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The numbers game: SA dramatically ramps up testing, but trends remain unclear

By: News24Wire      31st March 2020 In less than a month, South Africa has ramped up its ability to test people for the novel coronavirus from a few hundred, to a few thousand every day. And, thanks to new equipment delivered in the past few days, with more expected by mid-April, testing numbers are expected to increase dramatically. 

Rio halts potline at NZ smelter

By: Esmarie Iannucci     31st March 2020 Major Rio Tinto will close one of its four potlines at Tiwai Point aluminium smelter, in New Zealand, as part of measures to combat Covid-19. CEO and GM of the New Zealand’s Aluminium Smelter, in which Rio holds a 79.36% interest, Stewart Hamilton said that the company had worked hard to... 

Greenpeace opposed to weakening of emission standards

By: Marleny Arnoldi     30th March 2020 Environment, Forestry and Fisheries Minister Barbara Creecy last week gazetted the doubling of minimum emission standards (MES) for sulphur dioxide, weakening the limit from 500 mg/Nm3 to 1 000 mg/Nm3. Greenpeace Africa climate and energy campaigner Bukelwa Nzimande has responded negatively to... 

Seifsa encourages re-industrialisation, development of artisans

By: Donna Slater     30th March 2020 The Steel and Engineering Industries Federation of Southern Africa (Seifsa) says that while South Africa remains a dual economy with one of the highest levels of inequality in the world, part of addressing the unemployment challenge can be tackled through re-industrialisation of its economy.... 

Eskom donates learning academy to government for use as quarantine site

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     30th March 2020 To assist in the fight to contain the Covid-19 pandemic, State-owned utility Eskom has handed its Academy of Learning (EAL) centre in Midrand, Johannesburg, over to the government to be used as a quarantine site. The facility, which has 416 beds and other facilities, will be used to accommodate... 

Nel Hydrogen’s Wallingford plant resumes operations

By: Simone Liedtke     30th March 2020 Hydrogen company Nel Hydrogen US has been defined as “essential manufacturing business” by the Connecticut state and the plant in Wallingford has, therefore, been allowed to resume operations amid the outbreak of Covid-19. However, revenues and operations will still be negatively impacted by... 

$3bn social bond established to alleviate economic, social impact of Covid-19

By: Simone Liedtke     30th March 2020 The African Development Bank (AfDB) has raised $3-billion in a three-year bond to help alleviate the economic and social impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on livelihoods and Africa’s economies.   The Fight Covid-19 Social bond, with a three-year maturity, garnered interest from central banks and... 

Mining could be enormous post-virus stabiliser – Minerals Council

By: Martin Creamer     29th March 2020 The mining industry could be an enormous asset in stabilising and growing the economy post the coronavirus crisis – but the right economic and regulatory circumstances would have to prevail, Minerals Council South Africa stated in a weekend media release. Post coronavirus, South Africa would... 

Bolivia's largest mine suspends operations as virus controls tighten

By: Reuters     27th March 2020 Bolivia's San Cristóbal mine, a huge desposit of zinc, lead and silver, has suspended operations after the country imposed tough rules to halt the spread of coronavirus, its operator Minera San Cristóbal said in a statement on Friday. The company, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Japana's Sumitomo... 

AngloGold to conserve cash amid Covid-19 spread

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     27th March 2020 Gold miner AngloGold Ashanti is implementing cash conservation measures, including focused capital prioritisation and reducing non-essential spending across the business, and is well positioned to weather the current market uncertainty. At the end of 2019, the company had $463-million of cash,... 

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