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Richland halts operations at Queensland sapphire mine

By: Mariaan Webb     Updated 7 hours ago Aim-listed Richland Resources has temporarily suspended mining activities at its Capricorn sapphire mine, in Queensland, citing extreme weather conditions and a weak market environment. The company said on Monday that it had decided to halt operations to conserve cash resources, as heavy rainfall... 

Forced self-correction

By: Terence Creamer     8th December 2017 I could not agree more with Energy Minister David Mahlobo’s recent Parliamentary reply, in which he stated that there was no longer a need to build large power generation units, owing to the availability of low-cost smaller generation alternatives. In response to Economic Freedom Fighters MP... 

The “Kids” Of The MB Crusher Family

     7th December 2017 Waste and residues - once materials to be disposed of - are now transformed by MB into a new source of profit, with significant environmental benefits. Until recently, nobody had thought of this. Then along came MB Crusher, who designed and produced machinery that transforms loaders, skid loaders... 

Kibaran to build battery-grade graphite producing pilot plant

By: Mia Breytenbach     5th December 2017 Following the successful completion of a feasibility study on downstream processing of graphite from its Epanko graphite project in Tanzania, ASX-listed Kibaran Resources will establish a pilot plant in Germany that will be expanded to commercial scale for the supply of  premium battery graphite... 

FLSmidth launches new, modular Reflux Classifier plant 

     30th November 2017 Minerals and cement industry equipment and services supplier FLSmidth has officially launched its modular Reflux Classifier plant, which is suitable for fines gravity separation applications. Mia Breytenbach has the details. 

Precast concrete industry drives sustainable employment and skills development in construction

     29th November 2017 Leading participants in the precast concrete industry are creating sustainable employment opportunities, while contributing towards skills development in the South African construction sector. This stands out as a major industry milestone for Willie de Jager, managing director of Corestruc, a... 

Mahlobo’s call for ‘modular’ electricity roll-out at odds with nuclear ambition

By: Terence Creamer     27th November 2017 Energy Minister David Mahlobo’s latest Parliamentary reply, in which he argues that there is no longer a need to build large generation units, owing to the availability of low-cost smaller generation options, is at odds with his support for a large-scale nuclear build programme. In response to... 

Power underpins wave of African industrialisation

     24th November 2017 Power is closely tied to a surge of new infrastructure projects and rapid industrialisation across Africa, with significant opportunities still open to the power sector, delegates heard at a briefing for key power sector stakeholders in Sandton this week. Infrastructure spend across Africa will... 

Microgrids add new arrow to Africa’s electricity access quiver

By: Mia Breytenbach     24th November 2017 The launch of a R25-million solar energy, lithium-ion battery storage microgrid on Robben Island – the World Heritage Site in Table Bay, Cape Town, which, until recently, relied on diesel to generate electricity – not only showcases the versatile advantages of microgrid technology, but also... 

Microgrids add new arrow to Africa’s electricity access quiver

By: Mia Breytenbach     24th November 2017 The launch of a R25-million solar energy, lithium-ion battery storage microgrid on Robben Island – the World Heritage Site in Table Bay, Cape Town, which, until recently, relied on diesel to generate electricity – not only showcases the versatile advantages of microgrid technology, but also... 

Robben Island inaugurates solar PV microgrid  

     23rd November 2017 Robben Island, a World Heritage Site in Table Bay, Cape Town has gone green with the installation of a R25-million solar energy, lithium-ion battery storage microgrid. Mia Breytenbach has the details. 

Schréder And Huawei Announce Strategic Partnership To Light And Connect The City With Shuffle Site

     17th November 2017 At the Eighth Global Mobile Broadband Forum, Huawei, with the leading global outdoor lighting solutions provider Schréder, launched the Shuffle Site, a multi-functional light column co-developed by the two companies. Shuffle Site is based on the modular Shuffle lighting-based system and the... 

Allied Machine Announces VarioBore Precision Boring Head & System

     17th November 2017 Versatile tool features universal digital readout module Dover, OH - Allied Machine & Engineering, a leading manufacturer of holemaking and finishing tooling systems, announces Wohlhaupter’s VarioBore Precision Boring Head & System, a versatile and cost-effective tool that features a universal... 

Value-for-money centrifugal pumps to change process

     17th November 2017 The food and beverage industry is continuously looking for solutions to increase production efficiency with extremely high system pressure applications becoming more common, especially in typical reverse osmosis applications for whey, wine and beer filtration. 

Solar Project Brings Relief to Malawi Health Facilities

     15th November 2017 As part of its ongoing commitment to developing the healthcare infrastructure in Malawi, the country’s Ministry of Health, through the Global Fund Project Implementation Unit (PIU), has embarked on a $3,7-million project to install solar energy at 85 health facilities nationwide. In an interview... 

Uranium-endowed South Africa stands to benefit from ambitions to improve electricity access in Africa

By: Dylan Slater     3rd November 2017 In tandem with growing ambitions to increase access to electricity for many African citizens who currently have limited or no access to electricity comes the call for new large-scale power stations to be built. This has prompted a keen interest in nuclear power stations and, consequently, a... 

Newly inaugurated PV microgrid to supply almost 50% of Robben Island’s electricity

By: Mia Breytenbach     3rd November 2017 Robben Island, a World Heritage Site has gone green with the installation of a R25-million solar energy, lithium-ion battery storage microgrid that will supply almost half of the island’s yearly electricity requirement. The Department of Tourism, together with the appointed engineering,... 

Flexible Modular Laboratory, Austria

By: Sheila Barradas     3rd November 2017 The laboratory is part of a wider project called ReNual and ReNual+ to renovate and modernise all the International Atomic Energy Agency’s eight laboratories in Seibersdorf. 

Fluor successfully completes project at Letlhakane Mine in Botswana

     1st November 2017 Fluor has successfully completed the construction of Debswana’s Letlhakane Mine Tailings Resource Treatment Plant (LMTRTP), situated near Francistown in central Botswana. The modular plant, which was designed by Fluor, is currently being commissioned. The new 3.6 million tonne per annum modular... 

Cape Town will not run out of water, says mayor De Lille on visit to desalination plant site at V&A Waterfront

By: African News Agency      30th October 2017 Cape Town mayor Patricia de Lille on Sunday pledged that Cape Town “will not run out of water”, and said one of the city’s modular land-based desalination plants would produce two-million litres of water per day to be fed into the city’s water distribution network by February 2018. “Last week I... 

US Energy Secretary defends its stance on nuclear and clean coal

By: Kim Cloete     26th October 2017 US Energy Secretary Rick Perry has defended the US government’s suggested pivot towards clean coal and nuclear energy, saying nuclear and coal producers had been discriminated against in the Obama era. “Basically, we’re saying the government is going to be fair to nuclear and coal . . . no... 

7.5 MW / 5.2 MWh Energy Storage System, installation completed

     24th October 2017 A Smart Energy Storage System Project Santerno installed and commissioned a 7.5 MW, 5.2 MWh storage system to serve as a grid stabilizer in an off-grid petrochemical plant. The system comprises three functional units, each featuring one Santerno Skid controlled by a Santerno power management... 

Kumba Q3 output down 2% y/y; FY guidance raised

By: Mia Breytenbach     24th October 2017 Anglo American subsidiary Kumba Iron Ore’s production decreased by 2% year-on-year to 11.5-million tonnes for the quarter ended September 30. This was owing to a 7% decrease in the Sishen mine’s production to 7.8-million tonnes, compared with 8.3-million tonnes in the third quarter of 2016. 

Legrand’s Ysalis switches and sockets, which were launched in South Africa at the beginning of the year, have been well received by the local market.

     24th October 2017 Feedback reveals that style, convenience and energy saving are key features that add to the popularity of this new range. Ysalis - designed for new and existing installations -provides easy control of lighting and fans and accommodates current and new RSA standards for local plugs. Ysalis is... 

Robben Island inaugurates R25m microgrid

By: Mia Breytenbach     20th October 2017 Robben Island, a World Heritage Site has gone green with the installation of a R25-million solar energy, lithium-ion battery storage microgrid that will supply almost half of the island’s yearly electricity requirement. The Department of Tourism, together with the appointed engineering,... 

CoreSlab drives uptake of precast concrete and HCC technologies

     20th October 2017 CoreSlab’s involvement in a number of public sector projects reflects the ongoing growth of precast and hybrid-concrete construction (HCC) technologies in the country. This leading precast concrete designer and manufacturer has participated in many successful infrastructure-related projects,... 

Heat Is No Match For Apex’s Solutions

     20th October 2017 In engineering and manufacturing, warehouses and workshops often become heat chambers in a hot summer as is currently being experienced in most parts of the country. Doors left open to allow access for people and equipment also let in hot air, which is trapped in the building and reheated by the... 

CSIR is looking to transform how infrastructure is built in South Africa

By: Keith Campbell     20th October 2017 The Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) continues to research innovations and initiatives to transform the local construction industry. This was reported by CSIR Principal Researcher Llewellyn van Wyk at the recent 6th CSIR Conference in Pretoria.  

Pre-cast at the CORE of modern hotel

     18th October 2017 The new six-storey 2Ten Hotel is immediately noticeable by the slender and elegant vertical and horizontal lines that traverse the full length and width of the east, west and south walls of the structure. Meanwhile, lean horizontal and vertical strips of pre-cast concrete coping on the perimeter... 

Identifying New Energy Markets In Africa

     16th October 2017 The population in Africa is growing with an expected 6% annual increase in demand for electricity, but the deficit in access to energy in Africa is a severe constraint to growth, development and productivity - on a scale that restricts Africa’s ability to compete effectively in the global... 

Powertech Switchgear land a big deal with Eskom

     13th October 2017 The tender for Eskom’s distribution and transmission MV AIS switchgear was issued in 2015 and Powertech Switchgear seized the opportunity to submit on tender obligation. The tender was awarded in March 2017 and Powertech Switchgear managed to gain five years of supply. Eskom requirement is to... 

CSIR seeking to develop new methods to improve local infrastructure production  

By: Keith Campbell     11th October 2017 The Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) continues to research innovations and initiatives to transform the local construction industry. This was reported by CSIR principal researcher Llewellyn van Wyk at the recent sixth CSIR Conference in Pretoria. He noted that the country has... 

Parnis Completes E-Houses For African Mine

     9th October 2017 An established track record for quality manufacture resulted in Parnis Manufacturing securing a contract to fabricate modular electrical houses (E-House) destined for a mine in Africa. The continued trend to make use of E-Houses has seen a marked increase in the demand for a company that can... 

Absolute Accuracy With Henstler Acuro Encoder

     6th October 2017 Absolute encoders are considered ideal for applications where a power outage requires machinery to reorient without having to reconfigure any of its settings. This, according to Gerry Bryant, managing director of sensor solutions specialist Countapulse Controls, is because an absolute encoder is... 

Manufacturer innovates to address lack of water and sanitation challenges

     6th October 2017 With South Africa’s lack of clean water and sanitation has pressurising the country’s pumps industry to provide solutions, pump manufacturer Sulzer’s new pump ranges cater to the country’s need for improved water and sanitation, with ranges specifically developed for water transportation and... 

Supplier extends pumps offering

     6th October 2017 Industrial equipment supplier Atlas Copco’s portable energy division expanded its offering for the dewatering market, launching more than 20 new heavy-duty, high capacity pumps in August. The launch included the addition of three high-flow models to its PAS range of centrifugal dry prime pumps.... 

Eaton aiming to grow share in African utility market

By: Schalk Burger     6th October 2017 Electrical components and systems company Eaton aims to grow in the utility, commercial buildings and mining sectors in Africa by replicating the success of its power quality business, says Eaton Africa Sales Director Malvin Naicker. Eaton is focused on providing high-quality technical support... 

Automotive investment projects, South Africa

By: Sheila Barradas     6th October 2017 BMW SA will invest an additional R160-million in its Rosslyn manufacturing facility to enhance production linespeed. 

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