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WPIC strengthens its leadership with new appointments 

By: Simone Liedtke     28th June 2018 The World Platinum Investment Council (WPIC) has appointed Sally Singer as investor development director. She will lead the WPIC’s investor development activities, servicing the existing platinum audience and identifying and expanding the potential platinum investor base, while reporting directly... 

South Africa calls for expanded Brics cooperation on energy transition

By: Terence Creamer     28th June 2018 South Africa is proposing that the Brics bloc of Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa extends the scope of its energy cooperation beyond that of energy savings and energy efficiency to include a range of other issues, arising as a result of the “global energy transition”. In an address... 

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... 

Entrepreneurial spirit, collaboration, education needed to advance Fourth Industrial Revolution – WEF chairperson  

By: Nadine James     28th June 2018 South Africa must create ecosystems that foster entrepreneurial activity and multistakeholder collaboration, while furthering innovation and education in the science, technology, engineering and mathematics (Stem) fields, if it is going to benefit from opportunities that result from the Fourth... 

Coal miner, community set to meet in public debate to discuss Yzermyn underground coal mine

By: Simone Liedtke     28th June 2018 India-owned mining company Atha Africa Ventures is set to engage in a public debate with the community to discuss the potential impacts and remediation of a proposed coal mine near Wakkerstroom, in Mpumalanga, on Friday, June 29. This open forum community-oriented debate will allow all parties,... 

Mining investors spooked as African dispute payments multiply

By: Bloomberg     28th June 2018 Miners across Africa are increasingly using one-time payments to settle disputes with governments, a trend that’s disturbing some investors. A $150-million payment by Glencore’s Katanga Mining to the Democratic Republic of Congo’s Gecamines earlier this month followed Freeport McMoRan’s separate... 

Unlocking the Potential in Aluminum can Revolutionize the World

28th June 2018 Aluminum has changed the face of the planet in the 20th century. As we unlock the potential of this abundant metal, our lives are on the fringe of an imminent revolution. We cannot imagine our current lifestyle without one particular element, aluminum. While steel and iron were the foundation... 

Ramaphosa to participate in World Economic Forum roundtable

By: African News Agency      28th June 2018 President Cyril Ramaphosa was due on Thursday to participate in a roundtable of the World Economic Forum (WEF) with South Africa to shape an inclusive and sustainable agenda for economic growth and address the triple challenge of poverty, inequality and unemployment, his office said. The... 

Polystyrene Collectors In Gauteng Help Industry Reach Recycling Success

27th June 2018 Dynamic duo shifts focus to polystyrene collection to help meet recyclers’ demand Deena and Joelene Moodley of AJ Polycycling 

Wärtsilä and Hyundai Motor Group announce energy storage partnership maximizing second-life electric vehicle batteries

27th June 2018 Global partnership between the fifth largest automaker and energy systems integrator to enable sustainability in second-life EV battery opportunity The technology group Wärtsilä and Hyundai Motor Group have signed a technology and commercial partnership designed to utilize second-life electric... 

Scania and Growthpoint extend their relationship with lease renewals at four properties

27th June 2018 Growthpoint Properties has renewed four leases with Scania, extending its relationship with the global company that offers sales of trucks, buses, and services in more than 100 countries. The leases were renewed for four properties located in established industrial areas across the province of... 

International project for lithium ion battery recycling

27th June 2018 Keliber participates in a project aiming to develop and commercialize a new lithium ion battery recycling process. The increase in the use of lithium ion batteries has been strong during the last two decades. Driver for the past rapid growth has been the use of mobile electronics. Further growth... 

Visionary leadership needed to handle the emerging long-term water crisis

By: News24Wire      27th June 2018 The panic that emerged after Day Zero was announced was instrumental in getting Capetonians to cut water consumption substantially - but a water-saving programme driven by fear is not sustainable. This is the view of Gina Ziervogel, an associate professor at UCT's Department of Environmental and... 

Wärtsilä partners with Hyundai to advance second-life EV batteries for energy storage

By: Marleny Arnoldi     26th June 2018 Technology group Wärtsilä and automaker Hyundai Motor Group have signed a technology and commercial partnership to use second-life electric vehicle (EV) batteries towards the growing energy storage market.  

IFAT Africa and the Water Institute of Southern Africa enter into a partnership

By: Creamer Media Reporter      25th June 2018 To overcome the water crisis in South Africa, IFAT Africa and the Water Institute of Southern Africa (WISA) will launch a cooperation venture as of June 24, 2018. The aim of the cooperation is to forge ahead with drinking water production, water supply and wastewater treatment in the... 

Waterfall Wins Big at SAPOA Awards

25th June 2018 Attacq Limited, (Attacq), the JSE listed property company developing Waterfall City and Waterfall Logistics Hub took home two prestigious awards at this year’s South African Property Owners Association Awards for Innovative Excellence. Attacq won the award for Best  Commercial Office Development... 

Building stronger, sustainable communities

25th June 2018 Leading gases company Afrox incorporates a strong culture of social responsibility into its day-to-day business strategies through programmes that support education, job creation and income generation. Its Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) initiatives aim to assist prudently while making a... 

IFAT Africa partners with Water Institute of Southern Africa

By: Marleny Arnoldi     25th June 2018 To help overcome the water crisis in South Africa, IFAT Africa and the Water Institute of Southern Africa (Wisa) will launch a cooperation venture as of this week.  

Rocla And Ocon Brick Shine At 2018 PMR .Africa

22nd June 2018 Business Excellence Awards Rocla and Ocon Brick, part of the IS Group of companies, both excelled in the 2018 PMR.africa Business Excellence Awards, with Rocla walking away with the Diamond Arrow Award, whilst Ocon Brick picked up its 10th PMR Award by being awarded a Gold Arrow Award. The awards... 

DonBur and DHL take solar power from trailer roofs

22nd June 2018 Worldwide logistics company DHL is partnering with Staffordshire-based semi-trailer manufacturer, Don-Bur, to launch a system that draws solar energy from trailer roofs and converts it into electricity to operate the trailer lights and tail-lifts. TRAiLAR is part of DHL’s target of zero emissions... 

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... 

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.  

Saldanha Bay aquaculture development zone gets green light

By: Marleny Arnoldi     22nd June 2018 The proposed sea-based Aquaculture Development Zone (ADZ), in Saldanha Bay, in the Western Cape, has been granted an environmental authorisation.  

Restructuring Eskom top of South Africa's agenda – Nene

By: Reuters     22nd June 2018 Restructuring State-run power firm Eskom is "on top of the agenda" for South Africa, Finance Minister Nhlanhla Nene said on Friday, though he said recent outages likely had very little impact on the economy. Africa's most industrialised economy suffered power outages earlier in June because of... 

Nontechnical issues present the main obstacles to nuclear’s role in future energy mix

By: Rebecca Campbell     22nd June 2018 Key issues regarding the future of nuclear power in South Africa were raised at the National Nuclear Regulator’s recent 2nd Nuclear Regulatory Information Conference, held in northern Johannesburg. The conference took place over three days.  

Delegation seeks partnerships with food and beverage industry

By: Melissa Zisengwe     22nd June 2018 Last month, the German VDMA Food Processing and Packaging Machinery Association held a symposium in Johannesburg, South Africa, for a delegation of 13 high-profile and diversified member companies to present their products and services to the South African food processing and packaging industry.... 

SAGCC, partners aim to digitalise industries

By: Melissa Zisengwe     22nd June 2018 The Southern African-German Chamber of Commerce and Industry (SAGCC) and its partners are looking into automating and digitalising South African supply chain industries. According to the SAGCC, there is a substantial shift towards automation and digitalisation in organisations in Germany and in... 

Company completes boiler modernisation project

22nd June 2018 Sustainable energy solutions provider Sumitomo SHI FW has successfully completed the delivery of a circulating fluidised-bed (CFB) boiler technology upgrade project to increase the oil shale retort gas combustion in an existing CFB boiler at energy group Enefit’s Narva power plant in Estonia,... 

Nontechnical issues present the main obstacles to nuclear’s role in future energy mix

By: Rebecca Campbell     22nd June 2018 Key issues regarding the future of nuclear power in South Africa were raised at the National Nuclear Regulator’s recent 2nd Nuclear Regulatory Information Conference, held in northern Johannesburg. The conference took place over three days.  

Asian giant supports African industrialisation – ambassador

By: Rebecca Campbell     22nd June 2018 Industrialisation is necessary for Africa to achieve sustainable development. "Only by realising sustainable development could Africa escape foreign interference." These points were made by Chinese Ambassador to South Africa Lin Songtian at the recent Africa Institute of South Africa-Human... 

Siemens boss outlines how China’s BRI will benefit 70% of global population

By: Zandile Mavuso     22nd June 2018 Earlier this month, multidisciplinary cooperation Siemens held its first Belt & Road International Summit in Beijing, China, themed Create, Connect and Collaborate, during which it advocated for a digital ecosystem to foster future-oriented infrastructure development globally in what it referred... 

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... 

Rethinking the value of infrastructure in South Africa

21st June 2018 Mathieu du Plooy, Managing Director of WSP, Africa The National Development Plan (NDP) notes that to “achieve sustainable and inclusive growth by 2030, South Africa needs to invest in a strong network of economic infrastructure”. And, as we are a little more than a decade away from the targets... 

Dutchman Reaches Australia By Electric Car After 827 Days

21st June 2018 Wiebe Wakker with his electric 'Blue Bandit' in Darwin Driving from the Netherlands to Australia by car is already a big challenge, electric pioneer Wiebe Wakker did it without money and hasn’t visited a single fuel station on his way. The 31-year-old solo-traveller left Amsterdam on the 15th of... 

NGOs rate South Africa’s transition to a green economy at five out of ten

By: Nadine James     21st June 2018 Nongovernmental organisations (NGOs) on Thursday released the findings of new research, which describes South Africa’s transition to a low-carbon, sustainable and inclusive future as “stuck in first gear”, with ambitious policies but slow implementation. The ‘South Africa Green Economy... 

BPI Launch Marks a New Era in Battery Driven Mining Technology in SA

20th June 2018 Battery Power Industries (BPI), an innovative battery driven mining vehicle solution provider has officially launched. BPI targets zero emission underground mining equipment with their advanced battery energy systems technology offering. BPI is a proudly South African OEM specialising in the... 

South African mining-focused EV manufacturer launched

By: Nadine James     20th June 2018 Battery-driven mining vehicle solution provider Battery Power Industries (BPI) officially launched on Wednesday. The South African original-equipment manufacturer specialises in the development of battery energy systems, electrical traction systems and high-speed charging systems for underground... 

Energy forum panelists reiterate need for regional integration in Africa

By: Marleny Arnoldi     20th June 2018 A panel of speakers at the 2018 Africa Energy Forum, in Mauritius, on Wednesday, agreed that Ministers of energy in Africa and other stakeholders should focus on regional power integration, and what would work accordingly, rather than debating country-specific suitable energy resources and... 

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