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BMDM announced today the launch of a campaign to raise public awareness about plastic pollution. Plastic pollution has become one of the most pressing environmental issues, as rapidly increasing production of disposable plastic products overwhelms the world’s ability to deal with them. Plastic pollution is most visible in developing Asian…
MRS addresses long-coupled pump failure on Mpumalanga Coal mine  Long-Coupled Centrifugal Pumps have always proved popular due to the availability of the motors used and the fact that the motor and pump can be serviced individually. These pumps however require careful coupling alignment when assembled in order to avoid misalignments…
Johannesburg, 17 January 2020. The plastics and packaging industries of South Africa, represented by Packaging SA and Plastics SA, have both welcomed the announcement made by Ms Barbara Creecy, Minister of Environment­­, Forestry and Fisheries (DEFF) to scrap the existing Section 28 plan for developing an Industry Waste Management Plan…
Cape Town, 28 January 2020. Alison Bryant of the Keep Plett Clean Campaign is the winner of the Caroline Reid Award for the Cleanup Champion of 2019 – a  new, annual award established by Plastics|SA to recognise and reward excellence in South Africa by an individual in the field of…
Clarion Events Africa’s Media division is thriving“Clarion Events Africa’s trade publications are not only surviving, but thriving, because we have managed to reinvent the medium by embracing digital and key event partnerships to have a 360⁰ live visibility and accessibility.” This is according to Ross Hastie, Group Director Media at…
By Gillian Niven and Paula-Ann Novotny, both environmental law specialists at Webber Wentzel There has been much discussion following Minister Mantashe's statements at the 26th Investing in Africa Mining Indaba relating to forthcoming legislative amendments which would allow mining companies to generate their own power without licences from the National Energy Regulator of…
African Utility Week & POWERGEN Africa to focus on large power users in May“More than 30% of South African mining projects will be terminated prematurely due to additional power costs if suitable solutions are not found within the next 12 months” says Ted Blom, independent power and mining expert and…
By Jason van der Poel, Mzukisi Kota & Alexandra Felekis, Partners at Webber Wentzel On 3 February 2020, subsequent to the Minister of Mineral Resources and Energy, Gwede Mantashe's, address at the 26th Investing in Africa Mining Indaba, a series of headlines appeared proclaiming that "mining companies can generate own power without licenses".  Several…
African Utility Week & POWERGEN Africa, the leading energy event on the continent for the last 20 years, has clinched once again the AAXO ROAR Award for Best Trade Exhibition in the 12000+ sqm category. The event is organised by the multi-award-winning Cape Town-based trade exhibition and conference organiser Clarion Events…
by Jonathan Veeran, Manus Booysen, Jason van der Poel, Merlita Kennedy, Lizle Louw, Kate Collier The keynote address by minerals and energy minister Gwede Mantashe at this year’s Investing in African Mining Indaba conference covered a range of topics of importance to the industry. Here is the reaction from some of Webber Wentzel's Mining Sector experts to…
Award-winning South African agritech company takes US market by storm  CAPE TOWN - In the space of a single year, South African agritech enterprise Aerobotics has won numerous awards and made strategic inroads into the massively competitive US agriculture industry. Propelled by world-leading technology, the South African success story is poised to…
by Garyn Rapson, Gillian Niven & Paula-Ann Novotny at Webber Wentzel On 17 January 2020, the long-awaited notice extending the transitional timeframe for compliance with the Financial Provisioning Regulations, 2015 (FP Regulations) was published by Minister Creecy (Extension Notice). In terms of the Extension Notice, the applicable MPRDA rights holders…

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