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Cover Story

Southern African airlines in Catch-22 as costs rise amid fragile demand

By: Rebecca CampbellTo all practical intents and purposes, the Covid-19 pandemic hit Southern Africa just over two years ago. The pandemic and the measures adopted by the region’s governments to try and counter it have had a severe impact on the Southern African airline industry (and indeed on all sectors associated... 

Southern African airlines in Catch-22 as costs rise amid fragile demand

First Word

Exploration should be enthusiastically embraced as a major economic opportunity

By: Martin CreamerSouth Africa’s long-standing mining history has failed to bring with it the types of minerals exploration cultures that are prevalent in other main mining jurisdictions. The bulk of the exploration done here – and then overwhelmingly by major mining companies – is what is referred to as... 

Exploration should be enthusiastically embraced as  a major economic opportunity

News & Insight

Advancing alternative financing of infrastructure projects

By: Creamer Media Reporter The Gauteng Infrastructure Financing Agency (GIFA) has experienced significant portfolio growth in recent years as it continues to implement its mandate of raising alternative funding for off-budget strategic infrastructure projects. The GIFA, which was established as a government component... 

Advancing alternative financing of infrastructure projects

AfDB launches dedicated circular economy fund

By: Schalk BurgerDevelopment finance institution the African Development Bank Group (AfDB) has launched the Africa Circular Economy Facility – its first dedicated fund to support circular economy innovations and policy frameworks. The facility will focus on three strategic areas, namely institutional capacity... 

Airbus launches zero carbon flight centre in UK

By: Rebecca CampbellEurope-based global major aerospace group Airbus has announced that it has set up a Zero Emission Development Centre (ZEDC) in the UK. The ZEDC, which is located at Filton, near Bristol, in England, has already started work. Filton is also the home of one of the company’s main airliner wing... 

Connectivity rolled out to 256 TVET campuses, more targeted by year-end

By: Natasha OdendaalSouth African Broadband Education Networks (Saben) has increased bandwidth for Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) colleges from 10 Mb/s up to 200 Mb/s using FortiGate devices from NEC XON. Saben has connected and upgraded 256 of a targeted 283 campuses from 48 TVET colleges to... 

Feasibility study on Namibia’s gigawatt-scale green hydrogen project to start this year

By: Terence CreamerThe preferred bidder for a gigawatt-scale green hydrogen-to-ammonia project near the coastal town of Lüderitz, in Namibia, is aiming to conclude an implementation agreement with government by August, opening the way for a full-scale feasibility study to enable the implementation of the... 

Feasibility study on Namibia’s gigawatt-scale  green hydrogen project to start this year

IFC backs initiative to align component makers’ capabilities with auto manufacturers’ needs

By: Marleny ArnoldiThe International Finance Corporation (IFC) has partnered with the National Association of Automotive Component and Allied Manufacturers (Naacam) to develop an automotive “matchmaking” platform, matching the procurement needs of original-equipment manufacturers (OEMs) and tier-one suppliers to... 

IFC backs initiative to align component makers’ capabilities with auto manufacturers’ needs

In tight race to market, EVs becoming less green – research report

By: Irma VenterIndependent research into electric vehicle (EV) development has found that most automotive companies are more focused on improving range and reducing costs than improving the carbon footprint of these vehicles. This new research has been published by the Manufacturing Intelligence division of... 

Innovation key to expanding connectivity in Africa – study

By: Natasha OdendaalGreater innovation from telecommunications and technology companies is vital to drive the expansion of Internet connectivity across Africa, new research for blockchain-based mobile network operator World Mobile shows. The study with African business leaders, undertaken by independent research... 

Key infrastructure projects hit by delays

By: BloombergAlmost a quarter of South Africa’s R340-billion worth of strategic infrastructure projects have been delayed or put on hold, according to Standard Bank Group. The government in Africa’s most-industrialised economy has officially announced 62 energy, water, sanitation and other projects, known as... 

Mahlako Energy invests in Harmony Gold’s Phase 1 solar project

By: Tasneem BulbuliaDiscretionary managed fund Mahlako Energy Fund has concluded its investment in an industrial independent power generation project for the Harmony Gold Mining-commissioned 30 MW solar photovoltaic (PV) portfolio. This project is among the first projects to be developed following changes to... 

Mantashe confirms IRP 2019 review, but offers no timing specifics

By: Terence CreamerMinerals Resources and Energy Minister Gwede Mantashe reported on Thursday that the Integrated Resource Plan of 2019 (IRP 2019), which is widely acknowledged to be out of date, would be reviewed. However, he said he could not yet provide a timeframe for the publication of the update or indicate... 

Mantashe confirms IRP 2019 review, but offers  no timing specifics

New JV to produce automotive flooring, acoustics and fibre-based products

By: Irma VenterGlobal Tier 1 supplier of vehicle flooring, acoustic and fibre-based products Auria Solutions and Feltex Automotive, a regional manufacturer of automotive textiles and acoustic components, have announced a joint venture (JV) that will serve selected automotive original-equipment manufacturers... 

Power sector’s gas demand ‘insufficient’ to act as anchor in South Africa

By: Terence CreamerThere is insufficient demand for gas in the power sector to “anchor” demand for the fuel in the broader South African energy sector, as gas will have only a limited peaking support role in a system transitioning from coal to renewables, analysis by Meridian Economics shows. Presented by... 

Power sector’s gas demand ‘insufficient’  to act as anchor in South Africa

Scania sees up to 15% growth in local extra-heavy market as demand rises

By: Irma VenterScania Southern Africa MD Erik Bergvall says he expects the extra-heavy truck market in South Africa to grow by between 10% and 15% this year, with Scania to reflect the same upward momentum. Bergvall was appointed as the new head of Scania Southern Africa at the end of last year. He has spent 15... 

Smartphone shipments to be 3.5% lower in 2022, following three quarters of decline

By: Natasha OdendaalWeaker demand and global uncertainty are hampering the growth of global smartphone shipments, leading to a significantly reduced forecast for 2022 from the previous projection of 1.6% growth. The International Data Corporation (IDC) now expects shipments of smartphones to decline 3.5% to... 

So you bought your first EV? Now, how do you look after it?

By: Irma VenterThe continuing global mobility move away from fossil fuels means that more of us will drive battery electric vehicles (BEVs) sooner than we probably may imagine. Experts have spoken about consumers’ range anxiety – will my BEV make it to my destination before the juice runs out? – or the fear... 

Solar-battery hybrids worth R16bn only projects to cross ‘emergency procurement’ finishing line

By: Terence CreamerThe South Africa government and Eskom have signed agreements with three of the 11 projects named as preferred bidders in March 2021 under the much-delayed Risk Mitigation Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme (RMIPPPP). The 20-year power purchase agreements (PPAs) and associated... 

Solar-battery hybrids worth R16bn only projects  to cross ‘emergency procurement’ finishing line

South Africa’s MeerKAT radio telescope makes unprecedented discovery yet again

By: Rebecca CampbellSouth Africa’s MeerKAT radio telescope array has again proven its worth with yet another unprecedented discovery: what appears to be an unusually slowly rotating radio-emitting neutron star. The discovery was made, using MeerKAT data, by a research team based at the University of Manchester in... 

Editorial Insight

Settle on a solution

By: Terence CreamerThere is no scarcity of advice on how best to stabilise Eskom and end the load-shedding crisis, which a new Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) report shows intensified again in 2021 to its worst-ever level. The report shows that load-shedding occurred for 13% of the year, when... 

Settle on a solution

Mining Weekly News

Automated shiploaders on the way at BHP

By: Esmarie Iannucci Diversified miner BHP has started testing two new automated shiploaders at its Port Hedland export facility in the Pilbara. In what is a world first, 3D laser scan technology has been used in the A$50-million project, which will fully automate eight shiploaders by 2023, and is aimed at... 

DA MP alleges ‘ulterior motives’ are behind slow pace of introducing mineral cadastral system

By: Darren ParkerThe glacial pace at which the Department of Mineral Resources and Energy (DMRE) has been moving on the implementation of a national minerals rights cadastral system is a reflection of the fact that there is so much corruption to hide, opposition party Democratic Alliance minerals shadow minister... 

DA MP alleges ‘ulterior motives’ are behind slow  pace of introducing mineral cadastral system

Far-reaching JSE reforms highlighted at exploration-focused Junior Indaba

By: Martin CreamerThe June 1 launch of the JSE’s new Cutting Red Tape initiative to make listing on the JSE considerably easier, faster and more sustainable is twinning with JSE’s recent private placements inventiveness that provides for the raising of capital in the private market for minerals exploration and the... 

Far-reaching JSE reforms highlighted  at exploration-focused Junior Indaba

Junior sells Namibian gold belt exploration asset for ten times initial purchase price

By: Martin CreamerIf you want to raise real risk capital for exploration, you need Canadian-style investors to provide it, the 2022 Junior Indaba heard on Thursday. While it was acknowledged that South Africa has the money, it was also reiterated that the country is just not channeling it into exploration, where... 

Junior sells Namibian gold belt exploration asset  for ten times initial purchase price

Sedibelo Platinum aiming to play important part in South Africa’s green hydrogen effort

By: Martin CreamerSedibelo Platinum Mines, in South Africa’s North West province, will be playing a very important part in South Africa's green hydrogen effort to ensure that it contributes to a greener South Africa, chairperson Arne Frandsen assured Mining Weekly on Tuesday. Frandsen is the managing partner and... 

Sedibelo Platinum aiming to play important  part in South Africa’s green hydrogen effort

‘Rebound to pre-Covid trends in three years’

By: Darren ParkerDespite the most aggressive policy tightening cycle in decades, research and consulting firm Wood Mackenzie (WoodMac) metals and mining markets head Derryn Maade has said the global economy is expected to manage a “soft landing pace of growth”, easing back to pre-Covid-19 trends within the next... 

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