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Image of an Audi EV charging Audi SA, GridCars wrap up initial EV charging network rollout
Published: 15 Aug 22
Audi South Africa (SA), in partnership with GridCars, have finalised the installation of 33 electric vehicle (EV) new charging stations across the country.  The chargers include four 150 kW (DC) ultrafast, five 80 kW (DC) fast, and twenty-four 22 kW (AC) EV charger installations.
Thungela CEO July Ndlovu Thungela declares whopping R8.2bn half-year dividend on R8.9bn free cash
Published: 15 Aug 22
JSE- and London-listed thermal coal-mining and marketing company Thungela has approved the declaration of an interim gross ordinary cash dividend totalling R8.2-billion from retained earnings accrued during the six months to June 30, on profit for the reporting period of R9.6-billion, which is more than 27 times higher than last year’s first-half profit. Thungela was listed in Johannesburg and London in June 2021 following the demerging of Anglo American’s the South African thermal coal operations.
Caracal reports continued progress at Kilimapesa project
Published: 15 Aug 22
LSE- and FSE-listed Caracal Gold has reported solid progress in the development of its Kilimapesa gold mine and processing operation, in Kenya, during the quarter ended June 30.  Exploration on the Kilimapesa Hill Deposit (KHD), which began in December last year, culminated in an updated mineral resource estimate (MRE) being announced on July 12, which showed an expanded measured, indicated and inferred resource of 12.15-million tonnes at 1.5 g/t gold for 565 700 oz of contained gold, following a successful resource expansion drill campaign. 
Private sector assistance in public sector issues requires clear, concise objectives – BLSA
Published: 15 Aug 22
Business Leadership South Africa (BLSA) CEO Busi Mavuso says clear and concise requests by the public sector or government go a long way in helping the private sector plan and implement initiatives to address business and societal problems, while vague and open-ended requests do little to alleviate problems. “I spend a lot of time in engagements with other social partners about how business can best work with government and others. I have learned there are effective ways of getting positive outcomes but there are also ineffective ways that disappoint everyone,” she says.
Programme launched to train youth as solar PV service technicians
Published: 15 Aug 22
Renewable energy skills development agency Nepoworx Renewable Energy Institution (Nepoworx) and the Manufacturing, Engineering and Related Services Sector Education and Training Authority have signed a memorandum of agreement (MoA) to implement a nationwide green skills programme. The programme is targeted at unemployed youth and is designed to train them as solar photovoltaic (PV) service technicians, capable of being employed thereafter, either at PV plants or to conduct rooftop solar PV installations.
Public wage talks: major union asks members to vote on first strike in 12 years
Published: 15 Aug 22
The Public Servants Association (PSA) will begin balloting its members this week on whether to commence with its first strike in over a decade as the public service wage talks grind on with little progress. The last time the PSA went on strike in the public service was in 2010, demanding an 8.6% wage hike, having rejected government's 6.5% offer. That strike was successful.
Bill Gates’ TerraPower raises $750m for cheaper nuclear
Published: 15 Aug 22
Bill Gates-backed TerraPower raised at least $750-million to advance efforts to develop small-scale nuclear reactors, including a major investment from South Korean conglomerate SK Group. SK will invest $250-million to add a stake in the technology developer, which aims to commercialize smaller and cheaper designs than conventional nuclear plants, the companies said Monday in separate statements.
Barloworld plans gender-bond sale in first for South Africa
Published: 15 Aug 22
Barloworld, the South African car dealer and supplier of equipment to the mining industry, is marketing the nation’s first sale of debt linked to gender-diversity targets. The Johannesburg-based company is planning to raise as much as R1-billion in three-year and five-year bonds, with the rates linked to goals for women in its leadership structures, as well as participation of businesses owned by black women in its supply chain.
Consultancy sought to develop groundwater strategy for Limpopo River basin
Published: 15 Aug 22
The Southern African Development Community Groundwater Management Institute (SADC-GMI) and the Limpopo Watercourse Commission (Limcom) have issued a request for expressions of interest for a consultancy to develop a groundwater strategy for the Limpopo River Basin (LRB). The LRB is shared by four SADC member States – Botswana, Mozambique, South Africa and Zimbabwe.
Transnet Property, dept reach agreement on housing displaced community members
Published: 15 Aug 22
Transnet Property, a division of Transnet, has reached an agreement with the Department of Human Settlements with regard to housing displaced people at the Montclair Lodge, in Durban. Transnet Property says this follows the illegal occupation of the building by displaced flood victim community members on July 23.
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