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De Beers sets higher output target for 2018

By: Simone Liedtke     22nd February 2018 Global diamond miner De Beers has set a production target of as high as 36-million carats for 2018. In its 2017 results announcement the Anglo American subsidiary reported a production guidance of 34-million carats to 36-million carats, which compares with 33.45-million carats produced in 2017. 

Afrisam Readymix For Unique Dynamic’s Droogheuwel Reservoir Project

     22nd February 2018 Gauteng continues to be an urban magnet drawing job seekers from far and wide, making the Droogheuwel municipal bulk water reservoir in Randfontein a vital piece of infrastructure to keep sufficient water flowing to the growing area of Randgate. Hard at work on this 20 megalitre reservoir is the... 

Eltherm South Africa Lands Kathu Solar Plant Heat Tracing Contract

     20th February 2018 eltherm South Africa has been awarded the electrical heat tracing (EHT) system design and installation contract for the 100 MW Kathu Solar Park CSP (Concentrated Solar Power) plant in the Northern Cape. The contract also confirms eltherm’s dominance in the provision of EHT for CSP plants... 

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... 

Convenient coding: the hand-held printer

     13th February 2018 Coding and marking have come a long way since the concept of a machine-readable barcode was first patented in America in 1949. Innovation in this field has been fuelled by a growing demand for solutions that enable traceability through the entire value chain. It’s also been driven by a demand for... 

OMRON Introduced Four Series of Condition Monitoring Devices

     13th February 2018 Omron Industrial. Johannesburg. South Africa. OMRON Corporation have introduced on February 1, 2018, four series of condition monitoring devices to monitor operational status in manufacturing sites for workers. 

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... 

Electric cars and niche metals lure cash back to African mines

By: Bloomberg     2nd February 2018 Rising commodity prices may have revived enthusiasm for African resources, but it’s unlikely to be the old mainstays of coal and iron ore pulling crowds next week as the mining industry meets in Cape Town. The electric-vehicle boom and shifting industrial demand have transformed formerly niche... 

New tool ensures accuracy for transition flow of gas

     2nd February 2018 Industrial automation multinational Endress+Hauser’s new integrated pressure measurement tool, the Prowirl F/R/O 200 (Prowirl) is able to record energy and mass flows with maximum accuracy for transition flow of gases or liquids up to Re ≤ 10 000. The Prowirl is a central measuring point for... 

Plans for extra desalination plants at tender stage – city

By: News24Wire      31st January 2018 Cape Town's deputy mayor Ian Nielson says plans to build additional desalination plants in the city are currently at tender stage and could be announced in the next few weeks. Democratic Alliance leader Mmusi Maimane held a press conference on Tuesday, along with members of the City of Cape... 

Rocla, part of the IS Group of companies, has appointed Servaas Le Roux as its Technical Executive.

     30th January 2018 Le Roux who has been with Rocla for over eight years in his capacity as a civil engineer was previously responsible for the negotiation, development, design and project management of bespoke projects at Rocla as well the management of existing designs and advising on manufacturing processes.   “I... 

SMS group's Technical Service receives follow-up order from Mahshahr Pipe Mill Company

     30th January 2018 Mahshahr Pipe Mill Company (MPM) has signed a comprehensive service and modernization contract with SMS group www.sms-group.com for its large-diameter pipe mill in the Chuzestan Province in Iran. With this contract, MPM and SMS group are continuing their successful cooperation. In 2016, an... 

Water shops cashing in on #DayZero panic warned over municipal water use

By: News24Wire      29th January 2018 Shops cashing in on Cape Town's water panic by selling filtered municipal water without a licence will be targeted in the coming days, a city official said at a briefing on its #DayZero plans on Sunday. "Either you stop this or we going to have to cut the water flow to the facility to a much... 

Alrosa CEO, Angolan President discuss Catoca shareholding

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     26th January 2018 Alrosa CEO Sergey Ivanov and Angolan President João Lourenço this week held their second meeting to discuss issues related to the closing of the transaction to increase Alrosa's shareholding in Catoca Mining to 41%. "Recently, we have seen positive changes related to increasing of transparency... 

EM brings high-resolution ‘plug-and-play’ thermal transfer printer to SA

     25th January 2018 The high-resolution, ‘plug-and-play’ Cembre Markingenius MG3 thermal transfer printer can produce thousands of tags – using just three plates – for cables, pipes, and tubes. It is now available in South Africa through leading distributor ElectroMechanica (EM). Manufactured in Italy, the... 

New optimism in the mining sector sees leading suppliers sign up for West Africa’s premier expo

     25th January 2018 WAMPEX will be a key focus in 2018 for mining growth across the region following renewed commitment from governments and increasing levels of investment Top suppliers have already signed up to be part of next year’s premier mining expo for West Africa, WAMPEX 2018, which is celebrating its 24th... 

Verder pumping solutions into the Pharmaceutical Industry.

     22nd January 2018 Owing to the pharmaceutical industry requiring gentle pumping solutions, pumps solutions supplier Verder Pumps South Africa emphasises the importance of the standard peristaltic pump for the pharmaceutical industry. Verder International has proven success in the pharmaceutical market and has led... 

Hammerhead benefits in replacing Gauteng’s ageing pipelines

     19th January 2018 Aging water infrastructure in cities throughout Gauteng is leading to a loss of millions of litres of potable water, while sewerage leaks silently contaminate the province’s waterways and ground water. With thousands of pipelines already well over the 50-year mark and equally many over 100 years... 

New hydraulic hose launched

     19th January 2018 Global leader in motion and control technologies Parker Hannifin introduced the GlobalCore 187 High Performance Hydraulic Hose, a 7 MPa / 1 000 psi constant working pressure hose, to enhance its GlobalCore product line. Announced towards the end of last year, the 187 Hose is designed to provide... 

AGM highlights major 2017 accomplishments

     19th January 2018 Representative of the plastic pipe business the Southern African Plastic Pipe Manufacturers Association (Sappma) used the occasion of its thirteenth annual general meeting (AGM) held in Johannesburg recently to celebrate the successes achieved by this nonprofit association over the past 12... 

Recycling rate increases, boding well for environment

By: Marleny Arnoldi     19th January 2018 The latest plastics recycling figures released by industry body Plastics South Africa (Plastics SA) indicate that South Africans are recycling more plastics than before, which bodes well for local environmental sustainability.  

New, effective pipe joining method announced

     19th January 2018 Producer of mechanical pipe joining solutions Victaulic last month announced the European premiere of its Refuse-to-Fuse solution. This new technique enables high-density polyethylene (HDPE) pipes to be coupled without the need for fusion.  HDPE pipes are widely known and popular for their... 

Enviro Loo lauded for contribution to water saving in South Africa

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     12th January 2018 With South Africans facing uncertainty around future water supply, particularly in the drought-stricken Western Cape, a local toilet manufacturer has received the 2017 Southern African Company of the Year award from research firm Frost & Sullivan for its efforts to save water. Enviro Loo has... 

Glencore issues invitation to tender for supply of steel to South African mine

By: Creamer Media Reporter      12th January 2018 Diversified miner Glencore has issued an invitation to tender for the supply of leach vats structural steel at its opencast Rhovan mine, near Brits, in the North West, in South Africa. Interested parties have until January 24 to register, with a site meeting scheduled for January 25. 

World's top commodity engine roars to record with Xi at helm

By: Bloomberg     12th January 2018 China continues to gobble up the world’s commodities, setting new records for consumption of everything from crude oil to soybeans. In a year of flux marked by industrial capacity cuts, environmental curbs and financial deleveraging, demand for raw materials has continued to grow in the world’s... 

Drilling on Cape Flats Aquifer starts as Cape Town dams dry up in drought

By: News24Wire      12th January 2018 The City of Cape Town drilled its first test borehole into the Cape Flats aquifer on Thursday, hoping that the earth's natural underground reservoirs would provide an extra 80-million litres of water per day as dams dry up in a prolonged drought. "This is the first in the history of the City of... 

Rand Water restores 75% of water in Emfuleni

By: African News Agency      10th January 2018 Emfuleni said on Wednesday utility Rand Water had restored at least 75% of water supply, easing shortages that have hit the municipality for months. Emfuleni however said some areas were still struggling due to burst pipes resulting from an ageing infrastructure. 

Deionising water to protect against corrosion in heating installations

     8th January 2018 Hans-Jürgen Wedemeyer, Technical Marketing Manager of the Liquid Purification Technologies business unit at Lanxess, describes how water for heating circuits can be treated using a special new kind of mixed bed ion exchanger to reliably prevent corrosion. A dark, cloudy sludge no longer... 

Reducing costs in the oil and gas industry: how mechanical pipe systems can help oil companies streamline operations

     8th January 2018 Arrie Nel, Territory Manager at Victaulic   PwC’s “Africa Oil and Gas Review” for 2017, which was released in November, highlights how the global industry is still adjusting to the realities of a $50 to $60 per barrel oil price landscape. On the continent, other challenges that are specific to... 

Doubt whether desalination plants will be delivered by March  

By: Marleny Arnoldi     8th December 2017 Valves supplier APVF will supply pipeline products for six desalination plants earmarked for construction in the Western Cape, which are expected to deliver 28 M of water to the province daily.  

The “Kids” Of The MB Crusher Family

     7th December 2017 Waste and residues - once materials to be disposed of - are now transformed by MB into a new source of profit, with significant environmental benefits. Until recently, nobody had thought of this. Then along came MB Crusher, who designed and produced machinery that transforms loaders, skid loaders... 

TDS Projects Construction Will Go the Extra Mile with 13km Pipeline for Nkomati Mine

     7th December 2017 TDS Projects Construction has been awarded the contract for the construction of a 13km tailing pipeline at Nkomati Nickel mine. Nkomati is situated 300km east of Johannesburg. It represents one of the largest nickel reserves in South Africa having estimated reserves of 408.6 million tonnes of ore... 

TDS Projects Construction Will Go the Extra Mile with 13km Pipeline for Nkomati Mine

     7th December 2017 TDS Projects Construction has been awarded the contract for the construction of a 13km tailing pipeline at Nkomati Nickel mine. Nkomati is situated 300km east of Johannesburg. It represents one of the largest nickel reserves in South Africa having estimated reserves of 408.6 million tonnes of ore... 

Drought: Has Cape Town planned properly for Day Zero? 

By: News24Wire      6th December 2017 "Day Zero is the stark reality we face when most taps will be turned off and residents will have to queue for water." This sombre announcement was made by Mayor Patricia de Lille at the launch of the City of Cape Town's water dashboard on November 23, GroundUp reported on Wednesday. 

Small size particles prompt regular filter replacement

     1st December 2017 Owing to typical commercial primary filters in a pneumatic circuit being designed to filter out particles as small as 5 μm from the air, particular hydraulic systems, motion and control technologies diversified manufacturer Parker Hannifin says companies need to change or clean dirty elements as... 

Agromining may provide new opportunities to extract remaining value from mined land

By: Mia Breytenbach     24th November 2017 With a significant portion of large mineral deposits having been discovered worldwide, and, in many cases, reaching the end of viable economic recovery, phytomining is one option that could be chosen to extract the remaining value from this mined ground, Florida International University... 

Group Five to sell stake in noncore pipes business for R80m

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     22nd November 2017 JSE-listed construction company Group Five will sell its 50% interest in Group Five Pipe to LB Pipes for R80-million. “Although the manufacturing cluster remains a strong performer within the group and contributes solid earnings and cash flow, it is regarded as a noncore operation,” Group Five... 

Two South Africans shortlisted for engineering innovation prize

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     22nd November 2017 Two young South Africans are among the 16 engineers hailing from seven countries in Africa, who have been chosen for the shortlist of the prestigious Africa Prize for Engineering Innovation. University of the Witwatersrand chemical engineering research fellow Collins Saguru has developed AltMet,... 

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