Ammann soil compactor offers high value with efficiency

ELB Equipment, one of South Africa’s largest compaction machine suppliers, offers clients the Ammann ARS 122 soil compactor, an industry leader in compaction efficiency.

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Climate-Proof Roads

The vulnerability of South Africa’s primary road network to severe flooding and climate change-related incidents has been thrust into the public domain in recent months.

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Timber process innovation boosts supply-chain sustainability

An innovative project by the Weatherboard timber sawmill in Creighton, KwaZulu-Natal has boosted efficiencies, saved fuel and reduced environmental impact for the sawmill and its parent company – global supply-chain giant CHEP.

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Glasfit can fix your chipped windscreen and keep you safe without breaking the bank

Were you driving along, minding your own business, when the unexpected happened? Something hit your windscreen and caused a chip, and you thought to yourself ‘it’s fine’. A chipped windscreen, however, not only puts you at risk but also your passengers.

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Impact of Ukraine war on global shipping

Ukraine invasion adds to pandemic challenges

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Service and innovation gearing fresh produce supply chains for global demand

In a rapidly changing environment, supply chains are becoming ever more critical – no less so for fresh produce. Agile innovation and customer service are the key to meeting these needs and ensuring nutrition for the world, writes Gerhard Stander, Director: Retail and Agriculture at CHEP Sub-Saharan Africa.

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It’s getting worse: June petrol price nearing R4-per-litre increase

The latest projections for the June petrol price are barely believable, and motorists are set for a struggle.

As South Africa continues on its terrifying trajectory towards a sky-high June petrol price, the last two revisions of what motorists can expect to pay have increased further – to the point where a R4-per-litre rise is not out of the question.

June petrol price: an absolute shocker

The shock figures are in line with the latest projections from the Central Energy Fund. They estimate that the cost of some fuels will now rise by a punishing R2.25. That on its own is troubling enough – but the suspension on the General Fuel Levy is set to run out next week.

That act of government intervention had kept an additional R1.50 off the petrol price. However, it’s expected to snap back into action at the start of June – meaning some motorists could end up paying R3.75 MORE for a litre of fuel.

The situation continues to spiral out of control, and if no state help is forthcoming, South Africans could be confronted with prices of R26p/l at the pumps in June. It’s quite simply unsustainable, and the DA Shadow

Minister for Energy knows that all too well.

Failure to plan

Kevin Mileham has reprimanded Ministers Gwede Mantashe and Enoch Godongwana ‘for failing to plan for a fuel shock’ they knew was coming. He accused the pair of ignoring the plight of the people, and called for an extension on the General Fuel Levy suspension.

“The admission by the Minister of Mineral Resources and Energy, Gwede Mantashe, that the general fuel levy cut won’t be extended beyond the end of May, is an unacceptable dereliction of duty and a failure to enact a sustainable rationalisation of the composition of the fuel price.”

“If projections by players in the fuel industry hold, the petrol price increase will lead to an upward pressure on inflation, hitting consumers directly through rising transport and food costs. South Africans are already struggling to make ends meet and unemployment is soaring.”

Article courtesy The South African
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Global electric vehicle outlook for 2022

Electric vehicle sales breaking records in 2021, four times 2019 market share

The annual International Energy Agency Global Electric Vehicle Outlook report for 2022 indicates sales of 6.6-million electric cars last year – a new record, rising to nearly 10% of global car sales and double that of 2020. There are now more than 16.5-million electric cars on the road, tripling from 2018.

China is the global EV sales leader, with Europe and the United States making up the top three markets. More electric cars were sold in China last year than globally in 2020, while in Europe electric car sales continued their year-on-year sales increase, by more than 85%. Two and three-wheelers have high EV market share, especially in Asia, where China again dominates, registering 9.5 million new electric two- and three-wheelers out of the 10 million registrations. Vietnam and India are the other largest markets for these vehicles.

“There are five recommendations to government outlined in the recent Global EV Outlook 2022 report from the IEA,” says Hiten Parmar, Director of the uYilo eMobility Programme. “Firstly, to maintain and adapt support for electric vehicles, to kickstart the heavy-duty EV market, to promote the adoption of EVs in emerging and developing economies, expand EV infrastructure and smart-grids and, finally, to ensure secure, resilient and sustainable EV supply chains.”

According to the IEA’s report, there has been nearly 40% expansion in the number of public chargers last year, reaching 1.8 million, meaning there is now about 10 EVs per public charge point. South Africa is the market leader for Africa, having installed over 300 public chargers to date through various service providers, with the latest expansion projects including ultra-fast (150 kW) chargers.

The model range of EVs globally has shown a five-fold expansion since 2015, now numbering 450. This trend is also visible in heavy-duty vehicles which is showing an accompanying increase in sales in the United States and Europe, driven by the increase in available models, and economic and policy support. In emerging economies, a lack of model availability and high prices means EV adoption is still low.

“In South Africa, the electric vehicles currently marketed are exclusively from premium brands,” says Parmar. “Audi, BMW, Jaguar, Mercedes-Benz, Porsche and Volvo all have full electric models available, while the cheapest is from MINI. We still require a wider segment of models to drive further growth in the local market. This can only be realized within the mandate of the Department of Trade, Industry and Competition under the import duty framework, and local production incentives for manufacturing.”

The effect electric vehicles will have on the road transport sector, in reducing emissions and contributing to countries achieving their net-zero goals by 2050, will require EV market share to grow by 60% globally. This will require that all elements of the electric vehicle supply chain be significantly expanded, especially the battery supply chain, however more supply investment is needed to meet demand.

“Few areas of the new global energy economy are as dynamic as electric vehicles. The success of the sector in setting new sales records is extremely encouraging, but there is no room for complacency,” said IEA Executive Director Fatih Birol. 

Currently the zero emissions announcements by automotive manufacturers are more ambitious than government targets, but they require policy support in order to be effectively materialised.

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Fuel Saving with Woodford Car Hire

Fuel prices are rising without any sign of dropping back down any time soon.

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Chris Bertish Announces Relaunch of the Transpacific Wing Project

Attempt to Break His 2021 Record for Longest Distance Traveled Solo Unsupported

Wing Foil Transpacific Crossing to Launch June 2022

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