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Staying Safe 24/7

18th June 2021 The theme of National Safety Month, 2021 is “Staying Safe 24/7”. This speaks not only to staying safe 24/7 while on duty, but about bringing the same mindset home, to make awareness in general habitual, thereby impact the off-site lives of workers too. The ripple effect will spread throughout the... 

Mpact reports ‘strong’ trading for first five months of 2021

By: Simone Liedtke     15th June 2021 Trading for the first five months of this year has been strong for paper and packaging manufacturer Mpact, with underlying profit exceeding pre-pandemic comparatives in both the plastics and paper businesses. Group revenue for the period ended May 31, 2021, was R4.8-billion and exceeded the prior... 

South African coal supply to fall off coal cliff from 2025 onwards – Jones 

By: Martin Creamer     14th June 2021 South African coal supply is set to fall off a coal-cliff from 2025 onwards, African Source Markets CEO Bevan Jones said on Monday. In response to Mining Weekly, Jones cited the three main factors that would cause South African coal supply to plummet as: 

EU regulations can benefit bioethanol production in South Africa

By: Simone Liedtke     9th June 2021 European Union (EU) regulations that are supportive of bioethanol use will provide an opportunity for South Africa in terms of the production of ethanol fuels through various manufacturing methods. South Africa produces just over 400-million litres of ethanol a year, of which 180-million is used... 

SME confidence sees minor uptick in first quarter

By: Schalk Burger     2nd June 2021 After a decrease to 64% in the fourth quarter of 2020, the business confidence level among small and medium-sized enterprise (SME) owners that their business will grow in the next 12 months increased to 65% in the first quarter of this year, SME specialist risk finance company Business Partners... 

Growth in cashless payments reshaping payments infrastructure - PwC

By: Schalk Burger     1st June 2021 Payments are increasingly becoming cashless and, as digital money draws stronger interest, the financial services industry must recognise the entire infrastructure of payments is being reshaped, with new business models emerging, advisory multinational PwC says. Given the key role digitisation... 

Nampak records solid interim results  

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     28th May 2021 Packaging company Nampak recorded “very pleasing” results for the six months ended March 31, despite the ongoing restrictions on trading caused by the Covid-19 pandemic, CEO Erik Smuts said at a presentation of the company’s interim results on May 28. Overall group profitability improved, driven... 

Nemwa amendments aimed at increasing recovery of products to be recycled  

By: Simone Liedtke     28th May 2021 Waste management and plastic recycling are a significant challenges in South Africa and recent amendments to Section 18 of the National Environmental Management and Waste Act (Nemwa) regulations call for producer responsibility organisations (PROs) to cooperate with municipalities to increase the... 

Naamsa cautions domestic market not to lose competitiveness

By: Donna Slater     27th May 2021 naamsa The Automotive Business Council has welcomed the release of the Auto Green Paper on the advancement of so-called new energy vehicles (NEVs), which was published by the Department of Trade, Industry and Competition (DTIC) for public comment last week. The organisation notes, however, that... 

Geological interpretation highlights high-priority targets at Okiep

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     21st May 2021 Dual-listed Orion Minerals has identified new high-priority drill targets on the Carolusberg – Koperberg complex that form part of the Okiep copper project (OCP), in South Africa’s Northern Cape. The Carolusberg – Koperberg line was first discovered in 1680 and subsequent workings have been... 

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