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Marleny Arnoldi

Marleny Arnoldi

Marleny Arnoldi is a Creamer Media Deputy Editor Online for Engineering News and Mining Weekly.

NOA Group acquires early-stage Khauta solar farm in the Free State

20th May 2024 Local integrated energy company NOA Group has successfully acquired the 350 MW Khauta solar PV facility, near Welkom, in the Free State, from PNE, which started the development of the facility. The addition of the solar farm brings NOA’s total grid-secured assets to 500 MW and closer to its... 

GVK completes 20-storey student housing block in Cape Town

20th May 2024 Privately owned construction company GVK-Siya Zama has completed construction of a 20-storey, 3 000-bed student accommodation block in Cape Town. The 77 000 m2 development also includes 6 700 m2 of retail space and a public square. 

GVK completes 20-storey student housing block in Cape Town
GVK-Siya Zama-constructed student accommodation block in Cape Town

BCIMA urges construction industry to increase safety measures in wake of George tragedy

20th May 2024 The Building and Construction Industry Medical Aid Fund (BCIMA) has called for a review of the safety practices on construction sites and the prioritisation of the health of construction workers following the collapse of a five-storey residential building in George, in the Western Cape earlier... 

BCIMA urges construction industry to increase safety measures in wake of George tragedy

Wine grape supply balances with demand in 2024 harvest season

20th May 2024 The 2024 wine grape harvest has yielded 1.09-million tonnes from 87 848 ha, which is 7% lower than the prior harvest season, industry body Vinpro reports. Vinpro consultation services manager Dr Etienne Terblanche says the 2024 harvest season was a journey marked by careful planning and the... 

Wine grape supply balances with demand in 2024 harvest season

Astral poultry division makes notable financial recovery in H1

20th May 2024 JSE-listed integrated poultry producer Astral Foods has reported improved results for the six months ended March 31, on the back of its “reset, refocus and restart campaign” which was launched in response to significant losses incurred from loadshedding and avian influenza in the 2023 financial... 

Astral poultry division makes notable financial recovery in H1

TPT starts financial year off with increases in bulk, container volumes

17th May 2024 State-owned ports manager Transnet Port Terminals (TPT) has recorded a 10% year-on-year increase in container volumes moved across all 19 of its terminals in the first six weeks of the 2024/25 financial year. Bulk volumes and break-bulk volumes were also up by 5% and 17%, respectively, compared... 

TPT starts financial year off with increases in bulk, container volumes

Get Steel invites comment on proposed foundry project in Benoni

17th May 2024 Local steel processing company Get Steel has invited interested and affected parties to submit comments on a draft scoping report into the refurbishment of the Naledi Foundry, in Benoni, Gauteng. The company also intends to install additional infrastructure and equipment to establish a new... 

Get Steel invites comment on proposed foundry project in Benoni

Glencore expands adherence to standards, reporting frameworks to ensure sustainability

17th May 2024 Global diversified miner Glencore’s emissions and energy use increased in 2023, but the group continues to make strides in managing its operations sustainably and according to ever-evolving standards. Glencore’s total energy use last year was 202 PJ, compared with 194 PJ in 2022. Renewable... 

Glencore expands adherence to standards, reporting frameworks to ensure sustainability
Photo by Bloomberg
Glencore's head office

Jupiter plans to replicate sustainability approach of Tshipi at other manganese mines

16th May 2024 ASX-listed Jupiter Mines continues to advance environment, social and governance (ESG) initiatives at its 49.9%-owned Tshipi manganese mine, in South Africa, alongside its partner Ntsimbintle Mining. Jupiter CEO and MD Brad Rogers says ESG for the company is about real sustainability, genuine... 

Jupiter plans to replicate sustainability approach of Tshipi at other manganese mines
Jupiter CEO and MD Brad Rogers

Harena secures US offtaker for rare earth products from incoming Madagascar project

16th May 2024 Australian natural resources company Harena Resources has signed a nonbinding indicative offtake term sheet with US-based United Rare Earths for the sale and purchase of mixed rare earth carbonate product. Harena is advancing its 75%-owned Ampasindava rare earths ionic clay project in... 

Harena secures US offtaker for rare earth products from incoming Madagascar project
Area around Ampasindava project

Fraser Institute survey shows marked declines in African countries’ investment attractiveness

16th May 2024 The latest Fraser Institute Survey of Mining Companies has found that various African countries, including Niger, Mozambique, Zimbabwe and Senegal, have ranked among the lowest for investment attractiveness for mining exploration. Africa is unfortunately ranked as the region with the most... 

Fraser Institute survey shows marked declines in African countries’ investment attractiveness

Mashatile says Jagersfontein house rebuilding project is advancing

16th May 2024 Deputy President Paul Mashatile has assured the National Council of Provinces that the Jagersfontein house rebuilding project is well under way. This project follows the collapse of a tailings dam wall at the Jagersfontein diamond mine, in the Free State, on September 11, 2022, resulting in a mud... 

Mashatile says Jagersfontein house rebuilding project is advancing
Satellite image of the Jagersfontein tailings dam disaster

Persistent corruption concerns reflect letdowns during sixth administration – Corruption Watch

15th May 2024 Nonprofit monitoring organisation Corruption Watch (CW) has confirmed in its latest report that there are significant concerns about the impact of corruption in the country, particularly a marked lack of confidence in the efficacy and ability of law enforcement agencies to tackle corruption.... 

Itac makes strides in investigation of active yeast dumping from Zim

15th May 2024 The International Trade Administration Commission (Itac) has asked the South African Reserve Bank to impose provisional duties on imports of active yeast originating in or imported from Zimbabwe for six months while further investigation into allegations of dumping is under way. Itac has been... 

Itac makes strides in investigation of active yeast dumping from Zim

Tribunal conditionally approves Sea Harvest’s acquisition of Terrasan businesses

15th May 2024 The Competition Tribunal has conditionally approved the proposed merger whereby subsidiaries of JSE-listed seafood and aquaculture company Sea Harvest intend to acquire certain subsidiaries of Terrasan. The subsidiaries being acquired are those engaged in the catching, processing and sale of... 

Tribunal conditionally approves Sea Harvest’s acquisition of Terrasan businesses

Atlantic appoints versed Ghanaian lawyer, corporate banker to its board

15th May 2024 Aim-, ASX- and Ghana Stock Exchange-listed Atlantic Lithium has appointed Edward Koranteng as nonexecutive director to the board effective immediately. As a lawyer and experienced corporate investment banker with experience in Ghana, he can support the company’s objectives of delivering the... 

Atlantic appoints versed Ghanaian lawyer, corporate banker to its board
Artist impression of planned Ewoyaa project

Organisations call ‘rushed’ NHI Bill an electioneering ploy

14th May 2024 Business Leadership South Africa (BLSA) has again expressed concern about the National Health Insurance (NHI) Bill on the eve of its planned promulgation by President Cyril Ramaphosa’s. Signing the NHI as is into law will discount the significant public comment having been made on the proposed... 

Organisations call ‘rushed’ NHI Bill an electioneering ploy

Unemployment rate worsens to 32.9%

14th May 2024 South Africa’s official unemployment rate has widened by 0.8 of a percentage point to 32.9% in the first quarter of the year, compared with 32.1% in the fourth quarter of last year. The number of employed people in South Africa increased by 22 000 to 16.7-million, but the number of unemployed... 

Unemployment rate worsens to 32.9%
Photo by Reuters
Job seekers waiting for casual work next to a road in Johannesburg

VR8 mulls most favourable terms after signing third offtake MoU

13th May 2024 Australia-headquartered Vanadium Resources (VR8) has signed a memorandum of understanding with China-based Hunan Zhongxin New Materials Technology for the offtake of 4 000 t/y of vanadium oxide, over a period of five years. The nonbinding MoU states that Hunan can extend the offtake agreement... 

Kefi nears construction start at Tulu Kapi

13th May 2024 London-listed Kefi Gold and Copper says the remaining finance syndicate approval process in respect of the Tulu Kapi project, in Ethiopia, is on track for final approvals this month. The company has started with launch preparations on site ahead of construction, which is earmarked to start by... 

Caledonia starts year with higher output, profit

13th May 2024 Gold miner Caledonia Mining says its production and profit was supported by a favourable gold price in the first quarter of the year, which has continued through April and into May. The company’s Blanket and Bilboes mines, in Zimbabwe, recorded a 6% increase in production to 17 476 oz, compared... 

Caledonia starts year with higher output, profit
Caledonia's Blanket mine shaft

AngloGold starts year with 2% higher output despite flooding in Australia

10th May 2024 Gold miner AngloGold Ashanti has started the year off well, with a 2% increase in production to 581 000 oz for the quarter ended March 31, despite the impact of heavy rain and flooding on output in Western Australia. CEO Alberto Calderon says the company is seeing greater consistency from most of... 

AngloGold starts year with 2% higher output despite flooding in Australia
AngloGold CEO Alberto Calderon

Tirupati grows production, sales but warns of working capital limitations

10th May 2024 London-listed Tirupati Graphite has successfully grown its commercial production by 49% year-on-year and its sales revenue by 70% year-on-year for the financial year ended March 31, despite working capital limitations. Chairperson Shishir Poddar attributes the company’s strong performance to... 

DRDGOLD posts lower third-quarter output, but higher earnings

10th May 2024 JSE-listed gold recovery company DRDGOLD has generated higher adjusted earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortisation (Ebitda) for the quarter ended March 31, compared with the same quarter of last year, despite having produced slightly fewer ounces. Adjusted Ebitda in the... 

DRDGOLD posts lower third-quarter output, but higher earnings

Pilot Crushtec introduces Swedish brand of large-scale crushers in Southern Africa

10th May 2024 Local mobile and semi-mobile crushing and screening equipment provider Pilot Crushtec has expanded its product lineup to the Southern African mining market with the addition of Swedish brand Jonsson’s crushers and screens. The range complements the company’s existing offering of Metso equipment,... 

Pilot Crushtec introduces Swedish brand  of large-scale crushers in Southern Africa
The Jonsson L 230-330 crushing and screening machine

Latest El Niño among harshest in history – CSIR

10th May 2024 A research team tasked to monitor the impact of the El Niño Southern Oscillation (ENSO) climatic phenomenon has confirmed that the 2023/24 El Niño was among the top five strongest on record. El Niño is associated with warmer and drier weather conditions in South Africa.  

Latest El Niño among harshest in history – CSIR

Johnson Matthey forecasts lower palladium, rhodium deficits, but larger platinum deficit

9th May 2024 Chemicals and sustainable technologies provider Johnson Matthey says the palladium and rhodium markets are likely to record smaller deficits this year, while platinum is likely to record a deficit of 600 000 oz on the back of lower primary supplies. It states in its latest yearly ‘PGM Market... 

Johnson Matthey forecasts lower palladium, rhodium deficits, but larger platinum deficit

Umoyilanga Avondale solar farm in Upington takes delivery of first modules

9th May 2024 Global smart PV and energy storage solutions provider Trina Solar has started delivering modules to the 115 MW Umoyilanga Avondale solar project, in Upington, under a strategic partnership with two Chinese corporations. Trina’s partnership with China Energy International Group (CEIG) and China... 

Lotus confirms significant uranium potential in updated Letlhakane MRE

9th May 2024 ASX-listed Lotus Resources has published a revised mineral resource estimate (MRE) of 155.3-million tonnes, grading 345 parts per million (ppm) triuranium octoxide (U3O8), for the Letlhakane uranium project, in Botswana. This means the project can deliver 80-million pounds of recovered uranium... 

Lotus confirms significant uranium potential in updated Letlhakane MRE

Tertiary granted enviro approval for exploration on second Zambian prospect

9th May 2024 Aim-listed Tertiary Minerals’ environmental project brief (EPB) for the Mupala copper project, in Zambia, has been approved by the Zambia Environmental Management Agency, which allows the company to start mineral exploration on site. The Mupala project is located 12 km west of the company’s... 

Sappi records higher earnings amid better demand, but market volatility remains

9th May 2024 JSE-listed paper and packaging manufacturer Sappi has posted a 10% year-on-year increase in its earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortisation (Ebitda) to $183-million for the quarter ended March 31. This compares with Ebitda of $167-million generated in the same quarter of last... 

Sappi records higher earnings amid better demand, but market volatility remains

West African progresses bulk earthworks, tailings dam construction at Kiaka

8th May 2024 ASX-listed West African Resources has made significant progress on its Kiaka gold project, in Burkina Faso, as construction continues to advance on the 219 000 oz/y operation. In particular, the company is nearing completion of a water storage dam and bulk earthworks for a mining services area.  

Equites starts wheeling power from distribution centre to head office in Cape Town

8th May 2024 Property developer Equites Property Fund has officially started wheeling renewable energy onto Cape Town’s grid from solar panels atop its newly built distribution centre in Parow. The company is among the first to begin wheeling energy for the municipal grid, with its current offtaker being a... 

Equites starts wheeling power from distribution centre to head office in Cape Town
Equites' distribution centre, in Parow

High Court dismisses embattled Tongaat’s appeal on levies owed to industry

8th May 2024 After not paying levies owed to the South African Sugar Association (Sasa) since October 2022, sugar producer Tongaat Hulett has again been ordered by the Durban High Court to pay the outstanding levies. The levies are essential to the economic survival of many sugarcane farmers and the... 

High Court dismisses embattled Tongaat’s appeal on levies owed to industry

GoviEx hosts Minister at Madaouela to show its commitment to transparency, collaboration

8th May 2024 TSX-V-listed GoviEx Uranium this week hosted a Ministerial delegation at its Madaouela uranium project, in Niger, amid ongoing discussions with government as the project development advances. Niger Mines Minister Ousmane Abarchi visited the site along with the governor of the Agadez region and... 

Sappi signs PPA with trading platform to supply solar power to its South African operations

8th May 2024 Paper and packaging group Sappi has signed a milestone 175 GWh/y renewable energy power purchase agreement (PPA) with private electricity trading company Enpower Trading. Sappi is working towards attaining various science-based target objectives, with the renewable energy solution aimed at... 

Sappi signs PPA with trading platform to supply solar power to its South African operations

Commercial vehicle industry poised to grow, grasp new opportunities despite challenges

8th May 2024 The commercial vehicle industry in South Africa is getting to understand the opportunities in the automotive sector, such as in the autonomous vehicles space, despite various macroeconomic challenges, event organiser Messe Frankfurt South Africa MD Michael Dehn said during the Futureroad vehicle... 

Commercial vehicle industry poised to grow, grasp new opportunities despite challenges
Messe Frankfurst South Africa MD Michael Dehn

Marula appoints young local professional as Larisoro mine manager

7th May 2024 UK- and South Africa-listed Marula Mining has appointed local professional Benard Kiprotich as mine manager for the Larisoro manganese mine, in Kenya, which is managed by Marula’s wholly-owned subsidiary Muchai Mining Kenya. His appointment follows the company partnering with Kenyan manganese... 

Marula appoints young local professional as Larisoro mine manager

Avanti appoints mining veteran Jonah as chair, acquires gold prospect in Botswana

7th May 2024 Canada-listed Avanti Gold has appointed Sir Samuel Jonah director and chairperson of the company, at a time when the company explores a stretch of newly acquired prospective terrain in Botswana. Jonah has made valuable contributions to the mining sector in Africa, including as former president... 

Avanti appoints mining veteran Jonah as chair, acquires gold prospect in Botswana
Avanti chairperson Sir Samuel Jonah

World Bank suggests actions for lower-emission agricultural land use

7th May 2024 The World Bank has outlined in a report the actions that every country can take to make the global agrifood system more sustainable and achieve markable reductions in greenhouse-gas (GHG) emissions. The bank says the world is faced with a largely misunderstood reality in that the system that... 

World Bank suggests actions for lower-emission agricultural land use

South Africa becoming a viable international arbitration destination – law firm

3rd May 2024 Law firm Pinsent Masons finds there is increasing interest in South Africa as a viable option for international arbitration. In the dynamic landscape of global commerce, the role of arbitration cannot be overstated, said Pinsent legal director Emma Roberts. 

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