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Schneider Electric Premset installation upgrades Limpopo substation

24th July 2018 Stable electricity supply comes to Limpopo province Breakers operate under flood conditions Plug and play systems assist ease of replacement Schneider Electric has installed the first of its new-generation Schneider Premset SSIS (Shielded, Solid Insulation System) modular switchgears at the... 

Earthform The Perfect Solution

23rd July 2018 When a couple in Thohoyandou, Limpopo, decided to build their dream retirement home they were faced with an unexpected challenge, soil erosion due to the high lying area of their land. A Google search highlighted Technicrete’s Earthform retaining wall blocks as a solution. Meeting with... 

Sappi to invest R7.7bn on Saiccor mill expansion, improvement initiatives

By: Marleny Arnoldi     23rd July 2018 Paper and packaging producer Sappi will invest R2.7-billion in 2018 and 2019 on expanding the capacity of its Saiccor Mill, in Umkomaas, south of Durban, to produce 890 000 t/y of dissolving wood pulp (DWP). The mill currently produces 780 000 t/y of DWP.  

Weatherly progresses with Tschudi dewatering plan

By: Marleny Arnoldi     23rd July 2018 Aim-listed copper miner Weatherly International expects production levels at its Tschudi copper mine, in Namibia, to normalise by December, following a massive water ingress on May 11. Weatherly has since progressed with a recovery plan that entails dewatering the mine.  

Mining at Alrosa’s Zarya to start next year

By: Marleny Arnoldi     20th July 2018 Russian diamond mining group Alrosa’s Zarya diamond deposit in Sakha (Yakutia) is in its final stages before diamond mining will start next year. Since 2016, ten-million-cubic-metres of overburden were removed from the openpit mine, reaching a depth of 100 m. Drainage ditch construction,... 

High-strength fischer chemical fixings prop up the mining industry

20th July 2018 German-engineered fischer chemical fixings are popular in the African mining sector due to their high-performance, added safety benefits and quick installation, which avoids costly downtime. The complete fischer product range is available exclusively from leading distributor Upat. The chemical... 

SA’s ambitious Youth Employment Service starts taking shape  

By: Marleny Arnoldi     20th July 2018 The Youth Employment Service (YES) aims to create one-million jobs within three years to help alleviate the situation of six-million unemployed youths in South Africa, 60% of whom reside in townships and rural areas. YES was established by the CEO Initiative, which is a partnership created... 

Lighting system success to spur further projects

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     20th July 2018 On the back of its successfully executed project in the design, supply and installation of a new lighting system at consumer goods company Unilever’s distribution centre in Pietermaritzburg, KwaZulu-Natal, energy efficient electrical solutions provider Magnet will pursue large-scale energy... 

Provincial presence benefits company

20th July 2018 Geosynthetic products manufacturer and supplier Fibertex SA’s local operation plant in Hammarsdale, KwaZulu-Natal, is well positioned to meet growing demand for geosynthetic products, not only in Africa, but also from countries in Europe, Australasia and Asia, and is the largest plant in Africa... 

SA’s ambitious Youth Employment Service starts taking shape 

By: Marleny Arnoldi     20th July 2018 The Youth Employment Service (YES) aims to create one-million jobs within three years to help alleviate the situation of six-million unemployed youths in South Africa, 60% of whom reside in townships and rural areas. YES was established by the CEO Initiative, which is a partnership created... 

MeerKAT telescope project, South Africa

By: Sheila Barradas     20th July 2018 The MeerKAT radio telescope was inaugurated on July 13. 

Nigeria oil refinery

By: Sheila Barradas     20th July 2018 Nigerian business magnate, Aliko Dangote, has signed a $650-million loan facility for his oil refinery project. 

WBHO grows its UK presence

By: Creamer Media Reporter      19th July 2018 Wilson Bayly Holmes-Ovcon (WBHO) subsidiary WBHO UK has acquired a 60% stake in UK construction business Russells for £32.8-million, as well as a 31.7% stake in Russell Homes for £3.25-million. Russells provides design, installation and project management capabilities in the UK construction... 

WorleyParsons Awarded R100-million in Projects on the back of renewed focus on platinum

By: Creamer Media Reporter      17th July 2018 As the Global Centre of Excellence for Mining and Minerals, WorleyParsons’ South African operations has recently experienced a surge in the southern African platinum market, with a number of significant platinum projects to the combined value of almost R100-million currently underway in... 

First Majestic production hits record, 2018 production guidance hiked

By: Simone Liedtke     17th July 2018 Total production from dual-listed First Majestic’s seven operating silver mines reached a new company record of 5.1-million ounces of silver equivalent in the second quarter, comprising 2.8-million ounces of silver, 25 449 oz of gold, 3.9-million pounds of lead and 1.4-million pounds of zinc. The... 

McEwen’s operations on track to meet full-year guidance

By: Marleny Arnoldi     16th July 2018 Dual-listed precious metals producer McEwen Mining produced 36 959 oz of gold and 772 432 oz of silver, or 47 258 gold-equivalent ounces (GEOs), for the second quarter of this year.  

A.B.E. Products For Floor Revamp At Waterfront Restaurant

13th July 2018 a.b.e. Construction Chemicals supplied three key products for the refurbishment of the floors of the popular Panama Jacks restaurant at Cape Town’s V&A Waterfront. For the new flooring, a.b.e. – part of the Chryso Southern Africa Group – supplied: 

Copper Mountain production up

By: Creamer Media Reporter      13th July 2018 The Copper Mountain mine, in British Columbia, has delivered a solid performance in the second quarter, with production increasing by 13% year-on-year, the operation’s eponymous owner reported on Thursday. The mine produced 23.1-million pounds of copper equivalent, including 20-million pounds of... 

Company calls for distribution partners to increase footprint

By: Paige Müller     13th July 2018 Industrial equipment supplier Banding and Identification Solutions Africa (Bisa) is calling for distribution partnerships to help the company expand its footprint in Africa. The company – the only certified African distributor of the US and UK manufactured Band-It products – has noted a... 

Customisable prefabricated cable range offered

13th July 2018 Global industrial connectivity product manufacturer Weidmüller states that it produces prefabricated and tested cables that are able to be customised to suit difficult plant conditions. The company states that “plug-in connectors save time and simplify installation in difficult plant conditions,... 

Skills deficit a leading cause of cable installation failure

13th July 2018 There has been a marked increase in the amount of failures of medium voltage (MV) cable joints and terminations in South Africa, says manufacturer and supplier of cable accessories Tank Industries. The company states that for installation of house wiring, a formal trade test is mandatory,... 

Pronounced growth for compressed air systems specialist

13th July 2018 South African turnkey air compressor services supplier Integrated Air Solutions has seen a notable increase in demand for highly customised compressors, adapted specifically to the customer’s individual need. Air compressor manufacturer ELGi’s comprehensive compressor range available from... 

Haughton solar farm, Australia

By: Sheila Barradas     13th July 2018 Pacific Hydro plans to build a solar farm, in Queensland, with a 500 MW capacity. 

Get reel quality with new SR-Express spring cable reels from Powermite

12th July 2018 Powermite, South Africa’s industry-leading supplier of electrical and mechanical equipment for moving machinery, has boosted its superior quality, rugged and reliable cable reeling systems with the introduction of the new SR-Express range from Conductix Wampfler. Powermite holds exclusive... 

New vessel repair hub boosts local economy

12th July 2018 The new vessel repair facilities in the Port of PE were not only developed as a positive step towards a thriving vessel maintenance and marine engineering hub, but also to boost the local economy in the long term. With the final part of this R200 million project completed about a year ago, it is... 

Everising’s upgraded E- and P-Series sawing machines: ‘cut out’ to meet customers’ sawing requirements with faster cutting times and greater functionality

12th July 2018 To maintain its enviable reputation for excellence and sophistication in sawing, the Taiwan-based Everising Machine Company continuously strives to anticipate its customers’ requirements to provide timeous and effective solutions. What the company established recently was that many customers... 

N1 Plattekloof to Old Oak interchange upgrade 58% complete

By: Schalk Burger     11th July 2018 The R487-million project to upgrade a section of the N1 between Plattekloof road and the Old Oak interchange is 58% complete, the Western Cape Department of Transport and Public Works said in a statement on Wednesday. As one of Cape Town’s busiest roads, about 120 000 vehicles travel along this... 

New PE vessel repair slipway boosts local economy

By: Schalk Burger     11th July 2018 The R200-million vessel repair facility built at the Port of Port Elizabeth in recent years, is starting to generate a return on investment, says the Transnet National Ports Authority (TNPA). The facility was developed as a positive step towards a thriving vessel maintenance and marine... 

TDS, Newrak awarded construction contract for Exxaro’s Matla Mine 2 and Mine 3

By: Nadine James     10th July 2018 TDS Projects Construction, in a joint venture with Newrak Mining, has been awarded the contract for two distinct but integrated mine development and infrastructure projects at Exxaro's Matla Mine 2 and Mine 3. The project will start on September 7, with the first blast taking place at Mine 3 for... 

Johnson Crane Hire Now Offers Access Platforms, Telehandlers

10th July 2018 Extending its total lifting solution for customers, Johnson Crane Hire now offers an extensive fleet of access platforms and telescopic handlers from its branch network around South Africa. According to Steve Robson of Johnson Crane Hire’s business development executive, the new units were put in... 

Agni Steel South Africa’s expansion approved

By: Nadine James     6th July 2018 The Eastern Cape Department of Economic Development, Environmental Affairs and Tourism has authorised the phase 2 and 3 expansion of steel recycling and processing company Agni Steel South Africa. Agni Steel’s plant is located in Zone 6 of the Coega Special Economic Zone. 

Leading Edge plans demonstration plant at Swedish mine

By: Mariaan Webb     6th July 2018 A busy two quarters are ahead for Vancouver-based Leading Edge Materials at the dormant Swedish graphite mine that it is preparing to bring back to life. On Thursday, the company published an update of plans for its Woxna mine, detailing the strategic research activities that are under way as it... 

Installation of water metering system complete

By: Donald Makhafola     6th July 2018 Utility management company Bosch Munitech in March completed the design and installation of a metering and monitoring system to manage water consumption for the Lower Berg River Irrigation Board, in the Western Cape. The company was appointed last year in November to install the Krohne Waterflux... 

Energy efficiency a priority in air conditioning

6th July 2018 Multinational electronics conglomerate Samsung has designed an energy efficient air conditioning system with the aim of helping to alleviate the pressure placed on South Africa’s strained natural resources. Since the recording of global temperatures began in 1951, the 17 warmest years were within... 

Steel a sustainable choice for building addition

6th July 2018 Knysna-based light steel frame (LSF) construction company Rancor has completed the addition of a 570 m2 second floor to the Kaap Agri building in Paarl, Western Cape.  The requirements for the new structure were clear; it had to be cost-effective, comply with building regulations, be acoustically... 

Cape Town company creates new smart water monitoring app

By: Natasha Odendaal     6th July 2018 Cape Town-based company Ontec Systems has developed a smart water management solution to monitor water use in near real-time. The new GaugeIT device, and its linked application, is also equipped with features such as an early leak detection alarm and high-use threshold warnings to avoid any... 

Tanzania approves first large-scale wind farm project

By: John Muchira     6th July 2018 The authorities in Tanzania have granted Australian company Windlab approval to build a 300 MW wind farm, which is expected to contribute significantly to the country’s energy needs. This comes after Windlab's local subsidiary, Windlab Developments Tanzania, was awarded an environmental- and... 

Roofing and cold formed sections specialists: Covering Africa

6th July 2018 Southern Africa’s leading supplier of metal roofing products and cold formed sections, Macsteel Roofing’s specialised roofing products continue to show increasing demand nationally and from within Southern African emerging markets. Included in its comprehensive product offering is the manufacture... 

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