Eskom, Sasol emit over half of SA’s greenhouse gas

As South Africa makes efforts to reduce emissions that contribute to climate change, there are two major contributors that produce more than half of its greenhouse gases: Eskom and Sasol. State-owned power utility Eskom, which said it accounts for 42% of the nation’s total greenhouse gases, uses coal to generate most of the country’s electricity and Sasol, which emits 11%, makes fuel and chemicals from the mineral. The companies are South Africa’s two biggest by revenue. Read: Sasol’s South African plants threatened by emission standards South Africa’s emissions by 2025 and…

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SA resumes beef exports to China after foot and mouth outbreak

South Africa has resumed beef exports to China after an outbreak of the highly contagious foot and mouth disease (FMD) in January halted trade, officials said on Tuesday. The ban on exports of products from cloven hoofed animals to China was officially lifted on July 23, Chinese ambassador Lin Songtian said during a briefing. The viral disease, which causes lesions and lameness in cattle and sheep, was detected in a northern district of Limpopo province, resulting in the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) temporarily suspending South Africa‘s FMD-free status. “We went to the…

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MC Mining says Makhado project will make it pre-eminent SA producer of hard coking coal

JOHANNESBURG  – MC Mining Limited said on Tuesday the last three months of its 2019 financial year were very successful, including the signature of off-take agreements for its Makhado hard coking coal as well the thermal coal by-product. In an update for the three months ended June 30, CEO David Brown said South Africa produced significant quantities of thermal coal but had very limited quantities of high-quality metallurgical coal. “The off-take with the country’s largest steel producer will result in the majority of Makhado Phase 1’s coking coal being sold domestically, replacing…

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