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Mining Resilience Research Centre launch to help sector survive Industrial Revolution 4.0

By: David Oliveira     26th May 2017 The University of Pretoria’s (UP’s) Department of Mining Engineering has launched its Mining Resilience Research Centre (MRRC) at the Hatfield, Pretoria, campus. The centre will take a multidisciplinary and holistic research approach to address the challenges facing the South African mining... 

Quad bikes and side-by-side vehicles used for rough terrains 

By: Victor Moolman     26th May 2017 Distributed in South Africa by equipment supplier Smith Power Equipment (SPE), single seater quads and side-by-sides – two-and three-seater vehicles – are used for robust tasks. 

South Africans spoilt for choice when buying new vehicles 

By: Irma Venter     23rd May 2017 South African car buyers had access to 55 passenger car brands in 2016, with 3 458 model derivatives to choose from, says National Association of Automobile Manufacturers of South Africa (Naamsa) executive manager Dr Norman Lamprecht. “This afforded car buyers the widest choice to market-size... 

Move over Tesla, Europe's building its own battery gigafactories

By: Bloomberg     22nd May 2017 Battery-making gigafactories are about to arrive in Europe, challenging a lead Tesla is building at a plant in Nevada and opening the way for a quicker shift toward green power for both cars and utilities. German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Monday is scheduled to break ground at a €500 million... 

BAW, IDC invest R250m to expand Gauteng minibus taxi plant

By: Irma Venter     19th May 2017 Beijing Automotive Works (BAW) and the Industrial Development Corporation (IDC) will invest R250-million to expand and upgrade its minibus taxi plant, in Springs, Gauteng. The facility currently assembles the Sasuka 16-seater taxi from semi knocked-down kits, for the South and Southern African... 

Young innovative entrepreneurs offer renewable-energy solutions

By: Johane Turkstra     19th May 2017 State-owned power utility Eskom’s Development Foundation’s yearly Business Investment Competition (BIC) continues to discover businesses bringing about positive socioeconomic changes to the benefit of communities and the country. The latest such business is solar energy company Lamo Solar, which... 

Nigeria's NNPC finalising $6bn worth of oil-for-product swaps

By: Reuters     18th May 2017 Nigeria's state oil company is in the final stage of signing $6-billion worth of deals to exchange more than 300 000 bbl/d of crude oil for imported gasoline and diesel, sources with direct knowledge of the process told Reuters. The contracts, which come three months later than expected, include... 

ABB opens traction transformer factory 

     18th May 2017 The Global CEO of technology group ABB, Ulrich Spiesshofer, was in South Africa this month to officially open the company’s latest manufacturing investment in the country – a state-of-the-art traction transformer factory in eastern Johannesburg. 

African countries look to minigrids to light up rural areas

By: Kim Cloete     17th May 2017 African countries are increasingly looking towards minigrids to provide people living in remote areas access to electricity. Government officials from Ghana, Uganda and Nigeria have told delegates at the African Utility Week, in Cape Town, this week, that minigrids are the way to go for many... 

Platinum misses out on clean air push for vehicles

By: Reuters     15th May 2017 With London mayor Sadiq Khan and his Parisian counterpart Anne Hidalgo cracking down on vehicle emissions this spring in the global push for clean air, it should be a boom time for platinum which is used in catalytic converters. But it is not likely to translate into higher demand for the metal.... 

Fuso expands local assembly, looks to double market share

By: Irma Venter     15th May 2017 Daimler Trucks & Buses Southern Africa (DT&B SA), a member of Mercedes-Benz South Africa (MBSA), has started local assembly of the FA 9-137 truck at MBSA’s East London plant. The truck was previously imported from India as a fully built-up unit. 

It is platinum week, weaker, weakest as miners meet in London

By: Bloomberg     12th May 2017 It’s more than a decade since miners and traders have met at London’s annual Platinum Week with prices as low as they are right now. Soft prices, currency moves that have boosted mining costs and an uncertain demand outlook are weighing on the producers who’ll gather for cocktails under the... 

Agriculture important for economic growth

By: Victor Moolman     12th May 2017 The continued growth of agricultural exhibition Nampo Harvest Day, in the Free State, reflects the importance of agriculture to the economic growth of South Africa, says equipment supplier Smith Power Equipment (SPE) Polaris and Linhai product range national sales manager Mark Chittenden. 

Petrol vehicle demand growth boosting palladium price

By: Martin Creamer     10th May 2017 Palladium reached its most expensive price in 15 years last week, rallying to within $100/oz of the price of platinum. Speaking to Thomson Reuters' Jan Harvey, CPM Group MD Jeffrey M Christian attributed palladium’s storming 2017 start to its increased use in petrol-driven vehicles. 

Successful launch of IBC SOLAR South Africa

     9th May 2017 South African regional company of the German photovoltaic system provider records initial successes in the distribution and project business. IBC SOLAR AG, a global leader in photovoltaic (PV) systems and energy storage, has been active since January in the growth market of South Africa with its... 

Palladium set to overtake platinum – GFMS

By: Martin Creamer     9th May 2017 The palladium price is poised to exceed the platinum price for the first time since 2001, Thomson Reuters said on Tuesday with the publication of its GFMS Platinum Group Metals Survey 2017. The price gap between platinum and palladium – which averaged just over $1 000/oz between 2007 and 2012 –... 

BAW invests R250m to upgrade Springs taxi plant 

By: Irma Venter     8th May 2017 Beijing Automotive Works (BAW) and the Industrial Development Corporation (IDC) will invest R250-million to expand and upgrade its minibus taxi plant, in Springs, Gauteng. The facility currently assembles the Sasuka 16-seater taxi from semi knocked-down kits, for the South and Southern African... 

Budding mechanics challenged to restore a Vintage Stationary Engine back to life

     8th May 2017 Entries for the Engen Engine Restoration Challenge 2017 are now open. Engen, a leading supplier of fuels and lubricants to the agricultural sector, has once again partnered with the South African Federation of Vintage Tractor and Engine Clubs (SAVTEC) to bring budding mechanics this exciting... 

Woodside studies plan to incorporate Browse into North West Shelf

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     8th May 2017 Australian oil and gas producer Woodside has unveiled plans to potentially incorporate its Browse liquefied natural gas (LNG) project into the North West Shelf (NWS) project. Woodside chairperson Peter Coleman said at the company’s annual general meeting at the end of last week that... 

VW looks to halt losses in Americas, Russia by 2020

By: Reuters     8th May 2017 Volkswagen's core brand has pledged to end losses in the United States, Latin America and Russia by the end of the decade, counting on cost cuts and higher-margin new models as it tries to move beyond its diesel emissions crisis. Europe's largest automaker is pursuing efficiency measures to... 

Precipitous platinum price plunge putting industry at risk 

By: Martin Creamer     5th May 2017 This week’s precipitous platinum price plunge to as low as $893/oz is putting the entire platinum industry at risk, making it essential that steady hands are placed on the tiller to ensure that a national patrimony is protected. While the entire industry has been accepting a lower-for-longer... 

Budding mechanics challenged to restore a Vintage Stationary Engine back to life

     5th May 2017 Entries for the Engen Engine Restoration Challenge 2017 are now open. Engen, a leading supplier of fuels and lubricants to the agricultural sector, has once again partnered with the South African Federation of Vintage Tractor and Engine Clubs (SAVTEC) to bring budding mechanics this exciting... 

First Majestic Silver Q1 earnings rise on higher silver price

By: Mariaan Webb     5th May 2017 Precious metals producer First Majestic Silver increased its first-quarter net earnings by 50% quarter-on-quarter to $2.7-million, or earnings a share of $0.02, helped by a higher silver price and lower all-in sustaining costs (AISC). The Vancouver-based miner, which operates six mines in Mexico,... 

Atlantis Foundries casts about for new business as it emerges from Daimler fold 

By: Irma Venter     5th May 2017 The current focus of Atlantis Foundries (AF) is to secure new business, products and customers, in addition to the existing business, says AF chief commercial officer Sally Redshaw. “We were unable to source new business under the ownership of Daimler, as it was not part of [its] strategy.” 

Atlantis Foundries casts for new business as it emerges from Daimler fold

By: Irma Venter     5th May 2017 The current focus of Atlantis Foundries (AF) is to secure new business, products and customers, in addition to the existing business, says AF chief commercial officer Sally Redshaw. “We were unable to source new business under the ownership of Daimler, as it was not part of their strategy.” 

India mulls oil pipeline to Myanmar

By: Ajoy K Das     4th May 2017 Pushing ahead with its ‘oil and energy diplomacy’ in neighbouring countries, India is considering building an oil pipeline to connect refineries in its north-eastern provinces to consumer centers in Myanmar. According to senior government officials in the Petroleum and Natural Gas Ministry,... 

Nevsun taps UK-based Aggreko to provide 29.5 MW solar-diesel hybrid power to Bisha

By: Henry Lazenby     4th May 2017 Canadian base metals producer Nevsun Resources has signed a ten-year deal with Glasgow-based Aggreko to provide solar-diesel hybrid power to Nevsun’s flagship Bisha mine, in Eritrea. Aggreko will supply 22 MW of diesel and 7.5 MW of solar-generated power for the company’s copper and zinc... 

ABB responds to South Africa’s rail localisation demand with traction transformer investment

By: Terence Creamer     3rd May 2017 Technology multinational ABB has responded to South Africa’s tightened local-content requirements in the railways sector by opening a new state-of-the-art traction transformer factory in eastern Johannesburg. Traction transformers direct power, at safe voltages, to support train functions such as... 

Aggreko powers Bisha mine with hybrid plant

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     2nd May 2017 Power provider Aggreko has signed a ten-year deal for the supply of a 22 MW diesel and 7.5 MW solar-generated hybrid power plant to base metals miner Nevsun’s copper and zinc operations in Eritrea. Nevsun owns the Bisha mine, a large, high-grade volcanogenic massive sulphide deposit, located 150... 

Mining restarts at Tarcoola

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     2nd May 2017 Mining operations at the Tarcoola gold mine, in South Australia, have resumed following a temporary suspension in April. ASX-listed WPG Resources in April halted production at Tarcoola following two significant rainfall events, which closed roads leading into the mine, causing disruptions to... 

South Africa's petrol, diesel pump prices to rise in May

By: Reuters     28th April 2017 The retail price of petrol and the wholesale price of diesel in South Africa will rise from May 3, the energy department said on Friday. The price of 95 octane petrol will climb 3.7% to R13.79 ($1.03) a litre in the commercial hub of Gauteng province, while diesel will rise 2.6% to R11.80 a... 

Generator servicing lessens fire hazard risk

By: Johane Turkstra     28th April 2017 Companies need to service generators regularly to lessen the fire hazard risk they pose, says risk management company ASP Fire CEO Michael van Niekerk. “A generators is used only occasionally and is generally ‘tucked away in a corner’, so management tends to forget that it can potentially be a... 

Himoinsa

By: Zandile Mavuso     28th April 2017 As a global corporation that designs, manufactures and distributes power generation equipment globally, Himoinsa adds incomparable application and engineering know-how, excellent design and service capabilities, delivering value beyond the equipment it produces. 

Maverick Generators

     28th April 2017 Established in 2007, generator supplier Maverick Generators has earned an excellent track record with many satisfied clients across Southern Africa. This is as a result of the company offering high-quality generating sets for a variety of applications. 

Fuel price to rise next week

By: African News Agency      27th April 2017 The Department of Energy has confirmed that the price of petrol in Gauteng will increase by 49c per litre on May 3. This is due to the international product prices of petrol increasing during the recent period, as well as the rand having depreciated against the US dollar. 

LNG-focused energy firm pursuing ‘diversified’ African investment pipeline

By: Terence Creamer     26th April 2017 Black-empowered energy company African Energy Partners (AEP), which plans to list as a special purpose acquisition company on the JSE’s AltX board on June 1, to raise up to R500-million to pursue liquefied natural gas (LNG) prospects in Africa, reports that its investment pipeline includes a... 

Rain halts mining at Tarcoola

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     26th April 2017 Mining operations at the Tarcoola gold project, in South Australia, have been temporarily suspended on the back of two significant rainfall events in close proximity to each other. ASX-listed WPG Resources said on Wednesday that all roads leading to the mine have been temporarily closed, which... 

Goscor Group to showcase agricultural solutions at NAMPO 2017

     25th April 2017 Industrial equipment supplier the Goscor Group, a part of Industrial Services Holdings (InServe), will have a major presence at Grain SA's NAMPO Harvest Day 2017 from 16 to 19 May near Bothaville in the Free State. Last year the 50th anniversary of the annual four-day event attracted a record 75... 

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