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Rail to form backbone of South African transport, mobility by 2050

By: Simone Liedtke     11th October 2018 The draft White Paper on National Rail Policy is expected to be completed by the end of this year, with the legislative process only expected to begin post the 2019 national elections. The promulgation of the draft White Paper will be the first instance in which government will be giving the... 

String line-free in Mobile

By: Creamer Media Reporter      11th October 2018 Producing kerbs as if by magic: in Mobile Bay on the Gulf of Mexico in the US state of Alabama, a Wirtgen slipform paver SP 15i operated fully automatically. When a new residential area is developed, the individual contract work sections are often very detailed. Roads and paths have to be paved... 

Eliminating Human Error In Industrial Manufacturing And Retail

11th October 2018 In the South African industrial manufacturing and retail industries, businesses are faced with economic pressure and constantly increasing demand. This requires constant innovation and the application of best practice, especially in the effective management of warehouses, finance, planning,... 

Funding to sustain road network insufficient – Sanral 

By: African News Agency      11th October 2018 The total estimated funding requirements to sustain South Africa's road network, including addressing backlogs in surfacing and capacity expansion, is nearly R120-billion, and the country's fuel levy provides insufficient funding, the CEO of the national roads agency has said. In remarks at a... 

Political, economic uncertainty and perception of corruption cloud sentiment on SA – PwC

By: African News Agency      11th October 2018 Recent political and economic uncertainty, including the perception of corruption, have clouded investor sentiment in South Africa, auditing firm PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) said on Thursday. A PwC report said trade openness and the efficiency of government regulation were among the most... 

Northern flags Browns Range increases

By: Esmarie Iannucci     11th October 2018 Heavy rare earths producer Northern Minerals has flagged the potential to increase production from its Browns Range pilot plant project, in Western Australia, at a capital cost of A$4-million. The ASX-listed company said on Thursday that it had investigated using ore sorting on the five... 

BER counts cost to the South African economy of ‘lost years’ from 2010 to 2017

By: Marleny Arnoldi     10th October 2018 In marking the tenth anniversary of the largest financial crisis since the Great Depression, the Bureau for Economic Research (BER) has looked back at the performance of the South African economy between 2010 and 2017. Since the financial crisis, domestic real gross domestic product (GDP)... 

Basic Cyber Hygiene Practices That Go A Long Way

10th October 2018 Doros Hadjizenonos, regional sales director at Fortinet in South Africa When on the job at a corporate office, a healthcare organization, or an academic institution or government agency, or even when you are working from a local coffee shop, restaurant, or home office, your organization’s online... 

Poland's KGHM focused on balance sheet, not dividends

By: Reuters     10th October 2018 Polish miner KGHM, one of the world's leading copper producers, is focusing on shoring up its balance sheet rather than any early return to dividends, its new CEO said. Marcin Chludzinski, who was named CEO in June, said he will deliver an updated strategy for the company by the end of the year. 

Siemens to showcase sector-specific solutions and future technologies for Industrie 4.0

9th October 2018 Integrated Digital Enterprise portfolio for machine and plant builders as well as end customers Concrete digitalization use cases from chemical, pharmaceutical, aerospace, battery, food and beverage industries 

IMF lowers South Africa's economic growth forecasts, urges reforms 

By: Reuters     9th October 2018 The International Monetary Fund on Tuesday cut South Africa's economic growth forecasts for this year and next, as it urged implementation of reforms to improve policy certainty and the efficiency of State-owned companies. Having stagnated for a decade, Africa's most industrialised economy... 

More than 86% of businesses and organisations will use AI by 2025

By: Creamer Media Reporter      9th October 2018 By 2025, more than 86% of businesses and organisations will use AI, and data utilisation will reach 80%. AI services will be everywhere, creating an intelligent world that will reveal endless avenues of opportunity, according to the Global Connectivity Index (GCI) research by Huawei Technologies,... 

More than 86% of businesses and organisations will use AI by 2025

9th October 2018 By 2025, more than 86% of businesses and organisations will use AI, and data utilisation will reach 80%. AI services will be everywhere, creating an intelligent world that will reveal endless avenues of opportunity, according to the Global Connectivity Index (GCI) research by Huawei Technologies,... 

Airline SA Express continues to re-establish its route network

By: Rebecca Campbell     9th October 2018 State-owned domestic and regional airline SA Express announced on Tuesday that it had relaunched two more of its services, as part of its plan to, as soon as possible, re-establish its best-performing routes. The two routes concerned are the domestic Johannesburg-Hoedspruit (Mpumalanga province)... 

Losses due to arson attacks on Metrorail trains closing in on R700m 

By: African News Agency      9th October 2018 The Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (PRASA) on Tuesday put its losses due to arson attacks on its Metrorail trains at R636-million over the past three years. Briefing Parliament's portfolio committee on transport, PRASA chief executive Sibusiso Sithole said 71% of the arson attacks had... 

Mitak's capacity, technology and local manufacture underpins the quality of its high chrome white iron mill liners

8th October 2018 The Johannesburg-based company Mitak, which exhibited for the first time at this year’s Electra Mining 2018, ranks among the world's majors in terms of high chrome white iron (HCWI) foundries. Since its founding in 1973, the company has developed and capitalised on its extensive experience in... 

BlueRock seeks to improve Kareevlei profitability with proposed upgrades

By: Creamer Media Reporter      8th October 2018 Aim-listed BlueRock Diamonds will, subject to funding, invest in further improvements at its mining operation, plant and necessary personnel at the Kareevlei diamond mine, in the Northern Cape, to increase the capacity and efficiency of the operation. The proposed investment is expected to... 

Atlas Copco’s DrillAir compressor technology – why have two when one will do!

5th October 2018 Atlas Copco’s rugged and flexible DrillAir compressor range has been scientifically designed around pressure and flow to offer a superior quality compressed air solution for a wide range of high capacity drilling applications. The DrillAir range which includes the XATS 1200, XAVS 1000, V900,... 

Tech advances poised to shorten prospecting-to-mine-development timelines

By: Tracy Hancock     5th October 2018 The impact of the Fourth Industrial Revolution on the minerals industry has not yet played out, but South Africa's, and the world’s, ability to generate massive amounts of data and integrate and use them will undoubtedly improve, leading to an acceleration in mineral exploration in the future,... 

Putting pressure on pumping costs

5th October 2018 Pumps supplier Mechanical Rotating Solutions (MRS) in July this year completed the installation of a DAB 2-NKVE MCE pump and constant pressure booster set at a change house at one of South Africa’s major coal mines. The installation will enable the constant supply of pressure to 55 showers, 40... 

CR range increases pumping efficiency

By: Thabi Madiba     5th October 2018 To improve pump reliability and increase performance limits, Grundfos, the world’s leading manufacturer of energy efficient water pumps launched its new and extended generation of booster pumps, the CR range, during Electra Mining Africa 2018, held at Nasrec Expo Centre, in Johannesburg, from... 

System approach optimises pumps performance

By: Thabi Madiba     5th October 2018 Owing to pumps having a significant impact on national and industrial energy consumption, the National Cleaner Production Centre of South Africa’s Industrial Energy Efficiency (IEE) project says pump efficiency can be improved if an approach that optimises pump system performance is implemented.... 

Drought: more action, less rhetoric needed from business

5th October 2018 South Africa’s current drought affects people at home, but more important to our economy is the damage to businesses. The Western Cape is not the only place in trouble, and as a new El Niño season approaches, the effects will only worsen. The story of the business sector and its water security is... 

Cooperation urged if South Africa is to meet the United Nations’ SDG 6

By: Natasha Odendaal     5th October 2018 While South Africa is ready to meet the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goal number six (SDG 6), it is critical to cooperate on various matters, such as water use and scarcity, wastewater and water quality, sanitation and hygiene, drinking water and the overall ecosystem. The Water Sector... 

Govt looking at ‘modernising’ defence funding – Ramaphosa

By: Rebecca Campbell     5th October 2018 President Cyril Ramaphosa has stated that the Government was looking at reducing the dependency of the South African National Defence Force (SANDF) on direct funding by the State. He was delivering the opening address for the Africa Aerospace and Defence 2018 exhibition at Air Force Base... 

ATTENTION!

5th October 2018 Soldiers from the South African National Defence Force’s (SANDF’s) National Ceremonial Guard stand to attention during a fly past by three AgustaWestland A 109 helicopters before President Cyril Ramaphosa gave his opening address to the 2018 Africa Aerospace and Defence exhibition, which took... 

Mining tech boosts competitiveness, efficiency

By: Marleny Arnoldi     4th October 2018 The miners of today look to create greater efficiencies to ensure their sustainability and profitability, which is greatly enabled with technology, a panel of speakers agreed during day two of the Joburg Indaba. Accenture Resources Africa MD Cameron Tandy said in a separate statement that the... 

Coal reaching $100/t in Europe boosts greener alternatives

By: Bloomberg     4th October 2018 Coal’s push to $100/t in Europe may benefit the greenest energy providers more than it does for miners. Companies that provide alternatives ranging from renewable power plants to natural gas turbines are expecting a lift after the commodity reached a five-year high. Far from spurring a revival... 

Cargo Carriers helps its customers navigate complex supply chains

By: Creamer Media Reporter      3rd October 2018 Supply chains are becoming more complex and a higher degree of coordination is, therefore, required to manufacture or produce products and get them to market. One of the largest contributors towards this scenario is customer expectations, including a need to drive down costs. 

Revenue up, profit down, as EOH cuts cloth for future growth

By: Schalk Burger     3rd October 2018 JSE-listed information technology group EOH has separated into two companies as part of its work to renew the business and position it for growth. The EOH-branded information and communication technology (ICT) business will focus on digital services in a digitising economy and the Nextec company... 

RS Components introduces portfolio of 2W and 3W DC/DC converters from Traco Power

3rd October 2018 Compactly packaged devices deliver outstanding performance at a lower cost RS Components, the trading brand of Electrocomponents plc, a global multi-channel distributor, has announced the availability of new 2W and 3W DC/DC converters in the compact SIP-8 package. Manufactured by Traco Power, the... 

Ventilation Fan Test Column At Marthinusen & Coutts A First On The Copperbelt

3rd October 2018 Access to a ventilation fan performance test column installed at Marthinusen & Coutts Zambia, a division of ACTOM (Pty) Ltd, offers a major advantage to mines on the Zambian and DRC Copperbelt. Significantly, this is the only fan test column in the region and was commissioned at the Kitwe based... 

EY urges mining companies to adopt a cohesive approach to implementing digital initiatives

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     2nd October 2018 Digital solutions in the mining sector are typically disconnected, with each solution designed specifically to deal with one element of the mining value chain. Companies operating in the sector are, however, being advised to pursue long-term, integrated solutions that work across the mining value... 

Transnet lining up to be a global player by 2020, Gama tells delegates

By: African News Agency      2nd October 2018 Embattled Transnet chief executive Siyabonga Gama on Tuesday told delegates at a transport and logistics conference in Durban that the parastatal is aiming to be a multi-billion rand player in the global logistics game by 2020. “We aim to grow Transnet to a R100-billion business by 2020 and a top... 

Luxury Mixed-Use Illovo Central Goes To Concor

By: Creamer Media Reporter      2nd October 2018 With its successful record in the fast track construction of high-end projects, Concor Buildings has been awarded the prestigious Illovo Central contract. This 17-storey mixed-use development near Sandton is due for completion in January 2020. According to Fanie Stadler, contracts director at... 

Lifting technology: Konecranes modernises the rotary crane at the DLR test facility for rocket drives

2nd October 2018 Konecranes modernises the rotary crane at the test facility for rocket drives at the Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt DLR (German Aerospace Centre), installing the latest technology for increased efficiency and safety. Konecranes modernises the rotary crane at the test facility for... 

Johnson Controls boosts training, stockholding to launch intelligent, mid-range plug-and-play Hitachi SET FREE Σ VRFs in South Africa

2nd October 2018 Johnson Controls’ recent 60 percent acquisition of Hitachi is starting to bear fruit for the South African market. In addition to increased stockholding, Johnson Controls has put a huge effort into training local HVAC providers on configuration, setup and installation of the HVAC range, with a... 

Mars Changing How It Does Business One Year From Launch Of $1b Sustainable In A Generation Plan

1st October 2018 Mars Multisales Africa, a division of Mars Incorporated (Mars), a global family owned food, well known for producing global brands such as M&M’s®, Snickers®, Pedigree®, Whiskas®, Royal Canin®, Orbit® & Airways® gum, Royco® and many more, is proud to announce the progress made on the company’s... 

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