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National Treasury partners with HSRC to build analytical capabilities within metros
Published: 14 May 21
The National Treasury has launched eight metro reports containing spatialised economic data drawn from anonymised administrative tax data. South African cities and towns are characterised by a spatial mismatch between where people live and economic activity, resulting in the exclusion of a large percentage of the population, particularly lower-income and historically disadvantaged groups, from participating in the economy. The data contained in the reports is integral to supporting the work of policymakers and planners within municipalities to make better informed, data-driven decisions and policies to address these structural inequalities within cities and boost economic growth.
Ethiopia cancels 27 idle mining licences in push for development
Published: 14 May 21
Ethiopia has cancelled 27 idle mining licences and sent warnings to three companies, the mines ministry said on Friday, as the government looks to spur production. Ethiopia has now cancelled 90 mining licences, including 63 it revoked in December.
Professional civil servants core to establishing effective, capable State
Published: 14 May 21
A host of civil engineering and public service experts have noted that developing professional civil servants was necessary to ensure the development of an equitable, effective and efficient State that serves the interests of citizens and not politicians. Professionalism in the public service will allow for national developmental goals to be translated into concrete action and changes throughout governmental structures, from planning to development to operation. Government structures will continue to pursue these developmental aims and projects that are in progress even if there are changes in political offices, South Africa Public Service Commissioner Dr Somadoda Fikeni said during a webinar on May 13.
Parliamentary Committee receives reports on arms control and financial control
Published: 14 May 21
Parliament’s Joint Standing Committee on Defence has welcomed confirmation of South Africa’s continuing compliance with its international arms control commitments. It did so in a statement released on Friday. The statement followed the Committee’s reception of the latest reports from the National Conventional Arms Control Committee (NCACC). These reports, for the third and fourth quarters of last year, covered all the transfers of ‘controlled items’.
New technologies transforming mining, metals industry – ICMM New technologies transforming mining, metals industry – ICMM
Published: 14 May 21
New technologies are transforming the mining and metals industry, making it cleaner and safer, says the International Council on Mining and Metals (ICMM), which is progressing an 'innovation for cleaner, safer vehicles' initiative. The initiative brings together 28 of the world’s leading mining companies and the largest original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) to collaborate in a non-competitive space to accelerate the development of a new generation of mining vehicles and improve existing ones.
DSI, DHET collaborate to establish a national open learning system
Published: 14 May 21
The departments of Science and Innovation (DSI) and Higher Education and Training (DHET), are working together to establish a National Open Learning System that will provide online learning opportunities in the post school education and training system. The departments are also considering the findings of, firstly, the Ministerial Task Team report on the sectoral implications of the Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR), and secondly, of the Presidential Commission on 4IR.
Deep-South appoints Knight Piésold for Haib scoping studies, assessments
Published: 14 May 21
TSX-V-listed minerals explorer and developer Deep-South Resources has appointed engineering and environmental consulting firm Knight Piésold Consulting to conduct scoping studies and assessments on the Haib copper project, in Namibia. Knight Piésold, with an office in Namibia since 2008, has extensive experience in environmental, bulk water supply, power and heap leaching projects in Namibia and Southern Africa.
Western Cape asks public for input on Inclusionary Housing Policy Framework
Published: 14 May 21
The Western Cape government on May 14 published an Inclusionary Housing Policy Framework for public comment. The framework will help municipalities in the Western Cape facilitate the inclusion of more affordable housing units in developments in their municipal areas.
Drill results confirm high-grade tin mineralisation at Alphamin’s DRC project
Published: 14 May 21
Initial assay results and an exploration update on tin miner Alphamin Resources’ Mpama South exploration drilling programme has confirmed high-grade tin mineralisation at the project in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. So far, 8 700 m of the planned 16 000 m diamond drill programme has been completed.
100-bed hospital handed over in East London 100-bed hospital handed over in East London
Published: 14 May 21
Siemens South Africa, the German Ministry of Economic Cooperation and Development and the Solidarity Fund officially handed over a separate 100-bed modular hospital solution to the Cecilia Makiwane Hospital, in Mdantsane, near East London, on May 14. Built in fewer than 100 days, the hospital extension is intended to alleviate healthcare pressure brought on by the Covid-19 pandemic and improve access to healthcare, even beyond the pandemic.
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