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Summer doldrums could see lower lows for gold as upside headwinds mount

By: Henry Lazenby     26th May 2018 Gold bug Mickey Fulp does not expect the gold price to break out this year, bar any substantial geopolitical event that upsets the state of the global economy. During a recent mining conference held in Vancouver, the ‘Mercenary Geologist’ told Mining Weekly Online that he expects gold to test... 

Understanding the effect of GDPR on PoPI


25th May 2018 A member of the Information Regulator will be presenting a paper to help shed light on the requirement of Protection of Personal Information Act 2013 (PoPI) and General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).
 
Mr. Sizwe Snail ka Mtuze, a member of the Information Regulator, will help business owners... 

Digitising processes could solve skills shortage

By: Paige Müller     25th May 2018 New Zealand-based engineering consultancy firm BVT Engineering Professional Services (BVT) and global technology consultancy firm Mint Management Technologies (Mint Group), have partnered to address the current shortage of engineers in New Zealand. BVT MD Matt Bishop states that New Zealand’s... 

Pulp and paper mill steam turbine generation system, Indonesia

By: Sheila Barradas     25th May 2018 The project involves the construction of a 97 MW steam turbine power generation system. 

Hilton hotels to cut down on plastic waste

By: Anine Kilian     23rd May 2018 The Hilton hotel group will remove plastic straws and plastic water bottles from its 650 managed properties by the end of this year. The company on Wednesday revealed its goal of cutting its global environmental impact in half by 2030. 

Chinese newspaper suggests cut imports, downgrade ties with Australia

By: Reuters     23rd May 2018 China should downgrade its ties with Australia, including cutting imports and postponing a visit by Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull to underscore Beijing's unhappiness at recent anti-China sentiment, a state-run paper said on Wednesday. Relations between the two countries have cooled since late... 

South Africa to cut 'Gupta Clause' in Mining Charter, Minister says

By: Bloomberg     23rd May 2018 South Africa will remove a clause from its Mining Charter that includes naturalized citizens in the group of people who should benefit from attempts to more evenly redistribute the country’s mineral wealth. Mineral Resources Minister Gwede Mantashe is in talks with companies, unions and mining... 

AECOM debates the impact of EIAs in project development at IAIA18

21st May 2018 Integrated infrastructure development company AECOM had a major presence at the 38th annual conference of the International Association for Impact Assessment, IAIA18, held from 16 to 19 May at the Durban International Convention Centre. Billed as the international environment conference of the... 

R500m Gauteng plant lifts Twinsaver’s tissue manufacturing capacity to 75 000 t/y

By: Marleny Arnoldi     18th May 2018 Tissue manufacturer Twinsaver on Friday opened a new manufacturing plant in Kliprivier, on the border of the Midvaal and Ekurhuleni municipalities, in Gauteng. The R500-million plant increases Twinsaver’s tissue manufacturing capability to 75 000 t/y from 25 000 t/y – making it the largest tissue... 

Can we get 100% of our energy from renewable sources? New article gathers the evidence to address the sceptics.

18th May 2018 Is there enough space for all the wind turbines and solar panels to provide all our energy needs?  What happens when the sun doesn’t shine and the wind doesn’t blow?  Won’t renewables destabilise the grid and cause blackouts? In a review paper last year in the high-ranking journal Renewable and... 

Researchers suggest 100% renewable energy system is plausible

By: Nadine James     18th May 2018 A multinational group of researchers have co-authored a paper to demonstrate that there are no roadblocks to sourcing 100% of a country’s power supply from renewable sources. The researchers, from Germany’s Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, South Africa’s Council for Scientific and Industrial... 

Eritrea 'poison pill' complicates miner Lundin's aspirations – sources

By: Reuters     18th May 2018 The weak human rights record of one of Africa's poorest countries is coming between Lundin Mining Corp and its pursuit of a prized European copper and gold asset. Cash-rich Lundin's latest run at fellow Canadian miner Nevsun Resources is designed to bag the Timok project in Serbia, but it had to... 

Really back in the day

By: Terry Mackenzie-hoy     18th May 2018 When I was in first year at the University of the Witwatersrand, in 1972, there were two computers. One was called IBM 360 West and the other IBM 360 East. West was for us students, East was for staff. Each of the computers was housed in an air-conditioned building (unusual at the time – we... 

Physical asset management maturity in mining - case study

17th May 2018 With more than 200 delegates, 35 speakers and only 21 days until the fifth SAAMA Conference officially commences on the 4th of June 2018 at the Lord Charles Hotel in Somerset West, Cape Town, organisers are excited to announce yet another case study and topic of discussion presented at this... 

Trump said to mull 2015 grid emergency law to save coal plants

By: Bloomberg     16th May 2018 The Trump administration is weighing a broad array of strategies for keeping coal and nuclear power plants online as a matter of national security, with options ranging from invoking a 68-year-old law to a three-year-old one, according to a senior Energy Department official. Members of the... 

Mondi Q1 performance strong despite maintenance shutdowns, challenging trading conditions

By: Marleny Arnoldi     16th May 2018 Paper and packaging multinational Mondi achieved an underlying profit of €295-million for the first quarter ended March 31 – a 15% improvement on the underlying profit of €256-million reported for the first quarter of 2017 and a 6% improvement on the €279-million reported for the fourth quarter... 

South Africa issues $2bn bonds in global markets – National Treasury

By: African News Agency      16th May 2018 South Africa on Tuesday successfully placed $2 billion in notes maturing in 2030 and 2048 in the international capital markets, the National Treasury said on Wednesday. The Treasury said the total issuance consisted of $1.4 billion on the 12-year tranche and $600-million on the 30-year paper. The... 

Australia's trade minister says China ties a priority after recent "differences"

By: Reuters     16th May 2018 Australia's trade minister will use a visit to China this week to reinforce ties with his country's largest trading partner, he said on Wednesday, following a recent souring in relations. Steven Ciobo's arrival in Shanghai on Thursday marks the first trip by an Australian minister in eight... 

Booyco Electronic Checklist Checks All The Boxes

16th May 2018 While design developments in vehicle ergonomics continue to mitigate human error, there remains the need to ensure the safe operation of all construction, earthmoving and mining machinery. Leading electronic safety equipment supplier, Booyco Electronics has again leveraged technology to provide... 

WPM hopeful of reaching CRA settlement deal; progress on new $500m+ contracts

By: Henry Lazenby     15th May 2018 The world’s largest precious metals streaming firm Wheaton Precious Metals (WPM) has reached out to the Canadian Revenue Agency (CRA) to try and reach a settlement, but to no avail yet, president and CEO Randy Smallwood told Mining Weekly Online in an interview on Monday. The Vancouver-based... 

Sappi continues to invest in growth as Q2 performance beats expectations

By: Simone Liedtke     14th May 2018 Global diversified woodfibre company Sappi will continue to invest in its growth and has submitted an environmental approval application to expand its Saiccor mill, in KwaZulu-Natal by another 110 000 m2. Production is expected to start early in 2020, with the environmental approval expected... 

Remain Relevant With Recruitment Marketing In South Africa

14th May 2018 Compiled by Celeste Sirin Recruitment Marketing in South Africa The fact that South Africa sits with one of the highest unemployment rates yet in the (2017 Deloittes Human Capital Trends Report 81% of SA executives confirm that talent acquisition is one of their biggest challenges, is an... 

Lack of clarity on draft embedded generation regulations could prohibit compliance – Sola

By: Marleny Arnoldi     11th May 2018 Red tape and a lack of clarity in the National Energy Regulator of South Africa’s (Nersa’s) draft regulations on Small Scale Embedded Generation (SSEG) could well prove to be prohibitive factors, from a business and compliance perspective, says solar energy company Sola Future Energy CEO Dominic... 

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... 

Substantial need for skills development

By: Jessica Oosthuizen     11th May 2018 There is a massive need for skills development in the construction industry, particularly in the concrete industry, says cement and concrete technical services provider The Concrete Institute (TCI) MD Bryan Perrie. “However, with relatively little work available and companies retrenching... 

Innovation, relevance, succession planning key to industry survival

By: Jessica Oosthuizen     11th May 2018 The local concrete industry must continuously move forward to remain relevant in a competitive market amid a developing economy where alternative construction materials and practices are gaining popularity, says cement producer PPC technical information services specialist Hanlie Turner. “Three... 

Papel y Empaques Monterrey plant – paper machine, Mexico

By: Sheila Barradas     11th May 2018 Grupo Gondi is expanding the operating efficiency of the Papey y Empaques Monterrey plant by constructing a paper machine. 

DST committed to making inroads despite tight budget

By: Kim Cloete     9th May 2018 The Department of Science and Technology will be working on a tight budget of R7.8-billion this year, but hopes to make inroads in programmes and innovations across South Africa. The money will be used to address transformation, through key research, development and support initiatives.  

Stats SA to roll out digital data collection solution, starts preparation for 2021 census

By: Simone Liedtke     9th May 2018 Statistics South Africa (Stats SA) continues to focus on its mandate of providing credible statistics to guide South Africa’s push for a better life for its citizens. Priorities for Stats SA include maintaining basis statistics which, according to Minister in the Presidency for Planning,... 

DTI completes R50m Phase 1 upgrade of Phuthaditjhaba Industrial Park

By: Simone Liedtke     3rd May 2018 The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) has completed the R50-million Phase 1 revitalisation of the Phuthaditjhaba Industrial Park in the Free State. The revitalisation comprised the upgrading of the security infrastructure including fencing, street lighting, installation of boom gates,... 

Tetra Pak seeks to launch paper straws for portion-sized packages before year-end

By: Marleny Arnoldi     2nd May 2018 Processing and packaging solutions company Tetra Pak hopes to launch a paper straw that is suitable for its portion-sized carton packages, before the end of this year.  

What’s New at Hillhead 2018?

2nd May 2018 Next month Tarmac’s Hillhead Quarry, near Buxton, in Derbyshire, will once again host the world’s biggest working quarry exhibition, and with no fewer than 525 UK and overseas companies booked into Hillhead 2018, this year’s event will be 10% larger than ever before, easily surpassing the 476... 

Mondi Group signs an agreement to acquire NPP in Egypt

By: African News Agency      1st May 2018 International packaging and paper group Mondi said on Monday it had signed an agreement to acquire 100% of the outstanding shares in Egypt's National Company for Paper Products and Import & Export for EGP510-million on a debt and cash free-basis. NPP is a privately owned industrial bags... 

RS Components launches small-size RS Pro infrared temperature sensor for industrial equipment

30th April 2018 High-performance and low-cost non-contact sensor unit designed for permanent monitoring of industrial application temperatures up to 1000°C RS Components (RS), the trading brand of Electrocomponents plc , the global distributor for engineers, has launched a new RS Pro low-cost and... 

Mondi to acquire Egyptian industrial bags producer for €23.7m

By: Simone Liedtke     30th April 2018 International packaging and paper group Mondi will acquire Egyptian privately owned industrial bags producer National Company for Paper Products and Import & Export (NPP) for €23.7-million. The transaction is subject to customary closing conditions and is expected to complete during the first... 

Business Leadership SA dismisses merger talks with Black Business Council

By: African News Agency      26th April 2018 Business Leadership South Africa (BLSA) has dismissed reports that it is in talks about a merger with the Black Business Council (BBC).  BLSA is an independent association whose members include the leaders of some of South Africa’s biggest and most well-known organisations, and aims to create... 

First renewables projects reach financial close after April 4 signing

By: Terence Creamer     25th April 2018 Wind turbine supplier Nordex has received an order to supply 47 turbines to the 147 MW Roggeveld wind farm, which is among the first projects to reach financial close following the signing of agreements for 27 independent power producer projects on April 4. Situated in the Karoo, on the boundary... 

Rand recovers as traders see dip as chance to buy cheap

By: Reuters     24th April 2018 South Africa's rand on Tuesday recovered some of its losses from a rout in the previous session as traders bought the dip and the dollar rally marched on, causing the currency to break through key levels. At 0630 GMT the rand was 0.45 percent firmer at 12.2950 per dollar compared to an overnight... 

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