How SA mining proved to be resilient in the face of Covid-19

The Covid-19 pandemic has been a challenge that no one could have anticipated. It has had a wide-reaching impact on all industries across the globe, and the South African mining sector is no exception. While necessary precautions were put in place as early as possible, there’s still no telling just how much the mining industry will be affected in the long term. One thing we do know is that despite what seems to be the light at the end of the tunnel, with the easing of lockdown restrictions, we cannot…

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It’s time for a revolution: Government gazettes SA’s 4IR blueprint

The report that outlines SA’s strategy and planned response to the fourth industrial revolution (4IR) has been gazetted. This comes shortly after Cabinet approved its publication, charting a way forward for the framework that makes recommendations on how best the country can position itself in the global 4IR context. Compiled by the Presidential Commission on 4IR (PC4IR), the report was promulgated in the Government Gazette dated 23 October 2020. According to the PC4IR, the fourth industrial revolution is an opportunity for SA to achieve Vision 2030 and beyond. In the gazette, it…

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Automotive industry investment in SA set to decline

    Planned capital investment by South Africa’s automotive industry, which increased in 2019 to its second highest level on record at R7.2 billion, appears set to decline until there is a global recovery in GDP growth and export markets from the impact of Covid-19. A new National Association of Automobile Manufacturers of South Africa (Naamsa) confidence index, which anonymously canvassed the opinions of each of the CEOs of the seven automotive original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) in South Africa, revealed that 64.7% of them believe investment expenditure declined in the…

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Why a South African community mistrusts big industry and what needs to change

  For most of the 20th century, manufacturing, mining and other industries in South Africa developed without many legal restrictions. This resulted in industrial risks such as environmental pollution, contamination and health impacts. The fact that industrial development took place close to poor communities wasn’t considered important. Unfortunately, the post-apartheid geographic landscape hasn’t changed much. There are many examples of South African communities and environments exposed to industrial risks. Since the country’s democratic transition in 1994, important regulations and legislation have been developed about the impact of industry on the environment and society. But air…

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How the reconstruction and recovery plan will impact SMEs

  JOHANNESBURG – Acknowledging the devastating impact Covid-19 has had on the global economy, the President has announced the reconstruction and recovery plan for SA, with a focus on inclusive growth. ; Some of the main focus areas are job creation and reindustrialisation of the economy. Examples of where the impact could be felt by SA SMEs includes the following. The government plans to bring forward the rollout of various large infrastructure projects, which typically have a positive knock on effect on SMEs that are suppliers to big projects and…

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GREEN AND INTEGRATED APPROACHES COULD ADDRESS FOOD SECURITY CHALLENGES

  Marking World Food Day, fdt Africa says stakeholders must collaborate across a broader value chain Agriculture and food production does not happen in isolation, and to maximise food production and address world hunger, stakeholders across a broad value chain have to start working more collaboratively and sustainably. This is according to advisors at Africa’s largest industry specific co-location, food & drink technology Africa (fdt Africa) the premier trade fair of food and beverage processing and packaging technologies, IFAT Africa the leading trade fair for water, sewage, refuse and recycling…

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Renewable energy and agricultural processing project boost employment in oil conflict-ridden Niger Delta region of Southern Nigeria

  The Niger Delta, an area with a chequered past of exploitation, is set to benefit from a renewable energy plant and an agriculture processing project providing electricity, jobs and economic empowerment Asanita Agricultural Processing Company has secured funding to build a renewable energy power plant and a cassava processing to ethanol plant in Southern Nigeria. The project located on a 40-hectare estate in Edo State in the Niger Delta region, will produce 50,000 litres per day of ethanol and deliver electricity for up to 300 homes. By creating hundreds…

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Made in SA, not China.’ Why Foschini, Mr Price and Truworths now want local clothes

  After years of relying on Chinese imports, large South African clothing retailers are starting to source and manufacture more of their products locally. This enables them to respond faster to local fashion and weather trends. Sourcing SA-made summer clothes is easier than getting winter clothing, however. South African clothing retailers are reconsidering their love affair with cheap Chinese imports in favour of locally manufactured apparel. And while the disruption to international supply chains due to Covid-19 has emphasised the need to reduce reliance on Asian imports, the pandemic is…

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ESPRIT for Profit Unlocks the Full Potential of Tools

  ESPRIT for Profit is a new, special edition of the popular software that works for tools which require specific toolpaths generated only with CAM systems.   Montpellier, France (15 October 2020)—Thomas Edison is quoted as saying, “There’s a way to do it better—find it.” This is the continuous challenge in which ESPRIT for Profit was born. Tool manufacturers offer innovative tools with high potential to save time and money and to machine difficult parts and materials. Those tools could be valuable for machine shops. Unfortunately, it isn’t always easy…

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Guardian Glass and Eastman Partner on the Ultimate Color Neutral Laminated Glass

    Guardian Glass and Eastman Partner on the Ultimate Color Neutral Laminated Glass   KINGSPORT, Tenn., October 15, 2020 – Continuing demand for superior low-iron glass products in both the premium commercial and residential markets is being met with an innovative collaboration between Eastman and Guardian Glass. Eastman and Guardian are jointly announcing Eastman’s new Saflex® Crystal Clear PVB interlayer, which is designed to produce one of the most color neutral, brilliant laminated low-iron glass products available today: Guardian UltraClear® LamiGlass™ Neutral.   “Until now, laminating low-iron glass was…

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