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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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Central bank keeping abreast of fintech developments

2nd March 2018 The South African Reserve Bank (SARB) has established a financial technology (fintech) programme to strategically assess the emergence of fintech in a structured and organised manner, and to consider its regulatory implications. The central bank explains that the programme is aimed at tracking... 

R57bn for fee-free higher education and training

2nd March 2018 Finance Minister Malusi Gigaba on Wednesday said R57-billion from the 2018 Budget would be allocated towards the fee-free higher education and training alluded to by former President Jacob Zuma in December 2017. Noting that this was the largest reallocation of resources to fulfil government’s... 

RCL Foods eyes greater market share as new pet food facility opens

1st March 2018 Fast-moving consumer goods manufacturer RCL Foods on Thursday launched its new R150-million pet food manufacturing facility, in Randfontein. Through the establishment of the 1 500 m2 facility, which employs around 700 people, the company aims to take a greater share in the R5-billion a year South... 

Jubilee, BMR extend agreement deadline for Zambia project

1st March 2018 Dual-listed Jubilee Metals Group and Aim-listed BMR Group have agreed, under their joint venture (JV) agreement for the Kabwe lead/zinc/vanadium project, in Zambia, to extend the date for the fulfilment of all conditions precedent from February 28 to March 31. The extension will allow for the... 

Stratex welcomes geologist Livesey as CEO

1st March 2018 Gold-focused Stratex International on Thursday welcomed CEO Tim Livesey in his new position. “I am very pleased to be joining Stratex International and am looking forward to working with the team to enhance the value of our existing portfolio and, importantly, to develop some new avenues for... 

Battery Minerals completes scoping study on Balama graphite project

1st March 2018 ASX-listed Battery Minerals has completed a $50.1-million scoping study on its Balama Central graphite project, in Mozambique, to determine the potential viability of an openpit mine and building a graphite processing plant on site. The study was also aimed at determining the order of magnitude... 

Las Iguanas to open 200-seater restaurant in Centurion in June

28th February 2018 The UK restaurant chain Las Iguanas will open its first restaurant in South Africa's Irene Mall, in Centurion, on June 7, franchisor Gold Brands said on Wednesday. The chain specialises in authentic Mexican, Brazilian and other South American food and cocktails, and the Irene restaurant will seat... 

South Africa hosts first UN Drought Core Group meeting

28th February 2018 A meeting, focusing on the outlook and risks for drought and famines on the African continent in the year ahead, was held at the Department of International Relations and Cooperation's (Dirco's) offices, in Pretoria, on Wednesday. The inaugural meeting, which was hosted and chaired by South... 

Bluebird makes speedy progress on Kochang reopening

28th February 2018 Asia-focused resource development group Bluebird Merchant Ventures on Wednesday said that it had made significant progress on the Kochang gold and silver mine in South Korea, since signing its $750 000 farm-in agreement with ASX-listed Southern Gold, in February. Bluebird is currently looking to... 

Savannah appoints Hatch for Mina do Barroso scoping study

28th February 2018 Aim-listed Savannah Resources has appointed multidisciplinary engineering consultancy Hatch to conduct a scoping study of a potential mine development of the Mina do Barroso lithium project, in Portugal. The scoping study will investigate a potential mining and concentration plant development... 


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