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First mover Noront shifts RoF focus to Cu/Zn exploration

By: Henry Lazenby     8th December 2017 With the first commitments in place to build roads into Northern Ontario’s emerging Ring of Fire (RoF) mining camp, regional first mover Noront Resources is taking the opportunity to continue to build out its inventory of polymetallic resources by prioritising copper/zinc targets for exploration... 

Brown to reveal new Eskom board late on Friday

By: News24Wire      8th December 2017 Public Enterprises Minister Lynne Brown will reveal Eskom's new board on Friday. Brown's spokesperson Colin Cruywagen said that the long-awaited announcement would be made by end of business on Friday. 

Doubt whether desalination plants will be delivered by March

By: Marleny Arnoldi     8th December 2017 Valves supplier APVF will supply pipeline products for six desalination plants earmarked for construction in the Western Cape, which are expected to deliver 28 M of water to the province daily.  

Energy efficient transformers reduce financial and environmental costs

     8th December 2017 Electrical solutions supplier Legrand last month introduced its upgraded range of cast resin transformers, which offer advanced environment-friendly features that enable the products to meet the requirements of the new European standard for distribution transformers (EN50541-1) and ensure the... 

CSIR national nanomaterials centre celebrates decade of achievement

By: Keith Campbell     8th December 2017 The National Centre for Nanostructured Materials (NCNSM) of the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) recently celebrated its tenth anniversary, having being launched in 2007. It was set up to help implement the National Nanotechnology Strategy. Nanotechnology is concerned with... 

Functional Affordable And Reliable Comms For Underground

     6th December 2017 Experts in communication systems for underground coal and hard rock mines, Ya Batho’s locally developed and manufactured communication products offer both a high level of functionality and an affordable cost of ownership. Active in the market since 2010, Ya Batho grew quickly from its focus on... 

What should we ban?

By: Terry Mackenzie-hoy     1st December 2017 Edgar Allen Poe wrote that he took drugs, since "it has been the desperate attempt to escape from torturing memories, from a sense of insupportable loneliness and a dread of some strange impending doom”. Chuck Palahniuk wrote :“I admire addicts. In a world where everybody is waiting for some... 

Premium German anchoring systems available locally

     30th November 2017 Some of the most technically-advanced anchoring system solutions in the world are being made available to the local construction and allied industries by leading distributor Upat in Johannesburg. Established in 1983, one of the sole distributorships that Upat prides itself on is, fischer from... 

MPs call for Parliamentary probe into Transnet–Gupta links

By: African News Agency      28th November 2017 Members of Parliament (MPs) from across the political divide on Tuesday called for a probe into allegations of State capture at South African State-owned freight and logistics company, Transnet. Transnet group chief executive Siyabonga Gama and his team appeared before Parliament’s standing... 

Noront hits encouraging VMS mineralisation at McFaulds No 8; requests proposals for plant

By: Henry Lazenby     27th November 2017 Ring of Fire (RoF) development champion Noront Resources has intersected encouraging results at the McFaulds No 8 volcanogenic massive sulphide (VMS) deposit, hosted on the property where the first discoveries in the RoF were made and which spurred the initial staking rush in 2002 to 2003. The... 

CSIR national nanomaterials centre celebrates decade of achievement

By: Keith Campbell     27th November 2017 The National Centre for Nanostructured Materials (NCNSM) of the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) celebrated its tenth anniversary on Monday, having been launched in 2007. It was set up to help implement the National Nanotechnology Strategy. Nanotechnology is concerned with... 

Russia takes Tokyo to task over defence alliance with Washington

By: Reuters     24th November 2017 Russia is concerned that Japan is allowing Washington to use its territory as a base for a US military build-up in north Asia under the pretext of countering North Korea, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on Friday. “We are expressing deep concern, with facts to back it up, that Japan... 

‘Mining’ the most out of OTR tyres with NitraLife’s nitrogen filling: improved safety, better inflation and less ‘hot air’

     24th November 2017 Today, in the mining industry, safety standards are more stringent than ever. Should a mine experience an incident, which results in an injury or even a fatality, the subsequent legal consequences and financial penalties can be severe. A potential risk in open-pit mines concerns the ultra-large... 

Justice confused

By: Terry Mackenzie-hoy     24th November 2017 In the State vs Oscar Pistorius case, we all know what may have happened. The trial can also aspire to a record – the worst forensic evidence in South African legal history, ever. This does not relate to bloodstains and fingerprints, but simple scientific evidence that could have been tested on a... 

South32 intent on resolving Appin, Cannington challenges

By: Mia Breytenbach     23rd November 2017 Having acknowledged challenges at its Australia operations, particularly at the Appin metallurgical coal mine in Illawarra, New South Wales, diversified miner South32’s focus remains on resolving operational challenges and improving operational efficiency. “We had an unacceptable year as we... 

Four zama zamas dead, 15 others arrested after shootout with police

By: News24Wire      23rd November 2017 Four illegal miners have been shot and killed during a shootout with police on an open field in Boksburg, Ekurhuleni, early on Thursday morning. Police said fifteen illegal miners, also known as zama zamas, were arrested. 

BBF Safety Group Recognises the Bright Stars

     23rd November 2017 On 9 November 2017, BBF Safety Group hosted customers in Johannesburg for its annual year-end celebration. On the evening, themed “The Future is Bright”, the BBF Safety Group leadership team set the agenda for a 2018 characterised by growth, diversification and a bullish outlook on the workplace... 

Fire hits Freeport Indonesia port facility in Papua

By: Reuters     17th November 2017 A fire broke out at the main port used by copper miner Freeport-McMoRan Inc in Papua, Indonesia, on Thursday night, the company said. The fire occurred at the Amamapare port in a plant where copper concentrate from the giant Grasberg copper mine is processed before loading onto vessels for... 

Shumani Industrial Equipment

     17th November 2017 A South African black-owned and -managed company operating in the industrial and construction market sectors, Shumani Industrial Equipment is responsible for the supply of Goscor Group of Companies’ entire range of industrial and construction equipment to the local mining, construction,... 

Chubb to sell all its shares in South African business to empowerment consortium

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     16th November 2017 US-owned security company Chubb will sell 100% of its South African business to a black economic empowerment consortium led by Kilimanjaro Capital. The entity will then be rebranded. The move follows the passing of the Private Security Industry Regulation Amendment Bill, which proposes that... 

Eskom’s ‘business-as-usual’ tariff application comes under fire 

By: Terence Creamer     16th November 2017 The “business as usual” stance adopted by Eskom in its application for a 19.9% increase in tariffs for 2018/19 came under sustained attack during the Gauteng leg of the National Energy Regulator of South Africa’s (Nersa’s) public hearings on Thursday. Eskom interim CEO Sean Maritz kicked off the... 

Lanseria International Airport launches new control tower complex 

     16th November 2017 A new control tower and fire station complex was recently opened at Lanseria International Airport.  

DRC State mining company under fire 

     16th November 2017 Certain revenues of the Democratic Republic of Congo State mining company have not been directed to the public treasury and are largely beyond the realm of public oversight, claims a report by the Carter Centre. Mining Weekly editor Martin Creamer joins senior deputy editor Tracy Hancock in... 

Companies from Amplats to StanChart on alert amid Zimbabwe coup

By: Bloomberg     15th November 2017 Companies are being vigilant over their operations in Zimbabwe after military vehicles descended on the capital of Harare and the army seized power, threatening President Robert Mugabe’s 37-year rule. Nedbank Group sent some South African employees home from Zimbabwe, the Johannesburg-based... 

Latest CHARNAUD firefighting bunker, rescue suits are a world-first

     15th November 2017 Top-end, super hi-tech protective clothing manufacturer CHARNAUD of Ladysmith in KwaZulu-Natal has emerged as a global leader in heat-stress mitigation in the firefighting industry with its latest AIR-LITE firefighting gear. These garments are made from a revolutionary ensemble system that is a... 

Foam-based fire suppression for fuel storage facilities

     13th November 2017 Fighting fire with foam concentrates Fuel storage fire protection is critical and even more so when it is done underground. Detection systems for early response to a fire outbreak are essential. In this article, fires safety specialist, Mike Feldon, discusses the use of firefighting foam as a... 

Petrochemicals product supplier launches ball valve

     10th November 2017 Last month, multinational oil and gas product supplier Schlumberger announced the release of the GROVE IST integrated seat technology ball valve. The company, which has an Angolan office that services the Democratic Republic of Congo, Gabon, Kenya, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa, Tanzania, and... 

Lanseria to be site of new airport city development

By: Keith Campbell     10th November 2017 Gauteng Provincial Premier David Makhura has highlighted the importance of Lanseria International Airport (LIA), and planned projects around it, for the development of the north west quarter of the province. He was delivering the keynote address at the recent official opening of the new Control... 

Why has no-one been punished yet for State capture, asks Gordhan

By: News24Wire      9th November 2017 One of the questions to be asked about the exposure of State capture in South Africa – on the political as well as business front - is why no one has been punished yet, former finance minister Pravin Gordhan said on Thursday. “Lots of names have been exposed and I think Jacques Pauw’s book [The... 

South Africa only in phase one of political instability

By: Natasha Odendaal     7th November 2017 South Africa has only entered the first phase of the political uncertainty that is expected to persist until at least the 2019 national elections, says University of Witwatersrand School of Governance political analyst Professor Susan Booysen. The country, already settled into a period of “high... 

MSA acquires US firefighter protective clothing, boot manufacturer

     3rd November 2017 MSA has acquired Globe, a US manufacturer of firefighter protective clothing and boots. The acquisition of Globe strengthens MSA’s position as a clear market leader in North America for fire-service Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) products. Combined with Self-Contained Breathing Apparatus... 

Fire & Security Techniques launches new Fire Orbs in South Africa

     1st November 2017 A simple-to-use, cost-effective new fire-extinguishing device is being introduced to the local market by Fire & Security Techniques of Centurion. The FST Fire Orb is a unique self-activating, portable fire-extinguishing device that activates automatically when in contact with open flames. The FST... 

Trafo Supplies Dry-Type Transformers For Zuikerbosch Water Treatment Works

     31st October 2017 The advantages that a dry-type or cast resin transformer offers played a role in Trafo Power Solutions securing an order for thirteen custom designed units. These dry-type transformers are destined for installation at the large scale Rand Water Zuikerbosch Water Treatment Works. David Claassen,... 

No contradiction in nuclear deal statements – Gigaba

By: African News Agency      31st October 2017 There were no contradictions in statements made by Treasury and energy minister David Mahlobo regarding the country’s contentious nuclear procurement deal, according to finance minister Malusi Gigaba, speaking at a business breakfast in Umhlanga on Tuesday morning, just a week after tabling his... 

Lanseria to be site of new airport city development

By: Keith Campbell     31st October 2017 Gauteng Premier David Makhura has highlighted the importance of Lanseria International Airport, and planned projects around it, for the development of the north-west quarter of the province. He was delivering the keynote address at the official opening of the new Control Tower and Fire Station... 

Superior Finishing Products The Difference Between Satisfactory And Outstanding

     30th October 2017 Andrew Mentis maintains that although supplementary building products are not necessarily essential to building work, they are essential to good quality building work. “The sad fact is that, unless specified in the original job specifications and costing by the architect, there is little chance... 

NMDC requests protecton from ultra-left extremists in Chhattisgarh

By: Ajoy K Das     27th October 2017 Indian iron-ore miner NMDC has stated that ultra-leftwing extremism and violence pose the greatest risk to its assets in central Indian province of Chhattisgarh. In a company statement, NMDC points to disturbances created by extremists in the Bailadila region, where it operates iron-ore mines. 

The unremarked threat

By: Keith Campbell     27th October 2017 Well, one must admit it was rather apposite timing. Only 12 or so hours after the closing of the country’s first Homeland Security Africa Conference (in Pretoria), gunmen in a car driving through the upper level passenger drop-off zone at Cape Town International Airport opened fire at a man who... 

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