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Ford more than doubles engine assembly capacity at PE plant

By: Irma Venter     27th March 2018 Ford Motor Company of Southern Africa (FMCSA) is expanding its Struandale engine plant, in Port Elizabeth, as part of a R3-billion investment in its South African operations, announced late last year. The Struandale plant currently machines cylinder heads, cylinder blocks and crankshafts for the... 

Sudan, Qatar to sign $4bn deal to manage Red Sea port – Ministry

By: Reuters     27th March 2018 Sudan and Qatar will sign a $4-billion agreement to jointly develop the Red Sea port of Suakin off Sudan's coast, Sudanese media quoted Transport Minister Makawi Mohamed Awad as saying. Awad made the announcement during a visit by Qatari officials to Suakin on Sunday, the reports said. 

Grindrod targets June Nasdaq listing for shipping division

By: Irma Venter     26th March 2018 Grindrod is targeting a June listing for its Shipping division.   A positive change in the business cycle “had provided the stimulus to implement the spin-off of the Shipping business with a planned listing amongst its peer group on the Nasdaq, with an inward listing on the JSE”, said executive... 

Indian iron-ore production and imports to rise in current FY

By: Ajoy K Das     26th March 2018 Indian iron-ore production during the current financial year is expected to have grown over the previous year, and imports too are showing tentative signs of a rise. According to preliminary government data, total iron-ore production is expected to be 210-million tons at the end of March, growth... 

DP World wins 30-year Congo port concession

By: Reuters     26th March 2018 DP World said on Sunday it had won a 30-year management and development concession for a greenfield, multi-purpose port in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). The Dubai-owned port operator will set up joint venture with the Central African country's government to manage and invest in the... 

HDPE lined pipes for driftsands collector sewer augmentation project

By: Creamer Media Reporter      24th March 2018 The increase in residential and commercial developments in the Walmer area of Port Elizabeth in addition to the estimated increasing needs requirement by 2020 was a crucial factor for the Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality to increase the capacity of the existing Driftsands Collective Sewer... 

Land expropriation rhetoric unlikely to upset FDI ‘too much’, says economist

By: Irma Venter     23rd March 2018 While land expropriation without compensation “will be a challenge”, with a “lot of work remaining to be done” before it can become a reality, there is hope that “the rethoric around land will not upset foreign investment too much”, says Econometrix chief economist and director Dr Azar Jammine.... 

ONCE A POWER WALL

23rd March 2018 Batteries on display on as a sorting reference at the Raw Materials Company recycling facility in Port Colborne, Ontario, Canada. Bloomberg reports that Ontario recycles more single-use batteries than any other state in North America, nearly 3 226 t in 2016 alone.  

Maintenance-free lamella-type suspension system for BOF vessel ensures a long service life

22nd March 2018 Tata Steel UK places order with SMS group for the supply of a converter Tata Steel UK has placed an order with SMS group 

Maintenance-free lamella-type suspension system for BOF vessel ensures a long service life

22nd March 2018 Tata Steel UK places order with SMS group for the supply of a converter Tata Steel UK has placed an order with SMS group 

Transnet renews manganese contract with South32

By: Marleny Arnoldi     22nd March 2018 State-owned Transnet and diversified miner South32 on Thursday signed a seven-and-a-half-year manganese export capacity allocation (Meca) contract, allowing for the transportation of 2.6-million tonnes a year of export manganese and realising almost R10.4-billion in total value for Transnet.  

Personal-issue facepieces are now an affordable safety measure

22nd March 2018 Personal-issue facepieces are now an affordable safety measure, thanks to the latest MSA G1 facepiece, designed specifically to eliminate expensive electronic components to enhance its cost-effectiveness. The new design also minimises the weight of the facepiece itself, which reduces stress and... 

China iron-ore, steel extends losses as lofty China inventories weigh

By: Reuters     20th March 2018 Chinese iron-ore prices fell further on Tuesday, a day after posting their biggest daily drop in almost ten months as high inventories and a weak domestic steel market pressure prices. Near-term inventory risks have dampened the outlook for steel and iron-ore prices short term, Argonaut said in a... 

Birimian reports cost savings at Mali lithium project

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     20th March 2018 Lithium hopeful Birimian has reported a number of cost cuts at its Goulamina project, in Mali, following the optimisation of the prefeasibility study (PFS). Birimian on Tuesday reported that transport and handling costs have reduced by an estimated 47%, from $187/t to $100/t, while power costs... 

AECOM reiterates Africa’s importance as a strategic business region

20th March 2018 Africa remains a strategic and promising business region for AECOM. While the outlook for the continent remains positive, the integrated infrastructure delivery company is ensuring it has the necessary staff and technical expertise to allow it to capitalise on growth opportunities. In West... 

Intermin reports maiden resource at Richmond

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     20th March 2018 Junior explorer Intermin Resources has announced a resource of 2.5-billion tonnes, grading 0.32% vanadium pentoxide for its Richmond project, in Queensland, making it one of the largest vanadium deposits in the world. The company noted that the resource remained open in all directions and was... 

Weatherly narrows interim loss

By: Simone Liedtke     19th March 2018 With a continuing upward trend in the copper price in 2017, Namibia-focussed Weatherly International narrowed its loss for the six months to December 31 to $5.9-million, compared with a loss of $11.2-million in the six months to December 2016. Revenue after royalties for the six-month period as... 

Port of Mossel Bay positioned to be a catalyst for economic development of the Garden Route

19th March 2018 Despite being the smallest of the commercial ports along the South Africa coast, the Port of Mossel Bay is an important contributor to the economy of the Garden Route and Southern Cape says Nico Walters, General Manager: Strategy at Transnet National Ports Authority (TNPA). Delivering his keynote... 

Updated study lowers Wafi-Golpu project cost by A$1bn

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     19th March 2018 A feasibility study into the Wafi-Golpu gold project, in Papua New Guinea, has decreased the expected total project costs by nearly A$1-billion, project partners Newcrest Mining and Harmony Gold reported on Monday. While the preproduction capital costs increased from the A$2.6-billion estimated... 

First underwater stabilizer fin replacement keeps luxury cruise liner on schedule

16th March 2018 A collaboration between SKF and underwater repair specialist Trident Group has completed the first replacement of an SKF S-type retractable Fin Stabilizer on a floating vessel. The global cruise industry is riding a wave of popularity. Passenger numbers are forecast to pass the 25 million mark... 

Lance Schultz

16th March 2018 This week we feature Lance Schultz, CEO of the Centurion Aviation Village, an aerospace and defence industrial park near Pretoria   

Economy faces paralysis if govt does not act urgently on water crisis – report

By: News24Wire      15th March 2018 If the government fails to respond to the country's critical water situation, South Africans could face a situation similar to the energy crisis that nearly paralysed the economy, according to a Water Research Commission report. "To avoid a state of national panic, similar to that which occurred... 

Clean energy, hi-tech sectors drive demand for high-quality silica

15th March 2018 The race to develop more effective and efficient solar panels has resulted in an increased demand for relatively rare raw materials such as high-grade quartz silica. To meet this demand, Suricate Minerals is fast-tracking its development of high-quality quartz deposits in Mauritania. The mining... 

Kazungula Bridge set to open corridor between Zambia, Botswana

By: African News Agency      14th March 2018 The Kazungula Bridge project is set to open up the transport corridor between Zambia and Botswana, a move which will see Zimbabwe lose out on transit revenue. The project is being carried out with partial financial assistance from the African Development Bank (AfDB). The primary objective of the... 

Engen partnership proves the power of support for emerging black entrepreneurs

14th March 2018 Unseating his prime competitor to become South Africa’s number one LPG market leader makes Easigas-Reatile Gaz chairman Simphiwe Mehlomakulu extremely proud.   But arguably more proud are his partners at Engen, who Mehlomakulu credits with helping position his black-owned and managed company as a... 

BBF Safety Group

14th March 2018 BBF Safety Group is proud to have recently donated footwear to the students at Ray Mhlaba Skills Centre in Port Elizabeth. Ladies were provided with products from the Sisi Safety Footwear range, while Bova products were donated to the men. The Ray Mhlaba Skills Training Centre, an extension... 

Transnet lauds February achievements at DCT

By: Marleny Arnoldi     12th March 2018 State-owned freight utility Transnet has reported a productive start to the year at the Durban Container Terminal (DCT), which boasted positive records and milestones, including the handling of 190 000 twenty-foot equivalent units (TEUs) in February, a 57% improvement in shift change, an increase... 

Himoinsa sees demand growth in construction, mining in Africa 

By: Schalk Burger     12th March 2018 Power equipment manufacturer Himoinsa has expanded its local African teams and partners to meet the growing demand for custom-designed power systems and generators in the construction and mining sectors, Himoinsa Europe, Middle East and Africa director Guillermo Elum said on Monday. The demand... 

Atlas adds manganese to shipping mix as part of diversification strategy

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     12th March 2018 Iron-ore miner Atlas Iron has moved to affect its diversification strategy, finalising a manganese export agreement that will see the company export first product through the Utah Point within the next month. Some 100 000 t of manganese will be mined and crushed on a campaign basis by... 

Land expropriation talk countered by lure of better returns in SA

By: Irma Venter     9th March 2018 While land expropriation without compensation “will be a challenge”, with a “lot of work remaining to be done” before it can become a reality, there is hope that “the rethoric around land will not upset foreign investment too much”, says Econometrix chief economist and director Dr Azar Jammine.... 

New power line to keep OZ Minerals connected

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     9th March 2018 Copper/gold miner OZ Minerals on Friday unveiled its power strategy, which includes a new high voltage power transmission line to secure electricity for the Prominent Hill and Carrapateena mines, as well as any future developments in South Australia. “Infrastructure in the region does not support... 

Transnet rejects claim of no significant mining-linked rail and port investment in 15 years

9th March 2018 Anglo American South Africa deputy chairperson Norman Mbazima argues that a revitalisation of South Africa’s rail and port networks will be key to ensuring a recovery in mining investment. Speaking at the Investing in African Mining Indaba, he lamented that he had not seen any significant rail... 

Kenya plans to electrify Mombasa–Nairobi rail link

By: John Muchira     9th March 2018 Kenya plans to electrify its diesel-powered standard-gauge railway (SGR) line from the coastal city of Mombasa to the capital, Nairobi, as it seeks to cement its position as a regional transports hub. The East Africa nation has since secured $240-million from China Electric Power Equipment &... 

Cape Town shipbuilder gets order for new Navy patrol vessels

By: Rebecca Campbell     9th March 2018 Local shipbuilder Damen Shipyards Cape Town (DSCT), part of the global Netherlands-based Damen Group, announced at the end of February that it had received an order to build three inshore patrol vessels (IPVs) for the South African Navy (SAN). The order was placed by South African defence... 

Anglo American renews shipping contract with Vuka Marine

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     8th March 2018 Global miner Anglo American has renewed its various full-time ocean freight contracts with local maritime company Vuka Marine. Under these freight contracts, Anglo American will transport bulk iron-ore and coal products, primarily from the Saldanha Bay port to its customers around the world. 

A$150m raised to accelerate New South Wales cobalt/nickel project

By: Mariaan Webb     8th March 2018 ASX-listed Clean TeQ has raised A$150-million in an underwritten institutional placement at A$1.15 a share to fund early works and long-lead items for the Sunrise nikel/cobalt/scandium project, in New South Wales. The company is pursuing an expedited development timetable to take advantage of... 

Korab lowers Winchester capex in updated PFS

By: Anine Kilian     7th March 2018 ASX-listed Korab Resources has estimated the capital costs for its Winchester magnesite project, in the Northern Territory, at between $2.4-million and $2.5-million. In a prefeasibility study (PFS) update for the project on Wednesday, the company said that that study results showed that main... 

Stand-Alone Dust Collector

7th March 2018 SOUTH AFRICA  A new Stand-alone Dust Collector from Flexicon removes airborne dust from upstream processes, and discharges it into containers positioned below the collection hopper, protecting operators and improving plant hygiene, while eliminating material waste. The housing is equipped with a... 

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