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Miner Vale says fire to halt operations at Malaysia distribution center

By: Reuters     Updated 7 hours ago Brazilian miner Vale SA said a fire broke out on Friday in its distribution center in Malaysia, temporarily affecting shipments, according to a securities filing. Vale added that the fire caused "only material damages" and that operations are likely to resume in 10 to 15 days. 

ConCourt dismisses Moyane application for leave to appeal his dismissal 

By: African News Agency      12th February 2019 The Constitutional Court on Tuesday, dismissed former South African Revenue Service (SARS) Commissioner Tom Moyane’s application for leave to appeal his dismissal. "The Constitutional Court has considered this application for leave to appeal. It has concluded that the application should be... 

Glencore's Zambian unit suspends operations after three workers die in fire 

By: Reuters     8th February 2019 Glencore's Zambian unit Mopani Copper Mines said on Friday it had suspended operations at its Mindola north shaft after three workers were killed in a fire accident. Mopani is one the biggest mining companies in Zambia – Africa's No. 2 producer of the metal – with an output of around 100 000 t/y.... 

Flying iron-ore prices to boost Black Iron’s project economics

By: Mariaan Webb     8th February 2019 Canadian iron-ore developer Black Iron says high-grade iron-ore pellet product should sell at a premium for the next few years, resulting in attractive project economics for its planned Shymanivske project, in the Ukraine. A deadly dam burst in Brazil on January 25 has lit a fire under iron-ore... 

Know how to choose quality PPE and workwear

By: Khutso Maphatsoe     8th February 2019 Personal protective equipment supplier, Dromex has launched a specialised range for arc protection, which includes Arc Workwear and includes a 51 Cal rated Suit, Arc Visors, an Arc Hard Hat and Arc Gloves, Kimi Gas Escape Mask, Denim Conti Suits and a flat fold respirator tailored for women and... 

What needs to be done to make SA’s buildings fire safe

By: Natasha Odendaal     8th February 2019 In the wake of a deadly fire at the Bank of Lisbon building, in Johannesburg last year, along with a spate of fires at other buildings, questions have been raised about the safety and compliance of South Africa’s high-rise buildings. In September, a fire broke out on the 23rd floor of the... 

Medupi power station project, South Africa

By: Sheila Barradas     8th February 2019 Eskom has offered a sobering update on the difficulties it is having at its Medupi project. 

Pratliperl® aggregate for ‘green’ plaster screed and concrete

6th February 2019 An ultra-lightweight, thermally-insulating and fireproof aggregate for plaster screed and concrete, Pratliperl® from Pratley can assist the construction industry in meeting quality standards such as SANS 204. This is particularly important due to an increased focus on energy-efficiency in... 

Ford digs up litany of unexplored claims ahead of inquest into burnt Kuga

By: News24Wire      6th February 2019 Unexplained casino chips, a "bullet cartridge" and a suspicious maroon car are among a litany of unexplored claims which the Ford Motor Company dug up ahead of a High Court inquest into the death of Reshall Jimmy. Jimmy's burnt body was found in his Ford Kuga four years ago while he was on... 

Brainpower for Rent: Xylem Rental Solutions makes its debut

4th February 2019 Most extensive expertise, capabilities and portfolio in water technology industry In a move designed to bring the company’s global leadership in engineered water technologies to the growing rental market, Xylem is presenting a new approach and look to its dedicated rental solutions business.... 

DRDGold’s Q2 production down 5% q/q

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     1st February 2019 DRDGold’s production decreased by 5% quarter-on-quarter in the second quarter ended December 31, primarily as a result of an 8% drop in tonnage throughput. The lower throughput from Ergo Mining, a joint venture between DRDGold and Mintails, was mainly the result of power interruptions experienced... 

Whabouchi construction halted after cafeteria fire

By: Creamer Media Reporter      1st February 2019 Construction of the Whabouchi mining project, in the James Bay area of Quebec, was halted on Thursday, following a fire in the cafeteria of a nearby workcamp. The facility is owned and operated by an outside contractor and is located about 15 km away from Nemaska Lithium’s Whabouchi site. 

Teck says Q4 earnings ‘significantly’ short of consensus

By: Mariaan Webb     1st February 2019 Canada’s largest diversified miner has warned of an after-tax loss of C$86-million, or C$0.15 a share, for the fourth quarter, which is “significantly” below current consensus estimates. The loss warning follows the disappointing fourth-quarter financial results of Teck’s energy business unit and... 

Specialised Exhibitions Montgomery augments offering with acquisition of facilities management expo

By: Creamer Media Reporter      31st January 2019 Specialised Exhibitions Montgomery, the largest trade show organiser in southern Africa, has expanded its portfolio of world-class exhibitions with the acquisition of the Facilities Management (FM) Expo from TE Trade Events. The FM Expo, which showcases products and services associated with... 

Syrah hoping to double 2018 production

By: Esmarie Iannucci     30th January 2019 Graphite miner Syrah Resources is expecting to more than double production from its Balama project, in Mozambique, in 2019, as production continues to ramp up. The ASX-listed company was expecting to produce some 250 000 t of natural graphite during 2019, subject to market conditions, with first... 

Vedanta’s Zambia unit says new tax regime won't affect jobs

By: Bloomberg     30th January 2019 Vedanta's Zambian unit will press ahead with expansion plans even as the government of Africa’s second-biggest copper producer increased mining royalties, and has undertaken not to fire any workers. The assurance by Konkola Copper Mines, following a meeting between management and government... 

Renison safe after fire - Metals X

By: Esmarie Iannucci     29th January 2019 ASX-listed Metals X has restarted operations at its Renison Tin operations, in Tasmania, assuring shareholders that the project had not sustained any damage from recent bush fires. Metals X was forced to suspend operations at Renison on January 25 and 26, and to evacuate non-essential personnel,... 

SAA hopes to resume Blantyre flights by the weekend 

By: Rebecca Campbell     28th January 2019 National flag carrier South African Airways (SAA) hopes to reinstate flights between Johannesburg and Blantyre (Malawi) on this coming Saturday (February 2). The route has been suspended since January 18 due to Blantyre’s Chileka International Airport having being found to have serious safety... 

Death toll rises to 58 as hope dims after Brazil dam collapse

By: Reuters     28th January 2019 Brazilian rescuers searched into the night on Sunday for hundreds of people missing after a burst mining dam triggered a deadly mudslide, as the death toll rose to 58 and was expected to keep climbing more than two days after the disaster. Rescuers worked past sunset to search a bus thought to... 

Skyriders anticipates deluge of maintenance work from petchem sector

25th January 2019 A new benchmark for successful maintenance and repair work has been set by Skyriders Access Specialists (Pty) Ltd. when it replaced an entire deluge fire sprinkler system at a major petrochemical producer towards the end of last year. A deluge fire sprinkler system is similar to a pre-action... 

On-The-Air (25/01/2019) 

By: Martin Creamer     25th January 2019 South Africa’s platinum outlook received a blow this week when cobalt was selected ahead of it for a new technology. Richards Bay Coal Terminal has again proved how well business and government can combine for the good of the South African economy. The World Economic Forum has highlighted the... 

thyssenkrupp proudly introduces to Africa revolutionary X-ray technology that finds gold faster

25th January 2019 thyssenkrupp Industrial Solutions South Africa is proud to announce that they have been appointed as the official reseller of the ground-breaking PhotonAssay technology from Chrysos Corporation headquartered in South Australia. Novel X-ray technology is poised to revolutionise the field of gold... 

Project helps industry achieve energy and cost savings

By: Thabi Madiba     25th January 2019 With steam accounting for about 30% of industrial plant energy consumption, the National Cleaner Production Centre South Africa’s (NCPC-SA’s) Industrial Energy Efficiency (IEE) Project is assisting industry in assessing steam systems to achieve energy and cost savings. Steam is used widely across... 

Ghosn could walk away with millions from Renault after quitting

By: Bloomberg     24th January 2019 Carlos Ghosn, who has quit as chairman and chief executive officer of Renault SA, may walk away from the carmaker with millions – even as he sits in a Tokyo prison charged with financial crimes. Renault’s board and Ghosn signed a two-year non-compete agreement in 2015 that would kick in whenever... 

Schneider Electric releases EcoStruxure Power 2.0 with comprehensive ISO Certification, compliant with latest Cybersecurity Standards and protecting Critical Power Assets with Thermal Monitoring

By: Creamer Media Reporter      24th January 2019 Second generation EcoStruxure Power 2.0 system release delivers unique enhancements: ISO50001, ISO50002 and ISO50006 energy management certification and compliance to IEC 62443-4-2 cybersecurity standards. Latest digital applications for thermal monitoring, power event analysis and microgrids... 

Growth in fire engineering a hot topic for ASP Fire in 2019

22nd January 2019 22 January 2019: With insurers placing greater demands on businesses to comply with all relevant fire-safety standards and regulations, ASP Fire has employed two new fire engineers to enhance its service offering in this regard. Citing fire engineering as a key growth area, ASP Fire CEO Michael... 

SAA extends flight cancellations to Blantyre over airport safety failings

By: Rebecca Campbell     22nd January 2019 South African national flag carrier South African Airways (SAA) announced on Tuesday that it was extending its cancellation of flights between Johannesburg and Blantyre, Malawi. The extension means that the flights to and from Blantyre scheduled for Wednesday January 23 have now been cancelled.... 

GOP senate backs end to sanctions on firms tied to Putin ally

By: Bloomberg     17th January 2019 The Senate blocked a Democratic bid to force the Treasury Department to keep sanctions on three Russian companies linked to oligarch Oleg Deripaska, as most Republicans backed the Trump administration’s plan to lift the penalties. The 57-42 Senate vote Wednesday was three short of the 60 needed... 

Bethal water crisis: Rand Water curbs supplies over outstanding municipal debt

By: News24Wire      16th January 2019 Fed-up Bethal residents, who have had little or no water over the last 25 days, have launched a silent protest to draw attention to their plight. But it didn't quite go according to plan. "The original plan was to get as many residents as possible to gather at the Bethal Dam and then have one... 

Monster gold-mining deals pile pressure on those left behind

By: Bloomberg     15th January 2019 Mark Bristow’s tenure as boss of the world’s biggest gold miner might have been short-lived, but his message for smaller rivals just got even more pointed. “Holy camoly, I missed out on a great opportunity!” is how Bristow described anyone not involved in Barrick Gold’s purchase of Randgold... 

Blaze damages Rio Tinto's Cape Lambert iron-ore export facility

By: Reuters     10th January 2019 Rio Tinto closed part of its Cape Lambert iron-ore export terminal in Western Australia after a fire caused damage, the company said on Thursday. The blaze occurred early on Thursday and was extinguished with no injuries, the company said in an emailed statement. Cape Lambert is located about 1... 

Deep in a Panama rainforest, First Quantum bondholders spy prize

By: Bloomberg     9th January 2019 First Quantum Minerals is poised to fire up a giant copper project in Panama, thousands of miles from its beleaguered mines in Zambia. For bondholders, that’s a welcome distance. The Canadian copper company is ramping up production at the Cobre Panama plant this year, even as a mining tax hike... 

India court backs Vedanta restart order while State appeals

By: Bloomberg     8th January 2019 India’s top court has asked Tamil Nadu to comply with a green tribunal order allowing the restart of Vedanta’s copper smelter that has been shut since March, while also agreeing to hear the southern state’s appeal. The Supreme Court, in an interim ruling, has asked Tamil Nadu to comply with last... 

Elon Musk sees a future in China for Tesla, and it's muddy

By: Bloomberg     7th January 2019 Standing in a vast field of muddy wasteland that wouldn’t look out of place in an apocalyptic movie scene, Elon Musk exuded his usual mix of optimism and self-deprecating humor. Musk had trekked to these inhospitable outskirts of Shanghai on a rainy Monday to break ground on Tesla’s first... 

Blast kills 13 people in deadliest Czech mine tragedy since '90

By: Bloomberg     21st December 2018 A blast at a Czech coal shaft killed 13 people, making it the country’s deadliest mining disaster in almost three decades. The workers at the CSM mine in the east of the country, 12 of them from neighboring Poland, died after methane exploded about 880 m underground on Thursday night, said Ivo... 

Congo postpones Sunday's presidential vote by a week

By: Reuters     21st December 2018 Democratic Republic of Congo's election board has postponed a long-anticipated presidential vote scheduled for Sunday by one week until December 30 after a fire destroyed voting materials. Already delayed repeatedly since 2016, the poll is meant to choose a successor to President Joseph Kabila,... 

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... 

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