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October 3, 2018

CABINET HAS APPROVED THE NEW MINING CHARTER

Speaking at a post-cabinet briefing in Cape Town on Thursday, Communications Minister Nomvula Mokonyane said President Cyril Ramaphosa would reveal details of the charter on Friday when he is due to brief the media on economic stimulus measures.

The draft, aimed at setting ownership and transformation targets for the sector, was opposed by the industry even though it acknowledged that the current document was in many respects an improvement on the previous one proposed by Mineral Resources Minister Gwede Mantashe’s predecessor Mosebenzi Zwane.

The draft charter had a requirement of 10% ‘free carry’ interest for mining communities and employees on new mining rights as [...]

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August 6, 2018

TOP SPOT FOR LOCAL SCIENTIST AMONG WORLD’S BEST

Shireen Mentor, a 29-year-old resident of Montevideo, near Manenberg, has been named one of the world’s top young scientists.

Mentor, a PhD student from the University of the Western Cape (UWC) has just returned from a prestigious science conference in Germany, and is already preparing for her next visit to the USA.

Mentor’s five-day trip to Germany late last month came after being selected to attend the 68thLindau Nobel Laureate Meeting, which is one of the most prestigious science conferences in the world.

She was one of six South African female scientists nominated by the Academy of Science of South Africa to attend the event, which hosted 600 of the world’s [...]

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July 16, 2018

RENEWABLE ENERGY GIVES POWER AND JOBS TO CLANWILLIAM

The Western Cape town of Clanwilliam’s first retail shopping centre to be opened on Thursday is an example of how renewable energy is aiding economic development in small towns with limited access to the national grid, an energy company executive said on Wednesday.

SOLA Future Energy installed a solar photovoltaic system providing the additional power for the Cedar Mill Mall that state-owned power utility Eskom could not supply.

Eskom indicated that it was able to supply only 250 kVA of continuous power due to constraints on the grid, while the mall’s developers, Noble Property, needed at least 500 kVA to get the project off the ground.

“The solution was to [...]

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July 16, 2018

PERMISSION GRANTED FOR CEO SLEEPOUT IN MANDELAS CELL

The bid would allow a wealthy funder to spend a night in Madiba’s prison cell on Robben Island at a minimum cost of $250‚000 (about R3.4-million).

The Robben Island Museum this week joined in criticism of the auction‚ saying they were shocked to hear of it. The Nelson Mandela Foundation also distanced itself from it.

In a statement‚ the CEO SleepOut said it had not intended any offence.

The trustees extended their “sincere apologies if they have offended anyone in their quest to raise funds for worthy causes‚ as this is certainly not its intent”.

The initiative was not unauthorised‚ the trustees stated.

“The CEO SleepOut [...]

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