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Ramaphosa places expanded African trade at heart of re-industrialisation effort

By: Terence Creamer     26th June 2019 President Cyril Ramaphosa has reinforced the importance of intra-African trade and investment to government’s unfolding industrialisation strategy, announcing on Wednesday that South Africa will prioritise trade liberalisation across the continent when assuming the role of African Union (AU)... 

For first time ever, renewables surpass coal in US power mix

By: Bloomberg     26th June 2019 For the clearest sign yet that renewable energy has gone mainstream, consider this: Clean energy resources supplied more of America’s electricity than coal for the first time ever in April. Hydropower dams, solar panels and wind turbines generated almost 68.5-million megawatt-hours of power in... 

‘Platinum Valley’ SEZ in three months – Patel 

By: Martin Creamer     26th June 2019 The legal entity for the Bojanala Platinum Valley Special Economic Zone (SEZ) in North West, which already has an investment pipeline in place, will be set up in the next three months, Trade and Industry Minister Ebrahim Patel promised on Tuesday evening. Fuel cell development is listed as the... 

Prescribed assets not feasible for benefit funds – Alexander Forbes

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     25th June 2019 Alexander Forbes Investments says the proposed introduction of a prescription requiring investors to invest into specified assets is inefficient and will not result in efficient allocation of capital, but will rather lead to suboptimal investment outcomes. This was the key message expounded at... 

Mining, renewable energy the construction sector’s only hope – FNB

By: Marleny Arnoldi     25th June 2019 The First National Bank (FNB)/Bureau for Economic Research Civil Confidence Index (CCI) remained at an all-time low during the second quarter of the year. Underpinning the depressed confidence in the industry was a further decline in construction activity, which led to paper-thin profit margins.  

Kibo mulls renewables cogeneration opportunities  

By: Simone Liedtke     24th June 2019 In line with its strategy of incorporating long-term renewable energy solutions into its existing coal power projects, Africa-focused Kibo Energy has signed a collaboration agreement with ESS Tech to develop suitable baseload electricity storage solutions. Having recognised the increasing need to... 

Maker Faire Rome is back from 18 to 20 October: an edition with plenty of novelties and completely carbon-free

By: Creamer Media Reporter      24th June 2019 All calls are open: makerspace, schools, universities and research centres Robotics, Artificial Intelligence, Circular Economy, IoT - Internet of things, Smart Mobility, Space, Artech and Sustainable Building are some of the main themes of the 2019 edition 

Company expands and increases production

By: Khutso Maphatsoe     21st June 2019 Manufacturer Impala Bolt & Nut recently initiated an expansion programme to increase its warehouse and production facilities by nearly 3 000 m2.   The investment includes new plant and equipment, testing facilities and the implementation of a QR code product identification system to ensure... 

SA urged to home in on green-hydrogen export niche

By: Schalk Burger     21st June 2019 The technology to produce green hydrogen, which is produced by electrolysing water using renewable energy, in South Africa is becoming cost-effective enough to develop the capacity to sell the product in local and international industrial markets, says technical advisory services firm Kambuku... 

Concentrated sunlight used to produce hydrogen

By: Schalk Burger     21st June 2019 Researchers at the Swiss École polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne (Lausanne Federal Institute of Technology, or EPFL) created a device that uses a smaller amount of rare and costly materials required to produce hydrogen by concentrating sunlight to maintain a high solar-to-fuel efficiency.... 

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