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Foundry company plans further expansion into Zambia

By: Mc'Kyla Nortje     13th June 2019 South Africa-based foundry and engineering company Thos Begbie’s Zambian branch will expand its workshop into a fully equipped heavy machine and fabrication shop with fabrication facilities to cater for other industries. Thos Begbie Zambia MD Piet du Preez highlights this as the medium- to... 

Collective SA effort needed to spotlight platinum’s deftness in climate change battle  

By: Martin Creamer     28th May 2019 More vehicle manufacturers are acknowledging that platinum-catalysed hydrogen fuel cells are the sole route to 100% carbon-free driving. But platinum’s own catalytic prowess is in danger of being under-acknowledged. 

Energy Minister has done well to open the way for South Africans to generate their own electricity

By: Martin Creamer     24th May 2019 Energy Minister Jeff Radebe deserves a pat on the back for opening the way for businesses to generate its own electricity. Just about every mining company that one speaks to these days tells you that generating renewable energy for its operations will take it down the cost curve and give it... 

Eskom, Nersa must not be allowed to stand in way of mining companies creating own sources of more reliable, cheaper power

By: Martin Creamer     10th May 2019 Several mining companies are keen to generate their own electricity from renewable energy sources. In most instances, renewable energy companies are prepared to build solar power plants and wind energy plants on mine sites provided the mining companies enter into offtake agreements. Banks are... 

South Africa’s energy transition won’t be ‘just’ in absence of inclusive social dialogue  

By: Terence Creamer     7th May 2019 South African Federation of Trade Unions general-secretary Zwelinzima Vavi has called for urgent social dialogue on South Africa’s “inevitable” energy transition from coal to renewable energy, warning that the country’s current framework will fail to deliver a just outcome for workers and poor... 

Worley creating a force for the future of resources and energy 

By: Martin Creamer     7th May 2019 Following the announcement in October 2018 of WorleyParsons' binding offer for Jacobs' Energy, Chemicals and Resources, the combined new entity has come together under a new brand – Worley – involving 57 600 people across 51 countries. While financially a $3.2-billion acquisition, operationally... 

IEA says world cannot ‘press pause’ on renewables, as capacity growth stalls  

By: Terence Creamer     6th May 2019 The International Energy Agency has expressed concern over the “unexpected flattening” of renewable-energy capacity additions in 2018, which, at 180 GW, remained in line with additions recorded in 2017. It was the first time since 2001 that year-on-year additions of renewable energy failed to... 

Floundering Eskom is hurting the economy by standing in the way of economical renewable electricity generation

By: Martin Creamer     3rd May 2019 State electricity utility Eskom is living on the edge, yet it has the audacity to keep renewable energy aspirants on an even narrower edge, with the help of the National Electricity Regulator of South Africa (Nersa). As a utility that can no longer offer energy security, it should see getting out... 

Exploration trends likely to improve significantly in West Africa

By: Mamaili Mamaila     12th April 2019 While mining progress in West Africa will vary from country to country, with one or two discrete discoveries, developments often set significant change into motion, says engineering consulting company SRK Consulting South Africa partner and principal consultant Andrew van Zyl. Recent studies have... 

Cost of decarbonising global energy system falls sharply, new report shows 

By: Terence Creamer     9th April 2019 Rapidly falling renewable-energy costs, together with emerging opportunities to electrify other energy end-uses such as transportation and heating, are continuing to reduce the investment premium associated with placing the world on a more climate-friendly path, a new international report... 

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