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On-The-Air (01/06/2018) 

By: Martin Creamer     1st June 2018 Former Energy Director-General Nelisiwe Magubane this week called for clean coal technology to be introduced to stave off litigation; Vigorous new investment in junior mining is scheduled to begin in the third quarter of this year and The positive role platinum can play to clean the world’s air... 

Aspen Pharmacare high-containment facility, South Africa

By: Sheila Barradas     1st June 2018 Aspen Pharmacare opened the high-containment facility in May. 

FibreCo increases Dark Fibre Resilience from Johannesburg to Durban, SEACOM and EASSy

31st May 2018 FibreCo went live on its open access dark fibre link along the N3 from Johannesburg to Durban including the subsea cable landing stations of SEACOM and EASSy on the east coast. SEACOM will be one of FibreCo’s first customers.  The N3, Johannesburg to Durban, is a strategic link for FibreCo... 

Low-profile flexible screw conveyor rolls under mezzanines, discharges anywhere

31st May 2018 PORT ELIZABETH, SOUTH AFRICA ¾ A new Low Profile Flexible Screw Conveyor with integral bin and castor-mounted frame can roll below mezzanines and other low-headroom areas, receive material from overhead equipment, and discharge the material into process equipment and vessels throughout the plant.... 

Automation trend sees increased demand for Delta solutions from EM

31st May 2018 The Delta industrial automation product range, supplied exclusively by leading distributor ElectroMechanica (EM), is proving highly popular due to a trend towards increased automation in industry. Delta is one EM’s fastest-growing product ranges, as industry strives to contain costs and increase... 

SAA and partners filling the flight gap created by the grounding of SA Express

By: Rebecca Campbell     30th May 2018 South African Airways (SAA) announced on Wednesday an extended flight schedule to replace the capacity lost with the grounding of the SA Express airline by the South African Civil Aviation Authority (CAA). (This grounding was because of “severe cases of non-compliance that pose serious safety... 

Capital deployment into junior mining set for Q3 start – Aluwani

By: Martin Creamer     29th May 2018 The first close of capital acceptance is in sight for the new junior mining fund launched earlier this year by Aluwani Capital Partners, the independent black-owned investment management business that aims to make a lasting impact in South Africa and the rest of the African continent. Capital... 

Brics’ New Development Bank approves six project loans totalling $1.6bn

By: Marleny Arnoldi     29th May 2018 Multilateral development bank, the New Development Bank (NDB), on Monday held its third yearly meeting of the NDB board of governors (BoG) and the fourteenth meeting of the NDB board of directors (BoD), in Shanghai, China.  

Avanco cuts Antas production

By: Esmarie Iannucci     29th May 2018 Plant operations and most mining activities have been suspended at the Antas openpit mine, in Brazil, as a strike by truck drivers drags on. ASX-listed Avanco Resources has previously warned that operations at Antas would be affected by the strike, as fuel and consumables failed to be delivered... 

Kinder Morgan cleans up Trans Mountain spill as high noon looms

By: Henry Lazenby     29th May 2018 Canadian pipeline operator Kinder Morgan reported on Sunday that it is clearing medium crude blend from the Darfield pump station along the existing Trans Mountain pipeline, near Barriere, British Columbia, after oil spilled early on Sunday morning. Trans Mountain, owned by Kinder Morgan, said in... 

Cimic wins A$100m contract at Century mine

By: Esmarie Iannucci     28th May 2018 Project house Cimic Group’s mineral processing company Sedgman has been awarded a five-year, A$100-million operations and maintenance contract at the Century zinc mine, in Queensland. Sedgman will be responsible for operating and maintaining the Lawn Hill processing plant, concentrate pipeline... 

New grease filling filter for automatic lubrication systems

25th 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... 

Mahindra, AIH start local bakkie assembly in Durban

By: Irma Venter     25th May 2018 Mahindra & Mahindra South Africa (MMSA) has initiated contract assembly of its Mahindra and Bolero bakkies in KwaZulu-Natal. Production volume will be 2 500 a year in a single shift, but can be increased to 4 000 units a year. Production is from semi-knockdown kits, imported from India through... 

Reducing TCO will enable construction firms to remain competitive

By: Paige Müller     25th May 2018 With government infrastructure spending on large construction projects remaining subdued, Himoinsa Southern Africa MD Martin Foster warns against the short-sighted temptation by the South African construction industry to try and manage its power generation costs, stressing the importance of... 

Brenton Kemp

25th May 2018 This week we profile Brenton Kemp, MD of Criterion Equipment, the sole distributor of TCM forklift trucks in South Africa and several neighbouring countries   

African infrastructure projects on a par with global best practices

By: Schalk Burger     25th May 2018 African infrastructure projects are meeting, and sometimes setting, global engineering best practices, says infrastructure and engineering multinational AECOM Africa civil infrastructure lead Darrin Green. Large-scale engineering projects worldwide require a range of technical, multidisciplinary... 

Colas South Africa

25th May 2018 Colas South Africa is a company focused on innovative road surfacing products and technology. A subsidiary of the Bouygues Group, the international Colas Group, headquartered in France, is a world leader in the construction and maintenance of transport infrastructure, operating in 50 countries... 

Port of Saldanha offshore supply base, South Africa

By: Sheila Barradas     25th May 2018 The project aims to provide fabrication of offshore structures. 

Aspen opens R1bn high containment facility in Port Elizabeth 

24th May 2018 Pharmaceutical company Aspen officially opened its new high containment facility, valued at about R1-billion, earlier this month. Simone Liedtke tells us more. 

Troubled economy creating some new opportunities, says Afrimat boss

By: Irma Venter     24th May 2018 “The fact that ArcelorMittal, Aveng, Group Five and Basil Read today have a smaller combined market capitalisation than a ‘little’ quarry company such as Afrimat, shows you that the economy is in trouble,” says Afrimat CEO Andries van Heerden. “Not long ago any one of them was twenty times our... 

ELB Continues To Provide Know How Solutions To Multiple Sectors

24th May 2018 ELB announces the award of Debmarine-M.V. Grand Banks and completes Assmang’s Black Rock Projects, the Sack Tipping Unit for Unilever Nigeria and Colleen Bawn Clinker Loading in Zimbabwe ELB Engineering Services (ELB) is pleased to announce that it has been awarded the drying system for the M.V.... 

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 Iannucci     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 Iannucci     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 Iannucci     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... 

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