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Construction of new Transnet plough tug under way

By: Creamer Media Reporter      19th January 2018 The construction of Transnet National Ports Authority’s (TNPA’s) new plough tug has kicked off in Port Elizabeth. The yet-to-be-named vessel, which is expected to be handed over to TNPA Dredging Services by October this year, will be used as a bed leveller, smoothing out high spots created by... 

SKF quality and service value proposition improves delivery time of large size roller bearings

     19th January 2018 The SKF Explorer series large size roller bearings presented the most optimum solution for a vertical roller mill used in the production of cement. A long-standing SKF customer in the cement and concrete industry contacted SKF for a solution when a routine maintenance check determined that the... 

Offtake agreements now cover 60% of Montepuez production – Battery Minerals

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     19th January 2018 ASX-listed Battery Minerals has signed a binding offtake agreement with Qingdao Black Dragon Graphite for 10 000 t/y of graphite concentrate from its Montepuez project, in Mozambique, for an initial term of three years. This marks the third offtake agreement for the project. 

ANC WC to request inquiry into whether City 'deliberately ignored' drought warnings

By: News24Wire      19th January 2018 The ANC in the Western Cape on Thursday said it would request President Jacob Zuma to institute a Commission of Inquiry to establish whether the Western Cape government and the City of Cape Town "deliberately ignored the warnings of the diminishing water resources". "The DA must accept the blame... 

China's proposed dual-credit scheme can reshape the EV market – WoodMac

By: Henry Lazenby     19th January 2018 China's electric vehicles (EV) market has grown exponentially to overtake the US as the world's largest EV market, thanks to heavy government subsidies to spur growth in the emerging automotive sector. However, research and consultancy firm Wood Mackenzie (WoodMac) warns that these subsidies are... 

Mindset change required to mitigate water crisis effects

By: Simone Liedtke     19th January 2018 Owing to water currently being a critical global commodity, engineering company Royal HaskoningDHV business development manager Sander Zweers says a societal mindset change regarding the importance of water, as well as its treatment, purification and desalination, is needed. 

AGM highlights major 2017 accomplishments

     19th January 2018 Representative of the plastic pipe business the Southern African Plastic Pipe Manufacturers Association (Sappma) used the occasion of its thirteenth annual general meeting (AGM) held in Johannesburg recently to celebrate the successes achieved by this nonprofit association over the past 12... 

Condor appoints veteran mining executive to board

By: Henry Lazenby     18th January 2018 Nicaragua-focused project developer Condor Gold has appointed veteran mining executive Andrew Cheatle as a nonexecutive director. A mining industry executive, professional geoscientist and graduate of the Royal School of Mines at Imperial College, in London, Cheatle cut his teeth for ten years... 

SAPICS Fundraising Gives Smiles And Hope To Children With Facial Deformities

     18th January 2018 Leading Southern African supply chain and operations management association SAPICS is starting the New Year on a high - and heartwarming – note. Funds raised by the organisation’s 2017 golf day, as well as through its 2017 regional and national conferences, will enable 10 children with cleft lips... 

Thyssenkrupp closes the loop in Africa’s sugar industry

     18th January 2018 Thyssenkrupp Industrial Solutions South Africa combines local knowledge with global expertise to bring turnkey technology and equipment solutions that will promote the sustainability and profitability of the sugar industry in the Sub Sahara African region. The company offers market, feasibility... 

Shaw Controls ISO certified  

     18th January 2018 Motor control centre manufacturer Shaw Controls, a Zest WEG group company, is now a proud ISO 9000:2015 certified local manufacturing facility. Shannon de Ryhove has the story. 

Canadian miners welcome new federal business ethics ombudsman

By: Henry Lazenby     18th January 2018 Canada’s Liberal government has introduced a new federally mandated Ombudsman for Responsible Enterprise (CORE) to investigate human rights complaints about the overseas operations of Canadian companies. The watchdog will investigate complaints and, if warranted, will make recommendations to... 

Precast concrete provides a safer means of building

     17th January 2018 One of the many of advantages of hybrid-concrete construction (HCC) is that it is a safer alternative to conventional in-situ building techniques. Sections or portions of a construction project are undertaken off site in a controlled factory environment, while only skilled teams are required to... 

Africa Gets All-Round Tower Crane Service And Supply From New Operators

     15th January 2018 There is a new player in Africa’s sub-Saharan market for lifting solutions, as experienced experts join forces in Crane & Hoist Equipment SA to offer a range of tower crane sourcing, refurbishment, sales and site management services. The company enters the market just in time for a long awaited... 

Africa Gets All-Round Tower Crane Service And Supply From New Operators

     15th January 2018 There is a new player in Africa’s sub-Saharan market for lifting solutions, as experienced experts join forces in Crane & Hoist Equipment SA to offer a range of tower crane sourcing, refurbishment, sales and site management services. The company enters the market just in time for a long awaited... 

RFI Keeps Pace With Fast-Moving Diesel Injector Technology

     15th January 2018 As regulations on carbon emissions around the globe lead original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) to improve the environmental performance of their products, diesel injector technologies are advancing apace, and Germiston-based Reef Fuel Injection Services (RFI) is staying at the cutting edge.... 

Dijalo Facilities Management first to comply with FM Standard

     12th January 2018 South Africa is a global leader for publishing the first facility management (FM) standard against which local organisations and FM providers will be assessed for compliance and/or certification. Importantly, Dijalo Facilities Management is the first company to comply with the standard. 

BCX CEO appointed to iamtheCODE board

By: Anine Kilian     11th January 2018 Information and communication technology company BCX CEO Ian Russell has been appointed to the Board of Africa-led global female coding movement iamtheCODE. iamtheCODE is designed to mobilise governments, businesses and investors to support young women in science, technology, engineering, arts,... 

Construction industry making progress with deals to transform the sector

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     8th January 2018 In a move that will see local construction companies further honour their agreements with government to ensure  inclusivity for black contractors in the South African construction sector, the Competition Commission has recommended a number of merger deals to the Competition Tribunal for approval.... 

Kimberley’s diamond endowment given new sparkle 

By: Martin Creamer     8th January 2018 Generations of diamond processing experience, interwoven with modern know-how, is extending the diamond endowment of the city of Kimberley. Kimberley Ekapa Mining Joint Venture (KEM-JV) has come up with a viable business model that returns a diamond sparkle to the city renowned for its... 

Omron Uses Technology And Expertise To Improve Lives And Contribute To A Better Society.

     8th January 2018 Omron employees selected the UCPA, a shelter and housing facility for people with Cerebral Palsy, as their community service project. Omron Industrial Automation- Johannesburg. South Africa 

Will intra-Africa trade come of age in 2018?

By: African News Agency      3rd January 2018 Overcoming the barriers for intra-African trade to double in a decade can feel like a Sisyphean task – impossible to complete. But that is the objective of the Boosting Intra-African Trade (BIAT) action plan, which targets to double flows between January 2012 and January 2022. Many individual... 

Philippines miners adopt Canadian mining sustainability principles

By: Henry Lazenby     20th December 2017 The Chamber of Mines of the Philippines (COMP) has announced that it will adopt a mining sustainability standard developed by the Mining Association of Canada, called the Towards Sustainable Mining (TSM) initiative. The announcement made the Philippines the first Southeast Asian nation to adopt... 

ELB creates value with high iron ore product qualities

     19th December 2017 ELB Engineering Services (ELB) is pleased to announce that it has been awarded a contract in the Northern Cape, to set up a 200tph Dense Media Separator (DMS) Plant, which is capable of handling and beneficiating around 1 million tonnes of -32mm iron ore per year. This project will beneficiate... 

Battery Minerals reaches milestone agreement

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     19th December 2017 ASX-listed Battery Minerals has reached another major milestone in its strategy to become a global graphite supplier to the lithium battery industry, signing a binding sales agreement with a leading US-based graphite processor. The binding offtake agreement covers up to 11 000 t/y of graphite... 

Construction firm forges ahead on N2 road, bridges

     15th December 2017 Infrastructure construction firm Concor Infrastructure is making progress on the 34 km section of the N2 highway between Mtunzini and Empangeni in KwaZulu-Natal, while ensuring minimal impact to environmentally sensitive areas along the route. 

Mega engineering projects could boost SA economy

By: Donald Makhafola     15th December 2017 As South Africa is embarking on a mega railway infrastructure development that will take an estimated 20 years to complete, transportation systems developer Futran Group of Companies director Andries Louw says such projects should be used as an anchor to re-establish the culture of mega... 

CPV plant’s success contributes to economic growth

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     15th December 2017 Being the only concentrated photovoltaic (CPV) power plant of its kind in South Africa currently, independent power producer Pele Energy Group senior asset manager Ziska Mc Gilton says the 36 MW ac Touwsrivier CPV project is continuously providing economic upliftment and support for surrounding... 

Technology can improve effectiveness of emergency response agencies

By: Schalk Burger     15th December 2017 Information technologies that unify emergency response agencies and allow for efficient interoperation between agencies will enable more effective incident responses, says information technology multinational Huawei Enterprise global public safety expert Peter Goulding. The effective sharing of... 

Mobile lab for polymer powders launched

By: Dylan Slater     15th December 2017 Munich-based chemical company Wacker launched a mobile containerised laboratory – MyLab – together with their long-term distributor IMCD in Randburg at the end of November.  

Brazil, South Africa collaboration to improve mining sector “natural, appropriate”, says Brazil ambassador 

By: Mia Breytenbach     13th December 2017 With the mining sector having played a significant role in the history and development of South Africa and Brazil, it is “natural and appropriate” that the two countries come together to discuss and exchange ideas about how to improve the mining sector in both countries, says Ambassador of Brazil... 

TPT unveils locally assembled diesel-electric straddle carriers

By: Shirley le Guern     12th December 2017 State-owned freight transport company Transnet Port Terminals (TPT) on Tuesday unveiled 23 locally assembled diesel-electric straddle carriers at the Durban Container Terminal Pier 2, marking an important milestone in fostering local procurement and laying the foundation to supply cargo handling... 

CoreSlab behind cost-effective and efficient projects

     11th December 2017 CoreSlab, a leading precast concrete specialist, has participated in many successful private- and public-sector building projects. Importantly, the company’s precast concrete systems have allowed professional teams to accelerate construction times and provided cost-savings for property... 

Amended BBBEE Construction Sector Code

     11th December 2017 Who does it apply to? The Amended B-BBEE Construction Sector Code was gazetted on 01 December 2017 with immediate effect.  Those who already have an Amended DTI Code certificate have 2 options available to them, viz: 

Downer, Ausenco awarded $312m Carrapateena contract

By: Mariaan Webb     11th December 2017 South Australian copper and gold miner Oz Minerals has awarded engineering groups Downer EDI and Ausenco a $312-million contract at the Carrapateena mine. The companies have been contracted for the engineering, procurement and construction of a new minerals processing plant, including non-process... 

Khoza to continue as Eskom chair

By: Anine Kilian     8th December 2017 Zethembe Khoza will continue in his position as chairperson of State-owned power utility Eskom until the 2018 annual general meeting, according to Public Enterprises Minister Lynne Brown, who announced the State-owned power utility’s new board on Friday. The new board – comprising Khoza, Dr Pat... 

SA cleantech innovation grows from strength-to-strength during four-year partnership

     8th December 2017 Top performers for 2017 in the Cleantech Innovation Programme in South Africa (GCIP-SA) were announced at a gala and awards event held in Pretoria on 3 November 2017. Hosted by the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) and the Technology Innovation Agency (TIA), the event was... 

Volvo Financial Services makes Southern African debut

By: Irma Venter     8th December 2017 Volvo Financial Services (VFS), the global finance arm of the Volvo Group, has announced the launch of Volvo Financial Services Southern Africa. VFS Southern Africa will provide financial services to customers of Volvo Group Southern Africa, which includes the UD Trucks, Volvo Bus, Volvo Trucks... 

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