Sustainable cement: the simple switch that could massively cut global carbon emissions

August 22 is Earth Overshoot Day, which marks the date when humanity’s demand for ecological resources in a given year exceeds what Earth can regenerate in that year. This results from massive consumption of ecological resources and accumulation of waste. A large portion of this comes from heavy industry and the way we build our cities. Interestingly, Earth Overshoot Day in 2020 is almost exactly two years since Greta Thunberg initiated the first school strike for the climate. Over the past two years, she has inspired millions of people to fight for…

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A year later, Poultry Industry Master Plan appears to be nothing but old chicken in new packaging

When the Poultry Industry Master Plan was signed a year ago this month, no one could have predicted the devastating effects that a pandemic would have on the world during 2020. And while the South African government is working out how to deliver on the promises of increased local production and job creation in terms of the president’s economic recovery plan, the SA Poultry Association has announced that positive gains have been made towards increasing exports of poultry. That said, despite hefty import tariffs being introduced earlier in 2020, poultry…

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SA canegrowers welcome signing of landmark sugar masterplan

JOHANNESBURG – Agricultural group South African Canegrowers on Tuesday welcomed the signing of a landmark sugar industry masterplan which aims to ensure the long-term sustainability and profitability of the sector over the next three years. The agreement signed by the government, sugar industry stakeholders, retailers and other social partners on Monday will also protect the one million livelihoods the industry supports, SA Canegrowers said in a statement. The industry has been under threat in recent years due to cheap imports, unprecedented droughts, falling world prices and a major drop in…

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‘World platinum demand will outstrip supply’

JOHANNESBURG – THE WORLD Platinum Investment Council (WPIC) yesterday projected an annual deficit of the metal this year and next year, with demand expected to outstrip supply on the back of ongoing processing disruptions in South Africa and mine closures due to the Covid-19 pandemic. The WPIC said it expected the market to shift to a record annual deficit of 1.2 million ounces this year, compared with a prior estimate of 336 000 ounces only two months ago. The council said the deficit would be -224 000 ounces for 2021.…

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In-store shoppers: The new retail job trend hitting South Africa

A new form of e-commerce puts workers into retail stores to shop for online customers, offering diversity to clients while providing an interesting entry-level job opportunity. First appeared in Daily Maverick 168 A picture of a bag of carrots pops up on an app and in one swift motion Yolanda Belle finds and grabs the right product, scans it with her phone, and is on to the next thing on the list. The 24-year-old is a full-time professional shopper for OneCart, and moves through the mall with expert precision as she…

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EV shift will turn Mercedes into a smaller company

FRANKFURT – Mercedes parent company Daimler will be a smaller company five years from now, focused on capturing recurring revenues with software-based services as its premium car brand seeks to redefine luxury in an era of electric self-driving cars, Chief Executive Ola Kaellenius said. The Stuttgart-based company is accelerating plans to shift the carmaker beyond combustion-engine vehicles, a step which will result in job losses. “The next five years we will become a smaller company,” Kaellenius told a Reuters Events broadcast on Thursday. “We will have a fundamental change in…

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To thrive in a pandemic, you need to reinvent your business

The Covid-19 pandemic has given rise to many debates. But if there’s one thing commentators appear to be united in, it’s the certainty that our world will be forever changed by it. We’ve all heard the phrase the ‘new normal’, and some economists have predicted that most businesses will have to fundamentally change the way they operate to be able to succeed in a post-Covid global economy. The good news is, that this is entirely possible – science tells us so. Businesses that are sufficiently agile and creative have the…

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A massive windfarm in South Africa is ready for business – creating energy for nearly 500,000 homes

Renewable power generation company, Lekela, has announced that its 140MW Kangnas wind farm in South Africa has successfully reached commercial operations. This marks the completion of all five wind farms in a Lekela-led consortium across South Africa. Together, these total over 600MW and will provide clean, cost-effective power for up to 485,000 South African homes over the next 20 years. The Kangnas wind farm is situated just over 50km east of the town of Springbok in the Nama Khoi Local Municipality of the Northern Cape. Construction for the project began…

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West Coast beach mining challenged by environmentalists

Environmentalists concerned over massive expansion into critical biodiversity areas. By John Yeld, GroundUp 15 Nov 2020 Current beach mining operations for heavy minerals on the West Coast north of the Olifants River estuary. Image: GroundUp Government is facing a High Court challenge that goes to the heart of a surge in mining and prospecting applications along several hundred kilometres of the West Coast and offshore. The legal challenge is to specific decisions taken by the government: its approval of a massive expansion of the current Tormin mineral sands beach mining operation near Lutzville, and…

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NOSCAR award: The ‘heroes of safety’ win again!

DEKRA Industrial SA’s formidable reputation as the leader in non-destructive testing (NDT) and inspections has received further endorsement, with the recent win of a NOSCAR Safety Award. This is acknowledged as a very prestigious accolade and confirmation of excellence in the field of occupational health, safety, environment and risk management — bringing DEKRA Industrial closer to its avowed Vision 2025: to be ‘the global partner for a safe world’. Already in possession of a NOSA 5-star safety grading and declared regional winners of the NOSCAR safety award in 2018, DEKRA Industrial…

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