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Award for biodegradable cellulose gloves inventor

23rd February 2024 Industry association Women in Mining Kenya founder Grace Akinyi won the Mining Innovation and Research Battlefield 2024 competition with her 'Eco Green Gold’ concept to produce biodegradable gloves from bacterial cellulose derived from coconut waste as a simple yet effective solution to the... 

SAPVIA CEO appointed to board of Global Solar Council

23rd February 2024 South African Photovoltaic Industry Association (SAPVIA) CEO Dr Rethabile Melamu has been appointed as a board member of the international solar power industry organisation Global Solar Council. She will serve a two-year term of office with the council. 

SAPVIA CEO appointed to board of Global Solar Council
SAPVIA CEO Dr Rethabile Melamu

Fiscal discipline in Budget, but 5% infrastructure expenditure increase ‘barely positive’ – Minerals Council

22nd February 2024 Finance Minister Enoch Godongwana maintained focus on fiscal discipline and balancing the need to address socioeconomic challenges facing the country, industry organisation Minerals Council South Africa said in response to the Minister’s Budget Speech on February 21. South Africa, however, needs... 

Fiscal discipline in Budget, but 5% infrastructure expenditure increase ‘barely positive’ – Minerals Council
Minerals Council CEO Mzila Mthenjane

Forge Academy launches new 4IR training centre in partnership with Sibanye-Stillwater

19th February 2024 Technology training company Forge Academy has launched a new Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR) training centre and two courses in partnership with mining company Sibanye-Stillwater. The first two 12-month certification courses will be in Amazon Web Services with Business Analysis, and Community... 

DMRE to remodel draft IRP 2023 in light of new information, curtailment plans

16th February 2024 Many of the submissions the Department of Mineral Resources and Energy (DMRE) has received from the first round of public engagements about the draft Integrated Resource Plan 2023 (IRP 2023) in January have revealed new sources of data to consider in the plan’s modelling, DMRE energy planning... 

DMRE to remodel draft IRP 2023 in light of new information, curtailment plans

New renewables platform poised to change South Africa’s energy landscape

16th February 2024 Renewable energy company Scatec, financial services firm Standard Bank and asset management company Stanlib have established new renewable energy platform Lyra Energy to offer a low-risk, flexible commercial proposition to the private sector in South Africa. Lyra is a private power solution that... 

New renewables platform poised to change  South Africa’s energy landscape
Scatec CEO Terje Pilskog

Anglo American, Finnish Minerals sign battery value chain agreement

12th February 2024 Mining multinational Anglo American and Finnish State-owned mining company Finnish Minerals Group have signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to explore opportunities to further support the northern European country's battery strategy. As a Finnish state-owned company with a mandate to foster... 

Anglo American, Finnish Minerals sign battery value chain agreement
Anglo American projects and development director Alison Atkinson.

Mining industry sustainability hinges on energy, logistics reforms, Minerals Council stresses

9th February 2024 The sustainability of the South African mining industry and its ability to play a meaningful and positive role in society and the economy are dependent on urgent and extensive structural reforms in the energy and logistics sectors, mining industry organisation the Minerals Council South Africa... 

Mining industry sustainability hinges on energy, logistics reforms, Minerals Council stresses
Minerals Council CEO Mzila Mthenjane

Energy transition offers once-in-century chance for South Africa to reindustrialise

9th February 2024 The global and local renewable energy transition is presenting industries, and South Africa, with a once-in-a-century growth trajectory to provide products and components into the value chains of renewable energy and battery energy storage systems (BESSs). During the second quarter of 2023, more... 

Energy transition offers once-in-century  chance for South Africa to reindustrialise
Trade and Industrial Policy Strategies senior economist and South African Renewable Energy Masterplan facilitator Gaylor Montmasson-Clair

Almost half of South African companies needed overhaul after cybersecurity incidents

9th February 2024 Cybersecurity company Trellix's 'Mind of the CISO 2023' report found that nearly half of South African organisations found it necessary to completely overhaul the skills and qualifications of their cybersecurity teams and make significant process and technology improvements following major... 

Ports of entry redevelopment bid submission deadline extended

9th February 2024 The Border Management Authority (BMA) has agreed to extend the submission date for requests for proposal for the 'Redevelopment of the Six Priority Land Ports of Entry' project to July 4. The six priority land ports of entry earmarked for re-development include Beitbridge on the border with... 

Biodegradable cellulose gloves inventor wins 2024 Mining Innovation and Research award

8th February 2024 Industry association Women in Mining Kenya founder Grace Akinyi won the Mining Innovation and Research Battlefield 2024 competition with her 'Eco Green Gold’ concept to produce biodegradable gloves from bacterial cellulose derived from coconut waste as a simple yet effective solution to the... 

Transnet receives locomotive batteries through RBCT partnership

6th February 2024 State-owned Transnet has taken delivery of seven full sets of batteries procured by the Richards Bay Coal Terminal (RBCT). The delivery of these critical spares will improve the reliability of Transnet Freight Rail's available locomotive fleet. The Transnet Recovery Plan, which seeks to improve... 

NUM welcomes Optimum Colliery settlement, calls for rail allocation

6th February 2024 Trade union the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) has welcomed the settlement agreement under which Liberty Coal has agreed to pay R461.7-million to the State in place of the confiscation of property, in exchange for the mine’s business, assets and compromised liabilities to be transferred from... 

NUM welcomes Optimum Colliery settlement, calls for rail allocation
The Optimum coal mine

Clear commitment to reform implementation needed in SoNA – Mavuso

5th February 2024 Business organisation Business Leadership South Africa (BLSA) CEO Busi Mavuso has urged President Cyril Ramaphosa to show a clear commitment to the hard work of reform implementation during his State of the Nation Address (SoNA) on Thursday evening. South Africa's electricity crisis remains a... 

Clear commitment to reform implementation needed in SoNA – Mavuso

Critical infrastructure failure fingered as biggest business risk in South Africa for second year running

2nd February 2024 Critical infrastructure blackouts have emerged as the number one risk for businesses in South Africa for the second consecutive year, highlighting the severe impact of power outages and the failure of essential infrastructure such as ports, railways, roads and more on the economy and businesses,... 

Critical infrastructure failure fingered as biggest business risk in South Africa for second year running

Global body calls for inclusive access to AI data

2nd February 2024 The World Economic Forum (WEF) Artificial Intelligence Governance Alliance (AIGA) is calling on experts from various sectors to address several key areas of AI, including improving data quality and availability across nations, boosting access to computational resources, and adapting foundation... 

Busa appoints Mxolisi Mgojo as president

30th January 2024 Business organisation Business Unity South Africa (Busa) has appointed Mxolisi Mgojo as its new president, after Bonang Mohale stepped down in August 2023, one year before the end of his term of office. “Mxolisi has played, and continues to play, a critical role in organised business and his... 

Busa appoints Mxolisi Mgojo as president
Mxolisi Mgojo

Emira concludes its acquisition of Transcend

29th January 2024 JSE-listed real estate investment trust (Reit) Emira has finalised the acquisition and subsequent delisting of fellow Reit Transcend. The properties of Transcend's portfolio of 4 000 tenants will continue to be managed by International Housing Solutions (IHS), while also benefitting from greater... 

Emira concludes its acquisition of Transcend
Emira CEO Geoff Jennett

Logistics, energy challenges remain for Mining Indaba host South Africa

29th January 2024 Mining Indaba to open with SA mining industry hit hard by rail inefficiencies The yearly African Mining Indaba will start on February 5 against the backdrop of the local mining industry facing unprecedented challenges, including rail inefficiencies leading to historically low coal and iron-ore... 

Logistics, energy challenges remain for Mining Indaba host South Africa

USTDA to host South African delegation in the US to accelerate green hydrogen collaboration

26th January 2024 The US Trade and Development Agency (USTDA) will bring a delegation of South African clean energy sector decision-makers to the US to build partnerships between the countries to accelerate the development of South Africa’s green hydrogen ecosystem. The 14-member delegation of government, private... 

USTDA to host South African delegation in the US to accelerate green hydrogen collaboration

Promise of GenAI set to turn into tangible business success this year – BCG

26th January 2024 Artificial intelligence (AI), and generative AI (GenAI), is one of the top three topics being discussed among executives worldwide and across sectors, and GenAI is set to be scaled up during the coming year. However, while the potential benefits of the use of GenAI are significant and set to... 

95% of companies have an AI strategy, 14% ready to integrate it – Cisco

26th January 2024 Advancements in artificial intelligence (AI), especially generative AI (GenAI), are leading to a once-in-a-generation shift, which is opening new opportunities and transforming industries, modes of operation and career paths, says information technology and networking multinational Cisco... 

Jan Fourie to take over as Mulilo Energy CEO from May

26th January 2024 Renewable energy developer Mulilo Energy has appointed former Scatec executive VP Jan Fourie to succeed outgoing CEO Johnny Cullum when he steps down in May. Cullum has served as CEO since Mulilo started up in 2008, and attributes its success to the talented and committed group of people who work... 

DSI, CSIR and Mandela Mining Precinct to showcase innovations at Mining Indaba

25th January 2024 The Department of Science and Innovation (DSI), the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) and the Mandela Mining Precinct (MMP) will showcase technologies that have been developed to improve mining efficiencies at the Investing in African Mining Indaba. Under the theme "Embracing... 

DSI, CSIR and Mandela Mining Precinct to showcase innovations at Mining Indaba
Photo by Creamer Media's Donna Slater
The Isidingo drill

Leoka resigns from Amplats board

22nd January 2024 Platinum group metals miner Anglo American Platinum (Amplats) has announced that Thabi Leoka has resigned as nonexecutive director and, consequently, the board committees she serves on, with immediate effect to attend to her health and the questions she has been facing in relation to her academic... 

Lhyfe, Source Galileo to establish green hydrogen production units in the UK, Ireland

22nd January 2024 Green and renewable hydrogen producer and supplier Lhyfe and renewable energy developer Source Galileo have entered into an agreement to jointly develop commercial-scale green and renewable hydrogen production units in the UK and Ireland, with plans under way for multiple units. The companies are... 

Lhyfe, Source Galileo to establish green hydrogen production units in the UK, Ireland

Global economic growth in 2024 to be muted

19th January 2024 The global economy is expected to remain weak in 2024, but inflation is likely to gradually decrease, and rate cuts may be on the cards in the second half of the year economic forecasting and econometric analysis company Oxford Economics has said. "We forecast that global growth is likely to be a... 

RFA urges investigation into outdated TFR systems following derailment

17th January 2024 Industry organisation the Road Freight Association (RFA) says the collision of two coal trains on the Richards Bay ore line at the weekend underscores the vulnerability of the multi-ore line owing to the inherent risks of outdated manual systems and poor operational control. The derailment will... 

RFA urges investigation into outdated TFR systems following derailment
RFA CEO Gavin Kelly

Recovery efforts under way following derailment of two trains near Richards Bay

16th January 2024 State-owned Transnet Freight Rail (TFR) is busy with recovery efforts after a derailment in which two trains collided in the early hours of January 14 at Elubana, outside Richards Bay, in KwaZulu-Natal. TFR teams were dispatched to the scene immediately and started recovery efforts. No serious... 

Recovery efforts under way following derailment of two trains near Richards Bay

New Gold achieves top-end of production guidance

9th January 2024 Canada-focused gold miner New Gold said that strong fourth-quarter results led to it achieving the top-end of its consolidated 2023 production guidance. In the fourth quarter, consolidated gold-equivalent production of 105 082 oz, comprising 79 187 oz of gold, 12-million pounds of copper and 157... 

Si6 to acquire Brazil REE licences

9th January 2024 ASX-listed critical metals and minerals explorer Si6 Metals expects to complete the acquisition of a 50% interest in a portfolio of exploration licences in Brazil from exploration firm Foxfire Metals in early 2024. Si6 has received shareholder approval and agreed final terms for the acquisition... 

Affirma, Norfund and KLP provide $145m for CEC to build additional capacity

8th January 2024 Private equity firm Affirma Capital, development finance institution Norfund and Norwegian pension fund Kommunal Landspensjonskasse (KLP) have invested $145-million in Zambian independent power producer and transmission company Copperbelt Energy Corporation (CEC). The aim is to build on CEC’s... 

Affirma, Norfund and KLP provide $145m for CEC to build additional capacity

UK’s BII to spend R125m on Cape wind farms

15th December 2023 UK development finance institution British International Investment (BII) will invest R125-million in two 140 MW wind farms in the Northern Cape and Eastern Cape to help tackle South Africa’s energy crisis and accelerate economic growth. The two wind farms are currently under construction, are... 

UK’s BII to spend R125m on Cape wind farms
From left to right are BII climate manager Saphira Patel, British High Commission economic counsellor Mike Foster, British Deputy High Commissioner to South Africa Adam Bye, BII CEO Nick O'Donohoe, BII Africa head and MD Chris Chijiuotomi and BII South Africa coverage director Thithi Kuhlase-Maseko

Sibanye supports ICMM Water Stewardship Maturity Framework

14th December 2023 Diversified mining company Sibanye-Stillwater has welcomed and expressed its support for global leadership body the ICMM’s Water Stewardship Maturity Framework, which is a practical tool for all mining and metals companies to advance their water stewardship practices. “The release of the Water... 

Sibanye supports ICMM Water Stewardship Maturity Framework

Second iteration of just transition project framework completed

8th December 2023 Nonprofit economic research institution Trade and Industrial Policy Strategies (TIPS) has developed the second iteration of its framework to identify and measure just transition projects in South Africa, and will publish it in March. The first iteration of the framework was used to test... 

Second iteration of just transition project framework completed
TIPS research fellow Sandy Lowitt.

Hydrogen electrolyser capacity seen increasing by 143% over next two years

8th December 2023 Global hydrogen electrolyser supply capacity is expected to increase by 143% over the next two years, after having increased by 103% from 2022 to 2023, the ‘Hydrogen Electrolyser Supplier’ report, published by US- and China-based clean energy services and advisory company Clean Energy Associates... 

Collapsing State capacity behind SA’s woes

1st December 2023 Two broad challenges – collapsing State capacity and spatial exclusion – have led to South Africa's economy being defined by stagnation and exclusion and the country needs a strategy to recover State capacity. Otherwise, slowing growth and increasing exclusion will continue to worsen, the 'Growth... 

ENS seminar shares insights with legal community, health and safety practitioners

30th November 2023 Law firm ENS held a two-day mine and occupational health and safety seminar and webinar on November 21 and 22, during which it shared expert insight and legal knowledge of mine and general occupational health and safety laws and regulations with legal practitioners, health and safety personnel,... 

ENS seminar shares insights with legal community, health and safety practitioners
ENS executive consultant Willem le Roux

NUM Highveld region to march against Transnet over debilitating logistics failures

30th November 2023 Trade union the National Union of Mineworkers' (NUM's) Highveld Region is planning to march to the offices of the Presidency and the Department of Public Enterprises on December 9 to demand an immediate intervention on State-owned Transnet’s failure to transport minerals to and from the country’s... 

Africa must do more to advance its own development – Manuel

24th November 2023 Africa's business sector and governments must push harder in addressing the challenges facing the continent, as the biggest threat to its development is complacency, said insurance and investment management company Old Mutual chairperson and former South Africa Finance Minister Trevor Manuel.... 

Africa must do more to advance its own  development – Manuel
Photo by Creamer Media
Trevor Manuel
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