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Christy van der Merwe

Christy van der Merwe

Christy van der Merwe is a former contributing editor for Engineering News Online and Mining Weekly Online. She graduated from Rhodes University.

Morné du Plessis

7th October 2011 Position: CEO of Worldwide Fund for Nature (WWF) South Africa Main Activity of the Company: Inspiring people to live in harmony with nature 

Jasco eyes energy sector opportunities, mulls bolt-on acquisitions

7th October 2011 JSE-listed Jasco seeks to take advantage of the “very exciting” energy sector in South Africa, and will position itself as a tier-two player providing distribution and transmission equipment to independent power producers (IPPs), the firm said at it’s year-end results. 

Once despised, prepayment electricity meters are gaining market acceptance

30th September 2011 The country is set to meet its universal electricity access target of 2014 – when all communities, households, clinics and schools can look forward to being electrified, maintains South African President Jacob Zuma. 

US PV cell manufacturer keen to supply equipment to local project developers

30th September 2011 After setting up an office in South Africa in April this year US-based solar photovoltaic (PV) cell manufacturer SunPower held its first ‘technology day’ for renewable energy project developers keen to start projects in South Africa. Following the excitement of the Independent Power Producer... 

Village plans to fire 840 striking Cons Murch workers

22nd September 2011 JSE-listed Village Main on Thursday stated that it had started a process to dismiss members of the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) who took part in an unprotected strike in the form of a go-slow at its Cons Murch mine in Limpopo. Thus, Village could dismiss as much as 88% of its workforce at... 

IFM widens loss, new CEO upbeat about outlook

19th September 2011 London-listed International Ferro Metals (IFM) on Monday reported an increased loss of 24c a share for the year ended June 2011, but newly appointed CEO Chris Jordaan remained confident that the company was “better positioned than it has been for a long time”. The results compared with a loss of... 

Infrastructure sharing expected to increase in SA telecoms industry

16th September 2011 American Tower Corporation (ATC) expects the adoption of the infrastructure-sharing model to grow significantly in South Africa, benefitting the country and advance the industry along the same lines as other leading emerging markets. 

Low-carbon funding prospects under the spotlight

16th September 2011 The World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) recently put the spotlight on funding for the green economy, at a symposium entitled “Embracing Opportunity - Innovative finance for a low carbon economy”, which brought together some of the country’s foremost thought leaders to identify opportunities for... 

SA needs strong, clear policy signals on climate change

2nd September 2011 Strong and clear policy signals are required from government on greenhouse-gas (GHG) emission reduction, says advisory firm KPMG in a report discussing ‘South Africa’s Carbon Chasm’. KPMG recommends that government indicate how it intends to achieve its overall commitment, what actions it... 

More LTE trials in Africa expected by 2012

2nd September 2011 Telecoms equipment manufacturer Ericsson is one of the main vendors supporting MTN South Africa’s pilot long-term evolution (LTE) network, which has been rolled out in parts of Gauteng, and says that the mobile operator is well placed to pioneer this fourth-generation mobile technology in Africa.... 

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