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Keeping up with the Russians: head of UK army wants more money

By: Reuters     22nd January 2018 Britain must ensure its armed forces can keep up with adversaries like Russia, which already has military capabilities the United Kingdom would struggle to match, according to the head of the British army. The comments from Chief of the General Staff Nick Carter, due to be delivered in a speech... 

Industry confident Eskom board changes will help save utility

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     22nd January 2018 The appointment of a new Eskom board with “credibility, business acumen and experience” has given South African businesses hope that the embattled State-owned entity (SOE) can be salvaged, with a number of organisations lauding Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa for taking a step in the right... 

Key future trends and the way forward for women in the Africa Energy sector

     22nd January 2018 The 2018 Women In Energy Conference, a dynamic interactive side event of the African Energy Indaba (AEI) will take place on the 19th February 2018 at the Sandton Convention Centre, Johannesburg, South Africa.  The 4th annual Women in Energy Conference is designed to aid an increase in leadership... 

Jungheinrich Group provides free 5-year warranty on its lithium-ion batteries

     22nd January 2018 5-year performance warranty on Jungheinrich's lithium-ion batteries. Jungheinrich after-sales service to repair or exchange batteries free of charge. Expansion of in-house lithium-ion battery production Hamburg, 1 June 2017. Effective immediately, the Jungheinrich Group is providing a free 5-year... 

The new EZS 7820: Jungheinrich's heavy-duty tow tractor

     22nd January 2018 28 tonnes of tractive power High-torque motor for ramp operations Extra-small turning circle Adjustable steering wheel position ensures ease of handling for all operators Right on time for InterAirport, Jungheinrich is introducing its new EZS 7280 electric sit-on tow tractor. With up to 28... 

Altus’s Daro prospect encouraging after reconnaissance exploration programme

By: Natasha Odendaal     22nd January 2018 Aim-listed Altus Strategies has reported encouraging gold and copper results from its Daro project, in northern Ethiopia, following a recently completed reconnaissance exploration programme. A follow-up stream sediment sampling programme across 165 km2 of the 412 km2 Daro licence area is now... 

What’s right and what’s wrong in a world where machines drive us

By: Irma Venter     19th January 2018 A vehicle travels at speed around a bend on a hillside. Several children run onto the road. The options available to the driver are to hit the children, or to drive off the cliffside. Would the driver make a decision of self-preservation, or self-sacrifice? 

Regulatory uncertainty casting shadow over South Africa amid forecast for further minerals market uptick

By: Mia Breytenbach     19th January 2018 The South African mining industry has had a tumultuous time because of the controversial Reviewed Draft Broad-Based Black Economic Empowerment Charter for the South African Mining and Minerals Industry, also known as Mining Charter III, which, amid lingering political uncertainty, led to low... 

China's proposed dual-credit scheme can reshape the EV market – WoodMac

By: Henry Lazenby     19th January 2018 China's electric vehicles (EV) market has grown exponentially to overtake the US as the world's largest EV market, thanks to heavy government subsidies to spur growth in the emerging automotive sector. However, research and consultancy firm Wood Mackenzie (WoodMac) warns that these subsidies are... 

Recycling wastewater ensures plant efficiency

By: Simone Liedtke     19th January 2018 The recycling of wastewater on site by high water users in South Africa provides a cost-effective solution in managing water resources, says biological wastewater treatment solutions provider SewTreat business development manager Theunis Coetzer. 

New, effective pipe joining method announced

     19th January 2018 Producer of mechanical pipe joining solutions Victaulic last month announced the European premiere of its Refuse-to-Fuse solution. This new technique enables high-density polyethylene (HDPE) pipes to be coupled without the need for fusion.  HDPE pipes are widely known and popular for their... 

What’s right and what’s wrong in a world where machines drive us

By: Irma Venter     19th January 2018 A vehicle travels at speed around a bend on a hillside. Several children run on to the road. The options available to the driver are to hit the children, or to drive off the cliffside. Would the driver make a decision of self-preservation, or self-sacrifice? 

Top UK group, varsity unveil radical flight control technology demonstrator UAV

By: Rebecca Campbell     19th January 2018 British aerospace, defence, security and shipbuilding group BAE Systems and the University of Manchester unveiled their joint Magma experimental jet-powered unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) programme in the middle of last month. They announced that the Magma had successfully completed its first... 

Thyssenkrupp closes the loop in Africa’s sugar industry

     18th January 2018 Thyssenkrupp Industrial Solutions South Africa combines local knowledge with global expertise to bring turnkey technology and equipment solutions that will promote the sustainability and profitability of the sugar industry in the Sub Sahara African region. The company offers market, feasibility... 

MTN optimistic about Africa’s future growth

By: Natasha Odendaal     18th January 2018 Nine months after taking the reins as president and CEO of MTN, Rob Shuter remains confident of the future of the company and its opportunities across its 22 markets in the Middle East and Africa. Addressing delegates at Deloitte’s yearly Africa Outlook conference, Shuter said there were more... 

Volvo aims for climate-neutral automotive manufacturing

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     17th January 2018 Volvo Cars' engine factory in Skövde, Sweden, has become the company's first climate-neutral manufacturing plant, having switched to renewable heating on January 1. The car manufacturer noted that this marked a significant step towards its vision of having climate-neutral global manufacturing... 

Robot-assisted sawing for greater productivity

     17th January 2018 Automation and robotics are rapidly gaining ground in metalworking – and sawing technology is no exception. Robot-assisted systems are taking over more and more work steps following the sawing process, starting with removal of the cut parts and continuing through deburring, weighing, centring and... 

ABB supplies motor for world’s steepest funicular railway

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     16th January 2018 A 1.7 km funicular railway in the Swiss Alps, said to be the steepest in the world, has been brought into operation this week. The railway cable car, which can carry 36 passengers, is being powered by a 1.2 MW low-voltage electric motor designed and built by automation company ABB. 

IT spending to reach $3.7tr in 2018

By: Natasha Odendaal     16th January 2018 A new Gartner report released on Tuesday projects a 4.5% year-on-year increase in worldwide information technology (IT) spend to $3.7-trillion in 2018. Driven by enterprise software, digital business, blockchain, the Internet of Things and the progressions from big data to algorithms, machine... 

World Gold Council spots trends that'll be gold’s 2018 friends

By: Martin Creamer     16th January 2018 Synchronised global economic growth, shrinking central bank balance sheets, rising interest rates, insubstantial asset prices and market transparency are the trends that will be gold’s best friends in 2018, the World Gold Council said on Tuesday. These trends, the council said in delivering its... 

Kwatani Says On Spec And On Time Are Keys To Serving EPCS And Mines

     15th January 2018 Faced with the ongoing challenge of being price sensitive in new capital projects, original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) must also ensure that their product and service offering helps create a sustainable foundation for the end customer’s ongoing profitability and efficiency. “Being cost... 

RFI Keeps Pace With Fast-Moving Diesel Injector Technology

     15th January 2018 As regulations on carbon emissions around the globe lead original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) to improve the environmental performance of their products, diesel injector technologies are advancing apace, and Germiston-based Reef Fuel Injection Services (RFI) is staying at the cutting edge.... 

Comar Asphalt Plants Get Even More Mobile

     15th January 2018 Leading the local industry in asphalt plants, Gauteng-based Comar has designed a more compact and mobile plant for easier and more economical transportation, as well as quicker set-up time. Already a well-known name among South African asphalt producers, Comar has leveraged its extensive in-house... 

Dijalo Facilities Management first to comply with FM Standard

     12th January 2018 South Africa is a global leader for publishing the first facility management (FM) standard against which local organisations and FM providers will be assessed for compliance and/or certification. Importantly, Dijalo Facilities Management is the first company to comply with the standard. 

Nevsun trading lower as copper recoveries continue to lag plan

By: Henry Lazenby     12th January 2018 Canadian miner Nevsun Resources has reported strong zinc output at its flagship Bisha mine, in Eritrea, hitting the top end of its 2017 guidance. However, the news late on Wednesday was not enough to bolster investor sentiment on Thursday, as the company’s struggling copper output again... 

Opinion: My vision for transforming TPT into a leading global port operator

     11th January 2018 In this opinion article, Transnet Port Terminals (TPT) CEO Nozipho Sithole outlines what she sees as the key principles and values that will help to transform TPT into a 'Top 5' global port terminal operator in five years. The top terminal operators globally account for about 30% market share in... 

Yokogawa Develops N-IO Standard Field Enclosure and Control System Virtualization Platform

     10th January 2018 For improved agility in implementing control system projects Yokogawa Electric Corporation (Tokyo: 6841) announces that it has developed an N-IO standard field enclosure and a control system virtualization platform. The enclosure is a weatherproof remote IO cabinet that stores IO devices used by... 

Congo may more than double tax on critical global cobalt supply

By: Bloomberg     10th January 2018 The Democratic Republic of Congo is preparing to more than double a tax on two-thirds of global cobalt supply, potentially increasing the cost of the critical battery metal just as the world begins to embrace electric vehicles. Congo, the world’s biggest cobalt producer, will increase the royalty... 

Calls made for far-reaching Eskom restructuring as sustainability risks mount

By: Terence Creamer     9th January 2018 Eskom’s current financial situation makes it difficult to see any other path to sustainability than that of drastic cost-cutting, restructuring and bringing private equity into the business, Energy Intensive Users Group of Southern Africa (EIUG) past chairperson Piet van Staden argues. In an... 

Seabridge mobilises to drill Courageous Lake

By: Henry Lazenby     9th January 2018 TSX- and NYSE-listed precious metals explorer Seabridge Gold is mobilising crew and equipment to start an exploration campaign at its 100%-owned Courageous Lake project, located in Canada’s Northwest Territories, in February. The Toronto-based explorer plans to drill 36 holes over 7 200 m to test... 

Deionising water to protect against corrosion in heating installations

     8th January 2018 Hans-Jürgen Wedemeyer, Technical Marketing Manager of the Liquid Purification Technologies business unit at Lanxess, describes how water for heating circuits can be treated using a special new kind of mixed bed ion exchanger to reliably prevent corrosion. A dark, cloudy sludge no longer... 

We have not crossed the Rubicon – Motshekga

By: African News Agency      4th January 2018 Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga has conceded that more still needs to be done to improve the level of education in South Africa despite a number of gains in the last few years. This comes as Motshekga announced that the National Senior Certificate (NSC) Examination pass rate in 2017,... 

Will intra-Africa trade come of age in 2018?

By: African News Agency      3rd January 2018 Overcoming the barriers for intra-African trade to double in a decade can feel like a Sisyphean task – impossible to complete. But that is the objective of the Boosting Intra-African Trade (BIAT) action plan, which targets to double flows between January 2012 and January 2022. Many individual... 

JSE gains yet another Reit as Castleview Property Fund lists

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     21st December 2017 The Johannesburg Stock Exchange (JSE) on Thursday gained another real estate investment trust (Reit) under its AltX board, when Castleview Property Fund listed on its Retail Reits sector Castleview is now the twentieth company to list on the JSE this year. JSE capital markets director Donna Nemer... 

African Tantalum gears mine towards future tantalum deliveries

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     21st December 2017 African Tantalum has sent its third shipment of high-purity tantalum from the Namibia tantalite investment mine (NTI) to its customer, a global North American tantalum consumer and end-user of tantalum ore, with a fourth shipment currently being tested by a third party before being sent. Aftan,... 

Space mining is getting close to reality 

By: Rebecca Campbell     15th December 2017 Space mining – the mining of bodies and other worlds in outer space for minerals and other natural resources – remains within the realm of science fiction. For now. But, during the younger years of most of the world’s current senior mining executives, personal communication devices (cellphones)... 

CPV plant’s success contributes to economic growth

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     15th December 2017 Being the only concentrated photovoltaic (CPV) power plant of its kind in South Africa currently, independent power producer Pele Energy Group senior asset manager Ziska Mc Gilton says the 36 MW ac Touwsrivier CPV project is continuously providing economic upliftment and support for surrounding... 

Update on multimodal project progress set for next year

By: Donald Makhafola     15th December 2017 In the first quarter of next year, the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (PRASA) is set to provide further update on the Moloto rail corridor expansion project which aims to link Gauteng, Mpumalanga and Limpopo to ensure that passenger rail is the backbone of an integrated multi-modal... 

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