Glencore to Reopen One of World’s Biggest Cobalt Mines in Congo

Glencore Plc could reopen its Mutanda Mining copper and cobalt project in Democratic Republic of Congo by the end of 2021, about two years after idling the mine. Congo’s new mines minister, Antoinette N’Samba Kalambayi met with representatives from the Swiss company Monday to discuss the restart of the mine, which closed in November 2019, the ministry said in a statement sent to reporters. Mutanda “will start the commissioning of operations towards the end of this year in order to allow the return to production in 2022,” Glencore said in a separate emailed statement.A…

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Entrepreneur taps into African spirituality to discover the extra benefits of the impepho indigenous plant

African spirituality is incomplete without impepho, an indigenous African plant that, once dried, is burnt to communicate with one’s ancestors. It is used to cleanse, steam, heal, drink for powerful health benefits, and as an offering when praying. First published in the Daily Maverick 168 weekly newspaper. Gogo Majola (25) has turned her curiosity on how to use impepho differently – without burning it – into an entrepreneurship avenue and a spirituality learning curve for everyone, but especially for millennials. In many ways, the younger generation is less informed about African spirituality…

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Small towns are collapsing across South Africa. How it’s starting to affect farming

Farming and agribusiness play a crucial role in sustaining the economies of small towns and rural areas. There is a lot of evidence of this in the economic literature and in the popular media. This dependency has its inherent risks. International literature tends to focus on the devastation of small towns in times of drought or when farming lobby groups argue for particular policies. In South Africa, a different pattern has emerged. This is when municipalities fail to provide basic services to their communities and businesses. These services include water and sanitation, electricity, roads and technological…

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South African motor industry booming despite pandemic

Quietly, while the rest of the country’s economy seems to be gasping for breath and while infrastructure crumbles before our eyes, the motor industry is helping remind us that South Africa has the potential to be great. Global carmakers have bet their money on us as a manufacturing base, not only for the local market, but for export. To help them, the government has set up a number of special economic zones around the country. The one in Tshwane has seen global players Ford in Silverton, as well as BMW…

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A Way to Battle Zoom Fatigue

: Currently the corporate world is experiencing a mix of office bound employees and remote employees. It can be difficult, mentally, for some employees to get those personal interactions and water cooler chats when at home or working from another office. A survey done by Achievers in the UK have shown that at least a third of the workforce feels disconnected from company culture. Video Window has created a software to combat the feeling of being disconnected. Stefan Mayer, Managing Director of Corporate AV Integration, explains that “we have too…

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Surveying instruments that make building of roads and bridges more accurate

The Government’s National Development Plan for 2030 has made specific provision for investment into the building of transport networks to drive economic growth and development in South Africa. In building more roads and bridges, surveyors will have to address a number of challenges in the field. Among these is the need for project accuracy, productivity and efficiency. WorldsView, with its range of Topcon products offers surveyors best-in-class instruments and support.   Topcon’s total stations and GNSS receivers offer a reliable solution. Built to deliver accuracy, intelligent data collection and seamless…

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