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What the end of the UK–EU transition period means for UK–SA trade

By: Rebecca CampbellWith effect from January 1 this year, the UK left the European Union (EU). But that day also inaugurated the start of a transition period, during which the UK remained part of the EU customs union and single market. That transition period ends on December 31 and thereafter the UK is free to... 

What the end of the UK–EU transition period means for UK–SA trade

First Word

If Egypt is anything to go by, South Africa could see brisk exploration response

By: Martin CreamerEgypt awarded 82 exploration blocks to 11 companies in an international bid round for mineral exploration that took place briskly, with foreign investors quick to take part. Egypt is targeting $1-billion in investment in the mining sector and has opened up a second bid round for gold and mineral... 

If Egypt is anything to  go by, South Africa  could see brisk exploration response

News & Insight

Africa’s Internet economy could be worth $180bn by 2025 – report

By: Natasha OdendaalA new report by Google and the International Finance Corporation (IFC) estimates that Africa’s Internet economy could potentially contribute nearly $180-billion, or 5.2%, to its economy by 2025. By 2050, the contribution to gross domestic product (GDP) could increase to $712-billion, the... 

Benefits of Redflow battery range from backup and storage to peak-demand shaving and consumption-profile management

By: Schalk BurgerAccessing reliable power cost effectively in industrial environments is a challenge in South Africa and many other emerging markets. Energy storage systems allow industrial companies to reduce their energy costs by shifting their use times to low-tariff periods, ensure reliable power and prevent... 

Benefits of Redflow battery range from backup  and storage to peak-demand shaving and  consumption-profile management

Buses, trains shunned in favour of cars and taxis, Gauteng travel survey reveals

By: Irma VenterLow-capacity transport modes, such as minibus taxis and private cars, have become the backbone of the transport network in Gauteng province, as opposed to high-capacity modes, such as rail and buses. This is one of the main findings of the 2019/20 Gauteng Household Transport Survey (GHTS),... 

Cesa Aon Awards 2020 showcase ‘resilience and commitment’ of consulting engineering industry

By: Simone LiedtkeWith 2020 having been an unprecedented year of "uncertainty, trauma and market complexity", Consulting Engineers South Africa (Cesa) CEO Chris Campbell says this year’s Cesa Aon Engineering Excellence Awards, which took place virtually, “showcased the resilience and commitment of the consulting... 

Company leaders need ICT acumen in new business milieu

By: Schalk BurgerBusiness leaders need a broad knowledge of information and communication technology (ICT) to navigate their businesses through digital transformation and assess which tools, solutions and services best support their operations and strategic needs, says Internet service provider RocketNet CEO... 

Covid-19 accelerates energy transition – PwC

By: Donna SlaterAssurance, advisory and tax services firm PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) reports – through its newly released Africa Oil & Gas Review, titled Energising a New Tomorrow – that the rampant spread of the Covid-19 pandemic globally has resulted in galvanising of commitments to a green energy... 

Covid-19 accelerates energy transition – PwC

CSIR and asphalt industry construct test road using local fillers, recycled tyres

By: Irma VenterThe Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) and private company Much Asphalt have successfully constructed a section of road using locally available micro-fillers and recycled tyres. Following more than a year of combined laboratory development and evaluation efforts by CSIR Smart... 

Gautrain to complete electric-bus pilot project by end-2021

By: Irma VenterThe Gautrain Management Agency (GMA) is busy with a feasibility study to investigate the possible future use of alternative drivetrains in the Gautrain bus fleet, says GMA COO Tshepo Kgobe. As part of this programme, the GMA expects to complete a pilot project, employing an electric bus, at the... 

Growth of chat economy presenting ‘fertile commercial opportunities’ for businesses

By: Natasha OdendaalAs mobile communications and chat commerce group Clickatell celebrates its twentieth anniversary, it is leveraging the growth of the chat economy, which is presenting one of the most fertile commercial opportunities of the digital era. Chat commerce – business-consumer engagement on the various... 

Hyundai South Africa expects 15% drop in sales this year

By: Irma VenterHyundai Automotive South Africa (HASA) will probably record a 15% drop in new-vehicle sales in 2020, says CEO Niall Lynch. This is better than the 25% to 30% drop expected in the overall domestic new-vehicle market, he adds. 

Iata issues guidance for Covid-19 vaccine transport

By: Rebecca CampbellAgainst a background of pharmaceuticals companies announcing breakthroughs in the development of vaccines against the Covid-19 disease, the International Air Transport Association (Iata) has issued guidance for the air cargo sector, to ensure that it was ready to handle, transport and distribute... 

Liquid Telecom, Zayo partner to expand global network coverage

By: Natasha OdendaalPan-African telecoms group Liquid Telecom and communications infrastructure leader Zayo Group have partnered to leverage their existing networks for customers that have operations in Africa, Europe and North America. This partnership will see the duo add value for their customers through the use... 

Local company overcoming power challenges with flow battery system

By: Schalk BurgerLocal electronic printed circuit board (PCB) manufacturer Bosco is using a flow battery energy storage system alongside a rooftop solar energy and a battery management system (BMS) to keep a crucial production line and its engineering and sales departments free of disruptions caused by power... 

Local consumers willing to buy EVs, but they seek cheaper cars with more range

By: Irma VenterThe 2020 South Africa Electric Vehicle (EV) Car Buyer Survey shows that consumers are ready to buy EVs, and that they are willing to do so in the next five years. However, they want a vehicle that costs less than R500 000 and they want more range and faster charging than is currently the case... 

New investment pledges of R109.6bn unveiled at hybrid investment conference

By: Terence CreamerPresident Cyril Ramaphosa used the platform of the third South Africa Investment Conference to underline the country’s potential to act a gateway to the African market, as he sought to reignite investor interest in an economy that has been underperforming for more than a decade and has been... 

New investment pledges of R109.6bn  unveiled at hybrid investment conference

Ramaphosa stresses SA’s gateway-to-Africa role as he seeks to reignite investment amid Covid

By: Terence CreamerInvestment pledges of R109.6-billion were unveiled at the third South African Investment Conference on Wednesday, increasing the total value of commitments made since 2018 to R773.6-billion, or more than 60% of the R1.2-trillion target set by President Cyril Ramaphosa three years ago. Speaking at... 

Ramaphosa stresses SA’s gateway-to-Africa role  as he seeks to reignite investment amid Covid

Renewables display Covid immunity with record 2020 and strong outlook

By: Terence CreamerNew additions of renewable-energy capacity worldwide will increase to a record level of almost 200 GW this year, shrugging off the demand slump that accompanied the Covid-19 crisis and which negatively affected the demand for fossil fuels. In addition, a new International Energy Agency (IEA)... 

Renewables display Covid immunity with record  2020 and strong outlook

Road development integral to postpandemic recovery

By: Tasneem BulbuliaThe road industry has been severely impacted by the Covid-19 pandemic, but it has a considerable role to play in the economic recovery and sustainable development of the sector must be pursued to engender this. This was indicated by speakers during the International Road Federation's (IRF’s)... 

Sasol pins low-carbon ‘reset’ hopes on gas, renewables and green hydrogen

By: Terence CreamerEnergy and chemicals group Sasol, which is coming under increasing pressure to reduce its carbon emissions, reports that climate change is now “front and centre” in its unfolding ‘strategic reset’, which will involve a transition away from coal to gas, renewable energy and green hydrogen. In... 

Sasol pins low-carbon ‘reset’ hopes on  gas, renewables and green hydrogen

Structa Technology launches easy-to-assemble water storage tanks

By: Creamer Media Reporter Steel products manufacturer Structa Group has launched their new Circotank brand, which offers a range of rolled sectional steel tanks. Circotank is a cost effective, galvanised steel segmented tank with a polyvinylchloride (PVC) liner that is ideal for rural and industrial applications.   

Structa Technology launches easy-to-assemble water storage tanks

Tetra Pak aiming to introduce packaging made of wholly renewable materials

By: Schalk BurgerThe Southern African subsidiary of global food packaging group Tetra Pak is changing its packaging to use materials that are wholly renewable and that meet local and international food safety standards, says Tetra Pak Southern Africa MD Stefan Fageräng. This programme is part of the group's... 

Tetra Pak aiming to introduce packaging  made of wholly renewable materials

The case against trademark genericide

By: Creamer Media Reporter In this opinion piece, attorney Jeanine Coetzer argues that proper trademark use and enforcement is essential to retaining the value and strength of a company’s brands Let’s say ‘Zoom’ becomes a synonym for conducting online video meetings, regardless of the App used, or – worse – the word... 

Toyota takes first place in the 2020 Kinsey Report

By: Creamer Media Reporter Toyota is also SA’s #1 brand for parts’ affordability 

Toyota takes first place in the 2020 Kinsey Report

UK funds study into space-based solar power

By: Rebecca CampbellThe British government has commissioned a study into the engineering and economic practicality of space-based solar power (SBSP) systems. More specifically, the study – the value of which has not been released – has been jointly commissioned by the UK Space Agency and the Department for Business,... 

WBHO sees plunge in profit as pandemic, lossmaking projects take toll

By: Irma VenterWilson Bayly Holmes-Ovcon (WBHO) last week reported a massive turnaround in fortunes from 12 months ago when it boasted R513-million in operating profit for the year ended June 30, to a position where it suffered an operating loss of R585-million. The group cited as the main reasons for the... 

‘New roadmap’ needed for South Africa to deal with plastic waste pollution

By: Simone LiedtkeAlthough the plastics and plastic products industry contributed about R70-billion to South Africa’s economy in 2019, according to Plastics South Africa, plastic pollution has also had a significant impact on the country’s ecosystem services. Therefore, Environment, Forestry and Fisheries Minister... 

‘New roadmap’ needed for South Africa  to deal with plastic waste pollution

Editorial Insight

Framework urgently needed

By: Terence CreamerFor years, South Africans have had a vague awareness that some of Eskom’s coal stations are approaching the end of their useful lives and that decommissioning is inevitable. That future prospect is fast becoming an imminent reality. Over the coming five years, Eskom will officially decommission... 

Framework urgently needed

Mining Weekly News

Bushveld making progress on solar plant at Vametco mine

By: Marleny ArnoldiAim-listed Bushveld Minerals continues to progress with the hybrid minigrid project being developed at the Vametco vanadium mine, near Brits, on the Western Limb of the Bushveld Complex in South Africa. The project comprises 3.5 MW of solar photovoltaic (PV) generation and 4 MWh of vanadium... 

Bushveld making progress on solar plant at Vametco mine

Completion of first phase of Kore Potash’s new starter project expected in May

By: Martin CreamerThe current strategy of Kore Potash is to focus on the Dougou Extension (DX) project, a 400 000 t/y selective solution-mining project in the Republic of Congo (RoC), rather than the considerably larger Kola underground mining project. Kola, as the first project of the AIM-, ASX- and JSE-listed... 

Completion of first phase of Kore Potash’s  new starter project expected in May

Greater focus on cybersecuirty urged as mining companies ramp up IoT adoption

By: Natasha OdendaalMany mining companies are struggling with cybersecurity challenges as they move to harness the Internet of Things (IoT), new research by mobile satellite communications group Inmarsat shows. Some of the findings of the 2020 edition of Inmarsat’s research programme into IoT trends, ‘The Rise of... 

Hydrogen economy presents considerable opportunities for SA, but social compact imperative

By: Creamer Media Reporter South Africa has considerable potential to lead the hydrogen economy and leverage its platinum group metal (PGM) resources;  however, it is imperative that there is a social compact when building this industry, a panel of speakers noted during independent think tank, the Mapungubwe Institute for... 

Hydrogen economy presents considerable opportunities for SA, but social compact imperative

Kumba mulls solar, green hydrogen potential in sustainability drive

By: Marleny ArnoldiLike the rest of the Anglo American group, iron-ore miner Kumba is developing solar energy generation capacity and is investigating green hydrogen as a renewable energy source for mining activities. Presenting on the highlights of the company's sustainability report, which follows on the... 

Kumba mulls solar, green hydrogen  potential in sustainability drive

New York court dismisses class action against Sibanye-Stillwater

By: Martin CreamerA Brooklyn, New York, Federal Court has dismissed with prejudice, a putative securities class action suit seeking damages for allegedly false and misleading statements by Sibanye-Stillwater and its CEO Neal Froneman relating to safety incidents in 2018. The class action, which was brought on... 

New York court dismisses class action against Sibanye-Stillwater

Polyus puts $3.3bn price tag on ‘unparalleled’ Sukhoi Log

By: Mariaan WebbA mine at Sukhoi Log – the world’s largest untapped gold deposit – would require a capital investment of $3.3-billion, London-listed Polyus said on Thursday, announcing the prefeasibility study (PFS) results for the Russian project. The 2020 PFS study targets processing capacity of 33.2-million... 

Polyus puts $3.3bn price tag on ‘unparalleled’ Sukhoi Log

Strongly recovering South Deep gold mine earmarked for advanced technology

By: Martin CreamerA number of automation projects are being considered at Gold Fields’ South Deep, the bulk mechanised underground gold mine in Gauteng, south-west of Johannesburg. After reporting 7% higher overall year-on-year group production of 557 000 oz for the three months to September 30, Gold Fields CEO... 

Strongly recovering South Deep gold mine  earmarked for advanced technology

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