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Robots trusted to do noncritical manufacturing tasks

27th January 2023 In South Africa, 86% of manufacturing employees surveyed trust robots to do cleaning and 83% trust them to deliver parcels and orders, but fewer than half of employees, or 43%, would trust robots in such tasks as managing dangerous manufacturing, said cybersecurity services multinational... 

VoltVision launches power analytics centre in Johannesburg

27th January 2023 Digitised industrial power networks company VoltVision has opened a global power analytics centre in Johannesburg that will provide expert technical interpretation of performance data from clients’ high- and medium-voltage (HV and MV) electrical networks worldwide. The centre will also pioneer... 

PlatAfrica jewellery competition winners visit India

25th January 2023 The winners of the PlatAfrica jewellery design and manufacturing competition are on an all-expenses-paid trip to India, as part of their prize for winning the competition, to further inspire them by exposing them to international trends and techniques, as well as assisting them with skills... 

Kropz reports first bulk sale from Elandsfontein

23rd January 2023 Aim-listed phosphate producer and developer Kropz has completed its first shipment and sale of 33 000 t of phosphate concentrate from Kropz Elandsfontein, in South Africa. “After numerous challenges, we are delighted to announce our first bulk sale from our Elandsfontein phosphate project, which... 

Ivanhoe, SES extend partnership for satellite connectivity at Kamoa-Kakula

23rd January 2023 Satellite connectivity provider SES and Africa-focused mining company Ivanhoe Mines has reached a new agreement to continue to provide the Kamoa-Kakula copper project, in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), with high-speed satellite-based connectivity services. The SES O3b high-throughput,... 

Timing of new jobs, skills development a just energy transition worry – World Bank

20th January 2023 A just energy transition to a low-carbon economy in South Africa is expected to result in the loss of about 300 000 jobs, but the creation of about 815 000 new jobs up to 2050. It is also expected to improve the country's competitiveness and drive growth higher by about 2.3% a year, World Bank... 

SRK Consulting SA appoints Andrew van Zyl MD

19th January 2023 Independent consulting practice multinational SRK Consulting has appointed Andrew van Zyl MD of SRK Consulting (SA), which is the South African arm of the global SRK network of consulting engineering practices. Van Zyl is also a member of the SRK Global board and executive committee. 

US, DRC and Zambia sign MoU to strengthen EV battery value chain

19th January 2023 The US has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and Zambia to strengthen electric vehicle (EV) battery value chains. Under the terms of the MoU, the US will support the commitment between the DRC and Zambia to develop jointly a supply chain for EV... 

Solidarity starts legal action against Nersa to remove private generation bottlenecks

19th January 2023 Trade union Solidarity has served legal papers on the National Energy Regulator of South Africa (Nersa) to remove all bottlenecks standing in the way of private energy suppliers. Solidarity stresses that the future of energy in South Africa lies in less State and more private service delivery. 

Anglo appoints Alison Atkinson as projects, development group director

17th January 2023 Mining multinational Anglo American has appointed Alison Atkinson projects and development group director and as a member of Anglo's group management committee, with effect from the second quarter of this year. Atkinson currently serves as AWE CEO, which is an arms-length body of the UK... 

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