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International initiative to fund African Covid-19 research unveiled

By: Rebecca Campbell     22nd May 2020 South Africa’s National Research Foundation (NRF) has announced the launch of a $4.75-million (about R90-million) international Covid-19 Africa Rapid Fund Grant. The purpose of the fund is to support the creation and translation of knowledge to help with the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of... 

Irena forecasts rise in ocean energy installations to 10 GW by 2030

By: Terence Creamer     15th May 2020 The International Renewable Energy Agency (Irena) believes that ocean energy, which plays an extremely modest role in the global energy mix and the broader clean-energy transition, is poised for growth over the coming decade and is forecasting that deployments will rise to 10 GW by 2030. There is... 

Endeavour Mining, Semafo merger may be subject to security review in Canada

By: Mariaan Webb     13th May 2020 TSX-listed miner Semafo said on Tuesday that its merger with fellow-listed Endeavour Mining to form the largest gold miner in West Africa continued to receive strong shareholder support. A vote regarding the proposed merger is set down for May 28 during a live audio webcast. However, Semafo... 

Under pressure: air cargo stakeholders become flexible to deliver

11th May 2020 Challenged by a lack of capacity and rising prices, air cargo stakeholders are adapting to the new normal in a bid to keep supply chains operational and economies running. This is according to industry stakeholders who were participating in a webinar on the state of Africa’s air cargo sector amid... 

Pressured construction sector seeks relief funds, opportunities

11th May 2020 South Africa’s construction sector urgently needs support and an enabling regulatory environment to help it survive the COVID-19 lockdown crisis, on top of the challenges it was already facing. This is according to industry stakeholders who were participating in a webinar hosted by Messe Muenchen... 

Ericsson appoints new Ericsson South and East Africa VP and head

By: Natasha Odendaal     8th May 2020 Information and communication group Ericsson has appointed Todd Ashton as VP and head of Ericsson South and East Africa. Ashton has been with Ericsson for 22 years and has various sales and leadership positions in several countries across different continents, including as head of Ericsson... 

Five things public transport can do to help flatten the curve 

By: Irma Venter     8th May 2020 Public transport has emerged as a central concern in the fight against the transmission of Covid-19, says University of Pretoria Centre for Transport Development’s Christo Venter. Vehicles and transport hubs are ideal places for infections to spread, leading to the shutdown of transport services... 

Siemens ready to help Africa with digitalisation challenges

By: Shannon de Ryhove     5th May 2020 The effects of digitalisation are different worldwide, and Africa is no exception. German multinational Siemens senior VP for Digital Industries in Southern and Eastern Africa Ralf Leinen says that, for the first time, Africa has an opportunity to use smart technology to transform entire... 

Renewable energy law proves 20 years success

1st May 2020 Since the introduction of the German Renewable Energies Act (EEG), the share of renewable energy in gross power consumption in Germany has continually increased from 6.2% in 2000 to 42.1% in 2019.  

Mining shifts focus to technology, automation

1st May 2020 Technology implemented alongside the correct logistics and strategy, makes a difference to age-old industries, automation company SICK Automation noted in a press release in February. As the mining industry is faced with numerous challenges relating to growth in a digitised economy, it is in... 

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