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SA mining adopting, driving 4IR as its transformation journey continues 

By: Natasha Odendaal     21st June 2019 The mining industry in South Africa is continuing its transformation journey as it adjusts to the ever-increasing pace of the prevailing technological revolution, with the 100-plus-year-old industry, steeped in tradition and at times crisis, seeking out new ways of adapting to this era of change.... 

SA mining adopting, driving 4IR as its transformation journey continues

By: Natasha Odendaal     21st June 2019 The mining industry in South Africa is continuing its transformation journey as it adjusts to the ever-increasing pace of the prevailing technological revolution, with the 100-plus-year-old industry, steeped in tradition and at times crisis, seeking out new ways of adapting to this era of change.... 

The world will get half its power from wind, solar by 2050

By: Bloomberg     18th June 2019 Nearly half the world’s electricity will come from renewable energy by 2050 as costs of wind, solar and battery storage continue to plummet. That titanic shift over the next three decades will come as electricity demand increases 62% and investors pump $13.3-trillion into new projects, according... 

South Africa should go all out with platinum and manganese to be in best of two decarbonising worlds 

By: Martin Creamer     10th June 2019 South Africa, which has a wonderful platinum group metals (PGMs) endowment and an abundance of high-quality manganese ore, should go all out to be in the best of two new carbon-reducing technology worlds. On the one hand, it should do all it can to be in the world of hydrogen with the help of... 

China rare earth prices soar on their potential role in trade war

By: Reuters     6th June 2019 Chinese rare earth prices are set to climb further beyond multi-year highs hit following a flurry of state media reports that Beijing could weaponise its supply-dominance of the prized minerals in its trade war with Washington. Rare earths, a group of 17 elements that appear in low... 

Manganese poised to make its mark as EV metal  

By: Martin Creamer     5th June 2019 Manganese could make its mark in the battery electric vehicle (EV) arena by displacing cobalt to a large extent in many of the cathode formulations, where the bulk of battery metals are used. The Junior Indaba heard on Wednesday that manganese, which South Africa hosts in abundance, is in a race... 

Hydrogen-powered flying vehicle touted as Southern California traffic tonic

By: Reuters     31st May 2019 Developers of a multirotor hover craft billed as the first flying vehicle to be powered by hydrogen fuel cells unveiled a full-scale model on Wednesday in Southern California, in a show-and-tell that raised some eyebrows but never left the ground. A mockup of the futuristic aircraft, dubbed... 

Electric drive to take 56% of selected light commercial markets by 2040

By: Irma Venter     30th May 2019 Electric vehicles, or EVs, are on track to encroach significantly on the market for vans and short-distance trucking, according to the latest forecast from research firm BloombergNEF (BNEF). Based on analysis of the evolving economics in different vehicle segments and geographical markets, BNEF’s... 

Collective SA effort needed to spotlight platinum’s deftness in climate change battle  

By: Martin Creamer     28th May 2019 More vehicle manufacturers are acknowledging that platinum-catalysed hydrogen fuel cells are the sole route to 100% carbon-free driving. But platinum’s own catalytic prowess is in danger of being under-acknowledged. 

BloombergNEF expects 57% of car sales in 2040 to be electric

By: Irma Venter     27th May 2019 Research service, BloombergNEF (BNEF), expects yearly passenger electric vehicle (EV) sales to rise to ten-million units in 2025, 28-million in 2030 and 56-million by 2040. More than two-million electric vehicles were sold in 2018, up from just a few thousand in 2010. 

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