Saturday, February 24

South Africa

Train Problems Hinder South African Coal Transports
Business, News, South Africa

Train Problems Hinder South African Coal Transports

Train problems limit South Africa's exports of coal, which is used in power plants worldwide. Just as the demand for this fuel is soaring, the country is suffering from cable thefts and a shortage of locomotives. The large coal company Thungela has therefore had to adjust its expectations. Thungela cut production because the coal could not be shipped to ports. The company has even started trials of trucking fossil fuel, both to ports and between different coal mines. In this way, the company hopes to be able to make optimal use of the capacity that the South African train operator Transnet still offers. Thungela states in his message that he is now "not able to take full advantage of the high prices" for thermal coal. On the other hand, due to high gas prices, coal-fired p...
South Africa Sells 1 Million Doses of Astrazeneca to 14 Other African Countries
Africa, News, South Africa

South Africa Sells 1 Million Doses of Astrazeneca to 14 Other African Countries

South Africa has sold one million doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine to 14 other African countries.   South Africa no longer wants the vaccine itself because, according to a study, it would not work sufficiently against the South African variant of the coronavirus. South Africa suspended its COVID-19 vaccination campaign in mid-February. In principle, this would happen with the AstraZeneca vaccine. Still, according to a study by a university in Johannesburg, the AstraZeneca vaccine has only "limited" effectiveness against the South African variant of the coronavirus. However, experts from the World Health Organization (WHO) see no problem in using the AstraZeneca vaccine in countries where variants of the coronavirus are circulating. But the South African government said after the ...