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Call for Nominations - 2019 South African Women in Science Awards

Making the Fourth Industrial Revolution work for Women

The Department of Science and Technology (DST) calls for nominations for the 2019 South African Women in Science Awards (SAWiSA). The awards recognise and reward excellence by women scientists and researchers, and profile them as role models for younger women. The awards will be made to women who are South African citizens or permanent residents.

Not all doom and gloom for mining industry

The South African mining sector is facing many challenges, but regulatory certainty and President Cyril Ramaphosa’s administration could spell a new dawn for the industry.

While it has been the main driver of the South African economy for many decades, the mining sector is under increasing pressure from rising costs, regulatory uncertainty and waning investor confidence, but there is hope that President Cyril Ramaphosa’s government will usher in a new dawn for the industry.

Another move up world rankings for Wits School of Mining Engineering

13 March 2019 – Johannesburg: The global standing of the School of Mining Engineering at Wits University has been boosted by another step up in the QS World University Rankings – to 13th place in 2019.

Last year, the school had also moved upward in these rankings, reaching the number 15 spot from its 22nd place in 2017. The latest achievement allows it to retain its position as the highest ranked school at Wits University; it is also the only mining school on the African continent to feature in the top 50 mining schools worldwide.

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Mining Weekly | Africa

24 January 2022

The latest mining world news and project information from Africa. providing updates on the progress of future, new and existing projects. Developments in mining legislation, policies, investments and infrastructure will be highlighted
  • There’s a buying frenzy in cheap and tiny diamonds
    A surge in diamond demand that began in the early Covid lockdowns is showing no sign of easing, and now even the cheapest, smallest stones are getting caught up in a buying frenzy. Low-end diamonds — the sort that you might find in jewellery displayed in a local WalMart — has been a tough business for most of the last decade. There’s been an oversupply of cheaper stones, which tend to be small and flawed, and anaemic demand growth kept prices depressed and profit margins thin.
  • Eskom warns inflation-linked hike will trigger request for more government support
    State-owned utility Eskom warns that an inflation-linked hike will force it to seek yet more support from the National Treasury, amid overwhelming calls for the energy regulator to reject its request for a 20.5% tariff hike from April 1 and to implement a single-digit increase instead. Stakeholder warnings over the unaffordability of the proposed increase on business and households emerged as the core theme during week-long public hearings, which were hosted by the National Energy Regulator of South Africa (Nersa) from January 17 to 21, culminating in a hybrid event in Gauteng.
  • PTM to buy, cancel $20m convertible notes
    TSX- and NYSE-listed platinum group metals miner Platinum Group Metals (PTM) has entered into privately-negotiated agreements with the beneficial owners of $20-million of  convertible senior subordinated notes due July 1, which it plans to buy and cancel. The notes were originally sold to institutional investors on June 30, 2017.