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Illegal mining brazenness a significant concern to legitimate industry 

By: Donna Slater     29th June 2022 Minerals Council South Africa legal deputy head Mxolisi Ngubane says that, although the prevalence of illegal mining is not new, the brazenness and evolving nature at which operations are taking place, is becoming increasingly concerning to the wider mining industry and especially to miners in... 

The outsourced asset care service – is this a panacea for the struggling maintenance departments of small to medium-sized enterprises?

29th June 2022 Proper and consistent maintenance can make or break businesses. The headline in a local newspaper, Business Day – dated 13/06/2022, reads “Poor performance and degradation of rail and port infrastructure have seen SA’s coal exports drop 20% from about 80 million tonnes in 2017 to about 64 million... 

Jupiter’s manganese subsidiary delivers A$58m Ebitda in the first quarter

By: Marleny Arnoldi     28th June 2022 ASX-listed Jupiter Mines’ 49.9%-owned subsidiary Tshipi é Ntle Manganese Mining has reported production of 883 000 t from the Tshipi Borwa manganese mine, in South Africa’s Northern Cape province, for the first quarter of its 2023 financial year. The subsidiary reports that just shy of... 

Unlocking the opportunities for electric vehicle manufacturing in South Africa

28th June 2022 Electric vehicles are the future of transportation, with many countries already putting a time limit on the future of fossil fuel driven cars. In South Africa, this is both a challenge and an enormous opportunity. The import duties on these vehicles are prohibitively high, which means there isn’t... 

Albemarle plans major US lithium processing plant

By: Reuters     28th June 2022 Albemarle plans to build a lithium processing plant in the United States that would produce as much of the electric vehicle battery metal as the entire company produces today, a bullish bet on America's all-electric future, an executive said on Monday. The plan reflects Albemarle's emerging... 

PRASA awards R7.5bn in contracts for rolling stock overhaul 

By: Irma Venter     27th June 2022 The Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (PRASA) has awarded five companies general overhaul contracts for its older rolling stock to the value of R7.5-billion. The agency says the five-year contracts will allow for the heavy maintenance and repairs of its existing train sets, while also... 

Reform, State capability, corruption must be addressed before South Africa can progress – Mavuso

By: Donna Slater     24th June 2022 Three critical issues stand in the way of South Africa moving forward in terms of developing and attracting investment, Business Leadership South Africa CEO Busi Mavuso said at the Southern Africa France Business Forum on June 22. Hosted by Business France, French Foreign Trade Advisors and the... 

Operation Vulindlela update

By: Riaan de Lange     24th June 2022 What do you know about Operation Vulindela? The piece published in this column on April 2, 2021, headlined ‘Operation Vulindlela’, might provide some insight, or maybe not. The operation’s most recent ‘honorary’ mention appeared in the National Treasury’s media statement of June 7 about the... 

IZA Africa Desk raises red flag over steel industry masterplan

23rd June 2022 A lack of proper industry consultation is likely to hamper the effective implementation of the steel and metal fabrication sector masterplan, warns the Africa Desk of the International Zinc Association (IZA). “The plan contains problematic proposals such as a steel levy and the formation of a... 

Eightfold surge in profits in 2020 sees Shumani clinch major business award

23rd June 2022 An eightfold surge in profits during 2020, the height of the Covid-19 lockdown in South Africa, has seen Shumani Industrial Equipment awarded the 2021 Goscor Business Unit of the Year Award. Outstanding new equipment forklift sales, combined with a large contribution from the expanded rental... 

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