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Key South African contribution in achieving milestone in development of SKA telescope

By: Rebecca Campbell     17th August 2018 The South African Radio Astronomy Observatory (SARAO) announced on Friday that the Square Kilometre Array (SKA) Telescope Manager (TM) Critical Design Review (CDR) had been completed. (The TM is a system, not a person.) The SKA is an international project to build the world’s biggest radio... 

Government considering ban on microbeads after Gauteng drinking water is found to be contaminated

By: News24Wire      10th August 2018 The government has set up a task team to look at imposing a total ban on microbeads – the tiny plastic beads used in cosmetics, toothpaste and sandblasting. This comes after a Water Research Commission study found microplastic pollution in tap water in Johannesburg and Tshwane, as well as in all... 

Mozambique finalises block 5 oil deals with multinational firms

By: Reuters     8th August 2018 Mozambique's government on Tuesday approved contracts giving exclusive rights to energy companies to act on concessions awarded to them to explore for oil following four years of negotiations and delays that threatened to derail the projects. Cabinet spokesperson Ana Comoana said the companies... 

Square Kilometre Array project, Africa and Australia

By: Sheila Barradas     3rd August 2018 A French consortium, comprising five research organisations and seven private companies, has joined the SKA Organisation. 

New zero-discharge chemical production facility opens in Pomona

By: Schalk Burger     20th July 2018 The new 6 600 m2 chemical production facility of multinational Veolia Water Technologies South Africa, in Pomona, Kempton Park is the main blending facility for the company’s local operations, and is also set to export to Veolia’s clients throughout Africa, owing to its competitive costs of... 

Tynemouth battery energy storage system, UK

By: Sheila Barradas     20th July 2018 Enel’s Global Thermal Generation division is building its first utility-scale standalone battery energy storage system in North Tyneside. 

Corruption’s heavy toll

By: Martin Zhuwakinyu     6th July 2018 Picture this scene: you are driving along a road in suburban Johannesburg and a stern-looking cop pulls you over, informing you, as you wind down your window, that you have exceeded the speed limit or committed any of several traffic infractions. In a tone that can put the fear of God into any... 

SA retailer pilots compostable bags with customers on International Plastic Bag Free Day

4th July 2018 Pick n Pay chairman calls for Government action, investment in recycling and waste management Pick n Pay became the first South African retailer to trial compostable bags as an environmentally friendly alternative to plastic bags. The one-day trial at its V&A Waterfront store will gauge customer... 

Veolia's new South African chemical production facility offers improved cost competitiveness

By: Schalk Burger     29th June 2018 The new 6 600 m2 chemical production facility of multinational Veolia Water Technologies South Africa, which opened in Pomona, Kempton Park, on Thursday, is the main blending facility for the company’s local operations, and is also set to export to Veolia’s clients throughout Africa, owing to its... 

Let’s get the questions right on police reform

By: Rebecca Campbell     29th June 2018 One of the striking things about South Africa is how little interest the ruling African National Congress (ANC) has shown in transforming certain key institutions the country. Oh, there have been big changes in personnel, yes, because the ANC has focused, and continues to focus, on demographic... 

Global steel production rises 6.6% y/y in May

By: Anine Kilian     25th June 2018 Global crude steel production increased by 6.6% year-on-year to 154.9-million tonnes in May, the World Steel Association (worldsteel) reported on Monday. China’s crude steel production increased by 8.9% year-on-year to 8.1-million tonnes in May, while Japan produced 9.1-million tonnes of crude... 

Namibia’s world-class roads

By: Martin Zhuwakinyu     22nd June 2018 I have been to a few countries in Southern Africa but Namibia seems to always fall into the blind spot whenever I plan to travel beyond the borders of Mzansi. However, the good work being done in that country has not gone unnoticed by those who really matter. By ‘those who really matter’ I mean... 

Stop exploiting Africa, share resources, Pope tells Europe

By: Reuters     20th June 2018 Europe should stop exploiting Africa and invest in ways that benefit the continent more, including by sharing mineral wealth more equitably, Pope Francis said. "We must invest in Africa, but invest in an orderly way and create employment, not go there to exploit it," he told Reuters in a... 

Technology at the fore

By: Halima Frost     15th June 2018 Various speakers discussed new technologies and applications in the thermoplastic welding industry at the Thermoplastics Welding Technology Day, hosted by industry body Plastics SA last month. The discussions ranged from single-user welding technology to new applications (apps) revolutionising... 

Operation North Pole

By: Terry Mackenzie-hoy     15th June 2018 Once upon a time, I tell the youth, there was a world war called World War II. Germany and Italy were fighting the UK, France and the US. The Germans invaded and occupied France, Holland, Belgium and Norway. The British decided to disrupt the German occupation of France and Holland by parachuting... 

Italy top court rejects appeal to stymie Shell, Eni corruption trial

By: Reuters     14th June 2018 Italy's Supreme Court threw out an appeal from Shell and four former Shell managers to stymie a trial on alleged corruption in Nigeria, which also sees Eni's chief on the bench, legal sources said on Wednesday. The long-running graft case revolves around the 2011 purchase by Eni and Shell of... 

Afrisam Is Key Backer Of The Concrete Conference 2018

5th June 2018 Talking about creating concrete possibilities is one thing but doing something about it is a completely different story. Leading construction materials company, AfriSam put its money where its mouth is by making this year’s Concrete Conference possible as the headline sponsor. According to... 

Big investors urge G7 to step up climate action, shift from coal

By: Reuters     4th June 2018 Institutional investors with $26-trillion in assets under management called on Group of Seven leaders on Monday to phase out the use of coal in power generation to help limit climate change, despite strong opposition from Washington. Government plans to cut greenhouse gas emissions were too weak... 

Gold may hit $1 400 in '19 on 'powerful fuel' of weak dollar

By: Bloomberg     4th June 2018 Gold may have posted two straight months of declines, but is set to shrug off the blues and rise in 2019 as the dollar weakens. The precious metal will start to rebound in the final quarter of this year to average $1 375 an ounce in the last three months of next year and could touch a high of $1... 

US Mint American Eagle gold coin sales rise sharply in May

By: Reuters     1st June 2018 Sales of American Eagle gold coins in May increased by 433% from April, and were the highest May sales since 2015, US data showed on Thursday. US Mint sales of American Eagle gold coins totaled 24 000 oz in May, up from 4 500 oz in April, the data showed. May figures were the highest since 2015,... 

Global crude steel production increases 4.1% y/y in April

By: Simone Liedtke     25th May 2018 Global crude steel production, as reported by the 64 countries reporting to the World Steel Association (worldsteel), was 148.3-million tonnes – a 4.1% increase compared with April 2017. China’s crude steel production for April was 76.7-million tonnes, an increase of 4.8% compared with April 2017. 

Square Kilometre Array project, Africa and Australia

By: Sheila Barradas     25th May 2018 The South African component of the Square Kilometre Array radio telescope programme has become a major "headache" for the South African aviation sector. 

Anadarko seeks to raise $14bn to $15bn for Mozambique LNG project

By: Reuters     18th May 2018 Anadarko Petroleum is seeking to raise a record $14-billion to $15-billion from banks and export credit agencies for its huge liquefied natural gas (LNG) project in Mozambique, sources close to the matter said. Fast-growing gas demand from China and Southeast Asia is reassuring export project... 

The Just Transition debate in South Africa

By: Saliem Fakir     18th May 2018 South Africa is the only country that explicitly includes in its Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) a mention of the Just Transition – this is as far as I know.   The issue of a just transition raised its head recently when the National Union of Metalworkers South Africa (Numsa) and a... 

Hydrogen Epoch of Reionisation Array project, South Africa

By: Sheila Barradas     18th May 2018 The telescope is creating a favourable impression for the way it has involved the local community and boosted the local economy.  

Farnese blue diamond, with 300-year royal history, fetches $6.7m

By: Reuters     16th May 2018 The Farnese Blue diamond, which was passed down through European royal families for 300 years, sold at auction in Geneva on Tuesday for 6.7-million Swiss francs ($6.7-million), beating auctioneers Sotheby's estimate of 3.5-million to 5-million Swiss francs. The 6.16 ct, dark grey-blue gem from... 

thyssenkrupp secures EP contract for first skid-mounted chlorine plant in Sub-Saharan Africa

15th May 2018 The Process Industries business of thyssenkrupp Industrial Solutions South Africa was successful in securing the engineering and procurement contract for a 45 tonne modular skid-mounted chlorine plant in Tanzania, the first of its kind to be installed in Sub-Saharan Africa. Process Industries’... 

NNR conference a key stakeholder platform for nuclear industry

By: Melissa Zisengwe     11th May 2018 State-owned entity National Nuclear Regulator (NNR) will host its second nuclear regulatory information conference at the Indaba Hotel & Conference Centre, Johannesburg, from May 16 to 18. The key themes for this year’s conference are the energy mix; safety and security culture; lessons learned... 

Wine prices to rise as global shortage looms

By: Simone Liedtke     8th May 2018 The South African wine industry needs an upward price adjustment to ensure a sustainable supply going forward, amidst a looming wine shortage, says industry body Vinpro. Vinpro’s ‘Wine Harvest Report 2018’ shows that wine grape production is at 1.2-million tonnes – an almost 15% decrease compared... 

New 3d Printed House Points The Way To A More Sustainable Construction Industry

3rd May 2018 Arup and CLS Architects unveiled 3D Housing 05 – a new 3D printed house in central Milan – as part of the Salone del Mobile design festival. Printed on-site by a portable robot, the house showcases the role 3D printing can play in reducing construction waste; it increases efficiencies during the... 

Reformist SA, French Presidents increase mutual investment attraction

By: Rebecca Campbell     27th April 2018 French companies are confident in the South African market and in its future, French Embassy Economic Counsellor William Roos assured South African journalists at a recent briefing. He pointed out that some 400 French companies had already set up business in South Africa and others are interested... 

Russia, betting on EU-Trump talks, keeps powder dry in Rusal row for now

By: Reuters     26th April 2018 Moscow is holding off on taking retaliatory measures against the United States for imposing sanctions on Rusal, hoping the EU can persuade Washington to ease restrictions against the world's second largest aluminium producer further, sources told Reuters. The United States on Monday gave... 

Global crude steel production up 4% y/y in March

By: Marleny Arnoldi     25th April 2018 World crude steel production for the 64 countries reporting to the World Steel Association (worldsteel) was 148.33-million tonnes in March – a 4% increase compared with production for March 2017.  

Egypt aims for $10bn foreign investment in oil, gas in 2018/19

By: Reuters     23rd April 2018 Egypt aims for foreign investment in the oil and gas sector to reach about $10-billion in the 2018/19 fiscal year that begins in July, Petroleum Minister Tarek El Molla said on Sunday. Molla said he expected foreign investments to total the same amount for the current fiscal year, marking a 25%... 

Same-day delivery to be the norm by 2022, survey finds

By: Anine Kilian     13th April 2018 Manufacturers, transportation and logistics firms and retailers are moving to meet the growing needs of the on-demand economy, in which the online buying, smartphone-wielding consumer expects a seamless, faster purchasing journey, a global survey has shown. The ‘Future of Fulfilment Vision... 

Rooftop PV system donated to Consulate of Italy in Cape Town

By: Simone Liedtke     13th April 2018 Multinational company Building Energy has donated a 3.12 kW off-grid solar photovoltaic (PV) rooftop power plant to the Italian consulate in Cape Town. The plant, comprising 12 PV panels, will generate about 5 MWh/y of energy, significantly decreasing the building’s carbon footprint through a... 

Alta signs strategic alliance to progress Gorno project

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     13th April 2018 ASX-listed Alta Zinc has executed a strategic alliance agreement and mandate with private equity group Areta Capital Partners to progress the Gorno zinc project, in northern Italy. Arete has introduced a consortium of investors who have committed to provide a cornerstone funding package of... 

SA firm’s high-capacity air hoists making inroads into global oil and gas, marine sectors

By: Schalk Burger     13th April 2018 Industrial pneumatic equipment manufacturer ATS 2000 is reporting significant demand for its high-capacity air hoists in the international oil and gas market and for industrial and marine applications, says ATS 2000 MD Glenton Rebello. The company has manufactured four 60 t air hoists at its... 

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