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Megan van Wyngaardt

Megan van Wyngaardt

Megan van Wyngaardt is Creamer Media Senior Contributing Editor Online for Engineering News and Mining Weekly.

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FairPlay appoints Richard Goldstone as patron, sets its sights on ending chicken dumping

10th April 2017 Former Constitutional Court judge Justice Richard Goldstone has joined antidumping organisation FairPlay, which was formed to oppose the illegal and job-destroying practice of selling goods below the cost of production, as its patron. FairPlay’s first project will be to focus on stopping the... 

Plastic bag working group weighing solutions to recyclability problem

10th April 2017 A working group set up to investigate the impact ‘fillers’ are having on the recyclability of plastic supermarket carrier bags is said to have “progressed well” in researching possible solutions and will report back to the industry in June. Established four months ago, the group includes... 

ZA Central Registry calls for applications for dotAfrica domain

10th April 2017 The administrator of South African domain zones .co.za and .web.za, ZA Central Registry (ZACR), on Monday invited applications from businesses, civil society and other interested parties for its dotAfrica (.africa) pioneer programme. This is in an effort to create brand awareness and visibility... 

Tharisa on track to meet full-year guidance, reports solid Q2 production

10th April 2017 Posting strong production of 34 000 oz of platinum-group metals (PGMs) and 314 000 t of chrome concentrate for the quarter ended March 31, dual-listed Tharisa on Monday said it remained on track for full-year production of 147 000 oz of PGMs and 1.3-million tonnnes of chrome concentrate. During... 

Pan African’s Evander on schedule for mid-April restart

10th April 2017 Pan African Resources on Monday reported that the refurbishment of the 7 and 8 Shaft complex at its Evander mines was progressing on time and within the R40-million budget. The company, led by CEO Cobus Loots, expects the refurbishment programme to be completed on April 15. 

New Sutherland laboratory adds another eye in the sky for Sansa

7th April 2017 The South African National Space Agency (Sansa) has unveiled an optical space research (OSR) laboratory at the South African Astronomical Observatory (SAAO) in Sutherland. This facility will be used solely for research and to host space monitoring projects with national and international partners. 

Transnet says well-positioned to withstand downgrade

7th April 2017 Standard & Poor’s (S&P’s) Global Ratings has downgraded Transnet’s long-term foreign currency sovereign credit rating from BBB- to BB+, in line with its assessment of the sovereign rating. S&P’s, however, maintained Transnet’s stand-alone credit profile at bbb, which the parastatal said reflected... 

Vast, SSCG extend financing agreement as RBZ lags

7th April 2017 Aim-listed Vast Resources on Friday said that it was still awaiting approval from the Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe (RBZ) for the assignment of 49.99% of its loan account with Canape. The company noted that the outstanding approval would hamper its financing arrangement with SSCG Africa Holdings,... 

Downgrade to junk status will impact on food security – Agbiz

7th April 2017 Standard & Poor’s (S&P’s) decision to downgrade South Africa’s sovereign debt to junk status will have a significant impact on the country’s agribusiness sector, with a knock-on effect on consumers, agricultural business chamber Agbiz said on Friday. CEO Dr John Purchase explained that the... 

Eskom says will have to contend with higher cost of debt following ratings downgrade

7th April 2017 State-owned Eskom’s CFO Anoj Singh says the entity’s funding requirements for the 2017/18 financial year will not be affected by Standard and Poor’s (S&P’s) decision to downgrade its corporate credit rating, as 72% of the current fiscal year’s funding of R72-billion will be secured by end-April.... 

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