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Renewed load shedding sees Hire It power up genset sales

21st February 2019 From gensets specifically for the construction industry, to open-set petrol back-up gensets for residential and small office applications, Hire It (Natal) (Pty) Ltd. has a range of solutions to assist its customers in dealing with the fallout from renewed load shedding. The resumption of load... 

Another fuel levy increase lies ahead, carbon tax to be implemented 

By: Simone Liedtke     20th February 2019 A carbon tax on fuel of 9c/l on petrol and 10c/l on diesel will become effective from June 5, Finance Minister Tito Mboweni said on Wednesday. Further, the general fuel levy will increase by 15c/l for petrol and diesel from April 3, while the Road Accident Fund (RAF) levy will be increased by... 

Used Oil - do’s & don’t s for DIY mechanics, workshops and service centres

By: Creamer Media Reporter      20th February 2019 It is estimated that South Africa generates about 120 million litres of used lubricant oil every year. This is a large amount of used oil that, if not collected and recycled responsibly, could make its way into our environment and cause untold damage– considering that only one litre of used motor... 

Palladium bursts above $1 500 as shortages ignite record rally

By: Bloomberg     20th February 2019 Palladium powered above $1 500 to hit a record, extending a powerful rally driven by an acute shortage of supply as car manufacturers scramble to get hold of the material to meet stringent emissions controls. Spot palladium rose as much as 1.7% to $1 505.46/oz, and was at $1 501.89 at 11:38 a.m.... 

Ramaphosa’s big growth plan threatened by power cuts

By: News24Wire      19th February 2019 A major 18-sector growth initiative is imperilled by power cuts now ripping up the economy, warns one of the architects of President Cyril Ramaphosa's signature growth strategy. At the State of the Nation Address (SoNA), Ramaphosa said the Public Private Growth Initiative, stewarded by Minister... 

The world still doesn’t have enough places to plug in cars

By: Bloomberg     15th February 2019 Even in the biggest electric vehicle markets, a driver venturing too far from home can have a hard time finding a place to recharge. Try your luck on California’s Pacific Coast Highway. The roughly 600-mile route between San Diego and San Francisco has dramatic sea cliffs, off-the-grid retreats,... 

Load-shedding 'not likely' on Friday – Eskom

By: African News Agency      15th February 2019 Eskom was not likely to implement load shedding on Friday, the power utility said. "Due to further improvement in generation performance and the notable strides made in replenishing water and diesel reserves, Eskom is not likely to implement load shedding on Friday. We thank South Africans and... 

Concrete paver launched at Las Vegas Expo

15th February 2019 At the World of Concrete 2019 Expo held in Las Vegas last month construction solutions provider Wirtgen Group introduced the new AutoPilot 2.0 – a pour in place concrete paver – showcased three Wirtgen slipform pavers and a texture curing machine, as well as displayed an aftermarket specialist... 

Ford production expansion, South Africa

By: Sheila Barradas     15th February 2019 Ford’s Silverton vehicle assembly plant, in Pretoria, has started production of the refreshed 2019 Ford Ranger. 

Mozambique coal-to-liquids and urea project, Mozambique

By: Sheila Barradas     15th February 2019 Regius Synfuels Mozambique is building a coal-to-liquids and urea facility, which will produce ultraclean-burning diesel, petrol and urea. 

South Field Energy facility, US

By: Sheila Barradas     15th February 2019 South Field Energy plans to build a 1 182 MW combined-cycle facility in Ohio. 

Barrick’s Loulo gold mine going solar

By: Martin Creamer     14th February 2019 As part of its cost-reduction me and drive to manage its carbon footprint, the Loulo-Gounkoto gold mine is to install a 24 MW off-grid solar hybrid plant to support its existing 63 MW thermal power station, by harnessing Mali’s abundant solar resource. The 24MW off-grid solar plant has the... 

Eskom to implement Stage 3 load shedding

By: African News Agency      13th February 2019 Eskom will implement Stage 3 load shedding on Wednesday from 8am to 11pm as a result of a shortage of capacity, the power utility said. The shortage was a result of a number of generating units that are out of service due to breakdowns, it said. 

Ford’s Silverton plant starts production of refreshed Ranger 

By: Irma Venter     11th February 2019 Ford’s Silverton vehicle assembly plant in Pretoria has started production of the refreshed 2019 Ford Ranger. “Following the investment of over R3-billion in our local operations and extensive upgrades to our plants over the past 18 months, we are delighted to see the first of the new Ford Ranger... 

Collaboration to ensure better understanding of emission standards

8th February 2019 Oils and lubricants company Shell collaborates with a number of original equipment manufacturer (OEM) transport operators to understand the future vision of emission standards set by the manufacturers and various legislation, as well as taking into consideration the challenges that transport... 

Medupi power station project, South Africa

By: Sheila Barradas     8th February 2019 Eskom has offered a sobering update on the difficulties it is having at its Medupi project. 

Rand-Air oil-free compressors assist luxury motor vehicle manufacturer’s ‘drive’ to achieve a perfect finish

4th February 2019 For any company it is gratifying when customers request repeated service. When that customer is of the calibre of a well-known luxury motor vehicle manufacturer, it is a very sound endorsement indeed! Leading local provider of portable air and power Rand-Air was recently requested to hire two... 

Eskom warns of R20bn losses this year and next, even after big hikes  

By: Terence Creamer     4th February 2019 State-owned electricity utility Eskom is warning that its loss for 2018/19 will be worse, at R20-billion, than the R15-billion loss it had projected earlier and that it will be followed by another big loss in 2019/20 even if it receives hikes it is currently seeking from the regulator. CFO Calib... 

The Eskom quagmire

By: Saliem Fakir     1st February 2019 As we enter the year 2019, State-owned electricity utility Eskom, once a success story of South Africa's industrialisation programme, is now an albatros around the neck of the National Treasury and hampering the State's efforts to realise the full potential for economic growth.   

AfriTin to add components to Uis pilot plant

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     1st February 2019 AfriTin Mining has decided to implement two additional components to the Phase 1 pilot plant at its Uis tin mine, in Namibia. To increase plant throughput capacity and flexibility, a third dense medium separation section has been procured and a magnetic separation circuit will be installed in the... 

Rand-Air oil-free compressors assist luxury motor vehicle manufacturer’s ‘drive’ to achieve a perfect finish

1st February 2019 For any company it is gratifying when customers request repeated service. When that customer is of the calibre of a well-known luxury motor vehicle manufacturer, it is a very sound endorsement indeed! Leading local provider of portable air and power Rand-Air was recently requested to hire two... 

Buses using natural gas to curb fuel costs

By: Halima Frost     1st February 2019 Since the initial introduction of natural gas vehicles (NGV) in South Africa, natural gas supplier CNG Holdings has successfully converted about 180 dual-fuel compressed natural gas- (CNG-) run buses for the City of Johannesburg (CoJ). This makes Johannesburg one of the first cities in... 

Precision farming enables cost savings in a tight economy 

31st January 2019 Agricultural equipment manufacturer John Deere has evolved from supplying ploughs more than two centuries ago, to farmers being able to control their whole fleet through an app. Marleny Arnoldi tells us more about precision farming. 

Hino SA expects truck market to remain flat, aims to set up dedicated EHCV dept

By: Irma Venter     30th January 2019 The South African new-truck market grew by 4.6%, to 27 492 units, in 2018 compared with 2017, says Hino South Africa (SA) VP Ernie Trautmann. Within this market, medium commercial vehicle (MCV) sales increased by 0.3%, to 7 913 units, with heavy commercial vehicle (HCV) sales expanding by 1.7%,... 

Cummins Inc. Celebrates Centennial Year

30th January 2019 Cummins Inc. is celebrating its 100th year as a company throughout 2019. Cummins today, which is listed as a Fortune 150 company, employs around 60 000 people worldwide, and serves customers in nearly every country across the globe. Cummins products range from diesel and natural gas engines to... 

Engen Midrand gets a Woolies Foodstop

30th January 2019 The people of Midrand in Gauteng are set to reap the yummy goodness of a 24-hour Woolworths Foodstop, which has been added to the recently upgraded Engen Big Bird 1 Stop. Engen Big Bird is located on the N1 Highway South, New Road Interchange, Midrand.  The new Woolies food offering was... 

Petrol price likely to go up in February – AA

By: News24Wire      29th January 2019 The price of petrol is likely to go up and that of diesel down in February, according to the Automobile Association (AA). The AA was commenting on unaudited month-end fuel price data released by the Central Energy Fund (CEF). 

Palladium theft rampant – FT 

By: Martin Creamer     29th January 2019 Palladium, used in catalytic converters that reduce harmful petrol vehicle emissions, is catalysing a crime wave in the UK, says the Financial Times (FT) of London. “Thieves are stealing catalytic converters – often in broad daylight – and selling the devices to illegal scrap dealers for cash,”... 

Steam Generation in talks to expand on boiler distribution

By: Thabi Madiba     25th January 2019 Heat and energy generation equipment provider Steam Generation Africa says it is in talks with a small- to mid-range biomass boiler manufacturer to distribute into the South African and African markets this year. Owing to biomass being readily available and the possibility to produce it as a... 

Sapref refinery upgrade, South Africa

By: Sheila Barradas     25th January 2019 The project aims to upgrade the Sapref refinery to produce lower-sulphur diesel. 

Syama solar hybrid power plant, Mali

By: Sheila Barradas     25th January 2019 The plant is tipped to be the world’s largest off-grid, fully integrated hybrid power plant for a standalone mining operation.  

Complete solution from Bobcat paves the way in roadwork projects

24th January 2019 Not only does Bobcat Equipment South Africa offer some of the toughest and most innovative machines on the market, it can also supply complete equipment solutions to speed up project delivery, enhance health and safety, and improve overall quality. A recent example was a well-known civils company... 

New vehicle technology uses cobalt 

By: Martin Creamer     22nd January 2019 A promising new vehicle technology, which uses a cobalt-based catalyst, mirrors the world’s current ‘well-to-wheel’ refuelling ecosystem in being designed to allow motorists to call at conventional petrol stations to fill up with the liquid fuel from which hydrogen is extracted and then converted... 

How the cargo ship industry is cleaning up its filthy act

By: Bloomberg     18th January 2019 Air pollution from cars and factories has been regulated in much of the world since the 1970s. When it comes to the smoke-belching ships that carry global trade, the rules have been a lot looser. Big changes start next January, though, when long-debated standards from the International Maritime... 

India mulls bringing natural gas under single unified tax regime

By: Ajoy K Das     18th January 2019 The Indian government has initiated moves to bring natural gas under the purview of Goods and Service Tax (GST) offering succor to a large number of gas-based power plants stranded by high-priced fuel. A Parliamentary committee on energy has batted in favour of including natural gas in the... 

US urges Zimbabwe military to practice restraint amid protests

By: African News Agency      17th January 2019 The United States Embassy in Harare on Thursday expressed concern over reports of violence in parts of Zimbabwe, urging all parties to exercise restraint. "We condemn any disproportionate use of force and call on Zimbabwe’s security forces to respond to civil unrest professionally and with... 

Transnet to pursue ‘just and equitable’ settlements with rail OEMs awarded ‘unlawful’ contracts 

By: Terence Creamer     17th January 2019 Having determined the procurement of 1 064 diesel and electric locomotives to be “irregular and unlawful”, Transnet has communicated its intention to review contracts awarded to four original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) in 2015. The State-owned freight logistics group has also indicated that... 

Pimco favours 'unloved' platinum that's looking cheap to gold

By: Bloomberg     16th January 2019 Platinum could be the dark horse among precious metals, according to a money manager at Pacific Investment Management Co. Nic Johnson, Pimco’s managing director and portfolio manager for commodities, says he prefers the metal over gold. Used in autocatalysts of diesel engines and jewelry, it’s... 

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