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Rebecca Campbell

Rebecca Campbell

Rebecca Campbell is Creamer Media Senior Deputy Editor for Engineering News and Mining Weekly.

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New clean cooking equipment factory opened in Paarl

New clean cooking equipment factory opened in Paarl

13th May 2024

Clean and renewable energy solutions company Ener-G-Africa (EGA) on Thursday officially opened its new biomass stove and cookware manufacturing facility, in the Western Cape province town of Paarl.... 

Energy transition to vary in different regions, countries – TotalEnergies

10th May 2024

The energy transition – from high carbon-emitting energy sources to low and zero carbon-emitting energy sources – will vary across different regions and countries, pointed out TotalEnergies VP... 

An aircraft being refuelled with SAF

Boeing ups sustainable aviation fuel purchases

3rd May 2024

American aerospace giant Boeing has announced that it is to buy 35.6-million litres of blended sustainable aviation fuel (SAF), for use by its US commercial operations this year. This is its... 

Stellenbosch space company winning international orders

3rd May 2024

South African specialist microsatellite high-speed communication systems company Cubecom, part of the Alphawave Group, has announced that it has secured “substantial orders from multiple... 

Manufacturing overcapacity drives down solar PV module prices by almost 50%

3rd May 2024

The growth of the photovoltaic (PV or solar) sector worldwide has resulted in a current manufacturing overcapacity, which has driven down the prices of PV modules by almost 50%, solar PV... 

US group selects technology partners for SAF project

26th April 2024

US clean fuels company DG Fuels has selected a technology, jointly developed by UK multinational advanced metals chemistry and sustainable technologies group Johnson Matthey and UK multinational... 

Innovation fund for South African tertiary institutions

12th April 2024

South Africa’s Department of Science and Innovation and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) have jointly launched a new fund to stimulate innovation and entrepreneurship in the... 

Scientists develop new way to convert carbon dioxide into green methanol

12th April 2024

Scientists from the UK, Germany and Australia have successfully converted carbon dioxide (CO2) into methanol, a green fuel, using a new technique that they have developed. The research involved... 

Important progress in development of aviation electrofuels

5th April 2024

The first two months of this year saw significant developments regarding the category of sustainable aviation fuels (SAF) known as electrofuels, the International Air Transport Association (IATA)... 

UK to fund new Anglo-South Africa scientific initiative

29th March 2024

South Africa’s National Research Foundation (NRF) and the UK’s Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC) have announced a joint programme to institute an international research network that... 

Small-scale mining operations

LBMA seeking to integrate small and artisanal miners into the legitimate gold supply chain

22nd March 2024

Independent precious metals authority LBMA has launched a major initiative to support the integration of artisanal and small-scale mining (ASM) into the legitimate global gold supply chain, through... 

Zero-carbon aviation company demonstrates complete system for the first time

15th March 2024

US zero carbon-emissions aviation company Universal Hydrogen has announced that it has used one of its proprietary modular liquid hydrogen storage and transport ‘capsules’ to successfully power its... 

Cape Town mayor Geordin Hill-Lewis

Cape Town driving forward with renewable energy, climate resilience programmes

8th March 2024

Last year, Cape Town paid out R25-million to businesses which sold their surplus renewable energy to the city. And, starting this year, private citizens will be able to do the same. These... 

Dube TradePort air cargo terminal sees demand spike

1st March 2024

Air freight through the Dube TradePort cargo terminal, at King Shaka International Airport, at Durban, spiked sharply during the last quarter of last year, in quarter-on-quarter terms. This... 

Mockup of the Wisk Aero Gen 6 UAM vehicle

Is the era of the flying taxi finally about to dawn?

1st March 2024

The concept of small, usually unconventional, aircraft, carrying small numbers of passengers, weaving their way through towering skyscrapers and speeding over suburbs, has been a staple of... 

Australian scientists make progress in dealing with hydrogen embrittlement of steel

26th February 2024

Australian researchers have made a step forward in addressing perhaps the biggest single obstacle to the large-scale roll-out of the hoped-for hydrogen economy: hydrogen embrittlement. This is the... 

AECI CEO Holger Riemensperger

Transformed AECI to go big globally

23rd February 2024

JSE-listed South African multinational AECI aims to be the global number three company in its core market segment of mining explosives and mining chemicals, by 2030. Of the company’s business, 80%... 

Mining’s focus switching to critical minerals, with ESG pressures increasing

12th February 2024

The need to transform the global energy system and to cut carbon emissions, to counter the danger of climate change, is shifting the mining spotlight away from traditional high-value resources,... 

Aviation firm announces inverter technology breakthrough

9th February 2024

UK-US zero carbon emissions aviation company ZeroAvia has announced that the initial testing campaign for its in-house developed 200 kW continuous power inverter has been successfully concluded.... 

Proposed underground lab in South Africa moves into project stage

9th February 2024

A proposal to build South Africa’s and Africa’s first underground science laboratory has now moved into the project stage, with the launch of the Paarl Africa Underground Laboratory (PAUL),... 

Mining services companies facing climate conundrums

8th February 2024

The need to counter climate change is raising a whole range of important issues for mining services companies, which, in comparison with the mining groups they served, are small in scale. This was... 

The Kibali gold mine

Barrick highlights importance of socioeconomic development in poor countries

8th February 2024

The need to counter climate change and protect the environment should not distract attention from the need to achieve socioeconomic development in poor countries, Barrick Gold corporate... 

Global Reporting Initiative formally launches new biodiversity, mining standards

8th February 2024

More than 50% of global gross domestic product was moderately or highly dependent on biodiversity, Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) vice chairperson Bola Adeeko highlighted in Cape Town on... 

ICMM CEO Rohitesh Dhawan

Threat of climate change has transformed the image of mining

7th February 2024

The need to reduce global carbon emissions, to counter climate change, has transformed the public image of the mining industry, because of the urgent need to ramp-up the production of clean energy... 

AECI CEO Holger Riemensperger

Transformed AECI to go big globally

7th February 2024

JSE-listed South African multinational AECI aims to be the global number three company in its core market segment of mining explosives and mining chemicals, by 2030. Of the company’s business, 80%... 

Werner Duvenhage, Dr Mashego Mashego and Stephen Bullock

Procurement extortion, copper theft serious issues for South African miners

5th February 2024

One of the major crime problems facing South African mining companies is that of the so-called “construction mafias”, or perhaps more accurately (as far as mining is concerned) “procurement... 

A person holding pieces of gold in their hand

Harmony Gold highlights the fight against illegal mining

5th February 2024

Effectively dealing with the problem of illegal mining operations really needs the recreation of specialised units by the South African Police Service (SAPS). So highlighted Harmony Gold executive... 

No-emissions transport companies team up to analyse new hydrogen technology for aviation

2nd February 2024

US-UK zero carbon emissions aviation company ZeroAvia and US hydrogen storage and refuelling technology startup company Verne have signed a memorandum of understanding to collaborate in the... 

Global air passenger traffic now almost at pre-Covid-19 pandemic levels

Global air passenger traffic now almost at pre-Covid-19 pandemic levels

26th January 2024

Global total air passenger traffic in November last year passed 99% of the figure for November 2019, which was the last November before the onset of the Covid-19 pandemic, reports the International... 

Nadia Coetzee

South African woman to head Brussels aircraft maintenance facility

19th January 2024

Aircraft maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) company ExecuJet MRO Services Europe has appointed South African Nadia Coetzee as GM of its facility at Brussels International Airport. She was... 

Global nuclear energy summit announced for March

19th January 2024

The intergovernmental International Atomic Energy Agency’s (IAEA’s) director-general, Rafael Mariano Grossi, French President Emmanuel Macron, and Belgian Prime Minister Alexander De Croo have... 

IATA director-general Willie Walsh

IATA welcomes aviation decarbonisation conference agreements, but demands States act

15th December 2023

The International Air Transport Association (IATA), which is the global representative body for the airline industry, has welcomed the outcomes of the intergovernmental International Civil Aviation... 

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Erection of Karoo telescope dishes to start in early 2024

8th December 2023

The Square Kilometre Array (SKA) radio telescope project is, in terms of scale, undoubtedly the biggest astronomy programme in the world today. What was once a dream, and then a hopeful project, is... 

Chinese communications company considering assembly operations in South Africa

1st December 2023

China-based mission-critical communications hardware and software company Hytera Communications is in early-stage discussions to hopefully start basic assembly operations in South Africa. Based in... 

An aircraft engine used to test SAF

Rolls-Royce says all its commercial aero engines can run on 100% green fuels

1st December 2023

UK-based global major propulsion and power systems group Rolls-Royce announced on Monday that it has successfully tested every one of its current production commercial (including business) aircraft... 

A model of one of the 3U VDES nanosatellites being developed by ASIC

Cape Peninsula University of Technology’s fourth CubeSat project well on track

24th November 2023

The Africa Space Innovation Centre (ASIC) of the Cape Peninsula University of Technology (CPUT) is currently busy with its fourth nanosatellite programme, ASIC Chief Engineer Nyameko Royi tells... 

SCS Space CEO Dr Sias Mostert

Satellite constellation project to support African farmers highlighted

24th November 2023

South African space infrastructure company SCS Space, based in Stellenbosch in the Western Cape, is highlighting its SCS-Agrisense project at the 2023 Group on Earth Observations (GEO) Week and... 

GMES Africa initiative stimulating use of satellite data on the continent

24th November 2023

Intergovernmental organisation the Global Monitoring for Environment and Security (GMES) Africa is attending the Group on Earth Observations (GEO) Week and Ministerial Summit 2023 (being held at... 

Nickel sulphate

Africa aims to use global demand for critical minerals as a basis for development

3rd November 2023

African countries were determined to use the opportunity provided by the world’s need for the metals and minerals essential for the clean energy systems of the future to develop their economies... 

Energy transition in SA will need blended finance, collaboration

20th October 2023

A key question facing South Africa, regarding the just energy transition, was how to finance it. So highlighted University of Stellenbosch Centre for Sustainability Transitions co-director Prof... 

A drilling rig conducting exploration

Africa needs lots of geological research regarding critical clean energy mineral deposits

18th October 2023

The recently developed global need for critical clean energy minerals has created a need for deeper geological research across the continent, including in mature mining jurisdictions. This was one... 

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