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Lucapa announces maiden Mothae resource estimate

By: Henry Lazenby     25th March 2017 Precious gem miner Lucapa Diamonds has published a maiden Joint Ore Reserves Committee-compliant resource estimate for the Mothae kimberlite pipe, in Lesotho. Mothae is located approximately 5 km from Gem Diamonds’ Letšeng mine. 

New Curve™ Pump Proves Its Capability In Market Application

     24th March 2017 Pump and Abrasion Technologies® (PAT) unveiled their new CURVE™ range of pumps in September 2016.  Among the first South African companies to adopt this new technology was Hernic Ferrochrome who currently plans to retrofit all the pumps at their OB-Plant to the CURVE™ range. The conversion... 

Excessive grain safely storable in low-cost plastic bags

     17th March 2017 While the anticipated size of the harvest could have a stabilising effect on food price inflation, an increasingly competitive global market continues to pressure South African producers to find new ways of cutting costs on grain and silage storage. One such method is the use of massive Hitec... 

Medupi Power Station Integration Project, South Africa

By: Sheila Barradas     17th March 2017 Eskom has energised and commissioned the second 500 MVA power transformer at the newly built Ngwedi substation. 

Stainless steel body hopes to boost product demand at event

By: Nadine James     17th March 2017 Industry body and lobby group the Southern Africa Stainless Steel Development Association (Sassda) hopes to drive demand for stainless steel products by exhibiting at Water Show Africa 2017, which runs alongside Power & Electricity World Africa held at the Sandton Convention Centre on March 28... 

New Cat® MD6250 Blasthole Drill Cuts Costs and Improves Drilling Efficiency with Rugged Design, Integrated Technology

     13th March 2017 The new Cat® MD6250 blasthole drill delivers optimum drilling efficiency in single- and multi-pass applications for both rotary and down-the-hole (DTH) modes. Featuring automated operation, the drill runs within ideal operating parameters for maximum bit life, hole accuracy and reduced total cost... 

Narrabri gas project, Australia

By: Sheila Barradas     10th March 2017 Santos NSW is proposing to develop natural gas from coal seams in the Gunnedah basin. 

Supplier delivers products for chemical conveyance system

By: Nadine James     10th March 2017 Thermoplastic products supplier Astore Keymak – formerly Astore Africa – supplied and delivered several polymer plastic products to assist with the installation of a conveyance system at Omnia Group’s chemical subsidiary Protea Chemicals’ plant, in Wadeville. The project, a result of a... 

Atlas Copco portable dewatering pumps are tough!

     9th March 2017 High performance, class-leading fuel efficiency and complete portability underpin the PAS range of centrifugal diesel-driven open-frame dewatering pumps from Atlas Copco Construction Technique’s Portable Energy division. The development of the PAS range is centred on vital information gained... 

Turkey takes US to WTO over duties on pipe and tube products

By: Reuters     8th March 2017 Turkey has launched a complaint at the World Trade Organization to challenge US anti-subsidy duties on Turkish pipe and tube products, the WTO said on Wednesday. The products include oil country tubular goods, welded line pipe, heavy walled rectangular welded carbon steel pipes and tubes and... 

White House: Keystone XL can be made from non-US steel

By: Reuters     3rd March 2017 The Keystone XL oil pipeline does not need to be made from US steel, despite an executive order by President Donald Trump days after he took office requiring domestic steel in new pipelines, the White House said on Friday. "It's specific to new pipelines or those that are being repaired," White... 

Newly installed system helps KZN factory recover 1.63 Mℓ of process water

By: David Oliveira     3rd March 2017 A 500 000 ℓ rainwater harvesting system was handed over to global healthcare company BSN Medical’s Pinetown factory, in KwaZulu-Natal, in January, helping the company to reduce its environmental impact and operational costs as part of its global green initiative. Local rainwater harvesting... 

No more trenches in busy centres

     2nd March 2017 Dangerous trenches spanning roads and sidewalks in urban areas can be a thing of the past if contractors laying new utilities adopt the latest horizontal directional drilling (HDD) technologies. South Africa’s already congested roadways and pavements can ill-afford disruptions caused by trenching... 

Check for water leaks, says water-wary Cape Town

By: News24Wire      2nd March 2017 The City of Cape Town has urged residents to check their water bills and meters regularly after a resident who was named and shamed for excessive water consumption discovered a massive underground leak on his property. "It has made people sit up and take note," said mayoral spokesperson Zara... 

Advantage in pursuit of another ‘Salar de Atacama’ in Argentina

By: Henry Lazenby     1st March 2017 Junior project developer Advantage Lithium plans to “aggressively” chase its exploration target of finding between 250 000 t and 5.6-million tonnes of lithium carbonate equivalent (LCE) as soon as its acquisition of 75% of ASX- and TSX-listed Orocobre’s Cauchari project and a 100% interest in... 

Sanral CEO looks to regain South Africa’s trust despite ongoing e-toll tussle 

By: Irma Venter     24th February 2017 Not too long ago, the South African National Roads Agency Limited (Sanral) was a firm darling among its peers. It was a well-funded State-owned enterprise (SOE) almost never under fire, seldom in retreat, grinding ever onward in its task to manage and expand the country’s road network. Then came... 

Climate change a 100% robust hoodwink 

By: Terry Mackenzie-hoy     24th February 2017   I had to explain to somebody that the United States in 1945 dropped two nuclear bombs on Japan. The first bomb was a uranium atom bomb. The second bomb was a plutonium bomb. Following the detonation of these devices USA, Britain, France, Russia developed programs to test bombs of increasing... 

Japanese-manufactured variable refrigerant flow introduced into South Africa

By: Sascha Solomons     24th February 2017 Electronics and electrical products manufacturer Toshiba’s super heat recovery multi (SHRM) variable refrigerant flow (VRF) technology for the air-conditioning industry has been introduced to the South African market by distribution company AHI Carrier South Africa. 

New cleaning solution launched into Southern African markets

By: David Oliveira     24th February 2017 Goscor Cleaning Equipment (GCE) launched its latest cleaning equipment solution – the GM1ze zero-emission refuse picker from German environment-friendly cleaning equipment manufacturer Green Machines International – at its Johannesburg facilities earlier this month. GCE MD Greg Venter noted... 

Sanral CEO looks to regain South Africa’s trust despite ongoing e-toll tussle

By: Irma Venter     24th February 2017 Not too long ago the South African National Roads Agency Limited (Sanral) was a firm darling among its peers. It was a well-funded State-owned enterprise (SOE) almost never under fire, seldom in retreat, grinding ever onward in its task to manage and expand the country’s road network. Then came... 

DPI Plastics upgrades large-bore extrusion line for new Ultraflo™ range

     21st February 2017 DPI Plastics has upgraded the tooling on its large-bore extrusion line at its Roodekop facility in Johannesburg in order to extend its current range of Ultraflo™ PVC-m pressure pipes to include diameters of up to 630 mm and a 16-bar maximum operating pressure. The Ultraflo™ range has been... 

DTI promises fast-tracked support for downstream steel industry

By: Terence Creamer     17th February 2017 The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) insists that measures to support the downstream steel industry in South Africa are a priority for government and are being fast-tracked. In a statement outlining the various interventions undertaken since 2015 to support a primary steel sector wracked by... 

Tsodilo starts drilling programme at BK16 in Botswana

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     16th February 2017 TSX-V-listed Tsodilo Resources has started a 3 000 m drilling programme at its wholly-owned BK16 kimberlite project, in the Orapa kimberlite field (OKF), in Botswana. The programme will entail the drilling of pilot holes on the sites that have been earmarked for a large diameter drilling (LDD)... 

DRDGold ups operating profit on lower output as enviro cleanup weighs

By: Martin Creamer     15th February 2017 Gold-from-dumps producer DRDGold on Wednesday announced a 4% increase in operating profit to R172.6-million on 7% lower gold output for the six months to December 31. A rise in the rand gold price helped to offset the impact of lower production in the period, when the company focused on cleaning... 

Municipal Stainless Steel Solutions Could Save SA Millions In Water Losses

     15th February 2017 With South Africa experiencing Stage 2 and 3 water restrictions following its worst drought in decades, the spotlight falls on the solution of using stainless steel in water distribution and service pipes in South Africa to reduce leakages and maintenance costs and preserve our already strained... 

Zero-emission litter picker is SA’s next generation of cleaning equipment

     14th February 2017 Rapidly increasing urban populations are placing increasing pressure on the sustainability of city environments. This has meant that broom, picker and refuse pushcarts have given way to more compact, electrically-operated, zero-emission cleaning equipment. Goscor Cleaning Equipment (GCE) of... 

Releasing Agents For Every Concrete Purpose

     9th February 2017 Releasing agents are a valuable part of any construction project, ensuring that concrete does not stick to formwork or moulds; the CHRYSO® Dem range takes this technology another step forward with a brand to suit every application. According to Hannes Engelbrecht, general manager:inland at CHRYSO... 

AMSA wants customers to unite behind call for industry-wide protection 

By: Terence Creamer     9th February 2017 Steel producer ArcelorMittal South Africa (AMSA) has appealed to its downstream customers to join it in a united lobbying effort for higher levels of tariff protection on both primary and value-added steel products, which, it claims, are being displaced by cheap, subsidised imports that are... 

Corobrik face bricks combine to create attractive housing development

     6th February 2017 More than 3 million of Corobrik’s quality face brick products were used in the construction of The Junction @ Forest Hill in Centurion, Pretoria.   The 440-unit rental housing development, based in Heuweloord, will be completed by Central Developments in February 2017 to meet the growing need for... 

Medupi Power Station Integration Project, South Africa

By: Sheila Barradas     3rd February 2017 The project aims to support the grid system between Limpopo and the North West. 

Dominion Diamond CEO quits

By: Henry Lazenby     31st January 2017 The CEO of the world’s third-largest diamond producer Dominion Diamond Corporation, Brendan Bell, has resigned, saying the corporate relocation from Yellowknife, in the Northwest Territories, to Calgary, Alberta, “is not the right move for my family”. The TSX- and NYSE-listed miner has engaged... 

Driving Sustainability Through Energy Efficiency Initiatives

     30th January 2017 Judicious energy usage is not just a passing concern, but one which is now a fundamental part of every organisation’s operational philosophy. As pressure mounts to find creative ways of not only preserving non-renewable energy resources but to also find alternative fuel sources, it is critical... 

Plastic Pipe Conference Association Confirms Spin-Off Conference And Exhibition To Take Place In South Africa Later This Year

     26th January 2017 The Plastic Pipes Conference Association (PPCA) has announced dates and venue for its two spin-off conferences and exhibitions in South Africa and China for this year. The first event in South Africa will be held on 4 -5 September 2017 at the Emperors Palace in Johannesburg. The second will be... 

New Cost Effective Weld Purging

     23rd January 2017 It took a long time for engineers to recognise that the use of inert gas purging during the welding of tubes and pipes could not only improve overall weld quality but could save both time and money. Purging using designs based on advanced technology offers dramatic reductions in weld defects,... 

Appeals for pipeline upgrades unheeded

By: Victor Moolman     20th January 2017 Despite numerous appeals to government by the plastics industry, not enough has been done in the past year to improve South Africa’s pipeline infrastructure, says the Southern African Plastic Pipe Manufacturers Association (Sappma). 

Growth in HDPE market boosts manufacturer production

     20th January 2017 Fluid conveyance solutions provider Incledon notes a growing trend towards the use of high-density polyethylene (HDPE) pipe solutions in the water infrastructure sector, which presents a major growth opportunity that the company has begun to grasp. 

HDPE pipe manufacturing facility to open in February

By: Nadine James     20th January 2017 Plastic pipes manufacturer DPI Plastics will launch its new Germiston-based manufacturing facility in February. The facility will manufacture high-density polyethylene (HDPE) pipes from 16 mm up to 1 000 mm in diameter. DPI technical and product manager Renier Snyman says the facility will enable... 

Market needs education on plastic pipe advantages

     20th January 2017 The South African market is not well educated to look for, and know, the difference between high-quality plastic pipes and low-quality plastic pipes, says plastic producer DPI Plastics technical and product manager Renier Snyman. 

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