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Eskom donates learning academy to government for use as quarantine site

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     30th March 2020 To assist in the fight to contain the Covid-19 pandemic, State-owned utility Eskom has handed its Academy of Learning (EAL) centre in Midrand, Johannesburg, over to the government to be used as a quarantine site. The facility, which has 416 beds and other facilities, will be used to accommodate... 

Farmers urged to de-silt dams before dry season

27th March 2020 Farmers warned by Integrated Pump Rental to desilt dams and reservoirs before the dry season is upon them.  

Petra Diamonds suspends guidance, scales down operations

By: Marleny Arnoldi     27th March 2020 London-listed Petra Diamonds has, in accordance with what the Department of Minerals Resources and Energy expects from miners during South Africa’s 21-day lockdown period, scaled down its operations. The diamond miner advised on March 27 that it had scaled down operations to operate at a... 

Tribunal to hear Vodacom, Competition Commission settlement

By: Natasha Odendaal     25th March 2020 The Competition Tribunal will, on March 25, consider the settlement agreement between the Competition Commission and telecommunications giant Vodacom. Following the conclusion of the agreement early in March, the duo are now applying to the Tribunal for the confirmation of their consent agreement... 

SA Express reassures public about its safety and regulatory compliance

By: Rebecca Campbell     13th March 2020 State-owned regional airline SA Express, which is currently under business rescue, has assured that its aircraft meet all safety requirements. It did so in a press release issued on Thursday. That press release also revealed that the airline’s business rescue practitioners (BRPs) had submitted a... 

South Africa wants to dismantle big four auditors after scandals

By: Bloomberg     11th March 2020 South African regulators are stepping up efforts to break the oligopoly of the country’s top auditing firms after accounting scandals involving two of the Big Four failed to do the job for them. The nation’s largest publicly-traded companies are reluctant to switch to mid-tier firms out of... 

DMRE plans to resume solar water heater programme

By: Simone Liedtke     28th February 2020 The Department of Mineral Resources and Energy (DMRE) is finalising an internal audit on a bidding process to enable the finalisation of contractual arrangements with appointed service providers for the department’s National Solar Water Heater Programme. Following the conclusion of the audit, the... 

Accelerator to help start-up drone companies launched in Gauteng

By: Rebecca Campbell     28th February 2020 The first drone (unmanned air vehicle) startup accelerator programme in Africa was launched in Katlehong, south east of Johannesburg, on Friday. The programme is being hosted by the Ekurhuleni Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) College. The initial programme is a pilot of the... 

Calling all energy sector technology disruptors and start-ups to African Utility Week’s Initiate! forum Celebrating 2020 by introducing 20 SMMEs @ 20th edition

28th February 2020 “Initiate! has proven to be a powerful platform for new talent and innovation in the power and energy sector and this year’s edition in Cape Town in May during African Utility Week and POWERGEN Africa, will once again not disappoint. Watch this space: we’ll celebrate the new decade of 2020 by... 

Demand Driven World Africa At SAPICS 2020

18th February 2020 Data from the Harvard Business Review reveals that businesses are disappearing faster than ever before, and that companies are dying younger because they are failing to adapt to the growing complexity of their environment. Today’s supply chains are more complex and volatile than ever before;... 

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