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Cover Story

Pandemic accelerated digital education, but some way to go to make tool truly effective

By: Schalk BurgerEnabling effective education and the development of foundational, specialist and new skills that are needed across industries and societies – in part through adopting digital education tools – requires a broad partnership among civil, commercial, educational and governmental organisations, a... 

Pandemic accelerated digital education, but some way to go to make tool truly effective

First Word

South Africans must disallow official tardiness that prevents economic progress

By: Martin CreamerThe South African people must no longer tolerate national slowness that keeps us out of the benefits of global trends. South Africa began in green hydrogen more than a decade ago is now falling behind the rest of the world. The country is very well placed with superior sun, prime wind, the... 

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Draft Geoscience Act regulations could benefit exploration, but gaps remain

By: Marleny ArnoldiMineral Resources and Energy Minister Gwede Mantashe has published for public comment draft Geoscience Act regulations relating to the compulsory submission of exploration data to the Council for Geoscience (CGS) and the dissemination of that data. Written representations must be sent to... 

Lucara aims to close $220m debt package for Karowe by mid-year

By: Mariaan WebbCanadian mining company Lucara Diamond has mandated five international financial institutions for a secured project financing package of up to $220-million to fund the underground expansion of the Karowe mine, in Botswana. The syndicate comprises ING Bank, Natixis, Société Générale, London... 

Lucara aims to close $220m debt  package for Karowe by mid-year

Master Drilling advancing mechanisation for two top-tier local clients

By: Martin CreamerMine mechanisation is being advanced for two top-tier  local clients of Master Drilling, the CEO of the JSE-listed company, Danie Pretorius, said on Tuesday. Speaking to Mining Weekly in a Zoom interview after reporting 72.7%-higher 2020 net cash generation of $25.5-million, 18%-lower debt to... 

Master Drilling advancing mechanisation  for two top-tier local clients

Miner receives licence for Angola phosphate project

By: Esmarie IannucciASX-listed Minbos Resources has been awarded a mining licence for its Cabinda phosphate project, in Angola. The Junior on Wednesday said that Angola’s Ministry of Mineral Resources, Petroleum and Gas had approved the mining licence, renewable for up to 35 years, to allow phosphate mining at the... 

Northam Platinum building 10 MW solar plant at Zondereinde smelter

By: Martin CreamerPlatinum group metals (PGMs) mining company Northam Platinum said on Friday that it was designing and building a 10 MW solar energy plant for the company’s smelter at its Zondereinde mine, in Limpopo province. Located on the northern end of the western limb of the Bushveld Complex, near the town... 

Northam Platinum building 10 MW solar plant  at Zondereinde smelter

South Africa playing key role in hydrogen economy – Mantashe

By: Martin CreamerSouth Africa is playing an important role in the ‘hydrogen economy’ as the country targets clean and reliable alternative energy sources, Mineral Resources and Energy Minister Gwede Mantashe said on Wednesday. In his opening keynote address to the Platinum Group Metals Industry Day chaired by... 

South Africa playing key role in  hydrogen economy – Mantashe

Editorial Insight

Low and high ambition

By: Terence CreamerThere will be some criticism and disappointment that South Africa’s draft updated Nationally Determined Contribution (NDC) unveiled by Forestry, Fisheries and the Environment Minister Barbara Creecy on March 30, is not aligned to an outcome that is premised on net-zero-emissions by 2050. Several... 

Low and high ambition

Engineering News News & Insight

$200m IFC loan to boost SA bank’s sustainable-finance reach

By: Donna SlaterFinancial services provider Nedbank Corporate and Investment Banking (CIB) says a recent agreement with the International Finance Corporation (IFC) will contribute to enhancing the investment scales in favour of sustainable development in the future Nedbank CIB sustainable finance solutions head... 

Agriculture bodies call for increased access to growing Brics markets

By: Schalk BurgerThe Agricultural Business Chamber of South Africa (Agbiz), industry organisations Agri SA, the African Farmers’ Association of South Africa (Afasa), the Bureau for Food and Agricultural Policy (BFAP) and the National African Farmers’ Union (Nafu) have met with the Department of Trade, Industry... 

Aluminium industry aims to reduce emissions by 80% by 2050

By: Schalk BurgerGlobal industry organisation the International Aluminium Institute (IAI) has published three main pathways that the industry can take to reduce its emissions by 80% by 2050 and meet internationally agreed climate goals, supply demand for primary aluminium that will increase by up to 40% and more... 

Aluminium industry aims to reduce  emissions by 80% by 2050

Botswana seeks opportunities to integrate into South African auto value chain

By: Irma VenterThe Botswana government believes there is an opportunity for the country to participate in the South African automotive sector. “Around 60% of the components used in South African vehicles are still imported from outside Africa. Given Botswana’s proximity to South Africa, we see this as an... 

Core stage of Nasa’s biggest-ever rocket has passed final major test

By: Rebecca CampbellThe US National Aeronautics and Space Administration (Nasa) has successfully conducted a second ‘hot fire’ test of the core stage of its new Space Launch System (SLS) rocket. The SLS core stage, the prime contractor for which is Boeing, is powered by four Aerojet Rocketdyne RS-25 rocket engines.... 

Embraer’s commercial jet business takes Covid strain

By: Rebecca CampbellBrazilian aerospace group Embraer, one of the world’s leading companies in the sector, has released its results for last year. (Embraer’s financial year is identical to the calendar year.) The financial results were released on a consolidated basis and according to International Financial... 

Gauteng launches R23bn infrastructure project book

By: Simone LiedtkeThe Gauteng Department of Roads and Transport has published its priority projects, valued at R23-billion, for delivery in the next ten years as part of its contribution to an infrastructure-led economic recovery. Of the 67 projects, 13 are private developer contribution projects valued at... 

Gauteng launches R23bn infrastructure project book

Green hydrogen could help SA increase energy exports

By: Marleny ArnoldiSouth Africa has traditionally been a net importer of energy, but a relatively new clean technology could be pivotal in helping South Africa become an exporter and dramatically cut the country’s carbon emissions, says Rand Merchant Bank (RMB). RMB CEO James Formby says that although green... 

Intricate talks under way on East African Crude Oil Pipeline

By: John MuchiraPartners in the East African Crude Oil Pipeline (Eacop) project are racing against time to conclude crucial agreements ahead of the signing of the final investment decision in the second quarter of this year. France’s Total Exploration & Production and China National Oil Offshore Oil Company,... 

John Deere expands African construction equipment line-up

By: Irma VenterJohn Deere has announced the expansion of its construction equipment line-up to 18 countries across Southern and West Africa, where Deere-branded construction products were previously not available.  This expansion, which will include backhoe loaders, excavators, wheel loaders, motor graders and... 

Karoo project to blend wind, sun and batteries to provide dispatchable power

By: Terence CreamerThe lead sponsor of a 128 MW hybrid facility named as a preferred bidder under South Africa’s Risk Mitigation Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme (RMIPPPP) reports that the project is pioneering globally in the way it will use co-located wind turbines, solar photovoltaic (PV) arrays,... 

Karoo project to blend wind, sun and  batteries to provide dispatchable power

Managing green-building strategies during construction crucial for ratings

By: Schalk BurgerConstantly managing, monitoring and aligning construction costs against budget when implementing Green Star sustainable building-rating initiatives helps developers to achieve the objective ratings, says infrastructure and engineering consulting firm Aecom cost management, buildings and places... 

Managing green-building strategies during  construction crucial for ratings

New coatings targeted at domestic market

By: Donna SlaterSteel pipe manufacturer Hall Longmore is looking to attract a key domestic market segment with its newly launched dual layer fusion bonded epoxy (FBE) coatings. MD Kennith van Rooyen tells Engineering News the company, which is based in Wadeville, Gauteng, recently commissioned a dual spray... 

New coatings targeted at domestic market

New patrol vessel for Navy launched in Cape Town

By: Rebecca CampbellDamen Shipyards Cape Town (DSCT), a subsidiary of the Netherlands-based Damen International Shipyards Group, recently launched the first (of three) Multimission Inshore Patrol Vessels (MMIPVs) for the South African Navy (SAN). These new vessels will replace the SAN’s now elderly offshore patrol... 

Number of mobile money accounts rose to 1.21bn in 2020

By: Natasha OdendaalThe number of global registered mobile money accounts increased 12.7% to 1.21-billion in 2020 – double the previous forecast – owing to a dramatic acceleration in mobile transactions during the Covid-19 pandemic as lockdown restrictions limited access to cash and financial institutions. The... 

Partial privatisation of water infrastructure punted as possible solution

By: Natasha OdendaalThe partial privatisation of South Africa’s water infrastructure and systems can help mitigate the country’s ongoing water shortages. A collaboration between companies and governments to solve the conundrum of how to create an efficient and sustainable system is a potential solution to the... 

Plan unveiled for converting TCTA into national water-infrastructure agency

By: Natasha OdendaalState-owned entity Trans-Caledon Tunnel Authority (TCTA) has been put forward as a possible potential proto agency for the implementation of the new National Water Resources Infrastructure Agency (NWRIA). On February 11, President Cyril Ramaphosa said that the establishment of the NWRIA would be... 

SA cities join global move towards setting renewables targets

By: Terence CreamerA new international report shows that 34 South African cities, in which some 15.3-million people live and work, had adopted renewable-energy targets and/or policies by the end of 2020, with Cape Town, eThekwini, Johannesburg and Tshwane having also announced official net-zero targets. The... 

SA cities join global move towards setting  renewables targets

SA-UK PACT announces funding for uYilo’s EV capacity building project

By: Irma VenterThe South Africa-UK Partnering for Accelerated Climate Transitions (SA-UK PACT) programme has announced that it will fund ten local projects to the tune of more than £3-million.  The aim is to help South Africa transition to a low-carbon, inclusive, climate-resilient economy and society. 

Solar-plus-storage project emerges with lowest RMIPPPP bid

By: Terence CreamerThe fact that a hybrid generation project – combining solar photovoltaic (PV), a battery energy storage system (BESS) and a small portion of gas – emerged with the lowest evaluation price in the Risk Mitigation Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme (RMIPPPP) has been described as... 

Solar-plus-storage project emerges with lowest RMIPPPP bid

Tata launches e-commerce parts portal

By: Irma VenterTata International Africa has launched an e-commerce parts website and portal.  The online store – – will enable customers anywhere in South Africa, including those in the remotest parts of the country, to order Tata and Daewoo heavy commercial vehicle (HCV) parts, with doorstep... 

UAE firm moves to partner with Ethiopia to unlock solar potential

By: John MuchiraUnited Arab Emirates-based renewable-energy company Masdar has committed to helping Ethiopia exploit its enormous solar energy potential to spur economic growth. This comes after the company signed a memorandum of understanding with the Ethiopian government to explore solar opportunities across... 

Vaccine roll-out woes put spotlight on Africa’s power crisis

By: Creamer Media Reporter In this opinion piece, Wikus Kruger argues that the lack of reliable power supply in sub-Saharan Africa – where it is estimated that only one person in five has access to electricity – poses a significant challenge to the ambition to vaccinate at least two-thirds of the population to achieve herd... 

Vodacom reduces water use by 63%, deploys IoT solutions

By: Natasha OdendaalAs telecommunications group Vodacom implements its water-saving strategies, which have reduced its water consumption by 63% since 2015, it is working to deploy its Internet of Things (IoT) technology solutions to improve water resource management across its sites in South Africa, particularly in... 

Volvo Car SA to bring host of EVs to South Africa

By: Irma VenterVolvo Car South Africa (SA) MD Greg Maruszewski says the local arm of the Swedish car manufacturer plans to bring the full range of Volvo electric vehicles (EVs) to South Africa, but adds that “business dynamics will obviously contribute to the decision”. Volvo Car SA will launch the Swedish... 

Western Cape to help prime municipalities for direct IPP procurement

By: Terence CreamerSix Western Cape municipalities, as well as the City of Cape Town, have been named by Western Cape Finance and Economic Opportunities Minister David Maynier as candidates to participate in the first phase of the province’s Municipal Energy Resilience (MER) project. The MER initiative, which was... 

Western Cape to help prime municipalities  for direct IPP procurement

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