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Event seeks sustainability for Africa’s electricity supply industry

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     13th July 2018 This year’s POWER-GEN & DistribuTECH Africa (PGDA) event will focus on all areas of the electricity supply industry, in line with the goal to take a holistic approach and engender sustainability across the industry, PGDA consistent advisory board chairperson Dr Willie De Beer tells Engineering... 

AfricaOnline Launches JET-Powered Wireless Network to Deliver Fast Broadband in Namibia

12th July 2018 Marc Gregan, MD, AfricaOnline “We have launched a new 5GHz JET and customer feedback is that they are ecstatic with the 100Mbps they’re getting”   AfricaOnline, one of the largest ISPs in Nambia, has launched a wireless broadband network powered by RADWIN’s JET 5GHz Point-to-Multipoint (PtMP)... 

SADC Committee of Ministers of Finance meets in South Africa

By: African News Agency      11th July 2018 The Southern African Development Community (SADC) Committee of Ministers of Finance and Investment will meet today in Johannesburg to discuss areas of cooperation and improving regional financial coordination.  The Ministers will be joined by the central bank governors from the region.  

Mining can be a major driver of development in poor countries – ICMM

By: Marleny Arnoldi     10th July 2018 The lives of people living in countries whose economies are dependent on mining have, on average, improved faster than those of people in other countries over the past 20 years, a report by the International Council of Mining and Metals (ICMM) has found.  

“Listeriosis can be rallying call for the industry”

6th July 2018 The recent listeriosis outbreak is a timely reminder that the food supply chain is constantly under attack from outside threats. In this, there is a lesson for the rest of the industry, writes Emma Corder, Nilfisk South Africa Country Manager. One doesn’t have to look far to find serious cases of... 

Products facilitate cleaner, safer environments

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     6th July 2018 With dust legislation encouraging awareness of dust repercussions, chemical solutions provider Chryso Southern Africa (Chryso) and its subsidiary a.b.e are providing a range of dust suppression technologies to help reduce the effects of dust, Chryso CEO Norman Seymore tells Engineering News. “We... 

Corruption’s heavy toll

By: Martin Zhuwakinyu     6th July 2018 Picture this scene: you are driving along a road in suburban Johannesburg and a stern-looking cop pulls you over, informing you, as you wind down your window, that you have exceeded the speed limit or committed any of several traffic infractions. In a tone that can put the fear of God into any... 

Key enviro assessment launched for SA gas and power networks

By: Nadine James     6th July 2018 The Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) and the South African National Biodiversity Institute are undertaking a strategic environmental assessment (SEA) for the development of a phased gas pipeline network and the expansion of the electricity grid infrastructure (EGI) corridors.... 

Chemicals factory to support value chain opened in Maluti-a-Phofong SEZ

By: Schalk Burger     6th July 2018 An industrial chemicals factory opened in the Maluti-a-Phofong special economic zone (SEZ), in Harrismith, Free State, will play a key intermediate role in supporting the value chains that pass through this transport node, says the Industrial Development Corporation (IDC) Chemicals and Textiles... 

German funding to back oil, gas exploration in Namibia

By: Marleny Arnoldi     5th July 2018 Gravionic, a specialist in the development of complex sensor systems, was awarded a €376 000 grant from the German government to mount its gravity and magnetic surveying equipment on to a gyrocopter for the first time.  

Moody’s warns of credit implications for Africa as China shifts to consumption-led growth

By: Simone Liedtke     3rd July 2018 China's shift to consumption-led growth will have mixed credit implications for African sovereigns, flattening the trade volumes of oil and ferrous metal exporters, while benefitting other exporters and tourist destinations, Moody's Investors Service said in a report published on Tuesday. "China... 

B2Gold increases exploration budget at Fekola North

By: Simone Liedtke     29th June 2018 TSX-listed B2Gold has increased the exploration budget for the Fekola North Extension zone, in Mali, based on positive exploration drill results, by $3.9-million, to accelerate the current programme, which is extending and infilling mineral resources to the north of the main Fekola deposit. The... 

Morocco: it’s fifth time (un)lucky

By: Martin Zhuwakinyu     29th June 2018 The Beautiful Game is obviously the flavour of the month, what with the World Cup currently under way in Russia. So, apologies to those readers of this column who cannot tell the difference between FIFA and Uefa – the focus this week is on matters football once again. Those with more that a... 

Intelligent data management capabilities support future services

By: Schalk Burger     29th June 2018 Intelligent data management across a company’s information technology environment is a key element supporting faster and more effective use of business data and new technologies and capabilities, such as Internet of Things (IoT) systems, which can involve thousands of different data-generating... 

Oranto Petroleum makes Zambian oil and gas exploration debut

By: Marleny Arnoldi     28th June 2018 Pan-African oil and gas exploration and development group Oranto Petroleum has started farming into two exploration blocks located onshore in Zambia. These blocks are Oranto’s first inroads into the country. 

South Africa to align energy plans with SADC gas master plan

By: Terence Creamer     26th June 2018 Energy Minister Jeff Radebe has promised greater alignment between South Africa’s energy plans, included the new Integrated Resource Plan (IRP) for electricity, with a regional gas master plan, which is currently under development within the the 16-country Southern African Development Community... 

Years-long delayed digital terrestrial television project assigned dedicated PMO

By: Natasha Odendaal     26th June 2018 As the years-delayed digital terrestrial television (DTT) project remains beset with numerous challenges inhibiting the full transition from analogue to digital broadcasting, the Department of Communications (DoC) has starting building a dedicated project management office (PMO) outside the... 

Phase 1 processing plant testwork proves positive for AfriTin’s Namibia mine

By: Marleny Arnoldi     25th June 2018 Aim-listed AfriTin Mining has completed additional dense medium separation testwork for the upgraded Phase 1 processing plant at its Uis tin mine, in Namibia.  

Namibia’s world-class roads

By: Martin Zhuwakinyu     22nd June 2018 I have been to a few countries in Southern Africa but Namibia seems to always fall into the blind spot whenever I plan to travel beyond the borders of Mzansi. However, the good work being done in that country has not gone unnoticed by those who really matter. By ‘those who really matter’ I mean... 

Canadian project generator seeks to expand base metal/gold holdings

By: Creamer Media Reporter      18th June 2018 Mineral exploration project generator Rainy Mountain Royalty, which acquires early stage exploration projects and deliver them drill target ready to joint venture (JV) partners, is considering opportunities outside Canada, the TSX-V-listed company has revealed. In a news release issued on... 

WSP celebrates 1 million m2 of Certified Green Space in Africa

18th June 2018 WSP in Africa, one of the largest multi-disciplinary engineering consultancies on the continent, is celebrating a milestone million square meters (1 million m2) of Certified Green Space in Africa. WSP sustainability consultants and engineers have been hard at work for over a decade; setting... 

South Africa: a Hub for Marine Aids to Navigation Training

14th June 2018 South Africa is emerging as a hub of training in marine aids to navigation (AtoNs) for other developing countries keen to establish their maritime transport sector as a safe, secure and environmentally sound pillar of socio-economic growth. This was clear from an address by David Gordon,... 

SASSDA Member Champions Stainless Steel In Key Military Projects

14th June 2018 Manufacturer and exporter Desert Wolf which has recently reinstated its Sassda membership is currently playing an instrumental role in Project Teamster, the new SANDF project to upgrade the complete field kitchen facilities for the South African National Defence Force (SANDF) and is currently... 

Multi-Million Rand Turkish Investment In Western Cape Turns Scrap Metal Into Jobs, Profits

13th June 2018 Local scrap metal, previously shipped out of South Africa with virtually no local benefit, is now being transformed into tens of thousands of tons of valuable steel, boosting job creation in greater Cape Town and the national economy generally. The transformation of the sector came courtesy of a... 

More airlines fly into Cape Town, connecting countries in Africa

By: Kim Cloete     13th June 2018 Two African airlines have launched flights to Cape Town over the past month, bringing more business and tourism opportunities to the Mother City. Kenya Airways launched a nonstop direct flight from Nairobi to Cape Town on June 6. The new service operates a Boeing 737-800. This is in addition to... 

South African company develops new generation field kitchens for army

By: Rebecca Campbell     13th June 2018 South African company Desert Wolf has started Phase 2 of its contract to design, manufacture and deliver stainless steel diesel-fired field kitchens to the South African National Defence Force, ordered under Project Teamster. The company only uses stainless steel to make its trailers. “During... 

MTN aims to launch mobile service in Namibia around August

By: Reuters     13th June 2018 MTN Group, Africa's biggest mobile telecoms firm, is aiming to launch a mobile service in Namibia around the end of August, a company executive told Reuters. Currently state-owned operator MTC dominates in Namibia, a country of two-million people. 

Weatherly increases Carn ownership to 90%

By: Marleny Arnoldi     13th June 2018 Aim-listed copper miner Weatherly International has received regulatory approval from the Namibian Competition Commission for its acquisition of a further 65% interest in China Africa Resources Namibia (Carn) from Hong Kong East China Non-Ferrous Mineral Resources.  

Sea Harvest to acquire fishing business, stake in subsidiaries of Viking Fishing

By: Marleny Arnoldi     13th June 2018 A consortium of broad-based black economic empowerment investors, led by fishing and food business Sea Harvest together with its subsidiary Sea Harvest Corporation, has entered into sale agreements with Viking Fishing Holdings to acquire the fishing business and selected shareholdings of Viking... 

Upgraded Main Road 118 brings relief to residents of Oranjemund, Namibia

12th June 2018 VKE Namibia Consulting Engineers, part of the SMEC Group, was contracted by the Namibian Roads Authority to carry out the design work and to supervise the construction phase of the Main Road 118 upgrade. The SMEC Group is a global consultancy delivering engineering excellence, design innovation... 

Raubex Renovo Brings Mall Glamour To Cameroon

11th June 2018 A modern shopping mall, complete with convention centre and cinemas, will grace Cameroon’s financial capital city of Douala by the end of 2019 – and South African turnkey specialist Raubex Renovo is making it happen. The €45 million Douala Grand Mall is part of a larger development that will... 

Botswana coal miner sees opportunity in regional shortages

By: Bloomberg     11th June 2018 Botswana’s sole operating coal mine will increase output almost threefold within seven years as it eyes export opportunities created by a shortage of the fuel that’s used to fire most of southern Africa’s power plants. Morupule Coal Mine in the east of the country will ramp up annual production... 

Bannerman raises A$8m for Etango

By: Esmarie Iannucci     8th June 2018 Uranium developer Bannerman resources will raise A$8-million through the placement of more than 173.9-million shares to institutional and sophisticated investors. The placement will be priced at 4.6c a share, representing a 9.2% discount to the company’s ten-day volume weighted average price. 

Indaba will create intra-Africa trade opportunities

By: Jessica Oosthuizen     8th June 2018 With the 2018 Manufacturing Indaba’s focus being on the development of intra-Africa trade, event organiser Siyenza Management MD Liz Hart says the event will bring key stakeholders together to create opportunities for engagement and dialogue. She tells Engineering News that Africa has many of... 

Industry pursuing better management of energy use

By: Jessica Oosthuizen     8th June 2018 There has been a growing trend among South African manufacturing plants to pursue energy reduction and manage its use better, says energy training services provider the Energy Training Foundation (EnTF) training manager Yolanda de Lange. She explains that significant hikes in electricity rates... 

Study makes case for Africa nuclear roll-out, but concern persists

By: John Muchira     8th June 2018 Plans by some countries in sub-Saharan Africa to incorporate nuclear energy in electricity generation mix are feasible, despite the colossal challenges associated with nuclear plants, a new study has found. While opinion is deeply divided on whether sub-Sahara Africa is ready for nuclear energy,... 

Africa's largest fishing firm Oceana could lose fishing rights in Namibia

By: Reuters     6th June 2018 Africa's largest fishing company Oceana Group faces a battle to hold onto its fishing rights in Namibia after the southern African country said listed firms would no longer be awarded quotas. Bidvest Namibia, which is listed on Namibia's stock exchange, could also lose its local fishing rights... 

Shelby SA opens orders for Shelby F-150, to overwhelming response

By: Irma Venter     5th June 2018 South Africans do love their bakkies – and the bigger the better, it seems. “We are delighted to confirm that the order book is open for a limited number of 565 kW Shelby F-150 bakkies to satisfy the ultimate needs of South African bakkie owners,” Shelby South Africa (SA) CEO Peter Lindenberg... 

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