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On-The-Air (20/04/2018) 

By: Martin Creamer     20th April 2018 South Africa is expected to play an important role in a large new multi-billion-rand potash project in the Republic of Congo. Wonderful news for platinum is that mining equipment driven by a fuel cell is scheduled to make a game-changing debut underground next year. Mining giant Glencore has... 

Bolivia nearing deal on partner to develop lithium – Minister

By: Reuters     20th April 2018 Bolivia's energy minister said on Thursday the government would pick a partner to develop the country's ample lithium resource "in coming days" after narrowing the field of candidates to two firms from Russia and Germany. The South American nation hopes to sign a deal with a foreign partner after... 

What Industry 4.0 means for business

     20th April 2018 At its core, the Fourth Industrial Revolution, or Industry 4.0, is driven by the coming together of physical and digital technologies. By gathering and analysing data from machines and robots, we are able to obtain insights into the health and performance of industrial installations, allowing us... 

Business value often missing in drive towards IoT adoption in SA

By: Schalk Burger     20th April 2018 Businesses should start implementing technology solutions with business outcomes in mind. Better alignment between the business value and the implementation of Internet of Things (IoT) systems and projects will improve digital transformation projects in companies, says information technology... 

Volvo Trucks launches first all-electric truck, sales to start in 2019

By: Irma Venter     19th April 2018 Volvo Trucks has introduced its first all-electric truck for commercial use. The FL Electric will be used for urban distribution and refuse operations, among other applications. Sales and series production of the new model will start in Europe next year. 

Enable safer machine interventions with Lockout/Tagout

     19th April 2018 A large number of workplace accidents is connected with industrial machine maintenance. Because of this, a serious safety programme should include processes to increase the safety of interventions on machines. A tested way to reduce workplace accidents during maintenance, is the use of... 

Jubilee signs processing agreement with Northam’s Eland Platinum

By: Simone Liedtke     18th April 2018 Jubilee Metals has executed an agreement with Eland Platinum, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Northam Platinum, for the processing of platinum-rich PlatCro material, post-chrome removal. Under the terms of the agreement, Jubilee will deliver 60 000 t/m of PlatCro material to Eland, starting in June. 

Stringent environments & harsh conditions are no match for SKF’s Explorer tapered roller bearings

     18th April 2018 In today’s industrial world, customers need solutions that are robust enough to withstand the toughest challenges and the most testing environments while meeting ever growing demands. In addition, these solutions must work harder, longer and safer for improved uptime and subsequently greater... 

Enabling a Sustainable Future – Delivering on Africa's Renewable Energy Agenda Unlocking the power of nature with smart trucking solutions

     17th April 2018 Smart Supply Chain Solutions African economies have in recent years experienced a surge in business activity, thanks in part to the emergence of an increasingly prosperous middle class. This consumer boom has not only strained retail supply chains but has placed overwhelming demands on national... 

Afreximbank, ECIC Sign MOU, Pledge $1bn to Expand Trade Between South Africa and Other African Nations

     16th April 2018 Afreximbank President Dr. Benedict Oramah (right) and Kutoane Kutoane, Chief Executive Officer of ECIC of South Africa, exchange documents following the signing of the MOU in Cairo. The African Export-Import Bank (Afreximbank) and the Export Credit Insurance Corporation of South Africa (ECIC)... 

Weba Chute Systems Still Best Option For Lowest Total Cost Of Ownership

     16th April 2018 Tough economic times have unintended consequences, and one which is now starting to show is the installation of budget transfer systems. This is according to Mark Baller, managing director of Weba Chute Systems, who says that the company has been called upon by a number of operators to replace... 

Home-Grown, World Class Mine Winder Manufacture

     16th April 2018 So well regarded is Parnis Manufacturing’s reputation in manufacturing and refurbishing mine winders, that the company recently delivered a 23 tonne, 3 metre single drum winder to a gold mining company in Canada. The unit will be used as a man winder and service hoist, and will be used to reach a... 

AngloGold’s Venkat resigns to take top job at Vedanta Resources

By: Marleny Arnoldi     16th April 2018 Srinivasan Venkatakrishan (Venkat) will step down as CEO of gold miner AngloGold Ashanti on August 31 to take up the CEO position at diversified miner Vedanta Resources.  

South Africa set to play significant role in Congo potash project 

By: Martin Creamer     16th April 2018 South Africa is likely to play a significant role in the development and construction of the large new potash mine and processing plant that is being planned in the Republic of Congo (RoC) at an expected capital cost of $2-billion. Potentially one of the lowest operational cost potash projects in... 

Alstom-led consortium to build complete driverless light metro system for Montreal

By: Marleny Arnoldi     13th April 2018 Groupe des Partenaires pour la Mobilité des Montréalais (PMM), a consortium comprising Alstom and SNC-Lavalin, has signed a contract with infrastructure developer CDPQ Infra to deliver a complete automatic and driverless light metro system for the Réseau Express Metropolitan (REM) project in... 

Nzimande appoints new PRASA board, acting CEO

By: Simone Liedtke     13th April 2018 Transport Minister Dr Blade Nzimande has appointed a new board of directors for the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (PRASA), led by chairperson Khanyisile Kweyama. The board members, who will serve an initial period not exceeding 12 months, also includes Sango Ntsaluba, Louis Wessie, Jenny... 

The Capital Equipment Group (CEG) of Invicta Holdings Limited has acquired Shamrock Handling Concepts (Pty) Limited.

     13th April 2018 “Through this acquisition, effective 2 January 2018, Shamrock Handling Concepts - with the continuing leadership of managing director, Marius Schutte - will operate under the auspices of Criterion Equipment, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Invicta Holdings Limited,” explains Brenton Kemp, divisional... 

Growing Presence In Coal Grows B&E International’s Capabilities

     13th April 2018 Raubex Group company B&E International’s 15 years of experience in coal today places it in the top rung of crushing and screening specialists in this competitive segment of mining, according to director of operations Sandile Mazibuko. “Our expertise – developed mainly in hard rock mining and... 

Arc 1

     13th April 2018 High-quality welding and cutting products and services supplier Arc 1 is focused on supporting the fabrication industry in Southern Africa. Based in Elandsfontein, Germiston, the company intends to be the supplier of choice for those fabrication customers wanting to procure high-quality welding... 

Agreement for two hydrogen fuelling units struck

     13th April 2018 Global industrial gases company Air Products has signed an agreement with State-owned Chinese power generation company Shenhua New Energy, a subsidiary of China’s energy conglomerate China Energy Investment Group, to provide two hydrogen containerised dispenser units to China Energy’s first... 

Texton appoints UK asset manager

By: Anine Kilian     12th April 2018 JSE-listed real estate property fund Texton has appointed James Armstrong as asset manager to oversee its assets in the UK, effective May 1. Armstrong previously held senior positions at Hammerson, Dawnay Day Carpathian and LREC. His extensive multisector expertise includes valuations,... 

Impact, Consensas partner to develop solutions to ensure conflict-free mineral sourcing

By: Marleny Arnoldi     12th April 2018 Natural resources management company Impact and technology company Consensas have partnered to create solutions to enable companies to confidently source minerals from conflict-prone and high-risk areas, while compensating women and men in local artisanal mining communities for supply chain... 

Carlyle closes NOSA acquisition

     12th April 2018 It is with great pleasure that I can communicate to you that the Carlyle Group (‘Carlyle’) closed the acquisition of the NOSA Group of Companies from MICROmega on April 1, 2018. Carlyle (www.carlyle.com) was founded in the United States, and has grown into one of the world’s largest and most... 

Burgh picked to keep Gupta coal mines going

By: Bloomberg     12th April 2018 South Africa’s Burgh Group Holdings won a temporary contract to keep mines linked to the Gupta family afloat, according to a business-rescue manager for the assets. Other parties offered financing, but Burgh “came without conditions,” Louis Klopper, a bankruptcy-proceedings manager at Coronado... 

BDO appoints Australian to lead Global Natural Resources sector

     12th April 2018 BDO is pleased to announce the appointment of Sherif Andrawes as Global Natural Resources Leader.  Sherif, who is based in BDO’s Perth office, will continue as Chairman of BDO WA as well as taking on this global role effective from 26 April 2018. Sherif commenced his career in 1987 with BDO in... 

BI to showcase latest agricultural hub bearings at NAMPO 2018

     11th April 2018 Bearings International (BI) will showcase the latest design of its agricultural hub bearings at NAMPO 2018. In addition, it will also launch a new bearing hub for planters, and display its full product range for the agricultural industry. The leading supplier offers its agricultural customers a... 

At the core of new residential suburb in Polokwane

     11th April 2018 Demand for middle-income housing in Polokwane still remains high long after the city was named the capital of Limpopo. This demand is mainly being driven by civil servants, who prefer their own homes to rental accommodation, while the conversion of existing residences into commercial buildings in... 

New technologies key to driving Africa’s growth

By: Anine Kilian     10th April 2018 Africa has a historic opportunity to accelerate growth and development by tapping into the potential that new technologies hold, ABB Asia, Middle East and Africa region President Dr Chun-Yuan Gu said on Tuesday. Delivering the keynote speech at the ABB Customer World Africa 2018 conference in... 

Internationally certified for supply chain success

     10th April 2018 With businesses increasingly recognising the importance of the supply chain to the organisation, the demand for suitably qualified and skilled supply chain professionals is growing, according to Mungo Park, president of leading Southern African supply chain association SAPICS.   “The supply chain... 

EAIF raises $385m in new debt financing to drive five-year business plan

By: Simone Liedtke     10th April 2018   The Emerging Africa Infrastructure Fund (EAIF), managed by Investec Asset Management (IAM), has completed its latest fundraising round, raising $385-million in new long-term debt capital to invest in Africa. 

Wacker Neuson concludes ground-breaking black-owned dealer / distribution agreement with Enza Capital Equipment

     10th April 2018 Wacker Neuson is proud to announce the successful conclusion of a dealer and distribution agreement on 22nd March 2018 which sees Enza Capital Equipment as the first 100% black-owned Wacker Neuson dealer in South Africa. Enza is a member of the Asani Group, a diversified industrial holdings... 

Skyriders scores full marks for NDT inspection at Eskom power stations

     10th April 2018 Rope-access specialist Skyriders has been honing its Non-Destructive Testing (NDT) expertise since 2002, having received the stamp-of-approval from Eskom to conduct this specialist service at its power-station fleet, including Kendal in Mpumalanga. NDT forms part of a holistic Wear Failure System... 

Centrogold proves positive for Avanco

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     10th April 2018 A scoping study into the Centrogold project, in Brazil, has indicated a strong potential for a high-grade, low capital mining operation, ASX-listed Avanco Copper said. The scoping study estimated an initial mine life of 11 years, with the project producing an average of 129 900 oz/y from a... 

Chryso Supports The Art Of New And Renovating Concrete

     9th April 2018 Decorative concrete solutions can raise the aesthetic value of both new projects and renovations, and CHRYSO Southern Africa is able to provide leading edge expertise and products to customers in the region. Since a well-known French decorative concrete company became part of the CHRYSO Group,... 

Habitat Apartments high-rise tower is Nairobi’s first ‘vertical village’

     9th April 2018 Architecture and interior architecture practice Paragon, in conjunction with Design Source of Nairobi, is overseeing Habitat Apartments in Kilimani, a 24-storey, 160-unit mixed-use apartment tower. Under development by Ekco Investments, the project is scheduled for completion by mid-2020. The... 

Kwatani Takes Rugged Screen Design To New Heights

     9th April 2018 Spartan-based vibrating screen specialist Kwatani is building one of its strongest and heaviest screens yet, to undertake punishing duty at a South African iron ore mine. The 54 tonne scalping screen – measuring over 10 metres in length and with a 3,7 metre width – is a single-line unit that will... 

SMEC Develops Master Plan for an Oil and Gas Industrial Park in Uganda

     9th April 2018 Global consulting engineering firm SMEC, part of the Surbana Jurong Group, was engaged by the Ministry of Energy and Mineral Development of Uganda to develop a Master Plan for an Oil and Gas Industrial Park in Kabaale, western Uganda. As a result of the discovery of oil in the region, and the... 

No ‘pipe dream’: Aegion SA’s trenchless pipeline rehabilitation technology offers ultra-fast, non-disruptive solution to Southern Africa’s ageing infrastructure

By: Creamer Media Reporter      7th April 2018 A major motivation for the establishment of leading local pipeline rehabilitation technology provider Aegion South Africa was the deteriorating state of much of Southern Africa’s pipeline infrastructure. In South Africa, for example, while there is currently an urgent drive to conserve water,... 

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