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Rational fire design solutions championed

21st September 2018 It is imperative for buildings to be designed to allow for safe escape and the control of fire and smoke, as a minor design flaw could potentially put people, equipment and property at risk. For example, inhaling five breaths in a smoke filled room can lead to death. 

Saldanha port’s iron-ore facility to shut for maintenance from Sept 26

By: Marleny Arnoldi     17th September 2018 Transnet Port Terminal’s (TPT’s) Saldanha iron-ore plant will shut down from September 26, as part of its yearly maintenance plan across mechanical, electrical and structural works. TPT Cape Channel GM Velile Dube states that maintenance is a critical necessity at this stage, since the facility... 

Adventures on the interconnected electricity system

By: Terry Mackenzie-hoy     14th September 2018 In my last column on the Eskom intergrated power system, I explained that I worked for electricity utility as the senior engineer for operations in the Eastern Cape for just under two years. The backbone of the national grid was the 400 kV powerline system and the 220 kV powerline system, which... 

Vitaglass - ‘reinforcing’ the trend toward maintenance-free, glass fibre reinforced gratings

13th September 2018 For nearly 80 years, Vital Engineering has been providing clients across various industry sectors – from food and beverage, marine exploration, minerals sands processing, architectural, construction, petrochemical, mining, and power generation – with a range of products. This comprises non-slip... 

Implats reports after-tax loss on impairments

By: Martin Creamer     13th September 2018 Platinum mining company Impala Platinum (Implats) on Thursday reported improved gross profit of R1.6-billion but an after-tax loss on impairments. Impairments of R13.6-billion, mainly due to the restructuring of Impala Rustenburg, resulted in an after-tax loss of R10.8-billion. 

Delivering healthcare that is right for Africa, WSP

12th September 2018 Eliminating barriers and ultimately increasing access to quality health services, for all, is a key pillar that requires significant focus if the aspirations laid out in the Agenda 2063 are to be achieved. It is also crucial if a prosperous future of inclusive and sustainable growth, where all... 

Spate of high-profile building fires highlights role of rational design

10th September 2018 A recent spate of high-profile fires has highlighted the need for rational design of performance-based fire-safety systems, according to ASP Fire CEO Michael van Niekerk. On 4 September, a devastating fire ripped through the Hilton Court apartments in Eastleigh, while on the same day the... 

Saice parts ways with CEO following controversial opinion piece

By: Marleny Arnoldi     7th September 2018 The South African Institution of Civil Engineering (Saice) has decided to part ways with its CEO, after Manglin Pillay penned a controversial opinion piece on women in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (Stem) careers. Following outraged reactions to the article, titled ‘Out on a... 

There are deliberate attempts to sabotage government buildings – Nxesi

By: African News Agency      7th September 2018 There are deliberate acts to sabotage government buildings through arson, Public Works Minister, Thulas Nxesi, said on Friday. Nxesi was speaking at a media briefing in Pretoria, accompanied by Health Minister, Aaron Motsoaledi. 

Maxiflex delivers sweet door solutions to leading Eastern Cape citrus fruit company

7th September 2018 Maxiflex’s reputation as a purveyor of world-class quality door solutions and services was instrumental in securing an order for an overhead panel sectional door from a leading citrus fruit handling company situated in the Eastern Cape. The customer required a specialised door solution for their... 

Pollution regulator issues notices to Coal India for environmental non-compliance

By: Reuters     7th September 2018 The pollution regulator for the central Indian state of Odisha issued notices to Coal India mines with a combined annual capacity of 20-million tonnes for non-compliance on environmental norms, according to a document seen by Reuters. The notices, issued in July and August to 2 mines, alleged... 

LTP-B Eco HVAC drive helps save energy and cut costs in a range of sectors

6th September 2018 With a large footprint and customer base in food-and-beverage, automotive, and mining, drive and automation specialist SEW-EURODRIVE South Africa is now targeting niche sectors such as Heating, Ventilation and Air-Conditioning (HVAC) in order to ensure sustained growth. In this regard, its LTP-B... 

DNA testing required to identify casualties in Denel explosion – City official

By: News24Wire      5th September 2018 A community meeting where Rheinmetall Denel Munition officials were expected to answer questions from Macassar residents about what happened at their depot on Monday fell flat when those expected to attend cancelled at the last minute due to "fears for their safety". Residents on Tuesday night... 

Maiden's Cove development under fire

By: News24Wire      5th September 2018 A R1.5-billion plan by the City of Cape Town to develop Maiden's Cove – a scenic headland and beach between Clifton Fourth Beach and Glen Beach in Camps Bay – is facing a court challenge from City residents, GroundUp reports. The development of the cove area, devised in 2015, includes plans for... 

Tiny beetle is killing SA's trees – and nothing can stop it

By: News24Wire      5th September 2018 A beetle smaller than a sesame seed is killing huge trees throughout South Africa, and little can be done to stop it. The polyphagous shot hole borer, a native of southeast Asia no bigger than 2mm, has found its way to South Africa and is infesting trees at an alarming rate. According to... 

Unions call for full investigation into explosion at Rheinmetall Denel Munition plant

By: Rebecca Campbell     4th September 2018 Rheinmetall Denel Munition (RDM) has confirmed that the fatal explosion which rocked its Somerset West plant, in the Western Cape, on Monday took place in the propellant operations building. “During operations an explosion occurred and destroyed the entire building and the immediate surrounding... 

Eight killed in blast at South African munitions depot

By: Reuters     3rd September 2018 At least eight people were killed in an explosion at a South African munitions depot in Somerset West, near Cape Town, but the cause of the incident was still unknown, a fire and rescue official said on Monday. The blast occurred at Rheinmetall Denel Munition (RDM) depot, a joint venture between... 

Stellenbosch University receives R2.9m grant to develop fire engineering postgraduate degrees

By: Marleny Arnoldi     3rd September 2018 Stellenbosch University’s Fire Engineering Research Unit (FireSUN) has received a grant of R2.9-million from Lloyd’s Register Foundation, to develop Africa’s first-ever postgraduate programme in fire engineering. This will help provide the expertise needed to keep the African continent safe in... 

NHBRC concludes disciplinary process, three executives implicated

By: Marleny Arnoldi     3rd September 2018 The National Home Builders Registration Council (NHBRC) has concluded a disciplinary process for three out of four executives that were suspected of unethical behaviour. The most serious sanction was a dismissal verdict against the corporate services executive.  

Vedanta Resources chairman to take miner private on Oct 1

By: Reuters     3rd September 2018 Vedanta Resources chairperson Anil Agarwal will take the London-listed miner private on October 1, after the holders of 26% of shares agreed to sell to his family trust Volcan Investments. Volcan now holds or has received acceptances for 92.31% of Vedanta's shares, it said. 

Preventing building fire incidents with fischer FireStop from Upat

31st August 2018 The fischer FireStop range aids in the compartmentalisation of fire, smoke, and toxic gases, ensuring the safety of building occupants and protecting properties in the event of any fire incidents. The fischer FireStop range, comprising of passive fire-prevention systems, is available exclusively... 

S Africa’s changing energy landscape

31st August 2018 Natural gas is one of the cleanest, safest, and most useful forms of energy, providing the world with over 20% of its energy requirements across power generation, industry and transport applications. In South Africa, at just 3%, the meaningful addition of natural gas to the country’s energy mix... 

Fighting fire with gas

31st August 2018 With gas suppression systems being automatic fire extinguishing systems that use inert gases or chemical agents to control and extinguish a fire, without human intervention, fire protection company Centa Group ensures that specialised fire protection and prevention solutions are engineered to... 

High-value industrial safety offering

31st August 2018 Industrial gases company Afrox now offers six nine (N6) of HiQ, which is the global brand for a specific range of made-for-purpose gases, gas mixtures and associated products that comply with high purity and quality standards. 

Detour Gold refreshes board with three new appointments

By: Mariaan Webb     30th August 2018 TSX-listed Detour Gold has appointed three new directors in a move to augment its board’s experience and expertise in large-scale openpit mining ahead of a December 11 shareholders meeting to vote on a replacement of the company’s board. The new board members include Alan Edwards, a former... 

Johannesburg Water races to deliver emergency measures after fire at Eikenhoff pump station

By: News24Wire      28th August 2018 Johannesburg Water has placed water tankers at strategic locations across the city to assist residents after a power outage caused by a fire at the Eikenhoff pump station resulted in large parts of Johannesburg being without water. The fire, which happened on Monday night, affected the pump... 

Landscaping, building design grow together at Pran Boulevard in KZN

27th August 2018 Developing one of the last open sites on Umhlanga Rocks Drive in the Ridgeside precinct in Umhlanga, KwaZulu Natal afforded architecture and interior architecture company Paragon the unique opportunity to shape the landscaping as part of the overall design. Known as Pran Boulevard, the... 

Cummins ISG is a revolutionary new heavy-duty engine platform

27th August 2018 Cummins ISG is a revolutionary global heavy-duty engine platform developed using a combination of patented technologies and advanced production techniques. It has been developed specifically for heavy-duty commercial applications such as construction tippers, tractors, and forklifts. Cummins... 

Dafo Vehicle Fire Protection participating in new research project on electric and hybrid vehicle fire risks

24th August 2018 A growing number of electric and hybrid vehicles are driving on our roads. Knowledge on the risks associated with these vehicles with new energy carriers is limited. A vehicle fire is often extremely intense and can have significant safety and environmental consequences. The risk of vehicle... 

Challenges facing the private security industry - is there light at the end of the tunnel?

24th August 2018 The South African private security sector is facing more challenges than ever before. This was according to Tony Botes, national administrator, Security Association of South Africa (SASA), during his address at the Securex 2018 event, Africa’s leading security and fire trade exhibition, which... 

New impeller improves pump suction

24th August 2018 In its ongoing quest to push the boundaries of performance, pump manufacturer, KSB Group, has developed a special impeller to further improve the suction characteristics of its Movitec multistage high-pressure pumps. The new impeller is particularly useful in applications with critical inlet... 

X-ray technology enabling real-time analysis of gold ore samples Down Under

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     24th August 2018 Australian gold explorers have been given the world-first option to access x-ray technology to detect and analyse unseen gold, cutting turnaround times significantly. The photon assay technology was developed by the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) over a... 

Local company launches new fire-detection range

By: Melissa Zisengwe     24th August 2018 Fire-detection manufacturer Zyteq Fire launched a locally designed and manufactured range of conventional fire-detection products at security and fire trade exhibition Securex in Johannesburg in May. “The fire detectors are designed to provide early detection and notification of fires. They are... 

Local company offers transformer fire-protection solutions

By: Melissa Zisengwe     24th August 2018 Industrial fires cause damage of about R430-million a year. Transformer fires are disruptive, dangerous and may cause loss of life. Depending on the severity of the fire the likelihood of explosions is very high, says safety solutions provider Sperosens. Common causes of transformer fires include... 

Company gets new foam-dosing trailer system

By: Melissa Zisengwe     24th August 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 an integrated chemicals and energy company, states DoseTech MD Mike Feldon. 

Trump proposes unwinding Obama's coal-plant pollution curbs

By: Bloomberg     21st August 2018 President Donald Trump’s administration on Tuesday unveiled its plan to dramatically weaken carbon dioxide limits on coal-fired power plants by shifting most of the regulatory burden to states in a further assault on the Obama climate legacy. The Environmental Protection Agency’s "Affordable... 

SA looking to Equatorial Guinea, South Sudan and Algeria for oil

By: African News Agency      21st August 2018 South Africa is looking to Algeria, Equatorial-Guinea and South Sudan for crude oil sources closer to home as the country experiences its highest fuel prices in history, Energy Minister Jeff Radebe said on Tuesday. "We are looking very aggressively to other countries, Equatorial Guinea, Algeria,... 

Semafo reports two more deaths in restive Burkina Faso

By: Schalk Burger     17th August 2018 TSX-listed West Africa-focused gold exploration and production company Semafo on Friday reported that a bus transporting employees from the town of Bobo-Dioulasso to the Mana mine, in Burkina Faso, had been shot at by armed bandits on Friday morning. One Semafo national employee and one... 

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