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Aurecon appoints new global energy MD

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     20th February 2017 Engineering and infrastructure advisory company Aurecon has appointed Dr Alex Wonhas as its new global energy and resources business MD. Prior to this appointment, he was an executive director at the environment, energy and resources sector at Australia’s Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial... 

New-look M&R to transfer listing to Diversified Industrials board from Heavy Construction

By: Terence Creamer     20th February 2017 Murray & Roberts (M&R) has confirmed that its application to transfer its listing from the ‘Construction and Materials’ sector of the JSE to the ‘General Industrials’ sector has been approved and that the change will become effective from Monday, March 20. From that date, the company will trade... 

Challenging times call for innovation

By: Robyn Wilkinson     17th February 2017 It remains imperative for companies to remain innovative, especially amid the construction industry’s facing a dilemma, with local infrastructure – including power, road, water and sewerage infrastructure – in dire need of upgrading, while very little money is being spent on civil construction... 

Chamber looks to strengthen partnerships in local green economy

By: Nadine James     17th February 2017 The Italian–South African Chamber of Trade and Industries’ chief aim at the 2017 Africa Energy Indaba is to raise awareness among Italian corporations regarding investment opportunities in South Africa’s green economy. Chamber secretary-general Mariagrazia Biancospino says the chamber mediated a... 

Conference to boost key partnerships

By: Robyn Wilkinson     17th February 2017 Industry representative Consulting Engineers South Africa (CESA) will host the twenty-fourth International Federation of Consulting Engineers’ Group of African Member Associations (FIDIC GAMA) Conference – one of the biggest networking events for African consulting engineers – in Cape Town from... 

Global energy council ponders gas-related realities

     17th February 2017 In recent years, the gas market has undergone several changes - the discovery of new deposits, the evolution of gas transport techniques and the new gas pipelines are all elements that deeply modify this market, notes international energy organisation World Energy Council (WEC). The council notes... 

Partnership crucial in addressing housing shortfall

By: Robyn Wilkinson     17th February 2017 Demonstrating the potential for the success of private-public partnerships, residential property developer Calgro M3 and construction products supplier PPC have partnered to upgrade an informal settlement along the Fleurhof dam, in Johannesburg, into a fully integrated city. 

Product testing facility construction to be completed this year

By: Kimberley Smuts     17th February 2017 The construction of Recycling and Economic Development Initiative of South Africa’s (Redisa’s) Product Testing Institute (PTI), which started last year, is expected to be completed in the second quarter. 

SATMC emphasises need for tyre homologation

By: Kimberley Smuts     17th February 2017 Tyre manufacturing industry representative the South African Tyre Manufacturers Conference (SATMC) says homologation – the process of certifying or approving a product for introduction into a market – of new tyre ranges is crucial, as tyres are a safety critical component in vehicles.  

Standard Bank appoints former WesBank SA Vehicle and Finance Executive Head to Group Head VAF position

     16th February 2017 Standard Bank today announced the appointment of Simphiwe Nghona as Group Head for Vehicle and Asset Finance, effective 01 March 2017.  Mr Nghona will also join the Standard Bank Personal and Business Banking Group Executive Committee.   Having worked most recently as CEO of the Motor Division... 

NIASA headlines Nuclear Forum at Africa Energy Indaba

     16th February 2017 The Nuclear Industry Association of South Africa is proud to announce its headline sponsorship of the Nuclear Forum at this year’s Africa Energy Indaba.   The Nuclear Forum has secured the participation of leading local and global players. (Please refer to programme for more details), who will... 

Spotlight on Omron PID solution at The Solar Show Africa 2017

     15th February 2017 An industry-leading solution to the problem of Potential Induced Degradation (PID), which can slash the output of a solar-power plant by as much as 70%, will take centre stage at The Solar Show Africa 2017 from 28 to 29 March at the Sandton Convention Centre. This leading exhibition and... 

Construction sector ‘pushing boundaries’ of transformation with ‘ground-breaking’ deal 

By: Terence Creamer     13th February 2017 Government and the seven leading construction companies reported further progress on Monday in the implementation of a voluntary agreement that seeks to materially accelerate the racial transformation of the South African industry and raise the combined revenue attributable to black contractors... 

Xtract inks collaboration deal with Nexus

By: Creamer Media Reporter      13th February 2017 Aim-listed Xtract Resources has signed a collaboration agreement with private Hong Kong-registered Nexus Capital for the exploitation of alluvial gold deposits at the Manica gold project, in Mozambique. The agreement is the result of an internal review by Xtract of its alluvial contract, and... 

Value-for-money motoring entrenched in 2017

     13th February 2017 The 2017 motoring year will mark the entrenchment of value-added, stylish cars in the South African market, predicts Datsun South Africa General Manager, Des Fenner, as he assesses the changes taking place in local car buying circles. The 2017 motoring year promises to be challenging for South... 

Shandong Iraeta to receive world’s biggest ring rolling machine from SMS group

     13th February 2017 Shandong Iraeta Heavy Industry Co., Ltd, China, has placed an order with SMS group for the supply of a newly developed ring rolling machine for the production of seamlessly rolled rings. With this radial-axial ring rolling machine, SMS group is entering entirely new dimensions.... 

Fly farm venture AgriProtein signs deal for 25 fly farms a year

By: Irma Venter     10th February 2017 Austria-based engineering group Christof Industries has partnered with waste-to-nutrient company AgriProtein to build up to 25 fly farms a year. AgriProtein rears fly larvae (on an industrial scale) on organic waste and harvests the larvae to make natural, high-protein animal feed products.  

EES – new horizons

     10th February 2017 We are currently experiencing a global technological revolution due to the phenomenal progress in technology which is taking place at breakneck speed throughout the world.  This revolution is profoundly transforming client interactions and the way we do business.  “To keep pace with this digital... 

Former Sasol CEO Constable joins Rio Tinto board

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     10th February 2017 Mining major Rio Tinto has appointed three new independent nonexecutive directors to its board. Former Sasol CEO David Constable and former Centrica CEO Sam Laidlaw have been appointed with immediate effect, while Royal Dutch Shell CFO Simon Henry will join the board in July. 

Company expects increased product demand in 2017

By: Kimberley Smuts     10th February 2017 South African bearings and power transmission products distributor Bearings International (BI) predicts another successful year for the Rocol range of products, as a result of increased interest in the lubricant Rocol Reaming, Tapping, Drilling (RTD) range for reaming, tapping and drilling... 

S Africa to keep pace with automotive technology advances

By: Robyn Wilkinson     10th February 2017 With American analyst firm Gartner predicting that there will be a quarter of a billion connected vehicles on the road globally by 2020, equipped with new in-vehicle services and automated driving capabilities, asset and vehicle tracking solutions company Ctrack, part of Inseego Corp, says cars... 

GEA secures first-of-a-kind pharma order from Hanmi Pharmaceutical

     9th February 2017 GEA has been chosen by Hanmi Pharmaceutical, one of the largest drug manufacturers in Korea, to supply manufacturing equipment for a new plant that’s currently under construction in the city of Pyeongtaek-si in the Gyeonggi province of South Korea.   GEA is providing two production lines for... 

More Focus Needed On Optimising Transfer Points

     9th February 2017 The continued lack of focus on optimising transfer points is costing process plants money. It is a known fact that transfer points can contribute to some of the highest maintenance costs on a mine, yet many engineers often do not view transfer systems as a critical element of the minerals... 

Sava Confirms Exciting Speakers For Vinyls Sa 2017 Conference

     8th February 2017 The Southern African Vinyls Association is proud to announce that it has confirmed three of the world’s leading experts on PVC as speakers ahead of its Vinyls SA 2017 Conference that will be taking place on Wednesday, 7 June 2017 at the Hilton Hotel in Sandton, Johannesburg. According to SAVA... 

Elquip Solutions and Hoffman offer a catalogue of tooling excellence unmatched for its range and quality

     8th February 2017 While all of South Africa's tool importers have catalogues of their products, none of these online or print publications contain nearly as wide a range of tools and ancillary products which are contained in the Hoffman Group catalogue, explains Elquip Solutions Managing Director Mike Cronin.... 

CMC Networks in New Partnership with The Carlyle Group

     8th February 2017 CMC Networks, Africa’s largest managed connectivity provider, today announced that The Carlyle Group, a Global Alternative Asset Manager, has acquired a majority shareholding of CMC.  The transaction value exceeds $100 million (R1.4 billion) and Carlyle’s investment gives them a majority... 

Fluor Selected for Bauxite Mining Project in Guinea

     8th February 2017 Fluor Corporation announced today that Guinea Alumina Corporation S.A. has awarded Fluor an engineering and program management consultancy contract for a major bauxite mine in the Boké region of Guinea, Africa. Fluor booked the approximately $700 million contract value into backlog in the fourth... 

Fluor clinches $700m Guinea bauxite mine management deal

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     7th February 2017 Engineering company Fluor Corporation has been contracted by Emirates Global Aluminium’s wholly-owned subsidiary Guinea Alumina Corporation (GAC) to manage the development of a 12-million-tonne-a-year bauxite mine, in Guinea. The $700-million contract will also see Fluor manage the mine’s... 

Investment company offers tips on avoiding bull market mistakes

By: Kim Cloete     7th February 2017 Take a measured view of the exploration business and be aware of the risks of investing in small mines, advises investment company Sprott US Holdings president and CEO Rick Rule. Rule, who has offered advice on investing in resource companies for decades, says people tend to be afraid when they... 

Roytec Global

By: Creamer Media Reporter      7th February 2017 South Africa-based liquid/solid and mineral separation equipment supplier Roytec Global is a leader in the supply of thickening, filtration and mineral floatation technologies for the mining industry. Roytec is passionate about service excellence and prides itself on living up to its promises.  

SKF lends a helping hand to OEM customer

     6th February 2017 Few companies have remained unaffected by the protracted economic downturn with many having to introduce cost cutting measures in order to keep up their bottom line. The important role of customer support and service takes on even greater significance against the backdrop of a volatile economic... 

Domestic coal sales becoming more important than export market – Prevost

By: Ilan Solomons     6th February 2017 South Africa’s coal exports are dwindling to the point where it will become a minimal part of the market, says XMP Consulting senior coal analyst Xavier Prevost. Speaking at IHS Markit’s 2017 South African Coal Export Conference, in Cape Town, last week, he said that, in 2016, South Africa... 

Riverbed Achieves Microsoft Gold Cloud Platform Competency

     6th February 2017 Riverbed demonstrates best-in-class cloud capability and market leadership through technology and customer success   Riverbed Technology, the application performance company, today announced it has attained Microsoft Gold Cloud Platform Competency, demonstrating “best-in-class” ability and... 

Yokogawa Collaborates with Four Companies to Develop IIoT Architecture

     3rd February 2017 Yokogawa Electric Corporation announces that it will work with Microsoft Corporation, FogHorn Systems, Inc., Bayshore Networks, Inc., and Telit IoT Platforms, LLC to integrate their technology into an industrial IoT (IIoT) architecture for the delivery of new services. With this architecture,... 

Expo and conference to focus on major industry trends

     3rd February 2017 In line with significant changes in the power and energy landscapes in Africa, this year’s African Utility Week (AUW) conference and expo will focus on the latest challenges, developments and opportunities in the power and water sectors. “The availability of private investment for power and... 

Gas practitioners to adhere to DoL regulations

By: Simone Liedtke     3rd February 2017 The South African Qualification and Certification Committee (SAQCC) for Gas urges all gas manufacturers and installers to adhere to the gas regulations set up by the Department of Labour (DoL) to ensure that fatalities are minimised. 

Indaba to build on momentum in the African mining sector

     3rd February 2017 Following the increasingly brighter global outlook for the mining industry and optimism from the investment community, the Investing in African Mining Indaba (IAMI) 2017 will lead with the theme: ‘Leveraging the next wave of growth: How can you invest in African mining to make long term... 

Ventilation groups team up in new African collaboration

By: David Oliveira     3rd February 2017 Germany-based TLT-Turbo, and local industrial fans and ventilation companies MechCaL and TLT ACTOM, will team up to produce and distribute a full range of ventilation products for the mining, construction, industrial and power markets in South Africa and wider sub-Saharan Africa (SSA). After... 

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