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Eskom confirms restart of Koeberg Unit 2 after delays 

By: Terence Creamer     8th August 2022 State-owned electricity utility Eskom has confirmed that Unit 2 at the Koeberg nuclear power station was returned to service at 20:24 on Sunday, August 7. “The unit is currently loading and will require about ten days to reach full output,” spokesperson Sikonathi Mantshantsha confirmed in an... 

The steam generators, which arrived in late 2020, were not installed during the extended maintenance of Unit 2.
The steam generators, which arrived in late 2020, were not installed during the extended maintenance of Unit 2.

Eskom makes case for major overhaul of retail tariff structure in submission to regulator

By: Terence Creamer     8th August 2022 Eskom has submitted a tariff restructuring application to the National Energy Regulator of South Africa (Nersa) in which the utility is proposing a major overhaul of the prevailing retail tariff structure, including a separation of energy, network and service charges and the introduction of... 

Eskom head office at Megawatt Park
Eskom head office at Megawatt Park

Sanral-led programme aims to put an end to potholes in six months 

By: Darren Parker     8th August 2022 Following the August 7 launch of the South African National Roads Agency Limited- (Sanral-) led Vala Zonke programme, which aims to tackle the thousands of potholes on roads across the country, Sanral engineering executive Louw Kannemeyer has told Engineering News the hope is to deal with most of... 

An photo of a potholed road in South Africa

Intercape pleads for intervention as terror campaign intensifies

By: Irma Venter     8th August 2022 The Intercape long-distance coach company last week appeared before the Western Cape Standing Committee on Transport and Public Works, as well as members of the senior provincial police management, to plead for urgent interventions to stop the continuing attacks on its vehicles. In the latest... 

Image of an Intercape bus that was attacked
One of Intercape's buses that faced an attack by a gunman

BLSA, NPA sign MoU to further develop the skills needed for successful prosecutions

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     8th August 2022 In support of its strategic priority to support the recovery of the criminal justice system, business organisation Business Leadership South Africa (BLSA) last week signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA). Under the terms of the MoU, BLSA will... 

President’s new energy plan opens way for Glencore Alloys to target bigger projects 

By: Martin Creamer     8th August 2022 Glencore Alloys head Japie Fullard has hailed the new energy plan announced by President Cyril Ramaphosa as opening the way for the company to target bigger power projects. “I must say that the President’s energy presentation is definitely something that is appealing to us,” said Fullard, who... 

Glencore Alloys head Japie Fullard.
Glencore Alloys head Japie Fullard.

OneLogix warns of up to 80% y/y decrease in earnings a share

By: Darren Parker     8th August 2022 JSE-listed logistics company OneLogix has advised its shareholders to expect a drop of between 60% and 80% year-on-year in earnings a share to between 2.5c and 5c for the financial year ended May 31. Similarly, headline earnings per share (HEPS) are also expected to decrease by between 55% and... 

Mpact’s interim earnings, revenue increase despite many headwinds

By: Darren Parker     8th August 2022 JSE-listed paper and plastic packaging manufacturer Mpact has reported an improved trading performance for the six months ended June 30, with group revenue for the period having increased by 5.2% year-on-year to R5.7-billion. The company attributed this to strengthened local demand for both... 

PTV Group, SU strengthen partnership for intelligent transport, traffic systems

By: Schalk Burger     8th August 2022 German traffic and transportation, mobility and logistics software and consulting services company PTV Group will support research and development at the Stellenbosch University (SU) Smart Mobility Laboratory with its software solutions for transportation modelling and simulation. The partners... 

De Lille welcome SIU investigation into five DPWI projects

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     8th August 2022 On August 5, the Special Investigating Unit (SIU) announced that it had received the green light to investigate five contracts under the Department of Public Works and Infrastructure (DPWI). The probe will cover tenders related to contracts for work on official accommodation and refurbishment of... 

US Africa strategy stresses China, Russia threats

By: Reuters     8th August 2022 The United States released a new strategy document for sub-Saharan Africa on Monday, stressing the region's importance, the threats posed by China and Russia, and vowing to extend defense cooperation with like-minded African countries. "The United States has an abiding interest in ensuring the... 

Africa uniquely positioned to be a major player in climate actions

By: Darren Parker     8th August 2022 Africa is uniquely positioned to become a major player in global climate actions because it contains 60% of the globe’s arable land, has highly diverse and unique ecosystems, and has significant potential for renewable energy that arises from the abundance of wind and sunlight across the... 

King Shaka International upgrading its parking management system

By: Schalk Burger     8th August 2022   The King Shaka International Airport is upgrading its parking management system and expects the upgrade to be complete by October. 

UCT Genesis project to launch another eight start-ups at yearly event

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     8th August 2022 The UCT Genesis project will launch another eight dynamic student start-up businesses at the yearly UCT Genesis Product Launch and Exhibition, on August 10. This year, the headline sponsor for the event is Snapscan, with Greeff Properties sponsoring the VIP Section. 

Logicalis acquires UK consultancy

By: Schalk Burger     8th August 2022 Information and communications technology multinational Datatec subsidiary Logicalis UK&I has acquired UK information technology (IT), data management, data protection, compliance and information security consultancy Q Associates. "The acquisition adds complementary capabilities to Logicalis... 

Joburg Water starts replacing outage-prone asbestos pipes

By: Natasha Odendaal     8th August 2022 Joburg Water is implementing an urgent short- to medium-term plan to replace old asbestos cement piping infrastructure with either UPVC or steel pipes in the Central and North of Johannesburg. Last week, Joburg Water technical teams completed an assessment of problematic sections of the network... 

LHDA awards Senqu bridge construction tender

By: Natasha Odendaal     8th August 2022 The three-year construction of the 825-m-long, 90-m-high Senqu bridge is set to start soon following the Lesotho Highlands Development Authority (LHDA) awarding of the M2-billion construction contract to a multi-national consortium. LHDA selected Italy-based Webuild; South African firms Raubex... 

Bridgestone, Microsoft partner to accelerate advanced tyre analytics

By: Schalk Burger     8th August 2022 Tyre and mobility company Bridgestone and information technology company Microsoft will collaborate to bring Bridgestone mobility solutions platforms to new mobility players, original-equipment manufacturers (OEMs) and fleets. Microsoft Azure will enable Bridgestone to create value for customers,... 

Nasa has announced date for first launch attempt of its new Moon mission spacecraft

By: Rebecca Campbell     8th August 2022 The US National Aeronautics and Space Administration (Nasa) announced late last week that it had chosen August 29 as the date for its first launch attempt of its Artemis I Moon mission. The backup dates, should it not prove possible to launch on August 29 (for example, due to bad weather), were... 

Barrick’s Mali trebling solar as renewables stave off high energy prices at Kibali 

By: Martin Creamer     9th August 2022 The African regions are continuing to excel on all fronts for Barrick, the large gold-copper miner that is benefitting from a stand-out performance in Tanzania, is finding exploration in Mali and Senegal “a gift that keeps giving”, and is being received with open arms in Pakistan. Under the... 

Barrick second-quarter results covered by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

Barrick takes lead in holistic ESG integration amid ‘greenwashing’ scepticism 

By: Martin Creamer     8th August 2022 Gold and copper mining company Barrick has taken the lead in integrating the various aspects of environmental, social and governance (ESG) to ensure holistic and objective measurement, Barrick CEO Dr Mark Bristow stated on Monday, when the New York- and Toronto-listed company reported strong... 

Barrick CE Dr Mark Bristow.
Barrick CE Dr Mark Bristow.

Eskom to implement power cuts over weekend

By: Reuters     5th August 2022  South Africa's Eskom said it would implement "Stage 2" power cuts between 1600 and 2400 local time (1400 and 2200 GMT) on Saturday and Sunday due to several generating units breaking down and delays returning others to service. The struggling state-owned company resumed power cuts on Wednesday... 

City Power replacing all Joburg streetlights with LEDs

By: Schalk Burger     5th August 2022 The project by City of Johannesburg (CoJ) utility City Power to retrofit all of Johannesburg’s streetlights with light-emitting diode (LED) technology is gathering pace, providing energy saving and environment-friendly light, CoJ Environment and Infrastructure Services Department MMC Michael Sun... 

JDA appoints Mokgema Mongane as CEO

By: Schalk Burger     5th August 2022 The Johannesburg Development Agency (JDA), which is the City of Johannesburg’s implementing agent, has appointed Mokgema Mongane as CEO for five years, with effect from August 5. “With this appointment, we are confident that the JDA is on the right path to fulfilling its mission of planning,... 

Nersa announces timelines for Eskom’s MYPD5 application

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     5th August 2022 The National Energy Regulator of South Africa (Nersa) announces that on July 29, the Energy Regulator approved the publication of a consultation paper and timelines to process State-owned utility Eskom’s Fifth Multi-Year Price Determination (MYPD5) revenue application for the 2023/24 financial year. 

Nersa to review methodology for gas pricing

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     5th August 2022 Energy regulator the National Energy Regulator of South Africa (Nersa) says it has been alerted about concerns regarding the “imminent excessive increases” in gas prices that have been announced by one of its licensees and says that it did not approve such increases. 

Electricity reforms to spur ‘boom in private fixed investment’ 

By: Terence Creamer     5th August 2022 Minister in the Presidency Mondli Gungubele says the reforms under way in the electricity sector – including the removal of the 100 MW licensing threshold for distributed generation projects and the expedited procurement of new capacity from renewables, gas and battery storage – will “supercharge... 

Minister in the Presidency Mondli Gungubele
Photo by Creamer Media Chief Photographer Donna Slater
Minister in the Presidency Mondli Gungubele

Bidding to be launched this month for private participation at Durban and Ngqura container terminals – Godongwana 

By: Terence Creamer     5th August 2022 Request for proposal (RFP) documentation for private sector participation in the container terminals at the ports of Durban and Ngqura will be issued this month with the goal of having partnerships in place by January 2023, Finance Minister Enoch Godongwana reports. Delivering Operation... 

Finance Minister Enoch Godongwana
Photo by Creamer Media Chief Photographer Donna Slater
Finance Minister Enoch Godongwana

Freight costs to blame for spike in global inflation, not oil – Botha 

By: Irma Venter     5th August 2022 Ever since global inflation started heading north at an alarming rate, much of the conventional wisdom on the causes of this trend has pointed to energy prices, especially gas, oil and petroleum, says Dr Roelof Botha, economic adviser to the Optimum Investment Group. Also, when analysing the... 

Image of a container ship

South Africa, Botswana agree to boost rail link

By: Donna Slater     5th August 2022 South Africa and Botswana have agreed, in principle, on joint development initiatives to be implemented by Transnet Freight Rail (TFR) and Botswana Rail (BR), to improve trade between the two countries, following a high-level business roundtable. The initiatives will enable landlocked Botswana... 

IATA reports strong recovery in air passenger traffic in June

By: Rebecca Campbell     5th August 2022 The International Air Transport Association (IATA), which is the global representative body of the airline industry, has reported that air passenger traffic in June this year continued to recover strongly from the effects of the Covid-19 pandemic. In year-on-year (y-o-y) terms total air passenger... 

US investors visit South Africa with eye on renewable energy

By: Bloomberg     5th August 2022 US investors with more than $1-trillion of assets under management are in South Africa to look for investment opportunities. The visit being facilitated by USAID and Prosper Africa, the US government’s initiative to increase trade and investment between African nations and America, started... 

Precautionary boil notice issued for discoloured water across parts of Cape Town

By: Natasha Odendaal     5th August 2022 The City of Cape Town has issued a precautionary boil notice for water across parts of Cape Town as water in the distribution system from Faure water treatment plant over parts of the eastern, central and southern suburbs of the city is currently discoloured. The advisory notice recommends... 

AngloGold declares $121m first-half dividend on strong cash flow, higher production 

By: Martin Creamer     5th August 2022 Gold mining company AngloGold Ashanti on Friday declared an interim dividend of $121-million on 3% higher year-on-year production and a strong cash-flow improvement. First-half production for the first six months of 2022 was 1.233-million ounces, with second-quarter output up 10% on strong... 

Sunrise Dam’s full-potential assessment identified 33 improvement initiatives.
Sunrise Dam’s full-potential assessment identified 33 improvement initiatives.

Ministers provide some clarity on elements of the new energy strategy  

By: Creamer Media Reporter      5th August 2022 Creamer Media's Chanel de Bruyn speaks to Engineering News Editor Terence Creamer about the clarity that has been provided about what will be prioritised at Eskom as part of government's new energy strategy; the uncertainty that remains on the energy procurement side; the need for clear... 

Ministers provide some clarity on elements of the new energy strategy

Heavy haul value system collaboration advancing, but more action required

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     5th August 2022 The level of collaboration among key stakeholders in the heavy haul value chain is only about half of what it should be and more must be done to ensure that this is encouraged. This was indicated by speakers during a heavy haul collaboration panel discussion on the third day of the South African... 

Magazine round up | 05 August 2022 

5th August 2022 A video round up of this week’s magazine, highlighting our cover story, features and Business Leader. 

A video round up of this week’s magazine, highlighting our cover story, features and Business Leader.

Southern Africa lags in adoption of sustainable aviation fuel, despite great potential

By: Rebecca Campbell     5th August 2022 At the recent Farnborough International Airshow, in England, US-based global major aerospace group Boeing unveiled a new tool to model data, which it designated Cascade, which was created to map the ways that the global commercial aviation sector could reach the international target of having... 

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