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Eskom arrests suspected coal-swapping thief

11th June 2024 State-owned power utility Eskom says the security investigation team at its Arnot power station has arrested a truck driver, who is suspected of having participated in the swapping out of coal destined for the power station with lower-quality product. On June 8, a tactical team spotted a truck... 

Civil society coalition emphasises need for accountability, transparency, equity to achieve a ‘fair’ just transition

10th June 2024 A coalition of civil society organisations from Indonesia, Senegal, South Africa and Vietnam on June 10 launched their ‘Principles for a Fair Just Energy Transition Partnership (JETP)’, which emphasises the integral need for accountability, transparency and equity in climate finance.... 

Civil society coalition emphasises need for accountability, transparency, equity to achieve a ‘fair’ just transition

African countries urged to use resources to unlock sustainable growth, diversify economies

7th June 2024 A majority of African economies, or 83%, are highly commodity-dependent and are vulnerable to external shocks, experiencing good growth when commodity prices are high, but seeing growth reversal and setbacks when prices are low. Chad, for example, experienced an average of 9% growth in GDP... 

African countries urged to use resources to unlock sustainable growth, diversify economies

Social elements of ESG in mining more complex, but an established part of mining's legacy

24th May 2024 While there are increasingly complex regulatory requirements governing the social obligations of mines, regulations are only catching up to what some mining companies are doing to benefit mine communities and stakeholders. Mining companies understand the need to obtain a so-called 'social licence... 

Use resources to diversify African economies, unlock sustainable growth

21st May 2024 A majority of African economies, or 83%, are highly commodity-dependent and are vulnerable to external shocks, experiencing good growth when commodity prices are high, but seeing growth reversal and setbacks when prices are low. Chad, for example, experienced an average of 9% growth in GDP... 

Use resources to diversify African economies, unlock sustainable growth

Clean energy critical minerals can transform sub-Saharan Africa, says IMF

17th May 2024 Sub-Saharan Africa holds an estimated 30% of the world’s volume of proven critical mineral reserves and managing their use properly as part of the global transition to clean energy has the potential to transform the region, the International Monetary Fund (IMF) states in its ‘Regional Economic... 

Despite challenges, Zim business environment offers investment opportunities

10th May 2024 Zimbabwe is undergoing change and aims to attract more companies to do business in the country, but risks and challenges remain for businesses aiming to capitalise on the opportunities in the country. These were some of the views raised by Zimbabwean and international representatives during an... 

Despite challenges, Zim business environment  offers investment opportunities

TNPA issues RfP for Cape Town port liquid bulk terminal

10th May 2024 State-owned Transnet National Ports Authority (TNPA) has issued a request for proposals (RfP) for the appointment of a terminal operator to acquire, operate, maintain, refurbish or build and transfer a liquid bulk terminal over a 25-year concession period at the Port of Cape Town. “The liquid... 

TNPA issues RfP for Cape Town port  liquid bulk terminal
The Port of Cape Town

Unlocking social and environmental benefits through tailings retreatment

10th May 2024 The retreatment, or remining, of mine tailings can provide usable land, provide profits for companies and clean the environment by moving the reprocessed tailings to more advanced and well-managed facilities. Owing to changes in legislation, tailings need to be stored in facilities that are... 

Unlocking social and environmental benefits through tailings retreatment

Unlocking social and environmental benefits through tailings retreatment

10th May 2024 The retreatment, or remining, of mine tailings can provide usable land, provide profits for companies and clean the environment by moving the reprocessed tailings to more advanced and well-managed facilities. Owing to changes in legislation, tailings need to be stored in facilities that are... 

Unlocking social and environmental benefits through tailings retreatment

Zimbabwe aims to use FDI to develop a competitive economy by 2030

7th May 2024 Zimbabwe held an investment conference on May 2 and 3 in South Africa during which its officials explained that the country of 16-million people wants to use local and international investments into key sectors of its economy to further develop the country by 2030. This objective is encapsulated... 

Woolworths launches regenerative farming practices campaign

3rd May 2024 Retail company Woolworths has launched a Farming for the Future campaign, with the aim of encouraging farmers to implement regenerative farming practices. By partnering with farmers who adopt restorative practices, Woolworths seeks to amplify its impact and foster a community of agricultural... 

Clean energy critical minerals can transform sub-Saharan Africa – IMF

30th April 2024 Sub-Saharan Africa holds an estimated 30% of the world’s volume of proven critical mineral reserves and managing their use properly as part of the global transition to clean energy has the potential to transform the region, the International Monetary Fund (IMF) states in its ‘Regional Economic... 

South African PGM miners overcoming challenges to build new mines

26th April 2024 South African platinum group metal (PGM) miners are overcoming challenges and building new mines locally, albeit in phases, to derisk some of these promising tier-one projects. PGM mining industry leaders, participating in a panel discussion as part of the PGMs Industry Day conference on April... 

South African PGM miners overcoming challenges to build new mines
The Two Rivers PGM mine

Reunert to merge two of its subsidiaries

26th April 2024 JSE-listed electrical and electronic engineering group Reunert Group plans to merge its technology management and consulting firm IQbusiness and digital services firm +OneX subsidiaries into a single client-focused business that brings together their almost 1 500 team members. The intention is to... 

Changing business opportunities, challenges in Zimbabwe highlighted

24th April 2024 Zimbabwe is undergoing change and aims to attract more companies to do business in the country, but risks and challenges remain for businesses aiming to capitalise on the opportunities in the country. These were some of the views raised by Zimbabwean and international representatives during an... 

Changing business opportunities, challenges in Zimbabwe highlighted

Attacq’s Nexus 1 building achieves EDGE, Green Star certification

12th April 2024 Real estate investment trust Attacq's Nexus 1 building, in Waterfall City, which also serves as its headquarters, has received Excellence in Design for Greater Efficiencies (EDGE) certification. Nexus 1 has become the first Green Building Council of South Africa (GBCSA) Green Star-certified... 

Attacq’s Nexus 1 building achieves EDGE,  Green Star certification
The Nexus 1 building

Companies unveil Kelvin power station carbon capture pilot project

12th April 2024 The 600 MW coal-fired Kelvin power station, in Isando, Ekurhuleni, has installed a 300 m3/h flue gas emissions capturing pilot project, which removes carbon dioxide (CO₂), nitrogen oxides and sulphur oxides to make sulphuric acid, ammonium sulphate and ammonium bicarbonate (ABC) crystals. These... 

Companies unveil Kelvin power station  carbon capture pilot project
The carbon capture pilot plant at the Kelvin power station

PGM miners overcoming challenges to build new mines

11th April 2024 South African platinum group metal (PGM) miners are overcoming challenges and building new mines locally, albeit in phases, to derisk some of these promising tier-one projects. PGM mining industry leaders, participating in a panel discussion as part of the PGMs Industry Day conference on April... 

PGM miners overcoming challenges to build new mines
The Two Rivers PGM mine

Sasol streamlines its executive committee’s portfolios

3rd April 2024 JSE-listed energy and chemicals company Sasol has streamlined the portfolios of the members of its group executive committee, with effect from April 1. This involves changes to important functions and executive responsibilities of the directors. As previously announced, Simon Baloyi has succeeded... 

Sasol streamlines its executive committee’s portfolios
Sasol president and CEO Simon Baloyi

PV plant for ARM mine operational by year-end

29th March 2024 Shanghai-listed solar photovoltaic company Trina SOLAr, renewable energy project developer SOLA and civil engineering and construction company WBHO Construction will build the 135 MW Merak 1 SOLAr project to power a South African mining operation owned by African Rainbow Minerals (ARM). SOLA and... 

PV plant for ARM mine operational by year-end

FNB/BER building confidence index ‘nosedives’ to 27 in the first quarter

29th March 2024 The FNB/BER Building Confidence Index dropped by 16 points to 27 in the first quarter of this year, from 43 in the fourth quarter of 2023, and four of the six sectors surveyed recorded a decline in sentiment of more than 20 points. The drop of 16 points means the index is at the joint lowest... 

Draft IRP 2023 lacks environmental, health, climate commitments, says Life After Coal

27th March 2024 Coal phase-out campaign the Life After Coal Campaign, in its comments on the draft Integrated Resource Plan (IRP) 2023, said the plan has fundamental flaws and expressed skepticism in the plan's ability to ensure cost-effective electricity supply, energy security and to uphold the Constitutional... 

Draft IRP 2023 lacks environmental, health, climate commitments, says Life After Coal

ACSA to invest nearly R22bn in airport infrastructure

22nd March 2024 Transport Minister Sindisiwe Chikunga has reported that State-owned Airports Company South Africa (ACSA) will invest R21.7-billion on airport infrastructure developments focused on refurbishments, improvements and statutory compliance over the next five years. The aim is to enhance asset... 

ACSA to invest nearly R22bn in airport infrastructure
The Cape Town International Airport

TNPA orders seven tugboats to enhance seaport operations

15th March 2024 State-owned Transnet National Ports Authority (TNPA) has, as part of its marine fleet renewal programme, ordered seven tugboats in a R1-billion investment aimed at enhancing marine operations at its commercial seaports. The Port of Durban has been allocated five of the seven tugboats, with the... 

TNPA orders seven tugboats to enhance seaport operations

Trina Solar, SOLA and WBHO collaborate on 135 MW solar plant for ARM

14th March 2024 Shanghai-listed solar photovoltaic company Trina SOLAr, renewable energy project developer SOLA and civil engineering and construction company WBHO Construction will build the 135 MW Merak 1 SOLAr project to power a South African mining operation owned by African Rainbow Minerals (ARM). SOLA and... 

Trina Solar, SOLA and WBHO collaborate on 135 MW solar plant for ARM

Unctad develops digital solution to promote new critical mineral discoveries

13th March 2024 To prevent a production gap of critical and energy minerals amid burgeoning demand to keep global warming within the 1.5 °C targeted under the Paris Agreement, the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (Unctad) has developed a solution for digitalising and sharing data to facilitate... 

100 MW of OCGT power to be available in Gauteng by April to mitigate loadshedding – Lesufi

8th March 2024 Johannesburg power utility City Power would, on behalf of the Gauteng government, add 100 MW of electricity capacity to the grid to assist the Gauteng province in its goal to reduce the impact of loadshedding on residents. The 100 MW would be generated using open-cycle gas turbine technology and... 

100 MW of OCGT power to be available in Gauteng by April to mitigate loadshedding – Lesufi
Gauteng Premier Panyaza Lesufi

Teraco moves to grow and green SA data-centre footprint

8th March 2024 Digital transformation is happening in every industry and digitalisation of the economy is intensifying the need for highly available, and sustainable, information and communication technology (ICT) infrastructure. Against this background, data centre infrastructure and services company Teraco is... 

Teraco moves to grow and green SA data-centre footprint

Eskom board tasks Marokane with three priorities in his first 100 days as CEO

1st March 2024 State-owned power utility Eskom's board of directors has tasked incoming CEO Dan Marokane to prioritise three key areas – assessing the generation operational recovery plan, reviewing Eskom’s unbundling plans and engaging with internal and external stakeholders – in his first 100 days in office.... 

Eskom board tasks Marokane with three priorities in his first 100 days as CEO
Photo by Creamer Media
Eskom CEO Dan Marokane

Energy firm to install PV plant at Kimberly-Clark’s C Town facility

1st March 2024 Personal care and hygiene products manufacturer Kimberly-Clark has signed a long-term power purchase agreement (PPA) with energy company Energy Partners (EP), which will install a 2.2 MW rooftop solar photovoltaic system at the manufacturer's Epping facility, in Cape Town. Once complete, the... 

M&R to report narrowed losses, improved capital structure

29th February 2024 JSE-listed engineering and contracting services company Murray & Roberts (M&R) on February 29 said it has made meaningful progress towards implementing a sustainable capital structure. In a trading statement for the six months ended December 31, 2023, the group noted that it would provide further... 

Lhyfe seeking approval for planned 20 MW green hydrogen plant in the UK

28th February 2024 Green hydrogen development company Lhyfe is planning to build, if plans are approved, a 20 MW green hydrogen production facility in Wallsend, North Tyneside, in the UK. The proposed facility will be capable of producing up to 8 t of green hydrogen a day. 

Lhyfe seeking approval for planned 20 MW green hydrogen plant in the UK
Photo by Shepherd Offshore
The site of the proposed green hydrogen production facility

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
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