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Metanor gains Kirkland Lake as strategic investor as it closes $8.85m placement

By: Mariaan Webb     Updated 36 minutes ago Project developer Metanor Resources has gained mid-tier gold miner Kirkland Lake Gold as a strategic investor, the company disclosed on Monday as it announced the closing of a private placement to raise funds for its Bachelor and Barry projects, in Quebec. Kirkland Lake acquired 10 357 143 units... 

Cogeneration valuable to S Africa’s energy mix

By: Robyn Wilkinson     21st April 2017 With cleaner energy technology rapidly advancing and industries increasingly aiming to stabilise their power supply through off-grid generation alternatives, energy solutions provider Vuselela Energy director Jacques Malan is confident that cogeneration systems can offer a valuable power... 

Generator giant to expand its Southern Africa network

By: Robyn Wilkinson     21st April 2017 Power generation equipment developer Himoinsa’s new subsidiary, Himoinsa Southern Africa, will provide a base from which the company can develop its geophysical footprint in Southern Africa by expanding and supporting its existing distribution network. 

Pressure, temperature transmitter launched for downhole applications

     21st April 2017 Last month, US-based Emerson Automation Solutions introduced the Paine 328-12-0010 pressure and temperature data logger and digital transmitter for process measurement and data logging in downhole drilling applications. The company notes that downhole drilling operators need to measure pressure... 

Gravico’s strategy for the new economy

     20th April 2017 As part of its strategic consolidation in response to ongoing changes in South Africa’s heavy engineering industry, the DCD Group is consolidating aspects of its manufacturing capacity and expertise into its Gravico Heavy Engineering joint venture. According to DCD chief executive officer Digby... 

Alphamin appoints Swanepoel, Baloyi to board; starts mine boxcut construction

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     20th April 2017 TSX-listed Alphamin Resources, which is developing the Bisie tin project, in the Democratic Republic of Congo, has appointed Bernard Swanepoel and Paul Baloyi to its board. Swanepoel currently also serves on the boards of miners Impala Platinum, Zimplats, eXtract Limited, African Rainbow Minerals... 

Cutting-edge machine tools supplies come alive at industry event

     20th April 2017 Local machine tools suppliers together with their international principals will be showcasing the latest technology and innovation at Machine Tools Africa. Taking place at the Expo Centre in Johannesburg from 9-12 May, visitors will see machine tools in action with many daily demonstrations... 

Icasa enters into a technical agreement with Mozambique communications regulator

By: Anine Kilian     19th April 2017 The Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (Icasa) has signed an agreement of cooperation and coordination with communications authority of Mozambique, Autoridade Reguladora Das Communicações, in respect of spectrum management for telecommunications and broadcasting services. The... 

Oz goes on the hunt in Mexico

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     19th April 2017 Copper-gold miner Oz Minerals has entered into a new exploration agreement in Southern Mexico, targeting three newly identified high base metal prospects. “The sites we are targeting have potential for shallow, high-value per tonne, volcanic-hosted massive sulphide (VHMS) deposits. VHMS deposits... 

New management team to expand Aury’s African footprint

     19th April 2017 Aury Africa aims to become a leading manufacturer and supplier of high-performance mineral-processing equipment to the African mining industry by 2022. This is the vision of the company’s new management team, led by Director Sydney Parkhouse. Key to the ongoing success of the Original Equipment... 

Transforming the African energy landscape

     18th April 2017 Siemens has entered into a local manufacturing agreement with Electro Inductive Industries (PTY) Ltd (Eii), a Cape Town based Level 2 B-BBEE black industrialist company that specialises in the manufacturing of transformers. Through this partnership, Eii will benefit from... 

Australian PM Turnbull scraps the 457 visa

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     18th April 2017 The Queensland Resources Council (QRC) has welcomed the scrapping of the 457 visa by Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull, saying that the natural resource sector was no longer a significant employer of these visa holders. Turnbull on Tuesday announced the abolishment of the 457 visa for foreign... 

Growth in laser gas noted by company

     14th April 2017 Laser application technology has seen substantial progress and development since the invention of the laser in the 1960s and gases and welding products supplier African Oxygen (Afrox) has experienced market growth over the years owing to its development of laser gases for different applications... 

R&D capitalises on global growth

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     14th April 2017 The National Laser Centre (NLC), part of the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), is undertaking a Photonics Prototyping Facility (PPF) programme and is exploring advance manufacturing technologies, leveraging on the strong global growth of the laser technology sector. NLC PPF... 

South African to lead local Ford unit for first time since full reinvestment

By: Irma Venter     14th April 2017 US car maker Ford has announced the appointment of Casper Kruger as Ford Motor Company Sub-Saharan Africa (FMCSA) region MD, as from April 1. Current president and CEO Jeff Nemeth will take up a new position at Ford as part of his planned return to the US on July 1, states the company. 

Funding under way for revival of old Prieska zinc-copper potential

By: Martin Creamer     12th April 2017 Funding efforts aimed at reviving the old Northern Cape mining area endowed with significant zinc and copper potential are gaining momentum. Acknowledged as the host of one of world’s most noteworthy volcanogenic massive sulphide (VMS) base metal deposits, the Prieska area has a well-recorded... 

Rio Tinto to proceed with Antipa’s Citadel farm-in

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     12th April 2017 Mining giant Rio Tinto, through its Rio Tinto Exploration subsidiary, has elected to proceed to the second stage of a farm-in agreement for ASX-listed Antipa’s Citadel project, in Western Australia. The second stage of the farm-in will see the miner invest $8-million of exploration expenditure in... 

Kerr Mines appoints new top management

By: Henry Lazenby     12th April 2017 TSX-listed project developer Kerr Mines has appointed Claudio Ciavarella as CEO and Martin Kostuik as president and director with immediate effect. "The additions of Claudio and Martin to Kerr's management team will provide invaluable business and technical leadership as we advance our flagship... 

SKF bearings put Scuderia Ferrari in the driving seat

     11th April 2017 With the Formula 1 season started, SKF strengthens its 70-year association with Scuderia Ferrari by providing the team with bearings expertise and customised parts. The 2017 Formula 1 season is upon us, and SKF is right at the heart of it again, extending its long association with Scuderia... 

Iron miners, Quebec govt ink MoU to develop Pointe-Noire multi-user port

By: Henry Lazenby     11th April 2017 The Quebec government, together with Tata Steel Minerals Canada and Quebec Iron Ore (QIO, a subsidiary of Champion Iron) have signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to collaborate in a multi-user approach, to manage and develop the industrial facilities at Pointe‑Noire, in Sept-Îles, Quebec.... 

SKF helps the Ducati Team gear up for MotoGP 2017

     7th April 2017 With this year’s MotoGP season underway, SKF will continue to propel the Ducati Team with its specialist expert support and superior quality parts SKF’s high performance parts and specialist technical knowledge are once again helping the Ducati Team prepare for success in this year’s MotoGP World... 

Barrick's Shandong deal cements chairperson's China strategy

By: Reuters     7th April 2017 Barrick Gold's near billion-dollar deal with Shandong Gold Mining represents a rich premium for the Canadian miner, while making good on a long-promised plan to forge deep, long-lasting partnerships with China. The sale of a 50% stake in Veladero, one of Barrick's top five gold mines, for... 

Increasing demand in industry for operational excellence

By: Simone Liedtke     7th April 2017 Growing demand for operational excellence in the country, in increasingly outward-facing industrial enterprises in a global economy, is accompanied by the requirement that more women be employed, owing to government legislation and societal demands, and the two imperatives are by no means... 

Joburg to host automation conference next month

By: Schalk Burger     7th April 2017 The industrial automation multinational Rockwell Automation’s Automation University conference will develop and hone local automation skills and expertise in industries, says Rockwell Automation Sub-Saharan Africa control systems and software business manager Christo Buys. The two-day conference,... 

Thermal spray coating solutions for Turbomachinery and Rotating Equipment from Thermaspray

     6th April 2017 Thermally sprayed coating solutions, as provided by coating technology specialist, Thermaspray, ensures protection from wear, erosion and corrosion for a wide range of components found in the turbomachinery and rotating equipment industries. The application of a thermally sprayed coating leads to... 

A Clean Sheet approach

     6th April 2017 In the latest phase of a 60-year partnership, SKF is helping a leading global supplier of pulp and paper equipment meet the challenges of a changing industry With roots that stretch back to the end of the 18th Century, Espoo-based Valmet Oyj has evolved to become one of the world’s most important... 

Franklin Bronze Precision Components Investing in People, Process, Products and Equipment

     6th April 2017 Franklin Bronze is pleased to announce that it has been making significant investments in people, process, products and equipment to increase productivity and efficiency; improve customer responsiveness; and drive innovation. John Nichols, General Manager, leads the Franklin Bronze team to... 

Bushveld’s Lemur, Sinohydro to build coal-fired power plant in Madagascar

By: Mia Breytenbach     5th April 2017 Aim-listed Bushveld Minerals’ Lemur Resources subsidiary has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Chinese State-owned hydropower engineering and construction company Sinohydro Corporation to codevelop an initial 60 MW independent power producer (IPP) coal-fired power plant and an... 

Barkerville to initiate immediate mine development on receipt of amended BC permit

By: Henry Lazenby     4th April 2017 Junior mine developer Barkerville Gold Mines (BGM) will start immediate development and mining of the Bonanza Ledge deposit, at Barkerville Mountain near Wells, British Columbia, after completing the permit amendment process mandated by the provincial Mines Act. The TSX-V-listed company expects... 

St Barbara takes stake in Peel Mining

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     4th April 2017 Gold miner St Barbara has taken a 9.5% shareholding in fellow-listed Peel Mining, subscribing for 16-million ordinary shares, at a price of 20.5c each. Peel told shareholders on Tuesday that the A$3.3-million raised will allow for the acceleration of upcoming work programmes at the company’s... 

Avocet appoints new CEO, CFO to assist in the company’s restructuring

By: Anine Kilian     3rd April 2017 West Africa-focused gold producer Avocet Mining has appointed Boudewijn Wentink as CEO with immediate effect. His primary strategic objective will be to ensure the refinancing and restructuring that is critical to the future of the company. 

Afrivalve Appointed As Official Distributor Of Gemü Valves For Mining Sector In Africa

     31st March 2017 Afrivalve, part of the eDART Group of Companies, have further expanded their range to now offer the Gemü Valve and Control Systems range in the mining and metal refining sector in Africa. This further compliments the eDART Slurry Control Valves, C-Tech knife gate valves, Red Roc Pinch valves and... 

The Changing Face Of Valve Manufacturing In South Africa

     31st March 2017 “Manufacturing in South Africa in the current climate is not for the faint hearted. Material costs are high – skills at all levels are scarce – labour laws and health and safety regulations are stringent and restrictive – and the volatility of the Rand makes long term planning a challenging... 

Gases for laser cutting and welding processes

     31st March 2017 Laser application technology has seen substantial progress and development since the invention of the laser in the 1960s. At the time it was recognised that nitrogen cutting was possible, giving an unoxidised edge, but laser power was simply too low to make this commercially attractive. The... 

Cabinet Reshuffle hands over Treasury to Gupta family – EFF

By: African News Agency      31st March 2017 The Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) on Friday rejected the President Jacob Zuma’s reshuffling of the Cabinet, saying that it is nothing else but a handover of the country’s Treasury to the Gupta family, Zuma’s close friends. “The entire reshuffle was nothing other than a target at the Ministry of... 

Laptop bomb threat is real and expect restrictions to go global

By: Keith Campbell     31st March 2017 Just about 15 months ago, on February 2, 2016, a suicide bomber detonated a bomb onboard an Airbus A321 airliner of Daallo Airlines some 15 to 20 minutes after it took off from Mogadishu Airport. The bomb blew a roughly one square metre hole in the aircraft’s fuselage. Fortunately, it had been... 

Machine learning being used to detect fraud

By: Schalk Burger     31st March 2017 A fraud prevention cloud system uses machine learning and big data analytics to detect potentially fraudulent activities and protect multiple customer service channels in banks, financial institutions and government agencies, says cybersecurity multinational Kaspersky lab head of fraud prevention... 

Argentina Lithium investigates Arizaro project for lithium-rich brines

By: Henry Lazenby     30th March 2017 In the hope of capitalising on the growing demand for and rising prices of lithium, explorer Argentina Lithium & Energy is mobilising equipment to create access routes on the 20 500 ha Arizaro property, located in the middle of South American’s prolific lithium triangle that is home to over 70%... 

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