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Schalk Burger

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Truck attacks, looting threaten South Africa’s standing as efficient logistics hub

30th September 2022 Industry organisation the Road Freight Association (RFA) says the looting and violent attacks on road freight logistics vehicles and the wanton destruction of trucks and goods has begun to undo the status of South Africa as a safe haven for investment, and as an efficient logistics hub for... 

Omnia commissions reverse osmosis plant to enhance Sasolburg site water efficiency

28th September 2022 JSE-listed diversified chemicals company Omnia has commissioned a reverse osmosis water treatment plant at its Sasolburg site to enhance its water efficiency and reduce water consumption by recycling the cooling tower discharge into the cooling tower make up. Reverse osmosis is a process of water... 

Shale gas science action plan emphasises research, consultation, oversight and compliance

28th September 2022 The ‘Science Action Plan (SAP) for Shale Gas in the Karoo Basin’ proposes a raft of integrated actions and research topics to ensure South Africa approaches the potential exploitation and production of shale gas with the necessary technical competence, oversight, safety and environmental... 

Astron Energy starts rebranding of 850 service stations across South Africa

23rd September 2022 Petroleum retailer Astron Energy has started rebranding its 850 service stations across South Africa. The rebrand is a key milestone in Astron’s ambition of becoming the next biggest fuel brand in South Africa, and the most significant change in the South African liquid fuels industry in three... 

Jagersfontein highlights standards, engineering capacity, technical knowledge gaps – SAICE

22nd September 2022 Industry organisation the South African Institution of Civil Engineering (SAICE) says the collapse of an embankment at the Jagersfontein mine’s tailings storage facility (TSF), in the Free State, has brought to light several underlying and significant concerns impacting the country’s tailings... 

SAIMM appoints Zelmia Botha as president

21st September 2022 The South African Institute of Mining and Metallurgy (SAIMM) has appointed coal and heavy minerals miner Exxaro Resources commissioning manager Zelmia Botha as president of the institute. She is the fourth woman to head the 125-year-old organisation since its inception in 1894. The SAIMM has... 

Minerals Council says August mine safety regression a red flag

20th September 2022 Industry body the Minerals Council South Africa says the industry’s safety performance in August, during which eight fatalities were recorded, making it the worst month of the year, is a red flag that it cannot ignore and demands an immediate, proactive response. In the year to date, the total... 

International collaboration critical to accelerate transition to sustainable energy future

20th September 2022 Intergovernmental organisation the International Energy Agency (IEA) in its 'Breakthrough Agenda Report 2022' says international collaboration will be critical to successfully transition to sustainability, given the global scale and fast pace of change that is required. "Action by governments and... 

Eskom launches three programmes to procure 1 000 MW to bolster capacity

19th September 2022 State-owned power utility Eskom on September 19 launched three programmes to procure more than 1 000 MW for the national grid, which will initially focus on generators capable of supplying more than 1 MW to the grid. The aim is to sign the first power supply agreement during the course of the... 

Relying on carbon capture and storage to get to net zero ‘simply won’t work’ – energy economics institute

16th September 2022 The Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis (IEEFA) reports in its 'The Carbon Capture Crux – Lessons Learned' report that underperforming carbon capture projects considerably outnumber successful projects globally, and by large margins, with both the technology and regulatory... 

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