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Renewable energy vehicles can revolutionise South Africa's public transport system

South Africa has the opportunity to fundamentally change the way we operate our public transport system, if we take the opportunity that is staring us in the face.

By Vincent Raseroka 18 Apr 2019

Driefontein operation. Image: Sibanye-Stillwater
Sibanye strike backfires on Amcu

Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (Amcu) members at Sibanye-Stillwater's gold operations have walked away from a five-month strike no better off than their colleagues from other unions.

18 Apr 2019

20-carat Okavango Blue diamond unveiled
20-carat Okavango Blue diamond unveiled

The biggest blue diamond discovery ever made in Botswana has been unveiled to the world by Okavango Diamond Company (ODC).

18 Apr 2019

Should we expect more private prosecutions for environmental crimes?
Should we expect more private prosecutions for environmental crimes?

Private prosecutions for environmental crimes has always been a thorny issue in South African environmental law. In the recent case of Uzani Environmental Advocacy CC v BP Southern Africa (Pty) Ltd, the Gauteng Division of the High Court in Pretoria found BP Southern Africa (BP) guilty of contravening the provisions of the National Environmental Management Act, 1998 (NEMA), which require fuel retailers to obtain environmental authorisations prior to commencing with any construction of filling stations that trigger certain listed activities.

By Athi Jara 17 Apr 2019

Image: Richards Bay Minerals
Dirty deeds: how to stop Australian miners abroad being linked to death and destruction

Australian companies dominate African mining. The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade counts 175 ASX-listed companies operating in 35 African countries. Professional services company PwC reckons there are more than 200, and that "a golden age of Australia-Africa relations has begun".

By Julia Dehm 17 Apr 2019

Image: Kouga Wind Farm
Renewables are here to stay: Radebe

The current challenges faced by Eskom "would have been worse", were it not for the contribution from renewable energy independent power producers, according Energy Minister, Jeff Radebe.

17 Apr 2019

ASM gold trading platform ensures transparency
ASM gold trading platform ensures transparency

A trading platform that makes it easy to buy ethically mined gold from artisans and small scale miners (ASM) across Africa and the developing world has been launched.

16 Apr 2019

Watson wind farm stopped - for now
Watson wind farm stopped - for now

The controversial decision to grant environmental authorisation for the Watson family's massive wind farm project on the summit of the Groot Winterhoek mountains near Uitenhage has been overturned - at least temporarily.

By John Yeld 16 Apr 2019

Professor Makgopa Tshehla
Can South Africa learn lessons from the mega mistakes of Eskom's mega projects?

Kusile and Medupi power stations continue to come under fire as poorly managed and ill-designed, remaining years behind completion dates amidst drastically rising costs that now stand at R300bn, by conservative estimates. Despite being the most expensive projects in the world, these stations are reportedly failing in reliability, achieving a 40% rate at best.

By Makgopa Tshehla 15 Apr 2019