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New research finds developing countries’ coal miners face ‘substantial risk inequality’  

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     31st October 2018 Coal miners in developing countries are likely to be exposed to health and safety risks more often than those working in advanced economies, new research has found. Researchers from Cardiff University, funded by the Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH), have found that a lack of... 

Save the date: Securex South Africa 2019 set to continue on integrated physical and cybersecurity path

31st October 2018 On the back of the most successful Securex South Africa expo to date in 2018, Africa's leading security and fire trade exhibition will return to Gallagher Convention Centre in Johannesburg for its 26th edition from 14 to 16 May 2019. “Securex South Africa 2018 drew in over 7,000 visitors, a more... 

Peabody says Q4 focus is on North Goonyella, completing Shoal Creek buy

By: Creamer Media Reporter      31st October 2018 NYSE-listed Peabody on Tuesday announced solid results for the third quarter, despite ending the three-month period with substantial challenges at the fire-hit North Goonyella mine, which remains idled. The miner reported revenue of $1.41-billion, compared with $1.48-billion a year earlier, and... 

Specialist contractor establishes the benchmark in specialised lining applications

By: Creamer Media Reporter      30th October 2018 BKV Holdings devised a novel means of installing a Polyurea waterproofing over a Perlite cement fire-rated screed to wall system at a newly-built power station, and this approach has since become the standard on other similar projects. Perlite cement screeds are more porous than conventional... 

WSP project teams receive multiple top honours at Steel Awards 2018

By: Creamer Media Reporter      29th October 2018 WSP in Africa, one of the largest multi-disciplinary engineering consulting firms on the continent, are honoured that two of the firm’s projects received multiple awards – including Overall winner - at the Southern African Institute of Steel Construction (SAISC) Steel Awards 2018. The winning... 

Engen’s R500k donation helps “lend dignity” to fire victims who lost everything



29th October 2018 Engen has boosted fire relief efforts in greater Cape Town to the tune of R500 000, a donation that disaster aid organisation Gift of the Givers says will help them “lend dignity to people who have lost everything.”

“While nothing can replace what they have lost, this helps us to ensure we can... 

Refinery receives new fire protection trailer system

By: Melissa Zisengwe     26th October 2018 For three consecutive years, fire protection equipment supplier DoseTech and Germany-based dosing technology company FireDos have supplied the latest portable foam fire-protection system to integrated chemicals and energy chemicals company Sasol, states Dosetech MD Mike Feldon. The latest system... 

WSP project teams receive multiple top honours at Steel Awards 2018

25th October 2018 WSP in Africa, one of the largest multi-disciplinary engineering consulting firms on the continent, are honoured that two of the firm’s projects received multiple awards – including Overall winner - at the Southern African Institute of Steel Construction (SAISC) Steel Awards 2018. The winning... 

Reducing commercial and industrial fire risks

By: Creamer Media Reporter      24th October 2018 Sprinkler systems remain the optimal manner in which to supress fires in commercial and industrial properties. While sprinkler system use in buildings dates back to the 19th century, they are in fact still the best manner to ensure the safety of lives and protect infrastructure. In light of the... 

Data centre design and build is evolving – here’s why:

24th October 2018 By Jos Baart, Vice President, Sales & Marketing, Flexenclosure With new data centre capacity needed at an ever-accelerating pace, rushing the delivery of a new facility significantly increases risk. Find out how off-site construction, integration and testing prior to final on site commissioning... 

Hecla says Q3 output meets expectations

By: Mariaan Webb     24th October 2018 US silver and gold producer Hecla Mining produced lower third-quarter silver production of 2.5-million ounces and gold output of 72 995 oz, but the miner stated on Tuesday that the production was in line with its expectations. Silver production fell by 24% year-on-year in the September quarter,... 

Secutech 2019 to place spotlight on integrated solutions shaped by artificial intelligence and the IoT

23rd October 2018 Secutech, the leading business platform for safety and security products returns for its 22nd edition next year with a sharpened focus on artificial intelligence and IoT technology. The fair will be held from 8 – 10 May 2019 at the Taipei Nangang Exhibition Centre in Taipei. 
 
IoT and artificial... 

Transnet confirms Gama fired with full pay for six months

By: African News Agency      22nd October 2018 Transnet on Monday confirmed that Siyabonga Gama has been fired as the freight rail operator's chief executive officer and said it was in line with a government drive to turn around State-owned entities.  Transnet said it informed Gama of its decision on Sunday and Monday would be his last... 

Arup façade Design Commended at 2018 Steel Awards

By: Creamer Media Reporter      22nd October 2018 Arup was commended for their entry of the V&A Grain Silo Complex façade in the Architectural Category at the 2018 South African Steel Awards on 11 October 2018. The company, an independent firm of designers, planners, engineers, consultants and technical specialists, works across every aspect of... 

The natural gas revolution in South Africa: A changing energy landscape

By: Creamer Media Reporter      19th October 2018 Recent on- and off-shore discoveries of globally significant quantities of natural gas in Southern Africa – including trillions of cubic metres of natural gas in the Rovuma Basin off the Mozambique coast, the biggest global find of natural gas in decades – represent a new dawn for the region’s... 

Containerised workshop facilitates hydraulic services

19th October 2018 Hydraulics components supplier Hytec Services Africa (HSA), part of hydraulic components supplier Hytec Group, has launched its mine site based containerised hose workshops to provide a comprehensive onsite hose and fittings service to its mining clients across Africa. Set up in refurbished and... 

Conveyor belts are a leading cause of underground fires yet they are avoidable

18th October 2018 This year has proven to be one of the deadliest for mine safety in South Africa since 2012. One of the leading causes of deaths and injury in mines is fire and a large proportion of fires are caused by conveyor belts. Conveyor belts are widely used in mining, both under and above ground. Yet... 

Anglo American Platinum brings two Kom-Vision equipped vehicles into production at Mogalakwena Complex

17th October 2018 Technology will boost safety at operations and integrated systems that will deliver significant operational improvements Anglo American Platinum recently bought two Kom-Vision-equipped Komatsu 930E earthmoving vehicles into production at the Mogalakwena Complex. The Kom-Vision technology is a... 

Amplats sets new benchmark with two Kom-Vision equipped vehicles at Mogalakwena complex 

By: Simone Liedtke     17th October 2018 Platinum mining major Anglo American Platinum (Amplats) has acquired two Kom-Vision-equipped Komatsu 930E earthmoving vehicles that have entered into production at the Mogalakwena Complex, setting a new benchmark for the miner. Amplats’ safety strategy is based on four pillars, namely systems,... 

Workers strike over pay at South African arms maker Denel

By: Reuters     17th October 2018 Hundreds of South Africa's Solidarity union members held a strike on Wednesday over a pay dispute at cash-strapped State-owned weapons manufacturer Denel. Denel, which produces military kit for South Africa's army and foreign forces, has held talks with unions over voluntary severance packages,... 

BHP iron-ore output up, FY copper guidance trimmed

By: Esmarie Iannucci     17th October 2018 Diversified giant BHP has reported increases in copper and iron-ore production during the three months to September, while petroleum and coal production fell. Iron-ore production for the three months to September was up by 10% on the previous corresponding period, to 61-million tonnes of ore,... 

Engen KlevaKidz surpasses 700 schools visited across South Africa

16th October 2018 Over the past 10 years, the Engen KlevaKidz’s often life-saving safety messages have reached over a quarter of a million vulnerable children.

Engen KlevaKidz is an annual educational campaign that uses industrial theatre to engage and educate young learners across South Africa about the... 

Used oil industry offering significant job creation potential, says foundation

By: Simone Liedtke     16th October 2018 Although still relatively young in South Africa, the economic contribution to the country through job creation in the used oil sector is looking very promising, according to a study commissioned by the Recycling Oil Saves the Environment (Rose) Foundation. A survey commissioned by the foundation... 

Nylon anchors from fischer are a strong, safe alternative to plastic plugs

By: Creamer Media Reporter      16th October 2018 Available in South Africa exclusively from leading distributor Upat, fischer has used pure polyamide material for over 50 years, with constant composition, to ensure that the material lasts for decades, Upat Technical Manager Kevin Owen explains. Nylon is the generic designation for a family of... 

Huawei Releases FusionPower@Li-ion Series Large-Scale Data Center UPS Power Supply and Distribution Solution

By: Creamer Media Reporter      15th October 2018 At HUAWEI CONNECT 2018, Huawei released the FusionPower@Li-ion Series Large-Scale Data Center uninterruptible power supply (UPS) and Distribution Solution based upon a reliable, intelligent lithium battery feature for global customers. With the increasing demand for high-performance technologies... 

On-The-Air (12/10/2018) 

By: Martin Creamer     12th October 2018 The Mining Indaba this week pledged to give South Africa more access than ever to global investors who will be attending the upcoming international event. The government was this week urged to go all out to pull the struggling South African mining industry out of its unnecessary slump. South... 

Fire still burning at Peabody’s North Goonyella

By: Esmarie Iannucci     12th October 2018 US coal producer Peabody has issued force majeure notices to coal customers and certain of its vendors at the North Goonyella mine, in Queensland, as the company continues to work to extinguish a fire. The US miner at the start of last week started implementing a multi-tiered plan to extinguish... 

New bitumen binding application introduced

By: Halima Frost     12th October 2018 Transport infrastructure specialists Bouygues Group’s South African subsidiary Colas has introduced Colbifibre – its latest bitumen binding process – for use on deteriorating roadways. Colbifibre is a new process aimed at road surfaces that have suffered significant wear and tear. It combines its... 

Foam-based spray prevents spread of fire

By: Halima Frost     12th October 2018 Since the launch of construction industry services and technology provider Hilti South Africa’s Firestop façade joint coating earlier this year, the product – which has been well received by engineers and architects – will be used in its first large construction project in Bedfordview, Gauteng,... 

Speciality textiles firm to produce flame-resistant fabrics for Africa

By: Schalk Burger     12th October 2018 South Africa-based speciality textiles manufacturer Gelvenor Textiles will produce flame-resistant Nomex and flame- and arc-resistant Protera fabrics to be distributed in Africa in partnership with industrial multinational DuPont, says Gelvenor Textiles CEO Dicky Coetzee. The company underwent 18... 

Medupi power station project, South Africa

By: Sheila Barradas     12th October 2018 Unit 2 at the Medupi power station produced first power on October 7, 2018. 

SA HIPPO in big demand for USA Coal Mines

By: Creamer Media Reporter      11th October 2018 Due to President Donald Trump insisting that USA international companies, such as General Motors, bring their manufacturing activities back to the USA it is expected that a shortage of electrical power would be experienced. Several USA coal mines that have been closed for the last 20 years, most... 

Gold gets ignored as global equity rout fails to fire up havens

By: Bloomberg     11th October 2018 Equities are plummeting, President Donald Trump says the Federal Reserve’s gone ‘loco’ and the trade war’s heating up, yet traditional havens in times of trouble such as gold are not getting any love. The biggest selloff in equities since February rolled through Asia and into Europe on Thursday,... 

Syrah's improvement plans bear fruit

By: Esmarie Iannucci     11th October 2018 Graphite miner Syrah Resources has reported an 83% increase in production between the second and the third quarters, as the company’s improvement plan at its Balama operation, in Mozambique, starts to take shape. During the three months to September, Syrah produced 38 700 t of graphite, up from... 

Growing Lightly

10th October 2018 Sedick Samsodien explains to the guests attending the factory tour how the mountains of post-consumer and post-recycled polystyrene visible in the background are collected and recycled into the Greenlite lightweight concrete bricks and screed used to build shopping malls, architectural homes and... 

Diesel Electric Services acquires ASIB approval, thereby adding Fire Pump Sets and Fire Pump Panels to their basket of products / services

By: Creamer Media Reporter      4th October 2018 Ensuring the safety of one’s employees is of paramount importance. The insurance industry is hardening world-wide and this has filtered into South Africa too. There are definite requests for compliance with local and international standards. 

Fire forces partial suspension of Balama operation

By: Esmarie Iannucci     4th October 2018 Graphite miner Syrah Resources has been forced to partially suspend operations at its Balama graphite operation, in Mozambique, following a fire at the primary classifier within the process plant. The fire resulted from hot work activities below the unit during planned maintenance on piping.... 

Peabody reports good news in Queensland

By: Esmarie Iannucci     3rd October 2018 Coal miner Peabody Energy on Wednesday reported that the initial steps to extinguish the fire at its North Goonyella mine, in Queensland, appeared to be delivering results, with either steam or white smoke emanating from only one mine shaft. The company at the start of this week started... 

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