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$1.4m crowdsale for agricultural solar project completed

16th April 2021 Solar energy marketplace Sun Exchange has completed a $1.4-million crowdsale for a 510 kW solar and 1 MWh battery storage project to power the packhouse and cold store facilities of Zimbabwean agriculture company Nhimbe Fresh. The fresh produce grower and exporter will save about $2-million on... 

Wind OEM sees South Africa as potential industrial hub for Africa

16th April 2021 Denmark-based wind energy equipment multinational Vestas is optimistic about renewable energy, and specifically onshore wind energy, opportunities in South Africa and more broadly in Africa. "We are also evaluating the potential of South Africa to act as a possible industrial hub towards the... 

Clean hydrogen private infrastructure investment fund launched

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... 

Aluminium industry aims to reduce emissions by 80% by 2050

9th April 2021 Global industry organisation the International Aluminium Institute (IAI) has published three main pathways that the industry can take to reduce its emissions by 80% by 2050 and meet internationally agreed climate goals, supply demand for primary aluminium that will increase by up to 40% and more... 

Agriculture bodies call for increased access to growing Brics markets

9th April 2021 The Agricultural Business Chamber of South Africa (Agbiz), industry organisations Agri SA, the African Farmers’ Association of South Africa (Afasa), the Bureau for Food and Agricultural Policy (BFAP) and the National African Farmers’ Union (Nafu) have met with the Department of Trade, Industry... 

Managing green-building strategies during construction crucial for ratings

9th April 2021 Constantly managing, monitoring and aligning construction costs against budget when implementing Green Star sustainable building-rating initiatives helps developers to achieve the objective ratings, says infrastructure and engineering consulting firm Aecom cost management, buildings and places... 

Research highlights potential for SA to develop offshore wind

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... 

PFS testwork confirms Vizcachitas copper recovery of 91.4%

1st April 2021 TSX-listed Los Andes Copper said on Thursday that testwork had confirmed that its Vizcachitas project, in Chile, would produce a high-grade clean copper concentrate with no market penalties. The results for copper recoveries and concentrate grades, as part of the ongoing prefeasibility study... 

New funding service for metals, engineering companies

26th March 2021 Industry body the Steel and Engineering Industries Federation of Southern Africa (Seifsa) has partnered with funding consulting firm VennCap Business Solutions to assist metals and engineering sector companies to secure funding for their businesses and enable them to chart a course to... 

Exxaro announces five-year TB initiative at Grootegeluk

24th March 2021 Coal and heavy minerals mining major Exxaro has announced a R19.7-million, five-year tuberculosis (TB) initiative at its Grootegeluk mine in the Waterberg district, in Limpopo. The initiative will benefit mine employees and the host community and will focus on home-based healthcare, preventive... 

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