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Department of Mineral Resources and Energy (DMRE) director-general Advocate Thabo Mokoena reports that government intends using the South African Renewable Energy Masterplan (SAREM), which is currently being drafted, to position the country as a “globally significant” producer of inputs used in renewable-energy plants. In a keynote address to the virtual Enlit Africa conference on Tuesday, Mokoena said the SAREM would help “coordinate the renewable-energy requirements” to support such an industrialisation drive and to boost manufacturing employment. ADVERTISEMENT The DMRE, together with the Department of Trade, Industry and Competition, was currently prioritising the…

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Agricultural rebound: South Africa’s citrus exports heading for a record year

The first fruit destined for the Philippines was inspected last week in Durban, Justin Chadwick, CEO of the Citrus Growers’ Association of Southern Africa, said in his weekly newsletter. © Copyright (c) Daily Maverick , All Rights Reserved “While export volumes will probably be modest as we test the market and develop the demand for South African citrus, the goal is to build up to 20,000 tonnes exports to the Philippines – this will secure much needed jobs in South Africa, and lead to additional foreign exchange earnings,” Chadwick said.…

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Large methane cloud detected in South Africa

A cloud of methane was detected by satellite near coal mines in South Africa, drawing attention to a lesser-known environmental risk that comes from using the dirtiest fossil fuel. The potent greenhouse gas — methane traps roughly 84 times more heat than carbon dioxide in its first two decades in the atmosphere — was emitted at an estimated rate of 65 metric tons an hour on May 10, according to Kayrros SAS. The Paris-based analytics company found the leak by parsing European Space Agency satellite observations. It was the worst…

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Africa’s Silicon Savannah

Manufacturing is a key wealth-producing engine in any economy, and Africa is the world’s second-largest and second most populous continent. One could therefore reasonably expect a large African workforce to be the driving force behind the wealth of the continent and the future of its economies. Yet there are big challenges, and we need to take a clear-eyed account of them while looking at the opportunities. Very few economies have been able to develop independently, and accumulate wealth, without a burgeoning manufacturing industry; and there is a direct link between…

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South Africa’s emergency plan to end load shedding has turned into a fiasco

The debacle surrounding South Africa’s bid to secure emergency power supplies has highlighted a dysfunctional energy policy that’s subjecting Africa’s most-industrialized nation to intermittent blackouts. Since March, the energy department has identified companies it wants to provide almost 2,000 megawatts of electricity to the grid by August next year. But a losing bidder has alleged that the selection process was corrupt and sought to reverse it in court, environmental activists have raised objections and lawyers are at odds over whether ship-based power plants can be moored in the nation’s ports.…

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Schneider Electric’s Jean-Pascal Tricoire named a Glassdoor Top CEO in 2021

Schneider Electric CEO and Chairman Jean-Pascal Tricoire has been named a Glassdoor Top CEO for his ongoing commitment to building an inclusive and empowering employee culture that drives innovation and sustainability.   Glassdoor, the worldwide leader in insights about jobs and companies, released its annual Employee Choice Award recognizing the top CEOs in countries throughout North America and parts of Europe. Tricoire ranked second in France and eighth in Canada based on anonymous and voluntary employee feedback throughout the past year. Globally, he holds a 97% approval rating from employees,…

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PLAYING GAMES AT WORK TO BUILD SUPPLY CHAIN SKILLS

Supply chain management skills are more important than ever right now, to ensure that commodities and supply chains keep moving amid the challenges of the global COVID-19 pandemic. In response to the growing demand for skilled, knowledgeable supply chain professionals, some South Africans in the field are playing games at work.   The games are a serious business, however, according to SAPICS (The Professional Body for Supply Chain Management). Tonya Lamb, business development executive at SAPICS, explains that “The Fresh Connection Challenge” is an innovative business simulation game that is…

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OT leaders continue to face security challenges

Operational technology (OT) is the cyber physical foundation that enables the world’s factories, energy production and transmission facilities, transportation networks, and utilities to function. To boost operational efficiency and profitability, many OT companies have been integrating OT infrastructure and thereby indirectly connecting supervisory control and data acquisition (SCADA) systems with IT networks to manage actionable data across a formerly air-gapped framework. However, the improved agility and efficiency derived from digitally connected OT-IT networks comes with increased cybersecurity risk. To understand the types of threats facing operational technology and how OT teams can mitigate…

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Measuring Water Usage in Rands And Cents

After the relaxation of the hard lockdown restrictions, some South Africans received shocking water bills. This is due to estimated consumption readings done by municipalities – as no meter reader was going on site. Estimated and manual meter reading are methods used to bill consumers for their water consumption. The estimated reading is when the meter reader does not go to your property. An algorithm is used to guess how much water has been consumed. This is contrasted with a manual reading; which is used to bill a consumer when…

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Manufacturing is like any other business, except when it is not!

By Volente Morais, Executive Manager at Koogan Plastics   People are a key asset in our environment yet often they are seen as a disposable asset. It is crucial that our industry understands that if we are designing our environments for success then we have to do so with our people in mind.   The business environment speaks about the achievement of profit as the measure of success. Sometimes the measure of success are the achievements of the staff within the work environment that creates success for the organisation at…

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