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Big demand for skilled project managers as African activity gathers pace

By: Simone LiedtkeUpcoming project-orientated economic activity is expected to translate into a yearly demand of 2.3-million new project managers, but there is a shortage of talent, nonprofit organisation Project Management Institute (PMI) says. According to Statistics South Africa, one in every 17 people has a... 

Big demand for skilled project managers as African activity gathers pace

First Word

Mining must be enabled to seize the multiplicity of lucrative opportunities that are staring it in the face

By: Martin CreamerThose who have for too long consistently stood in the way of South Africa seizing mining opportunities should be moved out of the way fast. There was a time when a deputy director general revealed in what he presumably imagined was an appropriate forum that he had been placing the expansion... 

Mining must be enabled to seize the multiplicity of lucrative opportunities that are staring it in the face

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African green hydrogen project announcements increased to 11% of world total last year

By: Schalk BurgerAfrican countries captured 11% of the globally announced 163 GW of green hydrogen projects during the past year. The projects represent more than half of the current pipeline of 243 GW announced since 2015 and the rate of new hydrogen projects being announced is not expected to slow down any time... 

AfriTin locates lithium mineralisation 11 km from Uis mine

By: Marleny ArnoldiAim-listed AfriTin Mining has identified lithium-bearing spodumene within multiple pegmatites on a mining licence located 11 km southwest of its Uis tin mine, in Namibia. Notably, the discovery lies within the operational limits of the Uis processing facility and marks the first result of an... 

Commissioning of NextSource’s Madagascar graphite project delayed

By: Mariaan WebbPhase 1 of the Molo graphite project, in Madagascar, has been delayed and the process plant will now only be commissioned in the September quarter, Toronto-listed NextSource reported on Tuesday. The company explained that although the processing plant, which was fabricated and constructed at an... 

Decarbonisation creating greatest investment opportunity yet – Sibanye-Stillwater

By: Martin CreamerThe decarbonising of the global economy to prevent climate change is going to create the greatest investment opportunity of our lifetime. It will also leave behind the companies that do not adapt – regardless of what industry they are in. 

Decarbonisation creating greatest investment  opportunity yet – Sibanye-Stillwater

ESG slowing down as energy transition highlights mining as indispensable

By: Martin CreamerThe energy transition is highlighting mining as an indispensable industry, said Responsible Mining Foundation (RMF) CEO Hélène Piaget in opening a webinar on 'Responsible Mining Index (RMI) Report 2022', which reports a slowdown in economic, environmental, social and governance (ESG). “Yet there... 

ESG slowing down as energy transition  highlights mining as indispensable

ICMM publishes new tools to manage social performance

By: Marleny ArnoldiThe International Council on Mining and Metals (ICMM) has published a set of practical tools to strengthen approaches to managing social performance within mining companies. These tools have been designed to support companies to strengthen these capabilities and to build and maintain positive... 

Perseus bids for Orca Gold

By: Esmarie IannucciDual-listed gold miner Perseus Mining has made a takeover offer for TSX-V listed Orca Gold, to acquire all of the outstanding common shares of that company. 

Perseus bids for Orca Gold

Resolute puts African cards on the table

By: Esmarie IannucciGold miner Resolute Mining has unveiled its life-of-mine (LOM) production plans and cost expectations for the next five years. The ASX and LSE-listed miner on Friday said that it expected to produce some 370 000 oz up to 2026, at an average all-in sustaining cost of A$1 191/oz. 

Sandvik introduces largest-capacity battery-electric truck for underground mining

By: Darren ParkerGlobal engineering group and original-equipment manufacturer (OEM) Sandvik has introduced what it says is the largest-capacity battery-electric truck for underground mining. Offering a 65 t payload capacity, the Sandvik TH665B prototype is currently completing factory testing in California, in... 

Sandvik introduces largest-capacity battery-electric  truck for underground mining

Zimbabwe platinum miner granted licence to generate 185 MW of solar power

By: Martin CreamerZimbabwe platinum group metals mining company Zimplats has been granted a licence to generate 185 MW of its own solar power. Zimplats is already totally green through the use of hydropower and the solar power will enhance the position of the expanding company and provide security of electricity... 

Zimbabwe platinum miner granted licence  to generate 185 MW of solar power

Editorial Insight

Overexposed

By: Terence CreamerThe most recent bout of load-shedding not only reconfirmed South Africa’s debilitating overexposure to coal, but also this country’s growing vulnerability to diesel price spikes and supply squeezes. As usual, the poor performance of the Eskom coal fleet lay at the heart of the problem. At times,... 

Overexposed

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5G connections to surpass 1bn in 2022, says GSMA

By: Natasha OdendaalFifth-generation (5G) technology has become the fastest generational roll-out in mobile history, with innovative new use cases accelerating adoption, the GSMA says. By 2022, 5G connections will surpass one-billion and, by 2025, this will reach two-billion. 

AIDC Eastern Cape, SABS sign MoU focused on EVs

By: Irma VenterThe Automotive Industry Development Centre Eastern Cape (AIDC EC) has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the South African Bureau of Standards (SABS). This forms part of the AIDC EC’s strategy to position the domestic automotive supply chain for growth and innovation, particularly in... 

Big demand for skilled project managers as African activity gathers pace

By: Simone LiedtkeUpcoming project-orientated economic activity is expected to translate into a yearly demand of 2.3-million new project managers, but there is a shortage of talent, nonprofit organisation Project Management Institute (PMI) says. According to Statistics South Africa, one in every 17 people has a... 

Big demand for skilled project managers as African activity gathers pace

Bushveld Energy aiming to build local supply chain for its VRFB technology

By: Tasneem BulbuliaSouth Africa needs to industrialise further and create more jobs and vanadium redox flow battery (VRFB) manufacturing presents an ideal technology for full localisation. Energy storage solutions provider Bushveld Energy is seeking to build a local supply chain for its VRFB technology and is... 

Bushveld Energy aiming to build local  supply chain for its VRFB technology

Challenging six months ahead as WBHO exits Australia – Neff

By: Irma VenterIt will be a challenging six months ahead as Wilson Bayly Holmes-Ovcon (WBHO) “navigates the consequences” of exiting the Australian construction market, says CEO Wolfgang Neff. “We’ll be dealing with some pressure to manage our Australian exposure.” 

Energy efficiency an important component in reaching net-zero emissions, indaba hears

By: Schalk BurgerEnergy efficiency is an important component to reaching net-zero greenhouse-gas emissions, lifting people out of energy poverty and enabling development, but requires public and private investment to secure these benefits, as well as growing development and use of renewable energy sources,... 

Grindrod, Vitol to invest R1.8bn in Maputo’s Matola Terminal expansion

By: Irma VenterFreight services and banking group Grindrod will spend its share of R1.8-billion to upgrade the Matola drybulk terminal at the Port of Maputo, in Mozambique. The JSE-listed Gindrod holds a 65% share in the Matola Terminal joint venture (JV), with energy and commodities group Vitol the other... 

Inventus Designs develops high-output water-harvesting device

By: Natasha OdendaalInnovative mechanical design services firm Inventus Designs is developing a new water harvesting product intended to produce water in areas that are affected by water shortages. The project, which started in November 2020 and is currently in the prototyping phase until the end of March, was... 

IoT does deliver ‘measurable, realistic value’

By: Natasha OdendaalDespite the “futuristic and fantastical” perception of the Internet of Things (IoT), its associated solutions and innovations deliver measurable and realistic value to business and society. Organisations are starting to see the value of IoT in real-world situations and how solutions can be... 

Labat acquires Sweetwater to further cannabis offtake

By: Tasneem BulbuliaJSE-listed Labat has concluded an agreement for the acquisition of 80% of shares and claims in Lima Romeo Air, known as Sweetwater, which is a fully operational South African Health Products Regulatory Authority-approved medicinal cannabis cultivation facility in Kenton-on-Sea in the Eastern Cape... 

M&R to assess European LNG terminal opportunities individually

By: Terence CreamerEngineering and contracting group Murray & Roberts (M&R) says it will assess liquefied natural gas (LNG) infrastructure opportunities emerging in Europe as part of a strategic effort in that territory to reduce reliance on Russian gas imports following Russia’s recent invasion of Ukraine. Germany... 

M&R to assess European LNG terminal  opportunities individually

Mantashe says Eskom to seek permission to generate electricity using gas at some old coal power stations

By: Terence CreamerMineral Resources and Energy Minister Gwede Mantashe indicated on Tuesday that his department will seek to “refocus” South Africa’s just energy transition debate as it prepares to finalise its policy on the matter. In an address to the Africa Energy Indaba on Tuesday, Mantashe indicated that the... 

Mantashe says Eskom to seek permission to generate electricity using gas at some old coal power stations

Many govt departments were subjected to cyberattacks last year – Old Mutual

By: Schalk BurgerSouth Africa's infrastructure is vulnerable to cyberattacks, as highlighted during 2021, while the risk of the electricity grid's failure accelerated in 2021. There are also concerns that a repeat of the riots experienced in July last year could be on the horizon in 2022, says insurance company... 

Naamsa worried about Ukraine conflict, says February new-vehicle sales increased by 18.4%

By: Irma VenterNaamsa | The Automotive Business Council says it is concerned about the potential global impact of the Russian invasion of Ukraine.  “The current hostilities pose another potential global supply chain challenge for the auto industry, because of Europe’s strategic significance to the global... 

Necsa extends deadline for research reactor RFI responses

By: Rebecca CampbellThe South African Nuclear Energy Corporation (Necsa) announced on Sunday that it was extending the deadline for responses to its Request for Information (RFI) regarding its Multi-Purpose Reactor (MPR) project, by 30 days, to this coming April 8, at 16:00 South African time. The extension is due... 

Ongoing investments bode well for South Africa’s digital future

By: Natasha OdendaalOngoing investment into South Africa’s digital ecosystem bodes well for the country – and its citizens and organisations – as more work, education and entertainment shifts online. Multiple businesses are injecting billions of rands into the country’s digital ecosystem, notably for fibre-optic... 

R600m investment pledged for South African wind, solar projects

By: Donna SlaterNorwegian investment fund for developing countries Norfund has committed to invest R360-million in South African renewables investor and developer H1 Capital, while UK development finance institution (DFI) CDC Group will commit R240-million. The transaction represents a joint vision by the two... 

R600m investment pledged for South African wind,  solar projects

SEW-Eurodrive’s Aeroton plant to boost air-cooled condenser supply, servicing

By: Donna SlaterExpanded local production capacity from drive systems company SEW-Eurodrive’s new Aeroton facility includes the assembly of SEW M-Series air-cooled condenser (MACC) drives for delivery at a rate of three units a week, reducing current lead times from overseas original-equipment manufacturers... 

SEW-Eurodrive’s Aeroton plant to boost air-cooled condenser supply, servicing

Space agency CEO has resigned

By: Rebecca CampbellThe South African National Space Agency (Sansa) announced on Monday that its CEO, Dr Val Munsami, had resigned. His resignation also took effect on Monday, although it was apparently submitted some time before, but not previously announced. No reason for his resignation was given but he had held... 

Technology development and transfer network for Africa proposed

By: Rebecca CampbellTo stimulate development and innovation across Africa, an ‘African Technology Development and Transfer Network’ should be created. This was the proposal of Economic Commission for Africa (ECA) executive secretary Vera Songwe, in her opening address on Tuesday, at the 4th Africa Science,... 

TFR to release tender in April for take-or-pay access to container corridors

By: Terence CreamerTransnet Freight Rail (TFR) will release a request for proposals (RFP) on April 1 for the sale of slots to private operators on the key container corridor linking Gauteng and Durban, as well as parts of the Cape corridor. The State-owned utility tells Engineering News that it is in the process of... 

TFR to release tender in April for take-or-pay  access to container corridors

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