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No emissions transport companies team up to analyse new hydrogen technology for aviation
17th January 2024 By: Rebecca Campbell

US-UK zero carbon emissions aviation company ZeroAvia and US hydrogen storage and refuelling technology startup company Verne have signed a memorandum of understanding to collaborate in the... 


Study shows SA has the most lenient road rules out of 17 countries
Study shows SA has the most lenient road rules out of 17 countries
17th January 2024 By: Irma Venter

South Africa has been ranked as the country with the most lenient road rules in a new study that compares 17 nations across the globe. This study is not a measure of how strict police and... 


RFA CEO Gavin Kelly
RFA urges investigation into outdated TFR systems following derailment
17th January 2024 By: Schalk Burger

Industry organisation the Road Freight Association (RFA) says the collision of two coal trains on the Richards Bay ore line at the weekend underscores the vulnerability of the multi-ore line owing... 


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Port of Maputo reports record volume for 2023
16th January 2024 By: Irma Venter

The Maputo Port Development Company (MPDC) says the Port of Maputo has achieved a record volume of 31.2-million tons in 2023, up 16% on the previous year. MPDC is a public-private partnership... 


Azmet Reactor project: a precise and praiseworthy victory for South Africa’s steel sector
Azmet Reactor project: a precise and praiseworthy victory for South Africa’s steel sector
16th January 2024

Fabricating six massive reactors that are over three storeys high in Gauteng and then transporting these more than 2 500 kilometres to a mine in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) - where all... 


Critical Minerals acquires 26 Moroccan permits
16th January 2024 By: Tasneem Bulbulia

Aim-listed Critical Mineral Resources has acquired 26 exploration permits prospective for copper, antimony, tungsten, lead/zinc and gold in central Morocco. The company has acquired the permits... 


Author:  Dr Mthandazo Ngwenya, MD: Development Advisory and Impact at the Bigen Group.
Increasing complexity and cost dynamics of socioeconomics on mega infrastructure projects
16th January 2024

Many governments recognise the importance of undertaking large-scale and high-impact infrastructure projects as a significant lever to develop their people and allow for expanded access to... 


Pierre van Vuuren, Concor Project Manager
Kendal Ash Disposal Facility nears completion
16th January 2024

The Kendal Ash Disposal Facility expansion project, responsible for the storage of ash produced by Kendal Power Station until 2023, has successfully reached over 80% completion. With a projected... 


An image showing chairperson Armando Manuel and FSDEA board members reviewing progress on site with CCO William Izod and Longonjo team members
Angolan sovereign wealth fund satisfied with Longonjo construction progress
15th January 2024 By: Tasneem Bulbulia

Angolan sovereign wealth fund Fundo Soberano de Angola (FSDEA) is “delighted to see the excellent progress” that is being achieved on site at the Longonjo rare earths project, as this is an... 


Sanral to issue 70 tenders in ‘the next couple of weeks’
Sanral to issue 70 tenders in ‘the next couple of weeks’
12th January 2024 By: Irma Venter

The South African National Roads Agency Limited (Sanral) says it will issue at least 70 tenders “in the next couple of weeks”. In terms of the State-owned company’s interim preferential procurement... 


China's imports of Mongolian coal set to rise as transport improves
12th January 2024 By: Reuters

China's imports of Mongolian coking coal may rise to a record in 2024, after more than doubling in 2023, on improving transport links and its lower price versus domestic and international supplies,... 


Image of Angola flag and periodics table for neodymium/praseodymium
Longonjo neodymium/praseodymium project, Angola – update
12th January 2024 By: Sheila Barradas

Pensana has made significant strides at the Longonjo mine ahead of main construction starting later this year. 


Location map of the Etango uranium project
Etango-8 uranium project, Namibia – update
12th January 2024 By: Sheila Barradas

Namibia's Ministry of Mines and Energy granted Bannerman Energy a mining licence for its Etango uranium project in December 2023. 


Location map of the Tumas project
Tumas uranium project, Namibia – update
12th January 2024 By: Sheila Barradas

A review of the definitive feasibility study has validated the commercial viability of the project as a long-term, high-margin and globally significant uranium operation. 


Construction begins on Lilian Ngoyi Street rehabilitation project
11th January 2024 By: Tasneem Bulbulia

A contractor has been appointed for the Lilian Ngoyi Street rehabilitation and construction has officially begun, following the gas explosion in Bree street on July 19, the City of Johannesburg... 


African shared mobility sector to almost double in size by 2030 – report
African shared mobility sector to almost double in size by 2030 – report
11th January 2024 By: Irma Venter

The size of Africa’s shared mobility market, which includes services such as ride-hailing, scooter or e-bike rentals, as well as car-sharing, will almost double by 2030, creating an additional 550... 


Technology-based solutions, refuse compactors and recycling programmes key to driving efficiency in the highly specialised world of waste management
Technology-based solutions, refuse compactors and recycling programmes key to driving efficiency in the highly specialised world of waste management
11th January 2024

According to the latest available statistics, South Africans generate about 122 million tonnes of waste per year, of which only 10% is recycled or recovered for other uses. At least 90% is... 


new conveyor at Richards Bay Bulk Terminal
Richards Bay Bulk Terminal conveyor repairs remove 400 coal trucks from roads
10th January 2024 By: Darren Parker

One of three conveyor belts damaged in the October 2021 fires has returned to full operation at the Richards Bay Bulk Terminal, in KwaZulu-Natal, and will prioritise the handling of coal exports.... 


East London Terminals
TNPA to appoint panel to bridge ‘operational gaps’ at eight seaports
10th January 2024 By: Marleny Arnoldi

Transnet National Ports Authority (TNPA) is looking to appoint a panel of qualified service providers as terminal operators to step in and assist in closing “operational gaps” at its eight... 


Legislation
South Africa prepares Bill to form State-firm holding company
10th January 2024 By: Bloomberg

South Africa’s minister of public enterprises will soon introduce a bill in parliament to establish a government firm that will own and manage at least 13 of the country’s state-owned companies.... 


Pensana progressing activities at Angola project prior to main construction
9th January 2024 By: Tasneem Bulbulia

London-listed Pensana has made significant strides at the Longonjo mine site in Angola ahead of main construction starting later this year. The company is currently busy with civil works for the... 


Lineworkers on a high-voltage powerline
Ramokgopa seeks to unlock private finance for 6 000 km of new grid in coming three years
9th January 2024 By: Terence Creamer

Electricity Minister Kgosientsho Ramokgopa says the current plan for rolling out grid infrastructure, particularly in the coming three years, is insufficient to end loadshedding and should, thus,... 


Critical Metals raises £215 000 for drilling, road upgrades at DRC project
8th January 2024 By: Tasneem Bulbulia

Aim-listed Critical Metals, operator of Molulu copper/cobalt project, in the Democratic Republic of Congo, has raised about £215 000 in a placing, the proceeds of which will be used for advancing... 


Fed pivot will dominate year of rate cuts in turn of global cycle
8th January 2024 By: Bloomberg

The coming 12 months are shaping up as the year of the interest-rate cut. After racing ahead with the most aggressive tightening campaign in decades during 2022 and 2023, central banks around the... 


Wind turbines and solar PV panels
South Africa's new energy plan is 'shoddy' and will probably fail – analysts
6th January 2024 By: News24Wire

South Africa's new energy generation plan lacks detail and leaves many unanswered questions, according to some energy analysts. The long-awaited draft of the Integrated Energy Plan (IRP) of 2023... 


Critical Metals improves logistics infrastructure for 2024 ramp up
20th December 2023 By: Donna Slater

Southern Africa- and Americas-focused developer and miner Critical Metals is progressing with the development of its Molulu copper-cobalt project, in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), being... 


How Standard Bank is supporting a just energy transition for South Africa and the continent
How Standard Bank is supporting a just energy transition for South Africa and the continent
18th December 2023

It has often been said that Africa is a continent that is filled with untapped opportunities, and while we believe in our continent’s potential, we recognise that there are various challenges that... 


Pratley tops off 75th anniversary year with another world-first electrical product
18th December 2023

In addition to celebrating its 75th anniversary, Pratley topped off a highly successful 2023 by launching the world-first Flameproof Ex d Envirobox. “These milestones are a testament to our... 


A lithium ore stockpile
Bolivia takes a key step in long road to tapping vast lithium riches
17th December 2023 By: Bloomberg

Bolivia is cutting the ribbon on its first industrial-scale lithium plant, the dawn of what it hopes will be an export boom of the battery metal that could bring it back from the brink of economic... 


An image depicting construction workers
Cape Town bulk sewer upgrades making headway
15th December 2023 By: Sabrina Jardim

The City of Cape Town started work on the Milnerton and Cape Flats bulk sewer upgrades earlier this year and is on track to complete both by 2025, says City of Cape Town Water and Sanitation MMC... 


Greenfield project nears full-scale mining
15th December 2023 By: Lynne Davies

The development of the Gugulethu Colliery – a greenfield project located to the southeast of Hendrina and proximate to Davel – is taking place at an “opportune time” as export opportunities for... 


Brian Andrew, MD of RS South Africa
Brian Andrew
15th December 2023

This week we profile Brian Andrew, MD of RS South Africa, an omnichannel provider and digital hub in the industrial sector offering more than 750 000 products with solutions for the design,... 


Sheikhs on a plane
15th December 2023 By: Riaan de Lange

Why do bad movies linger in one’s mind? In two words, the answer is 'negative bias', and in three it’s 'positive-negative asymmetry'. According to the researcher Randy Larsen, negative events and... 


High drama awaits Africa in 2024
15th December 2023 By: Tara O’Connor

If all the world's a stage, and all the men and women merely players with their exits and their entrances, Africa is headed for high drama – a heart-stopping and pulse-racing 2024. The backdrop is... 


Location map of the Borborema project
Borborema gold project, Brazil – update
15th December 2023 By: Sheila Barradas

Precious metals-focused royalty and streaming company Gold Royalty will provide $31-million in project financing for the project. 


Location map of the NICO project
NICO gold/cobalt/bismuth/copper mine project, Canada – update
15th December 2023 By: Sheila Barradas

The Canadian government has offered funding to support metallurgical testwork for the Nico project. 


ITOCHU Africa Bloc CEO Shinya Ishizuka, third from left, with Eastern Cape people at the signing of a memorandum of co-operation with Hive Hydrogen South Africa.
Huge uplift for Eastern Cape on way from South Africa’s R105bn green ammonia project
14th December 2023 By: Martin Creamer

The building of the R105-billion green ammonia project by Hive Hydrogen South Africa is poised to be a huge economic uplift for the Eastern Cape. The large project is the first phase of a... 


Tha Tharisa mine
Tharisa's full-year earnings take a knock, but chrome volumes, prices remain strong
14th December 2023 By: Kenneth Creamer

Miner, processor and marketer of chrome and platinum group metals (PGMs) Tharisa reported a 49.1% year-on-year decrease in earnings a share to $0.27 for the financial year ended September 30.... 


Infrastructure Rehabilitation: Sarnia Road Bridge Project
Infrastructure Rehabilitation: Sarnia Road Bridge Project
14th December 2023

The Sarnia Road Bridge (B112), located within the eThekwini municipality between the suburbs of Bellair and Hillary, is a vehicular bridge that runs over the N2 and carries traffic along the M10... 


Left to right: Bredin Prat Senior Associate Sarah Gicquel, BAOM co-founder Chloe Cormack and BAOM co-founder Melian Dott, at the WE4G jury prize award ceremony in Paris
South African young-women-led startup gains international visibility from global event win
13th December 2023 By: Rebecca Campbell

The winning of the jury prize at the recent Women Entrepreneurs 4 Good (WE4G) global startup pitching event in Paris, by South African biotechnology startup BAOM Eco Solutions (BAOM), has created... 


Image of the MDS M515 track trommel
Mobile rock trommels introduced locally
13th December 2023

Mobile heavy duty rock trommels are now available to the mining and quarrying sectors across Southern Africa.  The rotating barrel design of the trommels allows mineral-bearing materials to be... 


Polasa chairperson Sagren Moodley
Powerline industry warns it may not survive until grid roll-out ‘feast’ given current investment ‘famine’
13th December 2023 By: Terence Creamer

The Power Operations & Leadership Association of Southern Africa (Polasa) believes the famine-then-feast profile of Eskom’s execution plan for the roll-out of new transmission infrastructure will... 


Sliding through time: Lubrication from stone age
12th December 2023

By Steven Lumley – technical manager, WearCheck Lubrication from Stone Age to Modern Age 


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