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Greater accountability needed for underperforming construction contractors

By: Donna Slater     26th January 2022 Following concerns about the lengthy and litigious process to recoup money from underperforming construction contractors, the Portfolio Committee on Human Settlements has requested that government enhance accountability mechanisms against contractors responsible for blocked and unfinished human... 

Lesotho Highlands Water Project – Phase II – update

By: Sheila Barradas     21st January 2022 The construction of permanent housing, a visitors’ lodge and associated infrastructure at the Polihali Village is set to start this month. 

Polihali Village and visitors’ lodge construction kicks off

By: Natasha Odendaal     18th January 2022 The construction of permanent housing, visitors’ lodge and associated infrastructure at the Polihali Village is set to start in January after the Lesotho Highlands Development Authority (LHDA) awarded the construction tender to the Polihali Village Joint Venture (JV) in December 2021.... 

Funding South Africa’s infrastructure spending gap: Why it is crucial to crowd in the private sector 

18th January 2022 By Conway Williams –  Head of Credit,  Prescient Investment Management Government is making critical headway in paving the way for private sector involvement in infrastructure investment, but there are outstanding factors that still need to be resolved if South Africa is to close its substantial... 

Govt departments urged to focus on integrated disaster risk reduction

By: Donna Slater     12th January 2022 Disaster risk reduction (DRR) should be a priority for government at all levels, but failures in adequately addressing major factors, such as the Covid-19 pandemic, climate change and growing economic hardship in South Africa, point to insufficient capacity and commitment to carry through on this... 

ANC urges vaccine mandate to help restart economy

By: Bloomberg     9th January 2022 South Africa’s ruling party urged the government to finalize a policy on vaccine mandates for certain settings and activities as it seeks to fully reopen the coronavirus-battered economy. “The success of our economic recovery depends to a large measure on our ability to effectively manage... 

Inflation menace vs pandemic recovery: central bank guide for 2022

By: Bloomberg     4th January 2022 Global central banks are set to spend 2022 diverging, as some take on the menace of inflation and others stay focused on boosting economic growth. The pandemic remains a risk to demand the world over, but after triggering a recession in 2020, its subsequent igniting of price pressures has also... 

Keliber secures €7m grant for sustainable solutions

By: Marleny Arnoldi     3rd January 2022 Finnish investor Business Finland has granted mining and battery chemical company Keliber Technology Oy investment funding of €7-million.  The funds are intended for the acquisition of technology that significantly improves environmental protection in lithium hydroxide production and also enables... 

NSK innovation overcomes long-standing bearing challenge in the mining industry

14th December 2021 NSK has used its extensive problem-solving capabilities and experience to provide mines and quarries with the solution to a long-standing problem. Many conveyors operating in the hostile environment of a mine suffer from the premature failure of bearings on the head, tail, drive and tensioning... 

Christmas comes early for Qld mining communities

By: Esmarie Iannucci     14th December 2021 The Queensland government on Tuesday announced that 15 resources communities are set to share in just over A$47-million thanks to joint government and resources sector funding. Deputy Premier and Minister for State Development Steven Miles announced the first round of projects from the... 

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