to cut travel time in taxis; A rich old gold mine is being brought back to life in the Evander gold fields of Mpumalanga; and Platinum is fighting its way into battery electric vehicles, from which it has up to now been excluded. 

On-The-Air (18/09/2020)
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Daimler’s first hydrogen fuel-cell truck to start customer trials in 2023  

By: Irma Venter     17th September 2020 Daimler Trucks has unveiled its first hydrogen-based fuel cell truck. The GenH2 Truck is aimed at the long-haul transport market and marks the beginning of commercial fuel-cell drive development for the German truck maker. 

Daimler’s first hydrogen fuel-cell truck to start customer trials in 2023
Take a closer look at the Daimler concept hydrogen fuel-cell truck.
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