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Challenging six months ahead as WBHO exits Australia – Neff 

By: Irma Venter     2nd March 2022 It will be a challenging six months ahead as Wilson Bayly Holmes-Ovcon (WBHO) “navigates the consequences” of exiting the Australian construction market, says CEO Wolfgang Neff. “We’ll be dealing with some pressure to manage our Australian exposure.” 

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Wolfgang Neff

Naamsa concerned about Ukraine conflict, February new-vehicle sales up 18.4% 

By: Irma Venter     1st March 2022 Naamsa | The Automotive Business Council says it is concerned about the potential global impact of the Russian invasion of Ukraine.  “The current hostilities pose another potential global supply-chain challenge for the auto industry, because of Europe’s strategic significance to the global... 

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Mantashe wants to ‘refocus’ just energy transition debate as DMRE moves to finalise own policy  

By: Terence Creamer     1st March 2022 Mineral Resources and Energy Minister Gwede Mantashe indicated on Tuesday that his department will seek to “refocus” South Africa’s just energy transition debate as it prepares to finalise its policy on the matter. In an address to the Africa Energy Indaba on Tuesday, Mantashe indicated that the... 

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

Ford reveals its brand-new Everest; production set for Thailand 

By: Irma Venter     1st March 2022 The next-generation Ford Everest, based on the new Ranger bakkie, made its global debut on Tuesday. The vehicle will be launched in South Africa later this year. 

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The 2022 Ford Everest

Labour Migration Bill to impose quotas on foreign national workers 

By: Schalk Burger     28th February 2022 Employment and Labour Minister Thulas Nxesi on February 28 released the draft National Labour Migration Bill, which proposes amendments to the Employment Services Act, for public comment. The Bill proposes that the Minister set quotas for the total number of documented foreign nationals with work... 

Attacks against the trucking industry must stop now ­– RFA 

By: Irma Venter     28th February 2022 Renewed turmoil in the trucking industry has prompted the Road Freight Association (RFA) to again call for urgent intervention by the South Africa Police Service (SAPS). The All Truck Drivers Forum (ATDF) has called on truck drivers not to operate on Monday. 

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TFR to release tender in April for take-or-pay access to container corridors 

By: Terence Creamer     28th February 2022 Transnet Freight Rail (TFR) will release a request for proposals (RFP) on April 1 for the sale of slots to private operators on the key container corridor linking Gauteng and Durban, as well as parts of the Cape corridor. The State-owned utility tells Engineering News that it is in the process of... 

The City Deep terminal
The City Deep terminal

Industry cautiously optimistic following Godongwana’s maiden Budget  

By: Simone Liedtke     25th February 2022 In spite of South Africa’s construction sector being one of the country’s slowest-growing sectors of the last decade, economic consultancy Econometrix chief director and economist Dr Azar Jammine remains optimistic that, following the National Budget speech earlier this week, the South African... 

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AfriSam's Richard Tomes, Former SA Finance Minister Trevor Manuel and Econometrix's Dr Azar Jammine comment on the 2022 National Budget. Video: Creamer Media's Kutlwano Matlala. Editing: Creamer Media's Nicholas Boyd.

Mantashe says Eskom to seek permission for coal-to-gas switch at some old stations  

By: Terence Creamer     25th February 2022 Mineral Resources and Energy Minister Gwede Mantashe says he expects Eskom to make an application soon for a Section 34 determination to facilitate gas-to-power generation at some of the coal power stations that the utility aims to repower and repurpose as part of its unfolding just energy... 

Mineral Resources and Energy Minister Gwede Mantashe
Photo by Creamer Media Chief Photographer Donna Slater
Mineral Resources and Energy Minister Gwede Mantashe

Competition Tribunal approves DP World's acquisition of Imperial Logistics 

By: Irma Venter     25th February 2022 The Competition Tribunal has conditionally approved the acquisition of Imperial Logistics by DP World. DP World is ultimately controlled by the Dubai government. The conglomerate has been steadily expanding into Africa over the last few years. 

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Creecy welcomes progressive carbon tax increases  

By: Darren Parker     24th February 2022 Forestry, Fisheries and the Environment Minister Barbara Creecy has welcomed the announcement by Finance Minister Enoch Godongwana that government plans to progressively increase the carbon price every year to reach $20/t of carbon dioxide equivalent (CO2e) by 2026, $30/t of CO2e by 2030 and... 

A photo of Forestry, Fisheries and the Environment Minister Barbara Creecy
Forestry, Fisheries and the Environment Minister Barbara Creecy

Eskom to study implications of lower-than-expected 9.61% tariff hike for 2022/23 

By: Terence Creamer     24th February 2022 The Energy Regulator announced on Thursday that Eskom’s tariff would rise by 9.61% on April 1, an increase that is less than half the 20.5% hike for which Eskom had applied. The tariff decision includes allowable revenue of R250-billion, against the R293-billion for the year outlined in Eskom’s... 

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Audi launches e-tron brand in SA, promises at least one new EV a year 

By: Irma Venter     24th February 2022 German premium car manufacturer Audi has officially launched its e-tron range in South Africa. The range of electric vehicles (EVs) includes three e-tron 55 derivatives, the e-tron 55 Sportback, e-tron S Sportback, and the pinnacle of the line-up, the high-performance models in the form of the... 

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Minister reiterates ‘tough love’ approach to SOE fiscal dependence 

By: Marleny Arnoldi     23rd February 2022 Finance Minister Enoch Godongwana has reiterated his commitment to clamp down on State-owned entities (SOEs) that are draining the fiscus with bailouts. Delivering his Budget 2022 speech on February 23, he pointed out that more than R308-billion had been directed towards bailing out failing SOEs. 

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Godongwana says ‘tide is turning’ but mulls new fiscal anchor to fully restore sustainability  

By: Terence Creamer     23rd February 2022 Finance Minister Enoch Godongwana insists South Africa’s fiscal sustainability tide is turning but also signalled on Wednesday that government is considering the introduction of a new “fiscal anchor” to consolidate the modest improvements made to date and to restore fiscal sustainability over the... 

Finance Minister Enoch Godongwana
Finance Minister Enoch Godongwana

Godongwana urges Eskom to sell assets as he confirms R88bn in new support 

By: Terence Creamer     23rd February 2022 Finance Minister Enoch Godongwana confirmed that Eskom will receive a further R88-billion in government support until 2025/26 and that a comprehensive debt solution was still being explored for the financially unsustainable State-owned electricity producer. The support comes in addition to the... 

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Budget 2022 highlights  

By: Creamer Media Reporter      23rd February 2022 Creamer Media's Chanel de Bruyn speaks to Engineering News Editor Terence Creamer about the highlights of Finance Minister Enoch Godongwana's maiden Budget speech. 

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Budget 2022 highlights

Govt turns to private property firms to breathe new life into unused public buildings 

By: Terence Creamer     22nd February 2022 Public Works and Infrastructure Minister Patricia de Lille has unveiled a strategy for attracting government departments back to abandoned public buildings by entering into long-term lease agreements with private property companies, which will refurbish, repurpose and operate buildings over a 15-... 

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

New-vehicle availability, used-car pricing to normalise in 2023 – Motus 

By: Irma Venter     22nd February 2022 Global supply chain disruptions, new-vehicle availability and pre-owned vehicle pricing are all only expected to settle into some form of “new normal” in 2023, says Motus CEO Osman Arbee. Current global supply-chain disruptions, which were creating erratic supply of new vehicles and parts, while... 

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Osman Arbee

Aveng narrows offshore listing focus to Australia and Singapore 

By: Terence Creamer     22nd February 2022 JSE-listed infrastructure and contract mining group Aveng has reaffirmed its plans to seek an international listing and also confirmed on Tuesday that it had narrowed its offshore listing focuses to bourses in Singapore and Australia. CEO Sean Flanagan justified the group’s foreign listing... 

Aveng CEO Sean Flanagan
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Aveng CEO Sean Flanagan

Gauteng has gone from health crisis to economic crisis – Makhura highlights in SoPA 

By: Darren Parker     21st February 2022 Gauteng has moved from a  public health emergency to an economic and service delivery emergency, Gauteng Premier David Makhura said during his State of the Province Address, in Johannesburg, on February 21. “As we steadily work our way out of the shadow of the Covid-19 pandemic, we should show... 

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Gauteng Premier David Makhura at the Gauteng SoPA on February 21

Sasolburg electrolyser to be repurposed to produce green hydrogen within 24 months 

By: Terence Creamer     21st February 2022 Green-hydrogen aspirant Sasol has set aside R350-million to repurpose an operational electrolyser at Sasolburg, in the Free State, to produce green hydrogen. CEO Fleetwood Grobler tells Engineering News that the “proof-of-concept project” is likely to be fully operational within 18 to 24 months,... 

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Sasol signs LNG term sheet as it prepares for R20bn-plus coal-to-gas switch at Secunda  

By: Terence Creamer     21st February 2022 Energy and chemicals group Sasol has approved development funds for the first phase of a project that is designed to increase the Secunda complex’s ability to use gas instead of coal to produce fuel and chemicals. The fuel switch is central to Sasol’s initial commitment to reducing its greenhouse... 

Sasol CEO Fleetwood Grobler
Photo by Creamer Media's Donna Slater
Sasol CEO Fleetwood Grobler

City of Cape Town says future IPP rounds will cater for wheeling, but not round one  

By: Terence Creamer     18th February 2022 The City of Cape Town has defended its decision not to accept bids for wheeled electricity as part of its first independent power producer (IPP) procurement round but says future tenders will cater for wheeling. The city aims to enter into 20-year power purchase agreements (PPAs) with multiple... 

The City of Cape Town
The City of Cape Town

NADA projects 10% to 15% growth in 2022 new-vehicle market  

By: Irma Venter     18th February 2022 The National Automobile Dealers’ Association (NADA) expects sales growth of between 10% and 15% in the South African new-vehicle market this year.  The estimate is based on buoyant sales in the first month of the year, together with positive trends seen last year. 

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Alex Boavida

South Africa's changing electricity supply industry  

18th February 2022   Creamer Media's Chanel de Bruyn speaks to Engineering News Editor Terence Creamer about the release of the Electricity Regulation Amendment Bill and the Electricity Pricing Policy for public comment; changes that are under way at Eskom to align it with the future structure of the electricity... 

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South Africa's changing electricity supply industry

Nzimande outlines key role for green hydrogen in recovery as he launches Hydrogen Society Road Map   

By: Terence Creamer     17th February 2022 Higher Education, Science and Innovation Minister Dr Blade Nzimande made a direct link between the country’s plans to produce green hydrogen for export and domestic markets and the Economic Reconstruction and Recovery Plan (ERRP) when officially unveiling the Hydrogen Society Road Map (HSRM) on... 

Minister Blade Nzimande
Higher Education, Science and Innovation Minister Dr Blade Nzimande speaks during the virtual launch of the Hydrogen Society Road Map. Production: Kutlwano Matala & Nicholas Boyd.

South African green energy transition can create 250 000 more jobs over 25 years – GWEC 

By: Schalk Burger     17th February 2022 The shift from coal-fired to clean energy in South Africa could deliver an additional 250 000 jobs and more than $10-billion, or R150-billion, in gross value-add to the economy over 25 years, if an ambitious green recovery is pursued, the Global Wind Energy Council (GWEC) states in its 'Capturing... 

The Cookhouse wind farm
The Cookhouse wind farm

Twelve associations sign MoU to develop African auto industry 

By: Irma Venter     17th February 2022 Twelve automotive associations have signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to drive the development of the automotive industry in Africa. The automotive sector, whilst key for the industrialisation of Africa, is often associated with numerous challenges, including market fragmentation; a lack... 

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Ramaphosa says red tape unit in Presidency because problem is cross cutting 

By: Terence Creamer     16th February 2022 President Cyril Ramaphosa defended housing a unit to tackle excessive regulation in The Presidency on the basis that “red tape is not found only in one department and there is no single department that can tackle red tape on its own”. In his response to the debate on the State of the Nation... 

President Cyril Ramaphosa
President Cyril Ramaphosa

Mantashe says South Africa’s renewables resources can ‘kickstart’ economy  

By: Terence Creamer     16th February 2022 Mineral Resources and Energy Minister Gwede Mantashe says South Africa has natural renewable-energy resources to “generate the much-needed energy to kickstart our economy and put South Africa on a just energy transition trajectory”. In an address to the Solar Power Africa conference on Wednesday,... 

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Nersa kicks off consultations on Eskom’s latest R10.7bn RCA application 

By: Terence Creamer     16th February 2022 The National Energy Regulator of South Africa (Nersa) has initiated public consultations on Eskom’s latest regulatory clearing account (RCA) application, through which the utility is seeking to recover an additional R10.7-billion for the 2020/21 financial year – a period which coincided with... 

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Mantashe confirms some RMIPPPP projects won’t close, outlines six-monthly renewables procurement tempo  

By: Terence Creamer     15th February 2022 Mineral Resources and Energy Minister Gwede Mantashe confirmed on Tuesday that not all of the 11 Risk Mitigation Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme (RMIPPPP) preferred bidders would be in a position to conclude power purchase agreements at the end of March, the deadline for the... 

Mineral Resources and Energy Minister Gwede Mantashe
Photo by Creamer Media's Donna Slater
Mineral Resources and Energy Minister Gwede Mantashe

New-car pricing stalls as consumers drive boom in used vehicles – TransUnion 

By: Irma Venter     15th February 2022 For South Africa’s beleaguered consumers, there has rarely been a better time to get into the new-car market in the past decade, says information and insights group TransUnion. The country’s newest Vehicle Price Index (VPI) – which effectively measures the inflation rate for new vehicles –... 

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Trac to wrap up new R248m Montrose interchange in 2023 

By: Irma Venter     15th February 2022 Trans African Concessions (Trac) says it will go ahead with the construction of the much-anticipated Montrose interchange.  This project, valued at R248-million, officially kicked off at the beginning of this year, and will see the upgrading of the existing at-grade intersection to a... 

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The OR Tambo interchange

New gas report says LNG pathway ‘optimal’ for South Africa as it lowers stranded-asset risk 

By: Terence Creamer     15th February 2022 A new report on ‘The role of gas in South Africa’s path to net-zero’ argues in favour of a pathway based on the importation of liquefied natural gas (LNG), which it describes as “optimal” because it minimises the risk of stranded assets and gas infrastructure lock-in post-2040. In addition, such... 

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Private sector’s role in job creation comes under post-SoNA spotlight 

By: Terence Creamer     14th February 2022 The respective roles of the public and the private sectors in creating jobs came under the spotlight again on Monday as political leaders responded to President Cyril Ramaphosa’s most recent State of the Nation Address (SoNA), in which he emphasised the centrality of the private sector in... 

The post-SoNA debate is under way at the Cape Town City Hall, after Parliament was severely damaged in a fire in January
The post-SoNA debate is under way at the Cape Town City Hall, after Parliament was severely damaged in a fire in January

Toyota sees 540 000-plus-unit market for 2022, aims for 40% of car sales to be NEVs by 2025 

By: Irma Venter     14th February 2022 Total new-vehicle sales in South Africa should reach at least 540 000 units this year, says Toyota South Africa Motors (TSAM) president and CEO Andrew Kirby. “The breakdown for this year’s forecast includes 334 800 passenger models, 178 198 light commercial vehicles, as well as 27 002 medium and... 

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Andrew Kirby
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