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Salga voices concern about impact of possible higher electricity tariffs on municipalities

By: Marleny Arnoldi     19th April 2018 During public hearings being held to enable the National Energy Regulator of South Africa (Nersa) to determine whether to allow power utility Eskom to recoup R66.6-billion under the Regulatory Clearing Account (RCA) mechanism, the South African Local Government Association (Salga) has expressed... 

Eskom says facing coal shortages at seven power plants

By: Reuters     17th April 2018 South African power utility Eskom, which is battling to recover from a financial and leadership crisis, said on Tuesday that it was facing coal shortages at seven power stations. Eskom supplies around 95% of South Africa's electricity, predominantly by burning coal. The state-owned utility has... 

Zambia shortlists five firms for majority stake in oil refinery

By: Reuters     16th April 2018 Zambia has short-listed five companies including Britain's Glencore Energy and Sahara Energy Resources to buy a majority stake in its only oil refinery, a state-owned firm said on Monday. The government-owned Industrial Development Corporation (IDC) has said it wants a strong strategic equity... 

Alrosa switches to cheaper fuel sources to cut operating expenses

By: Creamer Media Reporter      16th April 2018 The conversion of boiler houses and power plants to alternative fuels is expected to reduce the operating expenses of Russian miner Alrosa by about 5.3-billion roubles over the next ten years. In an update on Monday, Alrosa said that it would build a gas boiler-house in Almazny settlement in the... 

Glencore releases all-embracing 117-page sustainability report

By: Martin Creamer     16th April 2018 One of the strategic priorities of diversified mining and marketing company Glencore is to invest in community initiatives that deliver sustainable socioeconomic benefits, the London- and Johannesburg-listed company states in today’s 117-page Sustainability Report 2017, which emphasises the... 

TNPA presents strategy to improve transformation at Island View Precinct

By: Shirley le Guern     12th April 2018 A major shake-up within the Island View Precinct (IVP) in the port of Durban is expected after Transnet National Ports Authority (TNPA) began engaging tenants ahead of the implementation of its new IVP strategy this week. At a press conference following initial engagements with leaseholders and... 

Digitisation playing increasingly important role in grid transformation

By: Anine Kilian     11th April 2018 Increasing penetration of renewable energy has had a major impact on power grids all over the world, necessitating the need for digital technologies to handle factors such as variability, ABB power grids division president Claudio Facchin said at the ABB Customer World Africa Conference 2018 on... 

Wacker Neuson EZ53 Excavator: Equipped for Future Requirements

     11th April 2018 The Wacker Neuson EZ53 zero tail excavator is a high performance and economical machine, comfortable to work with and profitable with all its features. The compact machine with zero tail swing is characterised by flexibility in use and a great deal of maneuverability. Despite its compact size,... 

Palladium surges 6% on jitters over Russia sanctions

By: Reuters     11th April 2018 Palladium has surged 6% this week on the back of concerns that supply from number one producer Russia could be hurt by sanctions imposed by the US. Although the supply pipeline of the metal, more than two-fifths of which is sourced in Russia, has not been directly hit by the sanctions, the... 

SENET’s subsidiary has now been registered

     11th April 2018 SENERGY is a wholly-owned subsidiary of SENET that specialises in clean energy solutions on flexible contracting terms to clients on the African continent. SENERGY will be structured along three business lines, namely energy efficiency, power project delivery, and power provisioning. SENERGY will... 

PGMs industry sees crisis, Mantashe sees new dawn

By: Marleny Arnoldi     10th April 2018 Mineral Resources Minister Gwede Mantashe on Tuesday described the mining industry as one that is in self-doubt, believing that it is about to die, where suspicion and mistrust is at a high level. “I fail to understand why platinum is in a crisis,” he said, adding that mining stakeholders need to... 

Tahoe says La Arena fuel spill fully contained

By: Henry Lazenby     10th April 2018 Dual-listed precious metals producer Tahoe Resources reported on Monday that it had fully contained a fuel spill at the La Arena mine, in Peru. According to a company statement, a contractor overfilled a diesel storage tank on Friday evening, spilling diesel into the containment facilities. 

Excavators ready to boost economy

     9th April 2018 ELB Equipment is aggressively gearing its excavator offering to meet an anticipated demand upsurge as the economy turns upwards. “Excavators are at the heart of any construction or mining operation and their availability is pivotal to getting projects off the ground. For this reason, we have... 

Nigeria: Africa’s prime power development hotspot

     9th April 2018 Nigeria offers a wealth of power sector business opportunities, with industrialists actively seeking generation and distribution solutions to power their business growth. Paul Runge, Director Projects & Development Finance at research and consulting specialists Africa House, reports that his... 

Wacker Neuson offers rammers for all areas of application

     9th April 2018 Since the development of the first rammer by German engineer Herrmann Wacker in 1930, Wacker Neuson continues to develop and broaden its rammer portfolio – always connecting tradition and innovation. With its range of gasoline four-stroke-, two-stroke-, diesel- and battery-driven rammers, Wacker... 

Engen launches Phola Park in KwaMhlanga

     9th April 2018 The people of Phola Park, Mpumalanga are reaping the benefits of 24-hour 1 Plus convenience offered by the all new Engen Phola Park Convenience Centre, which officially opened on 15 March 2018.   Engen Phola Park Convenience Centre is located at the entrance of the newly built Phola Mall on the... 

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.  

New study to assess electrification of Rwanda, Tanzania rail project

By: John Muchira     6th April 2018 Tanzania and Rwanda face the daunting tasking of mobilising funding for a standard-gauge railway (SGR) line connecting the two countries, following a decision to review the project's design so that electric, rather than diesel-powered, trains run on the line. The initial project cost was... 

Solar powers Redefine Properties’ sustainability efforts

By: Simone Liedtke     5th April 2018 JSE-listed Redefine Properties’ total installed photovoltaic (PV) fleet will produce about 35.75-million kilowatt-hours a year of solar power when fully operational.   This forms part of the diversified real estate investment trust company’s strategy on solar energy to deliver cost efficiencies... 

Nigeria: Africa’s prime power development hotspot

     5th April 2018 Nigeria offers a wealth of power sector business opportunities, with industrialists actively seeking generation and distribution solutions to power their business growth. Paul Runge, Director Projects & Development Finance at research and consulting specialists Africa House, reports that his... 

Customised ELGi compressor–drill-rig-combo delivers efficient drilling solutions

     29th March 2018 An ELGi diesel compressor, customised by Integrated Air Solutions to fit a state-of-the-art JCB-derived drill and blast drill rig, provides direct flow to all on-board air-dependent equipment and delivers substantial cost savings for the end user. Integrated Air Solution, a GiGi Investments... 

Huge petrol price hike to kick in next Wednesday

By: News24Wire      28th March 2018 The price of 95 unleaded and leaded petrol in Gauteng will increase by 72c/l and at the coast 62c/l with effect from next Wednesday, the Department of Energy announced on Wednesday. The per litre pump price of 93 unleaded and leaded petrol will increase 69c/l in Gauteng and 59c/l at the coast,... 

Brakes for Life on Show at NAMPO 2018

     28th March 2018 Goscor Lift Truck Company (GLTC) will show farmers the renowned Doosan ‘brakes for life’ system at Nampo 2018. On show will be two Doosan forklifts, the D35C-5 forklift and a refurbished Doosan D25S-5. The ‘brakes for life’ system, which made world headlines when it was introduced some years ago... 

East Africa looking to smart grids for cost-effective way to deliver electricity – US firm

By: African News Agency      28th March 2018 East African countries are increasingly looking to smart grids and associated technologies as a cost effective and scalable way to deliver electricity quickly and reliably, an industry official said. Delegates from Kenya, Ethiopia, Rwanda, and Uganda recently participated in business meetings and... 

JCB Sparks Huge Interest With Its First Ever Electric Digger

     28th March 2018 JCB has developed its first ever electric digger in response to customer demands for a zero emissions machine which can work indoors, underground and close to people in urban areas. The 1.9 tonne mini excavator can be charged by simply plugging it into a standard 230 volt domestic electricity... 

Africa struggles to meet energy demand and reduce carbon emissions 

By: Simone Liedtke     28th March 2018 The global energy sector is faced with the dual challenge of meeting growing energy demand, while simultaneously needing to lower carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions in the energy system, says MIT Energy Initiative director Robert Armstrong. Speaking at the twenty-first Power and Electricity World... 

Ford more than doubles engine assembly capacity at PE plant

By: Irma Venter     27th March 2018 Ford Motor Company of Southern Africa (FMCSA) is expanding its Struandale engine plant, in Port Elizabeth, as part of a R3-billion investment in its South African operations, announced late last year. The Struandale plant currently machines cylinder heads, cylinder blocks and crankshafts for the... 

Shrinking platinum sector adds to Ramaphosa's economy challenge

By: Bloomberg     26th March 2018 “Ramaphoria” boosted the rand and revived investor sentiment on South Africa. But deep underground in the country’s platinum mines, there’s very little cause for optimism. Producers in South Africa, which accounts for about 70% of the world’s mined platinum, are closing shafts and cutting... 

Hyundai launches Mighty EX8 truck in South Africa

By: Irma Venter     23rd March 2018 Hyundai Automotive South Africa (HASA) has replaced its HD72 light-duty truck with the Mighty EX8. The EX8 may be the first introduction in a new commercial vehicle line-up for HASA, with the South Korean manufacturer increasingly keen on expanding its range and reach in right-hand-drive markets,... 

Europe’s FlixBus to test electric buses on long-distance bus network

By: Irma Venter     16th March 2018   Europe’s largest long-distance mobility provider, FlixBus, will be the first company worldwide to test electric buses (e-buses) on its longer-distance bus routes. Beginning in April, the first all-electric Flix-E-Buses will begin test operations on the 150 km route between Paris and Amiens,... 

Engineering design that’s deplorable

By: Terry Mackenzie-hoy     16th March 2018 My experience with my Mercedes-Benz C180 has been an engineering delight. The driving and ride and interior are a matter for discussion in a motoring magazine – I am talking about engineering, bru. Look at the following: you are driving along and a dog runs in front of the car. In many  cars, you... 

Free State natural gas project, South Africa

By: Sheila Barradas     16th March 2018 Renergen expects to become a significant global producer of helium when its Virginia project starts production in 2019. 

'Fuel will be more expensive in April' – AA

By: News24Wire      15th March 2018 Although basic fuel prices are showing signs of further decreases at month end, the overall price of fuel is set to increase because of the addition of increased fuel levies in April. This is according to the Automobile Association (AA), which was commenting on unaudited mid-month fuel price data... 

Resources Watch  

     15th March 2018 This week: Exxaro negotiating new business opportunities beyond mining German ruling likely blessing in disguise for platinum And, Implats harvests loss shafts, mulls more investment in profitable shafts 

South Africa to become eighth country to export helium by 2019 – Renergen

By: Marleny Arnoldi     12th March 2018 Alternative and renewable energy investment firm Renergen expects to become a significant global producer of helium when its Virginia project starts production in 2019.  

Federal-Mogul Motorparts to Showcase FP Diesel® Components for Commercial Engines at bauma CONEXPO Africa 2018

     12th March 2018 The FP Diesel® brand comprises high-quality and OE quality parts for off-highway and heavy-duty engines Johannesburg, South Africa, March 12th, 2018.Federal-Mogul Motorparts, a leading global supplier of products and services to global manufacturers and servicers of vehicles and equipment in a... 

Polymetal posts 10% drop in FY profit

By: Mariaan Webb     12th March 2018 A stronger Russian rouble has offset the double-digit production growth that precious metals miner Polymetal achieved in 2017, resulting lower earnings before interest, tax, depreciation and amortisation (Ebtida) and net earnings. The mining company, which operates in Russia, Kazakhstan and... 

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