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New Ranger to spark big rise in production and exports from Ford’s Silverton plant

By: Irma Venter     Updated 7 hours agoFord South Africa (SA) is on schedule with its R15.8-billion expansion programme to significantly boost its exports from the Silverton plant in Pretoria as from next year, says Ford Motor Company Africa president Neale Hill. Ford SA will produce the new-generation Ranger pick-up at the Tshwane... 

New Ranger to spark big rise in production and exports from Ford’s Silverton plant

First Word

Govt must remove red tape to speed up mining’s free energy offer

By: Martin Creamer     Updated 7 hours agoThe mining industry is once again coming to South Africa’s economic rescue. Earlier this year, it surprised on the upside by giving the fiscus mountain-high taxes at the height of the Covid crisis, and now, as the year comes to a close, it is offering to deliver R60-billion worth of additional... 

Govt must remove  red tape to speed up mining’s free energy offer

News & Insight

4Sight, Bidvest develop AI-powered ‘adviser’ to accelerate digital transformation

By: Natasha Odendaal     Updated 7 hours agoJSE AltX-listed, multinational, diversified technology group 4Sight Holdings and Bidvest Group wholly owned subsidiary Bidvest Advisory Services have developed an artificial intelligence- (AI-) powered automated digital transformation adviser. 4MIA powered by ALICE, the outcome of an innovative... 

Africa Data Centres to more than double continental footprint

By: Natasha Odendaal     Updated 7 hours agoCarrier-neutral co-location data centre provider Africa Data Centres is planning to inject $500-million to deploy a “web” of data centres across Africa. The investment will enable the company to more than double its footprint on the continent and boost digital transformation, starting in... 

Boeing, Kenya Airways partner in new innovation hub

By: Rebecca Campbell     Updated 7 hours agoUS-based global major aerospace group Boeing and Kenyan national flag carrier Kenya Airways (which is a public private partnership) have entered into a partnership to develop the Fahari Innovation Hub, which was launched by the airline in July. The creation of the partnership was announced at the... 

Chip shortage to slow global auto sales recovery – S&P 

By: Irma Venter     Updated 7 hours agoThe intensifying semiconductor shortage will slow the post-Covid-19 global recovery of light-vehicle sales over the next two years, says S&P Global Ratings in a newly published report. “In our revised scenario, we now expect light-vehicle sales will increase more moderately by about 2% to 4% in... 

CSIR warns against excessive water use

By: Schalk Burger     Updated 7 hours agoWater experts at the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) have joined calls by government and other organisations urging South Africans to exercise caution when using water, as supply in the country is under great pressure and demand continues to rise. Communities need to adopt... 

Cyberthreats continue to grow in sub-Saharan Africa, with some threats re-emerging

By: Schalk Burger     Updated 7 hours agoCybersecurity multinational TrendMicro saw tools and techniques that had been used in previous years reemerge to target cloud infrastructure, while ransomware attacks have also been modernised, TrendMicro South Africa senior sales engineer Yash Pillay said this week. Reporting on the trends seen... 

Earth & Wire unveils R500bn plan for 20 GW renewables fleet by 2035

By: Terence Creamer     Updated 7 hours agoEmerging South African energy group Earth & Wire, which aims to sell electricity directly to private customers, is positioning itself to build a 20 GW portfolio of grid-connected wind and solar projects by 2035 at an estimated cost of R500-billion. Business development head Thomas Garner, who is... 

Earth & Wire unveils R500bn plan for  20 GW renewables fleet by 2035

Eskom expects Tutuka’s energy availability factor to increase from 34% to over 70% by next June

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     Updated 7 hours agoTutuka power station GM Sello Mametja is hopeful Eskom will be able to improve the energy availability factor (EAF) of the power station, near Standerton, Mpumalanga, above 70% by June next year. Mametja took over as GM of the power station nine months ago and told media during a site tour on... 

Eskom expects Tutuka’s energy availability factor  to increase from 34% to over 70% by next June

Final industrial masterplan for renewables by March

By: Terence Creamer     Updated 7 hours agoThe South African Renewable Energy Masterplan (SAREM) is expected to be finalised for adoption before the end of March, following which it will become the country’s implementation plan for the industrialisation of the renewables value chain. Work is still under way to achieve consensus between... 

Final industrial masterplan for renewables by March

New body established to combat cyberthreats

By: Natasha Odendaal     Updated 7 hours agoA new industry body, incorporating cybersecurity professionals from the public and private sectors and academia, has been established to contribute towards the creation of a safer digital environment. The Cybersecurity Digital Alliance will provide policy advisory and support, mentorship,... 

New initiative to ensure Cape Town has adequate water

By: Natasha Odendaal     Updated 7 hours agoA new partnership has been launched to help Cape Town become more water secure amid the threat of future droughts brought on by climate change. The Table Mountain Water Source Partnership was launched on November 15 at the Kirstenbosch National Botanical Gardens. 

Not a ‘finance COP’, but ‘solid work programme’ in place for defining new climate-finance goal

By: Terence Creamer     Updated 7 hours agoForestry, Fisheries and the Environment Minister Barbara Creecy says that, although COP26 was not the ‘finance COP’ hoped for ahead of the Glasgow meeting, it nevertheless did yield “a good, solid work programme” for defining the post-2025 finance goal and for ensuring that the prevailing... 

Not a ‘finance COP’, but ‘solid work programme’  in place for defining new climate-finance goal

Regional and smaller airliners market to be worth $650bn by 2040

By: Rebecca Campbell     Updated 7 hours agoBrazil-based major aerospace group Embraer published its 20-year Market Outlook, for regional and smaller airliners with up to 150 seats, at the Dubai Air Show on Monday. The Outlook covered both turboprop and jet aircraft. The group expected that, following the Covid-19 pandemic, global air... 

Report warns industrialisation-through-localisation could stunt South Africa’s development

By: Terence Creamer     Updated 7 hours agoThe Centre for Development and Enterprise (CDE) has published a hard-hitting critique of South Africa’s localisation policy, warning that it could raise the cost of doing business, reduce export competitiveness and constrain future development. Titled ‘The Siren Song of Localisation: Why... 

Report warns industrialisation-through-localisation  could stunt South Africa’s development

Transnet’s e-tender submission portal goes live

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     Updated 7 hours agoState-owned Transnet says that, in line with its vision to digitally transform its business processes and systems, current and potential service providers will now be required to submit tender documentation electronically, using a Web-based electronic platform – the e-Tender Submission Portal.... 

Traxtion preparing to capitalise on ‘rare’ private-sector rail opportunity

By: Marleny Arnoldi     Updated 7 hours agoPrivate rail freight operator Traxtion sees the national government’s structural reform agenda as a rare opportunity for the private sector to leverage massive investment in train sets to unlock one of the biggest structural impediments to growth in the South African economy, which is train... 

Traxtion preparing to capitalise on ‘rare’ private-sector rail opportunity

VWSA still passenger-car leader, to launch new Amarok and small SUV next year

By: Irma Venter     Updated 7 hours agoIn a year that has been heavily impacted on by the Covid-19 pandemic, as well as a global shortage of semiconductor chips, Volkswagen has remained South Africa’s best-selling passenger car brand for the first ten months of 2021. “In October, the Volkswagen brand (including Volkswagen Commercial... 

VWSA to introduce ID.4 EV test fleet in SA next year

By: Irma Venter     Updated 7 hours agoVolkswagen Group South Africa (VWSA) has taken the next step in its electric mobility strategy, which kicked off in 2020 with the launch of an electric-Golf test fleet.  The e-Golfs were used for research purposes and testing by motoring media, as well as Volkswagen dealers, in an effort to gain... 

Water treatment plant for Gauteng community

By: Natasha Odendaal     Updated 7 hours agoWEC Projects, with a joint venture (JV) partner, has designed and built a new water treatment plant to supply potable water to one of the most populous communities in Gauteng. The R270-million plant, in partnership with a local construction, concessions and manufacturing group, has been designed... 

Editorial Insight

Delivery deferred?

By: Terence Creamer     Updated 7 hours agoThere was justifiable amazement last week, when several councils, including three large Gauteng metropolitan councils, were put out of the reach of the African National Congress (ANC). Words such as earthquake and collapse were used liberally across the print, online and broadcast media, while... 

Delivery deferred?

Mining Weekly News

Battery-grade nickel demand to grow as world sets sights on low-carbon future

By: Simone Liedtke     Updated 7 hours agoThe global green transition and electrification of transport has started a paradigm shift in the demand dynamics of metals, which are required for a low-carbon future, and are set to experience a significant boost in demand in the coming decade at least, says research agency Fitch Solutions.... 

Critical mineral producers breaking new ground – report

By: Esmarie Iannucci     Updated 7 hours agoBattery and critical mineral companies outperformed gold miners this year, according to a new report by PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC). In the 16th edition of its Aussie Mine report, PwC noted that there had been a significant shift in the makeup of the top 50 mid-tier companies on the ASX (MT50),... 

Expect to be unemployed from age 40, Miller warns graduates entering mining

By: Martin Creamer     Updated 7 hours agoBecause of the collapse of investment in greenfields exploration in South Africa, any mining graduate entering the profession today can expect to be unemployed from the age of 40, said AmaranthCX director and founder Paul Miller on Monday, when he pointed out that South Africa is now at an... 

Expect to be unemployed from age 40,  Miller warns graduates entering mining

Green hydrogen advocate Forrest slams oil, gas as ‘anathema methane mines’

By: Martin Creamer     Updated 7 hours agoOil and gas plants are methane mines and opening new ones is an anathema that fails to take the livelihoods of today’s offspring seriously, says Fortescue Metals Group chairperson and green hydrogen protagonist Andrew Forrest. “I argue strongly that opening up a new coal mine, or even a methane... 

Green hydrogen advocate Forrest slams oil,  gas as ‘anathema methane mines’

Zambia going all out to up green energy, copper with private sector at helm

By: Martin Creamer     Updated 7 hours agoZambia zoomed into town today and did all it could to sweep investors off their feet with pledges to be private-sector driven, surge into green energy, and do everything it can to regain top spot in global copper at a time when the metal is set to play such a key role in the fight against climate... 

Zambia going all out to up green energy,  copper with private sector at helm

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