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New strategy, new structure for the CSIR

By: Rebecca Campbell     24th May 2019 Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) CEO Dr Thulani Dlamini announced on Friday both a new strategy and a radical restructuring of South Africa's world-renowned science council. The aim of the new strategy and structure is to strengthen the industrial research activities of the... 

Big data business solutions lab launched at Wits

By: Schalk Burger     24th May 2019 A new research and design laboratory at the University of the Witwatersrand (Wits), called Scilinx, was developed to address the needs of businesses and industries that require high-level, specialised expertise to develop solutions for their agile, freely evolving operational systems and... 

Mining Charter III provisions seen by some as too onerous for junior miners 

By: Nadine James     24th May 2019 There should be a new regulatory regime for juniors – one that adheres to the spirit of Mining Charter 3, but which introduces reasonable and achievable transformation and procurement targets relative to the size and financial constraints of junior and emerging miners, says Eversheds Sutherland... 

Dear Mr President

By: Terry Mackenzie-hoy     24th May 2019 Happily, if I google 'Ramaphosa', I get 12.7-billion hits. If I google 'Mackenzie-Hoy, it is 8.1-million, and if I google 'Alan Mulally, I get 462 000 hits. So, I am more famous than Mulally and about 8% as famous as our President. I doubt if the President or anybody in his party has the vaguest... 

James Holley

24th May 2019 This week we profile James Holley, CEO of Traxtion, a rail transport logistics company 

Out of step

By: Terence Creamer     24th May 2019 A new report on global energy investment in 2018 points to an ongoing misalignment between approved expenditure on new fuel and power projects and meeting the twin goals security of supply and decarbonisation. The International Energy Agency’s (IEA’s) ‘World Energy Investment 2019’ report,... 

Kangnas Wind Farm and Perdekraal East Wind Farm, South Africa

By: Sheila Barradas     24th May 2019 Turbine tower sections for the wind farms are being transported from the Port of Saldanha Bay and from Atlantis to the project sites. 

Ghana seeks investors to mine bauxite to fund infrastructure

By: Bloomberg     23rd May 2019 Ghana is inviting investors to submit plans on how to tap the nation’s bauxite deposits as the government seeks to leverage more of its mineral resources to fund infrastructure. The government will receive proposals from interested parties until the end of the year on how to expand production and... 

Eskom keeps investors in the dark as debt speculation mounts 

By: Bloomberg     22nd May 2019 As speculation swirls about plans to deal with Eskom Holdings’ crippling debt load, one group of stakeholders hasn’t been consulted – owners of the company’s R243-billion of bonds. South Africa’s State-owned power utility is groaning under almost R500-billion of bond and loan debt, according to... 

Zimbabwe to subsidise public transport as inflation jumps

By: Bloomberg     21st May 2019 Zimbabwe will subsidise public transport and cut fuel duties by more than half as it tries to ease the impact of rampant inflation on its poorest citizens, according to Finance Secretary George Guvamatanga. The support will cost about $8-million a month, Guvamatanga said by phone on Monday. “A... 

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