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Gold Fields going greener and cleaner across broad front 

By: Martin Creamer     7th May 2021 Gold mining company Gold Fields, which this week announced the board’s green light for a 40 MW solar photovoltaic plant at the South Deep mine, near Carletonville, intends taking short- medium- and long-term steps to lower emissions in underground mining in general and at South Deep in... 

Gold Fields ramping up climate change mitigation measures 

By: Donna Slater     30th April 2021 Gold miner Gold Fields derived 5% of its group electricity from renewable sources in 2020. It plans to further ramp this up in the coming years, its 2020 Climate Change Report shows. At its Agnew operation, in Australia, the miner derived 57% of its electricity from renewable sources, mostly... 

OceanHub accelerator welcomes another six companies

By: Schalk Burger     26th April 2021 Oceans economy accelerator nonprofit OceanHub Africa has selected six entrepreneurs and their ventures as the second cohort of companies that will be supported through acceleration programmes. The entrepreneurs from Nigeria, Tanzania, Namibia and South Africa were selected from among about 130... 

Pensana looking to establish rare earths supply for green economy 

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     21st April 2021 London-listed Pensana has announced a business plan to help it establish, subject to funding, an independent and sustainable supply chain of the rare earth metals vital for electric vehicles, wind turbines and other strategic industries. This includes plans to establish the world’s first... 

Research highlights potential for SA to develop offshore wind

By: Schalk Burger     2nd April 2021 A study of South Africa's offshore wind energy resources by researchers from the Stellenbosch University Department of Mechanical and Mechatronic Engineering indicates that wind turbines installed off the KwaZulu-Natal and Western Cape coasts could potentially supply between 15% and 800% of South... 

BioTherm’s Excelsior wind farm works for bird conservation

By: Marleny Arnoldi     29th March 2021 Working in collaboration with conservation organisations, BioTherm Energy’s Excelsior wind energy facility, in the Western Cape, is pioneering the wind industry’s approach to conserving avifauna. The programmes that are being implemented go beyond looking at the potential impact of the wind... 

Boliden launches low-carbon copper products

By: Reuters     19th March 2021 Sweden's Boliden said it has launched two "green" copper products this week, the first of its kind, hoping to appeal to consumers aiming to cut their carbon footprint. The two copper cathode products - one sourced from recycled electronic scrap, the other from reduced-emissions mining - will... 

Kruisvallei hydro project comes on line

By: Marleny Arnoldi     4th March 2021 Power project developer Red Rocket has announced the start of commercial operations at the 4 MW Kruisvallei hydropower plant, along the Ash River between Clarens and Bethlehem, in the Free State. The completion of the plant comes almost two years since construction began on March 26, 2019.  

Nersa committee holds back approval on Eskom application to buy short-term power 

By: Terence Creamer     5th February 2021 The National Energy Regulator of South Africa’s (Nersa’s) electricity subcommittee decided, on February 5, not to approve Eskom’s application for the emergency procurement of electricity from eight private generators under its Short-Term Power Purchase Programme (STPPP). In March 2020, the... 

What makes people smart?

By: Terry Mackenzie-hoy     22nd January 2021 In May 1941, the city of London was bombed and the seat of Parliament, the House of Commons, was very badly damaged. When it was being rebuilt, Winston Churchill was asked if the original seating arrangement should be altered. He said not – the original seats had been such that government and... 

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