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National Asphalt

National Asphalt supplies a range of hot and cold asphalt products to the construction, mining and building industries throughout Southern Africa. National Asphalt is known for its innovation in developing new technologies which improve the cost effectiveness and efficiency of their products.


SA’s FM, Manufacturing & Fleet Pain Points Revealed In USSD Poll

     23rd January 2018 Issued by Perfect Word Consulting (Pty) Ltd A recent poll has revealed that the South African facilities management, manufacturing and fleet management industries face four distinct pain points; work orders, asset registers, downtime and contractors. The challenges within these areas include... 

Copper production declined in first ten months of 2017 – ICSG

By: Schalk Burger     23rd January 2018 Worldwide copper mine production declined 2.6% in the ten months to October 2017, while concentrate production declined by 2.2% and production through solvent extraction-electrowinning declined by 4.3% in the same period, according to the intergovernmental copper body The International Copper... 

SA Hippo Submersible Slurry Pump Range Extends Warrantee Period

     23rd January 2018 The HIPPO SUBMERSIBLE SLURRY PUMP RANGE is manufactured locally with a 98% local content – with only the bearings and the mechanical seals being imported and due to reliability of this pump range Hazlet on Pumps has introduced an extended warrantee period on all new submersible slurry pumps. The... 

In October 2017, Pristine Health Services sold its Gauteng-based hygiene and pest control services to Sanitech.

     23rd January 2018 Having purchased Pristine Health Services, Sanitech now has a greater presence in the pest control market as well as being able to offer current clients an extra service. “We c an now move into various industries where we may not have had a presence before, thereby increasing our experience in... 

Bushveld Minerals upbeat about year ahead

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     22nd January 2018 Aim-listed Bushveld Minerals made “tremendous strides” during the fourth quarter of 2017, which was marked by a strong financial performance from its Bushveld Vametco operations. Supported by a strong vanadium price environment – the ferrovanadium price averaged $33/kg for the 12 months to... 

BLT SA – specialists in the supply and support of an extensive range of container and bulk handling port equipment – participated at the TOC Africa 2017 conference, held recently in Durban at the ICC.

     22nd January 2018 “This world class terminal operations conference, which focused on port and terminal technology and operations, was well supported by port equipment and technology operators and suppliers,” says Ken Mouritzen, BLT SA. “This was the perfect forum for global collaboration and for local, regional... 

Jungheinrich Group provides free 5-year warranty on its lithium-ion batteries

     22nd January 2018 5-year performance warranty on Jungheinrich's lithium-ion batteries. Jungheinrich after-sales service to repair or exchange batteries free of charge. Expansion of in-house lithium-ion battery production Hamburg, 1 June 2017. Effective immediately, the Jungheinrich Group is providing a free 5-year... 

The new EZS 7820: Jungheinrich's heavy-duty tow tractor

     22nd January 2018 28 tonnes of tractive power High-torque motor for ramp operations Extra-small turning circle Adjustable steering wheel position ensures ease of handling for all operators Right on time for InterAirport, Jungheinrich is introducing its new EZS 7280 electric sit-on tow tractor. With up to 28... 

SKF quality and service value proposition improves delivery time of large size roller bearings

     19th January 2018 The SKF Explorer series large size roller bearings presented the most optimum solution for a vertical roller mill used in the production of cement. A long-standing SKF customer in the cement and concrete industry contacted SKF for a solution when a routine maintenance check determined that the... 

Plant to be completed in March

By: Simone Liedtke     19th January 2018 Integrated solutions provider ImproChem will be completing the construction and commissioning of a desalination plant for a large factory on the West Coast, in South Africa, with the plant expected to supply its first water in the second week of March 2018. 

New hydraulic hose launched

     19th January 2018 Global leader in motion and control technologies Parker Hannifin introduced the GlobalCore 187 High Performance Hydraulic Hose, a 7 MPa / 1 000 psi constant working pressure hose, to enhance its GlobalCore product line. Announced towards the end of last year, the 187 Hose is designed to provide... 

South African company building new smelter in Zimbabwe

By: Victor Moolman     19th January 2018 Foundry and engineering company Thos Begbie is working in the Great Dyke of Zimbabwe, close to the town of Shurungwi, where it is helping to construct the Unki platinum smelter, adjacent to a mining operation owned by platinum mining company Anglo American Platinum (Amplats). Thos Begbie was... 

Top UK group, varsity unveil radical flight control technology demonstrator UAV

By: Rebecca Campbell     19th January 2018 British aerospace, defence, security and shipbuilding group BAE Systems and the University of Manchester unveiled their joint Magma experimental jet-powered unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) programme in the middle of last month. They announced that the Magma had successfully completed its first... 

Lesotho Highlands Water Project – Phase II, Lesotho and South Africa

By: Sheila Barradas     19th January 2018 The contract for designing and supervising the construction of the Polihali water transfer tunnel has been awarded. 

BHP maintains guidance for most commodities, targets 6% volume growth

By: Dylan Slater     18th January 2018 Multinational miner BHP on Thursday kept its full-year production guidance unchanged for all commodities, except metallurgical coal, and said that it would achieve 6% volume growth in the 2018 financial year.  

Gibela moves to Dunnottar plant; takes first manufacturing steps

By: Irma Venter     17th January 2018 Gibela has initiated manufacturing trials of the first locally made train car at the Gibela train factory, in Dunnottar, on the East Rand. The first train’s car body shell – essentially, its panel-clad metal frame – is expected to be completed by the end of the first quarter of 2018, with the... 

South32 boasts record manganese, aluminium production in December quarter

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     17th January 2018 Triple-listed diversified miner South32 on Wednesday reported that, while it had achieved its guidance for all its operations during the three months to December 31, its South African manganese operations, in particular, exceeded expectations, owing to strong market demand. Saleable ore... 

Key appointments at WA rare earths project

By: Mariaan Webb     17th January 2018 Several key appointments have been made at the Browns Range heavy rare earth project, in Western Australia, including that of a general manager (GM). Metallurgist Tony Hadley has been appointed GM for the Browns Range project, starting in mid-February, ASX-listed Northern Minerals announced on... 

Polyus ups 2018 guidance, Natalka to reach full capacity earlier than planned

By: Mariaan Webb     16th January 2018 Russian gold major Polyus has exceeded its gold production forecast for 2017, and has increased its estimate for 2018. The company increased its gold production by 10% to 2.16-million ounces in 2017, surpassing its guidance of 2.075-million ounces to 2.125-million ounces by 3%. 

Rio Tinto maintains fourth-quarter guidance across the board

By: Anine Kilian     16th January 2018 Global miner Rio Tinto reported on Tuesday that it had met its iron-ore shipment guidance for the three months ended December 31, 2017, noting a 1% rise in shipments for the year to 330.1-million tonnes. "The business performed well in the fourth quarter and we finished the year in line with... 

Rockwell subsidiaries sale still on the table

By: Henry Lazenby     16th January 2018 A two-pronged purchase offer by Ascot Diamonds to acquire the three bankrupt South African subsidiaries, and later, a Cayman-based entity of Canadian miner Rockwell Diamonds is still a viable solution to achieve a sale transaction and therefore, a higher recovery value for creditors, Rockwell... 

Tahoe fires 25% of Escobal workforce as Guatemala court process dawdles

By: Henry Lazenby     15th January 2018 TSX- and NYSE-listed Tahoe Resources, whose flagship Escobal mine, in Guatemala, continues to languish in care and maintenance following a court-ordered suspension of its mining permit in July 2017, has moved to reduce the mine’s workforce by 25%, the miner announced on Monday. The... 

CoreSlab keeps scoring milestones on municipal sports complex projects

     15th January 2018 Precast concrete technologies are helping municipalities accelerate the delivery of sports complexes in many poor outlying areas of the country. These projects under the Expanded Public Works Programme (EPWP) create many employment, as well as skills-development opportunities during the... 

Africa Gets All-Round Tower Crane Service And Supply From New Operators

     15th January 2018 There is a new player in Africa’s sub-Saharan market for lifting solutions, as experienced experts join forces in Crane & Hoist Equipment SA to offer a range of tower crane sourcing, refurbishment, sales and site management services. The company enters the market just in time for a long awaited... 

Kwatani Says On Spec And On Time Are Keys To Serving EPCS And Mines

     15th January 2018 Faced with the ongoing challenge of being price sensitive in new capital projects, original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) must also ensure that their product and service offering helps create a sustainable foundation for the end customer’s ongoing profitability and efficiency. “Being cost... 

Africa Gets All-Round Tower Crane Service And Supply From New Operators

     15th January 2018 There is a new player in Africa’s sub-Saharan market for lifting solutions, as experienced experts join forces in Crane & Hoist Equipment SA to offer a range of tower crane sourcing, refurbishment, sales and site management services. The company enters the market just in time for a long awaited... 

Comar Asphalt Plants Get Even More Mobile

     15th January 2018 Leading the local industry in asphalt plants, Gauteng-based Comar has designed a more compact and mobile plant for easier and more economical transportation, as well as quicker set-up time. Already a well-known name among South African asphalt producers, Comar has leveraged its extensive in-house... 

Enviro Loo lauded for contribution to water saving in South Africa

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     12th January 2018 With South Africans facing uncertainty around future water supply, particularly in the drought-stricken Western Cape, a local toilet manufacturer has received the 2017 Southern African Company of the Year award from research firm Frost & Sullivan for its efforts to save water. Enviro Loo has... 

Dijalo Facilities Management first to comply with FM Standard

     12th January 2018 South Africa is a global leader for publishing the first facility management (FM) standard against which local organisations and FM providers will be assessed for compliance and/or certification. Importantly, Dijalo Facilities Management is the first company to comply with the standard. 

PTM widens Q4 loss as accounts due mount

By: Henry Lazenby     12th January 2018 Precious metals project developer Platinum Group Metals (PTM) has widened its net loss for the first fiscal quarter ended November 30 to $12.44-million, or $0.08 a share, compared with a net loss of $2.45-million, or $0.03 a share a year earlier, the Vancouver-based company reported late on... 

Nevsun trading lower as copper recoveries continue to lag plan

By: Henry Lazenby     12th January 2018 Canadian miner Nevsun Resources has reported strong zinc output at its flagship Bisha mine, in Eritrea, hitting the top end of its 2017 guidance. However, the news late on Wednesday was not enough to bolster investor sentiment on Thursday, as the company’s struggling copper output again... 

PRASA New Rolling Stock Acquisition Programme, South Africa

By: Sheila Barradas     12th January 2018 Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa has reported that commuters using the first of the new X’Ttrapolis Mega commuter trains are “extremely happy” with the new rolling stock. 

Kenmare meets yearly production guidance

By: Anine Kilian     11th January 2018 LSE-listed mineral sands miner Kenmare Resources has reported a record yearly production of ilmenite, rutile and zircon – achieving production guidance for all products. The company said in a statement on Thursday that it mined more than 33-million tonnes of ore in 2017, up 12% from the previous... 

Yokogawa Develops N-IO Standard Field Enclosure and Control System Virtualization Platform

     10th January 2018 For improved agility in implementing control system projects Yokogawa Electric Corporation (Tokyo: 6841) announces that it has developed an N-IO standard field enclosure and a control system virtualization platform. The enclosure is a weatherproof remote IO cabinet that stores IO devices used by... 

Rustenburg Water Trust opens tenders for Bospoort treatment works expansion

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     10th January 2018 The Rustenburg Water Services Trust has invited companies to tender for the mechanical and electrical works for the upgrade of the Bospoort Water Treatment Works (WTW). As implementing agent for the Rustenburg local municipality, the trust is seeking bids from suitably qualified and experienced... 

City of Cape Town loses R1.6bn due to reduced water consumption

By: News24Wire      10th January 2018 The City of Cape Town has lost around R1.6-billion in revenue due to reduced water consumption, making a "drought charge" to fund water supply projects more urgent, said Mayor Patricia De Lille on Tuesday. "That is R1.6-billion that we are not receiving through the sale of water now," said De Lille. 

Pelletiser maintenance impacts on Ferrexpo FY output

By: Creamer Media Reporter      9th January 2018 Swiss headquartered iron-ore company Ferrexpo said on Tuesday that its pellet production had fallen to 10.4-million tonnes in 2017, owing to planned pelletiser maintenance. The London-listed company, which is the largest exporter of pellets from the former Soviet Union, produced 11.2-million... 

Second SA Hippo Flameproof Submersible Slurry Pump Goes To Houston.

     9th January 2018 The HIPPO flameproof submersible slurry pump range manufactured inSouthAfrica with a 98% local content has been exported to Canada since 2003. The specific controls that have been build into the pump has resulted in the HIPPO flameproof submersible slurry pump being regarded as the world’s safest... 

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