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Coega perfectly poised to participate in lithium-ion battery industry – CDC

By: Simone Liedtke     23rd May 2018 The Coega Special Economic Zone (SEZ) is at an advanced stage of setting up factories that will supply gigawatt factories with manganese, a key ingredient in most lithium-ion batteries. Coega Development Corporation (CDC) business development metallurgic sector manager Sadick Davids says the SEZ... 

Arrowhead vacancies improve despite challenging economic environment

By: Anine Kilian     23rd May 2018 South African focused real estate investment trust Arrowhead achieved a strong operating performance in the six months ended March 31, despite macroeconomic challenges. Speaking to Engineering News Online COO Riaz Kader on Wednesday said that although the company was operating in a very... 

Avanco warns of cuts at Antas

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     23rd May 2018 Copper miner Avanco has warned shareholders that it might scale back operations at its Antas openpit mine, in Brazil, due to a nation-wide truck driver strike. The miner said on Wednesday that a prolonged strike could adversely impact the supply of consumables for mining and processing... 

Hyundai's i20 gets smarter, with a refreshed design and new flagship derivative

23rd May 2018 Hyundai Automotive South Africa is continuing its success in the segment for mid-sized hatchbacks by introducing a refreshed i20 line-up with a more modern design, and the addition of a 1.4 Active flagship derivative. "The i20 is one of our important models and has been one of our top-selling... 

Harmony poised to hit 1.5m oz target – CEO 

By: Martin Creamer     22nd May 2018 Gold mining company Harmony Gold is well on track to hit its target of 1.5-million ounces of gold a year. The two big steps needed to ensure this – the acquisition and recapitalisation of the Hidden Valley gold mine in Papua New Guinea (PNG), and the acquisition of the Moab Khotsong in South... 

Kodal extends Sogola-Baoule prospect

By: Simone Liedtke     21st May 2018 West Africa focussed Kodal Minerals has extended its Sogola-Baoule prospect’s strike length at the company’s Bougouni lithium project, in southern Mali, to over 1 000 m, following results from 15 reported drill holes in March. The mineral exploration and development company further highlighted... 

Ports Authority Announces New COO

21st May 2018 As Transnet National Ports Authority (TNPA) settles into the new financial year 2018/19 its focus is on using its strengths to grow and diversify its business and to establish itself as a world class ports authority. Ms Nozipho Mdawe has been appointed as Chief Operating Officer (COO), effective... 

Kropz clinches offtake from phosphates project

By: Martin Creamer     21st May 2018 Plant nutrient minerals development company Kropz, which is developing the Elandfontein phosphates mining and processing project in the Western Cape, has secured several offtake agreements ahead of production. The cornerstone offtake agreement, for about a third of its production at market prices... 

TNPA appoints new COO, GM of corporate affairs

By: Simone Liedtke     21st May 2018 Nozipho Mdawe has been appointed COO of Transnet National Ports Authority (TNPA), with effect from May 21. Mdawe takes over the role recently vacated by Phyllis Difeto and briefly held in an acting capacity by Moshe Motlohi.  

Dredging project revitalises Durban’s beaches

By: Nadine James     18th May 2018 An innovative sand pumping initiative between eThekwini Municipality and Transnet National Ports Authority (TNPA) has successfully reinstated sand along eroded sections of Durban’s popular Golden Mile and could offer similar benefits for beaches extending further northwards. The municipality and... 

Innosun’s Namibian Wind Farm Lifted By Johnson Renew

18th May 2018 The Ombepo Wind Farm, the first wind farm to be constructed in Namibia, is situated just outside Luderitz, Southern Namibia and is designed to inject 5 MW into the national grid managed by NamPower, the national utility. The wind farm was built by InnoSun Energy Holdings (Pty) Ltd who secured the... 

Project Brings Sand Back to Durban’s Beaches

18th May 2018 An innovative sand pumping initiative between eThekwini Municipality and Transnet National Ports Authority (TNPA) has successfully reinstated sand along eroded sections of Durban’s popular Golden Mile and could offer similar benefits for beaches extending further northwards. The municipality and... 

Rio gets accreditation for AutoHaul

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     18th May 2018 Mining major Rio Tinto has been granted accreditation by the Australian Office of the National Rail Safety Regulator, approving its autonomous operation of trains at its iron-ore operations, in Western Australia. Rio implemented autonomous trains at its Pilbara operations in the first quarter of... 

Nyrstar and South Australia disagree on loan repayment

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     18th May 2018 Belgium-based mining and metals group Nyrstar has maintained that it was within its legal rights to defer repayments on a loan to upgrade the Port Pirie smelter, after South Australian Treasurer Rob Lucas threatened the company with legal action. The redeveloped Port Pirie smelter was opened in... 

The scramble for Somalia

By: Martin Zhuwakinyu     18th May 2018 The Horn of Africa nation of Somalia is better known as the poorest country on earth, with a per capita gross domestic product of $400, and for lacking a coherent government since the 1991 ouster of Mohamed Siad Barre as President. What many do not remember is that it was one of the first newly... 

Struandale engine plant expansion, South Africa

By: Sheila Barradas     18th May 2018 Ford Motor Company of Southern Africa is expanding the capability and capacity of its operations at the Struandale plant as part of a wide-ranging investment in its two South African plants.  

Congo billionaire seeks French loan to develop iron-ore railway

By: Bloomberg     17th May 2018 Paul Obambi, a billionaire investor in the Congo Republic, is in talks with French lenders to fund a railway he’s building to export iron-ore. Obambi’s company Sapro SA is negotiating with “a consortium of banks” to finance the 450-km track that will link the southwestern town of Mayoko to a... 

Eskom continuing with nuclear plans pending IRP update

By: Kim Cloete     17th May 2018 Eskom is going ahead with tentative plans for new nuclear capacity amid uncertainty about whether the technology will be included in the updated Integrated Resource Plan (IRP), which government has indicated will be released for public comment soon. Eskom acting general manager for nuclear new... 

Ammarroo slated for a 2019 construction - Verdant

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     17th May 2018 A feasibility study into the Ammarroo phosphate project, in the Northern Territory, has proven the project to be technically feasible, ASX-listed Verdant Minerals reported on Thursday. The feasibility study considered a Stage 1 development to produce one-million tonnes a year of phosphate rock... 

Uganda power distributor Umeme to spend $1.2bn to expand grid

By: Reuters     16th May 2018 Ugandan power distributor Umeme plans to spend $1.2-billion in the next seven years to revamp and expand the grid and has hired an adviser to explore options for raising the money, the company's chief executive said on Wednesday. The investments will be used to prepare for an expected rise in... 

Sheffield secures port allocation for Thunderbird

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     16th May 2018 Mineral sands developer Sheffield Resources has signed a port access agreement with the Shire of Derby-West Kimberly, allowing the company access to a bulk handling facility and infrastructure at the port of Derby. Sheffield is hoping to export its mineral sands project from the Thunderbird... 

Aurizon warns miners of train cuts

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     16th May 2018 Freight operator Aurizon has reportedly advised Queensland coal companies that it would ‘dramatically cut’ train movements on the Goonyella system of the Central Queensland Coal Network (CQCN). The Goonyella system connects several of Queensland’s largest metallurgical coal suppliers to the port... 

Gordhan outlines his plan for the ‘recapture’ of South Africa’s SoCs

16th May 2018 The full text of Public Enterprises Minister Pravin Gordhan’s Budget Vote speech to Parliament on May 15. In it, the Minister warns that it has become evident that several State-owned companies (SOCs) will not be able to trade and borrow their way out of their financial difficulties and that some... 

New grease filling filter for automatic lubrication systems

15th May 2018 SKF announced the introduction of its Lincoln small grease reservoir filling filter. Part of SKF’s family of filtration products, this filter helps to minimise contaminants entering automatic lubrication systems during the filling process of smaller-sized reservoirs. Installed as an inline... 

Callinex jumps 35% on viable combined Nash Creek, Superjack PEA

By: Henry Lazenby     15th May 2018 Base metals-focused Callinex Mines has made public the results of a preliminary economic assessment (PEA) examining the production of zinc from the combined 100%-owned Nash Creek and Superjack projects, located in New Brunswick’s prolific Bathurst Mining District, in Maritime Canada. The PEA... 

Transnet to review tenders, expand petrochemicals capacity at East London port

By: Marleny Arnoldi     14th May 2018 More than 100 attendees representing 97 companies have shown a keen interest in the Port of East London’s plans to recommission an existing tank in the port for handling of liquid bulk and to introduce a liquid bulk terminal through a 25-year port concession awarded to a private entity, says... 

Port of East London to expand its petroleum footprint

14th May 2018 More than 100 attendees representing 97 companies have shown keen interest in the Port of East London’s plans to recommission an existing tank in the port for handling of liquid bulk and to introduce a liquid bulk terminal through a 25-year port concession awarded to a private, empowered entity.... 

Dredging starts at Karumba port

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     14th May 2018 Annual dredging has restarted at the port of Karumba, as part of ASX-listed New Century Resources’ restart of the Century zinc mine, in Queensland. The 2018 dredging programme would see New Century invest A$6.8-million in the first dredging activities to be undertaken at Karumba since early... 

Trevali revenues rise 187%, Q1 earnings miss on Perkoa freight timing

By: Henry Lazenby     11th May 2018 Pureplay zinc producer Trevali Mining has reported adjusted earnings a share of $0.04, missing average analyst earnings forecasts by a penny, on lower-than-expected sales from the Perkoa mine, in Burkina Faso, mainly owing to freight timing at the Port of Abidjan, in Côte d’Ivoire.... 

TPT continues to strive for greater efficiency at Durban port

By: Shirley le Guern     11th May 2018 The Port of Durban has come a long way but it is not yet where Transnet Port Terminals (TPT) wants it to be, CE Nozipho Sithole told delegates attending the Transport Forum Special Interest Group gathering, held at the former Durban Maritime School of Excellence, this week.  “I’m not sure how... 

Durban port truck booking system could become compulsory by April 2019

By: Shirley le Guern     11th May 2018 The Durban port may have a compulsory truck booking system in place by April 2019, Transnet Port Terminals (TPT) CE Nozipho Sithole tells Engineering News Online. In an interview on the sidelines of the Transport Forum Special Interest Group, in Durban, this week, she was adamant that TPT had... 

Transnet, Tshipi é Ntle sign long-term manganese contract

By: Simone Liedtke     11th May 2018 State-owned Transnet has signed the second long-term agreement under its Manganese Export Capacity Allocation (Meca) programme, which seeks to integrate a number of export manganese contracts. The seven-and-a-half-year contract with manganese miner Tshipi é Ntle will result in 2.1-million tonnes... 

Space agency’s upgraded Space Weather Warning Centre reopened

By: Rebecca Campbell     11th May 2018 The South African National Space Agency’s (Sansa’s) Space Weather Regional Warning Centre, at Hermanus in the Western Cape, was recently officially re-opened by Science and Technology Minister Mmamoloko Kubayi-Ngubane following its recent upgrade. This is the only Space Weather Regional Warning... 

BMW Group South Africa Rosslyn plant investment programme, South Africa

By: Sheila Barradas     11th May 2018 BMW SA has dispatched its first made-in-South Africa X3 vehicles for export. 

First Hero class vessel calls at Port of East London

By: Marleny Arnoldi     9th May 2018 The Port of East London on Wednesday hosted the first Post Panamax high efficiency Ro-Ro (Hero) class vessel to call at the port.  

Careful process consideration, augmentation delays Elandsfontein phosphate mine

By: Marleny Arnoldi     9th May 2018 Investment company African Rainbow Capital on Wednesday announced delays to its 25%-owned Elandsfontein phosphate mine.  

Total South Africa seeks to grow lubricants, retail fuel businesses

By: Shirley le Guern     9th May 2018 Total South Africa is looking to grow both its lubricants and retail fuel business as well as restart the offshore oil exploration that it put on hold in 2014, CEO Pierre-Yves Sachet said after a visit to its bulk fuel and lubricant plants in Durban. He said that a R70-million investment in its... 

BMW’s Rosslyn plant exports the first made-in-SA X3s

By: Irma Venter     8th May 2018 BMW Group South Africa (BMW SA) last week dispatched its first made-in-South Africa X3 vehicles for export, transporting more than 100 units on 27 wagons via train to the Durban port, with Europe the final destination. “[This is] the result of a R6.1-billion investment into the country and the... 

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