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SRK provides expert advice and solutions for clients requiring specialised services, mainly in the fields of mining, geotechnics, water, waste and the environment.

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Enclosed Bulk Bag Discharger

     16th August 2017 A new BULK-OUT™ Model BFC Bulk Bag Discharger features an enclosure to contain errant dust escaping through the seams or fabric of bulk bags when working with unlined bags. White polymer panels enclose the sides, rear and top of the frame, while clear panels on four hinged access doors allow... 

Mauritania issues 30-yr mine licence for Algold’s Tijirit project

By: Henry Lazenby     16th August 2017 West Africa-focused junior project developer Algold Resources has received a formal decree by the Mauritania government granting a 30-year mining licence for the Tijirit project. Montreal, Quebec-based Algold in June announced that the Mauritania government intends to issue the mining licence,... 

Chicago Pneumatic provides vital continuous energy supply for new luxury residential development in Dubai

     15th August 2017 Fourteen tough and reliable stationary generators from Chicago Pneumatic are providing the essential power required for the construction of a luxury residential development besides the Dubai Water Canal. The order was secured by authorised Chicago Pneumatic distributor German-Gulf Enterprises... 

Vadi lifts suspension on Soweto taxi routes

By: News24Wire      14th August 2017 The suspension of the Witwatersrand African Taxi Owners Association's (Wata) operating rights in Soweto has been lifted, Gauteng Transport MEC Ismail Vadi said on Monday. "I intend lifting the extraordinary measures instituted on 13 July that were extended to Wata, which were aimed at normalising... 

KITE 2017 provides a comprehensive portal for industrial technology solutions

     11th August 2017 The KwaZulu-Natal Industrial Technology Exhibition (KITE), held between 26 and 28 July 2017 at the Durban Exhibition Centre, once again proved that it is undoubtedly the only place in KwaZulu-Natal to source and experience a comprehensive variety of industrial technology solutions under one roof.... 

Rand edges up before Moody's rating decision

By: Reuters     11th August 2017 South Africa's rand strengthened on Friday as escalating geopolitical tension between the United States and North Korea drove up demand for safe-haven assets like gold and platinum, lifting the currencies of commodity exporters. At 0640 GMT, the rand was 0.11% firmer at 13.4450 per dollar... 

Parnis Takes Its Engineering Expertise To New Heights

     31st July 2017 As difficult market conditions force companies in many sectors to relook at their cost structures, quality refurbishment is becoming more important as a strategy to contain costs. According to Gary Colegate, general manager of Parnis Manufacturing, such strategies demand that customers find... 

Copper rallies to two-year high, miners surge as China brightens

By: Bloomberg     26th July 2017 The red metal is red hot. Copper surged to the highest level in more than two years on the London Metal Exchange, lifting shares of producers including Glencore, driven by expectations that increasing demand in China may fuel a global shortage and buoyed by a weak dollar. Benchmark three-month... 

Diamonds bring new life to war-torn Central African Republic

By: Bloomberg     24th July 2017 Rough diamonds enabled Abdoul Raouf to marry three women and put his nine children through school. Now that his town in western Central African Republic can legally export the gems to world markets again, his neighbors are expecting similar fortunes. “Diamonds are my life,” said Raouf, who trades... 

Brazil's Vale eyes 2017 iron-ore output at low end of forecast

By: Reuters     21st July 2017 Brazil's Vale, the world's largest iron-ore producer, said on Thursday that iron-ore output would close the year near the bottom of its forecast of 360 million to 380 million tonnes, despite record second-quarter production. Vale, said iron-ore production reached 91.85-million tonnes in the... 

Durban port upgrade and expansion project, South Africa

By: Sheila Barradas     21st July 2017 The project to lengthen and deepen two berths at the Durban Container Termnal has been approved. 

Exhibition facilitates industrial growth in KZN

By: Robyn Wilkinson     21st July 2017 This year’s KwaZulu-Natal Industrial Technology Exhibition (Kite) will provide businesses in the province with an ideal access route to the key resources required to ramp up their operations in line with government’s extensive and ongoing investment in new manufacturing endeavours. 

Khobab and Loeriesfontein wind farm projects, South Africa

By: Sheila Barradas     21st July 2017 The Loeriesfontein Wind Farm is using a mobile transformer to allow for an early connection to the grid for the commissioning of its turbines. 

LHWP delays threaten water security for 45% of South Africans

By: David Oliveira     21st July 2017 The recent appointment of the Matla a Metsi joint venture for the design and construction supervision of the Polihali dam, part of the larger Phase 2 Lesotho Highlands Water Project (LHWP) that was initially forecast for completion by 2020, raises concerns as to whether delays may be placing the... 

Bobcat Equipment SA launches pothole-busting Pavijet MG7 paver

     20th July 2017 The ‘pothole-busting’ Pavijet MG7 paver, representing the latest technology in the asphalt-finishing sector, has been launched in South Africa by Bobcat Equipment South Africa, part of the Goscor Group. This internationally-patented paver is ideal for tough local maintenance jobs such as patching... 

Orvana achieves new quarterly gold production record

By: Creamer Media Reporter      18th July 2017 Gold and copper miner Orvana, which owns mines in Spain and Bolivia, has achieved a new quarterly consolidated gold production record of 26 414 oz in the third quarter of fiscal 2017. Consolidated gold equivalent production reached 35 292 oz in the quarter, a 27% improvement on the 27 683 oz... 

Ivanhoe's Congo success follows deals with President's brother

By: Bloomberg     18th July 2017 In the two decades since billionaire mining investor Robert Friedland founded Ivanhoe Mines, his small team has made some of the biggest mineral discoveries in the world. In the Democratic Republic of Congo, it has done so while trading and contracting with companies controlled by one of... 

Nevsun lifts Q2 copper output

By: Henry Lazenby     14th July 2017 Base metals producer Nevsun Resources has reported a strong recovery of copper concentrate production, lifting second-quarter output to 5.7-million pounds. It is a sharp recovery for the Eritrea-focused company, which resorted to producing a bulk zinc/copper concentrate late last year owing to... 

Latest product range for carrying cables to be showcased

By: Marleny Arnoldi     14th July 2017 At its annual expo scheduled to take place on September 14 and 15, technical solutions provider Bearing Man Group (BMG) will showcase industrial motor control manufacturer Tsubaki’s Kabelschlepp roller supporter chain (RSC) system, which is used to carry cables and suitable for cranes and long... 

Scaw Metals partners with Crosby

By: Anine Kilian     10th July 2017 Specialist steel manufacturer Scaw Metals Group’s Distribution Network has extended its cooperation with rigging extension manufacturer Crosby by adding Crosby platinum line Gr100 chain fittings to its product offering. The Crosby platinum line of chain fittings is a complete range of grade 100... 

Automotive investment projects, South Africa

By: Sheila Barradas     7th July 2017 Volkswagen has unveiled the new, sixth-generation Polo that will be produced in South Africa, among other global production locations. 

BHP's new chairman to drive 'radical shift' at largest miner

By: Bloomberg     5th July 2017 BHP Billiton’s new chairman is about to shake things up at the world’s largest mining company, according to Sanford C. Bernstein, which says that Ken MacKenzie will probably undertake a full-scale review of assets and strategy, and may demerge the petroleum business. “Despite management’s... 

QRC wants states that buckle under activist pressure penalised

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     5th July 2017 The Queensland Resources Council (QRC) has called on the Australian government to penalise states that do not develop resources because of pressure from foreign-funded green activists. Speaking at the Queensland Media Club, QRC CEO Ian Macfarlane noted that both Queensland and Western Australia... 

Competition Commission prohibits Jasco’s acquisition of Cross Fire

By: Natasha Odendaal     3rd July 2017 The Competition Commission has blocked JSE-listed Jasco’s proposed acquisition of a 65.4% stake in Cross Fire Management on the basis that the R52.3-million merger is likely to result in a consolidation of the market in Gauteng and the Western Cape. The now-prohibited proposed deal was announced... 

Trump said to tout coal projects, nuclear aid in 'Energy week'

By: Bloomberg     30th June 2017 President Donald Trump is set to announce he is lifting an Obama-era policy that curtailed the financing of coal-fired power plants overseas, as he seeks to propel American " energy dominance" and reorients the US government away from fighting climate change. Trump also will describe a series of... 

Pipe supply for Tekwane project ongoing

By: Victor Moolman     30th June 2017 Fluid conveyance solutions provider Incledon is supplying 6 km of PE100 800 mm steel-reinforced, spirally wound high-density polyethylene (HDPE) pipe for the Tekwane South integrated human settlement project in Nelspruit, Mpumalanga, which will cost about R12-million upon completion. 

Verni MC

By: Zandile Mavuso     30th June 2017 Germany-based company MC Bauchemie have joined forces with South Africa-based Verni Speciality Construct Products. Verni will be marketing and selling the MC range of concrete crack injection systems for structural reinforcing, concrete repairs, structural waterproofing, sub-soil stabilisation... 

Richards Bay dry bulk terminal commissions harbour cranes

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     29th June 2017 Two 144 t mobile harbour cranes [MHC], moved from Maydon Wharf, in Durban, to the Richards Bay dry bulk terminal [DBT] have been fully commissioned, Transnet Port Terminals (TPT) said on Thursday. The move entailed lifting the MHCs with the help of heavy lift gear cranes. This was followed by a... 

SMC rolls out two new compact cylinders

     27th June 2017 SMC’s latest compact cylinders, the JMGP guide cylinder and the compact JCQ Series, have been designed with weight and space savings in mind. Both help to reduce machine sizes and costs, and deliver increased efficiency due to their lightweight nature which could enhance cycle time.    SMC, the... 

If Koko returns, it won’t be as acting CEO, Brown avers, as she unveils interim board

By: Terence Creamer     23rd June 2017 Public Enterprises Minister Lynne Brown has called on the new interim leadership of embattled power utility Eskom to give priority attention to addressing the management of contracts, conflicts of interest and the quality of coal being supplied to its power stations. Speaking following the Eskom... 

From Tesla cars to underwear, metal makers seek new markets

By: Bloomberg     15th June 2017 The world’s biggest mining companies would like you to put more zinc in your zucchini and copper in your socks and dental floss. While builders and manufacturers remain the biggest metals users, producers are confronting the end of a Chinese industrial boom that fueled surging global demand and... 

Red Roc Hi-Lift Pinch Valves Offer Unique Inline Rubber Sleeve Changing Without Needing Lifting Equipment

     15th June 2017 Afrivalve, a division of eDART Slurry Valves, now offers a simple patented design of the Red Roc Hi-Lift pinch valve allows for inline changing of the rubber sleeve, without the use of lifting equipment and has been granted a patent number 2017/02223.   This unique and innovative feature offers a... 

Mauritania govt grants Algold mining licence

By: Henry Lazenby     15th June 2017 Quebecois junior project developer Algold has received a 30-year mining licence from the Mauritania government that will be ratified by decree by the Mauritanian Council of Ministers. Under terms of a mining licence grant, Algold will deliver a feasibility study by December 2018. 

Johnson Lifts Big And Small At World’s Largest Air Sep Plant

     13th June 2017 Engaged by Stefanutti Stocks Oil & Gas Division in the construction of the largest air separation train ever built, Johnson Crane Hire has been providing heavy lift services as well as a range of smaller lifts at Sasol’s Secunda complex. This milestone plant under construction for Air Liquide,... 

Acacia Mining calls for independent investigation into its Tanzanian gold concentrate exports 

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     13th June 2017 LSE-listed Acacia Mining on Tuesday called for an independent investigation into its resources and finances, following a report by a second Tanzanian Presidential committee, which claimed that the company had underdeclared its revenues and tax payments, “stretching into the tens of billions of... 

Australian exploration down 16% in March quarter

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     6th June 2017 New data by the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) has shown that mineral exploration expenditure, in original terms, fell by 16.2% during the March quarter, to A$337.6-million. Exploration in greenfield deposits fell by 21.4%, or by A$28-million and expenditure on brownfield areas fell by... 

Crane, Hoist Safety Vital To Smooth Projects

     5th June 2017 Deploying tower cranes and construction hoists on work sites raises the pace of the project through higher productivity, but any non-compliance with the numerous safety regulations will have the opposite effect. “This is why we, at SA French, take as much of the administrative load as possible... 

Orion offshore construction vessel project, China

By: Sheila Barradas     2nd June 2017 The project entails the construction of an offshore construction vessel, which will undertake operations involving the installation of offshore wind farms in locations worldwide. 

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