To cut carbon emissions, Germany needs to keep nuclear plants open and close coal plants

A study, commissioned by Berlin-based science and the environment association Ökomoderne e.V. and executed by Finnish not-for-profit research company Think Atom, has concluded that Germany’s current policy of closing its nuclear power plants early would result in the country releasing no less than a billion tons of carbon dioxide emissions. Germany still had six operating [...]

Zimbabwe’s power utility to finish new coal-fired units in 2022

Zimbabwe’s State-owned power utility expects to complete the addition of coal-fired units next year, bucking a global trend to reduce reliance on the fossil fuel. The $1.5-billion expansion by Zimbabwe Power Company and China’s Sinohydro will finish one unit next year in September and another in December, adding 600 megawatts. That’s intended to replace 920 [...]

Rail operators note worsening struggles amid Covid-19 pandemic

The South African railway industry had already been embattled prior to the Covid-19 pandemic, which subsequently exacerbated the industry’s security challenges and led to an increase of 240% in security-related incidents during 2020, Railway Safety Regulator (RSR) chairperson Boy Nobunga said on October 20. “We have seen a significant increase in security-related vandalism and theft [...]

More collaboration needed to address ‘devastation’ of South Africa’s rail infrastructure

Presented against the backdrop of a world-altering pandemic, Transport Deputy Minister Sindisiwe Chikunga on October 20 said this year’s ‘State of Safety (SOS)’ report published by the Railway Safety Regulator (RSR) indicated that the Covid-19 pandemic “led to major operators across the country producing significantly fewer train kilometres” when compared with previous years. This has [...]

Numsa loses ConCourt bid to force Parliament to halt liquidation of SA Express, Denel

In a blow for the National Metalworkers Union of South Africa (Numsa), the Constitutional Court ruled on Wednesday that it cannot hear the union's application seeking to have Parliament decide whether State-owned enterprises can be allowed to go insolvent.  According to the apex court, the matter is not within its jurisdiction and mandate to hear [...]

Huge, Cell C settle dispute

A dispute between JSE-listed Huge Group-affiliated Huge Cellular and Cell C Service Provider Company, a company affiliated with Cell C, has been settled. The duo have concluded an agreement that settles their respective disputes with the other.

Balwin records robust half-year performance

JSE-listed Balwin Properties says it recorded robust financial results for the six months ended August 31, with revenue of R1.3-billion, a 41% increase on the revenue of R929.6-million reported for the prior comparable period, which had been impacted on by Covid-19-related measures. Operating profit for the period surged 44% to R158.6-million, on the back of [...]

R1.5bn allocated to assist businesses affected by July civil unrest

Money pooled by the Department of Trade, Industry and Competition (DTIC), the Industrial Development Corporation (IDC), the National Empowerment Fund and the Solidarity Fund to address disruption and losses to businesses affected by the mid-July civil unrest has amounted to R1.5-billion. Trade, Industry and Competition Minister Ebrahim Patel says this money will go directly, in [...]

Afrimat funds bulk water-link for Olifantshoek community

Afrimat’s Demaneng Mine has contributed undisclosed funds toward the construction of a bulk link line from three boreholes to a 7 ML reservoir to alleviate prevailing water issues in Olifantshoek, in the Northern Cape. The two-phase project followed the reporting to Afrimat management by Demaneng mine employees residing in the area that Olifantshoek, in the [...]

Voted-out Gilbertson wishes Jupiter godspeed, CEO moved off board

A resolution for the removal of the MD and CEO of the ASX-listed Jupiter Mines as a member of the board was passed at the company’s general meeting on Wednesday, when mining doyen Brian Gilbertson was not re-elected as chairperson. Jupiter’s focus is on the highly successful Tshipi Borwa manganese mine in South Africa’s Northern [...]

Community artisanal mining project well-received in Lower Orange River region

Situated in a remote desert wilderness along the banks of the South African side of the Lower Orange River, which forms part of the border between South Africa and Namibia, LOR Diamonds has found a solution to illegal mining in the area. Simone Liedtke, who visited the mineral assets last month, gives us more insight.

Policy-not-law charter judgement going long way towards providing certainty – NSDV

The court judgement that the mining charter is policy and not law goes a long way towards providing regulatory certainty, says NSDV mining law senior associate Muhammed Khan ­– but it is not the end of the road, he cautions in a 1 500-word analysis entitled The Great Mining Charter Debate. Khan highlights how the submission [...]