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Premium car market outlook murky as South Africans continue to hunt for Asian bargains

By: Irma Venter     Updated 4 hours agoThe South African new-car market has been shifting steadily over the last few years as consumers continue to battle persistent economic headwinds. Times are tough. Interest rates, living costs, fuel prices and new-vehicle price tags are all high, driven by not only international turmoil, but also... 

Premium car market outlook murky as South Africans continue to hunt for Asian bargains

First Word

Junior mining fund is a start, but should not be seen as the end game

By: Martin Creamer     Updated 4 hours agoThe Junior Mining Exploration Fund just launched by the Industrial Development Corporation and the Department of Mineral Resources and Energy (DMRE) is a start but must not end up as the finish. The addition of a flow-through tax incentive, even if tiny to begin with, would stimulate exploration... 

Junior mining fund is a start, but should not be  seen as the end game

Mining Weekly News

Award for biodegradable cellulose gloves inventor

By: Schalk Burger     Updated 4 hours agoIndustry 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... 

Coal-line criminals identified, must be jailed – Transnet

By: Martin Creamer     Updated 4 hours agoThe criminal syndicates that regularly bring South Africa’s coal export line to a halt have been identified through the intelligence operations that are conducted by Transnet Freight Rail (TFR). What is lacking is the ability of law-enforcement agencies to then work on information, see to... 

Coal-line criminals identified, must be jailed – Transnet

Crucial to pair agricultural development with mining, Indaba hears

By: Martin Creamer     Updated 4 hours agoAfrica is going to have a huge amount to do to help solve the world’s climate change problems, Toronto-listed Ivanhoe Mines executive chairperson Robert Friedland emphasised in his far-reaching thirtieth address to the thirtieth Investing in African Mining Indaba in Cape Town. In those 30... 

Crucial to pair agricultural development with mining, Indaba hears

DMRE, IDC establish Junior Mining Exploration Fund

By: Sabrina Jardim     Updated 4 hours agoThe Department of Mineral Resources and Energy (DMRE) and the Industrial Development Corporation of South Africa (IDC) have signed a memorandum of agreement officially establishing the Junior Mining Exploration Fund. The establishment of this fund forms part of South Africa’s mineral exploration... 

DMRE, IDC establish Junior Mining Exploration Fund

Kamoa-Kakula, Trafigura become first Lobito railway corridor customers

By: Darren Parker     Updated 4 hours agoThe Kamoa-Kakula Copper Complex, in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), and commodities trader Trafigura have both signed a term sheet outlining the key terms for a reserve capacity agreement for transporting mineral products from the mine along the Lobito Atlantic railway corridor, a new... 

Kamoa-Kakula, Trafigura become first Lobito railway corridor customers

Noise-induced hearing loss now top mining health condition

By: Martin Creamer     Updated 4 hours agoNoise-induced hearing loss has displaced tuberculosis (TB) and silicosis as the top priority health threat in the South African mining industry. “I’m emphasising noise-induced hearing loss because the other diseases have gone down markedly whereas noise-induced hearing loss has not gone down as... 

Noise-induced hearing loss now top mining health condition

Transnet problems force Kumba to moderate output

By: Darren Parker     Updated 4 hours agoAnglo American subsidiary Kumba Iron Ore CE Mpumi Zikalala has reiterated that State-owned Transnet’s rail performance challenges have placed so much pressure on Kumba’s value chain that the company has had to moderate its production rates. Following the completion of the yearly logistics... 

Transnet problems force Kumba to moderate output

Editorial Insight

Crunch time

By: Terence Creamer     Updated 4 hours agoThe consequences of policy failure in electricity are so obvious there is no need to ventilate them again. Not so for gas, however, given that they are only visible to those manufacturers that have come to rely on the fuel to produce everything from steel, glass and aluminium products to food and... 

Crunch time

Engineering News News & Insight

AMSA sees plausible pathway for salvaging longs unit, but ready to reverse closure deferral if urgent progress is not made

By: Terence Creamer     Updated 4 hours agoSteel producer ArcelorMittal South Africa (AMSA) has deferred the wind-down of its long-products business by six months amid widespread concern regarding the detrimental impact of the closure on downstream industry and jobs and following consultations with government and other affected... 

AMSA sees plausible pathway for salvaging longs unit, but ready to reverse closure deferral if urgent progress is not made

Bayobab lands 2Africa subsea cable in Ghana, Nigeria

By: Natasha Odendaal     Updated 4 hours agoFollowing its two milestone landings in South Africa in 2022, pan-African digital connectivity solutions company Bayobab has now landed the 2Africa cable in Ghana and Nigeria. The 45 000 km cable, which was launched in May 2020, is being deployed by the 2Africa consortium, which includes China... 

Households can now apply to sell their excess solar power to the City of Cape Town

By: Irma Venter     Updated 4 hours agoThe City of Cape Town is now enabling households to earn cash for the power generated from their solar photovoltaic generation systems.  Mayor Geordin Hill-Lewis says a first round of applications will close on March 8 for households to earn cash from selling their excess solar power to the city,... 

Mozambique mulling $80bn energy overhaul to tap the Zambezi river’s power

By: Bloomberg     Updated 4 hours agoMozambique is seeking to become one of Africa’s biggest hydropower producers and launch a green hydrogen industry. The government plans to add 14 000 MW of hydropower capacity, with the bulk of that developed between 2030 and 2040, the government said in a 60-page Energy Transition Strategy seen... 

Mozambique mulling $80bn energy overhaul  to tap the Zambezi river’s power

Nersa makes far-reaching changes to tariff rules, but implementation timing uncertain

By: Terence Creamer     Updated 4 hours agoThe National Energy Regulator of South Africa (Nersa) has approved far-reaching changes to the way electricity tariffs will be set in future, but it could still take some time before the rules are fully implemented. Nersa approved the new Electricity Price Determination Rules (EPDR) on December... 

Nersa makes far-reaching changes to tariff rules,  but implementation timing uncertain

Policing forums to help MTN tackle theft, vandalism

By: Natasha Odendaal     Updated 4 hours agoTelecommunications giant MTN is adding another approach to its efforts in mitigating the ongoing vandalism and theft of batteries and cables at its cellphone towers across South Africa by partnering with the Gauteng Provincial Community Police Board. MTN South Africa last year accelerated its... 

Preferred bidder for Richards Bay bunker fuels terminal named

By: Terence Creamer     Updated 4 hours agoTransnet National Ports Authority (TNPA) has appointed FFS Tank Terminal as the preferred bidder to develop and operate a liquid bulk terminal specialising in bunker fuels on a brownfield site at the Port of Richards Bay previously operated by Engen. The appointment follows a competitive bidding... 

Preferred bidder for Richards Bay bunker  fuels terminal named

Premium car market outlook murky as South Africans continue to hunt for Asian bargains

By: Irma Venter     Updated 4 hours agoThe South African new-car market has been shifting steadily over the last few years as consumers continue to battle persistent economic headwinds. Times are tough. Interest rates, living costs, fuel prices and new-vehicle price tags are all high, driven by not only international turmoil, but also... 

Premium car market outlook murky as South Africans continue to hunt for Asian bargains

SAPVIA CEO appointed to board of Global Solar Council

By: Schalk Burger     Updated 4 hours agoSouth 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

Shipping company to help boost South African citrus exports

By: Marleny Arnoldi     Updated 4 hours agoThe Citrus Growers Association of Southern Africa (CGA) has welcomed the announcement that global liner shipping company Hapag-Lloyd will be helping to export citrus from the ports in Durban and Gqeberha. The new service will run by the end of May, in time for the bulk of the 2024 season's... 

Shipping company to help boost South African citrus exports

South Africa urged to increase investment in innovation

By: Natasha Odendaal     Updated 4 hours agoSouth Africa needs more collective investment to boost its innovation ecosystem and ensure that the investment is translated into improving everyday lives, says Telkom Group innovation and transformation executive Dr Mmaki Jantjies. Innovation is widely acknowledged as being vital to economic... 

Suzuki ends 2023 just shy of 50 000 unit sales, starts January with a bang

By: Irma Venter     Updated 4 hours agoSuzuki Auto South Africa (Suzuki SA) ended 2023 with sales of 49 573 vehicles – up more than 460% from the 8 833 vehicles sold in 2017. Over the past six years, the Japanese compact-car specialist, which imports most of its vehicles from India, broke its own sales record 25 times.  

Transformed AECI to go big globally

By: Rebecca Campbell     Updated 4 hours agoJSE-listed South African multinational AECI aims to be the global number three company in its core market segment of mining explosives and mining chemicals, by 2030. Of the company’s business, 80% is already outside South Africa and 30% is outside Africa, CEO Holger Riemensperger emphasises to... 

Transformed AECI to go  big globally

Vehicle crime ramped up towards end of last year, says Tracker

By: Irma Venter     Updated 4 hours agoTracker’s vehicle crime statistics for July to December last year show an increase in vehicle crime, with a peak in November. Data from the asset tracking company also shows that a business-owned vehicle is 56% more likely to be subjected to vehicle crime than a personal vehicle. 

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