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Victoria introduces new assessment process for reviving mining at Big Hill

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     24th February 2017 Residents in the Stawell community, in Victoria, will have a greater say on any proposal to revive the opencut gold mine along Big Hill ridge under a new assessment process announced by the state government. It was hoped that the process would ensure that any new plan from unlisted Stawell Gold... 

Fatality figures falling each year as South African mining sector targets 'zero harm'

By: Dylan Slater     24th February 2017 As the yearly recorded number of mining injuries and fatalities in South Africa continues to decrease, albeit at a slower pace in 2016 than in previous years, the focus of the industry shifts once again to renewed efforts to bring the number of fatalities to zero. However, as the Department of... 

Sanral CEO looks to regain South Africa’s trust despite ongoing e-toll tussle 

By: Irma Venter     24th February 2017 Not too long ago, the South African National Roads Agency Limited (Sanral) was a firm darling among its peers. It was a well-funded State-owned enterprise (SOE) almost never under fire, seldom in retreat, grinding ever onward in its task to manage and expand the country’s road network. Then came... 

African land disputes arise primarily as a result of forced removals – research

By: David Oliveira     24th February 2017 Research released earlier this month by UK-based consultancy TMP Systems, and the Rights and Resources Initiative (RRI) found that 63% of disputes related to private-sector land and natural resources in Africa start because communities are forced to leave their land. The research explores... 

Company completes cooling system installation

By: Sascha Solomons     24th February 2017 Heating, ventilation and air-conditioning (HVAC) contracting company 52 Engineering has completed the installation of a cooling system at tyre manufacturing company Bridgestone, in Brits, in the North West. 

Company launches LED luminaire for industrial applications

By: Nadine James     24th February 2017 Luminaire manufacturer BEKA Schréder launched a high-performance light-emitting diode (LED) luminaire, the LEDbay-midi, late last year for industrial applications. The main objective was to enhance their low- and high-bay luminaire range. This luminaire has been very well received by warehouse... 

Contested terrain

By: Terence Creamer     24th February 2017 While the recent chaos-ridden State of the Nation address was long on rhetoric and short on detail (as well as new ideas), President Jacob Zuma nevertheless arguably succeeded in placing the concept of ‘radical socio-economic transformation’ at the centre of the current economic and business... 

Diverse technologies combine to offer ‘smart’ ways of improving farm yields

By: Dylan Slater     24th February 2017 Consulting firm Frost & Sullivan’s science team finds that factors such as information and communications technology (ICT), chemicals, hydroponics and aquaculture inputs are augmenting profits for farmers.  

East London IDZ attracts multibillion-rand investment

By: Dylan Slater     24th February 2017 Since it was established in 2002, the East London Industrial Development Zone (Elidz) has attracted more than R7.3-billion in private-sector investment from 45 investors.  

Gibraltar – a major Brexit casualty?

By: Riaan de Lange     24th February 2017 On the south-western tip of Europe, on the Iberian Peninsula, at the entrance to the Mediterranean Sea, lies a British overseas territory (formerly known as a colony) that is all of 6.7km2 in area. It even has a straight named after it. The territory is call Gibraltar. If you view it from a... 

New cleaning solution launched into Southern African markets

By: David Oliveira     24th February 2017 Goscor Cleaning Equipment (GCE) launched its latest cleaning equipment solution – the GM1ze zero-emission refuse picker from German environment-friendly cleaning equipment manufacturer Green Machines International – at its Johannesburg facilities earlier this month. GCE MD Greg Venter noted... 

Partnership aims to catalyse digitalisation within power utilities

By: Dylan Slater     24th February 2017 An agreement to jointly develop solutions to accelerate the digitalisation of planning, design, and operations for power utilities and industrial power customers has been agreed upon by electrification, automation and digitalisation technologies company Siemens, and architecture and engineering... 

Refurbished fashion outlet receives new LED lighting

By: Nadine James     24th February 2017 Electrical solutions provider Magnet supplied a range of light-emitting diode (LED) light fittings to the newly refurbished Q’Dos fashion outlet at the Gateway Theatre of Shopping in Umhlanga, KwaZulu-Natal, last year. Magnet lighting solutions engineer Kaylen Reddy explains that the design... 

Sanral CEO looks to regain South Africa’s trust despite ongoing e-toll tussle

By: Irma Venter     24th February 2017 Not too long ago the South African National Roads Agency Limited (Sanral) was a firm darling among its peers. It was a well-funded State-owned enterprise (SOE) almost never under fire, seldom in retreat, grinding ever onward in its task to manage and expand the country’s road network. Then came... 

Wear solutions firm provides hands-on experience for ‘engineers of tomorrow’

By: Dylan Slater     24th February 2017 An internship programme offered by Alberton-based wear solutions company Rio-Carb aims to upskill the engineers of the future.  

Busa welcomes Budget, commits to playing a role in country’s economic transformation

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     23rd February 2017 Business Unity South Africa (Busa) on Thursday welcomed the prioritisation of education and social spending, as well as the reforms in public procurement outlined by Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan in his Budget speech on Wednesday. Busa believes these measures will generate improved efficiencies... 

Hefty H1 losses paint depressed picture for Implats 

By: Ilan Solomons     23rd February 2017 Platinum miner Impala Platinum (Implats) has recorded a gross loss of R318-million for the six months to December 31, a significant increase on the loss of R40-million recorded in the six months to December 31, 2015. The group posted a headline loss of R508-million, compared with headline... 

Massmart reports 16% jump in FY profit

By: Reuters     23rd February 2017 South African retailer Massmart reported an almost 16% rise in full-year profit on Thursday, as the firm controlled costs and closed some of its less profitable stores in a tough economic environment. Massmart, majority-owned by Wal-Mart Stores Inc, posted diluted headline earnings per share of... 

Mondi's 2016 profit rises, company see challenges ahead

By: Reuters     23rd February 2017 South African paper and packaging company Mondi's 2016 underlying profit rose, helped by good performance in all its businesses despite pricing pressure in a number of key paper grades. Mondi, which is also listed in London, said underlying operating profit rose 3% to €981-million ($1-billion)in... 

Philippines' minister says Duterte agrees with ban on mining in watershed areas

By: Reuters     23rd February 2017 The Philippines' environment minister on Thursday said that President Rodrigo Duterte had supported her decision to bar mining in watershed areas at a meeting earlier this week. "He said, 'I agree with you. Don't worry, you are my cabinet secretary and I also believe that there should be no... 

PAC again rejects Drayton South project

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     23rd February 2017 The New South Wales Planning and Assessment Commission (PAC) has again rejected Anglo American’s Drayton South coal project, maintaining that it could not coexist with nearby stud farms. The PAC recommendation comes despite the Department of Planning and Environment in September 2016 announcing... 

Afrox weathers yet another difficult trading year

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     23rd February 2017 The benefits of its successful restructuring and the litigation settlement with ArcelorMittal South Africa (AMSA) resulted in gas company African Oxygen (Afrox) reporting a 23.2% year-on-year increase in earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortisation (Ebitda) to R1.24-billion for... 

Riverbed Introduces New Line of Products for the Service Provider Market to Enable Network-as-a-Service

     23rd February 2017 New Service Delivery Platform offering will allow service providers to automate the deployment, control, billing and support of their virtual network functions at large scale, which is essential to their ability to grow revenue through the delivery of virtual network services   Riverbed... 

St Augustine certain Philippine mineral sharing accord will withstand legal scrutiny

By: Henry Lazenby     23rd February 2017 TSX-listed St Augustine Gold and Copper (SAGC) this week said its mineral production sharing agreement (MPSA), which covers the King-king copper/gold project in Mindanao, Philippines, will withstand legal scrutiny after authorities earmarked the permit for cancellation. The Philippine Department... 

Chamber notes Gordhan’s bemoaning of Section 54 stoppages 

By: Martin Creamer     22nd February 2017 The Chamber of Mines of South Africa has described Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan as having done an effective job of maintaining fiscal discipline with a budget deficit of 3.1% in these most trying of times. The chamber comments that the 2017/18 Budget demonstrates the truism that sustaining and... 

Pan African CEO accuses union of ‘blatantly false’ safety statements 

By: Martin Creamer     22nd February 2017 The CEO of the London Aim- and Johannesburg-listed precious metals and coal mining company Pan African Resources on Wednesday accused the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) of making statements that were “blatantly false” on safety practice at the Evander gold mine in Mpumalanga. “I will not say... 

Adcock Ingram geared for growth after positive H1 results

By: Anine Kilian     22nd February 2017 Each of JSE-listed Adcock Ingram’s business units had posted “solid performances” in the six months to December 31, achieving good growth in turnover and good cost control. The group on Wednesday reported a 70% increase in earnings a share and a 49% increase in headline earnings a share for the... 

New top tax bracket emerges amid revenue underperformance

By: Terence Creamer     22nd February 2017 Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan announced a new top personal income bracket of 45% for taxable incomes above R1.5-million in his 2017 Budget address as part of tax proposals designed to raise the additional R28-billion required to sustain the fiscal consolidation framework promised in previous... 

Proudly SA Manufacturer Tagged “Green” By Global Certification

     22nd February 2017 In the world of “green”, claims of eco-friendliness and biodegradability abound. Sadly, however, these claims can often not be substantiated, the products and services are not truly green, and consumers and businesses are duped into harming the planet in a different way. For this reason, the... 

Industry Desperate for Certainty on Carbon Tax

     22nd February 2017 Leading energy consultancy Cova Advisory has warned that there is a desperate need for certainty over South Africa’s planned Carbon Tax.   The warning came in the run-up to this week’s Budget, when Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan is widely expected to give an update on plans for the new tax.... 

India’s iron-ore production poised for five-year high

By: Ajoy K Das     22nd February 2017 With the current financial year drawing to a close in little over a month, India's iron-ore production is poised to hit a five-year high. While official aggregate production data is not yet available, granular province-wide iron-ore production data indicate that India's iron-ore production for... 

Kipoi hit by disruptions, output affected – Tiger

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     22nd February 2017 A number of disruptive events at the Kipoi copper project, in the Democratic Republic of Congo, have resulted in ASX-listed Tiger Resources warning of a "material negative impact" on cash flows, as well as reduced revenues from lower copper production. The miner in October 2016 reported that heap... 

Industry Desperate for Certainty on Carbon Tax

By: Creamer Media Reporter      22nd February 2017 Leading energy consultancy Cova Advisory has warned that there is a desperate need for certainty over South Africa’s planned Carbon Tax.   The warning came in the run-up to this week’s Budget, when Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan is widely expected to give an update on plans for the new tax. “On... 

Copper Mountain Q4 earnings beat forecasts as sales soar

By: Henry Lazenby     22nd February 2017 British Columbia-focused copper/gold producer Copper Mountain Mining has reported buoyant fourth-quarter earnings attributable to shareholders of C$2.1-million, or C$0.01 a share, a swing back to profit as improving prices and sales volumes boosted the bottom line. The Vancouver-based miner,... 

Ending mine fatalities most pressing 2017 priority – AngloGold

By: Martin Creamer     21st February 2017 The first and most pressing of AngloGold Ashanti’s key 2017 priorities is to put an end to mine fatalities by improving workplace conditions and bettering legal compliance, AngloGold Ashanti chief operating officer South Africa Chris Sheppard said on Tuesday, when the company posted stunning... 

Maptek provides resilience during a challenging economic environment

     21st February 2017 Maptek strives to provide inventive, powerful solutions to help mining companies build resilience during periods of economic contraction. At SME in Denver, Colorado this week, Maptek will be sharing insights, whether new techniques for training employees, optimising planning and scheduling, or... 

Key Factors To Make Concrete More Durable

     20th February 2017 The two main reasons why concrete is the most abundantly used construction material are its durability and competitive pricing compared to other construction materials. Concrete’s durability also leads to significant reductions in maintenance costs over its service life.   “But there is still... 

How public does your IoT implementation really need to be?

     20th February 2017 Deploy your Internet of Things (IoT) solution like you would your cloud solution: private, public and even hybrid, says Netshield.    Technologies deployed in a private environment can add as much value but cost less to run as they would in a public domain, says Inus Dreckmeyr , CEO of Netshield,... 

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