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Public-led, private-backed water infrastructure roll-out signalled

By: Schalk BurgerPublic and private organisations in the water sector and financiers are ready to build water infrastructure projects and deal with demand, as well as water loss and delivery barriers, to improve water management and long-term security. These projects include bulk water supply infrastructure, and... 

Public-led, private-backed water infrastructure roll-out signalled

First Word

Hurry up with the 88 chosen projects and list them for all to see

By: Martin CreamerThe sentiment at last week’ virtual Presidential sustainable infrastructure development symposium was absolutely correct, namely that the South African economy needs to be propelled forward by the development of infrastructure, a world-proven method of taking a country's economy forward. But the... 

Hurry up with the 88 chosen projects  and list them for all to see

Mining Weekly News

$37bn in investment needed to maintain 2019 gold output

By: Creamer Media Reporter The gold industry will need to bring on line eight-million ounces in the next five years to maintain 2019 levels of production, consultancy firm Wood Mackenzie (Woodmac) said on Wednesday, warning that the gold supply summit was in sight. This equated to about 44 project and based on the average... 

$37bn in investment needed to  maintain 2019 gold output

African Gold makes executive changes as Mali mine edges closer

By: Mariaan WebbCanada-listed junior African Gold Group (AGG) has announced structural changes to its board of directors and management, as the company moves towards construction and first gold at its flagship Kobada gold project, in southern Mali. AGG promoted COO Danny Callow to  president and CEO, appointed... 

African Gold makes executive changes as Mali mine edges closer

Amplats targets operating at 75% to 80% capacity by year-end

By: Marleny ArnoldiPlatinum group metals (PGMs) miner Anglo American Platinum (Amplats) expects to ramp up its production to between 75% and 80% of capacity by year-end, CEO Natascha Viljoen said on June 18. Viljoen explained that Amplats had started up 20% of its production profile after the Level 5 lockdown was... 

Amplats targets operating at 75%  to 80% capacity by year-end

Fortescue sets zero emissions target by 2040

By: Esmarie IannucciIron-ore major Fortescue Metals has set a target to achieve net zero operational emissions by 2040. The company on Tuesday said that the net zero emissions goal was core to the its climate change strategy and underpinned by a pathway to decarbonisation, including the reduction of Scope 1 and 2... 

Pandemic may be important catalyst for hydrogen economy’s take-off

By: Martin CreamerDespite being a global pandemic with hugely negative health consequences, Covid-19  is an important catalyst for the take-off of the hydrogen economy, in which platinum plays a fundamental role. “There’s an opportunity now to capitalise on a new wave on interest in hydrogen,” says AP Ventures LLP... 

Pandemic may be important catalyst for hydrogen economy’s take-off

Shell, IBM team up to accelerate digitalisation in the mining industry

By: Natasha OdendaalOil and gas major Shell and NYSE-listed IBM have joined forces to introduce a new business-to-business digital mining services marketplace platform to offer field-tested technology and digital solutions that can help mining companies improve safety, mine planning, operational efficiency and... 

Editorial Insight

Good, sobering and bad

By: Terence CreamerNews out for the inaugural Sustainable Infrastructure Development Symposium South Africa  – held last week both physically at the Union Buildings, in Pretoria, and virtually with hundreds of online participants – was a mixture of good, sobering and bad. The good news is that President Cyril... 

Good, sobering  and bad

Engineering News News & Insight

African govts urged to apply ICAO guidance to restart air travel

By: Rebecca CampbellThree international air transport sector organisations have urged African governments to harmonise the safe restart of their air services by swiftly implementing the International Civil Aviation Organisation’s (ICAO’s) global guidelines for the restoration of safe air transport, entitled Takeoff:... 

Cisco’s Webex platform sees surge in use, enhancements made

By: Natasha OdendaalTechnology giant Cisco has added more capacity, increased security capabilities and intelligent insights and expanded the global capacity of its Webex platform, which is experiencing unprecedented demand and more than triple its normal volumes. Secure collaboration technologies that help people... 

Components makers face cash crunch, demand imbalance

By: Irma VenterThe National Association of Automotive Component and Allied Manufacturers (Naacam) is not aware of any dedicated automotive components company that has closed its doors following the Covid-19 lockdown period, says executive director Renai Moothilal. “But I don’t think the full impact of the... 

Covid-19 brings massive change to digital behaviours

By: Natasha OdendaalThe massive disruption brought on by the Covid-19 pandemic has highlighted the value of communication networks and changing the face of digital behaviour. The latest ‘Ericsson Mobility Report’ shows that lockdown restrictions in many countries have caused measurable changes in the use of both... 

EV rally to maintain demand for battery metals despite Covid-19

By: Donna SlaterAlthough subdued as a result of Covid-19, demand for battery metals, including cobalt, lithium and copper, will remain strong as a result of growth in the global electric vehicles (EV) market, business intelligence company CRU UK cobalt, lithium and battery markets senior analyst George Heppel... 

EV rally to maintain demand for  battery metals despite Covid-19

Licensing of ventilators being fast-tracked

By: Irma VenterIn response to the shortage of ventilators in the healthcare system, as a result of the outbreak of the Covid-19 pandemic, the South African Health Products Regulatory Authority (SAHPRA) says it has drafted minimum regulatory requirements and technical specifications for the manufacture, import... 

Mboweni’s debt stabilisation plan hinges on big future expenditure cuts

By: Terence CreamerFinance Minister Tito Mboweni announced grim revisions to South Africa’s fiscal framework when presenting his Covid-19-induced ‘Supplementary Budget’ speech on Wednesday, in which he likened the country’s rising debt profile to that of a hippopotamus “eating our children’s inheritance”. He used... 

Mboweni’s debt stabilisation plan hinges  on big future expenditure cuts

Midvaal municipality seeks bids for electricity distribution PPP

By: Terence CreamerThe Midvaal municipality, in southern Gauteng, has issued a pioneering tender through which it is seeking to enter into a long-term concession agreement with a private entity to manage, operate and finance its electricity distribution service and to invest in new technologies. The municipality... 

Midvaal municipality seeks bids  for electricity distribution PPP

Motus to cull 40% of rental fleet as Covid-19 takes toll

By: Irma VenterAutomotive group Motus will reduce its vehicle rental fleet by 40% and close 20 sites within its rental business, says CEO Osman Arbee. Motus operates the Europcar and Tempest vehicle hire brands, operating through 100 car rental outlets in South Africa and 17 outlets in neighbouring countries. 

MTN Uganda secures 12-year licence renewal after paying $100m fee

By: John MuchiraTelecoms giant MTN Uganda has resolved a protracted dispute with the Ugandan government, a development that will see its operating licence renewed for 12 years. The company announced the conclusion of negotiations with the Uganda government for the renewal of its second national operator licence,... 

Proposed business rescue plan would see severe cut in SAA’s fleet

By: Rebecca CampbellIn their business rescue plan for State-owned national flag carrier South African Airways (SAA), published on June 16, business rescue practitioners (BRPs) Siviwe Dongwana and Leslie Matuson proposed a massive downsizing of the airline’s fleet, followed by a slow expansion after it resumed... 

Renergen and Total SA ink LNG distribution agreement

By: Simone LiedtkeEmerging domestic natural gas and helium producer Renergen and Total South Africa have signed an agreement for the joint marketing and distribution of liquefied natural gas (LNG) through Total’s service stations. The first route targeted under the agreement will be the N3 between Johannesburg and... 

Renergen and Total SA ink LNG distribution agreement

Renewables statistics point to slow response to South Africa’s power constraints

By: Terence CreamerNew statistics released by the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) Energy Centre show that South Africa added only 100 MW of additional utility scale renewable-energy capacity in 2019, despite supply-side constraints and an intensive period of load-shedding. In fact, the report... 

Renewables statistics point to slow response  to South Africa’s power constraints

Tanzania, Zambia seeking $400m for petroleum pipeline rehab

By: John MuchiraTanzania and Zambia are negotiating for a $400-million syndicated loan to finance the upgrade of a petroleum pipeline jointly owned by the neighbouring countries. The project will involve expanding the 1 752 km Tanzania-Zambia Mafuta (Tazama) pipeline, making it a standard 12-inch-diameter... 

Telkom halts dividend payouts as it funnels funds towards spectrum acquisition, capex programme

By: Natasha OdendaalJSE-listed Telkom has suspended its dividend payouts for three years from the 2021 financial year to redirect the capital to acquire much-needed spectrum and complete its capital expenditure (capex) programme to ensure future sustainability. The group, which announced its intention of reviewing... 

Trade unions slam Denel management over unpaid salaries, head to court

By: Rebecca CampbellThe Solidarity trade union has blasted the South African government and the management of State-owned defence industrial group Denel over their mishandling of the affairs of the company, causing it to be in so bad a condition as to be unable to pay its employees their full salaries. In May, some... 

Used-car market poised to grow as new-vehicle prices surge

By: Irma VenterThe depreciation of the rand could see new-car prices increase by up to 10% over the next quarter, says National Automobile Dealers Association (Nada) chairperson Mark Dommisse. He says the dealership environment is currently seeing a “resilience” in the used-car market, with a “bit of hunger”... 

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