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Schalk Burger is Creamer Media Senior Deputy Editor for Engineering News and Mining Weekly.

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Funding increases for small business energy solutions as investment case improves

22nd September 2023

Different renewable energy, energy storage and/or generator solutions can partially address small businesses' energy related challenges, and funding to install such solutions in small businesses is... 


The Longonjo mine in Angola

Africa must navigate more fragmented, multipolar geopolitics to secure opportunities

20th September 2023

Major political actors are increasingly looking at how they can entice African countries to align with various key geopolitical affairs, and African countries are trying to play all sides and have,... 


Rail link to Port Elizabeth port damaged by rough seas

18th September 2023

Transnet Freight Rail's (TFR's) rail link into the Port of Port Elizabeth has been heavily damaged by rough sea conditions that caused a wash-away of the track formation on September 16. This is... 


ARC grows intrinsic net asset value by 15.8%, reports portfolio restructuring progress

14th September 2023

JSE-listed investment holding company African Rainbow Capital (ARC) increased its intrinsic net asset value by 15.8% year-on-year to R15.3-billion for the financial year ended June 30, while its... 


Public Works and Infrastructure Minister Sihle Zikalala

Public Works details efforts to support energy security

8th September 2023

Public Works and Infrastructure Minister Sihle Zikalala on August 20 said the department was supporting efforts by the Electricity Minister to improve energy security. Among its efforts, the... 


Drought conditions affecting water resources

Mining companies urged to implement water management strategies as scarcity is forecast to intensify

1st September 2023

The water-mining interdependence, or nexus, poses several operational challenges to mining companies, including physical, reputational and regulatory-related risks and, as water-related risks... 


The Big 5 Series II Buffalo coin

SA Mint launches last coin in second Big 5 series

25th August 2023

The South African Mint has announced the final offering in the popular Big 5 Series II coin range, which features the Buffalo and is available in gold, platinum and silver. Series II mirrors the... 


Loan scheme to mitigate impact of loadshedding on households, small businesses launched

25th August 2023

The National Treasury has launched the Energy Bounce Back (EBB) loan guarantee scheme to facilitate 1 GW a year in additional generation capacity and mitigate the impact of continuing difficulties... 


A quarter of cyberthreat activity directed at South African govt systems, research shows

25th August 2023

Of the cybersecurity threat activity detected by cybersecurity solutions and services company Trellix during the year, 26% was directed towards government systems, while 16% was targeted at... 


Afarak reports solid results in challenging market

18th August 2023

Specialist alloy producer Afarak Group increased revenue by 3.6% to €95.3-million during the six months to June 30, up from €92.1-million in the comparable period in 2022. Processed material sold... 


The Marikana mine

Marikana memorial lecture speakers issue call to rebuild

14th August 2023

Speakers participating in the fourth Marikana memorial lecture, on August 14, called on South Africans, including those directly affected by the Marikana tragedy, to remember the struggle in South... 


A Sasol sign at its Secunda operations

Sasol to report lower Ebitda, despite operational improvement in H2

14th August 2023

JSE-listed energy and chemicals multinational Sasol says it expects to report a 2% to 16% year-on-year decrease in adjusted earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortisation (Ebitda)... 


Drought conditions affecting water resources

Water-mining interdependence poses operational challenges, risks to miners

11th August 2023

The water-mining interdependence, or nexus, poses several operational challenges to mining companies, including physical, reputational and regulatory-related risks and, as water-related risks... 


BM South Africa GM and technology leader Ria Pinto

Cost of data breaches rising, says IBM Security

11th August 2023

Cybersecurity company IBM Security's 'Cost of a Data Breach 2023' report showed that the average total cost of a data breach for South African organisations increased by 8% over the past three... 


AECI Chamicals' Chem Park premises

AECI commissions 1 MW solar project at Chem Park factory

10th August 2023

JSE-listed chemicals group AECI has installed and commissioned a 1MW solar project at Chem Park, its AECI Chemicals manufacturing site, in Johannesburg. The Chem Park project marks the first stage... 


Renewable energy and hydrogen infrastructure

Unido, Hydrogen Council sign hydrogen standards, best practices and dialogue declaration

4th August 2023

The United Nations Industrial Development Organisation (Unido) and global private sector hydrogen organisation the Hydrogen Council have signed a joint declaration reinforcing ongoing... 


The Iroko 3D printer

Africa-made 3D printer for construction launched

28th July 2023

14Trees, a joint venture (JV) between construction materials company Holcim and UK governmental development finance institution British International Investment (BII), has launched its new... 


Mintek Metallurgy receives new atomisation, alloy development equipment

25th July 2023

Mining and minerals technology research organisation Mintek has received an Amazemet rePowder ultrasonic atomisation and alloy development system, which can be used to create metal powder from any... 


Demand aggregation, pricing clarity, standardisation needed to drive hydrogen infrastructure investment

21st July 2023

Infrastructure is needed to enable the global energy transition to meet climate goals by 2050, but commercial banks and senior debt funders are deterred from investing in hydrogen infrastructure... 


Hydrogen use in the energy sector

PGMs demand to be underpinned by need for green power-to-X

21st July 2023

The reduction in demand for platinum group metals (PGMs) owing to the phasing out of internal combustion engines, in response to the need to reduce global greenhouse-gas emissions, should be offset... 


DBSA celebrates four decades of development impact and regional integration

21st July 2023

Development finance institution the Development Bank of Southern Africa is celebrating 40 years of delivering progress through critical infrastructure that transforms livelihoods, while sustaining... 


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Companies bolstering defences as cyberattack threats rise

21st July 2023

Companies across all industries are increasing their cybersecurity maturity across people, process and technology aspects, but are also increasingly looking at how best to respond in the event of... 


A ship transporting LNG

Closer dialogue between producers, consumers needed to ensure security of gas supply

18th July 2023

The global energy crisis sparked by Russia’s invasion of Ukraine in February 2022 has transformed the structure of natural gas markets, necessitating closer dialogue between producers and consumers... 


Africa urged to strike a balance between green hydrogen exports, developing local industries

17th July 2023

Africa has the potential to become a major player in the global green hydrogen economy, with the potential to generate more than 1 000 GW of renewable energy and could produce up to 5 000... 


German Vice Chancellor and Minister of Economic Affairs and Climate Action Robert Habeck

South Africa, Germany to establish joint initiative to drive green hydrogen production and trade

14th July 2023

Electricity Minister Dr Kgosientsho Ramokgopa has, on behalf of the South African government, signed a joint declaration for the planned establishment of a South African-German Hydrogen Task Force... 


The refurbished Wits Sibanye-Stillwater Innovation Bridge

Refurbished Wits innovation bridge marks multimillion-rand Sibanye-Stillwater sponsorship

13th July 2023

The refurbished and rebranded Wits Sibanye-Stillwater Innovation Bridge, which links the east and west campuses of the University of the Witwatersrand (Wits), marks a further sponsorship from... 


The entrance to the Grootvlei power station

Netherlands, Eskom to cooperate on Grootvlei transition projects

7th July 2023

The Kingdom of the Netherlands and South African State-owned power utility Eskom have signed a letter of intent to collaborate on the development and implementation of just energy transition (JET)... 


Dairy commissions second biomass boiler for steam generation

30th June 2023

Dairy producer Woodlands Dairy has commissioned a second biomass boiler that will use local sawdust and chip timber waste for steam generation, which will further reduce the company's heavy fuel... 


Chinese and South African flags

China, SA to strengthen new-energy collaboration

30th June 2023

China and South Africa will deepen cooperation, trade and investment in new energy technologies to help South Africa overcome its energy challenges and reignite its economic growth. During the... 


Used tyres

Waste tyre management plan needed to guide dealers

30th June 2023

Tyre producer Sumitomo Rubber South Africa has reiterated that there is an urgent need for a comprehensive waste tyre management plan to guide dealers.  “There needs to be a solid protocol for all... 


German Vice Chancellor and Minister of Economic Affairs and Climate Action Robert Habeck

South Africa, Germany to establish a task force to drive green hydrogen production, trade

28th June 2023

Electricity Minister Dr Kgosientsho Ramokgopa has, on behalf of the South African government, signed a joint declaration for the planned establishment of a South African-German Hydrogen Task Force... 


Global survey shows 52% of companies are upbeat about AI, up from 35% in 2018

23rd June 2023

A survey of 13 000 employees, managers and leaders in large companies in 13 countries about their perceptions of the benefits of, and concerns over, artificial intelligence (AI) has highlighted... 


The entrance to the Grootvlei power station

Netherlands, Eskom to implement just transition initiatives at Grootvlei power station

21st June 2023

The Kingdom of the Netherlands and South African State-owned power utility Eskom have signed a letter of intent to collaborate on the development and implementation of just energy transition (JET)... 


Wind turbines and solar panels

IEA predicts ‘largest absolute increase ever’ in renewables capacity this year

16th June 2023

Renewable power is on course to shatter more records, as countries around the world speed up deployment. With the global energy crisis as a catalyst, solar photovoltaic (PV) and wind are set to... 


Clover's Queensburgh factory

Energy Partners invests R360m in refrigeration, power and steam plant for Clover

16th June 2023

Energy solutions company Energy Partners has constructed a R360-million integrated refrigeration, power and steam plant at dairy company Clover South Africa's Queensburgh factory, which it will... 


Expressions of interest invited for Marula mine solar plant

16th June 2023

Platinum miner Impala Platinum's subsidiary Marula Platinum is inviting independent power producers (IPPs) to submit expressions of interest for the supply and management of a 30 MW solar plant at... 


Freeport Saldanha, GIZ host green hydrogen workshop

9th June 2023

Special economic zone (SEZ) Freeport Saldanha and development agency the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (German Agency for International Cooperation or GIZ) recently hosted... 


Southern Palladium MD Johan Odendaal

Southern Palladium highlights exploration successes

8th June 2023

ASX- and JSE-listed platinum-group metals (PGMs) exploration and development company Southern Palladium has completed 12 000 m of drilling on the Bengwenyama palladium/rhodium-dominated PGM... 


Tshiamiso Trust says reviewing authorities have started their work

5th June 2023

Silicosis settlement organisation the Tshiamiso Trust says its reviewing authorities have begun their work considering disputes logged by claimants who are not satisfied with the notice of... 


Implats calls on IPPs to build 30 MW solar power plant for its Marula mine

29th May 2023

Platinum miner Impala Platinum's subsidiary Marula Platinum is inviting independent power producers (IPPs) to submit expressions of interest for the supply and management of a 30 MW solar plant at... 


Teck appoints Ian Anderson as senior VP and CCO

26th May 2023

TSX-listed copper, zinc and coal miner Teck has appointed Ian Anderson as senior VP and chief commercial officer (CCO), with effect from May 16, 2023. He succeeds Réal Foley, who will retire in... 


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