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Megan van Wyngaardt

Megan van Wyngaardt

Megan van Wyngaardt is Creamer Media Senior Contributing Editor Online for Engineering News and Mining Weekly.

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Artisan training a priority as SA embarks on big infrastructure push

20th July 2012 South Africa would have to step up artisan training to meet the demand that government’s big infrastructure investment push would create, Higher Education and Training Minister Blade Nzimande said at the recent National Artisan Development Conference. “These projects will need qualified... 

M&R names new chair as Andersen retires

19th July 2012 JSE-listed construction company Murray & Roberts has appointed Mahlape Sello as nonexecutive chairperson to succeed Roy Andersen, who is retiring in March 2013. Andersen, who has served as nonexecutive chairperson over the past nine years, last year agreed to extend his term as chairperson by a... 

SA needs competition in electricity generation, transmission

19th July 2012 South Africa needs competition and private investment in electricity generation, transmission and distribution to ensure the continuity of affordable supply, Free Market Foundation executive director Leon Louw said on Thursday. South Africa needed an independently owned and operated transmission... 

Bauba Platinum granted new-order prospecting rights

19th July 2012 Exploration and development company Bauba Platinum has been granted the renewal of the two new order prospecting rights for its Bauba project, in Limpopo. Bauba A Hlabirwa Mining Investments, in which the JSE-listed firm holds 60% and the Bapedi nation 40%, would hold the rights in the region. 

Illovo ‘well positioned’ for cane, sugar and cogeneration growth

18th July 2012 JSE-listed Illovo’s strong cash generation and its healthy balance sheet positioned the group well to continue with its growth plans to increase cane, sugar and downstream/cogeneration production in Africa, chairperson Don Macleod said on Wednesday. Speaking at the company’s yearly general... 

Iliad expects higher headline earnings

18th July 2012 JSE-listed building materials provider Iliad Africa on Wednesday said it expected its headline earnings a share for the six months ended June to be between 18c and 21c, significantly higher than the adjusted earnings a share of 3.4c in the comparative period for 2011. Further, the company... 

Fresnillo gold production hits record

18th July 2012 Precious metals producer Fresnillo on Wednesday reported that its half-year gold production had reached a record level and that it remained on track to meet is 460 000 oz gold production target for 2012. The South American-focused miner produced 127 003 oz of gold in the second quarter, up 15%... 

Afferro chair upbeat about Cameroon iron-ore project

18th July 2012 West Africa-focused developer Afferro Mining remains upbeat about iron-ore demand, despite a slowdown in the Chinese economy, chairperson David Netherway said this week. The TSX-V and Aim-listed company has started a search for a strategic funding partner for its flagship Nkout project, in... 

Trade conditions weaken in June – Sacci

17th July 2012 Trade conditions weakened in June and would continue to be under pressure over the next couple of months, weighed down by tight economic conditions and low business confidence, the South African Chamber of Commerce and Industry (Sacci) said on Tuesday. The chamber said a weaker performance in... 

Petmin secures mining extension for Somkhele

17th July 2012 Johannesburg- and London-listed junior miner Petmin has been granted a 20-year mining licence for an expansion to new mining areas at its flagship Somkhele anthracite operation in northern KwaZulu-Natal. CEO Jan Du Preez said that Petmin would start producing saleable product from the new mining... 

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