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Cover Story

Airline industry – global, regional, national – being decimated by Covid-19

By: Rebecca CampbellThe impact of the Covid-19 pandemic and the measures taken by most governments to contain it, including national lockdowns, severe travel restrictions and even total flight bans, have had an incredibly severe impact of the commercial aviation industry worldwide. At the end of last month, the... 

Airline industry – global, regional, national – being decimated by Covid-19

First Word

Curbing pollution of all kinds must become a South African imperative

By: Martin CreamerExperiencing clean skies during lockdown has been inspiring. Fewer vehicles on the highways and byways has meant less pollution and easier breathing. As South Africans, we should no longer tolerate vehicles without catalytic converters. Government should legislate soonest to introduce strict... 

Curbing pollution of all kinds must become a South African imperative

News & Insight

5G networks can help rebuild economies – Ericsson CEO

By: Natasha OdendaalThe rapid deployment of fifth-generation (5G) technologies could enable countries to rebuild faster after lockdowns owing to the Covid-19 pandemic left many economies in tatters. 5G is widely expected to unlock the potential of the Fourth Industrial Revolution and will be the cornerstone upon... 

African OTT, VoD services ‘a long play with many moving parts’

By: Natasha OdendaalWhile streaming services across the globe have accelerated in recent years, Africa’s step into the market will be a long play involving many moving parts that cannot be based on international experience. The over-the-top (OTT) and video-on-demand (VoD) services market in Africa differs vastly... 

Auto components maker producing face shields for adults, children

By: Irma VenterRosslyn Automotive Supplier Park (ASP) tenant PolyGen has joined a group of factories in the automotive sector that are modifying their production lines to manufacture goods that will assist in the fight against the Covid-19 pandemic.  The company previously produced plastic parts for automotive... 

Cartrack says there has been no spike in cancellations owing to Covid-19

By: Irma VenterCartrack CEO Zak Calisto is confident the asset management and workforce optimisation company will be able to weather the current Covid-19 storm, provided “the storm doesn’t last forever”. “We have been able to deliver a high level of service to all our customers, despite the economic disruptions... 

CEF denies nine ‘requests’ for support amount to a bailout

By: Terence CreamerSouth Africa’s State-owned Central Energy Fund (CEF) has outlined an extensive list of support measures – including access to a portion of the fuel levy and carbon-tax proceeds – which it argued on Tuesday would help extricate the group from a “precarious financial position”, precipitated by... 

CEF denies nine ‘requests’ for  support amount to a bailout

Construction industry operating at 10% to 15% of capacity – economist

By: Irma VenterDespite certain sections of the construction industry returning to work under Alert Level 4 of the national lockdown, the industry is currently working at only between 10% and 15% of its capacity, says Industry Insight senior economist David Metelerkamp. Construction on public projects, such as... 

Covid-19 portal now showcasing sanitisers, detergents and disinfectants

By: Tasneem BulbuliaFollowing the success of its online portal dedicated to matching supply and demand of locally manufactured fabric face masks, national campaign Proudly SA has extended the portal to include local producers of hand sanitiser, surface disinfectants and detergents. As South Africans gradually return... 

Emerging cleantech firm treats harmful algae blooms at Roodeplaat dam

By: Natasha OdendaalPrivately owned global cleantech company BlueGreen Water Technologies has successfully completed its first treatment against toxic algae blooms in a strategic intervention at Roodeplaat dam, south-east of Pretoria. The Tel Aviv-based company applied its proprietary algaecide, Lake Guard Oxy, to... 

Five things public transport can do to help flatten postlockdown infection curve

By: Irma VenterPublic transport has emerged as a central concern in the fight against the transmission of Covid-19, says University of Pretoria Centre for Transport Development’s Christo Venter. Vehicles and transport hubs are ideal places for infections to spread, leading to the shutdown of transport services... 

Geolocation spectrum database open for use by Television White Spaces operators

By: Simone LiedtkeIn the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic, and in line with the Independent Communications Authority of South Africa’s (Icasa’s) request, the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) has invited interested Television White Spaces (TVWS) network operators to use its Secondary Geo-Location... 

Geolocation spectrum database open for use by Television White Spaces operators

Incentives to be recalibrated to maintaining SA’s industrial base post-Covid

By: Terence CreamerThe Department of Trade, Industry and Competition (DTIC) indicated on Monday that a significant portion of its industrial-financing resources were likely to be redirected to firms and industries that were now in distress as a result of the country’s efforts to combat the Covid-19 pandemic.... 

Incentives to be recalibrated to maintaining SA’s industrial base post-Covid

Interactive map for cost-optimal renewables systems published

By: Tasneem BulbuliaTechnology group Wärtsilä has published an extensive interactive map on cost-optimal, 100% renewable electricity systems globally. The map provides information on the potential of renewable energy in relation to geographical regions and their solar and wind conditions. 

Kaspersky develops cybercapacity training programme to bolster IT resilience

By: Schalk BurgerCybersecurity multinational Kaspersky announced on May 19 that, as part of the Global Transparency Initiative, it had developed a cybersecurity skills development programme. The Cyber Capacity Building Programme will be available during the latter part of the year, says Kaspersky public affairs... 

Kenya eyeing geothermal PPPs with combined capacity of 560 MW

By: John MuchiraKenya intends to implement geothermal power projects with a combined capacity of 560 MW under a public–private partnership (PPP) framework, as part of efforts to enhance electricity generation from renewable sources.  The Kenya Electricity Generating Company (KenGen) says the first phase will... 

Lack of finance hinders energy efficiency implementation in companies

By: Creamer Media Reporter Milisha Pillay argues that there has never been a more opportune time for financial institutions to become more invested in structuring financial packages that are designed to appreciate the nuances of energy efficiency projects   Fortified by steeply rising electricity prices, stricter... 

Most firms will consider operational changes when reopening – survey

By: Marleny ArnoldiA Covid-19 CFO Pulse survey conducted by consultancy PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) has revealed a sense of optimism among finance leaders about their companies’ ability to safely reopen, as Covid-19 restrictions slowly start to lift in some countries. PwC says most businesses in Africa, similar... 

Most metals markets to move into a surplus this year

By: Simone LiedtkeMost metals markets are expected to move into a surplus this year, says research firm Fitch Solutions, noting that consumption is likely to decrease more than the decreases in production capacity, as a result of the spread of Covid-19. Although some operational hurdles, owing to government... 

New venture set up to explore SA’s offshore floating wind farm potential

By: Terence CreamerA South African renewable-energy company has teamed up with a Swedish floating wind-farm developer and technology designer to explore the development of large-scale floating wind farms offshore South Africa. In a joint statement released in Stockholm and Cape Town, Hexicon AB and Genesis... 

New venture set up to explore SA’s offshore floating wind farm potential

Pandemic prompts supplier’s tech aspirations

By: Mamaili MamailaIndustrial valves supplier Process and Allied Contracting Equipment (Pace Valves) plans to embrace the technological developments that will be prompted by the Covid-19 pandemic in South Africa to sustain its supply growth. 

Reopened Merc plant gears up for face-shield, breathing-aid production

By: Irma VenterMercedes-Benz South Africa (MBSA) will manufacture three-dimensional- (3D-) printed recyclable plastic face shields for use in the mass screening for Covid-19, and for use at clinics and hospitals.  In addition, and pending quality assurance regulatory approval, the local arm of the German auto... 

Rush Exhaust Purification

By: Creamer Media Reporter Rush Exhaust Purification cc primary line of business is catalytic converters (Purifiers) and Diesel Particulate Filters (DPF). Specializing in designing and manufacturing of exhaust systems, diesel particulate filters, water cooling pipes, air filtration systems and turbo intercooler charge... 

Rush Exhaust Purification

SA urged to leverage the full industrial potential of the IRP 2019

By: Terence CreamerThe allocation, in the Integrated Resource Plan 2019 (IRP 2019), to renewable energy represents a major opportunity not only to diversify South Africa’s coal-heavy electricity mix, but also to create new domestic industries and jobs, Kearney senior energy principal Prashaen Reddy argues. To fully... 

SA urged to leverage the full industrial  potential of the IRP 2019

Sasol calls for renewabls IPP bids to supply 600 MW to SA operations

By: Terence CreamerChemicals and fuels group Sasol has issued a request for information (RFI) for the supply of 600 MW of renewable energy to its South African operations so as to reduce its yearly greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by about 1.6-million tons. The closing date for submissions is Friday, June 5. 

Sasol calls for renewabls IPP bids to supply  600 MW to SA operations

Small businesses urged to continuously upskill IT personnel

By: Schalk BurgerSmall and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) must define the scope of information technology (IT) work and skills they require, and should continuously invest in the upskilling of these individuals through courses and exams, ensuring they have all necessary qualifications to support the SME's... 

Smartphone market hit hard by Covid-19 impact

By: Natasha OdendaalThe worldwide smartphone market has recorded its largest year-on-year decline during the first quarter of 2020, while China’s market experienced a 20.3% drop in shipments. Worldwide smartphone shipments decreased 11.7% as companies aggregately shipped 275.8-million smartphones during the first... 

Editorial Insight

A renewables stimulus

By: Terence CreamerThere are several stimulus levers that South Africa will consider pulling to extricate itself from what is far more likely to be a serious depression than a fleeting recession. One of these stands out more prominently than most of the others: an accelerated renewable-energy build programme. The... 

A renewables stimulus

Mining Weekly News

Anglo American to move corporate office to Rosebank

By: Martin CreamerDiversified mining company Anglo American, while committing to upholding the legacy of its historic central business district (CBD) presence in downtown Johannesburg, has decided to relocate its Johannesburg CBD colleagues to a new consolidated corporate office in Rosebank, north of the city... 

Anglo American to move  corporate office to Rosebank

Central banks indicate they will continue to buy gold, some more than usual

By: Marleny ArnoldiThe World Gold Council (WGC) in its latest 'Central Bank Gold Reserves (CBGR)' survey highlights several notable shifts in central bank attitudes towards gold this year. Increased interest in gold’s performance during times of crisis would suggest that the fast-changing financial and economic... 

Central banks indicate they will continue  to buy gold, some more than usual

Glencore describes 2019 safety performance as ‘unacceptable’

By: Martin CreamerDiversified mining and marketing company Glencore significantly surpassed its emission target in 2019 but described its safety performance as being unacceptable. In announcing the publication on its website of its 2019 Sustainability Report as well as its environment, social and governance (ESG)... 

Glencore describes 2019 safety performance  as ‘unacceptable’

Gold’s implied returns to come down sooner or later, says WGC

By: Marleny ArnoldiThe World Gold Council (WGC) has analysed the potential performance of gold across four hypothetical scenarios provided by Oxford Economics in light of Covid-19 and ensuing economic lockdowns slashing global growth forecasts for this year. The WGC explains that gold’s behaviour can be explained... 

Mechanism in place to repatriate $252m from DRC – AngloGold

By: Martin CreamerA mechanism is in place to repatriate $252-million from the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), AngloGold Ashanti CEO Kelvin Dushnisky said on Monday. The Johannesburg- and New York-listed company drew attention to the outstanding cash balances awaiting repatriation from the DRC in a first... 

Mechanism in place to repatriate  $252m from DRC – AngloGold

Miners urged to transform to thrive in a post-Covid-19 environment

By: Esmarie Iannucci Mining major Rio Tinto is bracing for a changed market environment post Covid-19. CEO Jean Sebastian-Jacques told delegates on the Bank of America Global Metals, Mining and Steel Conference that the mining industry would need to transform to operate and thrive in a post pandemic reality. 

Miners urged to transform to thrive  in a post-Covid-19 environment

New collaboration leads to development of wireless system for blasting market

By: Natasha OdendaalFrance-based CEA Tech research institute CEA-Leti and blasting solutions group Davey Bickford Enaex have partnered to develop a new, flexible wireless system, with enhanced safety and productivity, for the blasting market. The new system comprises electronic detonators with bidirectional radio... 

Power-station switch from coal to hydrogen sets new global example

By: Martin CreamerThe transitioning of a US power station from coal to renewable hydrogen is leading the way in a world urgently in need of meaningful action to combat climate change. The ground-breaking transition by Intermountain Power Agency of Utah, is being facilitated by Mitsubishi Hitachi Power Systems,... 

Power-station switch from coal to  hydrogen sets new global example

Trevali defers Namibia zinc expansion decision

By: Mariaan WebbGlobal base-metals miner Trevali has deferred its expansion plans for the Rosh Pinah zinc mine, in Namibia, to a future date, as it moves to preserve liquidity during the economic downturn. The Vancouver-based company, which also owns mines in Peru, Canada and Burkina Faso, said on Wednesday... 

Trevali defers Namibia zinc expansion decision

World’s top miners committed to climate change solutions – ICMM

By: Martin CreamerTwenty seven of the world's leading mining and metals companies and 36 associations are committed to climate change solutions through their membership of the International Council on Mining and Metals (ICMM), Mining Weekly can today report. The ICMM is an international organisation dedicated to a... 

World’s top miners committed to  climate change solutions – ICMM

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