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Diamond miner Alrosa’s first-quarter production slumps

By: Mariaan Webb     20th April 2018 Diamond miner Alrosa on Friday reported a 17% year-on-year decrease in its first-quarter production, as the shutdown of the Mir underground division weighed on its performance and lower-grade ores were processed from the Jubilee pipe. The miner produced 7.42-million carats in the quarter,... 

Gorgon Stage 2 gets approval

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     16th April 2018 The Western Australian state government has welcomed a decision by US energy major Chevron to proceed with the second stage of the Gorgon project expansion, off the coast of Western Australia. Premier Mark McGowan said Chevron's subsea development at the Gorgon natural gas project will create... 

Tsodilo recovers 101 diamonds during independent diamond classifier

By: Simone Liedtke     12th April 2018 TSX-listed Tsodilo Resources has recovered 101 diamonds, representing 18.57 ct, from samples by an independent and experienced diamond classifier at its BK16 kimberlite project, in the Orapa Kimberlite Field (OKF), in Botswana. The diamondiferous BK16 kimberlite pipe is approximately 6 ha in size... 

German PP-R Pipes For All Areas Of Industrial Application

     11th April 2018 Leading German manufacturer, Bänninger’s polypropylene pipes and fittings suitable for all areas of industrial application, are now available for the local market through thermoplastic piping specialist, Plasti-Tech. The reliability and durability of the pipeline system directly depends on the... 

BlueRock’s Q1 production in line with expectations

By: Marleny Arnoldi     9th April 2018 Aim-listed BlueRock Diamonds’ Kareevlei mine, in the Kimberley region of South Africa’s Northern Cape province, processed 38 781 t of ore in the quarter ended March 31, compared with the 9 310 t processed in the first quarter of 2017.  

No ‘pipe dream’: Aegion SA’s trenchless pipeline rehabilitation technology offers ultra-fast, non-disruptive solution to Southern Africa’s ageing infrastructure

By: Creamer Media Reporter      7th April 2018 A major motivation for the establishment of leading local pipeline rehabilitation technology provider Aegion South Africa was the deteriorating state of much of Southern Africa’s pipeline infrastructure. In South Africa, for example, while there is currently an urgent drive to conserve water,... 

Caserones copper mine in Chile says to close copper concentrator

By: Reuters     4th April 2018 Caserones copper mine, in Chile, said on Tuesday that it would temporarily shut down its copper concentrator in order to replace a leaking pipe. The Environmental Tribunal of Antofagasta, a province of Chile's northern mining region, asked Lumina Copper, which owns the mine, to shut down the... 

Rain could bring on more sinkholes in Gauteng, say officials

By: News24Wire      3rd April 2018 The presence of dolomite, most likely activated by heavy rains, has caused recent sinkholes in Gauteng – and could trigger more, the provincial and local government authorities warned on Monday. “In Gauteng, 25% of the land is dolomitic and in that case we have to be very, very careful,” said... 

Coating systems to benefit harbour infrastructure projects

By: Jessica Oosthuizen     30th March 2018 Technical products and services provider JST Group will market its range of Guardian coating systems for various applications, including marine piling, to the Southern African harbour infrastructure industry. The Guardian range has been well received internationally, with various splash-zone... 

City of Cape Town's planned hikes for water, sanitation, electricity and rates  

By: News24Wire      28th March 2018 The introduction of fixed charges for water and electricity and a hefty increase in water and sanitation tariffs are some of the proposals for the next year in the City of Cape Town's draft budget, tabled on Wednesday. The total proposed budget for the new financial year that starts in June is... 

Multi Alloys – casting a wider product footprint

     27th March 2018 Multi Alloys (Pty) Ltd recently boosted its product offering with the addition of centrifugal castings. “With effect from 1st October 2017 we are able to offer customers centrifugally cast pipes and similar axial-symmetric items,” says director Ken Perel. 

New pipes turn old quarry into upmarket retirement estate

By: Creamer Media Reporter      24th March 2018 Waterkloof Quarry, an old 58-hectare landmark, situated on the border of Waterkloof Ridge and Monument Park near Pretoria is to be developed into an upmarket retirement estate known as the Waterkloof Marina Retirement Estate and is due to launch early in 2019. Rocla was selected to manufacture... 

The First International Day Dedicated To Recycling.

     22nd March 2018 Focusing on the increasing unsustainable consumption of our planet's natural resources and the economic and environmental savings  that companies and nature can achieve. Recycling: the seventh and most important resource in the world. A need to meet other needs, without turning to natural... 

New Pipes Turn Old Quarry Into Upmarket Retirement Estate

     22nd March 2018 Waterkloof Quarry, an old 58-hectare landmark, situated on the border of Waterkloof Ridge and Monument Park near Pretoria is to be developed into an upmarket retirement estate known as the Waterkloof Marina Retirement Estate and is due to launch early in 2019. Rocla was selected to manufacture... 

China partially wins WTO case over Obama-era US tariffs

By: Reuters     22nd March 2018 The US did not fully comply with a 2014 ruling against its anti-subsidy tariffs on a range of Chinese products, a World Trade Organisation compliance panel said in a ruling on Wednesday that either side can appeal within 20 days. The ruling came ahead of the White House's announcement on... 

Encounter offers two new projects to Newcrest

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     21st March 2018 Junior Encounter Resources has generated and secured two new project opportunities that were being assessed by gold miner Newcrest Mining under an existing project generation alliance. Newcrest and Encounter in December of last year agreed to the project generation alliance, which would see the... 

BlueRock raises £500 000 to expand mining activities

By: Marleny Arnoldi     20th March 2018 Aim-listed BlueRock Diamonds has raised about £500 000, before expenses, through the issue of 33.33-million shares of 1p each.  

Increased demand for user-friendly measuring equipment

By: Paige Müller     16th March 2018 Optimass Coriolis mass flowmeters supplied by industrial process instrumentation manufacturer and supplier KROHNE, now all include Entrained Gas Management (EGM’s) algorithm technology. The EGM algorithm has greatly improved flowmeter capabilities, says KROHNE national sales manager Clayton... 

Botswana Diamonds starts drilling at Ontevreden kimberlite pipe

By: Simone Liedtke     13th March 2018 Aim-listed Botswana Diamonds has started drilling at the Ontevreden kimberlite pipe, which is part of the company’s Vutomi’s Joint Venture in South Africa and which contains significant quantities of G10 and G9 garnets. “We are pleased to announce the commencement of drilling at the Ontevreden... 

South Africa to make tariffs submission as Trump leaves door open for exclusions

By: Terence Creamer     9th March 2018 The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) says it is studying US President Donald Trump’s proclamations to impose a new 10% tariff on aluminium products and a new 25% tariff on steel products from March 23. However, the department also confirmed that it would be making a formal submission to the... 

All set for Africa’s largest HEVAC&R expo: FRIGAIR 2018

     8th March 2018 This world-class exhibition is organised in partnership with the South African Institute of Refrigeration and Air Conditioning (SAIRAC) and is Africa’s biggest dedicated HEVAC&R trade exhibition, taking place from 6–8 June at Gallagher Convention Centre in Midrand, South Africa.  Exhibitors from... 

Alrosa ups February sales, reports on exploration developments

By: Creamer Media Reporter      7th March 2018 Russian diamond major Alrosa on Wednesday announced its latest diamond sales results and also reported on geological prospecting developments, including the reorganisation of its exploration unit. The company, which produces the world’s most diamonds in terms of volume, said that it had sold... 

Frontier discovers first diamonds at Northern Cape project

By: Mariaan Webb     7th March 2018 Junior miner Frontier Diamonds, which started trading on the ASX in January, has recovered the first diamonds from its Bellsbank kimberlite pipe exploration project, near its Sedibeng diamond mine in South Africa’s Northern Cape province. The diamonds were recovered from a sample that was treated... 

Huge gold reserves under the city of Johannesburg – historian  

By: Nadine James     2nd March 2018 There should be significant reserves of gold north of the Main Reef line, buried beneath the built up areas of Johannesburg and Langlaagte, among others, posits Kloofendal Nature Reserve historian Rod. R. Kruger in his paper; ‘The Origins of the Original Witwatersrand Gold Fields’. “When George... 

Rescue Rod

     2nd March 2018 Pipeline services and waste management specialist Rescue Rod has been serving the industry in various ways since 1990. “With over 25 years of experience in the industry and some of the most technologically advanced industrial sewer cleaning and pipeline rehabilitation equipment in the world, we... 

Creating value from Africa’s waste

     2nd March 2018 Egelquip was established in 2015 by MD Kieron Geoghegan. Based in Johannesburg, South Africa Egelquip works together on specialised projects throughout the African continent and abroad with its sister company Finn MacCool DRC, based in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). The focus of the... 

Abdelmoumen pumped-storage hydroelectric plant, Morocco

By: Sheila Barradas     2nd March 2018 Office National de l’Electricite et de l'Eau Potable plans to develop and integrate renewable energies in Morocco. 

Steel manufacturer manages processing upgrades despite hostile industry

     2nd March 2018 Despite the plethora of difficulties facing the steel industry, steel tubing and profiling manufacturer Augusta Steel has invested in processing line upgrades to improve its offerings. Augusta Steel says the local steel industry has been made to compete with cheap imports, rising production and... 

Actom Turbo Machines Remanufactures Critical Components In Fast Track Contract

     1st March 2018 ACTOM Turbo Machines, a division of ACTOM ,recently manufactured high precision impellers and pinions for a large 190 kg/h 20 bar pressure integrally-geared multi-stage centrifugal compressor to replace these components after they had been destroyed when the compressor failed. When the... 

Grange seeks investors for high-grade magnetite project

By: Nadine James     23rd February 2018 Iron-ore miner Grange Resources and its joint venture (JV) partner SRT Australia on Friday announced the appointment of PCF Capital Group to assist with finding strategic investors for the Southdown magnetite project, near Wellstead, Western Australia. Gange CEO Honglin Zhao stated Southdown was... 

Kudos for Liberia’s Johnson Sirleaf

By: Martin Zhuwakinyu     23rd February 2018 In  a recent instalment of this column, I waxed lyrical about former Liberian President  Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, highlighting how she had restored peace to the country, which had been ravaged by an interminable civil war, crowded in much-needed donor finance to rebuild its dilapidated... 

High-quality engineering services drive successful completion of road rehabilitation project

     19th February 2018 JG Afrika, a leading South African engineering consultancy, played a prominent role in the successful rehabilitation of a 58,4 km section of the R399 on behalf of the Western Cape Government’s Department of Transport and Public Works.  Importantly, the R304,6-million construction programme... 

Nuclear energy future imminent, despite delays in updated IRP

By: Simone Liedtke     16th February 2018 South Africa-based engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) company Lesedi Nuclear Services (Lesedi) business development executive Shane Pereira believes that there is a future for nuclear power globally, although it is being hindered locally by the delay in passing the updated Integrated... 

Trump weighs tariffs, quotas on US steel, aluminium imports

By: Reuters     14th February 2018 US President Donald Trump said on Tuesday he was considering a range of options to address steel and aluminium imports that he said were unfairly hurting US producers, including tariffs and quotas. Trump's comments - his strongest signal in months that he will take at least some action to... 

Botswana Diamonds starts exploration work at Botswana JV, maintains exploration optimism

By: Mia Breytenbach     13th February 2018 Aim-listed Botswana Diamonds has started exploration work on the Sunland Minerals joint venture (JV), which it shares with Russian diamond producer Alrosa, in Botswana. The objective of the exploration programme is to follow up on 15 previously identified priority geophysical targets in PL232-235... 

Major projects rely on SMEIPP expertise from Tubular

     9th February 2018 Tubular’s expertise, resources and in-house self-sustainable facilities make the company the preferred choice for major capital projects requiring structural steelwork, mechanical, electrical, instrumentation, platework and piping (SMEIPP) solutions. Tubular are specialists in the supply of... 

Laoting steel plant, China

By: Sheila Barradas     9th February 2018 HBIS Laoting Steel Co is building a new production facility for high-quality steels. 

Introducing Cerasmooth™ compound – the wear life solution for the FGD market

     7th February 2018 Weir Minerals has announced an upgrade to its polymer-ceramic composite for the Flue Gas Desulphurisation (FGD) market. Specially engineered for use in FGD applications, the new and improved Cerasmooth™ compound is designed to provide ultimate wear and corrosion resistance. “We are focused on the... 

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