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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... 

Rebosis posts solid interim results

By: Simone Liedtke     8th May 2018 JSE-listed Rebosis on Tuesday said its retail and office portfolio delivered 6.8% net property income growth in the six months ended February 26, 2018, with positive rent uplift on renewals that indicate good property fundamentals. The company’s value in the underlying portfolio grew by 17.9% to... 

Antofagasta's copper stocks will take 3 months to return to normal after blockage

By: Reuters     8th May 2018 Chilean copper producer Antofagasta said on Tuesday it will take up to three months for stocks to return to normal after the discovery of a blockage in the pipeline that carries concentrates from the Los Pelambres processing plant to port. Production guidance for the full-year was unchanged at... 

Grindrod confirms planned June listing for shipping business

By: Anine Kilian     7th May 2018 JSE-listed Grindrod has confirmed the planned separate listing of its shipping division on the Nasdaq, and a secondary listing on the JSE, for June. Subject to approval by Grindrod shareholders at a meeting to be held on June 4, Grindrod Shipping will list in the Industrial-Transportation... 

Queensland resource exports grow to A$1bn a week

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     7th May 2018 The resources sector has continued to support Queensland’s export growth, with the resources sector contributing some 78% of the state’s goods export. The value of Queensland exports increased by A$8.3-billion to $70.1-billion over the year to March, with coal exports contributing the largest... 

South Africa, Kenya commit to resolve outstanding bilateral issues ahead of Mombassa trade talks

By: African News Agency      7th May 2018 South Africa and Kenya have committed to resolve outstanding bilateral issues in preparation for the upcoming 6th session of the joint trade committee (JTC) to be held in Mombasa, Kenya in September, the trade and industry department (dti) said on Sunday. The commitment was agreed between dti... 

Court upholds TNPA's decision on new lessee for Mossel Bay premises

By: African News Agency      4th May 2018 The Transnet National Ports Authority (TNPA) said it had issued a notice to the Mossel Bay Yacht Club to vacate its port premises by the end of May in line with a high court order. The club had unsuccessfully asked the court to overturn a decision by the ports authority to award a lease tender... 

Ford’s new CEO tackles brand revitalisation in wake of Kuga recall

By: Irma Venter     4th May 2018 Ford Motor Company of South Africa (FMCSA) will lure South Africans back to the blue oval not with special deals or big promises, but by the steadfast improvement of every customer interface. When former CEO Jeff Nemeth departed FMCSA in 2017, he did so at the end of a seven-year tenure, and in... 

Aussie mines cashing in as Chinese enviro crackdown shifts demand to high-grade iron-ore

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     4th May 2018 A renewed focus on environmental reforms and the accelerated restructure of its steel industry has resulted in a shift change in China’s iron-ore demand, with high-grade ores being given preferential treatment over their low-grade counterparts. The Australian Department of Industry, Innovation... 

New range of coalescing and particle filters launched

4th May 2018 Pneumatic treatment products supplier Artic Driers International has recently launched the E series compressed air range of coalescing and particle filters. The E series filter range, that can be used on a number of pneumatic devices, is available from 0.5” to 3” BSP port sizes and flow... 

Hydraulics service centre available for most industries

4th May 2018 Engineering components supplier BMG’s Regional Service Centre (RSC), in Port Elizabeth, offers critical solution services to diverse sectors, including the automotive industry, power and petrochemical plants, manufacturing, marine, agriculture and general engineering. “Through the consolidation... 

Ford’s new CEO tackles brand revitalisation in wake of Kuga recall

By: Irma Venter     4th May 2018 Ford Motor Company of South Africa (FMCSA) will lure South Africans back to the blue oval not with special deals or big promises, but by the steadfast improvement of every customer interface. When former CEO Jeff Nemeth departed FMCSA in 2017, he did so at the end of a seven-year tenure, and in... 

Bald Hill ships first concentrate

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     3rd May 2018 The Bald Hill lithium and tantalum mine, in Western Australia, has completed its first shipment of spodumene concentrate. Project partners Tawana Resources and Alliance Minerals on Thursday reported that a shipment of 3 250 t of lithium concentrate was loaded at the Port of Esperance, and is now... 

WSU awards Sisa Ngebulana honorary doctoral degree in commerce

By: Simone Liedtke     2nd May 2018 South African property developer and entrepreneur Sisa Ngebulana has been recognised for his contribution to society and the national business landscape with an honorary doctoral degree in commerce, which was bestowed on him by Walter Sisulu University (WSU) at a graduation ceremony in his... 

Ramaphosa calls for equal pay for men and women #MayDay

By: African News Agency      1st May 2018 African National Congress President Cyril Ramaphosa on Tuesday called for equal pay for men and women in South Africa. Ramaphosa was speaking at a Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu) May Day Rally held at a packed Isaac Wolfson Stadium in Port Elizabeth where he was warmly received... 

BHP sells Minerva plant to Cooper Energy and partners

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     1st May 2018 ASX-listed Cooper Energy, in joint venture (JV) with AWE and Mitsui E&P Australia, has struck a deal with mining major BHP to acquire that company’s 90% interest in the Minerva gas plant, in Victoria. Cooper Energy, which already holds a 10% interest in the gas plant, would hold a 50% interest... 

Mineral Resources hunts for Wodgina partner

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     1st May 2018 ASX-listed Mineral Resources (MinRes) was looking for a joint venture partner for its Wodgina lithium project, in Western Australia. The company said on Tuesday that it has started a process to sell up to 49% in the asset as part of an offtake and partnering process. 

BC govt court case another ‘stall tactic’ to block Trans Mountain expansion – CAPP

By: Henry Lazenby     27th April 2018 A reference court case brought by the environment-focused minority provincial government of British Columbia that seeks a confirmation of the province's constitutional rights to defend against the risks of a bitumen spill has been criticised by Canada’s petroleum producers as “just another stall... 

Construction for the expansion of Driftsands sewer in progress

27th April 2018 The construction of a 1 400-mm-wide concrete high density polyethylene- (HDPE-) lined sewer of 1 850 m in length, expected to be completed in November, forms part of Phase 1 of the four-phase Driftsands sewer augmentation project, which started in the second quarter of 2017 to increase the... 

Drones soaring in Rwanda

By: Martin Zhuwakinyu     27th April 2018 Drones, or remotely piloted aerial vehicles, are becoming the rising star of electronic innovation. They are being used increasingly in a variety of applications, ranging from construction to surveillance and agriculture, besides others. Worldwide, sales of such contraptions totalled $145-million... 

N2 Wild Coast Toll Road megabridges project, South Africa

By: Sheila Barradas     27th April 2018 The retender process for the construction of the Msikaba bridge closed on April 11, 2018.  

$91m acquisition adds fourth operating mine to Highland Gold portfolio

By: Mariaan Webb     26th April 2018 Aim-listed Highland Gold on Thursday announced the $91-million acquisition of a producing mine and two licences in Russia’s Chukotka region, where the company already owns the Kekura and Klen development projects. The assets, which were previously under the management of Highland CEO Denis... 

Minas-Rio disruptions to cut Anglo’s earnings by up to $400m

By: Anine Kilian     24th April 2018 Diversified miner Anglo American expects the continued disruptions at its Minas-Rio iron-ore mine, in Brazil, to result in a reduction in earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortisation of between $300-million and $400-million for this year. Production was suspended at the mine in... 

ELB welcomes Caroline Petrich as BD Manager - Intelligent Solutions

23rd April 2018 ELB Engineering Services (Pty) Ltd (ELB), is pleased to announce that Caroline Petrich has been appointed as Business Development Manager – Intelligent Solutions (EIS), to mainly focus on the internet of things (IoT) across Africa - transforming assets into intelligent devices. Caroline’s role... 

Agreement opens way for R1.8bn oil services hub at Saldanha port

By: Terence Creamer     23rd April 2018 A private port terminal operator has been selected to build and operate South Africa’s first offshore supply base (OSSB) at the Port of Saldanha, in the Western Cape. The facility, which will involve investments of R1.8-billion over the coming five years, will provide services to offshore oil and... 

Mutamba mining lease applications being considered by Mozambique government

By: Simone Liedtke     23rd April 2018 Mozambique’s Ministry of Mineral Resources and Energy is “actively” considering that granting of three mining lease applications that form part of Aim-listed Savannah Resources’ Mutamba heavy mineral sands project. The mine lease applications cover an area of 417.32 km² and comprise the Jangamo,... 

Sars introduces electronic reporting requirements for customs clients

By: African News Agency      20th April 2018 The South African Revenue Service (Sars) said on Friday it would at the weekend introduce a new electronic cargo reporting system to track the movement of cargo into and out of the country. Sars said the paperless system would bring an end to one of its last remaining paper-based processes and... 

Just keep it simple

By: Riaan de Lange     20th April 2018 One of my fondest memories is of my grandfather visiting us in the city from the farm. Those visits were memorable, not because of their regularity – I can count them on the finger of one hand. On one of these visits I thought of treating him by taking him to a coffee shop. How difficult could it... 

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