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Outgoing CEO says IDC must be approachable for entrepreneurs, but impenetrable to political interference

By: Terence Creamer     28th September 2018 One of Geoffrey Qhena’s first assignments as a newly recruited Industrial Development Corporation (IDC) business analyst was decidedly uncomfortable. It was 1994, the year of South Africa’s first democratic election, and the young accountant from Meadowlands, Soweto, had been handed a business... 

MC Mining eyeing acquisition, project access, SEZ 

By: Martin Creamer     27th September 2018 Coal exploration, development and mining company MC Mining, which has painstakingly removed many obstacles in its path in the last five years, is targeting the acquisition of a second suitable operational coal mine in the mould of the cash-generative Uitkomst, taking strong steps to secure access... 

MC Mining reports normalised $9.8m loss

By: Martin Creamer     27th September 2018 Coal exploration, development and mining company MC Mining on Thursday reported a normalised after-tax loss of $9.8-million in the 12 months to June 30, when the company achieved full integration of  the cash generating Uitkomst thermal and metallurgical colliery, which sold $32.7-million worth... 

Ramaphosa aims to crowd in private resources for infrastructure fund

By: Terence Creamer     21st September 2018 President Cyril Ramaphosa has placed the creation of a public-private infrastructure fund at the heart of an economic stimulus and recovery plan, otherwise constrained by South Africa’s serious fiscal constraints. In unveiling the plan during a briefing at the Union Buildings in Pretoria on... 

A ‘sovereign innovation fund’ proposed in draft technology policy

By: Rebecca Campbell     21st September 2018 The Department of Science and Technology (DST) has, in its recently released draft White Paper on Science, Technology and Innovation (STI), stated that a “sovereign innovation fund” is to be created. “There is a need for increased commercialisation funding,” said section 6.2 of the draft White... 

South Africa to set up a 'sovereign innovation fund'

By: Rebecca Campbell     11th September 2018 The Department of Science and Technology (DST), in its recently released draft White Paper on Science, Technology and Innovation (STI), stated that a “sovereign innovation fund” is to be created. “There is a need for increased commercialisation funding,” said section 6.2 of the draft White Paper.... 

Agribusiness confidence declines significantly in third quarter – index

By: Marleny Arnoldi     10th September 2018 The Agbiz/Industrial Development Corporation (IDC) Agribusiness Confidence Index has fallen below the neutral 50-point mark, declining by six points to 48 in the third quarter of the year – the lowest level since the second quarter of 2016, which was a drought year. Agbiz states that while the... 

Thakadu starts construction on nickel sulphate purification plant

By: Creamer Media Reporter      5th September 2018 Thakadu Battery Materials on Wednesday officially marked the start of construction of its R250-million nickel sulphate purification plant at platinum miner Lonmin's Base Metals Refinery, in the North West province. All major equipment has been ordered and key contracts awarded, including modular... 

African rail industry urged to adopt concepts of Fourth Industrial Revolution

By: Nadine James     4th September 2018 The African rail industry must adopt the concepts and develop the technologies of the Fourth Industrial Revolution to facilitate, and realise, the industrialisation aspirations of the continent, delegates attending a South African Heavy Haul Association (SAHHA) technical workshop, on Tuesday,... 

Long-serving Qhena to step down as IDC CEO on Dec 31

By: Marleny Arnoldi     31st August 2018 The Industrial Development Corporation (IDC) has started the search for a new CEO, following Geoffrey Qhena’s resignation. Qhena has agreed to stay on until December 31, to ensure a smooth transition.  

Ngonye solar plant, Zambia

By: Sheila Barradas     31st August 2018 Construction has started on the plant. 

Enel starts construction of its first power plant in Zambia

By: Anine Kilian     22nd August 2018 Enel Group’s global renewable energy division Enel Green Power (EGP) has started construction on the 34 MW Ngonye solar photovoltaic (PV) plant, which is the group’s first power plant in Zambia. The PV facility, which is located in Lusaka South Multi-Facility Economic Zone in the country’s south,... 

Should we worry about Chinese generosity?

By: Martin Zhuwakinyu     10th August 2018 Back in March, former US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson became the umpteenth Western big gun to urge Africans to beware of Chinese generosity on the continent, which has taken the form of freebies such as the African Union headquarters in Addis Abba, Ethiopia – built at a cost of $200-million... 

IDC results give glimpse of the state of SA’s economy 

2nd August 2018 Creamer Media's Chanel de Bruyn speaks to Engineering News Editor Terence Creamer about what the Industrial Development Corporation’s (IDC’s) results for the 2018 financial year say about the state of the real economy, how the IDC is responding to its high level of impairments and how the... 

IDC open to ‘all options’ for turning around Foskor as impairments surge  

By: Terence Creamer     31st July 2018 The State-owned Industrial Development Corporation (IDC) reported a sharp rise in impairments during its 2018 financial year, which surged 178% to R2.7-billion, from R954-million in 2017. Impairments as a percentage of total financing also increased to R4.9-billion (R2.1-billion), or 17.4%, only... 

BAIC vehicle manufacturing plant project, South Africa

By: Sheila Barradas     27th July 2018 Beijing Automotive Group Corporation South Africa opened its 88 969 m2 vehicle assembly plant, in the Coega Industrial Development Zone, on July 24.  

BAIC SA opens vehicle assembly plant at Coega IDZ

By: Marleny Arnoldi     24th July 2018 Chinese vehicle manufacturer Beijing Automotive Group’s South African subsidiary, BAIC SA, on Tuesday opened its 88 969 m2 vehicle assembly plant, in the Coega Industrial Development Zone, near Port Elizabeth.   The company has completed the critical construction and equipment installation... 

Ngonye solar plant, Zambia

By: Sheila Barradas     20th July 2018 The project will help Zambia reduce power shortages and diversify the country's energy generation mix. 

Chemicals factory to support value chain opened in Maluti-a-Phofong SEZ

By: Schalk Burger     6th July 2018 An industrial chemicals factory opened in the Maluti-a-Phofong special economic zone (SEZ), in Harrismith, Free State, will play a key intermediate role in supporting the value chains that pass through this transport node, says the Industrial Development Corporation (IDC) Chemicals and Textiles... 

Zambian Parliament recommends private investment in State firms

By: Reuters     27th June 2018 Zambia must consider seeking equity partners to recapitalise its State-owned firms, a Parliamentary committee recommended on Tuesday. Zambia transferred the shares of 29 of its 33 State-owned companies in 2015 from the ministry of finance to the government's investment arm, the Industrial... 

IDC denies politically connected elite has ‘hijacked’ black industrialist scheme

By: Terence Creamer     22nd June 2018 South Africa’s Industrial Development Corporation (IDC) has defended the integrity of the credit approval processes for its flagship Black Industrialist Programme and has given the assurance that the scheme has not been captured by individuals with connections to the governing African National... 

IFC signs $34m financing agreement for Zambia solar project

By: Marleny Arnoldi     22nd June 2018 The International Finance Corporation (IFC) has signed a $34-million financing agreement with Enel, the Industrial Development Corporation of Zambia and the European Investment Bank for the construction of the 34 MW Ngonye solar plant, in Zambia.  

No let up on calls for flow-through model to boost exploration

By: Martin Creamer     7th June 2018 The failure to raise risk capital for greenfields exploration in South Africa was highlighted at this week’s Junior Indaba, where there was no let up on calls for the adoption of a proven Canada-type flow-through share scheme, and ongoing criticism of the unintended consequences of South Africa’s... 

Battery metals industry dependent on ‘flavour of the month’

By: Simone Liedtke     6th June 2018 With nearly every forecast predicting higher battery use in the years ahead, especially lithium-ion batteries to power new and existing technologies, demand for its component metals may be dependent on what some title “the flavour of the month”. 

Interest in IFC’s solar procurement solution growing across Africa

By: Terence Creamer     6th June 2018 The International Finance Corporation (IFC) reports that its programme to support African governments and utilities in procuring solar photovoltaic (PV) capacity from independent power producers (IPPs) has made significant headway in four countries, with construction of the first project under... 

Govt creating junior miners’ fund, boosting geoscience, legitimising zama-zamas 

By: Martin Creamer     5th June 2018 The government is partnering the State-owed Industrial Development Corporation (IDC) to establish a junior miners’ fund that will provide exploration investment capital to black-owned emerging miners; it is also investing R20-billion in the Council for Geoscience to boost exploration as well as... 

Gupta-owned Shiva Uranium's business rescue practitioners throw in towel

By: News24Wire      31st May 2018 The business rescue practitioners (BRPs) appointed to save Gupta-owned company Shiva Uranium have resigned with immediate effect after their relationship with the state-owned Industrial Development Corporation (IDC) - the company's largest creditor – turned sour. Louis Klopper and Robert Knoop... 

Kropz clinches offtake from phosphates project

By: Martin Creamer     21st May 2018 Plant nutrient minerals development company Kropz, which is developing the Elandfontein phosphates mining and processing project in the Western Cape, has secured several offtake agreements ahead of production. The cornerstone offtake agreement, for about a third of its production at market prices... 

Radebe officiates at launch of R9.4bn Xina Solar One plant

By: Simone Liedtke     18th May 2018 Xina Solar One, which is owned by a consortium between Abengoa, the Industrial Development Corporation, the Public Investment Corporation and the Xina Community Trust, was officially launched near Pofadder, in the Northern Cape, on Friday. The 300 ha solar thermal plant, which was built by... 

Zambia to complete 50 MW World Bank solar project in September

By: Reuters     8th May 2018 Zambia will complete its first large-scale 50 MW solar power generation plant in September this year as the nation battles a power deficit which threatens industrial output, a state-owned agency said on Tuesday. The electricity shortfall has forced Africa's second-largest copper producer to... 

Zambia shortlists five firms for majority stake in oil refinery

By: Reuters     16th April 2018 Zambia has short-listed five companies including Britain's Glencore Energy and Sahara Energy Resources to buy a majority stake in its only oil refinery, a state-owned firm said on Monday. The government-owned Industrial Development Corporation (IDC) has said it wants a strong strategic equity... 

Resgen secures R540m IDC loan

By: Marleny Arnoldi     16th April 2018 The Industrial Development Corporation of South Africa (IDC) has approved JSE- and ASX-listed Resource Generation’s (Resgen’s) request for R540-million in funding.  

Focused on next five years

6th April 2018 As it heads into the next five years with 2017/18 financial year having come to a close, State-owned development finance provider Small Enterprise Finance Agency (sefa) will focus on delivering financial assistance that responds to current market needs. In the 2018/19 financial year, the agency... 

Palladium dubbed 'unobtainium', rhodium 'next palladium'

By: Martin Creamer     7th March 2018 While diesel demonisation continues to the detriment of platinum, several key steps that will benefit platinum are poised to be taken in the next 18 to 24 months. The first of these key steps is the substitution of platinum for palladium in gasoline systems, against the backdrop of palladium... 

Outlook good for cash-flush Merafe

By: Martin Creamer     6th March 2018 Chrome and ferrochrome company Merafe, which has zero debt and R600-million cash on hand, sees ferrochrome prices being supported by the cost of production in China, solid projected stainless steel production growth and the absence of any major additional ferrochrome supply capacity coming on... 

Soaring Merafe goes into cashflow orbit, lifts dividend 151%

By: Martin Creamer     5th March 2018 Chrome and ferrochrome company Merafe delivered exceptional results for 2017, setting new production, revenue, earnings before interest tax depreciation and amortisation (Ebitda) and dividend records. Cashflow from operating activities rocketed 179% to R1 400-million, compared with R502-million... 

Implats harvests loss shafts, mulls more investment in profitable shafts 

By: Martin Creamer     1st March 2018 The 40 000-employee Impala Platinum Mine in Rustenburg, which is 'harvesting' unprofitable shafts while studying additional investment opportunities in the many profit-making shafts within its well-endowed, long-life lease area, has set in motion a process to cut costs by R1-billion. Harvesting,... 

Basil Read shares rise as it successfully completes rights offer

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     26th February 2018 JSE-listed construction company Basil Read's shares on Monday rose 4.17%, after reporting that its rights offer, aimed at raising R300-million, received full support. The company issued 1.36-billion shares at 22c apiece - a discount to the 65c apiece closing share price on January 26. 

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