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AfCFTA to aid Africa’s recovery from Covid, but full-scale implementation to be challenging

By: Nadine JamesThe advent of duty-free trade within the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) has come at a “critical time for the global economy” and will ultimately boost sustainable post-Covid-19 economic recovery for the African continent, AfCFTA Secretariat SG Wamkele Mene said during his address at... 

AfCFTA to aid Africa’s recovery from Covid, but full-scale implementation to be challenging

First Word

Time to build back better as we fight off Covid

By: Martin CreamerA well-known chairperson was once criticised for spending much of his time looking out of the window of the high-rise corporate building that his company occupied. He would do so in deep thought, with his hands behind his back. This intense contemplation turned out to be of great benefit to the... 

Time to build back better as we fight off Covid

Mining Weekly News

BHP says LNG bunkering key to lowering maritime emissions

By: Esmarie IannucciDiversified miner BHP has tapped energy major Shell to supply first liquefied natural gas (LNG) for five LNG-fuelled Newcastlemax bulk carriers, which will transport iron-ore between Western Australia and China from 2022. “The LNG bunkering contract marks a significant step in how BHP is working... 

Condra agent secures two orders

By: Natasha OdendaalRichards Bay-based lifting equipment company North Coast Cranes & Lifting, which is Condra Cranes’ Northern KwaZulu-Natal agent, has secured orders for Condra cranes to be installed in a chemical element refinery furnace and on a mining dredge. For the chemical element refinery, the company will... 

De Beers sets carbon-neutral target as part of sustainability drive

By: Donna SlaterDiamond miner De Beers on November 30 launched its 12 Building Forever goals, which focus on ethical practices across the diamond industry, partnering to boost communities, putting in place structures to protect the natural world and accelerating equal opportunity. The 12 “ambitious”... 

De Beers sets carbon-neutral target as part of sustainability drive

Investment approval for platinum mine’s solar project expected early this year

By: Martin CreamerInvestment approval for the solar project at the Mogalakwena platinum group metals mine in Limpopo is expected in the first quarter of next year. “We are making progress with the environmental scoping study and the environmental impact assessment will commence following investment approval,”... 

Investment approval for platinum mine’s  solar project expected early this year

Miners in Mpumalanga enterprise development centre partnership

By: Simone LiedtkeDiversified miner Exxaro Resources has partnered with the Steve Tshwete local municipality and mining companies Arnot OpCo, Anglo American Coal South Africa and Glencore to establish an enterprise development centre (EDC) for local entrepreneurs in the Mhluzi township, in Middelburg, Mpumalanga.... 

Miners in Mpumalanga enterprise development centre partnership

Miners reiterate support for shift to cleaner vehicles

By: Mariaan WebbThe mining industry is making progress on a shift to cleaner, safer vehicles, as collaboration between the International Council on Mining and Metals (ICMM) and original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) gains momentum. Under the ICMM’s Innovation for Cleaner, Safer Vehicles (ICSV) initiative, the... 

Mining can retake investor darling status by going green – Frandsen

By: Martin CreamerThe taking of clear sustainability steps can make mining the darling of the investor community once again. Mining cannot participate in anything that leaves the world a worse place and needs to be cognisant of what it takes to have a licence to operate. Mining must have a smaller carbon... 

Mining can retake investor darling status  by going green – Frandsen

Rosond to deliver last batch of new rigs to Kumba

By: Natasha OdendaalThe final batch of 28 newly manufactured advanced drilling rigs under a R2-billion multiyear contract with mining services group Rosond has made its way to Anglo American-controlled Kumba Iron Ore, in the Northern Cape, with expectations that the new range will be fully operational early this... 

Editorial Insight

Good news amid the bad

By: Terence CreamerThe prognosis for stable electricity supply remains precarious and has deteriorated following the unplanned early shutdown of Unit 1 at the Koeberg nuclear power station during the first week of January. Consumers also face the unhappy prospect of yet more tariff hikes above those already... 

Good news amid  the bad

Engineering News News & Insight

2020s a ‘once-in-generation opportunity’ to scale job rich, zero-carbon industries

By: Terence CreamerThe 2020s represent a “once-in-a-generation opportunity” for countries, companies and investors to scale zero-carbon industries that will stimulate growth, support more resilient economies and create millions of jobs, a newly released global report argues. Titled ‘The Paris Effect: How the... 

2020s a ‘once-in-generation opportunity’ to scale job rich, zero-carbon industries

Abeco builds its biggest tank in Africa

By: Natasha OdendaalAbeco Tanks has completed its biggest tank in Africa, holding 5.8-million litres of water, with a surface area equivalent to two tennis courts. In conjunction with a three-million-litre supplementary tank, the group is providing one of South Africa’s largest poultry producers with a total of... 

Batoka Gorge hydro scheme to have major impact on adventure tourism

By: Terence CreamerThe main environmental and social impacts of the propose 2 400 MW Batoka Gorge Hydroelectric Scheme (BGHES) on the Zambezi river, including serious negative impacts on adventure tourism and on the habitat of a rare bird species, were highlighted during a virtual stakeholder engagement on... 

Batoka Gorge hydro scheme to have  major impact on adventure tourism

BMG Mozambique continues to grow despite Covid-19 setback

By: Natasha OdendaalWhile the aftermath of the global Covid-19 pandemic has temporarily halted BMG Mozambique’s double-digit growth trend, the company, which is a subsidiary of BMG South Africa, still expects a single-digit rise for 2020 and will get back on track in 2021 as it continues its expansion plans as part... 

Commercial business delivers 777 freighters after securing separate order for 737 MAXs

By: Rebecca CampbellUS-based global major aerospace group Boeing marked the advent of the new year with the delivery of three 777 Freighter (777F) aircraft to Qatar Airways Cargo. One of the aircraft concerned was the 200th 777F to be delivered. With this delivery, Qatar’s 777F fleet now numbers 24 aircraft. The... 

Deep grasp of data and where it’s stored key to ensuring protection of sensitive information

By: Schalk BurgerOrganisations must understand what data they have and where it is stored to ensure that sensitive customer information is protected correctly in compliance with data protection regulations and best practices, says data management solutions provider Gabsten Technologies MD Hemant Harie. “In... 

Deep grasp of data and where it’s stored key  to ensuring protection of sensitive information

Draft one-stop border-post policy to be released for public comment

By: Terence CreamerGovernment will release its draft one-stop border post (OSBP) policy for public comment during the first quarter of 2021, after Cabinet approved the draft policy during its meeting this week. In a statement, Cabinet said that the OSBP policy would give effect to the framework adopted in 2018. 

Draft one-stop border-post policy to be released  for public comment

Fitch expects Covid recovery to spur metal prices higher in 2021

By: Donna SlaterFinancial risk management, solutions and insights company Fitch Solutions Country Risk and Industry Research (Fitch Solutions) expects miners and metal producers to experience a more favourable pricing environment in 2021 with nearly all mineral and metal prices forecast to average higher on a... 

Gibela’s female rigger has been breaking barriers in the industry

By: Creamer Media Reporter Gibela is revolutionising the local rail industry and enhancing passenger experience with the 600 state-of-the-art X’trapolis Mega commuter train sets it’s producing for the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (Prasa) by 2029.  The company is also revolutionising women’s empowerment in the... 

Gibela’s female rigger has been breaking barriers in the industry

Investment in green hydrogen production to ‘exceed $1bn by 2023’

By: Marleny ArnoldiInvestment in the production of hydrogen powered by renewable sources, or green hydrogen, is likely to exceed $1-billion by 2023, says research agency IHS Markit. The agency attributes an elevated investment outlook to falling costs and policy support from governments that are looking to shift... 

Motus launches its own digital vehicle marketplace

By: Irma VenterThe JSE-listed Motus group has launched its own digital vehicle marketplace, called motus.cars. This platform ties together all the Motus business entities in one digital location, with the aim to provide a simplified online shopping experience.  

Much room for SA firms to improve reporting on anticorruption measures

By: Marleny ArnoldiThe National Business Initiative, together with Corruption Watch (CW) and independent London-based global think tank Overseas Development Institute (ODI), have launched the 'Transparency in Corporate Reporting 2020' report. The report evaluates the transparency of corporate reporting by 100... 

Much room for SA firms to improve  reporting on anticorruption measures

New theory suggests that dark matter is made up of black holes formed by exotic events

By: Rebecca CampbellScientists at the Kavli Institute for the Physics and Mathematics of the Universe at the University of Tokyo, in Japan, have proposed a new theory to explain the mysterious phenomenon of dark matter. Dark matter makes up some 27% of the universe, whereas ‘normal’ matter is responsible for less... 

Nissan to launch small Magnite SUV in local market

By: Irma VenterJapanese carmaker Nissan has confirmed that it will bring the newly launched Magnite sports-utility vehicle (SUV) to the local market early in 2021. Pricing will only be announced nearer to the domestic launch, however. 

South African-made MellowVan ready for global roll-out this year

By: Irma VenterThe South African conceived and developed MellowVan will enter commercial production in 2021, says MellowCabs founder Neil du Preez. The electric three-wheeler, aimed at the last-mile delivery market, is currently the subject of a number of advanced large-scale proof-of-concept projects with... 

South Africa’s power sector in 2020

By: Creamer Media Reporter In this opinion piece, Laura Menzies contends that the Covid-19 pandemic can be viewed as a 'reset opportunity' for the energy sector, with potential to catalyse the development of a greener economy that creates jobs and supports efforts to mitigate climate change As South Africa entered 2020,... 

Study points to ‘cutting-edge’ South African firms in lithium-ion value chain  

By: Irma VenterA study into the possible development of a lithium-ion (li-ion) battery value chain in South Africa has just been completed. The study was undertaken by Trade and Industrial Policy Strategies (TIPS), on behalf of the Department of Trade, Industry and Competition (DTIC). It was funded by the... 

Upscaling of wind technician training needed to support 14.4 GW roll-out

By: Terence CreamerThe planned growth of South Africa’s wind-energy sector over the coming decade, and beyond, will require a material upscaling of the country’s training infrastructure to ensure that there are sufficient South African wind technicians trained to support the building and maintenance of an expanding... 

Upscaling of wind technician training needed to support 14.4 GW roll-out

Volvo Trucks to test LNG trucks for possible South African debut 

By: Irma VenterVolvo Trucks Southern Africa has brought two liquefied natural gas (LNG) trucks to South Africa to test their performance under local conditions.  The trucks have specifically been developed for heavy regional and long-haul operations. 

Worldwide 5G coverage expected to expand from 15% last year to 60% by 2026

By: Natasha OdendaalFifth-generation (5G) population coverage is estimated to have reached 15% of the world’s population – equivalent to over one-billion people – by the end of 2020. The latest edition of the ‘Ericsson Mobility Report’ predicts that, by 2026, 60% of the world’s population will have access to 5G... 

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