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Electricity Minister Kgosientsho Ramokgopa
Next renewables bid window ‘will not be location agnostic’
19th November 2023 By: Terence Creamer

Electricity Minister Kgosientsho Ramokgopa reports that the country’s next renewables bidding round will “not be location agnostic” and will seek to direct projects to areas where there is... 


Armoured vehicles outside
After three years in production, the Milcat roars on
19th November 2023 By: Tracy Hancock

Gauteng-based light armoured vehicle manufacturer Armoured Vehicle Solutions (AVS) has been manufacturing the Milcat for the past three years at its manufacturing facility in Pretoria East. AVS... 


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South African export route to Mozambique shut as violence erupts
17th November 2023 By: Bloomberg

The road leading to South Africa’s main border with Mozambique, a key export route for coal and chrome, was closed on Friday after clashes between truck drivers and minibus taxi operators who’d... 


South Africa may need $136bn for energy transition, study shows
17th November 2023 By: Bloomberg

South Africa cannot escape the need to spend significantly on new wind and solar power plants, a BloombergNEF study shows. Under a range of scenarios considered by researchers the country may need... 


TFR locomotives
More than half of copper cables on TFR's lines replaced with aluminium alternative
17th November 2023 By: Darren Parker

Transnet has, so far, replaced about 55% of the copper cables across its national railway network with an aluminium conductor steel reinforced (ACSR) cable called Tiger Wire, Transnet Freight Rail... 


Solar panels at the Komati power station
Germany will lend South Africa €500m for energy switch
17th November 2023 By: Bloomberg

Germany, through its KfW development bank, will as soon as Friday sign an agreement to lend South Africa €500-million ($543-million) to help it transition away from the use of coal-fired... 


Open Access to launch Phase 2 of Isando ICT hub in early 2024
17th November 2023 By: Schalk Burger

Data centre services company Open Access Data Centres (OADC) is preparing to launch the larger Phase 2 of its Isando information and communications technology (ICT) hub, in Gauteng, in the first... 


Construction Group Stefanutti Stocks achieves ISO/IEC 27001:2022 certification
Construction Group Stefanutti Stocks achieves ISO/IEC 27001:2022 certification
17th November 2023

On 10th November a delegation from TUV Rheinland visited our offices to hand over our official ISO/IEC 27001:2022 certification. “This holds profound significance for Stefanutti Stocks Pty Ltd as... 


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Rook 1 uranium project, Canada – update
17th November 2023 By: Sheila Barradas

The project has received Ministerial approval to proceed with the development. 


EXPORT IMPACT
Challenges have affected South African iron-ore producers over the past two years with lower-than-expected export volumes
Opportunities unlocked through addressing fundamentals
17th November 2023

While it is home to several significant iron-ore producers, amid the opportunities within the African iron-ore industry there are also significant challenges, as all bulk material operations... 


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Indaba focuses on growth
17th November 2023

The tenth Manufacturing Indaba, held at the Sandton Convention Centre from October 24 to 26, provided an insightful overview of Africa's manufacturing landscape. Themed ‘Capitalising on... 


Fractured trade, inflation and prospects for climate action
17th November 2023 By: Saliem Fakir

The world is in a very different place to where it was when the World Trade Organisation (WTO) came into being in 1995: geopolitics and geoeconomic fragmentation are on the rise, and we are seeing... 


Customs and port authorities
17th November 2023 By: Riaan de Lange

One of the most intriguing aspects of life, for me, is the origin of words. In the customs and international trade environment, in particular, words are used mostly devoid of their meaning. This is... 


Crime epidemic
17th November 2023 By: Martin Zhuwakinyu

In a stranger-than-fiction incident earlier this month, Transport Minister Sindisiwe Chikunga and two of her armed protectors were ambushed and robbed at gunpoint near Vosloorus, on Gauteng’s East... 


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Agriculture 2023: Surging costs threaten sustainability
16th November 2023 By: Creamer Media Reporter

Agriculture, Land Reform and Rural Development Minister Thoko Didiza tabled a R17.20-billion budget for her department in the 2023/24 financial year in May 2023, including transfers to provincial... 


Nickel crisis shows LME could learn from China, Minmetals says
16th November 2023 By: Bloomberg

Last year’s nickel crisis shows that risk controls and management at the London Metal Exchange are worse than those of its main Chinese rival, the Shanghai Futures Exchange, an executive at a... 


SA construction an industry under siege
SA construction an industry under siege
16th November 2023

The South African construction industry is increasingly finding itself under siege. Armed gangs, known as construction mafias, are routinely invading construction sites across the country,... 


Source comprehensive security and safety solutions under one roof
Source comprehensive security and safety solutions under one roof
16th November 2023

With the introduction of Facilities Management Expo in 2019 and the addition of Firexpo in 2022, Specialised Exhibitions (a division of Montgomery Group) was able to provide the market with a... 


South Africa must recover State capacity to drive inclusive growth, seize green opportunities
15th November 2023 By: Schalk Burger

Two broad challenges – collapsing State capacity and spatial exclusion – have led to South Africa's economy being defined by stagnation and exclusion and the country needs a strategy to recover... 


Wind farm with substation in foreground
New Eskom curtailment framework to unlock 4 GW of grid capacity in wind-rich provinces
15th November 2023 By: Terence Creamer

Eskom has confirmed that it will release a curtailment addendum to its recently published Generation Connection Capacity Assessment (GCCA) that will unlock 4 GW of connection capacity immediately... 


Chinese communications company considering local assembly in South Africa
15th November 2023 By: Rebecca Campbell

China-based mission-critical communications hardware and software company Hytera Communications is in early-stage discussions to hopefully start basic assembly operations in South Africa. Based in... 


From left ECEC deputy marketing director  Xia Lungang, Nyanza CEO Donovan Chimhandamba, ECEC chairperson Li Lixin, Nyanza chairperson William Mathamela.
South Africa’s ilmenite poised for huge value boost following China signing
15th November 2023 By: Martin Creamer

South African ilmenite used to manufacture titanium dioxide pigment in KwaZulu-Natal has received a major value boost with the signing of an engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contract... 


Babcock provides total fuel lockdown on every new DAF truck
Babcock provides total fuel lockdown on every new DAF truck
15th November 2023

Fuel theft is a serious concern for every South African fleet operator. To provide its customers with maximum anti-fuel theft protection, Babcock became the first truck supplier in South Africa in... 


A fighter plane manufactured in Czech Republic
Central Europe's defence companies spy African opportunity
15th November 2023 By: Reuters

Central European defence companies are negotiating new deals to sell more weapons, military equipment and related services in Africa as they seek to poach customers looking for alternatives to... 


EU reaches deal to boost domestic supplies of key raw materials
15th November 2023 By: Bloomberg

The European Union reached a deal on measures to become more self-sufficient in the key raw materials it needs to help power the clean energy transition. Negotiators from the EU parliament and... 


Canada likely to approve Glencore-Teck deal despite foreign investment scrutiny
Canada likely to approve Glencore-Teck deal despite foreign investment scrutiny
15th November 2023 By: Reuters

As Glencore prepares for the long grind to convince Canada of the virtues of the Swiss trader-led consortium's $9-billion bid for Teck Resources' coal unit, investors and lawyers are optimistic... 


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New documentary starring Idris Elba focuses on gold’s history, impact
14th November 2023 By: Tasneem Bulbulia

Industry organisation the World Gold Council (WGC) has released a new documentary, titled ‘Gold: A Journey with Idris Elba’, created in partnership with Pioneer Productions. The documentary was... 


luminaires and SERIES 40 LED bulkheads ensure that the area is well illuminated to provide a sense of safety and wellbeing
Lighting Solution for Dube TradePort Warehouse
14th November 2023

BEKA Schréder is proud to have supplied the lighting solution for one of the new warehouses situated at the Dube TradePort close to Durban, South Africa. ​​Dube TradePort is a Special Economic Zone... 


Anglo American's Moranbah coal mine and power plant
Europe warns methane polluters as bloc pushes to slash emissions
14th November 2023 By: Bloomberg

The European Union (EU)  aims to slash methane emissions by clinching a deal that could have global ramifications if major energy importers are targeted over leaks of one of the most potent... 


Mkango to build 25 MW of solar at Songwe Hill
13th November 2023 By: Darren Parker

Rare earth element (REE) mining company Mkango aims to build three solar photovoltaic plants with a combined capacity of 25 MW at its Songwe Hill project, in Malawi, to provide sustainable... 


Trafigura brings Australian mined copper back to China - sources
13th November 2023 By: Reuters

Swiss commodity trader Trafigura has agreed to help Chinese smelters clear imports of copper concentrate from Australia, suggesting an informal ban has been lifted if the cargo clears customs,... 


Ramaphosa says whistleblowers in communities are key to ending illegal mining
13th November 2023 By: Marleny Arnoldi

Following a detailed briefing on the State’s illegal mining intervention efforts by the Justice, Crime Prevention and Security Ministerial Cluster last week, President Cyril Ramaphosa has taken up... 


Gold One mine: Situation tense as police fire rubber bullets at protesting AMCU workers
13th November 2023 By: News24Wire

The situation remains tense at Gold One mine in Springs, with police firing rubber bullets and teargas at protesting AMCU workers. Workers affiliated with AMCU have been gathering at the mine since... 


FNB announces that individual customers can now apply for a Personal Solar Loan Benefit 
FNB announces that individual customers can now apply for a Personal Solar Loan Benefit 
13th November 2023

Following the announcement of FNB’s partnership with National Treasury to offer Energy Bounce Back (EBB) Loan Guarantee Scheme to both commercial and individual customers. Individual customers can... 


Innovate UK, Technology Innovation Agency launch new R16m fund
13th November 2023 By: Creamer Media Reporter

South Africa’s Technology Innovation Agency (TIA) and UK Government’s national innovation agency Innovate UK have established a R16-million fund to support collaborative research, development and... 


Artist's impression of the expanded CT2
Teraco to expand CT2 data centre by 30 MW
13th November 2023 By: Schalk Burger

Data centre and interconnection hub company Teraco will expand its CT2 hyperscale data centre facility in Brackenfell, Cape Town, by 30 MW to 50 MW. The expansion will be completed in early 2025... 


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Altron H1 results dragged by discontinued operations, continuing operations shine
13th November 2023 By: Natasha Odendaal

JSE-listed Altron has reported a 54% decrease in group earnings before interest, tax, depreciation and amortisation (Ebitda) to R268-million during the six months to August 31, 2023. While the... 


An artist's impression of the Goedehoop Teleport
Goedehoop teleport facility to boost non-terrestrial communications
13th November 2023 By: Schalk Burger

The Goedehoop teleport in Doornkloof, Pretoria, is being completed by satellite network company Paratus and will greatly enhance non-terrestrial communications across all key connectivity pillars,... 


The role for women in the African energy sector
13th November 2023

The African energy sector is experiencing a transformative shift with a growing recognition of the essential role women play in driving sustainable energy solutions, innovation, and economic... 


A WEG Top Premium Efficiency motor driving a pump via belt and pulley, controlled by a WEG CFW11 VSD
WEG motors and drives are key players in South Africa's energy solution strategy
13th November 2023

With the continued energy poverty being experienced in South Africa, motors and drives are set to play an ever more crucial role in industry’s energy solution strategy. The manufacturing and... 


IonicRE expects first product at Makuutu early next year
10th November 2023 By: Darren Parker

ASX-listed Ionic Rare Earths (IonicRE) expects it will produce its first mixed rare earth carbonate from its new demonstration plant at the Makuutu rare earths project, in Uganda, early in the... 


Municipal Cleaning and Greening Programme launched to tackle illegal dumping
10th November 2023 By: Tasneem Bulbulia

Forestry, Fisheries and the Environment Minister Barbara Creecy on November 10 launched the Municipal Cleaning and Greening Programme, which is aimed at clearing 7 251 illegal dumping hotspots in... 


AfDB announces Alliance with other DFIs to provide $3bn special agri-zone financing
10th November 2023 By: Marleny Arnoldi

Development finance institutions (DFIs) led by the African Development Bank (AfDB) have partnered to finance $3-billion in a private sector-focused Alliance for Special Agro-Industrial Processing... 


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