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Bosnia's Aluminij calls for government help to ensure survival

By: Reuters     13th September 2018 Aluminij Mostar, Bosnia's sole aluminium smelter, is at risk from high alumina and electricity prices and only urgent government intervention can help it stay on line, its GM said on Thursday. Heavily-indebted and loss-making Aluminij, which is among Bosnia's top exporters, has narrowly avoided... 

2018 platinum demand and supply seen contracting – WPIC

By: Nadine James     6th September 2018 Global platinum demand and supply will contract by 2% in 2018, the World Platinum Investment Council (WPIC) said in its latest Platinum Quarterly report on Thursday. Platinum supply is forecast to slip from 8.06-million ounces in 2017 to 7.91-million ounces in 2018, as most mining regions are... 

Local training available for construction professionals at Cape Construction Expo

6th September 2018 The Cape Construction Expo will be taking place at Sun Exhibits, GrandWest in Cape Town from 12 to 13 September 2018. With more than R5.2m allocated for local contractors’ to apply for subcontracting tenders in the Western Cape’s budget for 2018/2019, the Cape Construction Expo is the perfect... 

ANC worries over elections as SA enters recession

By: News24Wire      6th September 2018 The chairperson of the African National Congress's (ANC's) subcommittee on economic transformation Enoch Godongwana has admitted that the ruling party is worried about going into the 2019 national elections while the country's reeling from an economic recession. He made the comments to... 

Master Drilling acquires Atlantis

By: Martin Creamer     5th September 2018 The strengthening of diversified geographic footprint of mining technology company Master Drilling is continuing with the announcement on Wednesday that the Johannesburg Stock Exchange company had entered into agreements to acquire the businesses of the Atlantis Group, a South African... 

Mantashe pleased with mining contribution to GDP

By: African News Agency      4th September 2018 The mining and quarrying sector contribution to the gross domestic product (GDP) bode well for the sector and indicated a commodity boom may be imminent, Mineral Resources Minister, Gwede Mantashe, said on Tuesday. Statistics South Africa said on Tuesday that mining and quarrying industry... 

Distressed SA market to be offset by UK acquisitions, says WBHO

By: Irma Venter     4th September 2018 A South African construction company that still makes a profit is a rare sight these days, yet Wilson Bailey Holmes-Ovcon (WBHO) this financial year yet again managed to buck the depressing trend of failing domestic construction companies, owing largely to gains made in geographies outside South... 

Coal suppliers urged to put South Africa first 

By: Kim Cloete     28th August 2018 Public Enterprises Minister Pravin Gordhan has suggested that Parliament call in some of the big and small coal suppliers to account for their export of coal, amid increasing concerns about the shortage of coal in the country. Gordhan was speaking after several Members of Parliament suggested... 

Local training available for construction professionals at Cape Construction Expo

28th August 2018 The Cape Construction Expo will be taking place at Sun Exhibits, GrandWest in Cape Town from 12 to 13 September 2018. With more than R5.2m allocated for local contractors’ to apply for subcontracting tenders in the Western Cape’s budget for 2018/2019, the Cape Construction Expo is the perfect... 

National Health Insurance will succeed, ensure universal healthcare for South Africans – Ramaphosa 

By: African News Agency      24th August 2018 Government’s ambitious National Health Insurance (NHI) scheme is bound to succeed and deal a blow to South Africa’s “racialized, two-tier health system sustained on the basis of uneven distribution of resources”, President Cyril Ramaphosa said on Friday. Ramaphosa was speaking in Pretoria at a... 

JG Afrika helps SANRAL drive another strategic road upgrade

By: Creamer Media Reporter      23rd August 2018 JG Afrika, a leading engineering and environmental consultancy, is overseeing the upgrade of a 48 km section of the N2 highway between Caledon and Riviersonderend in the Western Cape. The road serves as a vital link between the Eastern Cape and KwaZulu-Natal, and about 3 500 motor vehicles and... 

M&R announces new appointments for underground mining platform

By: Simone Liedtke     20th August 2018 Mike da Costa was appointed CEO of Murray & Robert’s (M&R’s) global underground mining platform, effective August 1, mining contracting company M&R Cementation reported on Monday. The M&R underground mining platform covers six continents and its service offering spans the project value chain... 

Need for engineers amid infrastructure delivery challenges

By: Donald Makhafola     17th August 2018 Amid basic service delivery challenges, such as housing, water, transport infrastructure and energy, there is a desperate need for engineers in the country, says association for consulting engineering firms Consulting Engineers South Africa (Cesa) president Neresh Pather. He says efforts should... 

Elikhulu tailings retreatment project pours first gold; Pan African announces next big project 

By: Schalk Burger     16th August 2018 At the inaugural gold pour at its Elikhulu gold tailings retreatment project, in Mpumalanga, on Thursday, Pan African Resources announced the company's next big project, Royal Sheba, which will be built within the company's existing mining right at Barberton, Mpumalanga, before the end of 2019.... 

Western Surat gas project receives final enviro nod

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     14th August 2018 ASX-listed Senex Energy has been given commonwealth environmental approval for its Western Surat gas project, bringing the project one step closer to development. Along with the previously granted state environmental approvals and petroleum lease, Senex has received all primary approvals to... 

Randgold looking across the Atlantic

By: Martin Creamer     10th August 2018 African gold mining company Randgold Resources is looking across the Atlantic along the northern edge of South America, which effectively hosts the same geology as West Africa, where the London-listed company has its biggest gold-mining base. This is in addition to intensifying exploration... 

Cokal gets funding partner for BBM

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     1st August 2018 ASX-listed Cokal has secured development funding for its 60% owned Bumi Barito Mineral (BBM) pulverised coal injection (PCI) coal project, in Indonesia. Cokal on Wednesday told shareholders that it had executed a binding term sheet with Aahana Global Resources & Investment, a special purpose... 

IRS to become a division of Impala Platinum

By: Marleny Arnoldi     25th July 2018 Impala Platinum Holdings (Implats) subsidiaries Impala Platinum and Impala Refining Services (IRS) have entered into a sale of business agreement for Impala to acquire the metal purchase and toll refining operations of IRS for R8-billion. IRS is now a division of Impala, rather than a standalone... 

New technology can optimise project management

By: Donald Makhafola     20th July 2018 To ensure that capital projects are delivered on time, project management teams need to be proactive in using the latest tools and technology, says global advisory firm Deloitte Africa director consulting and Africa infrastructure and capital projects leader Mahendra Dedasaniya. “The capital... 

Future of digital project delivery showcased in KwaZulu-Natal

20th July 2018 Integrated infrastructure delivery firm AECOM is pioneering digital project delivery by adding various Immersive Technologies like virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR) to its portfolio of existing three dimensional (3D) models produced by a Building Information Modelling (BIM) process.... 

WBHO grows its UK presence

By: Creamer Media Reporter      19th July 2018 Wilson Bayly Holmes-Ovcon (WBHO) subsidiary WBHO UK has acquired a 60% stake in UK construction business Russells for £32.8-million, as well as a 31.7% stake in Russell Homes for £3.25-million. Russells provides design, installation and project management capabilities in the UK construction... 

CoreSlab ranks skills development high on the agenda

By: Creamer Media Reporter      19th July 2018 CoreSlab continues to invest heavily into skills development and training to ensure the future sustainability of the South African precast concrete sector and larger construction industry. Both the company’s sophisticated factory in Polokwane, Limpopo, as well as many construction sites have... 

Bell Equipment, Sanral MoU gives small contractors access to earthmovers

By: Schalk Burger     13th July 2018 The South African National Roads Agency Limited (Sanral) and construction machinery company Bell Equipment have signed a memorandum of understanding that will give small contractors access to earthmoving machinery to allow them to participate more meaningfully in major construction projects. The... 

M&A advisory firm aims to use SA as gateway to African market

By: Nadine James     13th July 2018 Washington DC-headquartered mergers and acquisition advisory firm Taylor Advisory announced last week that it was entering the African market through South Africa with the appointment of Francois Baird as its Africa co-chairperson and Riaan Rademan as its South Africa co-chairperson. This is... 

Gauteng Transport Authority set for rollout in Q1 2019

By: Irma Venter     11th July 2018 Gauteng’s three metros, and all other providers of public transport in the province, will be able to retain their various services’ individualised branding under the new Gauteng Transport Authority (GTA), says Gautrain Management Agency CEO Jack van der Merwe. This means that a system such as the... 

S Africa wastewater facilities in disrepair

By: Donald Makhafola     6th July 2018 Half of South Africa’s water infrastructure is in disrepair and it will take significant financial investment, and political will, to restore it, according to the Institute for Security Studies (ISS). “Our research indicates that what is needed is investment in basic infrastructure such as fixing... 

Eurasia’s Monchetundra mining permit in ‘final stages’

By: Simone Liedtke     3rd July 2018 Aim-listed Eurasia Mining on Tuesday announced the approval of the Monchetundra mine permit application by the Russian Ministry of Economic Development (MOED). The mine permit application, for the 80%-owned two-million-ounce platinum-group metals (PGM) reserve and resource, is now awaiting sign... 

Unbundling Eskom

By: Terry Mackenzie-hoy     29th June 2018 It should be evident to everybody that State-owned electricity utility Eskom is in the following condition: (a) The road transport coal supply contractors have for years been ripping off the system – the trucks get loaded with good-quality coal, which is driven to an export depot. They then pick... 

Water at centre stage for Schneider Electric

22nd June 2018 Schneider Electric plans to put water at centre stage this month, as it participates in the Water Institute of Southern Africa (WISA) biennial conference and exhibition, taking place in Cape Town from 24-27 June 2018. “Scientists of the Joint Research Centre (JRC), the European Commission's... 

Rio-Carb Commissions Academic Research Into The Future Of SA Mining

21st June 2018 Mr. Martin Maine, Managing Director of Rio-Carb of Alrode, a chromium carbide (CrC) wear-solutions provider, has identified a gap in the mining sector in the form of a lack of local beneficiation in the second-tier supply chain in the South African mining industry. Failure to galvanise foreign... 

Cost competitiveness key for a thriving energy sector

By: Anine Kilian     20th June 2018 The number of power projects across Africa and South Africa has grown in the last few years and has given rise to many opportunities, but also challenges, Trade and Industrial Policy Strategies executive director Saul Levin said on Wednesday. Speaking at the Manufacturing Indaba, in Sandton, he... 

Rio-Carb commissions academic research into the future of SA mining

20th June 2018 Mr. Martin Maine, Managing Director of Rio-Carb of Alrode, a chromium carbide (CrC) wear-solutions provider, has identified a gap in the mining sector in the form of a lack of local beneficiation in the second-tier supply chain in the South African mining industry. Failure to galvanise foreign... 

Afrimat Construction Index reflects downward trend in construction activity in Q1

By: Simone Liedtke     19th June 2018 It is concerning that the construction sector – South Africa’s most labour-intensive sector in terms of labour/capital ratios – is not growing, said economist Dr Roelof Botha on Tuesday at the release of the Afrimat Construction Index (ACI) for the first quarter. The ACI, compiled by Botha on... 

Tahltan to receive C$7m a year from Brucejack taxes

By: Creamer Media Reporter      16th June 2018 The Tahltan First Nation will receive about C$7-million a year in tax revenue from the new Brucejack gold mine, under a revenue-sharing agreement between the British Columbia government and the Tahltan central government. The Brucejack mine, in north-western British Columbia, is expected to... 

Project could extend Alaska mine’s life by 6yrs – Kinross

By: Marleny Arnoldi     12th June 2018 TSX-listed Kinross Gold has decided to proceed with the Gilmore expansion project at its Fort Knox mine, in Alaska.  

De Beers concludes R600m transport empowerment deal at Venetia diamond mine 

By: Martin Creamer     8th June 2018 Diamond-mining company De Beers Consolidated Mines (DBCM) has concluded the process of selecting six local black economic empowerment (BEE) partners as part of an impressive R600-million-to-R700-million, eight-year transport empowerment initiative at the Venetia diamond mine in South Africa’s... 

Dispute resolution procedures aren’t working…what’s next?

7th June 2018 With dispute resolution procedures more often than not turning out to be anything but speedy, parties to construction contracts are reaching their breaking points. Is it time for a new approach altogether? How about finding ways to avoid disputes completely? By Kelly Stannard, Associate, MDA... 

Goldcorp signs IBA with three First Nation communities in Ontario

By: Marleny Arnoldi     6th June 2018 TSX-listed Goldcorp and three First Nation communities – Brunswick House, Chapleau Cree and Chapleau Ojibwe – have signed an impacts and benefits agreement (IBA) with respect to the development and operation of the Borden gold project, near Chapleau, in northern Ontario.  

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