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Eskom warns inflation-linked hike will trigger request for more government support 

By: Terence Creamer     21st January 2022 State-owned utility Eskom warns that an inflation-linked hike will force it to seek yet more support from the National Treasury, amid overwhelming calls for the energy regulator to reject its request for a 20.5% tariff hike from April 1 and to implement a single-digit increase instead.... 

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... 

Nigerian VP calls for natural gas to be accepted as a transition fuel

By: Darren Parker     21st January 2022 Nigerian Vice President Yemi Osinbajo has called for natural gas – which Africa has in abundance – to be accepted by the rest of the globe as a transitional fuel. In his address to the Davos Agenda 2022 – hosted by the World Economic Forum – on January 21, Osinbajo reminded world leaders that,... 

Firm launches new contract management services offering

By: Darren Parker     21st January 2022 Legal services firm NSDV has launched a new contract management services offering, which aims to save companies from unnecessary and avoidable legal fees, while improving project delivery and profitability. NSDV construction law specialist, director and cofounder Cameron Staude said in a... 

Trevali starts early works on Rosh Pinah expansion project 

By: Darren Parker     21st January 2022 Canadian base metals mining company Trevali Mining has started an early works programme on its Rosh Pinah 2.0 (RP2.0) mine expansion project, in south western Namibia. The Rosh Pinah underground zinc/lead mine – which is 90%-owned by Trevali and 10%-owned by Namibian broad-based empowerment... 

SA to get $750-million World Bank loan to boost economic recovery  

By: News24Wire      21st January 2022 The World Bank announced on Friday morning that it had approved South Africa’s request for $750-million (about R11.4-billion) loan.  "This loan will support the government of South Africa’s efforts to accelerate its Covid-19 response aimed at protecting the poor and vulnerable from the adverse... 

Australia poised for hydrogen world-first

By: Esmarie Iannucci     21st January 2022 The Hydrogen Energy Supply Chain (HESC) pilot project, in Victoria, will start hydrogen shipments to Japan shortly, marking the world’s first shipment of liquefied hydrogen. HESC’s vision is to produce carbon neutral hydrogen through extraction from a mix of Latrobe Valley coal and biomass,... 

SA’s aggressive decarbonisation strategy to start

By: Claire O'Reilly     21st January 2022 South Africa is planning to source 41% of its total energy supply from renewable energy –including solar photovoltaic (PV), wind, hydropower and concentrating solar thermal power components – by 2030, which energy solutions provider Energy Partners Intelligence head of business development Tygue... 

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... 

Gas key to just energy transition

By: Halima Frost     21st January 2022 In October industry body South African Oil & Gas Alliance hosted a webinar on ‘The Role of Gas in the Just Energy Transition’ which was attended by both upstream and downstream service providers and investors. The webinar included sessions by State-owned power utility Eskom, and State-owned oil... 

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