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On-The-Air (21/04/2017) 

By: Martin Creamer     21st April 2017 A new gold project being fast-tracked following the successful raising of capital in London and Johannesburg; A new aspirant mining champion has stepped up to the plate with a R2.3-billion debut deal and Money is being raised to revive a once thriving copper-mining area in the Northern Cape. 

Alphamin appoints Swanepoel, Baloyi to board; starts mine boxcut construction

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     20th April 2017 TSX-listed Alphamin Resources, which is developing the Bisie tin project, in the Democratic Republic of Congo, has appointed Bernard Swanepoel and Paul Baloyi to its board. Swanepoel currently also serves on the boards of miners Impala Platinum, Zimplats, eXtract Limited, African Rainbow Minerals... 

CSIR warns global shake-up in Earth Observation will affect South African sector

By: Keith Campbell     10th April 2017 Worldwide, the Earth Observation (EO) sector is being shaken-up by disruptive innovations by major enterprises. "Globally, traditional EO value chains are changing radically due to technological developments, rapid commercialisation and operationalisation by, especially, leading IT [information... 

South African spatial data infrastructure is developing, but not as fast as desired 

By: Keith Campbell     10th April 2017 Despite the fact that South Africa's Spatial Data Infrastructure Act was passed nearly 14 years ago, in 2003, with the intent of establishing the South African Spatial Data Infrastructure (Sasdi), the Committee for Spatial Information (CSI) and the Electronic Metadata Catalogue, among other... 

Regionalisation strategy needed for South African automotive manufacturers to grow

By: Shirley le Guern     6th April 2017 South African automotive manufacturers need to drive a strong regionalisation strategy in Africa, according to National Association of Automotive Component and Allied Manufacturers of South Africa (Naacam) president Dave Coffey. Welcoming guests to the first Naacam show, which has been billed as... 

Automotive Industry Gains Insight To Masterplan Development At NAACAM Show

     6th April 2017 The inaugural NAACAM Show reflected a significant  intent and strategy shift within South Africa's automotive sector. National Association of Automotive Component and Allied Manufacturers of South Africa President Dave Coffey  said  the stated  acceptance by  industry role-players of the need to... 

Platinum has best price improvement prospects – Major

By: Martin Creamer     6th April 2017 Platinum has better price improvement prospects than virtually any other commodity, Cadiz Corporate Solutions mining director Peter Major said on Thursday. Speaking at a breakfast to publicise the upcoming Junior Indaba on June 7 and 8, Major cast doubt on gold going much higher, said iron-ore... 

NAACAM Show tackles localisation and transformation with strong government support 3.30pm, Wednesday 5 April, Durban ICC

     6th April 2017 “With the NAACAM Show incorporating the Durban Automotive Cluster’s National Localisation Indaba now underway I am very pleased with the investment by eThekwini Municipality to attract and host the national automotive production industry to Durban” says Shunnon Tulsiram, Head of Economic... 

Corruption a major impediment to small business

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     5th April 2017 Corruption Watch executive director David Lewis believes the role of small and medium-sized enterprises in the local economy is still not appreciated, even though these entities are most likely the key to unlocking economic growth. The lack of capacity and funds were the sector’s biggest... 

South Africa faces ‘severe and very grave’ situation – Busa 

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     5th April 2017 Business Unity South Africa (Busa) on Wednesday said it regarded the current political and economic situation, which includes the recent Cabinet reshuffle and the country’s downgrade to junk status by Standard & Poor’s as a “severe and very grave” situation. At an AHI small and medium-sized... 

South Africa’s institutions need to be protected, strengthened – Jonas  

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     5th April 2017 South Africa’s institutions have either been forsaken or deliberately weakened for political expedience, with State transformation becoming so politicised that economics is almost just about political power, former Deputy Finance Minister Mcebisi Jonas said on Wednesday. Speaking a week after... 

Manufacturing Indaba enters its 4th year - aimed at growing South African manufacturers

     3rd April 2017 The rapid advancement of technology and processes in the manufacturing industry across the world has forced South Africa to consider changing current practices and mind sets in order to be able to compete internationally.  At this edition of the Manufacturing Indaba, to be hosted at Emperors... 

Manufacturing East Africa opens doors for growing SA manufacturers

     3rd April 2017 The inaugural Manufacturing East Africa conference will be hosted in Nairobi, Kenya from the 19 – 20 April 2017 and has been developed to explore and address the growing need for intra-Africa trade across the continent.  The event will comprise a 1 day conference, manufacturing competitiveness... 

Automotive Masterplan In Focus At Naacam Show

     31st March 2017 The South African automotive industry will gain insight to the strategic direction of the soon to be finalised Automotive Masterplan at the NAACAM Show being held at Durban’s ICC on April 5-6. Work been done to finalise the masterplan and its associated policy levers is being done under the... 

Vedanta already turning Anglo’s discarded zinc assets to account 

By: Martin Creamer     17th March 2017 Diversified mining company Vedanta, which is being associated with the acquisition of 13% of the equity of Anglo American by Volcan Investments because of the link both these entities have with Indian billionaire Anil Agarwal, has done well with the South African assets it acquired from Anglo... 

Junior miners under strain as investors increasingly look elsewhere

By: Dylan Slater     17th March 2017 Encouraging investment for junior miners is becoming a persistent issue amid faltering markets and investors increasingly seeking ways to settle their capital in other markets, stocks and companies that can guarantee its safeguarding and growth. Based on the sentiment of participants of the... 

Off-grid solutions attractive proposition for private-sector investors

By: David Oliveira     10th March 2017 Small-scale off-grid electricity solutions may be the best method to help reduce the electricity deficit in Africa, argued global power and automation group ABB senior VP and ABB Africa director Tobias Becker during a panel discussion at the Africa Energy Indaba, which took place in Johannesburg... 

Student designs sustainable beekeeping system 

By: Anine Kilian     3rd March 2017 A University of Johannesburg (UJ) student has designed an improved system of beekeeping and beehive production to aid in the survival of bees and, by extension, tackle the problem of decreasing pollination. UJ MTech Industrial Design student Ivan Brown’s Beegin concept involves a lightweight... 

Platinum needs marketing, marketing and more marketing – RBPlat 

By: Martin Creamer     28th February 2017 Embattled platinum needs ongoing marketing, with producers needing to invest in the promotion effort and ensure that the metal does not continue to be demonised by the anti-diesel hype, Royal Bafokeng Platinum (RBPlat) CEO Steve Phiri told investors, unionists, analysts and journalists on... 

Consolidated Nickel Mines wins top honours in Investment Battlefield competition

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     28th February 2017 Zambia-focused Consolidated Nickel Mines (CNM) won the first Investment Battlefield Competition for junior miners at this year’s Investing in African Mining Indaba, with Sula Iron & Gold in second place. CNM, a subsidiary of Consolidated Mining and Investments, is planning to restart the 4 500... 

Ninth Africa Energy Indaba shows growth, pointing to the energy opportunity in Africa 28th February 2017

     28th February 2017 The ninth annual Africa Energy Indaba delivered a successful week of strategic engagements, an exhibition and networking functions. The debates and discussions provided opportunity to African and national energy players in attendance that were seeking new opportunities to unlock energy access... 

Automotive Sector Transformation Agenda Driven At NAACAM Show

     27th February 2017 Increased participation by black owned suppliers in the country's automotive sector and greater use of local components will be major themes of National Association of Automotive Component and Allied Manufacturers (NAACAM) Show incorporating the Durban Automotive Cluster’s National Localisation... 

Manufacturing sector to benefit from nuclear new build programme – Lesedi

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     23rd February 2017 Government and the broader public should realise that nuclear is “the right way to go” to meet South Africa’s future energy needs, says Lesedi Nuclear Services CEO Francis Carruthers, adding that the nuclear new build programme will hold significant downstream benefits in terms of local... 

South African mines need to adopt new mining methods 

     23rd February 2017 At this year’s Mining Indaba Chamber of Mines VP Neal Froneman stressed the need for new mining methods to boost mine life. Mining Weekly editor Martin Creamer explains. 

Electrifying rural areas offers opportunity for skills development

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     22nd February 2017 African governments’ growing implementation of minigrids to electrify rural areas creates the opportunity for innovation and skills development to operate these grids, Emergent Energy renewable-energy consultant Adele Boadzo says. In a panel discussion on skills development in the energy sector... 

Coordination key to successful nuclear new build programme

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     21st February 2017 There is a pressing need for a clear definition of the roles different governmental departments, power utility Eskom and other industry participants will play in the nuclear new build programme, as there is a currently “chaos around who is doing what job”. This was the overall theme that emerged... 

Energy Efficiency Workshop

     21st February 2017 The National Cleaner Production Centre, South Africa, the Consumer Goods Council of South Africa and the Chemical and Allied Industries’ Association will host an energy efficiency workshop to highlight challenges and provide solutions to the energy challenges facing industry and business. The... 

EOH, Steag join forces to boost energy services in South Africa

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     21st February 2017 JSE-listed technology solutions provider EOH Industrial Technologies on Tuesday entered into a strategic joint venture (JV) with German energy group Steag Energy Services broaden EOH’s services offering in South Africa. The JV will cover all aspects of power project developments, from inception... 

On-The-Air (17/02/2017) 

By: Martin Creamer     17th February 2017 Billions of rands are being earmarked for a big new coal expansion in Mpumalanga  

Biogas needs favourable REIPPPP allocation for sustainable development

By: Nadine James     17th February 2017 The measureable and sustainable development of South Africa’s biogas industry requires projects, and therefore a favourable  Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme (REIPPPP) allocation, to prove sufficient financial viability to financial institutions is essential.... 

Chamber looks to strengthen partnerships in local green economy

By: Nadine James     17th February 2017 The Italian–South African Chamber of Trade and Industries’ chief aim at the 2017 Africa Energy Indaba is to raise awareness among Italian corporations regarding investment opportunities in South Africa’s green economy. Chamber secretary-general Mariagrazia Biancospino says the chamber mediated a... 

Conference hopes to catalyse African energy revolution

By: Nadine James     17th February 2017 The 2017 Africa Energy Indaba will enable African energy sector stakeholders to evaluate opportunities and the means to pursue them that could unlock the continent’s energy potential and spark something of an energy revolution, says Indaba organising company Siyenza. “The African continent has... 

Energy efficient qualifications finalised

By: Nadine James     17th February 2017 Occupational qualifications developed by the National Cleaner Production Centre South Africa (NCPC-SA) in partnership with the United Nations Industrial Development Organisation, the German Development Institute (GIZ) and the Energy and Water Sector Education and Training Authority (Ewseta) for... 

Exponential increase in the number of power generation projects

By: Nadine James     17th February 2017 The African continent’s large energy deficit has resulted in an exponential increase in the number of power generation projects – both planned and implemented – as well as the number of stakeholders which are a consequence of renewed commercial interest in the African energy sector, says... 

Global energy council ponders gas-related realities

     17th February 2017 In recent years, the gas market has undergone several changes - the discovery of new deposits, the evolution of gas transport techniques and the new gas pipelines are all elements that deeply modify this market, notes international energy organisation World Energy Council (WEC). The council notes... 

Life is just a game of inches

By: Riaan de Lange     17th February 2017 It is Super Bowl Sunday, the day on which the National Football League (NFL) yearly championship is played in the US. Well, where I am, it is close to midnight, with Monday only minutes away as I prepare to watch Super Bowl LI (‘LI’ being the Roman numerals for 51). The New England Patriots are... 

Programme to accelerate investment implemented

     17th February 2017 The African Union’s (AU’s) planning body, the New Partnership for Africa's Development (Nepad), is undertaking an exercise that will accelerate the development and implementation of Africa’s high priority renewable energy projects and will be organising a showcase at the Africa Energy Indaba for... 

Renewables division experiences record-breaking 2016

     17th February 2017 Italian energy company Enel Green Power’s (EGP’s) global renewable energies division made 2016 a record-breaking year after building an all-time-high 2 018 MW of new capacity within a calendar year. This is a major achievement for EGP as it more than doubled what it achieved in 2015, when... 

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