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Some positive movement on the electricity front 

17th September 2020 Creamer Media's Chanel de Bruyn speaks to Creamer Media Editor Terence Creamer about the National Energy Regulator of South Africa's concurrence with a Ministerial determination that paves the way for the resumption of regular procurement and the significance of Eskom having signalled its support... 

Some positive movement on the electricity front
Some positive movement on the electricity front

SAVE-P manufacturing underway, showcases local capabilities 

16th September 2020 Nonprofit organisation, the South African Emergency Ventilator Project, or SAVE-P, was launched in March in an effort to cost-effectively locally produce much-needed ventilators to meet an expected shortage. Natasha Odendaal tells us more. 

SAVE-P manufacturing underway, showcases local capabilities

ARC delivers satisfactory performance amid economic, Covid-19 impacts  

By: Natasha Odendaal     15th September 2020 Empowerment investment firm African Rainbow Capital (ARC) Investments has posted what it deems a satisfactory performance for the year ended June 30, 2020, considering the challenging operating environment that has dragged the performance of many of its portfolio investments. The group achieved... 

African Rainbow Minerals Investment co-CEO Johan van Der Merwe
African Rainbow Minerals Investment co-CEO Johan van Der Merwe discusses ARC's financial results for the year ended June 30, 2020. Date recorded: 15.09.2020. Camerawork: Kutlwano Matala. Video Editing: Nicholas Boyd

On-The-Air (11/09/2020) 

By: Martin Creamer     11th September 2020 Minerals Council South Africa is working with the government to treble the size of our platinum industry; Research has now found a new place for platinum in electric vehicles; Royal Bafokeng Platinum this week urged the government to make the hydrogen economy a top priority. 

On-The-Air (11/09/2020)

Local manufacturing needs support to fulfil potential, panellists say  

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     11th September 2020 Local manufacturing had the potential to support South Africa's economic recovery, but this required addressing a myriad of challenges, panellists said during a South African Capital Equipment Export Council webinar on September 10. The webinar was held as part of this year's Electra Mining... 

Oupa Magashula
CZ Electronics executive chairperson Oupa Magashula outlines some of the challenges facing the local manufacturers; while Department of Trade Industry and Competition Export Promotion Africa Trade Invest Africa chief director John Rocha calls for African investment to boost the country’s manufacturing capabilities.

Afrox manages healthy dividend, profit despite lower demand in H1 

By: Marleny Arnoldi     11th September 2020 Gas supplier African Oxygen (Afrox) has declared a dividend of 38c a share for the six months ended June 30. It also posted earnings before interest and taxes (Ebit) of R336-million and basic earnings a share of 77.8c.  

Afrox manages healthy dividend, profit despite lower demand in H1
Afrox's executives discuss its performance for the six months ended June 30

South Africa's green hydrogen production potential 

10th September 2020   Creamer Media's Chanel de Bruyn speaks to Creamer Media Editor Terence Creamer about the global interest in green hydrogen and what South Africa needs to do to become a world leader in green hydrogen. 

South Africa's green hydrogen production potential
South Africa's green hydrogen production potential

Data key to long-term optimisation, says SAIMC's first-ever female president 

By: Simone Liedtke     9th September 2020 Describing data as the “new oil” or “new water” of the world, Society for Automation, Instrumentation, Mechatronics and Control (SAIMC) president Annemarie van Coller has emphasised the importance of changing data from “just data to insights”. Speaking during an automation-themed webinar hosted... 

SAIMC president Annemarie van Coller
SAIMC president Annemarie van Coller gives viewers some insight into the data journey. Video: Creamer Media's Kutlwano Matlala. Editing: Creamer Media's Nicholas Boyd.

4IR a ‘unique opportunity’ for Africa to overcome development hurdles 

By: Simone Liedtke     8th September 2020 The Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR) represents a unique opportunity for African countries to scale development hurdles with the help of technologies, electronics manufacturer Pepperl+Fuchs Africa sales director Marc van Pelt said on September 8. He spoke during an automation-themed webinar,... 

Pepperl+Fuchs Africa sales director Marc van Pelt
Pepperl+Fuchs Africa sales director Marc van Pelt gives us some more insight into how the Fourth Industrial Revolution represents a unique opportunity for Africa, and South Africa. Video: Creamer Media's Kutlwano Matlala. Editing: Creamer Media's Nicholas Boyd.

Locally-produced fuel cells being used by army field hospital  

8th September 2020 From Creamer Media in Johannesburg, this is the Real Economy Report. Sashnee Moodley: 

Locally-produced fuel cells being used by army field hospital

Proper ventilation a key tool to prevent the spread of Covid-19 

By: Simone Liedtke     7th September 2020 Indoor ventilation is an important tool to prevent the viral transmission of the Covid-19 virus when correctly applied. Conversely, poor ventilation promotes viral transmission, Engen industrial hygiene specialist Garth Hunter warned during the South African Institute of Occupational Safety and... 

Occupational medicine specialist Dr Greg Kew
Two specialists discuss the importance of proper ventilation as a tool to prevent the viral transmission of Covid-19. Video: Creamer Media's Kutlwano Matlala. Editing: Creamer Media's Nicholas Boyd.

Engineers, contractors still struggling despite SA's infrastructure-led recovery plan 

4th September 2020 Creamer Media's Chanel de Bruyn speaks to Creamer Media Editor Terence Creamer about why government is prioritising an infrastructure-led economic recovery and the fact that this has yet to result in new work or projects for the construction secftor. 

Engineers, contractors still struggling despite SA's infrastructure-led recovery plan
Creamer Media's Chanel de Bruyn speaks to Creamer Media Editor Terence Creamer about why government is prioritising an infrastructure-led economic recovery and the fact that this has yet to result in new work or projects for the construction sector. (Editing: Nicholas Boyd)

Betterect, FLSmidth showcase bolted thickeners for southern African mine 

3rd September 2020 Steel fabrication, steel erection and corrosion protection specialist Betterect and engineering, equipment and services solutions company FLSmidth have collaborated to deliver several 45m diameter modular bolted thickeners for an undisclosed mining project in southern Africa. Natasha Odendaal... 

Betterect, FLSmidth showcase bolted thickeners for southern African mine
Betterect, FLSmidth showcase bolted thickeners for southern African mine

Libstar grows interim revenue despite supply chain, consumer demand challenges 

By: Marleny Arnoldi     2nd September 2020 JSE-listed fast-moving consumer goods holding company Libstar has delivered robust interim results, with revenue increases reported for household and personal care products, as well as some food categories, despite Covid-19 impacts. Libstar recorded a 1.9% year-on-year growth in group revenue... 

Libstar grows interim revenue despite supply chain, consumer demand challenges
Libstar CEO Andries van Rensburg talks interim performance and outlook for remainder of 2020

Emira’s US portfolio helps offset lockdown impacts locally  

By: Marleny Arnoldi     31st August 2020 JSE-listed Emira Property Fund has declared a final dividend of 30.26c apiece, taking its dividend for the full-year ended June 30 to 104.36c apiece. The company declared a dividend of 151.34c apiece in the 2019 financial year, reflecting a 31%, or 46.98c apiece, year-on-year decrease in this... 

Emira Property Fund COO Ulana van Biljon
Emira CEO Geoff Jennet and COO Ulana van Biljon discusses the company’s performance over the last year

On-The-Air (28/08/2020) 

By: Martin Creamer     28th August 2020 South Africa has the good fortune of being blessed with what the world is hailing as the ‘rock star’ metals of the moment; Anglo American Platinum has been able to give communities R2-billion thanks to soaring platinum group metal prices; and The earnings from South Africa’s biggest... 

On-The-Air (28/08/2020)
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Coal to remain relevant despite growing shift to renewable energy, says consultancy 

By: Simone Liedtke     28th August 2020 The use of coal is enabling the energy transition, owing to its provision of a basis for the economy to develop, drive wealth and enable economic progress, which then, in turn, creates and enables the funds for stronger and further investment into renewable energy, says Boston Consulting Group MD... 

Boston Consulting Group MD and partner Tycho Möncks
Boston Consulting Group MD and partner Tycho Möncks gives Engineering News and Mining Weekly some insight into how coal is enabling the energy transition. Video: Recorded via Zoom. Editing: Creamer Media's Darlene Creamer.

Deliberate action required to encourage transformation  

By: Simone Liedtke     28th August 2020 Deliberate action in pursuit of transformation will continue to play a huge role in attracting more women to the local construction sector, says diversified infrastructure and services construction company Concor Construction business development and stakeholder engagement executive Fezeka... 

FEZEKA NOMPUMZA
Only 144 000 women are currently employed , formally and informally, in the construction sector, compared with about 1.2-million men
Concor Construction’s Fezeka Nompumza discusses women transformation in the construction industry, and what needs to be done to encourage this.

Support, mentoring key in driving transformation 

By: Simone Liedtke     28th August 2020 Women will need to support and mentor other women in the construction industry as part of reshaping the mindset that the industry is male-dominated, says building materials company AfriSam mineral resource manager Niraksha Singh. “This is necessary, considering that legacy issues and societal... 

EMBRACING CHANGE
AfriSam has fully embraced empowering women in the construction and mining sector
AfriSam’s Niraksha Singh discusses how mentoring and support are key in driving transformation.

Redflank launches BeyondCOVID initiative to build business resilience  

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     27th August 2020 Specialist management company Redflank on August 27 launched the BeyondCOVID initiative, which aims to help businesses in the country "embrace solidarity and survive the impact of Covid-19", by shaping their responses to challenges and opportunities presented by the pandemic and setting them up... 

Lings Naidoo
BeyondCOVID cofounder Lings Naidoo outlines the initiative and how people can contribute.

DMRE starts procurement process for 2 000 MW of electricity capacity 

27th August 2020  Creamer Media's Chanel de Bruyn speaks to Engineering News Editor Terence Creamer about the process initiated by the Department of Mineral Resources and Energy to procure 2 000 MW of electricity capacity to fill an emergency supply gap and what this process says about the how the department... 

DMRE starts procurement process for 2 000 MW of electricity capacity
DMRE starts procurement process for 2 000 MW of electricity capacity (Editing: Nicholas Boyd)

Bidcorp revenue declines as a result of Covid-19 measures 

By: Donna Slater     26th August 2020 Food distribution company Bidcorp recorded net revenue of R121.1-billion for the financial year ended June 30, representing a 6.3% decline from the R129.3-billion in revenue reported for the 2019 financial year. Its gross profit margin, however, increased to 24.1%, up from 23.9% in the 2019... 

Bidcorp revenue declines as a result of Covid-19 measures
Bidcorp operations and financial performance impacted by Covid-19-hit consumer markets

Initiative launched to stimulate adoption of fast-growing energy management standard by South African firms  

By: Terence Creamer     25th August 2020 An initiative is under way to accelerate the adoption by South African industrial firms of the international energy management standard ISO 50001, which is designed to help improve the performance of a company’s energy-intensive assets to support cost savings and emission reductions. Although ISO... 

Initiative launched to stimulate adoption of fast-growing energy management standard by South African firms
The NCPC-SA’s Alf Hartzenburg, who heads up the IEE Project in South Africa, on the benefits of the international energy management standard ISO 50001. Camera Work: Kutlwano Matala Editing: Nicholas Boyd.

Redefine lays foundations for future growth as property fundamentals continue to be challenged 

By: Simone Liedtke     24th August 2020 Managing risk through a streamlined, more focused offshore asset platform and zoning in resolutely on high-quality, well-located domestic assets have helped real estate investment trust (Reit) Redefine Properties lay the foundations for future growth once Covid-19-related uncertainty and... 

Redefine CEO Andrew Konig
CEO Andrew Konig speaks to investors and media during a pre-close briefing on August 24. Video: Creamer Media's Kutlwano Matlala. Editing: Creamer Media's Nicholas Boyd.

Eskom Transmission head says policy, legislative and regulatory changes needed to facilitate unit’s full independence  

By: Terence Creamer     21st August 2020 The head of Eskom’s Transmission division has outlined some of the progress being made to establish an Independent Transmission System Operator (ITSO) but has also warned that full separation will take time and will also require major policy, legislative and regulatory changes. The creation of... 

Eskom Transmission head says policy, legislative and regulatory changes needed to facilitate unit’s full independence
Eskom Transmission CEO Segomoco Scheppers on the progress being made in setting up an Independent Transmission System Operator and the gaps that remain. Camera Work: Kutlwano Matala. Editing: Nicholas Boyd.

ARB says financial year ‘will be well remembered’ for Covid-19, other challenges 

By: Simone Liedtke     21st August 2020 JSE-listed investment and property holding company ARB Holdings says sluggish economic growth and the collapse in business confidence became a “secondary concern” this year, as regulations and national lockdown restrictions were implemented to halt the spread of Covid-19. ARB owns investments in... 

ARB CEO Billy Neasham
ARB CEO Billy Neasham gives Engineering News some further detail and insight on the company's financial results. Video: Recorded via Zoom. Editing: Creamer Media's Nicholas Boyd.

On-The-Air (21/08/2020) 

By: Yolande Botes     21st August 2020 Africa’s most successful gold explorer this week hailed the ANC’s encouragement of exploration in South Africa; Getting the best out of South African mining starts with policy certainty, a top but retiring gold miner said this week; and Africa’s huge Electra Mining Africa show will go digital... 

On-The-Air (21/08/2020)
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Reliable infrastructure needed to meet fibre demand  

By: Halima Frost     21st August 2020 With physical distancing encouraged amid Covid-19, the need for reliable fibre connectivity and infrastructure has increased, says open access network provider Dark Fibre Africa (DFA) strategy, mergers and acquisitions and innovation executive Vino Govender.  “We have seen a significant increase... 

VINO GOVENDER
Enabling a high-speed digital world where innovations and meaningful connections prosper. Connecting Africans to each other and to the world
Dark Fibre Africa strategy, mergers and acquisitions, and innovation executive Vino Govender discusses the increased demand for bandwidth and data during Covid-19. Camerawork: Kutlwano Matala. Editing: Nicholas Boyd. Recorded: 23.07.2020

Changes on the cards at CEF, Necsa 

20th August 2020  Creamer Media's Chanel de Bruyn speaks to Engineering News Editor Terence Creamer about the restructuring and rationalisation plans for the Central Energy Fund group of companies and the South African Nuclear Energy Corporation. 

Changes on the cards at CEF, Necsa
Changes on the cards at CEF, Necsa (Editing: Nicholas Boyd)

Experts unpack rising violent extremist attacks in Mozambique 

By: Marleny Arnoldi     17th August 2020 The presence of Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant- (ISIL-) affiliated violent extremists in the northern provinces of Mozambique has raised the threat levels for the lives of people in Southern African Development Community (SADC) countries. Although the government of Mozambique only formally... 

Experts unpack rising violent extremist attacks in Mozambique
Conflict experts discuss the rising radicalisation and violent extremist groups in Mozambique

On-The-Air (14/08/2020) 

By: Martin Creamer     14th August 2020 The high gold price is a help to the struggling South African economy; and a wonderful new proudly South African Covid face mask is attracting world attention. 

On-The-Air (14/08/2020)
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Risk of load-shedding could worsen 

14th August 2020 Creamer Media's Chanel de Bruyn speaks to Creamer Media Editor Terence Creamer about new analysis published by the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research that shows that load-shedding in 2020 has surpassed that of 2019 and, if urgent action is not taken, South Africa is likely to face... 

Risk of load-shedding could worsen
Risk of load-shedding could worsen

On-The-Air (07/08/2020) 

By: Martin Creamer     7th August 2020 South Africa’s roads agency is gearing up to spend R30-billion on road development; Gold and platinum companies are flying sky high with free cash gushing into their coffers; and at half the price of gold, platinum is continuing to attract strong investor interest. 

On-The-Air (07/08/2020)
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MTN to exit Middle East markets, focus on Africa 

By: Natasha Odendaal     6th August 2020 Telecommunications giant MTN is planning to exit its Middle East markets over the medium term as it turns its focus solely to its African markets. The group’s renewed focus on the future of its pan-African strategy forms part of its ongoing portfolio review programme. 

MTN Group president and CEO Rob Shuter
MTN Group president and CEO Rob Shuter discusses MTN’s planned exit from its Middle East markets.

Eskom, Sasol gear up for energy storage and renewables roll-outs  

6th August 2020 Creamer Media's Chanel de Bruyn speaks to Creamer Media Editor Terence Creamer about Eskom's battery energy storage plans and Sasol's renewables roll-out. 

Eskom, Sasol gear up for energy storage and renewables roll-outs
Eskom, Sasol gear up for energy storage and renewables roll-outs

Mpact ensures business continuity as electricity, Covid-19 challenges persist 

By: Simone Liedtke     5th August 2020 Paper and plastic packaging manufacturer Mpact managed to ensure business continuity, alongside the safety and health of employees, over the past six months, especially as the period, which ended on June 30, began with persistent external electricity supply interruptions across South Africa,... 

Mpact CEO Bruce Strong
Mpact CEO Bruce Strong speaks to Engineering News following the release of the company's results on August 5. Camerawork: Creamer Media's Kutlwano Matlala. Editing: Creamer Media's Nicholas Boyd.

PwC says pandemic forces a relook at remuneration policies  

By: Marleny Arnoldi     4th August 2020 It has been a year that has exposed the vulnerabilities of lower-level workers and, coupled with the context of job insecurity and food insecurity in South Africa, there have been increasing calls for executive pay cuts. Consultancy PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC), in its latest 'Executive... 

PwC people and organisation director Leila Ebrahimi.
Two PwC executives discuss the changing landscape for remuneration amid Covid-19

On-The-Air (31/07/2020) 

By: Martin Creamer     31st July 2020 A big new R7-billion iron-ore project in the Northern Cape was given the go-ahead this week; South Africa’s high-quality iron-ore puts it ahead of Australia going forward into the future; and Anglo American is going ahead with a world-first hydrogen fuel cell truck in Limpopo. 

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