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Eskom crisis: ANC NEC hears calls for state of emergency, moving power utility to energy dept  

By: News24Wire      5th July 2022 The African National Congress's national executive committee heard wide-ranging and spirited calls for intervention in response to the Eskom energy crisis, which ranged from the declaration of a state of emergency to immediately moving Eskom from the Department of Public Enterprises to the... 

Afrimat, Hemporium build world’s tallest hemp-product building 

By: Irma Venter     4th July 2022 In a global first, 84 Harrington Street is the world’s tallest building being constructed using hempcrete blocks and hemp building materials, says the partnership between two Cape Town-based companies, Hemporium and Afrimat Hemp. The joint venture believes the project is “setting the benchmark on... 

New 15-megalitre water reservoir for Lenasia and surrounds

By: Natasha Odendaal     1st July 2022 A new 15 megalitre water reservoir has been launched for Lenasia and surrounding communities to improve storage capacity of the Lenasia High Level Reservoir and to ensure reliability of clean water supply. The R45-million multi-faceted project, which started in August 2020, included site... 

Pipe supply proves manufacturer’s metal

By: Halima Frost     1st July 2022 Steel and tube supplier Stewarts & Lloyds Pipes & Fittings have successfully delivered over 1.4 km of pipe to a project in Tshwane – cementing its position as a leading pipe supplier in Africa. The project entailed the supply of about 70 pipes of 800 nominal bore (NB) in lengths of 12.19 m, with... 

Porta Plinth™ Changes the Game of Traditional Pipe Support

30th June 2022 Traditional pipe support cradles made from steel or concrete are heavy and difficult to install. That’s the problem TSS Global set out to solve. To solve this problem, they created Porta Plinth™. The Porta Plinth™ 

Albemarle urges US to cut red tape to boost lithium supply chain

By: Bloomberg     29th June 2022 The world’s largest lithium producer is urging the US government to cut red tape to accelerate a build-out of a domestic supply chain for materials needed for batteries, electric vehicles and cleaner technologies while cutting dependence on China. China has more than half of all capacity for... 

Kganyago says half-point South Africa rate hike possible in July

By: Bloomberg     29th June 2022 Traders tempered expectations for the largest South African increase in borrowing costs in almost two decades after the head of the nation’s central bank said it may consider raising interest rates by only half a percentage point in July. Annual inflation that surged above the Reserve Bank’s... 

Sephaku reports higher profit, warns of industry headwinds

By: Schalk Burger     24th June 2022 JSE-listed building and construction materials company Sephaku Holdings said its subsidiaries Métier and SepCem increased their net profit by double digits during the group’s financial year to March 31, mainly owing to improved revenues and lower finance expenses, Sephaku CEO Neil... 

Sanral success stories

By: Tracy Hancock     24th June 2022 Despite the negative impact of its recent tender cancellations, South African National Roads Agency Limited (Sanral) says it continues to improve, manage and maintain the national road network. In Limpopo, the R37 improvement project between the Modikwa mine and Burgersfort worth R616-million is... 

With political will, there’s a way

By: Terence Creamer     24th June 2022 Besides analysis that has been conducted by Eskom in recent months to find solutions to South Africa’s intensifying electricity crisis, there are now at least three well-considered public-interest proposals outlining how the scourge of load-shedding can be ended over the coming two years. The... 

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