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Electricity reforms to spur ‘boom in private fixed investment’ 

By: Terence Creamer     5th August 2022 Minister in the Presidency Mondli Gungubele says the reforms under way in the electricity sector – including the removal of the 100 MW licensing threshold for distributed generation projects and the expedited procurement of new capacity from renewables, gas and battery storage – will “supercharge... 

Timing is right to extend fuel rebates to other businesses

26th July 2022 by Bernard Mofokeng, Director & Head of Tax at CMS South Africa Eskom has the privilege to claim rebates for every litre of diesel they buy and use to manage the energy crisis in the country through the VAT system from the South Africa Reserve Service (SARS). In terms of the Customs and Excise... 

Arafura weighs offtake and equity deal with GE

By: Esmarie Iannucci     13th July 2022 The renewables arm of US energy major General Electric (GE), GE Renewable Energy has inked a non-binding memorandum of understanding (MoU) with ASX-listed Arafura Resources over a potential neodymium praseodymium (NdPr) offtake agreement. The parties will negotiate a long-term sales agreement... 

Australia joins global critical minerals partnership

By: Esmarie Iannucci     13th July 2022 Australia has joined the Minerals Security Partnership in its quest to develop and secure global supply chains for critical minerals that are crucial to clean energy technology and the global transition to clean energy. Australia joins the US, Canada, Finland, France, Germany, Japan, the... 

FBICRC plant opens in WA

By: Esmarie Iannucci     11th July 2022 The Future Battery Industries Cooperative Research Center (FBICRC) on Monday launched its flagship cathode precursor production pilot plant, in Western Australia. Located at Curtin University, the Australian-first pilot plant will help design and build cathode precursor manufacturing facilities... 

Just Transition Framework means South Africa can ‘proceed apace’ with $8.5bn partnership  

By: Terence Creamer     5th July 2022 President Cyril Ramaphosa says the publication of the Just Transition Framework will enable South Africa to “proceed apace with harnessing the benefits” of the Just Energy Transition Partnership concluded with the US, the UK, Germany, France and the European Union in late 2021. The partnership... 

Rio Tinto to help Mongolia tackle climate change, desertification 

By: Reuters     27th June 2022  Rio Tinto on Friday signed an agreement with Mongolia's environment ministry to address climate change and desertification issues in the country where the global miner operates the massive Oyu Tolgoi copper mine. Between 2022 and 2026, the Anglo-American miner's local unit will help the east... 

Indigenous Ecuadorans fight back as metal mining eats into Amazon

By: Reuters     24th June 2022 The brightly colored chiva bus rocked back and forth, branches scraping across its sides, as it traveled down the narrow dirt road traversing mountain ranges of the Cordillera del Condor, in Ecuador's southern Amazon. The region, which stretches about 150 km along the border with Peru, is famous... 

Is it possible to convert old coal mines into successful farms?

By: Darren Parker     24th June 2022 The rehabilitation of South Africa’s closed coal mines has long been a source of contention among miners, environmental activists and affected communities. Numerous old mines were not rehabilitated at all, while many others were rehabilitated to within only the bare minimum requirements of the... 

Local bridge construction of concern

By: Tracy Hancock     24th June 2022 The quality of new bridges being built generally complies with South African National Road Agency Limited (Sanral) standards, which are aligned with international best practice, but the quality of the construction of these bridges is concerning, says South African Institute of Steel Construction... 

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