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Green awareness facilitates product uptake

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     15th June 2018 There has been an increase in the number of green projects in the country, which is an indication that South Africans are becoming more conscious of sustainability for the future, says sealant technology provider Den Braven Sealants national sales and marketing manager Michael Berg. He posits... 

Sustainable construction championed for building industry

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     15th June 2018 Sustainable construction should be pursued instead of green building, and using concrete can help achieve this, as it is quite a sustainable material, advances technical services provider for concrete The Concrete Institute (TCI) MD Bryan Perrie. TCI is well poised and equipped to promote this,... 

Rescue Rod

15th June 2018 Trenchless specialist Rescue Rod has been involved in providing pipeline services and waste management in various ways since 1990. The company has more than 25 years of experience in the industry and offers some of the most technologically advanced industrial sewer cleaning and pipeline... 

Brazil pension fund Funcef still considering sale of Vale stake

By: Reuters     12th June 2018 Brazilian pension fund Funcef is still considering whether to sell its stake in mining company Vale SA but sees no immediate urgency to do so, its director Paulo Werneck said on Tuesday, as funds try to avoid putting pressure on Vale shares. Speaking to journalists on the sidelines of a... 

The high value industrial safety offering

12th June 2018 Precision matters in everything we do, says Hans Strydom, technical services manager for special products and chemicals at Afrox. Here he talks about Afrox’s HiQ range of innovative solutions, tailor made to suit customers’ specific speciality gas and equipment requirements. HiQ: The high value... 

Botswana coal miner sees opportunity in regional shortages

By: Bloomberg     11th June 2018 Botswana’s sole operating coal mine will increase output almost threefold within seven years as it eyes export opportunities created by a shortage of the fuel that’s used to fire most of southern Africa’s power plants. Morupule Coal Mine in the east of the country will ramp up annual production... 

Companies use Securex, A-OSH to showcase products and services

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     8th June 2018 The Securex exhibition and its co-located A-OSH Expo successfully executed their twenty-fifth and eighth editions respectively, with several companies using the events as a launchpad for new products and services. Securex is Africa’s leading security and fire-protection trade exhibition, while... 

Malawi aviation safety and security equipment upgrade

By: Marcel Chimwala     8th June 2018 The Malawi government is inviting expressions of interest in upgrading and replacing aviation safety and security equipment at two of the country's major airports. for Kamuzu International Airport (KIA) in the capital Lilongwe and Chileka International Airport (CIA) in the commercial city Blantyre. 

Eskom to approach courts to have Nersa’s 5.23% tariff decision set aside 

By: Terence Creamer     7th June 2018 State-owned electricity utility Eskom will, in the coming days, approach the courts to have the National Energy Regulator of South Africa’s (Nersa’s) tariff determination for 2018/19 set aside, chairperson Jabu Mabuza confirmed on Thursday. The action would represent Eskom’s first-ever legal... 

Realism Key Component Of Building Projects, Says JBCC

4th June 2018 A lack of realism about important components of a building project is often the cause of major disputes and problems in the completion of a contract, says Uwe Putlitz, CEO of the Joint Building Contracts Committee (JBCC). JBCC is a non-profit company that represents building owners and... 

On-The-Air (01/06/2018) 

By: Martin Creamer     1st June 2018 Former Energy Director-General Nelisiwe Magubane this week called for clean coal technology to be introduced to stave off litigation; Vigorous new investment in junior mining is scheduled to begin in the third quarter of this year and The positive role platinum can play to clean the world’s air... 

Safety issues must be addressed – law firm

By: Jessica Oosthuizen     1st June 2018 Safety is a massive problem in the rail industry in South Africa and it must be dealt with, says global law firm Norton Rose Fulbright director and head of rail David Kapelus. Ageing infrastructure and unlawful activity contribute to the country’s rail safety problems, with significant problems... 

Treasury backs CEO of $160bn State pension fund

By: Reuters     31st May 2018 South Africa's National Treasury on Thursday rallied behind Dan Matjila, the CE of the government's R2-trillion ($160-billion) State pension fund, dismissing a media report that said it was considering his suspension. "Treasury has faith in Mr Dan Matjila's leadership," it said in response to... 

Cape Town based company launches fire detection system

29th May 2018 ZYTEQ Fire, a proudly South African company, has launched their range of Conventional Fire Detection products at Securex 2018 in Johannesburg.  Designed and manufactured in South Africa, the ZYTEQ conventional products are certified to the demanding European EN54 standard and includes smoke and... 

Copper supply shock hits India as top plant ordered to close

By: Bloomberg     29th May 2018 India faces a copper supply shock after a state government ordered billionaire Anil Agarwal’s Vedanta to shut down a plant permanently following deadly protests in a move that will slash nationwide output and stoke demand for imports. The company’s shares fell. The Tamil Nadu government directed... 

Kolok improves efficiencies with Citrix

28th May 2018 Kolok, a division of the Bidvest Group and one of South Africa’s largest IT distributors, has deployed Citrix NetScaler SD-WAN to improve its customer service, speed of response and business efficiencies.
 
With an operation as complex as Kolok’s, a reliable and secure network is paramount to... 

Midway Industrial Park raises the benchmark for warehouse projects

28th May 2018 Architecture and interior architecture company Paragon has raised the benchmark for warehouse buildings due to its involvement with the Midway Industrial Park in Samrand, which sets a new standard for the functional flexibility and aesthetics of industrial buildings. Well-known for its landmark... 

Indian state leader says will take all steps to shut down Vedanta's copper smelter

By: Reuters     28th May 2018 India's Tamil Nadu state deputy head said on Monday his government would take all steps to permanently shut a copper smelter run by London-listed Vedanta Resources after deadly protests demanding its closure on environmental grounds. Residents and environmental activists say emissions from the... 

Alert, Aware, Alive - Atlas Copco Industrial South Africa emphasizes safety in the workplace

25th May 2018 Atlas Copco Industrial South Africa and Reality Wellness Group joined forces to host workshops for all Atlas Copco and Rand Air employees at Atlas Copco House, in Jet Park, Boksburg, with the objective of promoting a safe and healthy work environment. World Safety and Health Awareness day was... 

New company focuses on sustainability

By: Paige Müller     25th May 2018 Wadeville-based perlite and vermiculite manufacturer and distributor, Sun Silicates, has established a sister company, CemteQ Building Solutions, which specialises in developing value-add products for the building and construction industries. CemteQ Building Solutions has been established to... 

New gland module system for improved safety/fire safety in industrial plants

24th May 2018 Available in gas and watertight and fire-resistant versions With the GLANDMOD system, Beele Engineering is providing a smart and effective alternative to gland plates. The modules can be directly attached to generators, motors and other (operating) equipment for incoming and outgoing cabling, as... 

Australian gold miners to benefit from new technology

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     24th May 2018 Australian gold miners are set to benefit from new technology being deployed by mining services company Ausdrill, in Western Australia. Ausdrill, through its subsidiary MinAnalytical, has installed a Chrysos photon assay machine at its facility, which will reduce the time to analyse a drilling... 

Securex South Africa and A-OSH EXPO 2018 show record numbers on opening day

24th May 2018 Opening day numbers were up by more than one thousand visitors in total yesterday as Africa’s leading security and fire focused trade show, Securex South Africa, and the continent’s leading occupational safety and health exhibition, A-OSH EXPO, opened their doors to a keen waiting audience. The... 

Johnson Controls Launches New Sapphire Plus 70 Bar System For Improved Fire Safety

21st May 2018 Johnson Controls introduced an innovative 70 bar gaseous fire suppression system, enabling higher fill densities at an increased pressure – reducing footprint, installation costs and service time. Part of the proven HYGOOD SAPPHIRE® range, SAPPHIRE PLUS is designed to optimise fire safety... 

Building design must incorporate effective disaster management

18th May 2018 All building designs must incorporate effective disaster-management systems to allow for safe escape and the control of fire and smoke. A minor design flaw could potentially place people, equipment, and property at risk of death and destruction, ASP Fire CEO Michael van Niekerk warns. All... 

Jared Higgins

18th May 2018 This week we feature Jared Higgins, CEO of Secure Drive, a company that provides security transport services, protection services and risk consulting   

Rising resource nationalism seen as 'fire burning' for miners

By: Bloomberg     17th May 2018 A rising tide of resource nationalism is causing miners to rethink where they invest and creating volatility for a sector already buffeted by brewing trade wars. “A significant industry issue is resource nationalism,” Rio Tinto Group CEO Jean-Sebastien Jacques told investors at a conference in... 

Fogmaker fire suppression system takes the heat in the forestry industry

16th May 2018 South Africa‘s plantation area covers more than 1.5 million hectares, stretching over five provinces - Limpopo, Mpumalanga, KwaZulu-Natal, the Eastern and Western Cape. “With the forestry industry in the summer rainfall areas nearing the fire season, forestry machinery not fitted with a fire... 

A-OSH EXPO 2018 exhibitors gearing up for show

11th May 2018 As the continent’s leading occupational health and safety (OHS) show draws closer, it’s all systems go for this year’s exhibitors as they work on the finishing touches for their stands and marketing plans. Whatever your interest in the OHS arena, there is something for everyone at A-OSH EXPO... 

No casualties in fire at Russia's Raspadskaya coal mine, Evraz says

By: Reuters     11th May 2018 No miners were hurt in a fire that broke out on Thursday at Russia's Raspadskaya coal mine, steelmaker Evraz said. Evraz, which controls Raspadskaya, said all miners had been evacuated and that the blaze is thought to have started in the mine's technical equipment. 

No deal without trade-offs

By: Terence Creamer     11th May 2018 Over the past couple of months megaphone, or more accurately, Twitter, diplomacy seems to have borne a degree of fruit. Images of South Korean President Moon Jae-in and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un shaking hands over the concrete line dividing the two countries in the heavily-fortified... 

5th SAAMA conference is 'smarter' and now, eSmarter

8th May 2018 According to Alan Tait, ‘learning within Asset Management, as within any other discipline, is constantly under pressure to adopt new technologies and techniques to ensure an increase in learner impact and engagement’. For this reason, organisers of the fifth Southern African Asset Management... 

Fifth SAAMA Conference Is “Smarter” And Now, Esmarter

8th May 2018 According to Alan Tait, ‘learning within Asset Management, as within any other discipline, is constantly under pressure to adopt new technologies and techniques to ensure an increase in learner impact and engagement’. For this reason, organisers of the fifth Southern African Asset Management... 

Ford’s new CEO tackles brand revitalisation in wake of Kuga recall

By: Irma Venter     4th May 2018 Ford Motor Company of South Africa (FMCSA) will lure South Africans back to the blue oval not with special deals or big promises, but by the steadfast improvement of every customer interface. When former CEO Jeff Nemeth departed FMCSA in 2017, he did so at the end of a seven-year tenure, and in... 

Ford’s new CEO tackles brand revitalisation in wake of Kuga recall

By: Irma Venter     4th May 2018 Ford Motor Company of South Africa (FMCSA) will lure South Africans back to the blue oval not with special deals or big promises, but by the steadfast improvement of every customer interface. When former CEO Jeff Nemeth departed FMCSA in 2017, he did so at the end of a seven-year tenure, and in... 

On-The-Air (27/04/2018) 

By: Martin Creamer     27th April 2018 The imminent opening in Johannesburg of the exciting new Mandela Mining Precinct is a major boost for badly needed research and development. This month’s rapid-fire announcements of the widespread new use of fuel cells globally is great news for South Africa’s struggling platinum mining... 

Local company invests in significant rental fleet expansion

By: Victor Moolman     27th April 2018 Compressor and generator rental company Rand-Air has introduced 52 new generators, ranging between 60 kVa and 500 kVa, to its rental fleet. The generators arrived earlier this year from the original-equipment manufacturer and supplier Atlas Copco; and have subsequently been fitted with trailers... 

Securex South Africa exhibitors reveal plans for 2018 show

25th April 2018 As the opening day of the 25th anniversary of Securex South Africa 2018 fast approaches, this year’s exhibitors are preparing to unveil a host of new products and services to the thousands of visitors expected to attend Africa’s biggest security and fire focused trade exhibition. New Teltron... 

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