SA ready for its first electric vehicle road trip

CAPE TOWN –  GENERATION.e is set to roll out South Africa’s first electric vehicle (EV) road trip from Johannesburg to Cape Town next month. Chief executive Ben Pullen said the trip would involve establishing charging stations at eight locations. Some of the charging stations will be at Travel Inn at Shell Ultra City, Kroonstad; de Stijl Gariep Hotel, Gariep Dam; Wolwefontein Hotel, Wolwefontein; and The Vineyard, Newlands, Cape Town. The charging stations will be powered by ACDC Dynamics. Mario Maio, chief executive at ACDC Dynamics said the network would lay the…

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SA will rely on coal for decades, key miner says

Seriti Resources, poised to become Africa’s second biggest coal producer, is betting that South Africa will rely on coal for decades even as Africa’s biggest emitter of greenhouse gases implements carbon taxes and is under pressure to improve air quality. The most-industrialised economy on the continent will soon release an energy blueprint to outline the sources it will get its power from in the future. The carbon tax, designed to incentivise a move away from the coal that accounts for almost all power generation, could eventually cost state-owned power utility…

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Volkswagen SA to start vehicle assembly in Ghana

Volkswagen SA to start vehicle assembly in Ghana

Volkswagen South Africa (VWSA) will start semi-knocked down (SKD) assembly in Ghana in November this year, giving its expansion into Africa additional momentum. Thomas Schaefer, chair and MD of VWSA, said the group has registered a company in Ghana and will finalise all the details for a joint venture with Universal Motors, its long-term partner in Accra, in the next four weeks. This follows VWSA signing a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the Ghanaian government in September last year to establish a vehicle assembly facility in the country and assess…

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Petroleum deal between SA, South Sudan a boost to peace, economic recovery, oil industry

JUBA – The signing of the new exploration and production sharing agreement (EPSA) between South Sudan and South Africa’s Strategic Fuel Fund (SFF) is a boost to the oil sector and promotes peace and stability within the country. This landmark oil deal marks yet another achievement for Africa’s growing energy investments and will provide further boost to South Sudan’s economic revival. This is the second petroleum exploration agreement that South Sudan has signed since independence.  Singing this deal with South Africa’s state-owned company marks the emergence of a strong intra-African…

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Call to update plan for green energy in SA

JOHANNESBURG – FTI Consulting’s Future of South Africa report released yesterday called on the government to update and reinvigorate the Integrated Resource Plan (IRP) to plan and support the transition to renewables, while ensuring that supporting Eskom’s debt did not divert funds from other areas of the economy. The report said South Africa’s leadership must have the courage to stay the course to solve Eskom’s issues and build buy-in from those who are defensive to change. The government is in the process of breaking Eskom into three separate entities, which…

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SA, India to strengthen cooperation in agriculture

The governments of South and India have agreed to strengthen cooperation in the fields of agriculture, forestry and fisheries. The two countries made the commitment during a bilateral meeting between South Africa’s Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries, Senzeni Zokwana and Indian Minister of State for Agriculture and Farmers Welfare, Parshottam Rupala, in New Delhi, India last week. The bilateral meeting was aimed at strengthening cooperation in agriculture, forestry and fisheries with a special focus on the areas of crop and animal production, research, food and nutrition security, agroforestry, aquaculture…

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Davies calls out corruption in awarding of tenders

Trade and Industry Minister Dr Rob Davies says corruption must be rooted out if government is to realise the full impact of its industrial policy. “If we have corruption in the awarding of government money to support the programmes, it means somebody who is getting it is not supposed to get it and means the programme itself is weakened (sic). “Further, if entrepreneurs fail to abide by the law… [they] out-compete those that do and this includes collusion. In fact, collusion is the polite name for corruption,” said Davies. He…

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