Rand-Air strikes gold – again! – Repeat hire to long-standing customer in the gold mining sector

  Rand-Air has been the established leader in the local portable air compressor and generator rental market for 47 years, recently also introducing pumps to its popular rental range. With a central ethos of exceptional customer service – coupled with the regular training and development of its people – the company’s dedication to excellence has paid off once again: this time, in the form of valuable repeat business from a long-standing customer in the gold mining sector. Recently, Rand-Air secured a repeat hire with a long-standing customer in the mining…

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Green bonds are flourishing in the world’s hydrocarbon hub

  INTERNATIONAL – In a region known for oil wells, tankers and sprawling natural-gas plants, green bonds might raise some eyebrows. But when Saudi Electricity Co. and Qatar National Bank sold notes this month designed to fund projects including environmentally friendly buildings, smart meters and infrastructure for distributing renewable power, investors piled in. “If you have an ESG mandate and are looking for a yield pickup in a name with a phenomenally strong balance sheet, then you would be willing to buy,” said Patrick Esteruelas, head of research at Emso…

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Science, technology and innovation as enablers for sustainable agricultural

  By Thulasizwe Mkhabela JOHANNESBURG – It is common knowledge that agriculture by default, as a socio-economic human endeavour, exploits resources as inputs in order to produce food and fibre as outputs. Thus, the idea that agriculture inherently has been depleting resources faster than they could be replenished has been a subject of intense discussion and debate for time immemorial. The oft-cited examples of evidence of imbalanced exploitative economic endeavour – including agriculture- are pollution, soil erosion/loss, wildlife population decline/shifts, and general alteration of a natural and native flora and…

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Circular economy: moving Africa towards environmental sustainability

  A circular economy can support Africa’s economic development, enhance sustainability and help curb future health problems. But it requires collaboration between government, business and consumers. First published by ISS Today. For Africa, the impact of Covid-19 has made thinking about the future more important than ever. Recent analysis by the African Futures and Innovation team at the Institute for Security Studies forecasts that the pandemic is set to undo several years of development progress on the continent. At the same time, Covid-19 has raised questions about how prepared we are for future…

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Unilever partners with government to support SMMEs

Following the outcry over its racist advert posted on the Clicks website. Following the publication of a racially offensive advert on the Clicks website by Unilever hair brand TRESemmé, the personal care and foods products company has committed to partnering with the Department of Small Business Development (DoSBD) to increase investment in small, micro and medium enterprise (SMME) development. The commitment was made on September 18, according to a joint statement issued by Unilever CEO Luc-Olivier Marquet and DoSBD minister Khumbudzo Ntshavheni on September 23. Earlier in September Clicks saw many of…

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SA economy: ‘Manufacturing remains an engine of growth and must be prioritised’

  The sector is at a tipping point. Arabile Gumede interviews Philippa Rodseth from industry body, the Manufacturing Circle. South Africa’s manufacturing sector has reached a tipping point says Eskom CEO and former Manufacturing Circle chairperson, Andre de Ruyter. He delivered the keynote address at the industry body’s AGM, outlining the measures needed to point the sector towards a successful future. Arabile Gumede (in for Bruce Whitfield) interviews Manufacturing Circle Executive Director, Philippa Rodseth. Manufacturing, welder. Picture: Pixabay.com In order to encourage investment she says, South Africa needs policy certainty…

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Adapting the supply chain to the ‘new normal’

  By Andrew Dawson, MD at MACmobile Issued by Evolution PR for MACmobile Johannesburg, 23 Sep 202 Andrew Dawson, MD, MACmobile The supply chain, particularly in the fast-moving consumer goods (FMCG) industry and especially in South Africa’s main or informal market, has traditionally relied heavily on interpersonal contact for ordering and fulfilment. When the COVID-19 pandemic hit, the industry was literally turned on its head. Physical distance has become paramount when it comes to keeping staff safe and healthy, and the model of sales reps visiting stores simply for the…

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Proudly Local: Celebrate African Beauty Brands This Heritage Month

  As Heritage Day approaches it offers a reason to remember our small local businesses, many of whom are still trying to find their feet after a tough couple of months. So, as the country starts to reopen, it is more important than ever to support local. The V&A Waterfront’s Watershed, home to African design reopened its doors last Thursday, welcoming back visitors and allowing them to discover and support some of the best local brands that South Africa and Africa has to offer. Along with many familiar faces and…

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Russian plan to dig biggest Zimbabwe platinum mine clears hurdle

  When complete it is expected to produce 860,000 ounces of platinum group metals and gold a year. By Godfrey Marawanyika, Bloomberg 23 Sep 2020  09:05 Image: Bloomberg A project that aims to develop Zimbabwe’s biggest platinum mine has cleared a significant hurdle, with the African Export-Import Bank completing a due diligence study allowing it to proceed with a $500 million syndicated funding program. While some work has started on the mine, with $100 million spent to date including exploration costs, a significant amount of investment will now be needed if Great Dyke Investments, owned by…

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SA poultry industry invests $60m in expansion

  To grow the industry as the government earlier this year raised tariffs to counter cheap imports. By Prinesha Naidoo, Bloomberg 22 Sep 2020  16:09 Image: Shutterstock South African poultry producers have invested more than half of the funds they committed as part of a so-called master plan to grow the industry as the government earlier this year raised tariffs to counter cheap imports. Around R1 billion ($60.2 million) of the R1.7 billion pledged for expansion by 2022 has already been invested and 5% more chickens are being produced for slaughter each week,…

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