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TNPA undertakes R15m maintenance dredging campaign at Cape Town port

By: Creamer Media Reporter      24th March 2017 The dredging services division of Transnet National Ports Authority (TNPA) has implemented a R15-million maintenance dredging campaign at the Port of Cape Town to restore the design depths inside the Duncan dock. The maintenance campaign, which was started two weeks ago and is scheduled for... 

Australian group lines up China backing for new iron-ore rail, port infrastructure

By: Reuters     24th March 2017 China State Construction Engineering Corp has tentatively agreed to build a new port and rail line for a yet-to-be-approved iron-ore mine in Western Australia, according to a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with privately-owned New Zealand firm BBI Group. The MoU, tied to a A$6-billion... 

High-speed wireless provides fibrelike connectivity to underserved areas

By: Schalk Burger     24th March 2017 A 28 GHz last-mile wireless access solution is being rolled out in South Africa to provide fibre-like connectivity for underserved areas, says telecommunications operator Paratus Telecom SA MD Kallie Carlsen. The solution uses a combination of 28 GHz wireless line-of-sight solution for last-mile... 

Nuclear build programme will bring immense benefits 

By: Kelvin Kemm     24th March 2017 South Africa builds and exports Mercedes-Benz vehicles from East London.  BMW cars are built in Pretoria, as are Ford cars. Other vehicle brands are also built are this country.  I have toured the BMW and Ford plant several times, and I can assure you that what you see is South African workers... 

Venice offshore terminal project, Italy

By: Sheila Barradas     24th March 2017 The terminal off the Port of Venice will berth larger ships and bring economic and environmental benefits to the city. 

Maxiflex welcomes customers to their doors

     23rd March 2017 Maxiflex has been a specialist and trusted supplier of a fully comprehensive range of high quality, efficient and reliable door and dock loading solutions to the Southern African industry for 27 years. Alongside the renowned in-house Maxiflex brands, the company also boasts sole distribution... 

Goscor Cleaning Equipment appoints Elso as its Namibian distributor

     23rd March 2017 Goscor Cleaning Equipment (GCE) is extending its footprint in the mining and retail sectors in Namibia with the appointment of Elso Holdings as its official distributor, with effect from the beginning of the year. One of the oldest, most environmentally-aware cleaning-product manufacturers in... 

Alara gets offtake partner for Oman project

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     23rd March 2017 Metals miner Alara Resources has signed an offtake agreement for the supply of some 35 000 t of copper concentrate from its Al Hadeetha project, in Oman. The company said on Thursday that, under the terms of the agreement, the concentrate will be shipped at regular intervals from the Sohar port,... 

Minerals railway in Peru to take 2-3 wks to resume – govt

By: Reuters     23rd March 2017 A railway used by copper, zinc and silver mines to transport their concentrates from Peru's central Andes to port will not likely be operative for at least two to three weeks following "important" damages from floods and mudslides, the transportation minister said on Wednesday. Martin Vizcarra... 

Adani coal mine in Australia faces fresh wave of protests

By: Bloomberg     22nd March 2017 A new environmental campaign to stop the development of Adani Group’s $16.5-billion coal mine in Queensland will be launched Wednesday with the high-profile backing of former Australian Greens party leader Bob Brown. “Adani and the federal government have no idea of the scale of opposition and... 

Australia's Pilbara Ports closes Dampier due to weather

By: Reuters     22nd March 2017 Pilbara Ports Authority, which operates Australia's largest iron ore export terminal, on Wednesday said it had closed its Dampier port due to bad weather, but the main port of Hedland remained open. The authority said it had activated a cyclone response procedure due to a weak tropical low... 

Peru mine output stranded after rains disrupt rail shipments

By: Reuters     21st March 2017 Heavy rains in Peru have disrupted train transport of minerals from the country's central region to the Pacific Coast, and the train line could take at least 15 days to fix, VP and Transport Minister Martin Vizcarra said on Monday. The government is coordinating with mining companies to find... 

TransCanada to push ahead with C$1.4bn North Montney gas pipeline earlier than expected

By: Henry Lazenby     21st March 2017 Pipeline operator TransCanada has filed a variance application with the National Energy Board to proceed with construction of the North Montney Mainline Project (NMMP) ahead of schedule. The Calgary, Alberta-based oil and gas transporter has already been granted the required federal and... 

ArcelorMittal consortium submits top bid for Italian steel plant

By: Reuters     20th March 2017 ArcelorMittal, the world's top steelmaker, and Italian processor Marcegaglia have offered €1.6-billion ($1.72-billion) to buy Italy's troubled Ilva steel plant, outbidding a rival consortium, three sources said on Friday. The rival group that includes India's JSW Steel bid €1.2-billion for the... 

Adani to start Carmichael construction in August

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     20th March 2017 Construction on the A$21.7-billion Carmichael coal and rail project is expected to start in August, Indian major Adani confirmed to Mining Weekly Online. Chairperson Guatam Adani told a media conference in Mumbai that the outstanding approvals and licences were in the pipeline for approval and... 

New offer suggests breakthrough in Chile's Escondida strike

By: Reuters     17th March 2017 Chile's Escondida has agreed to meet with its union and made changes to its contract offer, it said on Friday, a move that could herald the first real sign of a breakthrough in a strike at the world's biggest copper mine. The strike at the BHP Billiton-owned mine has lasted 37 days and has... 

Automation company focuses on energy efficiency

By: Johane Turkstra     17th March 2017 Drive and automation technology company SEW-Eurodrive has standardised all its equipment to be more energy efficient as of the first of this month to cater for various industries’ demand for energy efficient equipment. The helical-bevel K19 and K29 series gearboxes are the first of such... 

Dapu–Chaozhou highway construction project, China

By: Sheila Barradas     17th March 2017 The project involves the construction of Lot 4 of the Dapu–Chaozhou highway. 

DBSA backs key highway project in Kenya

By: John Muchira     17th March 2017 The Development Bank of Southern Africa (DBSA) has agreed to avail $572.8-million debt funding for a key highway project in Kenya. Kenya Transport principal secretary Irungu Nyakera says the funds are already available for the 580 km Lamu-Garissa–Isiolo highway, which forms part of the Lamu Port... 

Sanral initiates training scheme for small firms ahead of N2 Wild Coast construction

By: Irma Venter     17th March 2017 The South African National Roads Agency Limited (Sanral) has started with the roll-out of a R120-million community development and small, medium and micro enterprises (SMMEs) training programme in anticipation of the construction of the N2 Wild Coast Toll Road (N2WCTR). The programme aims to... 

Strikers at BHP's Escondida mine in Chile block restart attempt at port

By: Reuters     16th March 2017 Striking workers at BHP Billiton's Escondida copper mine, in Chile, the world's largest, are blocking attempts by the company to renew operations at a key port nearby, BHP and an umbrella union said on Thursday, as the stoppage enters its sixth week. The company said on Tuesday it was gradually... 

China iron-ore extends gains as steel holds near 3-year high

By: Reuters     16th March 2017 Shanghai rebar steel futures cut early losses to end near a three-year high on Thursday, helping raw material iron ore extend gains to a fifth session in a row. Hopes of stronger infrastructure spending and property sales in China helped steel prices surge this week, but volatility is also high. 

Sasol officially launches 2017 GTC Championship

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     16th March 2017 The Sasol GTC Championship team on Thursday welcomed newest team member Robert Wolk, who will be behind the wheel of the team’s BMW GTC racer. Thirty-one-year-old Wolk replaces Hennie Groenewald, who stepped down to start a new business venture in Cape Town. Wolk has been racing since the age of... 

Don’t skimp on power distribution units, Netshield a Westcon-Comstor company warns

     16th March 2017 Netshield South Africa CEO Inus Dreckmeyr has warned corporates against the false saving of buying “dumb” power distribution units (PDUs) instead of intelligent or smart PDUs. “The basic premise behind a PDU has expanded from what they were perceived to be in the past,” says Dreckmeyr.... 

Fortress Income Fund launches R650 million Louwlardia development

     16th March 2017 The JSE listed Fortress Income Fund has officially launched the Louwlardia Logistics Park, a R650 million A Grade logistics facility that is under development alongside the N1 in Centurion.   Speaking at the launch,  executive director Andrew Teixeira said that Louwlardia was part of the 1... 

Vale to get $733m by month-end from Moatize stake sale to Mitsui

By: Reuters     16th March 2017 Brazilian mining company Vale said on Wednesday it is nearing conclusion of a deal to sell a stake in Mozambique's Moatize coal project to Japan's Mitsui & Co. Vale said it expects to receive by the end of this month an initial payment of $733-million from Mitsui from the equity sale. The... 

Champion Iron acquires 735 iron-ore railcars

By: Henry Lazenby     15th March 2017 Iron-ore project proponent Champion Iron Ore has acquired an operational fleet of 735 specialised iron-ore railcars from Canadian Iron Ore Railcar Leasing, for $30.1-million. Champion chairperson and CEO Michael O’Keeffe on Wednesday said the acquisition brought the TSX- and ASX-listed company a... 

Mikono Expo Group will Host the Dar Construction Trade Expo and the East Africa Smart Building Summit 2017 in Dar es Salaam,Tanzania!!

     15th March 2017 Tanzanian based company Mikono Speakers under her sister company Mikono Expo Group, which operates in Tanzania, South Africa and other African nations, is hosting the Dar Construction Trade Expo 2017. This esteemed event will take place along with the East Africa Smart Building Conference. More... 

Somali pirates hijack first commercial ship since 2012

By: Reuters     14th March 2017 Pirates have hijacked an oil tanker with eight Sri Lankan crew onboard, a Somali official said on Tuesday, the first time they have successfully taken a commercial ship since 2012. The Aris 13 sent a distress call on Monday, turned off its tracking system and altered course for the Somali port... 

CoAL narrows interim loss

By: Creamer Media Reporter      14th March 2017 Triple-listed Coal of Africa Limited (CoAL) has narrowed its loss for the six months to December 31, to $12.97-million, from the loss of $14.2-million recorded in the six months to December 31, 2015. The narrowed loss was owing to a net foreign exchange gain of $2.9-million, compared with a net... 

E.Cape Rural Hydropower Scheme A Clean Energy Success Story

     14th March 2017 It's going to be a bright 2017 for the 39 households of the KwaMadiba settlement in the rural Eastern Cape 110 years after municipal electricity was first supplied to the provincial capital of Port Elizabeth. This village in the OR Tambo District Municipality has quite literally been "off the... 

First K+S rail cars arrive at $4.1bn Legacy mine, in Saskatchewan

By: Henry Lazenby     13th March 2017 The first 177 of 531 custom built rail cars have arrived at potash project developer K+S Potash Canada's (KSPC's) $4.1-billion Legacy mine site, in Saskatchewan. The company on Monday said this was enough to complete one of three trains that will transport KSPC’s product to its potash handling... 

Sanral appoints first research associate  

By: Anine Kilian     13th March 2017 A PhD candidate at the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University, Keith Nare, has been appointed South African National Roads Agency Limited’s (Sanral’s) first ever research associate at the entity’s materials lab in Port Elizabeth, Eastern Cape. Nare’s role at the lab is to perform a role linking... 

Standout Eastern Cape learners commence student life

     13th March 2017 Two standout Eastern Cape learners who attended an Engen Maths and Science School in their area, aced their matric examinations and are now all set to pursue their tertiary studies in medicine and engineering at the University of Cape Town. Athini Mqolora achieved an impressive overall average of... 

India's Adani applies to Aus govt fund for coal mine railway financing

By: Reuters     13th March 2017 India's Adani Enterprises has applied for financing from an Australian infrastructure fund to build a rail line that is part of a $16-billion coal project in the state of Queensland, Australia's resources minister said on Monday. Financing from the A$5 billion Northern Australian Infrastructure... 

Transporters disagree with implementation of appointment only system at Durban terminal

By: Shirley le Guern     10th March 2017 The trucking fraternity has not taken kindly to an announcement on Friday by Transnet Port Terminals (TPT) that it will impose an appointment only system for trucks at the Pier 2 Container Port Terminal, in Durban, from April 1. At a presentation at the Container Terminal, regional manager Thula... 

China iron ore eyes worst week in nearly 3 months as port stocks climb

By: Reuters     10th March 2017 Iron-ore futures in China were little changed on Friday, but were headed for their biggest weekly drop since December as the rally in steel prices lost steam and stockpiles of iron ore at Chinese ports rose to the most in at least 13 years. Iron-ore prices have rallied with steel this year... 

Ungani poised for restart – Buru

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     10th March 2017 ASX-listed Buru Energy has completed the restart plan for its Ungani oilfield, in the Kimberley region of Western Australia. The company on Friday said the restart of the oilfield was subject to final joint venture and regulatory approvals, as well as the award of the various contracts. 

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