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Draft charter offers opportunity to improve policy certainty, investor perception

By: Simone Liedtke     7th August 2018 The draft 2018 iteration of the Mining Charter, as well as the Mineral and Petroleum Resources Development Act and social and labour plans amendments expected later this year, offer an opportunity to improve regulatory and policy certainty and, subsequently, investor perception in the South... 

Mathe Group ups tyre processing by 35%, grows steel exports

By: Irma Venter     7th August 2018 The KwaZulu-Natal-based Mathe Group, South Africa’s largest tyre recycler, has developed two steel by-products that are being exported to Australia and Korea in growing quantities. Dr Mehran Zarrebini, head of British investment group PFE International, which is one of the major shareholders in... 

‘Solid’ safety: Vital Engineering’s solid forged handrails and stair tread nosing – safety assured for the local and pan-African mining sector

7th August 2018 Mining is a primary creator of wealth and employment, and, as such, places demands on the people and equipment employed this all-important sector. To keep mines operating efficiently, quick, safe access to areas such as minerals processing plants is essential. Founded in 1939, Vital Engineering... 

Miners set to spend $11bn in search of the next jackpot

By: Bloomberg     7th August 2018 Miners and investors are poring over satellite images, tracking drilling rigs and quizzing company executives for clues on whether the sector’s heavyweights are close to a new jackpot discovery. As Rio Tinto Group searches Australia’s Great Sandy Desert for copper and Anglo American scours a 19... 

Rising oil prices threaten to erode mining sector's profitability

By: Reuters     6th August 2018 Rising oil prices are the latest challenge to the mining sector's profitability, threatening to eclipse hard-fought efficiency gains during the past two years and increasing metals demand. Miners use heavy fuel oil to generate electricity at remote sites; they also use it for transport, with... 

Energy access a catalyst for economic growth, says green energy company 

By: Simone Liedtke     3rd August 2018 Access to cheaper and reliable energy, through renewable energy technology, would be a catalyst for boosting the African continent’s gross domestic product (GDP) in a sustainable way, green energy technology provider New Southern Energy (NSE) CEO David Masureik told Engineering News Online in a... 

Free-to-attend seminars to share latest industry insights

By: Creamer Media Reporter      3rd August 2018 Taking place from 10-14 September at the Expo Centre in Nasrec, Johannesburg, visitors to this year’s Electra Mining Africa will not only have the potential of engaging with 900+ exhibitors across the inside halls and outside exhibit areas, they will also have the opportunity to attend daily... 

Internet connectivity increases property value

By: Melissa Zisengwe     3rd August 2018 Bundling WiFi connectivity is a commercial and industrial property value-proposition, which attracts potential buyers and boosts property value, says wireless networking company Ruckus Networks. “South African property developers are proving to be enthusiastic WiFi adopters because the... 

Full management solution for on-board maintenance launched

3rd August 2018 Marine coatings supplier Jotun launched an innovative solution that brings simplicity, predictability and optimal quality to the process of marine on-board maintenance. Launched in June, the SeaStock Management Solution will see Jotun assuming full management of its customers’ on-board... 

New appointments to help ship repair focus

3rd August 2018 Transnet National Ports Authority (TNPA) has announced its new appointments and rotational changes to current harbour masters, all effective July 1, 2018.   

Implats’ R2.7bn cut of 13 000 jobs, five shafts, 230 000 oz, evokes Minister’s rebuke 

By: Martin Creamer     2nd August 2018 The drastic R2.7-billion restructure of the Impala Rustenburg mine, involving the loss of 13 000 jobs, the closure of five shafts and cutting of 230 000 oz out of yearly platinum production, has evoked a strong rebuke from the Mineral Resources Minister Gwede Mantashe, who has accused Impala... 

Cargo Carriers cements its legacy in powders transportation

By: Creamer Media Reporter      2nd August 2018 South Africa’s embattled cement producers will continue to focus on improving operational efficiencies to ensure their survival in an extremely cautious economy that has brought many large state-driven civil-engineering infrastructure and private-sector property developments to a grinding halt.... 

Auto suppliers retool to chase electric vehicle bonanza

By: Reuters     1st August 2018 In what seems to be a magic trick, Dele Fayemi runs a batch of batteries in a beaker of boiling water - a physical impossibility that should cause a short circuit. But instead of a highly-dangerous combination of water and electricity, the 3M Co (MMM.N) engineer is testing the batteries in Novec,... 

Investors cheer Ivanhoe’s resource update for Kipushi

By: Mariaan Webb     30th July 2018 Canadian major Ivanhoe Mines on Monday published a mineral resource estimate update for its Kipushi zinc/copper/silver/germanium project in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), increasing the past-producing mine’s zinc-rich resources by 16% and copper-rich resources by 40%. The new estimate,... 

Legrand’s multimedia cables

By: Creamer Media Reporter      30th July 2018 Legrand’s extensive range of cable and cable accessories encompasses multimedia cables, which are designed to fit easily into work areas and in spaces where technology-users need access to power and data connections. These cables are compatible with most desktop PC’s, laptops, monitors, scanners... 

Lack of investment stymies SA coal producers

By: Nadine James     27th July 2018 A lack of investment is hindering the South African coal industry’s ability to capitalise on a period of relatively stable demand for thermal and metallurgical coal locally and abroad, says XMP Consulting senior coal analyst Xavier Prevost. The local coal industry is experiencing a challenging... 

Price of electricity affects local gas-to-power projects

By: Melissa Zisengwe     27th July 2018 One of the biggest challenges of implementing gas-to-power projects in South Africa is the volatility of the natural gas price, compared with that of electricity, says consultancy firm WSP Africa generation and power regional director Martin Mkhabela. This volatility is caused by the pricing... 

Ford hits carbon emissions reduction target eight years early

27th July 2018 In June, automotive manufacturer Ford Motor Company announced that it had met its goal to reduce manufacturing emissions – eight years ahead of schedule. Ford hit the target twice as fast as expected. The results are dramatic, with a global manufacturing carbon emissions reduction of more than... 

No longer flavour of the month, SA rethinks its bus rapid transit systems

By: Irma Venter     27th July 2018 It seems government’s love affair with bus rapid transit (BRT) systems has cooled. Courted in the Brazilian city of Curutiba – it is difficult to find a local government transport executive who has not been there on a study tour – and sworn to fidelity in the pressure cooker years before the... 

Strong growth in smaller airliner segment predicted by Brazilian aerospace group

By: Rebecca Campbell     27th July 2018 Brazilian aerospace group Embraer, one of the world’s top two regional jet manufacturers, has forecast a global demand for 10 550 new airliners with capacities of 150 seats or less, over the next 20 years. This prediction was released at Farnborough in the UK on the day before the start of the... 

De Beers sizes up Canadian diamond project, first big buy in nearly 2 decades

By: Reuters     26th July 2018 Anglo American unit De Beers expects its purchase of Canada's Peregrine Diamonds, its first upstream diamond acquisition since 2000, to be completed in a month to six weeks' time. Only then can it really start sizing up the asset. Peregrine is the sole owner of the Chidliak project on Baffin... 

Fortescue has its best quarter with 46.5Mt shipped

By: Esmarie Iannucci     26th July 2018 Iron-ore major Fortescue Metals has reported record iron-ore shipments of 46.5-million during the three months to June. “It was a strong finish to 2018 with the team delivering record shipments of 46.5-million tonnes in the quarter to achieve our target of 170-million tonnes for the full year.... 

Greenpeace, DA scrutinise Eskom, China Bank’s R33bn loan agreement 

By: Marleny Arnoldi     25th July 2018 Nonprofit organisation Greenpeace has expressed its disappointment at China choosing to support “dirty, dead-end coal” in South Africa, especially since China has an emerging and strengthening leadership on climate change. This comment follows after State-owned power utility Eskom on Tuesday... 

SASSDA boosts stainless steel trade with Kenya & Tanzania

25th July 2018 With the priority of fast industrialisation and a call for the development of stainless steel value-add within the agricultural and food and beverage industries, Tanzania and Kenya are primed for increased bilateral trade with South Africa, with confirmed sourcing enquiries already received at... 

Kibali mine targets record production following underground ramp-up

By: Nadine James     25th July 2018 Gold production at Randgold Resources’ Kibali mine, in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), is rising steadily on the back of the optimisation of its automated underground operation, and it is on track to beat its guidance of 730 000 oz for 2018, Randgold CE Mark Bristow said on Wednesday.... 

Transnet signs manganese capacity allocation contract with Assmang

By: Anine Kilian     25th July 2018 State-owned Transnet has signed a seven-and-a-half-year Manganese Export Capacity Allocation (MECA2) contract with Assmang as part of its strategy to secure 95% of manganese volumes on rail. The contract, which will see the transportation of export manganese from pit to port, offers Assmang, the... 

IIoT-enabled businesses expected to boost revenues by 10% by 2023

By: Schalk Burger     24th July 2018 Companies across the global supply chain expect the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) to increase their yearly revenues by 10% within five years, a global study by mobile satellite communications company Inmarsat, released on Tuesday, showed. IIoT is the application of networked sensors, which... 

Kenyan carrier becomes first in Africa to sign parts and services deal with Boeing

By: Rebecca Campbell     24th July 2018 Kenya Airways has become the first airline in Africa to contract US aerospace giant Boeing for its Consumable & Expendable Services package. The deal has a duration of five years and will initially cover more than 18 700 parts. In subsequent phases, the number of parts covered by the agreement... 

The natural gas revolution in South Africa: A changing energy landscape

By: Creamer Media Reporter      24th July 2018 Recent on- and off-shore discoveries of globally significant quantities of natural gas in Southern Africa – including trillions of cubic metres of natural gas in the Rovuma Basin off the Mozambique coast, the biggest global find of natural gas in decades – represent a new dawn for the region’s... 

Polyus Q2 production results shine

By: Mariaan Webb     24th July 2018 Russian gold miner Polyus on Tuesday reported strong second-quarter production results, with output climbing by 23% year-on-year to 602 000 oz, taking half-year production to 1.12-million ounces. The second quarter’s production is also a 19% improvement on the previous quarter, the miner said in... 

Biotechnology disinfectant for industrial water treatment

24th July 2018 Local biotechnology company Biodx’s Decont-A biodegradable disinfectant, which has been tested and proven under operating conditions in industrial, power generation and mine water treatment applications, helps to reduce the energy and chemical costs associated with the cleaning and treatment of... 

Brics bank approves $600m loans for South African, Chinese projects

By: Reuters     24th July 2018 The New Development Bank, set up by the Brics group of emerging economies, has approved loans of $300-million for energy projects in South Africa and $300-million for a transportation project in China. South Africa, which will host a Brics summit later this week in Johannesburg, is trying to... 

Babcock’s new resource screening centre maximises efficiency on site

By: Creamer Media Reporter      24th July 2018 Launched less than a year ago, Babcock’s new resource screening centre is already proving its value in matching skilled labour resources to specific on-site job requirements in the power sector. Over the past 11 months, the centre has significantly contributed to improving efficiencies on site by... 

Schneider Electric Premset installation upgrades Limpopo substation

24th July 2018 Stable electricity supply comes to Limpopo province Breakers operate under flood conditions Plug and play systems assist ease of replacement Schneider Electric has installed the first of its new-generation Schneider Premset SSIS (Shielded, Solid Insulation System) modular switchgears at the... 

Sappi to invest R7.7bn on Saiccor mill expansion, improvement initiatives

By: Marleny Arnoldi     23rd July 2018 Paper and packaging producer Sappi will invest R2.7-billion in 2018 and 2019 on expanding the capacity of its Saiccor Mill, in Umkomaas, south of Durban, to produce 890 000 t/y of dissolving wood pulp (DWP). The mill currently produces 780 000 t/y of DWP.  

Mobility to the power of four

20th July 2018 Atlas Copco’s Power Technique business area will display its four-pillared product portfolio that delivers the perfect balance between performance, versatility, reliability, efficiency, and portability at Electra Mining 2018. “Focused on mobility, our products power customer productivity across a... 

Mobility to the power of four

20th July 2018 Atlas Copco’s Power Technique business area will display its four-pillared product portfolio that delivers the perfect balance between performance, versatility, reliability, efficiency, and portability at Electra Mining 2018. “Focused on mobility, our products power customer productivity across a... 

New technology can optimise project management

By: Donald Makhafola     20th July 2018 To ensure that capital projects are delivered on time, project management teams need to be proactive in using the latest tools and technology, says global advisory firm Deloitte Africa director consulting and Africa infrastructure and capital projects leader Mahendra Dedasaniya. “The capital... 

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