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Cybersecurity becoming part of industrial practices as digital applications and risks multiply

By: Schalk BurgerAs industrial facilities and systems become increasingly connected to capitalise on digital capabilities, countering cybersecurity risks is becoming part of industrial best practices and digital technologies are being subjected to the same rigorous safety and security standards as other... 

Cybersecurity becoming part of industrial practices as digital applications and risks multiply

First Word

South Africans must reopen high-energy businesses that expensive electricity closed

By: Martin CreamerWhen South Africa’s electricity prices were competitive, a lot of high-energy infrastructure was established. But many furnaces and smelters had to be put on care-and-maintenance after Eskom’s electricity tariffs surged by more than 500% in ten years. Now, clean competitively priced electricity... 

South Africans must reopen high-energy businesses that expensive electricity closed

News & Insight

1 200 jobs created as Ford prepares for new Ranger production at Silverton plant

By: Irma VenterFord South Africa (Ford SA) has created about 1 200 incremental jobs by reintroducing a third shift to its operations at the Silverton assembly plant. The additional shift forms part of the US automaker’s $1.05-billion investment in the Pretoria plant to produce the next-generation Ranger bakkie,... 

Appetite for connected homes, buildings presenting opportunities to realise potential of FTTx

By: Natasha OdendaalFibre-to-the-x (FTTx) is a bundle of opportunities wrapped in legacy challenges that can be overcome to deliver immense value to the business, consumer and public sector alike, says International Data Corporation senior research and consulting manager and telco and Internet of Things sub-Saharan... 

Call for policy improvements to accelerate global wind energy installations

By: Simone LiedtkeWhile offshore wind capacity grew steadily in 2020, the Global Wind Energy Council (GWEC) advises that governments will need to act decisively to improve policy in order to scale up installations at the pace required to help the world meet its carbon emissions targets and avoid the worst effects... 

Daimler Trucks & Buses Southern Africa executive management restructured

By: Irma VenterDaimler Trucks & Buses Southern Africa (DTBSA) has named Ziyad Gaba as customer service, parts and downstream VP, and Maretha Gerber as sales and marketing VP.  Gaba was previously at the helm of Fuso Trucks Southern Africa, while Gerber was head of Mercedes-Benz Trucks Southern Africa. 

Embraer delivers its 1 500th business jet

By: Rebecca CampbellBrazilian major aerospace group Embraer has announced that it delivered its 1 500th executive, or business, jet to a client last week. The company achieved this milestone in only 20 years, while the industry average for reaching this number was 34 years. The 1 500th delivery by the group was a... 

First electric truck from China’s JAC Motors starts operations in South Africa

By: Irma VenterThe first electric truck from Chinese auto maker JAC Motors has started operations in South Africa. The arrival of the electric N-series truck marks the start of JAC Motors South Africa's (JMSA’s) local electric vehicle (EV) programme, says public relations manager Braam Faul. 

Jib crane to be used for underground ore recovery

By: Schalk BurgerCrane and hoist manufacturer Condra Cranes designed, manufactured and delivered a large jib crane that will be trialled for the bulk recovery of ore spilled underground. The 5 t crane has a 9 m lifting height and a slewing radius of 5 m, with an orange-peel hydraulic grab and electromagnet – a... 

Jib crane to be used for underground  ore recovery

M-Pesa reaches 50m monthly active customers

By: Natasha OdendaalFintech platform M-Pesa has surpassed the milestone of 50-million monthly active customers. The number of active customers on M-Pesa, which was launched in Kenya in 2007, has doubled over the past five years, after reaching 25-million customers in 2016. 

Mobile plug and play solar plant for Mokalakwena

By: Marleny ArnoldiRenewable energy company Scatec has signed a two-year lease agreement with Engie to provide a mobile plug-and-play solar photovoltaic (PV) plant at its hydrogen production plant at Anglo American Platinum’s Mokalakwena mine, in Limpopo. Scatec launched its Release by Scatec service in September... 

MTN in mobile money partnership with Flutterwave

By: Natasha OdendaalInformation and communications technology group MTN has partnered with payments technology company Flutterwave to enable Flutterwave business customers to use MTN Mobile Money (MoMo) as a payment method. This means that businesses integrating Flutterwave in Cameroon, Côte d’Ivoire, Rwanda, Uganda... 

Promotion of e-mobility key before SA starts producing batteries for EVs and hybrids

By: Irma VenterOne of the first steps for South Africa to participate in the global battery supply chain for battery electric or hybrid vehicles would be the promotion of electromobility in the local market, proposes Mercedes-Benz production and supply chain management board member Dr Jörg Burzer. “This is one... 

Record 54 520 vehicles exported through Durban Car Terminal in August

By: Irma VenterGrowing transshipments and improving new-vehicle exports from South Africa saw the Durban Car Terminal set a new record in August, with the facility handling 54 520 fully built units that month.  This followed the previous handling record of 51 407 fully built units, set in June this year.  

Sasol, UCT confirm progress on catalysts that convert hydrogen, CO2 into green jet fuel

By: Terence CreamerEnergy and chemicals group Sasol, which aims to become a leader in South Africa’s promising green hydrogen industry, reports that research advancements have been achieved that are supportive of the conversion of hydrogen and carbon dioxide (CO2) into green jet fuel and chemicals. Made in... 

Sasol, UCT confirm progress on catalysts that  convert hydrogen, CO2 into green jet fuel

South Africa’s green hydrogen ‘first mover’ opportunity based on three structural advantages

By: Terence CreamerSouth Africa has three favourable structural characteristics that potentially give it a “first mover advantage” to become a global green-hydrogen leader, Sasol CEO Fleetwood Grobler argued in his address during a ‘Hydrogen Economy Discussion’ facilitated by well-known mining personality Bernard... 

South Africa’s green hydrogen ‘first mover’ opportunity based on three structural advantages

Wits invites research community to join consortium advancing AI use in Africa

By: Schalk BurgerArtificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML) offer huge opportunities for development and progress in Africa, and the University of the Witwatersrand (Wits) invites Africa’s research community to join its newly formed AI Africa Consortium, which aims to develop a collaborative network... 

Editorial Insight

Lessons from America?

By: Terence CreamerRecent signs of America’s weakening global economic, cultural, and military dominance notwithstanding, the country continues to play a superpower-sized role in shaping the international narrative, with oversized consequences for national debates. Be it Black Lives Matter, vaccine hesitancy,... 

Lessons from America?

Mining Weekly News

BHP not banking on green hydrogen to meet decarbonisation targets

By: Esmarie IannucciDiversified giant BHP will not be relying on green hydrogen to meet its decarbonizing targets, the miner said on Wednesday. Speaking at the Hydrogen and Mines virtual summit, BHP’s manager for energy, carbon and technology research, Lee Levkowitz said that it was unlikely that green hydrogen... 

BHP not banking on green hydrogen to meet decarbonisation targets

Botswana copper miner Khoemacau giving attention to communities, other ESG matters

By: Martin CreamerKhoemacau Copper Mining of Botswana, which is ramping up to nameplate throughput of 3.65-million tonnes a year, is also giving attention to environmental social and governance (ESG) matters that include considerable renewable energy generation and promising community development initiatives. In... 

Botswana copper miner Khoemacau giving  attention to communities, other ESG matters

Lucara’s Botswana expansion formally approved

By: Mariaan WebbThe board of Lucara Diamond Corp has formally approved the $534-million expansion of its Karowe mine, in Botswana, the Canadian miner announced on Wednesday. The underground mine construction approval follows the financial closure and satisfaction all conditions precedent to a $220-million debt... 

Nuclear energy use to grow over next 20 years, requiring increased uranium mining

By: Rebecca CampbellThe World Nuclear Association (WNA) has forecast that worldwide nuclear energy generation capacity will grow by 2.6% a year over the next 20 years. The prediction is contained in the WNA publication The Nuclear Fuel Report: Global Scenarios for Demand and Supply Availability 2021-2040, which was... 

Nuclear energy use to grow over next 20 years,  requiring increased uranium mining

Plans unfolding to rail manganese more efficiently – ARM

By: Martin CreamerDiversified mining company African Rainbow Minerals (ARM) is looking to upgrading its private rail siding from 60 t to 100 t rail wagons so that it can transport manganese ore to the Port of Saldanha in a much more efficient way. Currently, the private rail siding at the Black Rock mine in the... 

Plans unfolding to rail manganese more efficiently – ARM

Shut Nkomati Nickel has good-grade, long-life underground potential

By: Martin CreamerThe large underground resource that remains at the shut Nkomati Nickel mine in Mpumalanga provides optionality depending on market conditions, says African Rainbow Minerals (ARM) CEO Mike Schmidt. The Nkomati mine, located near Machadodorp, has been on care-and-maintenance since March as the... 

Shut Nkomati Nickel has good-grade,  long-life underground potential

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