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Mamabola publishes route for Phase 1 of proposed Gautrain expansion 

By: Irma Venter     25th May 2022 Gauteng Public Transport and Roads Infrastructure MEC Jacob Mamabolo has made public the preferred route for Phase 1 of the proposed expansion of the 80-km Gautrain system, in what is called the Gauteng Rapid Rail Integrated Network (GRRIN) project.   This route has been published in the Gauteng... 

Image of the Gautrain system

AIDC EC, partners roll out Kaizen programme 

By: Irma Venter     25th May 2022 The Automotive Industry Development Centre Eastern Cape (AIDC EC) has partnered with the Japanese International Cooperation Agency (JICA) to roll out a Kaizen implementation programme aimed at improving the competitiveness of component suppliers within the province’s automotive industry. Kaizen... 

Image of JICA QPI project leader Kimiaki Jin, TWIMS executive director Dr Justin Barnes and Kobe University Graduate School of Economics (development economics) Professor Keijiro Otsuka
JICA QPI project leader Kimiaki Jin, TWIMS executive director Dr Justin Barnes and Kobe University Graduate School of Economics (development economics) Professor Keijiro Otsuka

South African-German consortium to research catalysts needed to produce green jet fuel  

By: Terence Creamer     25th May 2022 South African energy and chemicals group Sasol has teamed up with Helmholtz-Zentrum Berlin (HZB) to lead a consortium of German and South African partners that will research and optimise the catalysts required to produce sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) on a commercial scale through... 

Sasol's head office
Photo by Creamer Media
CARE-O-SENE consortium announced at a function hosted at Sasol’s Sandton head office this week

Numsa ends AMSA strike after signing wage deal

By: Reuters     Updated 20 minutes ago South Africa's largest metal workers union on Wednesday said it had signed a wage deal with ArcelorMittal South Africa (AMSA), ending a two-week strike over a pay dispute. The National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (Numsa), which embarked on a strike on May 11 demanding a 10% wage hike,... 

Ekurhuleni noses ahead in city electricity race

By: Bloomberg     Updated 50 minutes ago Ekurhuleni, the industrial hub of more than 3 million people to the east of Johannesburg, may have a head start in the race between South African cities to buy their own power to alleviate crippling outages imposed by the national utility. A program to procure as much as 700 MW of electricity... 

Expect to pay more for water and electricity in Ekurhuleni and Joburg

By: News24Wire      Updated 7 minutes ago Residents in the Johannesburg and Ekurhuleni municipalities are in for hefty tariff hikes for water and electricity. The two cities presented budget outlooks for the 2022-2023 financial year. 

Platinum-boosted South African hydrogen electrolyser leaps ahead  

By: Martin Creamer     25th May 2022 The proof-of-concept of the platinum group metals-boosted advanced alkaline electrolyser – the AAE ­– has been successfully completed by Hydrox Holdings of Randburg in a pioneering achievement that offers the potential for South Africa to enter the fray as world demand for hydrogen electrolysers... 

Hydrox CEO Corrie de Jager interviewed by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer.

Crocodiles are losing their teeth, and angling is to blame

By: Bloomberg     Updated 10 minutes ago A study of 25 Nile crocodiles in Lake St. Lucia, a World Heritage site in South Africa, found that the highest lead concentrations “ever reported for crocodilians worldwide” was due to the ingestion of fishing weights. That lead poisoning -- from when the animals scoop up stones from the lake... 

Macsteel set to break a world record for roofing solution

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     25th May 2022 Steel and value-added steel products merchandiser and distributor Macsteel, in partnership with Tate & Nicholson, Fortress, Pick n Pay and Wilson Bayley Holmes-Ovcon (WBHO), has applied pioneering sky forming technology to break the world record for the longest roof span covered by a single metal... 

The roof being installed at Pick n Pay's new warehouse in Kempton Park, Gauteng

New report launch to kickstart conversations to build Africa

By: Natasha Odendaal     25th May 2022 Cement-maker PPC and the Gordon Institute of Business Science (GIBS) have published a new report to start discussions around the sustainable development of Africa. PPC commissioned GIBS to undertake various conversations and engagements, examining what should be the collective role of the... 

Tiger Brands warns of more price rises as cost pressures build

By: Reuters     25th May 2022 Tiger Brands will intensify efforts to reduce costs and minimise price rises but significant increases are inevitable, South Africa's largest food producer said on Wednesday as it reported a decline in profit. Consumer goods makers around the world are raising prices to offset soaring energy,... 

Bam to step down as Deloitte Africa CEO

By: Marleny Arnoldi     25th May 2022 Lwazi Bam will step down as CEO of consultancy Deloitte Africa on May 31, after serving in the position for ten years. He will be succeeded by former chairperson Ruwayda Redfearn. 

Ten automatic fire sprinkler installers conclude settlement agreement with competition authorities

By: Schalk Burger     25th May 2022 Ten installers of automatic fire sprinklers, which were implicated in a cartel case currently being heard before the Competition Tribunal, have concluded separate settlement agreements after being afforded an opportunity by the tribunal to settle the matter with the Competition Commission. The... 

Reunert expects improved full-year performance following solid interim results

By: Donna Slater     25th May 2022 JSE-listed industrial group Reunert’s revenue increased by 11% year-on-year to R5.1-billion for the six months ended March 31, while operating profit increased by 4% to R465-million. The group’s profit after tax increased by 7% to R331-million, while headline earnings a share climbed 1% to R1.95... 

Green Building Council relocates to new building in Cape Town

By: Donna Slater     25th May 2022 The Green Building Council South Africa (GBCSA) will be moving to a new 330 m3 green office at Growthpoint Properties’ River Park facility, in Mowbray, in Cape Town, on June 1 under a three-year lease. River Park recently improved its green rating to a GBCSA 5-Star Green Star SA – Existing... 

An image of Green Building Council South Africa's new Cape Town offices
The Green Building Council South Africa's new Cape Town offices

Rand Water to conduct Midrand pipeline tie-in, water disruptions expected in June

By: Donna Slater     25th May 2022 Water utility Rand Water is scheduling a shutdown of its H12 pipeline from June 3 to 4 in a 39.5-hour project to tie in a 5.2-km-long section of the newly built 1.7-m-diameter H39 pipeline. The implementation of the project will require that the existing H12 pipeline be isolated on June 3 from... 

Kgodiso Development Fund investing R28m to support emerging raisin farmers

By: Schalk Burger     25th May 2022 The Kgodiso Development Fund has announced two new investments totalling R28-million, aimed at supporting emerging farmers in the raisin industry. The first project, in the Northern Cape, involves an investment of R12-million for the first year, in a partnership with industry association Raisins... 

Acumen raises Series B investment to boost My Smart City job creation

By: Schalk Burger     25th May 2022 Asset and resource management company Acumen Software has secured a Series B investment that will be used to build out further services for citizens on the My Smart City platform, including a private sector solution that aims to boost job creation across the country. The investment made by... 

IFC signs agreement to support 1 500 MW Mozambique hydropower project

By: Schalk Burger     25th May 2022 Development finance institution the International Finance Corporation (IFC) has signed a collaboration agreement with the Mphanda Nkuwa Hydroelectric Project Implementation Office (GMNK) to develop a 1 500 MW hydropower project and associated transmission facilities to increase access to clean... 

Belgium to fund development of advanced small modular nuclear reactors

By: Rebecca Campbell     25th May 2022 The Belgian government has announced that it will provide funding of €100-million for research into advanced small modular nuclear reactors (SMRs). The money will be given to the country’s SCK-CEN nuclear research centre in tranches of €25-million a year, over four years. The announcement was... 

Nasa funding the further development of advanced solar sail concept for space propulsion

By: Rebecca Campbell     25th May 2022 The US space agency, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (Nasa), has awarded funding of $2-million, over two years, for the further development of an advanced solar sail concept, to take it towards a demonstration mission. Solar sails use the pressure exerted by the light of the Sun... 

An artist’s impression of diffractive solar sails
Photo by Nasa
An artist’s impression of diffractive solar sails

Mantashe to mining CEOs: Stop insulting the state

By: News24Wire      25th May 2022 Minister of Mineral Resources and Energy, Gwede Mantashe, has warned that a growing tendency by mining executives to "insult the state" is detrimental to the resources sector. "We have observed a growing temptation to insult the state by strong and powerful mining executives. 

Minister of Mineral Resources and Energy Gwede Mantashe
Minister of Mineral Resources and Energy Gwede Mantashe

Corobrik launches new R800m Kwastina brick factory 

25th May 2022 President Cyril Ramaphosa and Corobrik CEO Nick Booth officially unveiled the company’s new R800-million Kwastina brick factory, in Gauteng, earlier this month. Tasneem Bulbulia attended the launch.  

Corobrik launces new R800m Kwastina brick factory

Severe global battery shortage likely post 2025, GlobalData forecasts

By: Schalk Burger     25th May 2022 Extraction of raw materials will not meet soaring battery demand unless capital markets change course in the face of environmental, social and governance pressures and invest heavily in new mines, says business data and analytics company GlobalData in its 'Batteries – Thematic Research' report.... 

Glencore settles most bribery, manipulation investigations 

By: Martin Creamer     25th May 2022 Diversified mining and marketing company Glencore on Wednesday announced the settlement of most of its bribery and market manipulation investigations. This follows almost four years of investigations and a serious environmental social and governance (ESG) overhang over the group, 

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Glencore CEO Gary Nagle.

Premier welcomes local businesses’ participation in Mpumalanga energy summit

By: Yvonne Silaule     25th May 2022 Mpumalanga Premier Refilwe Mtshweni-Tshipane has welcomed the participation of mining companies and other local businesses in the two-day Energy Summit held in the province this week, saying it was important that these companies had joined discussions on how to implement a just energy transition.... 

Joburg to launch IPP electricity procurement in three months

By: Terence Creamer     24th May 2022 The City of Johannesburg will issue a request for proposals (RFP) for the procurement of electricity from independent power producers in three months, Executive Mayor Mpho Phalatse announced in her closing address to the two-day Joburg Energy Indaba. Phalatse said the procurement would be... 

Joburg Skyline

Calgro M3 signs exclusive agreement with Sendoff funeral app

By: Schalk Burger     24th May 2022 JSE-listed property development company Calgro M3 has signed an exclusive agreement with funeral application (app) developer Sendoff, which aims to digitise the experience of arranging and managing funerals. Under the terms of the agreement, Calgro's five memorial parks – three in Gauteng and two... 

De Lille emphasises importance of infrastructure for long-term development 

By: Schalk Burger     24th May 2022 Public Works and Infrastructure Minister Patricia de Lille, during her budget vote speech to Parliament on May 24, emphasised the importance of building and maintaining infrastructure to support national economic development objectives. "Infrastructure is vital for the wellbeing of our... 

Public Works and Infrastructure Minister Patricia de Lille
Public Works and Infrastructure Minister Patricia de Lille

EIMS Africa appoints Khan as projects CEO

By: Donna Slater     24th May 2022 EIMS Africa has appointed Tasneem Khan as its new project CEO for a portfolio of six solar photovoltaic (PV) projects in South Africa. As the former project CFO of the portfolio, she has been managing these projects in a caretaking capacity for the past few months. 

EIMS Africa projects CEO Tasneem Khan
EIMS Africa projects CEO Tasneem Khan

Solar, battery systems recommended for citizens to manage load-shedding, energy costs

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     24th May 2022 With the price of electricity expected to increase further and load-shedding expected to continue over the next five years, South Africans should consider alternative energy sources, online solar platform and marketplace Hohm Energy consultant Matthew Cruise emphasised during a media roundtable... 

By leveraging three resource advantages Mpumalanga can be global just transition ‘flagship’ 

By: Terence Creamer     24th May 2022 Eskom CEO André de Ruyter has highlighted three key resource advantages that he argues could transform the coal province of Mpumalanga into a global “flagship” of the just energy transition. In an address to the Mpumalanga Energy Summit, De Ruyter argued that the province’s skilled human... 

Eskom will begin its just energy transition efforts in earnest at the Komati power station
Eskom will begin its just energy transition efforts in earnest at the Komati power station

Ramaphosa, German Chancellor discuss situation in Ukraine 

By: Marleny Arnoldi     24th May 2022 President Cyril Ramaphosa has reiterated South Africa’s official stance on Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, emphasising that engagement, dialogue and negotiation are key to resolving the conflict. In turn, German Chancellor Olaf Scholz affirmed Germany’s harsher approach, with numerous sanctions... 

President Cyril Ramaphosa and German Chancellor Olaf Scholz share outcome of bilateral, international discussions

South Africa the fourth-largest fundraiser for blockchain ventures in Africa

By: Schalk Burger     24th May 2022 Private venture capital company Crypto Valley Venture Capital (CV VC) and financial services firm Standard Bank’s inaugural ‘African Blockchain Report’ shows that Nigeria raised $49.6-million for 18 new blockchain ventures in Africa in 2021. The Seychelles raised $33.8-million for four companies,... 

FTI report highlights importance of urgency on energy transition

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     24th May 2022 This year represents a critical inflection point in the way that energy is perceived, and the global systems needed to find, produce, deliver and decarbonise it, a new report by global business advisory firm FTI Consulting emphasises. “Significant, era-defining events are happening all around us,... 

Sakeliga praises economist Schüssler's forthright analyses of economic issues

By: Schalk Burger     24th May 2022 Business organisation Sakeliga has praised economist Mike Schüssler, who passed away this week, for his forthright analyses, through which he sought to steer policy in a better directions and alert business and civil society in general to policy risks. "Schüssler was a guest speaker at Sakeliga... 

Africa new-vehicle sales starting to recover – AAAM 

By: Irma Venter     24th May 2022 Sales of new vehicles in Africa have started to recover from a “disastrous” pandemic-hit 2020, says the African Association of Motor Manufacturers (AAAM). Fresh vehicle sales statistics, compiled for AAAM by the Africa Automotive Data Network for Africa (AADN), show that 2021 sales increased to... 

Image of AAAM CEO David Coffey
David Coffey

New SEW-Eurodrive factory geared towards modular drive development

By: Donna Slater     24th May 2022 Drive systems company SEW-Eurodrive is focusing on localising its modular drive concept for a variety of industrial drive applications for the power generation sector in an effort to meet urgent local needs and harsh conditions with improved lead times. National sales and marketing manager... 

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