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WHAT'S NEXT?: Local elections in South Africa this year could see the ruling African National Congress lose control of key cities like Johannesburg and Pretoria for the first time. South Africa's economy is at risk of falling into recession and public confidence in the ANC is falling.

  • [New] In South Africa and Africa, it will make for a good home security system that does not rely on a stable power supply or expensive fibre connections to control rooms. Johnson Controls
  • [New] A modernized and updated electricity regulatory framework for the purpose of guiding the energy transition will need to be developed and run under the auspices of the National Energy Regulator of South Africa. OUP Academic
  • [New] A sustained rise in new Covid-19 cases in South Africa, with the 7-day rolling average increasing to above 7,500, could see consumers turn cautious despite hospitalisations remaining low and no tightening of mobility restrictions being expected. BusinessTech
  • [New] A new study by a team from the World Bank finds that to adequately care for the health of its future population, South Africa will have to substantially invest in a skilled health workforce. Daily Maverick
  • [New] South Africa and other developing countries will be more dependent on donor funds or loans from the World Bank, none of which are guaranteed, as the world is tired of handouts being used to oil the corruption machine. Engineering News
  • [New] The growth and development of mining in South Africa will not be possible unless the working and living conditions of the people who work in the mining industry and mining communities are improved. Mining Weekly
  • [New] BA.4 and BA.5 are driving a surge of COVID-19 cases in South Africa, where researchers identified the original Omicron variant, and they might set off fresh waves elsewhere. Nature Medicine
  • Kamwendo: South Africa's first hydrogen corridor now under development will generate a minimum of 14000 jobs a year, the Mining Indaba heard this week. Mining Weekly
  • Will provide EUR 220 M: 100 million euros to COVAX, 50 million euros to ACT-A, and 70 million euros to strengthen vaccine production capacity in developing countries, including Rwanda, Senegal, and South Africa. The White House
  • Minerals Council South Africa has developed its own hydrogen leadership forum, made up of experts within the various companies, including some CEOs from platinum and the other commodity groupings, looking at the potential for green hydrogen. FuelCellsWorks
  • CAPE TOWN - South Africa's first hydrogen corridor now under development has the potential to generate a minimum of 14000 jobs, $400 million in gross domestic product and $900 million in taxes a year by 2050. FuelCellsWorks
  • Only by creating a reliable electricity supply that meets demand can we hope to address the challenges of poverty and unemployment in South Africa. Global Diaspora News
  • CAPE TOWN - The energy transition currently under way presents a fresh opportunity for South Africa to build a clean and inclusive energy ecosystem that can create new and significant economic opportunities for the African continent. Mining Weekly
  • Two new forms of Omicron labelled BA.4 and BA.5 are already being closely watched in the UK following a rise in cases in South Africa, with early data suggesting they could have a growth advantage over BA.2 - the form of Omicron that is dominant in the UK. The Guardian
  • Omicron relatives called BA.4 and BA.5 are behind a fresh wave of COVID-19 in South Africa, and could be signs of a more predictable future for SARS-CoV-2. NanoApps Medical - Official website
  • South Africa may be entering a fifth Covid-19 wave earlier than expected after a sustained rise in infections over the past 14 days that seems to be driven by the BA.4 and BA.5 Omicron sub-variants. The Irish Times
  • The AstraZeneca vaccine could still offer better protection against severe disease and death caused by the variant dominant in South Africa. Nutraceutical
  • There's a perceived risk with providing vehicles to people that creditors would consider sub-prime, like in Mexico or South Africa. LinkedIn
  • South Africa may be entering a fifth Covid wave earlier than expected after a sustained rise in infections over the past 14 days that seems to be driven by the BA.4 and BA.5 Omicron sub-variants. Moneyweb
  • Business Partners will use IFC's loan to finance the construction of certified green commercial buildings in South Africa and/or to renovate existing commercial buildings to make them more environmentally friendly, making them at least 20% more energy efficient. tralac
  • European countries are already discussing other alternatives to Russian coal supply, which will change seaborne trade patterns, given that the world's coal export suppliers consist mainly of Australia, Indonesia, the United States, Columbia, and South Africa. IER
  • Participants who choose to undertake Challenge 2 will develop a species distribution model for nine selected frog species across Australia, Costa Rica, and South Africa using a variety of open-source geospatial datasets. Opportunities For Africans
  • South African coal producers are able to produce more coal, but significant work will need to be done to improve logistics in order to ramp up coal supply for export. Reuters

Last updated: 24 May 2022