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SA urged to pursue cybersecurity frameworks based on global best practice

By: Schalk BurgerThe data that public and private organisations capture and use, as well as its sensitivity, risk, and protection, are central not only to international best practices of cybersecurity, but also to laws and regulation. Information and communication technology (ICT) and law experts indicate that... 

SA urged to pursue cybersecurity frameworks based on global best practice

First Word

South Africans, please seize the green hydrogen opportunity with far greater enthusiasm

By: Martin CreamerGreen hydrogen is selling itself globally. Climate change mitigation has created the demand. It was good to hear Kumba Iron Ore say that it is investigating the use of green hydrogen for its mining activities. It was also good that Sasol included green hydrogen in its low-carbon reset hopes. But... 

South Africans, please seize the green hydrogen opportunity with far greater enthusiasm

News & Insight

Competition Commission eyes strategy for digital economy

By: Natasha OdendaalThe Competition Commission is reviewing the submissions it has received in response to its proposed competitive strategy for South Africa’s digital economy in the future. The draft paper on Competition in the Digital Economy was published in September for public comment before October 30,... 

Covid-19 will not affect current capex, but future projects dependent on recovery, says Trac

By: Irma VenterThe Covid-19 pandemic will not affect the roll-out of the current R1.6-billion worth of capital projects along the N4, says Trans African Concessions (Trac) CEO Alex van Niekerk. Trac manages the N4 Toll Route between Tshwane, Gauteng, and the Maputo port, in Mozambique. 

Credible pipeline of projects seen as key to achieving R1-trillion infrastructure goal

By: Terence CreamerPresident Cyril Ramaphosa has highlighted the importance of project preparation to unlocking the mostly private finance that will be needed to realise government’s goal of investing R1-trillion in infrastructure over the coming four years and turning South Africa into a “building site”. Speaking... 

Credible pipeline of projects seen as key  to achieving R1-trillion infrastructure goal

Eastern Cape’s Localisation Supermarket sees healthy uptake

By: Irma VenterLocal companies have made bids to produce 25% of the automotive parts listed in the Automotive Industry Development Centre Eastern Cape’s (AIDC EC’s) Localisation Supermarket. The Localisation Supermarket is both a physical showcase and online catalogue of automotive components that are currently... 

Economic Reconstruction and Recovery Plan presents opportunity to build a better economy, says Saice

By: Donna SlaterThe Economic Reconstruction and Recovery Plan tabled by President Cyril Ramaphosa in October, provides an opportunity to build a better structured economy, reports South African Institution of Civil Engineering CEO Vishaal Lutchman. Following Ramaphosa’s announcement of the plan, Finance Minister... 

Eskom says it needs R23bn more from tariffs in 2021 to remain a going concern

By: Terence CreamerState-owned electricity utility Eskom argued on Thursday that it required additional revenue of R23-billion for the upcoming financial year to remain a going concern and told the National Energy Regulator of South Africa (Nersa) that further tariff increases, beyond the 5.22% already approved for... 

Eskom says it needs R23bn more from tariffs in 2021 to remain a going concern

EU seeks dialogue on ‘recalibration’ of South Africa’s black-empowerment rules

By: Terence CreamerThe European Union’s (EU’s) ambassador to South Africa, Riina Kionka, confirmed on Thursday that the bloc intended initiating a dialogue with the South African government on the current rules governing broad-based black economic empowerment (BBBEE), compliance with which remained challenging for... 

EU seeks dialogue on ‘recalibration’ of South Africa’s black-empowerment rules

Fund managers start ball rolling on large-scale kelp farm off Namibian coast

By: Marleny ArnoldiFund management firm Climate Fund Managers’ Climate Investor Two Fund has partnered with Namibia Infrastructure Development and Investment Fund (Nidif), managed by Namibian private equity fund manager Eos Capital, and Kelp Blue for the commercial development of the world’s first large-scale kelp... 

Fund managers start ball rolling on large-scale  kelp farm off Namibian coast

GreenPitch Challenge 2021 entries open

By: Simone LiedtkeInnovators and entrepreneurs with “economically viable" green economy innovation business ideas have been invited by nonprofit organisation GreenCape, to enter and participate in the Invest Cape Town Business Hub GreenPitch Challenge 2021. Entries are open from November 4 and will close on... 

Hide prices and state of play in leather value chain

By: Creamer Media Reporter Inputs costs, sales volumes and prices are all key to the profitability and sustainability of manufacturers. Owing to the lockdown measures implemented globally to curb the spread of the Covid-19 pandemic, most, if not all, of these have been beyond the control of businesses. The leather... 

Huawei, Rain, Wits open South Africa’s first 5G Innovation Lab

By: Natasha OdendaalChinese information and communication technology (ICT) giant Huawei, data-only network operator Rain and the University of the Witwatersrand (Wits) have partnered to launch South Africa’s first fifth-generation (5G) laboratory to enable students to learn from and experiment with the 5G... 

Iata head calls on African governments to save their airlines as crisis stays deep

By: Rebecca CampbellRemotely addressing the recent fifty-second annual general meeting of the African Airlines Association (AFRAA), International Air Transport Association (Iata) director-general and CEO Alexandre de Juniac highlighted the damage that the continent’s airlines have suffered as a result of travel... 

New head for BMW SA as Tim Abbott leaves group but remains in South Africa

By: Irma VenterSouth African-born Peter van Binsbergen has been appointed as the new CEO of BMW Group South Africa and sub-Saharan Africa (BMW SA). He replaces outgoing CEO Tim Abbott. Van Binsbergen, who will take up his new position on January 1, started his career with the BMW Group more than 25 years ago,... 

New-vehicle sales down 25.4% year-on-year in October

By: Irma VenterTotal South African new-vehicle sales declined by 25.4% in October, to 38 752 units, compared with the 51 968 vehicles sold in the same month last year. The new-passenger-car market also fell by 25.4%, to 26 793 units.  

Next year could see local auto industry regain some momentum

By: Irma VenterNext year could see the local automotive industry regain some momentum in terms of domestic sales, exports and production, but it will not manage to claw back all of the losses recorded in a Covid-19-hit 2020. The newest National Association of Automobile Manufacturers of South Africa (Naamsa)... 

Nokia, Vodacom in 5G partnership

By: Natasha OdendaalInformation and communication technology group Nokia and telecommunications giant Vodacom South Africa have teamed up to further deploy ultrafast fifth-generation (5G) services. Vodacom will leverage Nokia’s 5G radio, core and fixed-wireless access (FWA) solutions across its network. 

Record wind power growth predicted, despite Covid-19 crisis

By: Simone LiedtkeWind power will continue to show record growth over the next five years, despite the impacts of the Covid-19 crisis, and will “make a crucial contribution to economic recovery”, says the Global Wind Energy Council (GWEC). 

Rolls-Royce signs two international agreements on small modular nuclear reactors

By: Rebecca CampbellUK-based global major industrial technology group Rolls-Royce recently signed, in rapid succession, two memorandums of understanding (MoUs) regarding the development and operation of small modular reactor (SMR) nuclear power plants (NPPs). Rolls-Royce is leading a consortium, supported by both... 

SADC’s uptake of e-mobility slow, despite region’s battery minerals endowment

By: Tasneem BulbuliaThe uptake of e-mobility and electric vehicles (EVs) is set to increase globally and this provides a myriad of opportunities for the Southern African Development Community (SADC) region, especially given its endowment of natural resources used in the production of the batteries used in these... 

Scientists discover more evidence that, in the past, women were hunters and fighters

By: Rebecca Campbell  American archaeologists and anthropologists, supported by forensic scientists and physicists, have made a striking and theory-upsetting discovery in the Peruvian Andes. They uncovered the 9 000-year-old grave of a hunter – who was a woman. The burial site is located high in the Andes at a place... 

Editorial Insight

Baffling distraction

By: Terence CreamerWhile South Africa is distracting itself with a post-2030 nuclear mirage, much of the rest of the world is preparing to ride a very real energy wave that will help them recover immediately from the Covid-19 crisis and create the energy platforms needed for long-term growth and development. As a... 

Baffling distraction

Mining Weekly News

Bearings International to distribute ABB’s IE3 motors

By: Natasha OdendaalBearings and power transmission products distributor Bearings International (BI) is preparing to distribute low-voltage IE3 electric motors for global engineering company ABB after the duo inked an extended partnership deal in earlier this month. The distribution of the first motors, including... 

Canada unveils electric heavy vehicle project for openpit mines

By: Mariaan WebbGraphite developer Nouveau Monde Graphite has been selected as the mining partner of a collaborative endeavour bringing together research and industry leaders to develop electric systems and rapid recharging infrastructure for heavy vehicles adapted to openpit mining. The project brings together... 

Canada unveils electric heavy  vehicle project for openpit mines

Clean, green copper of Northern Cape will be produced at nigh zero cost – Orion

By: Martin CreamerThe clean, green copper that Orion Minerals will mine with the help of the Northern Cape’s hot sun and prime wind will be almost free of cost, paid for by the zinc credits, Orion Minerals CEO Errol Smart said on Tuesday. “If you take it as a copper mine only, net of zinc credits, we come close to... 

Clean, green copper of Northern Cape will be  produced at nigh zero cost – Orion

Producers express misgivings about mooted chrome export tax

By: Marleny ArnoldiFurther to a statement released earlier this week, chrome producer organisation ChromeSA has explained the evidential rationale behind its dismay at Cabinet’s proposed export tax on chrome ore. Cabinet on October 22 released a statement in which it said it approves of measures to support the... 

Producers express misgivings  about mooted chrome export tax

Social compact key to success of green hydrogen industry

By: Tasneem BulbuliaThere is considerable potential for the Southern African region to be a supplier of green hydrogen and leverage its platinum group metal (PGM) resources; however, there must be a social compact as part of building this industry. This was indicated by speakers during the Mapungubwe Institute for... 

South Australia funding infrastructure for hydrogen project

By: Esmarie IannucciThe South Australian government will allocate A$37-million to upgrade the Port Bonython jetty as part of its ambitions to become a green energy exporter. The government’s investment plans come with the launch of the A$240-million H2U Eyre Peninsula gateway hydrogen project, which will see the... 

Wits Basin’s shallow gold reefs to be mined as economic environment creates huge tailwind

By: Martin CreamerNew mid-tier gold aspirant Shallow Reefs Gold is in the process of being built in South Africa to mine the shallow reefs of South Africa’s historic Witwatersrand Gold Basin. Shallow Reefs Gold has former Mineral Resources Minister Susan Shabangu and former Exxaro chairperson Sipho Nkosi on board... 

Wits Basin’s shallow gold reefs to be mined as economic environment creates huge tailwind

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