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KZN has masterplan to drive developments around the Mkhuze Airport

By: Yvonne Silaule     19th January 2022 KwaZulu-Natal has a masterplan in place to drive developments around the Mkhuze Airport, which is undergoing a R72-million upgrade. During a visit to the airport this week, Premier Sihle Zikalala said that masterplan was expected to attract critical infrastructure investment in mixed-use... 

Polihali Village and visitors’ lodge construction kicks off

By: Natasha Odendaal     18th January 2022 The construction of permanent housing, visitors’ lodge and associated infrastructure at the Polihali Village is set to start in January after the Lesotho Highlands Development Authority (LHDA) awarded the construction tender to the Polihali Village Joint Venture (JV) in December 2021.... 

DFFE deploys environmental inspectors to investigate KZN mine slurry river pollution

By: Schalk Burger     14th January 2022 The Department of Forestry, Fisheries and the Environment (DFFE) has deployed a team of environmental management inspectors to assist in an investigation into a slurry dam burst in KwaZulu-Natal on December 24, which resulted in tailings material flowing into nearby rivers and onto nearby land.... 

Zikalala condemns the proliferation of counterfeit goods

By: Yvonne Silaule     13th January 2022 KwaZulu-Natal Premier Sihle Zikalala says the proliferation of counterfeit goods is tantamount to economic sabotage as it takes market share away from legitimate businesses and has negative implications for economic growth. The Premier was overseeing a law enforcement operation at Bayhead road,... 

Proparco provides $20m loan to Absa to support Covid-19-hit SMEs

By: Schalk Burger     13th January 2022 Financial services firm Absa has secured a $20-million senior loan to contribute to its support plan that is dedicated to financing corporate small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) operating in sectors impacted by the Covid-19 crisis, including construction, manufacturing, transport, tourism,... 

Another seismic survey is heading to SA waters, this time from Australia

By: News24Wire      13th January 2022 Just as the Amazon Warrior, a vessel that was to conduct a seismic survey off the Wild Coast on behalf of Shell, left South Africa, attention is now focused on another planned survey, this time off the West Coast. In December, the Makhanda High Court granted an interim interdict to halt Shell’s... 

Opinion: The ocean economy is integral to the revival of the Eastern Cape's habitability

12th January 2022 With its immense resource wealth and potential to boost economic growth, employment and innovation, the ocean in the Eastern Cape could become the new economic frontier, writes Nelson Mandela University Infrastructure Development & Engagement Unit associate Bongani Mankewu. 

Govt departments urged to focus on integrated disaster risk reduction

By: Donna Slater     12th January 2022 Disaster risk reduction (DRR) should be a priority for government at all levels, but failures in adequately addressing major factors, such as the Covid-19 pandemic, climate change and growing economic hardship in South Africa, point to insufficient capacity and commitment to carry through on this... 

New-vehicle sales up 22.1%, exports pummelled by civil unrest, Transnet cyberattack 

By: Irma Venter     10th January 2022 New-vehicle sales rebounded strongly in the domestic market in 2021, gaining 22.1% to reach 464 122 units for the year, says Naamsa | The Automotive Business Council. This follows a 29.2% drop in 2020, in a year where sales were heavily impacted by the outbreak of Covid-19. 

ZAC instructed to expand water sampling following slurry material spill into river

By: Yvonne Silaule     7th January 2022 The KwaZulu-Natal Department of Economic Development, Tourism and Environmental Affairs, EDTEA, has instructed Zululand Anthracite Colliery (ZAC), to expand its water monitoring sampling points beyond the initial four areas that it had identified. EDTEA MEC Ravi Pillay on January 6 said this was... 

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