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Toyota's Durban plant to be fully operational in three to six months 

By: Donna Slater     16th August 2022 Toyota South Africa’s Prospecton plant, in Durban, KwaZulu-Natal, will take three to six months to get back to full production capacity, Toyota South Africa Motors (TSAM) president and CEO Andrew Kirby has said. The plant was shut temporarily following a severe flooding incident that affected... 

Production is ramping up at Toyota's Prospecton plant, in Durban
Photo by Creamer Media's Donna Slater
Production is ramping up at Toyota's Prospecton plant, in Durban

Customs duty decision delays are hampering billions of rands in investment, says advisory  

By: Marleny Arnoldi     16th August 2022 Consultancy XA Global Trade Advisors says billions of rands in revenue have been lost to the fiscus owing to long overdue customs duty decision-making, while also having more far-reaching implications for industries and trade and investment. If all of the cases that required changes to customs... 

Rand notes

Growthpoint invests R50m in solar-charged battery system for the Paarl Mall

By: Schalk Burger     16th August 2022 JSE-listed real estate investment trust Growthpoint Properties is piloting a 4.5 MW battery system at Paarl Mall, in the Western Cape, for continuous, cost-efficient power supply, which will be partly charged by Paarl Mall’s new rooftop solar photovoltaic (PV) plant. The R50-million system will... 

A photo of the Paarl Mall

Biggest South African city seeks power supply from private firms

By: Bloomberg     16th August 2022 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

Transnet security guards to be made peace officers

By: Darren Parker     16th August 2022 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     16th August 2022 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,... 

Rain to submit merger proposal to Telkom in due course

By: Reuters     16th August 2022 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... 

Liquid Intelligent Technologies completes acquisition of Telrad

By: Natasha Odendaal     16th August 2022 Technology infrastructure and services provider Liquid Intelligent Technologies has finalised its 100% acquisition and delisting of Israeli-based technology company Telrad. Telrad, which has a presence in 13 countries across the Middle East, South America, the US, Eastern Europe and Asia, offers... 

South Africa still making minimal progress in addressing gender gaps

By: Schalk Burger     16th August 2022 New research contained in advisory and professional services firm PwC South Africa’s '2022 Executive Directors Report' shows that minimal progress has been made in balancing gender representation in senior positions at top JSE-listed companies since January 2020. The first and most important step... 

Mondi to invest €240m on additional recycled containerboard capacity in Italy

By: Creamer Media Reporter      16th August 2022 Paper and packaging producer Mondi will acquire the Duino paper mill, near Trieste, in Italy, from the Burgo Group for €40-million. The mill currently operates one paper machine producing lightweight coated mechanical paper, but Mondi intends to invest about €200-million to convert the machine to... 

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

By: Schalk Burger     16th August 2022 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... 

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

By: Schalk Burger     16th August 2022 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... 

SU Engineering Management master's degree draws students globally

By: Schalk Burger     16th August 2022 Stellenbosch University's (SU's) first master’s degree in Engineering Management (MEM), presented by the Faculty of Engineering, has drawn students from across the world, including Namibia, Zimbabwe, Tanzania, Lesotho, France, Ireland, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Canada and the US, who are... 

Cisco moves into The Ingress at Waterfall City

By: Schalk Burger     16th August 2022 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     16th August 2022 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... 

BAE Systems hands first Typhoon fighter over to Qatar

By: Rebecca Campbell     16th August 2022 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

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

By: Rebecca Campbell     16th August 2022 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

Exxaro expecting half-year earnings to soar 

By: Martin Creamer     16th August 2022 Coal mining and renewable energy company Exxaro advised on Tuesday of its half-year earnings being set to soar on the exceptional performance of its coal business. Half-year earnings before interest tax depreciation and amortisation (Ebitda) will be up 137% to 151% compared with the first half of... 

Exxaro CEO Dr Nombasa Tsengwa.
Exxaro CEO Dr Nombasa Tsengwa.

Wärtsilä to supply 18 MW of additional power capacity at Senegal gold mine

By: Darren Parker     16th August 2022 Technology group Wärtsilä will supply an 18 MW extension to the power generating facility and also upgrade the electrical and automation system of the existing power plant at gold producer Endeavour Mining’s Sabodala-Massawa gold mine complex, in Senegal. The upgrade and extension project will... 

Stage 2 load-shedding for Tuesday evening

By: News24Wire      16th August 2022 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

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

By: Martin Creamer     16th August 2022 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.

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

By: Reuters     16th August 2022 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

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,... 

Cosatu logo

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%... 

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