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Glencore signs MoU with Chinese company for carbon capture tech  

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     12th April 2021 The China Huaneng Group Clean Energy Research Institute and diversified miner Glencore have signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to cooperate on carbon capture use and storage (CCUS) technology, starting with Glencore’s Carbon Capture Transport and Storage Company (CTSCo) project at the... 

Embraer releases information that allows its business jets to carry vaccines

By: Rebecca Campbell     9th April 2021 Brazilian aerospace group Embraer, which includes executive or business jets in its product portfolio, has announced that it has released technical information that will help users of these jets to optimise them for the transport of anti-Covid-19 vaccines. Currently, more than 1 400 Embraer... 

Clean hydrogen private infrastructure investment fund launched

By: Schalk Burger     9th April 2021 A newly launched private infrastructure investment fund FiveT Hydrogen is dedicated to delivering clean hydrogen infrastructure projects at scale. The fund aims to raise €1-billion from a combination of financial and industrial investors and act as a catalyst in the scaling of the global hydrogen... 

Yearly rate of contraction in manufacturing production eased in February

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     8th April 2021 The yearly rate of contraction in manufacturing production in South Africa eased to 2.1% in February from a downwardly revised 4.2% in January. Financial institution Nedbank notes that this was much worse than both the bank’s and Reuters consensus forecast of -0.4%, suggesting a much slower than... 

Global leaders commit to help Africa adapt to climate change impacts

By: Schalk Burger     7th April 2021 African heads of State and other global leaders have made a commitment to prioritise actions that help African countries adapt to the impacts of climate change through the Africa Adaptation Acceleration Programme. The objective of the programme is to mobilise $25-billion to accelerate climate... 

Manufacturing firm benefits from DTIC's designation of laptop bags

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     6th April 2021 Tongaat-based manufacturing firm Protea Leather Natal has grown, diversified and become more efficient since its first application to the Department of Trade, Industry and Competition’s (DTIC’s) Production Incentive Programme (PIP) grants in 2011. The company recently won the National Student... 

Operation Vulindlela

By: Riaan de Lange     2nd April 2021 When, on March 15, I saw a piece on the National Treasury’s website that was titled ‘Operation Vulindlela’ and marked ‘Latest News’, my gut feeling was that it was about a covert operation. In both Xhosa and Zulu, vulindlela means ‘make way’, and in the context of a Brenda Fassie song, it means:... 

Opening the door for local service providers

By: Creamer Media Reporter      2nd April 2021 Mines are increasingly required to implement programmes showing good practice in local procurement. International standards – as well as local policy and regulation – provide requirements and guidelines, but what really works in the field? This series, SRK’s Lisl Pullinger and Andrew van Zyl,... 

New Iata director-general takes office

By: Rebecca Campbell     1st April 2021 Former International Airlines Group (IAG) CEO Willie Walsh became the International Air Transport Association’s (Iata’s) eighth director-general on Thursday, succeeding Alexandre de Juniac. Iata is the representative body of the global airline industry. Walsh was elected to the post at Iata’s... 

Rail transport holds untapped potential that could be unlocked through third-party access – Gordhan 

By: Donna Slater     31st March 2021 South Africa’s rail network, which currently represents about 20% of general freight market share and less than 10% of the passenger market share, presents an opportunity for role-players, both public and private, to reposition themselves and the industry in a way that contributes to its... 

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