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Travel between SA and Spain boosted by renewed air link

By: Rebecca Campbell     13th July 2018 The reintroduction of direct flights between Johannesburg and Madrid by Spanish flag-carrier airline Iberia in August 2016 has resulted in a significant boost in travel between South Africa and Spain. This was reported by Airports Company South Africa Assistant General Manager (Client and... 

From concept to reality: bringing digital transformation into focus

2nd July 2018 The incredible announcement from Uber at this year’s annual Elevate conference in Los Angeles sent echoes across the globe, stirring imaginations about just what’s possible with new technologies. The transportation giant unveiled its electric-powered ‘flying car’ – looking like a hybrid of a... 

Renewed air link boosts traffic between South Africa and Spain

By: Rebecca Campbell     28th June 2018 The reintroduction of direct flights between Johannesburg and Madrid by Spanish flag-carrier airline Iberia in August 2016 has resulted in a significant boost in travel between South Africa and Spain. This was reported by Airports Company South Africa assistant general manager (client and... 

Arid cities urged to adopt climate responsive design solutions

By: Anine Kilian     22nd June 2018 A new research report by multinational professional services firm Arup highlights the need for cities in arid and semi-arid climates, like Cape Town, to not only manage their scarce water resources better, but to promote smarter ways of living in arid urban environments through climate responsive... 

Rethinking Cities In ARID Environments

21st June 2018 Cape Town’s prolonged water shortage has thrown into sharp relief the need for the city and its residents to be proactive in the long-term management of its water demand and consumption, and to build a more water resilient future.  A new research report by Arup highlights the need for cities in... 

Personalised Experiences, Neighbourhood ‘Live Sites’ And Temporary Venues Help Create More Inclusive, Cost-Effective Olympic Games Predicts Arup

3rd May 2018 Design, engineering and consulting firm Arup, has been involved in some of the best-known sporting destinations from the Singapore Sports Hub, through to the Bird’s Nest Stadium and Water Cube in Beijing and many of the venues and long-terms plans for London 2012 and the Queen Elizabeth Olympic... 

Four South African cities strive to make all new buildings zero-carbon 

By: Simone Liedtke     16th April 2018 Residents and businesses moving into new buildings in Johannesburg, Cape Town, Durban and Tshwane will soon enjoy lower energy bills, and will generate fewer greenhouse-gas (GHG) emissions, reducing their climate change impact. High-efficiency energy performance requirements are being developed... 

New targets for sustainable aviation fuels

By: Rebecca Campbell     9th March 2018 The International Air Transport Association (IATA), the representative body for the global airline industry, has announced a target of having one billion passengers fly in aircraft powered by a mixture of jet fuel and sustainable aviation fuel by 2025 – seven years from now. This objective was... 

Global airline body sets new target for use of sustainable aviation fuels

By: Rebecca Campbell     27th February 2018 The International Air Transport Association (Iata), the representative body for the global airline industry, has announced a target of having one-billion passengers fly in aircraft powered by a mixture of jet fuel and sustainable aviation fuel by 2025 – seven years from now. This objective was... 

Century Aluminum CEO: will recall workers if Trump imposes tariffs

By: Reuters     23rd February 2018 The main US producer of high-purity aluminium used in military aircraft is poised to begin restarting idled production lines at its smelter in eastern Kentucky and recall some 350 workers if President Donald Trump imposes aluminium import curbs. Century Aluminum CEO Michael Bless told Reuters on... 

Gundlach says commodities set to outperform in late-cycle boom

By: Bloomberg     10th January 2018 Jeffrey Gundlach, the billionaire bond manager, said commodities may be one of the best investments this year as they surge during the late phase of the economic cycle. “I think commodities will outperform in 2018,” Gundlach said during his annual ‘Just Markets’ webcast on Tuesday, in which he... 

BRAND FORCE

15th December 2017 Japanese automotive group Nissan used the Los Angeles Auto Show, in California, to draw attention to its brand with a fleet of seven Star Wars-themed vehicles. In this photograph, actors dressed as Stormtroopers stand alongside the AT-M6 Titan concept vehicle. The vehicles were used to promote... 

Fostering innovation will put South Africa on a higher growth trajectory

By: Schalk Burger     3rd November 2017 Harnessing the potential of innovation through an improved business climate for startups, skilled immigration, trade facilitation and competition in information and communication technology (ICT), as well as easier access to research and development (R&D) tax incentives, would significantly help... 

Fostering innovation will put South Africa on a higher growth trajectory

By: Schalk Burger     3rd November 2017 “Harnessing the potential of innovation through an improved business climate for startups, skilled immigration, trade facilitation, competition in information and communication technology, as well as easier access to research and development tax incentives would significantly help to create jobs... 

Oaktree's Molycorp legacy firm is said to weigh IPO, sale

By: Bloomberg     27th September 2017 Advanced materials producer Neo Performance Materials, carved from the remains of bankrupt Molycorp, is weighing an initial public offering (IPO) or an outright sale, according to people familiar with the matter. Neo Performance, backed by investment firm Oaktree Capital Group, has not... 

Metro light rail vehicle overhaul project, US

By: Sheila Barradas     11th August 2017 The project involves the midlife overhaul of 52 P2000 light rail vehicles, which operate on Los Angeles’ Blue, Green and Expo lines. 

Trump urged by CEO to nationalise the only US rare-earths mine

By: Bloomberg     19th July 2017 The head of an advanced-materials manufacturer said he met with President Donald Trump’s chief strategist, Steve Bannon, on Monday to persuade him that the US should nationalise the country’s only mine of rare earth minerals, which are used in military applications. “The staff understood the... 

Years of gridlock face South Africa as new rules hurt mining 

By: Bloomberg     13th July 2017 Executives from Sibanye Gold Ltd., South Africa’s biggest gold miner, were in Los Angeles in the final stages of a roadshow with U.S. bond fund managers last month when a bombshell hit from back home. The government had introduced shock new rules requiring local mines be 30 percent black-owned in... 

Platinum for new fuel cell Mercedes cut to autocat level  

By: Martin Creamer     12th July 2017 German car manufacturer Daimler has cut the platinum loading of its new fuel cell Mercedes to catalytic converter level. “We reduced the amount of platinum by 90%, which provides a significant cost reduction. Our fuel cell is not much above the platinum loading of a catalytic converter on a... 

Lithium X consolidates flagship Sal de los Angeles project

By: Henry Lazenby     29th June 2017 Canadian explorer Lithium X has signed a definitive agreement with Aberdeen International to acquire the remaining 50% interest in Potasio y Litio de Argentina (Plasa), which holds the company’s flagship Sal de los Angeles project, in Argentina. "This transaction marks another milestone for... 

Big boost for platinum as world's mayors tackle urban air pollution 

By: Martin Creamer     30th March 2017 The plans of the mayors of the world’s biggest cities to tackle urban air pollution head-on are a major plus for platinum, which catalyses the exhaust systems of vehicles and is the key metal in the emergence of emission-destroying fuel cells. The clean-air programme is being spearheaded by C40... 

Extra funding for another SA-based international radio telescope project

By: Keith Campbell     17th March 2017 The international Hydrogen Epoch of Reionisation Array (Hera) telescope, being constructed in South Africa’s radio astronomy reserve in the Karoo region in the Northern Cape province, has received a significant new cash injection, that will fund a major expansion of the array, SKA South Africa... 

Lithium X raises C$15m through bought deal offering

By: Henry Lazenby     15th March 2017 Vancouver-based project developer Lithium X has raised gross proceeds of about C$15-million through a bought deal offering, which it will put to work at its flagship Sal de los Angeles lithium brine project, in Argentina. The junior offered 7.9-million common shares at a price of C$1.90 apiece,... 

Study uses ‘fitbit’ to track animal sleep patterns

By: Anine Kilian     3rd March 2017 A recent study published in research journal PLUS ONE has found that sleep in wild animals is likely not related to sunrise and sunset, and that other environmental factors are more crucial to the timing of sleep. According to University of the Witwatersrand (Wits) Anatomical Sciences Professor... 

Lithium X's JV receives Argentinian pond construction permit

By: Henry Lazenby     23rd February 2017 Junior lithium explorer and project developer Lithium X's joint venture (JV) with Salta Exploraciones (SESA), at the flagship Sal de los Angeles project, in Argentina, has received permits to build an initial ponding facility. The Vancouver-based company this week said the initial ponding... 

Lithium X strikes again in Argentina with Arizaro lithium project acquisition

By: Henry Lazenby     31st January 2017 Junior explorer Lithium X on Monday announced its latest acquisition in Argentina, bolstering landholdings with the district-scale 33 846 ha Arizaro project that is in one of the world’s largest and least-explored salars thought to contain high lithium brine values. The deal buoyed Lithium X’s... 

Tesla makes Reno a critical pit stop on way to Las Vegas and CES

By: Bloomberg     29th December 2016 As far as Tesla’s concerned, what’s happening in Las Vegas can stay in Las Vegas. The real action is some 400 dusty miles northwest, across the state in Reno. The electric-car maker is seizing on next week’s consumer electronics show to host investors and analysts at Gigafactory 1, the sprawling... 

Cell C takes its first steps into content provision with reality talent show

By: Natasha Odendaal     13th September 2016 South Africa’s third-largest mobile operator is making a play into the field of content production as it launches an online platform-based reality talent show aimed at discovering the country’s next YouTube star. Cell C, in conjunction with bl!nk Pictures, on Tuesday unveiled #BreakTheNet, an... 

Cartrack pursues US market opportunities

By: Creamer Media Reporter      7th September 2016 Fleet management, stolen vehicle recovery and insurance telematics services provider Cartrack has started operating in the US, with its operational base situated in Los Angeles. “We believe the US is an established and increasingly active market for telematics. There are gains to be made in the... 

Lithium X files first compliant resource estimate for Argentina-based Sal de los Angeles

By: Henry Lazenby     31st August 2016 Vancouver-based lithium upstart Lithium X has filed a maiden Canadian National Instrument 43-101-compliant resource estimate for its flagship Sal de los Angeles project, in Argentina, establishing it as a large and high-grade project. Prepared by Chile-based FloSolutions, the technical report... 

Development activities under way at Lithium X’s Sal de los Angeles project

By: Samantha Herbst     21st July 2016 Several development activities are under way at TSX-listed Lithium X’s Sal de los Angeles lithium brine project, in Argentina’s Salta province, following the appointment of Eduardo Morales as COO and Andres Barrientos as project GM. The lithium development company has initiated several pump... 

Lithium bubble floats higher as investors ignore dangers

By: Simon Rees     11th July 2016 Lithium is in a bubble and many investors have taken positions in companies with little prospect of achieving a market presence, let alone creating value, Resource Maven newsletter writer Gwen Preston told Mining Weekly Online in a recent interview. “Lithium stocks are in a bubble and many of... 

Lithium X appoints former Rockwood executive as COO

By: Henry Lazenby     29th June 2016 Lithium explorer and project developer Lithium X Energy has appointed former Rockwood Lithium Latin America president and CEO Eduardo Morales as its COO, effective immediately. Morales brought 36 years of experience as a chemical engineer to the junior company and was critical in building and... 

Telemedicine Industry Leader GlobalMed Establishes Base of Operations for Africa

28th June 2016 As a sign of the growing importance of the African market to the world economy, GlobalMed® – the worldwide industry leader in telemedicine delivery systems – has chosen The Mbaoua Group in Côte d’Ivoire (Ivory Coast) to oversee opportunities and deployments in Africa. Yaya Mbaoua, the company’s... 

Death, strikes, rising costs show mining’s hard sell for new CEO

By: Bloomberg     9th June 2016 Wanted: Mining executive who can make money when prices and output fall, will halt skyrocketing costs, and is willing to accept a salary paid in one of the world’s weakest currencies. That’s the potential job description for whoever replaces Terence Goodlace as chief executive officer at... 

Blockchain Conference set to Heat Up Dubai

17th May 2016 Keynote Events has announced its first Blockchain Technology Conference in Dubai, at the Burj Al Arab on May 30, 2016. Over the last five years an experiment called Bitcoin has created and proven a new kind of financial technology: The Blockchain. The Blockchain is a new, smarter way to automate... 

Lithium juniors outperform on expected future demand 

By: Henry Lazenby     19th April 2016 In the wake of Tesla Motors' introduction of the 'Model 3' mass market electric vehicle (EV), lithium development and exploration company share prices have exploded. This was despite Tesla not having sold (or even built) a single Model 3 yet. Tesla would also not have it on the road for years,... 

Energy storage system to be launched at conference

By: Simon Sonnekus     4th March 2016 American automotive and energy storage company Tesla’s highly anticipated Powerwall energy storage system will be launched onto the African market by energy solutions provider Dako Power at the 2016 Power and Electricity World Africa exhibition, held from March 15 to 16 at the Sandton Convention... 

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