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Only one-third of the 15 largest copper producers reported positive production trends – S&P Global

By: Henry Lazenby     25th May 2018 Only about one-third of the 15 largest copper producers with output of more than 40 000 t of copper per quarter reported positive production trends during the first quarter of this year, driving quarter-on-quarter output 4.8% or 136 548 t lower, a new report by S&P Global has found. However, on... 

Imaloto independent power producer coal-fired power plant project, Madagascar

By: Sheila Barradas     25th May 2018 Lemur Holdings has executed a concession agreement with the Madagascar government for the development, construction, operation and maintenance of the project. 

Acquisitions allow for access to tech, developments in industry

By: Shannon de Ryhove     25th May 2018 Global motors and drives manufacturer and supplier Zest WEG Group’s Brazil headquarters has made several new acquisitions over the past few years, which has enabled the company to access a larger expertise pool and new technology, says Zest WEG Group manager of rotating machines Fanie Steyn. WEG... 

Reducing TCO will enable construction firms to remain competitive

By: Paige Müller     25th May 2018 With government infrastructure spending on large construction projects remaining subdued, Himoinsa Southern Africa MD Martin Foster warns against the short-sighted temptation by the South African construction industry to try and manage its power generation costs, stressing the importance of... 

South Africa authorities halt flights of State-run SA Express over safety

By: Reuters     24th May 2018 South Africa's Civil Aviation Authority (SACAA) said on Thursday it had suspended all flights of state-run airline SA Express over safety concerns. The decision comes after Public Enterprises Minister Pravin Gordhan said on Thursday that he had appointed an "intervention team" to help at the... 

Hillgrove restarts Kanmantoo plant

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     24th May 2018 Copper/gold miner Hillgrove Resources has resumed processing at its Kanmantoo operation, after a mechanical failure earlier in the month resulted in a temporary stoppage in production. Hillgrove undertook work to replace a failed bearing, with the company telling shareholders on Thursday that... 

Local government accountability 'continues to fail' – Makwetu

By: Simone Liedtke     23rd May 2018 Auditor-General Kimi Makwetu on Wednesday emphasised that “accountability continues to fail in local government” as there was an overall deterioration in the audit results of South Africa’s municipalities for the 2016/17 financial year. The Auditor-General South Africa (AGSA) audited 257... 

Mantashe considers invoking ‘use it or lose it’ principle for mines under care and maintenance

By: Nadine James     23rd May 2018 Speaking at the official unveiling of the rebranded Minerals Council South Africa (previously the Chamber of Mines), on Wednesday, Mineral Resources Minister Gwede Mantashe noted that he and the Department of Mineral Resources (DMR) were unenthusiastic, but willing to make use of the 'use it or... 

Nordgold reports lower Q1 production, Gross mine construction on track

By: Marleny Arnoldi     23rd May 2018 Aim-listed gold miner Nordgold produced 225 100 gold-equivalent ounces in the first quarter of this year – a 6% year-on-year and 10% quarter-on-quarter decrease.  

‘Movement’ key to economic growth – report

By: Anine Kilian     23rd May 2018 Investing in transport, logistics and infrastructure to improve the movement of goods is a key driver of economic growth, the ‘Avis Van Rental Movement Report 2018’ reveals. Unpacking key report findings at the launch in Midrand, on Tuesday, Avis Movement Southern Africa commercial vehicles... 

Cesa to advance ethical leadership strategy

By: Marleny Arnoldi     22nd May 2018 At industry organisation Consulting Engineers South Africa’s (Cesa’s) yearly presidential breakfast, on Tuesday, president Naresh Pather discussed the organisation’s strategy for this year under the theme “the future is now”, which is aimed at harnessing effective ethical leadership to address... 

Lemur concludes concession agreement for Imaloto power project

By: Simone Liedtke     22nd May 2018 Aim-listed Bushveld Minerals’ coal and energy subsidiary Lemur Holdings has executed a 30-year concession agreement with the Madagascar government for the development, construction, operation and maintenance of the Imaloto integrated thermal coal and power project. The concession comes on the... 

Water dept commits to doing more with less as Nkwinti presents R15.6bn budget

By: Natasha Odendaal     22nd May 2018 The Department of Water and Sanitation (DWS) is working to “achieve more with less”, with Water and Sanitation Minister Gugile Nkwinti having presented a R15.57-billion budget for 2018/19 on Tuesday. Historical commitments not adequately budgeted for, budgetary constraints influenced by... 

Emerson Expands Its Pressure Gauge Portfolio To Help Plants Improve Reliability

22nd May 2018 The Rosemount™ Smart Pressure Gauge delivers safer and more reliable readings, enabling better visibility of field changes where an effective local display is necessary Emerson has introduced the Rosemount Smart Pressure Gauge to help users gain better visibility of field changes. 

Soaring coal royalties give Qld infrastructure spending a boost

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     22nd May 2018 Queensland coal royalties would soar to a record A$3.7-billion in the 2018 financial year, the Queensland Resources Council (QRC) predicted on Tuesday. QRC CEO Ian Macfarlane said the A$536-million increase on the government’s previous royalty estimates would allow the state government to... 

Renergen, SAB tap into gas to reduce carbon emissions with landmark transaction

By: Simone Liedtke     21st May 2018 Natural gas development company Renergen has signed an offtake agreement with Anheuser-Busch InBev (AB InBev)subsidiary South African Breweries (SAB) for the supply of liquefied natural gas (LNG) to power its delivery trucks. The agreement sees the initial roll out of compressed natural gas to a... 

Ports Authority Announces New COO

21st May 2018 As Transnet National Ports Authority (TNPA) settles into the new financial year 2018/19 its focus is on using its strengths to grow and diversify its business and to establish itself as a world class ports authority. Ms Nozipho Mdawe has been appointed as Chief Operating Officer (COO), effective... 

TNPA appoints new COO, GM of corporate affairs

By: Simone Liedtke     21st May 2018 Nozipho Mdawe has been appointed COO of Transnet National Ports Authority (TNPA), with effect from May 21. Mdawe takes over the role recently vacated by Phyllis Difeto and briefly held in an acting capacity by Moshe Motlohi.  

Western Cape's mounting rubbish problem

By: News24Wire      21st May 2018 "We have a serious waste problem in the Western Cape. We are running out of landfill space," MEC for environmental affairs Anton Bredell warned in a press release. The Western Cape generated approximately three million tonnes of waste in 2017 according to the government. The City of Cape Town... 

VVIP presidential jet still an option even though defence's budget is cut by billions

By: News24Wire      18th May 2018 Despite a budget cut amounting to billions, the purchase of a VVIP presidential jet by the South African Defence Force is not off the table. In her speech in the debate about the South African Defence Force budget on Friday, Defence Minister Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula said:  "I must now report to... 

Rio-Carb appoints new Finance Manager to oversee its diversification

18th May 2018 Wear-engineering specialist Rio-Carb from Alrode in Johannesburg has appointed Iwan Pretorius as its new Financial Manager, with immediate effect. Pretorius has a BA (Psychology) from the University of Johannesburg and a BCompt (Accounting) from Unisa. He received his accreditation from the South... 

HomeFixer App launches, bringing ease to home renovations and maintenance

18th May 2018 At last an App to help fix any household related issue at the push of a button. HomeFixer was recently launched by, 2018 Namibian Rugby Captain and previous player for both the Cell C Sharks and Vodacom Bulls, and now playing for the UK Harlequins. HomeFixer is a free mobile App that puts users... 

Safety anchors installed for Maredi Telecoms maintenance project

18th May 2018 Skyriders Access Specialists (Pty) Ltd. recently installed working-at-height safety anchors to allow telecoms technicians safe access to install and maintain equipment for Maredi Telecoms in Polokwane. Maredi Telecoms is a next-generation telecoms infrastructure deployment and field services... 

Murray & Roberts Announces The Potential Combination With Aveng Limited

18th May 2018 Murray & Roberts Holdings Limited (“Murray & Roberts”) today announced a potential transaction, proposing to make an all share offer to acquire the entire issued share capital of Aveng Limited (“Aveng”), as well as to implement a solution to enable the early redemption of the Aveng convertible... 

Nuclear: “many studies have shown it is the cheapest of all energies”

18th May 2018 South Africans were never informed properly that nuclear power is not as expensive as it is made out to be, a nuclear energy expert said Thursday.

Nuclear energy expert Des Muller dismissed these and other concerns as “propaganda”. He refuted the cost issue but also took aim at corruption... 

Project Brings Sand Back to Durban’s Beaches

18th May 2018 An innovative sand pumping initiative between eThekwini Municipality and Transnet National Ports Authority (TNPA) has successfully reinstated sand along eroded sections of Durban’s popular Golden Mile and could offer similar benefits for beaches extending further northwards. The municipality and... 

R3bn budgeted for Moloto road upgrade

By: Irma Venter     18th May 2018 The Department of Transport has this financial year set aside roughly R3-billion to upgrade the Limpopo and Mpumalanga sections of the R573 Moloto road. Over the medium term, this road project will receive R4.3-billion. 

Africa’s air traffic liberalisation journey continues, after 30 difficult years

By: Rebecca Campbell     18th May 2018 In November 1988, the Ministers responsible for civil aviation in 40 African countries agreed a declaration on a new African air transport policy. This was immediately designated the Yamoussoukro Declaration, after the city in which it was adopted (the capital of Ivory Coast). Among other things,... 

Rope specialist introduces drones to NDT at Eskom

By: Erin Steenhoff-Snethlage     18th May 2018 Rope access specialist Skyriders has introduced the collision-tolerant Elios drones to its nondestructive (NDT) testing offering, and has started using them at State-owned power utility Eskom. The drones are part of Skyriders’ turnkey solution offering that improves the efficiency of the NDT and... 

New research group to bridge skills gap at Eskom

18th May 2018 Applied Thermo Fluid Process Modelling Research Unit (ATProM), a new research group, is building on an existing collaboration between State-owned power utility Eskom and the University of Cape Town (UCT) to provide engineers with up-to-date research and students with real-world experience while... 

Safety valves manufacturer invests in growth, celebrates 200 years

18th May 2018 European safety valves manufacturer Leser celebrates its 200th anniversary this year, with the share of its profits last year spent on the development of its facilities amounting to €35.3-million. Leser’s service and products in South Africa are offered through its sole local distributor,... 

Cranes company upgrades equipment at power stations

18th May 2018 Crane manufacturer Konecranes Southern Africa is currently working on systematically upgrading lifting equipment at State-owned power utility Eskom’s different power stations. The upgrading of the equipment includes repairing equipment that has been misused and replacing equipment that is obsolete. 

Cost-effective and lasting automatic drain valves for compressors

By: Donald Makhafola     18th May 2018 Air compressor products distributor Tru Compressor Solutions’ automatic drain valve for compressors can last up to 15 years if maintained regularly, and could save companies substantial amounts of money and downtime , says sales director Philip Botha. “Many companies neglect to open their manual... 

Africa’s air traffic liberalisation journey continues, after 30 difficult years

By: Rebecca Campbell     18th May 2018 In November 1988, the Ministers responsible for civil aviation in 40 African countries agreed a declaration on a new African air transport policy. This was immediately designated the Yamoussoukro Declaration, after the city in which it was adopted (the capital of Ivory Coast). Among other things,... 

Toshiba signs MoUs to support African hydropower, geothermal roll-out

By: Schalk Burger     18th May 2018 Energy systems multinational Toshiba Energy Systems and Solutions signed four memoranda of understanding (MoUs) to cooperate with African countries to develop hydropower and geothermal energy systems. The MoUs were signed on the sidelines of the Japan-Africa Public-Private Economic Forum, in... 

Ultra Control Valves

18th May 2018 South African valves company Ultra Control Valves (UCV) was formed by two valves industry veterans about eight years ago to fill a gap in the South African market for a specialist valves company concentrating on control valves. UCV has since earned a substantial stake in both the water and mining... 

Fuchs Lubricant opens new grease manufacturing plant in Gauteng

By: Marleny Arnoldi     16th May 2018 Lubricants specialist Fuchs Lubricants South Africa (Fuchs SA), together with its parent company Fuchs Petrolub, on Wednesday launched a R125-million grease manufacturing plant at its factory, in Isando, Gauteng. The plant will allow Fuchs to manufacture specialty greases for the local market, as... 

Nordgold’s Burkina Faso exploration programme on track

By: Marleny Arnoldi     16th May 2018 The 2018 exploration programme at gold producer Nordgold’s Bissa and Bouly mine, in Burkina Faso, is advancing rapidly. The mine is on track to achieve its objectives of replacing mined gold and increasing resources. 

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