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DMRE calls for public comment on draft Domestic Carbon Offset Standards 

By: Donna Slater     27th January 2022 The Department of Mineral Resources and Energy (DMRE) has published the Draft Framework for the Development, Assessment and Approval of Domestic Carbon Offset Standards for public comment from January 27 to February 28. The draft framework sets out the requirements, criteria for selection,... 

Airbus avails previous generation Beluga’s for private oversized air cargo charter

By: Donna Slater     27th January 2022 Aircraft manufacturer Airbus is making its fleet of iconic whale-shaped Beluga Super Transporter (ST) aircraft available to private clients for abnormal air freight transportation requirements. Airbus’ five-strong BelugaST aircraft fleet, which has been the backbone of the company’s inter-site... 

An image of an Airbus BelugaST
The Airbus Beluga Super Transporter, tail number 3

Local furnace builder playing its part in global urban mining

By: Darren Parker     27th January 2022 Foundry and engineering company Thos Begbie is supporting recycling and the circular economy by supplying specialist critical components for pyrometallurgical smelting in furnaces designed for reclaiming rare metals. Reclaiming rare metals from waste – called urban mining – involves extracting... 

A photo of a Thos Begbie smelter component
SPECIALISED APPLICATIONS Owing to the complexity of extracting so many different metals, the design of smelters for e-waste processing is more complex than usual

Eaton appoints Godfrey Marema as South African MD

By: Schalk Burger     27th January 2022 Power equipment and management company Eaton has appointed Godfrey Marema as plant manager and MD for South Africa. He will be responsible for managing and working with the team to meet and exceed operational results to grow the business, coordinate local leadership efforts and drive stakeholder... 

Eaton South Africa MD Godfrey Marema
Eaton South Africa MD Godfrey Marema

Online tyre retailer launched in South Africa

By: Darren Parker     26th January 2022 Multinational online tyre retailer Blackcircles has launched its service in South Africa. Following a soft launch in December, the company kicked off full promotion in early January. The company was originally founded in 2001 by UK entrepreneur Michael Welch. It was later acquired by tyre... 

A photo of Blackcircles GM Devlin Moodley
Blackcircles GM Devlin Moodley

Green primary iron could help South Africa offset fall in coal export revenues – study 

By: Terence Creamer     26th January 2022 Producing carbon-free primary iron in South Africa using green hydrogen direct reduced iron (GHDRI) technology could create a new globally competitive green export industry that could help offset the losses associated with the eventual decline in coal exports, a new study shows. Such exports... 

Green primary iron made in South Africa could help global steelmakers lower the cost of their decarbonisation efforts
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Green primary iron made in South Africa could help global steelmakers lower the cost of their decarbonisation efforts

KOKO aims to replace charcoal in $47bn cooking fuel market

By: Bloomberg     26th January 2022 KOKO Networks, a startup targeting sub-Saharan Africa’s $47-billion cooking-fuel market, plans to expand its ethanol stove manufacturing capacity 10-fold and then grow globally. The company manufactures its stoves in India and sells them, as well as the fuel they use, in Kenya. KOKO plans to... 

MSI assists young people with business development skills

By: Yvonne Silaule     25th January 2022 The Mpumalanga Stainless Initiative (MSI) will from next week run an entrepreneurship programme to assist young people to effectively start businesses or scale up existing small businesses into high-growth ventures, through structured entrepreneurship training. MSI is a nonprofit technology... 

Africa needs to beef up and integrate infrastructure for AfCFTA to have desired impact

By: Donna Slater     21st January 2022 African nations need to establish and/or reinforce their infrastructure to meet the looming implementation of the Africa Continental Free Trade Agreement (AfCFTA), a panel of speakers participating in the UK-Africa Investment Conference, on January 20, have said. “For the African free trade area... 

CEOs express optimism for resilience in 2022, survey shows

By: Donna Slater     17th January 2022 Respondents to professional services firm PwC’s twenty-fifth yearly Global CEO Survey point to optimism about continued economic resilience this year, albeit with the International Monetary Fund projecting global gross domestic product (GDP) to grow by only 4.9%. Although this forecasted GPD is... 

Thirsty South Africans suffer bottle shortages as supply falters

By: Bloomberg     14th January 2022 South Africans denied legal alcohol sales during bans to contain the Covid-19 pandemic now risk shortages due to supply-chain disruptions affecting glass makers. Consol Holdings, the largest glass manufacturer in Africa, is battling reduced stock and a limited ability to ramp-up manufacturing... 

Opinion: The ocean economy is integral to the revival of the Eastern Cape's habitability 

12th January 2022 With its immense resource wealth and potential to boost economic growth, employment and innovation, the ocean in the Eastern Cape could become the new economic frontier, writes Nelson Mandela University Infrastructure Development & Engagement Unit associate Bongani Mankewu. 

Bongani Mankewu

November manufacturing output down 0.7% y/y – FNB

By: Donna Slater     12th January 2022 Total manufacturing output (not seasonally adjusted) declined by 0.7% year-on-year in November, after declining by 8.5% year-on-year in October, reports financial services provider FNB. Senior economist Thanda Sithole explains that the slip partly reflects the unfavourable base effects of the... 

Seifsa to focus on being voice of the industry, advancing collective bargaining

By: Marleny Arnoldi     10th January 2022 The Steel and Engineering Industries Federation of Southern Africa (Seifsa) CEO Lucio Trentini expects this year to be as challenging as the last two years, particularly as the steel industry is in a crisis, but it is focused on formulating deliverables in terms of the Steel Master Plan. He... 

Seifsa CEO Lucio Trentini
Photo by Creamer Media's Donna Slater
Seifsa CEO Lucio Trentini

Absa PMI decreased by 3.1 points in Dec, remained in expansionary territory at 54.1

By: Schalk Burger     7th January 2022 The Absa Purchasing Managers’ Index (PMI) declined by 3.1 points to 54.1 in December, but remained in expansionary territory. All the major subcomponents of the PMI, excluding inventories, were lower in December, and the key 50-point level for the employment index in November proved short lived,... 

Rows of steel round bar

Chip execs say there’s no short-term fix for supply shortage

By: Bloomberg     6th January 2022 For chip buyers ranging from computer gamers to automakers, there’s no near-term fix on the way for shortages that have caused higher prices and production delays, semiconductor executives said. Nvidia Corp., which makes chips that are the basis of graphics cards selling for thousands of dollars... 

UK group completes buyout of Bergen Engines from Rolls-Royce

By: Rebecca Campbell     5th January 2022 UK family-owned multidisciplinary engineering and industrial manufacturing company Langley Holdings has completed its acquisition of the Norway-based Bergen Engines group from Rolls-Royce. The deal, announced on August 3 last year, was finally concluded on Tuesday (January 4). The deal cost... 

The Bergen Engines plant in Bergen, Norway
Photo by Langley Holdings
The Bergen Engines plant in Bergen, Norway

Schneider Electric appoints Devan Pillay as Anglophone Africa cluster president

By: Schalk Burger     15th December 2021 Energy management and automation multinational Schneider Electric has appointed Devan Pillay as its Anglophone Africa cluster president. He succeeds Albert Fuchet. 

REIPPPP Bid Window 5 to provide important link in local value chain

By: Donna Slater     15th December 2021 Wind turbine original-equipment manufacturer (OEM) Nordex Energy South Africa sees Bid Window 5 (BW5) of the Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme (REIPPPP) as an important link in driving the local value chain, saying it will directly stimulate the domestic job... 

An image of Nordex Energy South Africa's Prieska-based concrete wind turbine tower manufacturing facility
Nordex Energy South Africa's Prieska-based concrete wind turbine tower manufacturing facility

Ellies reports first-half loss in earnings despite load-shedding boom 

By: Donna Slater     15th December 2021 JSE-listed diversified electronic and alternative energy products manufacturer and distributor Ellies, impacted by global and local supply chain challenges of the Covid-19 pandemic, the July civil unrest and weak trading conditions, has reported a loss before interest, taxes, depreciation and... 

Chevron committed to growing Caltex brand in South Africa, Botswana

By: Simone Liedtke     14th December 2021 Chevron Africa-Pakistan and Chevron Brands International have a committed strategy to maintain and grow the Caltex-branded service station network across South Africa and Botswana, beyond the expiration of the current licence agreement in 2024. This development is aligned with its licensing... 

Pic of a newly branded Caltex service station
A newly branded Caltex service station

Salba urges government to use ‘science and logic’ to handle Omicron

By: Donna Slater     14th December 2021 The South African Liquor Brandowners Association (Salba) has written to the National Coronavirus Command Council expressing concern about the rise in Covid-19 infections and calling on the government to apply a science-based approach and not rush to a “knee-jerk” response as it has in the past.... 

Anglo looks to green steel development as one measure to reduce Scope 3 emissions 

By: Donna Slater     13th December 2021 Efforts in the steel industry to increase the metal’s environment friendliness – a process known as “green steel” – will assist diversified miner Anglo American in reducing its Scope 3 emissions, outgoing Anglo American CE Mark Cutifani has said. Speaking during an investor day on December 10,... 

An image of Mark Cutifani
Outgoing Anglo American CE Mark Cutifani

Transnet reiterates commitment to localisation

By: Schalk Burger     10th December 2021 State-owned Transnet has made significant strides to deliver on localisation, as part of the country’s industrialisation policy, and the logistics sector can support manufacturing demand within South Africa for key components and equipment essential for its operations, it said in a release on... 

Assembly plant makes significant progress at TASEZ

By: Nadine Ramdass     10th December 2021 In the lead-up to the 2022 launch of the Next-Generation Ford Ranger, last month, automotive manufacturer Ford South Africa hosted a high-level delegation for an oversight visit at its Silverton Assembly Plant and the adjacent Tshwane Automotive Special Economic Zone (TASEZ). This followed the... 

An image of the inside of Ford's Silverton Assembly Plant at the Tshwane Automotive SEZ
INSIDE THE SILVERTON ASSEMBLY PLANT The plant has been modernizes to meet the quality and volume demands globally

TASEZ on road to completion

By: Nadine Ramdass     10th December 2021 Consulting engineering and infrastructure advisory firm Zutari has expanded and updated the traffic impact assessment for the larger Tshwane area affected by the development of the Tshwane Automotive Special Economic Zone (TASEZ). The assessment indicated that eight major road intersections must... 

An ariel view of the TASEZ Phase 1 project
ARIEL VIEW OF TASEZ PHASE 1 Zutari has provided engineering service for the project

R2.5-billion spent on TASEZ development

By: Nadine Ramdass     10th December 2021 The Department of Trade, Industry and Competition (DTIC) has so far contributed R2.5-billion towards the development of the Tshwane Automotive Special Economic Zone (TASEZ). The money has helped to unlock a R16-billion investment by automotive manufacturer Ford Motor Company and a further... 

Decreased manufacturing output shows South Africa is lagging behind in its industrialization efforts

By: Simone Liedtke     9th December 2021 Manufacturing production decreased by 8.9% year-on-year in October, Statistics South Africa (Stats SA) reported on December 9. The largest negative contributions were made by petroleum, chemical products, rubber and plastic products (-17.5% and contributing -4.1 percentage points); basic iron and... 

Sappi’s Cloquet mill receives external environmental management verification

By: Simone Liedtke     9th December 2021 Dissolving pulp producer Sappi’s Cloquet mill, in the US, is one of the first dissolving pulp facilities to complete an external environmental management verification process. The mill achieved a final score of greater than 80% on the Higg Facility Environmental Management (FEM) verification... 

Pic of Sappi’s Cloquet mill, in the US
Sappi’s Cloquet mill, in the US

Manufacturing business confidence declines marginally on Covid-19, load-shedding

By: Donna Slater     9th December 2021 Facing a second consecutive quarterly decline, Absa’s manufacturing survey finds that, overall, business confidence dipped by three points to 38 during the fourth quarter, thereby effectively resulting in the manufacturing sector facing a “stop-start” recovery.   The bank notes that risks related... 

RMB takes equity stake in South African alcohol-free drinks company

By: Simone Liedtke     7th December 2021 Financial services provider Rand Merchant Bank (RMB) has partnered with AB InBev’s corporate venture capital arm ZX Ventures to take an equity stake in alcohol-free South African drinks company The Duchess – creator of the world’s first alcohol-free gin and tonic. Launched in 2016, The Duchess... 

Tiger Brands celebrates centenary

By: Simone Liedtke     6th December 2021 Independent fast-moving consumer goods producer Tiger Brands is celebrating its centenary this year and joins few of the country’s oldest ongoing businesses, with brands in its repertoire such as Jungle Oats, All Gold, KOO, Fatti’s and Moni’s and Black Cat. “We are humbled that, through our... 

Tongaat reports interim loss, despite progress in turnaround strategy

By: Simone Liedtke     6th December 2021 Agriculture and agroprocessing business Tongaat Hulett has continued to make steady progress in the implementation of its turnaround strategy and in restoring the group on a sustainable growth path. During the six months ended September 30, the group experienced strong local demand across all... 

More growth expected for diesel generators

By: Darren Parker     3rd December 2021 South Africa’s diesel generator market is expected to grow at a compound yearly growth rate of more than 2% from 2020 to 2025, according to a report released this year by research organisation Mordor Intelligence.   Factors such as an increase in throughput of peaking plants and demand for... 

A photo of a generic diesel generator
Photo by Adobe
DIESEL GENERATOR Diesel generators in South Africa are not generally used as a primary source of energy, but rather as a backup during power cuts or blackouts from the utility grid.

Sugar master plan to help ailing industry

By: Nadine Ramdass     3rd December 2021 With the South African sugar industry having experienced various challenges in the past few years, the Sugarcane Value Chain Master Plan 2030 aims to address some challenges and assist with the industry’s growth. Over the past 20 years, local yearly sugar production has declined by nearly 25%,... 

An image of SASA executive director Trix Trikam
TRIX TRIKAM Sugarcane Value Chain Master Plan 2030 to set to address industry challenges

Heat transfer tech offers more bang for buck

By: Nadine Ramdass     3rd December 2021 Thermal engineering solutions company Industrial Water Cooling (IWC) has partnered with Canada-based developer, designer and manufacturer Solex Thermal Science to distribute Solex’s technology to Southern Africa to cool, heat or condition bulk solid products, for example sugar. Using fluid bed... 

An image of IWC's sugar cooler
COOLING DOWN IWC has partnered with Solex to distribute heat transfer technology

July riots temporarily halt sugar production

By: Nadine Ramdass     3rd December 2021 KwaZulu-Natal is a primary location for South Africa’s sugar production and the riots in July resulted in sugar production coming to a halt. Although sugar producer Tongaat Hulett Sugar South Africa was one of many businesses affected by the riots, Tongaat Hulett Sugar South Africa MD Dave... 

An image of a Storage unit at Tongaat Hulett
TEAM WORK Tongaat Hulett employees came together to protect Tongaat Hulett operations during the riots
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