Spotlight on North West women in mining

Speaker of the North West provincial government, Sussana Dantjie, will today host an engagement session with women in the mining sector. “The event will afford women in and outside the mining industry in the province the opportunity to participate and interactively discuss issues that have direct impact on them. “It will also give key stakeholders and ordinary women an opportunity to raise their views and understanding the current debate about the role of women in mining as a key initiative for the economic growth for both the province and the…

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International Women’s Day: Engen celebrates women truck drivers

– Friday, 8 March marks annual International Women’s Day and Engen honoured its female workers by sharing the story of Phindile Sithole – Sithole and 15 other women have been employed as bulk truck operators by the oil refinery company – Engen revealed it would feature their employees’ success stories in a new TV series Sithole is one of 16 female bulk truck operators employed by the South African oil giant. Briefly.co.za gathered she fully backs Engen’s initiative to help women break through the glass ceiling. Sithole added she knew…

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SA to develop Africa’s largest tech hub

  Government is looking at developing the biggest tech hub in Africa, a coding and programming academy as well as co-working and co-creation spaces for the youth and start-ups in particular. “Through the Small Enterprise Development Agency (seda), my department, in partnership with the Department of Telecommunication and Postal Services, has started a conversation to develop the biggest Tech Hub in Africa…” Minister of Small Business Development Lindiwe Zulu said on Friday. She was addressing an engagement session with the creative industry in Johannesburg under theme ‘Leveraging on digital platforms…

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R5.5 billion zinc mine for SA

President Cyril Ramaphosa will on Thursday officially open the R5.5 billion investment zinc mine in the Northern Cape, the Presidency said on Sunday. The Gamsberg Mine near Aggeneys is located in the mining centre between Springbok and Pofadder and will contribute to job creation and skills development. The new mine is owned by India’s globally diversified natural resources company Vedanta Resources Limited as part of their Black Mountain Mining (BMM) operations. The Presidency said Gamsberg will exploit one of the largest known, undeveloped zinc ore bodies in the world and…

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Cleaning up, literally and figuratively

  Buy or rent – a small company’s on-site system converts organic matter into useful by-product, saving costs and enhancing air quality. Sasha Planting  Mountains of waste piling up on landfill sites comes at a steep cost, hence the attractiveness of converting organic matter and reducing methane emissions on-site. Picture: Ty Wright/Bloomberg Yesterday’s food leftovers are generally not pretty. And dumped on a landfill they are even less appealing – rotting, smelling and covered in maggots. So it’s no surprise that people don’t like thinking about landfills; they are unsightly…

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New Semiconductors Meet the Challenge of Leading-Edge Radio Design

New Semiconductors Meet the Challenge of Leading-Edge Radio Design

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How the cargo ship industry is cleaning up its filthy act

Air pollution from cars and factories has been regulated in much of the world since the 1970s. When it comes to the smoke-belching ships that carry global trade, the rules have been a lot looser. Big changes start next January, though, when long-debated standards from the International Maritime Organisation mandate steep cuts of sulfur emissions associated with respiratory disease and acid rain. Much tougher rules are supposed to take effect in 2050, when the IMO will require ships also reduce carbon dioxide emissions by at least half. By itself, next…

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KZN Youth Fund to assist young entrepreneurs

The KwaZulu-Natal Provincial Government is to unveil a Youth Fund that aims to assist deserving young people to kick-start their business ventures. First of its kind, the KZN Youth Fund follows a comprehensive research by Youth Directorates of both the Premier’s Office and KwaZulu-Natal Department of Economic Development, Tourism and Environmental Affairs, that identified a huge gap in youth business financial aid. The fund aims to assist deserving young people to kick-start their business ventures, fund new innovative business ideas and to expand young people’s existing businesses without the red…

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Making African agriculture more attractive for investors

While global population growth slows, Africa’s population is set to double over the next three decades, reaching around 2.2bn people by 2050. This surge in numbers will have significant ramifications for the continent’s food security, which is already under pressure mainly due to climate change. The good news is that Africa’s agriculture sector has been growing at a steady pace and the continent boasts at least 65% of the world’s uncultivated arable land. If this is fully utilised, then African farmers could meet the food needs of the entire world.…

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World’s first all-inclusive Supply Chain Compendium to be officially launched in Ghana

Africa’s first ever appointed professor extraordinaire for supply and value chain management, Prof. Douglas Boateng, is set to launch the world’s most-sought-after Supply Chain Management (SCM) compendium on Tuesday, September 11, 2018, at Labadi Beach Hotel. The Second Edition of the book titled “Executive Insight Series: Compendium of Supply Chain Management Terms” contains thousands of definitions to help the public and private sector officials understand and apply aspects of the supply chain management thinking to their respective value chains, support industrialisation and competitiveness, and improve service delivery quality. Commenting ahead…

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