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Forgotten Zimbabwe city of Bulawayo gets a dam as elections loom

By: Bloomberg     4th August 2022 A $42-million dam a century in the making could end water shortages for more than half a million Zimbabweans -- and win votes for the ruling party in an opposition stronghold that may decide next year’s presidential election. The expected completion early in 2023 of the Gwayi-Shangani dam 153... 

China to deepen Africa ties over next decade with focus on trade

By: Bloomberg     4th August 2022 China will deepen its ties with Africa over the next decade by focusing on trade and is unlikely to be dislodged by US and European Union attempts to re-engage with the continent, the Economist Intelligence Unit said. The Asian country is likely to keep investing in Africa’s natural resources and... 

Science, Innovation dept envisions a solid hydrogen economy by 2050

By: Marleny Arnoldi     4th August 2022 South Africa’s Department of Science and Innovation (DSI) views hydrogen as a key enabler of decarbonisation, particularly in the transport sector – heavy-duty trucking, shipping, aviation, and rail – and in major polluting industries such as steel, cement and chemicals manufacturing, as well as... 

DMRE confirms Sept 22 as new deadline for submission of BW6 bids 

By: Terence Creamer     4th August 2022 The Department of Mineral Resources and Energy (DMRE) has confirmed September 22 as the new bid submission deadline for Bid Window Six (BW6) of the Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme following its expansion from 2 600 MW to 5 200 MW. Prior to the doubling of the... 

Wind turbines

Tribunal approves SFF’s buyout of an interest in bpSA’s Cape Town Terminal

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     3rd August 2022 The Competition Tribunal has unconditionally approved the large merger whereby the Strategic Fuel Fund (SFF) intends to acquire an interest in the assets of bp Southern Africa’s (bpSA’s) Cape Town Terminal. Upon the implementation of the proposed transaction, SFF and bpSA will have joint control... 

Enviro dept publishes amended Nema Section 24H regulations

By: Schalk Burger     3rd August 2022 Forestry, Fisheries and the Environment Minister Barbara Creecy has published the amendments to the National Environmental Management Act (NEMA) Section 24H Regulations for implementation, which require the registration of environmental assessment practitioners (EAPs) responsible for NEMA... 

Association to interdict Joburg from applying 2021 Development Contributions Policy

By: Schalk Burger     3rd August 2022 The South African Property Owners Association (Sapoa) has launched a High Court application against the City of Joburg (CoJ) to interdict it from implementing the 2021 Development Contributions Policy (DCP). The DCP, as published, would permit the city to cross-subsidise services in other areas... 

New R235m wax flooding facility begins operations at VWSA plant 

By: Irma Venter     3rd August 2022 A new R235-million wax flooding facility has started operations at the Volkswagen Group South Africa (VWSA) plant in Kariega, in the Eastern Cape. The team responsible for implementing the project had to collaborate across four countries and over a period of two-and-a-half years, punctuated by... 

Image of the new wax flooding facility at the Volkswagen Group South Africa  plant in Kariega, in the Eastern Cape.

Cobra nonprofit to integrate with Busa's SAtion to aid SMMEs for 4IR

By: Schalk Burger     3rd August 2022 Nonprofit organisation Covid-19 Business Rescue Assistance (Cobra) is integrating with business organisation Business Unity South Africa's (Busa's) SAtion ecosystem. Cobra expects its work with SAtion to help hundreds of businesses to take advantage of the opportunities of the Fourth Industrial... 

Watt Interchange nominated for Fulton Award

By: Donna Slater     3rd August 2022 The City of Johannesburg’s Watt Interchange has received an entry into the 2022 Fulton Awards – an awards programme which recognises and honours excellence and innovation in the use of concrete in Southern Africa.   The construction of the Watt Interchange, which lies on the Louis Both... 

An image of Watt Interchange
Watt Interchange

Competition Commission reiterates call for comment on online platforms inquiry provisional report

By: Natasha Odendaal     3rd August 2022 The Competition Commission has reiterated its call for public comment on the recently published provisional findings and recommendations report of the Online Intermediation Platforms Market Inquiry. Stakeholders have until August 24 to provide comment. 

IATA reports that air cargo demand in June was in good shape

By: Rebecca Campbell     3rd August 2022 The global representative body of the airline industry, the International Air Transport Association (IATA), has reported that air cargo markets in June this year were “healthy and stable”. Although global air cargo demand in June was 6.4% down, in year-on-year (y-o-y) terms, this was an... 

Telkom triggers Openserve’s legal and structural separation

By: Natasha Odendaal     3rd August 2022 Telecommunications firm Telkom Group has approved the legal and structural separation of wholesale network infrastructure provider Openserve, effective September 1. This is in line with the group’s strategy to transform and unlock value by separating the operating businesses to become standalone... 

Toyota shows off expanded distribution centre in Boksburg 

3rd August 2022 Toyota South Africa Motors (TSAM) officially showcased to guests its expanded 80 000 m2 parts distribution centre, in Boksburg, last month. The centre is now the largest of its kind in the southern hemisphere. Marleny Arnoldi visited the site. 

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Toyota shows off expanded distribution centre in Boksburg

Rail constraints costing South African miners billions of rands in lost exports 

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     3rd August 2022 Despite bulk mineral exports being State-owned Transnet’s single biggest client base, South Africa is unable to access the full benefits of minerals exports, Minerals Council South Africa CEO Roger Baxter told delegates attending the first day of the South African Heavy Haul Association (SAHHA)... 

TymeBank to expand business banking offering with Retail Capital acquisition

By: Schalk Burger     3rd August 2022 Financial services firm TymeBank intends to acquire financial technology company Retail Capital for an undisclosed amount, investment management company African Rainbow Capital (ARC) Investments has announced. "The proposed transaction will support TymeBank’s offering to its business banking... 

US company developing innovative Wing-In-Ground-Effect craft using Siemens software

By: Rebecca Campbell     3rd August 2022 US company REGENT, which is developing a zero-carbon wing-in-ground-effect (WIG) vehicle, has adopted the Xcelerator cloud-based software and services portfolio from Siemens Digital Industries Software. This software portfolio is used for the design, engineering and development of the WIG... 

Artist’s impression of a Viceroy WIG craft in flight
Photo by REGENT
Artist’s impression of a Viceroy WIG craft in flight

Poultry association says capacity built under masterplan may lie idle

By: Schalk Burger     3rd August 2022 The South African Poultry Association (Sapa) says it is disappointed in the suspension of anti-dumping duties on certain imported chicken products, adding that the South African industry has invested R1.5-billion in expanding local processing capacity in support of the Poultry Sector Masterplan... 

Anglo launches start-up incubator programme across its operations’ communities

By: Marleny Arnoldi     3rd August 2022 Diversified miner Anglo American South Africa has launched an incubator programme through its enterprise development arm, Zimele, aimed at turning 500 start-up businesses in rural communities into sustainable and successful companies. The programme will assist mainly youth- and women-owned... 

South African business activity picks up for third straight month in July - PMI

By: Reuters     3rd August 2022 South African private sector activity growth sped up for the third straight month in July on improving new orders, output and employment numbers, a survey showed on Wednesday. The S&P Global South Africa Purchasing Managers' Index (PMI) rose to a 14-month high of 52.7 in July, up slightly from... 

Stage 2 load-shedding for Wed and Thurs evening

By: News24Wire      3rd August 2022 Eskom is implementing Stage 2 load-shedding from 16:00 to 24:00 on Wednesday and Thursday.  "The delay in returning a generation unit to service each at Arnot, Koeberg and the Kusile power stations, as well as the unplanned outage of a generation unit each at Camden, Medupi and two units each at... 

Electricity pylons

Anglo’s big on-site solar, off-site wind plan lays foundation for green hydrogen  

By: Martin Creamer     3rd August 2022 The planned construction by Anglo American of on-site solar plants and off-site regional wind farms is designed to create a renewable energy ecosystem that reduces Scope 2 emissions and lays the foundation for green hydrogen production – “a hugely ambitious piece of work, and not one that is... 

Anglo American CE Duncan Wanblad.
Anglo American results covered by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

Integrated, tech-driven rail industry needed to drive South Africa’s heavy haul sector   

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     2nd August 2022 To enable South Africa’s mining and resources sector to remain competitive, it is imperative the country pursues a safe, competitive, responsible, integrated and intelligent heavy haul system, powered by rail 4.0, by 2030. This was emphasised by industry organisation the South African Heavy Haul... 

A Transnet Freight Rail train transporting iron-ore
Transnet CE Portia Derby outlines Transnet’s targets for commodities

PRASA to run charter train for Comrades Marathon

By: Schalk Burger     2nd August 2022 The Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (PRASA) has announced that its Shosholoza Meyl services will run a special charter train from Johannesburg to Pietermaritzburg and Durban for the Comrades Marathon on August 26 to 29, offering two packages for luxury and budget travellers. The charter... 

Tshepo Mahanuke appointed JRA CEO

By: Schalk Burger     2nd August 2022 The City of Johannesburg (CoJ) has appointed Dr Tshepo Mahanuke as Johannesburg Roads Agency (JRA) CEO, and will usher in a service delivery ethos, said CoJ Transport MMC Funzi Ngobeni. Mahanuke will be tasked with ensuring the city’s roads network is fit-for-purpose through proactive repairs and... 

JRA CEO Dr Tshepo Mahanuke and CoJ Transport MMC Funzi Ngobeni.
JRA CEO Dr Tshepo Mahanuke and CoJ Transport MMC Funzi Ngobeni.

Construction SME confidence index sees uptick, reaches highest in five years

By: Schalk Burger     2nd August 2022 The Small and Medium-sized Enterprise (SME) Business Conditions Survey showed that, during the second quarter, confidence in the future of the construction sector reached its highest levels in five years, despite a marked decline in business activity in recent months, industry body the... 

Post Office reports healthy uptake of online car licence renewal facility

By: Darren Parker     2nd August 2022 The South African Post Office reports that there has been a “healthy” uptake of its online motor vehicle licence renewal facility, which was launched at the end of January.  More than 37 000 vehicle licences have thus far been renewed nationally through the system since then – most of them in... 

Massmart says half-year sales in line with 2021 half-year figures

By: Schalk Burger     2nd August 2022 JSE-listed retailer Massmart, in a trading statement, said total group sales for the 26-week period to June 26, amounted to R41.3-billion, broadly in line with the same period in 2021. Sales from continuing operations, which excludes Cambridge, Rhino and Massfresh, amounted to R38.1-billion,... 

Royal Bafokeng applauds President’s energy plan, nears decision on solar  

By: Martin Creamer     2nd August 2022 Royal Bafokeng Platinum CEO Steve Phiri on Tuesday applauded President Cyril Ramaphosa’s energy plan, which involves the introduction of new generation capacity to the grid as quickly as possible to give Eskom the required headroom to carry out much-needed maintenance on its ageing coal fleet.... 

Royal Bafokeng Platinum CEO Steve Phiri.
Royal Bafokeng Platinum CEO Steve Phiri interviewed by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

Agri SA assures wool exports are safe, while ban on exports to China persists

By: Marleny Arnoldi     2nd August 2022 Industry body Agri SA and the National Wool Growers’ Association of South Africa (NWGA) have noted concern about the “unjustifiable” ban on wool exports to China owing to Foot-and-Mouth Disease outbreaks in parts of South Africa. The first wool auction for the 2022/23 season is scheduled for... 

Lamb silhouette

Africa is disproportionately affected by climate change

By: Creamer Media Reporter      2nd August 2022 A new Oxford Economics Africa research report shows that Africa is disproportionately affected by climate change. Despite accounting for only 3% of global greenhouse gas emissions, in contrast to China (23%), the US (19%) and the European Union (13%), many African nations are among the most... 

Prospecton plant to return to full production end-September – Toyota 

By: Irma Venter     2nd August 2022 Toyota South Africa Motors (TSAM) says its Prospecton plant, in Durban, should be back to full production at the end of September. Assembly operations were suspended on April 12 owing to severe flooding at the factory and surrounding areas. 

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Africa uniquely positioned to be a major player in climate actions

By: Darren Parker     2nd 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 to generate renewable energy that arises from the abundance of wind and sunlight across the... 

Dam levels need public support to inch upwards

By: Natasha Odendaal     2nd August 2022 After a relatively dry start to the rain season, the dam levels are significantly lower than the same time last year, says Western Cape Local Government, Environmental Affairs and Development Planning Minister Anton Bredell. Department of Water and Sanitation data that shows that collectively,... 

R745-million Eskom fraud case to resume in November after yet another delay

By: News24Wire      2nd August 2022 The case involving former Eskom managers accused of fraud, corruption and money laundering, related to a deal at the Kusile power station, has once again been postponed.  On Tuesday, the power utility's former senior manager France Hlakudi appeared at the Palm Ridge Specialised Crimes Court in... 

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Boeing to open new research centre in Japan and cooperate on sustainable aviation

By: Rebecca Campbell     2nd August 2022   US-based global major aerospace group Boeing announced, in Tokyo, on Monday, that it was establishing a new ‘Boeing Research & Technology’ (BR&T) centre in Japan. This follows the recent expansion of the group’s cooperation agreement with Japan’s Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI),... 

Canadian company reports completion of its sub-scale prototype urban aircraft

By: Rebecca Campbell     2nd August 2022 Canadian aerospace engineering company Horizon Aircraft has announced that the 50%-scale prototype of its Cavorite X5 vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) aircraft has been completed. The Cavorite X5 will be a small hybrid-electric aircraft, aimed mainly at the emerging urban air mobility (UAM)... 

Artist’s impression of the Cavorite X5
Photo by Horizon Aircraft
Artist’s impression of the Cavorite X5

Stage 2 load-shedding expected at short notice for next three days

By: News24Wire      2nd August 2022 Eskom warned on Tuesday that Stage 2 load-shedding might be implemented at short notice between 16:00 and 24:00 over the next three days. This is due to a delay in returning a generation unit to service each at Arnot, Kusile and the Koeberg power stations, as well as the failure of a generation... 

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