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South African wine industry resilient, adopting tools to be more sustainable, competitive

By: Schalk Burger     21st January 2022 The South African wine industry was hit hard by the Covid-19 pandemic and will take a few years to fully recover, but wine businesses are changing the way they do business and the industry has fast-tracked tools aimed at becoming more robust, adaptable, competitive and sustainable, wine industry... 

Minergy edges closer to nameplate capacity at Botswana mine

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     21st January 2022 Botswana-based coal miner Minergy says in a voluntary update that is has made considerable progress toward reaching nameplate capacity of 125 000 t a month at its Masama coal mine during the six months to December 31. Among the milestones achieved during this period was producing the highest... 

Africa needs to beef up and integrate infrastructure for AfCFTA to have desired impact

By: Donna Slater     21st January 2022 African nations need to establish and/or reinforce their infrastructure to meet the looming implementation of the Africa Continental Free Trade Agreement (AfCFTA), a panel of speakers participating in the UK-Africa Investment Conference, on January 20, have said. “For the African free trade area... 

Battery metals could attain strategic mineral status

By: Theresa Bhowan-Rajah     21st January 2022 Law firm Beech Veltman states that, in terms of the developments regarding the production and beneficiation of base metals, particularly battery metals, current legislative frameworks in South Africa and the rest of Africa do not generally distinguish between precious and base metals regarding... 

H2TAS hydrogen plant, Australia

By: Sheila Barradas     21st January 2022 Woodside Energy's energy's H2TAS plant will have the potential to support up to 1.7 GW of electrolysis for hydrogen and ammonia production. 

Zimbabwe export farm's 510 kW solar PV and 1 MWh battery powering packhouse, cold storage

By: Schalk Burger     20th January 2022 A 510 kW and 1 MWh solar photovoltaic (PV) and battery storage installation to power the packhouse and cold store facilities of Zimbabwean agricultural company Nhimbe Fresh has started generating electricity. The $1.4-million project was funded through a crowd-sale completed by solar leasing... 

South African growth projected at 2% this year; inflation, employment to remain challenges

By: Schalk Burger     20th January 2022 The research team of financial services firm Nedbank has predicted that South Africa's economy will grow by 2% this year, although the recovery will be uneven for industries. In addition, load-shedding more severe than Stages 1 and 2 could reduce growth by 20 basis points, it cautions. 

US potash sanctions may push Belarus deeper into Putin’s arms

By: Bloomberg     20th January 2022 US sanctions against Belarus’s potash industry that have helped push fertilizer prices to record highs may also draw President Alexander Lukashenko’s regime more tightly into Russia’s embrace to survive the shock to its finances. While Lukashenko hasn’t yet asked Russia for support, the Kremlin... 

Wine exports make healthy recovery in 2021

By: Donna Slater     19th January 2022 Despite being negatively impacted by a series of local alcohol sales bans, global freight and localised port issues and a shortage of glass and packaging materials, export volumes of South African wine recovered to a healthier volume of 388-million litres, while the total value of local exports... 

NPA steps in as Optimum Coal Terminal interdict falls away

By: News24Wire      19th January 2022 The Johannesburg High Court has declined to grant a declaratory order sought by directors of the Gupta-linked Tegeta Exploration and Resources to prevent business rescue practitioners from progressing the rescue of Optimum Coal Terminal. The judgment, handed down on Tuesday, has, however,... 

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