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‘Worst first’ road repair strategy no solution amid rapid deterioration

By: Irma VenterA lack of preventive maintenance is by far the biggest contributor to the deterioration of the South African road network, says South African National Roads Agency Limited (Sanral) engineering executive Louw Kannemeyer. “It is purely because the infrastructure is not being maintained. And,... 

‘Worst first’ road repair strategy no solution amid rapid deterioration

First Word

Promising new approach to mining investment by governments and private sector

By: Martin CreamerIt is not just governments that have realised the need for private sector investment in their countries, but it is also an era in which the private sector is adding a far more responsible touch to the investments they make. Current private sector investment in mining in particular is accompanied... 

Promising new approach to mining investment by governments and private sector

News & Insight

Another renewables installation record forecast for 2022

By: Terence CreamerA record 295 GW of new renewables capacity was installed globally in 2021 and the International Energy Agency (IEA) is forecasting that installations will rise to about 320 GW this year, despite elevated costs for both solar photovoltaic (PV) and wind. Solar PV is forecast to account for 60% of... 

Another renewables installation record forecast for 2022

City of Cape Town moves to plastic water meters as theft rises sharply

By: Irma VenterThe City of Cape Town has reported “a notable increase” in the theft of water meters reported across the city over the past eight months.  A total of 3 341 incidents were reported from July 1 last year to April 30 this year. 

Draft revised standard for drinking water quality opened for public comment

By: Natasha OdendaalThe public has until June 29 to comment on the new draft national standards for South Africa’s drinking water. The draft seventh edition of the South African National Standard (SANS) 241 – Drinking Water Quality is the outcome of work done by national standardisation body the South African Bureau... 

Electrolyser manufacturing framework conditions agreed to as Europe aims for production scale-up

By: Schalk BurgerThe European Commission and the European electrolyser industry have signed a joint declaration containing a range of initiatives to improve framework conditions for electrolyser manufacturers in Europe. In March, the European Commission announced its increased ambitions to double the previous... 

Food security, rural infrastructure and land reform among issues highlighted at Agriculture Department pre-Budget Vote briefing

By: Tasneem BulbuliaAgriculture, Land Reform and Rural Development Minister Thoko Didiza on May 12 tabled the department’s policy and 2022/23 budget. Speaking at a pre-Budget Vote media briefing, Didiza outlined a budget of R17.3-billion, which would further enable the department to support food security through a... 

Ford South Africa’s Silverton plant switches on 13.5 MW solar system

By: Marleny ArnoldiAutomaker Ford South Africa’s (Ford SA's) Silverton assembly plant, in Pretoria, which produces the Ranger pickup for the domestic and export markets, has officially started sourcing 35% of its electricity needs from solar photovoltaic (PV) energy generation. Ford SA has a long-term power... 

Ford South Africa’s Silverton plant switches on 13.5 MW solar system

Fully electric Fuso Canter being homologated in South Africa

By: Irma VenterThe fully electric Fuso Canter (eCanter) light duty truck is currently undergoing homologation in South Africa, confirms Daimler Truck Southern Africa (DTSA) sales and marketing VP Maretha Gerber. As the vehicle is still going through the homologation process, no test units have yet been... 

Global nuclear body launches commercial hydrogen production roadmap initiative

By: Rebecca CampbellThe International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) has announced that it is to develop a roadmap for the commercial scale production of hydrogen using nuclear power. This was because hydrogen was forecast to play a central role in future clean energy systems, especially in the ‘hard to abate’ sectors... 

New war room team to clamp down on blocked housing projects

By: Marleny ArnoldiTo help unblock bulk infrastructure and housing projects once and for all, Human Settlements Minister Mmamoloko Kubayi has announced the members of a newly established national Human Settlements War Room. The Minister, during her announcement of a R33-billion budget allocation for the... 

Nissan unveils prototype production site for all-solid-state batteries

By: Irma VenterNissan has unveiled its prototype production facility for laminated all-solid-state battery cells, which the company aims to bring to market in 2028.  This prototype facility, located within the Nissan Research Centre, in Japan’s Kanagawa Prefecture, aims to further promote the development of... 

Port of Maputo unveils rehabilitated berths

By: Irma VenterMozambican President Filipe Jacinto Nyusi in May inaugurated 1 058 m of rehabilitated berthing area – comprising berths 6, 7, 8 and 9 – at the Port of Maputo. The berths, rehabilitated, expanded and dredged to depths of up to 16 m, are now fully operational, allowing the port to receive and load... 

Shoddy workmanship, corruption rendering newer infrastructure no less vulnerable to climate change

By: Darren ParkerNew infrastructure was just as vulnerable to climate change as ageing infrastructure, said South African Local Government Association (Salga) senior climate change adviser Slindile Maphumulo on May 10. She explained that, while ageing infrastructure was vulnerable to being damaged or destroyed... 

Shoddy workmanship, corruption rendering newer infrastructure no less vulnerable to climate change

South Africa gearing up to negotiate ‘new paradigm’ climate finance deal

By: Terence CreamerSouth Africa aims to pursue a financing solution that embraces a “different paradigm” with regard to the allocation of risk, as well as return expectations and investment horizons, when negotiating the terms and conditions of a $8.5-billion climate finance offer made in November by several... 

South Africa gearing up to negotiate  ‘new paradigm’ climate finance deal

State-owned entities team up to mobilise finance for just transition to low-carbon economy

By: Terence CreamerThe CEOs of three leading South African development finance institutions (DFIs) have established a collaborative platform, known as the DFI CEOs Forum, that aims to support the financing of the country’s just transition to a low-carbon economy and climate resilient society by 2050. Led by... 

State-owned entities team up to mobilise finance  for just transition to low-carbon economy

Study shows potential of off-grid anaerobic biogas energy in South Africa

By: Schalk BurgerA study, commissioned by the South African National Energy Development Institute (SANEDI), has uncovered the untapped potential for a micro-digester sector to aid in climate mitigation and the green circular economy, and showed that the sector has significant opportunity to grow if it can... 

Talk must make way for action if ‘SA Inc’ is to navigate looming 22 GW coal exit

By: Terence CreamerEskom COO Jan Oberholzer has appealed for urgent and coordinated public-private action to close an immediate electricity shortfall of up to 6 000 MW and to prepare the way for the replacement of 22 000 MW of coal capacity that will be shut over the coming 14 years. Speaking during a system... 

Talk must make way for action if ‘SA Inc’ is to navigate looming 22 GW coal exit

Vodacom, Accenture partner to provide cybersecurity solutions for small businesses

By: Natasha OdendaalTechnology company Vodacom Business and global professional services company Accenture have teamed up to bring tailored cybersecurity solutions to small businesses. Vodacom Managed Security Services offers cybersecurity-as-a-service to South African small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs),... 

Editorial Insight

Bedevilled

By: Terence CreamerThe gap between infrastructure ambition and implementation is now widening faster than the country’s power utility is able to shift its load-shedding stages from two to four. While the electricity generation shortfall of up to 6 000 MW is the most high-profile backlog not being closed, a report... 

Bedevilled

Mining Weekly News

Condra to supply cranes and hoists to Zimbabwe’s Mupani mine

By: Natasha OdendaalCondra has secured a new order to provide lifting equipment for Zimplats’ Mupani mine, in the Hartley Geographical Complex, south-west of Harare, in Zimbabwe. Mupani is undergoing an upgrade to replace production at the Rukodzi and Ngwarati mines, and part of the Mupfuti mine, which are projected... 

Energy transition presents opportunity to build inclusive ecosystem – Wanblad

By: Martin CreamerThe energy transition currently under way presents a fresh opportunity for South Africa to build a clean and inclusive energy ecosystem that can create new and significant economic opportunities for the African continent. This continent, with its vast natural reserves of abundant sun and wind,... 

Energy transition presents opportunity to build inclusive ecosystem – Wanblad

Gold seen playing increasingly important role as climate risk asset

By: Darren ParkerGold is going to play an increasingly important role as a climate risk and resilience asset, World Gold Council (WGC) CFO Terry Heymann told Mining Weekly on May 11. “Gold is well understood as a risk mitigating asset and climate change is simply another lens with which to view that,” he said. 

Gold seen playing increasingly important  role as climate risk asset

Green hydrogen can be produced in South Africa immediately, coal conference hears

By: Martin CreamerThe generation of green hydrogen is achievable in South Africa immediately and is not a complicated process, Sasol just transition office head David Kawesha said on Friday. “You just need the renewable energy resource, electrolysers to split water, and that’s really what the basic process is,”... 

Green hydrogen can be produced in South  Africa immediately, coal conference hears

Orion Minerals in financing deal for Prieska mine

By: Esmarie Iannucci Dual listed copper developer Orion Minerals has entered into a non-binding term sheet for $87-million in funding to advance the development of its Prieska copper/zinc mine, in South Africa, and has secured an exclusivity agreement to develop a specialist battery product refining facility in the... 

Orion Minerals in financing deal for Prieska mine

Pan African successfully commissions 10 MW solar PV plant at Evander

By: Tasneem BulbuliaGold miner Pan African Resources says the 10 MW solar photovoltaic (PV) plant at its Evander gold miner started supplying electricity to the group’s Elikhulu surface retreatment operations, as part of its hot commissioning process, on May 6. The solar PV plant, situated at Evander, will provide... 

South Africa keen to harness hydrogen economy opportunities, President Ramaphosa tells Indaba

By: Martin CreamerIt was just amazing to see the innovation that the mining industry is capable of scaling up, President Cyril Ramaphosa told the Investing in African Mining Indaba in his enthusiastic address on Tuesday. “Last week, I attended the launch by Anglo American of the world’s largest hydrogen-powered... 

South Africa keen to harness hydrogen economy opportunities, President Ramaphosa tells Indaba

Trident broadens product line to include lithium-powered batteries for mining locomotives

By: Tasneem BulbuliaOriginal-equipment manufacturer Trident SA has diversified its offering and is now providing lithium-powered batteries for locomotives used by global mining operations. During a visit to the company’s site in Germiston, Gauteng, where the locomotives and battery packs are assembled, Trident... 

Trident broadens product line to include lithium-powered batteries for mining locomotives

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