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Upbeat Q1 earnings prove Agnico fires on all cylinders

By: Henry Lazenby     28th April 2017 Canadian gold major Agnico Eagle Mines has reported buoyant first-quarter earnings on Thursday, nearly tripling profit on the back of increased output and higher precious metal prices. Excluding special items for the three months ended March 31, Toronto-based Agnico reported adjusted profit of... 

Coega industrial zone outlines R1bn investment pipeline

By: David Oliveira     28th April 2017 The Coega Development Corporation (CDC) announced earlier this month that investment projects worth more than R1-billion are ready for implementation in the Coega Industrial Development Zone (IDZ), in the Eastern Cape. This announcement follows the unaudited 2016 financial year results, during... 

Discussions to spark innovative solutions

By: Marleny Arnoldi     28th April 2017 Engineers Without Borders South Africa (EWBSA) last month hosted an interactive discussion for students at the University of Cape Town (UCT) and young professionals regarding the future of sanitation in South Africa last month.  

Meeting 60% local content goal would transform economy, create 49 000 jobs

By: Irma Venter     28th April 2017 Achieving 60% local content on vehicles assembled in South Africa will make a significant impact on the South African economy, including the creation of 49 000 new jobs and an additional R68-billion in gross domestic product, says Automotive Masterplan lead and B&M Analysts chairperson Dr Justin... 

5th Annual African Construction and Totally Concrete Expo scheduled for 23-24 May 2017

     27th April 2017 The 5th Annual African Construction and Totally Concrete Expo is taking place at Gallagher Convention Centre, Gauteng from 23 to 24 May 2017. With an expected 45 countries participating, this is Africa’s mega construction and infrastructure show and biggest gathering of 9 000 qualified buyers and... 

Technicrete’s Armorflex Provides A Perfectly Engineered Solution For New DuPont Research Facility

     26th April 2017 Technicrete’s Armorflex system was specified by both the architects and engineers for use on construction of the new entrance road to Du Pont Pioneer’s newly built research facility at Delmas, Mpumalanga. This product placement was due to the client’s requirement for a ‘Green’ Road that could... 

Fast Population Growth Means Fast Infrastructure!

     26th April 2017 The World Health Organisation estimates that by 2025 half of the world’s population will be living in water-stressed areas. That is a frightening statistic. With water being the key source to life as we know it, this is a serious problem that needs serious solutions. 

MindSphere with new partners, new applications and extended connectivity

     25th April 2017 • New infrastructure, app and technology partnerships • Extended connectivity simplifies link-up to machines and plants • New apps for industrial security and condition monitoring Siemens is driving forward the expansion of its cloud-based open IoT operating system MindSphere with new... 

Sun shines on South Africa’s clean energy future

     21st April 2017 Substantial ultra-violet radiation levels and excellent wind conditions have allowed South Africa to diversify its energy generation mix from one that previously relied heavily upon fossil fuels towards a national grid network that is now supported by “green” renewable energy (RE). In line with... 

Creamer Media to partner with Construction and Concrete events

By: Creamer Media Reporter      20th April 2017 Creamer Media is a media partner for the African Construction Expo & Totally Concrete 2017 event, taking place on 23 and 24 May 2017 at Gallagher Convention Centre in Johannesburg. The Engineering News edition dated 12 May 2017 will include a special Cement & Concrete feature previewing the... 

PMSA

By: Zandile Mavuso     14th April 2017 Being a sole distributor of HTC Sweden AB’s grinding machines, tools and flooring solutions in sub-Saharan Africa, Superb Flooring System says innovative solutions such as HTC Superfloor and the Duratiq series continue to be number one preferences for flooring contractors. 

Hinkley Point C nuclear power plant project, UK

By: Sheila Barradas     13th April 2017 The UK’s Office for Nuclear Regulation has granted its first consent for the start of construction of a nuclear power plant at Hinkley Point C. 

Saskatoon weir hydropower station, Canada

By: Sheila Barradas     13th April 2017 A new run-of-river hydropower system is proposed at the existing Saskatoon weir that will produce up to 6.1 MW of clean power. 

Funding under way for revival of old Prieska zinc-copper potential

By: Martin Creamer     12th April 2017 Funding efforts aimed at reviving the old Northern Cape mining area endowed with significant zinc and copper potential are gaining momentum. Acknowledged as the host of one of world’s most noteworthy volcanogenic massive sulphide (VMS) base metal deposits, the Prieska area has a well-recorded... 

Perseus makes positive start to 2017, as Edikan’s Q1 production rises 51% q/q

By: Mia Breytenbach     12th April 2017 Dual-listed gold miner Perseus Mining has made a positive start to 2017, with 48 655 oz of gold produced in the quarter ended March 31. Production for the quarter was 51% higher than that produced in the December 2016 quarter, with the Edikan mine, in Ghana, on track to achieve its production... 

Cost-Effective Sustainable Jeep Track For Access Roads And Trails

     12th April 2017 Technicrete’s interlocking Armorflex Blocks are ideally suited to Jeep Track (Strip Road) application, providing access to areas currently either without established roadways or with crumbling insitu cast concrete strips. Sites requiring vehicle traversal such as rural development and... 

Strand jacks an effective option for sugar mills

By: Robyn Wilkinson     12th April 2017 Machine moving and rigging specialist Lovemore Bros is adding four 70 t strand jacks to its service offering, providing an effective heavy-lifting alternative to conventional cranes for many industries, including the sugar industry. 

Department of Human Settlemants to support African Construction & Totally Concrete Initiative

     10th April 2017 South Africa’s National Department of Human Settlements announces its support of the 5th annual African Construction and Totally Concrete Expo that will take place from 23 to 24 May 2017 at the Gallagher Convention Centre in Johannesburg, South Africa.  The 2017 initiative welcomes South Africa’s... 

Trends in Southern Africa's construction industry to look out for in 2017

     10th April 2017   With 2016 bringing a year of unexpected developments across the globe, from Brexit to the election of the 45th President of the United States, and from falling commodity prices to waning GDP growth across Africa, there are now diverse global realities impacting the African continent as a whole... 

New Curve™ Slurry Pump surpasses all expectations

     10th April 2017 Pump and Abrasion Technologies® (PAT) unveiled its new CURVE™ range of pumps in September 2016.  A prominent South African ferrochrome processing plant was among the first companies to adopt this new technology by implementing a project to change all their pumps to the CURVE range of pumps. The... 

Cost-Effective Sustainable Jeep Track For Access Roads And Trails

     7th April 2017 Technicrete’s interlocking Armorflex Blocks are ideally suited to Jeep Track (Strip Road) application, providing access to areas currently either without established roadways or with crumbling insitu cast concrete strips.    Sites requiring vehicle traversal such as rural development and... 

SA firm sees potential for elevated-track solution in everything mining to public transport

By: Irma Venter     7th April 2017 South African company Milotek will later this year start construction of a fractional rapid transit (FRT) system at a private coal mine in Mpumalanga. Milotek director and inventor Andries Louw believes this system will revolutionise the way goods are moved in the mining industry and also,... 

SA firm sees potential for elevated-track solution in everything mining to public transport

By: Irma Venter     7th April 2017 South African company Milotek will later this year start construction of a fractional rapid transit (FRT) system at a private coal mine in Mpumalanga. Milotek director and inventor Andries Louw believes this system will revolutionise the way goods are moved in the mining industry and also,... 

Higher local content in SA-made vehicles could create 49 000 jobs, says Barnes 

By: Irma Venter     6th April 2017 Achieving 60% local content on vehicles assembled in South Africa will make a significant impact on the South African economy, including the creation of 49 000 new jobs and an additional R68-billion in gross domestic product, says Automotive Masterplan lead and B&M Analysts chairperson Dr Justin... 

Automotive Industry Gains Insight To Masterplan Development At NAACAM Show

     6th April 2017 The inaugural NAACAM Show reflected a significant  intent and strategy shift within South Africa's automotive sector. National Association of Automotive Component and Allied Manufacturers of South Africa President Dave Coffey  said  the stated  acceptance by  industry role-players of the need to... 

Technicrete Paving And Kerbs For Moletjie Road Upgrade In Polokwane

     5th April 2017 Mid-2015 Limpopo’s Public Works and Infrastructure Department announced that R1.2 billion had been earmarked for road refurbishment and maintenance to be rolled out over the next three years. Included in this roll-out was maintenance to a section of the Moletjie Road Project in Polokwane that was... 

New Curve™ Slurry Pump surpasses all expectations

     5th April 2017 Pump and Abrasion Technologies® (PAT) unveiled its new CURVE™ range of pumps in September 2016.  A prominent South African ferrochrome processing plant was among the first companies to adopt this new technology by implementing a project to change all their pumps to the CURVE range of pumps. The... 

New Curve™ Slurry Pump surpasses all expectations

     3rd April 2017 Pump and Abrasion Technologies® (PAT) unveiled their new CURVE™ range of pumps in September 2016.  A prominent South African Ferrochrome plant was among the first companies to adopt this new technology by implementing a project to change all their pumps to the CURVE range of pumps. The conversion... 

Afrimat referred to Tribunal for prosecution

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     3rd April 2017 The Competition Commission on Monday referred Afrimat, through its wholly owned subsidiary Clinker Supplies, to the Competition Tribunal for prosecution for allegedly abusing its dominance by charging excessive prices. Through the subsidiary, Afrimat is a supplier of a main ingredient in clinker... 

High-temperature reactor phoenix emerging from PBMR ashes? 

By: Terence Creamer     3rd April 2017 Early-stage research into the possible revival of the Pebble Bed Modular Reactor (PBMR) has yielded a revamped reactor concept that incorporates an entirely new operational philosophy, as well as the use of construction materials and manufacturing techniques that were either not considered or... 

Murray & Roberts Proves It Can On Fast Track Refurb Contract

     3rd April 2017 Working to exact measurements, a fast-track construction programme, unprecedented rainfall, operating within 100 metres of a premier Sandton Hotel and having two tight site boundaries are a few of the challenges faced by leading building contractor, Murray & Roberts Buildings, on its contract at... 

Cyclone Debbie just a squall for Australia's fair weather economy

By: Reuters     31st March 2017 A devastating cyclone that pummelled Australia's northeast this week is likely to have a dampening effect on the country's economy with coal production, exports and construction activity taking a hit. While a more concrete picture of the damage from Cyclone Debbie will be clearer in coming... 

Lesotho Highlands Water Project – Phase II, South Africa

By: Sheila Barradas     31st March 2017 Bid for the design and construction supervision of the two main water-transfer components – the Polihali dam and the transfer tunnel – are being evaluated. 

XCell Sensor technology brings improved efficiency in gas detection

     30th March 2017 Volatile Organic Compounds (VOC) can pose serious health hazards if inhaled by those working in harsh environments. MSA Africa’s Altair 5X has been improved to include XCell Sensor technology, which plays an important role in ascertaining safety, and significantly reducing the risk of exposure.... 

World’s most powerful demolition hammer from Bosch

     27th March 2017 The world’s most powerful electric breaker has been launched by Bosch for demolition work in concrete, stone, or asphalt. The Bosch GSH 27 VC Professional has an impact energy of 69 joules, with an average material removal rate of 3.2 tons an hour, a 50% increase over the previous model. Another... 

Grayston bridge inquiry may be postponed to July 2018

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     27th March 2017 The Department of Labour’s (DoL) inquiry into the collapse of the Grayston drive pedestrian bridge, on Gauteng’s M1 highway – which resulted in the death of two people and the injury of a further 19 –  may be postponed to July, 2018. The presiding inspector Lennie Samuel said that he would make a... 

South Africa’s Department of Human Settlements to support African Construction and Totally Concrete initiative

     27th March 2017 South Africa’s National Department of Human Settlements announces its support of the 5th annual African Construction and Totally Concrete Expo that will take place from 23 to 24 May 2017 at the Gallagher Convention Centre in Johannesburg, South Africa.  The 2017 initiative welcomes South Africa’s... 

Atterbury to open new Ghana mall in April

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     24th March 2017 South African property development company Atterbury will open its fourth retail development in Ghana, the $95-million Kumasi City mall on April 20. The 18 500 m2 modern mall, with potential for a future 10 000 m2 expansion, will give the city of Kumasi its first one-stop building with shopping... 

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