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Professor Bernard Bladergroen
Better batteries: Energy storage can fight load shedding and develop South Africa

With the ongoing strain on South Africa's electricity grid, and the growing use of renewable energy to mitigate climate change, there is a clear need for reliable and cost-effective energy storage solutions...

By Nicklaus Kruger 13 Jan 2020

Collaboration offers Ghanain students nuclear education opportunity in Russia
Collaboration offers Ghanain students nuclear education opportunity in Russia

Three key Ghanaian universities and Tomsk Polytechnic University (TPU) will start working together to help upcoming engineers, physicists, doctors and researchers from Ghana to receive Master's and postgraduate education in nuclear subjects in Russia...

10 Jan 2020

South Africa has huge 'green fuels' potential. But it needs to act now
South Africa has huge 'green fuels' potential. But it needs to act now

South Africa needs to seriously start thinking about shifting its energy focus. This is for two reasons...

By David Richard Walwyn and Rod Crompton 10 Jan 2020

#BestofBiz 2019: Energy & Mining
#BestofBiz 2019: Energy & Mining

We've compiled our annual #BestofBiz 2019 lists across all our industries featuring our most popular articles, most-read contributors and brand press offices with the most views...

17 Dec 2019

Construction on track at Paardekraal East Wind Farm
Construction on track at Paardekraal East Wind Farm

Perdekraal East Wind Farm is on track to start its commercial operations at the end of July 2020 as planned...

25 Nov 2019

Mining in a circular economy meets stumbling blocks
Mining in a circular economy meets stumbling blocks

Mining companies that take the circular economy seriously by finding creative ways to re-use the same materials will stand the test of time...

By Garyn Rapson & Paula-Ann Novotny 12 Nov 2019

Photo: Africa Energy Corp
#AOW2019: Brulpadda's challenges inspire innovation

The Brulpadda discovery is a "game changer", which has renewed exploration interest in South Africa..

By Nicci Botha 8 Nov 2019

Low-cost alloys would pave the way for affordable medical implants and prosthetics. Monstar Studio/Shutterstock
South Africa is one step closer to processed titanium alloys

William Gregor, an amateur mineralogist and chemist, first discovered ilmenite - some black sand containing one of the world's lightest metals - in the UK in 1791...

By Michael Oluwatosin 7 Nov 2019

Know your business inside out with a Biz Office
Know your business inside out with a Biz Office

New expectations of transparency and authenticity in business means things like organisational purpose, brand stories, how your company does things, what it believes in and what it stands for, can all play a part in how your company sees itself and how it is seen by others...

Issued by Bizcommunity.com 2 Oct 2019

Top ratings for Biz Rate Card 2019
Top ratings for Biz Rate Card 2019

Bizcommunity is excited to announce the relaunch of our Biz Product and Rate Card, featuring all-new product infographics, descriptors and more...

Issued by Bizcommunity.com 27 Sep 2019

Perdekraal East Wind Farm erects first turbine using local team
Perdekraal East Wind Farm erects first turbine using local team

Perdekraal East Wind Farm's first wind turbine has been erected, using a dominantly South African team...

11 Sep 2019

Smart cities will depend on faster adoption of 4IR
Smart cities will depend on faster adoption of 4IR

If you are not digital it will be very difficult to be competitive in industry, or in the buildings you produce. Because what you are building is here for the next 50 years, and it has to be green, smart and automated...

By Taru Madangombe 3 Sep 2019

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Fossil fuel extraction could be contributing to climate change by heating Earth from within

Almost all scientists agree that burning fossil fuels is contributing to climate change. But agreement is less clear cut on how exactly it's influencing rising global temperatures...

By Rizwan Nawaz & Adel Sharif 23 Aug 2019

Safe drone usage on mines
Safe drone usage on mines

Drones are an increasing familiar feature on the mining landscape, therefore safety officers need to know the laws and regulations governing the safe use of these machines...

16 Aug 2019

Kumba Iron Ore's Sishen Mine
Kumba, Rosond sign R2bn next-generation drilling rig deal

Thirty advanced drilling rigs will be rolled out, beginning in January 2020, as part of a R2bn multi-year agreement between service provider, Rosond, and Anglo American Kumba Iron Ore...

13 Aug 2019

Firefighters search for victims after the Brumandinho tailings dam failure in January 2019. Yuri Edmundo/EPA
Investors push for positive global change in tailings management

Tailings are a sand-like byproduct of mining that results from crushing the ore before mineral extraction. Often, tailings are disposed of in dams built with tailings themselves, or with other mine waste products...

By Luis Alberto Torres-Cruz 7 Aug 2019

Dr Martin Clark
Making Magic for mining

Historically, mining is a boom-or-bust industry, where the fickleness of mineral prices could result in extreme success or bankruptcy...

2 Aug 2019

3 steps towards 'glass boxing' your company with a Biz Press Office
3 steps towards 'glass boxing' your company with a Biz Press Office

Since 2001, Bizcommunity anticipated the role of company culture as intellectual capital. Biz Press Offices are a "glass box" game changer, offering a window into 18 industry communities...

Issued by Bizcommunity.com 23 Jul 2019

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Vast subsidies keeping the fossil fuel industry afloat should be put to better use

Capitalism has often been identified as the underlying cause of the climate crisis...

By Alex Lenferna 16 Jul 2019

Joe Keenan, CEO of BME
Evolving technology will change the face of mining

The modern world has seen services like electricity and motorised transport become available across all societies...

By Joe Keenan 8 Jul 2019

The future of mining lies in good leadership
The future of mining lies in good leadership

The mining vision for 2030 is an industry that is growing in investment, production and revenue; is well regulated and well led by ethical leaders, and is competitive, appropriately skilled, modernised and invests in research and development...

4 Jul 2019

Winners of the 2018/19 Science Oscars
Winners of the 2018/19 Science Oscars

The NSTF-South32 Awards - known as the 'Science Oscars' - were held at a prestigious gala dinner in Gauteng on Thursday, 27 June 2019...

3 Jul 2019

A worker makes coal chips for combustion in Calcutta. India’s demand for energy is growing fast. EPA/PIYAL ADHIKARY
Retire all existing and planned fossil fuel power plants to limit warming to 1.5°C

It will be very difficult to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by enough to halt global heating at 1.5°C - the threshold at which catastrophic climate change becomes more likely...

By Marcelle McManus 3 Jul 2019

Perdekraal East foundations completed
Foundations completed at Perdekraal East Wind Farm

The foundations for all 48 of Perdekraal East Wind Farm's turbines have been completed, a full three weeks ahead of schedule.

27 Jun 2019

UJ breaks ground on new Atomic Layer Deposition lab
UJ breaks ground on new Atomic Layer Deposition lab

A major nanofabrication facility that will house world-class Atomic Layer Deposition reactors at the University of Johannesburg broke ground for construction within the Department of Mechanical Engineering Science on Tuesday, 18 June 2019...

19 Jun 2019

Joe Keenan, CEO, BME
Miners tap into suppliers' tech to improve productivity

Protracted pressure on margins over many years has put miners' focus squarely on productivity. Lower commodity prices with a steadily rising cost base and growing compliance requirements have created a perfect storm...

By Joe Keenan 18 Jun 2019

Ntombifuthi Ntuli
Creating a decentralised power generation model

It's time to relook at how energy is supplied in South Africa and to evolve and adapt the country's outdated system...

10 Jun 2019

Tim Frankish, managing director, Solar Saver
Solar power makes strides in innovation

The transformation of the world's energy markets continues to gain momentum. Renewable energy projects, which have seen a rapid decline in cost over the last decade, are increasingly powering the world's large economies...

6 Jun 2019

Otto Shikongo, CEO of Debmarine Namibia
What SA can learn about offshore mining from Namibia

The incredible wealth of the Southern African region's offshore mineral deposits was once again highlighted by the oil and gas find off the coast of Mossel Bay...

By Otto Shikongo 30 May 2019

#AUW2019: Customer mistrust hampers power utility digitalisation
#AUW2019: Customer mistrust hampers power utility digitalisation

Using technology to improve customer service and ultimately drive revenue may not necessarily be clear cut for utilities like Eskom...

16 May 2019

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