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Agriculture continues to outperform nearly all other sectors of South Africa’s economy

By: Rebecca CampbellOver the past two years the agriculture sector has been one of the few very stars in the firmament of the South African economy. In 2020 and 2021, agriculture was one of only four sectors of the economy to register growth, the Bureau for Food and Agricultural Policy (BFAP) has pointed out. Last... 

Agriculture continues to outperform nearly all other sectors of South Africa’s economy

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South Africa’s ferrochrome smelters going green in an exemplary manner

By: Martin CreamerEnergy-intensive ferrochrome smelting operations are choosing to go green in an exemplary manner. Firstly, they are making the full use of their obnoxious offgases by converting the carbon dioxide in them to clean electricity. Staying on site, they are then extracting the best renewable potential... 

South Africa’s ferrochrome smelters going green in an exemplary manner

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Equivalent of a Koeberg arising in solar projects – AmaranthCX

By: Martin CreamerThe equivalent of a Koeberg power station is arising in the form of new largely mine-linked private-sector solar power photovoltaic projects across Southern Africa, according to AmaranthCX director and founder Paul Miller, whose company is working on the second edition of its electronic map of... 

Equivalent of a Koeberg arising  in solar projects – AmaranthCX

Metals sector urged to seize Steel Master Plan’s promises

By: Martin CreamerSouth Africa’s historic metals sector employer organisation on Wednesday urged all the sector’s employer bodies to roll up their sleeves on May 19 and 20 and get their teeth into the Steel Master Plan, which is seen to have promising reindustrialisation elements. President Cyril Ramaphosa... 

Metals sector urged to seize Steel Master Plan’s promises

Sipho Nkosi’s red tape cutting role crucial to encourage investment – Menar

By: Martin CreamerThe appointment of mining stalwart Sipho Nkosi to cut red tape is crucial to encourage new investment and expand existing investment in South Africa, says Menar MD Vuslat Bayoglu, whose private investment company has about R1.5-billion worth of investment being delayed by regulatory processes.... 

Sipho Nkosi’s red tape cutting role crucial  to encourage investment – Menar

Editorial Insight

Green independence

By: Terence CreamerPolicymakers should not misread the admittedly confusing energy market signals that have arisen since Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. The confusion has been driven largely by the scramble under way within Europe to wean itself off Russian energy faster than initially planned, which has led to... 

Green independence

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Academic warns of impending unemployability quandary unless workers become digitally savvy

By: Natasha OdendaalThe threat of an unemployability crisis is looming if the current mismatch between the skills South Africans have and the jobs that are available is not addressed. Unemployability is quickly becoming the root cause of unemployment, says Johannesburg Business School executive education and... 

Afrimat Construction Index muted by slow infrastructure roll-out

By: Irma VenterThe Afrimat Construction Index (ACI) has staged a swift recovery from the Covid-19-induced slump that occurred during the second quarter of 2020, increasing by 74% within only two quarters.   Since then, however, progress has been muted, owing mainly to the sedate roll-out of government’s... 

Aligning tap labelling with global norms will see SA improve water, energy efficiency – study

By: Natasha OdendaalSouth Africa can significantly improve water and energy efficiency by aligning its tap labelling programme with international standards, a new study by the South African National Energy Development Institute (Sanedi) and nongovernmental organisation CLASP shows. The ‘In-depth assessment of water... 

Assembly of current D-Max to continue as Isuzu adds new generation to line-up

By: Irma VenterIsuzu Motors South Africa (IMSA) will be implementing a dual-product strategy by retaining production of a number of key models from the current Isuzu D-Max lineup.  This is a similar strategy to Volkswagen Polo Vivo production and Nissan NP 300 assembly, where the previous model is retained as a... 

Audi launches e-tron brand in South Africa

By: Irma VenterGerman premium car manufacturer Audi has officially launched its e-tron range in South Africa. The range of electric vehicles (EVs) includes three e-tron 55 derivatives, the e-tron 55 Sportback, e-tron S Sportback, and the pinnacle of the line-up, the high-performance models in the form of the... 

City of Cape Town studying battery storage as part of strategy to end load-shedding

By: Terence CreamerThe City of Cape Town is at the preliminary stages of assessing the business case for the deployment of battery energy storage systems (BESS) as part of its evolving strategy to eliminate the threat of load-shedding for its residents. The city is already moving ahead with plans to procure 300 MW... 

City of Cape Town studying battery storage as part of strategy to end load-shedding

Concor builds Ikusasa office block in Rosebank to 6-star green rating standards

By: Schalk BurgerInfrastructure and buildings services company Concor has completed the Ikusasa office block in Rosebank’s Oxford Parks precinct to six-star Green Star South Africa Office green standards, with 70% of demolition and construction waste re-used or recycled, Portland cement use reduced by 30% and 60%... 

Concor builds Ikusasa office block in  Rosebank to 6-star green rating standards

Drones successful in deterring railway cable theft syndicates

By: Donna SlaterJohannesburg-based unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) operator and developer UAV & Drone Solutions (UDS) proposes that government departments and State-owned entities (SOEs) use, to a far greater extent, the services it provides to curb critical infrastructure theft and vandalism. Cable theft for... 

Drones successful in deterring railway cable theft syndicates

Gauteng SMEs invited to apply for green support incentive

By: Schalk BurgerThe National Cleaner Production Centre South Africa (NCPC-SA) and the Gauteng Department of Economic Development invite local small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) to apply for the Green Support Incentive Programme. The programme is aimed at providing financial support for renewable energy... 

Large gas consumers cautious as Nersa seeks interim solution to avoid price shock

By: Terence CreamerThe Industrial Gas Users Association of Southern Africa (IGUA-SA) has cautiously welcomed moves by the energy regulator to introduce an interim pricing methodology for piped gas in light of the recent spike in international gas prices and ahead of what could otherwise be a debilitating July hike... 

Large gas consumers cautious as Nersa seeks  interim solution to avoid price shock

National Infrastructure Plan 2050 leans heavily on private sector for one-third of required investment

By: Terence CreamerThe first iteration of the updated National Infrastructure Plan 2050 (NIP 2050) points to a substantial finance gap of at least R2-trillion that will have to be closed if South Africa is to build the economic infrastructure required to deliver the growth and social objectives outlined in the... 

National Infrastructure Plan 2050 leans heavily on private sector for one-third of required investment

Sasol Solar Challenge set to return this year

By: Irma VenterThe Sasol Solar Challenge (SSC) is set to return from September 9 to 16 this year. “It should come as no surprise that the 2022 challenge is one that is highly anticipated,” says SSC director and owner Robert Walker.  

Standard Bank stops new coal-power funding, but backs gas as ‘transition fuel’

By: Terence CreamerThe Standard Bank Group has become the latest South African bank to confirm that it will no longer finance new coal-fired power plants or support the expansion of existing coal-fired power plants as part of its newly unveiled commitment to achieve net-zero carbon emissions from its portfolio of... 

Standard Bank stops new coal-power funding,  but backs gas as ‘transition fuel’

WEC Projects secures first commercial order for NEWgenerator off-grid sanitation system

By: Natasha OdendaalLocal water and wastewater treatment contractor WEC Projects has secured its first commercial order for the NEWgenerator sanitation system for a school in the Eastern Cape, after piloting the system in eThekwini and in Soweto. The system is set to be installed at the Khanyisani Primary School in... 

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