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Battery Minerals tables feasibility study for Balama

By: Esmarie Iannucci     Updated 6 hours ago A feasibility study into Balama graphite project, in Mozambique, has estimated a capital cost of $69.4-million to support production of 58 000 t/y over a mine life of 27 years. ASX-listed Battery Minerals said on Wednesday that Balama would generate earnings before interest, tax, depreciation... 

Rousing Send-Off For Gibela’s First South-African-Built Commuter Train

7th December 2018 Hundreds of Gibela employees gathered today to give a rousing send-off to the first South African-built X’trapolis Mega commuter train. To the strains of vuvuzelas and loud cheers, the six-car train left Gibela’s new train-manufacturing complex at Dunnottar in Ekurhuleni, en route for the... 

How to use SEIFSA indices for Contract Price Adjustment (CPA)

6th December 2018 Congratulations you have just landed a very big tender contract! Despite this significant achievement you are unsure on how to proceed with the process, and different questions come to mind 

Seifsa Training 

6th December 2018 The Key To Re-Positioning The Metals And Engineering Sector For The Future 

South Africa faces more power cuts, raising Ramaphosa reform risk

By: Reuters     3rd December 2018 South Africa faces more power cuts, electricity utility Eskom warned on Monday as it sought to prevent the collapse of its power grid in a test for President Cyril Ramaphosa's reforms. Eskom implemented a fifth day of controlled power cuts on Monday, putting more strain on an economy already... 

Absa PMI rises for first time in three months 

By: Marleny Arnoldi     3rd December 2018 The seasonally adjusted Absa Purchasing Managers’ Index (PMI) rose to 49.5 index points in November from 42.4 in October – the first increase after three consecutive decreases. The improvement was mainly owing to four of the five main subcomponents rising.  

Business confidence falls for third straight quarter – survey

By: Reuters     27th November 2018 South African business confidence fell for the third straight quarter, a survey showed on Tuesday, as country struggles to grow in a recession-bound economy. The Rand Merchant Bank (RMB) business confidence index compiled by the Bureau for Economic Research fell to 31 points in the fourth quarter... 

Cabinet approves extension of motor industry support programme to 2035 

By: Irma Venter     22nd November 2018 Cabinet announced on Thursday that it had approved the extension of the Automotive Production and Development Programme (APDP) from 2021 to 2035. The government support programme for the domestic vehicle manufacturing industry was originally scheduled to come to an end in 2020. 

Upcoming protest not the first amid talks of transition away from coal – SAWEA

By: Simone Liedtke     16th November 2018 The South African Wind Energy Association (SAWEA) has defended the industry’s job creation potential. This comes ahead of a peaceful march by the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM), which is planned for November 17, to protest potential job losses in the coal-fired power generation sector as a... 

India’s Nalco to bid for bauxite blocks at auctions, readies to foray into merchant mining

By: Ajoy K Das     16th November 2018 With various Indian state governments readying to put 21 bauxite mines up for allocation, State-run National Aluminium Company Limited (Nalco) will put in bids at the auctions for captive consumption and foray into merchant mining of the raw material. The 21 bauxite blocks will be auctioned by... 

Omnia shares fall as it warns of interim loss

By: Simone Liedtke     12th November 2018 Local chemicals company Omnia Holdings’ share price on the JSE fell by more than 16% on Monday after it announced that it expects to swing to a loss a share for the six months to September 30. It expects to report a loss a share of between 85c and 170c, compared with the earnings a share of 423c... 

Companies on a drive to become more efficient

By: Kim Cloete     1st November 2018 Cape Town’s Groote Schuur hospital, a leading manufacturer of catalytic converters and a well-known car sales dealer have one essential thing in common. They have all managed to radically improve efficiency across their operations over the past few years. The three examples were showcased at the... 

Absa PMI fell for a third consecutive month in October 

By: Reuters     1st November 2018 South Africa's seasonally adjusted Absa Purchasing Managers' Index (PMI) fell further in October due to declines in new orders, business activity and employment, a survey showed on Thursday. The index, which is compiled by the Bureau for Economic Research and gauges manufacturing activity in... 

Lessons on transforming manufacturing in India

By: Kim Cloete     31st October 2018 Transformational changes in manufacturing in India have been unpacked at the Lean Summit Africa 2018, in Cape Town, holding important lessons for ramping up efficiency and boosting competitiveness in South Africa. Takayuki Furuhashi, who is considered an international guru in the field of... 

TNPA granted enviro approval for R1.4bn Richards Bay floating dock

By: Marleny Arnoldi     31st October 2018 The Department of Environmental Affairs (DEA) has given Transnet National Ports Authority (TNPA) the green light to build a long-awaited R1.4-billion floating dock at the Richards Bay port. The floating dock facility, which will be located at the port’s Small Craft Harbour, forms part of the... 

Port of Richards Bay Floating Dock Receives Green Stamp of Approval

31st October 2018 The Department of Environmental Affairs (DEA) has given Transnet National Ports Authority’s (TNPA) Port of Richards Bay the green light to construct its long-awaited multi-million-rand floating dock infrastructure. The new R1.4 billion floating dock facility, which will be located at the port’s... 

Russian rail group aims to develop newly acquired Boksburg factory into global narrow-gauge hub

By: Terence Creamer     31st October 2018 Leading Russian rail engineering group Transmashholding (TMH) confirmed on Wednesday that it, together with its South African partner Mjisa, had completed the acquisition of a 45 000 m2 rail manufacturing facility in Gauteng, South Africa. Black empowerment company Mjisa, which is led by Mafika... 

Shot Blast Resistant Laser Marking for the Automotive Industry

By: Creamer Media Reporter      31st October 2018 Laserax’s new patent-pending process is a game changer for customers looking to achieve foolproof lean traceability Quebec City, Canada. Laserax launched its exclusive patent-pending shot blast resistant laser marking process at the 2018 Die Casting Congress & Exposition, which took place from... 

TPP-11 to give Australian resources a major boost – Minerals Council

By: Esmarie Iannucci     31st October 2018 PERTH (miningweekly.com) – The Australian government has ratified the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP-11) trade agreement, a move that has been welcomed by the resources sector. Australia is the sixth country to ratify the agreement, meaning it can now enter into force on December 30, with... 

Stainless awards provide welcome boost to local sector

30th October 2018 The winners of the 2018 Sassda Columbus Stainless Awards have been announced at a glittering banquet in Fourways, Johannesburg with 189 entries from 53 companies resulting in a stellar list of more than 60 finalists. Speaking at the event, Sassda Executive Director John Tarboton said; “This year,... 

ELB and NOVATEC forms partnership to combine innovation and new technologies into engineered solutions

By: Creamer Media Reporter      30th October 2018 ELB Engineering Services (Pty) Ltd (ELB) is pleased to announce a partnership agreement between ELB and NOVATEC New Technologies (NOVATEC), based in Labin, Croatia. NOVATEC is a computer engineering, process automation and system integration company and active in the South African market since... 

Alliance Sensors Group Releases Two New LVDT Signal Conditioners

30th October 2018 Alliance Sensors Group has developed into “The Name in LVDT Signal Conditioning” due to the constant improvements and advancements made to its line of LVDT signal conditioners. Alliance Sensors Group was founded by Harold and Howard Schaevitz, widely known as the first family of LVDTs. The... 

Unemployment rate rises to 27.5% in Q3  

By: Marleny Arnoldi     30th October 2018 The official unemployment rate increased to 27.5% during the third quarter, compared with 27.2% in the second quarter. This translates to 6.2-million unemployed people in South Africa. The unemployment rate was 26.7% in the first quarter of the year, according to Statistics South Africa’s (Stats... 

Advocacy organisation urges better enforcement of second-hand tyre regulations

By: Marleny Arnoldi     29th October 2018 Newly launched advocacy organisation Part Worn Africa is calling on governments and regulatory bodies across the African continent to develop and enforce stronger regulations governing the sale of part-worn and second-hand tyres. Part Worn Africa advocates that part-worn and second-hand tyres... 

Karan Beef, I&J face charges over alleged cartel conduct

By: Marleny Arnoldi     29th October 2018 The Competition Commission has referred to the Competition Tribunal the prosecution of beef processing companies Irvin & Johnson (I&J) and Karan Beef for alleged cartel conduct. The two companies have been charged with dividing markets in the supply of processed beef products, such as beef... 

Sumitomo Rubber South Africa partners with ‘Part Worn Africa’ initiative to champion Tyre Safety

29th October 2018 As South Africa commemorates Transport Month in October and a few days after the Global Road Safety Partnership’s “Africa Road Safety 2018” gathering in Cape Town from 23 to 24 October 2018 - Sumitomo Rubber South Africa, manufacturer of the popular Dunlop, Sumitomo and Falken tyre brands, has... 

McDonald’s SA to invest R3bn in opening 120 new restaurants in 5 years

By: Marleny Arnoldi     29th October 2018 Fast food franchise McDonald’s South Africa (McDonald’s SA) has committed to investing R3-billion in South Africa over the next five years. This was announced at the South African Investment Conference, held in Johannesburg, last week.  

Calls to even out procurement for wind energy

By: Kim Cloete     29th October 2018 The South African Wind Energy Association (SAWEA) has called for energy planners to even out the procurement of wind energy allocations between 2021 and 2030 to prevent a "stop-start" scenario.  The current draft Integrated Resource Plan (IRP) has a gap in the years, 2022, 2023 and 2024, when no... 

DTI joins as partner of 2018 Factory of the Year competition 

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     29th October 2018 The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) has joined A.T. Kearney, the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) and the Manufacturing Circle as a partner of the Factory of the Year competition. First announced at the Manufacturing Indaba in June, the competition is aimed at boosting... 

Famous Brands posts H1 organic growth, despite pressure on some business segments 

By: Marleny Arnoldi     29th October 2018 JSE-listed franchiser Famous Brands on Monday reported strong organic growth by its brands in the South Africa and Africa and Middle East (AME) regions during the six months to August 31. Operating profit for the first half of the financial year was up 3.9%, at R421.8-million, compared with... 

Top Employer award for Coca-Cola Peninsula Beverages

26th October 2018 Coca-Cola Peninsula Beverages (CCPB) has once again been recognised as one of the top employers in South Africa. The Top Employer’s Institute recently announced its Top Employers 2019 for South Africa list. The list assessed 99 organisations in the country, specifically focusing on companies that... 

Ramaphosa declares end to 'investment strike' and unveils R290bn in commitments  

By: Terence Creamer     26th October 2018 President Cyril Ramaphosa declared an end to South Africa's proverbial 'investment strike', when he unveiled firm investment commitments of R290-billion across a diverse range of sectors, from mining and energy to infrastructure and manufacturing, at a well attended and vibrant investment... 

Investment Conference: Hundreds of billions of rands already pledged

By: News24Wire      26th October 2018 Several companies made major investment announcements during President Cyril Ramaphosa's Investment Conference, which called to rally investors to plough money into the country’s ailing economy. These include Sappi (R7.7-billion), Mondi SA (R8-billion), Rain (R1-billion), Mara (R1.5-billion),... 

Ramaphosa seeks new investment pledges as economy struggles

By: Reuters     26th October 2018 President Cyril Ramaphosa will seek billions of dollars of new spending pledges from foreign investors and local firms at an investment summit on Friday, as he seeks to haul the economy out of recession before next year's election. The former union leader wants $100-billion of new investments... 

Industry 4.0 won’t be a death knell for mining jobs, but will require reskilling

By: Natasha Odendaal     26th October 2018 The rapid developments around the concept of the mine of the future and the Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR) are sending mixed reactions over jobs in what is a struggling sector. However, stalling or adopting what is inevitable, in a slow fashion, will deliver penalties for the economy on an... 

Manufacturer goes big at 2018 Sassda awards

By: Thabi Madiba     26th October 2018 Heavy-duty pump manufacturer Hazleton Pumps will compete in six categories at the biennial 2018 Southern Africa Stainless Steel Development Association (Sassda) Columbus Stainless Awards, with an entry submitted for the use of duplex stainless steel to decrease pumping costs in the mining... 

South Africa prepares for an electrified future

By: Paige Müller     26th October 2018 Amid the conclusion of this year’s Sasol Solar Challenge (SSC), founder and director Winstone Jordaan tells Engineering News that South Africa is poised to adopt electrified transport. “Without any doubt in my mind, we are heading for an electric future. This means we must find better, cleaner... 

2018 Sassda awards celebrate innovation

By: Thabi Madiba     26th October 2018 The Southern Africa Stainless Steel Development Association (Sassda) Columbus Stainless Awards are a testament to the strength and durability of the South African stainless steel industry, says Sassda executive director John Tarboton. With this year’s awards theme being “celebrating innovation”,... 

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