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On-The-Air (25/05/2018) 

By: Martin Creamer     25th May 2018 128 years of branding came crashing down this week when the name Chamber of Mines was trashed and replaced with Minerals Council South Africa. With all the talk about new emerging farmers coming on to the land in the future, South Africa needs to step up its mining of phosphates. Certification is... 

Africa Day – 55 years on

By: Martin Zhuwakinyu     25th May 2018 As you read this piece, I am probably putting together the next instalment or doing whatever else my job description demands I should be doing each weekday. But colleagues in countries such as Ghana, Lesotho, Mali, Namibia, Zambia and Zimbabwe are probably braai-ing in their backyards or engaging... 

African infrastructure projects on a par with global best practices

By: Schalk Burger     25th May 2018 African infrastructure projects are meeting, and sometimes setting, global engineering best practices, says infrastructure and engineering multinational AECOM Africa civil infrastructure lead Darrin Green. Large-scale engineering projects worldwide require a range of technical, multidisciplinary... 

Triton advances vanadium play at Nicanda Hill

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     23rd May 2018 ASX-listed Triton Minerals will fast track studies on the vanadium mineralisation at the Nicanda Hill project, in Mozambique. Triton told shareholders on Wednesday that the company was investigating the opportunity to produce a vanadium concentrate or product from Nicanda Hill, given the... 

Proposed Mpumalanga SEZ to boost provincial economy, skills development

By: Simone Liedtke     21st May 2018 Trade and Industry Minister Dr Rob Davies has approved a recommendation that the Nkomazi Special Economic Zone (SEZ), in Mpumalanga, be designated and has called on the public and interested parties to comment on the proposed designation by June 28. The application for the designation of the... 

Barloworld H1 profits, revenue rise on higher Southern African, Russian equipment sales

By: Marleny Arnoldi     21st May 2018 Despite a weaker first quarter, the global economy remains on track to show solid growth for 2018 in both developed and emerging markets, while South Africa’s economic outlook is also improving, benefiting multinational Barloworld. The company on Monday reported a 14.2% year-on-year increase in... 

Anadarko seeks to raise $14bn to $15bn for Mozambique LNG project

By: Reuters     18th May 2018 Anadarko Petroleum is seeking to raise a record $14-billion to $15-billion from banks and export credit agencies for its huge liquefied natural gas (LNG) project in Mozambique, sources close to the matter said. Fast-growing gas demand from China and Southeast Asia is reassuring export project... 

Valves system ready for African oil production market

By: Donald Makhafola     18th May 2018 Netherlands-based valves manufacturer Mokveld’s new patented low shear technology, the Typhoon valve system for oil production system is available for the African commercial market through South Africa-based high-end and specialised equipment supplier Energas Technologies. “The low shear-force... 

Stefanutti Stocks’ FY operating loss widens on impairment

By: Simone Liedtke     17th May 2018 JSE-listed Stefanutti Stocks’ operating loss widened to R451-million for the financial year ended February 28, compared with the R106-million loss incurred in the prior financial year. The company on Thursday reported that goodwill and intangible assets of R667-million had been impaired,... 

Battery Minerals raises A$20m for Montepuez

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     17th May 2018 ASX-listed junior Battery Minerals will raise A$20-million through a share placement to continue building its Montepuez graphite project, in Mozambique. The company on Thursday announced that about 333.33-million shares would be issued at 6c each to institutional and professional investors.  

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... 

Radebe sees energy contributing $25bn to South Africa’s $100bn investment target

By: Terence Creamer     16th May 2018 Energy Minister Jeff Radebe says one-quarter, or $25-billion, of South Africa's newly announced five-year investment target of $100-billion could be met through investments in new energy projects, including a possible new greenfield crude oil refinery and a gas pipeline linking South Africa to... 

A-OSH EXPO 2018 exhibitors gearing up for show

11th May 2018 As the continent’s leading occupational health and safety (OHS) show draws closer, it’s all systems go for this year’s exhibitors as they work on the finishing touches for their stands and marketing plans. Whatever your interest in the OHS arena, there is something for everyone at A-OSH EXPO... 

Cement plant maintenance crucial

By: Jessica Oosthuizen     11th May 2018 Strategic and effective cement plant maintenance services can increase plant productivity and reduce costs, says furnace and industrial services company The Dickinson Group sales manager Brighton Mapiku. “By doing thorough cement plant maintenance, which includes proper planning, employing... 

Zest WEG Group

11th May 2018 Zest WEG Group, a subsidiary of leading Brazilian motor and controls manufacturer WEG, has a strong commitment to contributing to the development of Africa and has been servicing the mining sector on the continent for more than 35 years. An in-depth understanding of the harsh conditions found... 

Effective Stormwater Management Is Crucial

10th May 2018 Effective stormwater management can prevent pollution, flooding, erosion and damage to the environment and infrastructure.  Therefore, it makes financial sense for local municipalities to invest in products and technologies to ensure that the quality of infrastructure, be it stability and... 

The Advantages Of Precast Concrete Wingwall Units

10th May 2018 Precast concrete products offer many known advantages and Rocla’s precast concrete wingwall units are no exception. Wingwall units are used at both the inlet and outlet of a pipe system in both culvert and stormwater applications. Precast wingwall units offer the client a faster installation... 

Triton gets more buyers for Ancuabe graphite

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     9th May 2018 Graphite developer Triton Minerals has signed a second binding offtake agreement over its Ancuabe project, in Mozambique. The offtake agreement with China’s Qingdao Chengyang Graphite covers up to 16 000 t/y of graphite concentrate, for at least five years, with a seller option for a further... 

Fura unearths exceptional 25.97 ct rough emerald in Colombia

By: Henry Lazenby     8th May 2018 Dubai-based precious gem producer Fura Gems has recovered a 25.97 ct rough emerald at its Coscuez Colombian emerald mine. Fura said in a statement on Tuesday that it believes the emerald to be rare and exceptional owing to its size, colour saturation and clarity.  

IMF warns of rising African debt despite faster economic growth

By: Reuters     8th May 2018 Sub-Saharan African nations are at growing risk of debt distress because of heavy borrowing and gaping deficits, despite an overall uptick in economic growth, the International Monetary Fund (IMF) warned on Tuesday. The sober assessment comes as African countries continue to tap international... 

Ramaphosa mourns mining disaster deaths at Sibanye-Stillwater’s Driefontein operations

By: African News Agency      5th May 2018 President Cyril Ramaphosa has expressed his sadness at the death of seven workers at Sibanye-Stillwater’s Driefontein mine near Carletonville on the West Rand in Gauteng. The death toll at the mine has risen to seven following initial reports that four workers had died. 

Ncondezi raises £950 000

By: Simone Liedtke     4th May 2018 Aim-listed Ncondezi Energy has raised £950 000, before expenses, through a conditional placing of 15.2-million ordinary shares at a price of 6.25p apiece. The company will use the funds to strengthen its balance sheet as it moves towards the conclusion of a joint development agreement (JDA) for... 

Hydraulics repair centre certifications are good for business

By: Paige Müller     4th May 2018 The South Africa hydraulics industry now has access to two Denison pump and motor approved repair centres (ARCs) for hydraulic repair that are accredited by international motion and control technologies manufacturer Parker Hannifin. Parker Hannifin Sales Company South Africa, has, in the last... 

Exclusive CEO Forum to discuss utilities transformation at AUW

By: Melissa Zisengwe     4th May 2018 CEOs from Africa will meet at the Pan-African Utility CEO Forum to discuss pertinent issues affecting the power, energy and water sectors. The Forum at African Utility Week (AUW), taking place from 15 to 17 May, is the largest of the five forums and is the meeting place for CEOs from across the... 

UK, SA leaders hold bilateral trade talks in London

By: Rebecca Campbell     4th May 2018 South African Trade and Industry Minister Dr Rob Davies met with his British counterpart, International Trade Secretary Dr Liam Fox, on the margins of the recent Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting in London, to discuss the bilateral trade relationship. They both expressed pleasure at the... 

A monarch’s costly whim

By: Martin Zhuwakinyu     4th May 2018 It is safe to say that many readers of this column now know that what used to be the Kingdom of Swaziland is now the Kingdom of eSwatini, which means ‘the place of the Swati people’. The name change, announced by King Mswati III last month, during celebrations to mark 50 years of independence... 

Zest WEG Group

4th May 2018 Zest WEG Group, a subsidiary of leading Brazilian motor and controls manufacturer WEG, has a strong commitment to contributing to the development of Africa and has been servicing the mining sector on the continent for more than 35 years. An in-depth understanding of the harsh conditions found... 

Ncondezi confident it can achieve a more competitive tariff

By: Marleny Arnoldi     3rd May 2018 Preliminary results from a review of updated proposals for the engineering, procurement and construction (EPC), and operations and maintenance (O&M), contracts for Ncondezi Energy’s integrated 300 MW power and coal mine project, in Tete, Mozambique, are positive.  

RCF provides $30m for Battery Minerals’ project

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     3rd May 2018 Graphite developer Battery Minerals has secured a $30-million debt and equity package from Resources Capital Funds (RCF) to fund its Montepuez graphite project, in Mozambique. The debt and equity package marked a significant milestone for the company, as it started the countdown to production... 

Exhibition tailored for the African market

By: Melissa Zisengwe     27th April 2018 The third edition of the bauma CONEXPO AFRICA, held from March 13 to 16, 2018 was a reflection of the African market and an opportunity to showcase products and new technology suited to different construction equipment segments for the African market, says Messe München MD Stefan Rummel. The... 

Some opportunities

By: Terry Mackenzie-hoy     27th April 2018 An unusual quiz: you are asked a set of questions which are largely hypothetical but, nevertheless, interesting. The questions are (as far as I remember) as follows: Would you chose to be (a) invisible (b) be able to predict the future (c) be able to read a person's mind but only briefly (d) be... 

Mustang marches on with ruby strategy

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     26th April 2018 Ruby miner Mustang Resources recovered 29 069 ct from its Montepuez operation, in Mozambique, during the three months to March. The ASX-listed company said on Thursday that some 43 940 m3 of stockpiled material was recovered from Montepuez during the quarter, with an average grade of 0.42 ct/t,... 

Ncondezi reviews updated EPC, operations and maintenance proposals

By: Marleny Arnoldi     25th April 2018 Power development company Ncondezi Energy is reviewing updated proposals for the engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) and operations and maintenance (O&M) contracts for its integrated 300 MW power and coal mine project in Tete, Mozambique.  

Mutamba mining lease applications being considered by Mozambique government

By: Simone Liedtke     23rd April 2018 Mozambique’s Ministry of Mineral Resources and Energy is “actively” considering that granting of three mining lease applications that form part of Aim-listed Savannah Resources’ Mutamba heavy mineral sands project. The mine lease applications cover an area of 417.32 km² and comprise the Jangamo,... 

Company offers customisable electrical distribution solution

By: Jessica Oosthuizen     20th April 2018 Transformer supplier Trafo Power Solutions is offering dry-type mini substations as a complete and customisable electrical distribution solution for several applications. “Mini substations generally include oil transformers, but Trafo Power Solutions is now able to design and deliver dry-type... 

Triton signs offtake over Moz project

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     19th April 2018 Graphite developer Triton Minerals has signed its first offtake agreement over the Ancuabe graphite project, in Mozambique. Triton has inked a binding sales agreement with China’s Qingdao Tianshengda Graphite Company for up to 16 000 t/y of graphite concentrate from the mine, for a period of at... 

South32 hikes manganese guidance, lowers coal forecast

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     19th April 2018 Diversified miner South32 has increased its manganese production guidance from its Australia and South African operations to take advantage of farourable market conditions. The company increased its production guidance at the Australia manganese operations by 6% to 3.30-million tonnes and its... 

UK, SA Trade Ministers hold talks in London

By: Rebecca Campbell     18th April 2018 South African Trade and Industry Minister Dr Rob Davies met with his British counterpart, International Trade Secretary Dr Liam Fox, on Tuesday on the margins of the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting in London, to discuss the bilateral trade relationship. They both expressed pleasure at... 

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