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Monitoring the molecules: RTS Africa’s Neo Monitors LaserGas analysers offer accurate real-time gas level monitoring for industry

23rd April 2018 Since its founding, innovation has been the hallmark of RTS Africa Engineering, a Tshwane-based company specialising in innovative technologies which provide solutions to industrial challenges. RTS Africa has not only imported many new technologies from its portfolio of well-established and... 

Monitoring the molecules: RTS Africa’s Neo Monitors LaserGas analysers offer accurate real-time gas level monitoring for industry

23rd April 2018 Since its founding, innovation has been the hallmark of RTS Africa Engineering, a Tshwane-based company specialising in innovative technologies which provide solutions to industrial challenges. RTS Africa has not only imported many new technologies from its portfolio of well-established and... 

Maatla Energy gets enviro approval for Botswana mine

By: Marleny Arnoldi     19th April 2018 Coal and energy company Maatla Energy’s subsidiary, Maatla Resources, has received approval for the environmental-impact assessment (EIA) for its Mmamabula export coal mine, in Botswana.  

AfriSam bolsters Western Cape prominence with technical Zeitz Museum concrete work

By: Schalk Burger     18th April 2018 Building materials company AfriSam designed and supplied specialist concrete for the construction of the Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art Africa, which involved the cutting away of the inside of the old grain silo at the V&A Waterfront, in Cape Town, to build the modern art museum. The museum,... 

Controlled permeability formwork liners prevent tank degradation

13th April 2018 To reduce the formation of blowholes and other blemishes on concrete surfaces Formtex Controlled Permeability Formwork (CPF) liners, supplied by nonwoven roll goods supplier Fibertex SA, have been designed and manufactured for concrete surface enhancement in diverse applications, including highly... 

Mayur shakes the tin for exploration work

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     11th April 2018 Diversified junior Mayur Resources has raised A$7.8-million in a share placement to professional and sophisticated investors. The company will place 9.75-million chess depository interests to both new and existing shareholders, at a price of 80c each, under its existing placement capacity. 

Urban soccer sculpture wins PPC Imaginarium Awards

By: Marleny Arnoldi     9th April 2018 Upcoming young artist Chris Soal was announced as the overall winner of cement supplier PPC’s Imaginarium Awards 2018.  

Impairments push Lafarge Africa to 2017 loss, shares fall

By: Reuters     9th April 2018 Lafarge Africa has taken a one-off impairment in Nigeria and South Africa totalling around 33-billion naira ($105-million), widening its loss before tax for 2017 from a year earlier and sending its shares tumbling. Bruno Bayet, CFO, told Reuters the impairments accounted for bulk of the loss,... 

Skid steer loaders maintain popularity in projects

By: Marleny Arnoldi     6th April 2018 Construction and earthmoving equipment distributor CASE Construction South Africa says it has a healthy pipeline of equipment supply orders for the first quarter of 2018 to meet client requirements for construction projects.  

Blockmaking machine aids in community development

By: Marleny Arnoldi     6th April 2018 Alternative building technology partner Hydraform supplied its M7MI interlocking blockmaking machine to social activist nonprofit organisation Earthrise Trust.  

Durban port upgrade and expansion project, South Africa

By: Sheila Barradas     6th April 2018 The upgrade of two shiploaders at the Durban harbour has been completed. 

PSA, Romano merge to create largest corporate signage company in sub-Saharan Africa

By: Marleny Arnoldi     5th April 2018 Corporate signage manufacturer Premier Sayina Africa (PSA) and signage and solar solutions company Romano Signs have merged to create PSA Romano – the largest corporate signage company in sub-Saharan Africa.  

Millennium advances sulphide expansion plans

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     5th April 2018 Gold miner Millennium Minerals has revealed that the expansion of its Nullagine gold project, to process the sulphide mineral resource, would require a capital investment of A$15-million. The company has completed a key component of the sulphide resource expansion feasibility study for the... 

Prospect and Sinomine cement Zim lithium project agreement

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     4th April 2018 Gold and lithium developer Prospect Resources has cemented an agreement with Hong Kong-listed Sinomine Resources Exploration, which will see the development of the Arcadia lithium project, in Zimbabwe. The two companies in November inked a conditional placement and framework agreement under... 

Merger architect Schmidheiny to exit LafargeHolcim board

By: Reuters     4th April 2018 Thomas Schmidheiny, LafargeHolcim's largest shareholder and a driving force behind the merger that created the world's largest cement maker, will step down from the company's board at its 2018 annual general meeting (AGM), it said on Wednesday. Schmidheiny, who owns 11.4% of the Franco-Swiss... 

Cement clinker production plant, Morocco

By: Sheila Barradas     30th March 2018 LafargeHolcim is building a new 3 500 t/d cement clinker production plant in Agadir. 

Indian sand mining framework suggest ‘manufactured sand’ and imports to bridge supply gap

By: Ajoy K Das     29th March 2018 Indian demand for sand, categorised as a ‘minor mineral’, has been estimated at about 700-million tons a year and is growing by 6% to 7% a year, according to a Sand Mining Framework document of the Mines Ministry. The document; however, does not give any estimation of supplies, but acknowledges a... 

Densification defines Africa’s urban trends and infrastructure in 2018

26th March 2018 Why do we need to talk about infrastructure investment and delivery in sub-Saharan Africa? Business spending in Africa will grow from $2.6 trillion in 2015 to $3.5 trillion by 2025.  It is estimated that over the same period an additional 187 million Africans will migrate to cities, drastically... 

Sephaku Cement FY profit declines 16%

By: Schalk Burger     22nd March 2018 Nigeria-backed cement producer Sephaku Cement has posted a 16% drop in its full-year profit, despite revenue increasing by 3.7% to R2.37-billion in 2017. The company turned a profit of R73.9-million in the second half of the year, compared with a loss of R16.1-million in the first half,... 

The First International Day Dedicated To Recycling.

22nd March 2018 Focusing on the increasing unsustainable consumption of our planet's natural resources and the economic and environmental savings  that companies and nature can achieve. Recycling: the seventh and most important resource in the world. A need to meet other needs, without turning to natural... 

R2.1bn top-up deal takes PPC SA BEE shareholding to 30%

By: Schalk Burger     15th March 2018 Cement producer PPC on Thursday announced details of its R2.1-billion top-up black economic empowerment (BEE) scheme that, together with the BEE shareholding from two previous transactions, will result in an effective 30% BEE shareholding at the PPC South Africa level. The PPC Phakama... 

Cemteq Established To Supply Smart, Sustainable Building Materials

15th March 2018 Wadeville-based Sun Silicates has established a sister company, CemteQ Building Solutions (Pty) Ltd, that specialises in developing and marketing unique, value-adding products for the building and construction industries. Initially CemteQ will focus on using high quality Perlite produced by Sun... 

Mintek to develop technologies to selectively recover PACs

9th March 2018 Geochemical and metallurgical analysis company Mintek is currently conducting a project called Pacman for which the aim is to separate valuable metal and unreacted material from waste during ferrochrome production. The project is run by Mintek’s pyrometallurgy and minerals processing divisions.... 

Kenya plans to electrify Mombasa–Nairobi rail link

By: John Muchira     9th March 2018 Kenya plans to electrify its diesel-powered standard-gauge railway (SGR) line from the coastal city of Mombasa to the capital, Nairobi, as it seeks to cement its position as a regional transports hub. The East Africa nation has since secured $240-million from China Electric Power Equipment &... 

Gavin Kirstein has been appointed Tsubaki product manager for BMG.

8th March 2018 Lindy Morton Festivitas As part of BMG’s Power Transmission division, Kirstein will focus mainly on Tsubaki engineered class chain, bucket elevators, cam clutches and backstop products, used in heavy and large scale industries. 

BCIMA - The Building and Construction Industry Medical Aid Fund 

By: Creamer Media Reporter      8th March 2018 BCIMA, The Building and Construction Industry Medical Aid Fund is the preferred medical scheme created specifically for our industry. Thousands of South-African building, construction and civil engineering industry workers enjoy the security and benefits that this affordable medical aid fund... 

thyssenkrupp committed to strengthening partnerships and driving industrialisation processes in Africa

5th March 2018 thyssenkrupp Industrial Solutions is proud of its time-honoured history as a leading partner of engineering, equipment, technology, plant and service solutions to mining, cement, chemical, fertilizer and oil & gas industries across the African continent.  In a bid to further strengthen its... 

Jabu Moleketi succeeds Nelson as PPC chairperson

By: Nadine James     2nd March 2018 Peter Nelson has resigned as chairperson and nonexecutive director of cement manufacturer PPC, effective March 2. Former Deputy Finance Minister Jabu Moleketi has been appointed to succeed Nelson as chairperson. 

LafargeHolcim CEO launches overhaul, takes big Q4 charge

By: Reuters     2nd March 2018 LafargeHolcim aims to grow faster than the overall market and cut costs under a five-year plan set out by the new chief executive of the world's biggest cement maker on Friday. The strategy was launched as LafargeHolcim reported a 3.1-billion Swiss franc ($3.3-billion) net loss during its fourth... 

Coal India output, sales rise as power plants rebuild stockpiles

By: Bloomberg     2nd March 2018 Coal India Limited's shipments rose 4.8% from a year ago and output increased for a seventh straight month as power plants bought up fuel to replenish stockpiles and meet increasing demand for electricity. Sales totaled 49.97-million metric tons in February, according to a stock exchange filing... 

‘World-class’ machine to debut at expo

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     2nd March 2018 Concrete products machinery manufacturer Pan Mixers South Africa (PMSA) has designed the “world’s best” concrete-product manufacturing machine, which will debut at this year’s bauma CONEXPO AFRICA, PMSA joint MD Walter Ebeling reveals exclusively to Engineering News. The Ultra 3000 is an... 

Creating value from Africa’s waste

2nd March 2018 Egelquip was established in 2015 by MD Kieron Geoghegan. Based in Johannesburg, South Africa Egelquip works together on specialised projects throughout the African continent and abroad with its sister company Finn MacCool DRC, based in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). The focus of the... 

FLSmidth concludes acquisition of remaining part of Sandvik Mining Systems

1st March 2018 With the transfer of assets in South Africa now completed, the previously announced acquisition of the Sandvik Mining Systems projects business has been finalised. The acquisition includes continuous surface mining and minerals handling technologies and competences that strengthen the company's... 

India sets deadline for commercial coal block auctions

By: Ajoy K Das     26th February 2018 Close on the heels of opening up commercial coal mining for private investors last week, the Indian government has set a 2019 deadline for completing the auction process. While government officials remain tightlipped about the number of coal blocks that will be up for auction in the first... 

Green shoots seen in construction industry, despite tight conditions 

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     23rd February 2018 The South African construction sector is still facing "very tough and difficult" conditions, with the 2.5% inflation rate creating an even tighter environment, Econometrix chief economist Dr Azar Jamine said on Friday. Speaking to industry representatives during an Afrisam-hosted post-Budget... 

Jabu Moleketi nominated as PPC chairperson

By: Reuters     22nd February 2018 South African cement producer PPC said Jabu Moleketi has been nominated for the position of chairman of the board to succeed its current chairman Peter Nelson, as it aims to align the board with its strategic priorities. Moleketi is currently chairman of mobile phone network operator Vodacom... 

Afrisam Readymix For Unique Dynamic’s Droogheuwel Reservoir Project

22nd February 2018 Gauteng continues to be an urban magnet drawing job seekers from far and wide, making the Droogheuwel municipal bulk water reservoir in Randfontein a vital piece of infrastructure to keep sufficient water flowing to the growing area of Randgate. Hard at work on this 20 megalitre reservoir is the... 

Widening Of Bridges At Hopetown

22nd February 2018 Upington-based contractors Botes & Kennedy Manyano are progressing well with the widening of the 312 metre bridge on the N12 carriageway over the Orange River at Hopetown in the Northern Cape. The substantial project is consuming 4,000 cubic metres of concrete and 500 tonnes of reinforcing steel,... 

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