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Eskom confirms strong flow of grid-connection applications for Bid Window 6 of renewables programme 

By: Terence Creamer     Updated 43 minutes ago Eskom’s Grid Access Unit reports that it has received payments for 179 cost estimate letters, or CELs, and has issued 53 such letters, following the April 6 issuance of a request for proposals (RFP) for Bid Window Six (BW6) of the Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme... 

IPP Office head Bernard Magoro addressing the Bidders Conference
IPP Office head Bernard Magoro addressing the Bidders Conference

Volkswagen reveals its new made-in-South-Africa Amarok 

By: Irma Venter     Updated 1 hour 24 minutes ago Volkswagen on Thursday lifted the veil on its new Amarok bakkie, set to replace the current Amarok after 12 years in the marketplace early next year. The current Amarok was launched in South Africa in November, 2010, and has sold 41 422 units in the local market. 

Image of the 2023 Amarok
The 2023 Amarok

Cape Town rolls out pilot project to give QR codes, residence certificates to informal homes

By: Irma Venter     Updated 1 hour 17 minutes ago The City of Cape Town’s Informal Settlements Department have marked a thousand structures in the Bosasa Phase 2 development in Mfuleni with a Quick Response (QR) code and city-specific paint. Field maps have also been created to indicate the associated number of each structure. 

Image of an informal settlement

Solidarity calls on the private sector to apply for energy generation permits en masse

By: Darren Parker     Updated 2 hours 44 minutes ago The only viable and sustainable solution to South Africa’s escalating electricity crisis is for small independent power producers (IPPs) to immediately flood the market on a large scale, trade union Solidarity’s Research Institute (SRI) has said. Through a concerted effort by the private sector –... 

Solidarity CE Dr Dirk Hermann
Solidarity CE Dr Dirk Hermann

Eskom brings in former employees, manufacturers to deal with crisis

By: News24Wire      Updated 6 hours ago Eskom, which readily concedes it does not have the skills to maintain its plants, is on a drive to bring back former employees to mentor and train staff.  It is also, at last, bringing in the original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) to conduct maintenance on parts of its plants where its own... 

14 groups call on Mantashe to immediately commission more green power  

By: News24Wire      Updated 5 hours ago As South Africans battle some of the worst load-shedding ever, there is growing pressure on Mineral Resources and Energy Minister Gwede Mantashe to allow for more renewables and battery storage to address the deepening energy crisis. Fourteen civil society organisations, in an open letter,... 

Mineral Resources and Energy Minister Gwede Mantashe
Mineral Resources and Energy Minister Gwede Mantashe

Kibo commits to buying first VRFBs under agreement with CellCube

By: Schalk Burger     Updated 3 hours ago Renewable energy development company Kibo Energy has committed to buy, from energy storage system company CellCube, two vanadium redox flow batteries (VRFBs) for proof-of-concept energy storage projects. Kibo in May entered into an agreement to acquire a 51% interest in National Broadband... 

ExecuJet South Africa showcasing latest aircraft in its fleet at AERO South Africa

By: Rebecca Campbell     Updated 2 hours 30 minutes ago Aircraft charter and aviation services company ExecuJet South Africa, part of the Luxembourg-based Luxaviation group, has highlighted that it will be showcasing the latest addition to its aircraft fleet, a Beechcraft King Air 260, at the AERO South Africa exhibition and air show, currently being... 

A photo of Execujet's new aircraft

Virgin Galactic places order for new spaceplane motherships

By: Rebecca Campbell     Updated 4 hours ago US sub-orbital space tourism company Virgin Galactic (not to be confused with spun-off and now separate sister company Virgin Orbit) announced on Wednesday that it had ordered two new ‘mothership’ aircraft from Aurora Flight Sciences, which is a subsidiary of giant aerospace group Boeing. The... 

Virgin Galactic’s current WhiteKnightTwo mothership, VMS Eve
Photo by Virgin Galactic
Virgin Galactic’s current WhiteKnightTwo mothership, VMS Eve

Bidvest acquires BIC Australia as part of international expansion

By: Schalk Burger     Updated 3 hours ago JSE-listed facilities management company Bidvest has acquired hygiene services company BIC Services from its private shareholders, effective from July 7, for A$160-million or about R1.8-billion. The acquisition is firmly aligned to Bidvest’s stated strategic intent of expanding its international... 

Saftu plans August 'shutdown' over Eskom, economic crisis – Vavi

By: News24Wire      Updated 48 minutes ago South African Federation of Trade Unions secretary-general Zwelinzima Vavi told reporters on Thursday that the labour federation planned to organise a "national shutdown" in August to protest against the ongoing crisis at Eskom, the rising cost of living, and high levels of unemployment.  Vavi... 

South African Federation of Trade Unions

UK’s Boris Johnson to resign after losing party’s support

By: News24Wire      Updated 4 hours ago Boris Johnson, the prime minister who oversaw the United Kingdom’s exit from the European Union and his country’s struggles with the coronavirus pandemic, has agreed to resign having lost the support of top cabinet ministers, according to British media. In recent days, the 58-year-old had faced a... 

UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson
Photo by Bloomberg
UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson

Cable theft disrupts coal deliveries by rail to Majuba power station

By: Schalk Burger     6th July 2022 Cable theft has critically constrained the delivery of coal by rail to the Majuba power station, as the portion of the rail network owned by State-owned power utility Eskom that feeds directly into Majuba has been severely damaged by the theft of overhead cables and critical overhead track... 

Good-to-do R2.5bn Mogale Gold project an all-round win-win – Pan African  

By: Martin Creamer     6th July 2022 If Pan African Resources is able to work with all stakeholders to get the long-life, high-margin, safe and sustainable R2.5-billion Mogale Gold surface tailings project going, it will be to the benefit of its business, local communities and the entire Mogale area. “It’s the sort of project that's... 

Pan African CEO Cobus Loots interviewed by Mining Weekly's Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

Sanral to implement temporary road closures on N3 for rock blasting

By: Schalk Burger     6th July 2022 The South African National Roads Agency Limited (Sanral), as part of the upgrade of the N3 from Cato Ridge to Dardanelles Cutting to an eight-lane carriageway, will implement rolling closures on the N3 national roads in both directions between the Umlaas road interchange and Cato Ridge... 

European Parliament endorses nuclear as a green energy, albeit on a transitional basis

By: Rebecca Campbell     6th July 2022 The European Parliament, in a vote on Wednesday, endorsed nuclear energy, and certain gas energy projects, as green energy. The vote was actually on a motion to exclude nuclear and certain gas projects from the European Commission’s (EC’s) ‘Taxonomy Complementary Climate Delegated Act’. The... 

Mauritius office development receives 5-star green star rating

By: Schalk Burger     6th July 2022 The Precinct office development in Grand Baie, Mauritius, developed by real estate development company Gateway Real Estate Africa (GREA) has been awarded a 5-Star Green certified rating by industry association the Green Building Council of South Africa (GBCSA). The Precinct offers tenants... 

Training authority, Forge sign MoU to bridge ICT skills gap

By: Schalk Burger     6th July 2022 The Media, Information and Communication Technologies Sector Education and Training Authority (MICT Seta) and digital and Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR) skills development company Forge Academy and Labs have signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to introduce an array of information and... 

Ardagh Glass commissions new R1.5bn Nigel production facility extension

By: Schalk Burger     6th July 2022 Glass multinational subsidiary Ardagh Glass Packaging Africa (AGP Africa), formerly Consol Glass, has announced the commissioning of a R1.5-billion extension of its Nigel production facility in Gauteng. The extension has more than doubled the facility’s capacity to provide sustainable glass... 

Ardagh's Nigel glass manufacturing plant
Ardagh's Nigel glass manufacturing plant

TEDA renewable energy roundtable engenders green economy dialogue

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     6th July 2022 Across the globe, climate change and the move away from fossil fuels to clean energy has created considerable opportunities for renewable energy, driving development of the “green economy”. At the end June, the Tshwane Economic Development Agency (TEDA) held a Renewable Energy Roundtable, which... 

Court orders former Eskom boss Brian Molefe to pay back R10 million to pension fund  

By: News24Wire      6th July 2022 Brian Molefe, the former CEO of Eskom, has been directed to pay back just under R10-million, plus interest, to the power utility's pension fund.  This follows a drawn-out legal process that dates back to 2018, when the same court set aside all Molefe's pension payouts. But the former Eskom boss... 

Former Eskom CEO Brian Molefe
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Former Eskom CEO Brian Molefe

Day Zero: Govt diverts water from Gariep Dam to 'red zone' regions of Nelson Mandela Bay

By: News24Wire      6th July 2022 The 109 western suburbs in the Nelson Mandela Bay metro, which are set to run dry when Day Zero kicks in, have been thrown a temporary lifeline after Water and Sanitation Minister Senzo Mchunu on Monday connected the area to the Kwanobuhle pump station. The pump station is supplied by the... 

South Korea re-emphasises nuclear power in new energy policy

By: Rebecca Campbell     6th July 2022 The Republic of (South) Korea’s (ROK’s) new administration (inaugurated in May) has announced a new energy policy which re-emphasises the importance of nuclear energy for the country, World Nuclear News has reported. New President Yoon Suk-yeol had promised to reverse the nuclear phase-out policy... 

Accenture welcomes 19 SME entrepreneurs for supplier development programme

By: Schalk Burger     6th July 2022 Professional services multinational Accenture brought 19 small business entrepreneurs into its fourth two-year enterprise supplier development (ESD) programme, which focuses on developing the skills of entrepreneurial businesses to increase the economic participation and growth of black-owned... 

Stronger private sector could boost growth, jobs in Botswana – report

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     6th July 2022 Botswana can transform its economy, create jobs, reduce inequality and achieve a resilient recovery from Covid-19 by increasing private sector participation and investment in its energy, water and sanitation, tourism and other sectors, according to a new report published on July 6 by finance... 

Automakers ramping up investments into upstream nickel, cobalt

By: Darren Parker     6th July 2022 Market research firm Fitch Solutions Country Risk and Industry Research (Fitch Solutions) says automakers are increasing their upstream investments and supply contracts to secure enough battery metals, such as lithium, cobalt and battery-grade nickel, to drive forward their respective electric... 

Lithium ion batteries

Pilot Crushtec introduces new versatile scalping screen to Southern Africa 

6th July 2022 With a growing requirement to do more with less, contractors can now take advantage of industrial machinery company Metso Outotec’s Lokotrack ST2.3 scalping screen, the versatility of which enables contractors to adapt the machine and deliver their desired results on a variety of applications. 

Pilot Crushtec introduces new versatile scalping screen to Southern Africa

UK-funded low carbon technology programme calling for proposals in South Africa

By: Rebecca Campbell     6th July 2022 The UK government-funded Climate Finance Accelerator (CFA) programme’s South African operation is calling for investment proposals from local low-carbon projects that would fight climate change but need funding. Funded by the UK government's Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy,... 

Trucks block South African road to Mozambique as fuel costs surge

By: Bloomberg     6th July 2022 Protesters in a city in South Africa’s north east blocked roads including a highway linking the country to Mozambique with trucks Wednesday morning as they demonstrated against fuel prices rising to a new record. The road between Mbombela, 350 km east of Johannesburg, and White River has been... 

Godongwana welcomes Mogajane, Kekana to GEPF board

By: Schalk Burger     6th July 2022 Finance Minister Enoch Godongwana has welcomed the election of Dondo Mogajane as Government Employees Pension Fund (GEPF) chairperson and that of Eddie Kekana as deputy chairperson. Godongwana convened the first sitting of the new GEPF board of trustees on July 4. 

Insimbi to exit noncore plastics business

By: Schalk Burger     6th July 2022 JSE-listed industrial supplies group Insimbi's board has resolved to exit the company’s noncore operation Insimbi Plastics and to dispose of its assets and or the business as part of the group's ongoing drive to improve efficiencies and move away from certain nonperforming marginal activities.... 

Aveng receives R282m settlement payment for outstanding claim

By: Schalk Burger     6th July 2022  JSE-listed construction engineering group Aveng says it has reached settlement on and received payment of R282-million for a long-outstanding claim, which was previously disclosed in its December 2021 interim results as an amount that had been subject to protracted legal proceedings. The... 

SAHHA Conference announces keynote speaker – Aurizon’s John Woods

By: Simone Liedtke     6th July 2022 The South African Heavy Haul Association (SAHHA) Conference will feature a keynote presentation by rail transport company Aurizon planning and scheduling head John Woods. Woods, who is based in Australia, will share Aurizon’s case study, titled ‘Integrated Rail Planning & Scheduling... 

SAHHA Conference announces keynote speaker – Aurizon’s John Woods

NPC calls for declaration of ‘energy emergency’ to facilitate rapid building of generation and storage over 24 months 

By: Terence Creamer     6th July 2022 The National Planning Commission (NPC) has called for the declaration of an ‘energy emergency’ to override any red tape currently preventing the construction of new electricity capacity, as well as to make it possible to build 10 000 MW of new generation and 5 000 MW of new storage capacity over... 

Wind and solar installations

Farmers, consumers buckling under load-shedding-induced costs

By: Marleny Arnoldi     6th July 2022 Industry body Agri SA has warned of the impact of ongoing power outages on the agricultural sector, with rising risks of food insecurity and social instability. Agri SA’s remarks come in the wake of South Africa experiencing Stage 6 rolling blackouts, which involves longer and more frequent... 

Vegetables

TFR offers deed of amendment to lift force majeure on coal exporters

By: Schalk Burger     6th July 2022 State-owned Transnet Freight Rail (TFR) is encouraging coal export parties to sign a deed of amendment for the remaining term of a long-term agreement, which expires in March 2024, to lift its force majeure on them, which was declared owing to a severe shortage of operational locomotives.... 

Coal being transported to port by TFR

Just Transition Framework means South Africa can ‘proceed apace’ with $8.5bn partnership 

By: Terence Creamer     5th July 2022 President Cyril Ramaphosa says the publication of the Just Transition Framework will enable South Africa to “proceed apace with harnessing the benefits” of the Just Energy Transition Partnership concluded with the US, the UK, Germany, France and the European Union in late 2021. The partnership... 

President Cyril Ramaphosa
President Cyril Ramaphosa

Exciting listing on JSE’s AltX poised to give investors pure copper play  

By: Martin Creamer     5th July 2022 The reverse listing of Big Tree Copper into SHiP Copper Company on the AltX of the Johannesburg Stock Exchange in October is expected to raise between R60-million to R250-million for the ramping up of combined production to 10 000 t of copper a year in the next three years. SHiP, run by Shirley... 

Big Tree Copper CEO Jan Nelson interviewed by Mining Weekly's Martin Creamer.

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