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Inland terminal rapid rail master plans urged for new coal basins 

By: Martin Creamer     8th July 2015 A new logistical concept involving the overland conveying of coal to inland terminals for processing prior to rapid railing to ocean terminals is being proposed for new coal basins, to boost efficiencies, cut costs, ensure economically feasible junior-miner participation and bring bulk-commodity... 

Inland terminal rapid rail master plans urged for new coal basins
Logiman associate director technology Lyonell Fliss tells Mining Weekly Online’s Martin Creamer that coal processing and transportation needs to be modernised with the introduction of an inland terminal and rapid railing. Video and Video Editing: Darlene Creamer.

Bakwena rehabilitates Zeerust road 

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     2nd July 2015 Special-purpose vehicle Bakwena Platinum Corridor Concessionaire on Thursday said work on the entire road between Zeerust through to Groot Marico was progressing well. The project, which kicked off in April, would see the rehabilitation of the nearly 40 km road at an estimated cost of about... 

Bakwena rehabilitates Zeerust road
Bakwena Corporate Video

Oliphant lobbies business to embrace centralised wage bargaining   

By: Natalie Greve     2nd July 2015 Labour Minister Mildred Oliphant continues to back the centralised wage bargaining model as the most suitable mechanism through which the country’s fractious labour relations contentions can be deliberated and solved, appealing to business on Thursday to adopt a collective, unified approach when... 

Oliphant lobbies business to embrace centralised wage bargaining
Labour Minister Mildred Oliphant argues for collactive wage bargaining

Rejected mine water plan deprived 7 000 of jobs – Robinson  

By: Martin Creamer     2nd July 2015 The rejection of a still-workable mine water and slimes dam plan at the stricken Grootvlei gold mine on Gauteng’s East Rand deprived 7 000 squatter camp dwellers of employment and set the mine on its downward trajectory, which has arguably ended up as the harshest aspect of the Aurora liquidation... 

Rejected mine water plan deprived 7 000 of jobs – Robinson
Veteran research commentator Dr RE (Robbie) Robinson tells Mining Weekly Online’s Martin Creamer how the acid mine drainage curse could have been turned into 7 000 jobs at the abandoned Grootvlei gold mine in Springs. Video: Nicholas Boyd. Video Editing: Lionel da Silva.

Shipping container shopping centre opens in Melville 

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     1st July 2015 Property management company Citiq on Wednesday launched its R30-million mall-meets-market shopping centre, 27Boxes. The centre, located in Third avenue, in Melville, was built using 102 shipping containers. It hosted about 80 stores selling clothing, décor and art, as well as restaurants and... 

Shipping container shopping centre opens in Melville
Shipping container shopping centre opens in Melville. Video and editing: Darlene Creamer. Recorded 1.7.2015

Mine mechanisation linked to local equipment retains jobs – Jourdan  

By: Martin Creamer     30th June 2015 Resource development strategist Dr Paul Jourdan this week called for the local manufacture of mechanised mining equipment to neutralise job losses during the switch to machines. The former Mintek president says that even though mechanisation “massively” increases the quality of work in mines and... 

Mine mechanisation linked to local equipment retains jobs – Jourdan
Resource development strategist Dr Paul Jourdan told the DTI’s mineral beneficiation dialogue attended by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer that mine mechanisation can be job neutral. Video: Nicholas Boyd. Video Editing: Lionel da Silva

Urgent govt, business cooperation needed to end South Africa’s crisis – Turok 

By: Martin Creamer     29th June 2015 The time had come for government and business to find ways and means of working together to end South Africa’s current economic stagflation crisis, United Nations Commission for Africa (UNCA) mineral value chain lead consultant, anti-apartheid struggle veteran and former African National Congress... 

Urgent govt, business cooperation needed to end South Africa’s crisis – Turok
Mineral value chain consultant Professor Ben Turok told Monday’s policy dialogue on mineral beneficiation, attended by Mining Weekly Online’s Martin Creamer, that government/private sector co-operation was essential to put an end to current economic stagnation. Video: Nicholas Boyd. Video Editing: Lionel da Silva.

SA’s rail revitalisation ambitions lauded as more opportunities arise 

By: Natasha Odendaal     23rd June 2015 US Secretary for Transportation Anthony Foxx has lauded South Africa’s rail revitalisation efforts as State-owned Transnet and US-based General Electric (GE) developed one of the “best localisation case studies”. Speaking at a US State delegation tour of Transnet’s Koedoespoort locomotive... 

SA’s rail revitalisation ambitions lauded as more opportunities arise
SA’s rail revitalisation ambitions lauded as more opportunities arise. Video & Editing: Darlene Creamer. Recorded 23.6.2015

Wescoal commits to black holding company control to qualify for Eskom business 

By: Martin Creamer     23rd June 2015 Coal mining and trading company Wescoal, which suffered lower profitability in the three months to March 31 on the drying up of long-term Eskom contracts, has committed to being more than 50% owned by black shareholders before December 2016 to qualify for long-term coal business from the State... 

Wescoal commits to black holding company control to qualify for Eskom business
Coal mining and trading company Wescoal said, at its presentation of results attended by Mining Weekly Online’s Martin Creamer, that it was taking steps to be more than 50% black owned by December 2016 in order to obtain long-term contractual business from Eskom. Photographs: Duane Daws. Video: Nicholas Boyd. Video Editing: Lionel da Silva.

Gauteng launches online invoicing system for service providers 

By: Natalie Greve     22nd June 2015 In line with pledges by Gauteng Premier David Makura to expedite the payment of invoices to provincial services providers, improve procurement transparency and tackle cronyism, the provincial administration on Monday launched an online invoicing service to accelerate the invoice processing period... 

Gauteng launches online invoicing system for service providers
Gauteng Finance MEC Barbara Creecy launches the province's e-invoicing system.

‘Homeless’ S African CEOs raise R25m on icy streets of Joburg  

By: Natalie Greve     19th June 2015 Over 250 CEOs from South Africa’s largest corporates traded in boardroom suits for cardboard boxes on Thursday evening, spending 12 hours on the streets of Johannesburg as part of an initiative to raise some R25-million for charity Girls and Boys Town and bring awareness to the plight of the... 

‘Homeless’ S African CEOs raise R25m on icy streets of Joburg
702 Sun International CEO Sleepout. Video & Editing: Darlene Creamer. Recorded 18.6.2015

Cleanroom ensures good manufacturing practice  

By: Bruce Montiea     19th June 2015 The successful installation of a R13-million ISO 3 cleanroom and BSL3 laboratory at national mineral research organisation Mintek was proof that the Department of Science and Technology’s (DST’s) ongoing investment in national research projects was bearing fruit, said Science and Technology... 

Cleanroom ensures good manufacturing practice
Minister of Science and Technology Naledi Pandor on how Mintek plans to use its new R13-million cleanroom and laboratory

S Africa can no longer depend on mining sector to drive economic growth  

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     18th June 2015 South Africa needs to sharpen up its industrialisation programme if it is serious about reaching the 5.4% a year gross domestic product growth target as set out in the National Development Plan, as the country can no longer depend on its declining mining sector to drive economic growth. Speaking... 

S Africa can no longer depend on mining sector to drive economic growth
DTI chief economist Stephen Hanival and Black Business Council secretary-general discuss South Africa's industrialisation. Video and editing: Nicholas Boyd.

Dutch collaboration to print 3D steel bridge in Amsterdam 

By: Irma Venter     18th June 2015 Dutch construction services firm Heijmans announced last week that it will collaborate with Dutch start-up MX3D on the three-dimensional (3D) printing of a steel bridge, to be located in the centre of Amsterdam. The bridge will be designed by Dutch designer Joris Laarman. MX3D equips multi-axis... 

Dutch collaboration to print 3D steel bridge in Amsterdam
MX3D and Heijmans aim to print a 3D bridge in Amsterdam

Molefe unveils new Eskom maintenance-sans-load-shedding operational strategy  

By: Terence Creamer     17th June 2015 State-owned electricity utility Eskom outlined a new operating philosophy on Wednesday with acting CEO Brian Molefe indicating that the strategy was based on finding the theoretical “sweet spot” that would enable it to conduct much-needed maintenance with “no, or minimal load-shedding”. Speaking... 

Molefe unveils new Eskom maintenance-sans-load-shedding operational strategy
Eskom acting CEO Brian Molefe outlines utility's new operating strategy of doing maintenance with “no, or minimal load-shedding”. Recording & Editing: Nicholas Boyd. Recorded: 17.6.2015

Ford improves automation processes at assembly plant 

By: David Oliveira     15th June 2015 Automotive manufacturer Ford’s Silverton assembly plant, in Pretoria, has improved the automation of the Ford Ranger production line, following the installation of a conveyor belt and wax system, as well as further improvements to the underbody system of the production line, which were all... 

Ford improves automation processes at assembly plant
Ford Manage the Change team manager Victoria Machete tells Engineering News about the automation systems at the company’s Silverton plant,

New welding technologies cultivate global competitiveness 

By: Mia Breytenbach     12th June 2015 Adopting new welding technologies and processes that will improve productivity and assist with cost reduction is critical for the local welding and fabrication industry to be globally competitive in terms of price offering, and service and product delivery, says South Africa-based gas and welding... 

New welding technologies cultivate global competitiveness
Afrox manufacturing industries business manager Johann Pieterse discusses how the PipeWorx Fieldpro meets industry's need for new technology

Goodyear in China to use rice waste in tyre production 

By: Irma Venter     11th June 2015 The Goodyear Tyre & Rubber Company has reached an agreement with Yihai Food and Oil Industry, in China, for the supply of silica derived from rice husk ash. Goodyear will begin using the silica this year in a consumer tyre that will be manufactured in its factory in Pulandian, China, and sold in... 

Goodyear in China to use rice waste in tyre production

Merc SA launches new C 63, aims to push AMG sales up 32% in 2015 

By: Irma Venter     8th June 2015 Despite a domestic new vehicle market struggling to remain in positive territory this year, Mercedes-Benz South Africa (MBSA) aims to increase sales of its AMG performance brand by 32% this year. This will add to the 63% growth seen from 2013 to 2014, when sales rocketed to 1 600 AMG units, says... 

Merc SA launches new C 63, aims to push AMG sales up 32% in 2015
The new C 63 in action

Telkom to step up turnaround as gains emerge 

By: Natasha Odendaal     8th June 2015 The 2016 financial year would see JSE-listed Telkom stabilise its net revenue, maintain an earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortisation (Ebitda) margin of between 26% and 27% and a capital expenditure (capex) to revenue ratio of 15% to 18% as its restructuring journey continued... 

Telkom to step up turnaround as gains emerge
Telkom CEO Sipho Maseko discusses the group's financial results. Video and editing: Nicholas Boyd.

South Africa’s geoscience ‘desperately’ underfunded – Nedbank Capital  

By: Martin Creamer     5th June 2015 Government geoscientists are desperately underfunded, which is depriving South Africa of the geological potential that is essential for minerals exploration. There is an absence of investment in large, regional geological exercises and masters students are not being trained in the... 

South Africa’s geoscience ‘desperately’ underfunded – Nedbank Capital
Nedbank Capital mining and metals investment banker Paul Miller in a four-minute myth-busting session at the Junior Indaba conference covered by Mining Weekly Online’s Martin Creamer. Photographs: Duane Daws. Video: Nicholas Boyd. Video Editing: Lionel da Silva.

S African manufacturing sector receives R1.4bn boost with new Unilever facility 

By: Natalie Greve     2nd June 2015 Adding to its almost R4-billion investment in the South African consumer goods manufacturing space over the last four years, international group Unilever has officially unveiled its fourth South African production facility, in Boksburg, Johannesburg – a R1.4-billion homecare products factory that... 

S African manufacturing sector receives R1.4bn boost with new Unilever facility
Unilever launches R1.4-billion homecare products factory.

Namibian mining’s pulling together boosting country’s economy – Nedbank  

By: Martin Creamer     27th May 2015 Despite the Namibian economy being tied to the South African economy, it has been able to grow ahead of South Africa, which a leading mining investment banker puts down to Namibia’s “sensible” mineral policies, as well as the Namibian mining industry’s close working relationship with its... 

Namibian mining’s pulling together boosting country’s economy – Nedbank
Nedbank Capital mining and metals investment banking head Paul Miller speaks to Mining Weekly Online’s Martin Creamer about mining in Namibia. Photographs: Duane Daws. Video: Nicholas Boyd. Video Editing: Lionel da Silva

Mata secures European accreditation for aircraft maintenance courses 

By: Natasha Odendaal     27th May 2015 East Rand-based Mega Aero Training Academy (Mata) has secured European accreditation and recognition for its aircraft maintenance courses. The Safomar Group subsidiary and College Ireland on Wednesday signed an agreement to enable Mata students to obtain European Aviation Safety Agency- (Easa-)... 

Mata secures European accreditation for aircraft maintenance courses
East Rand-based Mega Aero Training Academy has secured European accreditation and recognition for its aircraft maintenance courses. Video and video editing: Darlene Creamer

New CEO Manilal outlines plans for Technology Innovation Agency  

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     22nd May 2015 Newly appointed Technology Innovation Agency (TIA) CEO Barlow Manilal is hoping to bring “some consistency” to the government-funded agency, which has seen five CEOs come and go over the last five years. Speaking to Engineering News Online, Manilal, who was appointed to the position six weeks... 

New CEO Manilal outlines plans for Technology Innovation Agency
TIA CEO Barlow Manilal discusses his plans for the agency. Videowork and editing: Nicholas Boyd.

DTPS allocates R200m for first phase broadband roll-out 

By: Natasha Odendaal     22nd May 2015 The Department of Telecommunications and Postal Services (DTPS) has set aside R200-million of its R1.4-billion budget this year to kickstart the first phase of South Africa (SA) Connect national broadband strategy. Over the next three years, the department aimed to connect all government... 

DTPS allocates R200m for first phase broadband roll-out
Telecommunications and Postal Services Deputy Minister Professor Hlengiwe Mkhize discussed the focus points of the Department post Budget

From mines to hospitals to mortuaries – yet another use for SA’s Lodox scanner 

By: Irma Venter     22nd May 2015 Within a decade conventional invasive autopsies may be a rarity, says head of the Department of Forensic Medicine at the University of Pretoria (UP), Professor Gert Saayman. Instead, pathologists will use imaging technologies to conduct virtual post-mortems. 

 From mines to hospitals to mortuaries – yet another use for SA’s Lodox scanner
Dr Janette Verster discusses the use of the Lodox scanner in autopsies

Extended offering to include LV, MV products 

By: Mia Breytenbach     22nd May 2015 Motor control systems manufacturer Shaw Controls, a member of motors, controls, electrical products and solutions provider Zest WEG Group has extended its product offering to encompass low-voltage (LV) and medium-voltage (MV) applications. The company manufactures switchboard panels and control... 

Extended offering to include LV, MV products
Zest WEG Group CEO Louis Meiring discusses the global supply opportunities for Shaw Controls.

Policy reform would free S African economy – Maimane  

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     18th May 2015 South Africa needs policy reform if it is to scale the economic ladder, as current incoherent policies are contributing to unemployment, “the greatest challenge that [the country] faces.” This was the number one factor that led to companies divesting in the country, said Mmusi Maimane, the newly... 

Policy reform would free S African economy – Maimane
DA leader Mmusi Maimane discusses the economy. (Video and editing: Darlene Creamer. 2015/05/18)

MTN leverages Internet of Things 

By: Natasha Odendaal     14th May 2015 Telecommunications major MTN has leveraged the emerging Internet of Things (IoT) to open up a “whole new world” into other industries for the JSE-listed firm’s business arm, while enabling African enterprises to gain greater control over the connection and management of machine-to-machine (M2M)... 

MTN leverages Internet of Things
MTN Group chief enterprise officer Mteto Nyati

Lack of funding appetite for infrastructure projects in PFS stage, forum hears  

By: Natalie Greve     13th May 2015 Infrastructure delivery in South Africa remains hobbled, not by a lack of project pipeline but rather by a lack of investment apetite in projects that have not yet been proved at the bankable feasibility stage, the Captains of Construction Leadership forum heard on Wednesday. “We are sitting with... 

Lack of funding appetite for infrastructure projects in PFS stage, forum hears
Knight Piesold MD Leon Furstenburg laments the lack of funding for early-stage projects

Westcon recovery boosts Datatec to new heights 

By: Schalk Burger     13th May 2015 The recovery of networking and data centre division Westcon helped to boost the revenue of holding company Datatec by 13.3% to $6.4-billion and operating profit by 9.1% to $726.5-million for the year ended February 28. Westcon’s revenue grew by 19% year-on-year to $4.85-billion, while its gross... 

Westcon recovery boosts Datatec to new heights
Datatec CE Jens Montanana provides the company's full-year results for the year ended 28 February 2015.

Playing field for digital economy needs to be levelled – PwC 

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     12th May 2015 South African tax laws and rules need to be rewritten to capture the digital economy, as they have not kept pace with its growth or the changes in the way business is conducted globally. Speaking during a panel discussion in Johannesburg on Tuesday, advisory firm PwC national tax technical head... 

Playing field for digital economy needs to be levelled – PwC
PwC tax experts tackle the issue of tax in the digital economy. Video and editing: Nicholas Boyd. 2015/05/12

R75m PET recycling plant contributes to National Waste Management Strategy goals  

By: Zandile Mavuso     12th May 2015 Recycling company Petco’s largest contracted recycler Extrupet has launched its new Bottle-2-Bottle Phoenix recycling plant, in Germiston, which will produce an additional 14 000 t/y of polyethylene terephthalate (PET) resin for the packaging industry.  

R75m PET recycling plant contributes to National Waste Management Strategy goals
Extrupet chairperson Laju Chanrai and Minister of Environmental Affairs Edna Molewa speak at the Phoenix Recycling Plant launch in Wadevile on Monday

Downtown Joburg showcased in big-budget Hollywood movie 

By: Sashnee Moodley     8th May 2015 Scenes from the latest instalment of the popular American superhero film The Avengers, which were shot in Johannesburg in February, will promote the city and the country as a film destination, owing to its enormous economic and marketing value. 

 Downtown Joburg showcased in  big-budget Hollywood movie
Johannesburg Tourism Company public relations and communications manager Laura Vercueil and Walt Disney Company Africa senior VP and country manager Christine Service discuss the new Avengers movie being shot in Johannesburg

Mugabe says Zim open to foreign investment  

By: Pimani Baloyi     8th May 2015 Despite media reports and fears that Zimbabwe’s indigenisation policy – which stipulates that Zimbabweans must own 51% of foreign-owned companies – implied that the country was not open to foreign investment, Zimbabwe was open to foreign-owned businesses, Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe last... 

Mugabe says Zim open to foreign investment
Presidents Jacob Zuma and Robert Mugabe discuss the need to strengthen intra-continental trade in Africa.

South32 set to hit ground running after 98% BHP 'yes' vote  

By: Martin Creamer     6th May 2015 The demerging South32 mining company, which is set to hit the ground running after receiving an overwhelming 98.05% yes vote from BHP Billiton shareholders on Wednesday, is at an advanced stage of planning a global shared service centre in South Africa, which will create 200 new quality jobs.... 

South32 set to hit ground running after 98% BHP 'yes' vote
Flashback to 24 November 2014 video: South32 top brass tell Mining Weekly Online’s Martin Creamer of the new liquid aluminium deal with a black-controlled consortium. Photographs: Duane Daws. Video and Video Editing: Nicholas Boyd.

Weak steel demand forces AMSA to run upgraded Newcastle mill below capacity 

By: Terence Creamer     5th May 2015 Steel producer ArcelorMittal South Africa (AMSA), which recently completed the R2-billion reline of the blast furnace at the Newcastle mill, has decided not to immediately ramp up the plant to its expanded 1.9-million-tonne-a-year nameplate capacity, owing to weak domestic market conditions.... 

Weak steel demand forces AMSA to run upgraded Newcastle mill below capacity
AMSA CEO Paul O'Flaherty on its vote of confidence in Newcastle mill amid a difficult domestic steel market. Camera Work: Nicholas Boyd. Editing: Lionel da Silva. Recorded: 5.5.2015.

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