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Snow Lake Lithium calls for comprehensive EV ecosystem across North America

By: Creamer Media Reporter      20th May 2022 Canadian lithium producer Snow Lake Lithium has outlined the need to create a comprehensive electric vehicle (EV) ecosystem across North America to protect the future of the region's domestic automotive industry. With more than ten-million vehicles sold in the US last year, the automotive... 

Forum set up to improve cooperation between Eskom, Transnet and domestic industrialists 

By: Terence Creamer     20th May 2022 A new forum comprising Eskom, Transnet and domestic industrialists is to be established to improve collaboration between the two large infrastructure-focused State-owned companies and domestic manufacturers and suppliers. The initiative was unveiled by Ministers Pravin Gordhan and Ebrahim Patel... 

April bakkie, truck sales slide but more cars sold year-on-year

By: Irma Venter     20th May 2022 New-vehicle sales, although dented by the impact of the recent floods in KwaZulu-Natal, managed to remain in positive territory in April, says Naamsa | The Automotive Business Council. Domestic new-vehicle sales in April increased by 4.3%, to 37 107 units, compared with the same month last year. 

Manganese mine rail-loading boost being assessed by South32 

By: Martin Creamer     19th May 2022 Diversified mining company South32 is assessing the potential expansion and modernisation of rail loading infrastructure at its Wessels manganese mine in South Africa’s Northern Cape, says South32 CEO Graham Kerr. Kerr, who presented at the Bank of America Global Metals, Mining & Steel Conference... 

Grindrod and partners create new export route for Botswana coal 

By: Irma Venter     18th May 2022 Grindrod’s Matola terminal at the Port of Maputo says it has welcomed its second coal train from Botswana. The terminal also managed to successfully discharge the 50 wagons using the terminal’s tipplers. The first train arrived at the port in April, marking a milestone for Grindrod’s Mozambican... 

US coal companies struggle to cash in on Europe crunch

By: Reuters     17th May 2022  US coal producers are seeking to boost exports to cash in on soaring prices since Russia's invasion of Ukraine but face big headwinds including shipping bottlenecks, labor shortages, and a dismal long-term outlook discouraging investments in new mines. The outlook means the United States, which... 

South African coal consumers face tough decisions as miners prioritise exports over domestic offtakers – Jones 

By: Donna Slater     13th May 2022 A potential food crisis may be brewing in South Africa as domestic coal consumers face increasing difficulty in securing coal supplies at a fair price to fire their processing plants, says commodity insights and marketplace company African Source Markets CEO Bevan Jones. He tells Mining Weekly... 

Smart logistics required for efficient movement of goods

By: Anna Moross     13th May 2022 To ensure the efficient and effective movement of goods in the agriculture sector, the implementation of technology, such as SMART logistics, is imperative, says South African Association of Freight Forwarders CEO Dr Juanita Maree. 

Machine tools importers faced with challenges

13th May 2022 Members of trade organisation South African Machine Tool Merchant Association (MTMA) have adapted to Covid-related impacts, such as importing delays, as 2021 progressed. However, unforeseen events, such as mass unrest in July last year and flooding along the South African east coast, have added... 

PRASA’s KZN floods repair bill stands at almost R3bn

By: Irma Venter     13th May 2022 The direct cost to restore passenger rail services in KwaZulu-Natal following the recent floods stands at an estimated R2.6-billion to R2.9-billion, says the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (PRASA). In addition, the loss of fare revenue, owing to the suspension of train services, is... 

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