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In copper country, they’re using the metal to fight the virus

By: Bloomberg     9th July 2020 As Chile’s giant copper mines battle to keep workers healthy in the Covid-19 pandemic, a laboratory in the country is touting the use of tiny specks of the metal to contain the spread among the general population. Santiago-based Aintech says its products are the first to make use of copper... 

South African govt initiates process of developing societal hydrogen roadmap  

By: Martin Creamer     7th July 2020 South Africa’s Department of Science and Innovation (DSI) has initiated a process, with other government and industry stakeholders, to develop a roadmap that will lead South Africa towards a hydrogen society, Mining Weekly can today report. The aim is to create a policy document that will inform... 

Mobility as a service using cellphones proposed for safe transport

By: Schalk Burger     3rd July 2020 Multinational engineering consultancy Royal HaskoningDHV has proposed using technology to monitor hotspots and ensure safe commuting, as well as reduce the need to increase the number of public transport vehicles to enable safe transport. Technology can help to manage supply and demand more... 

Tribunal confirms two more consent agreements for excessive pricing

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     3rd July 2020 The Competition Tribunal has confirmed two further consent agreements relating to Covid-19 excessive pricing complaints. This brings the total number of consent agreements, confirmed as orders of the tribunal since April to 20. 

Cisco’s Webex platform sees surge in use, enhancements made

By: Natasha Odendaal     3rd July 2020 Technology giant Cisco has added more capacity, increased security capabilities and intelligent insights and expanded the global capacity of its Webex platform, which is experiencing unprecedented demand and more than triple its normal volumes. Secure collaboration technologies that help people... 

Components makers face cash crunch, demand imbalance

By: Irma Venter     3rd July 2020 The National Association of Automotive Component and Allied Manufacturers (Naacam) is not aware of any dedicated automotive components company that has closed its doors following the Covid-19 lockdown period, says executive director Renai Moothilal. “But I don’t think the full impact of the... 

Pandemic severely impacting on tourism, but there are positives, says WHO

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     2nd July 2020 The Covid-19 pandemic has had a massive impact on tourism and travel in Africa; however, there are opportunities for the tourism sector in the medium term, and potential for recovery as borders start reopening, speakers said during a World Health Organisation- (WHO-) hosted webinar on July 2. WHO... 

More copper workers are falling ill in the world’s top producer

By: Bloomberg     27th June 2020 The latest tally of Covid-19 cases among Codelco workers shows why the world’s biggest copper producer is stepping up measures to contain the spread. Of the state-owned company’s 71 000 total workforce, 1 951 people have been diagnosed with the disease, according to data compiled by the... 

Future of copper production thrown into doubt by worker cuts

By: Bloomberg     24th June 2020 Skeleton crews are running Chile’s massive copper mines at full tilt, skimping on maintenance and earthworks. It’s a short-term fix that carries risks for future output. When the pandemic hit and mines around the world shut, those in Chile figured out a way to keep churning out copper for... 

Lockdown: now is the ideal time to maintain and repair your office space

22nd June 2020 It is often said that great opportunity often presents itself in the middle of great adversity. While much has already been said about how the current COVID-19 pandemic is disrupting our lives, the global economy and the business landscape, the facilities management experts at Facilities... 

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