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South African citrus en route to Philippines after 12 years of negotiations
Published: 08 Jun 21
A delegation from the Citrus Growers’ Association of South Africa (CGA) visited the Port of Durban this week to send off the first South African shipment of citrus to the Philippines – a historic occasion that follows 12 years of negotiations between the two countries. The work plan to export South African citrus to the Philippines was signed between the Department Agriculture, Land Reform and Rural Development (DALRRD) and the Philippines Bureau of Plant and Industry (BPI) at the end of 2020.
Ramaphosa calls for Africa to speak with one voice to address climate change
Published: 08 Jun 21
President Cyril Ramaphosa has called for the African continent to speak with one clear voice to "express unwavering support" for the implementation of the United Nations Climate Change Convention and its Paris Agreement. He was speaking during the virtual meeting on the Committee of African Heads of State and Government on Climate Change (CAHOSCC) on June 8.
Epiroc bolsters its digital portfolio through the acquisition of MineRP Epiroc bolsters its digital portfolio through the acquisition of MineRP
Published: 08 Jun 21
Mining company Epiroc has acquired software company MineRP, which specialises in increasing productivity for mines through integrated planning, execution and analytics. “The acquisition is a perfect fit [owing] to the synergies between the two companies,” says Epiroc integration manager Kumeshan Naidu.
New Moody’s scores to reflect ESG risks
Published: 08 Jun 21
Ratings agency Moody’s has published environmental, social and governance (ESG) issuer profile and credit impact scores for various rated issuers in the global metals and mining sector. This follows on the agency’s publication of ESG scores for a range of corporate issuers, utilities and US governments earlier this month and for sovereign issuers in January.
Presidency backs hydrogen strategy, as new report confirms viability of ramp-up to 3.8mt/y by 2050 Presidency backs hydrogen strategy, as new report confirms viability of ramp-up to 3.8mt/y by 2050
Published: 08 Jun 21
Green hydrogen has been identified by The Presidency as the first of five ‘Big Frontier’ strategic investment opportunities and will be directly involved in the finalisation of a much-anticipated ‘Hydrogen Strategy and Investor Roadmap’ Infrastructure & Investment Office head, Dr Kgosientso Ramokgopa, reported during a webinar on Tuesday that attracting investment to support the development of a green-hydrogen industry was viewed as increasingly important by The Presidency to raising fixed investment to 30% of gross domestic product in line with the National Development Plan’s – the figure currently about 17%.
Busa expresses concern over commission’s rejection of Burger King sale
Published: 08 Jun 21
Business Unity South Africa (Busa) has noted with concern the Competition Commission’s recent decision to block the sale of Burger King by Grand Parade Investments to ECP Africa, saying it would have unintended consequences. The commission cited ECP’s lack of black ownership credentials as the basis of its decision.
Gas a bridge for South Africa to become a low-carbon economy
Published: 08 Jun 21
South Africa will need to use gas as a “very solid bridge” to ensure a just and inclusive transition to a low-carbon economy, University of the Witwatersrand (Wits) Business School professor Maurice Radebe has said. The feedstock's acting as a bridge, he explained during a presentation at the Enlit Africa conference on June 8, is feasible when one considers that gas has 55% less emissions than coal.
Stage 2 load-shedding from 5pm – Eskom Stage 2 load-shedding from 5pm – Eskom
Published: 08 Jun 21
Stage 2 load-shedding will be implemented from 17:00 on Tuesday due to delays bringing generating units back online, Eskom said in a statement.  Eskom earlier warned that the power system was severely constrained. Breakdowns currently total 15 498 MW of capacity, while another 1 273 MW of capacity is unavailable due to planned maintenance. Unit 1 of the Koeberg power station has been offline since January for maintenance work. It was supposed to return to service last month, but this still hasn't happened.
Renewable energy organisations to host second series of business development webinars
Published: 08 Jun 21
Following a successful webinar series on business opportunities in the renewable energy sector in 2020, a second series started in May this year in collaboration between the South Africa Wind Energy Association (SAWEA) and the South African Photovoltaic Industry Association (SAPVIA). The 2020 editions served as a capacity building programme for aspiring renewable energy developers to share knowledge and drive effective change, while the second series is themed on developing the local renewable energy value chain.
Ramaphosa places Mkhize on special leave Ramaphosa places Mkhize on special leave
Published: 08 Jun 21
President Cyril Ramaphosa announced on Tuesday that he has placed Health Minister Zweli Mkhize on special leave. This comes as Mkhize revealed that he had met with Ramaphosa to discuss special leave, following his alleged involvement in the Digital Vibes scandal. Minister of Tourism Mmamoloko Kubayi-Ngubane will serve as acting Minister of Health as Ramaphosa awaits the outcome of the Special Investigating Unit probe into Mkhize’s alleged involvement with an irregularly awarded R150-million contract, in 2019. “This period of special leave will enable the Minister to attend to allegations and investigations concerning contracts between the Department of Health and a service provider, Digital Vibes,” the Presidency said in a statement.
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