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SA Hippo Expands The Vortex Slurry Sump Pump Range

     28th April 2017 One of the biggest challenges at coal processing plants is that the sump pumps can get blocked by large solids and the whole processing plant will then get flooded to such an extent that either the plant has to be shut down or the blocked pumps have to be removed in order to be unblocked or... 

Sewer manual to be published next month

By: Marleny Arnoldi     28th April 2017 Plastic pipes manufacturer DPI Plastics will publish its comprehensive sewer product manual next month that provides detailed information on its range of polyvinyl chloride (PVC) pipe applications and installations in the sewage and effluent sector.  

Barrick Gold cuts gold production forecast at Argentina mine

By: Mariaan Webb     25th April 2017 Toronto-based miner Barrick Gold’s shares fell nearly 4% in after-hour trade on Monday, after the group lowered its production forecast and increased its cost guidance at its Veladero mine, in Argentina. The mine, where authorities suspended the addition of cyanide to the heap leach process... 

See the new 3D software system that revolutionises fluid transfer next month in Johannesburg

     24th April 2017 Meet Jamie van Schoor who has introduced to Africa PumpSim, which allows engineers to build a pipe and pump network that simulates pressures and flows… all in a virtual world. INDUTEC 2017 will offer visitors the chance to sample first hand an exciting new 3D modelling programme that plans all... 

Rare resources discovered in Queensland

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     18th April 2017 Queensland could likely play host to a number of rare minerals, as geologists have unearthed evidence suggesting the presence of platinum and gold as well as rare earth elements (REE). “This may be a whole new frontier for Queensland,” Natural Resources and Mines Minister Dr Anthony Lynham said... 

Incledon, Xesibe Construction on track with Ncera irrigation scheme

     11th April 2017 Quality fluid-conveyance solutions provider Incledon is supplying the bulk pipeline to main contractor Xesibe Construction for the Ncera macadamia project for the Eastern Cape’s Department of Rural Development and Land Reform. Incledon’s scope of work comprises the supply of 2.4 km of 400 mm... 

Thornton joins Barrick top brass in Argentina after Veladero pipe rupture

By: Bloomberg     11th April 2017 Barrick Gold executive chairperson John Thornton flew to Argentina after authorities threatened to rescind the licence for the Veladero mine on the same day the company agreed to sell half the asset. Thornton joined president Kelvin Dushnisky, COO Richard Williams and CFO Catherine Raw in... 

New Curve™ Slurry Pump surpasses all expectations

     10th April 2017 Pump and Abrasion Technologies® (PAT) unveiled its new CURVE™ range of pumps in September 2016.  A prominent South African ferrochrome processing plant was among the first companies to adopt this new technology by implementing a project to change all their pumps to the CURVE range of pumps. The... 

Premium Miller welding equipment now available for rental from Afrox

     10th April 2017 As of April 2017, Afrox will be offering tailor-made welding equipment rental packages to the South African market, affording customers the option to rent a selection of premium welding machines for short- to medium-term projects. This first-of-a-kind rental equipment offer from Afrox... 

Argentina tells Barrick to overhaul Veladero gold mine operations

By: Reuters     7th April 2017 Argentina mining officials told Barrick Gold it must overhaul environmental and operating processes at its Veladero mine, following last week's cyanide solution spill, while the country's environment ministry asked for a total suspension of operations, according to statements on Friday. National... 

Barrick's Shandong deal cements chairperson's China strategy

By: Reuters     7th April 2017 Barrick Gold's near billion-dollar deal with Shandong Gold Mining represents a rich premium for the Canadian miner, while making good on a long-promised plan to forge deep, long-lasting partnerships with China. The sale of a 50% stake in Veladero, one of Barrick's top five gold mines, for... 

New Curve™ Slurry Pump surpasses all expectations

     5th April 2017 Pump and Abrasion Technologies® (PAT) unveiled its new CURVE™ range of pumps in September 2016.  A prominent South African ferrochrome processing plant was among the first companies to adopt this new technology by implementing a project to change all their pumps to the CURVE range of pumps. The... 

The HOT topic in Beverage Production

     5th April 2017 Louis Pasteur was a French biologist and chemist renowned for his discoveries of the principles of vaccination, microbial fermentation and pasteurisation. He is remembered for his remarkable breakthroughs in the causes and prevention of diseases. Pasteur's research showed that the growth of... 

New Curve™ Slurry Pump surpasses all expectations

     3rd April 2017 Pump and Abrasion Technologies® (PAT) unveiled their new CURVE™ range of pumps in September 2016.  A prominent South African Ferrochrome plant was among the first companies to adopt this new technology by implementing a project to change all their pumps to the CURVE range of pumps. The conversion... 

More municipalities in Western Cape to be declared disaster areas 

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     31st March 2017 The ongoing drought conditions across the Western Cape will see the province declaring seven municipalities as disaster areas, with a further chance that the entire province may have to be declared a disaster area too. This will bring total to 12 municipalities. 

Flotation Level Measurement Techniques

     31st March 2017 The requirement for good level control of flotation machines is well established and documented. In this article we will focus on the more common level measurement options available in the market in the flotation plant today, including the pros and cons associated with each one. All level control... 

Argentine province to suspend some Barrick activities – report

By: Reuters     31st March 2017 Argentina's San Juan province ordered Barrick Gold to suspend some activities at its Veladero mine after a pipe carrying gold-bearing solution ruptured on the leach pad, state-run news agency Telam reported on Thursday. Reuters could not immediately reach the provincial government to confirm the... 

Tribunal finds pipe manufacturers guilty of collusion

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     27th March 2017 The Competition Tribunal has found Dawn Consolidated Holdings (DCH), through its subsidiary DPI Plastics, and Sangio Pipes guilty of colluding to divide markets in South Africa between 2007 and 2012. The Competition Commission referred the collusion case against the two manufacturers of regular... 

Lucapa announces maiden Mothae resource estimate

By: Henry Lazenby     25th March 2017 ASX-listed Lucapa Diamonds has published a maiden Joint Ore Reserves Committee-compliant resource estimate for the Mothae kimberlite pipe, in Lesotho. The Mothae project is located about 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... 

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... 

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