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Eskom optimistic plan to boost coal stocks will prevent power outages

By: Paige Müller     12th October 2018 The continuing coal supply shortage at State-owned power utility Eskom Holdings is considered a crisis by industry commentators. Although conceding that it “is not an ideal situation”, Eskom has assured Parliament that it is implementing a recovery plan to prevent any unplanned capacity loss.... 

Engineering firm acquires valve test bench

By: Donald Makhafola     12th October 2018 Mpumalanga-based wholly black-owned mechanical engineering company Brimis Engineering will procure a pressure relief valve test bench by the end of this month to test more than 90% of all installed safety valves currently in use in South Africa.  Global valve test and repair equipment supplier... 

Khanyisa coal-fired power project, South Africa

By: Sheila Barradas     28th September 2018 Civil society organisation Life After Coal contends that the Khanyisa coal-fired power station will never be built. 

AfDB extends R2.87bn loan to Eskom to expand its transmission network

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     27th September 2018 The African Development Bank (AfDB) has approved a R2.87-billion loan for South Africa’s State-owned power utility Eskom for the upgrade and expansion of its transmission facilities. The funding supports the Eskom Transmission Improvement Project (ETIP), which will see the construction of 555 km... 

Reflecting on sugar customs duty increase

By: Riaan de Lange     31st August 2018 So, will the increase in the variable formula tariff (VFT) on sugar – or the 'honey without bees', as Alexander the Great called it – mitigate the harshness of international trade or be the saccharine protection that the Southern African Customs Union (Sacu) producers desire it to be? Growing up... 

Graskop Gorge glass elevator project, South Africa

By: Sheila Barradas     31st August 2018 The Graskop Gorge Lift Centre was opened in July. 

Xylex demonstration plant, South Africa

By: Sheila Barradas     17th August 2018 Sappi proposes to further upscale its Xylex technology for the production of xylitol and furfural. 

Sappi to combat artisan skills dearth with two new centres

By: Erin Steenhoff-Snethlage     27th July 2018 To ensure an adequate supply of skilled labour and artisans, pulp and paper company Sappi has opened training centres in KwaZulu-Natal and Mpumalanga. Sappi opened a training centre at its Saiccor mill in Umkomaas, KwaZulu-Natal, in January and at its Ngodwana mill near Mbombela, in Mpumalanga,... 

You can’t have your cake and eat it, Sanral’s Macozoma warns govt, South Africans 

By: Irma Venter     9th July 2018 South Africa is in critical need of a funding model for its road infrastructure. “The situation with toll in this country now is that, number one, people are anti-toll, and now we can’t toll anything,” said South African National Roads Agency Limited (Sanral) CEO Skhumbuzo Macozoma on Monday at... 

Ngodwana biomass project, South Africa

By: Sheila Barradas     25th May 2018 The project involves the construction of a 25 MW woodchip biomass plant.  

No agreement yet in Eskom’s discussions with Optimum BRPs

By: Simone Liedtke     30th April 2018 State-owned power utility Eskom says it is considering a proposal by Optimum coal mine business rescue practitioners (BRPs) to reduce the monthly coal supply tonnage from the mine from 400 000 t to 200 000 t for the remainder of the contract period. Eskom on Monday stressed, however, that it has... 

Mpompomo Falls small-scale hydroelectric power plant, South Africa

By: Sheila Barradas     2nd March 2018 The project involves the installation of a containerised mini hydropower plant. 

Air Liquide air separation unit, South Africa

By: Sheila Barradas     9th February 2018 Air Liquide has launched the air separation unit at Sasol's Secunda plant. 

Battling threat of sugar tax, excessive imports and low price

By: Victor Moolman     8th December 2017 The large amount of sugar being imported into South Africa has caused the country’s sugar industry, which may soon be further compromised by the introduction of a sugar tax, to start exporting sugar at world market prices to offload excess sugar, which it is unable to sell locally. While opposing... 

Universal subsidiary raises stake in Eloff project to 80%

By: Creamer Media Reporter      27th November 2017 A subsidiary of ASX-listed Universal Coal has increased its stake in the Eloff coal project, in Mpumalanga, South Africa, to 80%. Universal Coal Development IV (UCDIV), which is a joint venture between Universal and Ndalamo Resources, has acquired Manyeka Coal Mines, which owns 51% of the Eloff... 

Swazi Rail Link infrastructure project, Swaziland and South Africa

By: Sheila Barradas     17th November 2017 An expression of interest for the proposed cross-border Swazi Rail Link infrastructure project will be released to potential investors before the end of this year. 

Pan African concludes wage agreement at Barberton Mines

By: Anine Kilian     18th October 2017 Pan African Resources’ Mpumalanga-based Barberton Mines has successfully concluded a one-year wage agreement with the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) and Uasa. The average wage increase for all Barberton Mines employees will be about 8%, effective from July. 

Fine Ash Dam 6 project, South Africa

By: Sheila Barradas     22nd September 2017 SNC-Lavalin has been awarded a contract on the Fine Ash Dam 6 project, in Mpumalanga. 

Graskop Gorge glass elevator project, South Africa

By: Sheila Barradas     1st September 2017 The Graskop Gorge Lift Company is building a 51-m-high viewing lift on Mpumalanga’s Panorama route 

Elikhulu tailings plant project, South Africa

By: Creamer Media Reporter      25th August 2017 Pan African has secured the final regulatory approvals for construction to start. 

Atlas Copco product and training sponsorship empowers informal mechanics

13th July 2017 Atlas Copco South Africa (Pty) Ltd has for the past five years been a proud supporter of the Filpro enterprise development programme, an inspirational initiative that empowers and upskills informal mechanics to become active participants in the country’s formal mainstream economy. Social... 

Four nabbed for connection to rhino poaching

By: African News Agency      11th July 2017 Four people were arrested in KwaZulu-Natal and Mpumalanga in connection with rhino poaching and a rhino horn was seized, the police said on Tuesday. Spokesperson, Lieutenant-Colonel Katlego Mogale, said that members of the rhino project team and the Nelspruit K9 Unit arrested four people between... 

Need for industry growth must be recognised

By: Robyn Wilkinson     31st March 2017 More favourable economic conditions for sugar cane production and processing need to be fostered in South Africa to protect and grow a sector that contributes an average R12-billion to the economy and provides about 350 000 jobs in the country, say industry associations the South African Cane... 

Commission welcomes Tribunal’s settlement agreement confirmation for Blinkwater

By: Creamer Media Reporter      17th March 2017 The Competition Tribunal has confirmed a R10.1-million price-fixing settlement agreement between Mpumalanga-based maize milling firm Blinkwater Mills and the Competition Commission, to be paid in three instalments within a year. Blinkwater has agreed to pay the fine, representing 5% of its 2007... 

Milestone for Two Rivers as PGM production surpasses 400 000 oz/y

By: David Oliveira     3rd February 2017 Mpumalanga-based Two Rivers, a joint venture between diversified miner African Rainbow Minerals (ARM) and platinum producer Impala Platinum (Implats), reached an important milestone last year, producing more than 400 000 oz of platinum-group metals (PGMs) for the first time since the mine started... 

Company earns electric motors certification

27th January 2017 Mpumalanga-based armature winding specialist Mokse Engineering Enterprises, has earned engineering consultants and equipment supplier SKF’s highly respected Rebuilder: Electric Motors Certification following a stringent audit in September last year. Mokse Engineering Enterprises explains that... 

Khanyisa coal-fired power project, South Africa

By: Sheila Barradas     4th November 2016 An ACWA Power-led consortium plans to build a coal-fired power plant using circulating fluidised-bed technology. 

Keaton Energy coal delivery down owing to reception constraints

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     14th October 2016 Mpumalanga-based coal miner Keaton Energy on Friday reported a 4%, or 52 372 t, drop in washed 2- and 4-Seam thermal coal delivered to Eskom in the half-year ended September 30. The company, spearheaded by CEO Mandi Glad, explained that the volume drop in its delivery of 139-million tonnes could... 

Bold EC macadamia nut project unlocks opportunity in the rural space

6th September 2016 The Amajingqi rural community in Willowvale is set for a major socio-economic transformation when 300 hectares earmarked for macadamia plantations is completed in April 2017. Spearheaded by East Cape Macadamia (ECM), the project is the second macadamia growing site in the Eastern Cape’s coastal... 

Renewable sugar extraction demonstration plant project, South Africa

By: Sheila Barradas     5th August 2016 The plant will also be used to improve the dissolving-wood-pulp manufacturing process. 

Pan African expects H1 earnings to soar

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     2nd August 2016 Pan African Resources expects its earnings a share for the financial year ended June 30, to be between 157% and 177% higher than the 11.48c it reported for the previous financial year, owing to robust operational performances from its Mpumalanga-based mines. The gold miner expects headline... 

Hold off nuclear until current projects are complete, Outa urges Eskom  

By: Creamer Media Reporter      28th July 2016 The Organisation Undoing Tax Abuse (Outa) on Thursday urged State-owned power utility Eskom to complete its currently-under-construction Medupi, Kusile and Ingula power stations before embarking on any new mega power station projects, particularly nuclear projects. Outa spokesperson Ted Blom... 

Township tourism remains untapped

By: Sydney Majoko     24th June 2016 Tourism in South Africa remains an untapped market. Yes, there are tourist destinations like Cape Town, KwaZulu-Natal and Mpumalanga but, as a country, we are barely scraping the barrel when it comes to cashing in on tourism generally and township tourism, in particular. The township economy... 

Sugar cane production declines by more than 16.3% y/y

By: Samantha Herbst     15th June 2016 As a result of the ongoing countrywide drought, South African cane production declined during the 2015/16 season by more than 16.3% to 14.81-million tons, following an 11.4% reduction recorded in the previous season. “The decrease will impact on the sustainability of the rural economy in both... 

KiPower independent power producer plant project, South Africa

By: Sheila Barradas     20th May 2016 A draft environmental impact report for the proposed construction of two loop-in loop-out 400 kV power lines to connect the KiPower independent power producer power plant to the Eskom grid has been released. 

Industries benefit from high-pressure steam valves supply

By: Simon Sonnekus     13th May 2016 Mpumalanga-based valve suppliers Bilfinger Intervalve Africa, a subsidiary of Bilfinger Power Africa based in Rivonia, is supplying high-pressure (HP) steam valves to the power, and petrochemicals industry and becoming more active in supplying the mining industry. 

Majuba rail project, South Africa

By: Sheila Barradas     29th April 2016 The project involves the construction of a railway line that links the Majuba power station to the main coal railway hub in Ermelo, Mpumalanga. 

Kusile power plant project, South Africa

By: Sheila Barradas     15th April 2016 Work is progressing at the project. 

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