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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 Iannucci     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 Iannucci     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 Iannucci     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 Iannucci     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 Iannucci     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... 

Haulage company offers discounted rates

By: Paige Müller     20th April 2018 Standard and specialised load transportation company Transcon Haulers is offering a haulage discount rate on specific national routes in South Africa. “The special rates offering is aimed at maximising fleet productivity by securing useful loads for return journeys, for trailers that would... 

Portable temperature solution for roto-moulders

By: Erin Steenhoff-Snethlage     20th April 2018 South African research and development company Roto Solutions launched the new TempLogger V 6.6 ULTRA – the smallest temperature monitoring and control device from the company – in February. “The TempLogger V 6.6 ULTRA is perfectly suited to rotational moulders in the manufacture of hollow... 

Distributed generation can mitigate transmission constraints in Africa

By: Jessica Oosthuizen     20th April 2018 Investment in the African transmission grid and distributed generation solutions could be viable in mitigating the challenge of providing access to electricity, says power generation original-equipment manufacturer Himoinsa. “Whether owing to transmission constraints or distribution issues,... 

Durban Cruise Terminal project, South Africa

By: Sheila Barradas     20th April 2018 The Transnet National Ports Authority and the KwaZulu Cruise Terminal signed an agreement that will result in the construction of the cruise terminal at the entrance to the Port of Durban.  

Salga voices concern about impact of possible higher electricity tariffs on municipalities

By: Marleny Arnoldi     19th April 2018 During public hearings being held to enable the National Energy Regulator of South Africa (Nersa) to determine whether to allow power utility Eskom to recoup R66.6-billion under the Regulatory Clearing Account (RCA) mechanism, the South African Local Government Association (Salga) has expressed... 

Union workers reject Rio-owned IOC offer

By: Henry Lazenby     18th April 2018 The United Steelworkers Union (USW) Local 5795/6731, in Labrador City, rejected the latest labour offer proposed by Rio Tinto’s majority-owned Iron Ore Company of Canada (IOC) and the USW negotiations teams. The union represents about 1 400 workers of whom 90% voted in favour of downing tools... 

R360m Admin Craft Basin opens opportunities for growth at Port of Ngqura

By: Simone Liedtke     18th April 2018 The completed Admin Craft Basin (ACB), valued at R360-million, in the Port of Ngqura has opened up opportunities for revenue growth in the developing port. The new structure will be home to the port’s three tugs and one pilot boat, thereby freeing up Berth C101, which was designed to handle... 

Port Elizabeth MoU set to assist composites industry

By: Irma Venter     17th April 2018 The Mandela Bay Composites Cluster and eNtsa, an engagement institute within Nelson Mandela University, have signed a cooperation agreement which is set to boost the development and use of composites in South Africa. In terms of a memorandum of understanding (MoU), the two entities will work... 

Enabling a Sustainable Future – Delivering on Africa's Renewable Energy Agenda Unlocking the power of nature with smart trucking solutions

17th April 2018 Smart Supply Chain Solutions African economies have in recent years experienced a surge in business activity, thanks in part to the emergence of an increasingly prosperous middle class. This consumer boom has not only strained retail supply chains but has placed overwhelming demands on national... 

Atlas' iron output continues to fall

By: Esmarie Iannucci     17th April 2018 Iron-ore miner Atlas Iron has reported another fall in sales volumes during the three months to March, as wet weather and the closure of the Abydos mine impacted production. Atlas shipped 2-million tonnes of ore during the March quarter, down from the 2.2-million tonnes shipped in the December... 

Detailed design phase for R200m Durban cruise terminal to start this month

By: Shirley le Guern     16th April 2018 Transnet National Ports Authority and the KwaZulu Cruise Terminal (KCT) consortium on Monday officially signed an agreement that will see the construction of a R200-million-plus cruise terminal at the entrance to the Port of Durban.   The consortium, which is 70% owned by MSC Cruises, the largest... 

Johnson Crane Hire Helps Gmc Repair Critical Cape Town Breakwater

16th April 2018 Lifting solutions leader Johnson Crane Hire has assisted Guerrini Marine Construction (GMC) to successfully complete vital maintenance at Cape Town’s breakwater – considered one of the most essential aspects of the infrastructure for the Port of Cape Town and the popular V&A Waterfront. Johnson... 

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