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PPC reschedules DRC cement plant debt

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     19th January 2018 Construction materials provider PPC has further improved its liquidity position by finalising a capital repayment moratorium with funders of the group’s Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) operation, limiting PPC’s capital requirements to only interest payments from January this year to January... 

SKF quality and service value proposition improves delivery time of large size roller bearings

     19th January 2018 The SKF Explorer series large size roller bearings presented the most optimum solution for a vertical roller mill used in the production of cement. A long-standing SKF customer in the cement and concrete industry contacted SKF for a solution when a routine maintenance check determined that the... 

Norway's $1tn fund curbs holdings in biggest carbon dioxide emitters

By: Reuters     19th January 2018 Norway's sovereign wealth fund has trimmed the proportion of its $1 trillion fortune that is invested in companies that emit the most greenhouse gas, a Reuters survey has shown. Environmental campaigners hope the move by the world's biggest State-owned investment fund signals the start of a trend... 

Thyssenkrupp closes the loop in Africa’s sugar industry

     18th January 2018 Thyssenkrupp Industrial Solutions South Africa combines local knowledge with global expertise to bring turnkey technology and equipment solutions that will promote the sustainability and profitability of the sugar industry in the Sub Sahara African region. The company offers market, feasibility... 

Ultratech Cement Q3 profit falls 23 pct on raw material price rise

By: Reuters     18th January 2018 India's UltraTech Cement Ltd, part of the Aditya Birla Group, on Thursday posted a 23 percent drop in third-quarter profit, hurt by rising pet coke and coal prices. Profit fell to 4.56 billion rupees ($71.4 million) for the quarter ended Dec 31, from 5.95 billion rupees a year ago, the company... 

Argentina energy producer Genneia weighs IPO

By: Reuters     18th January 2018 Argentine thermal and renewable energy producer Genneia will consider an initial public offering on the local or international stock market, the company said in a letter to the Buenos Aires stock exchange on Wednesday. The proposal will be discussed at a shareholders meeting on February 7, said... 

Concrete Technology In Demand At New Chryso Centre Of Excellence

     15th January 2018 Concrete admixture users have wasted no time in taking up the testing and advisory services of Chryso Southern Africa’s new Centre of Excellence, which provides a complementary role to specialist testing laboratories. Opened just six months ago by the leading admixture producer, the Centre has... 

Order from Willowton Group continues 40 year business relationship with TAKRAF Africa

     9th January 2018 Two Redler Chain Elevators ordered from key equipment supplier TAKRAF Africa by the Willowton Group in Pietermaritzburg, KwaZulu-Natal, brings the number of machines supplied to this plant to more than 40 in a business relationship stretching back some 40 years. In addition to the 40, TAKRAF... 

Rio Tinto embarks on automation roll-out at Pilbarra iron-ore operations

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     18th December 2017 Mining giant Rio Tinto will expand its fleet of autonomous haul trucks at its iron-ore operations in the Pilbara by more than 50% by 2019, after signing agreements with manufacturers Caterpillar and Komatsu to convert traditional trucks to autonomous vehicles. A total of 29 Komatsu haul trucks... 

LafargeHolcim revamps management, trims executive board

By: Reuters     15th December 2017 LafargeHolcim is revamping its management structure to make countries more accountable for results, the world's largest cement maker said on Friday, in a bid to boost growth and performance. "The strengthening of the profit and loss responsibility of the countries and the simplification of global... 

Construction firm forges ahead on N2 road, bridges

     15th December 2017 Infrastructure construction firm Concor Infrastructure is making progress on the 34 km section of the N2 highway between Mtunzini and Empangeni in KwaZulu-Natal, while ensuring minimal impact to environmentally sensitive areas along the route. 

PPC ends merger talks with LafargeHolcim; proposes top-up BEE transaction

By: Schalk Burger     14th December 2017 Cement producer PPC’s shares fell by nearly 20% in early morning trade on the JSE on Thursday, after announcing that it has ended merger talks with LafargeHolcim and that it is considering a new black economic empowerment (BEE) transaction. The independent board set up by PPC to evaluate bids... 

DA consulting lawyers on legality of energy blueprint

By: African News Agency      11th December 2017 The Democratic Alliance said on Monday it was taking legal advice on the approval of government’s new Integrated Resource Plan (IRP), which envisions nuclear procurement. Democratic Alliance energy spokesperson, Gavin Davis, said the apparently rushed approval of the policy blueprint with no... 

Fairfax exits PPC partial acquisition bid

By: Natasha Odendaal     11th December 2017 Fairfax Africa Investments has withdrawn its intention to acquire R2-billion worth of shares in cement producer PPC. In an update to shareholders on Monday, JSE-listed PPC said it had received formal notification on Friday that Fairfax would no longer pursue the partial offer. 

Amended BBBEE Construction Sector Code

     11th December 2017 Who does it apply to? The Amended B-BBEE Construction Sector Code was gazetted on 01 December 2017 with immediate effect.  Those who already have an Amended DTI Code certificate have 2 options available to them, viz: 

South Africa in junk or high on it?

By: Riaan de Lange     8th December 2017 Have you seen junk? Ever touched, used it or sailed on it? No, not in it, but on it? A few years ago, I was fortunate enough to sail on a junk while visiting Hong Kong. A junk, a Chinese flat-bottomed sailing ship, came into use in 220 BC and is still in use to this day. You can no longer sail... 

SA’s not-so-impressive showing in the governance stakes

     8th December 2017 South Africa is a force to be reckoned with in Africa. It is one of the continent’s powerhouses – politically and economically – with its gross domestic product (GDP) being the largest, although it had to contend with being second best to Nigeria in the GDP stakes between 2014, when the latter... 

Cement grinding plant, Rwanda

By: Sheila Barradas     8th December 2017 Prime Cement is building a 700 000 t/y grinding plant in Musanze, in the Northern Province of Rwanda. 

World's No 1 miner sees bigger role for carbon-capture systems

By: Bloomberg     7th December 2017 BHP Billiton, the world’s biggest mining company, said wider use of systems that trap carbon emissions will be needed to meet international climate goals, even as investments in the technology stall. “We have knowledge of geology, markets and economics, so there’s probably something we can bring... 

Good Training Key To Safe Use Of Conveyor Splicing Equipment

     5th December 2017 Training in the correct use of mechanical splicing equipment is critical to ensure safety and productivity, according to Benjamin Sibanda, general manager of Mato Products “Tested and proven the world over, the Mato Belt Fastening System is a reliable and cost effective solution for conveyor belt... 

Nigerian’s Dangote Cement partners with online shopping giant Jumia

By: African News Agency      5th December 2017 Nigerian based Dangote Cement has signed a deal with the e-commerce platform Jumia Nigeria to sell its cement to online. According to the group, the move was designed to reduce price and ease logistics inherent in the purchase of its products. 

Green Building... Green Cleaning... Green Washing?

     4th December 2017 Issued by Perfect Word Consulting (Pty) Ltd In today’s facilities management (FM) market, achieving Green Building Status has become vital. According to Matt Sena’s Green Industry Analysis 2017; “Green industry practices not only enjoy favorable public sentiment and the psychic income of a lower... 

Cement production line, Uruguay

By: Sheila Barradas     1st December 2017 The contract for the engineering, procurement and supply of equipment for a complete cement plant has been awarded. 

FLSmidth launches new, modular Reflux Classifier plant 

     30th November 2017 Minerals and cement industry equipment and services supplier FLSmidth has officially launched its modular Reflux Classifier plant, which is suitable for fines gravity separation applications. Mia Breytenbach has the details. 

Power underpins wave of African industrialisation

     24th November 2017 Power is closely tied to a surge of new infrastructure projects and rapid industrialisation across Africa, with significant opportunities still open to the power sector, delegates heard at a briefing for key power sector stakeholders in Sandton this week. Infrastructure spend across Africa will... 

Cement plant, Pakistan

By: Sheila Barradas     24th November 2017 Power Cement plans to expand its cement production line in Nooriabad. 

GirlCode floats ambitions of becoming world’s largest women's digital agency

By: Dylan Slater     23rd November 2017 Nonprofit organisation (NPO) GirlCode, which aims to empower women in the technology sector, on Thursday revealed its new programmes for 2018, as well as its Vision 2030 ambitions, which includes reaching ten-million women by 2030. GirlCode chairperson Zandile Keebine commented that reaching that... 

African operations shine as PPC delivers higher H1 earnings

By: Natasha Odendaal     23rd November 2017 Cement producer PPC produced double-digit earnings for the first half of the 2018 financial year, with the JSE-listed group’s rest of Africa cement operations delivering a shining performance. For the six months ended September 30, net profit attributable to PPC shareholders increased by 188% to... 

India's US coal imports highest since 2015, seen up further on ban

By: Reuters     20th November 2017 India's coal imports from North America quadrupled to 2.1-million tonnes in October from a year ago, the highest since at least January 2015, Thomson Reuters data showed, and buyers are looking to boost purchases amid a domestic shortage of the fuel. A ban on the use of petroleum coke, a dirtier... 

Total plug-and-play solution for condition monitoring of equipment

     20th November 2017 A multi-channel, complete plug-and-play solution for condition monitoring of equipment is available from FAG, distributed locally by leading supplier Bearings International (BI). The FAG SmartQB is a ready-to-use, preconfigured condition monitoring system for electric motors, fans, compressors,... 

PMSA Batching Solutions

     17th November 2017 Being a supplier of concrete equipment in Africa for over 40 years, PMSA provides wet batching plant solutions for customers in the civil sector for renewable energy such as wind and solar plants, conventional power stations, dam construction, roads and bridges; on-site mobile batching plants for... 

Standard Bank, ICBC launch programme to spur growth through tourism

By: Anine Kilian     15th November 2017 To further cement trade ties, boost investment flows and encourage tourism between South Africa and China, Standard Bank and the Industrial and Commercial Bank of China (ICBC) have launched the I Go South Africa loyalty programme in partnership with South African Tourism. This initiative, which... 

IEA lists South Africa as possible hub for production of ‘green’ hydrogen-rich chemicals, fuels

By: Terence Creamer     14th November 2017 A new International Energy Agency (IEA) report lists South Africa, together with a handful of other territories, as having the potential to tap its abundant solar and wind resources to produce “green” hydrogen-rich chemicals and fuels, such as ammonia and methanol. The insight paper, titled... 

Third possible suitor shows an interest in acquiring PPC

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     13th November 2017 In addition to the buyout offer cement producer PPC has received from Fairfax Africa Investments and AfriSam, as well as the nonbinding expression of interest from LafargeHolcim, the company has now also sparked the interest of a third possible buyer, CRH. CRH has indicated that it is considering... 

Infinité Project Rolls On For Tri-Star, Afrisam

     13th November 2017 After the turning of the first sod in April 2017, construction of the glamourous Infinité apartments in Bedfordview, Johannesburg, has been proceeding apace – with AfriSam supplying readymix concrete and cement to contractors Tri-Star Construction. The luxury ten-storey block of 198 high... 

Inside the green economy

By: Saliem Fakir     10th November 2017 It is often assumed that the green economy only relates to a specific type of technology or shifts in energy demand. The notion of the green economy has been in existence in South Africa for a long time. Conceptually, the green economy notion gained prominence in South Africa after 2007 and many... 

New carton recycling plant enhances recycling of liquid packaging

By: Dylan Slater     10th November 2017 An investment of R46-million in a first-of-its-kind recycling plant in South Africa – commissioned in July after a six-month construction period – at the Springs-based recycling facility of paper and plastics packaging company Mpact is set to reduce the volume of liquid- packaging cartons going... 

New carton recycling plant enhances recycling of liquid packaging

By: Dylan Slater     10th November 2017 An investment of R46-million in a first-of-its-kind recycling plant in South Africa – commissioned in July after a six-month construction period – at the Springs-based recycling facility of paper and plastics packaging company Mpact, is set to reduce the volume of liquid-packaging cartons going... 

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