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Biggest South African city seeks power supply from private firms

By: Bloomberg     Updated 27 minutes ago Johannesburg’s municipality intends buying 500 megawatts of electricity from independent producers to help avert ongoing power outages in South Africa’s biggest city. A request for proposals is awaiting approval from the National Treasury and should be issued within weeks, Mpho Phalatse,... 

Photo of a solar PV panel

Stage 2 load-shedding for Tuesday evening

By: News24Wire      Updated 38 minutes ago Eskom has announced that Stage 2 load-shedding will be implemented from 16:00 to midnight on Tuesday evening. "There is also a high probability that load-shedding will require to be implemented during the same time on both Wednesday and Thursday evenings," the power utility said. "The breakdowns... 

Electricity pylons

Transnet security guards to be made peace officers

By: Darren Parker     Updated 4 hours ago Justice and Correctional Services Minister Ronald Lamola has given approval for State-owned Transnet’s security officers to be granted peace officer status as Gazetted on August 5, elevating them above mere security guards and giving them powers comparable to the Metro Police. In terms of Chapter... 

Photo by Bloomberg
Transnet security officers will now have the power to make arrests

Reclamation Group says scrap metal prices to stabilise over 18 months even with an export ban

By: Schalk Burger     Updated 5 hours ago Recycling company The Reclamation Group says that, on account of the already installed increased consumer capacity and the advent of new melting facilities already in the pipeline, over the next 12 to 18 months, a free-market situation will once again prevail within the borders of South Africa,... 

Rand Water warns of possible water supply disruptions as it undertakes pipeline tie-in

By: Schalk Burger     Updated 3 hours ago The schduled tie-in of utility Rand Water's newly built B6 pipeline at the corner of Eike street and Boundary road, in Garthdale, south of Alberton, may affect water supply in some areas of Tshwane, Ekurhuleni and Johannesburg over the coming weekend. The new pipeline has been built to augment a... 

Sanral to do special maintenance on N2 between Gamtoos, Van Stadens rivers

By: Schalk Burger     Updated 3 hours ago The South African National Roads Agency Limited (Sanral) will conduct a R196-million special maintenance project on the N2 between the Gamtoos and Van Stadens rivers, in the Eastern Cape. The project is expected to be completed by December 2023 and will include resurfacing of the 19 km stretch of... 

Rain to submit merger proposal to Telkom in due course

By: Reuters     Updated 2 hours 42 minutes ago South Africa's data-only network provider rain intends to submit a formal non-binding proposal to bigger rival Telkom in due course, it said on Tuesday, after retracting a media statement on its merger proposal sent last week. Last Thursday, the country's Takeover Regulation Panel (TRP), a... 

Cisco moves into The Ingress at Waterfall City

By: Schalk Burger     Updated 2 hours 44 minutes ago Networking and information and communications technology multinational Cisco has moved its South Africa offices into The Ingress, which is situated in the mixed-use development Waterfall City, says JSE-listed real estate investment trust Attacq. “The Waterfall node continues to attract top... 

US DFC disburses $83m to African Data Centres

By: Schalk Burger     Updated 2 hours 48 minutes ago The US International Development Finance Corporation (DFC) has announced the first disbursement of $83-million to information and communications technology (ICT) infrastructure company Africa Data Centres to boost the roll-out of ICT infrastructure across Southern Africa. This is the first part... 

Amid energy crisis, EU plans to help gas-rich Mozambique boost security

By: Reuters     Updated 2 hours 58 minutes ago The European Union (EU) is planning a five-fold increase in financial support to an African military mission in Mozambique, an internal EU document shows, as Islamist attacks threaten gas projects meant to reduce the EU's reliance on Russian energy. The energy squeeze due to the Ukraine war has... 

Soldiers operating in Mozambique

Artemis I checks complete, Moon rocket will now be moved to pad for launch – Nasa

By: Rebecca Campbell     Updated 3 hours ago The US National Aeronautics and Space Administration reported on Monday that its engineers and technicians had completed all tests and checkouts of the Artemis I Moon rocket. Artemis I can now be rolled out to Kennedy Space Centre’s (KSC’s) Launch Pad 39B, for launch, which is currently planned... 

Artemis I photographed on the crawler-transporter, earlier this year
Photo by Nasa
Artemis I photographed on the crawler-transporter, earlier this year

BAE Systems hands first Typhoon fighter over to Qatar

By: Rebecca Campbell     Updated 30 minutes ago UK-based global major aerospace and defence group BAE Systems on Monday handed over the first of the Typhoon multirole fighters ordered by the Middle Eastern country of Qatar. The Qatar Emiri Air Force (QEAF) is acquiring 24 Typhoons. The aircraft was handed over to the QEAF at BAE Systems’... 

The first Typhoon to be handed over to the QEAF
Photo by BAE Systems
The first Typhoon to be handed over to the QEAF

Thungela shares R500m with employees, community as it sets out to plant million trees, add solar power 

By: Martin Creamer     Updated 51 minutes ago Coal mining and exporting company Thungela, which generated R8.9-billion free cash in the first six months to June 30, is sharing R500-million of it with employees and communities, setting out to plant a million trees to purify water, putting in solar power to reduce its carbon footprint as it... 

Thungela CEO July Ndlovu interviewed by Mining Weekly's Martin Creamer. Video: Nicholas Boyd.

Tongaat Hulett signs 99-year lease for 2 000 ha Shongweni land parcel

By: Darren Parker     15th August 2022 A 99-year lease in Shongweni, KwaZulu-Natal, has been announced between local development company Fundamentum Property Group and sugar producer Tongaat Hulett.  The transaction, which has been called the Shongweni urban core transaction, will see a multi-phased development of Shongweni’s urban... 

Commission unpacks the ‘integrated systems’ approach taken with Just Transition Framework  

By: Marleny Arnoldi     15th August 2022 As Cabinet is busy approving the Just Transition Framework for publication, the Presidential Climate Commission (PCC) has unpacked a key part of what the framework will be premised on – Climate Resilience Development Pathways (CRDPs). PCC commissioner Makoma Lekalakala says South Africa’s Just... 

Electric motors minimum energy performance standards to reduce energy use – SANEDI

By: Schalk Burger     15th August 2022 The adoption of new minimum energy performance standards (MEPS) for electric motors in South Africa will provide significant energy savings, improve operational competitiveness and alleviate pressure on the country’s electricity supply crisis, says energy research institution South African... 

Klipspruit Valley road in Soweto to be closed for three months

By: Schalk Burger     15th August 2022 The Johannesburg Roads Agency (JRA) has advised the residents of Orlando and Greater Soweto that the Klipspruit Valley road, which is an arterial road going in and out of Soweto and a main route for Rea Vaya bus rapid transit (BRT) buses, will be closed for three months to reconstruct the... 

OUTA calls for thorough investigations into Lepelle Northern, Amatola water boards

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     15th August 2022 Nonprofit entity the Organisation Undoing Tax Abuse (OUTA) has encouraged the Special Investigating Unit (SIU) to be “ruthless” in its investigations into two of the country’s water boards. This follows President Cyril Ramaphosa’s signing, last week, of proclamations to investigate allegations of... 

Transnet shortlists bidders for Durban and Ngqura container terminals

By: Terence Creamer     15th August 2022 South Africa’s State-owned freight logistics group Transnet has shortlisted ten respondents for private sector participation in the Durban Container Terminal Pier 2 (DCT2), in KwaZulu-Natal, and a further four for the Ngqura Container Terminal (NCT), in the Eastern Cape. The shortlisted... 

The Ngqura Container Terminal
Photo by Creamer Media
The Ngqura Container Terminal

Cosatu plans strike next week against load-shedding, rising prices  

By: News24Wire      15th August 2022 The Congress of South African Trade Unions will hold a national strike on 24 August against the rising cost of living, fuel costs, and load-shedding, adding to labour formations planning demonstrations on that day. "The national strike is in response to ongoing load-shedding, fuel price hikes,... 

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US Inflation Reduction Act to make country a leader in clean hydrogen production – Nel Hydrogen

By: Donna Slater     15th August 2022 Norway-headquartered hydrogen company Nel Hydrogen reports that the US’s Inflation Reduction Act will provide tax credits of up to $3/kg of clean hydrogen, putting the country in the lead for clean hydrogen manufacturing. Nel CEO Håkon Volldal says the move is a “fantastic development” which... 

Airbus and Rolls-Royce secure major direct and indirect deals with Malaysian Airlines

By: Rebecca Campbell     15th August 2022 Europe-based global major aerospace group Airbus and Malaysia Aviation Group (MAG – the parent of the South East Asian country’s national flag carrier, Malaysian Airlines) announced in Kuala Lumpur on Monday that the latter had selected the former’s A330neo to renew its fleet of widebody... 

Artist’s impression of an A330-900 in Malaysian Airlines livery
Photo by Airbus
Artist’s impression of an A330-900 in Malaysian Airlines livery

Siemens, Mahle sign declaration of intent on wireless EV charging

By: Irma Venter     15th August 2022 Technology groups Mahle and Siemens have signed a declaration of intent on cooperation in the area of wireless charging systems for electric vehicles (EVs).  In the future, both companies will jointly develop and test infrastructure and automotive engineering systems.  

Image of potential wireless charging stations

Audi SA, GridCars wrap up initial EV charging network rollout 

By: Irma Venter     15th August 2022 Audi South Africa (SA), in partnership with GridCars, have finalised the installation of 33 electric vehicle (EV) new charging stations across the country.  The chargers include four 150 kW (DC) ultrafast, five 80 kW (DC) fast, and twenty-four 22 kW (AC) EV charger installations. 

Image of an Audi EV charging
The Audi EV charging point in Mossel Bay

Thungela declares whopping R8.2bn half-year dividend on R8.9bn free cash 

By: Martin Creamer     15th August 2022 JSE- and London-listed thermal coal-mining and marketing company Thungela has approved the declaration of an interim gross ordinary cash dividend totalling R8.2-billion from retained earnings accrued during the six months to June 30, on profit for the reporting period of R9.6-billion, which is... 

Thungela CEO July Ndlovu
Thungela CEO July Ndlovu

Private sector assistance in public sector issues requires clear, concise objectives – BLSA

By: Donna Slater     15th August 2022 Business Leadership South Africa (BLSA) CEO Busi Mavuso says clear and concise requests by the public sector or government go a long way in helping the private sector plan and implement initiatives to address business and societal problems, while vague and open-ended requests do little to... 

Massmart to install building management systems across its South African stores

By: Schalk Burger     15th August 2022 JSE-listed retail group Massmart will install a further 150 building management systems (BMSs) at its stores in South Africa over the next year and a half, with more than 155 BMSs already installed at some of its stores. The company has partnered with BMS specialist company Green Wave Group and... 

Programme launched to train youth as solar PV service technicians

By: Donna Slater     15th August 2022 Renewable energy skills development agency Nepoworx Renewable Energy Institution (Nepoworx) and the Manufacturing, Engineering and Related Services Sector Education and Training Authority have signed a memorandum of agreement (MoA) to implement a nationwide green skills programme. The programme... 

Public wage talks: major union asks members to vote on first strike in 12 years

By: News24Wire      15th August 2022 The Public Servants Association (PSA) will begin balloting its members this week on whether to commence with its first strike in over a decade as the public service wage talks grind on with little progress. The last time the PSA went on strike in the public service was in 2010, demanding an 8.6%... 

Bill Gates’ TerraPower raises $750m for cheaper nuclear

By: Bloomberg     15th August 2022 Bill Gates-backed TerraPower raised at least $750-million to advance efforts to develop small-scale nuclear reactors, including a major investment from South Korean conglomerate SK Group. SK will invest $250-million to add a stake in the technology developer, which aims to commercialize smaller... 

Barloworld plans gender-bond sale in first for South Africa

By: Bloomberg     15th August 2022 Barloworld, the South African car dealer and supplier of equipment to the mining industry, is marketing the nation’s first sale of debt linked to gender-diversity targets. The Johannesburg-based company is planning to raise as much as R1-billion in three-year and five-year bonds, with the rates... 

Consultancy sought to develop groundwater strategy for Limpopo River basin

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     15th August 2022 The Southern African Development Community Groundwater Management Institute (SADC-GMI) and the Limpopo Watercourse Commission (Limcom) have issued a request for expressions of interest for a consultancy to develop a groundwater strategy for the Limpopo River Basin (LRB). The LRB is shared by four... 

Transnet Property, dept reach agreement on housing displaced community members

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     15th August 2022 Transnet Property, a division of Transnet, has reached an agreement with the Department of Human Settlements with regard to housing displaced people at the Montclair Lodge, in Durban. Transnet Property says this follows the illegal occupation of the building by displaced flood victim community... 

CEF welcomes SFF’s 50% acquisition of BP Cape Town Terminal

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     15th August 2022 The State-owned Central Energy Fund (CEF) has welcomed the Competition Tribunal’s unconditional approval whereby its subsidiary the Strategic Fuel Fund (SFF) was given the go-ahead to acquire a 50% interest in the assets of bp Southern Africa’s (bpSA’s) Cape Town Terminal. The terminal has a... 

Takatso Consortium remains committed to SAA acquisition

By: Rebecca Campbell     15th August 2022 On Monday, the Takatso Consortium issued a short statement, assuring that it was committed to completing its deal with the South African government, under which the consortium would acquire 51% of State-owned South African Airways (SAA). It further assured that it was “working closely” with the... 

Company exploiting post-pandemic freedom with automation solutions

By: Simone Liedtke     15th August 2022 With the Covid-19 pandemic mostly a thing of the past, process automation solutions provider Ana-Digi Systems is using the new level of freedom to alleviate some of the problems caused by the worldwide shortage of electronic components by offering its various automation equipment products and... 

LS XGi PLC offering high speed processing power
LS XGi PLC offering high speed processing power

Seriti says R892m Windlab deal is ‘significant landmark’ in transition from coal to energy business  

By: Terence Creamer     15th August 2022 Black-owned coal miner Seriti Resources says the R892-million acquisition of a majority stake in Windlab Africa’s wind and solar assets represents a significant landmark in the company’s ambition to become a diversified energy business, as well as in reducing its own carbon emissions. Through the... 

Seriti CEO Mike Teke, Seriti CFO Doug Gain and Windlab Africa’s Peter Venn speak about the creation of Seriti Green and the roll-out of a 3 GW renewables portfolio by 2030. Camera Work: Shadwyn Dickinson Editing: Nicholas Boyd. Recorded: 15.08.2022

Hospital-level care can be delivered at home, says Discovery Health

By: Schalk Burger     12th August 2022 Hospital-level care can be delivered safely and meticulously in the comfort of a patient’s home, and many events requiring hospital-level care can be managed as effectively in the home setting as in a hospital when enabled by cutting-edge remote monitoring technology, says Discovery Health CEO Dr... 

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