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Redressing mine closure liability through the ESG lens

Mining companies are under increased pressure from regulators, investors, and communities to manage social and environmental risks arising from mine closure and rehabilitation. Abandoned mines and their dumps are common features of the South African mining landscape.

Surviving and thriving in the new work paradigm

For millions around the world, the COVID-19 pandemic has caused immense workplace disruption and compelled many companies to reassess how they do business. By this time last year, about 50% of the South African workforce was working from home, while globally, this number was up to 76%.

South African manufacturing sector’s readiness for Industry 4.0

Industry 4.0 can exponentially grow developing economies and combat resource-related challenges. The manufacturing sector is South Africa’s fourth largest sector and a key driver of economic growth. However, industrialisation challenges in recent decades and the relatively slow adoption of new technologies have hampered the true potential of this industry.

‘Fossil Future’ – fact-based case for fossil fuels’ ongoing importance

Energy expert Alex Epstein is convinced that when presented with the facts about fossil fuels’ positive impacts - not to mention their potential to improve the quality of life for billions of people in the developing world - even the 'keep it in the ground' crowd will reconsider their stance.

Welcome to a world where avatars simplify machine building

In the world of machine building, core components, and the ease with which it can be selected and installed, form a vital part of overall efficiency. Thanks to the continued proliferation of Industry 5.0 and Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT), machine builders are now benefiting from simplified design processes.

Biometrics – safer than a password?

It is widely acknowledged that biometric technology is the most secure and accurate way of authenticating and verifying an individual. Biometrics comprise a set of technologies and processes used to recognise, authenticate, and identify people based on certain physical or behavioural characteristics.

Bidvest Bank has explored and identified efficiency gains to reveal opportunities...

The future of fleet management in South Africa is supporting the need to reduce future fleet costs through direct cost savings or increased efficiencies and utilization gains. This is not simply restricted to fleet management but will be achieved in conjunction with technology advancements in service delivery and supply chain management activities.

BOOK REVIEW | Sabotage: Eskom under Siege

Based on exclusive interviews with De Ruyter, Oberholzer and other key figures, Sabotage: Eskom under Siege is a story of conspiracy and subterfuge at South Africa’s ailing power utility, uncovering the power struggles that threaten the country’s very survival.

Proactively managing supply chain risks

If you’re in the business of importing or exporting, you will be acutely aware of the current pains caused by global supply chain problems. With the help of expert advice, there are several steps you can take to protect your business.

Working smarter

Back in 2007, Michael Hammer, the father of the process-centred organisation, wrote in the Harvard Business Review that few executives question the idea that by redesigning business processes - work that runs from end to end across an enterprise - they can achieve extraordinary improvements in cost, quality, speed, profitability, and other key areas.


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