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New VWSA chief outlines vision for navigating the electric revolution and African market growth

By: Irma VenterAn informal ‘contract’ signed at a conference, on a serviette, can hardly be viewed as a binding document, but somehow it saw Volkswagen Group South Africa (VWSA) chairperson and MD Dr Robert Cisek make his way to Kariega (formerly known as Uitenhage) to take over the reins at the local arm of... 

New VWSA chief outlines vision for navigating the electric revolution and African market growth

First Word

Self-generation limit that’s free of red tape must be lifted much higher

By: Martin CreamerHolding South Africans to a 10 MW self-generation grid-linked electricity threshold of 10 MW is a measure that is holding back the economic future of this country. The limit must be raised to at least 50 MW without delay. The regulations for the 10 MW threshold are not yet out so all the drafters... 

Self-generation limit that’s free of  red tape must be lifted much higher

Mining Weekly News

Anglo backing feasibility study for South Africa’s ‘hydrogen valley’

By: Martin CreamerDiversified mining and marketing company Anglo American on Wednesday announced a collaboration agreement to complete a feasibility study to develop a ‘hydrogen valley’ anchored in South Africa’s platinum group metals- (PGMs-) rich Bushveld geological area. Spearheaded by South Africa’s Department... 

Anglo backing feasibility study for  South Africa’s ‘hydrogen valley’

DRC State miner moves to support artisanal cobalt mining

By: Tasneem BulbuliaDemocratic Republic of Congo (DRC) State-owned company Entreprise Générale du Cobalt (EGC) on March 31 officially launched its activities to support the commercialisation of responsibly sourced artisanal cobalt in the country. EGC, a subsidiary of Gécamines, was established in November 2019,... 

Glencore shareholders set to vote on climate action plan

By: Tasneem BulbuliaShareholders of diversified miner Glencore will on April 29, during the group’s annual general meeting (AGM), be given the opportunity to vote on the approval of the ‘Climate Action Plan: Pathway to Net Zero’ report published by Glencore on December 4, 2020. The company’s climate action plan sets... 

Glencore shareholders set to vote on climate action plan

Ivanhoe may bring forward DRC copper expansion

By: Mariaan WebbCashed-up base and precious metals developer Ivanhoe Mines is considering accelerating the Phase 3 concentrator expansion at its Kamoa-Kakula project, in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), following the recent success of its $575-million convertible notes financing. The Canadian company,... 

Ivanhoe may bring forward DRC  copper expansion

PIC backs big push into hydrogen economy

By: Martin CreamerSouth Africa has got a massive opportunity to participate in the hydrogen economy and it would be a national travesty if the country failed to do so, says Public Investment Corporation (PIC) sector specialist mining, beneficiation and energy Heidi Sternberg. Mining Weekly can report that the PIC,... 

PIC backs big push into hydrogen economy

SA-developed fuel cell passing tests at Implats refinery

By: Martin CreamerA South African-developed stationary hydrogen fuel cell is doing well as it is put through a testing phase at the Impala Platinum (Implats) refinery, group executive: refining and marketing Sifiso Sibiya has revealed. The stationary hydrogen fuel cell at Implats’ precious metals and base metals... 

SA-developed fuel cell passing tests at Implats refinery

Sustainability to drive commodity markets for next ten years

By: Simone LiedtkeChina's strong demand for commodities has shifted the global industry’s perspective away from developing market consumption to a focus on Chinese consumption, BlackRock MD Evy Hambro said during a discussion as part of this year’s virtual Platinum Group Metals (PGMs) Industry Day, on March 24.... 

Editorial Insight

Historic opportunity

By: Terence CreamerHave a listen to this for an energy roadmap: “We are a relatively small country located at the end of the world, but this moment calls us all to be ambitious and that’s exactly what we are trying to do. It’s what we did when we launched our Energy Efficiency Act. It’s what we did when we launched... 

Historic opportunity

Engineering News News & Insight

$1.4m crowdsale for agricultural solar project completed

By: Schalk BurgerSolar energy marketplace Sun Exchange has completed a $1.4-million crowdsale for a 510 kW solar and 1 MWh battery storage project to power the packhouse and cold store facilities of Zimbabwean agriculture company Nhimbe Fresh. The fresh produce grower and exporter will save about $2-million on... 

2024 debut for first all-electric Land Rover, Jaguar to be EV-only brand

By: Irma VenterJaguar Land Rover says its Reimagine plan will see the electrification of both the Land Rover and Jaguar brands on separate architectures with “two clear, unique personalities”.  The British carmaker says Land Rover will welcome six pure electric variants in the next five years. 

A third of Africa’s population has no access to clean water

By: Natasha OdendaalWith sub-Saharan Africa achieving an implementation level of just 46% in integrated water resources management, there is considerable scope for the region to improve its performance in meeting citizens’ water needs. A third of the people in Africa remain without access to clean, safe water and... 

A third of Africa’s population has no access to clean water

AECI sets 2025 sustainability targets

By: Marleny ArnoldiChemicals group AECI has set itself six group-specific sustainability targets for 2025, as shared in the company’s first-ever sustainability report, which was published last month. The sustainability report includes a sustainability framework with ten overarching goals for “a better world” in the... 

AECI sets 2025 sustainability targets

Business sees private sector as key to accelerating infrastructure spend

By: Terence CreamerBig business in South Africa plans to approach government with a series of solutions aimed at narrowing the ever-widening gap between the country’s fixed-investment spending targets and the dismal reality of declining spending on both social and economic infrastructure. Through the National... 

Business sees private sector as key  to accelerating infrastructure spend

Capacitate Sars, create green lanes for cargo at border posts

By: Irma VenterSouth Africa’s logistics sector will operate more efficiently under an increasingly capacitated South African Revenue Service (Sars) rather than a Border Management Agency (BMA), as proposed by government, says South African Association of Freight Forwarders (SAAFF) chairperson Dr Juanita Maree.... 

Continental body, Germany partner to develop Ethiopian auto policy 

By: Irma VenterThe African Association of Automotive Manufacturers (AAAM) has been appointed to develop an automotive policy for the Ethiopian government that will ultimately aim to encourage global original-equipment manufacturers (OEMs, or vehicle manufacturers) and component manufacturers to invest in... 

Global energy leaders say jobs must be at heart of people-centred energy transitions

By: Terence CreamerEmployment creation for workers and communities at the highest risk of disruption as a result of the shift to greater climate-resiliency was identified during a gathering of global energy leaders on Wednesday as essential to ensuring that the transition was not only people-centred but also... 

Global energy leaders say jobs must be at heart  of people-centred energy transitions

Iata supports AU on reopening continent’s civil aviation sector

By: Rebecca CampbellThe representative body for the global airline industry, the International Air Transport Association (Iata), has affirmed its support for the African Union’s (AU’s) campaign to safely restart commercial aviation across the continent. The campaign is called ‘Saving Lives, Economies and... 

Low-carbon solutions for mining trucks, excavators

By: Donna SlaterTechnology company ABB has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with machinery manufacturer Hitachi Construction Machinery to share their expertise and collaborate in bringing solutions to market that will reduce the greenhouse-gas (GHG) emissions associated with heavy machinery in mining.... 

New independent utility emerges to pursue private-to-private power niche

By: Terence CreamerA new independent power utility has been established in South Africa to sell electricity directly to private and municipal customers rather than to Eskom. Branded Earth & Wire, the company aims to build a large-scale portfolio of renewable-energy assets and enter into power purchase agreements... 

New independent utility emerges to  pursue private-to-private power niche

Online vehicle searches jump to a record high

By: Irma VenterThe latest biannual AutoTrader Car Industry Report shows that online vehicle searches on AutoTrader have reached a new record. Covering the period from July 1 to December 31, 2020, the report notes that 276-million searches were conducted on AutoTrader, which is 54.1% growth year-on-year.  

SAFEhouse

By: Creamer Media Reporter The SAFEhouse Association is a non-profit, industry organisation committed to the fight against sub-standard, unsafe electrical products and services. 

SAFEhouse

Slowing plastic leakage requires collective effort – WWF

By: Donna SlaterTackling the ever growing issue of plastic pollution will require the collective effort of everyone in the plastics value chain, from manufacturers of raw materials that go into plastics, to the end consumers and recyclers, says World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) Circular Plastics Economy project... 

Stellenbosch researchers make major advance in imaging biochemical processes in cells

By: Rebecca CampbellScientists and engineers at Stellenbosch University have developed a ‘visualisation tool’ that can, in three-dimensional (3D) images in space, as well as in time, automatically localise and quantify specific processes inside biological cells, such as those that make up the human body. The main... 

Wind OEM sees South Africa as potential industrial hub for Africa

By: Schalk BurgerDenmark-based wind energy equipment multinational Vestas is optimistic about renewable energy, and specifically onshore wind energy, opportunities in South Africa and more broadly in Africa. "We are also evaluating the potential of South Africa to act as a possible industrial hub towards the... 

World risks missing sanitation- and water-related SDG – new report

By: Natasha OdendaalThe world is not on track to achieve Sustainable Development Goal 6 (SDG 6) to ensure water and sanitation for all by 2030, and the Covid-19 pandemic has set reaching the targets back even more. The current rate of progress now needs to quadruple to reach the global target of universal access to... 

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