SMME Support as of July 2020

What the Renewable Energy (IPP) Projects have contributed to the Small Medium Micro Enterprises in South Africa

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The purpose of this presentation is to provide the information on what the Renewable Energy (IPP) Projects have contributed to the Small Medium Micro Enterprises in South Africa.


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Renewable energy engineering firm AfiCoast Engineers SA has announced that a new company,
AfriCoast Energy, will now be responsible for all future renewable energy projects - particulary
wind and solar - while it will also play a key role in guiding AfriCoast Engineers' current
basket of renewable energy projects.

Industry News

Platinum giants eye solar power as green answer to blackouts

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The world’s biggest platinum miners are ramping up plans to build renewable energy plants to free them from power outages that have plagued South Africa for more than a decade and to reduce their carbon footprint. Sibanye-Stillwater, the No. 1 platinum miner, Impala Platinum Holdings and Anglo American Platinum said they plan to scale up solar and wind farms for their own use to cut reliance on state-owned utility Eskom Holdings, some of whose aging coal-fired plants have failed to keep up with electricity demand.

Maseko resigns as Telkom chief

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Telkom Group CEO Sipho Maseko will step down as CEO and executive director of the company and its subsidiaries, effective June 30, 2022. Maseko joined Telkom on April 1, 2013, and, during his eight-year tenure, evolved the business from a traditional fixed business to a portfolio of businesses comprising mobile, information technology, wholesale infrastructure business and masts and towers.

Embraer reports its commercial aircraft delivery and backlog figures for the second quarter

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Brazilian aerospace group Embraer on Wednesday reported its commercial aircraft deliveries and order backlogs during the second quarter of this year (2Q21). The company’s commercial aircraft business is divided into airliners and executive (business) jets. During 2Q21, Embraer delivered 14 airliners. These included the first of four new-generation E195-E2s ordered by Switzerland’s Helvetic Airways. As part of its fleet renewal programme, Helvetic had originally ordered 12 of the smaller new-generation E190-E2 airliners. However, the carrier subsequently converted the last four of these into four E195-E2s. (The eight E190-E2s have already all been delivered to the airline.) In all, during the quarter the manufacturer delivered seven standard E175 and seven E195-E2 airliners.

Vodacom reports strong 2021 first quarter

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Telecommunications giant Vodacom has reported strong results for the quarter ended June 2021 on the back of a good performance in South Africa and a recovery in the international business. Group revenue climbed 9% to R24.8-billion, while group service revenue increased 2.2% to R19.2-billion. On a normalised basis, this represented growth of 14.2% and 7.8% respectively, as the group’s international business growth accelerated.

South32 secures power for Hillside, weighs green options

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Diversified miner South32 has finalised an energy supply agreement for its Hillside aluminium smelter, in South Africa. The miner on Friday said that the National Energy Regulator of South Africa had approved the long-term energy supply agreement between Hillside and national energy provider Eskom, securing the smelter’s energy supply until 2031 under a rand-based tariff with a rate of escalation linked to the South Africa Producer Price Index.

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