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Experience from other health crises shaped mining industry’s rapid pandemic response

By: Nadine JamesWhile virologists and risk analysts have been theorising about the effects of a global pandemic for years, few could have imagined the Covid-19 pandemic’s transformative impact on society. Even after the World Health Organisation declared Covid-19 a public health emergency in January, “how many... 

Experience from other health crises shaped mining industry’s rapid pandemic response

First Word

Excessive dividend demand is ripping heart out of mining’s future

By: Martin CreamerMining majors are putting emphasis on dividends over capital investment and it will come back to haunt them. Those with long enough memories will recall what happened to Rand Mines, which ended up with a strategy of dying with dignity. Every single day that mining companies take something out of... 

Excessive dividend demand is ripping heart out of mining’s future

News & Insight

5G can add $8-trillion to global economy, Nokia asserts

By: Natasha OdendaalNew research by information and communications technology firm Nokia and Nokia Bell Labs shows that fifth-generation- (5G-) enabled industries have the potential to add $8-trillion to global gross domestic product (GDP) by 2030. In addition, the value creation potential of 5G in the medium and... 

Agricultural transformation an imperative, says Ramaphosa

By: Simone LiedtkePresident Cyril Ramaphosa has highlighted access to agricultural land for subsistence farming and commercial production as a national priority, stating that the transformation of the patterns of ownership “are fundamental in addressing not only food security, but also historical injustices”. In... 

City of Cape Town drafting ‘mini IRP’ as it prepares way for IPP procurement

By: Terence CreamerThe City of Cape Town, which has been pushing for the right of municipalities to procure electricity directly from independent power producers for several years, is currently compiling what it describes as a “mini” integrated resource plan to guide its future procurement decisions and actions.... 

City of Cape Town drafting ‘mini IRP’  as it prepares way for IPP procurement

Connected water ‘microfactories’ to be deployed in Africa in 2021

By: Natasha OdendaalInformation and communications technology giant Ericsson’s Internet of Things (IoT) Accelerator-powered Telenor Connexion is set to provide global connectivity to Swedish sustainable technology firm Wayout’s plug-and-play “microfactories” for the local production of clean, filtered water in... 

CSIR celebrates 75 years of research and innovation

By: Donna SlaterAs the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) celebrates 75 years of establishment on October 5, the organisation marks a strategic year of redirecting its focus into industrial development and technological innovation, chairperson professor Thokozani Majozi notes. He says that,... 

Dawn Wing CEO says ecommerce has finally arrived in SA

By: Irma VenterDespite facing a rough patch during the initial hard lockdown in South Africa, express courier company Dawn Wing says it has since seen a significant surge in ecommerce.  “The lockdown-period business was really tough, as volumes were low, but we made a decision to stay open to support our... 

DNG Energy to begin LNG bunkering operations at Coega

By: Simone LiedtkeDelta Natural Gas (DNG) Energy has received final authorisation from the Transnet National Ports Authority (TNPA) to begin liquefied natural gas (LNG) bunkering operations in the Port of Coega, in the Eastern Cape.   DNG Energy group CEO Aldworth Mbalati says this is a positive outcome for both... 

DNG Energy to begin LNG bunkering operations at Coega

Energy expert calls for RMIPPPP overhaul to facilitate cheaper, cleaner emergency power

By: Terence CreamerEnergy expert Clyde Mallinson is calling on government to urgently overhaul its Risk Mitigation Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme (RMIPPPP), which he says not only fails to address the country’s immediate electricity needs, but will also lock in dirty and expensive energy for the... 

Energy expert calls for RMIPPPP overhaul  to facilitate cheaper, cleaner emergency power

Footprint of Johannesburg data centre to be expanded

By: Natasha OdendaalTechnology services provider NTT and systems integrator and managed services provider Dimension Data have broken ground on a project to expand their Johannesburg 1 Data Centre. The data centre, designed to Tier 3 standards, will be constructed in two phases, with the first phase scheduled to... 

Nasa’s new crewed space programme becomes more international

By: Rebecca CampbellThe US National Aeronautics and Space Administration (Nasa) has signed agreements with seven international partners to support Nasa’s Artemis crewed space programme and to establish a set of practical principles for space exploration cooperation between the signatory countries, which will be... 

Oversight forum established for departmental merger

By: Natasha OdendaalCommunications and Digital Technologies Minister Stella Ndabeni-Abrahams has established a joint oversight forum to ensure a smooth merger process of the Department of Telecommunications and Postal Services and the Department of Communications. The formation of the Department of Communications... 

Regional airline body calls for travel restrictions to be clear and consistent

By: Rebecca CampbellThe Airlines Association of Southern Africa (AASA) has warned the governments of the region that the continuation of “inconsistent and arbitrary” air travel restrictions (to counter the Covid-19 pandemic) were endangering economic recovery and future growth. As a result, almost five-million jobs... 

Roll-out of three Gauteng SEZs being prioritised

By: Irma VenterThe Gauteng Growth and Development Agency (GDDA) has prioritised three special economic zone (SEZ) developments for roll-out in Gauteng, says GDDA CEO Mosa Tshabalala. The first is a high-tech SEZ in the northern corridor of Gauteng, in Bronkhorstspruit, 50 km from Pretoria. 

SA exports to China surprise on upside in the ‘pandemic quarter’

By: Marleny ArnoldiWhile South Africa had seen on overall decline in exports during the lockdown, exports to China had grown by just more than 2% year-on-year during the second quarter, says research institute Trade & Industrial Policy Strategies. The result is that, during the quarter, China’s dominance as South... 

SA exports to China surprise on  upside in the ‘pandemic quarter’

SA, European solar bodies in knowledge-sharing tie-up

By: Marleny ArnoldiThe South African Photovoltaic Industry Association (SAPVIA) and the European association for solar SolarPower Europe has joined forces to unlock the potential of solar power and ensure that South Africa reaps the economic and societal benefits of renewable energy. Both associations have been... 

Sanral records R640m revenue shortfall as a result of lockdown

By: Marleny ArnoldiThe South African National Roads Agency Limited (Sanral) has recorded a revenue loss of R640-million to date for its 2020/21 financial year as a result of reduced traffic on toll roads during the lockdown. The State-owned roads agency also reported on October 7 that it was underspending about... 

Sanral records R640m revenue  shortfall as a result of lockdown

SA’s biggest vehicle export market records worst September in century

By: Irma VenterThe Covid-19 pandemic has seen South Africa’s biggest new-vehicle export market suffer its worst September sales month this century. According to the UK’s Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders, there were only 328 041 new registrations in what is normally the UK’s second most important sales... 

Solar ‘new king’ of electricity, but grid key to unlocking net-zero transition

By: Terence CreamerThe International Energy Agency (IEA) has declared solar the “new king” of electricity, arguing that, while renewables technologies as a whole are poised for rapid growth over the coming several decades, solar will be “at the centre of this new constellation of electricity generation... 

Solar ‘new king’ of electricity, but grid  key to unlocking net-zero transition

Spanish solar tracking group establishes formal presence in South Africa

By: Terence CreamerSpanish solar tracker and structures specialist STI Norland has, since the start of October, established an active presence in South Africa, which it views as an attractive market for utility scale solar photovoltaic (PV) projects. An office and warehouse facility is being established in Port... 

Spanish solar tracking group establishes  formal presence in South Africa

Suzuki defies Covid-19 as it sets new sales record

By: Irma VenterDespite the havoc Covid-19 is wreaking on the domestic economy, Suzuki Auto South Africa (Suzuki SA) set a new sales record in September, retailing 1 787 cars, sports-utility vehicles and commercial vehicles. In doing so, the local arm of the Japanese small-carmaker shattered its previous sales... 

Tax breaks, grey import probe needed to revive car market – Naamsa

By: Irma VenterAs many European countries reintroduce lockdown measures to deal with a second wave of Covid-19, South Africa’s vehicle exports to these markets are “increasingly under pressure”, says National Association of Automobile Manufacturers of South Africa (Naamsa) CEO Mike Mabasa. The European Union,... 

Technology adoption should be driven by strategy

By: Schalk BurgerThe adoption of technology in a business must be strategic, informed and should be performed with the aim of streamlining and enhancing the existing business processes to ensure maximum value and efficiency, says business consultancy multinational BDO Financial Services Technology junior analyst... 

Technology adoption should be driven by strategy

UK announces support for Southern and East African trade

By: Rebecca CampbellUK Minister for Africa James Duddridge visited Zambia earlier this month to discuss British support to boost trade across Southern Africa and between Zambia and East Africa. He held talks with Zambian Finance Minister Dr Bwalya Ng’andu as well as with trade bodies and businesses. “From farmers... 

UK provides funding for ‘self-eating’ space rocket concept

By: Rebecca CampbellThe UK’s Defence and Security Accelerator (DASA), an agency of the country’s Ministry of Defence, has committed £90 000 (about R1.92-million) to support the development of a potentially revolutionary ‘autophage’ rocket engine. Autophage literally means self-eating, and the rocket is being... 

Warning of massive job losses in African aviation-linked sectors

By: Tasneem BulbuliaIndustry organisation the International Air Transport Association (Iata) has warned that the damage being done to the African aviation industry and on economies by the shutdown of air traffic owing to the Covid-19 pandemic has deepened. According to new data published by the Air Transport Action... 

Editorial Insight

Thriving sustainably

By: Terence CreamerIn his powerful new documentary ‘A Life On Our Planet’, veteran natural history broadcaster Sir David Attenborough offers an authoritative yet disturbing witness statement on the harm humanity has inflicted on the planet over his lifetime – he is 93. But he also uses the platform to offer a... 

Thriving sustainably

Mining Weekly News

Exploration strategy in three months, hydrogen under scrutiny – DMRE

By: Martin CreamerA comprehensive exploration strategy will be developed in the next three months and engagement on the potential of the platinum group metals-linked hydrogen economy is taking place, Department of Mineral Resources and Energy director-general Advocate Thabo Mokoena said on Thursday. In a keynote... 

Exploration strategy in three months, hydrogen under scrutiny – DMRE

Gold Fields’ Granny Smith hybrid power solution enters service

By: Esmarie IannucciGold miner Gold Fields announced the completion this month of one of the world’s largest renewable energy microgrids at its Granny Smith gold mine, in Western Australia.   The hybrid power system, which has been integrated with an existing gas-fired power station, is powered by more than 20 000... 

Gold Fields’ Granny Smith hybrid power solution enters service

Majors must convince investors of need to replace value, says Sir Mick

By: Martin CreamerMajor mining companies need to convince investors of the crucial need to replace the value that they are taking out of the ground, mining luminary Sir Mick Davis said on Thursday. “Every single day that they take something out of the ground, that value disappears forever, and unless you do... 

Majors must convince investors of need  to replace value, says Sir Mick

Rio, AB InBev sign MoU to deliver sustainable aluminium cans

By: Simone LiedtkeBeer drinkers will soon be able to enjoy their favourite brew out of cans that are both recyclable and responsibly produced as a result of a global partnership between diversified miner Rio Tinto and brewer Anheuser-Busch InBev (AB InBev). The two companies have signed a memorandum of... 

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