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Building the safety case for operating drones beyond visual line of sight

By: Dylan Slater     22nd September 2017 Applications that can benefit from using drones are increasing worldwide, almost daily. However, commercial users of drones are being constrained by generalised legislation, which is difficult to understand and expensive to implement. A much-contested application – and one that is illegal to... 

Zinc darling Trevali poised for further organic, M&A growth as prices climb

By: Henry Lazenby     22nd September 2017 Following the recent $400-million acquisition of a portfolio of zinc assets from mining major Glencore, Vancouver-headquartered Trevali Mining has become the go-to investment vehicle for investors keen to get in on rising zinc prices. Supported by strong fundamentals, including a growing supply... 

Building the safety case for operating drones beyond visual line of sight

By: Dylan Slater     22nd September 2017 Applications that can benefit from using drones are increasing worldwide, almost daily, but commercial users of drones are being scuppered by highly generalised legislation, which is difficult to understand and expensive for operators to implement. A much-contested application – and one that is... 

Necsa plans to restart nuclear pebble-fuel production

By: Keith Campbell     22nd September 2017 The South African Nuclear Energy Corporation (Necsa) is reactivating its ability to manufacture nuclear pebble fuel, originally created to support South Africa's Pebble Bed Modular Reactor (PBMR) programme. The corporation is also looking for a strategic equity partner for its speciality... 

New partnership to raise awareness of industrial cybersecurity threats

By: Schalk Burger     22nd September 2017 Industrial control and automation multinational Siemens and the International Society of Automation (ISA) have partnered to raise awareness of global industrial cybersecurity needs, standards and the changing security landscape, as well as provide joint expertise for production information... 

Rocla marks 100 years in SA precast concrete market

By: Dylan Slater     22nd September 2017 Precast concrete products manufacturer Rocla is celebrating 100 years in existence in South Africa this month, attributing its success to customer satisfaction, competitive pricing, good-quality products and timeous delivery.  

Solareff makes green-mobility acquisition

By: Irma Venter     22nd September 2017 JSE-listed information and communication technology (ICT) group, Alviva Holdings, has, through its subsidiary Solareff, acquired 75% of GridCars, a Pretoria-based startup that focuses on the manufacture of electric vehicle (EV) charge points and back office charge point management systems.... 

Ideas that work for industrial development. The 6th CSIR Conference

By: Creamer Media Reporter      21st September 2017 The 6th Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) Conference themed ‘Ideas that Work for Industrial Development’, will take place at the CSIR International Conference Centre, Pretoria East on October 5 and 6 this year. 

ELB sees 143% increase in profitability

By: Anine Kilian     20th September 2017 With profit for the year ended June 30 up 143% to R82-million, from a loss of R189-million in 2016, JSE-listed engineering services provider ELB has seen a 147% increase in headline earnings a share to 243c, from a loss per share of 519c. “Despite political uncertainty, the volatile currency and... 

CTC Plant Company turns 25

     20th September 2017 The year of 2017 is a landmark year for South Africa’s most experienced used equipment company, CTC Plant Company (Pty) Ltd, based at Airport Industria, Cape Town, conveniently located right next to the Airport and close to main access highways. 

Integrated Pump Rental Dewaters Tunnel Under Vaal River

     20th September 2017 Integrated Pump Rental recently made short work of dewatering a large pipe deep under the Vaal River, expelling over 1800 cubic metres in one day in a rapid turnkey solution. The job was to clear a 2,5 metre diameter pipeline of water, so that engineers could safely enter the tunnel to conduct... 

Consortium to acquire 30% stake in Ethos Private Equity

By: Creamer Media Reporter      19th September 2017 RMI Investment Managers and Royal Investment Managers (RIM) will, as the RMI & RIM Consortium, acquire a 30% interest in private equity investment firm Ethos Private Equity through a series of transactions. The transactions will include a vendor-facilitated black economic empowerment component... 

Former Eskom R&D GM to facilitate electric tech transfer in Africa – EPRI

By: Schalk Burger     19th September 2017 State-owned power utility Eskom’s former research, testing and development GM Barry MacColl has joined international nonprofit organisation, the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI), as an EPRI International senior regional manager facilitating technology transfer in Africa. EPRI has... 

Renttech SA: ‘Business as usual’ – with a renewed focus: New MD to ensure higher than ever service, product and technical excellence

     18th September 2017 Renttech South Africa has a proud 20-year track record of providing a combination of high-quality local and international branded equipment for rental or purchase, allied to superb customer service and business integrity. After two decades, a new Managing Director, Duncan Whitehead, has taken up... 

African copper, nickel mines on Coal India radar as miner diversifies

By: Ajoy K Das     18th September 2017 Having decided to evolve into a diversified resource major from a pure play coal miner, Coal India Limited (CIL) has identified copper and nickel mines in Africa for its maiden overseas foray into noncoal minerals. KPMG has been appointed to prepare the roadmap that will see CIL emerge as a... 

Fleet Renewal Puts Burma Plant Hire At Cutting Edge

     18th September 2017 A restructuring and fleet renewal programme at Cape Town-based Burma Plant Hire has put the company on track for further growth in the construction, mining and other sectors. Significantly, the company is a Level 2 contributor to BBBEE. In addition to its traditional base load work in the... 

Freeport seen facing more battles over world's top gold mine

By: Bloomberg     18th September 2017 The landmark deal that forced Freeport-McMoRan to cede controlling interest in the world’s biggest gold mine and second-largest copper mine to Indonesia may not be the final outcome as both sides prepare for a politically charged fight over the price of the asset and how it will be run, according... 

NHBRC appoints new CEO

     15th September 2017 The National Home Builders Registration Council (NHBRC) has appointed Mziwonke Dlabantu CEO, effective October 1. He brings more than 20 years of public service experience to the NHBRC with a wealth of expertise in human settlements sector experience, as well as strategic and financial management. 

Machine learning will bolster human expertise in every industry

By: Schalk Burger     15th September 2017 Pattern recognition is identified as a key human skill that has supported the rise of people to become the dominant species. However, there are limits to this crucial ability, especially when confronted with masses of information that differ only slightly. Small, but significant, variations are... 

Fight for world's biggest gold mine isn't over – former CEO says

By: Bloomberg     15th September 2017 The landmark deal that forced Freeport-McMoRan to cede control of the world’s biggest gold mine and second-biggest copper mine to Indonesia may not be the final outcome as both sides prepare for a politically charged battle over the price of the asset and how it will be run, according to the US... 

Machine learning will bolster human expertise in every industry

By: Schalk Burger     15th September 2017 Pattern recognition is identified as a key human skill that has supported the rise of people to become the dominant species. However, there are limits to this crucial ability, especially when confronted with masses of information that differ only slightly. Small, but significant, variations are... 

Rope access pivotal in enhancing NDT inspection

     15th September 2017 The effectiveness of non-destructive testing (NDT) is enhanced by rope access, as it ensures the rapid deployment of skilled technicians to carry out this critical inspection work, posits industrial rope access specialist Skyriders. NDT is an ideal form of preventative maintenance, and is used... 

Complexities of CFTA leave completion date undecided, but much progress has been made

By: Natasha Odendaal     14th September 2017 The sheer scale and complexities involved in negotiating a single rule book for the trade of goods and services on a continent that is home to 54 countries at different levels of development and expertise leaves much uncertainty as to whether the singular agreement will be concluded and signed by... 

Euro Sun awards contract for Rovina bankable feasibility study

By: Mariaan Webb     14th September 2017 SX-listed Euro Sun has awarded the bankable feasibility study (BFS) contract for its Rovina Valley gold and copper project, in Romania, to SRK Consulting (Canada) and Ausenco Engineering Canada. Announcing the award of the BFS on Thursday, Euro Sun said SRK would provide expertise in geology,... 

The well-known UNION brand of locks and door furniture gets a make-over!

     13th September 2017 UNION, one of ASSA ABLOY’s leading brands, is currently rebranding and Vice President for ASSA ABLOY South Africa, Riaan Olivier, gives a brief overview and explains what this means for contractors, locksmiths and installers. UNION has sought out and listened to feedback from distributors,... 

Tailings-savvy DRDGold inviting collaboration, consolidation 

By: Martin Creamer     12th September 2017 Surface gold mining company DRDGold, the oldest company listed on the Johannesburg Stock Exchange with more experience than any other mining company in the recovery of gold from tailings dumps, believes that the time may have arrived for the transplanting of its remarkable expertise to other... 

SICK Automation moves offices in long-term commitment signal

By: Schalk Burger     12th September 2017 Specialist automation and sensor company SICK Automation Southern Africa has moved to new custom-designed premises in Lanseria Corporate Estate, which is five times larger than its previous offices. The new facility is an important prerequisite in the company’s next growth phase as it continues... 

Elquip Solutions and Kinkelder partner for long-term cutting-edge excellence, return-on-investment and lower cost-per-cut

     12th September 2017 Manufacturers who use large capital equipment sometimes shy away from purchasing top quality machines. The most common reason for this is the initial capital outlay. However, is this always a wise decision? Mike Cronin, the Managing Director of Elquip Solutions, gives good reasons why it is not.... 

Sustainable Plant Maintenance Needs Balanced Decision Making

     12th September 2017 Adequate budgets for mine plant maintenance – to ensure minimal downtime and optimal performance – need to be based on a strategic management approach that can balance the mine’s production targets with its maintenance requirements. According to general manager SA Services at Multotec, Garth... 

Flsmidth Goes Local In Ghana With New Office Opening

     11th September 2017 FLSmidth is further entrenching its Africa footprint with the opening of a new subsidiary company in Accra, the capital of Ghana. According to Deon de Kock, FLSmidth country head in South Africa and vice president in Sub-Saharan Africa, the move has been made in response to the company’s critical... 

Necsa looks to make fluorchemical subsidiary profitable and expand manufacturing division

By: Keith Campbell     11th September 2017 The South African Nuclear Energy Corporation (Necsa) is looking for a strategic equity partner for its speciality fluorochemical products manufacturing subsidiary Pelchem. It is also planning to expand its engineering and manufacturing division (not subsidiary) Pelindaba Enterprises. Pelchem... 

Information systems in the field for 10+ years

     8th September 2017 The phrase ‘information is power’ is a widely used term. However, RCT believes its relevant information that empowers customers; which is why for the past 10 years, the company has been providing exactly that. This information journey began in 2005 when RCT saw the opportunity to expand into a... 

AECOM is committed to transforming skills development in Africa

     8th September 2017 AECOM’s Learning and Development team is committed to building a community of experts with diverse backgrounds, disciplines, and perspectives, who are passionate about delivering a better world. The premier, fully integrated professional and technical services infrastructure firm operates across... 

Directors up stake in Bacanora as Cadence sells 8.9m shares

By: Mariaan Webb     8th September 2017 UK-based mining investment firm Cadence Minerals has realised profit of £2.7-million on the partial sale of its equity stake in Bacanora Minerals, which is developing the Sonara lithium project in Mexico. Cadence sold 8.90-million shares, representing 42% of its equity stake in Bacanora, for... 

Black investor acquires majority stake in precision manufacturing firm

By: David Oliveira     8th September 2017 A recent acquisition of 51% of Johannesburg-based precision manufacturing company Bay Engineering by Black Industrialists Group (BIG) for R6.5-million is being held up as an example of transformation in the manufacturing sector. Bay Engineering MD Etienne Labuschagne points out that the deal,... 

Importing refined fuels quicker and more financially viable for Africa

By: Robyn Wilkinson     8th September 2017 Rather than focusing time and finances on establishing new oil refineries, African countries should enhance their focus on a niche market strength that will enable them to become competitive in a global market, accepting that the import and storage of refined fuels is a quicker and more... 

Indaba seeks to strengthen Africa’s machine learning expertise

By: Schalk Burger     8th September 2017 International machine learning experts will present the latest theories and practices in deep learning and its applications at the Deep Learning Indaba to be held at the University of the Witwatersrand (Wits) from September 10 to 15. More than 300 attendees from Africa and around the world will... 

South African mining must be made globally competitive – Motsepe 

By: Martin Creamer     7th September 2017 All South Africans need to work together to ensure that the South African mining industry is a globally competitive investment destination, said African Rainbow Minerals (ARM) executive chairperson Patrice Motsepe on Thursday, when he declared the black-controlled company’s highest-ever dividend.... 

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